Wednesday, November 5, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Wednesday, November 5, 1997
Volume 2, Number 43


1)  In emergency meeting, SAC and SC reach agreement

2)  Fifth Cabaret features familiar faces, modified format

3)  World news roundup


1)  Field hockey clobbers Haverford, wins third straight conference title

2)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today:     Partly sunny, breezy. High near 60.
            Fight the system! Stay away from your classes!
Tonight:   Clouds rolling in, no rain expected. Low of 35.
            If reading that made you feel guilty, the system has already won.
Thursday:  Morning sunshine, becoming overcast. High around 55.


1)  In emergency meeting, SAC and SC reach agreement

At the end of a tumultuous evening, the Social Affairs Committee agreed
Tuesday to report to Student Council on Nov. 23 with a set of procedures
governing SAC’s operation. SAC will also report to SC on Nov. 9 with a
schedule of meetings when these procedures will be written.

At its regular meeting Tuesday night, SAC discussed SC’s demand for a joint
workgroup to establish procedural guidelines. SAC members decided instead
to plan a retreat to discuss the procedures, with SC members present to
serve as “a reference,” according to SAC co-coordinator Joseph Armah ’98.

SAC allowed SC Outreach Chair Melissa Amir-Arjomand ’00 to observe the
closed meeting after SC Co-Chair Ari Plost ’98 threatened, in a letter sent
to SAC early Tuesday, that he would not “acknowledge that your meeting took
place without her presence.”

According to SC Charter Chair Josh Kramer ’00, a SAC member came to Charter
Committee’s meeting later Tuesday night and said SAC’s co-coordinators had
gone against the wishes of other SAC members in deciding to hold the retreat

SC was “distressed” by this, according to Kramer, and called an emergency
meeting of SC and SAC members at 11 p.m. At the meeting, Armah and SAC
member Lauren Basta ’98 both said the decision to hold the retreat had been
unanimous. Some SC members argued that SC would have a more active role in
a joint workgroup than at a retreat, and they demanded that SAC comply with
the original plan for a workgroup. Kramer and other SC members said that SC
should set a deadline for SAC to write the procedures, and that SAC should
give SC a plan showing how it would meet that deadline.

Some SAC members who on Oct. 26 went to Council with concerns about how SAC
operates now said the committee could write procedures on its own. “I think
SAC is good at getting things done and can do it without SC’s help,” said
SAC member Melissa Morrell ’99.

After an hour of angry arguments between members of SAC and SC during the
emergency meeting, Plost said that he had “a new conception of what went on
at the SAC meeting,” and SAC and SC agreed that SAC would write procedures
by Nov. 23 and submit a timetable Nov. 9.


2)  Fifth Cabaret features familiar faces, modified format

The fifth production of Cabaret — a biannual student-written revue
featuring short comedy sketches, monologues, songs, and waiters serving the
audience drinks — opens tonight.

Performers said the show would be similar in format to previous editions,
with one notable difference: “This is the first time we’ve ever done it in
an ensemble format, so there’s more at stake,” said Emily Salzfass ’98, a
member of the six-student group that wrote, directed and will perform the
entire show. “There’s more of a give-and-take than there usually is,” said
ensemble member Anna Fricke ’98.

The ensemble’s other members are Simon Harding ’99, Wilson Kello ’98, John
Kosinski ’99 and Mike Zadara ’98. All six of the ensemble members have
performed in previous Cabarets; Fricke, Zadara, Salzfass and Kello directed
previous Cabarets. Ted Florea ’98 serves as emcee, and Cameron McPhee ’98
is stage manager. A band led by Kevin Schlottmann ’00 will perform between
scenes, with Justin Hall ’98 singing at intermission.

When asked why some previous performers had not returned, Salzfass
explained, “There were people who had just acted. … We wanted the kind of
people who could make a commitment to an ensemble format and not just be
directed.” The ensemble format seems to have produced more cerebral
sketches that rely less on Swarthmore-specific humor, though some retain an
element of slapstick and some, like the four-part mystery “A Metric Ton of
Murder,” dabble in the absurd.

Cabaret will be presented at the Olde Club today and Thursday at 10 p.m.,
and Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Admission is $3.


3)  World news roundup


Republican Gov. Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey narrowly defeated a
Democratic opponent in Tuesday’s election, while GOP candidates in Virginia
and New York swept to easy victories. With 99 percent of precincts
reporting, Whitman had 47 percent of the vote to Jim McGreevey’s 46
percent. McGreevey presented an unexpectedly strong challenge to Whitman by
focusing on New Jersey’s high automobile insurance rates, among other
issues. In Virginia, Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Gilmore had 56
percent of the vote to Democrat Don Beyer’s 42 percent. Republican Mayor
Rudy Giuliani of New York had the same margin of victory over Democrat Ruth


Iraq agreed Tuesday to delay expelling Americans on U.N. weapons inspection
teams until a U.N. delegation seeking to prevent the expulsions finishes
its work late this week or early next week. President Saddam Hussein last
week ordered all U.S. citizens among the inspectors to return home by 1
a.m. Thursday (5 p.m. EST today). Iraq has also turned away American
disarmament inspectors who tried to enter the country, blocked inspections
by teams that include Americans and threatened to shoot down U-2 spy planes
used by the inspectors.


The chances of so-called “fast-track” trade legislation appeared brighter
Tuesday after the Senate voted 69-31 on Tuesday to limit delaying tactics
by opponents of the bill, which would restrict Congress to straight
yes-or-no votes on trade treaties. … Bill Lann Lee, President Clinton’s
choice to be the government’s top enforcer of civil rights laws, drew stiff
opposition Tuesday from leading Republican senators who said Lee’s
interpretation of the laws is too liberal; Democrats wondered why no one
objected during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination last



1)  Field hockey trounces Haverford, wins third straight conference title

The field hockey team ended its regular season Tuesday with an 8-1 victory
against Haverford that put Swarthmore atop the Centennial Conference for
the third year in a row. Danielle Duffy ’98 led the team with four goals
and one assist, Holly Baker ’99 followed with two goals, and Donna Griffin
’99 and Becca Stites ’00 each scored one goal.

The Garnet compiled a 17-2 season record, 8-1 against conference opponents.
No Swarthmore field hockey team had ever won so many games in a season; the
total of 17 victories tied the school record set by the 1990-91 men’s
basketball team for most wins in a single season in any sport.

Swarthmore collected its third consecutive Centennial Conference title,
sharing first place with Gettysburg and Washington this year. Duffy was
named Centennial Conference Player of the Year, also for the third year in
a row. Baker and Michelle Walsh ’98 were named to the first all-conference
team, Lurah Hess ’99 and Jen Hagan ’99 were named to the second
all-conference team, and Jamie Flather ’00 received all-conference
honorable mention.

Swarthmore’s team is seeded first in the ECAC Division III mid-Atlantic
field hockey championships, which will be held here Saturday and Sunday.


2)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Men’s soccer hosts Washington at 3 p.m.

No contests are scheduled for tomorrow.


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