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2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 11, 1994

Vigil marks start of Bosnian war

By ROBIN BARRY
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
A candelight vigil held Saturday
night to observe the second anniversary
of the Bosnian war, protested the arms
embargo and inaction of the U.S. gov-
ernment and the United Nations.
In light of yesterday's bombing of
Serbian positions in Gorazde, a Mus-
lim enclave, by NATO, their hopes
may have been heard.
Petitions were passed around and
informational fliers were handed out
along with postcards featuring photos
of Bosnian children, to be sent to
government officials.
"It is important for us to be here
and to burn these candles as a sign of
Solidarity, and to promote political
action," said Barbara Plisko, a com-
munity organizer.
She urged those in attendance to
utilize the "old-fashioned" method of
writing letters as well as phoning and
'faxing the White House to elicit the
intended response from government
officials.
Members of campus, community
and international organizations have
joined together to urge the U.S. gov-
r. Because you can't fit
it all in your backpack...

ernment to lift the arms embargo
placed on Bosnia, and to take action
against the "ethnic cleansing" being
practiced by the Serbs.
"World leaders have a
responsiblity to either protect or let
people protect themselves," said Sheri
Fink, a University alum and a Stanford
University graduate student. She is an
organizer for Students Against Geno-
cide, (SAGE). "The arms embargo
leaves the underarmed people of
Bosnia at the mercy of the Serbian
Army," she said.
Fink has helped establish SageNet
- a computer conference connecting
college campuses around the world
and allowing the diferent campus or-
ganizations to join efforts.
"Fifty thousand postcards have been
sent to congresspersons over the last
couple of months, petitions are circulat-
ing all over the world. I hope President
Clinton will listen," she said.
This year, LSA junior Denis
Butkovic started the Bosnian Relief
Effort. The organization coordinated
the event to raise awareness and
money for injured refugees in the
area. Butkovic said he was not disap-

pointed at the vigil's turnout.
"It was not a huge crowd, but
people came and left," he said. "We
got some flyers out and many people
stoped to looked or listen."
Many of those who remained for
the whole hour have a personal stake
in what is happening in Bosnia.
LSA sophomore Sandy Abdelall
participated in the vigil with her fam-
ily and a Bosnian refugee, who is
staying in their house.
"His mother is in the hospital. She
was injured," she said. "I'm here to
show my suport any way I can."
"I am Bosnian," said Husein
Taljanovic. "This is just the smallest
contribution I can make in honor of
the people who are living and surviv-
ing in Sarajevo."
The vigil isjust one of many events
taking place on campus in the coming
weeks to protest the Bosnian war and
to educate the community about whats
happening in Bosnia.
Bosnian Relief Effort is sponsoring
a lecture at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the
Pendleton Room. Survivors of the siege
and a concentration camp will join two
University professors from Sarajevo.

NIGHT
Continued from page 1
statement for me to be here in this
group, though," she added.
Carlson's mother, Stephanie
Petersen-Carlson, was in Ann Arbor
because of her daughter's surgery and
felt the rally and march were essential.
While most who attended the rally
expressed support for Take Back the
Night, some women were handing
out flyers from a group who chose to
boycott this year's events.
The flyer expressed regret and
frustration that AACAR decided to to
break with tradition and include men
in the last block of the march, stating,
"If even one woman objects to men
marching, then no men should march."
The tension created over the con-
troversial decision was also evident
by the signs reading, "Take Back the
Night is Women's-Only Space" and
hisses during the rally that accompa-
nied any mention of men marching.
The conflict culminated with sev-

eral women attempting to blockade
the corner designated for men to join
the march, by sitting in the street and
chanting "Real men don't march."
LSAjuniorNeg Mahmoodzadegan,
an organizer, said she felt the women
had the right to form the blockade, but
she was glad to see that most peoplejust
stepped over them.
"We're all on the same side," she
said. "And even with all the contro-
versy, I felt we were all united tonight."
Not all men who attended the rally
chose to march, however.
RC junior Scott Horstein said he
had assumed he would march until he
heard the issues at the men's rally. "I
think it was better for me to listen."
Ann Arbor resident David Craig
said that after the men's rally he also
decided not to march, but changed his
mind when a woman encouraged him
to participate.
"You know, I want to honor
women, but I don't want to be sepa-
rated from them," he said.
Aaron Ahlstrom, an RC junior,

BOSNIA
Continued from page 1
have now done so and will do so again
if we are requested."
Clinton called on the Bosnian
Serbs to return to the negotiating table.
'I very much hope that now the at-
tacks will cease, that the Serbs will go
back, that the talks will resume," he
said. Bosnian Serbs accused NATO
of hitting civilian targets.
NATO aircraft fired four missiles
at civilian targets," Gen. Milan Gvero,
deputy commander of the Bosnian
Serb army, was quoted as saying by
the Bosnian Serb news agency SRNA.
He added that there were civilian ca-
sualties, but did not elaborate.
"With this action NATO has com-
mitted open aggression against the
Serb people, by attacking civilian tar-
gets far from the front," said a state-

ment from the command of the
Herzegovina Corps, which has been
besieging Gorazde.
The statement, carried by SRNA,
said the air strikes were carried out
against targets in a mountainous re-
gion seven miles southwest of
Gorazde.
A U.N. source in Belgrade said
Bosnian Serbs responded to the at-
tack with anti-aircraft fire.
A U.S. Defense Department source
in Washington, also speaking on con-
dition of anonymity, said three to five
bombs were dropped.
Gorazde is important for the Serbs
because it sits astride the main high-
way linking their territories in south-
western and eastern Bosnia. Its con-
tinued hold by government troops
forces Serbs to depend on roads
through Yugoslavia or the mountain
tracks south of Sarajevo.

