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Recount has day in court
RECOUNT from page 1
they perceived as tough ques
tioning and pondered options
that could include an emer
gency appeal to the U.S.
Supreme Court if necessary.
Carvin, buffeted by ques
tions from Justice Barbara
Pariente, appeared to suggest a
GOP fallback position if the
court rules against Bush.
The law, he said in the hear
ing, “makes it clear that the fed
eral courts - federal law will not
allow this court or the Florida
Legislature to change the rules
of the election after the election
has taken place.”
The justices were vigorous
questioners from the outset,
none more so than Wells, the 61
year-old Democrat who
Over and over, he asked at
what point the state would risk
missing the chance to cast its 25
electoral votes. Sometimes, he
punctuated the question with
Bush and Gore need those
25 votes to win the White House.
Wells' questions at one point
sketched a scenario in which
recounts would continue, per
haps into December.
Democrats said Dec. 12 was
when Florida needed to have its
results final, six days before the
Electoral College meets.
But Joe Klock, representing
Florida Secretary of State
Katherine Harris, said she was
bound by a state law that
required her to certify all ballots
except for overseas absentees by
seven days after the Nov. 7 elec
At the same time, asked by
Justice Harry Lee Anstead
whether the seven-day limit was
absolute, Klock conceded, “Of
course it's not absolute.”
The justices ruled last Friday
that Harris could not yet certify
a winner and that the recounts
could continue - though taking
no position on whether those
recounts must eventually be
The Gore campaign, still
trailing, hopes the recounts will
give the vice president the pres
At one point on Monday,
Wells seemed to suggest that
Harris might be permitted to
certify a winner soon, so
Democrats would have time to
challenge the next step in the
process - appointment of the
state’s electors - and still resolve
the dispute before the Electoral
Gore lawyer David Boies
rebutted that Republicans
would jump on any certification
as evidence that the election
was settled and “over with.”
He asked the justices not to
allow appointment of the elec
tors yet, but added, “I’m not urg
ing in any way that this court do
anything that would imperil
Florida’s electoral votes.”
"They're asking, ‘How do we
count the votes of people who
have not been counted without
jeopardizing those that have
been counted?”’ said Laurie
Levenson, professor at Loyola
University Law School in Los
The proceedings were car
ried live on the major television
networks, providing Americans
with a brief lesson in constitu
tional and election law. Wells
noted the extraordinary circum
stances at the start of the hear
“The court is certainly aware
of the historic nature of this ses
sion and is aware that this is a
matter of utmost and vital
importance to our nation, our
state and our world,” he said at
Two former secretaries of
They’re asking, 1How
do we count the votes
of people who have
not been counted
those that have been
Loyola University Law School
state, Warren Christopher and
James A. Baker III, sat listening
intently in their capacity as rep
resentatives of the two White
House rivals. Neither addressed
Boies told the justices that if
left alone, the three counties
conducting recounts by hand
could finish in a matter of days.
Democrats accuse Harris, a
Republican who campaigned
for Bush, of delaying and con
fusing the counties as they tried
to comply with their requests to
Recounts are allowed under
Florida law if a candidate asks
for them within 72 hours and
the local elections board agrees.
The state law is not clear on
when those results are due, and
much of the fight between Bush
and Gore has been over whether
Harris was right to impose a
Nov. 14 deadline.
Erwin Chemerinsky, profes
sor of constitutional law at the
University of Southern
California, predicted the court
will allow hand counts for a
short period with a firm dead
“I think they will rule that
she can’t certify the election
until the hand counts are done
but they can set up a reasonable
Quantum leap for computing
QUANTUM from page 1
bee-sized aerial vehicles are not
your typical pollinators, gather
ing military intelligence instead
For the bee project, the engi
neering team has worked togeth
er on a device known as a cellular
neural network that uses quan
tum dots to process complicated
visual information into a useful
These futuristic mini
machines will be able to travel
into enemy territory and gather
visual information as well as
function as the proverbial “fly on
the wall” by eavesdropping on
“As small, powerful comput
ers with wings, these bees have to
be somewhat intelligent,” said
Ianno, also an electrical engi
When asked if UNL was pio
neering the way toward artificial
intelligence, Ianno said quantum
dot electronics do raise that pos
“I am not so sure that artificial
intelligence is possible, but if you
shove enough information into a
quantum computer it certainly
can mimic thinking,” Ianno said.
Bandyopadhyay and his col
leagues - Ianno, Snyder,
Williams, Rod Dillon and Latika
Menon - have devoted years of
study into quantum research, but
they are probably five years away
from demonstrating a quantum
computer in the lab, and a com
mercial version won’t be avail
able for another 20 to 25 years,
As one of only a handful of
groups in the country attempting
to make quantum computers
with quantum dots, the electrical
engineering department has
been recognized by the National
Science Foundation as being a
leader in the field.
“The process is difficult” said
Bandyopadhyay, "but the payoff
University Police teach
women defense basics
DEFENSE from page 1
"It's great to see them get up
there and realize that they can do
it,” Clancy said.
