Friday, March 19, 1999

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Friday, March 19, 1999
Volume 3, Number 93


1) Class of ’03 admitted, sans 10-year old

2) World news roundup

3) Campus events


1) Baseball falls to Lebanon Valley

2) Intramural scoreboard

3) World sports roundup

4) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today: Partly sunny and windy. High in the mid to upper 40s.
       So who’s this Rafi guy I keep hearing about?

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low in the mid to upper 20s.
       What, he used to do the weather or something?

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. High in the low 50s.
       So, you think he’s funnier than me, huh?  Ok, I can take it.

Sunday: Fair.  Low in the low 30’s.
       Yeah, well guess what:  He’s in Japan.  I’m here.  Deal with it.


1) Class of ’03 admitted, sans 10-year old

Thursday afternoon letters were sent to 4200+ high school seniors,
approximately 80 percent of which will be disappointed that they have not been
chosen as part of Swarthmore College’s Class of 2003.  A total of 865 students
(including 132 notifed during early decision periods) have been accepted, or
roughly 20 percent of the applicant pool.  The admissions staff is looking to
have an incoming class of about 360 students; to achieve this, they admitted 25
fewer students than last year.

The Class of ’03 will not include the 10-year old wonderkid who had the whole
campus talking after his “60 Minutes” appearance in February.  It turns out
that he never sent in a completed application and received an “incomplete”
notice from the admissions office, denying him admittance.

Though the statistics that follow will help to give you a better idea of the
backgrounds of the Swatties of the future, Dean of Admissions Robin Mamlet
reminds us that there is more to these people than numbers can tell, “No
summary statistics can adequately convey how incredible the admitted class is,
either collectively or individually. In terms of diversity, the figures don’t
begin to cover the varying perspectives that our admits bring with them to
Swarthmore; in terms of intellectual ability, talent, leadership, or personal
qualities, no statistics can possibly describe the individuals who find their
way to our door.”

Swarthmore College Class of ’03 Accepted Students

61% Public
29% Private
 3% Parochial
 6% Overseas

37% Valedictorians or Salutatorians.
53% Top two percent
86% Top decile

14% New York
 9% California and Pennsylvania
Next in order: Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, Virginia,
Connecticut, and Illinois.

Japan and Taiwan (4)
Canada, Kenya, Malaysia and Singapore (3)
Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico,
Trinidad, and Turkey (2)

Political science

54% Caucasian
15% Asian American
15% African-American
14% Latino/as
 2% Native Americans/Hawaiian Natives/Other


2) World news roundup


The Kosovo Albanian delegation signed a NATO-brokered document for Kosovan
autonomy and peace in Yugoslavia on Thursday, but the Yugoslav representatives,
having rejected the plan, did not attend the ceremony. U.S. Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright later issued a stern warning to Yugoslav President Slobodan
Milosevic, once again threatening the use of NATO military force to compel
Serbian acceptance of the deal. … Federal investigators trying to determine
what caused Monday’s deadly collision between an Amtrak train and a
tractor-trailer announced Thursday that they will interview a man who claims he
witnessed the crash while driving behind the truck. Right now the major issue
in the investigation is whether the driver of the truck attempted to maneuver
around crossing gates on the road after they had come down. … The Dow Jones
industrial average closed at 9,997.62 on Thursday after hitting the 10,000 mark
earlier in the day. The average had also temporarily lingered above 10,000 on
Tuesday. … The European Union was severely shaken this week after its entire
executive, the European Commission, resigned. All twenty Commissioners stepped
down after an independent report exposed fraud and mismanagement within their
ranks. … A report issued Wednesday by the National Academy of Sciences’
Institute of Medicine indicated that marijuana can be medically useful for
certain AIDS victims and chemotherapy patients, though smoking the drug is
harmful. The report endorses development of new, smoke-free methods of
delivering medicinal cannabis into a patient’s system. Also notably, the report
refutes claims that marijuana use leads to consumption of harder drugs, or that
legalizing the drug for medicine would increase its non-medicinal use.


