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LORIDA
rtinued from Page 1
of Harris.
"The vice president basically said we
should ignore the law so he can overturn
the results of this election," said Bush
spokeswoman Karen Hughes.
A statewide machine recount
trimmed Bush's lead from 1,784 votes
to 388, prompting Gore to push for
ainstaking manual recounts in four
rgely Democratic counties. One of
those recounts is under way, a second
begins today and a third county will
consider the request at a hearing today.
In a blow to Gore, officials from the
fourth county - Broward, in southeast
Florida - sampled three precincts
yesterday and found only four addi-
tional votes for the vice president.
They rejected Gore's request to count
the rest of the county's 500,000-plus
Ilots. Democrats planned to appeal.
As new vote totals dribbled in from
scattered counties and recounts were
under consideration in other close-vot-
ing states, Gore told reporters outside
the White House, "I would not want to
win the presidency by a few votes cast
in error or misinterpreted or not count-
ed, and I don't think Governor Bush
wants that either."
Bush made no public appearances at
s Texas ranch yesterday. "While
time is important, it is even more
important that every vote is counted
and counted accurately," the vice presi-
dent said in his first remarks in five
days on the improbably knotted race.
"What is at stake is more important
than who wins the presidency," he
said. "What is at stake is the integrity
of our democracy."
Donald Middlebrooks, a federal
judge appointed by President Clinton.
oke of the stakes when he predicted
the struggle would continue past his
rejection of the GOP's recount injunc-
tion request. "I am not under an illusion
(am the last word on this," he said, "and
I am rather grateful for that."
"The process, to sum it up, is selec-
tive, standardless, subjective, unreli-
able and inherently biased," GOP
Dgwyer Theodore Olson told the judge.
Olson said the recount-by-hand intro-
ced elements of chance and partisan
bias to what ought to be a simple and
uniform process of checking Florida's
extraordinarily close election result.
Democratic lawyer Bruce Rogow
said the hand count was - for better
or worse - democracy in action. "Is
it messy? Does it go on and on in
some fashion? Yes, yes it does, but that
is democracy,"'he told Middlebrooks.
Rogow and other Democratic
yers disputed GOP claims that the
hand counts could go on for weeks,
'saying they will almost certainly be
complete by Friday. Overseas absentee
ballots are due the same day, setting
the stage for a potential climax to the
political drama.
A breathtaking day of activity began
with a meeting between Harris and two
top Gore advisers - former Secretary
State Warren Christopher and cam-
gn chairman William Daley. Holding
firm to the deadline, Harris said state
law does give her leeway for when to
certify ballots in natural disasters.
"A close election, regardless of the
identity of the candidate, is not such a
circumstance," she said.

ALEX WOLK/DadyI
LSA sophomore Kenan Basha (left) and LSA senior Mohammed Khalil and Engineering junior Larry Hu discuss Muslim
lifestyle and practices yesterday in front of the Muslim jeopardy board in the basement of the Michigan Union.

WEEK(
Continued from Page 1
while she was praying and then took a picture of her
from behind," Abdel-Khalek said.
She said the student was praying behind a screen pro-
vided by the librarians and didn't see the perpetrator. She
put her shoes on and walked home but was wearing
socks, Abdel-Khalek said.
Rebecca Dunkle, who works in the library, said the
library put up the screen before Ramadan holiday to give
students an area for prayer.
"There's about a handful of people who pray there
every day." Dunkle said.
In response to the incident. Dunkle said the woman's
friends brought the situation to the library's attention
about eight hours after it occurred.
"We made it clear to the students to immediately noti-
fy us if something like that happens again. We've also
made it clear to our staff to call it to our attention if any-
thing happens" she said.
The Muslim Students' Association organized Islam
Awareness Week to dissolve the negative energy sur-
rounding Muslim students on campus.
But preparation for the event met some resistance.
Engineering junior Sabir Ibrahim said their banner in
the Diag, advertising the week's events was ripped and

destroyed.
LSA sophomore Imaan Youseff said it was obvious
the wind didn't blow down the sign.
"We were upset about it. It was a big deal and was
uncalled for. We had to make another one," Youseff
said.
To kick off the week, students put up the new banner
and distributed fliers and hot chocolate on the Diag yes-
terday afternoon. The second event in the series, "Objec-
tifying the Human Body," is expected to be have the
greatest student interest.
"The panel will address how women are exploited,'
Ibrahim said.
Y'ouseff said the panel is relevant to the way wxomen
are perceived in society today.
"Sociology classes focus on the subject, and students
can relate to it. especial lv ii Is. Most of the people who
have been asking about the even't have been female,"
Youseff said. y
"Crime and Punishment" is the subject of a panel dis-
cussion that will compare two legal systems and explore
their effects on society.
Students can also take a ride from the Cube to Ann
Arbor's Islamic Center to tour the Mosque, the Islamic
place of worship, on Nov. 17.
"We hope this week will serve to inform people of the
major world religion that Islam is" Abdel-Khalek said.

