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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, December 4, 2003 - 3A

University vehicle
swiped, returned
to department
The Department of Public Safety
received a call on Monday from an
office in East Hall that an unknown
person with access to a University
vehicle key had been using the vehicle
after business hours. The car was
returned by the time DPS filed the
report. DPS Lt. Robert Neumann said
this situation typically involves an
employee or student using a car held
by a department for personal purposes
outside of business hours.
Youngster goes
AWOL from center
A caller reported that a juvenile
male resident of the Arbor Heights
Center had gone home on a pass and
failed to return at the required time,
according to DPS records. Arbor
Heights Center is a child-care facility
that specializes in delinquent and
neglected children who are under
state custody. The report was filed
Monday and is under investigation. It
is unknown whether the boy has
returned.
Hospital patient
falls in parking lot,
breaks glasses
Hospital security responded to a
University Hospital patient who had
fallen in the parking lot while leaving
the hospital Monday evening. Security
records show the patient suffered a
small cut and broke his glasses. He was
taken to the hospital emergency room
and treated.
Chillin' thief steals
dorm resident's fan
DPS officers arrested a person Mon-
day evening for stealing a personal fan
from a room in Bursley Residence
Hall. The fan was worth about $20.
The person was released pending war-
rant authorization.
Police confiscate
skateboard, issue
citation to owner
A DPS officer discovered a skate-
boarder grinding on a granite wall
just south of the Life Sciences Insti-
tute footbridge Tuesday night. The
skateboarder had left distinct paint
transfers on the wall, according to
the DPS report. The officer seized
the skateboard and entered it into
evidence. A citation for malicious
destruction of property was issued to
the skateboarder.
Man angered by
failed attempts to
call hospital staff
Staff at C.S. Motts Children's Hos-
pital reported on Sunday morning
that an unknown male had repeatedly
called, apparently trying to reach a
former employee. DPS reports show
that the man became belligerent
when staff could not locate the for-
mer employee he was looking for. A
report was filed with DPS.
Sudden laboratory
hot flash endangers
University research
DPS records show that staff at the

Medical Science Unit II discovered on
Tuesday that a refrigerator had been
unplugged. The warmth damaged some
experiments and samples contained in
the refrigerator.
Residence hall
keyboard stolen
from computer lab
An unknown person stole a com-
puter keyboard from a computer lab
in Alice Lloyd Residence Hall. The
theft was reported to DPS Monday
afternoon.
Man's restroom
naptime stopped
by DPS police call
A caller from the Shapiro Under-
graduate Library reported Tuesday
evening that a person was sleeping
on a bench in the men's restroom on
the first floor of the library. The per-
son left without incident before the
responding DPS officer arrived.
. nattended wallet

University solicits
alumni contributions
to close budget gap

By Carmen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
As the University's funding from
the state shrinks and tuition rises,
administrators are campaigning for
more alum donations to fund schol-
arships and facilities, a move
intended to lessen the financial bur-
den for students.
Jerry May, vice president for
development, who coordinates the
fundraising, said roughly every 10
years the University makes a major
push for donations. But this year,
because the University is struggling
to find ways to stimulate revenue to

combat decreas-
ing state budget, "Clearly
generous dona-
tions are increas- raiSing m(
ingly valuable to looking at
fund scholarships,
endowments and possible re
new facilities, Stream to
May said.
"Clearly, we are UniverSity
raising money by
looking at every .
possible revenue Vie presi<
stream to keep the
University strong. We want to
always increase quality but also
keep it affordable. That's why we are
so focused on student scholarships."
May said.
The recently announced high-end
donations by University President
Mary Sue Coleman and her husband,
Kenneth Coleman, and Regent Olivia
Maynard and her husband, Olof Karl-
strom, serve as leadership contribu-
tions, targeted to encourage other
potential patrons as the University
prepares for a public fundraising cam-
paign beginning in May.
Maynard and her husband
announced a $2.25 million gift to
the School of Social Work earlier
this week. The donation will estab-
lish a professorship endowment
fund and an award fund for commu-
nity-based research.
Maynard, who earned her master's
degree from the School of Social
Work in 1971, was elected to the
Board of Regents in 1996.
Karlstrom, who also graduated

