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the subway car and finally back to his bus.
Immediately after this incident, the police
called for backup. In a few minutes, a train of
vans and squad cars arrived at the scene with
50 riot police who dismounted and headed
toward the crowd. Moving in a solid black
and blue line, they swept down the street,
pushing away protestors - some running
away while others were pushed down a street
that ran into the parade route. Few were hit,
and none were assaulted with pepper spray.
Once they reached the end of the street,
police reinforced the fence and assumed a
defensive position.
Protesters began to taunt the police, goose-
stepping, giving the fascist salute and yelling
"Sieg Heil!" A few of these protesters staged
a sit-down protest in the middle of the street
in front of the police.
Eight to nine police officers were injured,
with one suffering a broken arm, D.C. Metro-
politan Police Department spokesman Capt.
Jeff Herold said.
Not all of the protests were violent. There
were demonstrations for a number of causes:
global justice, women's rights, Social Security,
the Arctic and more. One group of protesters
turned its back on the president as he coasted
along the parade route. A group of anti-abor-
tion activists, who usually favor Republicans,
lambasted the party for what they said was
insufficient action to ban abortion.
LSA freshman James Blanchard partici-
pated in the D.C. Anti-War Network march
and rally, which was attended by thousands.
"I was impressed by it," he said. "It
wasn't very hateful. People in the streets

"(The protest) wasn't very hateful. People in the streets
supported us, some hanging out of their windows."
-James Blanchards
LSA freshman

supported us, some hanging out of their
windows. There were more people than I
In Ann Arbor, students gathered to voice
their opposition to the president. Holding
signs that read "Bush: All Crime All the
Time" and "Use Tax $ for Books Not Bombs"
and chanting "Impeach Bush" and "Save our
soldiers; bring the troops home," students
and non-students alike protested Bush's sec-
ond inauguration in the Diag yesterday.
The rally boasted an eclectic mix of speakers
representing student and local organizations
such as Students for Progress, the University's
chapter of the NAACP, Veterans for Peace,
Michigan Peace Workers and the University's
chapter of the Stonewall Democrats.
LSA senior Andrea Knittel, co-chair of
both Stonewall Democrats and the LGBT
Caucus of the College Democrats, said in
her speech, "They (the Bush administra-
tion) confused the public until they were so
unsure and afraid that they checked the 'yes'
box and voted for Bush. ... The United States
does not feel welcoming right now."
LGBT groups made up a large portion of
the protesters, and Knittel said she wanted
people to know that their concerns were still
"My goal is for people to be aware that

even after the election we are still here," said
Knittel, "It does not mean we are defeated.
We will be heard."
She added that she hopeful because of the
possibility that the Eliot-Larson Act may be
amended to include sexual orientation and
gender identity.
The act is Michigan's civil rights law that
bans discrimination against people based on
race, gender, age, and other identities but
does not include sexual orientation.
The LGBT community saw Michigan's
Proposal 2 - which prohibited the state
from recognizing gay marriages or similar
relationships for any purpose - pass this
November, and have made efforts to voice
their opposition to it.
"The challenge continues as the presiden-
tial administration makes it clear that we as
a community must fight for the rights and
respect we deserve," Knittel said.
Rackham student Joe Tanniru, who was
at the Diag rally representing Students for
Social Equality, also spoke about his stance
on the Bush administration, saying Ameri-
cans should be both ashamed and under-
standing. Rather than blaming only the
administration, Tanniru also faulted the
"The fact that this administration has been

re-elected says there is something deeply
wrong with the United States," Tanniru said.
Upset with what he called the "criminal-
ity" and "gangsterism" of the Bush admin-
istration, Tanniru said the government
continues to "act in complete disregard for
democratic policies."
Christina Yocum, a student at Washtenaw
Community College who was previously
enlisted in the Air Force, heard about the
protest through Veterans for Peace, of which
she is a member.
"It's not just Bush. It's how our government
always gets away with crime. This (rally) is
one thing I can do about it," Yocum said.
She also expressed unease about the election
that brought Bush to office for his second four
years in the White House. She was concerned
that the election was not free of ballot counting
scandals and ballot machine malfunctions, as
were seen four years ago in Florida.
"I am not at all comfortable with the
election ... I have no faith in it," she said.
Yocum's statement summed up the general
opinion and purpose of the protest.
The speakers encouraged listeners to stay
positive and to continue to fight for their
causes throughout the next four years or
longer. Many of the rally participants left
to attend other protest activities that were
scheduled to take place later that day, includ-
ing a teach-in that was held at 1 p.m. on the
second floor ballroom in Haven Hall.
Faculty members, community leaders and
students discussed the Bush administration's
policies and how to work for change. Sched-
uled speakers included Al Haber, a longtime
Ann Arbor resident and the first president of
Students for a Democratic Society, and pro-
fessors Tom Weisskopf, Helen Fox and Tom

