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The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 13, 1995 - 3

Queer Unity to sponsor Valentine's Day kiss-in

Same-dorm
'reapp' ends
etomorrow
Students wishing to return to their
dormitories must sign a reapplication
card by tomorrow.
Students may sign a lease for their
current room Feb. 15 -27 or may choose
a room in the same hall Feb. 28.
Students looking to relocate to a
different residence hall may register
~for the lottery March 1 or 2 at the
Student Activities Building. Floor
plans of each hall will be available at
the Pendleton Room of the Michigan
Union on March 6 from 2-4:30 p.m.
and lease signing will begin at 6 p.m.
The last chance to file an applica-
tion for a residence hall lease will be
March 23 and 24 between 8 a.m. and
4 p.m. A drawing will take place to
allot the remaining available spaces.
Forum to discuss
future of pass/fail
Students and faculty members will
meet to discuss a proposal to elimi-
nate the use of the pass/fail option for
fourth-semester language classes to-
night at7 p.m. in theMichigan Union's
Kuenzel Room.
"Gathering student opinion is our
chief concern," said James Kovacs,
LSA-SG public forum chair. "We
need to find out how pass/fail is
viewed, especially as it relates to the
foreign language requirement."
The faculty will vote on it in April.
Students may fill out surveys available
at the LSA-SG office on the Union's
fourth floor or attend the forum.
Regents to hold
monthly meeting
The University Board of Regents
will hold its February meeting Thurs-
day afternoon and Friday morning in
the Regents' Room of the Fleming
Administration Building.
It will be the first regular meeting
for Republican Regents Andrea
*Fischer and Daniel Horning, who were
elected to the board in November.
On Thursday the following pre-
sentations will take place:
Vice President for Student Af-
fairs Maureen A. Hartford will present
the proposed Housing rate increases
for next year.
There also will be discussion on
the impact of proposed cuts to the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
on University radio stations.
* The Michigan Student Assembly
is expected to press the board for a non-
voting student regent during public com-
ments. Public comments are scheduled
for Thursday at 4 p.m.
Brater to host Ann
Arbor office hours
0 State Rep. Liz Brater (D-Ann Ar-
bor) will begin holding office hours
today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in
the Board Room of the Ann Arbor
Public Library, 353 Fifth Ave.
Office hours will continue through
June on the second Monday of every
month at the library. "Office hours
will be an opportunity for constitu-

ents to come in and share any con-
*erns and issues that they may have,"
said Brater, a first term state represen-
tative, in a written statement.
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporters Cathy Boguslaski and
Ronnie Glassberg.

By Melissa Rose Bernardo
Daily Staff Reporter
A kiss is just a kiss, or so the song goes. But
for gay men, lesbians and bisexuals, a kiss is
too often another source of controversy.
So in the tradition of the sit-in and the love-
in, the Queer Unity Project is sponsoring a
Valentine's Day kiss-in. Tomorrow from noon
to 1 p.m. in front of the Graduate Library, QUP
will offer a place where gay men, lesbians and
bisexuals can express their affection freely and
safely, said Mike Dushane, event co-coordinator.
Dushane said QUP chose a kiss-in in order
to target public displays of affection, one of the
many areas where gay men, lesbians and bi-

sexuals do not feel as comfortable as their straight
counterparts.
"Straight people feel comfortable in any situa-
tion expressing affection in public," said Dushane,
a first-year student at Eastern Michigan Univer-
sity. "Gay men, lesbians and bisexuals not only
feel uncomfortable, but also unsafe."
For the event, QUP has adopted the slogan:
"Together we kiss in safety, apart we kiss in fear."
"We could never display affection in public
unless we were either looking to be fag-bashed
or beaten. Or unless it's a situation like this,
where the Department of Public Safety is aware
of us being there and is ready to protect us,"
Dushane said.

Though he plans to notify DPS of the event,
Dushane said QUP is not anticipating any vio-
lence or organized protest
Co-coordinator Kate Gardener agreed."I'm
not going to be surprised by any passing verbal
harassment, but I'm not expecting anything
more than that," said Gardener, an RC senior.
Besides a lot of liplock, the kiss-in will also
include speeches by QUP members and Ronni
Sanlo, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
Programming Office. This is the first event of its
kind for QUP - a previous kiss-in was spon-
sored in fall '93 by the short-lived group, Queer
Action.
Organizers said they are unsure what size

crowd to expect, but they do expect a diverse
one.
"Everyone's welcome," Dushane said, ex-
tending the invitation to opposite-sex couples
and supportive straight singles. "We don't want
this to be exclusive. The point of this is equity in
expressing affection in public."
QUP is a group of approximately 90 mem-
bers, the majority of which are students from the
University or other area schools. Though the
majority are gay men, lesbians and bisexuals,
many members are heterosexuals who support
QUP's mission to increase the visibility, aware-
ness and rights of the gay, lesbian and bisexual
population, Dushane said.

