Friday, October 31, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Friday, October 31, 1997
Volume 2, Number 40


1)  GREs scare seniors into rescheduling Halloween

2)  Students propose new publications board

3)  Interlibrary loans now available through e-mail

4)  World news roundup


1)  This weekend’s contests


Today:     Becoming more cloudy, windy. High around 65.
            Who has time for class? I don’t have a costume yet!
Tonight:   Cloudy, good chance of rain late. Low of 50.
            And I had better make the costume waterproof.


Saturday:  Rain and wind. I wish I lived in Mary Lyon.
Sunday:    More rain possible. High near 60.


1)  GREs scare seniors into rescheduling Halloween

This year’s Halloween party in Mary Lyon dormitory will not be on
Halloween, which is today, but on Saturday, Nov. 1. This is in “honor of
all the poor seniors who have to take GREs that Saturday,” said Jordan
Hay ’98, an ML resident assistant and one of the organizers of the party.

“I’m taking the GREs on Saturday morning, so it’s great that the party is
on Saturday night,” said Kristin Vitalich ’98.

“I’m really happy that the party is on Nov. 1 because we’re running in the
Centennial Conference cross-country championships on Saturday morning,”
said Wyn Strodtbeck ’98.

The Halloween party will run from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Mary Lyon
Breakfast Room. For those souls not scared off by the GREs, the other
SAC-funded party this weekend is Friday’s Singled Out party, based on the
MTV game show, in Upper Tarble from 10 p.m. to midnight.


2)  Students propose new publications board

Sam Schulhofer-Wohl ’98, student publications coordinator, and Vincent
Jones ’98, Budget Committee treasurer, have submitted a proposal to
Student Council to form the Forum for Free Press, a board separate from
SC that will allocate funds to both new and existing publications.

Schulhofer-Wohl and Jones said that they want to create this board because
they believe that Budget Committee cannot allocate the money effectively
because it does not know everything that goes into making a publication,
and also to make the process of obtaining money more efficient because
there are so many publications on campus.

The proposed board would consist of five people: three appointed by
Student Council, and two elected by publications that are currently
receiving grants. Two alternates would also be selected so that members
won’t have to vote on their own publications. SC members, BC members and
officers of organizations that may appear frequently in publications would
be ineligible to be appointed.

“The way the Forum for Free Press is structured will allow the free
exchange of ideas because people will not have to worry about publishing
something that may offend anyone on the Budget Committee,” said Jones..

Schulhofer-Wohl and Jones have met with more than half of the heads of all
the publications on campus and have received nothing but positive
reactions. They are meeting with BC on Sunday and are optimistic that
their proposal will be approved there and in SC’s Charter Committee.


3)  Interlibrary loans now available through e-mail

Since last year, the interlibrary loan office has been making the
transition to a computer module that allows students to request books via
e-mail from the College library’s web site. Installation of the module was
completed shortly before classes began this semester.

According to Interlibrary Loan Coordinator Minda Hart, the new system was
added so that Swarthmore’s services would be “externally available.”
Library patrons can still place interlibrary loan requests using pencil
and paper, and Hart estimated that about half of the students making
requests have opted for the new system while the other half still do it
the old-fashioned way.

Richard Vezina ’99, a student employee in the interlibrary loan office,
said the only problem with the new system is that “unfortunately some
people have gotten lazy, and just request stuff through ILL before
checking Tripod — even when the stuff is available at one of the

Other students praised the new system. Lance Langdon ’00 said, “It’s
really amazing to have access to that many libraries right at your
fingertips.” Jen Weiss ’98, though she agreed with Langdon, still opts for
the old method of requests: “I think sometimes people are too lazy; it’s
easy to walk into the library and fill out the card.”

Instructions for e-mail requests can be found at


4)  World news roundup


Senate Republicans agreed Thursday to debate campaign finance reform on
March 6, and the Democrats responded by dropping efforts to block virtually
all other legislation. In a protest against Republicans’ earlier refusal to
allow consideration of the bipartisan campaign finance bill sponsored by
Sens. John McCain and Russell Feingold, Democratic lawmakers had used a
variety of procedural moves to stymie the Senate. The McCain-Feingold plan
would ban unrestricted “soft money” donations to political parties.


The United States refused to rule out a military response after Iraq on
Thursday barred two Americans on a U.N. disarmament inspection team from
entering the country. France, Britain and Russia, among other nations,
joined in denouncing Iraq’s action and threatened serious but unspecified
consequences. Iraq announced Wednesday it would not let Americans serve on
the U.N. teams checking whether the country has dismantled its weapons of
mass destruction.


China’s human rights record is improving, President Jiang Zemin told about
50 members of Congress at a breakfast meeting Thursday. … World stock
markets fell again and the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 125
points, marking the end of a two-day recovery from Monday’s steep plunge.
… The United States deported over 110,000 illegal immigrants during the
1996-97 fiscal year, surpassing both the previous record of 69,000
immigrants deported the year before and the target of 93,000 set by the
Immigration and Naturalization Service, Attorney General Janet Reno



1) This weekend’s contests

No games scheduled.

Women’s soccer travels to Haverford for a 2 p.m. game.
Men’s and women’s cross country travel to Ursinus’ hilly course for the
Centennial Conference championships.
Men’s rugby plays Bucknell at home.
Field hockey travels to Haverford for an 11 a.m. game.
Football plays at Franklin and Marshall at 1 p.m.
Men’s soccer treks to Muhlenberg to play at 4 p.m.
Men’s and women’s Ultimate start a two-day tournament at Princeton.


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