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2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 13, 1998


Teen-age gang numbers,
high school violence rise
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly or threat - was reported by 4.2 percent
twice as many teen-agers reported of students in 1995, up 23.5 percent
gangs in their schools in 1995 as they from 3.4 percent six years earlier, the
did in 1989, while the number of stu- Justice and Education departments
dents victimized by violent crime said.

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increased nearly 25 percent, the U.S.
government reported yesterday.
President Clinton called the findings
"unacceptable" and urged Congress to
fight the trend by approving anti-gang
and youth violence initiatives he
offered a year ago, focusing on "what
we know works - tough, targeted
"Gangs - and the guns, drugs and
violence that go with them - must be
stopped from ever reaching the school-
house door," Clinton said.
Based on surveys of students aged
12-19, street gangs were spotted in
schools by 28.4 percent of those ques-
tioned in 1995 compared with only 15.3
percent in 1989, the Bureau of Justice
Statistics and the National Center for
Education Statistics reported.
Violent crime at school - physical
attacks or a robbery by force, weapon
Continued from Page 1A
searching for a parking space are
"They should be building struc-
tures instead of surface level parking
lots. It's just taking advantage of the
people. They're overspending, then
trying to make the money back,"
Sanchez said. "if they're going to
start charging on Sundays, they

Pascal Forgione, Jr., U.S.
Commissioner of Education Statistics,
said that while relatively small, "this
difference of 0.8 percentage points was
statistically significant and represented
an increase of about 270,000 students."
Forgione noted the gang increase
came in every type of community. In
central cities, students reporting street
gangs rose from 24.8 percent to 40.7 per-
cent; in suburbs, from 14.0 percent to
26.3 percent, and in non-metropolitan
areas, from 7.8 percent to 19.9 percent.
Violence at school shocked the
nation last month when two boys, aged
11 and 13, gunned down four students
and a teacher at a rural middle school in
Jonesboro, Ark. Classmate Melinda
Henson said 13-year-old Mitchell
Johnson claimed to be part of a gang
and wore some type of red "every day,
because he was in the Blood Gang."
should bring the price back to 50
cents an hour. Fifty cents an hour is
really reasonable."
LSA first-year student Emanuel
Nearing also said the additional
money from the new rates should go
toward financing more public park-
"You can't find a spot. If they are
going to raise it, take the revenues and
make more parking available," Nearing

Parents underestimate drug presence
WASHING TON - With an upturn in the number of U.S. preteens and teen-agers
who were offered illicit drugs last year, baby boomer parents are seriously underes-
timating the presence of drugs in their children's lives, a national survey concluded
While parents recognize the severity of the nation's drug problem, "few sincerely
believe that their children are exposed to drugs, that drugs are widely available inS
schools their children attend," said Richard Bonnette, president of the Partnership for
a Drug-Free America, the survey's sponsor.
This finding of the Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, which covered 9,712 chil-
dren, teen-agers and parents across the nation, is important becausethe study also
found that drug use is significantly lower among children who learn about the risks
of drugs at home. Only 28 percent of teens said they learned a great deal about the
dangers of drugs from their parents.
"Boomers - many of whom have 'been there, done that'- are sirprisingly and
ironically out of step with the reality of drugs in their children's lives,' Bonnette
Illustrative of the problem in communications turned up by the survey, 94 percent
of parents interviewed said they talked with their teen-agers about drugpover the past
year. But only 67 percent of the teens recalled those discussions.

Early in the century, graduating University seniors would walk in procession to
commencement activities. This year's graduates plan to revive the tradition.

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Pearce said the meeting at Elbel
Field will be a chance for friends to
socialize and say their good-byes to
each other.
"It seems like it will be a better
gathering place" than the stadium,
Pearce said.
Senior Days '98 committee mem-
ber Elana Cohen said the speakers,
one male and one female. will be
selected by the association to speak
briefly before the procession.
"We were thinking of getting one
of the captains of the football team or
one of the players:' Cohen said. "We
haven't made the final decision on
who we will ask to speak, yet."
Cohen said that because of the
increase in traffic during graduation
weekend, the committee is looking into
the possibility of closing off the streets
that will be used for the procession.
"We haven't decided yet if we're
going to block off the street," Schlifke
said, adding that the committee has
scheduled meetings with local police

officials to discuss the issue.
Schlifke said he does not expect a
majority of the graduating class to
attend the procession, but Senior
Days '98 committee members plan to
distribute fliers advertising the event
during Diag Days on April 20 and 21.
"I don't think we can expect to get
a majority of the class, but if we do
the publicity right, we can get a cou-
ple thousand people," Schlifke said.
Elbel Field was chosen because of
its proximity to the stadium, Cohen
said. The Burton Memorial Tower and
the Diag were considered as meeting
places. but "we didn't think seniors
would come if it was that far away,"
Cohen said.
The procession will take place
regardless of inclimate weather,
Schlifke said.
"if it rains, it obviously won't be a
fun time." Schlifke said. "We'll have
the procession. It might be a little
If there is enough student interest,
the event may be repeated before next
year's spring commencement, Cohen

