Thursday, January 29, 1998

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, January 29, 1998
Volume 2, Number 69


1)  Pyramid scheme literature floods campus

2)  Swarthmore students scream, shout as Springer shows all

3)  Upcoming films on campus

4)  World news roundup


1)  Badminton brings Bryn Mawr to its knees

2)  Scoreboard

3)  Intramural scoreboard

4)  Today’s and tomorrow’s events


Today:    Sunny most of the day, breezy. High of 50.
           The Weather Channel says this is the coldest time of the year.
Tonight:  Good chance of rain late. Low around 35.
           Either they’re not paying attention or they’re smoking something.
Friday:   Some sun peeking through the clouds. High near 45.


1)  Pyramid scheme literature floods campus

Over the past several days, flyers advertising a get rich quick scheme have
found their way into most dorm rooms on campus. The company, United
Capital, based in Wilmington, Delaware, suggests through its literature that
investors can earn thousands of dollars weekly by stuffing envelopes.
However, according to the Better Business Bureau, the watchdog for consumer
fraud, the flyers are promoting a pyramid scheme. Such pyramid schemes have
recently been on the rise, according to literature from the Philadelphia

Generally, individuals who start pyramid games sell the right to sell the
scheme to other investors, according to the B.B.B. Any products or services
(stuffing envelopes in this particular case) are largely peripheral. Rarely
does anyone actually make money through pyramid style investment and most
investors will lose both their initial investment as well as any revenue
derived from the sale of products or services, the B.B.B. said.


2)  Swarthmore students scream, shout as Springer shows all

A double showing of Jerry Springer’s Too Hot For TV video on Wednesday
night attracted hordes of students to Kirby Lecture Hall. Kirby, used to
house such large classes as Biology 1, was filled beyond capacity with
hooting, hollering students eager to watch 45 minutes of strippers,
fistfights, and profanity. The show featured segments that had been edited
out of Jerry Springer’s talk show, which airs locally on UPN-17.

Students shouted so much that for most of the film, the dialogue could not
could be heard. That dialogue which did carry was mostly four-letter
words, as jilted lovers, pimps, and feuding family members squared off.
Students loudly applauded as brawls developed. The nudity attracted less
applause. The most applause came when the Springer audience swarmed onstage
to attack racist guests, and when an overweight woman asserted that she
wouldn’t lose weight for anyone and began a food fight with her
disapproving relatives.

“It was just unbelievable. Jerry Springer is Satan incarnate,” said Chris
DiLeo ’99.

The tape was part of the Two-Fisted film series, organized by Justin Hall
’98, Wilson Kello ’98, and Duncan Kirkpatrick ’99. The next film will be
the Japanese anime Ninja Scroll (see below).


3)  Upcoming films on campus

THE PILLOW BOOK           Thursday, 1/29  10:00        DuPont
A woman searches for meaning and erotic fulfilment by having people write
on her body and by writing on theirs. A lyrical reflection on sex and the
text by art-house stalwart Peter Greenaway, costarring Ewan MacGregor
(Trainspotting). (Romance/drama, 120 minutes, 1995:
France/UK/Netherlands. Rated NC-17)

CADDYSHACK                             Friday, 1/30     7:30, 10:00    LPAC
A millionaire wants to turn a golf course into a new property development,
but the wacky, zany staff members have other ideas. Bill Murray battles a
stuffed gopher. (Comedy, 99 minutes, 1980)

SOUL FOOD                              Saturday, 1/31  7:30, 10:00     LPAC
Three African American women bond over Sunday dinner and discuss man
troubles, family troubles, and Southern cooking. (Comedy-drama, 114
minutes, 1997)

THE SWORD IN THE STONE                 Monday, 2/2 10:00        Kirby
T.H. White’s Arthurian redux is animated by the Disney crew. Young Wart
learns magic and wisdom from Merlin, then battles the wicked Madame Mim.
Lighthearted. (Fantasy, 80 minutes, 1963)

NINJA SCROLL              Wednesday, 2/4   10:00        Kirby
A wandering samurai becomes embroiled in a ninja woman’s war with seven
demonic creatures who serve the Tokugawa Shogunate. Very bloody, very sexy,
very lurid. Superb Japanese animation. (Fantasy, 94 minutes, 1993:Japan)


4)  World news roundup


Secretary of State Madeleine Albright left on a tour of Europe and the
Middle East to attempt to find a peaceful resolution to the standoff with
Iraq. Speaking before her trip, Albright suggested that the U.S. was tired
of Security Council resolutions and was considering unilateral force.
Security Council members China, France, and Russia are known to favor
peaceful negotiation with Iraq. Albright will meet French Foreign Minister
Hubert Vedrine on Thursday night, Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov
in Madrid on Friday, and British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook early on


Peru’s worst floods in over 50 years have killed 70 people and left over
20,000 homeless. Coastal regions of Peru, where El Nino was first
identified, were the hardest hit. It is normally Peru’s dry season.


Former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta testified that he was not
aware of any improper relationship between President Clinton and former
White House Intern monica Lewinsky. … Penthouse’s Bob Guccione has
offered $2 million for an exclusive interview and a semi-nude photo shoot
with Lewinsky. … South Korean banks reached an agreement to pay off
international debts of $24 billion in short-term loans. … A black chalk
drawing by Michelangelo was sold for $7.4 million at Sotheby’s.



1)  Badminton brings Bryn Mawr to its knees

Last night for the first time in four years, Swarthmore toppled Bryn Mawr
on their home court. With a final score of 3-2, Swarthmore captured the
second singles, first doubles and second doubles matches. Wendy Kemp ’99
won at the second singles spot with final scores of 2-11, 11-2, 11-8. The
first doubles team of Jen Chen ’99 and Erika Johansen ’99 lost a tough
first game, but came back strong in the next two to win the match with
scores of 15-8, 10-15, 15-10. Playing at the second doubles spot, Herrin
Hopper ’98 and Jennifer Klein ’98 finished their opponents off in straight
sets of 15-9, 15-11. Swarthmore’s season record now stands at 1-1.


2) Scoreboard

Men’s Basketball:  Philadelphia Pharmacy 89, Swarthmore 73

Women’s Swimming: Swarthmore 153, Bryn Mawr 49
*  Swarthmore won all eleven events

Wrestling: University of Pennsylvania 23, Swarthmore 15


3) Intramural scoreboard

Tuesday, January 27th

   Hikers & Bikers   2    The Loogies  1

Non-Comp Basketball:
   Los Lobos            58    Hultgren’s Halfwits  37
   Fetter’s Follies     50    Skinny Awkward Tools  47
   IC Loves Basketball  46    Al Roker  36

Comp Basketball:
   Has-Beens   72     Broken Language    55
   Amar’s Army  52     No Code     51


4)  Today’s and tomorrow’s events

Badminton hosts Bryn Athen at 7:30 p.m.

There are no events scheduled for Friday.


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