Friday, March 20, 1998

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Friday, March 20, 1998
Volume 2, Number 100


Both Movie Committee and Film Society have changed the dates for upcoming
movies. Movie Committee will be showing Eve’s Bayou tonight, Friday, March
20, and Grosse Pointe Blank tomorrow, Saturday, March 21. Film Society will
be showing Faces of Women on Wednesday, March 25.


1)  Forum for Free Press meets

2)  World news roundup


1)  Men’s volleyball defeats Eastern

2)  Today’s and this weekend’s contests


Today:       Clouds remain, breezy. High near 60.
              Hey seniors — June 1 is only 73 days away!
Tonight:     Rain starting again. Low around 45.
              Some of us are even counting the minutes (105,120).

Extended Weekend Forecast

Saturday:    More clouds, more rain. High of 50.
Sunday:      Maybe a little sunshine. High around 40.


1)  Forum for Free Press meets

On Tuesday, Swarthmore’s Forum for Free Press met for the first time to set
guidelines for future operation and address concerns brought up by last
week’s Phoenix editorial cartoon. The Forum was chartered last semester to
take financial and administrative responsibility over the College’s student
publications, including allocation of funds.

The first part of the meeting was spent in procedural matters, determining
that the forum would work via consensus and that its meetings would be open
to the public. After that, discussion centered on a complaint brought
forward about an editorial cartoon in the last issue of the Phoenix
featuring the words “censored by Ari Plost.” After a discussion of the
issue by the Forum, it became apparent that Plost ’98, who brought the
complaint, and Phoenix editors-in-chief Min Lee ’00 and Patrick Runkle ’98
would be able to come to an agreement. Lee and Runkle decided to print a
statement about the editorial in this week’s Phoenix.

In order to fund student publications for next year, the Forum has
submitted a preliminary budget proposal for about $35000, according to Josh
Kramer, the Student Publications Coordinator. Of the Forum’s five members,
three were appointed by Student Council, and two elected from the various
student publications.


2)  World news roundup


Star Magazine claims that Dan Gecker, attorney to former White House aide
Kathleen Willey, approached them six months ago, offering an interview for
$300,000. Willey has accused President Bill Clinton of kissing her,
fondling her breasts, and placing her hand on his erect genitalia outside
the Oval Office in 1993, immediately upon her requesting a paid job with
his administration.  Gecker admitted to news services that he spoke to Star
representatives, but insists that he broke contact after a letter implied
that he initiated communication.


Anonymous officials of President Clinton’s administration have released to
various news agencies the President’s intention to announce today the
lifting of key parts of the embargo against Cuba. Cuban Americans will be
allowed to send up to $1200 a year to relatives in Cuba, and direct flights
will be renewed between the U.S. and the island. Also, restrictions on
humanitarian aid will be softened, and Congress will be encouraged to allow
food to be sent to the Communist-ruled nation. Representative Jesse Helms
(R-NC) strongly criticized the plan to news services through a
representative yesterday.


Justice and Education Departments’ report on crime in American public
schools finds 10,000 fights with weapons, 7000 robberies, and 4000 rapes in
the 1996-97 school year, but almost half of schools report no serious
disciplinary problems… Three Michigan militia members were charged
yesterday after allegedly plotting to overthrow the United States
government… Two 20-year-old American Mormon missionaries have been
kidnapped and held for $300,000 ransom near Samara, Russia… Richard
Wilson, proud owner of Marilyn Monroe’s lingerie, purchased John F. Kennedy’s
underwear at yesterday’s auction, telling news services that he’d display
them together.



1)  Men’s volleyball defeats Eastern

The volleyball team soundly defeated Eastern 3 games to 1 on Thursday night.
The men thrashed Eastern, the 3rd ranked team in the MACVC East division,
with scores of 15-7, 12-15, 15-4 and 18-16. George Matula ’98 led the
Garnet with 19 kills on 25 attacks, for a team high .760 kill ratio, and 9
blocks. Charlie Ellis ’00 had 15 kills, Imran Posner had 10 blocks and
setter Tony Cho ’01 had an incredible 40 assists. The Garnet will next see
action on Sunday when they host La Salle and Widener.


2)  Today’s and this weekend’s contests

Baseball hosts Eastern in a 3:30 p.m. game.
Emory and Salsbury State will play a tennis match on the Faulkner courts.

Men’s tennis hosts Emory at 10:00 a.m.
Men’s lacrosse hosts Wooster at 1:00 p.m.
Women’s lacrosse hosts Widener at 1:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Drew at 1:00 p.m.
Men’s rugby hosts Penn at 1:00 p.m.
Women’s rugby hosts Penn at 11:00 a.m.

Volleyball hosts La Salle at 12:00 p.m., and Widener at 5:00 p.m.


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