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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 28, 2000 - 7

Information points to Soviets
in U'alum' sdisappearance

Continued from Page 1
street in Budapest, then we said he was taken
under the protection of our troops," Interfax
quoted him as saying.
Then came a memo from then-Foreign Min-
ister Andrei Gromyko saying Wallenberg
died of a heart attack in Soviet custody in
1947. Many former prisoners continued to
claim Wallenberg was alive as late as the
1970s and 1980s.
Many people taken prisoner by the Soviet
Army in Hungary vanished - including a
former soldier discovered this year in a Russ-
ian mental hospital.
Continued from Page 1
Whiteside said, students may experience anx-
iety in dealing with feelings of being visitors
in their own homes.
"My impression has often been that stu-
dents come back from Thanksgiving even
more stressed out than before paradoxically
enough," Whiteside said.
When students walk through their front
doors over breaks, parents are not always
ready for the changes in their children. "I had
dyed my hair - bleached it. My dad said,
'What's going on there?'" Engineering
sophomore Blair Miller said about his return
home to Battle Creek.
LSA junior Tim Barry said his parents
have displayed the same reaction every time
he's gone home to Chicago.
"My parents, every time they see me, think
I've grown three to four inches. Now, I'm

Todd Endelmann, a University history pro-
fessor teaching a Holocaust course, said the
new information brings some kind of closure
to Wallenberg's disappearance.
"It has long been suspected that Wallen-
berg died in the Soviet Union," Endelman
said. "This information doesn't change the
importance of what he did regarding the
Swedish passports. Rather, it is important to
have closure and this information helps fin-
ish the story."
The University's Raoul Wallenberg Endow-
ment, established in 1985, honors those who have
taken a courageous stand. In October, Nina Lager-
gren, Wallenberg's half-sister, spoke about her
brother at the 10th annual Wallenberg Lecture.
seven feet."
No matter what initial reaction parents
have, many students enjoyed having someone
take care of them for a few days. Barry
recalled the nurturing questions he routinely
gets from his parents over holiday breaks.
"Do you need anything? Do you need your
laundry done?" Barry said his parents always
ask him. "Of course, there are the typical
Thanksgiving and Christmas trips to see
every doctor."
Ureel recognized his parents' exceptional
generosity. "You know Mom and Dad are a
lot nicer to you. They haven't seen you in a
Returning home for his third Thanksgiv-
ing, Barry has noticed that parents get pro-
gressively nicer.
"My parents wanted me to go out to the bar
with them. My mom asked me, Do you have
a fake ID ?' I was not exactly sure how to
play that one," he said.

Continued from Page 1
Gore "will definitely contest it as long as he can, but I don't
think he's going to do any good,' she said.
Bush supporter Solomon David, an SNRE grad student
said the elections are practically all he has heard about in
the last month.
"Some people that said they wanted to vote for Gore at
one point (feel differently now). They think he's being a
stickler" he said. "Most people that I've heard are just sick
of it."
As for himself, David said he also feels that the election
should be over.
"I think its time that they accept it and go on," he said. "It's
hurting everything from the economy to the morale of the
But there are still some Gore supporters holding out.
LSA senior Sam Eliad said he would rather see Gore
continue the appeals process than accept Bush as presi-
dent-elect. "I saw the ballots. It was ridiculous how shady
they were."
Eliad said, referring to the so-called "butterfly ballots" that
allegedly caused many voters in Palm Beach County to mis-
takenly vote for Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan instead
of Gore.
"I think (Gore) has every right to appeal," Eliad said.
With the ABC News/Washington Post poll reporting 26
percent of Gore supporters saying that Gore should concede
compared to 92 percent of Bush supporters, Traugott said that
the majority of the country "is still tolerant about the entire
"Partisans are more likely to express concern about the
legitimacy or the illegitimacy of the process," he said. "I
don't think people are all that concerned about the
process, they're concerned about the constant television
For political science Prof. Chris Achen, the biggest
concern about the timeliness of the election is the
transition that will appoint hundreds of new federal
"The transition and the building of a team for a new
administration -- that is not a short process and it needs
to get underway," he said.
"We need to get going. We need a presidential admin-
istration on inauguration day."

