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LOCAL/STATE

The Michigan Daily -

- Thursday, November 13, 2003 - 3A

The.MichiganDail..-.Thurs.ay ..vembr 13. 203 - 3

A few good laughs

Female student hit
by University bus,
taken to hospital
A southbound University com-
muter bus was making a left turn
from Fletcher Avenue to North Uni-
versity Street when it struck a
female student walking across the
street at 4:28 p.m. yesterday, said
Department of Public Safety Lt.
Jesse Lewit.
"She was transported to the Uni-
versity emergency room, for what is
believed to be non-life-threatening
injuries," Lewit added.
After the accident, Lewit said that
North University Street was closed
off from anywhere between 45 min-
utes to an hour.
"It was closed off for a short period
of time while the accident investiga-
tor reviewed the scene. The investiga-
tion is continuing, no citations have
been issued yet," Lewit said.
Charlie Bodette city transportation
supervisor, said the accident prompt-
ed the closure of two-way traffic on
North University Street, backing up
traffic as far as Yost Arena on State
Street.
"Traffic was backed up in all
directions. It was a nightmare. It
(the accident) happened when peo-
ple were all coming out of the park-
ing structure," Bodette said.
DPS said the crime is still under
investigation, and its results will
determine whether any citations
will be issued.
Purse stolen from
hospital waiting
room, DPS has
female suspect
A female subject stole a purse
from a waiting room in the Univer-
sity Hospital on Sunday at 7:24
p.m. The units were able to identify
the perpetrator of the crime and the
case is undergoing investigation,
according to DPS reports.
Moped stolen
from bike racks
next to Stockwell
A caller reported that his moped
was stolen from the bike racks near
Stockwell Residence Hall at 4:50
p.m. on Monday.
. The case is now undergoing
investigation. DPS said there are no
current suspects in the theft.
Ambulance comes
to aid of sick
Couzens student
a The Huron Valley Ambulance
called and said that it was respond-
ing to a first-floor Couzens Resi-
dence Hall request for assistance
with a sick student at 5:36 p.m. on
Monday.
DPS said medical assistance was
provided to help the resident.
Vandal breaks
into Cancer and
Geriatrics Center
According to DPS, a caller report-
ed Tuesday that a room in the Can-
cer and Geriatrics Center was
broken into during the weekend at
12:51 p.m.
The entire room was vandalized

Websb es may Z
PRIVACY
Continued from Page 1A
"Even though FastWeb is owned by
Monster.com, our database of student profiles is
not shared with Monster. FastWeb has its own
privacy policy," said Baird Johnson, vice presi-
dent and general manager of FastWeb.
In response to the privacy of questions asked
in the student profiles, Baird said that it is neces-
sary because some scholarships are based on
aspects such as sexual orientation.
"We have to ask those questions so we can
make sure students of that orientation have the
opportunity to receive certain scholarships. We
never release that information to employers,"
Baird said.
The study also claimed that if strictly followed,
the privacy policy FastWeb could conceivably
allow the company to share students' personal
information with anyone.
In addition, Baird said the forum never con-
tacted FastWeb to verify that the company truly
practiced any of the techniques the study
implied.
The study is "implying things that aren't true.
A responsible organization would contact us and

10/6/ aprvacy
give us the chance to answer their questions,"
Baird said.
Baird also said "thousands" of University of
Michigan students use the service, such as LSA
junior Rich Everson.
"The only scholarships it found me were com-
pletely general and would have been available to
almost anyone," Everson said.
Some students were not concerned about third
parties contacting them because of the detail of
information they sent.
"I wasn't too concerned because I avoided
revealing really personal information such as my
Social Security number," LSA sophomore
Frances Deering said.
Another site targeted by the study, Talent-
blast.com, uses spidering software to collect
information from personal homepages. Accord-
ing to the site, employers can search over
250,000 resumes and then "find rare, passive
candidates" even though the resumes were not
directly submitted to the site.
The main concern of Dixon and the
researchers was that technology is increasing
more rapidly than the government can control.
"One of our goals is to have the government
look more closely at this issue," Dixon said.

mEVOMBMELUailyI
Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor for the New Yorker,
speaks in East Hall yesterday about what
makes a cartoon funny.

DOWN LOADS
Continued from Page IA
But MIT suspended the service after
licensing objections were raised by
the Universal Music Group.
Tysen Kendig, a spokesman for Penn
State, said he believes the proliferation
of deals between universities and
online music services, is forthcoming.
"I know there are about two dozen
similar programs in the works at other
universities," Kendig said, "Congress
had told higher education as a whole
that file sharing is a major problem and
needs to be solved soon."
Paul Killey, the University's execu-
tive director of information technology
for the College of Engineering, said he
does not believe the University would
create a program similar to Penn State's
in the near future.
Killey added that the University
keeps watch on student bandwidth use
in an effort to dissuade illegal music
downloads.
"We look for traffic hotspots, see
who is using the most bandwidth. If it
turns out that the student is sharing, we
ask them to stop," Killey said.
He also emphasized that file sharing
and music downloading is sometimes
not actually the work of the students
themselves.
"It happens sometimes that a stu-
dent's computer has been hacked into
and that explains the high bandwidth
use," he said.
Ultimately, student interest deter-
mines the fate of deals between music
services and universities. The Penn
State deal came about from strong stu-
dent demand for a legal, reliable means
of getting music.
"Students were not circumventing
existing rules, like in the (MIT) case
you are describing. Our students
were simply breaking the rules,
downloading illegally. Students want-
ed a way to get music online legally,
we responded," Kendig said.
Many University students were unit-
ed in their desire for the University to
follow Penn State's lead.
LSA sophomore Cristina Headley
said she thought a reliable music serv-
ice would aid both the school and the
student body.
"As a large university, (an online
music service deal) is definitely a
good, viable option for those of us
afraid to lose our computer download-
ing," Headley said.

