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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 20, 2000

ENGLER
Continued from Page 1A
Michigan, but their existence has not
always been welcome.
Calling Engler's education policies
"very weak," Rep. Liz Brater (D-Ann
Arbor) expressed apprehension about
putting so much faith in charter
schools.
"These quasi-private schools
bleed money out of public schools,"
Grater said.
Engler also announced his inten-
tion to create what he called the
"Golden Apple Award," which would
be awarded to the most improved and
highest achieving elementary schools
in the state.
Every employee - "from the
school janitor to the principal,"
Engler said - would receive a cash
award under the proposal, which
Democrats dismissed as political
fluff.
"It was a wonderful piece of
political theater," said Rep. John
Hansen (D-Dexter), whose district
includes North Campus. "Things
like (the Golden Apple) are often a
disappointment. They are largely
show."
Adult education was another issue
Engler said he was committed to
improving in the coming year.
"I recommend we increase spend-
ing on adult learning from $80 mil-
lion to $100 million," he said.
Again, Democrats remained skepti-

cal that Engler would follow through
on his promise.
"I found itinteresting that he nen-
tioned increasing adult learning fund-
ing and he was the one who was
responsible for gutting the program
previously," said Sen. DiannepByrum
(D-Onondaga).
Aside from education, Engler also
spent part of his speech addressing
the environmental condition of the
state.
The third-term governor, who has
been attacked by many Democrats as
being anti-environmentalist, pro-
claimed his commitment to the pro-
tection of Michigan's natural
resources -- namely the Great
Lakes.
"Great Lakes water will never be
for sale," he said.
This affirmation brought senators
and representatives from both sides of
the aisle to their feet, but Democrats
were quick to point to the governor's
environmental record.
"He has totally distorted the situa-
tion of the environment. During his
administration he has dismantled and
reduced our environmental stan-
dards,' "rater said.
Sen. John Schwarz (R-Battle
Creek) did not wholly dismiss
Engler's role in safeguarding the envi-
ronment.
"I credit governors Engler,
Blanchard and Milliken. They have
all worked very well," said Schwarz,
president pro tem of the Senate.

NATION/WORLD
Number of gay, lesbian
Greek houses increasing

FRATERNITY
Continued from Page 1A
said he does not like to label the asso-
ciation "gay."
"I prefer, it's a progressive frat. It's
regardless of sexual orientation," he said.
As local chapters establish them-
selves on numerous campuses, many
leaders have seen their memberships
increase. The Pennsylvania State
University chapter, founded in 1997,
started with six participants and cur-
rently counts about 15 individuals,
chapter President Adam Steckel said.
Steckel said that while he thinks
most members of traditional Greek
houses are accepting or indifferent to
its members' sexual orientation, some
students are not tolerant.
For students concerned about being
accepted, Steckel said Delta Lambda
Phi has a welcoming atmosphere.
"We become the obvious choice for
those people," Steckel said. Sexual
orientation "is never going to be an
issue for them," he added.
At some college campuses, the fra-
ternities are not part of the main-
stream Greek system.
The Penn State chapter is not a part of
the Interfraternity Council at the univer-
sity. Steckel said procedural, financial
and social reasons have kept the chapter
from pursuing FC membership.
Steckel said the cost of dues and pos-
sible media attention would be hin-
drances to prospective members already
hesitant about joining the fraternity.
"They all see the possibility of
getting us in a controversy," Steckel
said, adding that some members fear
their parents may find out they are
gay.
Delta Lambda Phi has grown in
ranks and acceptance but a wide scale
sorority equivalent has yet to mirror
its success.

Lambda Delta Lambda is an "alter-
native sorority for women," said Tara
Kolankoski, co-president of the Penn
State chapter. She added that the
chapter was formed more than three
years ago for lesbian and bisexual
women, but the association does not
limit itself.
"It's a group of people that don't
discriminate on anything,"
Kolankoski said. "It makes people
feel more comfortable. Our group is a
great place for anyone to be accept-
ed."
Kolankoski said while she knows
that as many as four universities have
had Lambda Delta Lambda chapters
on campus, she said Penn State and
San Francisco State University may
be the only active chapters.
The sorority became a member of
the Panhellenic Association, the
national association of sororities, last
semester, Kolankoski said. As part of
Panhel's rules, newly inducted groups
must hold an event in which members
from all sororities are present.
Kolankoski said participants at
Lambda Delta Lambda's information-
al event were receptive and welcom-
ing.
Although alternative sororities are
small in number, Kolankoski said var-
ious groups have called her for start-
up information. The local chapter has
increased in membership from nine to
24.
Price acknowledged that despite its
recent improvements in quantity and
quality, Delta Lambda Phi continual-
ly needs improvement. He said cur-
rent resources are concentrated in
helping interested groups establish
themselves - not actively recruiting
on campuses.
"It's these years that are laying the
groundwork," Price said. "The future
looks good."

