Tuesday, March 2, 1999

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Tuesday, March 2, 1999
Volume 3, Number 85


1) Reflections on Screw

2) World news roundup

3) Campus events


1) World sports roundup

2) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today: Sunny. High near 50.
       Counting down the days til spring break…

Tonight: Clouds to rain. Lows in the mid 30s.
       Rest, relaxtion, and somewhere warm…

Tomorrow: Rain. High in the mid 50s.
       With all the work you haven’t done for the past month.


1) Reflections on Screw

And so it was written, and lo, we were screwed.  Well, not all of us, but
enough to fill Upper Tarble past reasonable capacity.  Saturday’s Screw Your
Roommate Formal was little of an event in and of itself.  It was just another
formal – unless, of course, you figure in the fact that there were some
odd-looking couples there…

Which brings us to the real point of Screw:  the two weeks of agonizing
over half-hearted attempts at either finding someone worthy of your
roommate or
finding someone whose roommate would be willing to stick him with yours for a
night.  This, of course, proved fun for some, the lucky few who acted quickly
and hooked their roomie up while there were still fish in the sea.  But for
rest, the voice mails, e-mails, and broadcasts piled up just far enough to mar
the fun-loving spirit of Screw.

This all came to a head at Sharples dinner Saturday night, which saw the
student body of Swarthmore College embarrass and humiliate itself in truly
grand fashion.  All in vain attempts to learn who their date for the night
people: pranced in various stages of undress; had foodstuffs poured upon
themselves (and licked off in some cases); allowed themselves to be
blindfolded, and ran, crawled and even rollerbladed through the three rooms of

This last point illustrates the down side to the fun and excitement of Screw.
Amid the hustle and bustle of Saturday night, a pair of Rollerblade brand dark
green rollerblades were left in a paper bag under a table in the big room of
Sharples.  Anyone possessing any information regarding their whereabouts is
asked to please contact Gazette Management at


2) World news roundup


US planes struck Iraqi oil facilities and a residential area in the
North again yesterday. Defense Secretary William Cohen told reporters that
pilots were given more freedom to attack air defense targets in repsonse to
threats from Saddam Hussein. An oil line which goes from Iraq to Turkey
was damaged in the attack and Iraq claims that there were civilian
casualties. …US Secretary of State Madeliene Albright criticized China for
crackdown on dissidents, but noted that trade relations would not
change. In a joint news conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan,
Albright said that better progress can be made when trade and human rights are
not linked. Tang said that he opposses politicizing human rights issues
they are part of a country’s internal affairs. . . . Israel had appeared to
call off the offensive against Lebanon that began over the weekend in response
to the killing of four Israelis by Hezbollah
guerrillas. In 1985 part of southern Lebanon was carved out by Israel as a
“security zone” to protect settlements in the North. The Hezbollah guerrillas
want to expel the Israelis from Lebanon altogether. …An audit of the IRS by
the congresional General Accounting Office has concluded that the IRS
employs a
system prone to error that results in millions in fraudulent refunds, faulty
paperwork, and inadequate controls over basic financial reporting. …The
results of Saturday’s election in Nigeria are being disputed by the loser Olu
Falei because of reports of rigging. Former US President Jimmy Carter, who is
leading an American delegation to monitor the election, said that there were
significant irregularities that should be investigated.


3) Campus events

Basic Tax Workshop for Students
Kirby Lecture Hall, 6:00 p.m.

“Sanctions as Foreign Policy: The Case of Iraq” by Dennis Hallizday,
former UN Assistant Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for
Kirby Lecture Hall, 8:00 p.m.

Ballroom Practice
Upper Tarble, 9:30 p.m.



1) World sports roundup


March Madness is most definitely upon us, as the Missouri Valley tournament
final saw unlikely Creighton upset top seed Evansville, 70-61.  Elsewhere,
Gonzaga trampled Santa Clara 91-66 in the final of the West Coast Conference
tournament.  Both Gonzaga and Creighton now find themselves in strong
contention for inclusion in the NCAA tournament. …Dennis Rodman contributed
16 rebounds, seven points, and immersurable veteran advice to the Lakers in
their 97-91 win over the Phoenix Suns Monday.  Late in the game, he told new
head coach Kurt Rambis to take him out in exchange for someone who can hit
throws.  Rambis complied, and LA came away with its third straight win since
Rodman joined them and their fourth since the firing of Del Harris as head


2) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

No contests are scheduled for today.

Track and field attends the ECAC Championships in Boston
Wrestling attends the NCAA Division III Championships at the College of
New Jersey
Men’s tennis hosts Kutztown at 3:00 p.m.


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