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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-
White House officials said that the
proposal is a major change in the cur-
rent budget process.
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-
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
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
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-
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
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
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