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FRESARD
Continued from Page 1
anyway and if you take your job seri-
ously as an editor, you're not going to
let yonr friendships affect what you
do," Fresard said.
Fresard said he will not edit stories
about the group in the future.
"I plan to have the managing editor
handle those stories," he said.
Fresard said he will appoint a new man-
aging editor, and that there may be addi-
tional leadership transitions. No changes
have been made thus far.
"It is unfortunate (Dinges) decided to
leave, but it is her decision and I wish her
the best," Fresard said.
In early April, Management Desk
- the Daily's governing board
comprised of managing, senior and
assistant editors - held a vote to
determine whether Fresard's involve-
ment in Michigamua would consti-
tute a conflict of interest.
According to the Daily's bylaws,
a two-thirds vote must be reached to
render a binding decision that forces
Fresard to choose between his posi-
tion as editor in chief and membership
in the group.
Although a majority voted against
Fresard joining the group, the two-thirds
requirement was not met.
Daily staff editorials, express-
ing the views of the Daily's edito-
rial board only, have traditionally
been critical of the group formerly
known as Michigamua and have
called for reforms, such as a name
change and transparency about the
group's activities.
The group, now described as a senior
honor society, has not yet adopted a
new name, but intends to register as a
University-recognized student organi-
zation in the fall.
Mark McDonald, seasoned journal-
ist and Howard Marsh, a visiting pro-
fessor of journalism at the University,
said the decision whether to join cer-
tain organizations can be difficult for
campus leaders, particularly because
situations involving campus life often
spark high tensions.
"Because you're the editor of
the university newspaper, does that
mean you automatically exclude
yourself from all activities, societ-
ies, events and campus life? Is this
the best and only way to present
yourself as 'impartial'? I think not,"
McDonald said.
But McDonald said that the issue
becomes more complicated when the
society in question is racist or ideologi-
cally radical in some way.
Regardless, editors and reporters must
not cover groups with which they are
affiliated, he said.
"They should be open and upfront
about their membership. If this is
prohibited by the society's rules,
then (they) probably shouldn't join,"
McDonald said.
Although he expects to hear con-
cerns about his involvement in the
society due to its past, Fresard said
he believes within a year the group
will not be considered controversial.
"In more recent decades, as the group
began to come under scrutiny, the editors
at the Daily rightly stayed out of it," Fre-
sard said. "There is nothing objectionable
about the group anymore, and so I think
now it is appropriate for the editor of the
Daily to be in the group again"

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Global warming is a
hot issue at conference
in Pellston, Michigan
By Leah Graboski
Daily News Editor
Between journaling observations of the
natural world and measuring forest car-
bon storage last week,students at the Uni-
versity's Biological Station participated in
workshops and heard presentations as part
of a summit on scientific integrity.
The Douglas Lake Summit on Scien-
tific Integrity was sponsored jointly by the
UMBS and the Union of Concerned Sci-
entists, a nonprofit organization working
to resolve environmental and global secu-
rity problems. The summit began Thurs-
day afternoon with a panel discussion led

by scientists and public policy makers and
ended Friday with a tour of the UMBS.
National Public Radio Senior Wash-
ington Editor Ron Elving and former LSA
Prof. Henry Pollack gave the keynote
speeches Thursday, which were followed
by four small group discussions.
Pollack addressed the realities of
climate change and the difficulties
scientists face in communicating the
urgency of global warming to the pub-
lic in his presentation titled, "Hockey
Sticks and Politics."
With a hockey stick laid across the
podium, he spoke to the lessons learned
from a 1998 study that found a hockey
stick-shaped trend of temperature varia-
tion over the last 1,000 years. The study
found that while temperatures have been
stable for most of the Earth's history, tem-
peratures during the last 100 years have
increased dramatically.

Pollack said whether the hockey stick
formation exists or not, scientists have
come to the same conclusion in repeated
studies - 20th century temperatures
exceed those in the last millennium.
"Science works," Pollack said, "It's like
having a stone in your shoe. You never for-
get about it." Like a stone in your shoe, he
said, scientists keep looking for solutions
to nagging problems.
But Pollack warned the scientists
at the summit from hiding in their
labs or out in fields. He said they are
responsible to explain their research
to the public.
In an interview, Pollack said there is an
absence of leadership in Michigan to com-
bat climate change. He said U.S. Congress
is too concerned with protecting industry.
"The Michigan auto industry doesn't
need protection. It needs a wake-up call,"
Pollack said.

He also said the media "is not so good
at science"
Representing the media industry, LSA
Prof. and Detroit Free Press reporter
Emilia Askari explained the skills neces-
sary for scientists to communicate effec-
tively with the media.
Askari said scientists wishing to
write opinion columns should keep
it short and passionate. She said sci-
entists have a culture of being "one-
hand, on the other hand" and in an
opinion piece, the argument should
be direct.
Fred Gray, reporter for the Petoskey
News-Review, also represented the media
industry during the workshop. Gray said
although some journalists say, "making it
simple" is the best way to use the media
as a medium for public awareness, he
does not prefer to go that route. He said
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