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draws few students
really is the voice of the students
for this campus,” he said.
ASUN often serves as a liai
son between the students and
the administration, and the
more people who get involved,
the more representative ASUN
is, Schafer said.
“We try hard to be represen
tative,” he said. “But it’s impor
tant for us to reach out and bring
During the forum, students
talked about minority and inter
national student representation
in the senate.
’. They also discussed ASUN’s
which would revamp the struc
ture of student government
Kevin Sheen, a junior adver
tising major, said he thought the
concerns brought up by students
Sheen also said there needed
to be more forums for students
to discuss issues important to
Sheen said he didn’t come to
the forum because he felt under
represented. Instead, he attend
ed because he wanted to learn
more about running for office.
“I think (the senators) are
doing their best, but more needs
to be done,” he said.
Nick Fitch, a senior German
major, said he attended the
forum because he wanted to
hear student concerns as well as
learn about running for an ASUN
Fitch said he was pleased to
hear other students' views about
“I feel that there are many
people who are not represented,
but those who are on the senate
try to do their best,” he said.
ASUN elections are often
filled with politics, and Fitch said
he didn’t think the best candi
date always got elected.
“I just hope that some people
who want to do the right thing
get elected,” he said.
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Outcome lies with Supreme Court
the Florida Supreme Court vio
lated neither federal law nor the
Constitution because the court
simply interpreted the law; it did
not rewrite the law, they argue.
“Even if federal law had
something to say about the
scope of state judicial authority
to construe state legislation,
which it does not, the decision
(of the Florida Supreme Court)
effected no change in Florida
law ‘which cannot be reconciled
with state statutes enacted
before the election,’” Gore’s
Gruhl said most legal
observers were surprised the
court agreed to hear the case at
all, so they are reluctant to make
More often than not, when
the court agrees to hear a case, it
overrules a lower court's ruling.
But that is far from a certainty
here, Gruhl said.
In order to hear a case, four
of the nine justices must agree
to it. The court does not release
which justices vote to hear a
In this case, Gruhl said, the
court may well have agreed to
take the case in order to provide
a definitive ruling amid the
chaos of lawsuits, public rela
tions dueling and political war
“The Supreme Court may
have believed it could lend its
prestige in trying to dampen the
controversy,” he said.
At first glance, Gruhl said,
the court would seem reluctant
to overturn the Florida Supreme
Court’s ruling. Under Chief
Justice William Rehnquist, the
court’s most notable change has
been its emphasis on states'
rights, he said, often in 5-4 rul
Bush’s lawyers will argue the
issue goes deeper than states’
rights. They will argue the U.S.
Supreme Court must act to pre
vent one branch of state govern
ment - the Florida Supreme
Court - from usurping the
authority of another - the state
“But it’s not clear at all that
the Florida Supreme Court in
any way usurped the authority
of the Florida Legislature,”
Gruhl said. “The state law was
internally inconsistent, and the
court chose to emphasize one
part rather than the other.”
Justices like Antonin Scalia -
arguably the most conservative
justice on the court and consis
tently sympathetic to states’
rights - may be interesting to
watch, Gruhl said.
Appointed by Ronald
Reagan, Scalia is at times
unabashedly partisan and may
favor Bush’s arguments over a
states' rights argument in this
case, Gruhl said. But he cau
tioned his view was speculation,
not a prediction.
Justice Sandra Day
O’Connor’s questions during
oral arguments also will be
watched closely because of her
strong support for states’ rights,
Gruhl said. Before being
appointed to the U.S. Supreme
Court, O’Connor served in the
For a ruling of this magni
tude, some have suggested the
court will seek a unanimous rul
“I think they would like it to
be unanimous,” Gruhl said, “but
this court has been pretty frac
tured, and I don’t know that that
Although the court’s ruling is
unlikely to resolve all of the dis
puted legal issues, it could be
viewed by the public as a barrier
that should halt any further
legal challenges, Gruhl said.
“As soon as the Supreme
Court rules, I think there will be
strong sentiment to get it
wrapped up, regardless of how it
rules,” he said.
In accordance with the
Supreme Court's policy, today’s
oral arguments will not be tele
vised. But the court has agreed
to release an audio recording.
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