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The Michigan Daily and
The State News duke it
out over this weekend's
matchup. , PAGE 5A

Many students dream of walking
on to the Michigan football team.
In FootballSaturday, the story of
one student who had a chance.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Friday, October 8, 2010


A look at how
'The Victors'
election hack
played out


Students gather in the Diag yesterday to participate in Smile Squad's "freeze." At 1:03 p.m. everyone was to stop and remain motionless for five minutes

Film set in A2 featuring Ralph
Williams premiering tonight

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eam hacked D.C. to play "Hail to the Victors" after
each vote was cast. And as a result
ng site last week, of the group's efforts, the site - a
trial for a system that would have
ogrammed it to allowed overseas voters to cast
their ballots online in the upcom-
lay fight song ing November elections in the
nation's capitol - was shut down
By DYLAN CINTI and the voting system axed.
DailyStaffReporter Interviewed yesterday, Hal-
derinan and one of his students -
as 3:30 in the morning, but Eric Wustrow, a Ph.D. candidate
Halderman was a long way in computer security - explained
eep. how they pulled it off.
despite the fact that he was It began, Wustrow said, when
University office, Halder- the basic layout and language of
as also a long way from his the test site was published several
as an assistant professor in days in advance of the site's debut.
llege of Engineering. Accessing the layout, Halder-
that moment, Halderman man's team scoured it for flaws in
ken on a very different role a process Wustrow likened to "try-
of a computer hacker. ing to break into a house."
story that has been widely As Wustrow explained, "The
ed this past week, Halder- first thing you do is look around
nd two of his Ph.D.students the houseto seeifthere's anyobvi-
sfully hacked into the pilot ous way in ... if the windows are
an internet voting system in open or something."
ngton, D.C. For Halderman and his team,
art of their hack, the small that window opened at 3:30 on
programmed the system See HACKERS, Page 3A

'U' alum Chris
Farah directed
'Answer This'
Senior Arts Editor
Students and faculty of a cer-
tain age may be familiar with

seeing the face of retired Eng-
lish Prof. Ralph Williams around
campus. But in recent weeks he's
been increasingly prominent in a
different incarnation: as an illus-
tration adorning a bright yellow
canvas, the words "Yea/Nay?"
displayed beneath his grinning
The posters are promoting the
new film "Answer This!" (former-

ly titled "Trivial Pursuits"), a fea-
ture-length production centering
around a grad student immersed
in bar trivia. The film was shot
entirely in Ann Arbor and places
Williams in a featured role. It's
premiering at the Michigan The-
ater tonight and promoting Wil-
liams's participation to the fullest
extent, even marketing T-shirts
featuring his face.

"Sometimes I wonder if our
main contribution to society
is going to be getting him on
T-shirts and people are going to
forget about the movie by like
next year," joked writer-director
Chris Farah in an interview with
the Daily. "People love that shirt."
Farah, a University alum who
graduated in 1998 with an English

In pitch, company reps. urge
students, staff to 'Go Google' a

Google is competing
with Microsoft
to win 'U' contract
for IT revamp
For theDaily
Google representatives led a
demonstration last night to try
to entice a crowd of nearly 70
University students and faculty
to "Go Google."
The University's Unit IT
Steering Committee has plans
to implement a new IT system

in an effort to improve campus
communication and Google and
Microsoft are competing to win
the votesof University comput-
er users who will help decide
which company will be chosen
for the new system.
The five speakers from Google
stressed the positive aspects of
the version of the Google Prod-
uct Suite that Google crafted
specifically for the University.
During the event - which was
held at the Biomedical Science
Research Building - the Google
representatives discussed the
interactivity and integration
that Google Product Suite, also
referred to as the Google Apps

system, would offer users.
According to Google Prod-
uct Manager Ronald Ho, the
program is similar to Google
Documents, in which users have
the ability to instantly generate
spreadsheets and documents
and view real-time feedback.
Users will also be able to make
and share websites and calen-
"When it comes to Google,
we're all about doing real-time
collaboration for bringing in
data," Ho said.
Lauren Miskelly, Google apps
EDU sales manager, said real-
time collaboration is one factor
See GOOGLE, Page 3A

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s niece, Alveda King, discusses her pro-life views on abortion at a campus event yesterday.
At event, MLK's niece talks
experience with abortion

Panhel, IFC see spike in new members

Officials attribute
growth to largest
freshmen class
in 'U' history
Daily StaffReporter
Over the past two weeks many
sororities and fraternities on
campus have completed their

formal recruitment process with
participation far exceeding previ-
ous years.
This semester, 545 men accept-
ed hids for Interfraternity Coun-
cil fraternities and 790 women
became a part of the Panhel-
lenic Association - combined
that's270 more students than last
year. Members of the organiza-
tions' executive boards said the
spike in new members is due to
the University's larger freshman
class as well as a nationwide trend

of greater interest in Greek life.
LSA senior Lauren Hartstein,
vice president of internal recruit-
ment for Panhel, said that based
on Panhel's records that started
in 1972, this year's number of
pledges is the most on record.
This year, 1,051 women regis-
tered to participate in the Panhel
recruitment process compared to
887 women last year, according
to Hartstein. She added that last
year, 628 women were given bids

Alveda King also.
discussed civil rights
in campus speech
For the Daily
Dr. Alveda King - niece of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -
explained why she's changed her
opinion about abortion and her
role as a civil rights activist dur-
ing a speech on campus last night.
In her lecture "How Can the

Dream Survive?" King discussed
how her life has influenced her
outlook on civil rights and her
personal experiences with abor-
King began her presentation -
a PowerPoint that included family
photos of herself and other rela-
tives with her father - civil rights
activist A.D. William King, Sr.
and her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr.
King also recounted her own
experiences with abortion, tell-
ing the audience at the Chemistry
Building that she had two abor-

tions herself and explaining how
she came to be a pro-life advocate
and a born-again Christian.
"I saw an ultrasound and I real-
ized that it was a baby. I could see
the little heart and hands and
said, 'My God, I've been involved
in killing people,"' King said.
"In 1983, I became born again. I
repented for my involvement in
the death of my own babies."
As part of her presentation,
King also promoted a message of
unity around civil rights.
"What difference does it make
See KING, Page 3A

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