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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Vol. CXV, No. 52

Q2004 The Michigan Daily

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Googi 4
By Karl Stampfl
Daily Staff Reporter
Soon anyone will be able to browse the Uni-
versity library, whether he is in Ann Arbor or
Europe or anywhere in between.
The University announced a partnership
with Google today in which the Internet search1
engine will digitally scan all University books
and other media and make them available to
anyone worldwide with an Internet connec-
tion. Plans are in place to convert all 7 million
items in the University library collection into




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digital form and place them online in about
six years.
Users will be able to search the collection by
phrases and keywords. If the relevant material
is currently under copyright, users will be able
to view three snippets per work. Snippets con-
sist of the sentence where the match occurs and
the sentences before and after. The user can then
determine whether the work is valuable to them
and, if it is, find a copy.
If the material is not under copyright, users
will be able to view the text from cover to cover.
"Suppose in the second edition of John Stuart

Mill's essays there was a particular twist no one
has seen for 50 years - that's in our library,"
Provost Paul Courant said. "But the value is not
the particular documents, it's that you can search
this huge library."
He added that in the age of the Internet, if
things can't be found online, people do not both-
er to find them, especially among the younger
generation. "Now they will be able to," he said.
Google will shoulder the entire cost of con-
verting the materials, said John Price Wilkin,
associate University librarian.
"I think what it's going to do is give Google

a significant advantage in providing information
content," Wilkin said.
Google has already started the project and it can
scan an average of 5,000 University items a year.
By the time the program is in its most advanced
state, Google plans to scan more than one million
items per year.
Previously, that would not be possible. But
Google has created innovative scanning technol-
ogy specifically for the library project that won't
destroy the University's physical copies.
"It's fast and high quality," Wilkin said. "It
takes the operators as long to scan a book as it

takes to turn pages."
The partnership was made because Google
founder Larry Page is a University alum. The
University is also a good candidate because it
has one of the six largest research libraries in the
country, Wilkin said.
It will join other libraries - notably the New
York Public Library and Harvard University's
library - in digitizing their collections through
"It's all about democratizing access," Wilkin
See GOOGLE, Page 5

Greek hazing
Administrators plan to
release statement soon

According to Counseling and Psychological Services, three out of four women struggle with eating disorders. Out of ten people with eating disorders

are men.

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By Emily Kraack
Daily News Editor
As the term winds down, the Office
of Student Conflict and Resolution is
entering the final stage of its inves-
tigation into allegations of hazing
within the Greek system.
University officials added that a state-
ment can be expected in the near future,
and that this statement will be followed
by resolutions that may include plans to
restructure the Greek system.
Last week, Interim LSA Dean Sue
Eklund said she thinks that some alle-
gations would be dropped. "As one
would expect with the whole long list
of allegations, some seem not to have
had much substance behind them, or
at least on further investigation did
not seem to be hazing. Some just had
a few twists. Some seem to have been
well borne out through investiga-
tions," she said.
She added now the office will
be forming resolutions regarding
the outcome of the investigation.
She said meetings had been set up
between OSCR staff and those fra-
ternities and sororities still under
investigation and said she hoped
these could conclude before the
end of the term.
The allegations, which were made
public in late October, included seven
incidents brought to the attention of
Eklund and possibly one more given
to OSCR. Incidents included reports
of sexual coercion and forced con-
sumption of excessive amounts of
Eklund said the process has taken

a long time due to the magnitude of
the allegations and "because people's
lives are complicated." The OSCR
panel has conducted about 200
interviews during the investigation.
Eklund said OSCR even hired a tem-
porary employee to keep up with the
University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson said in an e-mail that the
statement released to the public would
probably include "what the investiga-
tion found in the way of hazing" and
which organizations will be held
responsible. Individual names will
most likely not be publicly released
because of federal privacy laws
regarding student records.
Peterson said the statement will
include information about what
steps will be taken as a result of
the investigation's findings.
Keith Elkin, the director of
OSCR, said he expects the state-
ment to include "at a minimum," the
information that some instances of
hazing did occur. He said he expect-
ed the final resolution to encourage
a "combination of penalties, educa-
tional interventions, a restructuring
of the Greek system" and would
involve a wide-ranging group of
subjects, the including individu-
als involved, OSCR, the Office of
Greek Life and national fraternity
and sorority organizations.
Elkin said OSCR cannot take action
against fraternity or sorority houses,
as the office has no group jurisdiction.
"Any action we would take pursuant to
rights and responsibilities would have
See HAZING, Page 7

By Emily Liu
Daily Staff Reporter
After having a heart attack due to
malnutrition her freshman year of col-
lege, Rackham student Marna Clowney
finally realized that she needed help.
She has since recovered from anorexia.
"For what I put my body through, it's
a miracle I'm still here," Clowney said.
Clowney, who is black, said it was
difficult for her to find help because the
medical community tends to believe that
minorities with eating disorders are rare.

