Tuesday, February 8, 2000

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Tuesday, February 8, 2000
Volume 4, Number 71


1) Press Release: E-taxes for PA College Students

2) World news roundup

3) Campus events


1) Drew takes shot at Swat

2) World sports roundup

3) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today: Sunny, but cold. Highs around 30.

Tonight: Clear. Lows in the teens.
 Rather, BRRR!!!  

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Highs in the 40s.
 Ah, that’s better.


1) Press Release: E-taxes for PA College Students

Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue Robert A. Judge Sr. today announced that
college students from across the state may be eligible to file their state
tax returns via the Internet with pa.direct.file. “This new service is
great for college students — it’s free, it’s on the Internet, and it’s
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Secretary Judge.

Pa.direct.file is a fully electronic, paperless service available from any
Internet-accessible computer. Pa.direct.file completes all math
calculations, thus preventing errors that can delay a refund.  Plus,
refunds can be directly deposited into a taxpayer’s bank account within two
to three weeks.  If tax is owed, payments can be transferred electronically
through ACH debit with a delay of payment option available (up to April 17).

Pa.direct.file is a secure method of filing state tax information.  A
taxpayer enters the system with his or her Social Security Number and the
five-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) provided by the department.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), the industry standard to protect web
communications, then encrypts all of the information being sent directly to
the Department of Revenue to ensure privacy.  After the tax information is
filed, a confirmation number is given.  With the confirmation number, the
taxpayer has peace of mind in knowing that the department has received the
information securely and on time.

Pa.direct.file can be accessed through the Pennsylvania homepage at
www.state.pa.us or directly by going to the Department of Revenue’s
homepage at www.revenue.state.pa.us and clicking on the pa.direct.file
logo.  Hyperlinks are available on pa.direct.file for additional assistance
while navigating the site.  Tax assistance also is available at
parev@revenue.state.pa.us.  Only persons who have previously filed a
Pennsylvania tax return are eligible to use pa.direct.file.

The Department of Revenue also encourages other paperless filing options
such as TeleFile and e-file.  TeleFile is a free tax filing service
available by touch-tone phone for simple returns and includes the direct
deposit option for those receiving a refund.  E-file is a service available
to file federal and state returns together through authorized tax
professionals or purchased software.

— Reprinted in the Daily Gazette with permission of the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.


2) World news roundup

The Palestinian Authority froze peace talks with Israel and released senior
Hamas official Dr. Abdel-Aziz Rantisi from prison. The release of the
charismatic Islamic fundamentalist leader is being perceived by Israeli and
American officials as intentionally coincidental, but Palestinian officials
disagreed, saying Dr. Rantisi was due to be released. …Negotiators
succeeded in getting the gunmen who seized an Afghan jet to release eight
passengers and provide supplies for the 150 still trapped on board in a
London airport. …Starting soon, school nurses in France will be able to
provide girls as young as 12 with the morning-after pill, an oral emergency
contraceptive. …The internet portal Yahoo, Inc. suffered a three-hour
outage Monday after a series of attacks were directed at its computers.
Previous system failures to Ebay and AOL were due to internal
infrastructure problems; this outage was one of the most significant cases
of internet sabotage on record. …An eight year old girl was saved from a
crocodile attack in Australia when her five year old brother grabbed its
tail, allowing his sister to escape from the animal’s mouth.


3) Campus events

“Landscapes of Peru and Bolivia” by Andrew Bunting
Scheuer Room, 12:00 p.m.

“Biofilm Development: Towards a Superficial Existence”
Howard Hughes Special Lecture by Roberto Kolter
Kirby Lecture Hall, 4:15 p.m.

“Whaling Resumes in the United States” by Kevin Chu ’72
Kohlberg 115, 4:30 p.m.

Social Affairs Committee Meeting
Trotter 303, 7:00 p.m.

Visitor Night at Sproul Observatory
Sproul Observatory, 8:00 p.m.

Jewish Film Festival
Kohlberg 116, 8:00 p.m.

Ball Room Practice
Upper Tarble, 9:30 p.m.

Student Council Meeting
Parrish Parlor – East, 10:00 p.m.



1) Drew takes shot at Swat

The men’s basketball team hosted Drew University Monday night in
non-Conference play. The Garnet fell to the Rangers 78-61. Kyle Lewis’02
set career highs with 19 points and 4 steals, adding 7 rebounds. Joe Culley
’00 scored 9 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, while Charlie Brubaker ’02
chipped in 10 points. The loss drops the team’s record to 3-12, 2-7.


2) World sports roundup

Tiger Woods added to his growing legend Monday, coming from seven strokes
behind with eight holes to play to win the Pebble Beach Pro Am by two over
rookie Matt Gogel. The win is Woods’ sixth in a row, a streak second only
to Byron Nelson’s 11 straight victories in 1945. …A day after lighting up
the Kings for 50 points, Allen Iverson was held to only 14 by Indiana, who
beat Philly 104-89 to bring their franchise-record home winning streak to
18 games. …Seton Hall upset previously-undefeated Syracuse 69-67,
stopping the Orangemen’s streak at 19.


3) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Badminton at Bryn Mawr, 7:00 p.m.

Women’s basketball at Johns Hopkins, 6:00 p.m.
Swimming at Washington, 6:30 p.m.
Men’s basketball at Johns Hopkins, 8:00 p.m.

Quote of the day: “University politics are vicious precisely because the
stakes are so small.” – Henry Kissinger


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