October 29, 2002
©2002 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXll, No. 38
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A student
flunking out of the University of Ari-
zona nursing school shot three of his
professors to death yesterday, then
killed himself as dozens of terrified
students rushed to get away.
Police said Robert Flores Jr., 41,
specifically targeted the instructors,
killing one in her office on the second
floor and shooting the others in a
fourth-floor classroom as students dove
Flores walked to the front of the
classroom and shot the first victim sev-
eral times, then went to the back of the
room and killed the second victim,
Senior Julie Raymond said she was
taking an exam when the gunman
"We just thought that he was late for
the test," Raymond said. "Then he
started talking to instructors and fired
shots. All of us ducked under the tables
and then ran out of the room. At first, I
thought it was a joke and realized it
wasn't when I heard the shots."
Flores told students in the room to
leave. He was later found dead by offi-
cers searching the school.
University Vice Provost Elizabeth
Irvin said Flores had failed a pediatric
nursing class and was struggling in a
critical care class.
Bomb squad members were called
in after a backpack or package was
found underneath the gunman's body.
The suspect had threatened to blow up
the building, though it was unclear
when the threat was made, police said.
The college and nearby buildings
Authorities continued to check for
explosives into the evening.
The victims - Robin Rogers, 50,
Barbara Monroe, 45, and Cheryl
McGaffic, 44 - all were Flores'
instructors, Police Chief Richard
"It's too soon to say why he commit-
ted this terrible deed," Miranda said.
"We have determined that there are
many issues in Mr. Flores' life, all of
which are a factor."
Flores, a Gulf War veteran, worked
until September at the Southern Ari-
zona Veterans Administration Health
Care System as a licensed practical
nurse, and was studying to become a
registered nurse, officials said. It was-
n't clear in which branch of the mili-
tary he served.
Anu Nigam, a 29-year-old graduate
student, said she and her husband were
outside waiting for a shuttle bus when
a woman came out of the building with
a cell phone, trying to dial and scream-
ing that there was a man with a gun in
the building. Police were at the scene
"A group of people were crying and
running desperately to get out of the
building," Nigam said. "They were
crying, tripping over one another,
Student Lori Schenkel said she
had several classes with Flores and
he told classmates about a year ago
that he had gotten a concealed
"He was just a very aggravated stu-
dent, a rude, obnoxious type of per-
son," she said. "He came across as very
aggressive and mean, and seemed to
have a lot of issues with being angry."
Nurse William Gordon, who
worked with Flores at the VA hospi-
tal and knew him for three years, said
he saw nothing that would foreshad-
He said Flores dropped out of a
nursing ethics class last semester and
seemed upset, but it wasn't an unusu-
"I didn't pick up anything majorly
confrontational with him regarding the
instructor," Gordon said. "Nothing that
would alarm you."
Students were grieving the loss of
Rogers, who taught pediatrics, was a
"really great teacher," Ilda Rosano
said. "She always has her door open. If
you need to see her, you just walk right
McGaffic taught classes on health
care ethics, critical care and death and
dying. She was also a volunteer chap-
lain at University Medical Center,
By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin said
that he expects the basketball program to be
given sanctions because of the Ed Martin
scandal, but he does not know what those
"Basically, yes, once we understood all the
facts of the case, I expected something," Mar-
tin said. "I have no idea (what the punishment
will be). We still have not received final noti-
fication from the NCAA about any of this."
Michigan has been under suspicion for vio-
lating NCAA guidelines relating to improper
benefits since 1996, when a driving accident
involving former Wolverine Robert Traylor
and several other players and recruits sparked
the first of three University investigations.
The investigations, stemming from the
crash of the Ford Explorer Traylor was driv-
ing, led to the firing of coach Steve Fisher but
yielded no major violations.
A recent federal indictment against Martin
claimed that he loaned more than $600,000 to
Michigan basketball players to launder money
that he brought in from an illegal gambling
ring in Detroit auto plants.
If the NCAA finds Michigan to be in viola-
tion, it could cut from the program's scholar-
ships or television time. Michigan could also
be forced to forfeit games or pay fines.
Since the story first broke, the basketball
program has been suffering what school offi-
cials have called a "de facto probation."
Michigan has not made the NCAA Tourna-
ment since 1998, and last year the team fin-
ished 11-18. But that excuse will not help
Michigan, said Big Ten Commissioner Jim
Delany, who worked for the NCAA in
enforcement from 1975-79.
"I understand the damage that has been
done by the speculation over time," Delany
said to reporters Sunday at the Big Ten Bas-
ketball Media Day in Chicago. "But you
know, you have to balance that against the
advantages gained in that same period.