The course teaches basic
physical defense techniques that
women of any age or physical
ability can do without the exten
sive practice martial arts moves
Some of the girls said they
learned about the RAD course,
which is taught in the Harper
Schramm-Smith complex food
service building, from their resi
dent assistants or from floor sign
up sheets. The other RAD course
is taught at Abel and Sandoz resi
Peters said police were initial
ly targeting residence halls in the
program's first semester but
hoped to expand in the future.
Freshman general studies
major Liz Shubert said that part
of the reason she wanted to take
the course was that she knows
people who have been attacked.
"I think it is a good program
for women of any ability who
want to defend themselves,”
Shubert said. “I feel more confi
dent in defending myself and I
would recommend it to anyone.”
Another RAD student, Janelle
Bauer, said the course made her
more aware of her surroundings,
and she has even shown her self
defense moves to everyone back
in her hometown of Surprise.
“It's very reassuring to know
that you are prepared ...
Oftentimes I think I am too
secure, but now I can be secure
because I am prepared (to defend
myself),” said Bauer, a freshman
business management major.
RAD is the only program of its
kind endorsed by the
International Association of
campus Law Jtnrorcement
Administrators, Peters said.
“The whole purpose of RAD is
creating an opportunity to
escape,” Peters said.
Throughout the class time
Peters becomes a human target,
allowing a dozen women to prac
tice kicking him in the groin
repeatedly while he holds a pad.
Except for Peters, men are
banned from the classes. The
only way men can become RAD
instructors is if they are police
officers or associated with advo
cacy groups such as rape or
spouse abuse centers.
“Women are a lot more com
fortable working together, and
the defense techniques we teach
men would be different than for
women,” Peters said.
The UHC will operate the
following hours during the
•Wed., 11/22: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
•Thurs., 11/23: closed
• Fri., 11/24: closed
•Sat., 11/25: 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
•Sun., 11/26: closed
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Disabled to meet with chancellor
■The students will discuss
their complaints about the
Students with Disabilities office.
Students frustrated with the
Services for Students with
Disabilities office are taking their
concerns to the top leader at
UNL - Interim Chancellor
A group of University of
wrote a letter to Perlman in
October listing their frustrations
about the office and its new
director, Mary Thompson.
The students will meet with
Perlman on Monday to discuss
these issues, and some said they
hoped the meeting would result
in finding a new director for the
There are countless prob
lems at the office, said senior
special education and deaf edu
cation major Jodie Engstler.
For example, on the first day
of classes, Engstler, who is hear
ing-impaired, didn’t have an
American Sign Language inter
preter on hand to help her like
she usually does.
Rather, someone was there
to transcribe everything the pro
fessor said onto a small screen,
which Engstler said wasn’t suffi
Several students also receive
notes from their classes as a serv
ice the office provides, she said.
But not everyone is getting
their notes on time, and some
students are doing poorly in
their classes because of it.
The source of these prob
lems, Engstler said, is
Thompson’s new leadership at
When the group meets with
Perlman, Engstler said, she
hoped the students who didn’t
receive notes would have their
failing grades waived, as well as
be reimbursed for the courses.
Engstler also said she hoped
Perlman would find a director
for the office to replace
Kim Boyd, a senior special
education major, said problems
with the office have caused her
to receive an incomplete in one
of her classes.
"We are not adequately pro
vided for,” she said.
Because of problems getting
notes, Boyd said, she thought
this semester’s grades should be
"I hope the chancellor can
validate our needs,” she said.
Boyd also said she thought
the atmosphere of the office had
In past years, Boyd would go
into the office just to talk to stu
dents and hang out, she said.
“Now, when I go in there, it's
more, ‘What do you want?’” she
said. “No one’s there to talk to us
Committee debates fetal tissue
■ Today the Nebraska Bioethics Advisory
Committee will review several recommendations
at a public hearing.
Members of the Nebraska Bioethics Advisory
Committee will hold a public hearing today to dis
cuss whether research involving human embryon
ic stem cells and tissue should be watched over by
a review board.
The committee will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss
its October recommendations, said Deb Thomas,
director of special projects at the University of
It will meet in the Norfolk Room in the
Nebraska Center for Continuing Education on
UNL’s East Campus.
The bioethics committee was formed by NU
President Dennis Smith in response to public out
cry over controversial research conducted at the
University of Nebraska Medical Center.
UNMC studies Alzheimer's and other brain dis
eases by using brain cells from aborted fetuses.
In October the committee recommended that
NU require review and approval by the
Institutional Review Boards for research involving
human stem cells and fetal tissues.
There are three Institutional Review Boards at
NU - one at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
one at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and
one at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The boards watch over research involving
The committee recommended the boards pre
pare a report for the NU Board of Regents once a
year and that NU form a broad-based public advi
sory committee to consult with the boards about
bioethical issues in research.
The recommendations also ask for the training
of board members on the ethical responsibilities of
conducting research on human participants.
But a review-board system could cause prob
lems for the university, said Vera Hassner Shaw,
president of Citizens for Responsible Care and
Research, a New York City-based advocacy group
for research subjects.
Most board members are chosen from the
groups of researchers whose work is being
watched over, she said.
Usually a few review board members come
from outside and have no connection to the
research being reviewed, she said.
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