Friday, January 25, 2002

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Friday, January 25, 2002
Volume 6, Number 65

Our new email address: daily@swarthmore.edu
Photo of the day: http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/org/daily/fall/photo.html

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) World news roundup

2) Campus events

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) Badminton starts season with a sweep

2) World sports roundup

3) This weekend’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today: Partly cloudy. High near 46.
Just think, there are only 13 weeks of classes left to go.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low around 34.
That’s only 131,040 minutes.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High around 51.
You could make 32,760 bowls of Easy Mac in that time.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High around 52.
And by the time you woke up from your sodium-induced coma,
finals might be
just about over as well.

TODAY’S SHARPLES MENU

Lunch: Beef with broccoli, jasmine rice, three bean casserole,
eggplant
creole, veggie blend, fortune cookies, wrap bar

Dinner: Chicken picante, rice pilaf, tabouleh, baby carrots,
peas, pizza bar

NEWS REPORT

1) World news roundup

* David Duncan, a senior partner at auditing firm Arthur
Andersen who was
fired earlier this month for his involvement in Enron’s collapse,
refused
to answer congressional questioners during a committee hearing
Thursday on
the failed energy firm. Under the advice of his lawyer, Duncan
exercised
his constitutional right not to incriminate himself, frustrating
the
congressmen on the first day of their investigation. However,
some of the
legislators looked beyond Duncan and suggested that higher
up Andersen
employees were using the discharged auditor as a scapegoat
to cover their
own knowledge of Enron’s troubles prior to the company’s bankruptcy.

* John Walker Lindh was in an Alexandria, Virginia District
Court yesterday
to face charges in connection with his involvement in the
war in
Afghanistan. Lindh, with his hair and beard shaved, was read
his rights and
accused of conspiring to kill Americans and of supporting
Osama bin Laden’s
al Qaeda terrorism ring. His parents have maintained that
Lindh “loves
America” and would never do anything to harm his country.
Magistrate Judge
W. Curtis Sewell has scheduled preliminary hearings in the
case for Feb. 6th.

* U.S. troops engaged remaining Taliban guerillas 60 miles
north of
Kandahar Thursday, killing as many as 15 and capturing 27.
Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the press that American military
involvement
would continue in Afghanistan so long as supporters of the
fallen regime
and members of the al Qaeda network remained hidden in the
country. An
American soldier sustained an ankle injury during the attack
and was evacuated.

*****

2) Campus events

Today:

“Cabaret” singing auditions
Lang Concert Hall, 3:00 p.m.

Shabbat Services and Dinner
Bond Memorial Hall, 5:30 p.m.

“Cabaret” dance auditions
Upper Tarble, 7:00 p.m.

“Cabaret” acting auditions
LPAC 301, 7:00 p.m.

Swarthmore Christian Fellowship Meeting
Kohlberg 115, 7:30 p.m.

“Moulin Rouge”
LPAC Cinema, 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

International Club movie night
Kohlberg 116, 8:00 p.m.

Rugby party
Paces, 10:00 p.m.

Saturday:

Anime Club showing
Kohlberg 115, 7:00 p.m.

“Legally Blond”
LPAC Cinema, 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Russian Club party
Paces, 10:00 p.m.

Sunday:

Celebration of Mass
Bond Memorial Hall, 11:00 a.m.

“Euphorbias: Probably the Best Garden Plants in the
World”
by Timothy Walker, University of Oxford Botanic Garden
LPAC Cinema, 2:00 p.m.

WSRN interest meeting
Upper Tarble, 9:00 p.m.

*****

SPORTS UPDATE

1) Badminton starts season with a sweep

by Jeremy Schifeling
Sports Editor

With birdies flying gracefully through the air, dancing in
time to the
rhythmic thwacks of tightly-strung rackets, the badminton
team inaugurated
the 2002 season last night by defeating Haverford 5-0.

Having spent much of the fall preparing for its winter schedule,
the squad
came out fresh and ready for action. Veteran player Karen
Lange ’02 led the
team at first singles, winning her match 11-2, 11-6. Surbhi
Gupta ’04 and
Olga Rostapshova ’02 also were straight-set victors, taking
their solo
matches 13-12, 11-4 and 11-5, 11-0 respectively.

In doubles action, the first doubles team of Liz Leininger
’04 and Wury
Morris ’04 were dominant, defeating their opponents 15-2,
15-1. Laurel
Beesemyer ’04 and Eve Gilman ’02 followed that match with
a fine
performance of their own, recovering from a first set loss
to win the
contest in convincing fashion, 7-15, 15-2, 15-9.

The splendid opening night performance bodes well for a team
that is
looking to do big things this season. “We hope to defend
our PAIAW
Championship this year after going 8-0 in the Conference last
season,” said
Morris of the outlook for the young 2002 campaign.

With the Conference Tournament scheduled for next Saturday
(Feb. 2nd), this
team is well on its way to making that a successful campaign
indeed.

*****

2) World sports roundup

* The stage is nearly set for the finals of the Australian
Open. Thomas
Johansson of Sweden defeated Jiri Novak 7-6, 0-6, 4-6, 6-3,
6-4 in
yesterday’s semifinal to advance to the championship match
on Sunday.
There, Johansson will face the winner of today’s semifinal
between Tommy
Haas and Marat Safin. The women’s final takes place tomorrow.
Jennifer
Capriati, who advanced over Kim Clijsters 7-5, 3-6, 6-1, will
face Martina
Hingis, who defeated Monica Seles 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the semifinal
rounds.
Hingis also won the women’s doubles title with Anna Kournikova.
It is the
team’s fourth Australian Open title and ninth Grand Slam victory.

* Michael Jordan scored 40 points to help the Washington
Wizards defeat the
Cleveland Cavaliers 94-85 last night. Chris Whitney contributed
15 points,
and Popeye Jones added 9 points and 8 rebounds. Wesley Person
led the
Cavaliers with 19 points. It was the Cavaliers’ 11th straight
loss, their
first such streak since the 1990-91 season.

* Ted Williams was hospitalized again yesterday as a precaution
for his
high temperature and low blood pressure. The 83-year-old baseball
legend
had open-heart surgery last January and has been plagued with
health
problems in recent years. Williams received fluids and antibiotics
in the
intensive care unit and is said to be recovering well. He
may return home
as soon as today.

*****

3) This weekend’s contests

Today:

Indoor track and field, Boston University “Terrier Classic”

Saturday:

Indoor track and field, Boston University “Terrier Classic”
Men’s JV basketball hosts Gettysburg, 12:00 p.m.
Men’s tennis at University of Pennsylvania, 1:00 p.m.
Men’s and women’s swimming at Drew, 1:00 p.m.
Men’s basketball hosts Gettysburg, 2:00 p.m.
Women’s basketball hosts Gettysburg, 4:00 p.m.

Sunday:

There are no contests scheduled for Sunday.

*****

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human
stupidity, and I’m
not sure about the former.”
–Albert Einstein

*****
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News Editors: Karla Gilbride
Pei Pei Liu
Sports Editor: Jeremy Schifeling
Photo Editor: Casey Reed

Staff Writers
News Reporters: Evelyn Khoo
Sanggee Kim
Natacha Pascal
Kent Qian
Alexis Reedy
Sports Writers: Shavaugn Lewis
Pat Quinn

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