Wednesday, February 13, 2002

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Wednesday, February 13, 2002
Volume 6, Number 78

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Photo of the day:


1) New Dean of Multicultural Affairs reaches
out to students

2) Culture Corner: On this date in black history

3) World news roundup

4) Campus events


1) Badminton sweeps away Albright

2) World sports roundup

3) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests


Today: Sunny with clouds late. High around 39.
Dorm life has completely destroyed my inhibitions.

Tonight: Starlight skies. Low around 20.
For example, my R.A., Mike, constantly walks around shirtless.

Tomorrow: Abundant sunshine. High around 43.
I’m hoping he’ll be around this weekend when my friend from
Wellesley visits.


Lunch: Turkey meatloaf with mushroom gravy, steamed rice,
vegetable lo
mein, spinach souffle, succotash, cut green beans, Asian bar

Dinner: Fresh fish, scalloped potatoes, Cajun black beans,
pasta and sauce,
broccoli, mixed vegetables, pasta bar


1) New Dean of Multicultural Affairs reaches
out to students

by Shavaugn Lewis
Gazette Sportswriter

Dr. Darryl Smaw says that he is settling in nicely as Swarthmore’s
new Dean
of Multicultural Affairs. Though he has been here for only
eight days,
several students have dropped by his office on Parrish first
to meet him.

Some of the students drop by to tell him that they are “satisfied
that the
position [of MC Dean] has been filled,” Smaw said, while
others just want
to say hi and meet a new face on campus. Either way, with
the help of
friendly Swatties and his trusty student-drawn map to get
around, Smaw has
been having a “wonderful time.”

As Smaw becomes more familiar with the campus and the various
groups on
campus, he would like to implement programs and host workshops
that address
the needs of Swarthmore’s diverse community.

“You don’t have a workshop just to have one,” he
said, explaining that
workshops should “grow from needs discovered on campus.”

To uncover some of these needs, Smaw will be meeting with
all of
Swarthmore’s support groups. He attended an ADVICE meeting
last week and
has met with the Interfaith Interns. He hopes to meet with
the other groups
by the end of this semester, or next semester as the latest.

Many of Swarthmore’s students are excited to have a multicultural
dean, but
when asked what they would like to see from Smaw, many could
not answer
because they did not know the expectations of his position.
According to
Smaw, “general responsibilities [of the MC Dean] include
working with
directors of the cultural centers as well as international
Karen Henry on gender issues.”

Smaw is also an “academic advisor to students”
and will help coordinate
programs such as the Tri-Co Summer Institute and the Winter
which he had experience running as a grad school student.
In addition to
these programs, he would like to implement programs specific
to the needs
of cultural groups on campus, “addressing unresolved
issues and building on
the positives aspects.”

The ultimate goal of the position is the formation of a five-year
plan to
improve “how we live and learn, approach diversity issues
on campus.and
enhance the educational journey of all students,” said
Smaw, emphasizing
that he is here for all students and does not want any students
to feel
that he is not concerned about them. Everyone must “learn
to live in a
positive state of tension as we build a live-learn community,”
he said.

Smaw admitted that he “cannot do this alone,” but
he does not see himself
doing so. He feels that students, support groups, administrators,
faculty will all be instrumental in developing this live-learn

“This is a time to take risks,” Smaw explained,
and he is confident that
Swarthmore is ready.


2) Culture Corner: On this date in black

by Shavaugn Lewis
Gazette Sportswriter

On February 13.

1970: Joseph L. Searles becomes first Black member of the
New York Stock
1920: Andrew “Rube” Foster organizes The Negro Baseball
League, the first
Black baseball league.
1923: The Renaissance, the first Black pro basketball team,
is organized.


3) World news roundup

* Pakistani police yesterday arrested Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh,
28-year-old British-born man with ties to Pakistani terrorist
groups and a
key suspect in the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter
Daniel Pearl.
Upon his arrest, Sheikh admitted to knowledge of Pearl’s kidnapping
said that the journalist was still alive and was being held
in Karachi, the
city where he disappeared on January 23. Sheikh had been imprisoned
five years for his role in the 1994 kidnapping of three British
and one American tourist in India, but he was freed in exchange
for the
safe release of 155 passengers on a hijacked India Air flight.
enforcement officials said that Sheikh had been eluding them
since being
identified as a suspect in Pearl’s kidnapping earlier in February,
until a
series of arrests in Islamabad and Karachi on Monday night
information that led to his capture.

* A Lockheed MC-130P Combat Shadow flying a refueling mission
in a remote
region of Afghanistan for the U.S. Air Force crashed early
this morning.
U.S. military officials have reported that enemy fire was
not a factor in
the crash and that all eight crew members survived with only
injuries. The Combat Shadow is a turbo prop aircraft designed
to refuel
helicopters involved in special operations missions, and it
typically flies
without external lights or communication in order to avoid
detection. This
may present problems for the recovery effort. No details have
yet been
released about the precise location of the crash or the nature
of the
operation in which the plane was involved.

* At Fairfield University in Connecticut, recent graduate
Patrick Arbelo
took 23 students and a teacher hostage this afternoon during
a religious
studies class. Claiming he was armed with a bomb, Arbelo held
the captives
in a classroom for seven hours. He released the hostages in
small groups,
with the last student freed at 10:10 p.m. and Arbelo giving
himself up at
11:00. According to Fairfield police, the suspect had made
demands but the
specifics were not revealed.

