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colleagues about their families, while setting aside
time to give advice to friends who need it.
In meetings, his presence exudes confidence, yet
he is frank when he does not know something.
"You can't pretend to know everything," White
mused. "Most of the time you're talking to people
who spent their whole lives studying their subject."
An ordinary day in the life of the University presi-
dent all too often starts with an unordinary event,
such as giving a 7:50 a.m. wake-up call to a group of
executive officers via conference call over a co-work-
er's cell phone.
While most students have not gotten out of bed by
8 a.m., White has already worked out and enjoyed a
bowl of cereal with a cup of coffee.
"You need to be prepared to give it your all, it pret-
ty much demands your life. You need to be in shape
mentally and physically," White said in reference to
the demands of the position. "It's the professional
equivalent of running a marathon."
Once in the office, White's secretary Erika Hrabec,
who White describes as "the best" reviews his sched-
ule and briefs him on the events of the day.
Hrabec herself is more than organized. A full-
time job in itself, she creates White's schedule
every day, among other things, and is always try-
ing to find a way to fit in everyone who wants
two minutes with him.
"We really are a team," White said.
A few minutes after his briefing with Hrabec,
White is heading down State Street with the blue-
prints for the speech he will deliver in a few minutes
to 100 coaches about the values and expectations he
has for the Athletic Department.
White said the University presidency demands a
lot of time for public appearances and formal speech-
es, but that those duties can have an impact on the
University community.
"Ninety percent of the people here will never meet
the president, but knowing that they can is very
important," White said.."The tone set by leaders
through the priorities and values set by the leaders
makes a real difference in the long run."
After his speech White attempts to head to his next
meeting of the day, but he is intersected every few

yards by coaches eager to shake his hand and thank
him for speaking.
Although the clock is ticking and his schedule is
packed, White said he is unable to tell a person he
doesn't have time to talk.
The rest of the morning is spent with administra-
tors preparing for meetings and presentations that he
will do during the next week, such as the University
Board of Regents meeting and a hearing on higher
Without a lunch break, White heads into a discus-
sion group with faculty to listen to their thoughts on
the arts and humanities at the University.
White tells the group that he wants to do more
"listening than broadcasting" and opens the floor to
the faculty for discussion where he takes six pages of
notes. He said he will evaluate them later to develop
three courses of immediate action that would relieve
some of the faculty's concerns.
White added later that his meeting with the
arts and humanities faculty was his favorite part
of the day.
"I like meetings where ideas spark," White said.
In between meetings White takes the time to write
a thank you note and return a phone call from Regent
Kathy White (D-Ann Arbor).
"The regents are my bosses," White said. "So I
always make sure to let them know they're important
and I'm paying attention to them."
The role of the president's staff becomes clear dur-
ing the afternoon meeting when all of the University
executives meet to discuss current issues, lightening
the tone with a few jokes.
Although the oval table the staff uses clearly has a
head, White sits along the side so he is able to blend
into the rest of the group.
White said he is surrounded by people who are
helping him.
"The single most important decision you make as
a leader is the appointments you make to your staff,"
White said.
White said he is enthusiastic about the opportu-
nities and challenges each day presents and the
lessons he learns about the University and its
"The thing you see as president of the University
is that there are so many worlds within the Univer-
sity," White said. "Every day when I come to work,

B.~ Joseph White's schedule
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.:15 - 10:00 Meeting with Lisa.Tedesco about
regents meeting
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dialogue meeting
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8:00 ..10:00 St. Petersburg Philharmnoinc co>ncert
I just feel like I'm incredibly fortunate to serve as
the president."
One of the challenges he has faced is having to
earn the respect of the diverse range of people he
works with, from coaches and artists to senior
"You have to deliver for these people. You have to
raise money, you have to put together a budget,"
White added. "Ultimately, you earn their respect by
supporting them well."
Although White has overly positive comments on
his job, he does admit that there are difficulties.
The most difficult meetings for White are those in
which he has to disappoint people.
"The hardest thing in this kind of job is when you
have to say directly to people that the answer is no,"
he added.
After meeting and greeting students at a reception,
talking at the Michigan Student Assembly meeting
and attending a concert at Hill Auditorium, White
returns home after 10 p.m. He will wake up the next
day, some time before students fill the Diag, to con-
tinue trying to make the University better.
"I love what I do," White said. "It's really a

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tion," Struck said.
"The biggest thing would be to
figure out who they really are. Once
you find out who they are and you
realize that they are not on some ter-
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their paper work."
Hammad's attorney said there are
several motives behind Hammad's
arrest: "An opportunistic prosecutor
who wants to advance his own
career; September 11, 2001 and the

hysteria that is going on right now,
especially in the South."
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initial reaction is not to believe any-
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"not easily hacked into."
But if the information were to be
subpoenaed, or if a court order were
issued, Aikman said the University
would comply and give the files to law
enforcement officials.
Members of the campus chapter of
the American Civil Liberties Union
feel that the mere accumulation of this
information is leaving a door open for
the invasion of privacy.
"Unless there is a specific policy in
place, there is always the opportunity
for invasion of a constitutional right to
privacy," said LSA senior Jim Secreto
of the campus ACLU.
"Most students are under the
assumption that (this information)
can only be accessed by themselves.
They operate under the assumption
of privacy, but it is not always the
truth," he said."
Aikman said the policies could
change further under the U.S.A. Patri-
ot Act, a bill signed into law last
October to increase the ability of law
enforcement in identifying terrorists.
He said that the University has not yet
been asked to give information to the
FBI or to use a listening device.
The Students' Rights Commission
of the Michigan Student Assembly
has done an informal investigation

into the status of electronic privacy
at the University, and has the inten-
tions of making the university's
administration aware of the need for
privacy protection.
"Some of our concerns, especially e-
mail and internet browsing privacy
were addressed" in the meetings, said
LSA freshman Andrew Block of the
MSA commission. "They pointed us to
the policies where our concerns were
"We both want to move e-privacy in
the same direction, but sometimes
results we want to see the soonest are
not the exact same priorities," he said.
The commission hopes to amend the
Statement of Student Rights, common-
ly referred to as "the Code", to
improve the communication of the
University's privacy priorities.
"It's not us against the University,
but us telling the University what they
need to do to have students feel like
they have say in changing policies that
effect them," Block said.
Aikman also said he sees one of his
priorities as improving the clarity of
existing policies, to put it in line with the
way ITCS now treats student privacy.
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unwritten that we just do anyway,"
Aikman said. "The way the policy
is written it seems to apply to facul-
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careers are just more conservative than
others and things like piercings, tattoos
and unusual hair colors are accepted in
many other workplaces.
Heather Burgy, an Eastern Michigan
University junior said, "It all depends on
the type of job that you want to get into.

accepting than many other places," said
LSA freshman Eric Madsen.
Employers reported additional major
factors for attributes in a job candidate
such as nontraditional interview attire,
handshake and unusual hairstyle.
However, nearly 90 percent of
employers said that beards and mus-
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