Monday, January 20, 2003

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Monday, January 20, 2003
Volume 7, Number 66

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1) 2002 alum Siddiqi dies in car accident

2) Swarthmore Police bulletin

3) World news roundup

4) Campus events


1) Women’s b-ball defeats Lincoln

2) Indoor track competes at Dickinson

3) Upcoming contests


Today: Mostly sunny. High around 24.
People always seem to think vacation was either too short or too long.

Tonight: Scattered clouds. Low near 16.
But I personally found the length just right.

Tomorrow: Flurries in the morning, mostly cloudy in the afternoon. High
around 30.
Yeah I know, we’ll just see how long that Goldilocks attitude sticks around.

Extended Weather Forecast

by Josh Hausman
Gazette Weatherman

Summary: Welcome to winter! The next week should be colder than any week
thus far this winter or last winter. In fact after tomorrow, highs are
unlikely to go above freezing for the rest of the week. Unfortunately for
those of us who love snow, there is no significant chance of snow until next
weekend. Highs this week should be mainly in the 20’s, until next weekend
when they will warm into the 30’s. Lows will be mainly in the teens warming
into the 20’s next weekend.

For a more up to date forecast (with fancy graphics!) click on this link:

Here is the forecast as of Sunday night:
Today (Monday). Mostly cloudy with a chance of flurries early in the
morning. Then partly sunny. Breezy. Highs in the lower 30s. West winds 15 to
25 mph.
Tonight. Partly cloudy. Lows 10 to 15. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph becoming
light late.
Tuesday. Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 20s.
Tuesday night. Mostly clear. Lows in the mid teens.
Wednesday. Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 20s.
Wednesday night. Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid teens.
Thursday. Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 20s.
Friday. Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid teens and highs near 30.
Saturday. Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper teens and highs in the mid 30s.
Sunday. Partly cloudy. A chance of snow. Lows in the mid 20s and highs in
the upper 30s.

Long-Range computer models are unsure whether Philadelphia will continue to
experience below normal temperatures next week.

Philadelphia normal (average temperatures) for January 20th : Hi 38 Low 25
Record High: 65
Record Low: -3
For more information on Philadelphia’s climate see:

For an excellent picture of the present cold air intrusion into the eastern
United States check out this link:

As all of you (except freshman) know last January was much, much warmer than
this January. Last January, the coldest it ever got was 20, this January it
has already been down to 8! On January 29 last year it hit 72 degrees.
Unfortunately for those of you who appreciate pleasant weather, that is
unlikely to reoccur this year. In fact this January is likely to be the
first significantly below normal January in Philadelphia since 1996.


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 bar


1) 2002 alum Siddiqi dies in car accident

Swarthmore alum Somayyah Siddiqi ’02 was killed on January 8 when the truck
she was driving overturned on Interstate 10 outside Mobile, Alabama.

Siddiqi, 22, was driving from Texas to Georgia when the accident occurred.
She was taken to the University of South Alabama Medical Center, where she
later died from the injuries sustained in the accident. A passenger, Joel
Schultz, was also injured.

As a Swarthmore economics major and women’s studies minor, Siddiqi was
active in community work and in organizing dialogues for understanding and
discussion. After graduating last June, Siddiqi worked for the AIDS Fund in
Philadelphia and was to have begun her new job at the Center for the
Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania this week.

Funeral services were held on Sunday at Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship Mosque
in Overbrook, with burial following at the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship
Farm in Coatesville. A Swarthmore memorial service is scheduled at the
Friends Meeting House next Sunday, January 26, at 3:30 p.m.

Obituary for Somayyah Siddiqi in the Philadelphia Inquirer:


2) Swarthmore Police bulletin

A tape recorder was reported stolen from the Council Room of the Swarthmore
Borough Hall sometime between 9:30 p.m. on January 6 and 10:00 a.m. on the

At approximately 11:50 a.m. on January 8, a clerk at the Swarthmore Coop
reported a male stealing a pack of cigarettes. The male, who is known from
previous incidents, received a citation for retail theft.


3) World news roundup

* As a prelude to his appearance at the U.N. Security Council meeting
today, Secretary of State Colin Powell hit the Sunday talk show scene to
report “some progress” in the efforts at a diplomatic solution with North
Korea over their nuclear weapons program. Powell dismissed suggestions that
the Bush administration’s treatment of the North Korea situation was
comparable to its efforts with Iraq, citing the long history of failed
resolution with Iraq versus the merits of pursuing diplomacy with North
Korea. Powell is expected to take the issue to the Security Council meeting
as a way of involving the U.N. formally in the North Korea negotiations.

