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Smith: 'Coaches never even asked me what happened'

SMITH
Continued from Page 1.
after returning from vacation, made the
following statement through Madej:
"It is our normal stance in any of these
situations not to make any public com-
ments regarding student athletes."
Diane Smith said she is wary of the
athletic department's practices. "I don't
put any faith into what they.say," Smith

said. "Their word is just something they
just speak of at the time."
As of Friday, Washtenaw County sher-
iff's Lt. Brenda Sutton, who is assigned
to the Kmart investigation, said Smith
was not officially charged with any
crime, adding that the investigation is
still ongoing.
On Thursday, Madej said the media
was "convicting these kids," before the
incident has even been investigated.
Smith said she wants to make sure that

nothing like this happens to anymore
young players who work so hard only to
get, "thrown to the dogs,' once they
arrive at a "bottom line" school like
Michigan'
Robert Smith, Demetrius' father, with
the help of the family's lawyer, is putting
together information in hopes to ensure
his wife's wishes.
Robert Smith said his family will be
coming to Ann Arbor in the coming
weeks to pursue the matter.
investigation
concerning student athletes, Madej said
individuals must consider the repercus-
sions of their actions.
"These players have to realize there is
a responsibility to the program, their
teammates, and themselves," Madej
said.
"You have to pray that this doesn't
happen again. This gives our entire pro-
gram a black eye'

Players caught up in fraud
uation and not to press charges -
according to Lorencz - Cummings
Continued from Page 13 should have received that same treat-
ment.
If the persons are not considered a "These types of mistakes are made
danger to society, they are merely noti- public because of the spotlight that ath-
fied that they must remain in contact letes are under," Madej said. "The social
with he police during the investigation. problems are magnified because of the
Considering the fact that Kmart elect- spotlight."
ed to let the police initially handle the sit- Having dealt with previous problems
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Michigan football players have been implicated in an alleged embezzlement opera-
tion surrounding this Kmart in Ypsilanti Township. Although a former Kmart
employee has been arrested and released, no players have yet been charged.

China, U.S. clash for World Cup

Politics aside, women
will play for title
Saturday in Pasadena
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Girls
cheered and chanted, waved flags and
balloons. And that was just a warmup for
the hysteria that broke out yesterday as
the U.S. soccer team arrived for the
Women's World Cup final.
The Americans take on China for the
World Cup championship Saturday at
the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Brazil and
Norway will meet for third place.
The championship matchup takes on
an additional facet, as political relations
between the U.S. and China have been
particularly tense in recent months.
But politics were far from the minds
of the ecstatic fans lining the terminal at

Los Angeles International Airport yes-
terday. Bemused passengers coming off
the same flight from San Francisco were
applauded as the impatient crowd at Los
Angeles International Airport waited for-
such stars as Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy
and Michelle Akers to emerge.
Once they did, the cheering and push-
ing was incessant.
Players and team personnel walked
under an arch of yellow, red, green and
white balloons and past a line of young
girls barely restrained by black and gray
rope. As a steel band played, girls wear-
ing white World Cup T-shirts pressed
yellow sunflowers into some players'
hands and chanted "U-S-A,,U-S-A."
Then the race was on. The players
moved as a group through the United
Airlines terminal toward the downstairs
baggage claim. Girls dashed after them,

bumping into startled travelers and TV
camera crews in a mad scramble fo*
autographs and photos.
"Every day has been kind of a sur-
prise at the level of support and notoriety
this team is experiencing," U.S. coach
Tony DiCicco said. "This was awe-
some."
The girls, excitedly comparing auto-
graphs on their T-shirts, rushed outside
for more close-up looks of their favorite
players. The U.S. team finally escaped
the chaos by boarding its charter bus.
DiCicco signed autographs for t
youngsters and smiled at the whirlwin
around him.
"I've never felt like Ricky Martin, but
I felt like coach of a very, very success-
ful team," DiCicco said. "A team that's
won the hearts of America and a team
that hopefully, will win the World Cup."

REACTION
Continued from Page 16
Siegel anticipate also don't bother
them. nor do they believe they reflect the
ovserall feeling of the community. Sterns
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said that the same people who will boy-
cott "American Pie" and picket it at the-
aters showing the movie are the same
people who "do something drastic like at
the Marlin Manson concerts"
Siegel agreed about the people who
complain about the movie and com-
mented "they'll still think their kids
don't do it."
Pantlind agreed and said "We're proud
of Adam, (even though) we might not
like the over play of sex" in the mov ie.
Even though the community might or
might not support Herz, Sterns said
anticipation for and controversy about
"American Pie" have faded as the
school year has progress.
But the notion that "American Pie" is
based on EGR has not disappeared.
Sterns said that people in EGR are
treating the movie as if it was set in
East, and added people who see them-
selves reflected in the characters in
"American Pie" "want to be an intricate
part of the movie being good."
After screening "American Pie" last
night, Traidman said that he "could asso-

ciate (a lot in the film) specifically wit
East." Even though he didn't think tha
any of the character in the movie were
based on real people, Traidman noted
that the school in the film and East High
look "identical,' and murals in the film
and the hotdog shop DogYearsbear strik-
ing similarities to local landmarks.
But East graduate and Michigan State
University sophomore Steve Kendall,
who saw an adsanced screening in East
Lansing in April said he didn't see many
similarities between East and the com-
munity in "American Pie," adding t*
the film reflects "the general high school
experience."
Kendall said some people in East
were "searching, wanting there to be
similarities" once they found out that
Herz wrote the screenplay.
Whether or not people see East in
"American Pie" remains to be seen, as
the film opens on Friday. And even if it
opens to protests and anger in W
Michigan, neither the protests or the fil'
is likely to change the behavior of high
school students anywhere.

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