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Search for
new social
media head
Administrators take, and I'm very sorry," Miller
wrote in an e-mail in December.
look to fill position When Miller applied for the
position in Oct. 2011, the position
after previous was listed with a salary between
$90,000 and $110,000.
director resigned The position also requires
"exceptional written and oral
By JEN CALFAS communication skills with a pas-
Daily Staff Reporter sion for sharing knowledge," and
proficiency in social media plat-
Earlier today, the University forms like Twitter, Facebook,
posted a job opening for a new Tumblr and Instagram.
social media director, hoping to . The new director will serve as
fill the position left empty upon the University's primary social
Jordan Miller's resignation from media advocate and create con-
the position a month ago. versation within the social media
The position posting lists a community, according to the
salary between $85,000 and job posting. He or she will also
$100,000, and requires a bach- "make U-M a notable personal-
elor's degree or equivalent work ity that'sfollow-worthy and like-
experience in marketing, com- able."
munications, journalism or other Lisa Rudgers, vice president
related fields. for global communications and
Miller, the University's first strategic initiatives, will super-
social media director, was hired vise the hiring process. The
in Feb. 2012 and resigned in director will work under Rudg-
December amid allegations post- ers and supervise a social media
ed on Reddit that she falsified specialist and interns.
aspects of her education on her In ablog post on Jan. 14, Rudg-
resume. ers wrote that University's social
"My intention was never to media presence has expanded
deceive the University, but I over the past year. The @umich
acknowledge that I made a mis- See SOCIAL, Page 5

Tim Hardaway Jr. attempts a 3-pointer during the Michigan vs. Purdue Men's Basketball Game on Tuesday. Michigan
) PAGE 9 defeats Purdue at home 68-53. Hardaway scored a total of 13 points.
Online ed. counsel hired

Kaul to advise
University on
digital ventures
Daily StaffReporter
Hopingtoexpand thebreadth
of technology use inside and
outside the classroom, the Uni-
versity has appointed Gautam
Kaul as special counsel for digi-

tal education initiatives within
the Office of the Provost.
According to a University
press release the appoint-
ment was made to ensure the
University is "thinking strate-
gically about educational tech-
Kaul currently serves as John
C. and Sally S. Morley Profes-
sor of Finance at the Business
School and has been at the Uni-
versity for nearly three decades.
Last year, Kaul taught an

introductory finance class on
Coursera, a massive open online
course website that attracted
roughly 133,000 registered stu-
dents. Coursera is the Universi-
ty's primary MOOC vehicle, but
is just one of the avenues that
Kaul will oversee in his work on
digital education.
Kaul earned his Ph.D. from
the University of Chicago in
1985 and has served on several
technology-related committees
during his time at Michigan. He

is currently managing director
of the Social Venture Fund and
serves on the advisory board of
the Erb Institute for Global Sus-
tainable Enterprise.
There are currently seven
University faculty members
who have composed courses to
be used on Coursera, with more
planned for the future.
Dan Russell, one of Google's
top research scientists, told
the Daily last week that while
See ONLINE, Page 5

GEO weighs impact of
right-to-work law '

Leaders concerned
about impact on
health insurance
Daily Staff Reporter
Although Wednesday night
was only their first meeting of
the year, the Graduate Employ-
ees' Organization was already
focused on what will define their
group for 2013: figuring out how
to function under Michigan's
new right-to-work legislation.
Right-to work legislation,
which has been passed in 23
other states, allows employees

in union represented workplaces
to not automatically have dues
deductedfromhisorher pay.The
law's moves through Michigan's
legislature at the end of the 2012
session drew headlines nation-
Although the new rules offi-
cially goes into effect in March
of this year, GEO's current con-
tract runs through March 1,
2014. While this does not affect
GEO employees as of now, future
membership is at stake, union
officials say.
Rackham student Emily How-
ard, communications co-chair
for GEO, wrote in an e-mail
interview that the fear among
union advocates is that, with

less members and money, unions
around the state risk diminished
bargaining power.
"GEO's bargaining power is
people power," Howard wrote.
"As long as members stay orga-
nized keep active, bargaining
should proceed as usual."
Non-members and the media
were prohibited from attending
Wednesday night's GEO meet-
ing, but Howard wrote that
health insurance was a major
concern expressed.
"The benefit most in danger
under this legislation is ... health
insurance," Howard wrote.
"Staff organizers have talked to
dozens of members who have
See GEO, Page 5

Students for Choice man a table in Mason Hall on Thursday to commemorate the 40th anniversaty of the U.S.
Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade.
CSG pilot program gives grants
to students studying abroad,

Hackathon aims to be
largc~est in country
Inaugural event to hackathon in the country next to new technology and program-
draw hackers from weekend. ming languages that are evolv-
Engineering jnior David ing so rapidly that they haven't
throughout nation Fontenot, one of the students begun to be taught at the Univer
,1eAuni,.BL.,e...au eu TAT-norlrs ciky.

Six students using
CSG funds for
projects around
the globe
Daily Staff Reporter
While Central Student Gov-
ernment announced the pro-
gram only a month before the
start of this semester, Take
U-M Abroad has already given
six University students study-,
ing abroad this semester $1,000
each for an individual project.

The program, which was
described as stamping the block
'M' across the globe, had over
40 applicants, according to LSA
freshman Nicole Mott, the CSG
intern who headed the program.
Student participants in the pro-
gram are traveling to countries
such as South Korea, Australia
and Spain.
The program had few stipu-
lations for applicants; Mott said
CSG was originally expecting
only 20 to 25 applications. She
was pleased that the original
estimation was exceeded and
added that most of the projects
were hard to pass on.
"We actually had ahard time

deciding between different
projects becausethey were all
prettygood," Mottsaid.
The program originally only
allotted money for five scholar-
ships, but Mott said a sixth was
added when CSG found one pro-
gram submitted after the dead-
line to be deserving.The money
awarded to students is not being
used to fund the trips, but is to
be used only to fund projects
that students start while abroad.
Mott said she will be check-
ing in with the participating
students during the semester
to ensure their funds are being
used appropriately. She added
See ABROAD, Page 5

Daily StaffReporter
If all goes according to plan,
students from across the nation
will be flocking to Palmer Com-
mons for the largest college

headting the inaugural miacxs
Hackathon, said the program
aims to draw 500 students to the
36-hour programming competi-
In addition to aspiring to be
the, biggest hackathon in the
nation, Fontenot said he hopes
MHacks-will also bring exposure

"Technology is changing so
fast and a lot of the stuff you learn
in the classroom could be a few
years behind," he said. "What
hackathons allow you to do is
they allow you to try out a tool
you would never use in class."

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