Tuesday, January 27, 1998

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Tuesday, January 27, 1998
Volume 2, Number 67


In the Monday, January 26th issue, the Gazette reported that no more frozen
foote races will be held this year. Sunday’s race was the third of four

Also, in Monday’s world news we reported that “Three separate bus
bombings injured dozens of people in Punjab, a region claimed by both
India and Pakistan.”  The bombings took place in Pakistan’s Punjab
province, which India does not claim.


1)  Architects, students meet to discuss campus renovations

2)  World news roundup


1) Today’s and tomorrow’s events


Today:      Cloudy, rain possible after noon. High of 40.
             Keep the rain gear handy just in case.
Tonight:    Still cloudy, light rain likely. Low around 35.
             Or, like my hero, just say “Go, go, Gadget umbrella.”
Wednesday:  Overcast, windy, rain. High near 45.


1) Architects, students meet to discuss campus renovations

The College held two meetings on Monday to address the issue of student space
on campus. Along with coffee, dessert, and pizza, students were treated to a
presentation by several architects of four plans for expanding student
space on campus. “There’s a general recognition that what we have doesn’t
work any more,” said Associate Vice President Larry Schall.

The first meeting, at 7:00 p.m., was open to anyone who wished to attend.
Students spoke for more than two hours with the architects, Schall,
Director of Residential Life Myrt Westphal, and Associate Dean Bob Gross on
the pros and cons of various reshufflings.

Options presented included using the north side of Parrish for student
space, moving the admissions office and using its space for students, or
moving the bookstore and/or Essie Mae’s. Plans of the proposed renovations
and changes were presented on poster board. All plans would involve placing
elevators in Parrish, Schall said.

Student input was important in making a distinction between lounge space and
meeting space, said Justin Hall ’98, since loud activities and quiet study
shouldn’t occur in the same place. Students also discussed some ways they used
space that the architects had not considered, such as Parrish Parlors serving
as a refuge for ML dwellers during the day, Hall said.

After the first meeting concluded, the organizers held a second meeting
designed to let student leaders speak out about their needs and desires for
Groups spoke up about their specific concerns, from Ruach’s need for a separate
kitchen to the publications office’s need for security. 25 or so student
kept the meeting going until 11:30, when a fire alarm forced the evacuation
of the

The meetings were held as a preliminary step towards preparing a report for
the Board of Managers meeting in April, said Allison Marsh ’98, a member of
the Facilities management committee. The College is also considering
renovations of Du Pont, a new student center, expansion of McCabe, and
construction of
a new dorm. Information-gathering for these projects will continue for
another year,
according to Schall, followed by a capital campaign for the next few years to
raise the millions of dollars necessary to complete any of these projects.

Students interested in voicing their opinions on student space should
contact Marsh or Director of Planning and Construction Mark Evans.


2)  World news roundup


In Northern Ireland, the Ulster Democratic Party (UDP) withdrew from peace
talks after their pro-British paramilitary ally, the outlawed Ulster Defense
Association (UDA), admitted to killing three Catholics since December.
Because the killings have raised fears of more attacks on Northern Irish
Catholics, the Party chose to withdraw from the peace talks instead of
waiting for the British and Irish governments to force them out. Despite pleas
by other parties that the UDA be punished, both government and UDP leaders
are hopeful that the party will soon re-enter the negotiations.


Seeking reimbursment for the cost of smoke-related illness, the state and Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota have filed a $1.77 billion lawsuit against
all tobacco companies, including Phillip Morris and RJ Reynolds. State lawyers
possess 33 million pages of secret tobacco company documents, papers which
they believe reveal the tobacco industry concealing smoking’s health hazards
for the past 40 years.


A federal judge has allowed Timothy R. McVeigh, a Naval officer who has
publicly declared his homosexuality over the Internet, to stay on active duty
pending the court’s decision on his possible discharge for violating the
“Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy. … Sunday’s ice storm left 230,000 New
without power for the day while the National Guard worked to help restore
… President Clinton has introduced a new proposal which he hopes will
save taxpayers
$2 billion dollars by preventing abuses of Medicare.



1)  Today’s and tomorrow’s events

Women’s basketball hosts Muhlenberg at 7:00 p.m.

Badminton travels to Bryn Mawr for a 7:00 p.m. match.
Women’s swimming hosts Bryn Mawr at 5:30 p.m.
Men’s basketball hosts Philadelphia Pharmacy in an 8:00 p.m. game.


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