Tuesday, April 21, 1998

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Tuesday, April 21, 1998
Volume 2, Number 122


1)  Student Council discusses administration-student relations

2)  World news roundup

3)  Campus events


1)  Golf team finishes last in quad-match

2)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today:     Bright. High around 70.
     The specs are all gone.
Tonight:   Clear, dropping to 45.
     Along with all the good rooms.
Wednesday: A few clouds. High of 70.


1)  Student Council discusses administration-student relations

During last night’s Student Council meeting SC discussed the relationship
between the administration and the student body in light of recent campus
events. Budget Committee Treasurer Vincent Jones ’98 enunciated the
importance of an increased sense of respect for Student Government autonomy
on the part of the administration. Jones proposed that Student Council
encourage the administration to adopt a written policy agreeing to not
infringe upon the independence of student government unless a violation of
law occurs. Student Council agreed to urge administrative adoption of this
policy, and SC is now working on obtaining Budget Committee and Student
Activity Committee endorsement as well.

The Council also discussed the recently disclosed merit-aid policy which
has been adopted by the administration without student input or campus
discussion. Council members expressed concern that the administration did
not notify students of the proposal before it was decided upon.

In other matters, BC’s budget allocation for the next fiscal year was
approved unanimously. The content of Co-chair Ashwin Rao ’99’s upcoming
speech to the Board of Mangers was also discussed. Election and voting
policy suggestions for the upcoming Student Council election were
presented, and the SC adopted a policy of not allowing SC members running
for re-election to participate in voting practices.


2)  World news roundup


A Boeing 727 belonging to Ecuador’s TAME airlines crashed into a mountain
in Colombia yesterday afternoon, leaving no survivors. Human flesh and
pieces of the plane rained down as far as central Bogota. At least 53
passengers and crew died, but it has been difficult to examine the crash
site, because of heavy rains and land mines that were originally laid down
in the area to discourage leftist rebels from attacking nearby government
police bases. Most of the passengers were Europeans who had boarded in


A federal jury ruled yesterday that Operation Rescue and other
anti-abortion groups violated federal racketeering laws through protests
outside clinics offering abortion services. This precedent could cost
anti-abortion organizations and leaders millions over the next few years,
as individual clinics sue them. The suit was brought by the National
Organization for Women, which stressed to news services its victory may be
hollow if anti-abortion groups, which rarely hold significant assets, are
excused from paying damages.


The Supreme Court agreed to review a Chicago anti-loitering law aimed at
gangs that allows policemen to arrest any member of a group in public who
doesn’t disperse when ordered to do so… A Wisconsin man brought a pail of
gasoline onto a public bus, splashed it over several passengers, and set
them ablaze without apparent motive, injuring several before local
residents ran to the bus  with fire extinguishers and blankets… Since the
Nigerian constitution was altered to make one of his opponents ineligible,
and all the official parties have declared him their candidate, General
Sani Abacha, current military ruler of Nigeria, is now officially going to
run unopposed for president this August, drawing threats of sanctions from
many European nations… Customs Police found about $1 million in real U.S.
currency replacing the fake money in several copies of Monopoly and other
board games on a flight headed to Bogota; the boxes had been re
shrinkwrapped to appear new.


3)  Campus events

“The Mob and the Media” by George Anastasia
Kohlberg Scheuer Room, 4:00 pm

Talk by John Miners, Director of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future
Kirby Lecture Hall, 4:30 pm

Film showing: “Film About a Woman Who…” by Yvonne Rainer
LPAC Cinema, 7:00 pm

Alumni Career Panel: Careers in the Not-For-Profit Sector
Bond Memorial Hall, 7:30 pm

Tri-College Panel on Higher Educational Institutions and the Environment
Kohlberg 115, 7:30 pm

Earth Week Video
Kirby Lecture Hall, 8:00 pm



1)  Golf team finishes last in quad-match

The golf team hosted their final quad-match of the season last night.
Swarthmore finished in fourth place with a 405. Penn finished first with a 321,
and Messiah followed in second with a 348 while Philadelphia Pharmacy finished
third at 387. Matt Kaufman ’01 led the Garnet with an 85. The golf team
will compete in the Centennial Championships in Berlin, Maryland, this


2) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

 Softball hosts Albright for a 4:00 p.m. game.
 Baseball jets to Ursinus for a 3:30 p.m. game.
 Men’s tennis hosts Haverford for a 3:00 p.m. match.

 Men’s lacrosse travels to Widener for a 4:00 p.m. game.
 Women’s lacrosse hosts Bryn Mawr for a 4:00 p.m. game.
 Women’s tennis hosts Haverford for a 4:00 p.m. game.


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