Wednesday, April 4, 2001

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Tuesday, April 3, 2001
Volume 5, Number 108


1) Former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey speaks today
2) Bernstein speaks on philosophy of abortion
3) Gallaudet Deaf Studies professor holds workshop
4) PACES menu for this week
5) World news roundup
6) Campus events


1) Tarr named Player of the Week
2) Golf drops opener to Widener
3) Intramural basketball scoreboard
4) World sports roundup
5) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today: A mix of sun and clouds. High 57.
Did you know that Doritos are now 10% more “Nacho Cheesier” than ever before?

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 36.
Although this raises serious quantification issues, it also speaks to a larger social problem:

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s.
Mainly, why am I staring at a bag of Doritos?


Lunch: BBQ chicken sandwich, cottage fries, *ratatouille, pierogies, brussel sprouts, corn on the cob
**Chef salad bar

Dinner: Chicken marsala, buttered noodles, *baked tofu, Thai sweet potatoes, spinach, peas and carrots
**Caribbean bar


1) Former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey speaks today

Former U.S. Senator J. Robert Kerrey will hold a public lecture at the College tonight. His talk, “Retirement and Health Security in a Post-Industrial Age,” is free and open to the public, and will begin at 8:00 p.m. in LPAC’s Pearson-Hall Theatre.

Before taking office as the president of the New School in New York City this January, Kerrey served two terms as a Democratic senator from Nebraska, as well as five years as Nebraska’s governor. A Navy Seal who was wounded in action in Vietnam, Kerrey was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1970.

Kerrey was a recognized advocate of fiscal responsibility, educational technology, entitlement reform, health care, and a strong farm economy during his 17 years in politics. The findings and final report of a congressionally chartered commission that he chaired, the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform, are often cited by economic experts and national leaders as the definitive analysis of the nation’s entitlement system and a turning point in the debate on entitlement reform.

In 1996, Kerrey launched CLASS – Communications Learning and Assessment in a Student-centered System project – which has developed a fully accredited, interactive high school distance learning curriculum on the Internet.

Kerrey’s lecture is sponsored by the President’s Office, the Political Science Department, Student Council, and Swarthmore College Democrats.

2) Bernstein speaks on philosophy of abortion

Dr. Andrew Bernstein, Professor of Philosophy at Pace University and SUNY Purchase, will give a talk titled, “Pro-Choice is Pro-Life: The Philosophical Basis of a Woman’s Right to Abortion.” The talk will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Kirby Lecture Hall.

Bernstein’s talk is a defense – on philosophical grounds – of the right to abortion. To validate this right, he argues, requires a rational theory of rights, one grounded in fact, not faith or feeling. In establishing the basis of this right, Dr. Bernstein will aim to demonstrate that anti-abortionists have no rational basis for using the phrase “right to life.”

Dr. Bernstein will aim to present the scientific arguments used by anti-abortionists, then demonstrate the errors in those arguments: failure to recognize the biological nature of the fetus; equivocation on key terms; and obliteration of the distinction between actual and potential. Dr. Bernstein grounds his view of rights in an ethics of rational egoism and contrasts it with the theory of self-sacrifice espoused by anti-abortionists.

Bernstein’s talk is open to the public.

3) Gallaudet Deaf Studies professor holds workshop

Ben Bahan, professor and chair of the Department of Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University, will follow up Monday night’s lecture with a workshop this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in the Troy Dance Lab in LPAC.

In his lecture Monday night, Bahan explained the role of storytelling in the development of literacy skills in children, particularly in deaf children. His lecture was in American Sign Language with an English interpreter present.

Bahan’s workshop will be on the performance use of facial expression and hand and upper body gestures. While this event is of special interest to dance and theater students, the event is free and open to the public.

The event is co-sponsored by the William J. Cooper Foundation, as well as the Departments of Dance, Education, English Literature, Linguistics, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Sociology/Anthropology, Theatre Studies, and the Intercultural Center, the Dean’s Office, the Provost’s Office, and the President’s Office.

