Monday, October 27, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Monday, October 27, 1997
Volume 2, Number 36


1)  SC, SAC form workgroup to solve ‘procedural problems’

2)  N.J. election draws interest from Swarthmore political groups

3)  World news roundup


1)  Football team marches on despite loss of players

2)  Willets wins wallyball war

3)  Scoreboard

4)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today:    Rain early, maybe later too, and windy. High around 60.
           April showers might bring May flowers …
Tonight:  Still cloudy, more rain possible. Low of 45.
           …but October rain brings mud.
Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, but wind makes it cold. High near 55.


1)  SC, SAC form workgroup to solve ‘procedural problems’

Student Council on Sunday created a joint workgroup with the Social Affairs
Committee to establish procedures for allocating SAC funds to parties and
other events. SC co-chair Ari Plost ’98 said several members of SAC had
told him the committee had “procedural problems.”

“It would help if we had a real procedure for deciding whether to accept or
reject a proposal,” said Ila Deshmukh ’99, one of five SAC members who came
to Sunday’s SC meeting to discuss the issue. “We get into arguments right
now about how we can predict whether a party will be good.”

Joseph Armah ’98 and Fathmatta Jalloh ’99, SAC co-coordinators, did not
attend the meeting.

The workgroup will consist of four SC members, including Plost, and four
representatives from SAC, including either Armah or Jalloh. It will report
back to SC and SAC on Nov. 23 with an outline of procedures that will
govern the operation of SAC, ranging from what events the committee can
fund to how it will make decisions.

The workgroup will also discuss more specific issues, such as publicity for
SAC-funded events, the possibility of open SAC meetings and the maintenance
of a central social calendar to ensure that groups spread their events over
the semester.

All workgroup meetings will be open, and a large, publicized meeting will
take place at some point to discuss the issues with the student body.


2)  N.J. election draws interest from Swarthmore political groups

Four Swarthmore students traveled to New Jersey over the weekend to
campaign for Jim McGreevey, the Democrat who is challenging Republican Gov.
Christine Todd Whitman in next week’s election, according to Ben Fritz ’99,
co-president of College Democrats.

“It’s a really tight race, so it’s an important one for the Democratic
Party — not only because it’s a tight race but because Christine Todd
Whitman is seen as popular and as the future of the Republican Party, so
taking her down would be a great triumph for the Democrats,” Fritz said.

The students went through a neighborhood Saturday handing out literature
and answering questions about McGreevey’s platform, which focuses on auto
insurance, education and tax reform, he said. They returned to Swarthmore
on Sunday after spending the night in New Jersey.

Another group of students campaigned for Democratic city council candidates
Saturday in Chester, Fritz added.

Republican students are also planning campaign efforts. “We’re hopefully
going to be helping out the Chester Republican Coalition, getting people to
polls and so on,” said Neena Shenai ’98, president of College Republicans.
“We’re also hopefully going to be going to Christine Todd Whitman’s hopeful
victory party.”

Shenai said she thinks Whitman is an important “counterbalance” to more
conservative Republicans. “I identify myself directly with her stances on
most issues, being a fiscal conservative and social moderate,” Shenai said.
“I think for the future for the Republican Party, people like her have to
be strong.”


3)  World news roundup


Chinese President Jiang Zemin arrived Sunday in the United States for a
summit intended to improve relations that have been strained by disputes
over human rights, trade, Taiwan and nuclear weapons. Jiang flew from China
to Hawaii, where he will spend two days before heading to Washington to
meet with President Clinton. Jiang will also travel to Virginia,
Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Los Angeles during his eight-day trip,
the first state visit to the United States by a Chinese president in 12
years. Human rights organizations warned they would stage demonstrations at
every stop, and nine anti-Jiang protesters were arrested Sunday outside the
White House.


The first blizzard of the year in the western United States — a
record-setting storm that dumped up to three feet of snow on Colorado and
points east on Saturday — left behind stranded travelers, six-foot snow
drifts and widespread power outages. Airlines began offering a few flights
out of Denver International Airport on Sunday morning after shutting down
Friday night. But thousands of passengers remained stranded because while
the runways were clear, roads weren’t and flight crews couldn’t reach the
airport. Police in several states reported thousands of cars abandoned or
stranded on major highways. About 125,000 customers in Nebraska and about
50,000 in central Iowa remained without power Sunday.


