Monday, October 26, 1998

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Monday, October 26, 1998
Volume 3, Number 29


On Friday, October 23, the Gazette reported that the Computing Center
believed that CopsTalk was responsible for last week’s network problems.
Actually, they believed that PCMacLan was likely the cause.


1)  Students defend campus against monsters in annual pterodactyl hunt

2)  World news roundup

3)  Campus events


1)  Emkey and Schilla compete in national intercollegiate tennis championships

2)  Football loses to Dickinson

3)  Men’s soccer loses

4)  Women’s soccer shut out by Hopkins

5)  Volleyball’s losing streak continues

6)  Field hockey falls to Hopkins

7)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Monday:  Variable cloudiness. Highs in the mid  60s.
 This is SO last season!

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid to upper 40s.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Sprinkles possible. Highs in the upper 50s.
 As If!



1)  Students defend campus against monsters in annual pterodactyl hunt

Minions of evil invaded Swarthmore College Saturday night, frolicking over
Parrish Beach in typical monster fashion. Their siege met with vehement
resistance; over thirty Swarthmore students armed with newspaper swords
were determined to defend the campus. The mighty host of hunters vanquished
monsters such as hobgoblins and orcs, a werewolf and a vampire, a
jabberwock, and two pterodactyls complete with a ‘dactyl guard.’ The annual
Pterodactyl Hunt, hosted by Swarthmore Warders of Imaginative Literature
(SWIL), had struck again.

The Pterodactyl Hunt is a well-established tradition at Swarthmore. SWIL
inherited the Hunt from the Folk Dance Society, which inherited the game
from a campus Christian organization, according to Jim Moskowitz ’88. The
first Hunt organized by SWIL occurred on October 21, 1983, in Crum Meadow,
but was soon moved to campus for safety reasons.

The main goal of hunters is to kill the two pterodactyls by striking them
three times on their feet. First, however, hunters must defeat various
monsters (usually played by SWIL-folk) in order to earn “gold” and
“experience points.” With these the hunters “purchase” various talismans,
including a “hunting license,” a prerequisite for killing a pterodactyl.
Prizes are awarded for killing pterodactyls, recognizing the difference
between the vampire and the shadow, and for earning the most gold or
experience points. This year’s winners included Jeff Levine ’00, Nathaniel
Fairfield ’01, and Mike Waddington ’00.


2)  World news roundup


Typhoon Babs’ swept through Taiwan yesterday after hitting the Philippines
on Thursday. Thus far, over 156 deaths have been reported in the
Philippines with no reported causalities in Taiwan. Babs continues to move
north-northeast and is expected to hit Hong Kong shortly. Originally
classified as a typhoon, Babs was relabeled as a tropical storm last evening.


Last Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian
Authority President Yasser Arafat signed an agreement at the White House.
Israel relinquished control of 13 percent of the West Bank in return for
Palestinian promises to prevent anti-Israeli violence.  Almost
three-fourths of Israeli citizens support the agreement.  However,
Netanyahu still faces violent political opposition by several groups.


Top NATO officials met with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosovic
yesterday. NATO may soon begin air strikes against the country if soldiers
are not removed in a timely manner… Investigators have no leads in the
search for the killer of Dr. Barnett Slepian, a doctor who performed
abortions and was hit by a sniper’s bullet Friday night.


4)  Campus events


All Women Over Lunch
PACES, 12:15 p.m.

Communication in Biology Guest Lecture
Kirby, 2:00 p.m.

Adventure America Information Session
Bond, 7:00 p.m.

Week of Conscience Letter Writing Campaign
Parrish Parlors West, 11:00 a.m.

Swing Practice
Tarble, 9:30 p.m.

SWIL: “The Craft”
Kirby, 10:00 p.m.



1)  Emkey and Schilla participate at nationals

In singles, Greg Emkey ’99 placed 7th at the ITA Rolex National Small
College Tennis Championships in Memphis, TN. Emkey won his first match and
lost the next too.  In doubles,  Emkey and Peter Schilla ’01 also finished
in 7th.


2)  Football falls to Dickinson

The Garnet Tide lost to the Dickinson Red Devils 38-0. J.P. Harris ’99
passed for 104 yards, Donovan Goodly ’02 ran for 25 yards and Charlie Ellis
’99 caught four passes for 42 yards.


3)  Men’s soccer loses 6-0

In a centennial conference competition, men’s soccer lost to Gettysburg
6-0. The team now has a 3-13 record.


4)  Women’s soccer shut out by Hopkins

On Saturday, women’s soccer traveled to Johns Hopkins. They lost 2-0,
falling to 6-10 overall and 2-5 in the conference.


5)  Volleyball’s losing streak continues

Volleyball lost to Western Maryland and Ursinus on Saturday by 3-0 and 3-1.
They fall to 0-15 for the season.


6)  Field hockey falls to Hopkins

On Saturday in Baltimore, Maryland, the Tide fell to Johns Hopkins 1-0. The
team’s record is now 9-6 for the season and 4-2 in conference competition.


7)  Today and tomorrow’s contests


No contests scheduled for today


Field hockey travels to Bryn Mawr at 3:30 p.m.
Women’s soccer takes on Muhlenberg at 3:00 p.m.


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