Monday, November 10, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Monday, November 10, 1997
Volume 2, Number 46


1)  BC considering purchase of new movie projectors, will survey students

2)  Survivors Week kicks off

3)  World news roundup


1)  Field hockey wins ECAC regional championship

2)  Scoreboard

3)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today:    Fog likely early, then mostly sunny. High near 60.
          Remember — to be safe, in fog use your LOW beams.
Tonight:  Some clouds, but no rain expected. Low of 35.
          Better yet, just give me your car and don’t worry about the fog.
Tuesday:  Mostly cloudy, some sun peeking through. High around 50.


1)  BC considering purchase of new movie projectors, will survey students

Budget Committee decided Sunday to table discussion about the purchase of
new movie projectors for DuPont Lecture Hall for a week so that student
opinions can be solicited.

Rafi Dowty ’98, head projectionist and a member of Movie Committee,
requested $10,345 to replace the existing projectors, which were bought in
1989. Dowty said College officials told him that student money must be
used for the purchase because the DuPont projectors are used almost
exclusively by student groups.

Ryan Peterson ’00, BC liaison to Student Council, said that all of BC’s
members “agreed that we need new projectors” but that the committee was
concerned about how the spending would affect its finances. According to
BC Treasurer Vincent Jones ’98, there is about $18,000 left in the general
fund that may be allocated during this academic year. Peterson said that
if money is spent on the projectors, “other groups that come in later this
year and ask for money may not get it.”

“We need to make sure that we represent student opinion on this issue,”
said Josh Kramer ’00, a member of BC and SC. BC has created a workgroup of
three members, including Peterson, to find out how the student body feels
about the purchase. The workgroup will send an all-campus e-mail asking
students for comments later this week, and will report the results at BC’s
meeting next Sunday.

The expense will not be covered by BC’s capital replacement fund, which
pays for replacing for equipment already owned by the student body,
because the projectors were not originally purchased with BC funds. The
College bought the projectors and made no plans to replace them, according
to committee members.

“I am happy that BC recognizes the need for new projectors,” said Dowty. “I
will understand if they must postpone such a large allocation of funds for
financial reasons. Obviously, though, I would be disappointed, because I
would like to enjoy them for at least a little while before I graduate.”


2)  Survivors Week kicks off

Organizers of Survivors Week, which started Sunday and runs through
Friday, are hoping to “raise awareness and show support for male and
female survivors of rape, sexual assault, incest, domestic violence and
homophobic violence,” said Hillary Thompson ’99, who is coordinating the
events with Samira Mehta ’00. “Most people don’t have anything to say
about their experiences, and Survivors’ Week is about giving them
something to say.”

The activities commenced Sunday with a display in Parrish Parlors of
“T-shirts made by survivors or by friends and relatives of survivors,
generally Swatties, as an expression of strength or support,” said

Although sexual violence is not often publicized at Swarthmore, Thompson
said 27 shirts were created by Swarthmore students last year. Rape, and
particularly male rape, may be underreported because of “the stigma
victims attach to these crimes, especially victims on a small campus such
as Swat,” she said. According to statistics from Swarthmore’s Acquaintance
Sexual Assault Prevention program, at least one student comes to Gender
Education Advisor Karen Henry each week for counseling about a new
occurrence of sexual violence or another sex-related incident.

The traditional highlight of Survivors Week is Take Back the Night, which
this year will consist of a peaceful rally, speeches by Gail Newbold ’71
and Brett Sokolow, and a candlelight march Friday evening. The week’s
final event, Voices, will follow Take Back the Night and will offer “a
single-sex forum for safe and confidential sharing of stories and concerns
for anyone who wants to attend,” Thompson said.

Survivors Week is sponsored by Friends of Survivors and several other
Swarthmore organizations.


3)  World news roundup


President Clinton fought alongside Republican leaders including House
Speaker Newt Gingrich this weekend to round up votes for so-called
“fast-track” trade legislation. At deadline, a vote was expected in the
House late Sunday night or early Monday morning. A vote scheduled for
Friday was postponed when it became clear that Clinton did not have enough
votes for passage. Most Democrats oppose the bill, which would restrict
Congress to straight yes-or-no votes on trade treaties, and Clinton has had
to turn to the opposition for help. Labor and environmental organizations
say the bill lacks important safeguards, but business groups argue that
fast-track authority will give the president more strength in negotiating
trade pacts.


Construction workers dumped huge bolders into China’s Yangtze River on
Saturday, pushing it into a temporary channel so they can begin erecting
the massive Three Gorges dam. A crowd of 5,000, including President Jiang
Zemin and Prime Minister Li Peng, watched from the Yangtze’s banks, and
national television devoted 14 straight hours of programming to the event.
The dam, scheduled for completion in 2009, will be the world’s largest
hydroelectric project. A 370-mile-long lake behind the dam will inundate
thousands of villages, and 1.2 million residents will be forced to move.


Iraq’s continued refusal to permit disarmament inspections by teams that
include U.S. citizens is on the agenda for a U.N. Security Council meeting
today. … With a speech Saturday at a fund-raising dinner for the Human
Rights Campaign, Bill Clinton became the first sitting president to address
a gay rights organization. … Wind and rains from Hurricane Rick on Sunday
night battered Mexico’s Pacific coast, which is still recovering from last
month’s Hurricane Pauline.



1)  Field hockey wins ECAC regional championship

The field hockey team trounced both Drew and William Patterson this
weekend to win the East Coast Athletic Conference regional championship.
On Saturday, the Garnet beat Drew 3-0. Jen Hagan ’99, Danielle Duffy ’98
and Donna Griffin ’99 scored the goals, and Duffy and Kristin English ’01
had assists. Jane Kendall ’00 blocked two shots for the shutout.

On Sunday, Swarthmore defeated William Patterson 4-1 in the championship
game. Danielle Duffy ’98 scored two goals, and Julie Finnegan ’00 and
Michelle Walsh ’98 each scored once. William Patterson scored on a penalty

With a 19-2 season record, the field hockey team has racked up the most
wins in a season by any sports team in Swarthmore’s history. Garnet field
hockey players this fall scored 99 goals on the way to eclipsing the mark
of 17 victories set by the 1990-91 men’s basketball team.


2)  Scoreboard

Football: Western Maryland 56, Swarthmore 0. Season record: 0-9 overall,
0-7 in the Centennial Conference.
Women’s rugby: A-side: Swarthmore 20, Shippensburg 5. B-side: Swarthmore
8, Shippensburg 5.
Men’s soccer: Haverford 5, Swarthmore 0. Season record: 3-17 overall, 1-8
in the Centennial Conference record.
Men’s and women’s Ultimate: Swarthmore 13, Drexel 2; Purple Traders 13,
Swarthmore 8; Quaker City All-Stars 13, Swarthmore 3; Swarthmore 13,
Strong Girls Sensitive Guys 6; U. Penn 13, Swarthmore 8.


3)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

No contests are scheduled for today.

Women’s basketball hosts Neuman at 7 p.m.


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