UN IVERSITI ES
Continued from Page 1A
"By not bringing the level of state appro-
priations into equilibrium with tuition dollars,
we eventually will turn a Michigan public
university education from a public good to a
private benefit," he said.
He said the "Michigan 15" were pledging
to do everything they could to keep costs
down, enrollment up and financial aid
increases equal to tuition hikes.
University of Michigan President Mary Sue
Coleman said she thought Reid's ideas were
very good and added that she hoped to
increase enrollments at the Flint and Dear-
born campuses where capacity is not at 100
percent.
"This is about whether Michigan is going to
be competitive in the future," Coleman said.
Sen. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor), whose dis-
trict includes the University of Michigan and
Eastern Michigan University, said the state
needs to adjust its priorities to ensure vitality
in higher education.
"We've already cut in the bone and what
we're talking about is amputation," Brater said.

Meanwhile, students concerned with tuition
increases and the dwindling state
funding,gathered last night in the Michigan
Union to watch the live broadcast.
LSA junior Stephanie Chang said she was
surprised at the state's annual increase in
prison spending while the amount of money
spent on higher education plummeted.
"Not only did the tuition increases affect
me, but the budgets of several student servic-
es were cut - like the Office of Multi-Ethnic
Student Affairs - which then affected groups
I'm involved with," Chang said.
"Some of our activities were unable to run
this year."
LSA junior Harlyn Pacheco said his biggest
concern was giving students equal access to
the universities.
"It's about time for students and the univer-
sity to relate and elaborate on their worries
over the funding," Pacheco said.
But some students questioned the speech's
effectiveness and ability to influence lawmakers.
"I came because I was interested to see
how the Universities are communicating with
the state - I'm just skeptical to see if there
are any effects of this address," Chang added.

RAMADAN
Continued from Page 1A
added that "you can disagree with people politically, religious-
ly, or whatever, but you're all working towards a common
cause."
LSA sophomore Cassie Coco said she wanted to participate
in Fast-a-thon because she watched a friend observe Ramadan
for years and wanted to know what it was like.
"I've been friends with her for so long and I see her do it
every year, I'd like to know more about her culture," Coco said.
She added that Fast-a-thon was a good idea because the pro-
ceeds go to charity.
The idea for Fast-a-thon originated with the University of
Tennessee at Knoxville chapter of MSA, which created the
event two years ago to raise awareness of Ramadan around
campus.
MSA National, the coordinating body of all Muslim
Student Associations in the country, felt that this event
was a great success and sought to establish it as a
national program. Fast-a-thon is not required by all
MSA chapters, but the University's MSA decided to
implement the program last year.
Many MSA members said they feel this event is very
important for the community.
"First, it's a good way to raise money for local charity, sec-
ond, (participants) are going to be hungry so that somebody
else doesn't have to be," said Jukaku, an LSA sophomore.
MSA member Nura Sedige added she thinks this event will
help to bring an awareness of fasting to non-Muslims. "It
makes fasting seem more normal, and establishes connections
between Muslims and non-Muslims that helps unify us more,"
said Sediqe, an LSA freshman.
All local businesses contributing to Fast-a-thon have
chosen to remain anonymous. Grewal related this to the
fact that many of the contributors were Muslim, and "in
Islam we believe that sometimes it is good to partici-
pate in anonymous charities, where no one knows
except for God who contributed."

KRUGMAN
Continued from Page 1A
nent- of the voter population and various
informative speakers, like Paul Krugman,
help to make us more knowledgeable citi-
zens," said Emily Kidston, an RC junior.
"He has one of the clearest analyses of U.S.
domestic policy because of his immense eco-
nomic background. We feel that the critique
is 100 percent right.

"He gives us legitimacy," said Phillis
Engelbert, coordinator for the event and
member of the Ann Arbor Area Committee
for Peace.
Last night's speech was part of a promo-
tional book tour for Krugman's new book,
"The Great Unraveling," which consists of
mixture of his columns along with analysis
on America's economic status.
AAACP, the RC and Anti-War Action co-
sponsored Krugman's talk and booksigning.

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and keys were stolen.
* A report was taken on the
dent. DPS said they currently
no suspects for the theft.

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have

Skateboarders flee
from Business
School library plaza
A caller reported to DPS that
there were multiple skateboarders
skating in the courtyard of the Kres-
ge Business Library Plaza on Sun-
day at 4:19 p.m.
When DPS units arrived, the
skateboarders had already left and
were unable to be located.
Mountain bike
stolen from Buhl
Building bike rack
A subject reported that his yellow
;Gary Fisher mountain bike with a
red fork, was stolen from a bike
rack near the Buhl Building at
10:02 a.m. on Tuesday.
DPS confirmed that a report on
the stolen bicycle was taken.
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