Monday, February 24, 2003

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Monday, February 24, 2003
Volume 7, Number 91

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1) World news roundup

2) Campus events


1) Women’s tennis dominates Mary Washington

2) Men’s and women’s swim teams place third at CC Championships

3) Women’s hoops roll over Haverford

4) Men’s basketball falls to ‘Fords, loses playoff chance

5) Track and field compete at Keogh Invitational

6) Men’s volleyball falls to Eastern

7) Upcoming contests


Today: Occasional snow flurries. High around 40.
OK, kids, let’s all recite the properties of water that we’ve learned…

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low around 18.
When it’s cold and it falls from the sky, it’s snow; when it’s warm and
falls, it’s rain; when it’s warm and on the ground, it runs; when it’s cold
and on the ground, it freezes back into ice and is VERY VERY slippery…

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High around 30.
And when this all happens within the span of a few days, you get a lot of
very cold, very wet, and very sore people. Owww…

Extended Weather Forecast

by Josh Hausman
Gazette Weatherman

Summary: Cold weather returned yesterday evening and will remain throughout
the week. It will not be nearly as cold as it has been at times this winter,
but highs will be mostly in the 30s to around 40 with lows in the teens and
20s.  No major precipitation event is likely until Thursday when a storm
forecast to move through the area has the potential to bring significant
snow or rain to Swarthmore once again.

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

Here is the forecast as of Sunday night:
Today (Monday). Partly cloudy. A chance of light snow or rain from around
noon on. Highs in the lower 40s. Southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of
precipitation 30 percent.
Tonight. Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph
becoming northwest late.
Tuesday. Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s.
Tuesday night. Mostly clear. Lows in the mid teens.
Wednesday. Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s.
Wednesday night. Partly cloudy. Lows near 20.
Thursday. Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow or rain. Highs in the upper
Friday. A chance of snow or rain into the afternoon. Otherwise partly
cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s and highs near 40.
Saturday. Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s and highs in the lower 40s.
Sunday. Partly cloudy. Lows near 20 and highs in the upper 30s.

Long-Range computer models predict below normal weather next week.

Philadelphia normal (average temperatures) for February 17h : Hi 44 Low 29
Record High: 74
Record Low: 2
For more information on Philadelphia’s climate see:

Why has this winter been so cold? This winter there has been an unusually
stable weather pattern in which cold air from Canada and the arctic flows
south into the eastern United States.  This has been the case because of a
very stable high pressure area off the west coast. Air flows
counterclockwise around high pressure areas, thus this area of high pressure
forces the jet stream (air flow) coming across the Pacific to go north into
Alaska and northwest Canada before flowing south and east into the U.S. The
result is warm weather for Alaska and cold weather for the central and
eastern U.S. Last winter this sort of weather pattern basically never
occurred. The result was weather dominated by mild air from the Pacific
rather than cold air from Canada.


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) World news roundup

* Iraq is seeking talks in order to save its supply of short-range
missiles, weapons that would be crucial in the fight against the United
States. Such talks would happen just before a new UN resolution that is
expected to condemn Iraq for non-compliance. Meanwhile, U.S. officials are
starting to wage an electronic information war, targeting high-level
officials inside Iraq to break with Hussein. Defense Secreatry Paul
Wolfowitz also reached out to a group of Iraqi-Americans in Dearborn,
Michigan on Sunday, trying to get their support for a possible war.

* The Station, a nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, burned to the
ground Thursday night. Apparently caused by a pyrotechnics display, at
least 97 people died in the inferno and many more are still unaccounted
for. On Sunday, the family members of the victims came to visit the site.
The fire is the second nightclub incident in several days. Last week, 21
people were killed in a stampede in a Chicago nightclub that began when a
police officer used pepper spray to break up a fight.

* Norah Jones swept the Grammy awards on Sunday night, winning in all of
the categories that she had been nominated for, including best new artist.
Other winning artists included the Dixie Chicks, Eminem, John Mayer and
Bruce Springsteen. The show started with an appearance by ’60s duo and
Lifetime Achievement Award winners Art Gunfunkel and Paul Simon, who
performed “The Sound of Silence” to a standing ovation.


2) Campus events

SWAP lunch
Sharples Room 6, 12:00 p.m.

Denver Publishing Institute information meeting
Sharples – Catherine’s Lounge (upstairs), 12:30 p.m.

TGS Financial Advisors internship information meeting
Bond Memorial Hall, 7:00 p.m.

SAM Workshop: Plagiarism and Documentation
Kohlberg 228 and 230, 8:00 p.m.

SAC meeting
Trotter 301, 9:00 p.m.

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

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

On Monday, February 24 at 8 PM Serrin Foster, the president of Feminists
for Life, will be giving her speech “The Feminist Case Against Abortion” at
Villanova. SSAL will be taking a van trip to hear the speech. If you’re
interested in coming along, please email Sarah (sgaertn1) or Kathleen
(kkristi1) as soon as possible. The limit is 10 people.

Serrin will also be at other schools in the area that week:
Villanova University, Villanova, PA, Bartley, Room 1011, Monday, February
24, at 8pm.
Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, at “the Pit” in the Student Center,
Tuesday, February 25, at 11 am.
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, Place TBA, Tuesday, February 25, at 6 pm.
La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA, Student Union Building, Music Room,
Thursday, February 27, at 12:30 pm.



