Wednesday, September 22, 1999

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Wednesday, September 22, 1999
Volume 4, Number 8


1) New appointees create more diverse SAC, hope for future

2) World news roundup

3) Campus events


1) Women’s tennis, soccer get rained on

2) World sports roundup

3) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today: Partly sunny.  Highs in the mid 60’s.
    The gameroom is open!  The gameroom is open!

Tonight: Mostly clear.  Lows around 50.
    If I had only known it was closed I would have been more upset.

Thursday: Mostly sunny.  Highs in the low 70’s.
    Well anyhow, now I can focus on regaining my old foozball form.


1) New appointees create more diverse SAC, hope for future

A new round of appointments ended Monday with a drastic change in the
representation of the Student Activity Committee. In recent years, SAC had come
to be viewed by many as “a bunch of frat boys.” Many felt that there was little
representation of many important social groups on campus. “It was disconcerting
to walk into a room full of men with my party application last year,” said one
junior. In addition, while many sat defending their plans against a barrage of
doubts and criticisms, DU seemed to have no trouble at all getting funds.

Of course, this isn’t all of the story.  Noted Lindsay Herron ’00, a fourth
semester member of SAC, “SAC has not always been all ‘frat boys;’ in fact, the
male: female ratio is usually approximately equal. And even when SAC had an
equal number of males and females, the same events got funded as were funded
when SAC was comprised entirely of men.” Herron understands why SAC has gotten
its bad rap, yet stands by the committee’s decisions.  “Unfortunately, the
committee often is subject to criticism from individuals who do not understand
its policies.  The committee strives to be fair and to sponsor as many diverse
events as possible each weekend.”

Despite this, enough people at Swarthmore felt that it was time for a change,
and Student Council took the initiative early this semester. With the full
support of Kwabena Adu, Appointments Chair, and Jared Solomon, Co-Chair,
Patrick Boe successfully launched a poster campaign urging more diversity in
SAC this year. As a result, more than seventeen people applied for SAC
positions, mostly women and minorities. Boe believes that this year “different
people will apply for funding, different people will receive funding, and
different people will be the life of the party.”

Ruth Shoemaker ’01, one of the new appointees, agrees, “A better communication
between SAC and various student groups is essential in improving its image.”
SAC is also planning to have brand new events that people will look forward to
and talk about enthusiastically.

Here’s the list of new appointees:

Patrick Boe ’01
Laura Brown ’00
Tim Gray ’01
Annaliesse Hyser ’02
Meg Lippincott ’01
Ruth Shoemaker ’01
Katie Vivalo ’01



2) World news roundup

A devastating earthquake hit Taiwan early Tuesday morning.  More than 1,700 are
already reported dead, with well over 4,000 injured. Interior Ministry reports
indicate more than 30,000 homes destroyed.  Rescue efforts continue. …Clinton
addressed the UN General Assembly Tuesday, calling for more direct involvement
in ending the mass slaughter and dislocation efforts inherent in recent
conflicts such as those in Kosovo and East Timor.


3) Campus events

Falun Gong Introductory Seminar: Session 4
Bond 2nd Floor, 4:00 p.m.

Film Society Screening
DuPont 161, 10:00 p.m.

SOCA Meeting
Kohlberg 115, 10:00 p.m.



1) Women’s tennis, soccer get rained on

Tuesday’s tennis match between the Garnet women and Kutztown has been postponed
until today – same time, same place.  The teams will square off at 3:30 in
Kutztown.  The women’s tennis team goes into the match 0-1.

The women’s soccer team was to host rival Bryn Mawr as well Tuesday, but Mother
Nature would have none of it.  The team’s record stands at 3-3 (0-1). No date
has been announced for the rematch.


2) World sports roundup

A pair of solo homers by Chipper Jones gave the Braves a 2-1 victory over the
Mets to stretch their NL East lead to 2 games.  The teams will play each other
five times in their last eleven games. …Atlanta Falcons star running back
Jamal Anderson will miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL sustained in
a 24-7 loss to Dallas Monday. …It has been reported that Barry Sanders’
father William will try to convince him to return to the Detroit Lions.


3) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Women’s tennis at Kutztown, 3:30 p.m.
Men’s soccer at Gwynedd Mercy, 4:00 p.m.
Volleyball hosts Washington, 7:00 p.m.

Field Hockey hosts Lebanon Valley, 4:00 p.m.

Quote of the day: “All love is, is undifferentiated arousal in the presence of
appropriate other.” — Andrew Ward


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