Thursday, April 6, 2000

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, April 6, 2000
Volume 4, Number 108

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) Regatta to set sail this Sunday

2) Mock Trial successful at nationals

3) World news roundup

4) Campus events

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) Women’s tennis defeats Gettysburg

2) Baseball falls to Muhlenberg

3) Softball loses doubleheader

4) World sports roundup

5) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today: Windy. High near 70.
    Myrt sez: Fill out your census form.

Tonight: Cloudy. Low around 50.
    You’re not being counted at home.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High in the upper 60s.
    Now back to your regularly scheduled Gazette.

NEWS REPORT

1) Regatta to set sail this Sunday

Forget America’s Cup.  Forget Gilligan and the Skipper.  Sunday
morning at 10:30, Swarthmore’s very own Crum Creek Regatta will be the
nautical adventure of choice for those in the know.

For the uninitiated, the Regatta is an exercise in the rapidly-burgeoning
field of extreme boating.  Developed in 1972 by students Ron Miller and
John Lubar, the annual event involves the semi-miraculous task of
constructing and building aquatic vessels to traverse a portion of
the illustrious, but water-deprived creek.

While perhaps not particularly impressive on paper, one must consider
that the sailing crew is required to assemble on the boat, or boat-like
device, at the beginning of the race, and that one member of the team must
man the “deck” at all times.  Furthermore, the vessel must stay afloat
throughout, lest it face the hideous fate which awaits it beneath the
murky brine.

For potential entrants, who must contact the Alumni Office by this
afternoon if they think they have the sea legs to survive the epic
journey, the list of viable materials is almost carte blanche.  While
motorized propulsion is strictly forbidden (although animal power is
acceptable), past efforts have included cardboard, styrofoam,
and even beer kegs.  To put it more succinctly, Alumni Office
Administrative Assistant Millie Dappolone, suggests “whatever floats.”
   
And then there are the prizes. While not gold doubloons, the awards will
be in the form of their cash equivalents. For instance, the Leif Erikson
prize ($75) will be bestowed upon the fastest entry, “for being
first.”  Meanwhile, boats judged to be second, best engineered, and most
“artistique” will also garner prizes. The last craft to finish also wins a
prize, although Jody Sanford, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and
organizer of the race, cautions that “boats will be disqualified if
competitors try to lose.”

– j.s.

*****

2) Mock Trial successful at nationals

In its first year of competition, Swarthmore’s Mock Trial Association
placed tenth overall at the National Mock Trial Tournament held March 31-
April 2 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Over 325 teams from across the nation
participated this year.

Swarthmore competed against Kent State University, University of
Pennsylvania, Manchester College, and Howard University, the eventual
national champions. Swarthmore finished with a 9-1-6 overall record.
Team captain Dennis Cheng ’01 was honored with the Spirit of AMTA Award,
the most prestigious award a college mock trial student can
receive.  Each year one student is chosen by the American Mock Trial
Association from thousands of mock trial participants nationwide.

In mock trial competition, student attorneys and witnesses simulate a
trial, which involved a murder case this year.  The team was founded last
semester by Cheng and BoHee Yoon ’01, and unlike their
competitors, has no legal coach or faculty/alumni sponsor.  The other
members on the team are: Eden Wales ’03, Karla Gilbride ’02, Elizabeth
Goldsmith ’01, Charles Small ’03, Christy Smallwood ’03, and Payal Shah
’03.

*****

3) World news roundup

The father of Elian Gonzalez will arrive in the United States this morning
to be reunited with his son, according to the father’s lawyer. “It is time
for this reunion to go forward,” said the lawyer, Greg Craig. …At
least six states have begun to investigate whether the gun industry is
illegally trying to punish Smith & Wesson for agreeing to make its weapons
more childproof. “Exercising corporate responsibility should not be reason
for your competitors to put a bull’s eye on your back,” said Nathan
Barankin, a spokesman of California Attorney General Bill
Lockyer. …Cyclone Hudah, previously downgraded to a tropical storm,
regained its power as it hovered off the coast of northeastern Mozambique
on Wednesday after devastating northern Madagascar and killing at least 27
people there. Mozambique is still reeling from weeks of flooding in March
that displaced about 360,000 people and killed hundreds. …The 23 million
Africans infected with the AIDS virus should be given regular doses of a
common and affordable antibiotic to ward off fatal secondary infections,
the World Health Organization and the United Nations AIDS program said
today. The drug, known as trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole or as
cotrimoxazole (marketed as Bactrim), was endorsed for the
first time last week by AIDS experts who convened in Zimbabwe to assess
studies. …In two weeks, a national memorial will be dedicated on the
fifth anniversary of the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, an attack
that left 168 people dead and more than 500 injured.

