Wednesday, March 24, 1999

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Wednesday, March 24, 1999
Volume 3, Number 96


1) College to continue Swarthmore Scholars program

2) Swat Police target illegal borough parking

3) Bruce Kuhn electrifies campus with “Luke” reading

4) World news roundup

5) Campus events


1) Women’s lacrosse stays perfect

2) Softball falls to Neumann

3) World sports roundup

4) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today: Cloudy with rain.  Highs around 60.
       Have you seen the dead squirrel outside Tarble?

Tonight: Decreasing cloudiness.  Lows around 40.
       It’s like the groundhog, but different…

Tomorrow: Partly sunny.  High of 50.
       Like, if it’s wet tomorrow, that means it rained today.


1) College to continue Swarthmore Scholars program

The Swarthmore Scholars program, a subject of much heated debate last year,
will return with the Class of ’03, with only slight changes.  Robin Mamlet,
Dean of Admissions, outlined the college’s fundamental policy on financial aid
as four-fold:

    1. Except for the few McCabe Scholarships (given under restricted
endowments established many years ago), financial aid is not merit based but
rather is within need.

    2.  Packages for all students are as generous as the college can make
them, with loan and work expectations at the lowest level of any comparative
schools, and with loans rising annually only by inflation rather than by the
actual increases in cost of tuition.

    3.  Swarthmore has always sought to provide admitted students with
packages which are equivalent to those offered to them by other schools, so
that they can choose Swarthmore without financial disadvantage.

    4.  The school has always tried to maintain as much equity as it can among
the packages it offers in the class.

However, in recent years, ever since the Department of Justice explored the
possibility of working together with other colleges in the area of financial
aid, Mamlet reports that it has been virtually impossible to meet both
objectives #3 and #4 simultaneously. Therefore the College has sought a balance
between, on the one hand, offering a relatively small number of preferential
packages which allow it to hold to principle #3 and in so doing, “Ensure the
diversity (in cultural and economic background, talent, and academic interest)
so critical to this educational community,” and on the other hand, holding to
principle #4 by keeping packages as uniform as it can across the class.

The preferential packages thus far offered include the Evans Scholars, the
McCabe Scholars, the Lang Scholars, and the Swarthmore Scholars. Last year
Admissions aimed for 30 Swarthmore Scholars, but they have pulled back to 24
this year. In addition, to keep packages even more uniform, the school has
asked Swarthmore Scholars to undertake the same work commitment as other
students on financial aid.

This overall balanced approach to financial aid and the specific choice of
approximately 25 Swarthmore Scholars reflect the recommendations of the
faculty/staff/student planning committee on financial aid and were as well the
subjects of discussion by the CPC, the faculty, the board, and an all-campus
collection. Mamlet says that this approach, “Represents a balance I and the
committee believe best respects this community’s principles and maintains its

Students wishing to discuss this matter further are encouraged to attend the
Fireside Chat with Robin Mamlet in Kohlberg Coffee Bar Wednesday night at 8:00


2) Swat Police target illegal borough parking

Tuesday morning a Swarthmore policewoman was spotted chalking the rear wheels
of cars parked on Garret Ave., a borough road west of Swarthmore Ave. and
between Ben West Ave. and College Ave.  The cars were marked so police can tell
how long the cars have been parked there when they check again in three days.  

Due to complaints in the area (it was unknown at press time whether these
complaints came from residents), Swat Police are enforcing statute 440.06 from
Chapter 4 of the Borough Code, which states that no vehicle may be parked
continuously on any public street for more than 72 hours, at which point the
owner is to be notified.  If by 24 hours after notification the owner has not
moved his or her car, police have the right to have the car towed.  

Police are unsure as to whether any of the cars in question belong to
Swarthmore students, but they warn that parking for more than 72 consecutive
hours in any residential parking spot in the Village of Swarthmore that is not
metered or rented to students (i.e., Ville parking) is considered “storing,”
and comes under this provision of the borough code.  


3) Bruce Kuhn electrifies campus with “Luke” reading

Monday and Tuesday nights the Swarthmore Christian Fellowship sponsored a
performnace by Bruce Kuhn, a Broadway actor whose many credits include Les
Miserables. Armed with minimal props, he instead relied on a sharp wit and
expressive hand movements to narrate the gospel of Luke, the story of Jesus,
the son of God who descended down on earth to save mankind from sin.

