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: WASHINGTON - President
Bush intends to call for more strin
gent ethical rules for executive branch
officials and recommend a 25 percent
pay raise for federal judges in a
; sweeping ethics-in-government pro
; gram to be unveiled Wednesday,
. administration officials said Tuesday.
But these officials said Bush has
' decided for the time being against
" recommending any hike in the
$89,500 salary received by members
of Congress and will recommend no
change in the widely criticized system
' that permits lawmakers to earn
thousands of dollars in speaking fees.
Bush, who promised during last
year's campaign to crack down on
ethical laxity in government,
arranged to lay out his recommen
dations in a speech at the American
Society of Newspaper Editors
Among the recommendations is
one extending the one-year ban that
currently prohibits executive branch
underpaid state employees for close
to six years, during which time she
has succeeded in raising salaries twice
for the lowest-paid state workers, she
said. Barnes introduced a bill in
March that proposes to raise the
salaries of those workers to the
"Inflation overtakes the federally
defined poverty level, and it (the level)
is constantly creeping up. These are
employees at the very bottom, and
we need to help them."
The subcommittee on public
employees' salaries unanimously
approved the bill last week, and now
it awaits review by the standing
committee on public employees,
Pit's stagelike atmosphere, its main
purpose will be to allow handicapped
students to participate in activities
that take place in the Pit, Tufts said.
"The Pit is a real focal point of
student life, and some students can't
get down the steps. A ramp would
allow these students to do that."
Students for Educational Access
(SEA), a student government exec
utive branch committee, has been
working for handicapped access
ramps across campus for two years.
Stuart Hathaway, chairman of
SEA, said the decision to build the
ramp showed the administration's
support for handicapped students.
. "It is the single most dramatic
expression of commitment the
administration could give to handi
capped students. The Pit is the center
of student life on campus."
The ramp also raises students'
awareness of the plight of the han
dicapped, Hathaway said.
"The ramp is going to make people
more conscious to what handicapped
students face. The hope is that such
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employees from lobbying their
former office to have it apply to
members of Congress and to judges,
said a source who spoke on the
condition of anonymity.
In making his proposals, Bush is
expected to accept most of the
recommendations made by a special
commission he established and dis
card some others.
The commission Bush set up to
recommend changes for an ethics
overhaul had called for a ban on
honoraria to members of Congress
for speaking engagements or similar
work. Such honoraria provide thou
sands of dollars in outside income for
senators and representatives in a
system that critics, including Bush's
ethics panel, contend allows for too
much special interest influence on the
But the president decided that the
issue of honoraria should be consid
ered in conjunction with the question
of a congressional pay raise, separate
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Barnes said. If cleared, the bill will
go to the appropriations committee,
which will decide on the bill's inclu
sion in the budget, she said.
Jack Murfin, services superintend
ent of the UNC Physical Plant, said
University officials were sympathetic
toward the housekeepers and other
workers, but that the matter is out
of their hands.
"There's not a heck of a lot we can
do about it because it's the'state which
sets the salaries. I have a lot of
sympathy for the housekeepers, and
not only housekeepers but the
groundskeepers. They're darn good
people and it's tough to make ends
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a public commitment will precipitate
further action on the part of the
administration to remove all barriers
to the handicapped."
Laura Thomas, coordinator for
UNC's handicapped services, said she
was very pleased that the adminis
tration had recognized the needs of
handicapped people on campus.
"There are just so many activities
that go on in the Pit. Now handi
capped students can participate in
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from the ethics package he was
preparing to put forward Wednesday,
said the official who spoke
Bush's proposal is expected to
cover matters such as outside income,
conflicts of interest, financial disclo
sure, enforcement and restrictions on
what executive branch employees can
do after they leave the government.
His announcement follows the
March 10 report byhis eight-member
ethics commissiorn-which detailed 27
recommendations for changes in
ethics laws and regulations as they
apply to senior officials, judges and
members of Congress and their staffs.
In addition to proposals that
Student escort service undergoes changes
UNIVERSITY PARK, Penn.
A mobile unit and pay for escorts
are among the changes in Pennsyl
vania State University's escort
system, which recently began dusk-to-dawn
Beginning March 31, a new
mobile escort service picked up
where the walking escorts left off.
