The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 3B
Subject sets fire
o toilet paper
An unknown person set small
fires in a restroom at Towsley Cen-
ter at 1515 Hospital Dr. on Monday
afternoon, according to DPS state.
The fires were reported by the
building's housekeeping service.
Rolls of toilet paper appeared to be
the fuel used. DPS does not have
any suspects. (Sept. 8, 2000)
Markley dorm room
A male subject allegedly entered the
Frost House room of a female resident
of the Mary Markley Residence Hall
without permission and masturbated in
front of her Thursday afternoon, Depart-
ment of Public Safety reports state. The
suspect was described as a white male,
with blond hair and a beard, wearing
glasses, a hunter green shirt and shorts.
DPS has not reported having any sus-
pects in the incident.
The subject in the incident was
alleged to be the same man who was
seen masturbating in the Mary
Markley Residence Hall. (Sept. 19,
Man runs, screams
An unidentified man ran screaming
through hallways in Bursley Residence
Hall early yesterday morning, according
to DPS reports.
The man also caused minor property
damage and attempted to flee when offi-
cers arrived at the scene. The man was
subdued and because he appeared to be
under the influence of drugs or alco-
hol, he was taken to University Hospi-
tal's emergency room for evaluation.
(Oct. 27, 2000)
Three rubber figurines were reported
stolen Wednesday morning from an
office in the Clinical Delivery building
on South State Street, DPS reports state.
*An incident report was filed but DPS
did not report having any suspects in
the incident. (Nov. 3, 2000)
package turns out
to be hangers
There was a suspicious package
at City Hall Friday night, DPS
reports state. The owner requested
K9 assistance. DPS officers opened
the package and found five plastic
hangers. The owner remembered
that he had mailed himself the
hangers. (Sept. 3, 2003)
DPS officers on Friday morning
arrested an 18-year-old man wanted on a
*bench warrant from the Ann Arbor Police
Department. The man was found dancing
on steps near a parking lot on Observato-
ry Street known as Old Main Hospital at
5:11 a.m. DPS officers would not give
the reason behind the man's bench war-
rant. (Sept. 4, 2003)
call to DPS
DPS records show a caller from the
Diag reported being assaulted by sub-
jects throwing eggs at midnight on Sat-
urday. Officers checked the area but
found no suspects. (Oct. 20, 2003)
competitor to stay
off his turf
Department of Public Safety reports
state that a T-shirt vendor threatened to
physically abuse a competing T-shirt
vendor if he saw him selling T-shirts at
the football game on Saturday.
The verbal assault took place on the
500 block of State Street Monday at
4:22 p.m. (Oct. 23, 2003)
in lab ceiling
A 40-year-old male student was
arrested Friday morning in the Space
Research laboratory. The man dam-
aged some ceiling tiles while crawling
around in the ceiling area, where he
was not supposed to be. DPS arrested
and released him pending warrants.
(Oct. 27, 2003)
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March 24, 2004
By Aymar Jean
Daily Staff Reporter
Following numerous lawsuits against
Internet users suspected of file-sharing,
the record industry will soon subpoena
the University for the names of students
allegedly sharing music illegally.
In January, the Recording Industry
Association of America filed suit
against 532 individuals nationwide,
many of them college students. The
suits, called "John Doe" lawsuits, are
against users identified only by their
Internet protocol addresses. RIAA is
subpoenaing the University for the
names of the students under its network.
"We are waiting to receive them,"
Assistant General Counsel Jack Bernard
said, who added that the subpoenas will
most likely come within the week.
The University has already notified
those who may receive subpoenas.
Bernard said about nine students will be
If the subpoenas are "substantively
and procedurally valid," the University
will follow the law and release the
names of the individuals, Bernard said.
Subpoenas compel their recipients to
release important information for an
ably filed suit
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Since RIAA has presum- "We want to be fair and reasonable.
t against these users, that The intent here is not to make money,
the student's name. nor is the intent to win a lawsuit, Lamy
very difficult subpoenas to said. "The goal is simply to send a mes-
rd said. sage of deterrence, that this activity is
sity always disputes sub- illegal, that it can have consequences
they are valid and will not (and) that if digital music is what you
nation unless the subpoe- want, turn to the great legal alternatives
muster, Bernard said: that are available," he added.
udents could either go to Students can take precautions to avoid
settle out of court. Settle- participating in illegal activity. File-shar-
y in size, especially since ing programs like Kazaa have an option
es have increased RIAA's to disable the uploading of files. But
AA spokesman Jonathan many students, administration officials
ie average settlement is say, are not aware of this option.
amount is also contingent RIAA uses a simple technology
ny files a student shared. called webcrawler to scan IP addresses
ie federal court ruled that for copyrighted material, but if a student
file its suits individually. It is not sharing or uploading files, then
ly filed collective suits. RIAA cannot view the material on a
t RIAA followed this pro- person's computer.
