Wednesday, March 22, 2000

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Wednesday, March 22, 2000
Volume 4, Number 97


1) Fire destroys historic Ingleneuk Tea House

2) World news roundup

3) Campus events


1) Women’s tennis wins conference opener

2) Intramural scoreboard

3) World sports roundup

4) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today: Mostly cloudy. High in the low 50s.
    Apparently there exists a new software product called
“PawSense” designed to keep cats from walking across keyboards.    

Tonight: Cloudy. Low in the low 40s.
    It detects “catlike typing” and responds with a screeching noise and
shuts off the keyboard until you type the word “human.”

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High in the mid 60s.
    If only I had a cat, I could participate in the marvels of
technology. Wait…


1) Fire destroys the historic Ingleneuk Tea House

The Ingleneuk Tea House, a historic and beloved restaurant in the Ville,
suffered a dramatic fire Saturday night.

The blaze broke out in the restaurant’s attic around 9:30 p.m. on
Saturday. More than 100 firefighters from eight fire companies–including
several Swarthmore students–battled the flames until 1 a.m. The fire
caused the collapse of the roof, which in turn destroyed the attic and
second floor. Abby Lowther ’02, a firefighter who saw the scene, described
the building as “reduced from three stories to one and a
half.” Fortunately, no one was in the building at the time of
the fire. Police are still investigating the cause of the fire.

“It hit so hard, like an old friend dying,” said Alice “Putty” Willets,
quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It was like a little home for all of
us that had been there for so long.” Willets is a Borough Council member
and president of the Swarthmore Rotary Club, which lunched at the
restaurant every Friday for 40 years.

The seriousness of the blaze was apparent to students, many of whom were
able to see the flames from their rooms. Xiao Chang ’03 noted that the
fire was “so high that you can see the blaze from the top of the Parrish

Ingleneuk, a Victorian-style family restaurant founded in 1916, was the
popular hangout for local residents and Swarthmore students, and was often
visited by prominent national figures, including Henry Ford and Duncan
Hines. Many Swarthmore alumni, including the late writer James A. Michener
’29, have scrubbed and wiped dishes there to pay their college bills.



2) World news roundup

While acknowledging that tobacco use may be “the single most significant
threat to public health,” the Supreme Court threw out the Clinton
administration’s main anti-smoking initiative Tuesday. In a 5-4 ruling,
the court said Congress did not authorize the Food and Drug Administration
to regulate tobacco. …The effort by the Miami relatives of 6-year-old
Elian Gonzalez to prevent his return to his father in Cuba was dealt a
setback today when a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit requesting a
political asylum hearing for the boy, concluding that a long, bitter legal
battle was not in Elian’s best interest. Hours later, lawyers for the
boy’s Miami relatives filed a notice of their intention to appeal the
decision. …Nearly 500 gay and lesbian demonstrators Tuesday protested
the Paramount’s plans to televise a show featuring radio talk-show host
Laura “Dr. Laura” Schlessinger, who’s called gays and lesbians
“deviants” and “biological errors” on her radio show. …Taiwan’s
parliament on Tuesday ended a 50-year ban on direct trade and transport
links with mainland China, and the island’s stocks recovered following a
steep plunge the previous day. The trade measure would establish direct links
between Taiwan’s islands of Quemoy and Matsu and mainland China’s cities
of Xiamen and Mawei, just days after the island’s presidential
election. …A truck driver was charged Tuesday with grand theft of 55
Oscar statuettes, all but three of which were found near a garbage
container. A second man arrested in the case, a dock worker, was expected
to be released, authorities said.


3) Campus events

Lecture by Dr. Carlos Marinez Assad
Scheuer Room, 4:15 p.m.

Panel on Globalization and Free Trade
LPAC Cinema, 4:15 p.m.

Rhodes/Marshall Workshop for Juniors
Kohlberg 116, 6:30 p.m.

It’s Not Swarthmore Out There: Equality in the Work World
Bond Memorial Hall, 7:00 p.m.

“‘I’m a Domestic Worker, Not a Nanny’: a Transnational Feminist Approach
to Caribbean Domestic Workers in New York City” by Linda Carty, University
of Michigan
Scheuer Room, 7:00 p.m.

Danawell Trailer, 9:00 p.m.

Wharton E/F Lounge, 9:00 p.m.

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



1) Women’s tennis wins conference opener

The women’s tennis team defeated Washington College 7-2 in its Centennial
Conference opener. Jen Pao ’01, Laura Swerdlow ’02, Tanya Chotibut ’03,
Jamie Flather ’00, and Katherine Voll ’03 won their singles matches; the
doubles teams of Pao and Swerdlow and Laura Brown ’00 and Flather won
their doubles matches. The team is now 1-3 on the season.


2) Intramural scoreboard


Old Spice      40
Donuts         44

Faculty        50
Bonobos        53

The Crunge     55
Binky the Cone 21

P, C and a BGM 20
Mothership     46


Lewis          64
Corso’s Crazie 66

Father         52
Young Bucks    43


3) World sports roundup

New Jersey defenseman Scott Niedermayer was suspended 10 games for hitting
Florida’s Peter Worrell over the helmet with his stick, a penalty that
will carry into the Devils’ first playoff game. …New Orleans Saints
running back Ricky Williams says he came across as “immature” and a
“crybaby” in a magazine interview in which he was critical of the city and
his team. Williams also has offered an apology to Saints fans and the city
for his comments, which appeared last week in Sports Illustrated. …The
San Diego Padres’ low-key spring training turned bizarre when outfielder
Al Martin was accused of being a bigamist and charged with exchanging
punches with a woman who claims she became his wife in a Las Vegas
wedding. …U.S. national team midfielder Ben Olsen tops a preliminary
list of 25 players selected for next month’s Olympic soccer qualifying


4) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Men’s lacrosse at Villa Julie, 4:00 p.m.

Women’s JV Lacrosse, 4:15 p.m.


Quote of the day:
“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” —
G.K. Chesterton


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