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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, December 8, 1994 - 3

*New Panhel, IFC
officers inducted

GOP lawmakers
name new chairs;
plan rule changes

Daily Staff Reporter
The new Interfraternity Council
and Panhellenic Association execu-
tive board members were jointly
*sworn in last night at the Michigan
Union before an audience of outgoing
officers, friends, family and Univer-
sity officials.
Outgoing IFC PresidentKirk Wolfe
and Panhel President Julie Stacey
handed over duties to the new presi-
dents, Jon Roberts and Laura Shoe-
Roberts, Shoemaker and the rest
of the board took office immediately.
Before handing the gavels to the
new presidents and inducting the other
nine members on each board, Wolfe
and Stacey made their goodbyes and
thank-yous to the outgoing board
members and remarked on the prob-
lems and issues that the two Greek
governing bodies tackled this year.
"IFC has had an interesting year,
to say the least," Wolfe said. "We've
*had a lot of hurdles to clear and things
to get done," he continued, referring
to a recent string of hazing problems.
In late October, IFC enacted hazing
legislation, which designates it as an

unacceptable practice.
Terry Landes, IFC coordinator, said
after the ceremony that he thinks this
incoming group will continue to move
forward with the anti-hazing efforts of
this past year's board, and will address
alcohol as not only aGreekproblem but
a campus problem.
Roberts said he will continue haz-
ing seminars, but will also focus on
other issues. One of the first things
he'd like to do after getting the new
board organized is to bring local po-
lice, neighborhood organizations and
fraternities together to discuss how
they all can work together on com-
mon problems, he said.
In addition to addressing ways to
increase membership, Panhel has added
amendments to its constitution to target
hazing. Two weeks ago, Panhel added
a clause that eliminated a national waiver
that compromised the group's alcohol
policy and made every chapter equal
under the alcohol policy.
Shoemaker laid out her plans for
the future. "I hope this next year is a
time when we can work together to
combine ideals and values of each of
our organizations with the wants and
needs of students of the University,

Outgoing Panhellenic President Julie Stacey (far right) bids farewell to
Panhel's 1994 executive board. The new board was sworn in yesterday.

and to create a new and improved
picture of what Greek life looks like
here at the 'U,"' Shoemaker said.
"The women in Panhel have been
so incredibly dedicated. They had a
vision and they accomplished it," said
Mary Beth Seiler, Panhel adviser.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Maureen A. Hartford, who was present

at the ceremony, said, "I think the
Greek leadership took on challenging
:issues which was not always easy to
do," citing hazing and alcohol abuse.
Awards were also given out to
chapter representatives. IFC gave out
35 awards, while Panhel awarded
19, in addition to naming Maya
Agarwal as representative of the term.

Panel: Engler deserves a 4 percent raise

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Republican
lawmakers yesterday laid more
groundwork for what they promise
will be a more open House, naming
all but one committee chairman, re-
leasing proposed rule changes and
discussing closer House-Senate co-
ordination with Senate Republican
Leader Robert J. Dole.
The House Republican Confer-
ence ratified new chairmen for 19
committees, including Rep. Larry
Combest (R-Tex.) at the House In-
telligence Committee. The chairman-
ship of the House Ethics Committee
remains unfilled because a pending
complaint about a college course
taught by incoming House speaker
Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) led him to
delay making an appointment, a GOP
leadership aide said.
On the third day of their organiz-
ing caucus, Republican lawmakers
reviewed a package of House rule
changes they will present for adop-
tion Jan. 4, the first day of the 104th
Congress. The most significant
changes - imposing six-year term
limits for committee chairmen and
imposing labor and safety laws on
Congress - were promised in the
"Contract With America" that GOP
House candidates signed in Septem-
ber. The package also would revoke
limited floor voting rights from the
District of Columbia's delegate and
those from three territories and Puerto
Republicans modified a contract
provision that called for a 60 percent
"supermajority" to increase any taxes.
The wording was narrowed to "an
income tax rate increase" on individu-
als or corporations so that the
supermajority would not apply to any
revenue increase, such as higher fees.
Dole told House Republicans he
would schedule early votes on sev-
eral provisions of the House GOP
contract: a constitutional amendment
requiring balanced federal budgets,
an expansion of presidential veto
powers to include budgetary line
items, protection of states from addi-
tional federal mandates that are not

funded and congressional compliance
with labor and safety laws.
In October the House adopted a
resolution bringing it into compli-
ance with employment laws that Con-
gress has imposed on private compa-
nies, after legislation to do the same
thing passed overwhelmingly in the
House but died in GOP-inspired, pre-
election gridlock in the Senate.
Dole offered cautious words on
tax cuts that House Republicans prom-
ised in their contract. "We do have to
pay for it, obviously, and we've got to
do enough so people know they've
gotten a tax cut," he warned.
The incoming standing commit-
tee chairmen include the first woman
since 1976, Rep. Jan Meyers (R-Kan.)
of the Small Business Committee,
and three who did not follow a straight
line of seniority to the top. Reps. Bob
Livingston (R-La.) of Appropriations,
Henry J. Hyde (R-Ill.) of Judiciary
and Thomas J. Bliley Jr. (R-Va.) of
Commerce (now Energy and Com-
merce) skipped overmore senior com-
mittee members.
Although lawmakers from the Sun
Belt dominate the House Republican
Conference, accrued seniority landed
Pennsylvania lawmakers a total of
four chairmanships.
The Pennsylvanians are Reps.
William F. Clinger Jr. of Government
Reform and Oversight (now Govern-
ment Operations), William F.
Goodling of Economic and Educa-
tional Opportunities (Education and
Labor), Bud Shuster of Transportation
and Infrastructure (Public Works and
Transportation) and Robert S. Walker
of Technology and Competitiveness
(Science, Space and Technology).
Livingston also named the 13
Appropriations subcommittee chair-
men, the "cardinals" who hold con-
siderable influence over spending
bills. One, Rep. Barbara F.
Vucanovich (R-Nev.) of the military
construction panel, becomes the first
chairwoman of an Appropriations
subcommittee since Rep. Julia Butler
Hansen (D-Wash.) chaired the Inte-
rior spending subcommittee two de-
cades ago.

