Monday, April 28, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Monday, April 28, 1997
Volume 1, Number 61

NEWS IN BRIEF

1)  Student Council highlights

2)  SC elections set to begin

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1)  Steve Farneth ’00 no-hits Haverford

2)  Softball sweeps Haverford

3)  Hood Trophy standings: Haverford 9.5, Swarthmore 6.5

4)  Yesterday’s results: men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s
tennis, track and field, women’s rugby

5)  Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today: Scattered showers early, clearing up in afternoon. High of 65.
            Sleep in, miss the rain.
Tonight: Just a few clouds, no rain. Low around 45.
              Nice night for a walk, but wear something warm.
Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, warmer.  High closing in on 70.

NEWS REPORT

1)  Student Council highlights

Student Council got a late start yesterday, beginning official proceedings
one hour and 40 minutes later than their scheduled 1 p.m. meeting time. By
1:20, only seven SC members were present, one short of the eight-member
quorum required for Council to take official action. It was not until 2:40
that an eighth member, Trang Pham ’00, arrived and official proceedings
could begin.

Absent from the meeting were Council members Jeannie Gallego ’00,
Frank Mote ’00, Alyssa Rayman-Read ’99 and Chris Seaman ’99. Mote also
missed Council’s meeting Thursday night. He could not be immediately
reached for comment.

Before Pham arrived, Council informally discussed a draft version of the
new policy for renting SC’s vans. The policy is an effort to make the
van-rental process more efficient and equitable. SC also informally
discussed plans to hold an information session on student government
during orientation week next fall.

In official business, Council gave tentative approval to most of the
Student Activities Fund budget for next year. The budget, which was
written by Budget Committee, sets funding levels for all SC-chartered
organizations.

Council’s approval was tentative because BC planned to make last-minute
funding changes to the budget allocated to WSRN after a meeting Sunday
evening. After SC sees those changes, it will make a formal decision to
approve or reject the budget. Under its constitution, Council can only
vote on the budget as a whole; if it wants specific items changed, it must
remand the entire plan to BC for more work.

SC also discussed whether to write a new constitutional amendment
clarifying its relationship with BC, since an amendment proposed earlier
this semester was voted down Thursday night. After much debate, Council
decided to put the issue on hold until next semester, although they plan to
continue next week their discussion of how to approach the issue next
semester.

*****

2)  SC elections set to begin

Student Council elections begin today. Voting will take place in Sharples
and Tarble during mealtimes. The election is not very hotly contested; thus far
few candidates have posted campaign signs.

But a group calling itself “The Supporters of Abstention” appears to be
taking the
election pretty seriously. The group, whose members’ identities are not known,
has posted numerous signs encouraging students to consider abstaining in
the election.

Voters may mark “abstain” on their ballots if they do not approve of any
of the candidates for a particular position. According to SC rules, if
more votes are cast for “abstain” than for the leading candidate in a
race, the results of that race will be thrown out and a new election will
be held.

The abstention campaign may be a reaction to Thursday’s Council meeting, when
six out of 11 SC members present abstained from a vote on a controversial
proposed constitutional amendment.

*****

SPORTS UPDATE

1)  Steve Farneth ’00 no-hits Haverford

With a soft fly ball to centerfielder Jose Villavicencio ’99, Centennial
Conference history was made.  Steve Farneth ’00 threw the conference’s
first ever no-hitter, an 8-0 gem over archrival Haverford.

“It’s something that I’m really proud of.  I don’t think that anyone here
really cares either, which is a shame because a no-hitter is such a rare
thing and is one of those accomplishments that I can use throughout my
life.  The school and the students tend to diminish athletic
accomplishments as some sort of philistine vulgarity, but something like
yesterday’s game reflects well on the school.  It says something that in
our biggest game of the year, we played our best ball,” remarked Farneth.

Jeremy Bonder ’97, Carlo Fitti ’00, and Pat Straub ’97 each went 2-3 with
two runs scored and an RBI in support of Farneth.  Rufus Frazer ’99 hit a
solo homerun, his first of the year.  In the second game, the Fords turned
the tables with a 15-4 victory.  Fitti and Straub each got two hits.  While
the season (5-28, 4-14) didn’t entirely go according to plan, seniors
Bonder, David Lischer, Dan Malkoun, and Straub could not have asked for a
better graduation gift than the no-hitter.

