Friday, October 24, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Friday, October 24, 1997
Volume 2, Number 35


1)  Irish bard Muldoon reads poems, talks about translating

2)  World news roundup

3)  Weekend party plans


1)  Field hockey loses to Rowan

2)  Today’s and this weekend’s contests


Today:     The sun’s a bit shy today. High of 60.
            If you go outside and encourage it, the sun may shine.
Tonight:   Becoming overcast, rain probable. Low near 50.
            If you go outside, you’ll just get wet.
Extended Weekend Forecast
Saturday:  Cloudy, showers throughout the day. High around 60.
Sunday:    Mostly cloudy, more rain possible. High close to 65.

***Special Bulletin: Get More Sleep***
At 2 a.m. Sunday, it suddenly becomes 1 a.m. Crazy!
Tell your clocks and watches all about Daylight Savings Time.


1)  Irish bard Muldoon reads poems, talks about translating

Internationally known poet Paul Muldoon read his own works to a large
audience in the Scheuer Room on Thursday evening. Muldoon is ranked among
Ireland’s finest living poets: Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Eavan Boland,
Paul Durcan and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill.

Among the poems Muldoon read were three on the birth of his daughter and
one about his childhood in Northern Ireland.

“It was so lyrically beautiful,” Sanford DeVoe ’00 said.

Muldoon also spoke earlier in the day to a group of linguistics majors. He
mentioned that he learned to speak Irish in school and was writing poetry
in Irish and English while still a teenager. Later on, he published poems
in English but also worked translating Irish writings into English.

The rest of his lecture focused on his translation of Ni Dhomhnaill’s
poetry. Muldoon’s style of translation is liberal: He rendered the title of
Ni Dhomhnaill’s poem “An Crann” as “As for the Quince,” even though the
Irish words literally mean “a tree” and the poem never calls the tree in
question a quince. “To limit the number of possible interpretations is one
of the jobs of a writer,” he said.


2)  World news roundup


Hong Kong’s stock market plunged 10 percent Thursday after banks raised
interest rates to fight speculators who are betting that Hong Kong will
devalue its currency. The effects were felt worldwide: leading stock
indexes in Europe and Japan dropped 3 to 5 percent, and the Dow Jones
industrial average fell 186.88 to close at 7,847.77, a loss of 2.3 percent.
Investors flocked to buy U.S. Treasury bonds, which are traditionally a
safe haven in risky times.


Democrats said Thursday they would keep Congress at a standstill until
Republicans schedule a vote on campaign finance reform and wrap up an
inquiry into a disputed election. Democratic senators blocked a vote
Thursday on a $181 million highway construction bill; they are also
preventing committee meetings from lasting more than two hours and
threatening to filibuster other legislation. House Minority Leader Richard
Gephardt vowed to use a variety of time-wasting tactics, such as repeated
votes on motions to adjourn the chamber, unless Republicans either produce
proof that Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., did not fairly defeat incumbent
Bob Dornan or stop investigating that race.


America’s working parents need better, more affordable options for taking
care of their kids, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday at a day-long
White House conference on child care. … Dr. Jack Kevorkian plans to
harvest the organs of people he helps to commit suicide for use in
transplant operations, his attorney told news organizations Thursday. …
The Florida Marlins defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 on Thursday night,
taking a 3-2 lead in the World Series.


3)  Weekend party plans

The Social Affairs Committee is funding two events this weekend, SAC
members said. The activities are:

*A Paces party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, sponsored by SAO.
*A “Lost in Space” party sponsored by the men’s soccer team, at the Phi Psi
house from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday.

All SAC-funded events are free and open to the entire student body.



1)  Field hockey loses to Rowan

The field hockey team suffered its second loss of the season Thursday,
falling 2-1 to Rowan at home. Jen Hagan ’99 scored in the first half,
assisted by Kirsten English ’01. Then Rowan finished up with a stroke and a
penalty shot in the second half.


2) Today’s and this weekend’s contests

No contests are scheduled for today.

Men’s rugby travels to Penn for a 1 p.m. game.
Women’s rugby treks to Princeton for the two-day EPRU championship.
Men’s and women’s Ultimate begin an all-day tournament on Mertz Lawn at 9 a.m.
Women’s cross country runs to Rose Tree Park in Media for the Seven Sisters
championship at 11 a.m.
Field hockey brings Johns Hopkins home for a noon game.
Football’s homecoming game against Dickinson starts at 1:30 p.m.
Men’s soccer travels to Gettysburg for a 1 p.m. game.
Women’s soccer plays Johns Hopkins at home at 1:30 p.m.
Men’s tennis continues in the National Rolex tournament, which started
Thursday and ends Sunday, in Memphis, Tenn.
Volleyball plays Western Maryland and Ursinus at Ursinus at noon.

The second annual intramural fall triathlon starts at Ware Pool at 10:30 a.m.
Men’s soccer plays a team of alumni at home at 3 p.m.


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