Thursday, September 30, 1999

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, September 30, 1999
Volume 4, Number 14

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) First two pinball machines to arrive today

2) World news roundup

3) Campus events

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) Field Hockey wins thriller in Maryland

2) Men’s soccer loses close one

3) Volleyball slips

4) World sports roundup

5) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today: Rain early, then clear.  Highs in the upper 60s.
 Wow, first frozen yogurt, now pinball – what’s next?

Tonight: Mostly clear, but cold.  Lows around 45.
 I guess it remains to be seen as to whether the pinball machines will work,
or serve as decoration…

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny.  Highs in the low 70s.
 …That was pretty good frozen yogurt…that day…

NEWS REPORT

1) First two pinball machines to arrive today

“Whirlwind” and “Theatre of Magic” will arrive later this afternoon.  They are
the first of an eventual four pinball machines that will reside in Tarble for
the relaxation and enjoyment of all.  While specifics about the games are
unknown, SC Co-Chair Matt Schwartz ’01 says, “Whirlwind has this cool gizmo
where a little fan starts to blow during a ‘storm’ or multiball, and Theater
has a magic, magnetic box and a cool trapdoor.”

Schwartz says the machines will cost 25 cents per play (for maintenance costs)
and will be free during tournaments.  The first of these tournaments will take
place once the other two machines are here. “Indiana Jones” and “Speakeasy” are
expected in about two weeks, at which time the SAC-funded, mixed-doubles
championship will take place. Schwartz reports that among Swarthmore’s “very
accomplished pinball-playing faculty,” Profs Tim Burke and Richard Eldridge
“figure prominently.”

In response to the oft-heard question, “Why pinball?” Schwartz answers,
“Pinball, like our lives, is mundane and trivial. But unlike the human
experience, pinball is, for brief, asymptopally fading epiphanies, a
perfectable experience, thus assuming the totality of the player’s
consciousness and emitting a mighty electromechanical bellow at the
transcendental summit of all our love, hope, and existential terror, levelling
the surrounding territory of our waking hours into the ruinous furrows of the
banal and routine.”

–j.h.

*****

2) World news roundup

In an effort to reinvigorate his campaign in the face of his new challenge from
Sen. Bill Bradley, Vice President Al Gore has decided to move his home base
from Washington to his home state of Tennessee. …Masato Yokoyama, former
leader of Japan’s doomsday cult was sentenced to death.  He had been convicted
of sprinkling nerve gas in a busy Tokyo subway car during rush hour, an act
which resulted in the deaths of 12 people. …Clinton pledged that the US would
forgive debts owed to the US by a number of impoverished nations, and suggested
that fellow wealthy nations should follow suit.

*****

3) Campus events

Graduate Study in Psychology Meeting
Trotter 203, 4:15 p.m.

“Kant on Grace and Forgiveness” by David Sussman ’88, Princeton
Papazian 324, 4:30 p.m.

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

Graduate Study in Biology Meeting
Kirby Lecture Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Falun Gong Introductory Seminar, Session 8
Bond 2nd Floor, 7:30 p.m.

Dialogues
Palmer Lounge, 7:30 p.m.

“A Brief History of Queer Life at Swarthmore”
an informal talk by Prof. Pieter Judson (All Welcome)
Intercultural Center, 8:00 p.m.

Dialogues
Mertz Lounge, 9:00 p.m.

Russian Movie Series
Kohlberg 116, 9:00 p.m.

Latin Dancing
Upper Tarble, 9:30 p.m.

*****

SPORTS UPDATE

1) Field Hockey wins thriller in Maryland

The field hockey team won a key Centennial Conference game at Western Maryland,
but it took them two overtime periods to do it, winning by a score of 5-4.  The
first half scoring consisted of two goals by Becca Stites ’00, the second
assisted by Amy DiBenedetto ’02.  WM tied the game at 2-2 going into halftime,
after which goals were scored by Kim Cariello ’02 and Krista Hollis ’01, the
latter assisted by Kristen English ’01.

With the game tied at 4-4, the first overtime was played scoreless.  But with
only two minutes remaining in the second overtime, English scored to bring the
Garnet’s record to 6-3 (3-1).

*****

2) Men’s soccer loses close one

In the second double-overtime game of the day for Swarthmore, men’s soccer lost
a 2-1 heartbreaker to CC foe Ursinus.  Jacob Hodes ’03 scored the game’s first
goal, but it was also to be the last for the Garnet, as their season record
fell to 2-8 (0-2).

*****

3) Volleyball slips

The volleyball team lost 3-0 to Widener Wednesday.  The loss drops the team’s
record to 2-9 overall.

*****

4) World sports roundup

Mark McGwire hit home runs in both ends of a doubleheader against the Padres,
giving him 63 on the year, one ahead of Sammy Sosa. …The Red Sox clinched a
playoff spot, but the seedings and home-field advantage are still up for grabs
among the four AL contenders. …In the NL, the Mets finally ended their slide,
beating Atlanta 9-2 to move to one game behind the Reds and the Astros for the
wild card. …A deal has reportedly been discussed that would have the Houston
Rockets send Scottie Pippen to the Portland Trailblazers in exchange for as
many as seven players.

*****

5) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

TODAY
Women’s soccer hosts Immaculata, 4:00 p.m.

TOMORROW
No contests are scheduled for tomorrow

*****
Quote of the day: “To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism, to steal ideas
from many is research.” -Anon.

*****

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