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Wednesday
March 7,2001

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Assembly
challenges
Hideki' s
deadership
By Carrie Thorson
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan Student Assembly
treasurer Siafa Hage began last
night's meeting by motioning for
President Hideki Tsutsumi to con-
#de his position as chairman of
the meeting. Though representa-
tives voted to let Tsutsumi lead the
assembly last night, his authority
and ability were challenged by
those upset with his decision to run
for re-election.
"Hideki Tsutsumi is 27 years
old," said Vice President Jim
Secreto, who resigned from his
position on the election board last
night because of Tsutsumi's deci-
*on to seek re-election. "While his
election was not a joke, as his
friend and running mate I can say
that he has not demonstrated that
he can do a good job"
Hage made the initial motion
because he thought it would stop
an alleged plan for MSA represen-
tatives to walk out of the meeting
in protest of Tsutsumi.
"I am interested in what is best
or the assembly," Hage said. "The
assembly does not have confidence
in the president to chair the meet-
ing."
Other assembly members
believed the motives to be more
political.
"This is two weeks before an
election," said LSA Rep. Reza
Breakstone. "There were plenty of
other times that we could have
,*one this."
The assembly passed a resolu-
tion and proposal last night con-
cerning Michigan House Bill 5194,
which would make textbooks
exempt from sales tax. The bill is
currently in the House, and there
are concerns that it will not pass
through the Senate, said LSA Rep.
Jessica Cash. Last night's proposal
reated the Tax Exempt Textbook
'askforce.
"This is specifically for educat-
See MSA, Page 7

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weakness

By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily Staff Reporter

A recently-exposed security glitch
in software used by the University's
computer network is being remedied
by system. administrators and has not
resulted in attacks by hackers.
"I have had no reports that anyone
has broken in," Chief Information
Officer Jose-Marie Griffiths said.
The University's problem stems
from a weakness in the security shell
that makes it possible for hackers to
break into the system and capture the
passwords of users logging in to the
server.
"Sophisticated tools have not yet
been developed to take advantage of
the vulnerability, but it's only a matter
of time," said Peter Honeyman, direc-
tor of the University's Center for
Information Technology.
The potential to break into the Uni-
versity's computer system exists, and
eventually more simple programs
could be developed,,he said.
The University first learned of the
glitch on Feb. 8 and issued an alert on
Feb. 10, Griffiths said.
Initially, 90 percent of the Universi-
ty's computer servers - about 2,400
computers - were running the faulty
program, Honeyman said.
Griffiths said all of the University's
centrally managed systems were
upgraded by Feb. 18, leaving the
remote servers to be notified and

upgraded. Griffiths estimated that less
than 30 percent of the University's
computers are still running the old
version.
"We discovered this vulnerability
the same way everyone else did,"
Honeyman said.
The University has access to bul-
letin boards and mailing lists that post
discoveries of soft spots in computer
security systems. But potential hack-
ers have access to the same informa-
tion, which means the University has
to act quickly to preempt an attack.
"We were among the first to know
of the problem, and we should be the
first to fix it," Honeyman said.
Griffiths said this particular glitch
was significant because of the number
of computers it affected.
She explained that the University's
size may put it at a disadvantage
when facing hackers simply because
the larger an institution is, the more
room there is for error.
This makes it vulnerable to attacks,
which could result in hackers gaining
access to users' passwords. Hackers
could have access to resources that
normally only the user would be able
to see, including e-mail and other
resources available exclusively to the
University community.
Denial of service attacks are anoth-
er threat from hackers. Hackers can
take over and control servers and then
launch a coordinated attack on a sin-
See SECURITY, Page 7

BRENDAN O'DONNELL/Daily
Michigan Student Assembly Vice President Jim Secreto speaks as President Hideki Tsutsumi looks on. The assembly
voted to allow Tsutsumi to chair the meeting after a motion was brought to remove him for the evening.
Election tmoolsaon

By Carrie Thorson
Daily Staff Reporter

During the next two weeks, side-
walks and kiosks will be plastered
with the names of 98 students run-
ning for positions on the Michigan
Student Assembly. This winter's
elections, which include the presi-
dential election, will be held
March 21 and 22.
Most candidates are running
with one of five parties - the
Blue Party, the Defend Affirmative
Action Party, the Friends Rebelling

