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M-Pulse, the University's solar car, races along Route 66 near Edmond, Okla., last Wednesday en route to winning the American Solar Challenge. The
race began in Chicago and finished in Claremont, Calif.
Sun shines as M-Pulse cruises to title
By Maria Sprow
Daily News Editor
Officials first discovered the enemy July 17.
The following day, University officials took
cautious measures to ensure students, faculty
and staff would be prepargd for what was to
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SirCam is a Trojan virus that only affects
IBM compatible computers and looks harmless
to its victims. It spreads after a victim opens an
attachment to an e-mail. The virus automatically
looks at an individual's address books and
addresses from internet caches and sends short,
friendly e-mail letters to the addresses. It also
goes into the victim's "My Documents" folder
and randomly picks out a file to send along with
the e-mail. The document is then attached to the
e-mail and the virus.
The major problems from the virus started a
week after it was discovered. Due to several pre-
ventative measurements, the worm has only created
See VIRUS, Page 2
By Elizabeth Kassab
M-Pulse the student-designed and driven solar car, surged to victory.
Wednesday, crossing the finish line in first place at the American Solar
(ttletge. The win sends the team to the next level of solar car competi-
.o, - the World Solar Challenge, which will take the team through the
A' stralian Outback.
"The competition itself was real exciting" said Rackham student Nader
Shsvayhat, M-Pulse's project manager. M-Pulse clocked in at a time of 56
hours, 10 minutes and 46 seconds, an hour and twenty minutes faster than
the University of Missouri-Rolla, the runner-up and defending champion.
"There were a lot of really great schools out there, Shwayhat said.
That is not a wide margin of time, said Prof. Brian Gilchrist, one of the'
faculty advisors for M-Pulse. In a race that close, even small problems can
be crucial, Gilchrist said.
"One major problem with your car that forces you to spend half an hour
in the side of the road" could have a "substantial impact" in the team's
standing, Gilchrist said. M-Pulse was side-lined early on in the race as the
team worked to fix a problem.
Each year there is a different route, and this year's was the longest thus
far, Gilchrist said. The 2,300 mile trek took competitors along the historic
"The race took us on every landscape that we could have seen" Shwayhat
said. The team navigated through terrain ranging from plains to city streets.
"It was real exciting to be able to cover that much land," he said but
added, "For these tiny solar cars it beat them up alot."
The team spent many hours doing repairs and routine maintenance on
M-Pulse. Sometimes team members worked through the night to work on
See M-PULSE, Page 7
Education official discusses
teachers' role in reading
Joseph Johnson Jr of the U.S. Department of Education
speaks to educators yesterday at the Michigan League.
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LSA adds classes about Detroit to the
course list to join in on the year-long
Detroit 300 celebration.
By Louie Melzlish reported rea
Daily News Editor remained sta
Joseph Johnson Jr. did not begin his keynote was "althoui
address to the University's Center for the you look at,
Improvement of Early Rading Achievement ing at hig]
Summer Institute with great news. increased,"
Johnson, director of the U.S. Department of formed at I
Education's Compensatory Education Prograns,
Daily Arts gets down and dirty with
"Planet of the Apes" and hot and sweaty
with Moby and Area: One.
ding comprehension among children
atic over the last few years.
s really important to note, he said,
gh the general trend line is flat, when
the performance who were perform-
,h levels, their performance has
while students who historically per-
ower levels were performing at even
See READING, Page 2
Former Wolverine Chuck Winters
rediscovers his competitive spirit with
the Detroit Fury in Arena Football.