Students can call an escort to walk
them across campus until 2 a.m. on
weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends.
A mobile unit then takes over until
dawn the next morning.
The mobile escort service is
actually a local taxi service working
in cooperation with the college to
provide free transportation for
students within a two-block radius
of campus, said Beth Stokes, co
director of the undergraduate stu
dent government's department of
After gauging student response to
the taxis, university officials may
consider buying vans solely for the
escort service's use, Stokes said in
a telephone interview last week.
"We have made tremendous ad
vances with the university and the
department of safety."
To increase the escorts' reliability,
the university has also begun to pay
their escorts $4.45 an hour, Stokes
said. Escorts were previously
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require congressional legislation,
Bush will issue an executive order
covering executive branch employees,
the administration sources said.
The order will include provisions
to give elevated rank to a designated
ethics officer in each department and
will do away with "compartmental
ization" of the various agencies of the
executive branch for purposes of
lobbying after working for the
The current one-year lobbying ban
for executive branch workers would
remain1rarAvould be extended to
cover all agencies rather than just the
one in . which the individual was
unpaid. Other changes include
posting walking escorts in more
locations to cut down on the
amount of time between a student's
call and the escort's arrival.
The university has also extended
the on-campus bus transportation"
hours until 3 a.m. on weekends, she
Campus may up minimum wage
CHARLESTON, 111. Student
employees at Eastern Illinois Uni
versity may receive larger paychecks
if President Stan Rives' proposal to
raise the on-campus minimum wage
Eastern's student newspaper, The
Daily Eastern News reported that
Rives wants to raise the minimum
wage from the present $3.35 an hour
to $4.55 an hour the same
proposal Congress is now
But even if the raise doesn't
receive congressional approval,
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For instance, a former employee
of the vice president's staff would be
precluded not only from lobbying
that office but also any other exec
utive branch agency, such as the
Office of Management and Budget.
Bush's Commission on Federal
Ethics Law Reform, in its March 10
recommendations, reiterated Bush's
campaign pledge to seek the same
ethical standards for the judicial and
legislative branches of government
that apply to the executive branch.
The panel recommended a ban on
White House Press Secretary
Marlin Fitzwater, without specifically
confirming that Bush had dropped
According to the newspaper
article, Rives' announcement sent
department chairmen back to revise
their budgets for next year. Many
said they might have to cut their
student staffs if the raise is
Departments most affected by the
proposed increase would be those
that employ the greatest number of
students the bookstore and food
services, the paper reported.
EIU student employees surveyed
by the newspaper supported the
Journalism curriculum changes
DEKALB, 111. Northern Illi
nois University's department of
journalism will change some of its
course requirements and eliminate
departmental sequences beginning
The move is part of a national
trend to allow students more flex
ibility in the major, said Donald
Brod, chairman of the department
of journalism. The four emphases
to be eliminated are news editorial,
photojournalism, broadcasting and
Brod said the program's new
structure would offer more oppor
tunities to students. "There seems
to be some movement in journal
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the honoraria provision for members
of Congress, said Tuesday that the
president believes the matter should
be discussed in conjunction with
congressional pay raises.
"We have always said that hono
raria are a part of the pay equation
and we do not intend to deal with
the congressional pay raise, so it
makes sense we wouldn't deal with
the other part of it," Fitzwater told
Bush does intend T0work with
Congress" to come up with a pay raise
coupled with a resolution on the
honoraria question, said an admin
istration source who spoke on con
dition of anonymity.
ism curriculum to move to a more
general kind of curriculum. But
students can still specialize by
carefully choosing their courses.
"There has been a blurring of
distinction between the media with
more similarity than dissimilarity
between courses. We want to be
ready for what's happening next."
Students now in the program's
will have the option to complete
their requirements in their emphasis
or continue in the new program,
Machines give GPA information
BOSTON Boston College
students can check their GPAs with
the touch of a button.
Machines just like automatic
teller machines distribute grades,
information on current courses,
financial aid, tuition payments and
other fees, according to an article
in the National On-Campus Report.
Students insert their ID cards into
a slot and punch in a personal access
number. A video screen displays a
series of options from which stu
dents select by pressing the approp
The machine then gives a printout
of the desired information.
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