Friday, February 15, 2002

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Friday, February 15, 2002
Volume 6, Number 80

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1) Organizing gossip: Student Council plans
course evaluation book

2) Gounot wins SC election

3) Culture Corner: Henry Lewis

4) Weekend roundup

5) PACES menu for next week

6) World news roundup

7) Campus events


1) World sports roundup

2) This weekend’s contests


Today: Mostly cloudy. High near 52.
I’m guessing everyone has heard about that huge figure skating
with the Russian and Canadian pairs.

Tonight: Continuing cloudiness. Low around 39.
Well, I’ve thought of a way to settle it that will satisfy
including the skeptics who think skating “isn’t a real

Saturday: Overcast. High around 50.
Sudden death overtime: both teams skate around the rink and
do jumps and
spins and other tricks until one keels over from exhaustion.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and windy. High around 44.
Oh come on, like you wouldn’t pay good money to see that.


Lunch: Fried shrimp, French fries, stuffed cabbage, broccoli,
casserole, vegetable blend, corn, hoagie bar

Dinner: Meat lasagna, garlic breadsticks, vegetarian lasagna,
curried green
beans and seitan, Italian green beans, baby lima beans, Caesar


1) Organizing gossip: Student Council plans
course evaluation book

by Chiara Ricciardone
Gazette News Reporter

Each time a new semester looms, a new kind of gossip flourishes:
in the
search for an easy natural science PDC or a stimulating philosophy
students exchange their opinions of and experiences in various
Now, a Student Council committee is seeking to make these
official. At the end of this semester, all Swatties will receive
course evaluation forms in their mailboxes, asking them to
rate five
aspects of each class they took the previous semester on a
scale of 1 to 5.

Committee member Chirag Chotalia ’04 explained, “We
just want to organize
and quantify what already goes on.”

A tentative list of questions includes the difficulty of
the course, the
accessibility of the professor, and the quality of the readings,
and discussion. Over the summer, student workers will compile
the data in a
book, which will be accessible at McCabe and through the RAs.

Student Council hopes to get funding for publication from
the Forum for
Free Press and plans to ask the college to pay the student
workers who
would assemble the book. A bigger concern is student response
to the project.

“Participation is the key,” said Anna Morgan ’04.
If not enough students
return their forms, the class statistics will be skewed and
the council
will have to reevaluate the utility of publishing them.

While most council members agree that the book is a great
idea, they differ
on what kinds of information they want to publish. A minority
students to record their grade or expected grade in the course,
so that
students thinking about grad school or those with a heavy
load of courses
and extracurriculars can know what they’re getting into.

“Basically, it’s about a student’s right to information,”
said Chotalia,
who is in favor of the idea. Other members, however, believe
that this will
encourage students to take a class because it is “an
easy A.”

Council members’ enthusiasm for the project is high, and
they have made the
book a priority because it is an attainable goal with tangible
benefits. Suggestions and opinions are welcomed by Chirag
Chotalia ’04,
Liane Rice ’03, Anna Morgan ’04, or as always, on the SAC
bulletin board.


2) Gounot wins SC election

With 184 votes, Emmanuelle Gounot ’04 won the election yesterday
for the
Secretary/Treasurer position on Student Council. Gounot’s
campaign ideas
include placing computers in Parrish Parlors and a second
computer in the
Kohlberg Lounge, keeping Sharples open until 7:30 p.m. every
day and the
mail room from 11:00-2:00 on Saturdays, and increasing the
bag lunch
program to include Mondays and Fridays. She previously served
as secretary
of the International Club and is also a current member of
SAC and the
Admissions committee.

The final vote count was as follows:

Neil Cavanaugh – 98
Ixel Cervera – 88
Emmanuelle Gounot – 184*
Erik Munroe – 64
Anjani Reddy – 73
Elizabeth Singreen – 42
No Preference – 32
None of the Above – 19
Write-in – 3

Total Votes – 603
Margin of Error – 22


3) Culture Corner: Henry Lewis

by Shavaugn Lewis
Gazette Sportswriter

February 15, 1968: Henry Lewis becomes the first black to
head a major

Henry Lewis learned to play the piano at the age of five.
thereafter, he learned to play the clarinet and several string
At the age of 16, he became the first African-American instrumentalist
in a
major orchestra when he joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
He was a
double-bassist there for five years. In 1955, he joined the
U.S. Armed
Forces and played in and conducted the Seventh Army Symphony.
In 1961, he
received recognition for his outstanding conducting skills
and assisted
Zubin Meta in conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic until
1965. Lewis
finally had an orchestra of his own in 1968, when he took
over the New
Jersey Symphony and transformed it from an ensemble to a major
Under Lewis, the orchestra gained national recognition and
performed in
outreach programs in local communities.


4) Weekend roundup

by Sanggee Kim
Gazette News Reporter’s Valentine’s Day weekend and people around on campus
are definitely
getting all sentimental and hooking up left and right. Here
are some
highlights of the upcoming weekend.

