Thursday, February 1, 2001

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

Thursday, February 1, 2001
Volume 5, Number 71


NEWS IN BRIEF

1) World news roundup
2) Campus events

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) Badminton keeps on winning
2) World sports roundup
3) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today: Cloudy then sunny. Highs in the mid 40s
I do believe I actually saw some people frolicking yesterday.

Tonight: More cloudy. Lows around 30.
It wasn’t that warm, but still, I applaud you.

Tomorrow: Cloudy with possible rain. Highs in the low 40s.
I say, screw it – next time it snows, I’ll be out there with a frisbee if you’d like to join me.

TODAY’S SHARPLES MENU

Lunch: Tortellini with rose sauce, foccacia, *Indian style chick peas, crinkle cut carrots, zucchini italiano
**Hoagie bar

Dinner: Salsa chicken, Spanish rice, *vegetarian dumplings, eggplant parmesan, tex mex cauliflower
**Potato bar

NEWS REPORT

1) World news roundup

The confirmed death count in India has reached 14,239. Late Wednesday rescue workers pulled out more survivors just as bulldozers began breaking down walls of demolished buildings. Some fear that there may be people buried alive beneath the rubble who may be killed by the machinery and explosives used to clear the mess. At least 61,000 people were injured in the massive earthquake that shook Western India last Friday.

A Scottish court on Wednesday sentenced Libyan intelligence agent Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi to life in prison for his connection with the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and the associated death of 270 people. In December of 1988, a bomb exploded aboard the plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 people on board and 11 residents of Lockerbie.

The Federal Reserve cut interest rates by a half-percentage point for the second time this month, marking the first time in Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan’s 13-year tenure that the rate was cut an entire percentage point in one calendar month. The Fed explained that the cut was motivated by a desire to prevent an upcoming recession.

The University of Iowa marching band has been ordered to stop a 20-year tradition by singing a verse to the polka tune “In Heaven There Is No Beer.” Local parent Tom Aunan said the phrase, “In heaven, there is no beer. That’s why we drink it here. And when we’re gone from here, all our friends will be drinkin’ all the beer” sends the wrong message, especially to younger fans.

A teen-age girl who suffered a heart attack while caught in a crush during last week’s performance by Limp Bizkit in Sydney, Australia died Wednesday. Six other people were hospitalized in the crush at a touring multi-band event called the Big Day Out, which drew a crowd of 55,000. Limp Bizkit pulled out of its Australian tour after last Friday’s show and criticized concert organizers for providing inadequate security and safety measures, a claim organizers denied.

2) Campus events

“Perennial Dilemmas in Conservation: The Effects of Changing Competitors, Herbivores, and Abiotic Conditions”
by Dr. Martha Hoopes, Department of Intergrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley.
Kirby Lecture Hall, 4:15 p.m.

Reading by Daisy Fried
Scheuer Room, 8:00 p.m.

SPORTS UPDATE

1) Badminton keeps on winning

The badminton team continued its dominating ways Wednesday night, shutting out Bryn Athyn 5-0 to bring their record to 2-0 on the season. The team has not lost a match yet, having swept Haverford last week as well. In singles action, Jane Ng ’01, Siobhan Carty ’01 and Karen Lange ’02 were all victorious. Lange has yet to give up so much as a single point in two matches this season. In doubles, Liz Leininger ’04 and Wury Morris ’04 defeated Bryn Athyn’s top doubles squad, while Xiang-Lan Zhuo ’01 and Sachi Uchimaru ’03 won by forfeit.

2) World sports roundup

Tiger Woods hyper-extended his left knee on Wednesday, spraining a ligament when he stepped awkwardly on a fan’s ankle amid a swarm of autograph seekers at Pebble Beach. The fan stepped under the security rope and stood directly in Woods’ path as he walked away from the 18th green after a practice round. Woods may have to pull out of this week’s tournament, which he won last year, because of the injury. …Dikembe Mutombo and Latrell Sprewell were added to the Eastern Conference All-Star team by NBA Commissioner David Stern on Wednesday, replacing injured starters Alonzo Mourning and Grant Hill. Mutombo responded Wednesday night by grabbing a season-high 29 rebounds to go along with 21 points as Atlanta defeated Toronto, which went without star Vince Carter, who was nursing a sore knee. …Penn State upset No. 6 Illinois 98-95 Wednesday night, Titus Ivory returned to the game after spraining his ankle to score 27 points, including four in overtime, to spark the Nittany Lions to victory.

3) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Today:

Men’s Basketball vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.

Tomorrow:

There are no contests scheduled for tomorrow.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I will remind you all that I understand the difference between the executive branch and the legislative branch. I only get to suggest, and you all pass the laws.” – President Bush, opening a meeting with black lawmakers on Wednesday.