Top officials pledge
anti-tobacco action
WASHINGTON - Brushing off
an industry boycott and threats of
lawsuits, both Clinton administration
officials and members of Congress
say they are confident they'll pass
tough anti-tobacco legislation by the
end of this year.
"We will get bipartisan legislation this
year," Health and Human Services
Secretary Donna Shalala declared yes-
Major tobacco companies last
.week announced they would not go
along with tobacco legislation being
debated in Congress, saying the goal
of reducing teen smoking has been
subverted into a money grab that
would drive the industry into bank-
Industry leaders stressed yesterday
that they would unleash their huge
lobbying power to stop the legisla-
tion and would go to court to chal-
lenge provisions that limit advertis-
ing of tobacco products and require

companies to pay billions in penal-
ties if teen smoking reduction goals
aren't met.
"The first thing we would do, if the
present legislation passes, is go to court
and have it declared unconstitutional,"
tobacco industry attorney J. Philip5
Carlton said on "Fox News Sunday."
Disney park plagued
by animal deaths
ORLANDO, Fla. - With less than
two weeks to go before Disney opens
its fourth major theme park here, its
publicists are busy describing the
$800-million Animal Kingdom as a
high-adventure jungle populated withG
exotic species, long-dead dinosaurs
and "warm fuzzy moments" with
beloved characters such as{Mickey
and Minnie.
Indeed, the word "zoo" is nowhere to
be found in Disney literature, and it took
a recent reminder from company CEO
Michael Eisner to re-emphasize that the
sell here is not conservation but fun and


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Continued from Page 1A
people did to him,"' said LSA junior
Bethany Crowley. "It's saying, 'Look
at what Jesus did for us."'
University alumnus Brian Duignan
said the holiday has a very dry conno-
tation and Christians might not be
aware of its true meaning.
"We wanted a very positive, truthful
message," Duignan said.
Participants also stressed the
importance of making their faith visi-
ble on campus. Nursing senior Amy
Stewart said that for a lot of young
adults, Christianity is their parents'
religion, meant for an older genera-
"It might just be encouraging to see
people their own age," Stewart said.

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By bringing together a diverse
group of Christians - the
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship,
the Chinese Christian Fellowship,
Campus Crusade for Christ, the
Korean Campus Crusade for Christ,
Good News and the Chi Alpha
Christian Fellowship - the rally
also emphasized the common doc-
trine of a diverse range of Christian
"Events like this are important to
unite the Christian people," Duignan
While Christian churches differ in
their rituals, practices and organiza-
tion, "we all have the same doctrine,"
said LSA senior Rebecca Lee.
"In the essentials, we are unified,"
said RC senior Jonathan Fellows.
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that although many of her friends went
home to celebrate the holidays, she does
not celebrate Easter or Passover.
"I just don't practice any religious
traditions," she said.
For many, the holidays were a time
to release the end-of-the-semester
stress stemming from papers, final
exams and classes.
LSA junior Catherine Ross said
that although she does not celebrate
Easter or Passover, many of her
friends do.
"A lot of my friends went home for
the weekend, probably to hang out
with their family members and have a
good time.' she said.
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Mexicans arrest 20
after raid in Chiapas
MEXICO CITY - In an apparent
hardening of the Mexican govern-
ment's approach to the 4-year-old con-
flict in the southern state of Chiapas,
more than 800 soldiers and police this
past weekend raided a village where
peasant leaders had set up an
autonomous government loyal to
Zapatista rebels.
Authorities said they arrested 20 peo-
ple - including eight Indian leaders and
a dozen foreign sympathizers, among
them at least three Americans - during
the operation Saturday in the village of
Taniperlas in Ocosingo municipality,
east of the regional center San Cristobal
de las Casas.
On Friday, village leaders had
declared the community autonomous,
renaming it Ricardo Flores Magon,
saying they no longer recognized the
government-designated municipal
authorities and appointing rival offi-
While peace negotiations between the
government and the rebels have ]an-

guished, more than 30 !,such
"autonomous villages" sympathetic to
the Zapatistas have been established in
Chiapas over the past year, angering
those in the region loyal to the vtlin
Institutional Revolutionary Party, ov;PRI,
which has long controlled the municipal
power structures and the patronage that
accompanies them.
Leaders move to
settle Iranian unrest
TEHRAN, Iran - After days of
mounting tension, Iranian President
Mohammad Khatami and his hard-line
opponents have sought to settle their
dispute over the arrest of Tehrani's
mayor on corruption charges, newspa-
pers reported yesterday.'
The move came as students called
for a demonstration Tuesday at Tehran
University in support of Mayor
Gholamhossein Karbaschi, a symbol of
Iran's reformers who was detained a
week ago and awaits a trial that ma
begin later this month.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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