Friday, April 4, 2003

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Friday, April 4, 2003
Volume 7, Number 115

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1) 2003-2004 admitted students profile

2) A point for tired Swatties: Adaptation a good time for a nap

3) This week’s Paces menu

4) Weekend roundup

5) World news roundup

6) Campus events


1) Women’s lacrosse falls to Muhlenberg

2) Baseball falls to Muhlenberg

3) Softball shut out by Ursinus

4) Upcoming contests


Today: Rather cool, high of 58 and windy.
As the semester winds down, I have find something to look forward to in
order to survive.

Tonight: Cloudy with chances of rain and a low around 50.
After the next four draining weeks we’ll get to let loose at Worthstock.

Saturday: Morning showers, highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s.
But then again, I can’t really think that far ahead. I need something more
immediate to tide me over.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the high 50s and low 40s.


Lunch: Tortellini de fiesoli, lattice cut french fries, cajun black beans,
spinach, corn, wrap bar, cheesecake

Dinner: Veal parmesan, pasta, eggplant parmesan, greens and white bean
saute, zucchini italiano, broccoli, potato bar, fruit pies


1) 2003-2004 admitted students profile

Last Thursday, Admissions mailed out 902 acceptance letters, expecting a
yield of about 373 for the Class of 2007. Twenty-three percent of the nearly
4,000 students who applied were accepted, 138 through early decision.

Among the students whose high schools report class rank, 35 percent or
valedictorians or salutatorians, while 57 percent are in the top 2 percent
of their class, and 94 percent in the top 10 percent. Fifty-seven percent
come from public high schools, 30 percent from private schools, 5 percent
from parochial schools, and 8 percent from schools overseas.

The admitted students represent six continents, 31 countries, and 47 U.S.
states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. New
York is the most represented state, with 16 percent of admitted students
claiming it as home. Thirteen percent come from California, and the
remaining top 10 represented states are Pennsylvania, New Jersey,
Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, Texas, Illinois, and Ohio. South Korea is
the country with the highest yield of admitted students, with five.

Forty-four percent of the students identity as American students of color;
of these, 17 percent identify as Asian American, 13 percent as African
American, and 13 percent as Latino/a.

The most popular intended major declared by the admitted students is
“undecided,” followed by biology, engineering, history, political science,
English, economics, and mathematics.


2) A point for tired Swatties: Adaptation a good time for a nap

by Roxanne Yaghoubi

Though I saw “Adaptation” in the movie theater over winter break, I can’t
say that I really SAW it. After all, I fell asleep about half an hour into
it and did not wake up until it was almost time to head home. While this may
say more about my severe sleep deprivation immediately following finals, and
the lack of a sufficient amount of caffeine, I think the immediate cause was
the extreme unworthiness of this film.

While the details are a bit vague due to my sleep-induced haze, I seem to
remember that the plot of the story focuses around a guy who is trying to
get his book adapted into a movie.  The movie then suddenly switches to the
making of the movie (the one that was adapted from the book, not Adaptation
itself). Somehow or other, alligators, orchids and a weird guy in a pick-up
truck all make an appearance as well.

Essentially, this movie’s plot is convoluted, and not very entertaining.
Mostly you end up wondering why anyone would decide to make a movie about
about a movie about orchids anyway.

So unless you’re really tired from that long week, don’t go see this film.
But on second thought, not even then. After all the Kirby seats are nowhere
near as comfortable as the ones in the movie theaters in New York!


3) This week’s Paces menu

For the week of April 6th – 9th

Sunday menu

bread: garlic knots (herb seasoned bread)
entree: Pad Thai with or without chicken
entree: Hawaiian chicken kabobs
soup: French onion soup

Monday through Wednesday menu

appetizer: great northern beans & rosemary spread w/assorted breads
entrée: wild salmon w/fresh Asian taste
entrée: Lubia Polo (Persian pot dish w/rice, beef, green beans, tomato sauce
& curry)
soup: hearty beef oven stew


sunday: Decadent Turtle Pie w/chocolate, caramel, cream cheese filling
 lemon tart

monday: Montecadas de astorga (Spanish-style cupcakes)
 coco-cola cake (chocolate cake with cola soda & rich pecan frosting)

tuesday: almond meringue torte w/praline buttercream
 white chocolate orange cheesecake w/cranberry compote

wednesday: Barbadian pound cake
 spring-y almond marzipan cake w/dark chocolate drizzle


4) Weekend roundup

A diverse weekend ahead for people of all shapes and sizes. On Friday, head
out to Upper Tarble at 8pm to check out the brilliant Kate Rigg’s Chink-O-
Rama, a comic musical which exposes Asian stereotypes and, “equally offends
along the cross-cultural board”. Let’s give it up for equal opportunity
political incorrectness!

