Thursday, September 25, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, September 25, 1997
Volume 2, Number 19


1)  New, old groups heat up campus political debate

2)  World news roundup

3)  Upcoming movies on campus


1)  Franklin and Marshall prevails against women’s soccer

2)  Volleyball triumphant

3)  Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today:   Mostly cloudy, breezy. High close to 70.
             Wear shorts and will the sun to come out.
Tonight: Clearing somewhat, cool. Low of 55.
             A scarf makes even the best outfit better.
Friday:  Still mostly overcast, but rain unlikely. High near 75.


1)  New, old groups heat up campus political debate

Several groups on campus are organizing political discussions this year to
talk about issues ranging from government responsibility to human reason.

The Third Wing, a fledgling group yet to be chartered, meets weekly to
discuss topics from the political to the philosophical to “whatever
people want to bring up,” said founder Amy Swift ’00. Growing out of last
year’s Galt’s Gulch Lunch Brunch series, the new group is “neither
left-wing nor right-wing, hence the name,” said Swift. Instead, it looks
for lively discussions slightly off the beaten political track. Case in
point: the group hopes to bring in as a speaker a free-market
environmentalist, an unusual blend.

Meanwhile, two old adversaries, the College Democrats and the Swarthmore
Conservative Union, have been squaring off in a series of informal debates.
“We go after our meeting, or they go after their meeting, meet in a neutral
location, pick a topic, and argue about it for a while,” said Hillary
Thompson ’99, head of SCU. The last debate was on “legitimate roles of the
government, especially towards taxation,” she said.

“We’ve been calling them ‘bickering sessions,'” Thompson explained. “The
reason we’re holding them is to get our freshmen involved.” The debates are
“a good way to get people to know each other,” said Ben Fritz ’99,
co-president of College Democrats.


2)  World news roundup


A bill making the Orthodox Church the preeminent religion of Russia won
unanimous approval Wednesday from the upper house of parliament. A
spokesman for Boris Yeltsin said the president would sign the bill, which
the legislature’s lower house approved last week. The U.S. Congress, the
Vatican and human rights groups have criticized the law because it could
limit religious freedom, but Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II said it would
protect Russians from the influence of foreign sects and cults.


Under pressure from President Clinton, Republican Congressional leaders
agreed Tuesday and Wednesday to bring campaign finance legislation to the
floor this fall. After Clinton threatened to keep Congress in session until
it considers ways to overhaul the campaign finance system, Senate Majority
Leader Trent Lott agreed Tuesday to schedule debate on a bipartisan bill
sponsored by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Russ Feingold, D-Wis. On
Wednesday, House Majority Leader Dick Armey said he, too, would allow
discussion of the issue, which Republicans had steadfastly refused to bring
up in recent days.


Forest fires in Indonesia have spewed a smoky haze across Southeast Asia,
killing two people and causing respiratory problems for 32,000 in Indonesia
alone. … The Islamic Salvation Army, one of the leading groups trying to
overthrow Algeria’s government, called on all militants to stop fighting in
the wake of a series of massacres in the last month. … Hurricane Nora
moved toward Baja California on Wednesday night, and weather forecasters
said residents of the southwestern United States should brace for floods
because the storm could deliver up to 10 inches of rain.


3)  Upcoming movies on campus

MALLRATS (tentative)   Thursday, 9/25           8:00  Upper Tarble
Sex-crazed young males lose themselves in the wonders of the local mall.
Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) directs. Food will be provided; students
are advised to bring blankets. An alternate movie may be shown.

THE SAINT  Friday, 9/26  7:30, 10:00  LPAC
Mysterious man-of-many-faces Simon Templar (Val Kilmer) matches wits with a
wily Russian billionaire and a beautiful scientist who has a recipe for
cold fusion.

DR. NO   Saturday, 9/27  7:30, 10:00  LPAC
In his first outing as James Bond, Sean Connery battles reclusive, rich Dr.
No (Joseph Wiseman) in his island lair. Genesis of the modern spy flick.

PORCO ROSSO  Monday, 9/29  10:00   Kirby
Famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this tale of a flying pig
battling air pirates and fascists in 1914. Original title: Kurenai no buta.

THE BATTLE FOR ALGIERS Wednesday, 10/1  10:15   DuPont
Commissioned by the Algerian government, this film deals with the Algerian
revolution from both sides. French legionnaires vs. Algerian bombers in a
nasty look at war. Original title: La battaglia di algeri.



1)  Franklin and Marshall prevails against women’s soccer

The women’s soccer team couldn’t stop Franklin and Marshall on Wednesday
afternoon, losing 3-1 at home. Betsy Rosenbaum ’98 scored Swarthmore’s lone
goal. “We didn’t play as well as we could have,” said co-captain Claire
Baxter ’98. “We still have some people like myself who have been out for
some games so things are a bit disorganized,” she explained, adding that
“our goalie, Sari Altschuler ’01, had a great game.” Altschuler stopped
every shot that came her way in the second half.


2)  Volleyball triumphant

The volleyball team defeated Neumann in a close match that lasted 5 games.
The scores were 15-5, 15-11, 14-16, 13-15 and 15-8.


3)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Women’s tennis hosts West Chester at 4 p.m.

Women’s tennis travels to the College of New Jersey for the Eastern Rolex


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