Friday, September 18, 1998

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Friday, September 18, 1998
Volume 3, Number 9


1)  Former Catholic religion advisor says farewell

2)  World news roundup

3)  Campus events


1)  Men’s soccer falls to Millersville

2)  Upcoming contests


Today:     Partly sunny. High near 80.
 Perfect weather for a nice cold beer…

Tonight:   Partly cloudy. Low in the mid 60’s
 Just remember to use the door, not the window to go home.

Extended Weekend Forecast

Saturday: Variable cloudiness. High near 80.
Sunday: Fair. High in the upper 70’s.


1) Former Catholic religious advisor says farewell

Today Swarthmore says goodbye to Sue Harte, the school’s former Catholic
Religious Advisor. After eleven years of service to Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr,
and Haverford, Harte is accepting a position at the Newman Center at the
University of Pennsylvania. Her departure came as a surprise to many in the
TriCo community, including Harte herself, but she is optimistic about her
new position. The University of Pennsylvania “seems like a good place,” she

Her departure comes as a result of restructuring in the Catholic community.
A new priest, Father John Ames, was recently appointed to the TriCo
community by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. When he decided to
restructure, Harte’s position as Assistant Director of Campus Ministry was
eliminated, a move that has caused controversy on campus. As a layperson,
Harte had a large role in the campus ministry, which included counseling
students, faculty, and staff; sitting on various committees; and organizing
service projects. She was involved in founding and “nurturing” the
Interfaith Center, which started as a tiny operation of five people
sharing one office and has evolved into a “dynamic program,” as Harte
describes it. She also initiated and organized service projects in which
student volunteers could participate over breaks. She worked to get the
administration to recognize the value of religious life on campus, and she
encouraged students to “bridge the gap” into “marginal neighborhoods” in
order to “learn about how communities are empowered to change,” she says.

Harte comes from upstate New York, and she received a BA in Religious
Studies and an MA in Theology from Boston College. She arrived in
Philadelphia as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, an organization
which she describes as a “domestic Peace Corps.” At UPenn she will continue
her commitment to community service and social justice education.

In the meanwhile, Swarthmore will miss her. College Dean Bob Gross says he
is “sorry to see her go, because she has given wonderful service to
students… for ten years, but this looks like a good move for her.” Sofia
Sanchez ’00 says she is “really sad; [Sue Harte] helped me out a lot my
first two years… We get different priests every year, but she was
constant. It will be a difficult adjustment for all of us.” Janine
Gent ’99 is “still angry and confused” about the decision to eliminate
Harte’s position. “Sue was always accessible,” Gent says. “She was always
so accessible… Interaction with Sue was always sincere.  I was counting
on her being here to guide in making decisions about my future.”

Harte admits that she will miss Swarthmore, where she felt “very welcome,
very loved.” One of her biggest accomplishments here, she says, is
“encouraging the institution of Swarthmore to take seriously their
commitment to social change” and prompting “academically gifted students to
use their gift for society.” Students are invited to say farewell to Harte
at a reception this afternoon from 3:30pm to 5:30pm in Parrish Parlours.


2)  World news roundup


Charges were declared from a Federal court in Manhattan accusing Harnoun
Fazil, a man in his mid-twenties from the Comoros archipelago off the
southeastern coast of Africa, of playing an active role in executing the
August 7th bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, which killed 253
people. Fazil is still at large, and the United States has offered a $2
million dollar reward for his capture. The alleged activities of Fazil
leading up to the attack include renting a villa where the bomb was
constructed and driving a pickup truck to the embassy on the day of the
bombing, leading a second vehicle which carried the explosive device. Fazil
is the third man accused of directly participating in the attack; two other
suspects have already been apprehended and taken to the United States. A
second accusation was also made yesterday against Wadi El Hage, a resident
of Texas, who was arrested and is being accused of lying to officials about
his knowledge of members of the terrorist group that carried out the
bombing, however, he is not a suspect connected with the attack itself.


Members of three families were violently roused from sleep, put up against
a wall and shot by an unknown group of gunmen at a ranch in Baja,
California early Thursday morning. Of the twenty-one victims, at least
eighteen have been confirmed dead, including men, women, several children
and a baby. Three other people were seriously wounded.  At the scene of the
shooting, police found the bodies clothed only in pajamas or with nothing
at all, indicating the victims may have been taken by surprise as they
slept; overturned furniture gave evidence of a struggle before the bloody
execution. No definite motive for the massacre has surfaced.


The House Judiciary Committee adjourned Thursday evening without having
reached a consensus concerning the public release of President Clinton’s
videotaped grand jury testimony and will reconvene on Friday morning to
settle the matter… A Palestinian teenager was killed and another wounded
as gunmen in an Israeli car opened fire on a group of students walking home
from a West Bank school… The search continues for a four-member U.S.
Marine helicopter crew whose craft crashed into the Pacific Ocean Wednesday
night. Five U.S. Navy ships, plus Marine and Coast Guard helicopters, are
involved in the effort… After a renegotiation of their 1997 settlement,
American tobacco companies will hand over an additional $1.7 billion
dollars to the State of Florida; new advertising restrictions were also
included in the settlement.


3)  Campus Events


Farewell reception for Sue Harte
Parrish Parlours, 3:30 p.m.

Dead Dog Cafe
Mary Lyons, 8:00 p.m.

HOLA party
Tarble All-Campus, 10:00 p.m.

Movie: “Braveheart”
DuPont Lecture Hall, 7:30 and 10:00 p.m.


ASME Cantilever Contest
Hicks, 2:30 p.m.

Swim team party
Olde Club, 10:00 p.m.

Movie: “The Wings of the Dove”
DuPont Lecture Hall, 7:30 and 10:00 p.m.



1)  Men’s soccer falls to Millersville

Frank Yeo ’01 scored the only Swarthmore goal as the men’s soccer team lost
to Millersville 9-1 Wednesday evening.  The defeat dropped the team’s
record to 1-6 on the season.


2)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


No contests are scheduled for today.


Men’s tennis hosts the Tim Berman Memorial tournament beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Field hockey hosts Gettysburg at 1:00 p.m.
Football hosts Johns Hopkins at 1:30 p.m.
Women’s volleyball visits Bryn Mawr (with Gettysburg) at 11:00 a.m.
Men’s cross country visits Johns Hopkins (with Catholic) at 11:00 a.m.
Women’s cross country visits Johns Hopkins (with Catholic) at 11:00 a.m.
Women’s soccer visits Cabrini at 1:00 p.m.
Men’s soccer visits Johns Hopkins at 7:00 p.m.


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