Wednesday, April 2, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Wednesday, April 2, 1997
Volume 1, Number 42

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) College Bowl to host tournament on Saturday

2) Committee seeks input on consensual relations policy

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1)  Lia Ernst named to weekly lacrosse honor roll

2)  Nobody’s playing in the snow

3)  Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests

NEWS REPORT

1) College Bowl to host tournament on Saturday

The Swarthmore College Bowl team will be hosting its sixth annual “Questions
on the Crum” this Saturday in Kohlberg. Teams from all over the East Coast
will compete in this academic trivia tournament. This year’s field includes
Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, and the University of
Maryland, last year’s runners-up.

College Bowl features two teams of four students from each college trying to
answer questions in a variety of academic areas, such as science, history,
and current events. Unlike many high school academic bowl competitions,
College Bowl matches are no longer broadcast on television; College Bowl
the sport continues, however, with each college hosting its own tournament.
Swarthmore’s team has had decent success this year, reaching the playoffs
in numerous tournaments, and finishing 26th in the nation at the National
Academic Quiz Tournament.

Saturday’s tournament will begin at around 9 a.m. and continue until late
in the afternoon. The College Bowl team is still looking for volunteers to
help out; interested parties should contact club president Ed Cohn
(cohn@sccs).

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2) Committee seeks input on consensual relations policy

The College’s Equal Opportunity Advisory Committee, headed by Engineering
Professor Lynne Molter, is seeking feedback on its draft policy for
consensual relationships between faculty, staff, and/or students. The
policy is available from the Department of Human Resources.

The draft policy seeks to address “romantic or sexual relationships”
occurring in an educational or employment setting where one party has some
sort of authority over the other. According to the Committee, these
relationships present serious ethical concerns and a possible threat to the
learning and working environments at Swarthmore. These relationships can
sometimes give rise to charges of sexual harassment, because of the power
dynamics involved.

The goal of the policy, according to the draft, “is to maintain the
integrity of the academic process and to maintain a positive work
environment. While consensual relationships are not expressly prohibited by
the College, they are strongly discouraged because of the seriousness of
the potential ethical conflicts that can result.”

Especially troubling, according to the draft, are consensual relationships
between faculty and students. “The respect and trust essential to a
meaningful intellectual relationship, as well as the power exercised by the
professor in giving praise or blame, grades, and recommendations for
further study or employment make voluntary consent by the student suspect.”

Besides describing consensual relations, the policy describes options for
resolution. Help is available through the offices of the Provost, Dean of
the College, Human Resources, and Equal Opportunity.

After the committee hears feedback, it will consider changes and then
prepare a final recommendation for President Bloom. Interested students
should get a copy of the policy from Human Resources and direct responses
to Molter or any other committee member.

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SPORTS UPDATE

1)  Lia Ernst named to weekly lacrosse honor roll

Lia Ernst ’97 scored ten goals in three games last week, helping women’s
lacrosse to a second place finish at the Seven Sisters Tournament and
earning her a spot on the Centennial Conference Weekly Honor Roll. Ernst
scored twice in a regular conference game against Washington, racked up
seven in the second round of Seven Sisters against Mt. Holyoke, and then
notched one more in the tourney finals against Wellesley.

The weekly honor roll is only the latest in a long string of accolades
earned by Ernst. Last season she was named to the first-team all-conference
team, first-team Brine regional all-American team, and second-team national
USWLA all-American team. She was named to the Seven Sisters All-Tournament
team this past weekend.

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2)  Nobody’s playing in the snow

Four varsity games have been postponed since Monday due to the snow.
Baseball’s game Monday against Widener and Tuesday against Washington, the
women’s lacrosse game against Johns Hopkins, and softball’s double-header
Monday against Western Maryland were all postponed because of inclement
weather.

*****

2)  Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests

TODAY
Baseball hosts Montgomery County at 4 p.m.

THURSDAY (3 April)
There are no contests scheduled for Thursday.

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