Continuous events:

“Vagina Monologues.” Eve Ensler wrote the Vagina
Monologues to celebrate
VDay, a movement that attempts to stop violence against women
and girls.
The production is being performed this weekend on Friday and
Saturday at
Olde Club in the afternoon and Lang Music Hall in the evening.
Shin Kim
’04, who attended Thursday night’s opening, said, “The
Vagina Monologues
rocked.Every character had a powerful story to tell and every
actor had an
amazing way of telling it.[It] was a fabulous way to celebrate
being a
woman and being strong.”

As reported in yesterday’s issue, Haverford College will
play host to a
conference on global responsibility this weekend. Dr. Jane
Goodall, the
famous primate researcher and conservationist, will speaking
at the event
entitled, “Global Responsibility: A Reason For Hope.”
The event seeks to
examine issues facing the world in the 21st century and “to
enhance our
sense of global responsibility, increase awareness of programs
global problems, inspire activism, and enable us to more adequately

integrate our personal values in understanding global challenges.”
register for the event, visit the conference’s website


Check it out! It’s just before screw, and you could land
the guy you
always really wanted instead of letting your roommate monopolize
the whole
scene, or you could simply go with the significant other you
already have.
The Valentine’s Day Formal, sponsored by the International
Club, will take
place in Upper Tarble from 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. There will
also be a
pre-formal party in Paces, sponsored by Flux, from 9:00-12:00.

Club Seduction at Bryn Mawr College’s Campus Center. Hosted
by SOCO, this
is a dance party featuring live DJ’s, free glow wear, chocolates,
from sexy stores, and more.


The University of Pennsylvania Museum presents “A Family
Festival of Fun:
13th Annual Celebration of African Cultures,” with special
programs of
children’s arts and crafts, dance lessons and storytelling,
music and
performances from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free with Museum
donation. For more information, call (215) 898-4890.

International Folk Dancing in the Troy Dance Studio (downstairs
of LPAC)
from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., sponsored by the Folk Dance Club.
It’s primarily a
Balkan Dance Workshop, but it will be lots of fun, and no
experience is
necessary. No partner is necessary either, so if you still
don’t have a
special someone for this weekend, go and dance! Email rfichte1
or call
x5620 for more info.

Straight from Dan Fairchild, president of SWIL: “The
Third Annual SWIL Root
Beer Keg Party will be held in Paces from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00
a.m. on
Saturday night.’We hope to thoroughly obfuscate the anti-heretical

tendencies of the primeval fundament.God damn the Smurfs!’
Cocktail squid
will be provided. No herring were harmed in the making of
this party.” The
theme is Dadaism, so anything goes.

Phi Psi Party at the house from 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. The
theme is “Heaven
and Hell,” so get dressed in your best red, or maybe
go in all white, and
you’ll be one lucky angel. Josh Farber, a brother, quotes,
“Angels and
Devils, get down to the sounds of DJ Wham…See you in hell!”


Come hear your fellow peers perform in Soul Shack with food,
music, and
dancing in the BCC at 6:00 p.m.


5) PACES menu for next week

Risotto with Asparagus Tips
Garden Delight

Budapest Vegetable Soup
Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Dill
Lemon Tahini Salad
“Not Pasta Bar” Pasta

Sunday: Halva with Sweet Lemon and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
of Doom

Monday: Chocolate Truffle Cake with Raspberry Sauce and Banana
Walnut Upside
Down Cake

Tuesday: Orange glazed Cheesecake with ginger crust and Chocolate
Cake with Orange Caramel Sauce

Wednesday: Mocha Mousse Cheesecake and Butter Toffee Bars


6) World news roundup

* At a hearing in Pakistan yesterday, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh,
the primary
suspect in the kidnapping of U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl, said
that he
believed Pearl was already dead. His statement was dismissed
by the
Pakistani government, the Wall Street Journal, and investigators
who claim
to have encouraging evidence that the reporter is still alive.
Sheikh Omar
also confessed to the kidnapping charges when questioned by
the judge, but
the confession is also doubted by many as a publicity stunt,
as it directly
contradicts his statements after his arrest last Tuesday,
when he claimed
that Pearl was alive.

* According to Sherron Watkins, the internal whistle-blower
at Enron
Corporation, former chairman Kenneth Lay was tricked and intimidated
by top
officers at the company as Enron’s financial crisis worsened.
testified to a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee yesterday
that former
Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling, former Chief Financial Officer
Fastow, auditor Andersen, and law firm Vinson & Elkins
all contributed to
duping Lay about the realities of the company’s situation.
Lay refused
testimony before a Senate committee last Tuesday and will
not testify
before the House Financial Services Committee as scheduled,
choosing to
exercise his right against self-incrimination.

* Scientists at Texas A&M University have successfully
produced a clone of
a housecat: a two-month-old kitten named “cc” (carbon
copy). The project
was sponsored by the website Genetic Savings and Clone, which
hopes to help
people clone their favorite pets. The Humane Society is protesting
company’s grant, citing the millions of homeless and abandoned
pets already
overcrowding animal shelters and condemning the lack of a
social purpose,” such as medical research, behind the
experiments. Genetics
Savings and Clone countered by pointing out that the company
pays spay
clinics for the eggs used in the research, thus enabling the
clinics to
spay more cats and help prevent an over-abundance of stray
kittens. The
company is also promising eventually to clone endangered species.


