The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on March 8, 1994 · 11
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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 11

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Tuesday, March 8, 1994
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SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER day, March 8, 1994 A-ll SHOOTINGS from A-l 2 shot to death on S.F. State campus dorm room, they said Copeland shared the room with another female student who was not there at the time of the shooting. Sounded like firecrackers . Brooke Wright, 18, a resident of the coed dormitory, said she had seen the man enter the woman's room Monday evening. A few minutes later, she said, she heard "two shots, screams, two more. Everybody thought it was firecrackers." Officials said Jones was a resident of a university apartment building on campus. "He was straight-faced and boring-looking," Wright said. Jake Raroque, 20, a resident of the dormitory, said Jones "seemed like the kind of person who would dwell on things." Wright and Raroque said they believed the couple had broken up last semester. They did not know how long the two had been together Copeland was a 1990 graduate of Ventura High School and Jones was a 1989 graduate of Ventura Unified School District's adult education program. School officials there declined comment on either of the former students' records. Copeland's family was in seclusion in Ventura and not available for comment She was a talented musician Students said Copeland was a film student who was musically in clined. "We had an open mike the other night, and she played guitar and sang. She was super good," Doug Kasper said. Many of the 350 dormitory resi dents were shaken by the shoot ings. In the dorm Tuesday morning, fellow students sat crying and lis tening to a recording of one of Copeland's favorite songs. Univer sity officials closed off the building to the news media. Michelle Keller, 18, a prephysi-cal therapy major who lives down the hall from Copeland's room, said Tuesday morning, "Every body's comatose. Everyone's mourning, Sun Kim, 19, another resident of the third floor, described Cope land as a popular, friendly student who was a fan of the rock group U2's lead singer Bono and had planned to go to Ireland this sum mer. "She was funny, really nice and had a wicked sense of humor," Kim said. "I just like being around peo pie who make people happy." No escape from violence Although the campus is the middle of a large urban area, many students viewed it as an oasis from urban ills, Timon Cooley, 22, a psychology major and resident of the dorm, said, "It worries me that it hap pened here. I thought we were secluded from all that in college." Shortly after the shooting, a woman student walked up to residents milling around outside and asked anxiously, "I just want to know if it's my roommate." When they pointed to the room where the shootings had taken place, the woman collapsed, sob- bing. Other students helped her into a nearby building. Poldora said grief counselors arrived almost immediately to deal with shaken students and would remain available as long as needed. She described the shootings as "devastating for the campus community and the community at large," adding, "Our hearts go out to the families of both of these young people." It is a felony, she noted, to have a firearm on campus and said students must sign a form acknowledging that before moving in. "These are restrictions we take very seriously" she said. The last violent death of a student on campus was on Sept 12, 1977, when Jenny Low Chang, 19, was stabbed to death in a library reading room. Her killer was never found. A candlelight memorial was planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Malcolm X Plaza fa front of the student union. Diana Walsh of The Examiner ttaff and Examiner correspondent Wylit Wong contributed to thii report aoIraiirtsre Examine r For delivery cfl toll free 1-800-281-EXAM CRIME from A-l Will 'three strikes' aw deter crime? years to life in prison. The law also reduces the maxi mum amount of time off for good behavior from 50 percent to 20 per cent. Still, a person sentenced to 25 years to life in prison could be out in 20 years with time off for good behavior. The reduction in credits begins with new sentences it does not affect people already in prison. The "three strikes" law also would affect two-time losers, dou bling the sentence of persons con victed of a second violent felony. Bill signed at police station Wilson flew to Lob Angeles to stage the bill-signing ceremony at a police station. He called its enact ment "a great victory for all law- abiding citizens of California." Later Monday, proponents of a "three strikes and you're out" initiative identical to the new law turned in the last of more than 800,000 petition signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot Reynolds, the author of the measure, said he was proceeding with the initiative because the leg islation signed by Wilson is still subject to change by future legisla tion, some of which is already pending in the Legislature. "This is something that we cant WOMEN from A-l Women's Building's 15th anniversary said as the building geared up for International Women's Day, celebrated Tuesday and through the week. Characteristic of its mission