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NATION/WORLD

RUSH
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senior and Beta Theta Pi rush chair.
"We have a real diverse group ... We
don't rush athletes. We don't rush engi-
neers. We don't rush stereotypes," said
Chad Mummert, LSA sophomore and
Beta Theta Pi member.
Chris Evans, Engineering junior and
member of Alpha Delta Phi, said his
fraternity is looking for "someone
who's themselves. That is, a solid guy.
Anyone who's making an impression."
Once a fraternity decides which
members they want to join, the bid
process begins. It is through a bid that a
fraternity formally invites rushees to
join their brotherhood.
"It's great. We treat our pledges real-
ly well. We are a really laid back house
and a place to have a good time," said
Matt Shear, Kinesiology sophomore
and Sigma Chi member.
-The next step, after accepting a bid, is
the pledge program. During this time,
rushees will learn the fraternity's histo-
ry, develop leadership skills and grow
as a person, according to the IFC rush
guide.
"It's educational in nature," Landes
said.
After this process, which can last up
to an entire semester, initiation begins.
Initiation is a formal ceremony for

alumni and fraternity members when
rushees officially become fraternity
members.
Many hopeful rushees are excited
about the opportunities in rushing.
"I don't know many people at
Michigan and I want to find a niche ...
with people I can relate to," said LSA
first-year student Taul Teristris.
"It's an opportunity to meet more
people and attend social events ... and
more opportunity to meet girls," said
Engineering sophomore David
Tuernar.
Not all University men are excited
about IFC Rush season. In fact some
are not interested at all in the festivities.
"I'm a senior and, the Greek sys-
tem, I am not really into it. I think it's
a cop-out. I wouldn't want to pay to
live in houses and limit myself to a
pre-existing group of friends I may
not like at all," said LSA senior Marc
Levine.
LSA first-year student Joe Edwards
also does not intend to pledge this
semester. Edwards said he might con-
sider a career-oriented fraternity.
"I'm not going to rush because I'm
not interested in the lifestyle because of
too much drinking. I might give it a try
next semester ... (but) most likely I
wouldn't,' Edwards said.
Fraternities have been a part of
University life for 185 years.

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Congress votes for S&L rescue plan
WASHINGTON - Writing the final chapter in the savings and loan bailout,
Congress voted yesterday for a rescue plan for the federal S&L insurance fund that
will require thrifts and banks to share the financial burden.
The thrift industry will make a special one-time payment of $4.7 billion in addi-
tion to its continuing obligations to the fund. Banks will join for the first time0
making interest payments on S&L cleanup bonds, which will cost them about
$11.9 billion over the next 20 years.
The agreement, by providing billions of dollars in new money, is designed to
avert a potential taxpayer bailout for the weakened S&L insurance fund, which
guarantees deposits up to $100,000.
House Banking Committee Chairman Jim Leach (R-Iowa) called the legisla-
tion "historic."
Legislators can return to their districts, Leach said, "and report that they have
addressed the last remaining aspect of the savings and loan debacle without any
further taxpayer accountability."
Taxpayers already "have paid more than their fair share Leach said, noting t
Congress spent $130 billion directly to close failed S&Ls and pay off deposito.
An estimated $200 billion more will be spent for the interest charges on 30-year
bonds used to finance the cleanup.

DAMIAN PETRESCU/Daily
Dom of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity talks yesterday with Art first-year student
James Barton.

The IFC rush guide lists several tips
for men interested in joining the Greek
system, including looking at several
chapters, asking questions, being care-
ful of negativity, acting naturally,
putting schoolwork before rush activi-
ties, and having fun.
Overall, IFC is looking forward to

rush.
"I love this time of year," Landes
said. "The fraternity system is getting
better. We have more to offer than ever
before."
For more information on IFC rush,
contact the Office of Greek Life at
936-3686 or ifc.officers@umich.edu.