After the shows, Mr. Kuhn stayed to answer questions from the 70-strong
audience members who were impressed by the performance. Words used to describe
it included “spectacular,” “interesting,” “exciting” and “compelling.”
Elizabeth Li ’01 raved that Mr. Kuhn “is a very good actor.”

Mr. Kuhn’s performance Tuesday night included changes in at least a third of
the material covered the previous night. He also appeared in Sharples Tuesday
to answer questions on Broadway, theater, his script and even his personal


4) World news roundup


Trade disputes between the U.S. and Europe continued yesterday as the United
States threatened to impose 100% tariffs on listed goods, mainly food items.
The tariffs are intended to pressure European governments to comply with the
World Trade Organization, which has ordered an end to the European ban on
hormone-treated beef. …A report issued by MIT admits to widespread gender
discrimination within the university. The report cites gaps between male and
female faculty in areas such as salary and promotion. It was compiled by women
on the faculty of the MIT School of Science. …The 11 members of OPEC agreed
yesterday to reduce oil production in the coming year, in a move intended to
strengthen the price of oil worldwide. …Testifying in her criminal contempt
trial yesterday, Susan McDougal said that she had never discussed fraudulent
loans with Bill Clinton. McDougal had refused to answer questions on the matter
for the past two and a half years.


5) Campus events

Faculty Lecture by Cynthia Halpern, Political Science.
Scheuer Room, 4:15 p.m.

“Backlash Against Affirmative Action”
by Evelyn Hu-DeHart, University of Colorado, Boulder.
Kirby Lecture Hall, 4:15 p.m.

“Treyf: A Jewish Lesbian Odyssey”
Film Screening, Followed by Discussion with the Filmmakers.
LPAC Cinema, 7:00 p.m.

Jacqueline Woodson: Reading and Announcement of William Plumer Potter Awards for
Student Fiction.
Scheuer Room, 7:30 p.m.

Fireside Chat with Robin Mamlet, Dean of Admissions
Kohlberg Coffee Bar, 8:00 p.m.

Small Discussion Group for Queer and Questioning Students
Intercultural Center SQU Room, 9:00 p.m.

Danawell Trailer, 9:30 p.m.

Earthlust Weekly Meeting
Parrish Commons Conference Area, 10:00 p.m.

Mephistos Lounge, 10:00 p.m.

Swarthmore Queer Union Weekly Meeting
Intercultural Center Big Room, 10:00 p.m.

Movie “Joy Evening”
Kohlberg 115, 10:00 p.m.

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



1) Women’s lacrosse stays perfect

The women’s lacrosse team improved to 2-0 on the season with a narrow 10-9 win
over Washington yesterday. The Garnet attempt to remain unbeaten when they
compete again Saturday at Bryn Mawr.


2) Softball falls to Neumann

Deirdre Downey went 1-2 and scored a run in a losing cause, as women’s softball
lost 5-1 to Neumann yesterday. The team fell to 0-7 on the season.


3) World sports roundup


As the NHL trading deadline approached Tuesday night, the leagues top
contenders pulled off a number of key trades.  The Detroit Red Wings got  Chris
Chelios from Chicago, Wendel Clark and Bill Ranford from Tampa Bay and Ulf
Samuelsson from the Rangers. Colorado traded for Dale Hunter, coming from
Washington, which also dealt Joe Juneau to Buffalo. …Byron Russell hit a
three-pointer with 4.7 seconds left to give the Utah Jazz an 84-81 win over the
Miami Heat. …Just a day after regaining his No. 1 ranking, Pete Sampras was
eliminated from the quarterfinals of the Lipton Championships by Richard
Krajicek. …After Tuesday’s contests, it has come down to Cal and Clemson in
the finals of the NIT tournament. …Rick Majerus has turned down an offer from
Notre Dame to stay at Utah as basketball coach.


4) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Men’s lacrosse hosts Goucher at 4:00 p.m.

Softball hosts Allentown at 3:00 p.m.
Women’s tennis visits Western Maryland at 3:00 p.m.


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