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From wire reports
SANTEE, Calif. - There had been
time for tears to dry, no time yet for
wounds to heal.
Santee Mayor Randy Voepel had
returned to work yesterday for his first
full day since the shooting at Santana
A two weeks ago. It was early after-
when he got the telephone call.
Another shooting. In neighboring El
Cajon. At Granite Hills High School,
only seven miles away from Santana.
"All I could do is turn on the radio
and try not to cry," said Voepel, calling
himself a small-town, part-time mayor.
"It's almost like getting robbed and two
weeks later you get robbed again. We've
been robbed of two children and here
we are almost robbed again."
ot so far away, at least two families
e students wounded at Santana
High School watched in horror as
details of the shooting yesterday after-
noon unfolded on their television sets.
If the faces were different, the scene
was too familiar and too close to home:
a high school seven miles away cor-
doned in yellow police tape, sobbing
parents with cell phones, hundreds of
shaken students evacuating under police
e* rt, the injured - almost all of them
young - being wheeled away, and a
student in handcuffs. Again.
"It's terrible, I just got cold chills,"
said one mother, Betty Jo Leyva, her
voice shaking an hour after learning of
the El Cajon incident.
Leyva's older daughter, Karla, 16, had
been wounded in the Santana shooting.
Leyva said she was watching television
with her younger daughter Genevieve
w she decided to flip channels to see
vtht else was on. "I couldn't believe
what I was seeing," she said. "I know
what they are going through."
At Santana High, a memorial to the
students killed in the March 5 shooting
is still in place, but the air has sighed
from the commemorative balloons and
the flowers have faded. The prayer can-
dies have burned to stumps.
See SHOOTING, Page 7


Prof. Susan Neuman hopes to move from her office at the School of Education to the U.S. Department of Education in
Washington. President Bush plans to nominate Neuman to work under Education Secretary Rod Paige.

jeb i
M University president
says Florida program
limits campus diversity
versity President Lee Bollinger, a stal-
wart booster of affirmative action,
criticized Gov. Jeb-
Bush for limiting
diversity to Flori-
da's universities.
Alternatives to'
affirmative action
- including Flori- "
da's Talented 20
program - "mean
that a UF or ay
UCLA will no
longer have a Bush
diversified campus," Bollinger said dur-
ing a speech at the University of Florida
on Wednesday.
Bollinger was the keynote speaker at
the second annual "Greening UF" sus-
tainability conference, which concluded
Talented 20, which guarantees
admission to all high school students

who graduate in the top 20 percent of
their classes to one of the state's 10
public universities, has a "fatal flaw,"
Bollinger said.
The program's flaw is that students
aren't guaranteed admission to a specif-
ic university. Many students admitted
under Talented 20, he said, still won't
qualify for admission to the University
of Florida, the state's flagship universi-
But Elizabeth Hirst, spokeswoman
for Gov. Jeb Bush, says that's not what
has happened in Florida so far.
"This year we've seen more minority
students in our system than in past
years and that includes our flagship uni-
versity, UF," Hirst said in a telephone
interview after the speech. "We expect
that trend to continue"
Bollinger also criticized Talented 20
- because it attracts some students who
are ill-prepared for the demands of col-
lege life.
"If I have to admit the top 5 percent
of every high school class in Michigan,
we are going to have many students
who are not ready for the quality of
education at Michigan," Bollinger said.


prof. picked to fill

nation's top K-12 post

By Hama LoPatin
Daily Staff Reporter

President Bush plans to nominate University Prof.
Susan Neuman for assistant secretary of education for
elementary and secondary education - the nation's top
post for K-12 education.
"It's thrilling," said Neuman, who currently serves as
director of the University's Center for the Improvement of
Early Reading Achievement.
When asked about her objectives for the role, Neuman
laughed as she said, "I hope to leave no child behind" -
the oft-repeated mantra of the Bush education plan.
"I really mean it!" she exclaimed. "I want to do just
something to assure that all children have a better oppor-
tunity for education."
The White House announced Wednesday that Bush
intends to nominate Neuman, an early childhood and
early literacy specialist.
"Susan Neuman will be an important addition to a team
that will be working to implement President Bush's bold
education reform plan," Education Secretary Rod Paige

she is someone who has
been a leader in secondary
and elementary education."
- Scott Stanzel
White House spokesman
said in a written statement. "He has given the Department
of Education a prominent role in his administration and
an important charge for our public elementary and sec-
ondary schools."
Neuman said she is excited to work with Paige, who
served as superintendent of the Houston Independent
School District during Bush's tenure as Texas governor.
: "He strikes me as a wonderful, ethical, really commit-
ted leader" she said, adding that she is eager to see "if he
can translate what he's done in Houston for the nation"
See NEUMAN, Page 7

