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LOCAL/STATE

Password security st

Couple caught
1 having intercourse
The University's Department of
Public Safety reported a guard at the
Thompson Street parking garage
received a second hand report that a
couple was having sex in the 7th floor
stairwell Thursday afternoon.
The subjects were gone when the
officer arrived.
South Quad game
r machine attacked
Someone damaged a game machine
near the snack bar of South Quad
Residence Hall Friday morning, DPS
reports state. There was no sign of
forced entry to the game room.
Mail disappears
from mailbox
DPS reports state that mail was
stolen from a mailbox at East Hall
sometime between 2 p.m. Thursday
and 10 a.m. Friday. After 4 p.m. the
mailroom is only accessible with a
key.
DPS did not state having any sus-
pects.
Lab worker reports
harassing calls
An unknown man has been calling
the Sleep Lab at University Hospitals
and bothering the female staff, DPS
reports stated Friday. The caller asks
questions about the lab and their pro-
cedures and has called four times in
the last few weeks, reports stated.
Citations issued
during routine stop
DPS reports state that the driver of
a car pulled over for a routine traffic
stop early Sunday morning on Hill
Street was issued a citation for driving
with a suspended license. In addition
five occupants of the vehicle were
issued citations for minors in posses-
sion, reports stated.
Attempted theft
of bench thwarted
DPS reports state several subjects
were detained at Ferry Field early
Sunday morning. The subjects were
caught trying to steal a bench from
the field.
Dumpster goes
up in flames
A Dumpster on a lot at 2200 Stone
Road caught fire Saturday night, DPS
reports state. The fire was sparked
when hot coals were placed in the
dumpster.
DPS did not state having any sus-
pects.
Desktop computer
reported stolen
A caller informed DPS Friday
morning that his desktop computer
was stolen sometime Thursday night
From the North Ingalls Building,
reports state.
DPS has no suspects or an exact
time frame when the theft occurred.
Subjects urinate
on 'U' golf course
Two subjects were issued citations
for urinating in public Saturday
fternoon, DPS reports state. The
individuals were relieving them-
selves on the University Golf
Course, reports stated.

Computer mice
reported stolen
DPS reports state several computer
mice were stolen from a computer
lab at the Frieze Building Friday
afternoon.
DPS had no suspects.
Red sport utility
vehicle stolen
DPS reports state a red sport utility
vehicle was stolen from the 300 block
of Washtenaw Avenue sometime
between Friday and Sunday.
DPS has no suspects.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Kristen Beaumont.

By Michael Gazdecki
For the Daily
While University officials report few instances
of hackers breaking into students' e-mail and
other online accounts, numerous precautionary
steps are taken to prevent abuses of this sort.
Every year, students are reminded to keep their
unigname information and password a secret.
Anyone who obtains another person's kerberos
password can access grades, e-mail, financial
records and other private information, making
the potential for serious privacy violations very
real.
The big worry many students have is the fear
of the unknown computer hacker; people with
enough time on their hands and enough technical
know-how to break into another's personal files.
Even though some people occasionally forget
to log off after using a campus computer, "in
most cases nothing happens," said Angell Hall
computer consultant Tony Ding, an Engineering
freshman.

But even though there are security measures in
place, some people are still able to get in, said
Engineering junior Ruchi Sadhir, a former
Rescomp employee.
"I think even companies have these problems,
it's not just the University," Sadhir said.
One such incident occurred in December
1999, when someone sent a message to all LSA
honors students under the guise of Student Ser-
vices Assistant John Morgan.
The e-mail contained explicit references to
sexual acts and caused an uproar at the Honors
office, where co-workers were appalled by the
defamation of a well-respected peer.
Morgan sent an apology to the students, assur-
ing them he was in no way responsible for the e-
mail and expressing his disgust with whoever
was responsible.
The students were very understanding through-
out the incident, said Liina Wallin, associate
director of the Honors Program.
Investigators at the Information Technology
Division were able to track the e-mail to an

