Friday, February 6, 1998

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Friday, February 6, 1998
Volume 2, Number 75


On Thursday, February 5, the Gazette reported that the movie “When We Were
Kings” would be shown on February 4. It will actually be shown on February


1)  History professor Tim Burke awarded Fulbright

2)  Olde Club band attracts interest

3)  World news roundup


1)  Women’s basketball loses to Haverford

2)  Men’s basketball drops 18th straight game this season

3)  Badminton slams Bryn Mawr

4)  Wrestling at Albright

5)  Today’s and tomorrow’s events


Today:    Overcast, fairly windy. High near 40.
            It’s a cardigan day, but add a windbreaker.
Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low of 30.
            OK, it’s pretending to be winter again. Dress warmly.

Extended Weekend Forecast
Saturday: Somewhat to very cloudy. High close to 40.
Sunday:   Clear. High around 35.


1)  History professor Tim Burke awarded Fulbright

Assistant Professor of history Timothy J. Burke has been awarded the
William J. Fulbright Award for Research Abroad. Burke, a specialist in
African studies, was awarded a Regional Research Grant, which is a pure
research grant with no teaching involved. Professor Burke is on leave for
the 97-98 school year, and just returned to the States after spending four
months in Zimbabwe doing most of the research supported by the Fulbright

The Fulbright is a scholarship fund which awards money to American
“academics, profesionals, and independent scholars for lecturing,
consulting, and conducting research abroad.” This year, there were 700
recipients of the highly prestigious award.

Over the next eight months, Burke will be writing a new book based on his
research, although he will be returning to Zimbabwe for a few weeks in
March to “mop up a few more things.” The research is centered on a
biographical comparison of three colonial-era chiefs from Zimbabwe, each of
whom had distinctly different relations with the colonial state.

Specifically, Burke will be arguing that, rather than consciously choosing
his level of cooperation with the colonialists, the “differences between
[these chiefs] may have more to do with … the history of their
communities and with colonial rule generally”, and that “those obvious
differences were in some sense forced upon each of them.” The real
differences between these chiefs lay in the way they “exercised agency” in
small, unpredictable ways, according to Burke. Burke’s main goal is to “try
to reconcile a history of individual experience with the established
insights of social history.”

Burke recently finished collaborating with his brother, Kevin, to write
“Saturday Morning Fever”, which will be published later this year. Burke
described the book as a “fairly non-academic and often cheerfully
irresponsible history of children’s television since the 1960s.” Burke’s
“Lifebuoy Men, Lux Women” was published in June 1996. It is a history of
“changing consumer practices” in Zimbabwe during the colonial period. Other
current projects include several possible journal articles, and adding “a
whole bunch of new stuff” to an already impressive web page, which can be
found at


2) Olde Club band attracts interest

Tonight’s Olde Club show, featuring Scottish singer Momus, is causing quite
a stir among alternative music fans throughout the area, according to Olde
Club Director Jason Rothenberg ’98. Despite calls from fans as far away as
New York City, tonight’s concert is open only to members of the Tri-College

Momus has an international reputation, especially in Japan, where he has
been a producer and songwriter for at least two top 40 hits, according to
Rothenburg. Last year, his two New York shows sold out.

The stir over Momus’ Swarthmore show began when his publicist, Neil
Gladstone, contacted local newspapers to run previews of Momus’ Swarthmore
performance, one stop in his first U.S. tour. Coordinator for Student
Activities Davirah Timm-Dinkins became alerted to the local publicity when
she was contacted by the Philadelphia City Paper.  Although no previews ran
in print, Swarthmore received a deluge of calls from fans wishing to attend
the concert. In accordance with Swarthmore College’s insurance concerns,
the free concert is limited to members of the Tri-College community.

Two other bands, Magnetic Fields and Aden, complete the bill for
tonight’s show. New York City-based Magnetic Fields is a Swarthmore
favorite, having been well received at Swarthmore twice in the past two
years, according to Rothenburg. Aden, a band from Chicago, will open the
show, which starts at 9:30 p.m.  “I think it’ll be an event not to be
missed and a lot of fun,” said Rothenberg.


3)  World news roundup


On a visit to Washington, British Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke about the
close alliance between Britain and the US on many issues, including foreign
policies towards Bosnia, the expansion of NATO, a common position towards
Iraq, and a commitment to finding a peaceful solution to the ongoing strife
in Northern Ireland. However, even as Blair and Clinton prepared to attend
an official White House dinner accompanied by Elton John and Stevie Wonder,
the crisis over Iraqi noncompliance with UN weapons inspection teams
continued. US Defense Secretary William Cohen said that more US forces are
headed for the Persian Gulf, while, for the second day in a row, Russian
president Boris Yeltsin warned that a US military attack on Iraq could lead
to world war.  Clinton administration officials also rejected suggestions
that they might delay any military action against Iraq until the conclusion
of the Winter Olympic Games.


For the second time, Charles Keating’s conviction on charges of aiding and
abetting securities fraud has been overturned. U.S. District Judge John
Davies ruled that California Judge Lance Ito deprived Keating of his right
to due process by giving incorrect instructions to the jury in the second
trial.  Keating’s conviction on federal charges has also been overturned on
a technicality.


Demonstrations took place on the streets of 200 German cities, where
unemployed workers protested the country’s 12.6% unemployment, the highest
German unemployment rate since the Second World War. … The U.S. told the
U.N. World Food Program that it will donate 200,000 metric tons of food to
famine-plagued North Korea in 1998. … More storms are poised to hit
California, where the ground in many areas is already saturated with water
from storms earlier this week. … The cash-strapped Russian Space Agency
says it plans to increase the number of paid advertisements filmed aboard
the Mir Space Station. … A member of the British Parliament is demanding
the return of the original Pooh, Tigger, Kanga, Eeyore and Piglet to a
climate controlled case in the New York Public Library



1)  Women’s basketball loses to Haverford

The women’s basketball team lost 57-45 to Haverford Tuesday night. The
Fords jumped out 17-3 to start the game. Despite junior Jean Quinn’s 16
points and 12 rebounds and frosh Heather Marandola’s 13 points, the Garnets
were unable to close the gap. The women now have a record of 5-12 overall,
1-9 in Centennial Conference play.


2)  Men’s basketball drops 18th straight game this season

The Swarthmore men’s basketball team dropped a tight game to Haverford
Tuesday night by a final score of 47-46. The Garnet held a six point lead
with 10:05 remaining in the game, but could only muster seven points in the
final 10 minutes of play. Tim Schofield ’99 had 10 points for the Garnet.
The men’s overall record is 0-18, 0-8 in the Centennial Conference.


3)  Badminton hosts Bryn Mawr

The Badminton team defeated Bryn Mawr 3-2 Thursday night. Wendy Kemp ’99
won in second singles 8-11,11-2, 11-5. Jen Chen ’99 and Erika Johansen ’99
won first doubles in straight sets, 15-4, 15-3. Siobhan Carty ’01 and Jane
Ng ’01 won second doubles also in straight sets, 15-8, 15-6.


4)  Wrestling at Albright

The wrestling team’s results arrived after the deadline and will appear in
Monday’s Gazette.


5)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests.


Men’s tennis travels to Columbia for a 3:00 p.m. match.


Men’s and Women’s track and field host a 5-way meet at 11:00 a.m.
Men’s and women’s swimming host Ursinus at 2:00 p.m.
Wrestling travels to Wesleyan for a three-way meet at 11:00 a.m.
Women’s basketball travels to Bryn Mawr for a 1:00 p.m. game.
Men’s basketball hosts Ursinus in a 8:00 p.m. game.


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