Monday, July 23, 2007
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
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data bases plans would be voted on at the
meeting because someone from
dk the Athletic Development office
called him two to three weeks
beforehand. He would not specifi-
cally name the person who did so.
By EMILY BARTON "He asked if I would be willing
Daily News Editor to (speak) and I readily agreed,"
The University's School of Education The athletic department's
shut down its server and secured its data- Development Director Joe Parker
bases on July 3 after discovering that a said he knew some of the speak-
hacker accessed two of the databases. ers personally because they were
University Spokeswoman Kelly Cun- members of the Victors Club - a
ningham said the initial review indi- program where donors to the ath-
cated that the server was being used to letic department can accu-
launch an attack on a computer unaffili- mulate "priority points" and
ated with the University, and that stu- receive benefits like tickets to
dents' personal information was not a road games and prime parking
specific target. spots based on the size of their
Cunningham said she couldn't contributions. Reece said he
discuss how hacking came to be sus- was a member of the Victors
pected because an investigation is still Club.
underway. Parker refused to comment P
Paul Howell, the University's chief on whether he was involved in
informationtechnology security officer, recruiting public commenta- Eli
said it's common for hackers to break tors.
into a series of computers before invad- Wheelchair-user Mark Pas-
ing their target to be harder to trace. coe, who was the first speaker
Computers often show signs of hack- to sign up, said he had spoken
ing like malfunctioning or showing with Parker and other individu-
unfamiliar data or processes, he said. als in the athletic department on
The University sent out 5,500 letters the phone on several occasions.
See HACKER, Page 8 He said the individuals he spoke
with in the department suggest-
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University alum John Leppiaho,
who also spoke at the meeting, said
he knew the topic would be voted
on weeks before the meeting's
agenda was released, but declined
to comment further.
Through the Freedom Of
Information Act, The Michigan
Daily obtained on July 18 the
written requests to address the
regents at the June meeting. The
requests showed that after the
meeting's agenda was published,
three requests to speak in opposi-
tion of the stadium project were
filed, but were denied because all
slots were filled.
The FOIA document also
revealed that four of the five people
who spoke in favor of the stadium
renovations submitted requests
within one day of each other.
"The vice president and sec-
retary of the University does not
make exceptions to the first-come,
first-serve policy and no one
receives special privileges when
it comes to signing up for public
comments," University spokes-
woman Kelly Cunningham said in
Several people who attended
the meeting have commented on
the speakers list proceedings.
"I thought they could have
handled the speakers list a little
better," said Michigan Student
Assembly Vice President Moham-
mad Dar. "I mean, even we don't do
Save the Big House spokesman
John Pollack, who vocally opposes
the athletic department's plans
to renovate Michigan Stadium,
was outraged when his request to
address the regents was denied a
day after the agenda came out.
"One would think that on a big
project the University would wel-
come vigorous debate," he said.
"The University does not want
public input on its governance."
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