Tuesday, March 14, 2000

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Tuesday, March 14, 2000
Volume 4, Number 91


1) World news roundup

2) Campus events


1) Frisbee teams come up big over break

2) Women’s rugby holds its own against big competition

3) World sports roundup

4) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.
    It’s scary how detached you can get from this place in just a week,
once you finally tear yourself away.

Tonight: Increasing cloudiness. Lows in the upper 30s.
    And yet how quickly we reattach ourselves…

Tomorrow: 30% chance of rain. Highs approaching 60.
    I feel like velcro.


1) Debate team places at Cornell

Swarthmore’s Peaslee Debate Society went to Cornell University over spring
break and competed in six rounds of parliamentary debate. Dan Bennett ’01
and Rob Peterson ’03 finished as the 7th team, and John Dolan ’01 and
Tenaya Scheinman ’01 won 2nd place team honors for the entire tournament.
The team planned to attend a second tournament at Trinity College in
Connecticut this past weekend, but Trinity was forced to cancel its
tournament at the last moment. Swarthmore will be hosting the American
Parliamentary Debate Association’s Nationals Tournament April 14-16.



2) World news roundup

After months of keeping his distance, George W. Bush embraced Republican
congressional leaders Monday. Still, he cast himself as a Washington
outsider, declaring, “America wants somebody not of Washington [as
President].” …Russia reported that it had captured Chechen leader Salman
Raduyev Monday. Raduyev once seized hundreds of hostages in a Russian raid
and claims to have set bombs at train stations across Russia. …The
average retail price of a gallon of gasoline nationwide was about $1.59
this weekend, up nearly 12 cents in the last two weeks. Premium gas at
full-service stations hovered around $2 a gallon, as a crude oil crunch
depletes the country’s supply until at least this summer. …Scott Smith, a
white Connecticut police officer, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter
and faces up to 40 years in prison for killing Franklyn Reid, an unarmed
black man. Smith, who shot Reid once in the back at point blank range,
testified that he thought Reid was reaching for a weapon. …People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals will unveil a new ad campaign on college
campuses nationwide this week entitled “Got Beer?” PETA argues that
drinking beer is healthier than milk and that the dairy industry is cruel
to cows. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is seeking to stop the ads, accusing
PETA of supporting underage drinking.


3) Campus events

Resumes — Start to Finish (CP&P)
Trotter 301, 4:15 p.m.

Showing of Video by Ron Stanford and Ivan Drufovka
Scheuer Room, 4:15 p.m.

Physics Colloquium by Leo Hollberg, NIST Boulder, CO
Dupont 190, 4:30 p.m.

“What Medical Schools Are Looking For”
Scheuer Room, 4:30 p.m.

Swarthbucklers Fencing Practice
Upper Tarble, 5:30 p.m.

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

Information Session with Green Corps
Kohlberg 116, 7:00 p.m.

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

Lodge Five, 9:00 p.m.

Tango Class
Upper Tarble, 9:30 p.m.

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



1) Frisbee teams come up big over break

The men’s and women’s ultimate teams went south for the spring, competing
in two tournaments. During the first weekend of spring break, the men
competed in the Frostbreaker tournament in Gainesville, Florida. Placed in
the B-division against it’s will, the team responded by going 8-0, winning
every game that weekend and taking home the championship discs, one of only
three teams to do so. The men knocked out Paideia High School, ranked 2nd
in the country last year, 9-7 in the final, after Paideia had also gone 7-0
to that point. The men followed up their championship run with another this
past weekend at the First Wave tournament in Savannah, Georgia. After a
15-11 loss to Furman, the Earthworms came back strong against national
contenders Eastern Carolina, but fell short 15-11. Two wins against Purdue
(15-7 and 13-6) and a win over Miami of Ohio (9-6) later and the men had
taken home their second B bracket win of the week.

On the women’s side, they had to face some stiff competition in the A
bracket, but came out strong. The women finished runners up in the A
bracket to a Duke team with some ineligible club (post-college) players,
leaving Swat as the #1 college team at the First Wave tournament in
Georgia. Along the way, they defeated Columbia, Virginia, UPenn, Georgia
Tech, and Eastern Carolina.


2) Women’s rugby holds its own against big competition

The Women’s rugby team travelled to New Orleans over spring break to
compete in a tournament against much larger schools. In their first game,
the team faced Louisiana State and lost 12-5. Meghan Brennan ’00 scored the
lone try. In game two, Swat beat Michigan State 31-0. Rhiana Swartz ’00,
Elizabeth Meehan ’01, Emily Wilkins ’01, Erica Anderson ’01, and Meredith
Hegg ’00 all scored tries and Swartz kicked three conversions. In the last
game the team battled through four overtimes, ultimately losing 0-5 in the
final second to Florida State.


3) World sports roundup

Dan Marino retired from the NFL Monday, after 17 seasons as quarterback of
the Miami Dolphins. He departs as the career leader in completions, total
yards, and touchdowns. …Six Houston Astros minor leaguers and a female
guest were tied up and robbed in their hotel Sunday night. Police shot one
intruder while the other escaped. None of the players were hurt. …Danny
Nee was fired as coach of Nebraska basketball after 14 seasons. The team
failed to make the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.
…Shaquille O’Neal scored 40 points as the Lakers beat Denver 118-108 for
their 19th straight win, the third longest streak in NBA history. …Spurs
forward Sean Elliot will play Tuesday night in San Antonio, making history
as the first professional athlete ever to return to action following an
organ transplant. Elliot received a kidney from his brother during the


4) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Baseball at Widener, 3:15 p.m.
Women’s lacrosse at Widener, 4:00 p.m.

Men’s volleyball hosts TCNJ, 7:00 p.m.

Quote of the day: “Outside of a dog, a book is your best friend, and inside
of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx


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