Fect whether the University Sharing files online can be legal as
e students' names. long as the material is not copyrighted,
said this ruling, issued in but most files are copyrighted.
did not affect the vast Administration officials said they will
lawsuits. strive to protect the rights of its students,
rgeted users uploaded on but it must do what is legal.
songs. Most individuals "We will of course comply with
tential lawsuits share a the law," Associate Provost James
of files, but downloading Hilton said. "Violation of copyright
ven one copyrighted file laws is a violation of our own com
se for seniors
said. ing an increase from 3 to 8 percent for
ely, students' frustrations graduates with bachelor's degrees.
n't be relieved anytime But both reports also stress that the
ng to recent studies, this number of jobs available still cannot
ting seniors can expect accommodate the higher number of
r job prospects than last job searchers holding college degrees.
mpanies are slowly hiring Economics Prof. Matthew Shapiro
graduates. said while the economy has gained
e these increases in hir- ground, job growth is still too sluggish
ts and experts also warn to warrant any significant change in
niors they will still strug- the job market. "Most forecasts have
obs as they see no easy shown that this year's prospects are
head in today's tough job better, but it will still take some time
for people to be absorbed into the job
s focused on college hir- market,"he said.
and 2004 predicted Shapiro said the job market will still,
hiring of college gradu- be challenging for seniors not only
because the increase in hiring still isn't
by National Association great enough, but also because of
nd Employers study fore- strong competition. "In addition to
percent rise in college competing with other new college
ng from last year, while graduates, they will have to compete
by Michigan State Uni- with the clog of workers who have
showed a less optimistic been trying to find work since the
ing for this year, predict- recession,"he added.
March 2, 2004
By Michael Kan
Daily Staff Reporter
It's no walk in the park to get a job
these days. With 2.2 million jobs lost
since 2001 and the Michigan unem-
ployment rate at more than 7 percent,
many seniors searching for jobs are
still ogling the employment pages of
newspapers, hoping one of the ads will
lead them to the ultimate payoff of col-
lege education: their first full-time
But many also realize they might
not have a job in their preferred career
LSA senior Genevieve Marino
reluctantly accepted this possibility
after sending out more than 500
resumes, only to get back dozens of
rejection letters in return and a few "B-
rate" job offers. "It's the most frustrat-
ing thing ever. There are no other
words to describe it except frustra-
year since cor
ing, the repor
gle to find jo
ways to get al
ing in 2003
increases in h
of Colleges an
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Sept. 7, 2000
By Rachel Green
Daily Staff Reporter
Engineering junior Nishmant Verman
had a close call this morning. After wait-
ing nearly two hours yesterday to access
his schedule, he was able to print it just
30 minutes before his first class.
"When I got to the prompt where I
had to choose which term I wanted to
access, only Spring and Summer 2000
came up. I tried to call 764-HELP, but
was line was busy," he said.
Many students' biggest problem
with the University's new online regis-
tration system is waiting for the com-
puter to process information.
Because Wolverine Access now serv-
ices both student records and class reg-
istration, the overload of students
accessing the system during the first
few class days has caused delays, leav-
ing many students unable to access their
schedules when they are most needed.
Linda Green, communications coor-
dinator for Michigan Administration
Information Services, said more than
3,000 students used the new Wolverine
Access yesterday to modify classes, far
more than the old system could handle
in one day.
Most registration horror stories cir-
culating among students "are not new
problems," Green said.
"They're not system problems;
they're registration problems that we
deal with every year."
Green said the benefits of the new
system outweigh the initial difficulties
facing students trying to get accustomed
to computer-based class registration.
"The old CRISP system was able to
handle 128 concurrent registration
sessions at a time," she said. "That
means that the 129th caller would
always receive a busy signal. Wolver-
ine Access has handled between 600
and 1,000 users at once and the sys-
tem has held up."
The phone CRISP system registered
128 students at a time; while on wac-
cess.umich.edu others accessed their
schedules, looked for classes, changed
personal information and checked
financial aid. The new system pools
requests for all those services save
Security is an important issue for the
Web-based system, but Green said this
system is just as effective, if not more
because it doesn't use Social Security
The new system relies on students'
unignames and passwords, which she
said "is one of the most secure systems
The online system can be accessed
from all public University computers,
many of which require user log in.
Green said the safest way to protect
personal documents such as class
schedules is to logout of both Wolver-
ine Access and the computer itself.
But, Green said, after a user has exited
their internet browser, Wolverine
Access should reset itself.
"A security issue is only as good as
the people who use it," Green said.
Other students say they don't under-
stand how to search for classes.
"I can't find what sections are open
for discussions," said LSA junior Al
"When I pull up different classes I
only see the lecture times. It's hard
because I don't know where to find the
class numbers to register."
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