Wednesday, October 21, 1998

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Wednesday, October 21, 1998
Volume 3, Number 26


1)  Vigil, Day of Silence add solemnity to Coming Out Week

2)  World news roundup

3)  Campus events


1)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today:    Partly cloudy, high of 59.
 Why is Sharples always so nice and warm?

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy. Temperatures in the 30s.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, with possible sprinkles. High of 56.
 Is it the industrial-strength ovens?


1)  Vigil, Day of Silence add solemnity to Coming Out Week

Yesterday’s Coming Out Week events included a Day of Silence and a vigil
honoring Matthew Shepard, the University of Wyoming student whose murder
last week was due to his sexual orientation. To share their concerns with
the college community, students participating in the Day of Silence carried
purple pieces of paper explaining the reasons for the observance. Students
were silent all day at classes, in Sharples, and in the academic and
residential buildings, ending the observance at 8:30 p.m. in time for the
vigil. The silent tablers in front of the Swarthmore Queer Union’s board,
which has been vandalized several times since the beginning of the school
year, set a solemn tone for the day, keeping silent “for all those who are
silent because they fear for their lives.”

At the vigil, queer and queer-friendly students shared a lengthy period of
silence, tears, personal stories, readings, and songs (including several
verses of “We Shall Overcome”) at the candle lit ceremony honoring the
lives of queer youths like Shepard who must choose “between love and life,”
according to Ben Maulbeck ’99. About a hundred students attended the vigil.

Other Coming Out Week activities over the next four days will include
lectures, a movie, an all-campus party, and an open SQU meeting.

2)  World news roundup


King Hussein of Jordan, who was recently released from chemotherapy, joined
the Middle East peace summit in Wye Mills, Maryland yesterday by
invitation. The talks appear to be making progress; sources told news
services that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat are close to an agreement which would satisfy Israel’s
concern over terrorists. Because of Jordan’s 1994 peace treaty with Israel
and the large number of Palestinians among his subjects, Hussein has pushed
continually for a peace settlement in West Bank and Gaza. The
longest-serving ruler in the Middle East, he is viewed by both Israelis and
Palestinians as a peacemaker.


The Chilean government is attempting to gain the release of its former
dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, from custody where he is being held
after his arrest last Friday in London. Pinochet was arrested at the
request of a Spanish magistrate who is investigating deaths of Spanish
citizens during Pinochet’s rule and expects to try him for genocide in
Spain. Chile is claiming that Pinochet is protected from arrest by
diplomatic immunity, but Britain has rejected that claim. Pinochet says he
will fight extradition.


300,000 French high school students staged the second protest in the last
week, calling for the resignation of the Education Minister as well as
better classroom conditions; widespread violence such as property damage
was again a problem… The death toll from Sunday’s Nigerian pipeline fire
has climbed to 700; the blaze is expected to burn for several days more…
The New York Yankees beat the San Diego Padres 5-4 in the third game of the
World Series. They are now winning 3-0.


2)  Campus events

Open SQU Meeting
IC, 10:00 p.m.

CP&P: UPenn Law School Presentation
Bond Memorial Hall, 3:30 p.m.

CP&P: Banking Info Session
Bond Memorial Hall, 7:00 p.m.

CP&P: Summer Job Search
Kohlberg 116, 7:00 p.m.

Mathematics & Statistics Lecture
Jim Propps of MIT: “When Random Tilings Don’t Look Random”
DuPont 190, 4:15 p.m.

Student Piano Recital
Lang Concert Hall, 4:30 p.m.

Mark Manuscript Study
Trotter 215, 8:00 p.m.

Latin Dancing
Tarble All-Campus Space, 9:00 p.m.

Earthlust Weekly Environmental Meeting
Parrish Commons Conference Area, 10:00 p.m.

Film Society Showing
Dupont Lecture Hall, 9:30 p.m.

Two-Fisted Features showing
Kirby Lecture Hall, 10:30 p.m.



1) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Men’s soccer travels to Eastern at 3:30 p.m.
Women’s soccer challenges Eastern at 3:00 p.m.
Volleyball visits Washington at 7:00.m.


No contests are scheduled for tomorrow.


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