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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 3

Festifall migrates
to North Campus
Seeking to recruit new members
from North Campus, more than 100
students groups will bring displays
to the North Campus Diag from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. today..
MSA offering
student group
Anyone interested in register-
ing a student group can stop by
the Student Organization Accounts
Services office in the Michigan
Union today, where representatives
of SOAS and the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly will be available to
answer questions on how to regis-
ter organizations. The registration,
which will continue until Friday, is
available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
guru lectures on
fighting poverty
Business management expert C.K.
Prahalad will deliver the Business
School's 38th annual William K.
McInally Memorial Lecture today in
Hale Auditorium. Held at 4:30 p.m,
Prahalad will discuss how the private
sector can aid the poor while turning
out a profit.
compares Israeli
policies to apartheid
Speaking in Angell Hall Auditorium
C, anthropologist Uri Davis will speak
on the status of citizenship in Israel,
arguing the treatment of Jews is simi-
lar to the treatment of whites under the
South African apartheid government.
Titled "Apartheid Israel and Middle
East Peace," the lecture will be held at
8 p.m.
Person injured
when wheelchair
strikes parked car
The Department of Public Safety
reported that a person in a wheelchair
was injured Sunday afternoon when the
chair rolled down an incline and struck
a parked vehicle.
Unattended wallet
stolen from UGLi
A caller reported to DPS that their
wallet was stolen from the Shapiro

Undergraduate Library on Sunday
afternoon, after leaving it unattended.
In Daily History
Sept. 14, 1984
What was supposed to be a quiet
Thursday morning almost became
a parade as University Flying Club
drove its Cesna 152 plane through
the streets of Ann Arbor in prepara-
tion for Festifall. At the same time,
students camped outside the Michi-
gan Union ticket office waiting to
claim seats for a Prince concert.
"Taking off" from Ann Arbor
Airport at 4:19 a.m., pilot Peter
Mulliner was guided by three cars
and Ann Arbor police through road
construction, detours and other traf-
fic to reach his resting spot at the
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library.
While the plane approached the
University, Prince fans suffered
through the cold air, hoping their
efforts to snatch a Prince ticket
would be fulfilled.
To pass the time, LSA fresh-
man Vicky Sternberg said,
"We played Monopoly because Triv-
ial Pursuit is cliche. Then we played

Website warns students of identity theft

By Darcy Downing
For the Daily
Four graduate students rummaging through trash closets at Mary
Markley Residence Hall for a class project last year began a series of
events that led to the creation of an identity theft web site.
With inspiration from the project conducted by a group of law stu-
dents, identityweb.umich.edu was born this fall. Now, anyone who
wants to learn about identity theft and prevention has quick access to
tips for security awareness in residence halls, guidelines for using the
University's computer networks and a campus bulletin with security
"We went into Markley and went dumpster diving and no one
stopped us," said Law School student Colleen Hilton, who was a mem-
ber of the group. "We went through the trash and found studs off of
pay checks and Social Security numbers. I don't know if people actu-
ally do that, but we only went through a couple of garbages and found
enough to be able to (steal someone's identity)."
Besides looking through the trash, they experimented with scams,
such as those conducted either by phone or e-mail where people are
asked to supply their Social Security or credit card numbers. They
tested the processes to find out how easy it would be for someone to
obtain personal information under a false identity.
They discovered that it was not hard to do. Hilton said the freshmen
were especially vulnerable.
"A number of the community, especially the freshman, won't have
had much experience with financial identity," said Liz Sweet, director
Great Lakes sti
mired in polluti

of the University's User Advocate Office. "We are concerned that they
will be at risk as they set up their financial identification'
Sweet and other representatives of University offices and depart-
ments who watched the students present their projects decided that it
would be worthwhile to develop a way to inform the University com-
munity about the dangers of identity theft and how its members can
lower their risk of becoming victims.
Public policy Prof. Virginia Rezmierski, who taught the class in
which the project was developed, said she was delighted to see the
website this fall. She did not know the extent of the University's plan
for the project.
"I knew that several members of the University staff were talking
and working with the students. I had no idea that they would take it
further," Rezmierski said. "It's a very good site. It's attractive and very
Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Diane Brown said
many students don't seem to understand how susceptible they are to
identity theft.
"Students and others are notorious for leaving backpacks, purses or
whatever possessions they have on a table in the library or the (Michi-
gan) Union and they walk away from it. They should not leave belong-
ings unattended. They could be stolen," Brown said.
"Students should also shred information when throwing it away,
especially documents containing Social Security numbers. People can
use these to establish an identity."
The shredding of information was something Hilton said was dis-
cussed in the presentation of her group's project.

