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The Daily Gazette
Thursday, April 25, 2002
Volume 6, Number 123
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NEWS IN BRIEF
SPORTS IN BRIEF
Today: 80% chance of rain. High near 60.
With housing lotteries now just a memory and registration relegated to the
Tonight: Showers early. Low near 45.
Whatever is there to look forward to these days?
Saturday: Sunny. Highs in the low 60s.
Oh, just a little thing called “EXAMS”…
TODAY’S SHARPLES MENU
Lunch: Maryland crabcakes, lattice-cut fries, polenta marinara, roasted tofu,
cauliflower, puppy bar
Dinner: Fried chicken, candied yams, macaroni and cheese, mashed black beans,
tomatoes, green beans, breakfast bar, ice cream bar
By Jeremy Schifeling
Gazette Section Editor
Late Monday evening, vandals wreaked havoc across the campus, destroying a
lightpole and damaging numerous other College properties.
According to Director of Public Safety Owen Redgrave, the vandalism consisted of
At 10:50 p.m. on Monday night, a patrol officer discovered the first of the
crimes when he
noticed that two of the College’s Daihatsu utility vehicles had been tipped over
the Service Building. Although the vehicles were promptly righted, it was
unclear if any
damage had been inflicted.
At 11:12 p.m., the next vandalism site was found outside of Clothier, where a
been tipped over into some bushes, harming both the tree and the bushes.
Around the same time, a free-standing trash can was discovered after having been
over in the Lang Music Building parking circle. The contents of the can had
about, but the container was undamaged.
Next, at 11:20 p.m., a “No Parking” sign in Parrish West Circle was found to
have bent in
Nine minutes later, a call from a student alerted Public Safety to a lightpost
Walk that had been attacked by the vandals. The light, which was located right
underpass to the train station, had been destroyed.
Finally, Public Safety was informed the following morning by Dining Services
managers that a
rock had been thrown through a top-floor window at Sharples sometime after the
closing the previous night.
Redgrave said that “no witnesses have come forth so far” regarding the crimes.
Additionally, Public Safety has no leads or possible suspects.
However, Redgrave is certain that there were multiple vandals involved since it
least two people to tip over one of the College’s service vehicles.
An additional act of vandalism was discovered on Monday morning when Public
Safety found the
tires slashed on a College vehicle. The incident, which occured over the
weekend, is not
believed to be connected to Monday night’s rampage.
In light of these latest incidents, Redgrave wished to remind students to
Safety immediately if they notice any kind of suspicious activity on campus.
By Karla Gilbride
Gazette Section Editor
This afternoon Morgan Simon ’04, Vice President Paul Aslanian, and four other
representatives living in California will be in San Diego to present a
resolution at the annual shareholder meeting of Lockheed Martin Corp. The
was drafted in November by Swarthmore’s Socially Responsible Investing
Committee, calls for
the defense contractor to extend its antidiscrimination policy to include
bisexual and transgender employees.
Shareholder resolutions recommending changes in company policy can be filed by
individual or institution that has stock in the company. Any such measure
majority of stockholders to vote for it in order for it to be implemented
‘s wishes, but as Simon explained, “that almost never happens, because every
that doesn’t vote is counted as a vote for management.” Although they view it as
unlikely that they can secure a majority vote, Simon and Aslanian are hopeful
that they can
garner 3% shareholder support for their proposal, which is the minimum required
the resolution next year. “Companies don’t like having shareholder resolutions
on the books
because of the media attention that generates,” said Aslanian, “so if we can get
votes to re-file next year, it’s very likely that they’ll decide on their own to
standards to what other defense companies are doing.” At this point, LMC is the
among the nation’s top ten defense contractors which does not explicitly include
to sexual orientation in its antidiscrimination policy.
