Tuesday, November 18, 1997

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Tuesday, November 18, 1997
Volume 2, Number 51

NEWS IN BRIEF

1)  BC decides to purchase new projectors this semester

2)  SC accepts Phoenix appeal, overrules BC’s recommended suspension

3)  World news roundup

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1)  Wall heads to cross country nationals

2)  Football finishes tough season with a score

3)  Swimming sneaks by NYU

4)  Intramural action

5)  Scoreboard

6)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today:      Nice, a little breezy. High near 50.
             Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
Tonight:    Clear, should remind you of last night. Low of 30.
             Don’t you hate pointless, irrelevant cliches? So do I.
Wednesday:  Some clouds moving in, partly sunny. High around 50.

TO OUR READERS

The Daily Gazette did not produce an edition Monday because of technical
problems with the Swarthmore College computer network.

NEWS REPORT

1)  BC decides to purchase new projectors this semester

Budget Committee decided Sunday to purchase two new movie projectors for
DuPont Lecture Hall this semester. The proposal, presented by Head
Projectionist Rafi Dowty ’98 at a BC meeting Nov. 9, allocates $10,345 to
replace the current projectors, bought eight years ago and used almost
exclusively by students.

BC waited a week to make the decision so it could poll students on whether
it should spend more than half of the money in its General Reserve fund to
replace the projectors now, or whether it should wait until next spring.
But the Cooper Foundation recently reimbursed BC $11,000 for a loan that
funded a Feminist Majority lecture series last semester, so money from the
General Reserve fund is no longer needed to pay for the projectors.

BC member Ryan Peterson ’00 said that of 307 students who responded to an
all-campus e-mail message soliciting opinions on the issue, 167 wanted to
buy the projectors this semester. BC also polled students in Sharples;
there, too, a majority felt that the projectors should be purchased now.

Student Council approved BC’s decision later Sunday night. SC review was
required because the projectors will cost more than $1000. The new
projectors should arrive by the end of the semester and will be up and
running in January, Dowty said.

*****

2)  SC accepts Phoenix appeal, overrules BC’s recommended suspension

Student Council decided at a meeting Sunday night to overturn Budget
Committee’s temporary suspension of Phoenix Co-Editor-in-Chief George
Balgobin ’00 from the Student Publications Office. Balgobin had been
punished for failing to properly lock the office door; the office contains
between $30,000 and $40,000 worth of equipment.

SC made the decision by a vote of 9 to 1, after Balgobin, Phoenix
Co-Editor-in-Chief Arun Mohan ’00, and Phoenix Publisher Dan Fanaras ’99
appealed BC’s decision to SC. “We feel that the punishment does not fit the
crime,” said Mohan.

Said BC Treasurer Vincent Jones ’98 after the decision, “I’ve lost faith in
you all as SC members, though I still love you all as individuals.”

BC had recommended earlier Sunday that Student Publications Coordinator Sam
Schulhofer-Wohl ’98 suspend Balgobin from the office for a week, as the
Phoenix had twice failed to properly secure the door. BC members had
decided that Balgobin was responsible for the second violation, and that
the penalty would apply only to him, not Mohan. Both Balgobin and Mohan
were present at this meeting.

BC had voted Nov. 9 to recommend the suspension of both Balgobin and Mohan
from the office, after Schulhofer-Wohl reported the violations and asked BC
what action to take. The suspension was in effect for two days when it was
rescinded Nov. 11, according to Jones, because Mohan and Balgobin
complained that they had not been present when the decision was made.
However, both editors-in-chief were forced to turn in their permanent keys
to the office for a week.

Despite Balgobin’s assertions to the contrary, BC members felt Sunday that
the office rules had been sufficiently articulated to Balgobin and Mohan,
and that the penalty levied Nov. 9 was still appropriate.

SC nullified BC’s decision Sunday, and felt that the punishment for not
locking the door was “time served,” according to Council member Naomi
Michlin ’98. Elections Chair Laura Barandes ’99 said that “the office rules
are vague,” leaving room for misinterpretation by all parties involved.

SC Co-Chair Ari Plost ’98 voted against the proposal, stating that SC’s
“role as an appeals body should not that easily neglect the decision made
by BC.”

SC also ruled that if Balgobin, Mohan, or Fanaras leave the office door
unlocked again, their permanent keys will be taken away for the rest of the
semester. Echoing BC’s earlier ruling, SC decided that Schulhofer-Wohl
would work with representatives of all publications to establish concrete
office rules.

“SC made a fair decision … and they agreed for the future that we need to
establish clearly what the rules are,” stated Fanaras. Mohan said, “We
still do not agree that BC should have had the right to make this
decision. … It should have been made unilaterally by Sam, and BC should
have never made the decision for him.”