*****

2)  Softball sweeps Haverford

The Garnet doubled their season total in victories by pounding on the
archrival Fords.  In the first game, Dana Lehman ’98 went the distance,
striking out three en route to a 7-2 win.  Michelle Walsh ’98 hit a two-run
double during the team’s seven-run sixth inning.  In the second game, Walsh
went 3-3 with two runs scored and four RBI.  Apryl Dunning ’99 also knocked
in four runs, including a bases-clearing triple.  Swarthmore closes out the
year 4-25 overall, 2-14 in conference.

*****

3)  Hood Trophy standings: Haverford 9.5, Swarthmore 6.5

Haverford maintained its three point lead after a busy weekend. Swarthmore
earned a full point for the doubleheader sweep by women’s softball while
Haverford won men’s lacrosse.  The schools split the baseball point.
Swarthmore needs to win the remaining three points to force a deadlock.
The women’s lacrosse point will be decided Tuesday.  The men’s and women’s
track and field points will be decided next weekend at the Centennial
Championships.

*****

4)  Yesterday’s results: men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s
tennis, track and field, women’s rugby

MEN’S LACROSSE
Haverford 12, Swarthmore 5
Steve Shin ’98 led Swarthmore (0-13, 0-6) with two goals and an assist in
the team’s final game of the year.  Seniors Pat Donaghy, Pete Hamilton
(injured), and Ben Henwood played the final games of their careers.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE
Western Maryland 15, Swarthmore 7
Alicia Googins ’00 scored three goals in the losing effort. Holly Baker ’99
notched three assists. The Garnet fall to 10-5 overall, 6-3 in conference
with one game remaining.

MEN’S TENNIS
SUNY-Binghamton 5, Swarthmore 2
The Garnet’s #1 doubles team, Roger Werner ’98 and Ed Ernst ’98, were
victorious as was the #2 team of John Derderian ’97 and Greg Emkey ’99.
Ernst also won his match at #5 singles.  Swarthmore is ranked fourth in the
Northeast region.

WOMEN’S TENNIS
The Garnet had a disappointing showing at the Centennial Conference
Individual Championships, with only one of Swarthmore’s three qualifiers
advancing past the first round.  Neena Shenai ’99 made it to the second
round, while Michelle Martinez ’97 and Rani Shankar ’98 were both
eliminated in the first round of play.  The doubles team of Nga Lai ’97 and
Laura Brown ’00 were also knocked out after the first round of competition.

TRACK AND FIELD
Two men’s relay teams, the 4x100m and 4x400m relays, competed at Penn
relays last Friday. Each turned in an average time, compared with their
previous performances.  The 4x100m relay of Mason Tootell ’99, Ariss
DerHovanessian ’00, David Lane ’97, and Walid Gellad ’97 ran a 44.2 against
strong Division-I competition.  The 4x400m relay of Tootell, Amber Thompson
’97, Gellad, and Eric Pakurar ’97 ran 3:25.0, almost a second behind their
season best, in the Pop Haddleton Memorial Mile Relay, a race for local
Division-III schools.

Steve Dawson ’00 on Saturday became only the second jumper in Swarthmore
history to qualify for the individual high jump competition and the first
to clear a height.  Dawson jumped 6’7.5″ to take 12th place out of a field
of approximately 40 jumpers from every division.  Only three other
Division-III jumpers qualified for the competition.

WOMEN’S RUGBY
Swarthmore 15 Alumnae 5
The women’s rugby team ended their season with an exciting game against a
team comprised of 12 alumnae (mostly graduates of the past 3 years) and
three current players. This was perhaps one of the best match-ups all
season.  The try scored by the alumnae was actually scored by Lynn Matthews
’98.  Despite the alumnae’s lack of practice, they gave Swat a real run for
their money.

*****

5)  Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests

TODAY
No contests are scheduled.

TUESDAY (29 April)
Women’s lacrosse travels to Haverford for a 4 p.m. contest.

*****

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