Wednesday, October 8, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Wednesday, October 8, 1997
Volume 2, Number 28


1)  Charges dismissed in Computing Center altercation

2)  Morning shuttle popular with ML frosh; some seniors less enthusiastic

3)  World news roundup


1)  Field hockey record no longer perfect

2)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today:    Variable cloudiness, slightly windy. High near 80.
           “Three more days! Three more days!” — the midterm mantra.
Tonight:  More clouds rolling in. Low close to 60.
           Don’t stress: in weather as in life, sunshine’s on the horizon.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and nice. High around 80.


1)  Charges dismissed in Computing Center altercation

Charges of harassment and disorderly conduct brought last spring by a
student against a former Computing Center employee were dismissed after the
student did not attend a hearing Tuesday in the Delaware County Court of
Summary Appeals.

Hope Eason, who was a first-year student at Swarthmore last year, pressed
charges following a March altercation with Sherri Johnson, who was a user
services coordinator in the Computing Center at the time.

According to a statement filed with Swarthmore’s Public Safety Department
by Charlie Mayer ’98, who witnessed the incident, the confrontation was
apparently over a College policy that forbids students to print multiple
copies of their documents in the public printing room in Beardsley Hall.

Johnson appealed after she was found guilty and fined nearly $300 in
district court in May. Mayer, Alix Anderson ’98 and Computing Center
employee Greg Hartley came to testify at Tuesday’s hearing, but the appeals
court dismissed the case when Eason did not appear.

Eason’s whereabouts could not be determined at deadline.

In the week before the incident, Johnson had interviewed for a position at
AdMed Inc., a graphic arts and advertising firm in New Hope, Pa. A few days
after the incident, AdMed offered her a job designing web pages, which she


2)  Morning shuttle popular with ML frosh; some seniors less enthusiastic

Student Council’s planned morning shuttle to off-campus residence halls
seems to be generally popular in Mary Lyon dormitory, according to an
informal Daily Gazette survey. All but one of the first-year students
interviewed, and half of the seniors, favored the shuttle.

Some said they would use it every morning. “I’m sick of getting up real
early,” said Joe Lindgren ’01, who has an 8:30 a.m. class five days a week.

Jordan Hay ’98, a resident assistant in ML, was similarly enthusiastic. “I
drive people to campus a lot and people always love it — it makes their
millennium,” she said, adding that for the money the shuttle will cost,
“you buy a lot of happiness.”

Most proponents cited concern over bad winter weather as their reason for
supporting the morning shuttle. “It’ll help in the winter,” said Rumki Saha
’98. “I won’t use it until it snows,” agreed Mark Samols ’01.

Some ML dwellers, mostly seniors, expressed concern over the usefulness of
the plan. “I never knew there was demand” for the morning shuttle, said
Jessica Howington ’98. RA Erika Baumgartner ’98 said she informally polled
her hall on the issue and found neither overwhelming support nor
overwhelming opposition.

Of the ten first-years interviewed by the Gazette, all but one were solidly
in favor of the proposal. “I feel that the walk is a healthy and easy way
to get my mind working in the morning,” said Gene Turk ’01, the lone
exception. In contrast, three of the six seniors interviewed were
ambivalent or against the proposal. “It’ll be good for people who were
forced to live here,” said Jeremy Taylor ’98, possibly explaining the
dichotomy. Taylor, who has lived in ML all four of his years at Swarthmore,
said he didn’t plan to take the morning shuttle often.

Trial runs of the morning shuttle will begin after fall break.


3)  World news roundup


The chairman of the Senate committee investigating campaign finance
irregularities said Tuesday that President Clinton should take
responsibility for fundraising abuses by the Democratic Party. Clinton is
letting Vice President Al Gore and Attorney General Janet Reno take the
fall in his place, said Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn. Clinton said he had
done nothing wrong, as did former aide Harold Ickes, who testified Tuesday
before Thompson’s Governmental Affairs Committee. Meanwhile, Senate
Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., blocked a vote on the McCain-Feingold
campaign finance reform bill, which now appears to have little chance of


Iraqi warplanes violated U.S.-enforced no-fly zones in southern and
northern Iraq several times in the last week, but American pilots did not
shoot them down, the Defense Department announced Tuesday. The military did
not explain why the Iraqi aircraft had escaped punishment but warned that
future violators risk facing American fire. Defense Secretary William Cohen
last week ordered the aircraft carrier Nimitz to head for the Persian Gulf
five days ahead of schedule to demonstrate that the U.S. is serious about
enforcing the zones.


Peace talks began in earnest Tuesday in Northern Ireland after months of
debate on which political parties would participate. … The Israeli
government opened an inquiry into a bungled attempt by Israeli agents to
assassinate Hamas leader Khalid Meshal. … A garbage-filled supply ship
finally came free of Russia’s Mir space station Tuesday, a day after it was
supposed to leave, after cosmonauts realized they had forgotten to unlock a
latch holding the two vessels together.



1)  Field hockey record no longer perfect

The field hockey team suffered its first defeat of the season Tuesday,
losing 2-1 to Washington College. Holly Baker ’99 scored Swarthmore’s goal.
Washington’s goals were scored on a penalty stroke and a corner shot.
Swarthmore now has an 11-1 overall record, 4-1 in the Centennial
Conference, and is tied with Gettysburg and Washington for the conference


2)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Men’s soccer invites Wesley over for a 4 p.m. game.
Women’s soccer brings Cabrini home for a 4 p.m. game.

There are no contests scheduled for tomorrow.


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