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One hundred ten years ofeditorzilfreedom


December 12, 2000

upreme Court

hears Gore



lash as
he Baltimore Sun
WASHINGTON - It was Election
ldgment Day, and the voice of the
ymighty thundered outside the U.S.
upreme Court yesterday morning. In
his case, it was a conservative electri-
al engineer from Sterling, Va.,
nleashing a partisan tirade for George
. Bush.
"Al Gore, this is God," David Cascio,
oomed over a bullhorn. "What don't
ou understand? Thou shalt not steal!"
Democrats returned fire, chanting
Democracy, not hypocrisy!" and
Trust the people!" Soon, police in riot
}lmets separated the two sides with
ellow metal barricades. As if they
ould be divided any further.
Protesters from both sides battled
ost-election fatigue and the freezing
rind chill outside the court as the
iggest moment yet in the campaign
rama unfolded inside.
After weeks of election impasse,
artisans were still flying in from
Fund the country to protest for a few
urs on the sidewalk in front of the
ourt. Others just shifted venues from
See PROTESTS, Page 7

race rests
with Court
WASHINGTON (AP) - Holding nine crucial votes in
America's election saga, U.S. Supreme Court justices
quizzed campaign lawyers yesterday about a muddle of
Florida recount laws and the judicial branch's power to set-
tle Bush v. Gore - the case that may determine the 43rd
"We'll await the outcome," Texas Gov. George W. Bush
said, and the nation joined him in suspense after 90 minutes
of historic oral arguments.
No timetable was set for a ruling that could end Democ-
rat Al Gore's quest for the presidency or throw open the
state to recounts, jeopardizing Bush's officially certified,
razor-thin lead. Florida's 25 electoral votes would put either
man in the White House.
In case the court rules against Bush, Florida's GOP-led
Legislature moved closer yesterday to naming its own slate
of electors loyal to the Texas governor. Separate House and
Senate panels recommended the GOP slate after a constitu-
tional scholar told lawmakers "the buck stops here."
The Supreme Court rushed against a Tuesday deadline for
states to select presidential electors. The Electoral College
meets Dec. 18, and Congress will count electoral votes Jan. 6.
If left unsettled for much longer, the 2000 presidential
election could spill into a GOP-controlled Congress, where
House Majority Whip Tom DeLay vowed that Republicans
would "stand up and do our constitutional duty."
The candidates watched from afar. Bush, who has been
See RECOUNT, Page 7

A group of demonstrators waves signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday while waiting to hear the latest on arguments by Republican
candidate George W. Bush to stop the Florida recount.

yJon Fish
ly Staff Reporter

prepares for outcomes in suit


The cases"
The case challenging the University's use of race as a
actor in admissions in the College of Literature,d e

As students anxiously wait for finals to end, attor-
eys in the lawsuits challenging the use of race as a
actor in admissions at the College of Literature Sci-
nce and the Arts wait as well, for Federal District
ourt Judge Patrick Duggan's ruling on a motion for
ummary judgement.
Should the motion be granted, Federal District
udge Patrick Duggan would make his decision
ased solely on the constitutional issues of the case

without a trial.
"We're prepared for any scenario'" Deputy Gener-
al Counsel Liz Barry said. She added that the Uni-
versity's interpretation of Duggan's bench comments
during oral arguments was that "it is unlikely there
would be an undergraduate trial. But we're prepared
to go with the judge's decision."
The main argument Duggan will consider is
whether diversity is a compelling governmental
interest, as outlined in Justice Lewis Powell's. deci-
sion in the 1978 Supreme Court case of Bakke v.
University of(alifornia Regents.

The decision yielded no solid answer on the ques-
tion of affirmative action, but did outlaw the use of
racial quotas.
Terry Pell, chief executive officer of the Washing-
ton-based Center for Individual Rights, said it was
"very hard to speculate," on what the judge will
CIR is responsible for filing the original lawsuits
challenging the University's use of race as a factor in
Also hinging on Duggan's decision is a ques-
See LAWSUITS, Page 7

The case challenging the University's use of race as a
factor in admnissions in the Law School.
U.S.DiscrCouRTrIN DerI ON JAN.15.


sweeps A2,
By James Restivo
ily Staff Reporter
Although a blizzard took aim on Ann
Arbor and the rest of the state, students
trudged across campus, through snow
drifts and against frigid winds, while
attempting to steer clear of snow
removal equipment yesterday.
University guidelines stipulate that "It
is the policy of the University to remain
open at all times in order to maintain
services to students, patients and the
The last time the University shut down
due to weather was in 1978. The Daily
reported on Nov. 21, 1996 that University
officials do not close school under any cir-
cumstances after a Law School student
filed a lawsuit filed for a tuition reimburse-
Winter doesn't officially begin until
Dec. 21, the University and city are bat-
ling a massive snow storm taking aim
on the Great Lakes.
More than 18 inches fell in the area
yesterday, canceling events, and delay-
ing flights at Detroit Metropolitan Air-
port, forcing air travelers to find
replacements for canceled flights.
The University has been working

alters Sligtl
for finals
By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily Staff Reporter
Construction on the Life Sciences Institute and Mason
and Haven halls will continue through finals, but workers
are taking measures to avoid the loud noises that have dis-
rupted students' sleep and study.
"Project managers will be working with contractors to
reduce noise," University Facilities and Operations spokes-
woman Diane Brown said. They will try to avoid jackham-
mers and projects that would generate too much noise,
Brown said.
"They can't stop because these projects are so expen-
sive," Brown said. Stopping production altogether would
also throw off construction schedules.
See NOISE, Page 2

By David Enders
and Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporters
Three men robbed a Domino's Pizza
delivery woman at the Northwood IV
Family Housing complex Saturday
evening, according to the Department
of Public Safety. The robbery is the
third of its kind in recent weeks, and
the last two may be related.
The suspects "apparently follow
delivery people and wait until they've
made their delivery," DPS spokes-
woman Diane Brown said.
The suspects were described to DPS
by the victim as three males wearing
masks. They stole less than $50 from
the driver. A similar robbery occurred
Thursday morning on Packard Road.
When three men robbed and injured a
male driver with a miniature hockey
stick. Ann Arbor Police Department
officers are not ruling out the possibili-
ty that the incidents are connected.
"We're certainly looking into that,"
AAPD Sgt. Michael Logghe said.
The suspects in the first robbery
were described as three males, one
white, one black and a third of
unknown race.
"Apparently there was enough of a

Bear-ing the weather

School of Nursing senior Brandi Otto clears snow off the awning at Steve and Barry's on
State Street yesterday.
Facilities and Operations spokeswoman. Arbor has taken action to make sure city
"We started at about 4 a.m. and will keep streets remain clear.
going for at least 48 hours," Brown said. "We knew it was coming," said Mike
"The staff is trying to clear sidewalks, Scott, the city's manager of parking and
entrances and anything else that needs it." streets. "We have brought in all other
Workers have been pulled from many departments with the focus on snow-
departments, including building services, removal." Snow plows have been operat-
grounds, roofers among others, as well as ing around the clock since yesterday
six independent contractors, she said. morning, Scott said.
"Students need to be careful," Brown Mike Fritz, city street maintenance
said. "Slip-and-fall accidents are very supervisor said the main focus of snow



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