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 3
ill top prioritat 'U'
online server that disguises e-mails and strips. without a valid ID or password. The kerebos server
them of all identifying information. Such joke sends an electronic "ticket" to the computer that
sites are meant to allow users to send friends e- identifies the user to kerberos-protected sites.
mails as another person for fun and warn against The ticket stays active for anywhere from a
using them for harmful intent. few minutes to a few hours. In public computing
The University was unable to take any action sites the ticket only lasts a couple of minutes to
because no laws were broken and due to the protect information from being accessed in case
inability to trace the e-mail there were no sus- students forget to log off.
pects. "One of the very most important things is
Despite this incident the University's policy don't share your passwords," said User Advo-
remains one of promoting freedom of informa- cates Manager Elizabeth Sweet.
tion and expression. The University does not, as The group is always on the watch for people
a whole, block or filter e-mails in any attempt to attempting to download "keystroke capture" pro-
regulate content or senders. grams onto public computers. Students are
"Our basic blocking policy is not to block," warned to avoid programs such as telnet or FTP
said Jim Knox, ITD adaptive technology coordi- because such programs send password informa-
nator and member of the User Advocate Group, a tion over the Internet unencrypted.
University-run help line that deals with computer "I think our security, in terms of basic security,
privacy issues. of information being passed machine to machine,
The kerberos security system is one of the most is in quite good shape." Sweet said.
effective tools the University uses to protect per- Students who feel they have a security issue
sonal privacy, Knox said. On kerberos-protected are encouraged to e-mail User Advocates at
sites, encrypted information cannot be decoded abuse@umich.edu.

SACUA
Continued from Page 1
investigate whether faculty positions on the board are
the only ones that have not been filled or if student and
alumni posts also remain vacant.
"If the president hasn't appointed representatives to
either (students) or alumni positions then he is just a
busy man," said SACUA Vice Chair and Dentistry
Prof. Jack Gobetti.
SACUA wants to ensure it is not excluded from the
decision-making process by Athletic Director Bill Mar-
tin, the Board of Regents or Bollinger.
"Over the years the boards haven't felt they were that
engaged or involved in what was going on," Bates said. "The
president should meet with the board on a regular basis, and
there has to be evidence that you could see there was a vote."
Another suggestion was made to develop a faculty co-
chair for the board to help set the agenda so academic
issues can receive the necessary coverage, Koopmann said.
"In most places the board chair is shared by a faculty
member," Bates said.
Bates said despite revisions to bylaws or the agenda
set by the board chair, the athletic director is the deter-
mining factor in faculty involvement.
"The degree to which the faculty and members of the
board were involved depended on who the athletic director
was at the time," Bates said. "Regardless of what we had
in the bylaws, the reality was based on the athletic direc-
tor."
Although no direct action was taken as a result of yes-
terday's meeting, SACUA is now more informed about
its role in University athletics so when changes are pro-
posed it will be able to understand what it is defending,
said SACUA faculty member Tom Schneider.

BAMN
Continued from Page 1
exists for affirmative action.
"Overwhelming numbers of people support integration and
affirmative action," said Rackham student Jessica Curtin, a
panelist and BAMN leader.
"We have to deal with a conservative judiciary who is will-
ing to go against what the public wants."
Curtin accused the Center for Individual Rights of exploit-
ing the plaintiffs in the lawsuits. The CIR filed the lawsuit
against LSA on behalf of Jennifer Gratz, who was denied
admission to the University as an undergraduate, and the suit
against the Law School on behalf of rejected applicant Bar-
bara Grutter.
"The CIR specifically looked for these two women to use
them as their tools," she said.
LSA junior Agnes Aleobula, another BAMN leader and
panelist, said affirmative action in college admissions is not
BAMN's only goal but rather a starting point for fixing a larg-
er problem in society.
"The society we live in now is more segregated than the Jim
Crow South," Aleobua said.
"Michigan is one of the most segregated states in the coun-
try," added LSA senior Erika Dowdell, the fourth member of
the panel.
A major focus of the event was to discuss the connection
between the affirmative action movement and the women's
movement. Aleobula said that the issues are inseparable.
"The fight for affirmative action right now is an opportunity
to open up the door to struggles for so much more," she said.
"I don't choose to fight sexism one day and racism the next.
Many of the people who benefit from affirmative action are
women. I don't think the two have to be separated at all."
The forum was one of a series designed to highlight the
importance of gender to the affirmative action debate. The
Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the women's
studies department, and the Center for Afro-American and
African Studies sponsored the series, which continues Oct. I1.
Rebecca Madden-Sturges, an LSA senior, came to the
forum out of curiosity about BAMN. She said she agrees with
the views the activists expressed and admires their efforts on
behalf of affirmative action.
"They are very committed to the issue. They are creating
change on this campus and elsewhere and I respect that," she
said.
Aleobula said she takes that commitment very seriously.
"We have an accountability to the people in our country to
fight - that is the ever-driving force that keeps me going,"
she said.

