Tuesday, September 10, 2002

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Volume 7, Number 7

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Today’s issue:


1) Fall semester movie schedule

2) SCRC requests community input on job grading system

3) World news roundup

4) Campus events


1) Upcoming contests


Today: Partly cloudy. High around 94.
I heard someone complaining yesterday that it was 95 degrees outside.

Tonight: The occasional cloud. Low near 70.
Were they even remotely aware that it was 950 degrees on the sunlit side of
yesterday?  Noooo….

Tomorrow: Windy and mixed skies. High in the mid 80s.
Quit your whining earthboy – whoops!, cover blown… Gazette editor to home
planet: Get me
outta here!


Lunch: Moo goo gai pan, jasmine rice, vegetable moo goo gai pan, eggplant
casserole, baby
lima beans, mixed vegetables, Mexican bar, rice krispy treats

Dinner: roasted pork loins, yams and apples, three bean casserole,
broccoli-mushroom bake,
vegetable blend, pizza bar, rocky road brownies


1) Fall semester movie schedule

Movie Committee Films
LPAC Cinema or Kirby Lecture Hall
Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 & 10:00 p.m.
*Weekends with only one movie listed will feature that film on both evenings

09/13  Lord of the Rings*
09/20  Zoolander
09/21  Monster’s Ball
09/27  Amelie
09/28  Waiting for Guffman
10/04  Star Wars Episode II*
-October Break-
10/25  The Wild Bunch
10/26  Brotherhood of the Wolf
11/01  Insomnia
11/02  Brazil
11/08  Clueless
11/09  Gosford Park
11/15  Wayne’s World
11/16  In the Bedroom
11/22  Dr. Strangelove
11/23  The Apartment
12/06  Road to Perdition*

Kirby Lecture Hall – Martin
Mondays @ 10:00 p.m.

09/16  Dark City
09/23  Yellow Submarine
09/30  Flight of the Navigator
10/07  Monty Python and the Holy Grail
-October Break-
10/21  Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
10/28  The Heroic Trio
11/04  Metropolis
11/11  Lost Boys
11/18  A.I.
11/25  Time Bandits
12/02  The President’s Analyst
12/09  Raiders of the Lost Ark
12/16  Little Shop of Horrors


2) SCRC requests community input on job grading system

The Staff Compensation Review Committee (SCRC) is seeking members of the
community to participate in focus group sessions on evaluating the current job

According to a flyer distributed across campus earlier this semester, the SCRC’s
goal is “to examine the current [job grading] system and make recommendations
improvements that will ensure the factors reflect current thinking as well as
make the
grading system more open, easier to understand, and practical to use.”

Current factors used to evaluate positions and rate compensation are “knowledge
experience required, the complexity of the work, the impact a job has on the
College, and
the amount of supervisory responsiblity it has.”

The recommendations made by the SCRC will be presented to the Board of Managers
adoption, and if passed, would lead to a re-evaluation of all staff positions on
While the re-grading wouldn’t necessarily generate overall increases in
compensation, as
members of Swarthmore’ Living Wage Movement have campaigned for, the flyer
acknowledges that
job-grading reforms may pave “the way for the implementation of a broad range of
compensation reforms during the 2003-04 fiscal year.”

Finally, the SCRC reminds the community that diverse input is essential:
“Because a new
grading system could affect both individual job classifications and the
between jobs, it is vital that the entire campus community – particularly
members of the
staff – participate in this study.”

If you are interested in taking part in these sessions, print out the
committee’s sign-up
form (
and turn it into the Human
Resources Office, located in Pearson, by this afternoon.

For more information on the SCRC’s formation and mission, check out our past


And for a recap of the Living Wage controversy:



3) World news roundup

* With the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks just one day away, the FBI is
increased communications between terrorist organizations and as such, is warning
and personnel in New York, Washington, and across the world to be on guard
against a new
round of attacks.  While the Bureau cannot be certain about the credibility of
threats, it is taking no chances, placing military bases and diplomatic missions
on high
alert and asking high-risk locations to increase security.  A US
counterterrorism official
warned that new attacks may not be linked to al-Qaeda, but instead inspired by
that group’s
actions, as seems to have been the case in recent terrorism incidents in Germany

* The Bush administration claimed a diplomatic victory yesterday, saying that
influential European allies had shifted their stance in dealing with Iraq. 
Spanish, Dutch,
French, and Danish officials all released statements Monday attacking Saddam
Hussein, with
some of them accepting military force as a means to coerce Iraq into allowing UN
inspectors back into the country.  President Bush, for his part, is scheduled to
address the
UN on Thursday and ask for support in demanding that Iraq open its weapons sites
inspectors or face military consequences.

* Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat spoke to the Palestinian parliament
yesterday, condemning
terror attacks and vowing to conduct general elections in January, as he has
However, Arafat skipped a portion of his speech that would have called for a
ban on the attacks, and he neglected to make any offer to share power with a new
minister.  In Jerusalem, Israeli officials denounced the speech and demanded a
Palestinian leader, while the US Embassy in Tel Aviv said it would wait for
Arafat to back
up his words with actions.


4) Campus events

Observatory Open House
Sproul 300, 7:00 p.m.

Baroque Ensemble Auditions
Presser Choral Room – Lang Concert Hall, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Observatory Open House – Planetarium Program
Upper Tarble, 8:00 p.m.

Argentine Tango Class
Upper Tarble, 9:00 p.m.



1) Upcoming contests

Field hockey v. Ursinus, 4:30 p.m.
Women’s soccer at Cedar Crest, 4:30 p.m.

Men’s Soccer hosts Baptist Bible, 4:15 p.m.



“Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.”
–Carl Sandburg

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