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he Thompson reviews Christian Slater's new movie, dashed, the Michigan football team is still has
which is playing at Showcase. nine more games to look forward to.

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Merchants ask 'U' to
expand Entree Plus

AP PHOTO
President Clinton and Palestine Liberation Organization Chair Yasser Arafat applaud as Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabink, center, speaks after the signing of the Mideast peace accord yesterday.
Handshake starts
Mddle peace

By ADAM ANGER
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
With Entree Plus - the University's pre-
paid student credit card for on-campus pur-
chasing - students can buy meals, books,
clothing and other items without having to
worry about carrying cash.
And while most students agree that Entree
Plus is a wonderful convenience, many said
they wish a bigger variety of vendors accepted
the card.
Jamie Shirley, an LSA sophomore, said he
likes using Entree Plus more than money.
"I hate carrying cash around," he said.
"Entree Plus is so much easier than keeping
track of your change."
Currently, students can use Entree Plus at
Subway, Little Caesars, Wendy's, Wok Ex-
press, the Michigan Union Bookstore, the
University Club, Caffe Fino, Michigan Sta-
dium, Crisler Arena, the Michigan League and
the Michigan Ticket Office, in addition to all
Residence Hall Dining Services and vending
machines and several locations in the North
Campus Common.
"It's really nice and convenient," said Kristi
Kamm, an LSA first-year student. "The Union
seems to have everything I want but I'm sure
after a while I'll get tired of it and would like to
see Entree Plus in other places."
In reaction to this growing student concern,
merchants from the State Street Merchant As-
sociation and the South University Merchant
Association have asked the University to make
Entree Plus available at their businesses.
Merchants in the Ann Arbor community
say they have received a significant amount of
student inquiry about the possibility of using
Entree Plus in more stores and restaurants.
"We have students come (to Shaman Drum
Book Shop) with all their money tied up in
Entree Plus and can't buy the rest of their
books," said owner Bob Currie.
"It affects our business, but more than that,
we are concerned how it affects the students,"
Currie added. "We have to make this more
equitable to the community."
However, Larry Durst, the University's
business manager for housing, told merchants

that the University cannot extend the Entree
Plus program to off-campus properties.
"Legally, we are not permitted to go off
campus," Durst said. "It is unclear how you do
this with a community."
Ann Arbor merchants argue that telling
students where they may use their card and
telling the business community which mer-
chants may participate in the program creates
an unfair monopoly.
"The students are being told where they can
and cannot use this card," said Paul Rosser,
owner of Ulrich's Bookstore and member of
the South University Merchant Association.
David Richard, owner of Michigan Book
and Supply, added, "It is in effect creating a
monopoly with the Union bookstore and res-
taurants. It should be the business' choice to
have this program or not."
Entree Plus allows students to not only pay
for Residence Hall meals with their Student ID
cards, but also to make purchases in restaurants
and the Union bookstore with the same ease.
Although the businesses on campus are not
University-affiliated, they are located on Uni-
versity property, which allows them the privi-
lege to participate in Entree Plus.
There is a setup fee of $3,000 for merchants
to hook up to the Entree Plus system and the
University collects 3 percent of every sales
transaction processed, in addition to the interest
it earns on the money sitting in students' ac-
counts.
Many universities nationwide use a debit
card system similar to Entree Plus. And while
most restrict its use to businesses on campus
property, several have expanded the system off
campus.
ButDurstsaid expanding Entree Plus to off-
campus merchants would require the Univer-
sity to comply with regulations similar to those
of banks with credit cards.
Charges already exist to cover excess ad-
ministrative costs for the program; however,
Durst said rates charged to businesses would
have to be raised substantially to compensate
for the extra charges of expanding the system.
He said these increased rates would cause
See ENTREE PLUS , Page 2

Lunching at the
Union is unique
By MELISSA PEERLESS
DAILY NEWS EDITOR
"Ohmygosh! Wait until you hear my
Saturday night story."
"Do you prefer LaGrange polynomi-
als or cubic splines?"
Snippets of select conversations waft
over the steady buzz of chatter that fills the
basement of the Michigan Union.
Students-carrying bags of steaming
food and brimming with news from the
big weekend - weave between the
crowded tables searching in vain for an
empty seat.
Welcome to another lunch hour in the
MUG.
The LSA seniors settle down at the
table where they have met every day for
the past three years to share Caesar side
salads, chicken sandwiches and the latest
gossip.
Annie Pezzetti explained what keeps
her lunching at the Union.
"It's cheap," she said. "Well, it's free.
At least it seems like it's free."
Entree Plus - the University's pre-
paid student credit card for on-campus
purchasing -has revolutionized campus
eating. Students, or their parents, put
money in their Entree Plus accounts and
students can draw from that fund all term,
making carrying cash unnecessary and
spending as easy as the swipe of a student
ID card.
But the system is far from perfect.
Only the restaurants in the Union and
North Campus Common use Entree Plus,
and lunch time brings a mob of students
trying to get a free lunch.
LSA sophomore EricEntelman waited
more than 20 minutes to buy his Wendy's
Combo Meal.
See LUNCH, Page 2

