Thursday, November 11, 1999

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, November 11, 1999
Volume 4, Number 39


1) Cooper Lecture Series presents final speaker

2) College Bowl team smart, pure

3) World news roundup

4) Campus events


1) Swim teams open up winter season with wins.

2) World sports roundup


Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s.
 Did you know that in that place called the Real World, today is Veteran’s

Tonight: Clear. Lows around 30.
 Yeah, I heard that some places even give people the day off, and a couple
of schools close, too.

Tomorrow: Getting cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s.
 Well, I sure would hate to be one of those people, wasting a day…


1) Cooper Lecture Series presents final speaker

William Julius Wilson’s lecture, entitled, “The Overworked American” will
be presented in LPAC Cinema tonight at 8:00 p.m. He is the third and final
of the Cooper Lecture speakers appearing at Swarthmore College this fall.
The Lecture Series, entitled “Rethinking Contemporary Liberalism: Critiques
through the prisms of morality, race, class and gender,” examines and
critiques the state of contemporary liberal individualism through the
prisms of morality, race, class and gender. The three featured speakers are
prominent social scientists at the forefront of important and timely
debates surrounding the future of contemporary liberalism.

Wilson is probably the most recognizable sociologist today. He is
University Professor of Harvard University, where he teaches at the Kennedy
School of Government and in the Department of Afro-American Studies. Before
coming to Harvard, he was University Professor at Chicago.

Wilson is a leading and prominent scholar of race and class. He was among
the first social scientists to argue that class has come to replace race as
the more salient characteristic for most Americans — in other words, that
the significance of race has declined vis-a-vis class.

He has had a major impact on the way we think about race and class from the
lens of theory. But his lecture at Swarthmore will be focused somewhat more
on policy than theory, as he discusses coalition politics — multi-racial
political coalitions that he believes are the next step, after civil rights
legislation, toward greater equal opportunity. He brings to this lecture
years of passionate thinking about race and class, and it is clear from his
writing that he cares deeply about what he writes. Wilson’s books are
taught in a number of Swarthmore courses and seminars, including in
Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Education, Asian Studies and Black


2) College Bowl team smart, pure

This Sunday, the College Bowl team sent five members (Paul Arandia ’00,
Justin Capps ’02, Rebecca Paul ’02, Ben Schak ’03, and Jonah Volk ’03) to
TRASH Regionals at George Washington University. TRASH is a format of
College Bowl which tests sports, entertainment, and popular culture
knowledge. Over the course of the day, topics ranged from NBA teams to
romance novels to the Backstreet Boys. The Swarthmore Team showed its
knowledge in its crushing defeat of Georgetown (280-76) and a very close
win over Carnegie Mellon (120-110). It also showed its purity by not being
able to answer tossups on the directors of porn movies.


3) World news roundup

The flight data recorder recovered from the wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 990
indicates that the plane’s autopilot disconnected just before the craft
began its descent into the Atlantic Ocean. …The new military rulers of
Pakistan are accusing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif of criminal
conspiracy to kill and hijacking an aircraft. Meanwhile, Sharif’s party is
planning a legal challenge to the coup that overthrew his reign. …Florida
Governor Jeb Bush (R) signed an order to wipe out race and ethnicity as
factors in Florida university admission decisions. Bush says his plan
“transcends” affirmative action, and will help to unite all Floridians.
…Kip Kinkel was sentenced to 112 years in prison Wednesday for killing
his parents and opening fire in his Eugene, Oregon high school cafeteria,
killing two.


4) Campus events

Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education Program (ISLE) Information Meeting
Sharples Room 4, 12:00 p.m.

“Using DNA to Reconstruct Plant Evolutionary History”
by Elizabeth Zimmer of the Smithsonian Institution.
Kirby Lecture Hall, 4:15 p.m.

Film Showing: “Dead Man Walking” (POSTPONED)
Trotter 203, 7:00 p.m.

SoundMachine Organizational Meeting
Olde Club, 7:00 p.m.

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

“Liberalism, Race and Class” William Julius Wilson
LPAC Cinema, 8:00 p.m.

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

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



1) Swim teams open up winter season with wins.

The men’s and women’s swimming teams both opened their seasons with wins
over Ursinus Wednesday. The Women topped their Centennial Conference foe
130-51, sweeping all 11 events in the process. The men completed the sweep
as well, winning 125-47. Both teams’ records stand at 1-0 (1-0).


2) World sports roundup

Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley were both ejected after a scuffle
turned into an exchange of blows Wednesday night. Shaq’s Lakers escaped
with an 89-88 win, despite 26 points and 10 rebounds from Houston rookie
Steve Francis. …Jack McKeon was named NL Manager of the Year, after
leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 96-win season and a one-game playoff for
the wild card. …It was decided that NASCAR events will be broadcast on
Fox as well as NBC/TNT following an intense bidding war.

Quote of the day: “Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in
their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from
them and you have their shoes.” –Jack Handey


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