"Students should also shred
information when throwing it away,
especially documents containing
Social Security numbers. People can
use these to establish an identity. "
- Diane Brown
Department of Public Safety spokeswoman
"One thing we suggested was to have shredders available at Angell
Hall or in the dorms, even at the front desk," she said. "Having them
will help students be more careful."
Because state Attorney General Mike Cox is developing a way to
inform Michigan residents about identity theft, Rezmierski said she
will be repeating the project again this year in hopes that her students
will be able to help a larger group of people.
"It's also a good opportunity for the students to work on a project at
the state level," Rezmierski added.
Along with Hilton, University alum Marjorie Knepp and Rackham
student Peter Schulleri and School of Information student Jeff Woelker
were the other three members of the group.

The Associated Press
Despite improvements in recent
decades, the Great Lakes remain a dump-
ing ground for pollution ranging from
livestock waste to mercury emissions, a
U.S.-Canadian panel said yesterday.
In its biennial report on Great Lakes
water quality, the International Joint
Commission urged the governments of
both nations to step up protection and res-
toration efforts.
"There are a large number of problems
still to be dealt with," Herb Gray, the Cana-
dian co-chairman of the commission, said
in a conference call with reporters. The
U.S. co-chairman, Dennis Schornack,

Ballast water from oceangoing ships is
believed to be a leading source of exotic
species. The International Maritime
Organization has a proposal for dealing
with the ballast problem, but the commis-
sion report says it won't be implemented
for another five years at the earliest.
In the meantime, an additional eight
to 12 exotic species could be introduced
to the lakes, the report says. It says both
nations quickly should set their own
"We're pressing them to get on with it,"
Gray said.
Another threat to the lakes comes
from microbial pathogens that can cause
gastrointestinal illnesses, the report says.
Sources include pet wastes, manure from

agreed but added
gressively gotten
For nearly a
the commission
has issued bien-
nial progress
reports on imple-
mentation of
the Great Lakes
Water Quality
Under the
1978 pact, both
nations agreed
"to restore and
maintain the

that "things have pro-

"Systems for waste
collection and
water treatment ...
around the Great
Lakes are inadequate
or in decline. "
International Joint
Commission report on Great
Lakes water quality

livestock farms and
leaky septic tanks.
"Systems for
waste collection and
water treatment ...
around the Great
Lakes are inade-
quate or in decline,"
the report says.
Urban sprawl is
causing an array of
pollution problems:
sewage overflows,
stormwater run-
off, motor vehicle
emissions. The
report says most
groundwater prob-

chemical, physi-
cal and biological integrity of the waters
of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem"
and to seek reductions in pollution.
Some of the system's water quality
problems have been around for years. But
Gray and Schornack said the agreement,
which has not been updated in 17 years,
should be revised to include newer chal-
lenges such as the zebra mussel invasion.
The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and its Canadian counterpart,
Environment Canada, have formed a
committee to consider updates. The IJC
will offer suggestions by the end of the
year, Schornack said.
Scientists have identified 162 exotic
species in the Great Lakes and some
believe the total exceeds 170, the IJC
report said. They range from well-
known invaders such as the zebra and
quagga mussels and the fish-killing
lamprey to foreign algae and protozoa.

lems can be traced to urban land-use
practices such as excessive use of pesti-
cides and fertilizers.
Mercury emissions from coal-fired
power plants and other sources continue
to pollute the lakes and accumulate in the
bodies of some fish, the commission said.
In its previous report, the panel urged both
nations to improve their advisories about
eating fish.
"The commission's concerns remain
relevant today," the report said. "Advi-
sories are often technical, sometimes
offer conflicting advice, and typically
fail to reach at-risk populations, includ-
ing children and women of childbear-
ing age."
The report seeks continued funding to
study changes in the Lake Erie ecosys-
tem, saying they often serve as an early
warning about looming problems with the
other Great Lakes.



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