Wednesday, April 21, 1999

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Wednesday, April 21, 1999
Volume 3, Number 116


1) The scoop on housing: what happened, what’s left, and are the RAs really

2) Senior research gets formal audience through Syn(thesis) ’99

3) World news roundup

4) Campus events


1) Women’s lacrosse defeats Bryn Mawr

2) Golf places second

3) Other results

4) Intramural scoreboard

5) World sports roundup

6) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today: Increasing clouds, rain likely.  High of 60.
 I’m inclined to think that what you’d like to read here is a joke about
the housing lottery. (sorry if I’m a little bitter tonight, folks).

Tonight: Rain.  Low near 50.
 Let’s see…Ah yes…All the freshmen are screwed. How’s that?

Tomorrow: Getting sunnier.  Highs approaching 70.
 Why do Worth and Mertz have to be so close to Willets?  Such a tease…


1) The scoop on housing: what happened, what’s left, and are the RAs really

The Housing Lottery for Rising Juniors saw, among other things, 19 people
place themselves on the waiting list for singles, an unprecedented number
of juniors picking into one-room doubles and the rising sophomore class
left with questions that will remain unanswered until Thursday night.

Worth is closed.  There is one room left in Wharton and Parrish.  A few
doubles for women remain in Mertz, and there are scattered doubles in the
other choice dorms.  Other than that, it’s down to Willets, ML and Strath
Haven.  Surprisingly, more men have picked into Woolman, which will be coed
for the first time next year.  Dean Myrt Westphal predicts that there will
be a reasonable number of rising sophomores on the waiting list, but
maintains that it will be, “certainly much less than last year when we had

Westphal also reported that she sent an e-mail to all RAs Tuesday warning
them against illegal room reserving for friends.  The claims made after the
senior lottery Monday have a precedent.  Jason Bromer ’98, who served on
the housing committee for three years, recalls the spring ’95 rising junior
lottery, “Within minutes of the end of the lottery, rumors of cheating were
flying around, and the entire freshman lottery was later postponed until
the cheaters were brought to justice.”  He went on to say, “Problems happen
every year in the housing lottery. Too often, the
RA’s and the housing committee take the blame for these problems. But the
truth is, with not enough ‘adequate’ housing available to students, it is
inevitable that students picking rooms are going to try to cheat.”

So far this spring, no one has been caught doing anything wrong, but enough
speculation has arisen to cause Dean Westphal to take action.  Others, such
as Bromer, stress that it’s happened before, and therefore likely to be


2) Syn(thesis) ’99: Tonight’s lectures

Syn(thesis) ’99: An Informal Lecture Series Featuring Current Research by
the Class of 1999

Andy Caffrey. “Predicting the Outcome of Two-Species Competition in
Bacteria Using a Modification of Gause’s Model.” Biology and Math.

Eric Freedman. “People’s Education in South Africa: A model for radical
school reform.” Sociology & Anthropology.

Joshua Freker. “The Movement for Same Sex Marriage.” Sociology &

Becca Hover. “Transgender Stuff.” Sociology & Anthropology and Women

Aarti Iyer. “Paradox of the Model Minority Myth.” Sociology & Anthroplogy
and Psychology.

Ben Maulbeck. “God and Human Suffering in Contemporary Puerto Rican
Literature.” Comparative Literature (English and Spanish Literature) and
Latin American Studies.

Elisabeth Norman. Sociology & Anthropology.

Martine Claremont. “Involvement of TPep-NLS and Serotonin in Ciliary
Modulation in the Scallop Gill.” Biology.

Christopher DiLeo. “Professional Licensing, Developing a Framework for
Policy Decision Making.” Computer Science and Public Policy.

