Thursday, October 30, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, October 30, 1997
Volume 2, Number 39


1)  Michener leaves literary rights to Swarthmore

2)  Two Hondas stolen from campus lot

3)  Upcoming movies on campus

4)  World news roundup


1)  Haverford withstands volleyball team’s onslaught

2)  Scoreboard

3)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today:    Mostly sunny and nice, breezy. High around 60.
           As the movie says: Same, uhh, stuff, different day.
Tonight:  Clear. Low near 45.
           As the song says: It’s a marvelous night for a moondance.
Friday:   Some clouds, still mostly clear. High of 65.


1)   Michener leaves literary rights to Swarthmore

James Michener, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Swarthmore alumnus
who died Oct. 16, left the bulk of his assets to the College, according to
a report published Saturday in the Austin American-Statesman.

The bequest includes the rights to all of Michener’s best-selling books. He
left his papers and some personal memorabilia to the University of Northern

“Swarthmore College is deeply honored by Jim Michener’s expression of
confidence in his alma mater,” said President Al Bloom. “His gift emerges
from his own belief in the power of fine liberal arts education to create a
‘noble society’ and inspires us with an even greater sense of
responsibility and commitment to our shared mission.”

The exact value of the gift was not known.


2)  Two Hondas stolen from campus lot

Two Honda Accords, identical in style except for color, have been stolen
from parking lot C, next to the SEPTA station, this week. The first theft
was reported Tuesday afternoon, and the second was reported shortly after
midnight Wednesday.

“We believe the cars were locked and parked in well-lit lots — that’s
pretty much the standard” for security, said Director of Public Safety Owen
Redgrave. At this point, there is not much else that can be done to protect
students’ cars from theft, he said. “We patrol all lots and we’ll certainly
keep a closer eye on C Lot, but we can’t neglect the rest of the campus,”
Redgrave added.

Rachel Brakke ’98, owner of the second car reported stolen, disagreed. “I
think that a lot could be done and I think that’s a fundamental problem if
they think nothing can be done. I got the feeling at Public Safety that
this was something that they were not concerned about, that they felt it
was something which had happened and that could not be solved.”

Brakke said she would like to see more monitoring of the parking lot,
patrol routes changed, and perhaps even the installation of a video
surveillance camera.

Brakke went to check the lot after she received a Public Safety bulletin
about the first car theft. While she was searching for her car, she saw a
“new black Honda Civic” sitting in the parking lot. “This idle car with the
engine running and music on sat there. This seemed curious to me especially
given the time of night (around 12:30 a.m.) on a Wednesday. I reported this
along with my stolen car story to Public Safety, but they did not
investigate that black Civic any further. Sure, that car might have been a
student’s who was just sitting there enjoying music in the parking lot, but
with the car thefts lately I would think any lead would be worth checking

“We check out every complaint or report,” Redgrave said. “However, we put
things in priority; if there was a medical emergency or anything of that
nature, we would have to deal with that first.” He said what Brakke saw did
not correspond to “typical car thief behavior.”

Borough police will be increasing their presence by being “vigilant about
patrolling our parking lots for suspicious people,” added Redgrave. “The
borough has never had a rash of car thefts before” and wants to put a stop
to the problem, he said.


3)  Upcoming movies on campus

HISTORY OF THE WORLD, PART I   Thursday, 10/30         8:30        Trotter 203
Mel Brooks directs and acts in this romp through world history: from
cavemen to Caesar, the last supper to the last days of the French monarchy.
(Comedy, 86 minutes)

CARMEN                         Thursday, 10/30         9:00        Kohlberg 115
Flamenco dancers rehearsing a Spanish version of “Carmen” find themselves
living the story, as Antonio (the choreographer) falls in love with Carmen
(the main dancer). (Musical drama, 102 minutes)

SHALLOW GRAVE                   Friday, 10/31           7:30, 10:00      DuPont
Three friends discover their new flatmate dead in his room, with a
tremendous amount of cash. Murder, mayhem, and Hitchcockian double-crosses
galore. Features the omnipresent Ewan McGregor (Thriller, 93 minutes).

DEAD AGAIN                      Saturday, 11/1          7:30, 10:00     DuPont
A Los Angeles private detective (Kenneth Branagh) who specializes in
finding missing persons is approached by an amnesiac named Grace (Emma
Thompson). She keeps having nightmares involving the murder of a pianist by
her husband in the late 1940s. They seek answers from a hypnotist and find
that they’re mysteriously connected to the murders.
(Drama/Mystery/Romance/Thriller, 107 minutes)

RETURN TO OZ                    Monday, 11/3           10:00           Kirby
Dorothy, escaping from a “doctor” who zaps her with electricity, heads back
to Oz with a chicken named Billina. Unfortunately, the evil witch Mombie
and the Nome King are up to dirty tricks, and it’s up to Dorothy, the
clockwork Tik-Tok (a.k.a. the royal army of Oz), Jack Pumpkinhead and a
Gump-thing to restore the rightful ruler of Oz to her throne. (Fantasy, 109

TOKYO STORY                    Wednesday, 11/5         10:15           DuPont
An elderly couple journeys to Tokyo to visit offspring who are not happy to
see them. An meditation on mortality from noted director Yasujiro Ozu.
(Drama, 139 minutes)

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4)  World news roundup


The U.S. will permit exports of nuclear reactors for power plants to China
in return for China’s promise not to sell nuclear weapons technology to
other countries, President Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Zemin
announced Wednesday. But their 2 1/2 hour summit meeting did not lead to
agreement on another major point of contention between the two countries,
with Clinton sharply criticizing China’s human rights record during a joint
press conference.


Iraq on Wednesday banned Americans from serving as U.N. disarmament
inspectors there and ordered the 10 Americans among 40 inspectors now in
Iraq to leave within a week. The U.N. Security Council unanimously
condemned the move and warned there would be unspecified “serious
consequences” unless Iraq reconsidered. The inspection team is checking
whether Iraq has dismantled its weapons of mass destruction, a condition
for lifting economic sanctions on the country.


The Dow Jones industrial average rose 8.35 points on Wednesday as world
markets stayed strong after rebounding Tuesday from big drops Monday and
last week. … Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi met with his South African
counterpart, Nelson Mandela, for the second time in a week and reiterated
his refusal to extradite two suspects in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am
airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland; Mandela urged Gadhafi to cooperate with
the United Nations but denied the visits were an attempt to broker a



1)  Haverford withstands volleyball team’s onslaught

The volleyball team lost its final contest of the season to Haverford in
three close games Wednesday night, despite a strong fan support. “The fans
were great,” said co-captain Jordan Hay ’98. “They were beating on pots!”

“Jeannie Gallego ’00 passed like a madwoman possessed,” Hay said, adding
that “all the seniors had a good last game.” Although Connie Cheung ’98 was
taken to the hospital during the game, she was not seriously injured,
according to Hay. Graduating team members include Hay, Cheung, Heather
Stickney and Kate Schneider.


2)  Scoreboard

WOMEN’S SOCCER (Tuesday): Muhlenberg 1, Swarthmore 0.
MEN’S SOCCER: Swarthmore 2, Ursinus 0.


3)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

No games scheduled.

No games scheduled.


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