Thursday, September 16, 1999

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, September 16, 1999
Volume 4, Number 4

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) Student Council begins year amidst inspiration and chaos

2) Proposed SC moves for the future

3) World news roundup

4) Campus events

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) Men’s soccer defeats Albright

2) Tough loss for women’s soccer at Ursinus

3) Volleyball falls again

4) Women’s tennis postponed

5) World sports roundup

6) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today: Rain, heavy at times.  Highs in the low 70’s.
    Why don’t we recruit funny people to do the weather?

Tonight: Very windy with scattered storms.  Lows in the low 50’s.
    Seems like such a better idea than trying to come up with something
funny ourselves every night.

Friday: Cloudy and windy.  High around 70.
    Was that funny?  Damn.

NEWS REPORT

1) Student Council begins year amidst inspiration and chaos

Swarthmore’s student government sprang to action this past Tuesday night
with the first SC meeting. Held in the Parrish Parlours, there was a mood
of general optimism regarding the coming year, tempered only by a few,
crucial concerns in the area of student committees. On the positive side, a
number of proposals were brought forth that would, in the eyes of the
council members, increase the quality of student life here at Swarthmore.
These are outlined in the following article.

While these elicited much hope of an improved Council this year, there was
great debate regarding the emaciated state of the Student Council
committees. As the first round of appointments comes to a close this week,
the Council faces a sorely depleted member list for each of the groups.
Although it was noted that the half-strength committees could still meet as
long as they possessed a quorom of the mandatory number of participants,
many Council members pointed out that it was just not practical for their
respective committees to operate on such low support. In particular, the
Social Affairs Committee would not be able to hold the traditional Fall
Formal without more help and the Buget Committee would be similarly
disabled. Thus, a complete overhaul of the current system (which in the
words of Council member Louisa Whitfield-Smith ’02, reflects “an incestuous
Student Council”) was suggested and partially acted on. An amendment to the
Council constitution abolishing one semester committee term lenths was
ratified, although a motion for a reduction in the number of committee
seats was not moved on. There was also some informal agreement that
committees would be more publicized leading up to the second round of
appointments which starts on Monday.

If you are at all interested in seizing some of the authority that the
committees’s power vacuum has created, point your browser to the Student
Council’s Committee Description Site
(http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/org/council/comm/index.html) for more
information. -j.s.

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2) Proposed SC moves for the future

Among the ideas thrown out on the table for future discussion at the recent
Student Council meeting were the following:

1.  Council-sponsored vans (much like those institued last semester which
make runs to Springfield Mall and Marple) to take students to Guinardi’s as
well as Target.  Further, there was talk of possible monthly bus to New
York and Baltimore.

2.  There is apparently $6,000 of funds available that might go into the
installation of pinball machines in Upper Tarble.  The tables would pay for
themselves in approximately 8-9 years, and SAC-sponsored tournaments would
help generate interest in them.

3.  The Council on Educational Policy has been deliberating changes in the
foreign language demands of the College. There are apparently a number of
professors (notably humanities profs) on the board who are suggesting that
the College do away with the current program of giving students credit for
work done in high school.  Possible alternatives include a mandatory 2-4
semesters of foreign language courses, a semester abroad, or 2-4 semesters
of English classes regarding foreign cultures.

**As stated earlier, these are all ideas which were merely thrown out on
the table for future discussion.  Nothing has been decided regarding any of
these topics.  For further information, contact Student Council itself.
–j.h. & j.s.

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3) World news roundup

Hurricane Floyd skipped along the eastern coast of Florida and Georgia and
now appears to be heading straight for the low-lying coastal border
separating the Carolinas. …Eight are dead in Fort Worth, TX after a man
dressed in black opened fire in a Baptist church service for teenagers.
The man killed six people and then shot himself; one person died later as a
result of shooting injuries.

*****

4) Campus events

“Inscription as Art in the Islamic World”
by Dr. Maryam Ekhtiar, Brooklyn Museum of Art
Beardsley 316, 4:15 p.m.

Arboretum Plant Sale
Scott Outdoor Rugby Field, 5:00 p.m.

Swarthbucklers Fencing Practice
Upper Tarble, 7:30 p.m.

Mexican Folkloric Dance Performance
LPAC Pearson-Hall Theatre, 8:00 p.m.

Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) Meeting  
Intercultural Center, 8:00 p.m.

QSA Movie: “Paris is Burning”
Intercultural Center, 8:30 p.m.

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

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SPORTS UPDATE

1) Men’s soccer defeats Albright

The men’s soccer team raised its record to 2-5 with a 1-0 win over Albright
Wednesday.  Aurelio Perez ’02 scored the only goal at the 13:00 minute mark
off an assist from Dan Lieberman ’00.  Chris Milla ’03 registered 13 saves
for his second shutout.

*****

2) Tough loss for women’s soccer at Ursinus

Heather Marandola ’01 scored off an assist from Elizabeth Fortier ’03 for
the only Swat goal in a losing effort at Ursinus.  The 2-1 loss drops the
team’s record to 3-2 (0-1).

*****

3) Volleyball falls again

The volleyball team travelled to Lancaster for their Centennial Conference
opener and was swept by Franklin & Marshall 3-0 (15-5, 15-8, 15-7).  The
loss drops the team’s record to 0-6 (0-1).  Bonnie French ’01 had 18
assists while Elisa Matula ’02 scored 9 kills and Christine Hancock
registered 8 digs.

*****

4) Women’s tennis postponed

Wednesday’s match at Kutztown University was postponed until September 27
due to rain.

*****

5) World sports roundup

Larry Bird has announced that the upcoming season will be his third and
last as head coach of the Indiana Pacers. …Callaway Golf, Inc. has fired
John Daly as its spokesperson due to the erratic golfer’s repeated failure
to control his drinking and gambling problems. …The Mets helped their NL
East title hopes with a 10-5 win over Colorado.

*****

6) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

TODAY
There are no contests scheduled for today

TOMORROW
Football at Johns Hopkins at 7:00 p.m.

*****
Quote of the day: “The truth is more important than the facts.” — Frank
Lloyd Wright

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