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Trio heads to world finals
Computer programmers will face 57 other teams
By Kim Sweet
Quick thinking and efficient prob
lem-solving are sending three UNL stu
dents to the Netherlands this spring.
The computer programming trio of
Josh Brown, Yixin Guo and Lucas
Sabalka will attend the world finals for
collegiate computer programming
because of its success at the North
Central Regional Collegiate
Programming Contest on Nov. 7.
Teams in the region attended multi
ple competition sites — including the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where
Brown, Guo and Sabalka competed -
and results were tabulated over the
World Wide Web.
Brown is a sophomore computer
engineering major, Guo is a junior com
puter engineering major and Sabalka is
a freshman math, physics and computer
The contest included six problems
that teams had to solve within five
hours. The team to finish fastest with
the most correct solutions won.
The team found out about its first
place honors five minutes after the con
test was over and scores tabulated.
But approximately 10 minutes earli
er, their first-place standing had been in
“What did surprise me was that we
were in fifth place until about five min
utes before the end of the contest,”
The three managed to fix a bug
minutes before the contest ended.
The team took first place after solv
ing the most solutions and having the
least amount of penalty points out of 59
teams from the region. Six schools com
peted at UNL.
The region included most of the
Midwest and parts of Canada.
Charles Riedesel, chief adviser for
the UNL Computer Science and
Engineering Department, said the team
members put in time preparing by solv
ing problems from previous contests.
In order to get ready for the compe
tition that takes place in Eindhoven,
Netherlands, the team will practice with
Visual Age software provided by IBM.
The members have participated in
contests before, Riedesel said. Sabalka
was the winner of UNL’s high school
programming competition last year.
While there have been previous
teams that have competed on the world
level from UNL, this is the first one in a
number of years, Riedesel said.
Teams were allowed to have one
graduate student, he said. The freshman,
sophomore and junior competed
against teams comprised of seniors and
possibly an upper-level student,
The three will face 57 other teams
that represent 58 schools among 1,500
colleges and universities around the
world when they compete in the
JefFEpler, a senior computer sci
ence major, and Jon Travis, a junior
computer science major, made up the
other UNL team, which earned third
place in the contest
Second- and third-place teams have
a chance to enter the competition as a
wild card team.
Kerrey still undecided on 2000 race
KERREY from page 1
mittee, Building America’s
Conscience & Kids.
On Dec. 12, Kerrey will be a host
at a conference on international eco
nomics in Omaha. Participants will
include Omaha billionaire Warren
Buffett and former Secretary of Labor
According to many political ana
lysts, Vice President A1 Gore is the
early front-runner for the Democratic
nomination for the presidency in
Jarding agreed that Gore has a
head start on the Democratic field.
“He’s the big dog in the hunt,” he
said. “But I think it’s important not to
lose sight of the fact that this business
is fairly unpredictable.”
Jarding said Kerrey had encoun
tered Democrats who are “uneasy
about the vice president and his mes
sage and capacity to win.”
Harrison Hickman, who has been
a pollster for Kerrey since his first run
for governor of Nebraska in 1982,
noted, “There are an awful lot of
front-runners who never got elected
or never even got nominated.”
Kerrey has some advantages over
Gore, he said. For example, unlike
Gore, Kerrey is not constrained by the
views of the Clinton administration.
Kerrey’s leadership and willing
ness to take controversial stands on
: issues such as entitlement reform may
attract voters who “are ready for big
ger challenges than they’ve been pre
sented with,” Hickman said.
Kerrey, chairman of the
Democratic Senatorial Campaign
Committee, also received a boost
from the results of the 1998 election,
Hickman said. After Republicans had
talked early in the campaign about
gaining five seats to secure a fili
buster-proof majority, Democrats
kept the margin at 55-45.
“He can justifiably take an awful
lot of credit for the Democrats not los
ing ground in a year when a lot of
people, including myself, thought
they would,” he said.
Jarding said the nearly $60 mil
lion Kerrey raised for Democratic
Senate candidates was a record.
“This was a test of leadership,” he
said. “He has come out of this feeling
very, very good. He has friends now
that he may not have had before.”
This past weekend, Kerrey met
with Democratic leaders in Iowa, the
state whose party caucuses will kick
off the 2000 presidential campaign.
John Norris, former state chair
man of the Iowa Democratic Party,
said Kerrey’s fund-raising efforts had
provided a boost to Iowa Democratic
candidates. Norris now works on the
transition team for Iowa Gov.-elect
Tom Vilsack, who won a come-ffom
behind victory Nov. 3.
“(Kerrey) put a good weekend
together,” he said. “It was a good
opportunity for him to reach out and
talk to our statewide leaders.”
Norris, who has not decided
whom to support in the 2000 presi
dential campaign, said Kerrey would
have a good chance to connect with
Iowans, given his Midwestern back
ground and knowledge of farm issues.
Given the uphill battle Kerrey
would be expected to face in a presi
dential contest, some Nebraskans
aren’t sure a presidential bid would be
his best option.
Anne Boyle, chairwoman of the
Nebraska Democratic Party, said
Kerrey had “great credibility and
stature in the SenJte” and would ben •
“formidable challenger” to A1 Gore.
But Boyle said she had reserva
tions about a presidential bid - albeit
for “self-serving reasons,” she added.
“Do we jeopardize not having him
in the U.S. Senate to run what I think
he would admit would be an uphill
battle to be president of the United
States?” she said. “I would rather have
a safe bet than risk losing his leader
ship in the state of Nebraska.”
Although Kerrey faces a cross
roads in his political career and must
make a difficult choice, it’s a good
dilemma to face, Jarding said.
“He’s said publicly that he feels
fortunate to have a chance to make
this decision,” he said. “He’s not ago
nizing over it. He feels that his coun
try has been very good to him, and he
wants to give back.”
Dispute leads to stabbing
A domestic dispute escalated into a
stabbing Sunday evening when another
man tried to intervene.
A woman was urging her live-in
boyfriend to leave their apartment on
the 1400 block of North 45 th Street
when he grabbed her and pulled a knife,
Lincoln Police Sgt. Ann Heermann
Another man in the apartment
stepped in and tried to separate the two.
The two men struggled, and the
intervening man was stabbed in the
neck, though his injuries were not life
threatening, police said.
The injured man was treated and
released at BryanLGH West Medical
The boyfriend was arrested for sec
ond-degree assault and the use of a
weapon to commit a felony.
Man attacked with knife
An argument between two men in a
kitchen turned violent when one
grabbed a steak knife and started slash
ing Sunday night.
The victim, a 41-year-old man,
asked a 20-year-old man to leave his
apartment on the 1600block ofE Street,
and an argument ensued, Heermann
Both men went into the kitchen, and
the 20-year-old grabbed a steak knife.
The older man sustained three cuts
on his left hand before the younger man
left, police said.
The older man heeded 10 stitches,
and the younger man was arrested for
second-degree assault and the use of a
weapon to commit a felony.
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