Thursday, February 22, 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 22, 2001
Volume 5, Number 86


NEWS IN BRIEF

1) World news roundup
2) Campus events

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) Women’s basketball breaks truce with Diplomats, advances to championship
2) World sports roundup
3) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today: Mostly cloudy with snow likely. High 31.
Watching the women’s basketball team win their semifinal matchup last night…

Tonight: Cloudy with snow. Low 25.
It occurred to me that Swatties don’t really get the chance to gloat all that much…

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s.
So, in the spirit of the moment: Nyah, nyah.

TODAY’S SHARPLES MENU

Lunch: Chicken pot pie, homemade bisquits, baked pasta with spinach, *vegetable ragout, spinach, vegetable blend
**Fajita bar

Dinner: Chicken pot pie, homemade bisquits, baked pasta with spinach, *vegetable ragout, spinach, vegetable blend
**Fajita bar

NEWS REPORT

1) World news roundup

The FBI is investigating Agent Robert Philip Hanssen on charges of passing top-secret US documents to the Russians. Attorney General John Ashcroft has placed former FBI Director William Webster in charge of a panel to investigate claims that the agent gave Russian intelligence officials access to over 6,000 pages of critical security info and to consider measures to prevent such breaches in the future. Hannsen is believed to have been spying for Moscow for at least 15 years.

A National Transportation Safety Board report has revealed that the USS Greeneville’s sonar picked up the Japanese fishing boat Ehime Maru fully 71 minutes before the Feb. 9th collision between the two vessels. Additionally, it was discovered that group of civilians onboard the Greeneville had distracted the sonar operator from his duties in the hour leading up to the accident. Nine members of the Japanese boat’s crew, including four high school students on a training mission, are missing and presumed dead.

South Africa, where AIDS has reached epidemic proportions, will begin receiving free shipments of Diflucan, which treats several AIDS symptoms, from Pfizer. The US pharmaceutical company, which was under heavy pressure from AIDS activists to make their expensive treatments available to Third World countries at a lower cost, will offer the drug to patients in government clinics and hospitals. South Africa is believed to have approximately 4,100,000 cases of AIDS and HIV, or nearly 20% of the country’s adult population.

2) Campus events

Chemistry Colloquium
Dupont 139, 4:30 p.m.

Math/Statistics Colloquium
Kohlberg 115, 4:30 p.m.

Pro-Choice Task Force Meeting and Escort Training Session
Trotter 301, 7:30 p.m.

Film: “Fiddler on the Roof”
Kohlberg 226, 8:00 p.m.

SPC Carnival All-Campus Study Break
Parrish Parlors, 10:00 p.m.

SPORTS UPDATE

1) Women’s basketball breaks truce with Diplomats, advances to championship

Hosting their first Centennial Conference playoff game ever, the women’s basketball team advanced to the Conference Championship game with a semifinal win over Franklin and Marshall, 67-55. Playing in front of a packed Tarble Pavillion, the Garnets established a lead early on and despite consistent pressure by the Diplomats until the very last minutes, never relinquished it.

Heather Kile ’02, named to her third consecutive All-Conference team just days before, set the tempo right from the start by converting a three-point play against an aggressive F&M full-court press. Kile proceeded to have a monster game, perhaps the finest of her illustrious career considering the circumstances, by notching 29 points and 21 boards. At the same time, fellow All-Conference team member and Conference Player of the Year, Amy Kreitz, struggled mightily for the Diplomats against the smothering defense of Heather Marandola ’01.

Kile’s masterful performance at power forward was buttressed by sophomore center Sarah Tufano who added 16 points and 7 rebounds. The rest of the team also came up big, with Ally Furman ’03 and Katie Robinson ’04 netting 7 and 6 points respectively.

The win means that Tarble will play host to yet another high-caliber contest when the Garnettes take on Johns Hopkins in the Conference Championship, Saturday at 7 PM. Hopkins, which beat Muhlenberg 62-56 last night to advance to the finals, defeated Swat in the Conference semifinals last year but fell to the revamped Garnet squad in their one meeting this season. The Conference champion will go on to the NCAA Division 3 Tournament.

2) World sports roundup

Dale Earnhardt Sr. was laid to rest yesterday in his hometown of Kannapolis, North Carolina. Earnhardt, a racing legend who was killed in the last turn of the last lap of Sunday’s Daytona 500, was remembered by close family members in a small service in Kannapolis. A second closed service will be held at the 5,800-seat Calvary Church in Charlotte this afternoon and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net.

With 6 PM this afternoon as the NBA’s trading deadline, the Philadelphia 76ers are looking to acquire center Dikembe Mutumbo from the Atlanta Hawks. The Sixers are offering Theo Ratliff and Toni Kukoc for the 7-foot-2 Mutumbo.

Despite being bothered by back pains which almost forced him to sit the game out, Mario Lemieux scored with 2:50 left in overtime to lead the Pittsburg Penguins over the Florida Panthers, 3-2. Lemieux has been bothered by back injuries his entire career and they were the primary cause of his retirement from hockey three years ago.

3) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Today:

Badminton at Albright, 7:30 p.m.

Tomorrow:

There are no contests scheduled for tomorrow.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Out of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.” – Ozzy Osbourne