LANSING (AP) - Gov. John
*Engler deserves a pay raise for boost-
ing Michigan's economy, guiding the
state's budget to a surplus, and to
bring his salary in line with federal
officials, a panel decided yesterday.
The State Officers Compensation
Commission voted to raise the
governor's pay by 4 percent for each
of the next two years.
It also voted to raise the salaries
for Lt. Gov. Connie Binsfeld, the 148
state lawmakers, and seven Michigan
Supreme Court justices by 3 percent
each of the next two years.
Engler spokesman John Truscott
said the governor hasn't accepted a
pay raise since taking office in 1991
because the state's economy and bud-
get were struggling.
With unemployment hitting a 25-
ear low this fall and the budget well
in the black, the governor has said
he'll accept a reasonable pay raise,
Truscott said.

"People are working, we've cut
taxes 11 times. It's a much different
state now than it was back in 1991 and
1992," he said. "I guess when you cut
taxes a billion dollars, you deserve a
4 percent raise."
The salary for governor now stands
at $112,025, but Engler takes less than
that. Truscott said Engler's tax returns
show him taking about $101,000. In
1995, the pay would rise to $116,506,
then go to $121,166 in 1996.
Lawmakers would see their base
pay go up from the current $47,723 to
$49,155 next year, then to $50,629 in
State officials got a 5 percent pay
raise this year after four years of fro-
zen salaries.
The SOCC pay recommendations
take effect automatically unless the
Legislature rejects them by a two-
thirds vote before Feb. 1.
House Republican Leader Paul
Hillegonds, of Holland, and Senate

Majority Leader Dick Posthumus (R-
Alto) sent SOCC a letter saying a
cost-of-living raise would be appro-
priate for the next two years.
Hillegonds said the level recom-
mended is reasonable and in line with
what the majority of his caucus mem-
bers believe is reasonable.
House Democratic Floor Leader Pat
Gagliardi of Drummond Island said
he's ready to vote for the raise because
it's reasonable and said that since it's
within the rate of inflation "it probably
has a shot" at passage. "If leadership
decides the pay raise is reasonable, they
can prevail," he added.
The SOCC members initially dis-
cussed an across-the-board 3 percent
raise for both years for all of the
state's top elected officials. Then
William Hampton, of Farmington
Hills, urged a 4 percent increase for
the governor's office.
As the state's chief executive, the
pay for Engler and those who follow

him should be in line with what U.S.
representatives and senators are mak-
ing, some $135,000 a year, Hampton
Another commissioner, Henry Fuhs
Jr., of Grand Rapids, said in setting pay
levels the SOCC should judge the work
done by Engler and lawmaker "just like
you do with business."
"I think it's important that we re-
ward people. I think they've done a
good job," he said.
Fuhs and SOCC chairman Don
Barden, of Detroit, noted the public
mood is far different than it was two
years ago. Then, the SOCC hearings
were held in rooms filled with citi-
zens angry about budget cuts and the
state's weak economy.
Only ahandful of citizens attended
this year's meetings and SOCC staff-
ers have had to field a relatively small
number of telephone calls and letters,
rather than some 1,200 two years ago,
Barden said.

Santa listens to kids' wishes,
distributes cereal, toothbrushes

For the Daily
Straight from the North Pole -
Santa Claus is now in Ann Arbor.
Those who drive pass Arborland
Mall on Washtenaw Avenue might
see Santa's sleigh and his eight rein-
deer parked on the roof.
Inside, Santa Claus waits to greet
children whose emotions range from
sheer excitement to fear.
"Have you been a good little boy
or girl? What do you want for Christ-
mas?" These are some of the ques-
tions that Santa asks the kids as they
sit comfortably on his plump lap.
At Arborland Mall, Briarwood
Mall and malls across the nation,
stand-in Santas are fulfilling a time-
honored tradition of listening to
children's Christmas wishes while
parents watch on intently.
As always, parents can buy

Polaroid snapshots of their kids with
And kids will not leave empty
han'ded after their visit with Santa.
Each child, teeth or not, receives a
trial pack of different cereals and a
toothbrush. These holiday treats were
donated by General Mills Foods Inc.
and Community Dental Center of Ann
"Santa was nice," said 4-year-old
Alyssia Baird of Ann Arbor after vis-
iting with the jolly old man. She also
told Santa what she wants for Christ-
mas: "a doll-house, stickers and a truck
for my 4-month-old brother Keith."
The children who visit Santa at
Arborland Mall are not the only ones
caught up in the holiday spirit. Pho-
tographer Nick Mosher of Ann Arbor
said, "It's not because of the money
that I am working here, I am doing it
for the kids."

And Kris Kringle himself said: "It
is marvelous being Santa because
children have an instant identity with
me, instead of just passing me by
when I am not Santa."
Kris added, "I can share outlooks
on life with the kids leaving them to
appreciate their parent."
He said his main goal is to "dis-
cuss with the kids what Christmas is
all about - it's more than just shop-
ping and receiving gifts."
Before Santa leaves for the North
Pole, he will be at Arborland through
Saturday, Dec. 24. The hours are from
noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Fri-
day; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays; and
noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
A group of parents with scared
children that failed in their attempt to
have their child's picture taken with
Santa sighed, "We'll just try again
next year..."


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