Thursday, February 12, 1998

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, February 12, 1998
Volume 2, Number 79


1)  El Nino: effects

2)  Upcoming movies on campus

3)  World news roundup


1)  Men’s basketball extends record setting streak

2)  Scoreboard

3)  Today’s and tomorrow’s events


Today:      Mostly cloudy, afternoon rain possible. High of 55.
            Hey, spring break is only three weeks away!
Tonight:    A bit less cloudy. Low around 30.
            Which means midterms are only two weeks away.
Friday:     Should be sunny. High near 50.


1)  El Nino: effects

Television weather reports in the United States reveal picture after
picture of flooding in California. A little further from home, the fishing
industry in South America is taking a bath in the warm waters (which
usually aren’t) off their western coast. Sea surface temperatures in the
eastern Pacific are 4-6 degrees higher than normal in the warm spot that is
now larger than the continental United States. The earlier predictions of
unusually warm conditions across the northern tier of the U. S.,
particularly in the Midwest, and excess rain along the west coast and the
Gulf coast also seem to be coming true.

The meteorological effects of El Nino are usually felt for 12 to 18 months.
The economic effects of flood, drought, and forest fire damage may be felt
for much longer. Some positive effects of El Nino include the benefit of
extra rain to normally dry regions, the reduction in Atlantic hurricanes
and their accompanying tornadoes, and some newly stocked fishing areas. A
tuna cannery in American Samoa is overburdened with tuna and must ship its
excess catch to other canneries.

Preventive action such as the cleaning of storm drains when
heavier-than-usual rains are expected can mitigate the effects of El Nino.
Areas affected by drought caused by El Nino can utilize faster-maturing,
drought-tolerant seeds.

Even though the prediction of El Nino has recently become a more exacting
science, it is fallible. El Nino is a major influence, not a determinant.
The increased media attention on El Nino has been responsible for a better
understanding of its effects. The Daily Gazette now ends its part of the
increased media attention.


2)  Upcoming movies on campus

SAMBIZANGA                            Thursday, 2/12   10:00 DuPont
A woman searches for her imprisoned husband just before the 1961 uprising
against the Dutch in Angola. Directed by Sarah Maldoror. (1972: Angola)

CHASING AMY                           Friday, 2/13   7:30, 10:00 LPAC
After comic book artist Holden falls for lesbian Alyssa, his friendship
with buddy Banky begins to suffer. Writer/director/supporting actor Kevin
Smith (Clerks, Mallrats) caps his New Jersey trilogy. (Romance/comedy, 108
minutes, 1997)

EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU              Saturday, 2/14  7:30, 10:00 LPAC
A family of rich New Yorkers from the East Side experiences life, love
and… untrained actors singing. Even director Woody Allen contributes to
this homage to the classic musicals of days past. (Musical comedy, 101
minutes, 1996)

BEETLEJUICE                           Monday, 2/16  10:00           Kirby
After becoming ghosts, a couple enlists the help of demonic comedian
Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) to help them rid their house of its new
tenants. But Beetlejuice has some plan of his own… Director Tim Burton
flexes his whimsy with some zany visual effects. (Comedy/fantasy, 92
minutes, 1988)

THE STREET FIGHTER                    Wednesday, 2/18   10:00       Kirby
A tough mercenary (Sonny Chiba) battles the mafia and the yakuza to protect
the daughter of a rich mogul. Originally rated X for violence; not for the
weak of heart. Nothing to do with the Capcom video game. (Martial arts, 91
minutes, 1975)


3)  World news roundup


Women’s Super Giant Slalom
    Gold    Picabo Street                  United States
    Silver  Michaela Dorfmeister           Austria
    Bronze  Alexandra Meissnitzer          Austria

Men’s 20K Biathlon
    Gold    Halvard Hanevold               Norway
    Silver  Pier Alberto Carrara           Italy
    Bronze  Aleksei Aidarov                Belarus

Men’s Moguls (skiing)
    Gold    Jonny Moseley                  United States
    Silver  Janne Lahtela                  Finland
    Bronze  Sami Mustonen                  Finland

Women’s Moguls
    Gold    Tae Satoya                     Japan
    Silver  Tatjana Mittermayer            Germany
    Bronze  Kari Traa                      Norway

Women’s 3000m Speed Skating
    Gold    Gunda Niemann- Stirnemann      Germany
    Silver  Claudia Pechstein              Germany
    Bronze  Anna Friesinger                Germany

Women’s Singles Luge
    Gold    Silke Kraushaar                Germany
    Silver  Barbara Niedernhuber           Germany
    Bronze  Angelika Neuner                Austria


An Iraqi offer to open eight presidential palaces for limited inspection
has been turned down by the United States. The proposal would have allowed
inspectors under the supervision of representatives of the U.N. Security
Council access to the palaces. President Clinton said that Iraqi leader
Saddam Hussein could not set terms for the inspections. The U.S. regional
commander said that the U.S. troops in the Iraq area would be ready to
strike in about a week, and Washington has also stated that it will
consider military action during the Olympic Games.


Northern Ireland’s largest pro-British party asked the government to remove
Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army from peace talks
following two recent shootings. … Mohammed al-Fayed, owner of Harrods and
father of Dodi al-Fayed, said that he believes that the death of his son
and Princess Diana of England was the result of a conspiracy. … U.S.
Magistrate Thomas Coffin ruled that, under the Americans with Disabilities
Act, the PGA Tour must allow golfer Casey Martin, suffering from crippling
illness, to use a golf cart in competition. … The UPN Network announced
that Scott Adams will produce a “Dilbert” animated TV show set to debut
next season.



1)  Men’s basketball extends record setting streak

The men’s basketball team dropped their 22nd consecutive game Wednesday
night against Washington 75-55. The Garnet were led by Joe Cully ’00 who
had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Josh McKinley ’01 had 10 points in his debut
as a starter. The men are now 0-20 overall, 0-10 in the Centennial


2)  Scoreboard

Men’s swimming     Swarthmore 116   Washington 88

Women’s swimming   Swarthmore 113   Washington 92

Women’s basketball Swarthmore 38    Washington 45


3)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Badminton travels to Harcum for a 7:00 p.m. match.
Women’s basketball hosts Immaculata at 7:00 p.m.


Men’s and women’s track and field host a five way meet at 5:00 p.m.


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