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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 8, 1998


Milosevic gets another chance



s BELGRADE, Yugoslavia - A U.S.
,,envoy gave Yugoslav President
,.-Slobodan Milosevic another chance
; yesterday to bow to international
:demands and avoid NATO airstrikes.
,But Milosevic remained defiant.
'. Following his meeting with envoy
Richard Holbrooke, Milosevic's office
:said "attempts were made to overcome
,the differences" over the crisis in
;Kosovo province.
g Referring to the possibility of NATO
'airstrikes, the Yugoslav statement said
'the threats which are delivered to our

country jeopardize the continuation of
the political process."
It accused foreign governments of
waging "a media campaign against our
country"through "one-sided and fabri-
cated reports."
U.S. officials refused comment on
the talks, and Holbrooke left for
Brussels, Belgium, to meet Secretary of
State Madeleine Albright today.
Before the talks ended, President
Clinton reiterated that Milosevic has to
end his crackdown in Kosovo, pull out
his special police force and resume

negotiations. Kosovo is a province of
Serbia, the main republic ofYugoslavia.
But 90 percent of its 2 million inhab-
itants are ethnic Albanians, and most
favor independence or substantial self-
Milosevic launched his crackdown
Feb. 28 against the ethnic Albanian
Kosovo Liberation Army, which is
fighting for independence for Kosovo.
Hundreds have been killed and more
than 270,000 people have been driven
from their homes.
Despite mounting evidence of
Continued from Page 1A
girl who spotted Holzhausen in Boston
during the CCHA finals last year.
"Superfan - he came. He made it," she
Holzhausen, an Ann Arbor resident,
said he will still attend Michigan sporting
events both at home and on the road.
"I'm still doing it as well,"
Holzhausen said. "Now that I have
money, I'm doing it at my own leisure."
In the years to come, Holzhausen
said he expects the Superfan tradition
to continue and would like to help
future Superfans in their travels by
gathering old Superfans and "contribut-
ing to the current Superfan to pay for
his road trips"
The Michigan Student Assembly
sponsored its own Superfan Task Force,
which is no longer searching for the
new Superfan but promoting University
spirit, said task force chair Damian de

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Milosevic's non-compliance and a UN.
declaration confirming it, Washington
seemed to lack the international con-
sensus needed to bomb Milosevic into
The United States is trying to get
Milosevic and the ethnic Albanians to
agree on a deal that would defer for two
or three years a decision on whether to
separate Kosovo from Serbia.
"We are continuing to push for mili-
tary action against the Serbs," State
Department spokesperson James Rubin
said. "NATO is not there yet."
"We want to start a school spirit
group that will attend underrepresented
sports events weekly,"d e Goa said.
The task force is considering spon-
soring an "Athletes' Day" on Palmer
Field to introduce students to student
"Our vision is that ... each of the
sports teams will have its own tent," de
Goa said. The teams may participate by
barbecuing or passing out their game
schedules, he added.
"If students knew some of the ath-
letes, they would be more inclined to
go" to the competitions, de Goa said.
The former search committee's funds
of $2,000, which they receive from the
assembly, will be used to sponsor item
give-aways during football games this
season, de Goa said.
The task force is looking into supply-
ing each stadium goer with a T-shirt,
but outside funding would be needed to
pay for the 107,501 shirts.
Continued from Page 1A
about mental health issues using the-
ater and interactive workshops. The
group performs on and off campus.
The group formed in the Residential
College using multi-media to produce a
resource guide and increase awareness,
said Shari Strauss, Scream-in coordina-
tor and University alumnus.
The call for awareness drew approxi-
mately 40 people to the Diag. More peo-
ple stopped by on their way to class.
LSA first-year student GarysLatz
stopped by "just to scream, man."
The crowd dissipated during the
readings and speeches that followed the
one-minute scream.
"Compared to last year, (the turn-out)
was much better" LSA senior Summer
Burman said. Even if people stop just for
the scream, it still increases awareness in
small steps, Burman said.
Immediately following the scream,
community members were invited to
speak in the name of mental illness.
"Most people are very ignorant about
mental illnesses" said Donna Estabrook,
a member of the Washtenaw Chapter of
the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
She and others called for more ser-
vices for the mentally ill, affordable
housing, and above all, understanding.
Students followed with readings
about mental illness. Some of the read-
ings were written by those who have
suffered from mental illness.
Others carried signs bearing statis-
tics or passed out fliers containing facts
about mental health and chemical
dependency. Mentality offered a table
full of information on the mentally ill
in the Fishbowl of Angell Hall.
Verhage said people need to know
about obscure mental illnesses as well as
the well-known ones. People relate men-
tal illness to only schizophrenia or bi-
polar disorder, Verhage added.
Later this week, Mentality will be per-
forming at the Washtenaw County
Alliance for the Mentally Ill Family Day
where Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor)
will speak about her struggle with bi-

