Monday, December 2, 2002

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Monday, December 2, 2002
Volume 7, Number 59

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1) Lockheed changes anti-discrimination policy

2) Thanksgiving lives on at Swat

3) Student Council election/referendum results

4) World news roundup

5) Campus events


1) Men’s basketball goes 0-2 over turkey break

2) Upcoming contests


Today: Cloudy with 30% chance of light rain and snow in the afternoon. High
around 42.
Whew!  What a feast!!!

Tonight: Cloudy and similar odds of freezing precipitation. Low near 26.
Food as far as the eye can see…

Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s.
…and not a condiment bar in sight 🙂

Extended Weather Forecast

by Josh Hausman
Gazette Weatherman

Summary: Wintry weather will continue in Swarthmore for the upcoming week.
High temperatures will range from the mid 30’s to low 40’s, with low
temperatures generally in the 20’s.  Some (possibly significant) snow or
rain is possible Wednesday or Thursday, but otherwise this week should be
fairly dry.
For a more up to date forecast (with fancy graphics!) click on this link:

Here is the forecast as of Sunday night:
Today (Monday). Becoming cloudy with a chance of flurries or sprinkles in
the afternoon. Highs in the lower 40s. Light west winds increasing late in
the morning to 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight. Mostly cloudy with a chance of flurries early in the evening. Then
partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s. West winds 5 mph becoming north late and
increasing to 15 mph.
Tuesday. Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s.
Tuesday night. Mostly clear. Lows near 20.
Wednesday. Increasing cloudiness. Highs near 40.
Wednesday night. Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Lows near 30.
Thursday. Cloudy with a chance of snow and rain. Highs in the mid 30s.
Friday. Mostly clear. Lows near 30 and highs in the upper 30s.
Saturday. Partly cloudy. Lows 20 to 25 and highs near 40.
Sunday. Partly cloudy. Lows 25 to 30 and highs in the lower 40s.

Long-Range computer models indicate that Philadelphia may (finally)
experience some above normal temperatures next week.

Philadelphia normal (average temperatures) for November 24: Hi 49 Low 34
Record High: 66
Record Low: 11
This November’s average temperature was 45.7 (1.4 below normal), much colder
than last November when the average temperature was 52.9.
For more information on Philadelphia’s climate see:

Focus: Lake Effect Snow: Lake effect snow occurs when very cold air picks up
moisture as it moves across the great lakes.  Although all areas near the
great lakes can experience lake effect snow, the vast majority of lake effec
t snow falls on areas to the south and east of the great lakes, since cold
winds in winter are usually out of the west, northwest, or north.  The
heaviest lake effect snow is confined to a narrow (maybe 20-50 mile) band
close to the lake, although smaller amounts of lake effect snow can fall far
inland, depending on the wind pattern.  The succession of cold air masses
has brought (and is bringing) significant snow to the upper peninsula of
Michigan (downwind of Lake Superior) and, to a lesser extent, areas to the
south and east of Lakes Michigan, Ontario, and Erie. This November
Marquette, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, received 38.4 inches of snow
compared with less than 2 inches 50 miles further from Lake Superior.


Lunch: Ravioli with marinara sauce, crusty foccacia, tempeh stir fry with
broccoli and red bell peppers, spinach, zucchini, seafood bar, cookies

Dinner: Paella with shrimp sausage and chicken, roasted potatoes, Mexican
lasagna, El’s black beans, baby carrots, cauliflower, burger bar, ice cream


1) Lockheed changes anti-discrimination policy

by Jeremy Schifeling
Co-Managing Editor

Seven months after entertaining a Swarthmore-led proposal to include sexual
orientation in its anti-discrimination policy, Lockheed Martin agreed to
make the change last month, according to a recent article in the Washington
Post.  In addition, the company promised to provide health benefits to its
gay employees’ domestic partners.

The College, which owns 7,500 shares in Lockheed (totaling approximately
$400,000), presented a resolution calling for the change at last April’s
shareholder meeting, following a recommendation from the Committee for
Socially Responsible Investing.  The Committee felt that Lockheed, the
country’s largest defense contractor, needed to be able to compete for the
top workers with its peer companies, especially considering that the nine
other largest defense contractors all had such non-discrimination language
in their policies.

