Wednesday, January 29, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Wednesday, January 29, 1997
Volume 1, Number 5

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) Women’s rights advocate Sarah Weddington addresses students

2) Swarthmore team competes in television game show

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) Yesterday’s results

2) Badminton dominates season opener

3) Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests

NEWS REPORT

1) Women’s rights advocate Sarah Weddington speaks to students

Last night Sarah Weddington, the attorney for Jane Roe in the landmark
Supreme Court abortion case Roe v. Wade, spoke to students about her
experience as an advocate for women’s rights.

In addition to arguing Roe v. Wade, she was the first female
representative in the Texas State House of Representatives. She served as
an assistant to President Carter, helping Carter, among other things, to
select female justices for the federal judicial appointment process.

The speech was relatively informal and filled with amusing anecdotes
about the pageantry and splendour of the Supreme Court, the patronizing
attitudes so common in the ’60s and ’70s, and more. There was a brief
question and answer period as well as a reception.

Weddington discussed the Constitutional issues involved in the case, as
well as placing a heavy emphasis on her “motivation of this broader
issue: women’s rights.” She argued that the key issue “is who gets to
make the decision, not the government;” arguing that such decisions
should be the woman’s to make.

She ended her talk with an invocation to students to follow her example,
to take on leadership roles, and to make a difference.

*****

2) Swarthmore team competes in television game show

Students Fred Bush ’98, Josh Miller ’00, and associate vice president for
external affairs Barbara Ryan ’59 competed four times on the game show
“Remember This?”, on MSNBC, winning all four times. They move on to the
semifinals, which will be taped next Tuesday, February 4.

“Remember This?” is a trivia show hosted by Al Roker. Participants answer
questions based on NBC news film clips. Teams from two colleges square
off every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Miller, Bush, and Ryan were selected to participate in the show in a
tryout last semester. They were then whisked to New York City in a
stretch limo during finals week, and lodged in suites in a Times Square
hotel, at the expense of MSNBC.

Said Miller of the experience: “The limo ride was marvelous…except that
the driver told me not to open the windows because we took a
semi-dangerous shortcut through Harlem.” As for the suites, “After a
semester in Parrish, I didn’t know rooms that big existed…”

With their victories over Quinnipiac College, Chestnut Hill College, and
Southern Connecticut State College, the three earned $2000 for
Swarthmore’s general scholarship fund. They will be competing for $20000
in the semifinals.

The shows aired over Christmas break, but videos will be available from
the Office of News and Information. The air date has yet to be announced.

*****

SPORTS REPORT

1) Yesterday’s results

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Muhlenberg 67, Swat 53
Lisl Cochran-Bond ’97 scored a game-high 20 points. Pia Houseal ’97
contributed 10 points. Swarthmore drops to 6-8 overall, 3-5 in the
Centennial Conference.

*****

2) Badminton Dominates Season-Opener

Swarthmore swept all five matches in its season-opener against the
Academy of New Church. Thanh Hoang ’97, Vanya Tepavcevic ’97, and Wendy
Kemp ’99 won their singles contests. Tam Doan ’98 and Catherine Chomat
’97 were winners in doubles. Erika Johansen ’99 and Jen Chen ’99 followed
suit to round out the convincing win. The Garnet are now 1-0.

*****

3) Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests

TONIGHT
Men’s basketball continues its three-game road trip against Philadelphia
Pharmacy at 7:30 p.m.
Women’s swimming travels cross-town to face Bryn Mawr; meet starts at
5:30 p.m. Women’s badminton also travels to Bryn Mawr; matches start at 7
p.m.

THURSDAY (30 Jan.)
Women’s basketball takes on Widener in Tarble Pavilion at 7 p.m.

*****

The Daily Gazette
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Kate Doty
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This concludes today’s report.