polar disorder.
For more information about this
event or Mentality e-mail

Reno targets credit
card companies
WASHINGTON - Charging that
Visa and MasterCard illegally "stifle"
competition, the Justice Department
filed an antitrust suit yesterday seeking
an end to joint control of the ubiquitous
credit card companies by the same
large banks.
Attorney General Janet Reno said the
unusual arrangement between the cred-
it networks and their member banks -
known as "duality" - hurts consumers
by impeding technological advances
such as "smart" credit cards and soft-
ware that would make shopping
through the Internet more secure.
"America's consumers have simply
lost out;' Reno said. "They have lost the
benefit of rigorous competition between
the two largest credit card networks,
which means they have not enjoyed the
innovation that competition brings."
But some analysts said the issues
the lawsuit raises have very little
impact on average credit card users. It
does not, for example, address interest

rates or ATM fees, which individual
banks set.
The civil suit, filed in New York,
seeks to overturn Visa and
MasterCard bylaws that prevent
member banks from offering com-
peting cards, including Americ
Express and Discover.
U.S. Postal Service
gets Y2K OK
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal
Service, long spoofed by technology
wizards as the bastion of "snail mail,"
appears to be getting new respect from
federal agencies and large companies
drafting emergency computer back
plans for the Year 2000.
Worried that the so-called millen-
nium bug could put at risk electron-
ic transfers of data and money in
some parts of the nation and abroad,
private-sector and government
groups are looking to the Postal
Service as a backup delivery system
if their computers malfunction,
administration officials said.

Greenspan says turmoil hurts U.S.
WASHINGTON - Offering hope of further interest-rate cuts, Federal Reserve
Chair Alan Greenspan warned yesterday that a "fear-induced psychological
response" gripping the world's financial markets is bound to cramp the U.S. econ-
"We are clearly facing a set of forces that should be damping demand going for-
ward," Greenspan said. "We do not knowhow far it will go, or how much it 1
affect consumer and business spending here at home."
But he told a group of business economists: "This is a time for monetary policy
to be especially alert."
His comments almost interrupted a string of stock-market losses that have
occurred this week as the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund
failed to produce a clear strategy to combat the crisis.
The Dow Jones average of industrial stocks shot up 113 points immedi-
ately after his speech, then settled back and closed at 7,740, down three
"He all but said, 'We very likely are going to lower rates again," said econ-
omist Allen Sinai of Primark Economic Associates in New York. "And inter-
est rates - always - are more important than words. They're very import*
for the pocketbooks of billions of people on this planet."


Hopes are hi for
Mideast sunmmit
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
said yesterday that Israeli and
Palestinian leaders had made "signifi-
cant progress" toward a West Bank
accord and hope to conclude it at a
summit with President Clinton next
"Basically, we have a lot to do,'
Albright said in Jerusalem, as she pre-
pared to fly to Brussels, Belgium, and
then to London to grapple with the
unrest in the Serbian province of
Kosovo. The summit opens Oct. 15 and
could last more than one day.
"I am very realistic about their hav-
ing to make the hard decisions,"
Albright said of Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat, who will be nego-
tiating with the direct participation of
"Their body language has been fair-
ly positive," she said. "But you can't get
away from the fact they do have to
make the hard choices."

The summit will be held at Wye
Plantation, a conference site on the
eastern shore of Maryland, White
House press secretary Joe Lockhart
There were both symbolic and so
signs of progress after nearly two years
of deadlock.
5,000 fleeing floods
in Philippines
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines -
Flash flooding in the southern
Philippines has swept away thatched
houses and forced at least 5,000 peo&
to flee their homes, relief officials
No deaths were reported, although at
least 20 children, including five infants,
reportedly suffered minor injuries.
Rain that began earlier this week
caused a river to overflow, flooding
parts of Vitali, just outside
Zamboanga, said city social services
officer Francisco Baredo,
Zamboanga is 530 miles south of
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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