* It seems that hairy feet and pointy ears have caught on:
at the 74th
annual Academy Award nominations this morning, Peter Jackson’s
epic, “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
nabbed 13
nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Supporting
Actor (Ian
McKellen), and many of the technical awards. The 13 nods are
second only to
the 14 received by “All About Eve” in 1950 and “Titanic”
in 1997. In second
place with eight nominations apiece were “A Beautiful
Mind” and “Moulin
Rouge,” including Best Picture nods for both. The remaining
two slots in
the category were claimed by “In the Bedroom,” a
drama centering around a
family trauma, and “Gosford Park,” a murder mystery
set in 1930’s England.


4) Campus events

Ash Wednesday mass
Bond Memorial Hall, 12:30 p.m.

“Broken Language: Poverty in Rilke’s Book of Hours”
MLL German Candidate Patrick Greaney
Kohlberg 330, 4:15 p.m.

“Explorations in Mental Control: Regulating Thoughts,
Emotions, and Behaviors”
Faculty Lecture, Andrew Ward
Scheuer Room, 4:15 p.m.

Film: “Cancel the Debt Now!” followed by Debt Relief
Discussion with Mara
LPAC Cinema, 4:30 p.m.

Rhodes/Marshall Scholarship workshop
Kohlberg 202, 7:00 p.m.

MST3K Showing: The Day the Earth Froze/Here Comes the Circus
Trotter 203, 7:00 p.m.

“How Basic Science Leads to New Treatments for Cancer”
Dr. Ira Pastan, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National
Cancer Institute
Kirby Lecture Hall, 8:00 p.m.

College Democrats meeting
Parrish Parlors East, 8:00 p.m.

Fireside Chat: Land Use Planning Committee
Kohlberg Lounge, 9:30 p.m.

Film Society film screening
Kirby Lecture Hall, 10:00 p.m.



1) Badminton sweeps away Albright

Taking on Albright last night, the badminton team soundly
defeated their
opponents, 5-0.Karen Lange ’02 led the way with a tough three-set
win at
first singles, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9.Surbhi Gupta ’04 and Olga
Rostapshova ’02
also were victorious in their solo matches.On the doubles
side, sophomores
Liz Leininger ’04 and Wury Morris ’04 cruised in their first
contest, taking the match 15-1, 15-4.Eve Gilman ’02 and America
’05 then defeated their second doubles opponents to complete
the sweep.The
team will next be in action this evening at Haverford.


2) World sports roundup

* Olympics Update: The U.S. won gold in men’s speed skating
for the first
time in 22 years when Wisconsin native Casey FitzRandolph
edged out
defending gold medallist and world record holder Hiroyasu
Shimizu of Japan
in the 500-meter. American Kip Carpenter finished third in
that race.In the
women’s downhill, the surprise winner Carole Montillet became
the first
French woman to win a gold medal in downhill skiing. Isolde
Kostner of
Italy took the silver and Renate Goetschl of Austria won the
30-year-old American Picabo Street finished a disappointing
16th in this
last race of her Olympic career, but she told a crowd of enthusiastic

supporters after the race that she had no regrets and was
happy to be
retiring.Another Olympic favorite, Jonny Moseley, finished
off the podium
in the men’s moguls, though teammate Travis Mayer claimed
the silver. Janne
Lahtela of Finland won the gold and Richard Gay of France,
bronze.The U.S.
women’s hockey team, which includes three teenagers and six
Olympians, won their first contest of the Games, defeating
Germany 10-0.
Finland’s team also recorded a shutout in its first game,
blanking China
4-0 despite Hong Guo’s 54 saves.At the end of Tuesday’s action,
the U.S.
led the medal totals with nine, followed by Austria with seven
and Germany
and Norway tied with six each.

* In other Olympics news, the controversial gold medal awarded
to Russian
figure skater pair Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze over the Canadians
Sale and
Pelletier is currently under investigation by the International
Union. The investigation will determine whether any ISU rules
conditions were violated in the judging of Monday’s event.
Block judging,
which has been known to occur in the highly political sport,
may have taken
place that night, with Russia, China, Poland, Ukraine and
France all
supporting the Russians, while the U.S., Canada, Germany and
Japan thought
the Canadians should have won. The French judge in particular
has come
under fire from accusations that she voted for Berezhnaya
and Sikharulidze
in exchange for a gold medal-vote from Russia for the French
ice dancing
team of Anissina and Peizerat, competing later in the week.

* Led by Kobe Bryant’s 23 points, 11 rebounds, and career-high
15 assists,
the Los Angeles Lakers defeated Michael Jordan and the Washington
103-94 yesterday and put an end to Washington’s five-game
winning streak.
The game marked the first time that Phil Jackson, now the
Lakers’ coach,
faced Jordan as an opponent. As coach of the Chicago Bulls,
Jackson led
that team to six NBA championships over eight years with Jordan
as his star
player before both men left the team in 1998. Bryant’s strong
the third triple-double game of his career, helped the Lakers
to prevail in
spite of being without Shaquille O’Neal, who was sidelined
due to pain in
his arthritic big toe. O’Neal also missed the NBA All-Star
Game because of
the problem, but he says that he will be back on the court
next Tuesday
when the Lakers play the Boston Celtics.


3) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Swimming at Washington, 6:30 p.m.
Women’s basketball at Muhlenberg, 7:00 p.m.
Men’s basketball hosts Muhlenberg, 7:30 p.m.
Badminton at Haverford, 7:30 p.m.

There are no contests scheduled for tomorrow.



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