*****

4) Campus events

“The Social Construction of Historical Discontinuity” by Eviatar
Zerubavel, Rutgers University
Scheuer Room, 4:15 p.m.

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

“Sustainable Development in Latin America: Environmental Challenges for
the XXI Century” by Dr. Sergio Blanca
Kirby Lecture Hall, 4:30 p.m.

“True Voices” Class of 2000 Students of Color Community Dinner
Black Cultural Center, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

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

Harold and Ruth Caldwell Snyder Premedical Lecture
Dupont 161, 7:30 p.m.

Panel on the Current Condition of the Middle East
Scheuer Room, 7:30 p.m.

“Green Development in the Amazon: a Threat of Indigenous Medical
Knowledge, Biodiversity and Intellectual Property Rights of Native
Peoples” by Miguel Hilario-Manenima, Tribal Leader from the Peruvian
Rainforest
Kirby Lecture Hall, 8:00 p.m.

Dialogues
Mertz Lounge, 8:00 p.m.

Latin Night
Upper Tarble, 9:30 p.m.

*****

SPORTS UPDATE

1) Women’s tennis defeats Gettysburg

The women’s tennis team defeated Gettysburg College yesterday
6-3.  Singles winners were at Jen Pao ’01 at #1 (6-1, 6-1), Laura Swerdlow
’02 at #2 (1-6, 6-2, 6-3), Jamie Flather ’00 at #4 (7-6(5), 6-1), Laura
Brown ’00 at #5 (6-2, 6-1), and Lauren Rackow ’00 at #7 (6-4, 6-2).  In
doubles play, #1 Pao/Swerdlow triumphed 8-4, #2 Fran  Simonds ’02/Flather
lost a close match 8-9 (3), and #3 Kim Tu ’02/Brown won
8-3. The team’s record is now 5-4 overall, 5-1 in the conference.

*****

2) Baseball falls to Muhlenberg

The baseball team lost 19-4 to Muhlenberg yesterday. Carlo Fitti ’00 led
the Garnet, going two for four with a three-run homer. The team is now 5-9
on the season, and 1-2 in the Centennial Conference.

****

3) Softball loses doubleheader

The softball team played a doubleheader against Ursinus yesterday, falling
8-0 and 8-2. Stephanie Wojtkowski ’02 went two for four, with a run
scored. The team is 2-12 overall, 0-4 in the conference.

*****

4) World sports roundup

Despite a broken left toe that left him with a slight limp, Allen Iverson
scored 30 points last night as the Philadelphia 76ers clinched their
second straight playoff berth Wednesday night with a 107-86 victory over
the Atlanta Hawks. …San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young may
interested in returning for his 16th pro season, and he would
like to do it with the 49ers, his agent said. …Toronto Maple Leafs
defenseman  Bryan Berard said yesterday that he hopes to play hockey again
after being accidentally blinded in one eye with the blade of a stick
last month. …Stock car pioneer Lee Petty, winner of the first Daytona
500, died yesterday at the age of 86. He was the father of Winston Cup
great Richard Petty, grandfather of Kyle Petty and great-grandfather of
Adam Petty, who made his Winston Cup debut last weekend in Texas.

*****

5) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

TODAY
Women’s lacrosse hosts College of New Jersey, 4:00 p.m.
Softball at Albright, 4:00 p.m.

TOMORROW
Baseball hosts Muhlenberg, 3:30 p.m.
Golf at Widener w/ Delaware Valley and USP, 1:00 p.m.

*****

Quote of the day:
“All the things I really like to do are either illegal, immoral, or
fattening.” — Alexander Woollcott

*****

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