Tuesday, May 1, 2001

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Tuesday, May 1, 2001
Volume 5, Number 128


1) Bock staying at Swarthmore
2) World news roundup
3) Campus events


1) World sports roundup


Today: A mix of sun and clouds. High 82.
It seems awfully ominous that today is May 1st.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 60.
With the specter of finals looming overhead, you can almost see all the over-worked students crashing to the ground, shouting:

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 80s.
“Mayday! Mayday!”


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) Bock staying at Swarthmore

When the Search Committee for the new Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid announced its two finalists for the position last week, this year’s Interim Director of Admissions Jim Bock ’90 was not one of them.

After serving six years as the second-in-command Director of Admissions, four under Robin Mamlet, he filled in when Mamlet left for Stanford in September. When the committee conducted its national search for a permanent replacement this year, he put his name in the pool, but wasn’t offered the job. Instead, the committe chose Nancy Cable and Janet Rapelye, Deans of Admissions at Davidson and Wellesley, respectively.

“I absolutely trust the committee’s judgment,” Bock said. “The two finalists have more experience in admissions than I have years on this planet.”

Despite not being offered the job, Bock will stay at Swarthmore, taking back his old job as Director under the new Dean. Bock sees the move as a win-win situation for the college.

“This way, they gain the experience of Nancy or Janet, and they don’t lose me,” he said.

Earlier this year, Bock found himself at the center of the controversy surrounding the athletic cuts in December. While other members of the administration were criticized for their handling of the sensitive situation, Bock was praised by many students for his honesty and frankness.

“It was a tough situation for everybody,” Bock said.

Since Bock wasn’t named a finalist for the position, he is able to be a part of the interview and selection process.

“I would have been frustrated to not be a part of the process,” Bock said. “I’m glad I wasn’t a finalist just for show. It’s not about ego – I’m all about what’s good for Swarthmore,” he added.

Despite the extra time and effort that the job entailed this year, Bock says he enjoyed it thoroughly and “never felt unsupported.”

He also didn’t rule out a change of address if the right offer came along, but said he’s staying put next year.

“There’s a very short list of schools that I’d consider working for, but obviously I’d like to stay at my alma mater,” Bock said, “I wouldn’t go anywhere now – I’m looking forward to working with whoever the committee chooses.”

– Jeff Heckelman

Thursday, April 26, 2001: “Dean of Admissions finalists named” http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/org/daily/archive/spring_2001/20010426.html#admissions

2) World news roundup

President Bush will announce his plan for a US missile defense shield today, hoping to ease international and domestic antagonisms towards the system. Many foreign states, most notably China and Russia, have decried missile defense, saying that they will stockpile further nuclear arsenals to overcome the neutralizing effect of such a shield. Bush has countered these arguments previously by claiming that the system is aimed only at terrorists or rogue states with limited nuclear capabilities. Also, there is much concern at home that the plan is infeasible, given that the US has spent roughly $50 billion on developing shield technologies since 1985 with little success.

The U.S. State Department released its annual report on global terrorism yesterday, with Afghanistan and Iran leading the list of terrorist states. Afghanistan and its Taliban leadership were accused of harboring many violent terrorists, including Osama bin Laden, while Iran’s fundamentalist regime is thought to be supportive of a number of Islamic terror groups, from Hamas to the Hezbollah. Meanwhile, Jordan was praised for fighting terrorist actions and aiding the US in its investigation of bombings in the Middle East.

Vice President Dick Cheney described his vision for a national energy plan Monday. Cheney called for increased oil drilling, more natural gas pipelines, cleaner-coal technology, and the creation of new nuclear power plants in looking to address the nation’s energy needs over the coming years. Meanwhile, he lableled price controls, using the country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve, alternative energy sources, and conservation efforts as ineffective solutions to the question.

3) Campus events

2000 Scheuer Summer Environmental Fellowship Lecture by Elisabeth Goldsmith and Environmental Studies Fellowship Lecture by Allegra Gordon
Kirby Lecture Hall, 2:30 p.m.

Film: “The Portrait of a Lady”
LPAC Cinema, 7:00 p.m.

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


1) World sports roundup

The Buffalo Sabres defeated the the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 last night, though they still trail the Pens in the playoff series 2-1. Jason Wooley notched a goal and an assist for the Sabres and Dominik Hasek made 19 saves between the pipes.

The semi-finals of this season’s UEFA Champions League soccer tournament will begin today with the holders and eight-times European champions Real Madrid CF meeting the 1999 runners-up and three-times winners FC Bayern München. In the other semi-final, last season’s runners-up Valencia CF will meet Leeds United AFC.

San Antonio closed out the Timberwolves in their first round playoff series with a 97-84 win Monday evening. The twin towers of Tim Duncan and David Robinson led the Spurs as usual, with 24 points and 16 boards, and 21 points and 14 rebounds, respectively.

New York Knicks center Marcus Camby announced yesterday that he would likely return to the Knicks lineup for Wednesday’s playoff game against the Raptors after missing the last contest. Camby’s mother and two sisters were held hostage in their home last week.


“Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.” – Cecil B. DeMille


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