University of Massachusetts Amherst - Index Yearbook (Amherst, MA)

 - Class of 1986

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J n an attempt to balance the federal Ii budget, both the Senate and the ouse of Representatives approved a bill on Dec. 11 that would reportedly lower the current S200 billion deficit to Vero by 1991. The Senate debated for approxi- mately nine hours before they passed he bill on a bipartisan vote of 61 to 31. The House took 90 minutes before lithey passed it on a bipartisan vote of H271 to 154. President Reagan endorsed the bill, ibut was reportedly apprehensive about :its effect on the military budget. 'f ln both the House and the Senate, lthe majority of Republicans supported lthe bill, while nearly one-half of the Democrats in the Senate and a major- jity in the House did not. The new bill would set deficit ceilings lthat would drop from year to year until l1'991, when the budget will supposedly lbe balanced. The bill gives the Presi- ldent the power to enforce reductions lin both military and non-military spend- jing if Congress and the White House rare unable to agree on deficit cuts each iyear. Social Security and other aid to ithe poor and elderly would not be af- ifected by the cuts. For fiscal year 1987, reductions are :expected to be S55 million. According Ito Republicans, the President would ihave to cut at least 30 to 50 non-mili- tary programs if he refused to cut mili- tary spending. White House officials said that the proposal is a major change in the cur- rent budget process. John MacMillan A total of 23 students, belonging to a larger group of about 65 people calling themselves Students Advocating Rights Together CSTARTD, were arrest- ed during the three days of protest and sit-ins on December 5-8 concerning the management of the Student Activi- ties Trust Fund. ln the past, the budget has been drawn up by the Undergraduate Stu- dent Senate' and then passed on to Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Den- nis Madson, Chancellor Joseph Duffy and the University President David Knapp for review and recommenda- tions. Protests began in reaction to' Mad- son's decision to allow the student ac- tivities budget for the fiscal year 1987 to be determined by Director of Stu- dent Activities Randy Donant. The budget had a S120,000 deficit at the end of fiscal year 1985, and 575,000 had to be borrowed from re- serves for the current fiscal year 1986 to fund operations. It was the intention of Madson and welll Students Photo courtesy of the Collegian Speaker John Ruddock and other students picket in protest of the reported take-over of the SATF. .A total of 23 students were arrested during the at Whitmore. Donant to control the allocation of about 51.5 million of the 51.75 million student activities budget that is paid out of the SATF. These actions would reportedly diminish student input for the allocation process. To combat the deficit, student lead- ers held a referendum on Oct. 29 to raise the activities fee by S12 per stu- dent. However, only three percent of the required 15 percent of the under- graduate student body voted. The ma- jority of those who voted, voted against an increase. Student leaders held a second refer- endum in December, but only about 10 percent of the student population vot- ed forthe S12 increase, leaving it non- binding. Meanwhile students were threat- ened with suspension and were arrest- ed for trespassing at Whitmore Admin- istration Building. They were allegedly interfering with the work of employees and encouraging other students to cause damage to the building. The leaders of START were responsi- ble for sponsoring the rallies on the Student Union steps and attempting negotiations with Madson. The flurry of activity peaked during finals week and was temporarily put on the back burner until further negotia- tions could be started. Sheri B. Konowitz In early December, Governor Mi- chael Dukakis signed a bill prohibiting fraternities and sororities in Massachu- setts from hazing while initiating new pledges. He signed the bill in response to a rise in the number of injuries and deaths associated with hazing. lt calls for fines of up to 51,000 or 100 days in jail for people caught hazing. Also, the bill fines those indirectly involved with hazing activities. Hazing involves the initiation of fra- ternity and sorority pledges by using unconventional methods or practical jokes, such as heavy drinking in short periods of time or promoting physical or mental anguish. The alcohol overdose death of Jay Lenaghan, an American lnternational College fraternity pledge, created a na- tional concern for fraternity and soror- ity rituals. lt reportedly showed what could happen nationally if hazing was not controlled. John MacMillan December X 53

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