Tuesday, April 28, 1998

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Tuesday, April 28, 1998
Volume 2, Number 127


1)  Student Council ties up loose ends, prepares for elections

2)  World news roundup

3)  Today’s campus events


1)  Upcoming events


Today:         Nice and bright. High of 65.
                Naturally, it’s nice outside now.
Tonight:       Clear, cool. Low near 40.
                Seems like it always rains when you have some free time.
Wednesday:     Sunny and warmer. High above 70.


1) Student Council ties up loose ends, prepares for elections

Yesterday Student Council met for the last time this school year. SC
addressed Vincent Jones’ proposal that SC issue a statement about the
autonomy of student government at Swarthmore.  Debate arose as to whether
or not the statement should be signed by all members of SC or only by those
who supported the statement. Lacking sufficient time to resolve this issue,
the proposal was closed.

SC is starting a new practice regarding Co-chair elections. SC believes
that the Co-chairs are integral parts of the student government of
Swarthmore College, and so students should be present at the old
council/new council meeting when new co-chairs are elected. Students will
be allowed a period for open questions to the candidates.

Ashwin Rao’s upcoming speech to the Board of Managers was also discussed.
Rao may speak about the necessity of maintaining the size of the student
body at Swarthmore in order to ensure the small, liberal arts nature of the
school. Finally, SC approved an endowment plan previously approved by
Budget Committee.

SC elections start today. SC members will be present to monitor voting
which will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Tarble and Sharples.


2)  World news roundup


Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi, 72, was found murdered last night outside his
Guatemala City home, his head battered by several blows from a cement
block. He had participated in the formation of the 1993 peace accord that
ended the Guatemalan Civil War. This Friday, the History Memory
Recovery project, which Gerardi had founded and directed, had released
“Never Again,” a compilation of stories told by survivors of the
destructive war. Guatemalan Attorney General Hector Perez has vowed to use
any means possible to track down the assassin.


In response to expected interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve Board,
stocks fell heavily yesterday. Technology, investment, and air travel
stocks were worst hit. However, analysts have assured news services that
this drop is just a minor correction in an otherwise bullish market. The
Federal Reserve Board has not raised rates for over a year, and with the
Asian financial crisis not over, the Fed has little incentive to change
current policy.


Despite finding Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. guilty of accepting illegal campaign funds
and other misdemeanors during his 1996 campaign for president of the
Teamsters’ Union, and fining him near $100,000, the court-appointed
election overseer has decided to allow Hoffa to run again for the
presidency this August. … India denied a New York Times Report that the
South Asian nation was receiving aid from Russian scientists to develop a
long-range ballistic missile that could carry a nuclear warhead from a
submarine into the heart of longtime enemy Pakistan. … A Japanese court
ruled that the Japanese government would have to provide the equivalent of
about $2000 to three South Korean women who claim to have been forced to
act as “comfort women” to the Imperial Army during WWII.


3)  Today’s campus events

Ken Loach’s “Riff Raff”
LPAC Cinema, 7:00 pm



1) Upcoming events

Women’s lacrosse travels to Haverford for their last game of the season.
The game begins at 4:00 p.m.

There are no contests scheduled for tomorrow.


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