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MSU student to appeal riot penalty
ACROSS THE NATION
EAST LANSING (AP) - A Michigan State
University student plans to appeal a court order
that she pay restitution for her part in the March
riot at the school.
Laura Quitmeyer of Macomb County's Shelby
Township, was convicted in October of lifting her
shirt to a crowd during the March 27-28 riot.
Quitmeyer was the first of the 132 people
charged with rioting to ask the city to justify the
$2,384.33 that each convicted rioter is fined. The
On Wednesday, East Lansing District Judge
David Jordon ruled that Quitmeyer should pay the
fine. Jordan also sentenced her to seven days in
"I didn't destroy anything and now I have to pay
for what other people did," Quitmeyer told the
Lansing State Journal.
Quitmeyer's attorney, Lawrence Baumgartner,
challenged the city's numbers, including costs for
police overtime, the number of tear-gas canisters
used and road repair crews.
Baumgartner also accused the city of double-
charging for things like 14 damaged parking
meters. A judge has already required several indi-
viduals convicted of destroying those meters to
pay for the damage.
But Jordan ruled that the city's numbers were
"sufficiently persuasive" after East Lansing offi-
cials responded to each question.
An appeal hearing is expected in January.
Police say up to 10,000 people ran through the
Michigan State campus and East Lansing after
Michigan State lost to Duke University in the
NCAA Final Four men's basketball tournament.
city says the fine is 1 percent of the
damages it suffered during the riot.
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In all the history about Hanukkah's
origin, presents are not mentioned.
"Since Hanukkah happens to fall
around Christmas, it has become
more commercialized with presents,
especially in this country," Kirschen
Another tradition at Hanukkah
celebrations is to play with a drei-
del, a four-sided top with Hebrew
letters on each side with the inscrip-
tion, "A great miracle happened
"Basically dreidels came to be
because during the rest of the year
gambling was prohibited," said
Hillel member Shani Lasin.
"During Hanukkah, the rabbis
were more relaxed, so people would
gamble with dreidels and cards," she
Hillel members will be passing
out dreidels, candy, menorahs and
Mall site chosen for King Memorial
WASH INGTON--The National Capital Planning Commission yesterda.unan
imously chose a site on the Tidal Basin to honor Martin Luther King Jr., granting
the slain civil rights leader a place of honor in one of the nation's most visited, an<
visible, open spaces.
The memorial will be built in a line between the Lincoln and Jefferson memori
als and near the tribute to Franklin D. Roosevelt. With the decision, King beco*
the only private individual elevated to such a distinction, his memorial soon to b
a part of the nation's monumental core.
A jubilant John Carter, King memorial project manager, said after the vote thai
the foundation was ready to go on to the design phase.
"We are ready to launch our international design competition as of, well, as o
today," he said, holding up a mailing tube that was addressed to one of the 80 peo-
ple who had asked for competition information. He said the deadline for entering
the competition is May I and that organizers expect to hold an award gala eveni
Although the commission's vote in favor of the Tidal Basin site was never a surc
thing, Carter said he wanted to be ready to move quickly if the vote was to appr v
that site, the one the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Project Foundation
the Fishbowl area of
today from 10 a.m. to
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defense of our policies'
They also are sponsoring a
Hanukkah shabbat dinner tonight
and a Hanukkah party Sunday night.
Students also can drop by to make
latkes at Hillel, which is located at
1429 Hill St.
"I'll probably go to one of the
Hillel functions," LSA sophomore
Seth Weiss said.
"We usually have a Hanukkah
party at home and exchange gifts, so
I kind of miss that, but it's cool to
experience the holiday with new
people," Weiss said.
Not all Jewish students have plans
to celebrate Hanukkah though.
"I wasn't planning on celebrating
Hanukkah, because it's not a very
important holiday," said LSA first-
year student David Spirer.
"It used to be a big thing at home
when I was little, but now it's not,"
"We have shown that diversity in the
classroom makes a big difference in the
quality of a student's education."
Lehman told The Michigan Daily in
December 1997 that the school's policy
of encouraging diversity was under threat
and the University had a national respon-
sibility to defend the future of affirmative
action and diversity in education.
"The dominant sense is that we are
doing the right thing and it is, in many
ways, an honor and a privilege for us to
be the spokespersons for legal educa-
tion," he said in 1997.
Now, two years later, Lehman said
he believes the University has a strong
"I believe that, two years after the
complaint was filed, we are exactly
where we want to be," Lehman said.
"We have prepared a powerful case that
demonstrates convincingly that the
plaintiffs' arguments are without legal
And in preparing the case, the
University has reaffirmed its mission to
provide a diverse environment to the
campus community, Barry said - a
kind of self-reflection, she added.
"We have articulated to students,
alumni, faculty and our constituencies
the defense of our policies, and that has
been very valuable," Barry said.
If the amount of money the
University has put into its legal defense
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than it's in for the long haul.
As of June, the University had spent
S3.3 million on its legal defense, for
both the Law School and College of
Literature, Science and the Arts cases.
"This is complicated litigation with
a great deal at stake," Barry said.
