Monday, February 23, 1998

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Monday, February 23, 1998
Volume 2, Number 86

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) Plost and Runkle heatedly discuss Phoenix letters to the editor

2) Swarthmore closing in on a new head football coach

3) World news roundup

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1)  Men’s basketball snaps streak versus archrival Haverford

2)  Women’s basketball routs Haverford

3)  Wrestling at NCAA East Regionals

4)  Swimming at Centennial Conference Championships

5)  Track and field at Haverford invitational

6)  Badminton hosts tournament

7)  Intramural Scoreboard

8)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today:       Cloudy, rain later. High around 45.
             In New Orleans, its 65 – 70 degrees and sunny.
Tonight:     Still raining, windy. Low near 40.
             So why don’t we all just go to Mardis Gras? I am!
Tueday:      Still raining. High of 45.

NEWS REPORT

1) Plost and Runkle heatedly discuss Phoenix letters to the editor

On Friday afternoon, Patrick Runkle 98, co-editor-in-chief of the Phoenix,
slammed the door to the paste-up room on Parrish fifth, breaking the glass.
The forceful closure occurred during a heated discussion between Runkle and
Ari Plost ’98.  Plost had entered the room to confront staffers regarding
the letters to the editor printed in Friday’s edition of the Phoenix.
Plost, a Jewish student, was initially upset primarily by the content.
After the confrontation began, however, he became further angered because,
in his view, the Phoenix compromised their journalistic morals by printing
the letters “just to take up space.”  Runkle left the room, followed by
Plost, and further words were exchanged on the stairs leading down to
Parrish fourth.

There have been accusations on both sides about what was said and who
pushed whom, but in the end, the conversation took on a more civilized
tone, and, according to Plost, “we reached somewhat of an understanding.”
Runkle, in an official statement to the Gazette, agreed that they “had a
lengthy discussion on the topic,” but asserted that “neither myself nor The
Phoenix will be intimidated by anyone or anything.” Plost stated that he
will take the matter to Student Council if he feels that he has sufficient
support from the Jewish community on campus.

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2) Swarthmore closing in on a new head football coach

Since the beginning of the semester, groups have been hard at work to find
a new coach for the struggling Garnet Tide. In the past few weeks, the
search committee pared down a huge applicant pool of 125 to a manageable 17
candidates who were interviewed last weekend. All were applying for the
head coach position vacated by the resignation of Karl Mirren last
semester. Composed of student athletes, athletic director Bob Williams,
Vice-President Larry Schall and professors Ellen Maggenheim and Tom
Blackburn, the committee was looking for someone with either experience as
a head coach or significant responsibilities as offensive or defensive
coordinator. Demonstrated knowledge of the game and experience with
building a program were of high priority. Williams described the
applicants’ background as either in NCAA Division III or the Ivy League of
Division I.

After the first cut, phone calls were made and references were checked to
help make a decision on who to invite to campus for an interview. Seven
candidates were invited last week to speak with students, faculty in the
athletic departement, and the search committee. Out of that experience came
the decision to invite two finalists to campus this week to meet with
administrators. Williams commented, “It’s not the kind of process you want
to rush through although there is a sense of urgency.” Coincidentally,
Amherst, Bates, and the University of Rochester were also conducting
searches for new head coaches, so there was an overlap in the applicant
pool. Williams forecasted that “within a week or so we should be able to
invite someone [to be our new head football coach].”

