Tuesday, April 20, 1999

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Tuesday, April 20, 1999
Volume 3, Number 115


1) Senior housing lottery marred by rumors of foul play

2) World news roundup

3) Campus events


1) Golf still going strong

2) World sports roundup

3) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today: Clouds and rain. High in the low 60s.
 So two weekends ago, all the specs were here, and there were all
kinds of special events for them.

Tonight: Cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s.
 And this weekend, parents were here, so there were all kinds of
special events for them.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High in the mid 60s.
 I say this weekend is “Student Weekend.” We deserve some special events,


1) Senior housing lottery marred by rumors of foul play

Monday night’s Senior Housing Lottery brought, among other things,
speculation over the potential abuse of power of some RAs. An anonymous RA
reported that some friends of RAs who were stricken with bad numbers had
“reserved rooms.” The claim is that the RAs in question would pretend that
rooms were taken when they were not, while the rooms miraculously
reappeared when their friend’s number came up. This resulted in a number of
people with somewhat average numbers winding up in above-average rooms.

There is some speculation as to the validity of these claims, however.
Current RA’s point to a number of possible explanations for the apparent
misdeed.  Among the counters to the above argument are:

    1. The list of taken rooms posted up isn’t up to the minute, but it’s
close, and anyone paying close enough attention would have caught any errors.
    2. The simple fact that some rooms become “hidden;” that people forget
to check on them (the diamond in the rough theory)
    3. This sort of thing is joked about every year, but apparently no one
actually goes through with it.

Whether or not it actually happened last night might no longer be an issue,
but there are two more lotteries to go, and students are advised to keep a
watchful eye.


2) World news roundup


The Serbian media reported that the most recent NATO attacks killed one and
wounded eleven in the city of Nis. The Serbs also closed off the main
border crossing into Albania, trapping thousands of refugees. President
Clinton asked Congress for six billion dollars in emergency funds to pay
for the US involvement in Kosovo. …In India, the leader of the Congress
Party, Sonia Gandhi, said that her party will lead the new government
coalition, but are only awaiting the go ahead from the President K.R.
Narayanan. …Two marine jets on a night training mission off the coast of
Puerto Rico dropped bombs which missed their target, killing one and
injuring four. …Fires in Florida have destroyed 130, 000 acres so far and
windy, dry conditions are making it difficult to fight.


3) Campus events

“Ecological Design, the Liberal Arts, and the Challenges of the 21st
by David Orr, Oberlin College
Kohlberg 115, 4:15 p.m.

“Indefinite Subject and Event Variable in Mandarin Chinese”
by Szizhe Huang, Haverford College
Kohlberg 116, 4:15 p.m.

“Poetry, Politics, and PR: Alexander Pushkin in 1937”
by Angela Brintlinger, Ohio State University
Bond Memorial Hall, 4:30 p.m.

“Political Prisoner or Cop Killer” Movie and Discussion on Mumia Abu-Jamal
with Lisa Jones of Youth 4 Mumia
Kohlberg 115, 7:00 p.m.

Race and Ethnicity Film Series: “Americas 4: Mirrors of the Heart: Race
and Identity”
Kohlberg 228, 7:00 p.m.

Film Screening: “Safe”
LPAC Cinema, 7:00 p.m.

Spring Housing Lottery–Juniors
Field House Lobby, 7:30 p.m.

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



1) Golf still going strong

With a solid win over Eastern yesterday, the golf team raised its season
record to 8-1. The final score of 348-399 included the contribution of
medalist Matt Kaufman ’01, who shot an 82.


2) World sports roundup


In his storied 19-year career, Cal Ripken Jr. has never gone on the
disabled list.  Until Monday.  Citing nerve irritation in his back, the
Orioles placed Ripken on the 15-day DL, during which time he will be
examined in Cleveland. In more MLB injury news, Barry Bonds will undergo
surgery Tuesday to repair a bone spur in his left elbow and a damaged
triceps tendon, and the Angels will be without the services of Jim Edmonds
for at least the next four months following surgery on his non-throwing
shoulder. …In NBA action, the Orlando Magic lost a game in the Eastern
Conference standings, as they lost to the Toronto Raptors and Tracy
McGrady’s 16 points, 90-72, while Miami capitalized on the opportunity to
snatch a game, beating Cleveland 94-87.


3) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Golf plays Beaver, Albright, and the University of the Sciences at Beaver
at 1:00 p.m.
Men’s tennis visits Haverford at 3:00 p.m.
Baseball visits Muhlenberg at 3:30 p.m.
Women’s tennis hosts the College of New Jersey at 3:30 p.m.
Women’s lacrosse visits Bryn Mawr at 4:30 p.m.

Softball visits Ursinus for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Women’s tennis visits Haverford at 3:30 p.m.
Men’s lacrosse visits Washington at 4:00 p.m.


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