Thursday, March 2, 2000

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, March 2, 2000
Volume 4, Number 87

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) Student council pushes for improved student parking

2) World news roundup

3) Campus events

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) World sports roundup

2) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today: Partly cloudy. High in the upper 40s.
    Almost there…

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s.
    Just one more day…

Tomorrow; Partly sunny. High around 50.
    And four more midterms…

NEWS REPORT

1) Student council pushes for improved student parking

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.  Well, actually, turn them
off.  Because soon, thanks to the efforts of Student Council, you may
actually be able to park your car on or near campus.

Student Council is working on an initiative to
both revamp Parking Committee and find additional parking
spaces. The first prong of this campaign involves changing the way that
the committee reaches parking decisions.  Labeling the current process
“random,” council co-chair Brandon Silverman ’02 called for a
more specific decision-making criteria which would allow for fairer
resolutions and increased student awareness. Co-chair Jordan
Brackett ’01 voiced support for outcomes based on “merit, and then
seniority,” with the former quality referring to the importance of the
vehicle to the student (i.e.; getting to a job vs. driving around campus).

Along with reforms to the system, Brackett also spoke about finding
“creative parking solutions.”  While the DuPont lot has already been
re-segmented to provide additional spots, these new spots will be home to
construction vehicles for the duration of the building of the new science
facility, so their potential will take several years to be
realized. In the meantime, Brackett proposed adding up to 15 extra student
spaces to the Cunningham lot, since it tends to be under-utilized.

Another proposal involved having Swarthmore lease 30 spots from the
Ville.  While this would bring the total number of college-run spaces to
160, the school would incur additional costs not associated with lots on
college property.  Currently, 58 students are parking in–and paying
for–spots in the Ville. Under the new plan, however, every student
receiving any spot from the college would have to pay $20 per semester to
cover the expense of renting Ville spots.  Essentially, the plan provides
no additional parking, but makes the system more equitable. An alternative
to this solution called for having the school lease
spaces from the Ville where students do not already park.  Thus, any
parking fee levied as a result of the costs would at least benefit the
students in terms of  more spaces.

Among the above proposals, Student Council has not deemed any as the most
favorable and is still researching the possibilities. But Brackett noted
that with Parking Committee’s decision period rapidly approaching, “time
is of the essence.”
   
Student Council, start your engines.

– j.s

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2) World news roundup

Police are considering bringing charges against two adult men in the case
of the 6-year-old boy who killed a first-grade classmate on Tuesday; they
may be charged with manslaughter for their responsibility in giving the
boy access to a gun. Child neglect charges are also being
considered. …The Clinton administration has given its official blessing
to anti-drug efforts in most of the Western Hemisphere, including Mexico
and Colombia–the two largest sources of illegal narcotics for
U.S. users. The administration withheld full certification to Myanmar and
Afghanistan, both major sources of heroin. …An African-American suspect,
reportedly unarmed, was shot and killed Wednesday in the Bronx after a
brief struggle with a Hispanic police officer. The shooting happened just
two blocks from where unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo was
gunned down in February 1999 in a hail of gunfire. Police urged calm in
the community, which remains tense from last week’s acquittal of the
police officers involved in the Diallo shooting. … Israel’s parliament
tentatively voted Wednesday to raise the percentage of votes needed to
approve a peace deal with Syria in a national referendum–a move that
could doom an Israel-Syria peace accord or even bring down Prime Minister
Ehud Barak’s coalition government. …Though saline-filled breast implants
break open at “alarmingly high” rates and require women to
undergo repeated surgeries, at least one brand is safe enough to continue
selling as long as women are properly warned of the risks, a government
advisory board decided yesterday.

*****

3) Campus events

“History and Anthropology in the American Museum” by Steve Conn, Ohio
State University
Bond Memorial Hall, 4:30 p.m.

Chemistry Colloquium
Kohlberg 115, 4:30 p.m.

Knit-Wits Meeting
Parrish Parlor, 4:30 p.m.

“Buddhism and Biomedical Ethics” by William LaFleur, UPenn
Scheuer Room, 4:30 p.m.

English Country Dance Class
Troy Dance Studio, 6:05 p.m.

Dialogues
Sharples Upstairs Room, 6:15 p.m.

Dialogues
Mertz Lounge, 8:00 p.m.

Dialogues
Mary Lyons Lounge, 9:00 p.m.

Sleep-Out for Poverty Awareness
Parrish Porch, 9:00 p.m.

Swing Practice
Upper Tarble, 9:30 p.m.

*****

SPORTS UPDATE

1) World sports roundup

An independent arbitrator cut John Rocker’s suspension to 14 days
yesterday, clearing him for spring training. His $20,000 fine was also cut
to $500. Commission Bud Selig criticized the arbitrator’s decision, saying
it “completely ignores the sensibilities of the people maligned by
Mr. Rocker and disregards the player’s position as a role model for
children.” …Darryl Strawberry announced yesterday that he has entered a
drug rehabilitation center and that he intends to stay there until he has
conquered his addiction once and for all. …Josh Evans, a starting
defensive tackle with the Tennessee Titans, was suspended for the
2000 season by the NFL for violating the substance-abuse policy,
league sources confirmed Wednesday morning. …New Zealand became the
first country other than the United States to defend its America’s Cup,
the oldest trophy in sports. It was the first America’s Cup race for
26-year-old Dean Barker, while veteran Russell Couts watched contentedly
from a chase boat.

*****

2) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

TODAY
No contests scheduled for today.

TOMORROW
Baseball vs. University of the Sciences, 3:30 p.m.

*****
Quote of the day:
“Lead me not into temptation. I can find the way myself.” — Rita Mae
Brown

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