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a breathtaking
moment of hope and history, YasserArafat and
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin exchanged a
handshake of peace before a cheering White
House audience yeterday after the signing of a
PLO-Israeli treaty that once seemed unimagin-
able.
"Enough of blood and tears. Enough," the
gravelly voiced Rabin said with emotion. "We
wish to open a new chapter in the sad book of
our lives together, a chapter of mutual recogni-
tion, of good neighborliness, of mutual respect,
of understanding."
Arafat said the agreement should mark "the
end of achapter ofpain and suffering which has

lasted throughout this century."
The two men watched from several feet
apart as aides signed historic agreements that
will bring Palestinian rule to the Israeli-occu-
pied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Then, drawn toward Rabin by President
Clinton, a grinning Arafat extended his hand.
The prime minister reached out for a busi-
nesslike handshake.
Cheers of delight roared from the crowd of
3,000 people assembled on the sun-soaked
South Lawn.
The audience included former Presidents
Carter and Bush. There were eight former sec-
retaries of state, the Cabinet, the Supreme Court
See ACCORD, Page 2

MSA to view budget
proposal, welcome
* back reps. tonight

SUNNY STUDIES

Festifall will showcase
student organizations

By KAREN TALASKi
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Students tired of hearing about the
Michigan Student Assembly may be
surprised to find that after tonight, the
assembly's boring reputation may be a
thing of the past.
Due to several dramatic proposed
* changes in the way MSA allocates its
$200,000 budget, the University's stu-
dent government could become more
exciting than anyone ever expected.
MSAPresidentCraig Greenberg will
be presenting the organization's 1994
budget proposal - which outlines just
how he thinks MSA should spend its
money - to the assembly.
If the new proposal passes, student
* organizations will come out as the over-
all winners - gaining nearly $26,000
in extra funding.
However, much of that windfall will
come from the Ann Arbor Tenants'
Union (AATU). The majority of the
money formerly allocated to AATU -
more than $28,000 - will be redistrib-
uted by MSA's Budget Priorities Com-
mittee.
S Greenberg said the assembly will

large turnout in attendance due to the
emotions surrounding the decision to
cut funding to the tenants' union, but
said he feels confident that the meeting
will run smoothly.
In the meantime, AATU staff mem-
bers said they do not plan to sit idle as
the future of their organization is de-
cided. Although she could not estimate
the number of people planning to attend
in support of the 25-year-old tenants'
union, AATU staffer Pattrice Maurer
promised a big crowd.
"We did our best to get a hold of
people and let them know what's going
on," Maurer said. "This is an important
decision that will affect almost all Uni-
versity of Michigan students."
Maurer said thatwithoutMSA fund-
ing, the AATU will have to require that
each student pay a membership fee of
$15 for its services. Without this fund-
ing, the office would be forced to close
down entirely.
'The proposed cut is irresponsible,"
Maurer added. "We're already running
a bare-bones operation....'The minute
the (AATU) isn't here, tenants' rights
will start to be eroded."

By ARI ROTENBERG
FOR THE DAILY
As the University's 1993 academic
and social calendars begin, new and old
students alike will attempt to define
their identities for the upcoming semes-
ters.
For first-year students, the search
for a role can be both chaotic and frus-
trating, and for returning students, the
summer hiatus may have necessitated a
change in organizational affiliations on
campus.
But students looking for their niche
on campus can get a glimpse of all of
their options at today's Festifall - an
annual informational display of regis-
tered student organizations.
Festifall - coordinated by the Stu-
dent Organization Development Cen-
ter with assistance from Alpha Phi
Omega service fraternity -runs today
from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Diag. It will
feature representatives from 237 orga-

nizations, making it the largest Festifall
in University history.
JasonGamel and Lisa Beattie, the
event's coordinators, attributed merit to
the program on two levels. They said
Festifall not only serves the organiza-
tions by providing them with the oppor-
tunity to promote their causes, but also
affords students a means for gathering
information about the surrounding en-
vironment.
This year's Festifall has recognized
the difficulty of finding a specific orga-
nization amidst the crowd and has be-
come even more user friendly, Camel
said.
In addition to large boards at each
corner of the Diag, there will be maps at
the information table diagramming the
overall layout.
Gamel said he has high expectations
for today's event, as more than 120new
students have already inquired as to
how they can get involved.

Study shows income gap
among 'U' law graduates

By JONATHAN BERNDT
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
A study of University Law School

'It's the 1990s and gender
discrimination Is still very

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