Indeed, Lockheed cited attracting the best employees in its rationale for
the change, as well as fully valuing all of its workers.

Still, it did not elaborate on what had caused the shift in internal opinion
since April’s shareholder meeting, when the resolution received only five
percent of the vote.  At that time, the company claimed that including
additional diversity characteristics in its policy would lead Lockheed down
a slippery slope, making its “equal opportunity clause look like a phone

However, the Post article suggested that two additional sources provided
impetus for the change.  One such “push” was receiving a zero rating from
the Human Rights Campaign, a DC-based gay rights advocacy group, in August.
Another was the continued efforts of Lockheed employees, most notably
through an internal organization, GLOBAL (Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual at
Lockheed Martin).

Post Article:

Gazette articles on the issue:


2) Thanksgiving lives on at Swat

by Roxanne Yaghoubi
Gazette Reporter

With hordes of Swatties using the Thanksgiving holiday as an opportunity to
flee the campus, you might suppose that the College resembled a modern-day
ghost town over the past few days.  In fact, though, a good number of
students did remain on campus during the holiday, and in between catching up
on work and sleep, these students took time to give thanks and break bread

Two main Thanksgiving feasts were held on campus:

The first was at Sharples. Served from 11:30-12:30, the early meal was
cooked by generous Dining Services staff, who gave up parts of their breaks
to share the holiday with students.  The occasion included the traditional
fare of turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing, as well as vegetable pasta
for the vegans, and delicious pumpkin and apple pies for dessert.

In the evening, 40 or so students braved the cold and walked to Mary Lyon in
order to partake in the yearly meal held in that dorm’s breakfast room.
Prepared entirely by students, using meal credits from Sharples, the dinner
proved to be an extensive gourmet feast and featured everything from mashed
taro root to vegan cookies.

Based on these events, it should be clear that regardless of geography, all
Thanksgivings have one location in common: the stomach.


3) Student Council election/referendum results

The following are the results from the latest Student Council election and
referendum.  Voting concluded last Wednesday with 653 recorded participants,
up from 572 in the last major SC election.  The margins of error reflect the
number of votes cast for each position above or below  the recorded total.

The asterisk (*) denotes the winner in each race, percentages are in

    *Anna Morgan ’04 – 505 (73.4)
    None of the Above – 108 (15.7)
    No Preference – 75 (10.9)
        Total: 688    Error: 35

Student Events Advisor:
    *Emiliano Rodriguez ’05 – 450 (65.7)
    None of the Above – 91 (13.3)
    No Preference – 144 (21.0)
        Total: 685    Error: 32

    *Andrew Gisselquist ’05 305 (44.3)
    Doru Gavril ’05 – 157 (22.8)
    None of the Above – 52 (7.6)
    No Preference – 174 (25.3)
        Total: 688    Error: 35

Campus Life Rep.:
    *Jon Fombonne ’05 – 289 (41.3)
    Patrick Hart ’06 – 121 (17.3)
    Anton Voinov ’05 – 107 (15.3)
    None of the Above – 34  (4.9)
    No Preference – 148 (21.2)
        Total: 699    Error: 46

Campus Relations Rep.:
    *Mark Hanis ’04 – 257 (37.7)
    Wee Chua ’06 – 215 (31.5)
    None of the Above – 46 (6.7)
    No Preference – 164 (24.0)
        Total: 682    Error: 29

SPAC Iraq Resolution:
    *”I support the resolution” – 401 (60.8)
    “I do not support the resolution” – 167 (25.3)
    No Preference – 92 (13.9)
        Total: 660    Error: 7

For the full text of the resolution:

Candidate platforms:


4) World news roundup

* UN weapons inspectors said Sunday that their ongoing investigation in Iraq
has thus far produced no signs of contraband weapons development, and that
their Iraqi hosts have not impeded their inspections.  The inspectors did
note, however, that Iraqi officials had been alerting inspected sites from
the last decade to be prepared for such new investigations.  Meanwhile,
Western planes have been bombing southern Iraq while patrolling the no-fly
zone.  Iraq claimed that four civilians were killed in the bombings
yesterday, but the US countered that the planes only attacked after being
fired upon, and only retaliated against the air defense sites.