*****

3) World news roundup

FINAL OLYMPIC RESULTS

Giant Slalom Skiing (women)
Gold–Deborah Compagnoni of Italy
Silver–Alexandra Meissnitzer of Austria
Bronze–Katja Seizinger of Germany

Figure Skating (women)
Gold–Tara Lipinski of United States
Silver–Michelle Kwan of United States
Bronze–Lu Chen of China

Combined Team Cross Country Skiing
Gold–Norway
Silver–Finland
Bronze–France

5000 Meter Speed Skating (women)
Gold–Claudia Pechstein of Germany
Silver–Gunda Niemann- Stirnemann of Germany
Bronze–Lyudmila Prokasheva of Kazakhstan

30 Kilometer Cross Country Skiing
Gold–Julija Tchepalova  of Russia
Silver–Stefania Belmondo of Italy
Bronze–Larissa Lazutina of Russia

Slalom Skiing (men)
Gold–Hans-Petter Buraas of Norway
Silver–Ole Christian Furuseth of Norway
Bronze–Thomas Sykora of Austria

4×7.5 Kilometer Relay Biathalon (men)
Gold–Germany
Silver–Norway
Bronze–Russia

Four Man Bobsled (men)
Gold–Germany
Silver–Switzerland
Bronze–France
Bronze–Britain

5000 Meter Relay ShortTrack Speedskating (men)
Gold–Canada
Silver–Korea
Bronze–China

500 Meter ShortTrack Speedskating (men)
Gold–Takafumi Nishitani of Japan
Silver–Yulong An of China
Bronze–Hitoshi Uematsu of Japan

1000 Meter ShortTrack Speedskating (women)
Gold–Chun Lee-kyung of Korea
Silver–Yang Yang of China
Bronze–Won Hye-kyung of Korea

Ice Hockey (men)
Gold–Czech Republic
Silver–Russia
Bronze–Finland

50 Kilometer Cross Country Skiing (men)
Gold–Bjorn Daehlie of Norway
Silver–Niklas Jonsson of Sweden
Bronze–Christian Hoffmann of Austria

UN SPOKESMAN SAYS ANNAN HAS REACHED AN AGREEMENT WITH IRAQ

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan negotiated a written agreement with Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein. If approved by the US, this will prevent the use
of military force against Iraq. Few details about the accord have been
released, as Annan has not yet briefed the UN Security Council. A UN
spokesman did say, however, that the accord does not create any time limits
on UN weapons inspections. A spokesman for U.S. Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright said that Albright has not yet heard enough about the
agreement to know if it will be acceptable to the US.

IN OTHER NEWS…

The NAACP elected Julian Bond, a history professor and former Georgia state
lawmaker, as its new chairman. … One of the two Nevada men arrested last
week on charges of biological weapons possession was released after tests
showed that the substance was an non-lethal form of anthrax used in animal
vaccines. … Turkey’s largest political party, the Welfare Party, was
banned for being anti-secular, and its leaders automatically lost their
parliament seats, right to run for office, and immunity from prosecution.
… The only existing copy of the CIA’s internal probe into the failure of
the Bay of Pigs invasion was forced from the CIA director’s safe by a
request filed under the Freedom of Information Act;  the report criticized
nearly every aspect of the agency’s actions surrounding the attempted
invasion of Cuba in 1961.

*****

SPORTS UPDATE

1)  Men’s basketball snaps streak versus archrival Haverford

The men’s basketball team ended their 24 game losing streak with a 66-49
rout of Haverford college Saturday night. Tremendous fan support helped the
Garnet, who trailed only once at 2-0. The men built an 18 point lead
several times and were never seriously threatened. Tim Schofield ’99 led
the men with 23 points and Cassidy Westbrook ’00 added 12. In his final
collegiate game, Ben Kennedy ’98 was 5-5 from the floor with a career best
10 points. John Delatush ’98 scored 9 in his final appearance, and Doug
Rouse ’98 had an assist and a steal. The men finished the year 1-24
overall, 1-12 in the conference, 1-1 in the Hood Trophy race.

*****

2)  Women’s basketball routs Haverford

The women’s basketball team blasted Haverford at home 58-38 Saturday night.
They led the entire game and evened their series against Haverford at 1-1.
The Garnet were led by Heather Marandola ’01 with 24 points and 9 rebounds.
Kristen English ’01 had 12 points while Jean Quinn ’99 added 9. In her 95th
consecutive and final collegiate game, Michelle Walsh ’98 scored 7 points
and dished a career high 7 assists. Said Walsh, “It was a lot of fun and it
was nice to go out with a win. The score pretty much says it all.” The
women finished the year 8-16 overall, 3-12 in the Centennial Conference,
1-1 in the Hood Trophy race.

