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Thursday, January 31, 2008
BOARD OF REGENTS
step down at
end of term
Kerin Borland, senior associate director of The Career Center spoke at the Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union last night. She discussed Facebook privacy.
How Facebook could hurt you
'U' faculty warns students about Internet postings and they can affect job searches
After 16 years, Ann
says it's time to
'make a change'
By GEOFFREY GAURANO
and PHILLIP GUICHELAAR
For the Daily
Rebecca McGowan (D-Ann
Arbor), who has held a post on the
University Board of Regents for 16
years, will not run for reelection
when her term expires in Decem-
McGowan, who chairs the
board's finance, audit and invest-
ment committee, wrote a letter
last week informing Mark Brew-
er, the chairman of the Michigan
Democratic Party, of her deci-
When asked why she planned
to step aside, McGowan respond-
ed, "16 years, that's whyt" The
59-year-old said her time as a
University Regent has been "per-
fect in every way, but it's impor-
tant to know when to make a
McGowan said she decided
after her first reelection in 2000
not to seek a third term, adding
that she's never wavered since
served on the
Board with MCGOWAN
said McGowan has served the
University well during her 16
years in the position.
"I will remember her as not
only a colleague, but a friend,"
Maynard said. "I will miss her
Asked what she was most
proud of during her time as a
See MCGOWAN, Page 7A
By LAYLA ASLANI
You might want to think twice before
uploading that party picture to Facebook,
posting private material online or sending that
angry e-mail to your ex. Even once the mate-
rial is deleted, it may come back to haunt you
in the future.
University faculty stressed that message to
an audience of about 70 people - most of them
not students - at a forum on online privacy and
boundaries in the Michigan Union last night.
The forum was the third in a series spon-
sored by University President Mary Sue Cole-
man's Ethics in Public Life Initiative, a task
force created two years ago to address ethical
concerns at the University. .
Panelists,who includedrepresentatives from
The Career Center and the Athletic Depart-
ment, said there is a lot of uncertainty about
what happens to information after it is put on
the Internet. They said it's naive for students
to think that only their friends are looking at
their Facebook profiles because often, employ-
ers and others are looking at them too.
Kerin Borland, senior associate director of
the Career Center, said about 40 percent of
employers tell her they check students' Face-
"Facebook should be more than your scrap-
book," she said. "It's not just a chronology of
See FACEBOOK, Page 7A
An occasional series on Wolverines and their Olympic dreams
Behind the scenes, trainer
prepares athletes for glory
LSA-SG appoints 50 new members,
with focus on underrepresented groups
Robinson hopes to
work as trainer for
U.S. Olympic team
By RYAN A. PODGES
Daily Sports Writer
It's 4:50 a.m., and despite the
freezing temperature outside,
swimming and diving athletic
trainer Keenan Robinson is the
first to arrive at Canham Natato-
rium for morning practice.
Before he turns on the lights,
the building is completely dark,
except for a red glow flickering in
the back corner. The light shines
from a countdown clock ticking
away the seconds until the 2008
Summer Olympic Games in Beijing
begin. The clock is a motivation
tool installed by Michigan coach
Bob Bowman shortly after the
2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
"Most people thought he put it
up for only one person, Michael
Phelps," Robinsonsaid ofBowman.
"He told me, 'Everybody thinks
the Olympics are great every four
years, but I have to do something
every day for each one of these kids
so that they have the opportunity
to make it to Beijing.' And I know
that that's the approach I have to
As the athletic trainer for the
men's and women's swimming and
diving teams, Robinson is respon-
sible for keeping the athletes' bod-
ies healthy and in top physical
condition during their season. He's
also a trainer for Club Wolverine,
a group of post-graduate and pro-
fessional swimmers, and will work
with the U.S. Olympic swim team
See TRAINER, Page 7A
VnbTF.R R R1WTR ATION IN MARK(LEY
goal of drawing from
By JULIE ROWE
After a heavy recruiting drive
earlier this month, LSA Student
Government nearly doubled its
membership yesterday by appoint-
ing 50 new members to its various
In an effort to diversify its
membership, LSA-SG focused its
recruiting on student groups like
the Multicultural Greek Council
and the Indian American Student
Association, as well as other orga,
nizations representing groups of
students that currently don't playa
large role in student government.
Aaron Miller, LSA-SG's appoint-
ments chair, said the organiza-
tion intensified its efforts because
membership was especially low.
The group began recruiting from
underrepresented groups after
"realizing more of what the cam-
pus is feeling," Miller said.
He said the group was follow-
ing the University's example in
its efforts to promote diversity on
campus after Proposal 2, the bal-
lot initiative that banned race- and
gender-based affirmative action
in state public institutions when it
passed in Nov. 2006.
LSA-SG also sought to increase
participation in the Multicultural
Affairs Committee, which orga-
nizes outreach events for minor-
ity and international students and
improving campus climate.
The recruiting efforts yielded
10 new members for the Multicul-
tural Affairs Committee.
LSA junior Jessica Cornwell,
a member of the Zeta Sigma Chi
Multicultural Sorority, said she
LSA-SG Secretary Elizabeth Williams, an LSA junior, speaks at meeting yesterday
in the Michigan League. The group recently added more than 50 members.
went to her first LSA-SG meeting
earlier this semester after hear-
ing that the Multicultural Affairs
Committee was looking for new
members. Now that she's been
appointed to the committee, Corn-
well said she wants the organiza-
tion to sponsor more forum-style
events to discuss the issues that
are important to students who are
ethnic or religious minorities on
"The campus is very segregated
by culture," said Cornwell, citing
the divide between Jewish and
Muslim students and between
Greek and non-Greek students.
Miller and LSA sophomore Nick
Tan, the appointment committee's
vice chair, conducted interviews
with interested students and made
appointments based on the appli-
cants' interests and preferences.
Miller said he was surprised
and excited by the large number
of upperclassmen who applied
to committees. In past years, the
majority of new members have
been freshmen, but this year's
group was comprised of mostly
sophomores and juniors.
"We're very excited about the
group of people coming into LSA
Student Government," Miller said.
"We achieved our goal of recruit-
ing outside our normal base."
MSA Vice President Nate Fink, a member of Voice Your Vote, registers LSA freshman Alexia Simons to vote in Mary Markley
Hall last night. Fink participated in Dorm Storm, an effort to register students to vote in November's general election.
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