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Hussein’s son Abdullah talees Jordanian throne
Friends, critics gather
to pay respects to the
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - Jordan crowned an
untested new monarch Sunday and plunged into
mourning for its beloved King Hussein. Distraught
citizens sobbed in the streets and world leaders
converged on the desert kingdom, united in grief
for the statesman who built bridges for peace in the
turbulent Middle East.
The deep political divides between those plan
ning to attend today’s elaborate state funeral served
as a powerful reminder of Hussein’s far-reaching
abilities as a mediator and leader - skills that lifted
Jordan into a place of international prominence.
“Even the sky is crying,” an announcer on
Jordanian television declared as a rare, dripping
fog shrouded the city after the king died at 11:43
a m. (4:43 a.m. EST) from cancer in a hospital.
Black flags fluttered from the few taxicabs ply
ing the streets. The wail of Koranic verses of
mourning filled the country’s mosques, and resi
dents wept on the sidewalks of Amman, Jordan’s
Hussein, who survived repeated assassination
attempts as he walked the tightrope of Mideast pol
itics, succumbed after a seven-month battle with
lymphatic cancer. He had lingered unconscious on
a respirator for two days after returning home to
Jordan last week to die.
Courtiers, Jordanian officials and members of
the royal family, including his dozen children and
his wife, the American-born Queen Noor, had kept
a vigil at the king’s bedside while thousands of cit
izens sobbed at the hospital gates.
In keeping with Islamic tradition, the funeral
will be held quickly - an enormous procession
through Amman just 24 hours after Hussein’s heart
President Clinton and first lady Hillary
Rodham Clinton were among those planning to
Underscoring Jordan’s determination that the
transition be swift and smooth, Hussein’s eldest
son, Abdullah, 37, was sworn in just four hours
later in parliament
Though Abdullah’s inexperience may be
prompting some quiet worries among Jordanians,
it also brought recollections that Hussein himself
ascended the Hashemite throne as a boy of 17.
Praise for Hussein poured in from around the
region and the world. Israeli President Ezer
Weizman called him “one of the greatest leaders of
the 20th century, a brave soldier who fought for
peace.” Clinton’s homage was simpler: “I loved
Even some critics showed concern. Syria
expressed its “deep sadness,” while Libyan leader
Moammar Gadhafi prayed “to God to have mercy
on his soul, forgive his sins, overlook his mistakes
and allow him into paradise.” Iraq, a sometimes
bitter opponent, reported the death without com
Serving 46 years as king, the British-educated
Hussein was the Middle East’s longest-surviving
monarch, weathering coup attempts as he steered a
calm and steady course in a volatile comer of the
(He was) one
of the greatest
leaders of the
He waged war against Israel but eventually
grew into a pro-Western moderate, ending a long
enmity with the Jewish state and becoming a
champion of Mideast peace.
Bom Nov. 14,1935, Hussein was a descendent
of Hashem, great-grandfather of the seventh cen
tury Prophet Mohammed of Islam. He was
crowned king May 2,1953, after his father, Talal,
abdicated because of mental illness.
Focus, Voice parties ready
for ASUN spring elections
ASUN from page 1
Electoral Commission ruled that
they were ineligible to run, ASUN
Director of Development Marlene
Dittmer said he and Miller turned
in an application with only two sig
natures - their own.
The election rules state that 400
signatures are required for a presi
While their names will not
appear on the ballot, Dittmer said the
two were trying to gather a following
to begin a write-in campaign.
In the senate races, 23 candidates
have aligned themselves with Focus,
which stresses slowing student fee
increases, improving the look of the
university, evaluating the business
practices of the athletic department
and creating a group to bring diversi
ty to the student senate, according to
Twenty-four candidates are affil
iated with the Voice party, which
wants to improve the UNL commu
nity by doing things such as support
ing students of color, developing a
safe-ride-home program, addressing
safety issues, monitoring parking
and improving the image of ASUN.
Voice also endorses a proposed
constitutional amendment to create
five at-large seats, according to pub
Eleven candidates are running
for senate positions independent of
student election groups.
Along with electing candidates
for various positions, students will
decide the fate of three constitutional
One of the amendments proposes
to nd the senate ot the seat from the
Division of Continuing Studies.
The seat is vacant, as it has been
for a number of years, said
Schuerman, who is also chairman of
the Human Rights committee.
“The Division of Continuing
Studies amendment is probably
something that is a rubber stamp, as
far as students go,” Schuerman said.
Another amendment would
change the way senators are
The amendment would take away
the power of the first vice president
to remove a senator because of three
absences. If passed, the amendment
would allow the first vice president
to recommend the removal of a sena
tor for absences.
A constitutional amendment that
changes the senate composition will
also be on March’s ballot.
The amendment changes repre
sentation to allow 25 senators to be
voted on by college, 10 by place of
residence and five seats allocated for
Schuerman said the Human
Rights committee has taken charge
of educating students on the constitu
Presentations will be made to stu
dent organizations, Schuerman said.
The committee will also send out
sample ballots and explain what a
“no” and “yes” vote would mean.
Two town hall meetings will be
held in the Nebraska Union Crib to
discuss the amendments on Feb. 16th
at 5 p.m., and on Feb. 22nd at 12:30
Schuerman said it is important
for students to be educated on the
“They can really change a lot.
