Tuesday, April 25, 2000

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The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Tuesday, April 25, 2000
Volume 4, Number 121

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) Swarthmore Students Win Fulbright Fellowships

2) Young-Adult-Fantasy Author Tamora Pierce To Speak

3) College Bowl update

4) World news roundup

5) Campus events

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) World sports roundup

2) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today: Cloudy, windy, rain by noon. Highs in the upper 50s.
    Is anyone else sick of this rain?

Tonight: Rain. Wind. 40s.
    I’d almost rather have it rain every day than get teased like this,
having a really nice day now and then…

Tomorrow: Probably more rain. Highs near 50.
    Looks like I’m getting my wish.

NEWS REPORT

1) Swarthmore Students Win Fulbright Fellowships

Three Swarthmore seniors have been awarded Fulbright Fellowships for
foreign study in the year following their graduation. Leigh Nolan ’00, will
be studying in Korea, while Darias Ornston ’00, will be in Finland and
Brent Wasser ’00, will be spending the next year in Austria. Two other
Swatties, Meredith Weems ’00 and Andrew King ’00, have applied for
fellowships in Germany and do not expect to hear back from that country
until the end of the month.

Fulbright awards both full research fellowhships and teaching
assistantships to graduating seniors each year. Recipients of both types of
awards receive free housing and a stipend to cover living expenses. In
addition to their research, teaching assistants are also asked to teach
English in a high school in the area for at least 12 hours per week.

“The application process takes a while,” explained Nolan, “because there
are two stages to it. First you apply to the Fulbright program in the U.S.,
and if they accept you then your application is considered by the country
where you want to work.” The application requires a record of academic
performance, as well as a personal statement and a one-page research
proposal. “I think one of the main things they look for is an interesting
research plan,” said Nolan. She added, “Fulbright wants to encourage an
understanding of other cultures among American students, so they really
want people to go to places they’ve never been. I’d say that not having
done foreign study in the past is probably a plus.”

Nolan, who is interested in theater and will be conducting her research on
Korean mask dance drama, is glad that she will also have a teaching
position. “I think I may go into teaching as a career, so I’m interested in
seeing how other cultures formulate the classroom,” she says. Darias
Ornston also sees his Fulbright Fellowship as tying into his possible
future plans. He will be studying the impact of globalization on the
Finnish welfare state, and after returning from Finland he intends to go to
graduate school in comparative European politics. Brent Wasser, who was
awarded a teaching assistantship, plans to devote the time he does not
spend teaching to a study of the museums in the small towns of the Austrian
Alps near Innsbruck, where he will be living. Wasser also hopes to pursue
his interest in cooking while he is in Austria by getting a job in an
Alpine restaurant.

All three winners encourage other Swarthmore students to apply for
Fulbright grants. “The dean’s office was very helpful with the application
process,” said Nolan, “and it seems like a significant number of the
applicants get accepted, so I’d definitely recommend the program.” Wasser
agreed, commenting that “the application process was pretty simple, and I
liked the fact that unlike other fellowships, all Swarthmore applicants get
their materials forwarded to the national office in New York, so you don’t
have to compete with other Swarthmore students about who’s going to get
their stuff sent in.”

-k.g.

*****

2) Young-Adult-Fantasy Author Tamora Pierce To Speak

Noted young-adult author Tamora Pierce will speak on today on “The Creation
of a Fantasy Writer–a Short Concerto in Books, Politics, and the
Publishing Industry.” Creator of such strong female characters as Alanna,
the girl who disguised herself as a boy for seven years to become a knight,
Ms. Pierce says, “If my books, and my life, have any theme or underlying
idea, it’s that we all create our lives…Girl or boy, we shouldn’t allow
ourselves to be trapped into a life that is what others think it should be
(unless that’s what we really want).”

While writing her books, which include the Song of the Lioness quartet and
the Circle of Magic series, Ms. Pierce finds inspiration in a wide variety
of music. Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” Balinese gamelan music, and even
the scores to the “Conan” movies influence her work.

