Wednesday, February 9, 2000

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Wednesday, February 9, 2000
Volume 4, Number 72


1) Swarthmore College statement on South Carolina boycott

2) Housing committee update

3) World news roundup

4) Campus events


1) IM results

2) World sports roundup

3) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today: Partly cloudy. High in the upper 40s.
    The days grow warmer…

Tonight: Cloudy. Low in the mid 30s.
    And all the lovely white snow will start to disappear…

Tomorrow: Scattered showers. High in the mid 50s.
    Into nasty brown sludge. Happy February!


1) Swarthmore College Statement on South Carolina Boycott

Swarthmore College President Alfred H. Bloom today issued the following
statement regarding the status of the college’s spring athletic teams and
the South Carolina boycott:

“The Swarthmore College administration, affirming the value this
institution places on a humane and just society, has decided that our
spring athletic teams will support the NAACP boycott of South Carolina
over the issue of the continued display of the Confederate flag. Joining
several other local colleges, including Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Temple,
our spring teams will withdraw from training in South Carolina and are now
making alternative plans.”

Note: This decision affects the following Swarthmore athletic teams —
women’s tennis, women’s lacrosse, women’s softball, men’s and women’s
track and field, and men’s golf.

— Tom Krattenmaker, Office of News and Information


2) Housing committee update

Loft furniture, consisting of a bunked bed with a desk below available,
will be put into the smallest singles on campus next year. Approximately
15 rooms will be given lofts, mostly the “closet” singles in Willets and
ML and the smallest singles in Worth. The rooms containing loft furniture
will be marked as such at the housing lottery. …Without strong student
support, the College’s laundry system is unlikely to be changed to a
coinless system. …Various block decisions: the eight-person blocks in
Roberts can be coed next year; Mertz 1st will get blocks that will
continue the Mertz pattern of having blocks for
sophomores on the north side and blocks for juniors/seniors on the south
side; several new blocks have been added to Danawell; in Willets, a
formerly-blocked two-room triple will become a special-needs room and an
a new block of two one-room doubles will be added. …It is still
uncertain whether all of Wharton will be renovated this summer or
only the basement and Central sections. After renovations, all of
Wharton central will be singles. …The housing lotteries will be held on
Sunday, April 9 for rising seniors; Monday, April 10 for rising
juniors; and Wednesday, April 12 for rising sophomores.


3) World news roundup

After a startling defeat in the New Hampshire primary, George W. Bush
recovered last night with a comfortable win in Delaware’s Republican
primary. Bush had 51 percent of the vote, followed by John McCain with 25
percent, Steve Forbes with 20 percent and Alan Keyes with 4 percent. The
next major test for the Republication candidates will be the pivotal South
Carolina primary February 19. …Four people jumped out of the cockpit of
the hijacked Afghan airliner parked at a London airport yesterday. The
four men, who could have been either hostages or hijackers, squeezed out
of the cockpit window, dropped about 20 feet to the ground and appeared
to run away from the craft. British officials are continuing negotiations
with the hijackers and are currently refusing to divulge what the
hijackers want. …In an attempt to prevent the total collapse of Northern
Ireland’s fledgling government, the British Parliament voted
overwhelmingly yesterday to strip the government of its powers and
return Northern Ireland to direct British rule. Britain’s
Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson, who transferred considerable
responsibilities to the Belfast administration only two months ago, said
it was “clearly foreseeable” that the body “will simply fall apart” if
powers weren’t immediately taken back. The bill is expected to become law
Thursday. …Hackers mounted what appeared to be coordinated attacks on
the world’s largest e-commerce sites yesterday. The attacks temporarily
crippled several major sites, including,,
and, plus media site


4) Campus events

Public Financial Management Information Session
Bond Memorial Hall, 7:00 p.m.

“Food is Fundamental, Fun, Frightening, and Foundational” Sigma Xi Lecture
by Paul Rozin, Department of Psychology, UPenn
Scheuer Room, 8:00 p.m.

Film Society Screening
Dupont 161, 10:00 p.m.



1) IM results


31 – Dr. Phat Tony
73 – Faculty

27 – Ball Lightenings
33 – Big Bad Ballers

48 – Mothership Connection
45 – Hawaii 5-0

15 – Bonobos
32 – GuillaumeSansVincent


36 – Corso
47 – Amar’s Army

62 – No Code
56 – TBA


1 – I20
0 – Toothpaste (by forfeit)

5 – FC Crac
1 – Faculty

4 – Women
7 – Urubus


2) World sports roundup

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas, a nine-time Pro Bowl player,
died yesterday at the age of 33. He was recovering after being paralyzed
from a car crash on an icy road. Doctors have not yet determined the cause
of death. Flags were lowered to half-staff at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas
City, and the Missouri Legislature paused for a moment of silence after
news of Thomas’ death was announced. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said,
“Derrick Thomas leaves a tremendously positive legacy that will
permanently enrich everyone whose life he touched.” …The player’s
association is expected to attempt to overturn Braves’ pitcher John
Rocker’s suspension for offensive comments against homosexuals, minorities
and foreigners. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig banned Rocker until May 1,
saying the Atlanta Braves’ top reliever “offended practically every
element of society” with his comments in a December issue of Sports
Illustrated. …The Seattle Mariners gave Ken Griffey Jr.’s agent
permission Tuesday to talk directly with the Cincinnati Reds, apparently
breaking baseball’s rules in an attempt to end a trade impasse.


3) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Men’s basketball at Johns Hopkins, 8 p.m.
Women’s basketball at Johns Hopkins, 6 p.m.
Men’s and women’s swimming at Washington, 6:30 p.m.

Badminton at Bryn Athyn, 7 p.m.


Quote of the day:
“I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven’t got the guts
to bite people themselves.” — August Strindberg


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