Thursday, February 6, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, February 6, 1997
Volume 1, Number 11


1) Early Decision acceptance results

2) Swarthmore “Remember This?” team falls in quarterfinals

3) Trotter to reopen next fall; will be “amazing”


1) Basketball splits Haverford doubleheader

2) Tonight’s and Friday’s contests


1) Early Decision acceptance results

Swarthmore’s Early Decision process for the class of 2001 has just been
completed. Out of 336 applicants, including 56 students of color, 148
have been accepted to attend this fall. This will fill about half of next
year’s projected class of 360 students.

The first round of Early Decision was completed last winter; for Fall
Early Decision process, applications were due by November 15 and
applicants found out by December 15 whether they have been accepted.

Some applicants are just now getting word on their application. Under
Swarthmore’s new dean of admissions, Robin Mamlet, Winter Early Decision
has been reinstituted. Winter Early Decision applicants must have their
applications in the same time as the people applying through the normal
process, but they hear back around February 1. Both plans are binding.


2) Swarthmore “Remember This?” team loses in quarterfinals

Swarthmore’s team of Josh Miller ’00, Fred Bush ’98, and Barbara Haddad
Ryan, associate vice president of external affairs, reached the
quarterfinals of MSNBC’s “Remember This?” quiz show. “Remember This?” is
a news-based game show hosted by Al Roker which features video clips from
NBC’s news archives.

Travelling to New York City on Tuesday, the team began by defeating
Columbia School of Journalism, 350-250. Ryan, a “J-school” alum, was
excited to see her alma mater in action, even if they were her opponents.

A delay in scheduling forced an overnight stay in New York. Miller and
Bush found themselves on Times Square when the O.J. verdict was announced
on a giant television screen, watching reporters mill about for “man on
the street” interviews.

Wednesday was not a good day. The team lost a tight match to Villanova,
240-180, knocking them out of the competition. On the trip back, Miller
got into an argument with the rental car driver after the driver was
unable to locate the Blue Route. The driver then pulled over at a
Pennsylvania Turnpike toll station to ask directions, then started
swearing at Miller when Miller slammed the car door, and finally kicked
his passengers out of the car. The team was forced to rent a cab to get
to Swarthmore. “Our town car driver represents all that is wrong with
postmodern civilization,” said Miller.

The team had qualified for the round of 16 by going 4-0 in competition
over Christmas break, winning $2,000 in scholarship money for Swarthmore
along the way. The two most recent matches will air on MSNBC on March 8th
and 9th. More information is available from the PR department.


3) Trotter to reopen next fall; will be “amazing”

The ongoing renovation of Trotter Hall may have turned surrounding lawns
and walkways into mud pits, but the building itself is “quite amazing
inside,” said Larry Schall, associate vice president for facilities and

Work is progressing on schedule and Trotter will be ready for use next
fall, Schall said. The project is also on budget, despite high costs for
restoring the roof and walls. Those costs were “not too much a surprise,”
Schall said.

When Trotter reopens, it will house, among other things, the departments
of history and political science.



1) Basketball splits Haverford doubleheader

The men’s basketball team advanced to 5-3 in the Centennial Conference,
11-8 overall, with a 52-39 win over arch-rival Haverford Wednesday night.
Both teams struggled from the floor and sank only about one in three
shots, but the Garnet’s rebounding advantage of 45-32 made the difference
in the game. Ben Schall ’97 led the Garnet with 11 points, while Aaron
Bond ’97 chipped in 10 points and 13 rebounds. J.J. Purdy ’98 had a
strong game off the bench to contribute eight points on four-of-five

In the earlier game, the Haverford women knocked off the Garnet 68-54
despite double-doubles from Lisl Cochran-Bond ’97 and Pia Houseal ’97.
Cochran-Bond tallied 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Houseal knocked
down 12 points and grabbed 11 boards. Jean Quinn ’99 also scored 12
points. The loss drops the Garnet to 3-7 in the conference and 6-11


2) Tonight’s and Friday’s contests

Badminton will face a tough Bryn Mawr squad at home, 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (7 Feb.)
Men’s basketball will be playing Ursinus at the Penn Palestra on February
8, 1997 at 5:30 p.m. There are free tickets available in the Athletic
Department for all students. Those interested in attending should see
Sharon or Marian in the Athletic Department front office.


The Daily Gazette
Board of Editors
Fred Bush
Kate Doty
Jennifer Klein
David Lischer
Eric Pakurar
Sam Schulhofer-Wohl
Sylvia Weedman

Contributing Writer
Jessica Roney

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