Monday, April 21, 2003

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Monday, April 21, 2003
Volume 7, Number 126

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1) Peace Initiatives begins two weeks of programming at Swat

2) World news roundup

3) Campus events


1) Women’s tennis blanks McDaniel to capture Centennial Crown

2) Earthworms capture Regionals bid

3) DeSimone leads men’s lacrosse to win over Haverford

4) Baseball postpones Saturday game, splits doubleheader on Sunday

5) Softball splits doubleheader at F&M

6) Track and field competes at Widener Invitational

7) Men’s tennis falls to Washington

8) Ursinus rolls over women’s lax

9) Upcoming contests


Today: Partly cloudy becoming overcast. High around 69.
I have discovered a new scientific ratio…

Tonight: Overcast with showers. Low near 51.
The later in the year it gets, the less funny the weather joke becomes…

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy becoming overcast. High around 64.
Considering how funny we are at the beginning of the year, that’s pretty

Extended Weather Forecast

by Josh Hausman
Gazette Weatherman

Summary:  Although the sun is shining longer and more intensely everyday,
this week is likely to be cooler than last. Highs today and tomorrow will be
in the 60s. However, temperatures may then remain stuck in the 50s until
next Sunday. Lows will be mostly in the 40s.

Here is the forecast as of Sunday night:
Today (Monday). Partly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms late in
the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of
rain 40 percent.
Monday night. Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms early in
the evening. Then a chance of showers. Lows near 50. South winds 10 to 15
mph becoming west late and decreasing to 5 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Tuesday. Partly sunny. Then mostly cloudy with a chance of showers late in
the afternoon. Highs in the lower to mid 60s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Tuesday night. Partly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows in the lower
40s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Wednesday. Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 50s.
Wednesday night. Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s.
Thursday. Partly cloudy. Highs near 60.
Friday. Partly cloudy. A chance of showers at night. Lows in the lower 40s
and highs in the upper 50s.
Saturday. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows in the mid 40s and
highs in the upper 50s.
Sunday. Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s and highs in the mid 60s.

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

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

Philadelphia normal (average temperatures) for April 21st : Hi 64 Low 46
Record High: 92
Record Low: 27
For more information on Philadelphia’s climate see:

If no more snow falls this season, this year will have been the 5th snowiest
winter in Philadelphia history! Since last fall 46.3 inches of snow have
fallen – more than double the average of 23 inches.


Lunch: Chicken fingers, french fries, asian pasta, tuscan bean bake, corn,
carrots, nacho bar, baker’s choice

Dinner: Chicken with spinach and feta, basmati rice, tempeh with hoisin
sauce, stuffed peppers, peas and carrots, vegetable blend, cajun, ice cream


1) Peace Initiatives begins two weeks of programming at Swat

by Aude Scheuer
Gazette News Reporter

A dinner with Iraqi artists yesterday evening began the two-week
programming of the Peace Initiatives, “a project that creates common ground
for sustained dialogue among diverse communities through education and
community-building,” according to facilitator Anna Perng ’03.

Central to Peace Initiatives, which runs from April 20 to May 3, are the
presentations, discussions, and art showings involving exiled progressive
Iraqi artists Salam Kheder and Rebwar Saeed. Other events include poetry
and music performances as well as a film screening. Joining the artists is
renowned civil rights lawyer Michael Steven Smith, who will be focusing on
the status of civil rights post 9/11, while Salam Kheder and Rebwar Saeed
will be discussing Iraqi culture and art.

Perng explained that the dialogues with the artists will culminate in a
collaborative work of art, and that students and faculty are welcome to
invite the guests to classes and other campus events.

“Our goal is not to promote any one stance on the war; our goal is to
promote understanding,” she added.

Peace Initiatives is sponsored by the President’s Office, the William J.
Cooper Serendipity Fund, Forum for Free Speech, the Intercultural Center,
McCabe Library, DESHI, ENLACE, SPAC, the College Democrats, and many
students, staff, and faculty, as well as local, national, and international

Schedule of upcoming Peace Initiatives events

Monday April 21
“The Encroaching Police State”: a presentation about the state of civil
liberties in America after 9/11
by pre-eminent lawyer Michael Steven Smith
4:30 p.m. Scheuer Room

Tuesday April 22
“Where we’re coming from”: Dialogues with guest artists Salam Kheder and
Rebwar Saeed
This session with the artists will kick off our artistic collaboration
No art background or experience required to do this project!
facilitated by Karima Wilson, Arpita Parikh, Rajaa Shakir, and Anna Perng
9:00 p.m. Parrish Parlors

Wednesday April 23
Iraqi art: presentation by guest artists Salam Kheder and Rebwar Saeed
7:30 p.m. Scheuer Room

“Where we’re going from here”: Dialogues with guest artists Salam Kheder
and Rebwar Saeed
This session will be a chance for people to share ideas for what the work
of art will be.
No art background or experience required to do this project!
facilitated by Karima Wilson, Arpita Parikh, Rajaa Shakir, and Anna Perng
9:30 p.m. Parrish Parlors

