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thing about computers," he said.
Some students said they are leav-
ing it up to their family members to
worry about the craze.
"I'm not worried, but my mom has
bottled water and food saved up,"
said LSA sophomore Jenna
Taking the matters into their own
hands, a few students are relying on
themselves to be Y2K ready.
"I'm saving bank statements and
credit card bills, and I am traveling
overseas so I made sure my flights are
away from the (Dec. 31 to Jan. 1) area
just in case of luggage or reservation
losses," LSA senior Stephen Tan said.
Some University students have
altered their New Year's plans to
avoid potential problems.
"Usually we travel over
Christmas, but not this year because
of Y2K," LSA sophomore Anisha
Some individuals are interested in
staying away from heavily populated
"I am from New York City, and the
only thing I am going to do is get
out of the city. I am not concerned
about anything blowing up, but
everyone else is and there are lots of
people in the city," LSA senior
Amanda Miller said.
Aside from the minor precautions
students are taking, sonic of them
are too busy to think about it.
"We have to worry about finals,"
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University's Interfraternity Council or
Panhellenic Association have mem-
berships of about 60 to 70 students.
The sorority Delta Sigma Theta, the
largest organization in BGA, has
about 23 members, Collins said.
"It's ridiculous for us to live in a
mansion," Collins said.
Chris Kulka, IFC office manager,
said fraternities and sororities that
have recently sought houses have
rented from those Greek organiza-
tions that have temporarily lost their
charters. Sigma Chi fraternity
recently rented the former Phi Delta
Theta home on Washtenaw Avenue
during renovations to its own build-
Instead of holding social activities
in residential buildings, members of
the many minority Greek associations
hold their social activities at the
Michigan Union and at local night
Collins said his fraternity, Phi
Beta Sigma, holds its events at the
Union, where in addition to rental
fees, it must pay for the presence of
Department of Public Safety
Damaris Madrigal, vice president
of the Latina sorority Delta Tau
Lambda said the money behind orga-
nizations in the IFC and Panhellenic
Association allows them to maintain
their homes. "The white Greek sys-
tem was probably the first to start
and is the most elite system as far as
money, membership and alumni giv-
ing back to the college campuses,"
Madrigal added that Delta Tau
Lambda is not interested in purchas-
ing a house. "We'd rather use the
money to give back whatever we can
to the surrounding communities," she
ACROSS THE NATION
Secret mediation facilitates agreement
WASHINGTON - The scheduled resumption of Syrian-Israeli peace
talks in Washington on Wednesday follows months of secret U.S. mediation
that already has brought the two sides closer to an agreement than at any
time in half a century of conflict and confrontation, administration officials
After private diplomatic exchanges that included more than a dozen phone
calls between President Clinton and Syrian President Hafez Assad since August,
both sides will enter the talks with a clear understanding of the other's require-
ments on issues relating to territory, timing, security and the nature of diplomat-
ic, cultural and trade relations, the officials said.
They added, moreover, that American mediators have in recent months nar-
rowed the gaps on some of those issues, enhancing the prospects for a peace set-
tlement whose basic requirements - the return of the Golan Heights in
exchange for Syrian security guarantees and promises of normal relations with
Israel - were widely known even before the two countries broke off talks near-
ly four years ago.
That the talks will be opened by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Syrian
Foreign Minister Farouk Charaa - rather than ambassadors or military chiefs of
staff- has contributed to a sense here that Middle East diplomacy has reached
what Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called "an amazing moment."
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those who have conferred honor upon their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship and
exemplary character as students in engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of
engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges.
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The Ann Arbor Police Department
does not currently record race data.
AAPD Sgt. Michael Logghe said a com-
mittee has been researching whether the
AAPD should take a closer look at its
officers' traffic stops. '
"It's really a national debate," Logghe
said. "Surely it's an issue (in Ann Arbor).
I don't know if it's a huge one"
MSP Lt. Ellis Stafford, assistant com-
mander of the Ypsilanti post, acknowl-
edged that troopers may be reluctant to
stop minority drivers if they know racial
statistics are being monitored.
"It might make some. officers say,
'I've stopped three cars and they were all
black males. Id better start stopping
some white males,"' Stafford said. "But I
think it will be minimal."
"We always just say to go out and do
your job" he added. "The numbers will
take care of themselves."
Yungfer doesn't expect to immediate-
ly see indications that state police have
been deliberately engaging in racial pro-
filing. Last year, troopers made 900,000
traffic stops on Michigan highways.
"We have a high degree of integrity"
Yungfer said. "Basically we're looking
for red flags."
Stafford said dispelling the fears about
police integrity is worth the extra time
and effort troopers must commit to the
"I don't consider maybe a pen stroke
or a 1n'tor a '2'at thebottom ofthe (daily
logs) a problem," Stafford said. "What I
think may be a problem is guessing the
race of some people. We're not going to
be allowed to ask what the driver's race
Yungfer said asking for drivers' eth-
nicities would be offensive to many peo-
ple. "We're trying to get an officer's per-
ception of what the person's race is," he
Stafford said logging data on drivers
could show some troopers that they may
be subconsciously drawn to minority dri-
vers, though they have not done so inten-
"Every officer is different," he said.
