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NEWS BRIEFS
LANSING
538 complaints
about smoking ban
The state says local health
departments received 583 com-
plaints about patrons smoking in
restaurants or bars since a smoking
ban covering most Michigan work-
places took effect in May.
The Michigan Department of
Community Health said yesterday
that health departments issued
158 citations to either individuals
or restaurant and bar owners. Vio-
lators face a $100 fine for the first
offense.
MDCH Director Janet Olszews-
ki says the results of a state survey
of health departments shows that
"people are compliant."
The survey covered about 37,000
food service establishments in the
state that fall under the jurisdiction
of 45 health departments in the
state. Data were collected from 37
of the 45 health departments.
Seven counties did not respond.
SEATTLE, Wash.
State ban on inmate
voting upheld
A federal appeals court reversed
course yesterday and upheld Wash-
ington state's ban on voting by pris-
on inmates in a case that challenged
the disproportionate effectithas on
minority voters.
A three-judge panel of the 9th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
caused a stir by ruling in January
that Washington's inmates should
be allowed to vote. That decision
was expected to give momentum
to other efforts to expand voting to
inmates; only Maine and Vermont
allow those behind bars to cast bal-
lots.
But an 11-judge panel reconsid-
ered the case at a hearing in San
Francisco last month and unani-
mously upheld Washington's ban,
which dates to 1866, before state-
hood.
"This ruling affirms the rights of
states to withhold the right to vote
from those who've committed the
most serious crimes against soci-
ety," Washington Attorney General
Rob McKenna said.
HAITIL
1 million refugees
in 1,300 camps
A refugee-advocacy group said
yesterday that more than 70 per-
cent of camps in Haiti, home to an
estimated 1.3 million earthquake
victims, lack proper international
management nearly nine months
after the disaster, leaving them at
increased risk of sexual and gang
violence, hunger and forced evic-
tion.
Washington-based Refugees
International said researchers vis-
iting Haiti found that few of the
roughly 1,300 camps they studied
had International Organization
for Migration-appointed officials
to turn to for help and protection
and are unable to communicate or
coordinate with the international
humanitarian community.

"The people of Haiti are still liv-
ing in a state of emergency, with
a humanitarian response that
appears paralyzed," the Refu-
gees International report said.
"Gang leaders or land owners are
intimidating the displaced. Sexual,
domestic, and gang violence in and
around the camps is rising."
DETROIT
Man delays heart
surgery for game
A devout Michigan State foot-
ball fan called timeout before
doctors could install a pacemaker
in his chest yesterday, deferring
the procedure until after the
school's football game this week-
end against rival Michigan.
Major Hester said he's willing
to risk death so that he can watch
Saturday's game in Ann Arbor
on television. The Spartans are
ranked 17th in the country and
the Wolverines are ranked 18th.
The 69-year-old retired office
supply clerk said he put off
the procedure until next week
because he can't risk something
going wrong on the operating
table that would prevent him
from watching the game.
"You never know," Hester told
The Detroit News as he paced
back and forth in his living room.
"It's like going into combat. You
may come home alive or you may
come home dead."
Hester said he's aware of the
risk he's taking but is willing to
take the chance.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports.

HACKERS
From Page 1A
the morning of Sept. 29 - the
day the site was slated to go live.
According to Halderman, it was
then that the team discovered a
weakness in the site's design that
would allow any good hacker to
infiltrate it.
So Halderman's team decided
to do just that - break into the
site and take control.
"That was the big ah-ha
moment," Halderman said of his
team's late-night discovery.
First, though, the team needed
some rest.
"We spent most of Tuesday
recovering from staying up all
night," Halderman said.
But by Wednesday, Halderman
said, the team was well-rested
and ready to get their hands on
the site, which had since gone
live.
Halderman said that within
hours of hacking into the site,
"we had the same access to the
server as someone who controls
it."
And control it they did.
First, Wustrow said, they
replaced all existing ballots with
write-in votes for famous robots
like HAL 9000.
"It was our own evil ballot,"
Wustrow said.
After that, according to Wus-
trow, the team rigged the system
to reveal personal information
about the people who'd cast their
votes.
And to top it all off, the team
programmed the site to play
"Hail to the Victors" every time a
vote was cast.
"That was our calling card,"
Halderman explained.
Of course, since it was only a
test site for the election, Halder-
man's hacking didn't do any real
damage - quite the opposite, in
fact.
As an official behind the site
explained, the test phase was
RECRUITMENT
From Page 1A
to join a Panhel sorority.
Last year, IFC extended bids
to 524 students, with 435 of those
students accepting their bids,
according to LSA senior Brett
Vasicek, vice president of internal
recruitment for IFC. This year,
IFC extended at least one bid to
617 men, he said.
Nationally, there has been a
growinginterestinjoiningGreek-
letter organizations among col-
lege students, Vasicek said.
"Fraternities are becoming
more valued today," he said.
This interest, together with
the largest freshman class size
to date - estimated at 6,300
students by University officials,
according to a Sept. 13 article in
The Michigan Daily - are most
likely the causes for the boost in
recruitees, Vasicek said.
IFC also decided to make
recruitment one week later in the
semester due to Jewish holidays
in September, in addition to hold-
ing another day of events. These
changes may have also led to
more students having an interest
in Greek life on campus as well.
The recruitment process

