Daily Trojan, Vol. 141, No. 51, November 09, 2000
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Spawn of tne Devil Adam Sandler is back and a little devilish in his new film, "LittleNicky"which opens Friday / 9 IUILV TROJi Student newspaper of the University of Southern California THURSDAY ------------♦-------- November 9, 2000 Of interest... Election day filled with emotion for Trojans, especially with its historic razor-thin races /12 News Digest 2 Calendar 2 Opinions 4 'SCribbles 4 Weekend 9 Classifieds 20 Crossword 21 Sports 24 vol. CXXXXI, no. 50 www.usc.edu/dt Florida recount keeps Gore alive SIDEBAR -------♦------- USC students excited by bizarre election; professors worry about news coverage By KATIE FLYNN & SCOTT MARTINDALE Contributing Writers The late-night reversals and next-day drama of the presidential election served only to enhance the already intense interest at USC, students said. “So far, 1 think this is the weirdest and most bizarre election ever," said Mike Evans, a senior majoring in computer science. “It’s going on forever and we still don't know who won.” I see Sidebar, page 18 I Section: Media reverses projection late; Democrat wins nationwide popular vote, creating possible split By BRENDAN LOY Assignment Editor Democrat Al Gore unofficially cut Republican George W. Bush’s Florida lead by more than half when late recount results from Palm Beach County pushed the vice president within 790 votes in the statewide race, NBC News reported. Earlier Wednesday, Gore clinched victory in the nationwide popular vote, but the Electoral College vote that decides the next president remained up the air — with Florida set to cast the deciding vote — after both the national media and Gore himself reversed early-morning declarations that Bush had won the presidency. At 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, after many newspapers around the country, including the Daily Trojan, had already gone to press with “Bush wins” headlines, news media outlets began reversing their projections, barely an hour old, that Republican George W. Bush had clinched Florida’s 25 electoral votes and, with them, the presidency. Either man would secure victory with a win in Florida. Gore presently leads, 260-246, with the Sunshine State and Oregon, with 7 votes, both too close to call. 270 electoral votes are needed to win. With the race in the king-making state breathtakingly close — Bush leads by 790 votes out of nearly six million cast, and several thousand more expected via absentee ballot — an automatic recount was declared. On Wednesday, Gore gained a net total of 994 votes in the 29 of Florida's 67 counties that had reported recount results. The remaining 38 counties were due to report by early this afternoon. It may be 10 days, however, before results are actually known because of absentee ballots from citizens overseas. And Palm Beach County, the same county that gave Gore a big boost late Wednesday with its recount numbers, could delay the election further thanks to a possible legal challenge surrounding its ballot Complaints surfaced early Wednesday that as many as 3,000 voters in the county — easily enough I see Election, page 3 I Closest States Florida (25) Bush leads by 1,790 votes* (unofficial as of 11 p.m.) Iowa (7) Gore won by 5,253 votes Wisconsin (11) Gore won by 6,124 votes New Hampshire (4) Bush won by 7,282 votes** New Mexico (3) Gore won by 11,443 votes Nevada (4) Bush won by 21,590 votes "If less than 2 percent of Ralph Nader supporters had voted for Gore, he would be leading. ••If one-third of Ralph Nader supporters had voted for Gore, he would have won. Small businesses find a new home Former garment factory provides cultural community gathering place By KATIE WERNER Contributing Writer Across the 110 freeway, near the Parking Center, lies a beautiful building called Mercado La Paloma. It is easy to find the building by looking for the huge, colorful mural painted on one side. Merchants gather here on weekends to sell homemade and handmade goods. The Mercado building was originally a garment factory, said Sister Diane Donoghue, executive director of Esperanza Community Housing Corporation. “It looked like a fortress with barbed wire," she said. “It had been abandoned for eight years before we got to it" The building looks much more inviting now, and it is only a short walk from USC at the corner of Grand Avenue and 37th Street “This is a great opportunity for people to see something different’’ said Andrea Munoz, a jewelry designer. Munoz runs Alma Mia, one of the many diverse small businesses at the Mercado. Esperanza Community Housing Corporation is the driving force behind Mercado. The group helps the small businesses involved in Mercado with insurance, taxes, licensing information and business counseling. “We wanted to find a place to have a community focus, a cultural place as well as a marketplace," said Melanie Stephens, director of com-I see Markstplacs. page 3 I Dismissal of Traveler’s rider contested Speaker advocates for more acts of student philanthropy Simmons: Bovard crowd hears the third installment of 'How to Laugh all the Way to the Bank' Wednesday Mascot: Officials give no reason for change; owner defends response to crowd By AMANDA CARACCI Staff Writer University officials demanded that Ardeshir Radpour no longer ride USC's mascot. Traveler V, the horses owner said. While university officials are giving no reason for last month's dismissal, Pat Saukko, the widow of Traveler Is first rider, said it’s because Hadpour allegedly responded to taunts from the crowd during a football game. Radpour, who grad- uated from USC in 1993, denies that he did anything inappropriate. Saukko still wants Radpour as the rider, but according to a contract signed last year, she can only select the rider. University officials can remove the horseman if they choose. On Oct 19, Saukko received a letter from USC counsel Stephen Yamaguchi asking her to remove Radpour from his position, she said. Chuck O’Donnell, Saukko's son and Traveler V’s trainer, replaced Radpour during the Oct 28 Homecoming football game. “Pat Saukko is very loyal to Ardeshir Radpour; however, she is obligated to USC through contract." said Bobby Kouretchian, Saukko's attorney. Yamaguchi would not comment on the reasons for Radpour's removal, saying only that the university wanted to "go in a different direction." However, Saukko said she believes an incident between Radpour and University of Oregon fans at the Oct 14 football game, as well as a Sept. 23 incident in which Traveler knocked over a man on the football field, prompted the university to seek his removal. The Daily Trojan obtained a copy of an e-mail that Saukko said was written by Tim Tessalone, sports information director, and sent to her through Don Ludwig, I see Mascot, page It I By SOPHIA KAZMI Contributing Writer Donating money has become a way to affect social change, and Americans take great pride in their causes and donations, said Adele Simmons, former president of the MacArthur Foundation. “Last year American's gave away $190 billion, or about three times the California's state budget," Simmons told audience members at Bovard Auditorium Wednesday night “1.4 billion dollars went to the Salvation Army, and another large chunk went to Harvard." Incorporating student response toward the end of her speech. Simmons — the third speaker in the Spectrum series entitled. “How to Laugh All the Way to the Bank Without Becoming Morally Bankrupt" — put audience members in the shoes of a foundation presi- I see Spaekar. page 19 I Michael BucHner I Daily Troian inviting the community. The colorful mural outside of the Mercado la Paloma building, located near the University Parking Center, was once a garment factory, but now offer a cultural gathering place for residents.
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