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NU law students, Web sites
available to help file taxes
■ Free assistance with
returns will be available to
those who cannot afford a
lawyer or an accountant.
By Josh Knaub
Filing a return may be a little less
taxing .with the help of volunteers
from the NU College of Law or a
visit to a Web site.
Students from the University of
Nebraska College of Law will assist
students in preparing tax forms free
of charge through the Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance program.
For those who prefer human
interaction, the VITA program offers
a friendly alternative.
Suzanne Correnti, third-year law
student and VITA coordinator, said
volunteers would answer questions,
provide forms and compute tax
The volunteers are law students
who have completed a course in tax
law and have taken training on how
to help people file their taxes, she
said. NU law students have partici
pated in VITA since the early 1990s,
William Lyons, faculty adviser for
the program, said. The national pro
gram is a joint effort between the
Internal Revenue Service and the
American Bar Association.
Lyons said the program was
started because the IRS and the bar
association were concerned about
people who did not file tax returns
even though they deserved a refund.
The IRS maintains a toll-free
number for tax questions, but is
unable to deal with the number of
requests it receives each year.
Lyons said the law college vol
unteers were knowledgeable about
the tax code and would be able to
help most students.
Correnti said volunteers were
able to assist with both state and fed
eral taxes and 1040A and 1040EZ
forms, but could not aid with inter
national taxes or 1040 forms.
“The idea is to assist those who
can’t afford to hire a lawyer or an
accountant to prepare their taxes,”
Students making less than
$20,000 a year can also turn to the
Web for more free help.
QuickenM-R’s Web TurboTax,
offers a simple, self-paced approach
to electronically filing a return.
Intuit, the makers of Quicken,
said Web-based TurboTax services
were free of charge to those earning
$20,000 or less.
The TurboTax site asks users
questions and uses the answers to
calculate refund or payment
Most users should be able to
complete the process in about 30
Although the VITA program and
the TurboTax Web site provide con
venient ways to file tax returns, nei
ther will be available to taxpayers
who wait until the last minute.
The VITA program ends March
31, and the TurboTax site will close
April 1 unless Intuit has sufficient
resources to continue until April 15.
VITA volunteers will be in the
Nebraska Union on Wednesdays
from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and at Wal
Mart, 4700 N. 27th St., on Fridays
from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Chocolate Lovers delight in Fantasy event
CHOCOLATE from page 1
the event “There is chocolate every
The event showcased 36 profes
sional and celebrity chefs and their
impressive array of intriguing and cre
ative uses of chocolate, not to mention
unusual chocolate concoctions.
“I have every intention to eat
myself silly,” Barb Damewood of
Lincoln said with a mouthful of choco
late. “I love chocolate, and there is def
initely plenty of it”
For $ 15, those attending were able
to dabble in delightful delicacies such
as chocolate mousse, chocolate orange
truffles, chocolate fudge brownies and
chocolate cream puffs. Then they were
able to wash it all down with chocolate
Even the health-conscious were
able to abide by their New Year’s reso
lutions with chocolate-covered fruits -
strawberries, apricots, blueberries,
raspberries - and vegetables.
Biilene Nemec, manager of the
Haymarket’s seasonal Farmer’s
Market, decided to be different this
year and used cabbage in her latest
cooking creation - chocolate kraut
“We needed to have a theme, and
cabbage was in season,” Nemec said.
“It’s actually rather tasty.”
- Nemec’s kraut cake won the award
for die most unique use of chocolate.
Richard Conradt and Rich
Rodenbuig, co-owners of the Walton
Trail Company, 118th and A streets,
brought back their infamous choco
“We couldn’t resist,” Conradt said.
“Last year they were a hit. This year
seems to be going well.”
Conradt’s culinary chocolate cre
ation found numerous fans.
“People are saying, ‘Geez, it’s not
as crazy as I thought,”’ Conradt said.
“People do actually eat them.”
Conradt said women tended to pre
fer his culinary creation more than
After hesitating, Dana Kadavy of
Lincoln tasted the chocolate-dipped
“I was surprised. It was sweet and
salty at the same time,” Kadavy said.
“It wasn’t bad at all.”
Stacy Schroeder, a University of
Nebraska-Lincoln sophomore adver
tising major, and Jenny Vogt, a UNL
junior advertising major, said they had
never experienced anything like
Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy.
“I have never seen so much choco
late,” said Schroeder. “It’s amazing.”
Vogt said she had just arrived and
she didn’t plan to leave without look
ing at and/or tasting every chocolate
“We’re here to eat chocolate,” Vogt
said. “It’s going to be fun.”
I have never
Vogt and Schroeder agreed that
their favorite chocolate delicacies were
the chocolate handcuffs made by the
Lincoln Police Department.
Officer Stacy Fitch said the choco
late police treats, including chocolate
badges and nightsticks, have been a hit
for the past three years.
“Everyone seems to like them,”
Fitch said. “I have to admit, they are
The chocolate handcuffs won the
award for the most creative use of
Eells said she had only heard posi
tive cries of laughter and excitement
from the chocolate lovers.
“It looks like everyone is enjoying
themselves,” Eells said. “I guess you
can say the evening was a sweet suc
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