News in Brief

Speakers remember Weintraub at service

A service in memory of Karl Joachim Weintraub (1924-2004), one of the University’s most celebrated professors, was held Friday at 4 p.m. at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Many would say that Weintraub, the Thomas E. Donelly distinguished service professor, was a University of Chicago legend. His former students, friends, and colleagues remember him for his mind, his wit, and his Socratic teaching style.

The service featured five speakers. Leon Kass, Addie Clark Harding Professor at the University and one of Weintraub’s friends, former students, and colleagues, spoke first. He was followed by two former Weintraub students: Carol Quillen, associate professor of history at Rice University in Texas, and Zachary Schiffman, professor of history at Northeastern Illinois University. Quillen took Weintraub’s Western civilization course in the College, while Schiffman completed his dissertation with him. After the students, Peter Dembowsky, professor emeritus in Romance languages and literature in the College, and John Boyer, dean of the College, spoke.

Bernard Brown, former dean of Rockefeller Chapel, made introductory remarks and served as master of ceremonies.

-— Tara Kadioglu

Panel will explore electronic votes

The intersection between democracy and technology will be the topic of discussion at The Electronic Vote, a panel scheduled for today. The keynote speaker will be Avi Rubin, professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University, who authored a recent government-sponsored report criticizing the Diebold electronic voting systems. Also speaking will be Kenneth Janda, Northwestern University professor of political science. Sanford J. Morganstein, president and founder of Populex Voting Systems; Carolyn Shapiro, visiting associate professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law; and David Orr, Cook County clerk. The event is sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union at the U of C, UC Democrats, College Republicans, and the American Civil Liberties Union at the Law School. Morganstein will bring a voting machine with him for members of the audience to view and possibly test out. “With the recent questions of electronic voting in the last Senate race in Georgia and the upcoming national elections, electronic voting is becoming an increasingly important issue,” said Monica Iyer, a second-year in the college and one of the event’s organizers.

The Electronic Vote will be at 7:30 in Harper 130 and will include free food from Pizza Capri.

—Laura Oppenheimer