*****

3)  World news roundup

TERRORISTS SLAY 61 TOURISTS IN EGYPT

Six gunmen opened fire at an ancient temple Monday morning in Luxor, Egypt,
killing 61 foreign visitors. Police later killed the men after a lengthy
gun battle. Two police officers and two Egyptians also died in the
massacre, and 24 people were wounded. Most of the victims were not
immediately identified, but news reports said the tourists were from
countries  including Japan, Germany, Britain, Switzerland, Colombia and
France. Egyptian officials blamed the attack on militants who want to
overthrow the government and establish a fundamentalist Islamic state.

TEAMSTERS PRESIDENT BARRED FROM ELECTION

A court-appointed monitor Monday disqualified Teamsters President Ron Carey
from running in a new election ordered after results from the first vote
were thrown out because of illegal fundraising. The monitor, former federal
judge Kenneth Conboy, found that Carey was involved in a scheme to funnel
union funds through nonprofit groups and political organizations into
Carey’s campaign coffers. Carey has denied knowledge of the scheme; three
people involved in his campaign pleaded guilty in September to charges
including conspiracy and mail fraud.

IN OTHER NEWS …

Two veteran California Democrats in the House of Representatives, Vic Fazio
and Ron Dellums, announced Monday they would not seek re-election in 1998.
… Iraqi officials rejected a U.S. proposal to let Iraq sell more oil if
it stops obstructing U.N. weapons inspectors. … Nigeria’s military ruler,
Gen. Sani Abacha, dismissed his entire cabinet Monday and said he would
free an unspecified number of political prisoners.

*****

SPORTS UPDATE

1)  Wall heads to cross country nationals

For only the second time ever, a member of Swarthmore’s women’s cross
country team has advanced to for the NCAA national meet.

In the mid-Atlantic regional meet Saturday at Dickinson College, Danielle
Wall ’98 placed 15th. She was named to the all-regional team and qualified
for next weekend’s national championship in Boston.

The women’s team finished ninth and the men’s team 14th out of 44 schools
in the regional meet. About 270 competitors ran in each race.

Joko Agunloye ’01, who finished 17th, made the freshman all-regional first
team, and Alissa Parmalee ’01, who finished 44th, made the freshman
all-regional second team. Karen Lloyd ’00 finished 68th and Sarah McClure
’00 finished 101st. On the men’s side, Jeff Doyon ’00 finished in 89th
place, Phil Jones ’99 in 91st, Wyn Strodtbeck in 94th, Marc Nierman ’01 in
100th and Sam Evans ’00 in 103rd.

*****

2)  Football finishes tough season with a score

Football lost to Washington and Lee on Saturday 41-13, bringing Swarthmore
to a final record of 0-10 for the season. In the first half, the Garnet
scored on a 14-yard completion from Ford O’Connell ’00 to Joe Aleffi ’00
that brought the score to 10-7. With two minutes and 28 seconds left in the
game, Swarthmore scored again on a 24-yard pass from Scott Murray ’01 to
Tony Hillery ’01. Aleffi led the team with 23 yards rushing, O’Connell
completed nine of 21 passes to gain 93 yards, Mason Tootell ’99 caught six
passes for 97 yards, and Tucker Zengerle ’00 made 19 tackles, 10 of which
were solos.

*****

3)  Swimming sneaks by NYU

Both swim teams edged out NYU Saturday with scores of 49-45 for the men and
47-46 for the women. (Vassar also participated in the meet.) Swarthmore’s
first-place finishers were Claire Arbour ’00 and Mark Friedberg ’98 in the
1000m freestyle; Andy Robbins ’98, Fred Gerson ’99, Brandon Walsh ’00 and
Ryan Fruh ’99 in the 400m medley relay; Molly Marino ’98 in the 200m
freestyle; Robbins in the 200m individual medley; Jill Belding ’99 and
Walsh in the 200m butterfly; Carl Sanders ’98 in the 100m freestyle;
Robbins in the 200m backstroke; Sanders and Marino in the 500m freestyle;
Ed Sherer ’00 in the 200m breaststroke; and Marino, Becca Howes-Mischel
’01, Arbour and Hilary Clay ’01 in the 400m freestyle relay.

*****

4)  Intramural action

Soccer:
Saturday quarterfinals: Willets Basement 8, Pittbulls 5; Scarlet Begonia 7,
Willets Hoodlums 4.
Sunday semifinals: Scarlet Begonia 4, Fab Faculty/Staff 1; I- 20’s 3,
Willets Basement 0.
Finals: Scarlet Begonia and the I-20s will face off Sunday at 1 p.m.

Volleyball:
The Secret Ninjas 2, Bob the Legend II 0.
Digging For All We’re Worth forfeited to The Loggies.
Hikers & Bikers 2, Fogettaboutit Strikes Again 1.

*****

5)  Scoreboard

Women’s rugby: Swarthmore 26, Bryn Mawr 0

*****

6)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

TODAY
There are no contests scheduled for today.

TOMORROW
There are no contests scheduled for tomorrow.

*****

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