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waiting my turn - and there were eight
What happens in these bathrooms?
Everything from voyeurism to anal sex.
Sometimes men will have sex in a stall
together, but Dave said, "That's danger-
ous."There are less risky and more subtle
ways to have sex, he said.
First, there are "glory holes" drilled
through stall walls. These are big enough
for voyeurs to watch someone masturbat-
ing in the next stall while they them-
selves masturbate. The holes also are big
enough for a man to insert his penis for
anonymous oral or anal sex.
Smaller holes are drilled solely for
voyeurs and men who want to pass notes
to set up future dates. Sometimes no
holes are necessary; the walls of the stall
are high enough off the ground that two
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men can have sex right underneath
them. This is common in the first floor
bathroom of UF's Music Building.
Although Dave speaks matter of factly
about his past, he isn't proud ofit. "I don't
know anyone who finds it tasteful or aes-
thetically pleasing," he said. "I was just
really screwed up at the time."
Being gay in this society is tough
enough, Dave said. Being a freshman on
a new campus is even tougher. Secret
bathroom sex is easy compared to coming
out of the closet and trying to establish a
gay relationship in a not-very-tolerant
"A lot of it is freshmen - a lot of them
think that's all there is," Dave said. "They
want to have gay sex and then hang out
with their straight friends."
That attitude makes many mature
gays mad, said Jason, a bisexual who
once worked for U. Jason, in his early
30s, said he has never and never will
engage in bathroom sex.
"That slutting out does no good at all
for the gay community," he said. "No mat-
ter how lacking in outlets a small town
is for gays, you've got to have your bottom
line that you won't go below."
Jason has a personal crusade of sorts
against bathroom sex. Last year, he tried
to talk with some of the regulars he saw
"I'm waiting for someone to
step forward with data and
say this (bathroom sex) is
what exists. I don't even know
if anyone has that
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long does it take someone to wash his
hands? What is someone doing strolling
into Peabody Hall on a Saturday or
Jason believes some of the sexually
confused students who have bathroom
sex would stop if they knew about the
options. The problem, he said, is convinc-
ing them to forgo immediate gratification
for the slower process of making gay
What makes bathroom sex even more
peculiar to the straight population is the
age of the participants. Many times, a 17-
year-old freshman will have anonymous
sex with a 40- or 50-year-old man. Older
men were a large part of Dave's bath-
Younger gays sneer at these older men.
Dave calls them "toads." Jason calls them
"trolls." Jason sees the trolls taking
advantage of the confused freshmen who
don't realize what they are getting them-
selves into. Then, there are students who
know what they are into but don't know
how to stop. Some are fraternity mem-
bers. At the Northern university where
Dave attended classes, Greeks made up
a large part of the bathroom-sex circuit.
"Most of the people had Greek letters
on," he said.
Jason has seen many fraternity mem-
bers cruise Peabody and Library East. He
said they are terrorized of being discov-
ered. "You'd be amazed at the number of
fraternity brothers who do it and then go
back to the house and ride around in a
van screaming 'Fags' on the streets,"
Jason said. "It's very hypocritical."
One 34-year-old Gainesville man who
cruises campus said not much can be
done to stop bathroom sex - and he's not
sure much should.
"There's a lot of horny 17- and 18-year-
olds," he said. "And it's possible to be safe.
You know, not exchanging bodily fluids."
But Dave and Jason believe many gay
students would avoid bathroom sex if
they knew the options and if UF admin-
istrators were sensitive enough to pro-
vide even more options.
Both Dave and Jason said counseling
and gay discussion groups can help sex-
ually confused students. The problem is
such groups are scarce.
The most aggressive solution would be
for administrators to plug up the glory
holes to discourage bathroom sex, Dave
and Jason said.
Where Dave went to school, the most
popular bathroom fell out of favor among
gays when administrators "eventually
took the doors off the stalls."
"There have been some problems on
our campus in the past, but there have
been problems on every campus I've been
to," said Student Affairs Vice President
Art Sandeen. "I'm not aware of anything
Robert Gutekunst, chairman of UF's
Task Force on AIDS, said his committee
would deal with the problem of bathroom
sex - if it could be proven it exists.
"I've been hearing these rumors, but no
one has ever come forward to the com-
mittee," he said. "I'm waiting for someone
to step forward with data and say this is
what exists. I don't even know if anyone
has that information."
