Wednesday, April 18th, 2001

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2001
Volume 5, Number 119


1) Panfilio wins Churchill
2) Linguistics announces award winners
3) World news roundup
4) Campus events


1) Women’s lacrosse defeats Muhlenberg
2) Softball splits doubleheader with Washington
3) Baseball falls to Franklin & Marshall
4) World sports roundup
5) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today: Cloudy with a mixture of snow and rain. High 47.
Does anyone even remember whether that good-for-nothing groundhog saw its shadow this year?

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 35.
Not like it matters – I mean, it’s April, it’s cold, and it’s wet – but still, I’d like to know where he’s hiding these days…

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 50s.
It’d be nice to have a little something to kick right now…


Lunch: French bread pizza, crinkle cut fries, *Tuscan bean bake, succotash, peas
**Greek bar

Dinner: Grilled flank steak, chicken fingers, fries, smashed potatoes, red curry tofu with snap peas, pad thai, fried shrimp, macaroni, brown and basmati rice, fresh baked bread, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, fresh fruit & Lauren’s starfruit


1) Panfilio wins Churchill

Kristen Panfilio ’01 won the Churchill Scholarship, which “offer[s] American students of exceptional ability and promise…the opportunity to pursue graduate studies at one of the world’s greatest universities, with the support of the [Winston Churchill] Foundation.”

The award provides tuition and fees, plus a living allowance, to study in the Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge next year.

“My plans are to do graduate work in evolutionary development genetics, with a one-year’s Master’s program at Cambridge, under the Churchill Scholarship, and afterwards a Ph.D. at Indiana University, supported by the Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellowship,” Panfilio said.

– Pei Pei Liu

2) Linguistics announces award winners

The Linguistics Department announced its awards for senior papers yesterday. Christine Lattin ’01 won the award in the division of applications of linguistics with her thesis, “The potential of data sharing in quantitative sociolinguistics: /t,d/ deletion as a case study.”

Henrike Blumenfeld (Bryn Mawr ’01) won for theoretical linguistics with her thesis, “The resultative nature of the Mandarin ba-construction and the German separable and inseparable prefix constructions: a comparative study.”

Both theses, along with other senior theses and student papers, are available on the department website at

– Pei Pei Liu

3) World news roundup

Israeli forces withdrew from the northeast section of the Gaza Strip yesterday after reoccupying the area in retaliation for Palestinian attacks on Monday. The land, which had been turned over to the Palestinians as part of the ongoing peace process, was seiged by Israeli troops late Monday in response to Hamas mortar attacks on a Jewish settlement. The withdrawal came with Israel under heavy pressure from the US, which labeled the Israeli occupation as “excessive and disproportionate.”

The US and China will meet today to discuss fallout from the EP-3E incident earlier this month. US officials say they are unwilling to make any compromises if the plane, which is still being held on the island of Hainan, is not returned, while China is demanding that the US cease surveillance missions over Chinese territory and accept sole blame for the mid-air collision. Although negotiators for both sides have vowed to focus only on the incident itself, many other issues, including America’s sale of arms to Taiwan and China’s status as a trading partner, are thought to hinge on the outcome of the talks.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that it would uphold a Clinton-era rule which would require companies to report their annual lead emissions. The Toxics Release Inventory now mandates that any business which produces or uses more than 100 pounds of lead per year must make their releases available to the public, as opposed to the old rule of 25,000 pounds. This decision comes a day after the EPA decided to allow another Clinton-era rule which served to protect wetlands against a loophole in the Clean Water Act.

4) Campus events

“The Physics of Dance” Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
by Ken Laws, Professor Emeritus, Physics and Astronomy Department, Dickinson College
LPAC Frear Ensemble Theatre, 4:30 p.m.

Lecture by Dena Ringold
Trotter 203, 4:30 p.m.

French Movie Night
Kohlberg 115, 7:00 p.m.

Juniors Workshop
Trotter 301, 7:00 p.m.

MST3K Showing: “The Giant Gila Monster”
Trotter 303, 7:00 p.m.

“AIDS, Love and Staying Alive”
by Scott Fried, Leader in AIDS Education, Awareness and Activism
Scheuer Room, 8:00 p.m.

Film: “Song of Exile/Ketu Qiuhen”
Directed by Ann Hui. 1990, Hong Kong/Taiwan, Cantonese with English subtitles
LPAC Cinema, 8:00 p.m.

College Democrats Meeting
Parrish Parlor – East, 8:00 p.m.

Dialogues Discussion Group
Parrish Parlor – West, 9:00 p.m.

Fireside Chat about New Dorm and Location
Kohlberg Commons, 9:30 p.m.

Film Society Screening
DuPont 161, 10:00 p.m.

Folk Song Sing-Along
Parrish Parlor – West, 10:00 p.m.


1) Women’s lacrosse defeats Muhlenberg

The women’s lacrosse team beat Muhlenberg yesterday, 15-10. The Garnet were led by juniors Katie Tarr and Mavis Biss, who scored four goals apiece. Their efforts were aided by the senior trio of Kristen English, Natania Kremer, and Erika Williams, which combined for six goals – two each. The team’s record now stands at 7-5 overall and 2-4 in the Centennial Conference.

2) Softball splits doubleheader with Washington

The softball team took one game of a double-bill with Washington Tuesday, winning the first 5-0 and dropping the second 5-1. Lindsay VanSciver ’03 pitched a complete game shutout with four strikeouts to power the Garnet to victory in the initial contest. In the second game, Stephanie Wotjtkowski ’02 and Pam Lavallee ’03 hit back-to-back doubles to give Swat its only run. The team is now 2-9 in Centennial Conference action and 2-18 overall.

3) Baseball falls to Franklin & Marshall

The baseball team was defeated by F&M in Lancaster, PA yesterday, 12-3. Scott Kushner ’02 provided the Garnet with a spark in the fifth inning when he launched a three-run dinger, but it was not enough to overcome the Diplomat’s potent offense. As a result, the team falls to 2-16 overall and 1-11 in the Centennial Conference.

4) World sports roundup

Curtis Brown scored 6:13 into overtime last night to give the Sabres a 4-3 victory over the Flyers and a 3-1 edge in their first round playoff series. Meanwhile, top-seeded New Jersey crushed Carolina 4-0 behind Martin Brodeur’s second straight shutout to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.

The San Diego Chargers have opened contract negotiations with Michael Vick’s agent, indicating that they are likely to select Vick with their #1 pick in Saturday’s NFL draft. Vick is a former star quarterback for Virginia Tech, who draft experts have been predicting will go first since he announced he was leaving college.

Detroit Red Wings center Steve Yzerman will be unable to play in his team’s playoff contest against Los Angeles tonight after doctors reported that he has a fractured ankle and a broken finger. Yzerman’s injury was initially believed to be only a sprained ankle. Additionally, left wing Brendan Shanahan will continue to be out, suffering from a fractured left foot he received in Game 1 of the series.

5) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Men’s lacrosse at Washington, 3:30 p.m.
Women’s tennis at Haverford, 3:30 p.m.


Baseball hosts Washington & Lee, 3:30 p.m.
Women’s lacrosse hosts Western Maryland, 4:00 p.m.


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