Thursday, February 20, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, February 20, 1997
Volume 1, Number 21

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) No more designated quiet or substance-free halls

2) Weekend party plans

3) World news roundup

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) Men’s basketball team doesn’t clinch playoff spot

2) Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests

NEWS REPORT

1) No more designated quiet or substance-free halls

Swarthmore’s dorms will not have designated quiet halls next year, the
Housing Committee has decided. Committee member Laura Gitelson explained
that because many people accidentally choose rooms on quiet halls, there
is often little support on the halls for enforcing quiet hours. Instead
of designating quiet halls, the committee wants all halls to vote next
year on whether to set quiet hours.

Housing Committee also anticipates there will be no designated
substance-free housing next year. Last week it decided that unless
students filed petitions with a convincing argument in favor of sub-free
halls, it would eliminate that housing option. Only one student has
petitioned the committee so far, but, says Gitelson, the committee would
like to see a petition from a group of students.

“We know all the reasons for why someone would want sub-free,” she
explained. “But we don’t want to have another sub-free hall that fails.
The first time they had a sub-free hall, it worked really well because
the people who were living on it were the people who talked Housing
Committee into creating a sub-free hall.”

Designated non-smoking halls are one thing that won’t change next year.
Gitelson said Housing Committee plans to offer 27 non-smoking halls next
year, the same number it offered this year.

Gitelson also said the College administration has decided all dorms will
be locked 24 hours a day next fall. In addition, the administration is
planning to renovate all of Mary Lyon Dormitory, the laundry rooms in
Wharton Dormitory and Parrish Hall, a lounge in Worth, and various
storage areas this summer, she said.

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2) Weekend party plans

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

*a Thursday night social gathering in the Delta Upsilon house; *an
egg-crushing contest sponsored by the engineering students, Saturday
afternoon
*Screw Your Roommate, Saturday night in Tarble-in-Clothier.

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

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3) World news roundup

DENG XIAOPING, CHINA’S PARAMOUNT LEADER, DIES China’s paramount leader,
Deng Xiaoping, died Wednesday at the age of 93, the Chinese government
said. According to a Chinese news agency, he died from respiratory
failure following emergency treatment. Deng officially retired in 1990,
but retained virtually complete power until his death. He was the
architect of China’s economic liberalization over the past two decades,
but also orchestrated extreme political repression including the 1989
Tiananmen Square massacre. Jiang Zemin, the current Chinese president and
Communist Party chairman, will likely succeed Deng.

SUPREME COURT BROADENS RIGHTS FOR ABORTION PROTESTERS The Supreme Court
Wednesday struck down a lower court’s order requiring anti-abortion
protesters to leave a so-called “floating buffer zone” around individuals
entering or leaving abortion clinics in Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y. On an
8-1 vote, the court ruled that the buffer zone violated protesters’
free-speech rights. But it voted 6-3 to uphold a fixed 15-foot buffer
around the clinics themselves, saying women might be prevented from
exercising their constitutional right to have an abortion if protests
were held immediately outside the clinics.

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.

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SPORTS UPDATE

1) Men’s basketball team doesn’t clinch playoff spot

Swarthmore could have clinched a playoff berth in the Centennial
Conference Championships with a win last night over Muhlenberg, but lost
76-61. The Garnet were quick out of the box, jumping to a quick 9-0 lead.
Muhlenberg answered with 15 straight points, led 37-20 at the half, and
never looked back. Aaron Bond ’97 led Swarthmore with 17 points and nine
rebounds, while Ben Schall ’97 notched 10 points and 11 boards.

With the loss, Swarthmore is tied with Muhlenberg for the final playoff
spot in the championships and need a win over Haverford this Saturday to
keep the playoff hopes alive. Should both teams win their respective
games this Saturday, a tie breaker will be played at Muhlenberg on Monday
night.

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2) Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests

TONIGHT
Women’s basketball honors its seniors in the last home game of the season
against Eastern College. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. in Tarble Pavilion.

FRIDAY (21 Feb.)
The swim team travels to Franklin & Marshall for the Centennial
Conference Championships which last through Sunday. Track and Field
competes in day one of the two day Centennial Championships at Haverford
College.

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The Daily Gazette
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