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One hundred ten years ofeditorialfreedom

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January 23, 2001

4 Texas
o s
Ringleader among
those in custody; fifth
inmate commits suicide
- Acting on a tip, authorities yester-
aptured four of the seven convicts
w broke out of a Texas prison nearly
six weeks ago and allegedly gunned
down a policeman on Christmas Eve.
A fifth inmate killed himself inside a
motor home that had been surrounded
by authorities in this foothills communi-
ty about 50 miles southwest of Denver.
The whereabouts of the two other
inmates were unknown. Authorities
said they may have been in Woodland
Park as recently as Sunday and may
h left to get more money.
he story is by no means over,"
said Mark Mershon, the top FBI offi-
cial in Colorado. "We have two sus-
pects that are still on the loose."
The heavily armed inmates -
including murderers, rapists and
armed robbers - had puzzled and
alarmed authorities by remaining
together after bluffing their way out of
p n Dec. 13. The slaying of the Dal-
Ivrea officer II days later only
increased fears that the inmates might
want to go out in a blaze of gunfire.
Among those arrested was George
Rivas, the suspected ringleader who
was serving a life sentence for robbery
and kidnapping. Investigators have
portrayed Rivas as fearless and shrewd
with a powerful hold over the others,
but authorities said he expressed
remorse as he admitted to the slaying
of e policeman.
e stated that he had a change of
heart, change of life and he wanted
this to end," said State Patrol Trooper
Eric Zachareas, who was at the conve-
nience store where Rivas and two oth-
ers were arrested.
Rivas had dyed his hair blonde and
another inmate had dyed his hair
orange in an apparent attempt to avoid
scrtiny, Zachareas said. He also said
s of the fugitives may have been at
a Colorado Springs bar late Saturday.
"Apparently, they were out party-
ing," he said.
The convicts arrived in the area on
Jan. 1, Teller County Sheriff Frank
Fehn said.

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By Jon Fish
Daily Staff Reporter



takes stand

DETROIT - Explaining the claim that the
Law School does not employ any quota sys-
tems to obtain the "critical mass" of minority
students needed to
achieve diversity,
Dean Jeffrey Lehman
took the stand yester- ON WA V
day as the University's
final witness.'
During a relatively
short but intense cross
examination, R.
Lawrence Purdy, questioning for the Center for
Individual Rights, attempted to make Lehman
define precisely what is meant by the term "criti-

cal mass."
But Lehman contended throughout his testi-
mony that critical mass cannot be numerically
"Critical mass is not a particular number, par-
ticular percentage, or range of numbers or per-
centages," he said.
Lehman said he assumes critical mass to mean
the Law School would have "a meaningful num-
ber" of minority students that would ensure a
variety of perspectives and viewpoints in the
classroom - a number that cannot be quantita-
tively defined.
During the cross examination, Purdy point-
ed out that the Law School's minority enroll-
ment has not fallen below 1 percent for
several years, and asked Lehman if this was a
number that could be considered critical

"No, (critical mass) doesn't have to be a num-
ber," Lehman said.
Another point of contention arose when Purdy
asked if the Law School would only consider
minority applicants for remaining seats in the
class if it found itself to be "short" of the number
needed to obtain critical mass.
"We do not have seats for critical mass that
people compete for," Lehman said.
After Lehman's testimony, CIR Chief Execu-
tive Officer Terry Pell, said Lehman had mis-
understood the question and that CIR had not
been trying to suggest the Law School sets
aside seats.
Rather, he said, they were trying to make
the point that since only minority students can
make a critical mass it amounts to a kind of

But University Deputy General Counsel
Liz Barry said CIR "has it totally back-
We make admissions decisions by a file-
by-file basis," she said.
The dean of admissions, Barry said, does
not sit down to read applications with any
kind of percentage to aim for in racial diver-
CIR also attacked the ambiguity surrounding
the definition of "critical mass."
"Critical mass is an inherently vague and
subjective standard ... which doesn't lend
itself to a compelling state interest," Pell
Barry called Pell's argument "an empty
See LAWSUIT, Page 7