4) PACES menu for this week

Tuesday and Wednesday

– Pork with melon appetizer – pieces of peppered pork tenderloin with cantaloupe and a reduced red wine syrup
– Three cheese macaroni with almond crust banana bread with cinnamon honey butter
– Chicken with dumplings
– Maple creme caramel – maple custards with caramel and pear

Daily Dessert Specials

Tuesday: Cookies and cream ice cream pie, apple poppyseed cake
Wednesday: Vegan peanut butter rice krispy treats, linzertorte

5) World news roundup

The U.S. will not be allowed to contact the 24 crew members of the EP-3E involved in Sunday’s collision with Chinese fighter planes until Tuesday morning, according to Chinese officials. The crew – made up of 22 Navy personnel and a Marine and Air Force officer – and the spy plane are being held on the island of Hainan in the South China Sea, where they made an emergency landing following the mid-air incident. U.S. defense officials are concerned that China could gain access to highly-classified intelligence carried on the plane’s computers. Meanwhile, one of the Chinese fighters is still missing after Sunday’s episode, and China has rebuffed American offers of assistance in the search.

The McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill passed the Senate yesterday on the strength of a 59-41 vote. However, the bill will likely face tougher opposition in the House, as representatives from both parties have already taken strong stances against it. The legislation seeks to ban unlimited soft money contributions and restrict interest group advertisements in the days leading up to an election.

Slobodan Milosevic, arrested Sunday, will now face additional charges in relation to allegations that his guards fired on police officers attempting to take him into custody. While those charges are being levied by the Yugoslavian government, Milosevic also has been indicted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal for genocidal actions ordered during the past decade. The U.S. has announced $50 million in aid for the new government in Belgrade, contingent on their cooperation with the tribunal.

6) Campus events

“Pro-Choice is Pro-Life: The Philosophical Basis of a Woman’s Right to Abortion”
by Dr. Andrew Bernstein, Professor of Philosophy at Pace University and SUNY Purchase.
Kirby Lecture Hall, 4:30 p.m.

“Retirement and Health Security in a Post-Industrial Age”
by Senator Bob Kerrey
LPAC Pearson-Hall Theatre, 8:00 p.m.

Argentine Tango Lesson (Miscellaneous)
Upper Tarble, 9:30 p.m.


1) Tarr named Player of the Week

Katie Tarr ’02 was selected as the Centennial Conference’s Player of the Week in women’s lacrosse yesterday. The award recognized Tarr’s eight goals and one assist in this weekend’s win over Dickinson. It was the fourth time in her illustrious career that she has notched eight goals in one game.

2) Golf drops opener to Widener

After a series of cancellations due to poor weather, the golf team finally had its opening match Monday, losing to Widener 344-356. James Dolan ’02 led the Garnet with a team-best 82, while Doug Kneeland ’02 shot an 86.

3) Intramural basketball scoreboard

Competitive League

Alums 87

Landsharks 65
Young Bucks 58

Festivus for the Restivus wins by forfeit

Non-Competitive League

Jelly Donut 50
Mad Monkeys 32

Hey Hey Hey 44
Team 3 35

Wahooligans 44
Big Gay Buggers 35

Mothership Connection wins by forfeit

4) World sports roundup

Duke University won its third national championship last night when it defeated the University of Arizona, 82-72, in the NCAA Tournament final. The Wildcats trailed by just three with under three minutes remaining, but were not able to close the gap any further. Mike Dunleavy led the Blue Devils with 21 points, including three consecutive three-pointers in a span of 46 seconds at the start of the second half.

Darryl Strawberry was arrested last night after breaking his court-ordered house arrest by leaving a drug treatment center four days ago. Strawberry was being treated for his drug addiction as well as colon cancer, before disappearing on Thursday. It was the fourth time he has broken the judge’s orders.

The New York Yankees began their title defense yesterday with a 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Roger Clemens recorded five strikeouts in the win to break Walter Johnson’s 75-year old American League record of 3,508 career K’s.

5) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Baseball vs. Muhlenberg, 3:15 p.m.
Softball at Ursinus, 3:30 p.m.
Women’s lacrosse vs. Ursinus, 4:00 p.m.


Women’s tennis vs. Gettysburg, 3:30 p.m.
Men’s lacrosse vs. Ursinus, 4:00 p.m.


“It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.” – Jerry Seinfeld


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