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Media crews set up outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington as they prepare for today's hearing of a claim filed by Texas Gov. George Bush. Bush raised
the idea that the Supreme Court could forestall what he called an "impending constitutional crisis" over the appointment of electors.
egislaturs amao n sel actors
Y The Asocisted Prss Bush administration. it nassed a handmade sign reading "No chad
By Jeremy W. Peters modest, hardly noticeable, garden-vari-
DailyStaff Reporter ety act of ordinary statutory interpreta-
tion failed to withstand the mildest
WASHINGTON - The day before scrutiny," the brief said.
the U.S. Supreme Court is to hear oral NBC correspondent Pete Williams,
arguments in perhaps the most momen- who covers the Supreme Court, is one
tous case the nation has seen in a quar- the scores of journalists keeping tabs
ter century, lawyers for Texas Gov. on this dramatic twist in an election
George W Bush and Vice President Al that defies convention.
Gore exchanged blows on paper yester- "Everyone was surprised that the
day as their attorneys filed the final court took this case, including the
legal briefs before the high court hears Bush lawyers. This is certainly dra-
the case this morning. matic," Williams
At issue is whether said. "Because it
the Florida Supreme involves a presiden-
Court overstepped its , tial election, every-
bounds by allowing one is watching. But
manual recounts to itsis looking like the
continue by extendin' Read the Daily on Monday court may not have
the state's deadline for for full coverage of the the final word."
elctoncetiictin. Supreme Cour hearng Needless to say,
"Allowing the ... manual recount Bush and Gore are on opposite ends
provisions to be given effect is not like of the spectrum in terms of what each
changing the rules after the game has hopes the final word from the U.S.
been played," Gore's brief read. "It is Supreme Court will be.
instead like using a more powerful "It would be good for Gore if the
photo-finished camera ... to determine court says that the provisional certifica-
the winner of the race more accurate- tion that took place on Sunday is the
ly." correct date rather than on November.
Bush's lawyers have argued-that by 14, because Bush has a smaller lead
extending the deadline for vote certifi- now," Georgetown University law Prof.
cation, the Florida Supreme Court Paul Rothstein said.
rewrote state election law after the bal- He was referring to the dispute over
lots had been cast. which date for the Florida vote certifi-
The Bush brief submitted yesterday cation is legally valid - Nov. 14 when
assailed the Gore legal team for their Bush was ahead by almost 1,000 votes,
reading of the Florida court's decision. or Nov. 26 when the count was official-
Gore's "lengthy and tortured efforts ly certified. The Nov. 26 tally -
to recharacterize the decision ... as a See COURT, Page 7
Al Gore's lawyers battled for his political sur-
vival in the Florida and U.S. supreme courts yes-
terday, pleading against delaying fresh vote
recounts "even one day" as a half-million ballots
sped by rental truck to Tallahassee. GOP lawmak-
ers jockeyed in the state capital to award the presi-
dency to George W. Bush in case the judges
"When the counting stops, we want to be pre-
pared to lead this nation," Bush said in Texas
*etween transition meetings with retired Gen.
Colin Powell -- the star of his Cabinet-in-the-
making. Officials said the meeting cemented Pow-
ell's position as secretary of state in a presumptive
In Florida, the GOP-dominated state Legis-
lature drew a step closer to appointing its own
slate of presidential electors as a committee
urged leaders to call a special session. Democ-
rats called that "a brazen power play," while
they worked elsewhere to keep Gore in the
Bush, whose brother is governor of the state,
raised no objection to the Legislature's actions,
and his lawyers defended the lawmakers' right to
name a GOP slate. "It's time to get some finality,"
Bush said in an appearance with Powell at his
Crawford, Texas, ranch.
Hundreds of miles away in Florida, Lt. Jit
Kersey's squad car headed up the ballot brigade as
zone." Also Disney World.
"Oh, my God," he said. "The whole world is
And what sights to see: Lawmakers cussed
and fumed in a legislative committee room; the
two could-be presidents plotted their transi-
tions to power; legal briefs ricocheted between
the nation's courts; and the banana-yellow
rental truck - swarmed by police and media
vehicles on Ronald Reagan Turnpike -- car-
ried contested ballots to Circuit Judge N.
Sanders Sauls' court.
The recount convoy was captured by 1 V cam-
eras in helicopters, giving Americans a birds-eye
See ELECTION, Page 7
bes yiel more jobs
By Jodie Kaufman
Daily Staff Reporter
Graduating with a liberal arts degree this
year will be more profitable than usual,
according to the 30th annual Recruiting
Trends Survey by the Michigan State Uni-
versity Collegiate Employment Research
The study found that liberal arts gradu-
ates can expect to be recruited more heavily
and earn higher wages.
When seniors graduate in May, they will
enter a job market that has been expanding
6 to 10 percent this academic year, accord-
ing to the survey.