Against Tyranny Party, the Michi-
gan Party and the University
Democratic Party. Party members
have worked long hours to select
candidates and develop platforms
to present their views.
"This is the largest field of can-
didates the Blue Party has ever put
up before," said LSA Rep. and
Blue Party presidential candidate
Matt Nolan. "Everyone went
through an extensive interview
process, and we feel our candidates
are the most qualified."
Many candidates echoed that

sentiment about their own parties.
"We just came out of the
strongest defense of affirmative
action that's ever been presented,"
said LSA Rep. and DAAP vice-
presidential candidate Jessica
Curtin. "We are the only party that
acts on our program and has actu-
ally stood up and fought for stu-
dent rights on campus."
The Michigan.Party is the only
party that began visually cam-
paigning before spring break by
chalking large areas of Central and
See ELECTIONS, Page 7

Notre Dame

By Jen Fish
Daily Staff Reporter
University of Notre Dame Presi-
dent the Rev. Edward Malloy signed
on to the Workers Rights Consor-
tium yesterday, adding the university
to the more than 70 member schools
in the sweatshop monitoring organi-
zation.
Dennis Moore, Notre Dame direc-
tor of public relations and informa-
tion, said the school is hoping to
take a leadership role in the WRC,
although it will continue its relation-
ship with the Fair Labor Associa-
tion.
The FLA is a White House-spon-

WVRC
sored coalition of corporations and
human rights groups that has been
criticized by anti-sweatshop activists
as being too pro-business.
A primarily student-driven coali-
tion designed to enforce codes of
labor conduct in the production of
collegiate apparel, anti-sweatshop
activists across the nation have been
pressuring the WRC since its incep-
tion.
"There's no doubt they take differ-
ent approaches," Moore said. "We
think that the approaches of both
have merit. It's an enormous prob-
lem and we're willing to be part of
any approach that we think can
See WRC, Page 7

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After fire, restaurant
plans to reopen soon

By Shannon Pettypiece
Daily Staff Reporter
Ofter sustaining damage from a fire
iast January, Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger,
a popular local restaurant, may reopen
within the next few weeks.
The fire destroyed a significant por-
tion of the restaurant's kitchen area
putting it temporarily out of business
during one of its busiest seasons.
Although the restaurant was scheduled
to reopen a week after the fire, cus-
t rs have been waiting for months.
'Ve will be open at least within a
month. I hate to start rumors, but if we
are not open with in a month they will
drag me off to debtors court. ... March
and April are usually our busiest
months," said Rich Magner, proprietor
of Blimpy Burger, 551 S. Division.

made grill because we wanted to change
as little as possible, as soon as that gets
here the rest of the stuff can be finished
within a week," Magner said.
Those involved in the remodeling of
Blimpy Burger said customers should
not worry about any significant changes.
"I know sometimes when a restaurant
is closed for a long time it reopens
under new management or something.
Nothing like that is going to happen,"
Magner said.
The only new addition will be a new
arrangement of appliances. Magner said
the fryer and the grill will be placed
under one hood instead of two in order
to facilitate faster service.
"We are going to reopen and it will be
mainly the same," Magner said.
Magner added that the number of
phone calls he has received regarding

Study: Clean
rooms lead to
higher wages
By Louie Meizlish
Daily Staff Reporter
Having a clean room as a child may have a positive
effect on one's entire life, according to a research study
conducted by the University's Institute for Social
Research in conjunction with Northwestern and Colum-
bia universities.
The study, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and
the National Science Foundation, was an analysis of
research conducted over the past 30 years by ISR. For five
years beginning in 1968, researchers made yearly visits to
3,000 homes and rated their cleanliness on a five point
scale. A score of five was considered "very clean" and a
score of one considered "dirty."
According to the study, adults that grew up in clean
homes made average wages of $14.17 per hour whereas
those that grew up in dirty homes averaged $12.60 per

BRENDAN O'DONNELL/Daily
Krazy Jim's Blimpie Burger will be able to reopen as soon as a specialized grill arrives. The
popular campus restaurant has been closed since a grease fire in January.

be open," Magner said.

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