Wednesday, March 18, 1998

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Wednesday, March 18, 1998
Volume 2, Number 98

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) Spring invades campus in defiance of frigid weather

2)  World news roundup

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1)  Softball pounds Neumann

2)  Mens lacrosse fights, falls to Amherst

3)  Women’s lacrosse rips College of Notre Dame

4)  Baseball falls to Lebanon Valley

5) Scoreboard from women’s softball spring trip

6)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today:       Intermittent precipitation. High around 50.
              Were you sick and tired of being so cold?
Tonight:     Same thing, just darker. Low of 45.
              Well, now you get to be cold AND wet.
Thursday:  You don’t want to know. High near 55.

NEWS REPORT

1) Spring invades campus in defiance of frigid weather

Despite the frosts of the past week, which have turned many new buds black,
Swarthmore’s seasonal display of flowers is developing  richly.The most
obvious blooms are those of the winter jasmine across from LPAC and by the
tunnel, which has been blooming since winter break, and the daffodils and
narcissus on Magill walk and various other places around campus.

On a smaller scale are the crocuses, snowdrops, and Lenten roses that are
planted in concentration on both sides of the steps leading down to Lang,
and the early yellow reticulata irises in the Kohlberg courtyard. Anyone
who isn’t a member of the nasally incapacitated throng should check out the
early honeysuckle blooming at the northwest corner of Kohlberg, across from
the new shoots of the hyacinths. For those who live in ML or who don’t mind
a small trek, the gardenin the woods to the south of the outdoor track is
full of chionodoxia and siberian squill.

The Japanese magnolias, though, which would have been the next big
chromatic display, budded out too soon as a result of the unusually warm
weeks before break, and might not bloom this year. In general, though, the
gardens are in good shape.  “Everything is doing really well,” said Laura
Pyle ’00, who works for Scott Arboretum.  “People need to stop picking the
daffodils, though.”

*****

2)  World news roundup

YESTERDAY’S NIT BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCORES:

  Men: Vanderbilt 72 Wake Forest 68
             Georgia 61 North Carolina State 55

 Women:  No games yesterday

MISSISSIPPI RELEASES FILES OF SEGREGATIONIST SOVEREIGNTY COMMISSION

Mississippi released the 132,000 documents of the defunct State Sovereignty
Commission, in compliance with a 1989 court order. The state spent four
years scanning and indexing the files, which are only available to the
public via computer. Their release was further delayed by privacy issues.
The Sovereignty Commission was created by the Mississippi State Legislature
in 1956 to prevent federal rulings on integration from affecting
Mississippi. It spied on and harassed civil rights activists, attempted to
show that the civil rights movement was instigated by Communists,
improperly gave information to local sheriffs and KKK leaders, and tampered
with juries. Its funding was cut off in 1973, and the State legislature
officially closed the commission in 1977, ordering that its records remain
sealed until 2027.

ISREALIS SNUB EUROPEAN UNION ENVOY BUT AGREE TO TALKS WITH PALESTINIANS

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu cancelled a dinner with British
Foreign Secretary Robin Cook in protest of Cook’s visit to a controversial
housing project in Jerusalem in the company of a Palestinian official.
Israeli construction of that particular housing project, on land surrounded
by Palestinian neighborhoods, has been a major justification for the
year-long stalemate in the Israeli/Palestinian peace process. Israelis
claim that they should be able to build housing developments in their
capital without international interference; Palestinians claim that that
portion of Jerusalem must not receive more Jewish settlements because it
should become the capital of a future Palestinian state. Great Britain is
among the 182 countries which have condemned the construction of the
Israeli housing project, as are all 15 member countries of the European
Union, which Cook currently represents. Cook did meet with Netanyahu
privately, as scheduled, and said afterwards that the meeting was amicable.
Meanwhile, Israeli and Palestinian representatives to the UN said that they
would agree to participate in Swiss-sponsored talks about the future of the
West Bank.

IN OTHER NEWS…

China’s legislature approved the selection of economic policymaker Zhu
Rongji as China’s new premier, replacing Li Peng, who was named head of the
legislature on Monday. … In Northern Ireland, Catholics marched in a St.
Patrick’s Day parade in Protestant Belfast, for the first time. … Russia
expelled two Norwegian diplomats, following Norway’s expulsion of five
Russian diplomats last week on charges of espionage. … A four-and-a-half
month old state of emergency in Zambia was lifted by President Frederick
Chiluba, although 90 Zambians remain in police custody on charges of
treason. … An Iranian magazine director has been suspended after
publishing photos of Monica Lewinski and Paula Jones with their heads
uncovered.

*****

SPORTS UPDATE

1)  Softball pounds Neumann

The Swarthmore softball team beat visiting Neumann 4-1 on Tuesday behind
the pitching of Dana Lehman ’98. Lehman allowed 9 hits, struck out 9 and
walked none at the Garnet’s home opener. At the plate the Garnets were led
by Deidre Downey ’01 who went 3 for 3 with two singles, a double and an RBI
as well as a stolen base. Heather Marandola ’01 went 1 for 2 with a triple
and an RBI while Portia Kelly ’01 knocked in a run with her single.

*****

2)  Mens lacrosse fights, falls to Amherst

The men’s lacrosse team lost to visiting Amherst 13-6 Tuesday. Amherst,
ranked 16th in division III, scored 6 goals in the first quarter. The
remainder of the match was well fought, with Mark Dingfeld ’01 providing 3
goals and 1 assist while Mike Lloyd ’01 added 2 goals and an assist. The
Garnet outscored Amherst 4-3 in the second half. The men will host Wooster
on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. match.

*****

3)  Women’s lacrosse rips College of Notre Dame

The women’s lacrosse team pummelled the College of Notre Dame 18-3 on
Cunningham field Tuesday.  The Garnets were led by Holly Baker ’99 and
Alicia Googins ’00 who each had 6 goals and 2 assists. Betsy Rosenbaum ’98
added 3 goals. The squad will next see action on Saturday when they host
Widener for a 1:00 p.m. match.

*****

4)  Baseball falls to Lebanon Valley

The baseball team lost 13-3 to Lebanon Valley College Tuesday afternoon.
The visiting Garnet were led by Jai Shin ’99 who went 3-3 with 2 singles, a
double and a run while Dan Johnston ’98 belted a solo home run. The men
will host Eastern on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

*****

5) Scoreboard from women’s softball spring trip

Bryant College   8-9     Loss
Bryant College   7-15    Loss
Russell Sage College     0-2     Loss
Russell Sage College     4-15    Loss
Washington College      4-9      Loss
Washington College      6-8      Loss
Marywood College        9-1      Win
Marywood College        1-9      Loss

6)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

TODAY
Men’s tennis hosts Hartford at 3:00 p.m.

TOMORROW
Softball hosts Cabrini for a 3:30 p.m. game.
Men’s volleyball hosts Eastern in a 7:00 p.m. match.

*****

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