Monday, February 24, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Monday, February 24, 1997
Volume 1, Number 23

NEWS IN BRIEF

1)  Blind dates converge on Sharples

2)  Student Council meeting highlights

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1)  The weekend’s results

2)  Women’s track and field win Conferences; men take second

3)  Swimming qualifies many for Nationals

4)  Men’s hoops to face Muhlenberg in tie-breaker tonight

5)  Tonight’s and the weekend’s contests

NEWS REPORT

1)  Blind dates converge on Sharples

The main room of Sharples pushed maximum occupancy at dinner Saturday night
as hundreds of students wandered among the tables in search of their Screw
your Roommate dates. Sharples staff members looked on with amusement at the
innuendo-driven dramatics of Swatties in search of their blind dates.

Marianne Luviner, onetime grill-line cook and current Essie Mae’s worker,
said, “I think this was the best one ever.” She was tickled by a number of
the set-up routines, but felt particularly sorry for one woman standing on
a table who “sang forever in Spanish and the guy never showed up.”

Some of the staff, of course, were less amused by the mess that was left
behind. Greg Skelley, for instance, said, “I had to clean up Wesson cooking
oil on the floor in the main dining room.” They agreed, however, that
clean-up has been worse in previous years. Most of them were in stitches
watching the spectacle. According to Timothy Cody, “It was hilarious. I
should have had a movie camera.”

*****

2)  Student Council meeting highlights

Issues stemming from last week’s special election were first on Student
Council’s agenda last night. Some members were distressed by the
publication of voting totals and estimates from the election in Friday’s
Daily Gazette. Last Wednesday, two SC sources revealed the totals despite
the requests of at least one candidate that the specifics of the race not
be publicized. According to Co-Chair Naomi Michlin ’98, “to have violated
voting confidentiality de-legitimatizes the policy we have.”

Council also discussed at length a number of issues which directly affect
student life. Working groups, composed of subsets of the SC body, have been
assigned to address problems regarding Thursday night parties (specifically
Pub Nite, now defunct), possible unfair card-swiping policies at Essie
Mae’s, the quality of coffee on campus, the use of College vans, and
relations between student organizations and SC.

In other business, Vincent Jones ’98, treasurer of student Budget Committee
and acting Budget Committee liaison to Student Council, brought issues to
the floor regarding spring budgeting for campus organizations. According to
Jones, a meeting for all organization treasurers will take place soon after
Spring Break. In order to cut down on committee member absenteeism,
budgeting itself will be done in a one-day marathon session on April 6.

This was the first meeting for newly elected Appointments Chair Jeannie
Gallego ’00 and Council on Educational Policy representative Mandara Meyers
’99. They will be members of working groups looking into bringing more big
speakers to campus and organizing campus shuttle service in the AM hours.

*****

SPORTS UPDATE

1)  The weekend’s results

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Haverford 64, Swarthmore 48
Lisl Cochran-Bond ’97 closed out her career with 16 points. Holly Barton
’99 added 11. Swarthmore finished the year 7-16 overall, 4-11 in the
conference.

BADMINTON
Swarthmore 3, Albright 2
The Garnet, who finished 6-2 overall on the season, completed another
successful season on the court with a win over Albright. The team’s only
two losses came at the hands of Bryn Mawr.

*****

2)  Women’s track and field win Conferences; men take second

WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
The women’s indoor track and field team won the Centennial Conference
Championships this past Friday and Saturday at Haverford College.  In
addition to scores of personal bests and broken records by the entire team,
Danielle Duffy ’98 was honored as co-athlete of the meet for an outstanding
performance over the course of the championships.

* Duffy placed first in the 200m dash in 26.96; second in both the 400m
dash (60.42) and long jump (16′ 3.75″); and third in the 55m dash with a
7.68.

* Duffy also set a school, meet, and conference record with Catherine Laine
’98, Stephanie Herring ’99, and Jill Wildonger ’97 in the 4x400m relay,
running 4:12.24.

* Laine, Duffy, Wildonger, and Wonda Joseph ’00 won the 4x225m relay in
2:05.00, a solid three seconds ahead of the closest competition.

* Laine winning triple jump of 38′ 8.5″ not only qualifies her for Div. III
Nationals, but places her fourth in the country in the event.  Laine also
provisionally qualified for nationals in the 55m hurdles, winning the event
in 8.71; placed second in the 55m dash (7.66); and second in the 200m dash
(27.19).

* The distance medley relay of Becky Riskey ’98, Herring, Shalini Ayyagari
’00, and Danielle Wall ’98 took second in 13:04.49, also demolishing the
school record by 18 seconds.

MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
Despite outrightly winning very few events, the Garnet men took enough of
the smaller points to seat themselves in a solid second place in the
Centennial Conference Championships.

* Nathaniel Mason ’99 won the pole vault, vaulting 13′ even.  Steve Dawson
’00 high jumped 6′ 6″ to take second place on misses.

* The 4x400m relay team of Mason Tootell ’99, Amber Thompson ’97, Tony
Sturm ’99, and Eric Pakurar ’97 took second place in 3:28.17, a
photo-finish 0.02 seconds behind Haverford.  The 4x225m relay team of
Tootell, Walid Gellad ’97, Sturm, and Thompson tied for second place with
F&M in 1:47.8.

*  Pakurar and Thompson took second and third in the 400m dash, in 51.27
and 52.20 respectively.

* Tootell and Reuben Canada ’99 were 0.03 seconds out of first place in a
tight 55m high hurdles race, placing second (8.23) and third (8.24)
respectively.

* Liam O’Neill ’00 placed third in a competitive 800m run (2:00.5), and ran
a leg of the third place 4x800m relay team (8:09.16) with Graham Lucks ’98,
Gordon Roble ’99, and Wyn Strodtbeck ’98.

*****

3)  Swimming qualifies many for Nationals

Both the men’s and women’s teams finished second to Gettysburg at the
Centennial Championship meet this weekend at Franklin and Marshall.  Three
swimmers earned automatic bids for Nationals. Jill Belding ’99 qualified in
the 200 butterfly. Claire Arbour ’00 earned a spot in both the 200
freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Brandon Walsh ’00 obliterated the
conference record and the field in the 200 butterfly to earn his bid.
Numerous other swimmers made the “provisional” cut for Nationals. Complete
championship results will be available in the next issue.

*****

4)  Men’s hoops to face Muhlenberg in tie-breaker tonight

The Garnet completed its season sweep of Haverford 66-53 on Saturday. The
win forced a tie-breaker game with Muhlenberg Monday evening for the final
playoff spot in the East Division. Muhlenberg will host the game on account
of having a better record within the division. The teams are fighting to
travel to Johns Hopkins on Wednesday in the first round of the Centennial
Conference playoffs.

Against Haverford, Tim Schofield ’99 poured in 20 points on seven of 10
shooting, including six of eight three-point attempts. Ben Schall ’97
became only the 12th player in Swarthmore history to score 1,000 career
points. He also became only the 5th player to accumulate 1,000 points and
500 rebounds in a career. Schall scored 12 points despite struggling from
the field. The Garnet trailed 24-26 at half but countered with a 22-4 run
out of the locker room. Swarthmore finishes the year with a 14-10 overall
record, 8-5 in the conference.

*****

5)  Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests

TONIGHT
Men’s basketball travels to Muhlenberg to see who will advance to the
Centennial Conference playoffs; game starts at 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY (25 Feb.)
There are no contests scheduled for tonight.

*****

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