Although several shareholder resolutions have been filed on the issue of
protection for gay employees over the past several years, including one against
which resulted in a settlement and policy change before the matter ever came to
Swarthmore’s action marks the first time since the mid-1980’s that an individual
filed a shareholder resolution on any subject. At that time, many colleges and
banded together to call upon companies to stop investing in apartheid-era South
these efforts were largely successful. “If nothing else, we hope that by doing
remind people that colleges can file shareholder resolutions,” Simon said. “If
know that now than before we started, then I’d say this has been a success.”
Most of the shareholders who vote on resolutions like Swarthmore’s do so by
proxy or through
the mail rather than attending the annual meeting. Accordingly, a large
component of the
Socially Responsible Investing Committee’s publicity campaign over the past
weeks and months
has involved sending letters to individual investors and other colleges asking
votes. “We wrote to about 200 top investors and 35 or 40 colleges,” Simon said,
“and some of
them have expressed support. We just heard back that Harvard has voted for us.”
to such supportive responses, however, Simon and the college have received
several pieces of
hate mail regarding the resolution. “I’ve received a number of personal letters,
News and Information Office has gotten a few as well,” Simon related. “Most of
quite polite actually; they’re just very concerned about me going to hell.”
Although most of the voting will not actually be done at today’s meeting, Simon
fairly large turnout, mentioning that the hotel and convention center where the
being held is completely booked for the weekend. “These public meetings are
really just a
formality that the SEC requires,” explained Aslanian, “and the script for them
determined ahead of time, but this one should still be quite interesting.” In
noted, “the chairman will have to justify his opposition to our resolution
before the board,
and I’m curious to see how he’s going to do that.” Up to this point, LMC
maintained that an antidiscrimination provision for homosexual workers is not
the company already has in-house policies which provide this protection.
Simon mentioned that following the resolution’s release, the team responsible
it received some criticism for not working more closely with gay employee groups
at LMC in
determining what the resolution’s terms should be. “We do have the support of
group there, which is called GLOBAL, (Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual at Lockheed
been lobbying other employees to vote their shares and writing letters to the
Managers about this issue.” She added that “we know that what they’re most
and most want to see happen is benefits for domestic partners, but that isn’t
could address in our resolution because the SEC has rules stating that you can’t
shareholder resolutions about the day-to-day operations of a company, and
benefits would fall into that category.” She hopes, however, that “updating the
antidiscrimination policy will get a foot in the door by giving those employees
bargaining position, and hopefully the other changes will follow.”
Aslanian, who has not been involved with a shareholder resolution since the
Vietnam War in
the late 1960’s, said that “this was a really easy one because there’s no
economic interests and the social good.” He went on, “We want them to make as
much profit as
possible by hiring the best people, and once they have those people they should
like mad on the basis of good vs. bad engineering, but not on extraneous
which are irrelevant to how they do their jobs.” Aslanian also expressed pride
leadership role taken by Simon and the SRI committee on this issue. “It’s been a
deliberate committee that’s done an awful lot more spadework on this than I
have, and I just
wish that every committee I’ve served on over the years had been as focused and
as this one.” The students on the committee that drafted the November resolution
Nate Wessler ’04, Andy Wong ’02, and Rory Kondrad ’02, and they were joined by
Welsh, the college’s treasurer who supervises the endowment, Sam Hayes, a Board
member and chair of the Investment Committee, and Christopher Niemczewski, who
on the Investment Committee.
Today’s LMC shareholder meeting will be broadcast live on the company’s website
1:30 p.m. To listen to the meeting, including Simon’s presentation of the Swat
* Leaders of the U.S. Roman Catholic Church have proposed a two-track system for
pedophile priests, differentiating between repeat offenders and single instances
The cardinals’ proposal seems likely to encounter protest and criticism from
many people were looking for the direct implementation of a zero tolerance
the Pope called this emergency summons at the Vatican and said at the opening
Tuesday that he would not tolerate pedophile priests, the final statement from
leaders is ambiguous. One proposal calls for “the dismissal from the clerical
state of a
priest who has become notorious and is guilty of the serial, predatory, sexual
minors,” while the other advocates “a special process for cases which are not
where the Diocesan Bishop considers the priest a threat.” A final decision on
will not be made until June.