k
y'
ide

from the University, is a private attor-
ney in Flint.
As Flint residents, Maynard and
her husband made sure their dona-
tion benefited the University's satel-
lite campus. The professorship
endowment will fund a faculty
member's research work with stu-
dents on the Ann Arbor and Flint
campuses.
"The School of Social Work is a very
valuable asset to the University," May-
nard said. "It's part of the University's
mission to help with issues of diversity."
This donation comes after Coleman
and her husband gave $500,000 gift to
the University - the largest donation of
any University
a are president.
Of that gift,
Bey by $150,000 will
e byfund graduate
every fellowships and
venue undergraduate
scholarships.
beep the Among other ini-
strong.' tiatives, $50,000
-JerryMa will also be bud-
-Jerry may geted for the ren-
nt for development ovation of the
William Monroe
Trotter House.
The fundraising campaign is still in
its early phases, setting the tone for
potential donors.
The donations received now also
give an indication of what the Uni-
versity can expect to raise in the
next five years and therefore set a
campaign goal.
In the last major fundraising cam-
paign drive beginning in 1991, the
University surpassed its goal with
$1.4 billion in donations.
But the University still receives
large donations during non-cam-
paign years.
In 1997, alum Richard Rogel and
his wife, Susan Rogel gave $22
million to financial aid to non-resi-
dent undergraduates. Now Rogel
serves as co-chair for the fundrais-
ing campaign.
"I know the alumni will get
excited to donate, especially after
the leadership role of President
Coleman and Regent Maynard,"
Rogel said.

FOHEST CASEY/Daily
Warren Defever, founder of the Livonia band His Name Is Alive, plays
an intimate set in the studios of WCBN FM Ann Arbor yesterday.
U gadate student
uses PCto fid argest
kown pnm~e numb er

ACLU suit
challenges
Patrot Act
DETROIT (AP)-The USA PATRI-
OT Act gives federal agents unlimited
and unconstitutional authority to secret-
ly seize library reading lists and other
personal records, civil liberties advo-
cates told a judge yesterday.
A U.S. district judge in Detroit heard
arguments in the first legal challenge
to a part of the Patriot Act that lets
agents obtain library reading lists,
medical information and other person-
al records.
The American Civil Liberties Union
filed the lawsuit in July on behalf of the
Muslim Community Association of
Ann Arbor and five other nonprofit
groups. The U.S. government asks that
the case be dismissed, saying there is no
basis for the plaintiffs' complaints since
the provision being challenged has
never been used.
Judge Denise Page Hood said she
would issue a written opinion on the
government's motion but gave no date.
The lawsuit names Attorney General
John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert
Mueller as defendants.
The ACLU says that Section 215 of
the Patriot Act, which allows the FBI
access to any "tangible things," includ-
ing books and documents by obtaining
an order from a secret court, does not
require investigators to show probable
cause.
A permanent gag order on all Section
215 orders means that people whose
records are obtained from a third party
would never find out about it, the
ACLU says.
Ann Beeson, the ACLU's associate
legal director, told the court that the
range of things that could be sought
under the Patriot Act was "limitless."
"It could even be used to demand a
personal journal from an individual,"
she said.
The FBI must request a Section 215
order from the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Court, a secret body set
up in 1978 to govern the surveillance
of foreign powers and alleged foreign
agents.
Justice Department lawyer Brian
Boyle said that Section 15 was an
essential weapon that would be nar-
rowly applied to fight national security
threats.

DETROIT (AP) - More than
200,000 computers spent years looking
for the largest known prime number. It
turned up on Michigan State Universi-
ty graduate student Michael Shafer's
off-the-shelf PC.
"It was just a matter of time," Shafer
said yesterday. "You know that it will
pop up at some point."
That point, according to coordina-
tors of the worldwide search for the
largest prime number, came after eight
years and a combined 25,000 years of
computer time. Shafer, 26, of DeWitt,
joined the research project called the
Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search
(GIMPS) three years ago.
Shafer ran a Dell Dimension PC
with 2 gigahertz of memory and an
Intel Pentium 4 microprocessor -
"like you'd get at Circuit City" - in
his office for 19 days until Nov. 17,
when he glanced at the screen at 2:30
p.m. and saw "New Mersenne prime
found."
A prime number is a positive num-
ber divisible only by itself and one; the
list begins with 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and so on.

In the case of Shafer's discovery, the
list went on and on and on, to 2 to the
20,996,011th power minus 1. The
number is 6,320,430 digits long and
would need 1,400 to 1,500 pages to
write out, he said.
Mersenne primes are expressed as
2 to the "p" power minus 1, where
"p" also is a prime number. They
are rare but are critical to the
branch of mathematics called num-
ber theory, according to New Scien-
tist magazine.
That all said, what's the significance
of Shafer's number?
"People are going to make posters of
it to hang up on the wall," he said. "It's
a neat accomplishment but it really
doesn't have any applicability."
Shafer, who earned his undergradu-
ate degree at Michigan Technological
University and is pursuing a doctorate
in chemical engineering, said his dis-
covery's true value is its contribution to
GIMPS.
The project linked 60,000 volunteers
operating 211,000 computers of all
types and capacities, Shafer said.

Correction:
. Gimble A Cappella will perform Gimble in a Halfshell on Saturday at 8 p.m.
in Lorch Auditorium. This was incorrectly reported on page 3 of Monday's Daily.

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