Monday, November 3, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Monday, November 3, 1997
Volume 2, Number 41


1)  SC opts to raise activities fee by $11 to $13

2)  World news roundup


1)  Women’s cross country finishes 2nd at conference meet; men come in 7th

2)  Rains interfere with weekend games

3)  Scoreboard

4)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today:    Sunny early, rain possible later, windy.  High around 60.
           It’s gonna feel colder than 60, especially when you get wet.
Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low near 40.
           Careful — mud lurks in the dark, pouncing on expensive shoes.
Tuesday:  Somewhat cloudy, somewhat sunny. High of 55.


1)  SC opts to raise activities fee by $11 to $13

Student Council on Sunday night decided to increase the student activities
fee, now $208, by $11 to $13 next year, rejecting a Budget Committee plan
to increase the fee by $7 to $9. Allocations to student groups would
decrease by $20,000 next year under both plans.

SC Charter Chair Josh Kramer ’00, who also serves on BC, said BC’s
proposed increase was too small because the spending cut would make groups
spend a larger fraction of their money, and less would be left at the end
of each year to roll over for the next year. Without a larger increase, “a
few years down the road, we will be spending out of a surplus that is
decreasing,” Kramer said.

The $20,000 cut is meant to bring spending down from what BC Treasurer
Vincent Jones ’98 called an “abnormally high” level this year. Jones said
the $7 to $9 increase was needed to account for inflation and to maintain
revenues with enrollment lower than it once was.

Kramer said, “We need to increase the fee by $7 to $9 for inflation, and
then an additional $4 to $5 to maintain the level of the rollover.” Jones
said that “a good amount of the rollover comes out of general reserve and
the contingency fund” and that he didn’t feel cuts in allocations would
significantly affect the size of the rollover.

Jones expressed concern that the other members of BC did not agree with
Kramer’s proposal. “They don’t have to, but they should understand why we
made this decision,” responded SC Co-Chair Ari Plost ’98.

The increase will now go to the Board of Managers for approval.

In other business, SC discussed whether to require the Social Affairs
Committee to fund at least one party every Friday and every Saturday
night, as well as whether to tell Rattech, which provides sound equipment
for campus events, to give priority to SAC parties. The issues remain on
the agenda for next Sunday’s meeting.


2)  World news roundup


Iraq refused to back down from its decision banning Americans from a U.N.
disarmament inspection team, turning away three U.S. experts when they
arrived Sunday at an airport west of Baghdad. Speaking on the NBC TV
program “Meet the Press,” the top Republican and Democratic officials of
the House and Senate all called for decisive action against Iraq,
including the possible use of force. Bill Richardson, the U.S. ambassador
to the United Nations, said it was up to the U.N. Security Council to
decide how to respond. Richardson added that the United States did not
want to send in the military but was not ruling out any options.


Opening arguments are expected today in the Denver trial of Terry Nichols
on charges of blowing up the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995.
Prosecutors say that Nichols helped Timothy McVeigh, who was convicted of
similar charges in June, plan the attack and build the bomb; Nichols says
he had no advance knowledge of the plot. Meanwhile, prosecutors in New York
will offer closing remarks in the trial of Ramzi Yousef and Eyad Ismoil,
who are charged with bombing the World Trade Center in 1993. Yousef was
convicted in a separate trial last year of planning to bomb a dozen


The number of minority applicants to U.S. medical schools dropped 11
percent this year, and 6.8 percent fewer minority applicants were accepted,
according to the Association of American Medical Colleges; the declines
were greatest in states such as Texas and California where court rulings
and new laws have rolled back affirmative action. … Truck drivers
blocked roads and gas stations throughout France after contract
negotiations between their unions and a consortium of hauling companies
broke down. … A Vatican symposium on anti-Jewish attitudes in
Christianity closed Sunday with an official statement that anti-Semitism
offends God.



1)  Women’s cross country finishes 2nd at conference meet; men come in 7th

Saturday’s downpour couldn’t stop Swarthmore cross country runners as they
slogged through a hilly, muddy course in the Centennial Conference
championships. The women finished second out of 10 teams, behind
Dickinson. The men finished seventh out of nine teams.

“The course was a loop, so by the time the men’s varsity race ran through
it the last time, it had already been trampled four times; it was pretty
muddy by then,” said senior captain Wyn Strodtbeck, who was among many
runners who fell down in the mud midrace. Swarthmore’s top five men
finishers were Sam Evans ’01, in 15th place; Graham Lucks ’98, 28th; Jeff
Doyon ’00, 47th; Phil Jones ’99, 49th; and Strodtbeck, 55th.

The women beat Haverford for the first time in a conference championship in
five years. “We got their goat,” said senior runner Rachel Brakke.
Swarthmore’s top five women finishers were Joko Agunloye ’01, in second
place; captain Danielle Wall ’98, third; Alissa Parmalee ’01, seventh;
Karen Lloyd ’00, 23rd; and Sarah McClure ’00, 33rd.


2)  Rains interfere with weekend games

The field hockey and women’s soccer teams were psyched for battle Saturday
at Haverford, but had to hold their wrath in check after heavy rains kept
them from playing. The field hockey game was rescheduled for Tuesday at
3:30 p.m., and the soccer game for today at 2:30.

The women’s Ultimate team was forced to call its game against the
University of Pennsylvania a tie because the weather made it impossible to
score up-wind and neither team could gain the two-point margin required
for a victory. Swarthmore led 6-5 when the game ended. In other action,
the women’s Ultimate team lost to Cornell 13-2 and to Penn State 13-0.


3) Scoreboard

FOOTBALL: Franklin and Marshall 41, Swarthmore 0.
MEN’S SOCCER: Haverford 7, Swarthmore 0.
MEN’S SWIMMING: (Centennial Relays) Swarthmore 3rd.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING: (Centennial Relays) Swarthmore 4th.
MEN’S ULTIMATE: Penn State 13, Swarthmore 3. U. Penn 13, Swarthmore 2.
Swarthmore 8, Case Western 1.
MEN’S RUGBY: Forfeited to Bucknell and played a seven-on-seven scrimmage
WOMEN’S RUGBY: West Chester 19, Swarthmore 3.


4) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Women’s soccer travels to Haverford for a 2:30 p.m. game rescheduled from

Field hockey goes to Haverford for a 3:30 p.m. game rescheduled from


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