A House of Representatives committee says that the Defense and Veterans
Affairs departments have mishandled the investigation of Gulf War veterans’
health problems and should be stripped of authority over the issue. …
Police estimated a crowd of 1.5 million came to Philadelphia for Saturday’s
Million Woman March, aimed at building unity in African-American
communities. … The Florida Marlins defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-2 in
11 innings to win the deciding seventh game of the World Series.



1)  Football team marches on despite loss of players

The football team lost 43-0 to Dickinson in Swarthmore’s homecoming game
Saturday, bringing the Garnet Tide’s record to 0-7 for the season and 0-5
in the Centennial Conference. The game was the team’s second since seven
players, including four starters, left over fall break. In Saturday’s game,
a shoulder injury forced J.P. Harris ’99, a top player for the offense, to
stop playing after the first quarter. Two other starting offensive linemen
were out for the whole game because of injuries.

“Now that we’re undermanned,” said defensive lineman Tim Merkel ’99, “we’re
putting forth more effort and trying harder.” According to Carlo Fitti ’00,
“some of the offense is offering to play defense.”

Last Tuesday, Aaron Hultgren ’98 and Alex DeShields ’98, both lacrosse
players, offered to help the team out for the rest of the season. Even if
the two new additions don’t get to play in the games, Hultgren, who played
football for Swarthmore his freshman year, said he’s “happy with [his]
choice” and is not passing judgment on the players who left. “We respect
what the team is going through and wanted to support them in any way we
could,” said Hultgren. “These kids have a lot of heart and are giving it
100 percent; this is the kind of a team that can rebuild.”


2)  Willets wins wallyball war

Willets Basement defeated Da Dana Ducts in a best-of-three series with
scores of 15-9 and 15-11 to win the intramural wallyball championship.
Members of the winning team include Valerie Walbek ’01, Ryan Neiheiser ’01,
Laura Blume  ’01, and Bonnie French ’01.


3)  Scoreboard

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Seven Sisters: 72 points for 3rd place after
Wellesley, Smith.
FIELD HOCKEY: Swarthmore 4, Johns Hopkins 0. 15-2 overall, 6-1 Centennial.
MEN’S SOCCER: Gettysburg 3, Swarthmore 0. 2-14 overall, 0-5 Centennial.
Alumni game canceled.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: Johns Hopkins 5, Swarthmore 1. 6-12 overall, 2-5 Centennial.
MEN’S TENNIS: Rolex Nationals: Roger Werner ’98 8th place singles, Jon
Temin ’00 and John Leary ’00 6th place doubles.
VOLLEYBALL: Swarthmore 3, Ursinus 1. Western Maryland 3, Swarthmore 0. 4-14
overall, 2-7 Centennial.
MEN’S RUGBY: Penn 31, Swarthmore 25.
WOMEN’S RUGBY: Princeton 34, Swarthmore 0. Delaware 15, Swarthmore 7.
ULTIMATE FRISBEE (COED): Swarthmore 13, Alumni 12. Lehigh 13, Swarthmore
12. Blue Cheese 13, Swarthmore 5. Swarthmore 13, Eastern 9. Penn State 9,
Swarthmore 6. Rutgers 13, Swarthmore 3.
INTRAMURAL TRIATHLON (500m swim, 9-mile bike, 3.6-mile run):
Men’s Single Division: Dan Swartz ’01 – 1:06:26, Lou Peterson ’98 –
1:08:15, Ben Gaines ’01 – 1:11:34.
Women’s Single Division: Annie Bacon ’99 – 1:14:45.
Women’s Team Division: Claire Arbour ’00, Bridget Arbour ’98, Mary
Catherine Arbour ’95 – 1:00:40.


4)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

No contests are scheduled for today.

Field hockey brings Bryn Mawr home for a 3:30 p.m. game.
Women’s soccer travels to Muhlenberg for a 3 p.m. game.


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