Friday, December 1, 2000

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The Daily Gazette

Friday, December 1, 2000
Volume 5, Number 54

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1) Two students mugged at gunpoint in tunnel
2) Paces menu for next week
3) Housing Committee reaffirms its position on co-ed housing
4) World news roundup
5) This weekend’s events


1) World sports roundup
2) This weekend’s contests


Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the low 40s.
Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the low 20s.
That’s what I said yesterday

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 30s.
Then I realized that today is yesterday’s tomorrow.

Sunday: Mostly clear. Highs near 40.
Oh, no the rest of my life sucks.


Lunch: Crunchy cod, macaroni and cheese, *El’s black beans, cut green beans, stewed tomatoes
**Specialty salad bar

Dinner: Beef stroganoff, buttered noodles, garden burgers, *tofu creole, succotash vegetable blend
**Patty-grilla bar


1) Two students mugged at gunpoint in tunnel

Last night around 9:30, two female students of Swarthmore College were mugged at gunpoint by a group of three males near the tunnel by the train tracks. No one was injured in the incident.

In a developing story, here are the facts that the Daily Gazette has gathered from Owen Redgrave, Director of Public Safety:

– At 9:30 last night the two female students were walking back to campus from the Ville. In or near the tunnel, they encountered three males who witnesses said appeared to be teenage. Two of them were African American, and the other was white.

– One of the males produced a handgun and demanded valuables and cash. One of the women threw some cash and credit cards on the ground, at which point the women fled the scene. Redgrave says they were never touched or harmed.

Redgrave neglected to say any more about the incident – it is under the jurisdiction of Swarthmore Police, due to geographical factors and the sheer magnitude of the case.

The Daily Gazette is currently trying to reach Brian Craig, Chief of Swarthmore Police. If and when we do, check the Daily Gazette web page for an update on this story.

As a matter of policy, Redgrave wouldn’t reveal the names of the victims. If you would like to come forward and give your side of the story, please e-mail

Redgrave also said there were a number of witnesses to the incident last night. If you were there and have additional information, e-mail Gazette Management, or contact Gazette Headquarters at x5204.

As the Daily Gazette gets more information about this incident, we will continuously update our web page with the latest developments.

– Jeff Heckelman

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2) Paces menu for next week

Sunday Specials:

Fettuccine al gorgonzola, curried avocado soup

Sunday Desserts:

Lemon hazelnut cheesecake, flourless chocolate cake

Everyday specials:

Green salad w/ asparagus and oranges
Tuscan flatbread w/ rosemary feta spread
Spaghetti w/ mushroom pesto & bitter greens (vegan)
Curried winter squash and chicken stew
Chocolate angel strata pie


Monday: key lime pie, vegan chocolate mint pie
Tuesday: Sophisticated fruit tart, Mississippi mud cake
Wednesday: Chocolate banana cream pie, vegan pecan tart

3) Housing Committee reaffirms its position on co-ed housing

The Housing Committee re-examined the proposal for co-ed housing at its last open meeting. Most of the discussion was supportive of the proposal, with concerns being about specific details and not the proposal as a whole. The meeting ended with a strong recommendation from its members to completely open Lodges, Roberts, Palmer, and Worth to the new housing situation.

The committee also started an inquiry into the large number of false alarms that Willets has experienced recently. Residents complained that Public Safety no longer responds to the alarms unless they are accompanied by calls from an RA.

4) World news roundup

The battle for the White House continues as a committee of the Republican-led Florida state Legislature voted yesterday to recommend a special session in an attempt to appoint their own slate of electors if the issue is still unresolved by the December 12 selection deadline. Gore’s supporters claim that the legislative intervention would be meddling on the part of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the candidate’s brother. On the federal level, the U.S. Supreme Court is set for a hearing this morning on the validity of extended hand-recounts of ballots in Florida.

Space shuttle Endeavour launched last night carrying five astronauts and $600 million solar wings for the international space station in NASA’s most complicated construction mission to date. The agency hopes to finish building the station in 2006.

Workers at the Chernobyl nuclear plant discovered a highly radioactive fuel fragment atop the sarcophagus that covers a reactor ruined in the world’s worst nuclear accident. The fragment emits radiation at a rate that is thousands of times higher than normal background radiation.

5) This weekend’s events


Senior Class Yearbook Portraits
Parrish Parlor West, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

“Moving from Water to Land: Ontogenetic Changes in Behavior and Morphology to Stress Morphogenesis and Dysmorphogenesis Associated with the Evolution of Terrestriality in Crabs” by Dr. Renae Brodie, Smithsonian Marine Station
Kirby Lecture Hall, 2:00 p.m.

Shabbat Services and Dinner
Bond Memorial Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Movie: The Professional
Dupont Lecture Hall 161, 7:30 & 10:00 p.m.

Swarthmore Christian Fellowship Meeting
Kohlberg 115, 7:30 p.m.

International Club Movie Night
Kohlberg 116, 7:30 p.m.

Movie: Shanghai Noon
InterCultural Center, 8:00 p.m.

The Swarthmore College Baroque Ensemble
Lang Concert Hall, 8:00 p.m.


Star Gazer Concert by the Swarthmore College Alumni Gospel Choir
Friends Meeting House, 7:00 p.m.

Movie: Rear Window
Dupont Lecture Hall 161, 7:30 & 10:00 p.m.

The Swarthmore College Orchestra and Chorus, John Alston, Conductor
Lang Concert Hall, 8:00 p.m.


Celebration of Mass
Bond Memorial Hall, 11:00 a.m.

Protestant Worship
Bond 2nd floor Worship Room, 4:00 p.m.

The Swarthmore College Orchestra and Chorus, John Alston, Conductor
Lang Concert Hall, 7:00 p.m.


1) World sports roundup

Pitching ace Mike Mussina was finally signed by the New York Yankees yesterday following a lengthy courtship. Mussina and the current World Champions agreed to a $88.5 million, six-year contract… The Minnesota Vikings clinched a playoff spot with a 24-17 victory over the Detroit Lions last night. Vikings receiver, Chris Carter, recorded his 1000th reception in the win… Sergio Garcia shot a 7-under 65 to take the top spot in the Williams World Challenge after the first day of play. Tiger Woods trails by three strokes.

2) This weekends contests


Women’s basketball vs. Smith at Mount Holyoke, 2:00 p.m.
Men’s basketball at Western Maryland, 7:30 p.m.


Women’s basketball vs. Vassar at Mount Holyoke, 10:00 a.m.
Women’s basketball at Bryn Mawr at Mount Holyoke, 2:00 p.m.
Men’s and women’s swimming hosts Western Maryland, 2:00 p.m.
Badminton hosts Maine Line Invitational, 8:00 a.m.


There are no contests scheduled for Sunday.


“Today’s public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can’t read them either.” – Gore Vidal


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