Just for kicks1

By Loule Melzlish
Daily Staff Reporter
Until last month Amtrak had six trains running
through Ann Arbor each day along its busiest route in
Michigan. But that all changed last month when winter
storms forced the federally subsidized company to tem-
porarily pull four of the trains and reduce the number to
two daily.
The only train traveling through Ann Arbor to Chicago
now leaves the
Depot Street
station at 8 a.m.
The train from
Chicago to Detroit reaches Ann Arbor at 11:43 p.m.
Previously, there were three Amtrak trains running in
each direction - one in the morning and two each after-
"With only one train going I would have to pick a differ-
ent day" said LSA sophomore Thomas Ahn, who is from
the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, Ill.
The trains, which were plagued with severe delays due to
the weather, were transferred south. The company now uses
parts from its Superliner line of trains, which, Amtrak
spokesman Kevin Johnson said, "operates a little bit better"
in cold weather.
"This weather was extraordinary - it was cold and it
was sustained," Johnson said.
Johnson said the company did not have enough Superlin-
er parts to maintain the usual number of trains visiting Ann
"We expect to restore the usual service pretty soon," he
added. He could not specify when normal service levels
would be resumed.
As could be expected, state transportation officials are
unhappy with the reduction in service.
"We are not pleased about that," said Janet Foran,.spokes-
woman for the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Foran said MDOT expected service to return to full
strength in February and added, "We want some guarantee
that this won't happen again."
The Ann Arbor stop is part of the Detroit-Chicago
route, which along with the Port Huron-Chicago and
East Lansing-Toronto routes comprise Amtrak's "Great
Lakes Corridor" of service. The Detroit-Chicago route
is, Foran said, "a very important route. It has the most
number of riders."
Amtrak has been facing problems in Michigan, despite
federal and state subsidies.
The State Transportation Commitee recently appro-
priated $6 million to maintain the Port Huron and East
Lansing routes after speculation that those routes would
be cut.
Additionally, ridership has been dropping on the trains,
See AMTRAK, Page 7

Six-year-old Chase Riebergre kicks while his instructor, Zach Baker, holds a pad to shield himself yesterday. The two were practicing karate
at the Ann Arbor Quest Center.
Martin hopes to raitse
y:athlete gradua.,to rate

By Whitney Elliott
Daily Staff Reporter
During his visit to yesterday's Sen-
ate Assembly meeting, University Ath-
letic Director Bill Martin discussed the
relationship between the athletic pro-
gram and academia.
The University's Chief Financial
Officer Robert Kasdin also visited the
meeting to discuss the Life Sciences
Initiative funding and making the Uni-

versity's Human Resource Manage-
ment departments a more integral part
of the University.
"There's a lot we need to do," Mar-
tin said at the meeting. "We really
need to provide (student athletes) with
a bridge program."
This program, which Martin men-
tioned has worked well at Michigan
State University, would provide ath-
letes with a head start in academics
the summer before they begin

Martin also spoke about the need
to get the graduation rate up. Right
now, the graduation rate of all Uni-
versity athletes is about 60 percent
and the rate of basketball and foot-
ball players is in the mid-20 percent
Former University athletes, Martin
said, have also expressed interest in
finishing their degrees after their pro-
See SACUA, Page 2

Athletic Director Bill Martin speaks to the Senate Assembly
yesterday afternoon in Rackham Amphitheater.

Study: Freshmen not prepared

By Shannon Pettypieco
For the Daily

A recent study shows that incoming fresh-
men who receive high grades in high school
but spend little time studying may not be pre-
pared for college academics.
Researchers at the University of California
at s Angeles found that only 36 percent of
al coming freshmen studied six hours or
more a week during their senior years in high
school. This number is lower than the 47 per-
cent of students who were found to study
more than six hours a week in 1987.
These figures were gathered from a pool of
more than 200,000 students at 434 public and

"Generally, we advise students who come in
that they study two to three hours a week per
credit hour."
- Charles Judge
LSA academic adviser

Charles Judge, an academic adviser in the
University LSA Academic Advising Office,
said studying six hours a week is far below
the minimum. Therefore, the 37 percent of
incoming freshmen who study less than six

would be a total study time of more than 30
hours per week.
But Judge added that work loads vary for
different classes and majors.
Although the hours students devoted to

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