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had problems, but they fixed them,"
Kane said.
As an incentive for the selected
students to pick up their Mcards, First
of America deposited $5 in each
participant's CashStripe funds.
Russell said there has already been
some confusion in the transition from
Entre Plus to Mcard. "You should tell
the cashier that 'I want this on my
Entree Plus' or 'I want this on my

Mcard or CashStripe,"' Russell said.
First of America is offering a Cam-
pus First account for Mcard users who
do not choose to keep other monies
with First of America. For the pilot
program only, the bank is waiving the
$25 minimum opening depositthatwill
be required in the future for the Cam-
pus First account.
With the new account type, users
will also be able to access those funds
at First of America ATMs, including
four free transfers and withdrawals per

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Keenan, an LSA senior and the
MSA Students' Rights Committee
chair, and Engineering Rep. Kelic, a
senior, are running as independents
campaigning primarily for the revision
of the Statement of Student's Rights
and Responsibilities, the University's
code of non-academic conduct.
"I've worked on the code for 2 1/2
years now, and it's finally starting to
budge," Keenan said. "I have a plan to
take down the code -it's not flashy or
glamorous, it's just being there in (the
administration's) face any time the is-
sue comes up."
Keenan and Kelic support revising
the code, rather than abolishing it.
"I'd like to see (the code) rolled
back to just dealing with sexual assault
and alcohol, because those are feder-
ally mandated," Keenan said.
On a separate independent slate,
LSA junior Masley and Burnside ad-

vocate acompleterejection of the code.
"We should not accept the
University's code in any form," Masley
In addition, Masley and Burnside
hope MSA will assume a more active
role in fighting for student interests.
"MSA should be taking the inter-
ests of students and fighting for them.
Instead they see themselves as a sec-
ond administration. MSA could orga-
nize mass demonstrations fighting
against racism, tuition hikes and finan-
cial aid cuts," Masley said.
While the number of parties in-
creased, the number of independent
candidates has decreased this year.
Young said she thinks candidates are
learning that running as an indepen-
dent is more difficult.
"I think people have realized that
when you run with parties you have a
better chance of winning. Sometimes
peoplejust vote for one party across the
board. Independents have to work
harder to get their platforms known,"
she said.

House debates legal liability bill
WASHINGTON - Marching into the more controversial reaches of the
"Contract With America," the Republican-controlled House argued yesterday
over business-backed legislation to alter the civil legal system. "Simply too
extreme," the White House labeled some of the proposals.
The measures generally would make it easier to defend product-liability
and securities-fraud cases and they preempt state laws by creating a federa
limit on so-called punitive damages in most lawsuits. They also would provid*
incentives to settle suits out of court under a modified "loser pays" system that
could require even a person who wins a case to bear a portion of the other side's
attorney fees and costs.
"Common sense legal reform," Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) termed the
measures, borrowing the phrase from the GOP's "Contract With America."
"This isn'tforMain Street, it's for Wall Street," countered Rep. PeterDeFazio
(D-Ore.), arguing that consumers would be placed at a disadvantage in trying to
grapple with large corporations.
The extensive lineup of lobbying combatants indicates the stakes are huge
in this battle to overhaul the legal system.

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Protesters angered by
lunch legislation
WASHINGTON - A group of
500 demonstrators, many of them
waving empty trays to protest pro-
posed changes in the federal school
lunch program, yesterday forced the
cancellation of a speech by House
Speaker Newt Gingrich to county
The protesters, members of the
Association of Community Organi-
zations for Reform Now, took over
the head table at the National Asso-
ciation of Counties meeting before
Gingrich (R-Ga.) arrived. Gingrich
did not see the protest, but he later
characterized it as an "organized, sys-
tematic, paid demonstration."
Gingrich said House Republicans
will press on with their welfare agenda.
The Agriculture Committee begins
crafting a bill to change the federal
food stamps program today.
The bill would cut spending on
food stamps by $16 billion over the
next five years primarily by tighten-

ing eligibility requirements, combat-
ing fraud and eliminating some
planned increases. Serving 27 mil-
lion people and funded with $24 bil-
lion annually, the food stamps pro-
gram is the second-largest program for
the poor behind Medicaid.
Court punishes e
churning with fine
WASHINGTON - In a victory
for disgruntled investors, the Supreme
Court ruled yesterday that securities
brokers can be forced to pay punitive
The 8-1 decision puts the securi-
ties industry on notice that it can be
hit with large penalties if its broker
cheat and deceive their customers
The ruling awards $559,000 in
damages to a couple who had accused
a broker of churning their account.
Despite the setback in the Supreme
Court, the securities industry may re-
coup some of its losses later this week
as the Republican led House is ex-
pected to pass sweeping reforms of
the legal system.

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new role as e
suspected in death of run Ostankin
Russian journalist over adverti
MOSCOW - Doubt is running Com i
high among Muscovites that the kill- Polish
ers of one of Russia's most popular
television personalities will ever be WARSA
caught. Organized crime is presumed Lech Walesa
to have hired the hitmen. government
"They'll never catch the real kill- take office s
ers, the ones corrupting this country," in 1989 and
said pensioner Sveta Smirnova, echo- a former Co
ing the sentiments of many in the Rus- The even
sian capital yesterday. dential palac
The gloom provoked by the mur- gling betwe
der of Vladislav Listyev last week wing coaliti
starts at the top. land sincef
"There has been no breakthrough their allies%
in the fight against crime," President tions in, Sep
Boris Yeltsin complained yesterday at Even wi
a Security Council meeting dominated and a reshu
by the issue. government
Yeltsin's firing of the city's top lition partn
law-enforcement officials did little to changes in
dispel the new wave of worry about expected.
surging crime. "Therea
The president sought their ouster personality,
the day after Listyev was shot to death. people in pos
A Moscow prosecutor admitted in their supp
yesterday that solving Listyev's mur- the Westernt
der will pose a huge challenge to diplomat.
police. - F

ion centers on Listyev's
xecutive director of state-
no television and a battle
sing revenues.
unist to head
W, Poland - President
a appointed Poland's new
yesterday, the sixth to
since democratic reforms
the first to be headed by
ommunist Party official.
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