to provide a "room of our own" to a broad swath of Bay Area women, activities range this week from Tuesday night's speech by Bur mese human rights activist Yuzana Khin to Saturday night's "get down and boogie" dance sponsored by Women Against Imperialism to Sunday's older women s program, "A Celebration of Our Wise Warriors." Nine women's organizations rent office space in the building, from San Francisco Women Against Rape (a counseling and re ferral service) to Mujeres Umdas y Activas (legal aid and resources for Latina immigrants) to Options for Women over 40 (job training) and the Women's Foundation (which gives grants to other women's groups). Sheltering nascent groups In the spirit of the new earth mother figure painted high above its front door, the building spawns and shelters dozens of nascent projects until they're ready to move out on their own like LYRIC, the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center, which just moved into its own digs. New projects are a support Look what World is up to Right now, World Savings is off ering you an exciting yield on our 2-Year Minnie Jumbo. Plus youll also receive a valuable package of financial services worth up Alamo Albany tl Cerrito Castro Valley Concord Corts Madera Daly City Hayward Lafayette Moraga Min. View Napa Oakland For 3f Q -d s a v i n APV eftectv leave to chance," said Reynolds, a photographer who lives in Fresno. Passage of the initiative would not affect the provisions of the bill, but would prevent future tinkering with it by the Legislature without a two-thirds majority vote. Some legislators are already . seeking a change in the law to require that the third "strike" be a serious or violent felony not merely any felony thus reducing the cost of the measure by as much as two-thirds. Wilson, however, said he would veto any such bill. Reynolds insisted that besides locking up an additional 81,000 felons in the next six years, the new law also would serve as a deterrent to future criminals. "Deterrents only work if they are real," he said. "Believe me, these guys are smart If you want a real deterrent, you better have a law that really means it" 'Very much of a deterrent' San Francisco Police Chief Tony Ribera said he believes the law will be "very much of a deterrent." "These young gang bangers, they have very little fear of going to jail But when they see their buddy going away and not getting out on weekend passes, it will have a real effect," the chief said. Ribera said he believes the measure may help stem domestic violence because perpetrators will be dealt with severely after their second conviction. group for Hrv'-positive women and the new Girls After School Academy for minority schoolgirls. And dozens of programs from aerobics classes to self-defense groups to Mary Kay, brand new as of Monday use space in the 28,000-square-foot former gymnasium club weekly. More than 1,000 women use the building each week, Rosenberg said. Symbolic of the building's multicultural emphasis and "coming of age" is the new four-story mural across the front of the structure. Beneath the earth mother figure, who is pregnant with a girl, giant African American and native American women face each other from opposite sides of the building. The scale is Buch that the African American's dreadlocks extend four stories, said artist Yvonne Littleton, one of the seven Bay Area women muralista who worked on the project The figures' hands reach across to touch each other under the chin, "in recognition of women's comradeship and fellowship in the building, and in the times we're in now," said Miranda Bergman, another muralist Through their hands flow streams of water that transform into a brilliant tapestry of fabrics from ancient and contemporary cultures around the world. In gold paint are the names of hundreds of women. Raising more money for mural The mural on the facade took 2-YEAR MINNIE JUMBO 4M Annual Percentage Yield $10,000 Minimum to $ 150, including a free safe deposit box'- and they k cost you absolutely nothing! 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San Francisco Walnut Creek g s at e sTc al i 2 Ch b u as ot daH C publication; subject to chnos aaiB&iTjsi(3!i!Rn'i6 gran The violent andor serious felonies that will be considered tlrst or second "strikes" in the new "three strikes and you're out" law: Murder, manslaughter or attempted murder Mayhem Rape, sodomy or oral copulation by force or duress Lewd act on a child under age 14 Any felony punishable by death or . life sentence Any felony resulting in bodily harm from use of a firearm, or involving the use of a dangerous or deadly weapon Robbery or bank robbery Burglary of an inhabited dwelling, trailer coach or any other building Arson that causes bodily harm Penetration by a foreign object SOURCE: MoCtatchy Newi Ssrvica One person with a unique perspective on the issue agreed to an interview Monday only on the condition his name not be used. He is a convicted felon who served 17 years in California prisons, most of that in maximum security at one of the toughest state prisons, Folsom. "I believe the three strikes' law will have a major, major deterrent for midlevel economic crimes your burglars, Bmall-arms robbers, 7 -Eleven holdups," he said. "It will have absolutely no deterrent on those who are pathologically criminal because they are not ' rational people," the former