Friday, March 21, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Friday, March 21, 1997
Volume 1, Number 35

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) Construction worker tumbles from Trotter window

2) Two sophomores awarded Goldwater scholarships

3) Professor Frank Saragosa begins Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

4) Rattech in danger of not having anyone in charge again

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1)  Yesterday’s results:  softball

2)  Spring break results:  tennis

3)  Tonight’s and the weekend’s contests

NEWS REPORT

1) Construction worker tumbles from Trotter window

David Parylak, a worker on the Trotter Hall renovation project, fell from a
second-story window in the building Monday but escaped serious injury, said
Larry Schall, associate vice president for facilities and services.

Parylak ended up having to undergo surgery the next day anyway, because a
precautionary x-ray taken after he fell from the window revealed a growth
on his spine. “Pretty amazing luck,” commented Schall.

Schall said Parylak’s medical costs would be covered by the insurance
policy of the project contractor, not by the College.

*****

2) Two sophomores awarded Goldwater scholarships

Robert Griffin ’99 and Kirstin Knox ’99 are among 282 winners nationwide
of a U.S. government scholarship for mathematics, science and engineering
students, Associate Dean Gilmore Stott said.

The Goldwater scholarships, which were established by Congress to promote
excellence in the study of science, pay $7,500 a year for two years.

Stott said the College’s Committee on Fellowships and Prizes nominated
Griffin and Knox for the awards. They were among 1,164 nominees from
around the country.

Both Griffin and Knox are majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry.

*****

3) Professor Frank Saragosa begins Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Yesterday English Professor Frank Saragosa spoke at the opening event of
the Asian Pacific American Display Series located in Parrish Parlours and
the Level 3 lounge. Cecilia Tsu, co-president of the Swarthmore Asian
Organization, which sponsored the event, introduced Saragosa by briefly
describing the displays which include information on Asian American labor,
the internment of the Japanese-Americans during World War II, patterns of
Asian immigration, and traditional clothing from various Asian countries,

Saragosa, who is currently teaching two courses here on Asian-American
literature, spoke about the connection between Asian American literature
and Asian American history.  He started the lecture by talking about Asian
“eyes” being the marker of Asianness in the popular imagination.  This
marker can serve to lump all Asians together, regardless of their
ethnicity, and Asians are seen as interchangeble.  It does not matter if
you are Korean, Chinese or Filipino–you are Asian because of the “eyes.”
He said, however, that the “eyes” can also be the way Asian Americans
interpret and share their history and culture with others.

Saragosa also gave a brief history of Asian immigration to the United
States. He said that each new generation has trouble connecting to this
history.  Parents are part of the reason because they “want desperately to
put it [history] behind them.”  They want to give their children a chance
to succeed in America without the baggage of the past.  On the other hand,
the children and grandchildren of Asian immigrants want the world to know
about their parents’ stories.  Saragosa said that they are eager to make a
connection to their parents and to the earlier immigrants.  According to
Saragosa, these efforts are not just acts of intellectualism, but also
“act[s] of love [and] act[s] of honor.”

Saragosa ended the speech by describing his mother’s enthusiasm for the
citizenship process.  He said that his mother, a naturalized U.S. citizen,
was very proud of her citizenship, while it was he, a natural citizen, who
was very critical.  He stated that it is important for Asian Americans to
claim their place in America and American history.  He commented that
“being Asian American means, in some important way, being both.”

*****

4) Rattech in danger of not having anyone in charge again

Rattech, the student organization that provides sound systems for campus
parties, may be on the verge of having no director for the second time
this semester, according to a document obtained Thursday by The Daily
Gazette.

Last spring, Emily Salzfass ’98 was hired to serve as Rattech director
through April 1, 1997. She resigned in January, and Rattech had to shut
down briefly until Ned Small ’98 took over as head of the organization.

Small’s term ends in less than two weeks. But the document indicates that
the Concessions Committee, which hires the heads of Rattech and several
other campus services, has not chosen anyone to take his place.

The document, a letter from Concessions Committee to applicants for
various jobs, named the students picked to run Paces, the Student
Employment Office, the Social Affairs Committee, and the Mary Lyon Shuttle
next year. But the space next to Rattech was left blank, apparently
indicating no one has been hired for that position.

John Todd ’97, SEO co-director and a member of Concessions Committee, was
reached briefly by telephone but did not have time to discuss the
situation. No other committee members could be immediately reached for
comment.

According to the letter, Darragh Jones ’99 and Aaron Wong ’99 have been
hired to run Paces, Patrice Harper ’99 and Cortney Williams ’98 to run
SEO, and Joseph Armah ’98 and Fathmatta Jalloh ’99 to direct the Social
Affairs Committee, all for terms beginning April 1. Allison Marsh ’98 has
been hired to manage the Mary Lyon shuttle starting next fall.

The letter said applicants’ prior experience with the organization they
were applying to run was the main factor in the committee’s decisions.

SPORTS UPDATE

1)  Yesterday’s results:  softball

SOFTBALL
Swarthmore 12, Cabrini 9
Michelle Walsh ’98 went 3-4 for the game, batting a double and a triple.
She scored two runs and drove in three RBI.  Catcher Apryl Dunning ’99
scored four runs, batting 2-4.  Wendy Lawrence ’99 pitched her first career
win.  The Garnet are now 2-6 in the season.

*****

2)  Spring break results:  tennis

WOMEN’S TENNIS
The Garnet traveled to Hilton Head, South Carolina for spring training, and
returned with a 1-4 record.  The trip started off well with a 6-3 win
against Peace College.  Wins came from Neena Shenai ’99 at #1 singles,
Elena Rosenbaum ’98 at #3 singles, Wendy Kemp ’99 at #4 singles, Laura
Brown ’00 at #5 singles, Sara Coe ’00 at #6 singles, and Rosenbaum and Kemp
at #2 doubles.  The only other wins for the week came from Kemp and Coe
when they won their games in the team’s losing 7-2 effort against
Transylvania.  Other losses came at the hands of Averitt (9-0), Methodist
(9-0), and Mary Washington (9-0).

MEN’S TENNIS
The men’s tennis team spent spring break in California where they faced a
variety of schools of all calibers. Swarthmore lost to Foothill and
UC-Berkeley but defeated Claremont and UC-Santa Cruz.  This weekend the
team takes another long road trip, this time to Atlanta, Georgia.  On the
trip they will face Emory, DePauw, and Pomona, oddly enough.

*****

3)  Tonight’s and the weekend’s contests

TONIGHT
Women’s tennis has their home opener against Ursinus at 4 p.m.
Men’s tennis travels to Atlanta for the weekend.  Their first match is
against Pomona at 3 p.m.

SATURDAY (22 Mar.)
Men’s tennis continues their trip in Atlanta with a 10 a.m. match-up
against Emory.
Women’s lacrosse holds their home opener against Lynchburg at 2 p.m.
Men’s lacrosse travels to Drew for the first day of the Drew Tournament.
Baseball kicks off a home double header against Delaware Valley at 12 p.m.
Softball also stays home for a double header against Drew starting at 2 p.m.
Women’s rugby takes on Lehigh at 11 a.m. on Dupont Field.
Men’s rugby follows with a match against University of Pennsylvania at 1 p.m.

SUNDAY (23 Mar.)
Men’s lacrosse concludes the two-day Drew tournament.
Men’s tennis finish up their trip to Atlanta with a match against DePauw at
11 a.m.
Men’s volleyball travels to Philadelphia College of Textile Arts and
Sciences for a 1 p.m. game.

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