Thursday, March 6, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, March 6, 1997
Volume 1, Number 31

NEWS IN BRIEF

1)  College Planning Committee to form task forces for the future

2)  Dr. Elders’ lecture cancellation clarified

3)  World news roundup

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1)  Varsity spring sports preview: lacrosse

2)  Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests

SPRING BREAK HIATUS

This will be the last Daily Gazette before Spring Break. We will resume
publication on the morning of Tuesday, March 18.

NEWS REPORT

1)  College Planning Committee to form task forces for the future

The College Planning Committee is forming eight task forces to discuss
long-range goals for Swarthmore, student members of the committee said
Wednesday night.

Senior administrators have said that the ongoing planning process, of
which the CPC action is a part, will culminate in a major fundraising
drive.

Each task force will include representatives from the student body,
faculty, staff and Board of Managers, including people who do not sit on
CPC. According to Douglas Berger ’98, a student member of CPC, the size of
the task forces has yet to be determined, but each task force will
probably have five to 10 members, of whom one or two will be students.

The student members of CPC have decided that open student slots on the
task forces will be filled by students who have already been appointed to
College committees working in related areas, according to an e-mail sent
to members of those committees Wednesday night.

Topics assigned to the task forces are: the student experience, with
subcommittees on academic affairs, student life, and intercultural
education; admissions; financial aid; facilities; technology; staffing;
national visibility; and regional and local efforts.

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2)  Dr. Elders’ lecture cancellation clarified

The Schedule of Weekly Events, published by space coordinator Paula Dale,
mistakenly advertised a lecture by Dr. Joycelyn Elders this week, apparently
because the parties who had requested the the space reservation long ago had
failed to cancel it.

According to the Office of News and Information, SASS and the BCC applied
for a Cooper Foundation grant on October 11, 1996 to fund a lecture by the
former Surgeon General, but did not receive the grant. Dale suggests that
students, faculty, and staff remember to indicate to her if their space
reservation
requests are tentative, so that similar problems can be avoided in the future.

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3)  World news roundup

ALBANIAN ARMY AND REBEL TROOPS EXCHANGE FIRST GUNFIRE

Fighting broke out between Albanian troops and armed insurgents near Sarande,
Albania late yesterday. After 40 minutes of exchanging automatic weapons fire
with the rebels, the Albanian army retreated. It was the first significant
skirmish
between the insurgents and the army since a state of emergency went into effect
on Sunday.

Anti-government protests have been growing increasingly volatile since January,
when five popular pyramid investment schemes collapsed and Albanians lost vast
sums overnight. After the army retreated from yesterday’s clash, the insurgents
staged rallies and roamed the city, armed with stolen weapons. According to a
Reuters reporter, between 300 and 400 local rebels stood on guard at the
entrance
to Sarande with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.

OHIO RIVER RAGES THROUGH KENTUCKY

Reaching 37.8 feet on Wednesday just outside Louisville, KY, the Ohio River
reached flood levels that haven’t been seen in a generation. Though flood walls
protected Louisville from the river, many low-lying towns have seen heavy
destruction. In Shepherdsville, 20 miles south of Louisville, floods overwhelmed
90 percent of the downtown and forced 1,000 people to be taken out by boat.
In nearby Falmouth, rooftop-high floodwaters finally receded to reveal destroyed
homes and the bodies of four more victims. Floods and tornadoes have so far
been blamed for 55 deaths in the south. The river is predicted to rise another
six inches before it crests on Friday.

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SPORTS UPDATE

1)  Varsity spring sports preview: lacrosse

WOMEN’S LACROSSE
At the end of last year’s season, Swarthmore women’s lacrosse had strung
together an unprecedented three seasons with 11 wins or more.  In order to
do so again this year, the Garnet will look to three returning Brine
regional first-team all-Americans to lead the team:  Lia Ernst ’97,
Samantha Peltz ’97, and Kelly Wilcox ’97.  Ernst was also named a
second-team USWLA All-American.  Five first-years round out the roster.
Hindrances will come from the lack of depth of the Garnet roster and the
relative youth and inexperience of the team.  There are only 17 players on
the varsity squad, leaving the Garnet without many substitutes and
vulnerable to injury.

The Centennial Conference is one of the strongest women’s lax conferences
in the country, with two teams voted to the national top ten, and three
others (Swarthmore included) receiving votes.  Any Centennial Conference
team expecting to earn a berth in the national tournament — only eight
teams are invited — will probably have to win the conference title and do
quite well outside the conference.  The Garnet play a tough schedule, with
six of their 15 games against nationally-ranked opponents, but stand a
chance of making that national berth if all goes well.  “We would almost
have to play a perfect season,” said head coach Karen Borbee.

MEN’S LACROSSE
The men’s lacrosse team lost nine seniors from last season’s 3-10 squad,
but Coach Pat Gress’ hard work recruiting is starting to pay off, with
freshmen playing a major role on both attack and defense.  “We have a solid
defense which should help us out a lot… we’re expecting a lot of scoring
from our first-string middies because we have a young attack,” captain Pete
Hamilton ’97 said.  Aaron Hultgren ’98, Nimish Dave ’99, Eric Johnson ’98,
and Tucker Zengerle ’00 will anchor the defense in front of goaltender Ben
Henwood ’97.  The middies will play a very important function this season.
Alex DeShields ’98 will help out on defense as a long-stick middie, while
Hamilton, Pat Donaghy ’97, and Matt Halpern ’98 will be vital to the
Garnet’s offense.  The attackmen include Toby Patterson ’00,  Adam
Dickinson ’00, and Steve Shin ’98.  Swarthmore plays in perhaps the
toughest Division III lacrosse conference, where three teams are listed in
the preseason top ten.  While the Garnet may be a little short of numbers,
they make up for it in their intensity on the field.

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2)  Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests

TONIGHT
No contests are scheduled for tonight.

FRIDAY (7 Mar.)
Day one of the national NCAA Division III indoor track and field
championships.  Catherine Laine ’98, an automatic qualifier in the triple
jump, will participate.

An editorial board decision not to go to print tomorrow, Friday, March 7,
means the spring preview for men’s and women’s tennis will be postponed
until after spring break.

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