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Wednesday, May 11, 1994 - The Michigan Daily - 3

ormer U.S.
cial speaks
n Bosnia
y Julie Chang
OR THE DAILY
FormerU.S.State Departmentoffi-
ial Steven Walker urged an audience
tHutchinsHallFridaytopressurethe
I rnment tointerveneintheBosnian
e ocide.
Steven Walker, currently director
f the American Committee to Save
osnia,presented the two-yearhistory
fthe warraging inBosniaandofU.S.
volvement.
The Ann Arbor Committee for
osniaofInterfaithCouncil forPeace
d Justice sponsored the seminar on
e future of Bosnia to educate the
*ic about th crisis.
Walker'sspeechexpressed outrage
the Serbs' practice ofethnic cleans-
g and disgust at the United States'
ck of action. He paralleled the pro-
ss of ethnic cleansing - killing
eople basedon religion and ethnicity
- to the Holocaust.
He said he became involved in the
sue because he does not want to see
herholocaustin Bosnia.
"It became very evident to me that
was happening all over again," he
id.
Walker said the U.S. involvement
as been slow and "at best, a benign
glect."TheU.S. administration had
n too busy fretting overpublic popu-
ity to genuinely be concerned with
e atrocities happening in Croatia and
ow Bosnia, he added.
alker resigned from his State
epartment position because of the
.S. policy toward Bosnia. "Three of
sresigned from the U.S. government
protestbecausewecouldn'tbeapart
f an administration that ... rewarded
enocide,"he said.
Walker said the U.S. inaction and
ck of support for Bosnia has sent the
erbs a message that aggression will
npunished.
"The threat of NATO airstrikes
eantnothing totheSerbs afterseeing
e airstrikes: two of four bombs went
ff; we took out a tent, a truck and our
wn personnel carrier," he said.
Despite Walker's frustration with
e government, his speech was also a
all to action on the part of U.S. citi-
ens. Walker said by educating the
ublic, Friday's forum was another
toward saving Bosnia.
Donations were collected for the
nn Arbor Committee for Bosnia to
rovidemedicalcareandothersupport
ervices. Postcards addressed to the
hte House and Sen.Donald Riegle's
hone number were given to voice
upport for the Dole bill, which calls
or U.S. aid to Bosnia.
Many students and community
hers turned out for Walker's
"Iwasoverwhelmed(withBosnia's
ituation), but now I feel a little bit of
ope in all this,"saidRackhamgradu-
te studentStephanie Billecke.

'U' alters bathrooms
to deter illegal sex

By Lisa Dines
DAILY NEWS EDITOR
The Mason Hall men's restrooms
have been cleaned, painted andremod-
eledinanattempttodeterillegal sexual
activity.
Lastweek,theUniversitycompleted
renovations designed to discourage il-
legal sexual acts in the Mason Hall
bathrooms. The changes followed the
suggestions of a committee created to
study the illegal activity.
The committee's formation was
prompted by custodian and student
complaints about incidents of sexual
activity as well as bodily fluids in the
bathroom. The renovations were
planned prior to the publicity brought
to the issue by The Michigan Daily
and The Ann Arbor News.
The changes include lower stall
doors and partitions, walls scrubbed
clean of writing and signs that read,
"People engaged in illegal activities
will be prosecuted."
Sgt. Dave Betts, the Department
of Public Safety crime prevention
coordinator, served on the committee
that suggested the modifications.
"We are just trying to make it alittle
more open so people don't have that
cloak of secrecy ... whilestill allowing
privacy because going to the bathrooms
is a very private act," Betts said.
Jim Toy, co-coordinator of the Les-

bian,Gay MaleandBisexualPrograms
Office, also served on the committee.
Toy said he does not think the renova-
tions will totally eliminate the activity.
"I'm hoping the changes will at
least serve as a deterrent to the behav-
ior,"Toysaid. Headdeditistooearlyto
tell if the measures will be effective.
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Ar-
bor) said he was pleased the Univer-
sity has taken steps to halt the bath-
room activity. Baker has complained
about the restrooms for many years.
"My sense is that it is a broader
problem than Mason Hall," Baker
said, citing many other possible sites
for illegal sexual activity on campus.
Bakersaid the University must show
that it will not tolerate illegal sexual
behavior. "It is a matter of safety of the
students, staff and employees."
University spokesperson Lisa
Baker agreed that it is too soon to tell
if the changes will stop the activity.
She said the University will "con-
tinually work to address the situa-
tion," if the behavior relocates.
LSA senior Brian Meeks said he
was approached in the Mason Hall
bathrooms last February. Meeks said
he believes changes to the bathroom
will probably only reroute the activity.
"There is a way around every-
thing. They cannot monitor the bath-
room all the time," Meeks said.

DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
Former State Department official Steven Walker speaks about Bosnia Friday.

Corrections
LSA Dean Edie Goldenberg did
not answer "of course" when asked
during a presidential news conference
if women are currently discriminated
against in the tenure-granting process.
This was incorrectly reported in the
April 18 issue of The Michigan Daily.
Liz Brater is running for the 53rd
district state representative seat. This
was incorrectly reported in the May 4
issue of The Michigan Daily.
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