Wednesday, February 3, 1999

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Wednesday, February 3, 1999
Volume 3, Number 66

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) World news roundup

2) Campus events

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) World sports roundup

2) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the low 50s.
       You mean all that groundhog stuff is true?

Tonight: Increasing clouds. Lows in the 30s.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy and windy. Scattered late showers. High near 50.
       Dang, I was just about to break out the summer clothes, too.

NEWS REPORT

1) World news roundup

PEACE TALKS SCHEDULED FOR KOSOVO

In response to pressure from the international community, the Kosovo Liberation Army agreed yesterday to participate in peace talks to be held this Saturday in Rambouillet, France. The KLA is expected to request that Kosovo become an international protectorate, and that the province’s future be decided by referendum. The Yugoslav government has not yet officially agreed to send representatives, though NATO has threatened airstrikes if it does not do so. NATO represenatives hope an agreement will be reached within the month.

BRAZIL STRUGGLES WITH FINANCIAL CRISIS

Brazilian government officials are struggling to keep finances stable following a 40% drop in currency value last month. The drop occured in spite of promises made by Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardosa, leaving many Brazilians uneasy about their economic futures. The International Monetary Fund has promised Brazil a $41.5 billion loan,
intended to stabilize the currency’s value. According to economists, the United States has begun to feel the repercussions of the Brazilian crisis only in the form of slightly lower wholesale prices on products such as wheat and steel.

IN OTHER NEWS…

House Minority leader Dick Gephardt is expected to announce today that he will not run for president in 2000, leaving Vice President Al Gore and former Senator Bill Bradley as the two remaining likely candidates for the Democratic nomination… U.S. planes continued to bomb Iraq yesterday, striking missiles the Pentagon says were being transported in defiance of UN resolutions… Hugo Chavez, the former leader of an unsuccessful coup, was sworn in yesterday as president of Venezuela. Chavez has pledged to rid the Venezuelan government of corruption and to strengthen the economy.

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2) Campus events

Sophomore Paper Departmental Meeting, Environmental Studies
Kohlberg 226, 4:30 p.m.

Sophomore Paper Departmental Meeting, Women’s Studies
Kohlberg 228, 4:30 p.m.

Sophomore Paper Departmental Meeting, Public Policy
Kohlberg 226, 6:30 p.m.

Torah Study
Bond Hall 2nd Floor, 7:00 p.m.

Sophomore Paper Departmental Meeting, Engineering
Kohlberg 226, 8:30 p.m.

Dialogues
Danawell Trailer, 9:30 p.m.

Dialogues
Mephistos Lounge, 10:00 p.m.

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

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SPORTS UPDATE

1) World sports roundup

PAYTON HAS RARE LIVER DISEASE

All-time great running back Walter Payton announced he needs a liver transplant in order to live. Payton has contracting a rare disease of the liver, primary sclerosing cholangitis.  This disease only affects three out of every 100,000 people and its cause is unknown, but it is not related in any way to alcohol, steroids, hepatitis, or immune deficiency. Payton, a mere shadow of the 200-pound frame that rushed the Chicago Bears to their first and only Super Bowl win in 1986, broke down at a press conference Tuesday as he embraced his son, Jarret, who recently signed on to play college football for Miami. If Payton were to receive a liver transplant, long-term survival would be “promising,” according to his doctor. However, without a transplant, patients generally do not survive longer than two years.  

IN OTHER NEWS…

In a shocking move that offers dangerous comparisons to the Florida Marlins’ post-World Series fire sale, the San Diego Padres traded 50-home-run hitter Greg Vaughn to the Cincinnati Reds for oft-injured outfielder Reggie Sanders and four minor-leaguers… Charlotte Hornets power forward Anthony Mason is out for the season after rupturing a tendon in his right biceps.

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2) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

TODAY
Women’s basketball hosts Haverford at 6:00 p.m.
Men’s basketball hosts Haverford around 8:00 p.m.
Men’s wrestling hosts Haverford at 7 p.m.

TOMORROW
Badminton hosts Albright at 7:30 p.m.

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This concludes today’s report.

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