Thursday, September 11, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, September 11, 1997
Volume 2, Number 9


1)  ML shuttle schedule curtailed because of insurance regulations

2)  Women’s volleyball team defeated by floor… again

3)  World news roundup



1)  Depressing day in the rain for women’s soccer

2)  Field hockey shuts down Elizabethtown

3)  Albright edges past men’s soccer in overtime

4)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Weather Forecast:

Today:  Very humid with a few showers. High close to 80.
           My advice:  if you have go outside, try not to breathe.
Tonight:  Still overcast, good chance of more rain.  Low around 60.
              Sorry, no wishing upon any stars tonight.
Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy, more rain possible.  High near 80 again.


1)  ML shuttle schedule curtailed because of insurance regulations

A recent policy decision by the College’s insurer has resulted in a more
strenuous certification system, long waits, and a temporary shorter ML shuttle

This year, all students who wish to drive college vans (including
the two ML shuttles) must first take a one-hour qualifying test, and must
also have their motor vehicle reports checked, according to ML Shuttle
Coordinator Alison Marsh ’98. Students who are presently driving the ML
Shuttle took the certification test last year, but there are not enough old
drivers to run the shuttle full time.

It takes a week or more to get a motor vehicle report, but that’s not the
only delay. Since numerous student groups wish to use the college vans,
they’re all trying to get someone certified to drive right now. “The
[waiting] list is about five pages long,” said Marsh, who added that while
public safety, which administers the test, is doing the best it can, it is
understaffed right now and there are simply too many people who want to
take the test.

Public safety runs the shuttle to ensure safe night travel to various
dorms. Thus, even though students have repeatedly asked for daytime shuttle
service, it is unlikely that the shuttle would ever run during the daytime,
since daytime travel is considered safe, Marsh said.

Currently, the shuttle hours are 6 p.m. until midnight. Marsh hopes to have
the shuttle running at full schedule in a week or so. Then, the hours will
be 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 2:40 a.m Friday and
Saturday. A second shuttle will run during the “peak hours” of 8:50 p.m. –
1:10 a.m.


2)  Women’s volleyball defeated by floor… again

Women’s volleyball has yet to play a game this year, and already they’ve
had a setback: practice was cancelled on Monday because the floor was being

This is familiar territory for the team, since the floor where they usually
practice is being redone… however, this wasn’t the floor where they
usually practice, this was the floor of the Chester-Crozier Healthplex,
where practice has been held this semester. “I think it’s where the ’76ers
play,” said co-captain Jordan Hay ’98.

The team had been getting up at 5 a.m. to practice, 5 days a week, and were
not happy to learn that they had gotten up for nothing this time around.
“We contemplated doing something drastic and then decided to go back to
sleep,” said Hay.

The College later phoned the Healthplex and “the rest of the week, they
didn’t throw us out,” said Hay. The floor of the Healthplex remains tacky,
and the team can’t bring the ball cart on to the surface.

Since their “home court” will remain out of commission for the semester,
all of the women’s volleyball team’s games will be away.


3)  World news roundup


Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Wednesday urged Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat to crack down on terrorists and told Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu to reopen borders to Palestinian workers and resume
payments to the Palestinian Authority. She said that security topped her
agenda but that Israel should uphold its end of the 1993 Oslo peace
accords. Meanwhile, the Lebanese army fired on Israeli helicopters and
warships near Lebanon’s southern coast. It was not clear what the Israeli
craft were doing in the area.


The father of a female cadet suspended from the Virginia Military institute
for allegedly punching a male upperclassman said Wednesday he thought the
school’s action was appropriate. Pete Garza, an Army chief warrant officer,
told news organizations that the incident happened Aug. 29 in the barracks
guardroom, where his 18-year-old daughter, Angelica Garza, was being
disciplined for talking back to an upperclassman. As she was leaving, she
allegedly shoved one upperclassman and punched another. Angelica Garza, who
was among the first group of women to attend VMI, can return in a year but
will again have to endure the grueling “rat line,” the school’s harsh
initiation regime for new students.



Donnie Brasco  Friday, 9/12 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. DuPont
A Bronx Tale  Saturday, 9/13 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. LPAC
The Neverending Story Monday, 9/15 10:00 p.m.  Kirby



1)  Depressing day in the rain for women’s soccer

The women’s soccer team was defeated 9-0 yesterday by Widener University,
despite nineteen saves from keeper Sari Altschuler ’01. The Garnet kept
within a goal until the closing minutes of the first half, and were down
3-0 at halftime. But “after a couple of goals everyone gets frustrated, so
the level of play goes down,” Rebecca Schmitt ’00 said.  The women’s team
was also hampered by injuries: both captain Claire Baxter ’98 and Amy
Markey ’99 were unable to play.  Without these players, there was a
“definite loss of leadership on the field,” Schmitt felt.


2) Field hockey shuts down Elizabethtown

On Tuesday, the Field Hockey team took on Elizabethtown and blew them away
4-1.  Danielle Duffy ’98 and Holly Baker ’99 both scored once, while Lurah
Hess ’99 scored two goals, attracting praise from captain Michelle Walsh
’98: “Lurah played really well.”  Goalie Jane Kendall ’00 turned away five
shots, while Lauren Hopkins ’98 blocked two.


3) Albright edges past men’s soccer in overtime

The men’s soccer team was defeated 2-1 at Albright yesterday.  The score
was 1-1 at the end of regulation play, after which the game went into
sudden death overtime.  Co-Captain Matt Halpern ’98 said the team was “very
disappointed,” and “getting very frustrated that [they] haven’t gotten
[their] first win yet.”  Halpern felt that Swarthmore outplayed Albright,
especially in the first half, but was really hurt when Mike Eshelman ’00
was ejected after receiving two yellow cards.  Losing Eshelman “really
changed the momentum of the game,” said both Halpern and fellow co-captain
James Chen ’98. On the whole, Halpern felt that the team played “better
than we have played before, and better than Albright did.” “It was a
definite improvement from past games,” Chen said. Albright scored the
winning goal off a corner kick.  Swat’s goal was scored by Scott Samels ’99
on a penalty kick.


4)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Women’s tennis hosts Millersville at 4 p.m.

Men’s soccer hosts Southwestern at 4 p.m. in the first game of the
Haverford Jimmy Mills Tournament.
Women’s soccer hosts Pomona-Pitzer at 4 p.m.
Women’s volleyball travels to Wilmington for their first game of the season
at 7 p.m.


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