* Chief U.N. arms inspectors are scheduled to hold a second round of talks
with Iraq today to urge full cooperation with the inspections or face a
U.S.-led war. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that a decision for
war could be just weeks away. The increased talks and warnings come after
Iraq reported four empty chemical warheads which it says were overlooked in
the account presented to the U.N. in December. Meanwhile, a wave of
anti-war protests took place this weekend, with an estimated 50,000 people
attending a protest in San Francisco and half a million in Washington.

* President Bush is expected to propose funding increases for Latino and
black educational institutions as part of his 2004 budget. White House
representatives explained that the observance of Martin Luther King Day
played a role in the timing of the announcement, but declined to comment on
whether the budget proposals are a response to the president’s public
siding with three white students who challenged the University of
Michigan’s policies toward black and Latino applicants.

* After a long day of dramatic football, Super Bowl XXXVII is set: Tampa
Bay versus Oakland. At frigid Veteran Stadium, the Bucs fought back after a
Philly touchdown in the first minute of the game, beating the Eagles 27-10.
Mike Alstott put the Bucs on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run in the
first quarter, and Keyshawn Johnson caught a 9-yard pass from Brad Johnson
to make the lead 17-10 at halftime. Ronde Barber then clinched the game
with a 92-yard interception return late in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile in
Oakland, Rich Gannon threw three TD passes and ran in one himself as the
Raiders defeated the Titans 41-24 in the AFC Championship game. The Bucs
and Raiders will meet next Sunday in San Diego.

* At the Golden Globe Awards yesterday, “The Hours” and “Chicago” claimed
the awards for best dramatic and musical/comedy motion picture,
respectively, while stars Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, and Richard Gere
also took three of the major acting awards. Jack Nicholson won the fourth,
for best actor in a drama. Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper won the supporting
actor awards, both for “Adaptation.” Martin Scorcese won best director for
“Gangs of New York,” while Pedro Almodovar’s “Talk To Her” took home the
best foreign film award.


4) Campus events

Women in Science dinner
Sharples Room 4, 6:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King Day events
LPAC Cinema, 7:00 p.m.

Swing Dance lesson
Upper Tarble, 9:30 p.m.

SWIL Movie Night: “Pleasantville”
Kirby Lecture Hall, 10:00 p.m.

Monday, January 20, 2003, 7:30PM.
Pendle Hill Quaker Center, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford
Rev. Bernice Warren of Chester, PA,speaks on “Justice in the Local
Community”, followed by discussion and refreshments.
Call 610 566-4507 ext. 140 for directions or more information.

How can our discussion of racial justice move into actual programs in
struggling communities?  What kinds of cooperative efforts can be
created?  What can we learn from the experience of Chester, one of the most
economically depressed cities in the United States?

Bernice Warren grew up in the old Bennett Homes projects in Chester.  She
taught G.E.D. preparation courses before leaving Chester to pursue
theological studies, and has served churches in Baltimore and Wilmington,
Delaware.  Rev. Warren returned to Chester in 1995 to become pastor and
director of Chester East Side Ministries, a community ministry serving
low-income families.

More information?



1) Women’s b-ball defeats Lincoln

Kristen Lee ’05 scored 15 points and Radiance Walters ’06 a career-high 14
to lead the Garnet to a 66-48 victory over the Lincoln Lions on Saturday.
The scoring was close at the game’s opening, but a 14-6 run gave the Garnet
some breathing room with a 31-23 lead at halftime, and they never looked
back. Debbie Farrelly ’06 posted 10 points and four assists, while Ali
Furman ’03 hit three 3-pointers for nine points on the game. The Garnet are
now 10-3 overall.


2) Indoor track competes at Dickinson

The men’s and women’s indoor track teams competed at the Dickinson DuCharme
Relays over the weekend. For the men, Robert Melick ’03 placed second in
the shot put, tossing 40 feet, while Matt Williams ’04 finished fourth in
the 55m hurdles with a time of 8.47. The men’s relay teams finished third
in the 4×400 (3:46.98) and fifth in the Distance Medley relay (12:20.65).

On the women’s side, Robin Dawson ’06 cleared 4’7.75″ to finish third in
the high jump, while Jessica Zagory ’05 cleared 4’6″ to claim fifth place.
Zagory also finished fourth in the 55m hurdles with a time of 10.52. The
women’s relay teams placed third in the 1600 sprint relay (4:44.20) and
fourth in the 4×400 (4:32.95).


3) Upcoming contests

Men’s basketball hosts Moravian, 8:00 p.m.

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



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