"Those life experiences do influence the
actions those officers may take. We just
want to bring those subconscious efforts
to the forefront"
In November, the campus chapters of
the American Civil Liberties Union,
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People and
Mixed Initiatives sponsored a forum at the
Michigan Union titled "Driving While
Black:' The ACLU compiled a special
report this spring called "Skin Color as
Evidence: The 'Crime' of Driving While
Black" and set up a toll-free hotline to
report racial profiling cases.
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To restore public faith in the banking
systems, the government established
the Federal Deposit Insurance
"The federal government insures
individual deposits up to $100,000,"
Carson said. "This way, if any individ-
ual bank went broke, people would get
their money back."
The government system may have
succeeded as many people are not con-
cerned about losing their money.
"I'm not taking any money out
because I'm not really worried about
it," LSA senior Luke Klipp said. "I
think the Y2K thing is blown out of
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No further information has been made
available about the condition of the
injured pledge at the request of his family.
The Pi member said it is hypocritical
for the pledges who spoke against Pi to
continue in the Greek system.
"These pledges who so emphatically
Internet sales could
be subject to taxes
WASHINGTON - So, you're sit-
ting home in your pajamas ordering
Christmas presents over the Internet
and feeling smug. You've avoided the
mall parking lot. And, even better,
escaped the state sales tax.
Savor the moment. Tax-free e-shop-
ping might not last much longer.
States are determined to retain and
even expand their taxing authority
over Internet sales, even as promises
to ban or eliminate the levies on the
myriad forms of c-commerce are
emerging as an issue in the 2000 pres-
And if the controversy, which cross-
es party and ideological lines to pit the
old economy against the new economy,
ends in stalemate, odds are the state tax
collector will win.
"We're not giving up our sales tax,"
vows Maryland Comptroller William
Donald Schaefer. Getting rid of the tax
"sounds like good politics, but you
have to think of what the impact would
AROUND THE WORLD
Panama to gain full
control of canal
PANAMA CITY, Panama - With
their partnership approaching its 100-
year anniversary, Panama and the United
States are officially going their separate
ways. Panama gets to keep the real estate;
the United States gets the memories.
The transfer of the Panama Canal into
Panamanian hands on Dec. 31 ends the
U.S. military presence in this narrow
waist of the American continent, where
the waterway joins the Atlantic and the
Pacific. The ceremony marking the
transfer is planned for tomorrow.
Panama will regain all 363,000 acres
of lush tropical land the United States
has used since the early century as mili-
tary bases or part of the Panama Canal
basin - as well as the canal itself.
The end of the partnership, although
planned for 20 years since President
Jimmy Carter and Panamanian strong-
man Gen. Omar Torrijos signed the
Canal Treaties, nevertheless came in a
rush as the United States hurried to close
all its installations here.
Panama became an independent coun-
try in 1903 under the wing of the United
States, which encouraged its leaders to
separate from Colombia. Shortly there-
after, Panama signed an agreement with
the United States for the construction of
the Panama Canal, which was inaugurat-
Croats mourn death
of first president
ZAGREB, Croatia - Workers put*
the finishing touches yesterday on
Franjo Tudjman's massive black granite
tombstone as Croats mourne~d the mant
best remembered for steering his coun-
try to independence from Yugoslavia.
Tudjman, Croatia's first president,
died Friday in a Zagreb clinic after a six-
week battle with what was described as
an abdominal illness. The 77-year-old
leader had been rumored to be suffering
from stomach cancer since 1996.
-- Compiled from wire reports.
be both on government services and
Politicians from both parties are call-
ing for a ban on taxing Internet trans-
actions, contending that this new form
of commerce ought to be allowed to
develop freely without the burdens and
disincentives of taxations.
Death row appeals
WASHINGTON - Convicted killers
executed in 1998 spent just 90 days less
on death row than those put to death in
1997, despite efforts by state legisla-
tures, Congress and the Supreme Court
to hasten the appeals process, a federal
The 68 inmates executed in 1998 were
on death row an average of 10 years and
10 months - three months less than that
of the 74 inmates executed in 1997,
according to a Bureau of Justice
Statistics report released yesterday.
Pro-death penalty forces continue
working to shorten the time before
Eyad I. Abu-Isa
Kacy N. Beitel
Ryan L. Bergeron
Andrea C. Box
Carolyn A. Brooks
Matthew G. Brown
Donald S. Davis
James P. Donaldson
Michael A. Eickholt
Michelle E. Fowler
Kimberly K. Gaffey
Shawn M. Hansen
Galen Clark Haynes
Shawn E. Hunter
Nihar V. Kanodia
Karmen N. Lappo
Andrew S. Lee
Peter H. Leung
Mahesh K. Reddy
Sylvie L. Reoma
Matthew E. Rudnick
Christopher T. Lim Belal S. Sabki
Andrea M. Budzynski Chad S. Gallinat Tufan C. Karalar
Christine Y. Cha Bradford R. Graham Eric A. Karl
MI H. Chang Christopher S. Grimmer Jason T. Kline
Ryan D. Majkrzak
Jonathan A. Malen
Adam J. Martin
Tracy L. Matson
Matthew R. Neagle
Daniel J. Ott
Jennifer E. Shin
Ryan C. Sun Chee Fore
John V. Vitovsky
Erin R. West
Michele D. Zambito
Jennifer A. Zieg
Melissa P. Chen
Vito A. Ciaravino
Jennifer A. Gruits
Ashley M. Halleran
Sara M. Hammerschmidt
Irene E. Kokkinos
Nir Yitzhak Krakauer
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