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Spending
bill passes
Congress,
Clnton
WASHINGTON (AP) - With just
hours to spare yesterday, the Senate
passed and President Clinton signed a
$389 billion spending bill for scores of
federal agencies and a tightening of
immigration laws, the Republican-led
104th Congress' last major legislation.
Clinton signed the measure little
more than two hours before today's
start of the 1997 fiscal year, ensuring
there would be no repeat of last year's
partial government shutdown when
agencies' spending authority lapsed.
The catchall bill, approved 84-15 by
the Senate in early evening, contains
$6.5 billion in extra money that Clinton
demanded for education, drug-fighting
and other programs and pushes overall
spending nearly as high as it was before
Republicans captured Congress two
years ago.
It also drops GOP-written immigra-
tion provisions the White House argued
were too severe, such as one barring
federally paid AIDS care for illegal
immigrants.

Gift boosts leg
im *grants' cances
WASHINGTON - When George
Soros broke his leg while working the
Christmas shift as a porter on an
English train, he was a 17-year-old
Hungarian immigrant with no money.
Socialized medicine fixed the leg.
He could not then have foreseen his
lucrative future. But yesterday, the New
York financier and philanthropist
remembered his meager past, donating
$50 million to help legal immigrants
hard hit by the United States' newly
enacted welfare reform law.
"I have a strong personal feeling
about it, being a legal immigrant
myself," Soros said in a remarkably
subdued delivery of a gift that some
advocates hope will empower the
underdog and ultimately reframe the
debate about immigration policy. "I
took this particular aspect of the wel-
fare bill rather personally."
Immigrant rights activists called the
gift unprecedented, not only for its
enormity but for its symbolism at a

time when the United States seems to
have declared war on its immigrant
masses. It is estimated that at least 1
million legal immigrants stand to lose
benefits once the month-old legislation
is fully applied.
GOP collects high
tech endorsement
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - In the
midst of a troubled campaign, Jack
Kemp yesterday enjoyed what for him
was a perfect day.
The Republican vice presidential
candidate was surrounded by fami~
football friends, free-enterprising entW
preneurs and black children whose
dreams of a bright future have been
fired up by computers in their class-
room.
The main news of the day was the
endorsement of Kemp and presidential
candidate Bob Dole by 225..executives
of the high-tech industry, a constituen-
cy that has been ardently courted by
President Clinton and Vice Preside
Gore.

Man pleads innocent
in massacre deaths
HOBART, Australia - The man
accused of killing 35 people in April
stood behind bulletproof glass yester-
day and pleaded innocent to carrying
out Australia's worst massacre.
It took Martin Bryant 20 minutes to
answer "not guilty" in a quiet but firm
voice to the charges read out by a court
clerk. He was formally charged with 72
counts of murder, attempted murder,
grievous bodily harm, aggravated
assault, wounding and arson.
Nineteen people also were wounded
in the shooting rampage at a Tasmanian
tourist site. The carnage stunned
Australia and galvanized political sup-
port for sweeping gun control laws.
Bryant could spend the rest of his life
behind bars if convicted. Australia does
not have the death penalty.
Tasmanian Supreme Court Chief
Justice William Cox set a trial date of
Nov. 19.
Prosecutors allege Bryant acted
alone when he fired high-powered rifles
at tourists at a picturesque historic site
in Port Arthur, about 60 miles south of

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For Every
Victory
There's Another
Challenge
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Hobart, on April28.
He took refuge at a nearby guest
house. After a night-long standoff, he
allegedly set fire to the building
was arrested. Bryant was severey
burned and required hospital treatment.
Medieval religious
book stolen at church
SEU DE URGEL, Spain - Police
searched yesterday pfor two men who
broke into a church museum and stole a
valuable 10th-century illuminated m
uscript.
Police said they suspect professional
art thieves were behind the theft of the
manuscript, one of 20 surviving copies
of the Beatus, a series of Bible com-
mentaries written in Latin by medieval
monks.
The approximately 300-page Beatus
stolen from the Diocesan Museum inl
Seu de Urgel, in Spain's northeastern
Catalonia region, tells the story of-t
Apocalypse with 79 miniature illust-
tions.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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