* The Israeli army is reporting that the Palestinian gunmen involved in a 23-day
the Nativity church in Bethlehem have agreed to release 10 to 15 youngsters
along with two Palestinian corpses. Over 200 others, including priests, monks,
and nuns are
also holed up in the church, as Israeli troops have surrounded the area, seeking
Palestinian militants. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Colin Powell asked Israel
with the U.N. team investigating what took place at the Jenin refugee camp.
Powell said that
so far he has “seen no evidence that would suggest a massacre took place” but
all parties that the facts must be uncovered. Israeli officials, who have
refused to grant
the investigation team entrance to the camp unless the team included military
counter-terrorism experts, are scheduled to meet with U.N. officials today in
New York to
resolve the dispute.
* The Bush administration backed down yesterday from their original airport
overhaul plans and announced that they would rely primarily on less expensive
scanners and bomb detectors at 429 national airports. Originally, the government
estimated that it would need over 2,000 large explosive detection machines
(EDS), which cost
approximately $1 million to manufacture and $1 million to install each. The
Department has since reduced that figure to 1,100 EDS, while simultaneously
4,700 trace machines, which scan for explosive residues and retail at
The government has not said if they will alter the makeup of the security
devices over time;
it is possible more EDS could be added, or new technologies could be employed as
Kirby Lecture Hall – Martin, 4:15 p.m.
“Challenges to Christianity After Sept. 11”
Hicks Mural Room 312, 4:30 p.m.
“Facing African Tragedies: the African Writer”
by Emmanuel Dongala, Congolese Novelist, Guggenheim Fellow, and Professor of
Chemistry at Bard College
Scheuer Room – Kohlberg, 6:00 p.m.
Clothier Bell Tower, 7:00 p.m.
Hong Kong Movie Night: “The Tai-Chi Master”
SCCS Lounge, 7:30 p.m.
The Ring III: Israel/Palestine Student Discussion
Mephistos, 8:00 p.m.
* Ottawa Senators goalie Patrick Lalime tied an NHL record for consecutive
last night by blanking the Flyers 3-0 for the third time in a row. The Senators
are now up
3-1 in their first round series, in which Philly has failed to score a
regulation goal. In
Carolina, the Hurricanes lead the Devils 3-2 after Josef Vasicek ended Game 5,
3-2, with a
goal 8:16 into OT. Elsewhere, the Islanders beat the Maple Leafs 4-3 to tie
their series at
two games apiece and San Jose took a 3-1 edge over the Coyotes with a 2-1
* Jerry Stackhouse posted a career-high 31 playoff points to lead the Pistons
Raptors, 96-91. Detroit can sweep the best-of-five series with a victory in
Saturday. In the other NBA playoff contest, the Mavs won an offensive shoot-out
T-Wolves, 122-110. Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Finley and Steve Nash combined for 76
give Dallas a 2-0 series edge.
* The Montreal Expos won their fifth consecutive game yesterday when they
Milwaukee in a marathon, 15-inning contest, 5-4. Alex Sanchez’s error in the
bottom of the
15th allowed Mike Mordecai to score the winning run and end the 4-hour contest.
the Braves ended a seven-game home losing streak to the D-Backs when they beat
Wednesday, 4-3. The Braves had previously lost seven consecutive games to the
champs, including three in last year’s NLCS.
Track and field at Penn Relays, 12:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts St. Joseph’s 4:00 p.m.
Women’s lacrosse at Western MD, 4:30 p.m.
Track and field at Penn Relays, 12:00 p.m.
Golf at CC Championships, 12:00 p.m.
Women’s tennis at CC Championships, 3:00 p.m.
Badminton at National Championships
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I
tried to find
out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must
be an allergy
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