Tuesday, April 14, 1998

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Tuesday, April 14, 1998
Volume 2, Number 117


1)  Student Council hears complaints about Budget Committee

2)  World news roundup

3)  Campus events


1)  Golf places second in quad-meet

2)  Baseball falls to Franklin & Marshall

3)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today:         Overcast, rain after noon likely. High of 65.
                This might be the first warm rain of the year.
Tonight:       Rain, maybe a thunderstorm. Low around 45.
                On the other hand, wet is wet.
Wednesday:     Rain possible early, then partly sunny. High near 70.


1)  Student Council hears complaints about Budget Committee

At yesterday’s Student Council meeting, several students expressed concern
about recent Budget Committee proceedings, claiming that BC had been
negligent or unfairly partial in its decisions on student organization
budgets in the Spring budgeting period.

Tom Stenson ’00 and former BC members Ali Erdem ’00 and Yasemin Sirali ’01
presented an informational packet to SC during the meeting. According to
Stenson, the 22 page packet contained letters “from 15 different
organzations who were unhappy with proceudres of spring budgeting. We have
groups who had their budgest ruined by BC, like Opera Club, Small Craft
Warnings, and SOCA, but we also have letters from groups who got all they
wanted but just thought the meetings with BC were very confusing and

According to Stenson, the packet was presented to SC primarily to inform
the Council of certain groups’ unhappiness with BC proceedings. “We are
going to send [the packet] to the Dean’s office, and see if they want to
take any action on it,” Stenson told the Gazette.

SC co-Chair Ashwin Rao ’99 said that SC decided not to take action in the
matter because no unhappy student groups had yet come to SC with
complaints. However, Rao stated that “if more groups come to voice
complaints, we would certainly consider their claims.”

During the meeting SC also passed three amendments for the Budget
Committee’s staff rules. With the exception of sports teams, BC will now
only be able to budget requests for activites during classes or finals; it
will no longer fund Spring Break or summer activities.

The second amendment required that groups coming before BC to request
funding have their agendas in order. The amendment states that groups
who are deemed unprepared (for instance, not having enough copies of budget
proposals, not having talked to the BC liason beforehand, not aware of BC
protocal) must return to BC later, when they are better prepared, Rao
explained. The third amendment, according to Rao, is intended to prevent
BC from funding campaign donations by groups.


2)  World news roundup


One week ago, Citicorp and Traveler’s Group Inc. announced their imminent
$70 billion merger, breaking the record for largest corporate merger.
Yesterday, BankAmerica Corp. and NationsBank announced that they planned to
combine in a $62.7 billion merger, while Banc One Corp. and First Chicago
NPD revealed that they are joining in a merger valued at about $29 billion.
The three mergers have created new companies expected to effect the
brokering, insurance, and credit card industries strongly. Although stock
prices for these companies did not rise substantially, stock prices of
other banks suspected to be planning mergers of their own did increase


Twelve foreign nationals are being held in Mexico City prior to
deportation, after being charged with aiding residents of Taniperlas in the
Chiapas region of Mexico. Authorities say that the nationals helped to set
up a town council parallel to the one sanctioned by the government, but
supportive of the rebel Zapatistas. The prisoners include four Americans
who claim to be tourists; one woman claims that sex with a policeman was
stated as a condition of her release at the time of arrest. The nationals
were arrested when 750 Mexican soldiers attacked the town Friday to
disperse the illegal council; they claim that the purpose of their
deportation is to hide human rights violations that the Mexican government
is perpetrating on the indigenous population.


Russian President Boris Yeltsin has sent a slightly modified version of the
1993 never-ratified START II treaty to parliament for approval; the treaty
outlaws all land-based multiple-warhead missiles. … The International
Atomic Energy Agency, the nuclear watchdog of the United Nations, assured
news services yesterday that Iraq lacks nuclear capability and is no longer
attempting to develop nuclear weapons. … The space shuttle Columbia is
prepared to lift off once more on Tuesday for a seventeen day mission,
where brain and nervous system tests will be performed on astronauts,
crickets, swordfish, rats, mice, and snail eggs. … After a 450-pound
steel beam fell through the roof of Yankee Stadium, knocking away a chair
and digging a four-inch hole in the concrete floor, the arena has been shut
down for repairs and inspections; officials expect to reopen the stadium by
Friday, when a three-game series is scheduled between the Yankees and the
Detroit Tigers. … Nepal’s prime minister-elect Girija Prasad Koirala
refused to take office yesterday on the advice of his family astrologers,
who recommended Tuesday as a more auspicious time.


3)  Campus events

“What is Pluralism at Swarthmore College?” Table and Display
Parrish Parlor-West, 10:00 am -12:00 pm

“Yoruba Religious Practices in the United States” by John Mason, Yoruba
Theological Archministry, New York
Willets Mephistos Lounge, 12:00 pm

“Puerto Rican History Through The Arts”
Martin, Kirby Lecture Hall, 4:00 pm.

Passover Dinner and Service
Bond Memorial Hall, 5:00 pm

Random House Information Session
Kohlberg 115, 7:00 pm

Film Showing: Barbara Kopple’s “Harlan County, USA”
LPAC Cinema, 7:00 pm

Sproul Observatory Visitor’s Night
Observatory, 9:00 pm



1)  Golf places second in quad-meet

The golf team finished second yesterday in an away quad-meeet. Holy
Family won the tournament with a score of 335.  Swarthmore finished at
360. Neumann and Beaver followed with scores of 365 and 373,
repectively. Darby Kopp ’99 led the Garnet with an 85, and Matt Kaufman
’99 shot an 88. Josh McKinley ’01 scored 89 while J.J. Purdy ’99
scored 98. The team is now 8-4 for the season.


2)  Baseball falls to Franklin & Marshall

The baseball team lost to Franklin and Marshall last night, 17-10, in
a make-up game from Friday’s rain-out. Dan Johnston ’98 was 2-5 with a
two-run double and an RBI single. Josh Lindsey ’01 went 2-4 with a two-run
double. Rob Castellucci ’01 also had two hits. Jay Schembs ’01 pitched
well on relief and had an RBI double. The team will host Muhlenberg
today at 3:30.


3) Upcoming events


Softball hosts Ursinus in a double-header at 3:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Muhlenberg in a 3:30 p.m. game.
Women’s tennis travels to Muhlenberg for a 3:30 p.m. match.
Women’s lacrosse hosts Muhlenberg in a 4:00 p.m. game.
Men’s volleyball hosts Haverford in a 7:00 p.m. game.


Men’s lacrosse hosts Washington in a 4:00 p.m. game.


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