'U' history prof.,
others plan mobile
umversity in Bosnia

By Christy Glass
Daily Staff Reporter
University history Prof. John Fine
returned this week from an eight-day
trip to the besieged Bosnian capital of
Sarajevo.
While in Sarajevo, University alum
Robert Donia, former Prof. William
Hunt and Fine planned to extend a
current mobile" s --
university project
this summer.
Fine said his
trip was success-
ful, "despite the:
depressing situa-
tion Sarajevo
finds itself in."
The mobile k
university will Fine-
likely consist of
workshops on liberal arts, business,
medicine and science subjects. The
project is expected to provide academic
contacts for Bosnia's intellectuals.
Fine said the project remains tenta-
tive because of unsecured funding and
the probability of an escalation of war.
"The real questions are money for
airfare and pen diems for faculty and
what is going to be going on in Bosnia
this summer because it looks as if the
war is going to greatly expand this
spring. ... Maybe people participating
will feel that it is too dangerous or
maybe the U.N. will not fly people in."
Despite these concerns, Fine said he
is hopeful that the project will proceed
as scheduled in July. He said that al-
ready there are "people from the U.S.,
Croatia and England who seem inter-
ested in participating as faculty."
While in Sarajevo, Fine's team
began organizing e-mail links to end
isolation compounded by the absence
of a postal system. "Once e-mail links
are established, there will be a way
for intellectuals to communicate with
the outside world."
A translated version of Fine's lat-
est book, titled "Bosnia And
Hercegovenia: ATradition Betrayed,"
co-authored by Donia, was published
in Bosnian during Fine's visit.

"It was well-received, with pub-
licity on local TV and in local news-
papers," he said.
During his trip, Fine, along with
other scholars and mayors from cities
around the world, participated in cer-
emonies to commemorate the 1,000th
day of the siege of Sarajevo. Fine
said, "This siege has already lasted
100 days longer than the siege of
Leningrad in World War II."
Fine said during the ceremonies,
the city's mayor was presented with
signatures from around the world on a
Sarajevo intellectuals' petition thatcalls
for "a free and undivided Sarajevo,
whatever the outcome of the war."
As the residents of Sarajevo
struggle to survive the third winter of
the siege, Fine said that despite hu-
manitarian aid, living conditions re-
main poor and severe shortages persist.
"Shortages consist not only of
nourishing food, but their winters are
similar or winters..., Gas is avail-
able every other day, water is scarce
and electricity is severely rationed,"
he said. "The economy of the city is in
German marks, yet most people are
paid in Bosnian dinars, which have
almost no purchasing power at all."
Fine said it is likely that the war
will escalate this spring.
The U.N. peace-keeping troops
now located in the Serb-occupied
areas of Croatia are supposed to be-
gin pulling out on March 31. "If the
U.N. pulls out without a peace plan
accepted by all sides, there is almost
inevitably going to be war in Croatia
which will probably escalate the
fighting in Bosnia," he said.
If war breaks out in or around the
city, Fine said that shortages will in-
crease and the conditions for the citi-
zens of Sarajevo will worsen. "The
discouraging thing is not only that the
siege has lasted so long, but that there
is no end in sight," he said.
"The international community
could break this siege, that is one of
the things that makes this situation so
outrageous, but they need the will-
power to do it."

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Fender bender
Ann Arbor police officer Cynthia Avery takes a report Saturday from an accident scene on Geddes Road near
Concordia College. Snowy weather and slick conditions made it hard for many drivers to maneuver.
Priest denounces U.S. Army for
ralnin Lin AmericaC soldiers

