Thursday, December 2, 1999

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, December 2, 1999
Volume 4, Number 54


1) Science center renovation proposals presented

2) World news roundup

3) Campus events


1) World sports roundup

2) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today: Mostly sunny, not as windy. Highs around 45.
 Warning: There is a massive heat wave coming through this area starting

Tonight: Clear. Lows near 30.
 Temperatures will rise exponentially by the hour, causing Swatties
everywhere to abandon their worries and rejoice and frolick.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, even milder. Highs in the low 50s.
 Then, of course, they will surely plummet to the levels of the coldest
region of hell in a matter of days, so don’t get your hopes up.


1) Science center renovation proposals presented

Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., architect Margaret Helfland presented the final two
schemes for the renovation of Dupont Hall. The presentation was held in the
Kohlberg, which Helfland also designed. The two schemes are called X and Y,
and feature different solutions to Dupont’s present crumbling state and
inadequate space.

Both schemes seek to unite the science facilities of Dupont, Cornell, and
Martin to reflect the blurring of boundaries among the various science
disciplines. Both feature two large auditoriums as well as a common space
very much like the Kohlberg coffee bar, a glassed-off area with wonderful
views on the Crum. The front of Cornell will be replaced with biology labs
in both schemes, and both replace Kirby lecture hall in Martin with student
commons and a second Biology seminar room.

The differences between the two schemes, however, are essential. Scheme X
looks similar to the present Dupont from the campus side, with a sloping
set of buildings and an inviting feel to it. It would expand the Chemistry
department on the east of the building (toward the rugby field), and
feature a second garden between Cornell and Dupont. On the other hand,
scheme Y calls for a two story building right in front of Dupont. This
gives the Chemistry department more proximity to the biology department and
provides the fourth wall to the courtyard bounded by Kohlberg, Beardsley,
and Martin. Many students at the meeting, however, felt that it would make
this yard seem smaller and more claustrophobic. Other departments in Dupont
would also be in the shadow (literally) of the Chemistry department.

Overall, the students seemed to prefer sceme X — it appeared to be more
student friendly and open, allowing for more of both study and social
space, which until now has been provided by Cornell library alone. Though
the proximity issues of the bio and chem departments are not adressed as
well by scheme X, it was pointed out that the biology department will not
always reside in Martin, and that there is also a wish for the biology and
physics departments to be close to each other. Scheme Y thus provides only
short term solutions to these problems.

Disputes and questions remain. For example, with the computer science and
astronomy departments moving into Dupont, what will happen to Sproul? What
will the access to CS labs in dupont be like, seeing that they are now open
virtually all the time? To discuss these issues and to keep up with the
renovation process, you can always check out the science center website at



2) World news roundup

After ten years of tireless effort, an entire human chromosome has been
decoded. The complete mapping of Chromosome 22 is a milestone in the human
genome project, a public consortium of university laboratories in Britain,
Japan, and the U.S. The project was started in 1990 with the goal of
mapping the entire human genome by 2005. …A pair of passenger trains
collided during Thursday morning rush hour in Sydney, killing up to 12 and
injuring nearly 65 others. …In protest-torn downtown Seattle, President
Clinton issued an impassioned plea Wednesday for nations of the world to
use trade agreements to protect the rights of laborers, and chided the
World Trade Organization for the secrecy of its recent operations.
…Russian President Boris Yeltsin is in stable condition at a Moscow
hospital, where he is spending his third straight night while suffering
from pneumonia.


3) Campus events

Student Chamber Music Concert
Lang Concert Hall, 4:30 p.m.

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

Muslim Students Association Meeting
Trotter 315, 7:30 p.m.

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

Diversity Coalition Meeting
Trotter 303, 9:30 p.m.



1) World sports roundup

Kobe Bryant made his return to the Lakers Wednesday night, but it was
Shaquille O’Neal’s 28 points and 23 rebounds that stole the show in L.A.’s
drubbing of Golden State. …No. 7 Michigan State defeated No. 2 North
Carolina 86-76 in NC to give the Big Ten a slight advantage in the ACC/Big
Ten Challenge. Florida State answered with a 60-46 win over Northwestern to
bring the ACC back in it.


2) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

There are no contests scheduled for today.

Women’s Basketball at Seven Sisters Tournament in Vassar
 vs. Mount Holyoke, 6:00 p.m.
Men’s Basketball at Western Maryland, 7:30 p.m.
Men’s, Women’s Swimming at ECAC in East Meadow, NY

Quote of the day: “I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go
to hell in his own way.” –Robert Frost


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