Dan Fanaras. “Gender-Equity and the Social Security Solvency Crisis:
Confronting the Poverty of Elderly Women with Reform.” Economics and Public

Andrew Kinney. “Dialectic of Community: How the ideology of family and
community justify oppression.” (Note: This thesis uses a suburban black
community as a case study). History and Black Studies. Anna

Maria Tocci. “Exploring the Method of Reflection Practiced in Christian
Base Communities in Morelos, Mexico and the Articulation Between this
Reflection and Collective Action by Working Class Women.” Sociology &

Maria McMath. “Reflexivity in Visual Anthropology.” Sociology & Anthropology.


3) World news roundup


At least 25 people are dead and up to 20 others were wounded yesterday when
two students opened fire on a high school in Denver Colorado, then shot
themselves in what is being called a “suicide mission.”  The suspects
(reportedly one student and one dropout) held the school under siege with
gunfire and explosives, concentrating their efforts on areas where large
numbers of students were congregated.  They dressed in trenchcoats with
swastikas emblazoned on their clothes and aimed primarily at minorities,
athletes as well as peers who had harassed them in the past.  The Trench
Coat Mafia, of which they were a part, is a small group of upperclassmen at
this particular school who were seen as odd, but not feared.  No one
thought the students were out to cause any harm.
Tuesday’s shooting is the deadliest school massacre in US history.


US policy makers, including Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and
Defense Secretary William Cohen, met yesterday to discuss possible economic
sanctions against Yugoslavia. The US will propose sanctions, including an
oil embargo, at a 3-day NATO summit beginning on Friday. …Russian Deputy
Finance Minister Mikhail Kasyanov announced yesterday that Russia will
default on the repayment of loans due May 13th. The International Monetary
Fund has responded to the information by saying it will extend further
loans to Russia as agreed, but that the amount remains open to debate.


4) Campus events

Contra Dance
Upper Tarble, 7:00 p.m.

Syn(thesis) ’99 (See above article)
Kohlberg 228, 7:00 p.m.

Film Screening “Home Page”
LPAC Cinema, 7:30 p.m.

Sexual Assault in the Movies Series Film Showing: “Higher Learning”
Trotter 303, 8:00 p.m.

Fiction Reading by Erika Johansen ’99
Scheuer Room, 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 Environmental 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
Kirby Lecture Hall, 10:30 p.m.



1) Women’s lacrosse defeats Bryn Mawr

Women’s lacrosse topped Bryn Mawr 15-5 yesterday, led by Holly Baker’s ’99
4 goals and 2 assists. Jumping out to a 6-0 lead, the women held on to
improve to 6-7 on the season.


2) Golf places second

The Swarthmore golf team improved to 10-2 yesterday, placing second only to
Albright in a 4-team contest. Matt Kaufman ’01 medaled with a 78, helping
the Garnet to a team score of 355.


3) Other results

Men’s tennis results not reported in time for publication.
The baseball game at Muhlenberg was postponed due to rain.


4) Intramural scoreboard


Faculty/Staff – 6
Cosmic Power – 5

Soccer Team Forfeit Winner over Joe Public

Willets Refugees Forfeit Winner over FC Merkwurdiger


PE – 64
Mothership Connection – 35

Jeye Squad – 76
The Minimalists – 40

No Code – 69
Platanos Fritos – 58

Killa Bs Fo’ Sheez – 58
Dana Bugs – 50

MIA Forfeit Winner over Caffrey’s Kooks


5) World sports roundup


Tim Duncan came up with 36 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks to lead the
Spurs over the Jazz 83-69, snapping Utah’s 11-game winning streak. …Both
the Colorado Rockies and Nuggets postponed their Tuesday games in the wake
of the massacre at a local Denver high school. …Barry Bonds is expected
to miss ten weeks after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs and repair
a tendon in his left arm. …Marge Schott has signed a deal to give up her
controlling interest in the Cincinatti Reds organization.  The contract
pends league approval. …The Yankees snapped a four-game losing streak by
beating the Rangers 4-0.  Paul O’Neill’s two homers took care of the
offense and David Cone took care of the rest.


6) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

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

Track and field competes at the Penn Relays
Baseball tries again against Muhlenberg


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