Friday, February 28, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Friday, February 28, 1997
Volume 1, Number 27


1) Date set for The Bean Bag’s grand opening

2) The Sager Symposium Starts Today


1)  Convey and Schall elected to all-conference teams

2)  Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests


1) Date Set for The Bean Bag’s grand opening

On March 24 The Bean Bag, which replaces the Jumping Cow Ice Cream and
Coffee House, will open its doors for customers.

The new owners of Joe King and Craig Hobdell of Classic Coffees are
currently remodeling the space down by the SEPTA station in order to
provide an improved atmosphere for their patrons. The two are planning on
expanding The Bean Bag’s traditional menu of coffee and desserts to include
meat sandwiches and a vegetarian menu.

Under the new ownership more entertainment activities, such as poetry
readings and evening cookouts, will be occurring weekly in an attempt to
attract students. The artwork of local artists also will be on display.

The Bean Bag will be the second business venture of the Classic Coffees
partnership. King and Hobdell already operate an espresso bar at the
Chester-Crozer Healthplex in Springfield.

The history of the station coffee house extends back to the mid 1980s when
Beth Gross, Dean Bob Gross’ wife, opened up Sidetracks with a group of
women entrenpeneurs. They subleased the space from W.S. Cumby & Son who
leased and renovated the entire property from SEPTA. Sidetracks was
primarily staffed with Swarthmore students. The student employees were
great with the only downside being, as Gross explained, that  “some of the
students would give me heartache when their hearts were broken or papers
were due.”

Sidetracks eventually closed and Sandi Dee moved in. The owner was mainly
involved in catering and the coffee house was a side project. Sandi Dee was
only around a short time before the owner sold the business to Terry Rumsey
and Robin Lasersohn ’89 who opened the Jumping Cow. The Jumping Cow
officially closed on January 20, 1997.

Like the many previous owners of the coffee house, The Bean Bag is planning
on hiring Swarthmore students for their staff.


2) The Sager Symposium Starts Today

The ninth annual Sager Symposium, titled “Dress Codes and Gender Fictions,”
begins tonight at 8 p.m. with author and performance artist Holly Hughes
performing her autobiographical monologue “Clit Notes” in the Pearson-Hall
Theatre, Lang Performing Arts Center.  Hughes will also conduct a workshop
on developing autobiographical material for writing and performance on
Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Frear Ensemble Theatre, LPAC.

Also on Saturday at 4 p. m. in the Cinema at LPAC, the symposium’s keynote
speech will be given by author Judith Halberstam.   After her speech, “Drag
Kings: Queer Masculinities in Focus,” a discussion with Halberstam and
Esther Newton, a leading lesbian and gay studies scholar, will take place
with audience members.

The Sager symposium will end with an all campus party on Saturday night in
the Upper Tarble All-Campus space.



1)  Hood trophy standings to date

Haverford 7, Swarthmore 4

Haverford wins to date:  men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross
country, volleyball, women’s basketball, men’s indoor track and field

Swarthmore wins to date:  field hockey, wrestling, men’s basketball,
women’s indoor track and field

Despite an unprecedented win in women’s indoor track and field, Swarthmore
is still behind in the count and needs to have an exceptional spring season
to hang on to the trophy.


2)  Tonight’s and the weekend’s contests

There are no contests scheduled for tonight.

Men’s hoops bring Dickinson to Tarble Pavilion for the championship game of
the Centennial Conference men’s basketball tournament.  The game starts at
7:30 p.m., and the winner will receive an automatic berth in the NCAA Div.
III postseason tournament.

Track and field travel to Boston University for the Eastern Collegiate
Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship indoor track and field meet, which
draws Division III colleges from North Carolina to Maine.

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