"It took (the doctors) two years to
change to a diagnosis that would link to
the right support," she said, adding that
doctors did not want to classify her as
anorexic or bulimic.
Clowney said therapists were not sup-
portive and told her that she would never
get better saying things like "anorexia
shrank your brain so small you can't
After struggling with an eating dis-
order for eight years, Clowney finally
found a therapist and nutritionist who
was able to help.

"For what I put my body through,
it's a miracle I'm still here."
- Marna Clowney
Rackham student
"I think I went through it to be able to provides peer support and resources for
help people," Clowney said. people who are recovering from eat-
Clowney, who is a member of Stu- ing disorders. Clowney stressed how
dents Promoting Education, Awareness, important peer support was to recov-
and Knowledge about Eating Disor- ery, saying, "Out of (the 983 members
ders, a student group at the University, of the website), I'd say 150 of them
launched a nonprofit website in May that See DISORDER, Page 7

Proposal to revamp higher education

By Jameel Naqvi
Daily Staff Reporter
Students may have an easier time paying for college if
Gov. Jennifer Granholm implements a new proposal call-
ing for the state to guarantee universal higher education.
Tomorrow, a commission led by Lt. Gov. John Cherry
will recommend that the governor adopt numerous pro-
posals to guarantee higher education for all high school
graduates. While the propsals do not specify what this
guarantee means, commission members told the Associ-
ated Press that the state could increase access to state and
federal funding programs or pay for community college

With a state revenue shortfall of $370 million, it is
unclear how this policy would be funded or how even
if the commission's proposal can provide all high school
graduates with a college education.
"It would certainly require higher levels of (taxation)
to get it done," University Provost Paul Courant said.
But he added that the real issue was not whether the
state has adequate resources. "The question is whether
the state has the political will to do it," he said.
Granholm will have to decide which of the commis-
sion's proposals are feasible as she prepares her spending
reduction plan and the budgets for the current and next
fiscal year. The proposals suggest that high schools offer
classes for college credit and more scholarship opportu-

nities to students. They also recommend restructuring
high school districts with high drop out rates, such as by
making the classes smaller.
"(The commissioners) recognized that there's a fiscal
crisis in the state but they also acknowledged a sense of
urgency with these issues," said Cynthia Wilbanks, the
University's vice president for government relations.
Both Wilbanks and Courant said the payoff from
guaranteeing higher education outweighs the cost of
the proposed policy.
"The state's economic well-being is in many ways
tied to the educational achievement of its citizens,"
Wilbanks said.
See HIGHER ED, Page 8

Student tosses
possessions out of
U Towers window

Today's issue is the last
edition of the Daily
printed this term. We
thank you for your
readership throughout
the semester and
encourage you to
keep track of the
latest campus news


By Farayha Arrine
Daily Staff Reporter
Computer parts, furniture and
other belongings were tossed onto
South University Avenue from a 12th
floor University Towers apartment
window yesterday morning.
Before 10 a.m., a man stand-
ing at the window had strewn the
street with notebooks, CDs, desk
drawers and pictures.
After receiving numerous calls,
the Ann Arbor Police Department
arrived at the scene and took the
man away for treatment.
He was not arrested and will not
face charges, as is the case in men-
tal health crises, the AAPD said.
People walking down the street ran
for cover as the man threw the pos-
sessions, witnesses said. They also

STA Travel, which is across from
University Towers, said she was
opening the store when she saw the
first things flying down from the
window. She said she was almost
hit by a falling object that landed on
the sidewalk in front of the store.
"Shelves, checkbooks, CDs, a
printer (and) keyboard were all
coming down. It was the craziest
thing I've ever seen down here,"
she said.
Employees from other stores
said everyone stood outside watch-
ing, thinking that the man would
jump from the window himself.
The man left the building shirt-
less but police officers covered
him before he entered the car, one
employee said.
- During the incident, the AAPD
blocked off the street while Ann


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