The study's authors surveyed 380
employers primarily in the manufacturing
and professional service sectors.
The survey projects that this could be the
best job market in years, with e-recruiting
still in its infancy.
"The college labor market is entering its
fourth year of frenzied activity," said Michi-
gan State Career Service Director of
Research Phil Gardner, author of the study,
in a written statement.
The survey results indicate that many com-
panies believe that their organizations' size
will be an important factor in hiring this year.
The largest companies with more than
3,500 employees are expecting to expand
hiring by 66 percent, an increase appearing
across all degree levels. Smaller companies
with fewer than 91 employees will hire
more graduates at 21 percent above last
Esrold Nurse, assistant dean at the Uni-
versity's College of Literature, Scienceoand
See STUDY, Page 5
'U' symposium to'
focus on Internet
Those kicks were fast as lightning
ocial Work Prof. Dan Saunders speaks about domestic
iolence against women at the School of Education in honor
f the White Ribbon Campaign yesterday.
By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter
AOk r I
o stop abuse
y Rachel Green
Psychology graduate student Joe Mikels said he joied the
A e Ribbon Campaign after he learned that his close female
d was the victim of sexual assault.
"Listening. to her story and everything she went through
mediately afterwards until she told me about it four years
iter, I saw she still had psychological scars because of what
he experienced," Mikels said.
Mikels was one of nearly a dozen students who attended
ast nights lecture by Social Work Prof. Dan Saunders about
ten's violence against women, in honor of the White Rib-
The campaign, an international e'fort by men to end vio-
ence against women, is celebrating its first anniversary at
See RIBBON, Page 5
In the wake of the ongoing contro-
versy over Napster, Inc. and online file
trading, the University's Information
Office plans to host a three-day sym-
posium on copyright law.
The symposium comes as denizens
of the peer-to-peer file sharing com-
munity wait on the outcome of the
Recording Industry Association of
America's lawsuit against Napster. The
company announced plans in October
to merge with Germany-based Bertels-
mann BMG record company. The
move allows Napster to charge a
monthly fee for users of the site.
The symposium is "part of the
continuing effort to educate the com-
munity about copyright and proper
use of the University's computers,"
said Wanda Monroe, head of public
relations and communications for the
University Libraries. A lecture and a
panel discussion will address the
issues of file sharing and artists'
The scope of peer-to-peer file shar-
ing, an issue at the heart of the debate
over online copyright laws, extends far
beyond Napster. Other companies have
experienced litigation and there pro-
grams similar to Napster that may be
impossible to sue.
Scour: The first to go
Founded two years before Napster r
in 1997, Scour Exchange is similar to
Napster but also gives users the option
of up- and downloading movies in Kinesiology fre
addition to music. Grand Master I
Scour shut down Nov. 16 after filing
for Chapter 1 l in California Bankrupt-
cy Court in October. The company
filed for bankruptcy to halt litigation
brought by the RIAA, Motion Picture tat4
Association of America and the
National Music Publishers Associa-
tion. The associations brought the suit O
on the same copyright infringement
questions of the Napster case.
Prior to the shutdown, Scour was By Yael Kohen
the second-largest peer-to-peer file Daily Staff Reporter
sharing program, with 180,000 simul-
taneous users, spokeswoman Dawn The state Senat
Rusalov said. "There have been 7 mil- yesterday to raise
lion downloads of the Scour performers in adu
Exchange." The bill, passe
Listen.com, an online music paysite, tomers must be
has made a bid to purchase Scour's serve alcohol mu
assets for about $5 million, but has not six foot distancer
said about what it would do with the customers. Empl
technology. form would not n
shman Nick Spounias kicks Jeff Sedlak, a second year engineering student, as
Hwa Chong looks on in introduction to Taekwando in the CCRB yesterday.
te unanimously passed legislation
the legal age limit of dancers and
lt entertainment venues to21.
d 35-0, also stipulates that cus-
at least 18 years old, clubs that
st close by 2 a.m., and at least a
must remain between dancers and
oyees who do not dance or per-
e'ed to be 21.
ill that regulates the adult enter-
tainment industry," said state Sen. William Van
Regenmorter (R-Georgetown Twp.), who chairs
the Local, Urban and State Affairs Committee
which sent the bill to the Senate floor.
But Lenny Komendera, manager for Deja Vu in
Ypsilanti, said the proposal is a violation of the
performers' constitutional rights.
"Its sad that their rights of being an adult are
being taken away," Komendera said of performers
between the ages of 18 and 21. "They should be
able to do what they want, when they want,
where they want."
See BILL, Page 5
See NAPSTER, Page 5
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Tomorrow affordability and preparedness of their students.
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ar he ocal voice Capital crossroads
University alum Jack Fishstrom The Michigan men's basketball team
premieres his debut film, "Voices," faces the crossroads of its season
Saturday night at the Michigan when it travels to Washington, D.C.
Theater. PAGE 9. PAGE 12.