Wednesday, November 4, 1998

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Wednesday, November 4, 1998
Volume 3, Number 36

CORRECTION:

In the Tuesday, November 3 issue, it was reported that “The [SAC/DU/Phi
Psi] party received $1800 in funding from SAC, which is what the Mary Lyons
party has generally received in the past.” Actually, the Mary Lyons party
received only $725 last year for their Halloween party, and $800 the year
before that. The Gazette regrets the error.

NEWS IN BRIEF

1)  Ballroom and Swing Club granted charter

2)  World news roundup

3)  Campus events

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today:    Mostly sunny, with slight winds and a high of 49.
 Layering clothing. Get used to it again.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid-30s.
 And while you’re at it, get that heavy comforter out of storage.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. High of 51.

*****

NEWS REPORT

1)  Ballroom and Swing Club granted charter

Two weeks after they had hoped, the Ballroom and Swing Club was chartered
by the Student Council Charter Committee as an official campus
organization. As such, they will now be able to apply to the Student Budget
Committee for funding. They had originally submitted their proposal in time
for the Charter Committee’s October 19 meeting, but enough Charter
Committee members left before the scheduled time for discussing the BS
Club’s proposal to prevent quorum. As an unchartered group, the BS Club was
unable to receive funding from SBC.

The Ballroom and Swing Club offers weekly lessons and practice in swing and
ballroom dancing in Upper Tarble. Swing lessons are offered on Mondays at
9:30 p.m., while ballroom is taught on Tuesdays at the same time. Until
recently, Peter Murray ’00 and Rachel McKnight ’00 have been teaching
swing, while Yura Shubin ’99 has been instructing ballroom dancing. Since
the student instructors have finished teaching the moves that they know,
however, professional instructors are needed for further lessons. It is
mostly to pay for these instructors that Ballroom and Swing Club wish to
receive SBC funding.

Representatives of Ballroom and Swing Club were relieved to have their
charter approved, but several felt uncomfortable with the way that the
Charter Committee conducted the meeting. “They acted like they were doing a
chore… It was not a friendly meeting,” said BS Club President Yura Shubin
’99. One requirement for being chartered by Charter Committee is that a
group have “a realistic and well-planned budget.” It was largely over this
point that BS Club representatives and Charter
Committee members wrangled over the course of forty-five minutes. Fifteen
minutes were spent discussing $50 that the club planned to request from SBC
for a water cooler and water. Also discussed was whether it was necessary
for the club to hire two instructors per night. With two instructors for
one hour a night, two nights a week, and $60 per hour for each instructor,
the cost for instructors in their planned budget comes to $240 per week.
Shubin, however, insisted that an instructor of each gender was necessary,
as many dance moves are commonly gender-specific.

In the end, however, the charter was approved. The Ballroom and Swing Club
treasurer will present the proposed budget at SBC’s next meeting on Sunday.

*****

2)  World news roundup

REPUBLICAN CONTROL SHAKEN IN CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS

Midterm elections were held yesterday in the shadow of impeachment
proceedings against President Clinton. In Congress, 34 Senate seats and all
435 House seats were on the ballot, with 36 gubernatorial races also up for
grabs. Most incumbents kept their seats. The Democrats gained significantly
in light of a historical trend of losses by the party in the White House,
although they did not win enough seats to
gain control of Congress. Surprises included New York Senator Al D’Amato’s
loss of his seat to Democrat Charles Schumer, and the victory of the former
professional wrestler and Reform Party candidate Jesse Ventura in the race
for the Minnesota governorship.

MITCH DEATH TOLL RISES AS HURRICANE RE-FORMS

With Honduras alone recently reporting 7000 victims, estimates of the
number of casualties due to Hurricane Mitch are approaching 9000. Emergency
supplies are being rushed into Honduras and other ravaged countries. In the
meantime, now-tropical-storm Mitch is pulling back together in the Gulf of
Mexico and is expected to hit the Yucatan Peninsula and southern Florida
within the next few days.

IN OTHER NEWS…

Secretary of Defense William Cohen and British defense minister George
Robertson warned Iraq yesterday that further defiance of United Nations
inspections might be met with military force… Former Malaysian Deputy
Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim is on trial this week for four charges of
corruption and five counts of sodomy. He has pleaded not guilty to all
charges… Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has delayed convening
his Cabinet, which still needs to approve the Mideast peace deal, until
Palestinian Authority presents a security timetable that they say is missing.

*****

3)  Campus events

ICC Lecture
Paul Loeb, Center for Ethical Leadership
Scheuer Room, 4:15 p.m.

List Gallery Opening Reception
David MacDonald
List Gallery, LPAC, 5:00 p.m.

Art Department Lecture
Magdelene Odundo
LPAC Cinema, 6:00 p.m.

CP&P: Management Training Info Session
Infonxx
Bond Memorial Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Reading by Dan Menaker
Scheuer Room, 7:30 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 161, 10:00 p.m.

Two-Fisted Features: “The Killer”
Kirby Lecture Hall, 10:30 p.m.

*****

SPORTS UPDATE

1)  Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

TODAY

No contests are scheduled for today.

TOMORROW

No contests are scheduled for tomorrow.

*****

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