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The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 31, 2005- 3A

MLK closing
lecture focuses on
Sept. 11 impact
Popular myster writer Walter Mosley
will speak in a lecture titled 'Bearing
Witness' where he will focus on both
positive and negative effects of Sept. 11.
Mosley is best known for his mystery
series surrounding the adventures of a
black detective named Easy Rawlins.
The lecture will be held today in
Rackham Auditorium at 7 p.m.
SAFE event
Palestinian life
Today, Students Allied for Free-
dom and Equality are holding an
event which will depict the hard-
ships of Palestinian life.
SAFE members will create an
environment that will attempt to
simulate the checkpoints Palestin-
ians have to cross and typical Pal-
estinian living conditions. The event
will be held at 6:30 p.m in the Parker
room of the Michigan Union.
Two public
urinators caught
DPS reported that two subjects were
cited for urinating in public just after
midnight yesterday morning. The inci-
dent took place at the Church Carport at
525 Church.
Patient leaves
hospital during
While being treated by medical staff
at the University hospital, a subject
walked away early yesterday morning.
DPS reported the subject was located
and returned for treatment.
In Daily History
South Quad
urinals leak
through ceiling
Jan. 31, 1985 - Sections of South
Quad Residence Hall lobby were satu-
rated with bathroom water when the day
before a broken pipeline from the uri-
nals on the third floor bursted.
Surrounded by tape, parts of the
lobby were sectioned off in order to pre-
vent students from coming in contact
with the pools of water.
South Quad deskworker Nancy Koch
said the building maintenance officials
were called about the leaking pipe and
would attempt to fix the pipe today.

It was also reported that there was no
damage to the third floor bathrooms.
While housekeepers had mopped up
the mess, by 5 p.m the next day, new
puddles had already formed.
A sign on one of the pieces of tape that
sectioned-off the area said, "What you
smell is what it is! Watch the drips!"
Some students didn't mind the mess
"It's typical of the Quad, you expect
things like that to happen. It always
smells like sweatsocks anyway," said
one resident, who wished to remain
New 'U' president
may be Berkeley
Jan. 31, 1967 - University of Cali-
fornia, Berkeley Chancellor Roger W.
Heyns has expressed great interest in
becoming the next President of the Uni-
versity according to an authoritative
The current University president Har-
lan Hatcher plans to retire this summer
after having served the University as
President for 15 years.
Even with Heyns's interest, Universi-
ty's Board of Regents have yet to contact
The authoritative source said the

ITCS offers
to e-mail users

By Sarah Sprague
Daily Staff Reporter

If spam is filling up more of your
inbox than you like, a new Do Not
Spam list may help reduce the number
of unsolicited e-mails.
Offered by the University's Infor-
mation Technology Central Services
team, the list blocks e-mails from
some IP addresses that are known to
produce spam e-mail.
"How successful the (new) system
has been varies; I know some people
have had more than half of their spam
reduced and others who it has hardly
affected at all," said ITCS Anti-Spam
Project Leader Amy Brooks.
While accessible to both students
and faculty, the new anti-spam list has
primarily been benefiting University
faculty because e-mail is their primary
form of communication.
"Spam does not seem to be as much
of a problem for students because they
use (AOL Instant Messenger) to com-
municate, but faculty uses e-mail a lot
more. Half of my messages each day
can be spam," Brooks added.
Some students, however, said they
already find little spam in their Univer-
sity inboxes. LSA freshman Amanda
Staschke said she abandoned her hot-
mail e-mail account after spamlittered
her inbox.
"I would get 40 spam messages and
maybe one relevant one every day,"
she said.
But after switching to the University
e-mail account, Staschke said, "Now, I
just use my school account e-mail and
I've only had like five spam messages
since I started using it this summer. If
they were a problem for me, I would
sign up for a list but I really have no
need for one."
Kitty Bridges, Associate Vice Pres-
ident for ITCS, said the anti-spam list
was purchased from an outside orga-
nization and works by filtering out
unwanted e-mails.
"The e-mail comes into the cam-
pus mail system and then, and this has
nothing to do with the content of the
mail, any mail from the addresses on
the list is blocked," she said.
The growth in spam over the years
comes as a result of businesses hir-
ing people to send spam for a living,
where their wages are determined by
how much spam they can send Brooks
But she added that these spammers
have efficient ways of getting around