inmate four months to complete. Work just began on the mural's second half, along the Lapidge Street alley side of the building. Two more giant faces an elderly European American woman and an Asian American woman will dominate, under a portrait of Rigoberta Menchu, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Guatemalan activist. Among the dozens of images will be mythical women (the goddesses Quan Yin, Yemeyah and Coyoxauqui), famous women (artist Georgia O'Keeffe, poet Audre Lorde) and representations of everyday women. One male has a place in the mural, a boy with a tambourine who is actually muralist Edythe Boone's son, Littleton said. "That's to show we want a world for all people boys and girls, men and womea We want equality," Littleton said. The first half of the mural, done largely by volunteers, cost almost $40,000, and money is still being raised for the second half. "Murals eat brushes," Bergman said. If the women love the mural, it has stirred the ire of some city fathers. The Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board has determined that it is "inappropriate" for the building, an official city landmark originally called Turnverein Hall. "This is not just another paint job," said board President Patrick McGrew. McGrew said a four-story high mural is out of character with a Hours: Mon-Thurs 9-4:30 Fri 9-6 Sat 9-1 FDIC INSURED TO 5 P 1c St hrarwh rirxaA Sat r s ll 8 0 0 -1! Q T-RAT E Personal funds orty. Exploding a destructive device with intent to kill or injure Kidnapping Continuous sexual abuse of a child Assault with intent to commit rape or robbery Assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer Assault with a deadly weapon by a prison inmate, or the holding of a hostage by an inmate Assault by a life prisoner on a non-inmate Grand theft involving a firearm Any violation involving force, violence, duress, menace or threat of bodily harm to a victim Selling or offering drugs to a minor Carjacking said. "Murderers and rapists commit their crimes out of compulsions. "I also believe it will have no impact on your career professional criminals because they never plan on getting caught." There is another type of criminal that may not be affected by the new law, he said. "There is a class of prisoners who commit crimes at the lower level who would just as soon be in prison as out." Assemblyman John Vasconcell-08, D-San Jose, is emerging as the biggest critic of the new law. He said the cost of housing all the new historic building facade. The board is seeking a new law giving it power of approval over the repainting of landmark buildings. Money has been the biggest source of anxiety for the Women's Building since its inception. Some $125,000 remains to be paid off on the original purchase price of $535,000. Renovations on the old building originally a German men's gymnasium club are never-ending. Still, the building's annual report shows a healthy list of donors, most of them women, plus support from corporate givers like Bank of Australian officials seek pigeon poisoner REUTER SYDNEY, Australia Sydney authorities are looking for a professional hitman they believe has poisoned more than 300 of their pigeons. Startled morning commuters discovered the dead birds littering the city's streets. There's an easy way to keep i smile OEM, I down id in your pocket. Just enroll in SmileSaver, one of California's largest pre-paid dental plans. 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Prison population growing Vasconcellos, quoting a 1992 Rand Corp. study, Baid "the massive investment in crime control and the doubling and redoubling of the prison population in recent years may have had little effect on California's crime rate, particularly violent crime. , , . While there may be moral justifications for locking up offenders, imprisonment appears to have little impact on the amount of crime experienced on local communities." Wilson, flanked by police officers and facing a bank of 17 television cameras, said at Monday's signing ceremony, "The bottom line is: We do have the power to fight back against the violence that grips our streets. Three strikes' is the most important victory yet in the fight to take back our streets." The bill had languished in an Assembly committee for a year before the kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas in Petaluma. That incident led to a public uproar over repeat felons being on the streets. Support for "three strikes" grew, dramatically and the bill then, sailed through the Legislature. Richard Allen Davis, a prison parolee who served more than 18 years in prison for at least six felony convictions, has been charged in the Klaas kidnap-murder. America, the Gap and PG&E. Steady income has come in since the beginning from a somewhat incongruous tenant, the Dovre Club, an old-time Irish bar that's occupied the Lapidge Street corner since decades before the women moved in. Not tangible in the bookkeeping figures are the contributions in time and effort by countless women in the Bay Area. As Littleton said, "It's a labor of love. It's rewarding beyond money." Examiner staff writer Gerald Adams contributed to this story. The Royal Society for the Pre vention of Cruelty to Animals, which is investigating the poisonings, believes the killings are the work of professionals. 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