She will speak at 8:00 p.m. in the Scheuer Room. Refreshments will be
provided. The talk is sponsored by SWIL, the Forum for Free Speech, and the
Linguistics Department.

-a.m.

*****

3) College Bowl update

This weekend, the College Bowl team consisting of Josh Miller ’00, Peter
Austin ’02, Arcadia Falcone ’02, and Ben Schak ’03 attended the ACF
Nationals at the University of Maryland at College Park. Overall,
Swarthmore placed ninth of 22 attending teams, with a final record of 11-4.

After the preliminary rounds, Swarthmore was only one game out of finishing
in the top bracket (of 3), and went on to win all of their finals games in
their own bracket. In addition, Swarthmore beat teams from both Carleton
and Princeton, who had been ranked as the first and second place
undergraduate teams at the NAQT Nationals tournament two weeks earlier. In
addition, it was learned that Austin had been ranked as an “Undergraduate
All-Star” in the NAQT Nationals tournament.

*****

4) World news roundup

Chinese police detained at least 95 Falun Gong followers in and around
Tiananmen Square early Tuesday. The spiritual group had unfurled banners
and sat silently in the square, marking the first anniversary of the
violent protest that led to the government ban. …In what police say may
have been a gang-related incident, a feud between youths at the National
Zoo in Washington, D.C. erupted in gunfire, leaving a 12-year-old boy brain
dead and five others wounded. …Microsoft shares fell nearly 16 percent
Monday, in the wake of reports that a federal judge and 19 states were
working on a plan to break up the software giant. Microsoft reacted to the
news, denouncing a possible breakup as an “extreme and radical” move.
…Meanwhile, a preview release of Netscape 6.0 is available for download
at www.netscape.com, but has mostly been criticized for having too many
bugs, taking too long to load up pages, and for its “revolutionary new
design,” which many experts report is just annoying in its complexity. …A
group of Brown University students used 10,000 Christmas lights, 3,000 feet
of cable, wooden frames, circuit boards, and a debugged computer code to
create a giant Tetris game board on the side of the school’s science library.

*****

5) Campus events

Physics Colloquium with Tom Kling
Dupont 139, 4:30 p.m.

Movie Screening: “A Place of Rage”
by Pratibha Parmar, South Asian filmmaker
LPAC Cinema, 4:30 p.m.

Ruach Passover Dinner
Bond Memorial Hall, 5:00 p.m.

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

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

Tamora Pierce on Writing
Scheuer Room, 8:00 p.m.

Dialogues Discussion Group
Lodge Five, 9:00 p.m.

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

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

*****

SPORTS UPDATE

1) World sports roundup

Trailing 2-0 early in the second period, Toronto scored three times in less
than seven minutes to upset host Ottawa 4-2 in Game 6 of their best of
seven playoff series. The Maple Leafs will face New Jersey in Round 2.
…Former Philly disappointment Derrick Coleman came up big for the other
team in overtime, scoring eight of his game-high 29 points to lead the
Charlotte Hornets to a 108-98 victory, evening up their first round matchup
with the Sixers at one game apiece. …Following the worst season of his
27-year career, Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens resigned Monday. The winningest
coach in NBA history with 1,179 wins, Wilkins said he is still interested
in coaching in the NBA. …In a very rare sight in this homer-happy
baseball season, the Mets beat the Dodgers 1-0 on an infield single by Matt
Franco in the bottom of the ninth inning.

*****

2) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

TODAY
Men’s tennis hosts Haverford, 3:00 p.m.
Baseball at Ursinus, 3:30 p.m.
Women’s lacrosse hosts Bryn Mawr, 4:30 p.m.

TOMORROW
There are no contests scheduled for tomorrow.

*****
Quote of the day: “Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in
hospitals dying of nothing.” — Redd Foxx

*****

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