Thursday, February 13, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, February 13, 1997
Volume 1, Number 16

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) Four candidates drop out of SC election

2) Planning for “new and improved” Harambee under way

3) Weekend party plans

4) World news roundup

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) Swimming crushes Washington; men tie for Centennial Conference lead

2) Men’s basketball falls to Washington College

3) Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests

NEWS REPORT

1) Four candidates drop out of SC election

Four candidates have dropped out of Student Council’s upcoming special
election, and one has decided to run for a different position, leaving
only one candidate for one of the two open seats.

Sarah Bergstrom ’00, Shari Bloom ’00 and Elida Salcedo ’00 are no longer
running for an open seat on the Council on Educational Policy, said SC
Elections Chair Josh Kramer ’00. In addition, Vonalis Pina ’00 has quit
the race for Appointments Chair. None of the four candidates who dropped
out could be immediately reached for comment.

Meanwhile, Mike Klunder ’00, who was a candidate for CEP, said he is
running for Appointments Chair instead because he is busy at CEP’s
regular meeting time. “I thought it would be flexible,” he said. “First
you get the post and then everybody figures out when’s a good time. But
that’s not what happens.”

CEP’s meeting time is already fixed for the semester because another
student, Seth Harvey ’97, is currently serving on the committee. Harvey
resigned from SC at the end of last semester and will leave his position
immediately after the special election.

Klunder’s decision leaves Mandara Meyers ’99 as the only candidate for
CEP. Surprisingly, Meyers wishes she had an opponent or two. “I’m really
upset,” she said. “One of the reasons that I’m running is that I want to
offer alternatives for Student Council. Now that I’m the only choice,
part of that process of the selection of the candidate with the most
interesting voice is gone.”

In addition to Klunder, Jeannie Gallego ’00 and Ford O’Connell ’00 are
candidates to serve as Appointments Chair. The job is being filled
through a special election because there were no candidates for the
position in last semester’s regular election.

Voting will take place Feb. 17 and 18 in Sharples Dining Hall. The
candidates’ platforms will be published in Friday’s Phoenix, Kramer said.

*****

2) Planning for “new and improved” Harambee under way

This year’s Harambee festival will likely feature carnival-style
attractions such as cotton candy and a sumo-wrestling game, said Vincent
Jones ’98, coordinator of the Harambee Planning Committee. Dance and
theater ensembles will also perform at the event, and Jones hopes to end
the day with a fireworks display. “This is the new and improved
Harambee,” he said.

The word “harambee” means “togetherness” in Swahili. Jones explained the
purpose of the annual festival is to bring together students, faculty,
staff and their families in a social setting. “A lot of times diversity
is discussed in these intense workshops, but it’s not really fun,” he
said. “At Harambee, people are interacting on a social level to really
break down those barriers.”

Harambee will take place Saturday, May 3. Anyone wishing to help plan the
festival should contact Jones by sending e-mail to
vjones1@swarthmore.edu.

*****

3) Weekend party plans

The Social Affairs Committee is funding three events this weekend, said
Tanisha Little ’97, SAC co-director. The events are:

*a Valentine’s Day party Friday night in Paces;
*a Mardi Gras party Saturday night in Tarble-in-Clothier; and
*an all-campus party Saturday night in Paces.

All SAC-funded events are free and open to the entire student body.

*****

4) World news roundup

HIGH-RANKING NORTH KOREAN DEFECTS TO SOUTH
The man ranked 24th in North Korea’s political hierarchy has defected to
South Korea, the South Korean foreign ministry announced Wednesday.
Hwang Jang Yop, 72, is a member of the central committee of North Korea’s
ruling Workers’ Party. Along with an aide, he asked for asylum at the South
Korean embassy in Beijing, where he was stopping over on his way home from
an international seminar in Japan.

STRIKE LOOMS AT AMERICAN AIRLINES
As a weekend deadline approached, contract negotiations continued this
week between American Airlines, the nation’s second-largest carrier, and
the Allied Pilots Association. If the pilots strike, American will ground
its fleet, frustrating much domestic air travel. Several lawmakers have
asked President Clinton to intervene on behalf of American air travelers.

The world news roundup is produced by Swarthmore Radio News, which airs
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and midnight on WSRN 91.5
FM.

*****

SPORTS UPDATE

1) Swimming crushes Washington; men tie for Centennial Conference lead

MEN’S SWIMMING
Swarthmore 136, Washington 66

Gettysburg’s recent loss to F&M on the men’s side was unprecedented in
the history of the Centennial Conference — Gettysburg’s swim teams had
been unbeaten in dual competition since the inception of the conference
three years ago. The Garnet men, with a win last night over Washington,
took advantage of Gettysburg’s error and are now tied with Gettysburg for
first place in Centennial Conference regular season competition. Each
team has a 5-1 record in the conference.

The men’s 200 yard relay of Andy Robbins ’98, Carl Sanders ’98, Brandon
Walsh ’00 and Ryan Fruh ’99 set a new school record at 1:29.91. The men
are now 9-4 overall, and 5-1 in the Centennial Conference.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING
Swarthmore 126, Washington 79

Claire Arbour ’00 set a school record for the second consecutive week,
this time in the 500 freestyle. Her time was 5:18.03, a full second
faster than the previous record. Kris Robertson ’98 swam fast enough to
qualify provisionally for the NCAA Division III national swim meet in the
200 yard backstroke. The Garnet women are now 6-1 in the Centennial
Conference, and 10-4 overall.

*****

2) Men’s basketball falls to Washington College

Tim Schofield ’99 led the Garnet with 15 points, and Aaron Bond ’97 and
Ben Schall ’97 both posted double-doubles, as Swarthmore fell to
Washington 64-77. With a win over Washington, Swarthmore would have moved
into first place in the east division of the Centennial Conference, but
with the loss the team now sits two games behind Washington. The Garnet
are 12-9 overall, and 6-4 in the conference.

*****

3) Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests

TONIGHT
The badminton match originally scheduled for tonight has been canceled.

FRIDAY (14 Feb.)
There are no contests scheduled for Friday.

The Daily Gazette
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