Continued from Page £
business of presidential politics,
threatening to spill past the Dec. 12
deadline for selecting state electors.
Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer
said Gore's address offered nothing
new to the nation.
"It was just unfortunately not giv-
ing Americans the full picture of what
took place," Fleischer said. Bush
watched Gore's address in the gover-
nor's mansion, while his top aides
gathered at campaign headquarters to
see it.
The Texas governor moved quickly
to take on the work, if not the title, of
Running mate Dick Cheney criti-
cized the Clinton-Gore administra-
tion for refusing Bush access to $5.3
million in government transition
funds and a federal office building
set aside for the presidential
He announced the Bush team
would raise donations to finance its
Continued from Page 1
Gershoni said he would even place
bets for some of his friends during the
football season who had not gambled
before and didn't want to open up their
own accounts.
Despite state laws prohibiting online
gambling, it is increasing in Michigan.
Gambling Magazine estimated there to
be more than 400 gambling sites on
the Internet this year. The magazine
also estimates that college students are
believed to make up a sizable percent-
age of the online gambling population.
Berg said the state is targeting gam-
bling site operators instead of the indi-
vidual gamblers. But that has not been
easy, since most Internet casinos are
offshore, many headquartered in the
Caribbean. Some are being operated
legally, like the Kenny Rogers' online
casino at irww kennYrogerscasino.com,
which operates out of the Netherlands
Antilles. Rogers' site is legal because
of the disclaimer posted on the site:
"This site does not allow for gambling
for money by persons within the Unit-
ed States."
Of the illegal sites, Berg said "there
have been cases where they have been
successfully prosecuted." In fact, co-
owner of Internet sports gambling
operation World Sports Exchange Jay
Cohen was the first person to be con-
victed on federal charges of running
an illegal offshore gambling operation,
and was sentenced to nearly two years
in prison.
Cohen, along with 21 other people,
was arrested for involvement in I I
Internet sports betting firms in March

own operation.
"This is regrettable becau~se use
believe the government has an oblib-
tion to honor the certifiable results of
an election," Cheney said at a Wash-
ington news conference, naming an
executive director and press secretary
for the transition team.
In the sort of juxtaposition that has
been a hallmark of this ever-shifting
election dispute, Cheney's news con-
ference got under way just as lawyers
gathered in a Florida court room to
discuss Gore's election protest. Cable
TV viewers saw history in the making,
split screen.
Cheny took a swipe at Gore for not
dropping out, as the Bush team sought
to rush the vice president from the
race before the courts have an oppor-
tunity to renew recounts.
Gore is "still unwilling to accept
the outcome. That is unfortunate in
light of the penalty that may have to
be paid at some future date if the-next
administration is not allowed to pre-
pare to take the reins of government,"
Cheney said.
Online gambling is
subject to federal,
state regulations
The cases were brought under the
1961 federal Wire Wagner Act, which
prohibits the use of a telephone in
interstate or foreign commerce to
place sports bets.
U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White said
"Internet communication is no differ-
ent than a telephone call for purpose
of liability under the Wire Wagner
Berg indicated that student gamblers
should not only be worried about the
possibility of getting cheated out of
their money when gambling online,
they should also be aware that it is'ille-
gal, at least in Michigan. Although the
American Gaming Association sup-
ports passing a federal law against
online gambling, enforcement depends
on state law.
Moreover, online gambling, like bet-
ting in a casino, can be addicting. Tele-
phone hotlines like the Michigan
Gambling Helpline are adjusting to the
changing face of gambling. Virginia
Pironi, coordinator .of the helpline,
said "there are calls about Internet
Gershoni said he got into online bet-
ting because his friend did it regularly,
and the Website he used, wtw.sport-
ingbetsusa.coni. had proven to be reli-
But Gershoni said he is still appre-
hensive about giving his credit card
online. "You never know how shady it
could be.

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