Additionally, Students for Progress spon-
sored screenings of "Unconstitutional: The
War on Our Civil Liberties" and "Uncov-
ered: The War in Iraq" at 4 p.m. in East Quad
residence hall.
Protests in Ann Arbor and Washington were
relatively small. While the student protest at
the University was far smaller than demon-
strations in past years, inaugural protests were
also smaller and more diffuse than last year's
demonstrations against Bush at the Republican
National Convention in New York.
Whether protesting, supporting or just
watching, all who stood along the parade
route in Washington had to contend with
tight security, due primarily to fears of a ter-
rorist attack.
Washington's security enhancements
- which were adopted just weeks after the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks - have reverber-
ated out from the stricken Pentagon and have
been implemented as far away as Indianapo-
lis, Ind.
"9/11 has intensified our job at home,"
said Lt. David Taylor, of the Marion County
Sheriff's Department in Indiana, who partic-
ipated in the parade in D.C. yesterday. It was
the third time Taylor and his officers rode
their motorcycles in an inaugural parade, the
first time since Sept. 11. "We expected the
increased security," he said.
The effect of Sept. 11 was noticeable in
Washington, with concrete and steel barriers
and endless fencing buttressing almost every
government building and barricading many
streets of the capital. Many of these began
as temporary security features in the weeks
following Sept. 11 only to become a fixture
in Washington since then.

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lar drop in minority enrollment. Ohio
State University saw a 31 percent drop
over two years in black enrollment,
according to a report in The Chronicle
of Higher Education. The University of
California at Berkeley saw a 23 percent
drop from one year before the cases to
one year after.
But other schools that admit similar
numbers of black and Hispanic students
saw sizable increases of 10 percent or
more, including the universities of Flor-
ida and Maryland.
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late into the night at 10 black-tie balls.
Bush began the evening at a Salute to
Heroes party honoring Medal of Honor
"I can't tell you how much confidence
I have in the members of our military,"
Bush told the crowd, which cheered him
with "hoo-ahs." At the next stop, the
Constitution Ball, the president and his
wife delighted the crowd by dancing.
Bush rode in an armored limou-
sine, behind police on motorcycles in
a V formation, to lead the inaugural
parade 1.7 miles down Pennsylva-
nia Avenue to the White House. The
license plate read: USA 1.
Hundreds of anti-war protesters, some
carrying coffin-like cardboard boxes
to signify the deaths of U.S. troops in

Most schools are still trying to
figure out why the drops occurred,
though a few theories exist. One
attributes the drop to the affirma-
tive action court cases, suggest-
ing that media reports might have
deterred students from applying.
Some prospective applicants might
have perceived the University as
unwelcoming to minorities - even
though, as Spencer noted, the Uni-
versity was defending the principle
of diversity and the use of race in
college admissions.
"We do want them to understand
that we are welcoming and that
Iraq, stood along the parade route. They
jeered and shook their fists as Bush rode
past. "Worst president ever, impeach
bush.org" one sign said. Another read:
"Guilty of war crimes."
Rows of law enforcement officers
stood between the protesters and the
parade, and Bush's motorcade sped up
as it passed the demonstration area. The
president and his wife, Laura, got out of
the car to walk the last two blocks to the
White House.
Democrats attended the inauguration
but didn't hide their unhappiness.
"Personally, I don't feel much like cel-
ebrating," said House Democratic lead-
er Nancy Pelosi of California. "So I'm
going to mark the occasion by pledging
to do everything in my power to fight
the extremist Republican's destructive
Entering his second term with one of

we're not placing barriers for them
to get into the university," Spencer
said. For that reason, the University
mounted an education campaign to
try to woo more high school students
into applying.
Some also speculate that the new
application - adopted because the
point system was declared uncon-
stitutional - deterred some from
applying. The application most nota-
bly features more essays than the
previous one, and some have theo-
rized that low-income parents are
less likely than affluent ones to help
with the essays.
the lowest approval ratings of any recent
two-term president, Bush was unapolo-
getic in his speech about the course he
had set over four tumultuous years.
He challenged critics of his quest
to spread democracy across the
Middle East, saying that now "is an
odd time for doubt." And he voiced
eagerness to confront oppressive
rule around the globe in the name of
spreading freedom.
"All who live in tyranny and hope-
lessness can know: The United States
will not ignore oppression or excuse
your oppressors," Bush said. "When
you stand for your liberty, we will stand
with you."
The United States' policy is to pro-
mote democratic movements and insti-
tutions in every nation and culture "with
the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in
our world," he said.

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