Football players
charged in fight

By Ryan C. Moloney
Daily Sports Writer

Pot legalization drive
to start at Hash Bash

By Kelly Trahan
Daily Staff Reporter
Greg Schmid, the Saginaw attorney behind the
Personal Responsibility Amendment drive aimed
at decriminalizing the use of marijuana in Michi-
gan, hopes to gain enough signatures to put the
amendment on the 2002 Michigan ballot after a
similar drive failed last year.
The six-month campaign to compile the
302,711 necessary signatures will begin here in
Ann Arbor at the Michigan Theater on April 6 -
the eve of the 30th annual Hash Bash.
This is not the first time Ann Arbor has been at
the center of controversy regarding the decrimi-
nalization of marijuana. Last August, the City
Council nullified a petition to put a medicinal
marijuana referendum before Ann Arbor voters.
Although last year's drive failed, Keith Strout,
the executive director and founder of the National
Organization -for Reform of Marijuana Laws,

believes that if Schmid and his petitioners can
put the amendment on the ballot it has a good
chance to pass.
"The real issue is whether you have the
resources to get it on the ballot," said Strout, who
will be speaking at the April 6 National Sympo-
sium on Cannabis Prohibition Reform. "The only
initiatives that make it are those with strong
financial backing, the ability to hire companies to
get signatures and buy media time. When we
have gotten the amendments on the ballot we
have been successful eight out of eight times
since 1995."
Schmid is hopeful this year's effort will be
more successful than last year.
"Last year, we got half of the signatures we
needed in the six-month period that the law
allows, but that was in the winter," Schmid said.
"Also, this year we have more experienced peti-
tioners and over 3,000 volunteers - a number

Two members of the Michigan foot-
ball team have been charged with disor-
derly conduct for their roles in a fight
that broke out early Sunday morning at
Cava Java on South University Avenue.
Junior free safety Cato June is
charged with failure to comply with the
orders of a police officer, while sopho-
more linebacker Larry Stevens faces a
charge for fighting. Both misdemeanors
are punishable by
up to 90 days in
jail, a $100 fine and
possible probation.
Both players will
receive a letter
from the city attor-
ney's office in the
next couple of
days, requesting June
them to turn them-
selves in for arraignment.
"They don't arrest you on this - you
get a letter to make plans to arrange for
an arraignment," Assistant City Attor-
ney Robert West said.
Both June and Stevens were taken
into police custody at the coffee shop,
then released later Sunday morning.
Patrolling police were originally
hailed by a man claiming he organized
the private party at Cava Java. The man
requested an ambulance, saying that a
woman in the basement needed imme-
diate medical attention. The officers

checked on the intoxicated woman, but
she declined medical attention.
As the officers walked back up the
steps to the main floor, a brawl of
"about 30 or 40 people" broke out, said
Ann Arbor Police Officer Ed Dreslinski.
The cause of the fight is still
The two officers tried to stop the fight
by physical means, but when that option
failed, Mace was used to scatter the
Dreslinski arrested Stevens after wit-
nessing the 19-
year-old punch
another man in the
face. Stevens later
claimed that he
was assaulted first.
June allegedly
shoved a police
officer who was
Stevens trying to make the
22-year-old leave
the building. June said he was searching
for a lost championship ring and didn't
want to leave without finding it.
Both June and Stevens obeyed the
police after being taken into custody.
"They were both fairly cooperative,
after the fact - they might have real-
ized the situation they were in," Dreslin-
ski said. "Nothing outrageous
(happened), everybody was upset, it was
a fight and emotions ran pretty high."
Coach Lloyd Carr could not be
reached for comment, but football
See FIGHT, Page 7

Advocates of legalizing marijuana plan to begin a petition
drive beginning the weekend of Hash Bash next month.

Yoting ends; results released Sunday

Soaking it in

By CarieThorson
Daily StaffReporter
By the time the polls closed last night for the
student government elections, 7,300 valid
votes had been cast, including 6,781 in the
Michigan Student Assembly election.
The latter number is down from 7,840 votes
la year, when Hideki Tsutsumi won the MSA
pidency in a landslide.
Whether Tsutsumi won re-election this year
is yet to be known. Final results of the presi-
dential and representative elections will be
released Sunday at the MSA Steering Commit-
tee meeting.
The website where voting takes place
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winter 2001
Norfolk then receives tallies from webmas-
ter Kevin McGowan of the actual voter turnout
as well as the number of invalid votes cast.
Invalid votes are those made by non-students
who may have recently graduated and still
have unignames or votes for seats in a college
other than the one to which a student belongs.
If there are no complications with the elec-
tion, the Election Board certifies the results
and presents them Sunday. Any potential voter
fraud is reviewed by the Central Student Judi-
ciary 'which can delav the official resuzlts of the

smooth election," Norfolk said.
Minor violations such as covering other can-
didate's posters or campaigning within 50 feet
of a polling site can earn candidates demerits
but not necessarily removal from the election.
Since all voting is now done online, a polling
site is defined as any computer logged into the
voting website.
Candidates agree that in past elections vote,
turnout has been their biggest obstacle. Many
of them spent yesterday on the Diag trying to
get students to the polls.
"Our main goal over the next nine hours is
to have fun and gather as many votes as possi-
ble," said LSA sophomore Ben Conway, a can-
didate running with the Blue Party.
Havirnayfiun wasnt a nroblem for the candi-

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