* Massachusetts Senator John Kerry seemingly threw his hat into the ring for
the next presidential election in an interview on “Meet the Press” yesterday
morning.  Kerry announced that he would be creating an exploratory committee
to examine the feasibility of a run for the White House in 2004, but may not
voice his official candidacy for months to come.  Kerry, who was both a
Purple Heart recipient in Vietnam and a protester against that war,
criticized President Bush for his strong-armed stance on Iraq, and disagreed
with the President’s tax cut and proposal for school vouchers.  Kerry may be
facing a number of opponents within his own Democratic party for the
national nomination, but is currently considered a front-runner, along with
Al Gore – who has yet to declare his candidacy.

* Sunday was World AIDS day, providing a grim reminder of the growing threat
that the disease presents across the globe.  Currently, some 42 million
people are infected worldwide, 75% of them in sub-Saharan Africa.  Five
million more will be infected by the end of the year, with the disease
having killed 3.1 million at that point.  And while rallies in New York and
San Francisco commemorated the victims and served to raise awareness,
information is not nearly as readily available in other nations.  China, for
instance, has been accused of lagging behind in informing its citizens,
which led the nation to tell one million students to spread the message
throughout the countryside Sunday.


5) Campus events

Photo Club Movie Viewing
Kohlberg 228, 7:00 p.m.

Good Schools PA Meeting
Mephistos – Willets, 9:00 p.m.

SWIL Movie: “The President’s Analyst”
Kirby Lecture Hall – Martin, 10:00 p.m.

Professor Robert Pasternack, Professor of Chemistry, will present a faculty
lecture entitled “Assembly, Organization and Communication – a Chemistry
Lecture.” Porphyrin molecules can be buried in the interior of a DNA double
helix. Professor Pasternack and his research team have found a trigger that
brings the porphyrins out of their “hiding places” and induces them to
assemble at the surface of the DNA molecule. In this form they are curled
about the nucleic acid forming an extended superhelix – – the porphyrins all
communicating with one another through their electronic structures.
Professor Pasternack will discuss what they have learned about these arrays.

The lecture will begin at 4:15 on Thursday, December 5 in Kohlberg 115 and
will be followed by a reception. All faculty, students, and staff are



1) Men’s basketball goes 0-2 over turkey break

While many Swatties spent the Thanksgiving holiday relaxing and catching up
on missed sleep, the men’s basketball team was busy on the hardcourt, taking
on two tough opponents.

Last Wednesday, the Garnet squared off against Division I Lehigh and despite
a narrow nine-point halftime deficit, ended up falling to the Mountain Hawks
83-46.  Nevertheless, Blair Haxel ’05 led all scorers with 18 points and
fellow soph Matt Gustafson chipped in 11.  Additionally, the Garnet put on a
free-throw shooting clinic in the first half, nailing 15 of 16 shots from
the charity stripe.

Ironically, it was their opponent’s clutch free-throw shooting that would do
the team in during yesterday’s close loss to Union, 61-54.  Down 46-31 after
squandering away an initial lead, the Garnet roared back with 10 unanswered
points to close the deficit to five points with 4:24 remaining in the
contest.  And yet, the Dutchmen’s solid 11-of-14 performance from the line
in the closing minutes sealed Swat’s defeat.  Gustafson had another strong
game with a double-double, including a career-best 13 boards, while
co-captain David Pearce ’03 added a game-high 15 points.

The Garnet are now 2-3 on the season and next face Philadelphia Biblical
this Wednesday.


2) Upcoming contests

There are no contests scheduled for today.

Women’s basketball hosts Bryn Mawr, 7:00 p.m.



“Dear Lord, I’ve been asked, nay commanded, to thank Thee for the Christmas
turkey before us… a turkey which was no doubt a lively, intelligent
bird… a social being… capable of actual affection… nuzzling its young
with almost human-like compassion. Anyway, it’s dead and we’re gonna eat it.
Please give our respects to its family…”
–Berke Breathed, “Bloom County Babylon”

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