Musicals not quite your thing? For all the punk fans in Swat, jump on the
Philly shuttle and check out NYC punk trio ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’s live in the
First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia at 7.30pm.

On Saturday, if you are still suffering from Pterodactyl Hunt withdrawal
symptoms, never fear! Run out to the Trotter Lawn and Kohlberg Courtyard for
the SWIL Grand Melee at 3pm.

But don’t wear yourself some energy for the wild rocking orgy that
is the annual, long-awaited Sager party, 10pm at the WRC and Olde Club.

On Sunday, cool off from your Saturday night hi-jinks and instead watch
others sweat – check out the Swat play, “The Last Desperate Act of Five
Honest Men” at  9pm in Upper Tarble, a campus production of five guys who
try to rob a bank.


5) World news roundup

* US troops occupied part of Baghdad’s international airport early Friday
morning.  The airport, though about 10 miles from the capital, is an
important target since it allows coalition forces to easily move in troops
and supplies. It is unknown how many Iraqis were killed or injured but it is
known that that at least four Americans were killed in accidents, including
one in friendly fire, on Thursday.

* Iraq’s leading Shiite cleric made a call on Thursday asking his followers
to remain neutral in that country’s war against America. Though Iraq has a
majority Shiite population, Saddam Hussein is Sunni and that branch of Islam
has long been the ruling force in Iraq. The Ayatollah’s call for staying
neutral will most likely undermine Hussein’s plans for a massive “holy war”
against the US.

* Congress voted to give President Bush nearly $80 billion for the war
effort on Thursday. The House approved the measure 414-12, while the Senate
voted 93-0. The bill also contained provisions for protecting America
against terrorism. The victory is a boon for Bush, after he suffered a
humilitating defeat last week in the Senate over his proposed tax cuts.

* The US announced on Thursday that it would cut back its diplomatic
presence in China. The move was in response to the presence of the sometimes
deadly SARS virus in China.  The virus has also been seen in Canada, and in
response that country has cancelled several international events. Meanwhile
scientists seemed to find clues to the cause of the disorder in a
coronavirus that originated in animals, but a final answer has still not
been found.


6) Campus events


Q&A session with Imani Henry of “B4T – Before Testosterone”
Intercultural Center, 12:30 p.m.

Crum Woods Clean-up
Sharples Patio, 1:30 p.m.

Campus concert, sponsored by Linguistics
Parrish Beach, 3:30 p.m.

IEEE Appliance Day drop-off
Hicks Mural Room, 4:00 p.m.

“Andrei Bitov’s Recent Fiction — Traveler through Time Meets Traveler
Through Space, or Art and Life, Noses and Knowing, Pickles and Perfection”
Ellen Chances, Princeton University
Kohlberg 226, 4:30 p.m.

Shabbat Services and Dinner
Bond Memorial Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Q&A session with Kate Rigg of “Chink-o-Rama”
Intercultural Center, 6:30 p.m.

Rhythm & Motion open dress rehearsal
Pearson Hall Theatre, 6:30 p.m.

Student Labor Day of Action film: “Bread and Roses”
Kohlberg 115, 7:30 p.m.

Movie Committee Film: “Adaptation”
Kirby Lecture Hall, 7:30 and 10:00 p.m.

APA Month Event: “Chink-O-Rama” starring Kate Rigg
Upper Tarble, 8:00 p.m.

Tempesta di Mare “Apollo and Daphne”
Lang Concert Hall, 8:00 p.m.


IEEE Appliance Day
Hicks Mural Room, 8:00 a.m.