allows interested students to find
which house is the best fit for
them by having "open houses,"
Vasicek said.
The open Houses are sepa-
rated into categories based on
geographic location, and rush-
ees have the flexibility to choose
which ones they visit, Vasicek
said.
"This is a way to get interested
guys to see as many houses as
possible," he said.
Unlike IFC's open houses, Pan-
hel's recruitment is structured
around four mixers, in which the
recruitees visit all 15 chapters for
the first mixer and a descending
number of houses for each subse-
quent mixer. The last set of mix-
ers, called "preference parties,"
is the most formal of the recruit-
ment events. Each woman in the
recruitment process visits up to
three chapters during this time.
After the last mixer, the women
are given their bids.
Panhel's recruitment process
hasn't change dramatically from
last year, Hartstein said, though
the organization added another
chapter and did more marketing
over the summer.

launched in large part to encour-
age undercover work like Halder-
man's.
In an interview yesterday, Paul
Stenbjorn, the chief technology
officer for the Washington, D.C.
Board of Elections and Ethics,
called the test phase "an exercise
to help us develop a better online
ballot."
According to Stenbjorn, Hal-
derman's hacking helped uncover
a major vulnerability the election
board might have otherwise over-
looked.
"Part of this process was to
ensure that there was no hack-
ability to this application," Sten-
bjorn said.
Thanks to Halderman, Stenb-
jorn said, the online voting sys-
tem is now headed back to the
drawing board.
"I credit (Halderman's team)
with helping us," Stenbjorn said.
"But I also encourage them to
help us build a better one."
However, both Halderman and
Wustrow said they don't want to
play any part in an online voting
system - at least not yet.
"The takeaway we really want
people to see here is that Inter-
net voting is just not ready to be
implemented, definitely not now,"
Wustrow said. "It's a very diffi-
cult problem that can't be solved
fixing just this."
Halderman added that he
was concerned how easy it was
to hack into the site and doesn't
think that bodes well for the
future of online voting.
"Internet voting is really dan-
gerous," Halderman said! "It's
too dangerous toube used today or
any time in the near future."
Nevertheless, Alysohn
McLaughlin, a spokeswoman
from the elections board, said her
group plans to continue develop-
ing its program for use in future
elections.
"We're committed to this
product and we'll continue test-
ing for it," McLaughlin said.
Though Hartstein said she
"would love to attribute" the
increased recruitment numbers
to their marketing, like Vasicek,
she said that the increase is due to
the large freshman class size and
the increased interest in joining
sororities both at the University
and on college campuses across
the country.
LSA freshman Kellie Brouil-
lard just joined Delta Delta Delta
sorority. She said the recruitment
process was well organized and
allowed her to effectively decide
which house suited her best.
"We were all thrown into it
really fast, but I'm happy with
how Panhel put it together,"
Brouillard said. "The process is
long but, in the end I wouldn't
have wanted it to be done differ-
ently."
Brouillard said she decided
to join the Greek-letter commu-
nity because many of her family
members were involved in Greek
life. She also said she wanted to
broaden her social circle.
"I went into it to make more
friends," Brouillard said. "I
wanted to meet new people and
get really involved with philan-
thropy."
Joining the Greek community
makes Brouillard feel like she's

part of a large family, she said.
"It's only been two weeks and
these girls already feel like fam-
ily," she said. "I have friends that
didn't rush, and they do regret
not doing it because they see how
many friends I've made and how
much better I feel about myself."
Though formal recruitment
is over, IFC organizations are
encouraged to recruit throughout
the year, Vasicek said.
Nursing freshman Justin
Palka, a new member of Sigma
Phi Epsilon, said he was happy
with IFC's recruitment process.
"The process is solid," Palka
said. "You get to meet everyone
and see which fraternity is a bet-
ter fit for you."
Palka said he chose to join the
Greek community on campus to
make the large University feel
smaller since he came from a
small high school. He added that
his interest in community service
also influenced his decision to go
Greek since many fraternities on
campus have a focus on philan-
thropy.
"My big thing was community
outreach," he said. "I didn't want
to just go to a party fraternity."