7) Campus events

Washington Internship Program information session
Bond Memorial Hall, 1:00 p.m.

“Story of Self Determination and Liberation,” Black
History Month presentation
Onawumi Jean Moss, Associate Dean of Students, Amherst College
Black Cultural Center, 2:30 p.m.

Peace Corps information session
Bond Memorial Hall, 3:00 p.m.

Lecture by MLL Candidate Gabriela Carrion
Kohlberg 330, 4:15 p.m.

Shabbat services and dinner
Bond Memorial Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Anime Club showing
Kohlberg 330, 7:00 p.m.

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

Film: “In the Mood for Love”
LPAC Cinema, 7:30 and 10:00 p.m.

Black History Month Movie Night: “Malcolm X”
Black Cultural Center, 8:00 p.m.

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

“Vagina Monologues”
Lang Concert Hall, 8:00 p.m.

Valentine Formal
Upper Tarble, 10:00 p.m.

Vagina Monologues
Olde Club, 2:00 p.m.

International Folk Dancing
Troy Dance Studio, 3:00 p.m.

Swarthmore Young Friends meeting for worship
Bond Common Worship Room, 4:30 p.m.

Film: “Casablanca”
LPAC Cinema, 7:30 and 10:00 p.m.

Vagina Monologues
Lang Concert Hall, 8:00 p.m.

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

Vagina Monologues
Olde Club, 2:00 p..m.

Protestant Worship
Bond 2nd floor, 4:00 p.m.

Soul Shack
Black Cultural Center, 6:00 p.m.

Higher Ground meeting
Kohlberg 115, 9:00 p.m.



1) World sports roundup

* Olympics Update: Alexei Yagudin of Russia won the gold
medal in the men’s
figure skating final, receiving a record four perfect 6.0
scores in
presentation. Yagudin’s teammate and arch-rival, Evgeni Plushenko,
won the
silver, while the bronze went to American Tim Goebel, the
first American
man to medal since 1992 and the first skater from any nation
to execute
three quadruple jumps in Olympic competition.In other action,
flagbearer Catriona Le May Doan won her second consecutive
Olympic gold
medal in women’s speed skating after winning last night’s
500-meter race.
Germans Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt and Sabine Volker took the
silver and
bronze, respectively. The win brings Le May Doan just one
win shy of the
record three consecutive golds earned in that event by American
Blair in 1988, 1992, and 1994. Le May Doan, 31, plans to retire
skating after next year and will not challenge Blair’s record.Janica

Kostelic became the first Croatian ever to medal in a Winter
Olympics when
she won the women’s combined skiing event. Renate Goetschl
of Austria
followed in second place, and Martina Ertl of Germany finished
American Lindsey Kildo, a 17-year-old from Vale, Colorado,
finished sixth
in the event in her Olympic debut.

* Defending Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip and two-time
winner and current Winston Cup-holder Jeff Gordon both won
their 125-mile
qualifying races in Daytona Beach, Florida to claim starting
spots in the
second row of the 43-car field for Sunday’s Daytona 500. Waltrip
and Gordon
will take their places behind Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick,
who won
first-row positions during first round qualifiers last Saturday.
Gordon won
his race easily after prevailing in a battle of Chevrolets
over the last
several laps with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who took second place
in last year’s
Daytona 500. Waltrip’s qualifier was much more difficult,
with a great deal
of crowding and passing before he was able to edge Tony Stewart
by one car
length. Shawna Robinson was involved in a crash, finishing
24th in her
race, but due to her performance in last Saturday’s time trials,
she earned
the 36th position in Sunday’s race. Robinson is only the second
woman to
participate in the Daytona 500 since Janet Guthrie raced it
in 1980.

* Just 102 days after Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling faced
off against
each other in Game 7 of the World Series, both men reported
to training
camps in Tampa, Florida and Tucson, Arizona, respectively,
as pitchers and
catchers for many baseball teams began spring training activities.
teams have opened camp already, with the rest scheduled to
do so within the
next week. Despite the controversial attempts of the MLB owners
eliminate the Montreal Expos and Minnesota Twins from the
league, both
teams are commencing training as usual this year, with Montreal’s
opening today and the Twins’ starting training on Sunday.
Exhibition games
between the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues are set to begin
on February 27,
and the regular season will get underway on March 31.


2) This weekend’s contests

There are no contests scheduled for today.

Men’s tennis versus Temple, 11:00 a.m.
Indoor track and field at Haverford, 11:00 a.m.
Men’s basketball alumni game, 11:30 a.m.
Women’s basketball versus Haverford, 2:00 p.m.
Men’s basketball versus Haverford, 4:00 p.m.

Badminton hosts NE Collegiate Tournament, 8:00 a.m.



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a dead cat.”
–Ambrose Bierce

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