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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Thursday, October 25, 2012

michigandaily.com

STUDENT RECORDS
Accidental
grade leak
a breach of
federal law

Engineering sophomore David Fontenot explains the premise behind the MHackers organization to meeting attendees Wednesday evening.
CSG commission hopes to
unite campus entreprenuers,

GSI mistakenly
sends student
information to
435-person class
By TUI RADEMAKER
Daily StaffReporter
With midterms in full swing,
many students are constantly
refreshing CTools pages for
any sign of posted exam results.
For those enrolled in Cultural
Anthropology 101 with Prof.
Andrew Shryock however, they
got more than just their own
results this week.
An excel spreadsheet con-
taining the results of all the stu-
dents's grades - including their
names, uniganses, UM-ID
numbers, course sections, exam
percentages and the key used to
grade each individual's exam -
was accidentally made public
when attached to an e-mail sent
to them noting that their grades
were posted.
Under the Family Educa-
tional Rights and Privacy Act,
releasing students's academic

records is a violation of federal
law. There are some exceptions
such as in the case of a student
transferring to another institu-
tion or in the case of financial
aid applications that such infor-
mation can be released.
University Spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald wrote in an e-mail
that while the publication of
midterm results is in violation
of FERPA, he believes that the
inadvertent nature of it will
allow the University to sim-
ply file a report with the U.S.
Department of Education with
the appropriate documentation
and an explanation that will
mitigate any potential FERPA
violations.
Chris Berk, the head gradu-
ate student instructor for the
course, said in an interview that
the release was a clerical error
and when he sent the spread-
sheet to the students he thought
that the identifying unignames
and names of the 435 students
had been taken out of the docu-
ment.
"It was an error," Berk
said. "I spent hours with the
spreadsheets and I thought I
See GRADE, Page 5A

Leaders from 15
organizations unite
to brainstorm
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA
Daily StaffReporter
Manish Parikh, the Central
Student Government president,

introduced the first step in
making good on his campaign
promise to bring more entre-
preneurship opportunities to
students on Wednesday.
Leaders of 15 student orga-
nizations convened in the CSG
chambers for the inaugural
Entrepreneurship Commission
meeting. While several partici-
pating organizations, such as

MPowered and M-Entrepre-
neurship, are deeply rooted in
entrepreneurial pursuits, less
business-focused organiza-
tions such as MHackers and
TEDxUofM were also in atten-
dance.
More than an hour of the
90-minute meeting was spent
on introductions alone. Parikh,
a Business senior, in

his presentation of CSG to the
commission, said he wants the
promotion of entrepreneurship
to be the cornerstone of his
year in CSG.
In particular, he listed Air-
bus, Fall Break and UPetition
as major successes of former
student government adminis-
trations. Parikh said he wanted
See CSG, Page SA

POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS
College GOP
looks to Dems
to better image

Republicans hope
to improve campus
presence
By ANDREW SCHULMAN
Daily StaffReporter
The campaign ads on tele-
vision aren't the only political
messages on campus this fall
competing for student attention.
As the maize and blue donkey
logo of the University's chapter
of College Democrats is seen on
fliers across campus, the Univer-
sity's chapter of College Republi-
cans also hopes to create a name
and brand for itself.
At the behest of LSA senior
Rachel Jankowski, the chair of
the College Republicans, the
group is seeking to revamp its
image on campus with the Col-
lege Democrats' strategy in
mind. The aim, Jankowski said,
is to make the College Republi-
cans more visible on campus, in.
part by building a brand name
and logo.
"A lot of students don't know
that the College Republicans
exist (on campus), and that's

really terrible," Jankowski said.
"We're trying to really build a
presence on campus, and build
a solid look about us so that you
know, when you see an advertise-
ment, that's the College Republi-
cans and not a different club."
The task of reshaping the
group's image belongs mostly to
its marketing committee, which
Jankowski said has attracted
nearly 30 to 40 members this
semester, an unprecedented
number.
Jankowski said the committee
has been attempting to establish
a brand by creating a "unified
look" on the group's T-shirts, fli-
ers, banners and other parapher-
nalia - much like the College
Democrats.
"I want the College Repub-
licans to have a brand name,"
Jankowski added. "Any good
company has one, and the College
Democrats have a great brand
name. When you see their stuff,
you know it's the College Demo-
crats. That is what the College
Republicans have been focusing
on, and it's what we're pushing."
The College Democrats ini-
tially had the same concern
See REPUBLICANS, Page 5A

LSA freshman Emma Liburdi poses in the Haunted Bell Tower event Wednesday night on the North Campus D ag
L EG AL D ISP UT E
Fed. judge loosens Jenson's
on conditions, lifts cufew

CAMPUS CRIME
At public
meeting,
DPS talks
crime stats
In October, crime
has increased 98
percent from last
year
By MATT JACKONEN
DailyStaffReporter
The University Department of
Public Safety held its first public
crime meeting of the semester
Monday to educate the Univer-
sity community about crime and
other safety issues.
Joe Piersante, the interim
executive director for the new
Division of Public Safety and
Security, began by discussing the
reorganization of security orga-
nizations, that was authorized by
the University's Board of Regents
at their meeting on Friday.
The Division of Public Safety
and Security will encompass all
of the safety and security pro-
grams on campus including the
police, hospital security, housing
security, museum security, con-
tract guard security and emer-
gency preparedness.
"This is an effort by the Uni-
See DPS, Page 5A

Former UMHS
resident appears in
court
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA
Daily StaffReporter
Though he allegedly broke
his court-appointed curfew six
times over the past six months,
former University of Michi-

gan Health System resident
Stephen Jenson will no longer
be held to a curfew or several
other court-ordered restric-
tions.
Earlier this month, Jenson,
who faces charges of posses-
sion of child pornography with-
in the University Hospital, was
accused of repeatedly violating
his curfew and using a comput-
er not monitored by the court.
After repeated violations,

Jenson's nightly curfew was
curtailed from an 8 p.m. start
time to a 5 p.m. start time, but
he still violated the curfew. In a
court hearing Wednesday, the
terms of his release were once
again adjusted.
Many of the prior conditions
of Jenson's release - including
avoiding contact with minors
or ,anyone who could be a
potential victim or witness in
See JENSON, Page SA

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