"I don't think the committee is going to
give them credit for time served. I just don't
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Former Vice President Al Gore visited East Lansing yesterday to endorse fellow Democratic Party
candidates in preparation for next Tuesday's elections.
Gore shows support
for state's De-mocrats
EAST LANSING (AP) - Former Vice Presi-
dent Al Gore, who won Michigan in the 2000
presidential election with hard campaigning by
many Democrats, returned the favor yesterday by
stumping for Democrats facing their own election
"If it were up to Michigan, I would be the pres-
ident of the United States," Gore said as a crowd
of several hundred at Michigan State University
roared in support. "Thank you, Michigan!"
Gore started his daylong swing with a rally for
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jennifer
Granholm, lieutenant governor candidate John
Cherry and U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Detroit.
Calling Granholm "a natural-born leader,"
Gore said that "she's got the intellectual ability,
she's got the heart and she's got the connection to
the working families in this state."
Gore scolded the Michigan Republican Party
See GORE, Page 7
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
Tuition at public four-year colleges increased
more in the 2002-2003 academic year than they
have in each of the previous 10 years, The College
Board's annual Trends in College Pricing report
Nationally, the study found that tuition jumped
9.6 percent this year, though the rate of inflation is
just 1.5 percent. The average increase from the
year before was only 7.7 percent. Private four-year
institutions saw an increase of 5.8 percent, up from
5.5 percent. The last time tuition rose that much
was in 1991, when schools nationwide saw an
average increase of 10.8 percent.
Economic recessions are the main reason for the
increases, said The College Board consultant
Kathy Payea, agreeing with University administra-
tors who have stated that a lack of government
support led to the tuition hike.
"The trends would show that in good years, we
saw lower increases from year to year," Payea said.
"It's not just that a poor economy drives tuition and
fees. It's that when the economy is poor, there is
less support from the government, therefore shift-
ing the expense to tuition and fees. ... The amount
of support for education will drive tuition."
Several colleges and institutions had increases
of 50 percent or more, including Governors State
University in University Park, Ill. and Bridgewater
State College in Massachusetts. Tuition at Allen
University, a private college in South Carolina,
rose 57.2 percent, to $7,468 a year.
In comparison, the University of Michigan's
. See TUITION, Page 3
Christian students search
for acceptance on campus
By Karen Schwartz
and E. Chase Wesley
Daily Staff Reporters
Being Christian on campus isn't easy,
said LSA senior Tanya Sit. Despite the
campus' appearance as a diverse and
accepting environment and the opportu-
nities to find Christian fellowship on
campus, Sit said the label of "Christian"
sometimes carries a negative meaning
and is misrepresented.
"Christianity has had a bad rap
because people automatically assume
you are closed-minded because you
believe in certain things," she said.
"Where you can be passionate about
everything about God and Jesus, you
can be passionate about football or
whatever they have protests for, but you
can't be passionate about the Bible and
what it says a lot of the time."
She added that Christianity is about
more than the arguments about evolu-
tion, abortion and homosexuality. People
often find themselves trapped into
explaining and defending their beliefs,
"It's about a lot more than that - it's
about a loving relationship with Jesus
Christ - those issues are important but
I think Christianity is a lot more than
just those issues."
While people often pigeonhole
Christianity into a political arena, peo-
ple should look away from the stereo-
types to what Christianity is really
about, she said.
"It's a faith, it's a life, it's a religion,"
Sit and over a 1,000 others gath-
ered together Sunday night to
express their faith and unity as they
See WORSHIP, Page 3
For many Christian students on campus, much of their time is spent working to
change preconceived notions of their faith.
Malaysian journalist discusses
Islamic traditions and women
By Min Kyung Yoon
Daily Staff Reporter
Under Hudud laws in Malaysia, if
a woman does not have four men to
testify that they witnessed the rape
of her body, she is not able to prove
that she was raped, explained
women's rights and AIDS activist
Marina Mahathir in a lecture yester-
Mahathir went on to describe how
women are often accused of falsely
blaming men, leading to beatings or
Islam: A Malaysian Perspective,"
Mahathir, a Malaysian journalist
and TV producer, defined the mis-
conceptions Western perspectives
illustrate about Muslim women.
Although many Muslim women
cover their heads and bodies, she
explained that this is not an exclu-
"Malaysian women are very
diverse in dress and appearance.
They are well educated and there
are three Cabinet ministers in the
government and many are in the
participating in society," Mahathir
When Bonnie Brereton, editor of
the Journal of the International
Institute, asked what is the percent-
age of women in government,
Mahathir explained that while
women do exist in government,
there are very few.
While Malaysian women tradi-
tionally possess strong economic
and social roles in society and the
Malaysian constitution does not
allow discrimination based on sex,