The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 8, 2004 - 3
Out Day rally
The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender Affairs will host the
National Coming Out Day Rally on the
Diag today at noon. The rally will fea-
ture guest speakers and a closet door for
participants to come out of the closet.
aims to engage
Arts at Michigan and Arts of Citizen-
ship will host "Debate Watch: Doing
Politics, Making Culture," a project
that engages young voters in response
to tonight's presidential debates at 9
p.m. at the Canterbury house on the
corner of State Street and East Huron
Street. The Debate Watch aims to bring
together groups of young people interest-
ed in linking politics and culture-making.
A separate debate viewing will occur
today at 8:45 p.m. in Angell Hall Audito-
rium B, with speakers including Econom-
ics Prof. Tom Weisskopf.
Film raises aware-
ness of Islam
As part of Islam Awareness Week, the
Muslim Students' Association is hosting
a viewing of "By Dawn's Early Light,"
a film directed and produced by Rack-
ham student Zareena Grewal. The film,
which will be screened today in Angell
Hall Auditorium D at 7:30 p.m., features
former NBA player Chris Jackson's strug-
gle as a Black Muslim as he deals with his
identity and beliefs in America.
Angell Hall houses
The Student Astronomical Society
'at 8 p.m. is sponsoring a public observ-
ing night at the fifth floor of Angell Hall
tonight. Possible subjects for viewing
are the planets, the moon, the constella-
tions and binary star systems. Visitors are
encouraged to bring binoculars and lots of
questions for the undergraduates.
teeth into person
While visiting the University Hospi-
tal emergency room yesterday, a person
was bitten by a dog. Since the injury
was not serious, the victim did not file
Early morning yesterday, an unknown
assailant assaulted a person at Ann
Arbor City Hall.
The victim received a chipped tooth
from the attack.
after hallway fall
A person fell in the hallway of the
Life Sciences Institute early Wednesday
evening. An ambulance then transport-
ed the subject to the University Hospital
In Daily History
Oct. 8, 1985 - Vice President
George H.W. Bush came to the Uni-
versity yesterday to help commemorate
the Peace Corps' 25 years of existence.
The vice president spoke from the steps
of the Michigan Union, the same place
President John F. Kennedy called for
the creation of the Corps in 1960.
Bush was also met by protest-
'U' punishes identity
theft as part of code
By Kristin Ostby
Daily Staff Reporter
As it becomes more common, identity theft is now said. Th
being prosecuted by the University under its Statement Mary S
of Student Rights and Responsibilities - known as "the Last
code" - which regulates student conduct. Identity
According to a new report by the Office of Stu- identity
dent Conflict Resolution, the body that enforces the which
code, three University students have been charged dignity
with identity theft in the last year. "To
The report, released last month, is the first full- terms o
year report outlining the numbers and types of vio- showsc
lations of the code handled by OSCR. From July Fred
2003 to June 2004, students were charged with 273 of Les
violations, including assault, illegal substance use, said th
hazing, vandalism and identity theft. ous ch:
Students who violate the student code are sub- and Di
ject to punishments including community service, our con
counseling and attending workshops. "I tI
The most violations in a single category, 89, were for appreci
"illegally possessing, using or distributing, manufactur- the cor
ing, or selling alcohol or other drugs." more in
All three of the students charged with identity theft A st
sent e-mails under the names of other University stu- to OSC
dents, said OSCR Director Keith Elkin. charge;
OSCR added the violation into the code in July 2003 such a
because of increasing concern about identity theft, Elkin worksh
said. Identity theft is defined as "assuming another per- "(Sa
son's identity or role through deception or without proper learn n
authorization," but it also includes using the credit card or that thi
driver's license of another person. In o
The University also launched a website last month, immed
identityweb.umich.edu, to help members of the Univer- their c
sity community avoid identity theft. opporti
OSCR mostly handles cases referred by the Depart- resoluti
ment of Public Safety and the Residence Hall Asso- In th
ciation, Elkin said. It mediates and advises students' ulty m
conflicts as well as helps to protect students' rights as found i
they are outlined in the code. Elki
"Any member of the University can file a complaint dent pa
with us as well," Elkin said. edu/~o
OSCR will begin discussing possible amend- With
ments to the code Wednesday at an open forum ber of
for the University community from 4 to 6 p.m. in gave a1
Anderson Rooms C and D of the Michigan Union. "I th
ock-deathY/pro- "We are trying to include members of the commu- Elkin
yesterday. nity as much as possible," Elkin said. nity an
Students and faculty members are encouraged to give a lifel
put for the amendments, which will be submitted
v. I by the Michigan Student Assembly and the
Advisory Committee on Student Affairs, Elkin
hey will then be evaluated by University President
year OSCR made several changes to the code.
