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University of Michigan
Parking and
Transportation Services

508 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2414
Phone: (734) 764-8291
Fax: (734) 763-4041

Parking for students in U-M lots is extremely limited, and overnight
(storage) parking is not available in University lots, except for a few
designated areas. There are many services available for moving
around campus and the City of Ann Arbor, so personal vehicles are
usually not necessary. Students may ride any U-M bus or shuttle
free of charge as well as any Ann Arbor Transportation Authority
(AATA) bus route (free) by showing their valid University of Michigan
Identification card to the bus driver.
Student permits for juniors, seniors and graduate students are avail-
able for purchase and are issued on a first come, first issued basis
beginning June 19. Permits are valid from July 1, 2006, through
June 30, 2007; parking fees are prorated per an established sched-
ule. Freshman and sophomore students are not eligible to obtain a
U-M permit.
NOTE: Parking and Transportation Services does not issue per-
mits for University Residence Halls or Northwood Community
Students are not eligible for faculty and staff parking permits (Gold,
Blue, Yellow or Orange). Please be aware that only permits obtained
from and issued by Parking and Transportation Services are valid in
University lots and structures.
For detailed parking and transportation information, please visit the
Parking and Transportation Services web site at www.pts.umich.edu or
call (734) 764-8291.

Members of Facebook.
com groups such as
"My B.A.C. is higher
than my G.P.A." and "I make
poor life decisions" may want
to reconsider whether they still
want to be in them.
The social networking site
is gaining more attention as
it grows - not only from stu-
dents, but also from potential
employers, who are screening
the profiles of job candidates
and often finding objection-
able information or pictures.
In response to an influx of
student questions on the sub-
ject, the University's Career
Center sent students an e-mail
warning them about their online
image earlier this month.
Lynne Sebille-White, an
assistant director at the Career
Center, said employers are
likely using Facebook to screen
potential hires.
This threat is increasing as
University students who are
familiar with Facebook gradu-
ate and enter the workforce.
"Especially as we see people
who were once students and
have alumni accounts going out
into the workforce as human
resources representatives,"
Sebille-White said.
While access to the Univer-
sity's section of Facebook is
limited to those with e-mail
addresses ending in umich.edu,
those addresses are available to
all 425,000 of the University's
alumni, some of whom recruit
or hire from the University.
Additionally, employers who
aren't alumni can access the
site through current interns or
other employees with Univer-
sity e-mail accounts.
Facebook users can edit their
privacy settings so that alumni
and staff are prohibited from
viewing their profiles.
Students had mixed reac-
tions when they learned that
potential employers may be

66You need to at least be
thinking about it and
making some conscious
decisions about what you
put in a public space."
- Lynne Sebille-White
Career Center assistant director

If you want to get the job,
take objectionable photos off
your Facebook profile, Career
Center urges

looking at their profiles.
LSA freshman Gary Fore-
man was a member of groups
like "Potheads" and "Legalize
absinthe" until he spoke to a
Michigan Daily reporter yes-
terday. A few minutes after the
interview, Foreman had left the
"Obviously that would prob-
ably send a bad message to
employers about what my extra
activities are," he said.
School of Music senior Char-
lie Klecha said he is not wor-
ried about potential employers
being turned off by his mem-
bership in "I smoke entirely
too much reefer."
"In general, the type of
employment I generally seek,
I wouldn't say is condoning of
that, but wouldn't exclude me
for that sort of information,"
Klecha said. "I've never been
a very private person about the
fact that I smoke weed."
Klecha is a theater major and
plans to seek employment as a
freelance lighting designer.
Sebille-White said students
should approach their Face-
book profiles in the same way
they would approach an inter-
"It's a matter of how you
want to be seen and how you
manage your image," she said.

"It's sort of like being your
own PR agent."
Many students have posted
on the site pictures of them-
selves pole-dancing, under-
age drinking or doing illegal
drugs. Even Facebook walls,
where other members post pub-
lic messages on their friends'
profiles, often contain objec-
tionable content.
Sebille-White also cautioned
students about other uses of the
Internet. E-mail and personal
websites could pose problems
for job applicants as well, she
"You need to at least be
thinking about it and mak-
ing some conscious decisions
about what you put in a public
space," she said. "It may not
even be something from your
(Facebook) profile but from
correspondence with other
Klecha said he is unsure
whether employers should use
Facebook to evaluate candi-
"It's a very gray area," he
said. "It's a really public, easy
to use way to find out a lot
information. I guess its sort of
use at your own risk."
- This article originally
ran Apr. 18, 2006.





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