Abdel-Khalik said the most impor-
tant development in the suits was the
decision handed down from the 6th
Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati,
allowing two separate coalitions made
up of students and public interest
groups to iintervne into the cases.
Abdel-Khalik, now in her third year
at the Law School, is one of the 58
"Our intervention was critical
because it gives a voice to the students
who are here now, students who aren't
here yet and those who are no longer
here" Abdel-Khalik said,
In the meantime, both sides are
preparing for the suits.
CIR senior legal counsel Terry Pell
said that as the trials near, interest in the
"There is a lot of personal interest in
the case,' Pell said. "The higher educa-
tion community is looking at this case
Although summary judgments -
motions for a judge to make a decision
on the case based on evidence present-
ed to that point - could be filed this
spring, "I don't anticipate anything sig-
nificant to happen in the next few
months," Pell said.
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said, appointments tend to be guided by
a governor's personal agenda.
The resolution would limit
appointees to no more than two consec-
utive eight-year terms. No more than
five board members for each school
could come from the governor's party,
and at least three must be affiliated
with the other major party.
Susan Shafer, Michigan Gov. John
Engler's deputy press secretary, said the
Legislature is unlikely to adopt the res-
olution before the Republican governor
is term-limited out of office in 2002.
"We'll just kind of wait and see how
this plays out," she said.
Shafer maintained that the adminis-
tration meticulously selects appointees
to serve as board members, whereas
voters may be uninformed about who is
a competent candidate.
"We look for capable individuals that
can serve the universities well and have
some kind of background or interest in
education," Shafer said.
Phil Power, who served nine years on
the University Board of Regents, said
most voters across the state are unfa-
miliar with the candidates when they
head to the polls in November.
"There is a question of whether the
outcome of these elections is anything
more than a crapshoot," said Power,
who lost his bid for re-election last year
to regents David Brandon (R-Ann
Arbor) and Kathy White (D-Ann
Schwarz has proposed similar reso-
lutions several times in recent years. He
said wants legislators to consider the
issue and make an informed decision
about what would best serve the inter-
ests of all three institutions.
"We could decide when it's all said
and done that this is as good a situation
as we're going to get," he said.
A two-thirds majority in the Senate
is required to send the proposal to the
House. Smith said chances of garner-
ing enough support this time around
are "slim to none."
WTO riots subside,
Seattle regains calm
SEATTLE - Responding to out-
raged citizens who poured into the
streets after fighting off tear gas in
their neighborhood, Seattle officials
yesterday eased the state of emer-
gency that has paralyzed the inner
city - allowing at least two protest
marches and scaling back the
columns of riot police that have
blockaded downtown intersections,
"We need to put an end to this. We
need to talk," Mayor Paul Schell aeid
wearily after a police crackdown
against World Trade Organization
protesters prompted the backlash in
which hundreds of residents came
out of their homes and faced off
After a night of confrontations that
left some residents of the Capitol Hill
neighborhood crouching on the
floors of their homes, city leaders
faced a barrage of angry criticism
yesterday morning. Schell - facing
a city as distraught over the police
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Grave discovery gives
evidence of cartels
MEXICO CITY - When cocaine
boss Amado Carrillo Fuentes died in
July 1997 during plastic surgery to dis-
guise his identity, some analysts pre-
dicted the collapse of his Juarez cartel,
one of the hemisphere's premier drug-
But the four suspected cemeteries of
Juarez cartel victims discovered this
week near the border city of the same
name provide gruesome evidence that
Mexico's major drug gangs remain
powerful and vicious threats, both to
Mexico and the United States.
The key Mexican drug cartels, U.S.
and Mexican officials agree, have
evolved constantly in recent years even
amid a crackdown against them. A new
generation of younger traffickers,
sometimes called "narco-juniors" has
added a cold, high-tech sophistication
to the arsenal of old-fashioned corrup-
tion and brutality that made the cartels
crackdown as over the WTO protest
ers who have dominated the streets
- pledged to "start the healing
"Our primary goal is to regain and
maintain peace in our city," th
mayor said. "But we are still in a s e
of emergency. This is not businesWa
usual. People must understand that.
debate One Initiative
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It appears
recent events have causedth
University of Florida and Florida State
University to battle over issues othei
Speaking to a faculty gathering jusi
before Thanksgiving, UF interin
President Charles Young said
Governor Jeb Bush's One Florida
Initiative is submitting to the political
push against affirmative action pro.
Young also commented on the grow-
ing support for the initiative, especially
from officials at FSU.
The narcojuniors are no less brutal,
but "their human and material struc-
tures are lighter, they disguise theii
merchandise, they move with more dis-
cretion, they are better-educated,
they have more of an entreprencu 1
vision of their business," Proceso mag-
azine said in an August analysis of the
open probe on Kohl
BERLIN - In a growing scandal
centered on former Chancellor Hel
Kohl, German lawmakers opened a
probe yesterday into secret payments and
suspicions of graft that could permanent.
ly tarnish his legacy as a states person.
Kohl, who ran Germany with a
fatherly hand and his conservative
party with near-total control, admitted
this week that he had managed secrel
party accounts, but he has repeatedly
denied receiving bribes or kickbacks.
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