MEN
Continued from page 1
"Rape is a man's issue," said Brad
Davis, a Rackham graduate student,
"perhaps the most important issue for
us to address as men.
"This is what we are doing at this
rally - addressing this issue," Davis
said.
Frank Stasio, a School of Public
Health graduate student, attended the
rally to reflect on his past attitude of
women. I don't want to forget the way
I used to think. I don't want to forget
about the attitudes I used to have. I
don't want to forget some of the things
I used to do," he said.
As the chiily night progressed, the
debate began to heat up.
Speakers clashed over whether
men should join the march.
"I think it's really important for
men to be out here showing their
support," said Rackham graduate stu-
dent Al Spuler.
"But I also think it's one night out
of the year that women are really in
power to do this, and for men to be (in
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takes away from some of that power,"
he said.
Sam Ruhmkorff, an event orga-
nizer, explained the decision to allow
men to march."It was basically about
four or five main organizers of the
march, all of who are women," that
made the decision, said Ruhmkorff, a
Rackham graduate student.
"I was initially against men march-
ing," he said. But Ruhmkorff said he
changed his mind because, "we have
to show the women we support them."
At the conclusion of the men's
rally, most walked to the corner of
North Division and East Ann streets'
to meet with women marching.
Most men who went to the inter-
section chose to march, and chanted,
"Real men don't rape," with the'
women.
The cheer was countered by
women who opposed male participa-
tion with, "Real men don't march."
Marching together, the women and
men progressed back to City Hall for
the conclusion of the Take Back the
Night rally.
RWANDA
Continued from page 1
In Kigali, Eric Bertin, a coordinator
for the French Doctors Without Bor-
ders, said when he and colleagues ar-
rived at a hospital yesterday, they found
patients they had treated the day before
had been killed by soldiers overnight.
He estimated that at least 100
people were murdered, many in beds
in tents set up around the hospital.
"We have decided it is no use to
PIRG
Continued from page :1
dumping and loss of wetland acreage.
More than 30 percent of U.S.
rivers and 50 percent of U.S. lakes are
not safe for swimming or fishing,
according to the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency.
According to the newsletter, 97
percent of the United States'.largest
dischargers have violated permit regu-
lations. The Clean Water Act of 1972
set out to halt the discharge of pollut-
ants into U.S. waterways and restore
these areas to safe conditions, but 22
years later, the nation has not made
significant progress on this goal.
The state PIRG's National Cam-
paign for Clean Water has been
launched in effort to make the ap-

said that he found it anti-climatic.
"The decision was more important,"
he said, adding, "the best part wa
watching the women march by."
While the last block was an im-
portant element of this year's Take
Back the Night, the events focused on
female empowerment and making a
statement to the community. The
women marched through campus and
residential streets, encouraging oth-
ers to join and applauding men who
showed their support.
Shirley Polakowski, who has bee
watching the march from her house
for four years, said she has always
supported the march. "It's great, good
visibility; it's important," she said.
SNRE junior Danny Engelberg
watched the march. "It's a shame that
they're forced to this position - it
should happen every night," he said.
Mark Shirgwin, an Engineering
junior who watched the march fron
the steps of his fraternity, said, "I
never took it (the night) away from
them, but hey - it's cool."
OFFICIAL
Continued from page 1
"Asian Pacific Americans are of-
ten described as the model minority
in reference to academic and finan
cial prowess," Hayashi said. "I would
characterize Asian Americans as the
invisible minority."
Hayashi also expressed disap-
pointment with the low number of
Asian Americans in high positions.
"The list of nominees for the Su-
preme Court names everyone else
except for us," Hayashi said.
"I thought he was very inspira-
tional. It is rare to have an Asiar*
American in politics," said Lauren
Chang, MAASU chair and a senior at
Washington University in St. Louis.
Ray Mullenaux disagreed with
Hayashi's assessment.
"I thought most of his viewpoints
were wrong. If an Asian American is
the right person for a job, then he
should get it, but not because he's a
minority."
work here anymore," Bertin said. "It
is useless to cure someone who is
going to be killed anyway."
Elsewhere in the city, bodies were
strewn in the streets. Fighting had
raged since the presidents of Rwanda
and Burundi-Juvenal Habyarimana
and Cyprian Ntaryamira - died in*
suspicious plane crash on Wednes-
day on return from a conference in
Tanzania aimed at ending ethnic strife
in their countries.
proval of the Clean Water Act a prior-
ity for President Clinton and Con-
gress.
The campaign supports the estab-
lishmentof mandatory fines and crimi-
nal punishment for repeat violators0
the act. It also stresses citizens' right
to be informed on the conditions of
local waterways and any discharge
activity.
The campaign is also driven to
ban the current most hazardous chemi-
cals and decrease the overall use of
such substances, as well as end toxic
discharge and halt the draining and
dredging of wetland areas.
Pollution is one of many critical
environmental issues that will be ad-
dressed during Earth Week as the

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