STUDENT
Continued from Page 1
shots expected to be consumed on
one's 21st birthday. Bradley McCue, a
Michigan State University student, died
after drinking 24 shots in the span of
two hours for his 21 st birthday.
Kim was resuscitated, but spent the
weekend in intensive care and never.
regained consciousness.
The Ann Arbor Police Department is
investigating his death, but because he
was 21 and took the shots by himself,
criminal charges are unlikely.
Kvung Jin, Kim's roommate in Uni-
versity Towers, declined to speak to
comment.
The University currently provides
information on binge drinking at stu-
dent orientation and has also conducted
a poster campaign on campus.
When asked if the University's initia-
tives against dangerous drinking have
been successful, Harper said it is hard
to tell.
"We know it is in our best interest to
educate than not to educate," she said.
Hernan Gomez, a toxicologist at the
University Hospitals emergency room,
said that a normal-sized man will regis-
ter a blood alcohol level above the legal
limit after two or three shots of whiskey
in an hour.
Although the Washtenaw County
coroner has not officially ruled Kim's
death alcohol related, Kim's blood alco-
hol level of .39 percent is considered
extremely high.
"Above 0.3 percent is enough to
cause severe respiratory depression,"
Gomez said.
A University survey in 1999 found
MSA
Continued from Page 1
resolution against the sanctions on Iraq
and around 16 other schools followed
our example," Lyons said.
Incumbent Matt Nolan of the Blue
Party said he believes MSA can have a
massive effect on the local scale.
"MSA is the voice of 37,000 students
in a town of 100,000,"Nolan said.
Blue Party member Jessica Cash,
running for an LSA seat, said she thinks
MSA should recognize its responsibility
to the students above all else.
"It is a bit mind-boggling that we
would spend hours in a meeting tack-
ling world issues when there are local
matters to deal with," Cash said.
Michigan Party member John
Mione said that the University should
not stray from campus issues.
"We should only focus on Universi-
ty issues," said Mione, who is running
for an LSA seat.
"There is not much voice we have
nationally," Michigan Party chair
Doug Tietz said. "I think MSA has
zero voice in world events."

SOrc:s siversity 8e'ftliServrPs
that 45 percent of undergraduate silu-
dents had reported an episode of binge
drinking in the past two weeks.
"Binge drinking is the leading cause
of death among college students," said
Carol Boyd. the study's chief inVestiga-
tor said.
"These students have a sense of
invulnerability;' Cantor said.
Kim was a member of the Korean.
International Student Association and
was also a part of traditional Korean.
music ensembles.
A memorial service for K im is
planned for 7 p.m. tonight at First Con- -
gregational Church at 608 F. William
St. Funeral arrangements are pending
through Muchlig Funeral Parlor.
"We hope to establish a fund in our'"
son's memory that will serve internm
tional students with education and
assistance on substance issues," Park
said.
Counseling is available to students by
calling University Psychological Se'-
vices at 764-8312 and the International
Center 764-9310.
Other Big "Ten unixVeriStIes stick to
Universitv community issues.
Associated Students of' \lichigan
State University Academic Assembly
Chairperson Charles Mcli ugh said
that the job of Michigan State's student
government is to deal with academic
and student life on campus.
"We don't ordinarily venture
upon issues of a political nature,
McHugh said. "Students pay
ASMSU S13 per semester to make
their lives better on campus, not
debate national policy."
Minnesota Student Association
President Matt Clark said the Min-
nesota student government once sup-
ported the grape workers union of
unfit labor practices by banning grapes
on campus. Students laughed at the
student government and now they stay
away from issues outside their imme-.
diate area.
"There are no grapes served on our'
campus to this day," Clark said. "Now,.
we are focusing on campus and metrd
wide issues."
- Daily Staff Reporter Johunna ifet-
more contributed to this report.

In case of emergencyi
Alcohol overdose can result
in coma or death.

When to call 911:
a If you cannot wake the person.
a if skin is cold, pale, bluish or
clammy.
a If breathing is irregular, shallow
or slow (less than 12 breaths
per minute.)
a Turn and keep the person on his
or her side to prevent choking.

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GROUND
Continued from Page 1
Esther Gerstacker, widow of Carl
Gerstacker, four other Gerstacker
foundation officers and trustees pre-
sent at the groundbreaking, finished
the ceremony by shoveling four small
holes in the earth.
The four holes are just the begin-
ning of what will be a 31,000
square-foot facility. Construction is
scheduled to begin in January. The
first two floors of the building will
house the University's department of
biomedical engineering.
"Its going to provide a new home
for our newest academic depart-
ment," said Judith Pitney, executive
director of budget and planning for
the College of Engineering. The bio-
medical engineering program began
as an academic department four
years ago, she said.
Laboratories and offices for bio-

medical engineering faculty will be
included in the facility. The depart-
ment plans to conduct research in
medical imaging, pulmonary
mechanics and molecular and cellu-
lar biomechanics.
"The facility will enhance our
position as leaders in this incredibly
important field," Director said. "It's
truly an exciting time to be investing
in biomedical research."
The Gerstacker facility has labora-
tories and research space planned for
the Center for Ultrafast Optical Sci-
ence and the department of materials
science and engineering. The labs
will include improved facilities with
ventilation systems that comply with
current standards.
"This is the largest check the
Gerstacker Foundation has ever
given to anybody" in its 43-year
history Esther Gerstacker said yes-
terday.
The remainder of the donation

give support to the Engineering col-
lege through endowments for gradu-
ate fellowships and faculty
development.
"This donation will help build on
the interdisciplinary work that is
seen throughout the country as the
cutting -edge of the way this kind of
research is done." Kasdin said.
The contractor will be on-site in
January when construction for the
building will start, Pitney said.
"The building is set back from the
street so it shouldn't affect traffic,"
said Patricia Majher, a College of
Engineering spokeswoman.
"It'll be interesting architectural-
ly to fit them all together," Engi-
neering Prof. Charles Cain said as
he surveyed the building site and
surrounding buildings yesterday.
Cain will occupy laboratory space
in the new building and is a found-
ing chair member of the building's
committee.

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