ACROSS T HE NATION
Clinton presents insurance initiatives.a
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton unveiled yesterday a whopping
$l10 billion package of health insurance initiatives for his final yearin
office, asking the Republican-dominated Congress to approve the largest
investment in health care since Medicare was created in 1965.
Less expensive versions of the programs died last year, in part becauseof
the president's own veto of the Republicans' $792 billion tax-cutting plan.
"These proposals are a significant investment in the health of Americans,
another step toward giving every American access to quality health care,"
the president said. About 44 million Americans lack health insurance, apd
the president's proposal would cover about 5 million of them.
The largest ingredients of Clinton's plan are a $3,000 long-term care tax
credit, costing $28 billion in a 10 year period and a $76 billion proposal
to insure 4 million parents of children who receive health coverage under
Medicaid and the state Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Sensitive to the politics of a presidential campaign year, the president
credited Vice President Al Gore with helping shape the administrati4
plan. He said Gore and his Democratic rival, former Sen. Bill Bradley, both
have proposed health programs more extensive than his own.

BOOSTER
Continued from Page 1A
plan outlines the formulation of a
new departmental-agent policy.
The new procedures "are going to
be very useful to protect our student
athletes," said University Provost
Nancy Cantor, a committee member.
The same day that the men's bas-
ketball procedures were announced,
Martin's attorney, Neil Fink, made
allegations that information from
the ongoing investigation into

Martin was leaked to the press.
"In response to a question, I said
somebody should look into" the pos-
sibility of leaked information, Fink
said. "It's inappropriate for law
enforcement to leak facts about
ongoing investigations to a newspa-
per and in some cases, it is illegal.
I'm very upset about the leaks."
U.S. Attorney Rick Convertino
said he could not comment on Fink's
allegations.
-- Daily Sports Writer Jacob
Wheeler contributed to this report.

Labor sees increase
in memberships
WASHINGTON -- Labor leaders
celebrated the largest increase in union
membership in more than 20 years yes-
terday, saying they reversed a downhill
slide by appealing to white-collar
workers.
The number of union members was
16.5 million in 1999, an increase of
265,000 workers from the year before,
the Department of Labor's Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported.
But while the country added 2.7
million jobs last year, the overall per-
centage of workers who carry a union
card remained at 13.9 percent.
Nevertheless, union leaders said they
believe the numbers will translate into
more political clout for organized labor
in the presidential election.
"In the year 2000, you're going to
see the largest and most significant
activity that grassroots workers have
exercised in any political election," said
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney.
The labor federation has endorsed

Vice President Al Gore.
One particularly bright spot for
union labor was a gain of 11243
members working in the private secto.
Traditionally, government employs
and contractors have been the stroW
hold of the labor movement, and while
that remains the case, union organizers
noted that the rolls from private indiis-
try had otherwise been in decline since
1978.
Pacific ocean sees
sigficant cooling
New satellite data released yesterday
show the Pacific Ocean may be under
ing a dramatic climate shift that coo
alter global weather patterns, disrupt fish
stocks and perhaps lead Souther'n
California into decades of drier than nar
mal weather.
The changing cycle, known as tie
Pacific Decadal Oscillation, was for-
mally identified just three years aP.
Scientists tracking its progression say it
appears that the eastern Pacific' is
undergoing a significant ocean cool
trend.

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AROUND THE WORLD

Russians continue
push through Grozny
GROZNY, Russia - The Russian
military redoubled its drive to conquer
Chechen rebels yesterday, with troops
fighting street by street in the capital
Grozny while helicopter gunships and
cannons relentlessly pounded the
southern mountains.
Lt. Gen. Gennady Troshev, Russia's
deputy chief commander in Chechnya,
announced yesterday that the war was
expected to be finished by Feb. 26,
although "nobody is giving the forces
any firm deadlines for ending the oper-
ation!' the Interfax news agency report-
ed. He did not explain how he arrived
at that date.
Federal forces pushed toward the
center of Grozny from several direc-
tions, trying to squeeze rebel fighters
into an ever-tightening circle, the mili-
tary said.
It was impossible to verify the army's
claims of progress. Reporters are con-
strained from moving freely about the

capital because of the danger and' the
restrictions imposed by both ┬░thc
Russian and Chechen sides.
But an Associated Press repor
watched yesterday as Russian forces ii" a
northwestern neighborhood calfed
Mikrorayon-3 seized several shell-putic-
tured, five-story apartment buildings
Mandela addresses
UN on Burundi
UNITED NATIONS - Nel"
Mandela directed the world's attenihn
yesterday to the small nation of Buruindi,
where a brutal civil war that has gone
largely unnoticed outside Africa is
threatening to destabilize the region.
Addressing the Security Council- as
part of a new effort to revive phace
talks, Mandela chided Burundi's lead-
ers for failing to stem a conflict that has
claimed 200,000 lives and left thou-
sands of people living in inhumane
conditions in government camps.
- Compiled from Daily wire repdfAs.

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