GOOGLE
From Page 1A
that makes the Google Apps Sys-
tem "the best tool for students,
faculty and staff."
"There are lots of ways to allow
people to engage and interact in
real-time," Miskelly said. "We
allow you to share dynamic con-
tent, and we allow you to do all of
this in a very secure and private
manner."
According to Miskelly, 9 mil-
lion students and faculty at
universities, colleges and K-12
schools throughout the coun-
try use the Google system. She
said educational institutions like
the absence of advertising and
the option to use school-specific
e-mail domains.
Google Solutions Engineer
Chris Walsh said the security fea-
tures in the program also make it
attractive to potential users.
"We have hundreds of thou-
sands of identical servers that
we've built and developed," Walsh
said. "And then we put our own
(operating system) on there. And
what this means is that with these
homogenous systems, we can eas-
ily update and secure these from
the had stuff from the rest of the
KING
From Page 1A
how long or how short somebody's
hair is? What color their skin is?
What part of the globe they were
born in?" King asked the audience.
"There is one human race. We are
the human race."
King continued by discuss-
ing the values that she considers
important as a pro-life advocate
and a civil rights activist.
"I believe that human love and
compassion will take us very far,"
she said. "Faith, hope, love, repen-
tance, forgiveness are all prin-
ciples that we all can embrace and
should embrace."
King stressed that she contin-
ues to support the pro-life move-
ment and to carry the message of
equality that her father and uncle
passed down to her.
"If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
came to the event today," King
said, "he would encourage us all
to get together, to love and forgive
each other, and to work out a solu-

Internet."
Google utilizes security mea-
sures like an encryption process
that makes it impossible for any-
one to take user data from Google
and view it. Users can also log on
from a second computer to end a
session not terminated on a previ-
ously used computer.
At the event, the Google repre-
sentatives assured audience mem-
bers that user data belongs to the
user and that Google only scans
data to benefit the user experi-
ence. This is done through an
automated system, not through
human efforts, Walsh said.
The Google Products Suite also
includes features to make e-mail
more user-friendly like "Got the
Wrong Bob?" - which alerts users
when they may be sending an
e-mail to the wrong person - and
"Don't Forget Bob!" - which lets
users know if they are forgetting
an e-mail recipient who they fre-
quently e-mail.
University students who
attended the presentation said
they were fairly impressed by the
system and drew comparisons
between the features presented
by Google and those highlighted
at a similar event held last week
by Microsoft.
LSA junior Marco Mora, who
tion where everybody wins."
King is the director of the
pro-life advocacy group Priests
for Life and founder of King for
America, an organization that
aims to enhance the lives of peo-
ple spiritually, physically, intel-
lectually and socially. She is also
a strong supporter of Students for
Life of America.
"Anytime chapters call me and
I can work them into my schedule,
I like to try and help," King said of
the organization.
Before her presentation, King
noted that she was not giving her
presentation in a church - as she
often does - and said she wel-
comed everyone regardless of per-
sonal opinions about abortion and
civil rights.
But agroup ofgraduate students
from the University's School of
Social Work attended King's pre-
sentation in an effort to respond
to controversial comments King
made recently about her position
on homosexuality.
Among the students, Alia Tor-
ran-Burrel, a first-year Social

Friday, October 8, 2010 - 3A
attended last night's event and the
one sponsored by Microsoft, said
he liked Google's collaborative
features.
"Microsoft didn't really show
the collaboration," Mora said. "I
believe (Microsoft) can have more
than two people collaborate, but
they never went into that. I'm a
little skeptical (about Microsoft).
I think Google really outdid them-
selves."
LSA senior Jingran Wang said
he thought Google's system was
easier to navigate and had a better
layout design, but he considered
the competition a toss-up.
"It pretty much comes down
to implementation - how much
we can Michiganize both of their
offerings," Wang said.
Miskelly said Google made an
immense effort to customize its
product to cater to the University.
"We set out to come here and
really understand the experience
at Michigan, and we set out to
make our presentation as applica-
ble to that audience as possible,"
Miskelly said in an interview after
the presentation. "There are thou-
sands of universities, community
colleges and schools using our
products everyday, and we'd love
to add the University of Michigan
to that list."
Work graduate student, asked
King about her position on gay
rights.
King responded to Torran-
Burrel, saying she would have to
be invited back a second time in
order to address the topic fully,
but that in her mind every life is
important.
"What we're talking about
tonight is the right to live," King
said. "Everyone has the right to
be loved and cherished. I'm not
for hating people because of their
denomination or their size or their
sexual lives. That's wrong to do
that."
Despite the criticisms, LSA
senior Jeff Brown, who has been a
member of Students for Life since
his freshman year, said the orga-
nization was "very honored" by
King's attendance.
"Dr. King is a very well respect-
ed leader in the pro-life commu-
nity," Brown said. "Being in this
movement I've always found that
people who've had abortions and
regretted it make the best spokes-
people."

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