ABB~Y ROSENBAUM/Daily
LSA and Music senior Jim Jeija hoists a sign supporting gay rights at President
Bollinger's house last night, protesting University support of the United Way.
'U' urged to end

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By Kara Wenzel
Daily Staff Reporter

Donors to the University's United
Way fund drive were greeted last
night by protesters on the sidewalk
in front of University President Lee
Bollinger's home before entering a
reception in their honor.
The protesters complained that
the University should not have any
ties to the United Way because it
supports the Boy Scouts of Ameri-
ca, which does not allow homosex-
ual or atheist members.
"People shouldn't have to be
aware that they are donating to a
discriminatory organization. They
should be able to assume that who-
ever they give their money to is a
bona fide cause," said Ben Conway,
co-chair of the Michigan Student
Assembly's LGBT issues commis-
sion.
According to the formal invita-
tion, the reception was given to
thank people who gave large gifts
of money to the University's United
Way campaign.
"It's for people who gave $1,000
or more to the United Way cam-
paign. I am one of those people,
and my money goes entirely to the
Michigan AIDS Foundation," said
Law and classics Prof. Bruce Frier,
one of Bollinger's guests last night.
Frier introduced a resolution to
the LSA faculty to call upon the
University administration "to
explain how its intimate relation-
ship with the Washtenaw United
Way is compatible with its nondis-
crimination policies."
Two weeks ago, MSA passed a
resolution asking the University to
find an alternate charity organiza-
tion to support.
"In the course of the arguments
before the Supreme Court, the Boy
Scouts took the position that oppo-
sition to homosexuality was part of

their expressive message. When
they did that they made themselves
into an organization that is promot-
ing discrimination, not just practic-
ing it," Frier said.
Jim Kosteva, the University's
director of community relations and
one of the event's attendees, said he
has met with MSA President Matt
Nolan, who expressed the assem-
bly's concern that even if individu-
als designate their money to a
specific charity, some of it could
get to the Boy Scouts through the
United Way's general fund.
"The answer to that is no," Koste-
va said.
MSA Public Health Rep. Ken
Stewart said the University uses
staff members to run the drive, and
even if the support the University
gives to the Boy Scouts of America
is indirect, there is precedent for
the University to enact its anti-dis-
criminatory policy on such a rela-
tionship.
"Basically the issue stems around
human rights," Stewart said, "and
there's been a lot of issue about
whether or not this is the time to do
it because it affects the national
tragedy. There's no difference
between being a gay, lesbian, bisex-
ual or transgender American and
being an Arab-American. Discrimi-
nation based on any reason is
wrong and it's against University
stated policy."
The protesters said it would be
easy for the University to dissolve
its connection with the United Way
in light of similar action taken by
the Ann Arbor City Council this
summer.
"The city of Ann Arbor took
away its support of the United Way
because it considered it to be in
conflict with the city's nondiscrimi-
natory policy," said protester Eliza-
beth Locker, a second-year Law
student.

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champions Duke the following week.
"I'm not expecting a national championship," Breakstone
said. "I want one thing: I want to beat Duke. Can I get a
hell yeah? I want to beat Duke, I want to rush the court, and
that's all I ask. And everyone in this room can make that
happen."

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