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Friday, September 8,:
News 2 Tony Blair
announces
retirement plans
Opinion 4 James Dickson:
Would you
choose Detroit?
Sports 16 Football prepares
for Chippewas

2006

PYLAN S VITRIOL THOROUGHLY 'MODERN' ARTS, PAGE 8

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Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXVII, No. 4

o2006 The Michigan Daily

She's been on campus for 100
days. It's about time that you ...
Meet the
provost

A Facebook profile
our generation
Our nation's campuses are on be divided!" wrote one u
edge. In the past few days, hun- proposing a boycott.
dreds of thousands of students But still - Facebook?
across the nation have united, nation is trapped in a war
seeking to reverse an injustice. shouldn't have started in,
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do for social protest? ZBROZEK oil as though
Sure, the growth of through the w
the protest Facebook group, Stu- supply of fossil fuels is a
dents against Facebook News from God.
Feed group, is impressive. As And - our generation
of press time, over 738,000 of finds a cause, and it's sav
us have joined the group. The Facebook. Our parents,
administrators of The Larg- called for slightly more i
est Facebook Group Ever have tant things like civil righ
announced that they'll soon ending a senseless war in
be the second-largest group on nam, would be ashamed
Facebook. We've even co-opted - if they were only tech
the language and tactics of more enough to know what Fa
traditional protests - "The is.
Facebookers united will never See ACTIVISM,

of Users rebel against
Facebook feature

Teresa Sullivan
introduced to
campus at reception
By Kelly Fraser
Daily Staff Reporter
For the past 100 days, there
has been a prowler on cam-
pus.
This person notes the color
of the seat cushions in Schor-
ling Auditorium in the School
of Education Building. She
counts the picnic tables in the
School of Information court-
yard. All this time, she's been
observing campus, trying to
blend in while acclimating
herself to her new surround-
ings.
Yesterday, a welcome
reception blew her cover.
After months of "provost
prowls; as she calls her cam-
pus walks, new Provost Tere-
sa Sullivan assumed a public
profile as the second highest-
ranking administrator at the
University.
Just as Sullivan enjoyed
exploring campus this sum-
mer, she encouraged new
students to do the same. At
the New Student Convoca-
tion, she issued the Provost's
Challenge, a campus wide-.
scavenger hunt for first-year
students.
The contest, which ended
Monday, consisted of70 ques-
tions asking minute details
about campus buildings and
landmarks, like the seat cush-
ions and picnic tables.
Sullivan admitted that her

office received very few com-
pleted entries, but added the
contest was fun to develop.
The winners will be invited
to a reception with Sullivan
on Sept. 20 and will receive
a prize.
As the University's chief
academic officer, Sullivan
oversees both academic and
budgetary affairs.
Sullivan came to campus
in June from the University
of Texas system, where she
served as executive vice chan-
cellor for academic affairs
since 2002.
University President
Mary Sue Coleman spoke
briefly about the nationwide
provost search that selected
Sullivan.
"She's calm,' Coleman
said. "Everybody liked the
calmness. I think she has
seen it all. I don't think any-
thing can surprise her."
But what clinched the deal,
ColemanjokedwasSullivan's
call last December requesting
Alamo Bowl tickets.
"(I thought), 'This woman
understands how important
football is at the University of
Michigan',' Coleman said.
At the reception in the
Michigan League Ballroom,
Sullivan jovially greeted fac-
ulty and administrators with
her husband, Law School
Prof. Douglas Laycock.
Though Sullivan has spent
the last 25 years living in
Texas, she met Laycock as an
undergraduate at Michigan
State University.
See PROVOST, page 7

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By Layla Aslani feel like a stalker."
For the Daily More than 500 Facebook
groups have formed in protest.
Facebook got a facelift. And A quick Facebook search for
some users are mobilizing "News Feed" displays group
against the plastic surgeon. names ranging from the polite
On Tuesday, "Anti-Face-
Facebook.com book News
unveiled two "Facebook Feed" to the
new features: more explicit
News Feed and makes me "News Feed is
Mini-Feed. ,,la chump dick
The News feel naked." wuss douche-
Feed, which bag asshole
dominates the prick cheater
site's rede- - Nick Taylor, bitch..." 0th-
signed home LSA junior ers aim for wit,
page, details like "Chuck
the every move Norris COME
of users friends. Mini-Feed SAVE US from the Facebook
appears on profiles and shows News Feed!"
what each user has been up to The largest of the groups is
on the site. "Students against Facebook
The Facebook team says it News Feed (Official Petition
is trying to help users keep up to Facebook)" with more than
with the lives of their friends, 738,000 members as of press
but some say Facebook has time. The group supports a peti-
gone too far. tion opposing the new feature.
"I'm really creeped out by The purpose is to convince the
the new Facebook - you can site to return to its old format.
see what everyone else has been The petition demands that
doing," said LSA junior Van- Facebook either remove
dana Pulijaal. "It makes me See FACEBOOK, page 7

SAFETY TRAINING

Petition likely
left off ballot

JEREMY CHO/Daily
University Provost Teresa Sullivan greets guests at the
Michigan Ballroom yesterday afternoon.
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Overspending
ballot initiative
could have affected
funding for 'U'
By Walter Nowinski
Daily Staff Reporter
Is the state Legislature
spending too much of
your hard-earned money?
Should future Legislatures
be able to increase spend-
ing to better fund state pro-
grams?.
If the State Board of Can-
vassers votes as expected
tomorrow, it won't matter
what you think.
The Stop Overspending
Proposal, which canvassers
will likely reject tomorrow
morning, would constitu-
tionally ban any increases
in state spending or taxes
above the level of inflation
or population growth -
effectively freezing state
spending at current levels.
The proposal could have
dire implications for the
University, which has seen
a steep decline in state
appropriations lately.

But chances are it won't
make it to the ballot.
On Wednesday, an advi-
sory board connected with
the secretary of state's
office recommended the
petition be thrown out
after a state investigation
revealed that hundreds of
thousands of signatures on
the petition were invalid.
Lacking those signatures,
the petitioners were about
12,000 signatures short of
the 317,757 needed to for
the proposal to be placed
on the ballot.
This shortfall is a serious
setback to the campaign,
which has enjoyed strong
support in recent polls.
The Detroit Free Press
and WDIV found over-
whelming support among
voters for the proposal in
a poll released last week,
with 65 percent of respon-
dents saying they would
vote for it.
The proposal is simi-
lar to the 1992 Colorado
Taxpayer Bill of Rights,.
That proposal barred any
increases in state taxes or
spending without direct
See BALLOT, page 7

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