Thursday, February 19, 1998

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, February 19, 1998
Volume 2, Number 84


1)  McCabe to test extended hours

2)  New ping-pong table graces Tarble game room

3)  Upcoming movies on campus

4)  World news roundup


1)  Scoreboard

2)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today:      Partly cloudy, light winds. High around 55.
             Is it possible to declare a day “dress-up day?”
Tonight:    Overcast. Low near 40.
             Wouldn’t it be cool if everyone dressed up?
Friday:     Still cloudy, rain possible. High of 50.


1)  McCabe to test extended hours

During the two weeks before spring break, McCabe Library will be expanding
its hours, according to Student Council. The library will be open from
midnight until 2 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday, provided that there are
sufficient student workers and students remaining in the library, according
to Council member Jared Solomon ’01. The circulation desk will not be open
during these extended hours. Based on the results from this trial period,
regular library hours may be extended.

“This was one of many things on [Student Council’s] current agenda.”
Solomon said. “We want to echo the voice of the students. We hope the
student body benefits from Student Council implementing extended library


2)  New ping-pong table graces Tarble game room

The Tarble game room received a new ping-pong table on Wednesday, February
18th. According to Joseph Armah ’98, SAC co-director, the previous
ping-pong table was no longer in usable condition. The ping-pong table is
part of plans to inspire more students to make use of the Game room, Armah


3)  Upcoming movies on campus

SUGARCANE ALLEY                      Thursday, 2/19   10:00 DuPont
A story of town and country life in Martinique, based on the novel by
Joseph Zobel. (Drama, 101 minutes, 1983: France)

SPACEBALLS                           Friday, 2/20   7:30, 10:00 LPAC
Intergalactic scoundrel Lone Star (Bill Paxton) and sidekick Barf (John
Candy) try to save a Princess from the schemes of Dark Helmet (Rick
Moranis). Mel Brooks directs and acts in this Star Wars parody. May the
Schwartz be with you! (Science fiction/comedy, 96 minutes, 1987)

CONTACT                               Saturday, 2/21  7:30, 10:00 LPAC
A radioastronomer (Julia Roberts) dedicates her life to searching for
extraterrestrial radio signals… and she finds one, changing earthly life
forever. From the Carl Sagan novel. (Science fiction, 153 minutes, 1997)

                                     Monday, 2/23 10:00           Kirby
A scientist/rock star (Peter Weller) discovers a way to travel into other
dimensions, revealing a scheme by evil aliens to release their leader and
dominate the universe. He battles the possessed Dr. Emilio Lizardo (John
Lithgow) and his Lectroid minions. Completely bizarre, inspired by a
Pynchon novel. (Cult/Science Fiction, 103 minutes, 1984)

SAMBIZANGA                            Tuesday, 2/24   10:00 DuPont
A woman searches for her imprisoned husband just before the 1961 uprising
against the Dutch in Angola. Directed by Sarah Maldoror. Rescheduled from
last week. (1972: Angola)

THE LEGEND OF FONG SAI-YUK            Wednesday, 2/25   10:30  Kirby
The son of a hunted rebel leader in Manchu China romances a woman by trying
to win a martial arts contact. Fantastic choreography won the director a
Hong Kong Film award for the fight scenes. (Martial arts/Comedy, 100
minutes, 1993: Hong Kong)


4)  World news roundup


10k Biathlon (men)
    Gold–Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway
    Silver–Frode Andresen of Norway
    Bronze–Ville Raikkonen of Finland

Aerial freestyle skiing (men)
    Gold–Eric Bergoust of United States
    Silver–Sebastien Foucras of France
    Bronze–Dmitri Dashchinsky of Belarus

Aerial freestyle skiing (women)
    Gold–Nikki Stone of United States
    Silver–Nannan Xu of China
    Bronze–Colette Brand of Switzerland

Cross country skiing: men’s 4 x 10k relay


Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Defense Secretary William Cohen and
national security adviser Sandy Berger attempted to explain to both a crowd
of thousands at The Ohio State University and a national TV audience why
the US is preparing to use military force against Iraq yesterday. This
followed a similar speech by President Clinton on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the
Nations said that it will begin evacuating its employees from Iraq as a
precaution, while UN Secretary General Kofi Annan prepared to leave today
to meet with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Annan indicated to reporters
that he believes this trip represents the last chance to avert military
action. However, the US has said that it will not accept any agreement
which would give UN weapons inspectors anything less than full access to
all sites in Iraq, and former UN Secretary General Perez de Cuellar said
that Annan would need to work a miracle to bring a peaceful resoloution to
the crisis.


President Suharto of Indonesia fired his country’s Central Bank Director,
Soedradjad Djiwandono, who was rumored to have misgivings about Suharto’s
plans to govern Indonesia’s exchange rate through the use of a currency
board. … The Council of NATO ambassadors agreed to maintain the troop
levels of its Bosnian stabilization force (SFOR) until at least September,
although the current UN mandate for their presence expires June 30th. …
Philadelphia named former New York City deputy police commissioner John
Timoney as its new Police Commissioner. … US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Director Walter Reich announced that he will step down, a month after his
controversial rejection of a plan for Yasser Arafat to visit the museum.
… Former US Navy Midshipman Dianne Zamora has been placed on a suicide
watch after a Texas jury convicted her of murder, with an automatic
sentence of life in prison, in connection with the killing of a high school
student who had been a romantic rival.



1)  Scoreboard

Men’s Basketball: Muhlenberg 70, Swarthmore 43


2)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Women’s basketball hosts Gwynedd Mercy at 7:00 p.m.
Badminton travels to Albright for a 7:00 p.m. match.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming head to Franklin and Marshall for the three-day
Centennial Conference Championships.
Wrestling travels to Ursinus for the two-day Eastern Regional Championships.


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