By Sam T. Dudek
For the Daily
Catholic priest Roy Bourgeois
continues his fight against the U.S.
Army's training of Latin American
soldiers.
Bourgeois spoke Saturday at the
Michigan Theater against the School
of the Americas, an Army instruc-
tional facility at Fort Benning, Ga.,
that trains Latin American officers
and soldiers in military procedures,
interrogation techniques and combat
tactics.
About 120 people attended Bour-
geois' speech that followed a short
film about the military school.
Identifying it as "The School of
Assassins," the film showed examples
of brutal murders and human-rights
violations committed in Latin
America by graduates of the School
of the Americas. The film implicated
graduates of the school in a number of
crimes, including:
the 1980 assassination of Arch-
bishop Oscar Romero, who pleaded
with the El Salvador military to stop
the killing of innocent peasants;
the 1989 murder of six Jesuit
priests in El Salvador; and
* the murders of thousands of
Central and South America peasants.
Bourgeois is the founder of the
School of the Americas Watch - a
group in Georgia organized to per- ,

suade Congress to close the military
school.
"We see that school as a school of
assassins - a school that plays a very
important role in Latin America,"
Bourgeois said.
Bourgeois, who received a Purple
Heart in Vietnam, said the U.S. Army is
training soldiers to "kill their own
people."
Bourgeois claimed that those
trained at the School of the Americas
often return to their country and serve
their government by defending rich
dictatorships. "The victims," he said,
"are the poor who dare to speak out
for liberation and justice."
Officials at the School of the
Americas were unavailable for com-
ment over the weekend.
In 1993, Bourgeois' watch group
took part in a 40-day fast on the steps
of the Capitol in Washington to draw

attention to the school's record. On
the last day of the fast, the house of
Representatives voted 256-174 to
keep the school open. The House voted
again last spring with similar results.
Bourgeois said he has not given up
hope. "We need the voices of others,"
he said. "We hope that another vote
will be taken in Congress this spring."
The School of the Americas Watch
is scheduled to hold a seven-day fast
on the Capitol steps at the end of
March to draw attention to the issue.
"Closing the school can save
lives," Bourgeois said. "It can also
save money.
Helda Morales, an SNRE doctoral
student, said she respects Bourgeois'
effort. "More people must be involved
in movements like this; not just to close
the school,but also to stop all the money
that is going to (Latin America) to help
their militaries."

MEDIA
Continued from page 1
interest is slowly turning from Baker
to the woman described by USA To-
day as "the object of a violent sexual
fantasy."
Several members of the media are
now actively seeking the identity of
the woman known as "Jane Doe" in
court documents and often referred to
in conversation as "the victim."
"I don't have any problem getting
the name of the victim," said Manzella.

"The question is, do you use the name
of the victim, and we have to remember
that she isn't a victim, at least not yet.
"Yeah, we want to know who the
woman was who was named...and we
want to talk to her and she may not want
to talk to us and if she says that, that's
her right and we would respect that."
If the named woman declined to
comment, Manzella said WDIV
would not reveal her identity. "I don't
think that's appropriate, and if she
feels like a victim, you've just made
her a victim a second time," he said.

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What's happening in Ann Arbor today

GROUP MEETINGS
0 IMPAC, Hillel Building, 6:30 p.m.
Q Ninjitsu Club, beginners welcome,
761-8251, IMSB, Room G 21,7:30-
9 p.m.
U Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club, men and
women, beginners welcome, 994-
3620, CCRB, Room 2275,7-8 p.m.
0 Society For Creative Anachronism,
North Campus, EECS, Room 1311,
7 p.m. workshop, 8 p.m. meeting
0 Taekwondo Club, beginners and
other new members welcome, 747-
6889, CCRB, Room 2275, 8:30-
10 p.m.

Q "Fellowship for Graudate Students,"
sponsored by International Center,
International Center, Room 9, 4
p.m.
Q "Goodnight Irene," sponsored by
Department of English Language
and Literature, Rackham
Amphitheatre, 7 p.m.
Q1 "Jews by Choice," sponsored by
Hillel, Hillel Building, 7:30 p.m.
Q "On Coincidences," sponsored by
Department of Statistics, Chemis-
try Building, Room 1400, 4 p.m.
Q "Verses About the Unknown Sol-
dier," sponsored by Department of
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torium 3, 7:30-9 p.m.
STUDENT SERVICES
Q 76-GUIDE, 764-8433 peer counsel-
ing phone line, 7 p.m.-8 a.m.
Q ECB Peer Tutorial, Angell Hall
Computing Site, 747-4526, 7-
11 p.m.
Q Campus Information Center, Michi-
gan Union, 763-INFO; events info
76-EVENT or UM-Events on
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Q North Campus Information Center,
North Campus Commons, 763-
NCIC, 7:30 a.m.-5:50 p.m.
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