Friday, September 11, 1998

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Friday, September 11, 1998
Volume 3, Number 4


1)  Parking Committee appointed to issue permits

2)  How to cope with parking permit rejection

3)  World news roundup

4)  Campus events


1)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today:     Mostly Sunny.  High in the 70s.
       It’s Friday…nuff said.

Tonight:   Partly Cloudy.  Low in the 50s.

Extended Weekend Forecast:

Saturday:  Partly sunny with chance of showers in the afternoon.

Sunday:    Partly Sunny.   High in low 70s.


1)  Parking Committee appointed to issue permits

The process of issuing parking permits to students is successfully underway
after a few changes and a somewhat hesitant beginning. Last semester Student
Council assumed the responsibility of appointing students to the Parking
Committee, which examines the applications and issues permits. Because so
few people applied to be on this committee, a temporary Parking Committee
has been appointed by Student Council to initiate the process this term. The
committee is composed of one member of Student Council, two members of
Student Budget Committee, one member of SAC, and one member of Housing

In past years the Parking Committee was composed of RAs organized by
Associate Dean Tedd Goundie. Terri Narkin, Public Safety Administrative
Assistant, and Associate Director of Public Safety Leon Francis of Public
Safety also were involved; they have a role as bystanders in committee
meetings, enforcers of parking regulations, and are in charge of
administrative work relating to parking on campus. According to Narkin,
Student Council approached Leon Francis last semester asking for changes in
the permit system. SC ultimately decided to set up a twelve-student
committee in charge of parking, but they only received two applications for
positions last term.

As a solution to this problem, SC established the temporary committee. Tedd
Goundie noted that the shortage of interested applicants “is understandable
for the first time though,” and he is confident that “the full committee
will be appointed in the spring.”  

Aside from a SC-appointed Parking Committee, other changes in parking permit
policy have been introduced over the past year to ensure fairness. Last year
seniority was discarded as a consideration. This year students applied for
permits anonymously. Each student who applied was issued a number, which
will appear on the applications instead of a name to eliminate potential
bias.  All that remains now is for the committee to sort through the 171
applications and decide which will be issued one of the 115 permits
available. Fortunately, students should not have to wait too long for the
committee’s decisions. Terri Narkin estimates that students will have
“answers, permits, and be in their spaces” by Friday, September 25.


2)  How to cope with parking permit rejection

Students who are denied a parking permit or who did not return their
applications by the deadline have a couple of options. The first option is
to rent a parking space in the Borough of Swarthmore. For $10 per month,
students can park in the lot on Myers Avenue next to the railroad tracks.
Interested students can fill out an application at the Borough Office in
Borough Hall, which is across from the library on Park Avenue. Another
option is to appeal the decision. Details on this process should be
forthcoming from Student Council and the temporary committee formed for the
Students should not take appeals to Public Safety, however. Terri Narkin is
sympathetic, but can do nothing about the decision. “When students come in
here and want to see me, and they’ve been denied a permit, they want someone
to talk to, but we don’t have anything to do with it,” Narkin said. She
encourages students to rent a space from the Borough as soon as their permit
request has been denied.

Some students choose a third option, parking on campus despite their lack of
a permit. Be warned, though: Public Safety will enforce parking regulations
stringently.  According to Narkin, parking on campus illegally after several
warnings could result in an immobilizing “boot” on one’s car, which would
cost $50 to remove.


3) World news roundup


A tentative agreement reached yesterday by pilots’ union negotiators and
Northwest Airlines representatives may soon end the pilots’ strike, which is
now entering its fourteenth day. The union council will meet tomorrow in
Minneapolis to consider the contract. If the pilots accept the agreement,
Northwest believes that it will be able to resume full service in eight to
ten days. Still, they may have another strike to worry about, as the
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has been
unable to reach a contract with Northwest and may strike within the next
thirty days.


Russian President Boris Yeltsin, after twice-nominating Chernomyrdin for
Prime Minister and seeing him twice rejected by Russian Parliament,
nominated yesterday former Intelligence Service Director Yevgeny Primakov.
Primakov, who is popular with the opposition parties despite strong loyalty
to Yeltsin, has yet to propose any specific economic plans. Still, the ruble
gained value today in response to Primakov’s nomination and the expected
Parliament confirmation.


The House Rules Committee decided yesterday to release Kenneth Starr’s
445-page report on President Clinton’s alleged affair with former White
House intern Monica Lewinsky on the Internet… The gulf states are facing
another possible hurricane in the guise of tropical storm Frances, which is
expected to cause twelve inches of rainfall today throughout Eastern Texas
and led to evacuations of over 1500 offshore oil workers… Expert marksmen
might be allowed to shoot deer in Philadelphia, since Fairmont Park
determined that unless the deer population is cut by about 80%, they will
consume the majority of plant life in the park.


4) Campus events


CIVIC Service and Learning Opportunites Fair
Parrish Beach, 2:30 p.m.

The Black Swan
LPAC, 8:00 p.m.

Mary Lyons hosts opening night for the new Dead Dog Cafe at 8:00 p.m.
Featured performers will include the Dead Dog Blues House Band, Dave Murphy
– folk guitarist, and improv comedy by 6 Cents.

Movie: “Some Like it Hot”
DuPont, 7:30 & 10:00 p.m.


Vertigo-go Improvisational Comedy FUN DAY
Mephistos, 12-2 p.m.

Movie: “Wild Things”
DuPont, 7:30 & 10:00 p.m.


The Black Swan
LPAC 3:00 p.m.



The result of the women’s tennis match at Wilmington was not available in
time for today’s edition.

1)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Volleyball hosts Wilmington at 7:00 p.m.


Men’s cross country hosts the alumni meet at 11:00 a.m.
Women’s cross country hosts the alumni meet at 11:30 a.m.
Field hockey hosts Western Maryland at 1:00 p.m.
Men’s soccer plays in the Haverford tournament at 3:30 p.m.
Women’s soccer visits Villa Julie at 1:00 p.m.
Men’s tennis plays in the Bloomsburg Invitational at 8:30 a.m.


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