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2A - Wednesday, October 14, 2009

In Other Ivory Towers

Off the Beaten Path

Before You Were Here Photos of the Week

Staying afloat

The Michigan Concrete Canoe
Team will do anything to stay
afloat, even ifit means duct-taping
the canoe during a competition.
Or so says Engineering junior
Lexi Walter, head captain of the
University's Concrete Canoe
Team, remembering a failed
2008 competition when the
team's carefully planned canoe
Each year, the team works
throughout the semester to build
a concrete canoe, which it races
at the annual North Central
Regional Competition.
The MCCT tries to get under-
graduates involved in advanced
research of cement mixes by
turning research into a compe-
tition, according to the team's
Web site.
Walter said she first learned
about the concept of a concrete
canoe when she visited colleges
during her senior year of high

After learning about the
canoes, she said she became fas-
cinated with the idea and imme-
diately joined the University's
team at the beginning of her
freshman year.
"I didn't even know concrete
could float," Walter said.
The team spends its first
semester each year research-
ing ingredients for the concrete.
Walter said members must con-
sider "cement content, water
content and air content, in order
to make a canoe with alow spe-
cific gravity."
After designing the canoe
hull in AutoCAD - a program
that allows the team to draw out
plans in 3-D before physically
building the canoe - the team
uses the design to create a foam
mold of the canoe.
The concrete, made in a mixer
at G.G. Brown Laboratories on

North Campus, is then poured
into the mold to create the final
canoe, which is used in the annu-
al competition - the highlight of
the year for the team, according
to Walter.
"Competition weekend is just
a blast," she said. "You get to
meet other teams and talk and
commiserate about what went
terribly and what went great."
While the University's team
has not yet won the competition,
team members say the experi-
ence is always one to remember.
The competition, usually held
in late March, will be held at
Western Michigan University
will race the canoes in a regatta.
The winning team must not only
have a well-made canoe but also
must be able to row it quickly,
making the race a competition of
both the mind andthe body.

Members of the Concrete Canoe Club pose with their 2008/2009 canoe

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Parkingpermit Dude, where's Anthropology LGBT annual
perishes my bike? Oh... lecture faculty reception
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WHERE: University Lot M-34 there it is.

WHEN: Monday at about 7:45
WHAT: A parking permit was
stolen from the windshield of
a University employee's car,
University Police reported.
Police are looking for the
permit but currently have no

WHERE: 500 block Church
WHEN: Monday at about 2:45
WHAT: A student reported
that he exited Mary Markley
Hall to find his bike, which
had been locked, missing from
a nearby bike rack, University
Police reported. The bike was
soon found near Dennison Hall.

The laptop drop Hit and run

WHAT: A brown bag lec-
ture "Socialist generic:
branding and state legiti-
macy in socialist Hungary"
with Krisztina Fehervary,
assistant professor anthro-
WHO: The Center for Rus-
sian and East European
WHEN: Today from 12 to
1:30 p.m.
WHERE: School of Social
Work Building
Graduate school
information fair
WHAT: The Career Center
will host an information
fair to distribute informa-
tion about graduate schools
and graduate programs.
More than 110 schools from
across the country will
attend. _ -. - -
WHO: Michigan Union
WHEN: Today from 4 to 7
WHERE: The Career Center

WHAT: A reception and
brief meeting for Univer-
sity faculty and deans who
are interested in Lesbian
Gay Bisexual Transgender
WHO: UM Lesbian Gay
Bisexual Transgender Fac-
ulty Alliance
WHEN: Tonight from 5 to
7 p.m.
WHERE: Rackham Gradu-
ate School, East Conference
Room, fourth floor
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A man was charged with
misdemeanor aggravated
assault after he allegedly
raised a beer can "in a threaten-
ing way" at a security guard and
yelled obscenities at patrons at
the Chicago Board of Options
Exchange in the Loop in Chi-
cago Monday night, the Chicago
Sun-Times reported.
Female students weren't
allowed to attend the
University's career fair in
the 1950s. A group decided to
setup a fair for women.
A Texas trooper stopped a
vehicle marked to look like
a school bus Saturday, The
Associated Press reported. The
fake school bus was loaded with
5,408 pounds of marijuana esti-
mated to be worth more than
$1.7 million. The Texas Depart-
ment of Safety is searching for
the driver, who fled on foot from
the trooper.

WHERE: Duderstadt Building
WHEN: Monday at about 1:45
WHAT: A female staff mem-
ber accidentally dropped a
University issued laptop, Uni-
versity Police reported. The
repair costs will total over
$1,000. Charges are being left
up to University Insurance.

WHERE: M-18 Carport
WHEN: Monday at about 8:30
WHAT: A caller's car was
struck by an unknown vehicle
while it was parked, Universi-
ty Police reported. The caller's
vehicle was left with minor

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Obama favors blue states for travel

Almost 80percent of
domestic travel to key
campaign states
PITTSBURGH (AP) - For Presi-
dent Barack Obama, it's almost as if
the election campaign never ended.
Just look at his travel schedule.
The same states that Obama tar-
geted to win the White House are see-
ing an awful lot of the president, Vice
President Joe Biden and top Cabinet
officials. Onlythis year,the taxpayers
are footing the multimillion-dollar
tab'for the trips, and Obama officials
are delivering wheelbarrows of eco-
nomic stimulus money - also com-
pliments of taxpayers.

An Associated Press review of.
administration travel records shows
that three of every four official trips
Obama and his key lieutenants made
in his first seven months in office
were to the 28 states Obama won.
Add trips to Missouri and Montana
- both of which Obama narrowly
lost - and almost 80 percent of the
administration's official domes-
tic travel has been concentrated in
states likely tobe key to Obama's re-
election effort in 2012.
While similar data hasn't been
compiled for previous administra-
tions, new presidents traditionally
have used official travel to shore up
- and add to - their political base.
Consider President George W. Bush's
travelrecord, for instance.

"When we were trying to build
support for key policy initiatives, it
made sense for President Bush to
travel to states with persuadable
citizens," says Scott Stanzel, a former
White House spokesman who was
the press secretary for Bush's 2004
re-election bid. "That meant visits to
'purple states' where people weren't
as likely to already support or oppose
the president's plans."
For Obama, the key policy ini-
tiative early on was a $787 billion
economic stimulus package. While
aimed at the worst economic crisis
since the Great Depression, it also
gavethenew administrationachance
to reap political benefits traditionally
reserved for lawmakers touting pork-
barrel projects backhome.

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Bill Joy
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Sun Microsystems
October 15, 2009
4 p.m.
Penny and Roe Stamps Auditorium
Adjacent to
Charles R. Walgreen, Jr.
Drama Center

Symposium featuring presentations from IT security experts:
Wade Baker, Verizon Business Security Solutions
Cybercrime: The Actors, Their Actions, and
What They're After
Moxie Marlinspike, Institute for Disruptive Studies
Some Tricks for Defeating SSL in Practice
Adam Shostack and Andrew Stewart, authors
Book: The New School of lnfonation Security
Terrence Berg, U.S. Dept. of Justice
Case Study: The Spam King
Dr. J. Alex Halderman, University of Michigan
Cold Boot Attacks Against Disk Encryption


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