:y theft was added as a violation, and gender
y was included as one of the subcategories under
students deserve "to be treated fairly and with
y," the code states.
actually have it listed is a really powerful thing in
of adding them to those protected classes. It really
our commitment," Elkin said.
ceric MacDonald-Dennis, director of the Office
bian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs,
e protection of gender identity "was a marvel-
ange and that it further shows the University's
vision of Student Affairs's commitment to all of
hink students and community members really
iated it," MacDonald-Dennis added. "I think that
mmunity feels better knowing it's there and feel
ncluded, more valued."
tudent who has violated the code is required to go
R. Typically, students accept responsibility for the
and then adhere to sanctions imposed by OSCR,
s community service, counseling or attending
hops, Elkin said.
nctions) are used as educational ways a student can
more about their behavior," Elkin said. He added
s helps prevent the behavior from recurring.
nly two cases in this past year did students not
iately accept responsibility and instead appealed
harges. When this happens, students have the
unity to have their cases reviewed by a faculty
ion officer or by a panel of five students.
hose two cases, both students chose to have a fac-
ember review their cases, and both students were
responsible in the end.
n said he encourages students to apply to be stu-
anelists by visiting their website at www.umich.
bin the past year, OSCR has accelerated the num-
workshops it gives on conflict resolution. It also
workshop for the School of Social Work.
hink the biggest thing is being very proactive,"
said. "We're trying to get out in the commu-
nd talk about conflict resolution. It's certainly
being Ulaby said in a news release. Of the 47
wwaz start-ups launched in the past five years,
nt for two-thirds are headquartered in Michi-
gan, mostly in and around Ann Arbor.
rd of The inventions at the event also
ology encompass a broad spectrum of aca-
f (the demic fields and applications. Elliot
Since Soloway's inventions - which range
ps to from a prototype GameBoy Advance
other game not yet on the market to modi-
ch as fied Palm Pilots used in Detroit middle
[assa- schools - were on display next to can-
cer research companies like Molecular
tarted Imaging Research, Inc. and even the
1983, Michigan Solar House, which consists
nbers of proponents of solar and other renew-
isbet. able energy solutions for housing.
nven- The Medical and Engineering schools
chers, account for the bulk of the inventions,
with departments in Electrical Engineer-
rch at ing and Computer Science and Internal
great Medicine responsible for 123 out of this
gion," year's 285 inventions.
By Steven Antalics
and Stephanie Rosen
For the Daily
Elliot Soloway had a vision for revolu-
tionizing the way children interact with
technology in the classroom. Even though
he was already a professor at the Univer-
sity in the schools of Engineering, Educa-
tion and Information, he knew that the
best way to impact the educational com-
munity would involve going beyond his
academic career and developing a product
for commercial use.
In 2000, Soloway did just that, becom-
ing the chief executive officer of his own
company, GoKnow, Inc, which focuses on
integrating technology into the classroom
and has worked closely with schools in
cities like Detroit and New York.
An increase of 15 percent in standard-
ized test scores in schools the company
has worked with in Detroit has created a
positive buzz for GoKnow and helped it
find customers in countries like England
and Norway, Soloway said.
"When each kid got a pencil, it
changed education," he said. "When
each kid got a book, it changed educa-
tion. And when each kid has a com-
puter, it will change education."
Ideas such as Soloway's, which encour-
age innovation as a collective rather than
competitive effort to better people's lives,
are the driving force behind the Universi-
ty's Office of Technology Transfer, which
put on yesterday's Celebrate Innovation
event in the Michigan League.
"I worked at Yale in an arrogant, highly
competitive environment," Soloway said.
"Then I came to Michigan, and people
were nice to me. People helped me."
In recognition of Soloway's achieve-
ments, the Tech Transfer Office pre-
sented him with this year's Excellence
in Innovation Award last night. While
few students are aware of its activities,
the office is responsible for helping
University inventors turn their ideas
into marketable products.
In addition to the legal and financial
help the office gives to inventors affiliated
with the University to help them get their
innovations patented, the office's Business
Formation Development Staff has helped
launch 13 new start-up companies in the
last year alone. In total, 47 start-ups have
been created in the past five years.
In exchange for this aid, the Univer-
sity has received $11.7 million in rev-
enue as a result of royalties from the
products it helped get onto the market.
However, this constitutes only a small
portion of the University's $749 mil-
lion research budget.
While the University is one of the larg-
est and most renowned research universi-
ties in the world, it has been lagging far
behind other universities in the number
of patents and marketable products 1
created by its professors, said Fav
Ulaby, the University's vice presider
In 1996, the University's Boar
Regents took action, calling techn
transfer an "integral component of
University's) mission," Ulaby said.
then, the University has taken ste
close the gap between itself and
comparable research universities su
John Hopkins, Stanford and the M
chusetts Institute of Technology.
The Tech Transfer Office, which si
out with one part-time employee in
now employs 20 full-time staff men
under Executive Director Ken N
This year alone, there were 285 new i
tions accredited to University resear
an increase from 257 in 2003.
"The quality and diversity of resea
the University of Michigan provides
strength to our institution and our ref
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