No more spam
E-mail list protects
University inboxes
To sign up, users can log
on to http://spambusters.
mailumich.edu and click
on the "sign up/manage
do not spam list" where
users have the option to
block spam for an individual
address or group e-mail.
Questions can be
directed to the ITCS
hotline at 764-HELP or
spam prevention programs. The list
is not meant to prevent all spam, but
to help reduce it by blocking the best-
known spammers.
"We're trying to get rid of all the
spam so that e-mail can be used as
an effective form of communication
without all of the obnoxious messag-
es," Brooks said.
Brooks and Bridges both said they
are carefully dealing with the issue
of spam prevention since they fear
aggressive measures would inadver-
tently block or delete mail that people
want to receive. Members of the proj-
ect also feel it is necessary to offer the
service as a voluntary option so people
can accept spam as legitimate mail if
they choose to.
Anyone, or any group, using a Uni-
versity e-mail account has the option
of deciding for themselves if spam is
enough of a problem to sign up for the
list or not.
"It is important (to offer the
service as an option) in any place,
especially in the University,
because some people might not
want any spam blocked at all. For
example, there are some people
who do research on spam or those
who want to get all of their mail
and decide what is spam and what
is not for themselves. It's a very
personal decision," Bridges said.
Unlike some systems that divert
spam messages into a special junk
folder, the list blocks e-mails from
ever reaching the person they are
sent to. This means that there is
no way to see what e-mails have
been blocked or read their con-
tent. It also means not having to
deal with them at all.

Toyota gives $150,000 grant
to Engi1neering program

By Jacqueline E. Howard
Daily Staff Reporter

Last week, the Toyota USA Foundation
named the University's College of Engi-
neering the recipient of a $150,000 grant.
The grant will support the college's 2005
Summer Engineering Academy - a pro-
gram that targets middle and high school
minority students throughout America.
The Toyota USA Foundation is a $40
million charitable endowment created
by the car company to enrich educa-
tional programs for K-12 students in
America. With a special emphasis on
math and science, the foundation has
spent a total of $650,836 this year
to fund four educational programs,
including the Engineering school.
The other, award recipients include
the University of Southern California
School of Pharmacy and community
programs in Stamford, Conn. and Santa
Fe, NM.
Through the years the foundation has
steadily supported the Engineering school,
said Chundra Johnson, coordinator of the
Summer Engineering Academy.
"We have established a relationship with
(Toyota) because many College of Engi-
neering students intern with Toyota and
later become employees at the Toyota Tech
Center," Johnson said.
Other sponsors of the academy are the

Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Pro-
gram, Hewlett-Packard Company, NASA's
Glenn Research Center, the Engineering
Research Center for Reconfigurable Manu-
facturing Systems and Modern Technology
Systems Inc.
Johnson said the grant from Toyota was
given to the Engineering school in a private
"The grant will go towards student
expenses for the academy," she said. "So
students' families won't have to pay so
much for their room and board, instruction
costs and everything else that comes with
the program."
The academy was established in 1990 and
offers engineering and technology instruc-
tion for high school students. The academy
also tries to create a diverse environment
by recruiting students from various ethnic
Last year, students came from 20 states
and Puerto Rico. Johnson said the pro-
gram has helped with University recruiting
because at least 25 percent of academy stu-
dents later attend the College of Engineer-
ing, while a higher percentage later attend
the University itself.
"Students that come (to the acad-
emy) have been given (scholarships),
and each year the University gives one
student a full-tuition scholarship,"
Johnson said.
During the summer of 2003, Engineer-