1) Women’s tennis dominates Mary Washington

by Jenna Adelberg
Gazette Sportswriter

The Swarthmore women’s tennis team started off their 2003 season Saturday
with a commanding 9-0 win over Mary Washington College.

Swarthmore got off to a great start with quick wins from the doubles teams
of Anjani Reddy ’04/Emily Townsend ’06 and Katherine Voll ’03/Megan Speare
’05, while Kristina Pao ’04 and Elli Suzuki ’06 stood strong to finally
overtake their opponents 9-7. The Garnet went on to sweep the singles as
well, with Reddy, Pao, Caroline Celano ’04, Suzuki, Townsend and Speare all
coming through with straight set wins.

The defeat marks an important one for the Garnet who, at No. 29, are ranked
below the No. 23 Eagles in the in the national ITA Division III polls.

Senior co-captain Voll remarked on the season-opening win: “This match
shows how far we’ve come as a team since last year. I think Mary Washington
stepped onto the court expecting a victory since they beat us last year
7-2. Instead, we didn’t even give up a set against them. The spirit on the
team and dedication level is really high right now. There’s no doubt in my
mind that if we continue to work as hard as we’ve been working we’re going
to have an extremely successful season.”


2) Men’s and women’s swim teams place third at CC Championships

Competing at the Centennial Conference Swimming Championships this weekend,
both the men’s and women’s teams finished in third place.

It was a strong finish for the men, who placed behind eight-time champion
Gettysburg and last year’s champion Franklin & Marshall. Senior Mike Dudley
was named Outstanding Performer of the Meet after setting three school
records this weekend. He broke his own Swat record when he won the 200 IM
on Saturday in a B cut time of 1:55.59. He then set a new Centennial
Conference record in the 100 breastroke, winning it in 58:44. On Sunday,
Dudley capped the meet by taking the 200 breaststroke in 2:07.35.

The relay team of David Whitehead ’03, Dudley, Eric Shang ’04, and Mike
Auerbach ’05 placed second in the 400 medley, while Jeff Schneider ’05,
Dudley, Auerbach, and Whitehead placed third in the 200 medley relay.

John Lillvis ’03 won the 400 IM and placed second in the 200 IM behind
Dudley. Whitehead also won the 100 butterfly and placed second in the 200
butterfly. Shang finished third in the 200 breastroke and Auerbach won
bronze in the 200 butterfly.

The two-time defending women’s champions could not claim a three-peat as
they also fell to Gettysburg and F&M. The 200 freestyle relay team of Leah
Davis ’04, Katie Stauffer ’05, Patricia Funk ’06, and Davita
Burkhead-Weiner ’03 won the only gold medal for the women, taking the race
in 1:39.77. The team of Tara Trout ’04, Funk, Melanie Johncilla ’05, and
Burkhead-Weiner finished second in the 800 freestyle relay, and the 400
freestyle relay team of Davis, Johncilla, Funk, and Burkhead-Weiner
finished third.

Co-captain Burkhead-Weiner placed third in the 50 and 100 freestyles, while
Davis took second in the 50 freestyle. Trout finished fourth in the 400 IM.


3) Women’s hoops roll over Haverford

Katie Robinson ’04 did it again for the Garnet Tide, leading the way with a
game-high 25 points to help Swat roll to a 73-53 victory over Haverford.

After falling behind 39-37 at halftime, the Garnet roared back with a 10-0
run to open the second half and an 18-5 run later in the period to put the
game out of reach. The ‘Fords were outscored 36-14 in the second half.

Zoey Adams-Deutsch ’06 posted 16 points and nine rebounds. Jerusha Rodgers
’04 scored a career-high 11 points, while Ali Wolff ’05 netted seven points
and collected a team-best 11 rebounds.

The Lady Tide will begin their Centennial Conference Championship run on
Wednesday at Johns Hopkins. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.


4) Men’s basketball falls to ‘Fords, loses playoff chance

Despite sophomore Blair Haxel’s double-double, the Garnet dropped their
last game of the season to Haverford, 66-44. The loss eliminates Swat from
playoff contention.

The game was a back-and-forth affair that was as close as 45-41 with 5:47
left to play, but a 15-3 Haverford run sealed the defeat for the Garnet,
who committed 24 turnovers in the game.

Haxel finished the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Gustafson ’05
added 10 points and Dave Pearce ’03 contributed eight points to finish his
Swat career with 1,107–eighth on the Garnet’s all-time list.

The Garnet closed their season with a 9-16 record, the most wins since


5) Track and field compete at Keogh Invitational

The men’s and women’s track teams competed at the Keogh Invitational at
Haverford this weekend. Matt Williams ’04 placed second in the 55 hurdles,
while Robert Melick ’03 took second in the shot put.

Elizabeth Gardner’05 finished second in the 1500 meters, while Njideka
Akunyili ’04 took second in the 400 meters. Sara Hobbs ’06 finished fourth
in the 800.


6) Men’s volleyball falls to Eastern

The men’s volleyball team dropped all three sets 25-18, 25-13, 25-13 to
lose its match against Eastern 3-0.


7) Upcoming contests

There are no contests scheduled for today.

Badminton at Bryn Mawr, 7:00 p.m.



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