But two UPemployees with access to
the Task Force's records said a list of pop-
ular gay bathrooms is on file. They said
the Task Force has yet to approach-the
issue, possibly because of the sensitivity
Jason is convinced someone in the
administration knows. Glory holes, he
said, are hard to miss, especially to main-
Dave agrees. "They know," he said.
"They can't possibly not know."
By Molly Watkins
Washington State U.
In response to an increase in the
number of students who don't repay
their student loans, the U.S.
Department of Education has
announced stiff measures punishing
schools with high default rates.
Starting in January 1991, schools
with default rates of more than 60 per-
cent will have their guaranteed stu-
dent loan (GSL) programs limited, sus-
pended, or, in extreme cases, terminat-
ed. A little more than 200 schools cur-
rently would fall into this category.
Schools with default rates between
40 percent and 60 percent will be
required to reduce their numbers by
5 percent a year or the same penalties
will apply. About 450 schools would
fall into this category if the measures
were enacted now.
Schools with default rates of more
than 20 percent will be required to
develop default management plans.
There are 1,700 such schools presently.
Washington State U. Financial Aid
Director Anna Griswold said the high
national default rate reflects a nation-
al shift in financial aid from mostly
grants to mostly loans. "Students are
graduating more in debt."
However, Griswold said she doesn't
expect any schools to have their GSL
programs entirely eliminated.
"I don't see it as a viable option," she
Loan default increase prompts stiff penalties
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Currently, a student can receive
$99,300 in federal aid for an undergrad-
uate education, $43,000 of which can be
in the form of non-repayable grants, a
marked difference to the $24,000 maxi-
mum a student could receive under
Nunn's plan. Federal student aid pro-
grams assist about 2 million first-year
students annually, whereas the Nunn
bill would serve only 700,000.
The bill would cost $5 billion more a
year than the student aid programs it
would replace, mainly because its '
reward system isn't linked to student
It does look like it comes up short, but,
it's an opportunity to work before start-
ing an education," Nunn's press secre-
But U. of Iowa Financial Aid Director
Catherine Wilcox suggested the bill r
might deter students from attending col-
"I'd imagine if they went ahead with
this program there'd be a number of stu-
dents who'd say 'Forget this' and not go E
to school altogether," she said. I"
said. The loans aren't from the
schools, so the schools can't guarantee
their repayment, she said.
Other regulations include a require-
ment to provide entrance counseling
to first-time borrowers. Vocational
schools must provide information to
prospective students regarding com-
pletion rates and job placement.
WSU Minority Recruiter Aaron
Haskins said the new rules aren't too
stringent and are not intended to
adversely affect low-income students.
A large percentage of the students
defaulting on loans don't complete
their degrees and can't pay back the
loans because they lack employment,
Haskins said. There needs to be more
of an effort to retain students, he said.
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exempt from registering.
But officials from both Kansas Sta
U. and Boston U. said they are not goi
to actively review student records to fi
"We're not going to look for it and
wouldn't normally hear about it," sa
Boston U. Financial Aid Direct
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of Rochester; Joanna Glickler, Round b
New Mexico State U.; Marcia Kapust
The Eagle, American U.; Steven Ochs,'7
Daily Pennsylvanian, U. of Pennsylvan
Lori Rigberg, The Daily Free Press, Bosi
U.; Shawn Schuldies, The Dai
Nebraskan, U. of Nebraska-Lincoln; a
Robert Short, The Kansas State Collegia
Kansas State U., contributed to this stc
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protests feel that it's dangerous to go
For those Chinese students who want
to stay in this country temporarily,
President Bush has offered one-year visa
extensions. But some officials at the U.
of Minnesota are advising students not
to take the extension as long as they can
stay on their current visa.
Chinese students fear that if they take
the extension, they will be branded as
"counterrevolutionaries" by the Chinese
government. And they don't know
whether they will be forced to leave after
the one-year period.
"Basically, the president makes a slap-
dash decision saying we'll take care of all
the Chinese students who are here. And
all the students go, 'Hooray, we'll be OK.'
But then it turns out it's not such a great
deal after all," said Mark Schneider of
the U. of Minnesota's Office of
There are 650 Chinese students and
scholars at the U. of Minnesota - the
largest group at any U.S. school. Most
support a bill in Congress under which
Chinese students would be given
"extended voluntary departure status"
similar to that granted to Polish,
Ethiopian and Ugandan students in the
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