ing freshman Alexis Clark received the
Engineering Scholarship of Honor from the
academy, which awards full tuition for the
"I didn't think that I was going to win
the award," Clark said. "Usually they
give hints and it's easy to tell who the
winner will be. But I was really happy
with the achievement."
Because the academy was a memorable
experience for Clark, she said the grant
awarded to the college will help make a
positive difference in another student's edu-
cational experience.
"The Summer Engineering Academy
helped me mature academically," she said.
"It was intense at times but fun. They gave
a fair amount of work but showed us how to
manage our time."
The 2002 Engineering Scholarship of
Honor recipient, engineering sophomore
Ebon Hughes, also said that the academy
was beneficial.
"The academy is part of the reason why
I'm here," Hughes said. "They really pre-
pare you for college."
Hughes said the academy provides its
students with a real university experience.
He described his experience as "college
with training wheels".
"The academy was helpful because not
only did I get a taste of college life, but it
helped me make connections (at the Univer-
sity)," he said. "It builds a support system."

FuturTech showcases speakers, new gadgets

By Kim Tomlin
Daily Staff Reporter

Do you have a cell phone that can block your
drunk-dialing attempts? Or one that offers rescue
rings - a feature that allows users to program a time
the phone will call itself - for that tragic blind date?
Virgin mobile phones do.
These phones were among the many new tech-
nologies featured in the Stephen M. Ross School of
Business FuturTech 2005 Conference on Thursday'
and Friday.
The FuturTech Conference is an annual event that
is organized by Business and Engineering students.
The event, sponsored in part by Ecolab, Citigroup,
DaimlerChrysler and Microsoft, is designed to show
the new and upcoming technologies that may soon
transform both the business and science worlds.
There were numerous panels that provided infor-
mation on some of the new technology, like radio fre-
quency identification, small computer chips attached
to shipments that communicate with wireless anten-

nae. Other panels discussed nanotechnology and
hydrogen-fueled technology.
Keynote speakers for the conference were Linda
Dillman, executive vice president and chief informa-
tion officer for Wal-Mart, who spoke on Friday eve-
ning, and Howard Handler, chief marketing officer of
Virgin Mobile, who spoke Saturday afternoon.
Dillman was awarded the Women in Leadership
Award by the Business School, an award that has rec-
ognized women leaders for the past 12 years.
Dillman said she achieved her success because she
never allowed herself to stay in a job that would never
amount to her receiving a promotion.
"There are no limitations placed on you other than
the limitations you place on yourself," she said.
The Indiana University alumnus is a 13-year veter-
an of Wal-Mart, where she oversees 2,400 employees
from around the world.
As a young girl growing up, Dillman said she
originally aspired to be a beautician or an assistant
because saw women in her family in those careers.
But she said she later found tier calling in the business

"There are no limitations placed on you other than
the limitations ou place on yourself."
- Linda Dillman
Executive vice president and chief information officer for Wal-Mart
world, taking chances and risks that got her where more options for ring tones. A Virgin Mobile
she is today. user could hold his phone up to a radio, and the
"I believe it is about a direction and not a single phone would recognize the tune and download it
plan." she said. "Take opportunities that arise - even as a ring tone.
those that feel risky," she added. Handler also discussed the anger many customers
The next day, Virgin Mobile CMO Howard Han- feel toward cell phone companies.
dler - whose resume includes marketing work with "The wireless industry was voted second-lowest
the National Football League, Saturday Night Live, ranking for customer satisfaction," he said.
MTV and Quaker Oats Company - discussed the Despite his prior experience with increasing com-
many ways the Virgin cell phone company has used pany revenues, Handler said his work for Virgin
marketing strategies and packages to appeal to the Mobile had a rough start.
youth, "unloved" by the other cell phone companies. "It was more like a herd of thundering tur-
One feature of the new phones allows users tIes," he said.


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