SWIL Grand Melee
Trotter Lawn & Kohlberg Courtyard, 3:00 p.m.

Traditional Scottish Music concert
Lang Concert Hall, 3:00 p.m.

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

Movie Committee Film: “Adaptation”
Kirby Lecture Hall, 7:30 and 10:00 p.m.

Rhythm & Motion concert
Pearson Hall Theatre, 8:00 p.m.

Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble concert
John Alson, director
Lang Concert Hall, 8:00 p.m.

Student play: “The Last Desperate Act of Five Honest Men”
Upper Tarble, 9:00 p.m.

Sager Party: “Alice and Wonderland”
Olde Club and the WRC, 10:00 p.m.

Rhythm & Motion after-party
Paces, 10:00 p.m.


IEEE Appliance Day pick-up
Hicks Mural Room, 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Meeting for Worship
Friends Meeting House, 9:30 and 10:00 a.m.

Sunday Mass
Bond Memorial Hall, 11:00 a.m.

Keynote Address for Lax Conference on Entrepreneurship
by Tralance Addy ’69 and Mickey Herbert ’67
LPAC Cinema, 12:00 p.m.

Music In Bond concert
Bond Memorial Hall, 2:00 p.m.

Swarthmore Young Friends Meeting for Worship
Bond Common Worship Room, 5:00 p.m.

“Troubling Stories of Queer Asian America…and Their Usefulness for
Anti-Oppressive Education”
by Kevin Kumashiro, Center for Anti-Oppressive Education
LPAC Cinema, 7:30 p.m.

Orchestra 2001: “England in Bloom”
James Freeman, conductor
Lang Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Student play: “The Last Desperate Act of Five Honest Men”
Upper Tarble, 9:00 p.m.

“Economic Justice & Gender: A Borderlands Perspective”
Lecture by Daisy Machado, Latina minister and Professor of History at the
Brite School of Theology
Sponsored by Pendle Hill’s Religion and Social Justice Forum Program

Monday, April 7, 2003, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia
Free and open to the public

The US/Mexico border has been described as an “open wound.” The harsh
realities of poverty, infant mortality, economic exploitation and ecological
contamination keep this wound open and bleeding. For women, these realities
are more severe since women make-up more than 80% of the over one-million
workers employed by the maquiladora industry that controls the economic
reality of borderlands life. We will explore the implications of borderlands
existence as it relates to the Christian concern for racial
and economic justice.

Interested?  Check out our website:

Monday, April 7
“Hidden Treasures: An Introduction to Friends Historical Library and the
Peace Collection”
Presented by Chris Densmore & Wendy Chmieleski
11:30 a.m.
Friends Historical Library (just inside the entrance of McCabe Library)

Where can you find the Crown Jewels of Swarthmore College? Try looking in
the Friends Historical Library and the Peace Collection. Join the curators
of these two internationally known collections for a private tour.
Recommended if you are just curious about the collections or if you are a
history buff.



1) Women’s lacrosse falls to Muhlenberg

After losing a close non-conference match 6-4, Swat’s ranking drops to 3 and


2) Baseball falls to Muhlenberg

The baseball team lost to Muhlenberg 15 to 5 in this centennial conference


3) Softball shut out by Ursinus

In the centennial conference opener Swat dropped a double header to Ursinus
10 and then 8 to 0. The Garnet is now 1 and 12 for this season.


4) Upcoming contests

Baseball hosts Muhlenberg, 3:00

Track at Muhlenberg, 10:00 am
Women’s Tennis at Rhodes, 11:00 am
Men’s Tennis at Rhodes, 11:00 am
Baseball at Johns Hopkins, (DH) 12:00
Women’s Lacrosse at Dickinson, 12:00
Men’s Lacrosse at Dickinson, 1:00
Softball hosts Dickinson, (DH) 1:00

Women’s Tennis at U. of the South,
Men’s Tennis at U. of the South,
Women’s Lacrosse hosts Cedar Crest, 1:00 (Cancelled)

Women’s Lacrosse
Widener 6, Swarthmore 4

Muhlenberg 15, Swarthmore 5

Ursinus 8, Swarthmore 0
Ursinus 10, Swarthmore 0



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