*****

3)  Wrestling at NCAA East Regionals

The Swarthmore wrestling team traveled to Ursinus Saturday to compete in
the NCAA East Regionals. Alec Stall ’98 led the Garnet with a 6th place
finish at 190 lbs.

*****

4)  Swimming at Centennial Conference Championships

Both the men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to Franklin and Marshall
Friday to compete in the three day Centennial Conference Championship meet.
As of Saturday, the men were in second place with 402 points behind
Gettysburg’s 567 and ahead of Franklin and Marshal’s 302. The men were
paced by Fred Gerson ’99, who broke the conference record in the 100 meter
butterfly with a time of 58.56. Gerson’s record, also an NCAA B qualifying
mark, came in the qualifying round. Gerson went on to win the final round,
giving the Garnet their first victory. Also victorious was the 800 meter
freestyle relay of Andy Robbins ’98, Mark Friedberg ’98, Ryan Fruh ’99 and
Carl Sanders ’98.  As of Saturday, the women’s team was also in second
place with 365 points behind Gettysburg’s 497 and ahead of third place
Dickenson’s 318. Both the men’s and women’s meet concluded after the
deadline Sunday. Full results will appear in tomorrow’s Gazette.

*****

5)  Track and field at Haverford invitational

Both the men’s and women’s indoor track teams competed at the Haverford
invitational Saturday. Each team performed strongly in the non-scoring
meet, a prelude to next week’s Centennial Conference Championship meet.
Both teams are undefeated in the Centennial Conference.

*****

6)  Badminton hosts tournament

Results of Sunday’s badminton tournament were unavailable before the
deadline. Results will be posted in tomorrow’s Gazette.

*****

7)  Intramural Scoreboard

IM NON-COMP BASKETBALL:
B A Barakus     47              IC Loves Basketball     39
Skinny Awkward Tools a Forfeit winner over Los Lobos
FINAL:  B A Barakus vs. Skinny Awkward Tools – Sun. 3/1

IM COMP BASKETBALL:
No Code a forfeit winner over Broken Language
Has-Been’s a forfeit winner over Amar’s Army

IM INDOOR SOCCER:
Joelie & The Pussycats          3             Faculty/Staff      1
Mink’s Marauders                12              Jimmy Z’s BBQ   3
FINAL:  Joelie & The Pussycats vs. Mink’s Marauders – Sun. 3/1

IM ULTIMATE FRISBEE:
The FUN Team a forfeit winner over We Have Tim
FINAL:  Can-Openers of Whoop-Ass vs. The FUN Team – Thurs. 2/26 (10 PM)

IM VOLLEYBALL:
Hikers & Bikers a 2-1 (11-15, 15-13, 16-14) winner over Pacific Rim
Organization.
FINAL:  Hikers & Bikers vs. Winner of Loogies/Over The Hill Game

FROZEN FOOTE #4:
A total of 25 runners completed the Frozen Foote Road Race Series
and collected the infamous long-sleeved t-shirt.

RESULTS FOR MEN:
1)  Ambrose Dieringer ’01    19:54
     Josh Bloom ’00
     Marc Nierman ’01
     Jeff Doyon ’00
2)  Keith Bentrup ’01              20:24
3)  Daniel Barrick ’98             21:07
4)  Jamie Duckman ’98           21:11
5)  Peter Prinz ’97                   25:13

RESULTS FOR WOMEN:
1)  Shoshanna Pearlman ’98  21:02
2)  Annie Bacon ’99                26:34
     Rachel Sullivan ’99
3)  Sonia Scherr ’01                27:16
4)  Kara Herzog ’98                 27:31
5)  Allison Schirmer ’97        28:49
     Sarah Howard ’98

*****

8)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

TODAY
No contests are scheduled for today.

TOMORROW
No contests are scheduled for tomorrow.

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