Thursday, October 2, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, October 2, 1997
Volume 2, Number 24


1)  BC approves trial run of morning shuttle

2)  New buildings under discussion as planning committees meet

3)  World news roundup

4)  Upcoming movies on campus


1)  Stronger-than-expected Muhlenberg takes down volleyball team

2)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today:    Sunny and cool. High just above 60.
         Happy New Year!
Tonight:  A few clouds, but no rain. Low around 45.
         Hey, where are the New Year’s Day bowl games?
Friday:   Warmer, partly sunny. High near 70.


1)  BC approves trial run of morning shuttle

In a special meeting Wednesday evening, Budget Committee approved Student
Council’s proposal for a morning shuttle to off-campus dormitories. The
special meeting was called so the shuttle could start by the end of fall
break. The shuttle will run until winter break, when the program will be
evaluated by Student Council.

Under the plan, Budget Committee Treasurer Vincent Jones ’98 will reserve
the vans, find drivers and alternates, and drive the shuttle himself in
most cases when a driver cancels and a substitute cannot be found.

The plan allocates $600 to pay hourly wages for five drivers and Jones. In
addition, $45 was allocated for publicity and a “christening study break”
to be held on board the shuttle, probably on its maiden voyage. Insurance
will be covered by the College, and maintenance and gas for the vans are
already taken care of, Jones said.


2)  New buildings under discussion as planning committees meet

The College Planning Committee and the Board of Managers on Friday convened
the first in a series of four conferences on the future of the College. By
the spring of 1999, planning subgroups of CPC are to give the Board of
Managers a final set of recommendations on how to keep Swarthmore
competitive in the 21st century.

Naomi Michlin ’98, a member of the CPC’s facilities subgroup, said, “I
thought it was interesting. I also realized how complicated the facilities
planning process is going to be because of the interdependence of the
different proposals, (such as) the need for swing space.”

Plans for new facilities or major renovations on campus should generate a
lot of student interest, according to Maurice Eldridge, associate vice
president and executive assistant to the president. On the table are
proposals to modernize DuPont Science Building and McCabe Library. The
facilities subgroup is also considering construction of a new residence
hall and a student center.

CPC subgroups are studying nine topics besides facilities: financial aid,
admissions, technology, staffing, visibility and leadership in higher
education, the curriculum and the faculty experience, the student
experience, student government, and proactive regional and local efforts.
Beyond the issues specific to each subgroup, committee members will
consider the roles of diversity, the tri-college relationship and athletics
in campus life. Each committee includes College administrators, faculty,
staff and students.

The remaining conferences are scheduled for Board of Managers weekends in
December, February, and May.


3)  World news roundup


In a surprise move, Israel freed the ailing founder of the Islamic militant
group Hamas from prison Wednesday and sent him to Jordan. Israeli officials
called the release of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, 61, a goodwill gesture toward
Palestinians. But Palestinian Authority and Hamas officials complained that
Yassin should have been sent to his home in Gaza, not to Jordan, and some
speculated that Israel was trying to win the release of two suspected
Israeli agents arrested after an attack last week on another top Hamas


A Mississippi teenager killed his mother Wednesday morning, then drove to
his high school and opened fire, killing two students and wounding six,
according to authorities. Police in Pearl, Miss., arrested Luke Woodham and
charged him with three counts of murder after the rampage. Woodham’s former
girlfriend was among the dead, and Police Chief Bill Slade said Woodham had
been distraught over breaking up with her. School officials canceled
classes until Monday but told students to report Friday for counseling.


The Army moved a step closer Wednesday to court-martialing its top enlisted
man, Army Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney, when a colonel concurred with an earlier
recommendation that McKinney be tried on sexual misconduct charges. …
Stocks climbed Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing
over 8,000 for the first time since Aug. 20, after WorldCom Inc. offered to
buy MCI Communications Corp. for nearly $30 billion. … The CIA said
witnesses who observed streaks of light near TWA Flight 800 shortly before
the airplane exploded in July 1996 likely saw fuel leaking from the doomed
craft, not a missile. … A federal grand jury is investigating whether
Hudson Foods Co. tried to hide the extent of E. coli contamination that
forced the recall of 25 million pounds of hamburger in August.


4)  Upcoming movies on campus

EL MARIACHI  Friday, 10/3  7:30, 10:00 LPAC Cinema
A wandering guitar player (a mariachi) is mistaken for a gangster in a
corrupt Mexican city, and he has to fight to stay alive. Director Robert
Rodriguez’s first film, it cost about $8,000 to make. (Action/thriller, 80

SLING BLADE  Saturday, 10/4  7:30, 10:00 LPAC Cinema
Mental patient Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton) returns to his hometown
and becomes involved with a young boy and his family. Thornton also
directs. (Drama, 136 minutes)

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH  Monday, 10/6  10:00  Kirby
Apathetic Milo is sucked into a fantasy world and learns the value of
whimsy in this partly-animated adaptation of Norton Juster’s children’s
book. Directed by crack Warner Brothers animator Chuck Jones. (Fantasy, 90

OBLOMOV (part 2) Wednesday, 10/8  9:30  Kirby
A 19th-century Russian nobleman lets his life go to pot as his best friend
tries to bring him back to a more active life. Adaptation of the Goncharov
novel. (Drama, 70 minutes)



1)  Stronger-than-expected Muhlenberg takes down volleyball team

On Tuesday night the volleyball team lost 3-0 to Muhlenberg. The team was
disappointed by the unexpected loss. “Muhlenberg was not that good — we
should have done a lot better,” said co-captain Jordan Hay ’98.

“We make mistakes late in the game. We’re a pretty young team,” said
co-captain Holly Barton ’99. “I think we’ll get better.”


2)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Men’s tennis hosts the first day of the Eastern Rolex tournament.
Volleyball hits the road again to play Johns Hopkins at 7 p.m.

No games are scheduled for Friday.


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