Thursday, December 9, 1999

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, December 9, 1999
Volume 4, Number 57

EDITORS’ NOTE: Tomorrow’s Daily Gazette, Friday, December 10, will be our
last issue this semester. We will return at the start of the spring
semester, on Monday, January 17.

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) Swarthmore Student Wins Rhodes Scholarship

2) World news roundup

3) Campus events

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) Women’s Basketball off to best start ever

2) Men’s B-ball toppled by D-I opponent

3) Women swimmers undefeated

4) Men swim to victory, Sherer sets record

5) World sports roundup

6) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.
 Your Yiddish proverb of the day:

Tonight: Getting cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.
 “You can’t dance at two weddings at the same time; nor can you sit on two
horses with one behind.”

Tomorrow: Cloudy, late rain. Highs around 55.
 Doesn’t say anything about writing two papers at once.

NEWS REPORT

1) Swarthmore Student Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Last Saturday, the Rhodes Scholarship Trust announced that Swarthmore
senior Jacob Krich ’00 was one of 32 American students awarded the
prestigious distinction of Rhodes Scholar. In doing so, he beat out 903
extremely talented applicants from 323 colleges and universities, and
became the first Swattie to achieve this recognition in a decade.

What exactly constitutes a Rhodes scholar? In the words of Gilmore Stott,
Associate Dean and a Rhodes Scholar himself, “it is a balance of qualities,
both academic and social. The candidate must have a wish to do good in the
world, as well as in the classroom.” Additionally, the Rhodes Trust looks
for students who display “integrity of character, a spirit of
unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership, and physical
vigor.”

More specifically though, the aspiring Scholars must pass a rigorous
application process which includes endorsements both on the college and
state level, 8 letters of recommendation, and a personal statement of the
candidate’s goals. Finally, a 20 minute interview in front of a 7-member
panel decides the fate of the applicant. Still, despite the seeming
intimidation factor of the whole procedure, Krich describes it as “the best
application I’ve ever seen” because it accounted for all aspects of a full
life, and not just the academic achievements.

It is this complexity which Mr. Stott attributes to Krich’s success. “Not
only is he absolutely brilliant, but he can introduce any topic to anyone.
He does so with wonderful skill and great warmth and caring.” Stott also
mentioned that Krich is very active in Ruach, while at the same time
pursuing an Honors degree in physics.

As a reward for this weighty achievement, Krich will spend the next two
years earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics (which is more specialized
than its American equivalent) at one of the colleges that make up Oxford.
In addition to having all of his expenses paid by the Rhodes Trust, he will
be entitled to the benefits of an extensive tutoring system, as well as
encouraged to take advantage of vacations to further his complete education.

While the near future will obviously be quite busy for him, Krich foresees
returning to the States to advance his study in physics. After all, it is
his work in liquid crystal technologies and the support of physics
Professor Peter Collings, which has enabled him to reach his current
distinction. As Krich says, “I couldn’t have done it without Swarthmore.”

In this vein, he also hopes to further the Rhodes program among Swat’s
student body. Citing both the rewards and challenges of candidacy, he would
like to see greater awareness of the rich opportunities that Rhodes
Scholarship provides. Thus, Krich ensures that this happy story will be
written again in the years to come.

-j.s.

*****

2) World news roundup

A New York state court temporarily delayed Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s plan to
make the homeless work for shelter. They said a measure indicating that
children could be put in foster care if their parents were unable to meet a
number of welfare rules needed some work, and in its current state was,
“frightening.” …Clinton announced Wednesday that Israel and Syria will
reopen top-level peace talks that had been suspended for nearly four years.
The announcement came after a Tuesday meeting between Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright and the Syrian leader, Hafez al-Assad. …Federal agents
arrested a Russian man alleged to be an intelligence agent trying to obtain
classified information from the State Department. …A jury has decided
that a conspiracy led to the 1968 killing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On
Wednesday, the jury that Loyd Jowers, a retired Memphis cafe owner, and
“others, including governmental agencies” were part of the conspiracy.

*****

3) Campus events

“The Kids Are Alright: Fifty Years of Controversy Over Children’s Television”
by Timothy Burke, Assistant Professor of History
McCabe Library Lobby, 4:15 p.m.

Swarthmore College Dancers Fall Concert
LPAC Pearson-Hall Theatre, 4:30 p.m.

Third Annual Chocolate Challenge
Parrish Parlor – East, 6:00 p.m.

Pre-Departure Orientation for Study Abroad Spring 2000
DuPont 161, 7:00 p.m.

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

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

Swarthmore College Dancers Fall Concert
LPAC Pearson-Hall Theatre, 8:00 p.m.

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

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

*****

SPORTS UPDATE

1) Women’s Basketball off to best start ever

The Garnet defeated their Centennial Conference foe Washington 67-63 to
bring their record to an all-time best 6-2, 2-0. Katie Tarr ’02 led the way
with a career-high 25 points. Heather Kile ’02 contributed 12 points and 17
rebounds, while Heather Marandola ’01 added 10 points and 6 assists.

*****

2) Men’s B-ball toppled by D-I opponent

The Men’s Basketball squad faced an uphill battle when they travelled to
Division I Lehigh Wednesday night. The Garnet fell 93-41. Kyle Lewis ’02
led the losing cause with 12 points, and David Gammill ’02 added eight. The
team’s record fell to 2-6 (1-1).

*****

3) Women swimmers undefeated

The team travelled to NYU and won 117-78 to bring their record to a perfect
6-0 (3-0) on the season. Alice Bonarou ’02 won the 200 Fly in a National
Qualifying time of 2:12.91 and led the 400 Medley Relay to victory. Natalie
Briones ’03 took the 50 Free and was also on winning relay team. Claire
Arbour  ’00 won the 200 Free and the 100 Free, while Amy Auerbach ’02 took
the 1000 Free.

*****

4) Men swim to victory, Sherer sets record

The men were at NYU, too, and they also won, 119-69. Ted Scherer ’01 broke
his own school record in the 200 Breaststroke with a time of 2:07.96. The
time also set a Centennial Conference record as well as the pool mark.
Sherer also took home the 50 Free. David Whitehead ’03 won the 200 Free and
the 100 Free, while John Lillvis ’03 was also a double winner, in the 1000
Free and 200 Butterfly. The win brings the team’s record to 4-2, 1-1.

*****

5) World sports roundup

Charles Barkley’s career ended Wednesday night with a ruptured quadriceps
tendon. The injury was sustained in Philadelphia, in what was supposed to
be Barkley’s farewell to the city which gave him his start in the NBA. In
an ironic twist, it turned out to be his farewell to the game as well.
…Top-ranked Cincinnati defeated No. 7 North Carolina 77-68, as center
Kenyon Martin poured in 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. …Mike
Tyson will apparently travel overseas for his next fight, a match against
Julius Francis, the British Commonwealth Champion. The fight will take
place in Manchester, England.

*****

6) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

There are no more contests until after Winter Break.

*****
Quote of the day: “To put one’s trust in God is only a longer way of saying
that one will chance it.” — Samuel Butler

*****

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