3) Campus events


Spanish Table
Sharples Room # 5, 12:30

“Boundaries of Belonging: Filipino Americans on Campus”
by Mia Wenbourne ’94
Hicks Mural Room, 4:00 p.m.

“Scheherazad’s Secret: Beauty as Empowerment by Mastering Communication Skills”

by Fatema Mernissi, Cornell Visiting Professor
McCabe Lobby, 4:15 p.m.

Movie: Beloved
LPAC Cinema, 7:30 p.m.

The Johannes Quartet
Lang Concert Hall, 8:00 p.m.

Dead Dog Evening Cafe
Mary Lyons Dead Dog Cafe, 8:00 p.m.

Coffeehouse/Open Mike
Women’s Resource Center, 9:00 p.m.

Movie: Beloved
LPAC Cinema, 10:30


Symposium: “The New Scheherazads: Dialogues Between the Sexes as a New Feature
of Digital Islam’s Civic Initiative”
Chaired by Fatema Mernissi, Cornell Visiting Professor
Intercultural Center, 10:00 a.m.

“More Than Just Money: Life After Swarthmore”
Alumni Panel on Socially Responsible Careers
Bond Memorial Hall, 2:00 p.m.

Race and Gender Discussion
WRC, 3:30 p.m.

Movie: The Freshman
DuPont 161, 7:00 p.m.

Film Festival, Asian Pacific Awareness Month
Kirby Lecture Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Guilty Movie Marathon
Women’s Resource Center, 7:00 p.m.

Movie: The Freshman
DuPont 161, 10:00 p.m.


HTML Workshop
DuPont 138 1:00 p.m.

Common Speaking Writing Workshop for Women
Kohlberg 116, 4:15 p.m.

Women’s Resource Center Dinner
WRC, 6:30 p.m.

Cambodian Traditional Court and Folk Dance and Music
Lang Concert Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Flamenco Club Movie: Blood Wedding
Kohlberg 115, 8:00 p.m.

Greatest Movie Countdown: It’s a Wonderful Life
Mary Lyons lounge, 10:00 p.m.



1) Baseball falls to Lebanon Valley

The baseball team fell 8-17 to Lebanon Valley yesterday, despite a 4-0 lead in
the first inning. The match-up was not a Centennial Conference game. The loss
brings the team to 2-7.


2) Intramural scoreboard


FC Merkwurdiger – 7
Faculty/Staff – 2

Willets Refugee All-Stars – 5
“Show Me The T-Shirt” – 4

Soccer Team – 5
Joelie I – 2


3) World sports roundup


The Regionals tipped off Thursday with a slew of exciting games.  On the heels
of a 9-0 run late in the fourth quarter, the fourth-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes
toppled No. 1 Auburn 72-64.  Third-seeded St. Johns will face the Buckeyes in
the regional final after posting a convinceing 76-62 win over No. 2 Maryland.
…Gonzaga continued its crazy trip through the NCAA tournament Thursday as
ten-seed scored yet another upset, this time over No. 6 Florida by the tight
margin of 73-72.  The Bulldogs are just one more win away from the Final Four,
but they have a tough task ahead of them in the form of top-seeded Connecticut,
coming off a 78-68 win over Iowa Thursday. …With no true center to guard him,
the Cleveland Cavaliers let Shaquille O’Neal do his damage and kept the rest of
the Lakers at bay for a 100-93 win.  O’Neal matched a season-high with 37
points and grabbed down 19 rebounds, also a season high.  L.A. played its third
straight game without Dennis Rodman, on a leave of absence for personal


4) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Baseball hosts Wesley at 3:15 p.m.

Men’s lacrosse hosts Nichols at 12:30 p.m.
Women’s lacrosse visits the College of Notre Dame of Maryland at 12:00 p.m.
Men’s tennis visits Kenyon College at 10:00 a.m.
Men’s rugby hosts Temple at 11:00
Women’s rugby hosts Williams at 1:00


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