Thursday April 24
An evening of poetry and music
Featuring reknown poet Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore, who will perform with
zithers, and live Iraqi music
7:00 p.m. Scheuer Room

Friday April 25
Ourstory distribution party for Spring 2003 edition
featuring our community’s reflections on war, peace, and visions of the
world as it is and how we want it to be
7 p.m.  Parrish Parlors

Wednesday April 30
“Brothers and Others” film screening followed by discussion
7 p.m. LPAC Cinema

Friday May 2nd
Farewell collection and presentation of art work, plus slide show
9 p.m. Friends Meeting House

*Time and location for working on the art project will be posted on our
board in Parrish Hall 1st floor


2) World news roundup

* Saddam Hussein’s son-in law, along with one of the dictator’s former
bodyguards, surrendered to the Iraqi National Congress, an opposition
group, on Sunday. Both men had been hiding out in Syria, and it is possible
that they returned to Iraq because of pressure from Syria’s government to
do so. President Bush stated that he believed that Syria was “getting the
message” on Iraq, and was thus willing to cooperate with the U.S.

* South Korean officials announced that talks with North Korea were likely
to go ahead as scheduled in Beijing this week. However, the U.S.’s
involvement in such talks is still uncertain after the North announced on
Friday that it had been reprocessing spent nuclear fuel rods in order to
make atomic bombs. The talks would be the tenth such meeting in two years
between the north and the south. Previously, the meetings have revolved
around the amount of South Korean aid to the North, though it is expected
that this time nuclear impasse would also be a topic of discussion.

* In a rare admission of failure, the Chinese government announced the
firing of Beijing’s mayor and the national health minister. The government
also said that the number of actual SARS cases was much higher than
previously reported.


3) Campus events

SWAP lunch
Sharples Room 6, 12:15 p.m.

“The Encroaching Police State”: a presentation on civil liberties after 9/11
Peace Initiatives talk by lawyer Michael Steven Smith
Scheuer Room, 4:30 p.m.

Lecture by Katha Pollitt and WA publication distribution
Hosted by the Writing Associates Program
LPAC Cinema, 7:00 p.m.

“Reweaving the Social Fabric”
by Ernesto Cortes, Jr.
LPAC Cinema, 9:00 p.m.

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

SWIL Movie Night: “The Mouse that Roared”
Kirby Lecture Hall, 10:00 p.m.

Carolyn Lesjak, Associate Professor of English, will give a faculty lecture
entitled “Coming of Age in a World Economy: Charles Dickens’ Great
Expectations.” As the British historian Eric Hobsbawm characterizes what he
calls the age of capital (1848-1875), the globe was essentially
‘transformed from a geographical expression into a constant operational
reality. History from now on became world history.’ Professor Lesjak’s talk
will address this profound shift in how the globe functioned by asking the
following question: When geography itself becomes an active participant in
Britain’s social formation, how exactly does the novel represent that
“constant operational reality”?

The lecture will be on Tuesday April 22nd in the Scheuer Room; it will
begin at 4:30 pm and will be preceded by a reception from 4:00 – 4:30 pm.
All are welcome.



1) Women’s Tennis Blanks McDaniel to Capture Centennial Crown

by Jenna Adelberg
Gazette Sportswriter

The Swarthmore women’s tennis team, who were named No. 17 in the nation and
No. 4 in the Atlantic South region in the most recent ITA polls, finished
off their final Centennial opponent Saturday, dropping only two games to

The Garnet quickly dominated their doubles matches without losing a single
game, with wins from Caroline Celano ’04 and Emily Townsend ’06, Kristina
Pao ’04 and Elli Suzuki ’06, and freshmen Sonia Vallabh and Sonali Shahi.
The success continued in singles as Celano, Suzuki, Vallabh and Shahi all
won their matches 6-0, 6-0, and Pao and Townsend went away with 6-1, 6-0
and 6-0, 6-1 wins, respectively.

Junior co-captain Anjani Reddy remarked on the team’s success: “I think our
biggest accomplishments this year have been our ability to come together as
a team, to take each match one point at a time, and to make the most out of
every opportunity we have had. By succeeding in those areas, we have been
able to win the conference, and I hope we can take our success even further.”

This conference victory marked the tenth and final one for the Garnet in
order to capture the outright Centennial Conference title. They will
participate in the individual Centennial Conference Championships next
weekend at Haverford College, and will travel to NCAA Regionals in the
beginning of May.


2) Earthworms capture Regionals bid

by Jeremy Schifeling
Co-Managing Editor

The men’s ultimate frisbee team is headed back to Regionals after finishing
in second-place at this weekend’s Sectional tournament at Haverford. After
going 3-0 in their preliminary matches on Saturday, defeating Lehigh, UPenn
B, and their very own B side, the Worms faced off against Haverford in the
semifinals on Sunday morning, dispatching the ‘Fords handily, 15-5.
However, in a rematch of last year’s Sectionals championship, Swat was
unable to repeat as Sectional champs, falling narrowly to UPenn, 15-11.
Nevertheless, with a 15-6 victory over Lehigh in the final match of the
tourney, the Worms clinched a berth at the Regional tournament, set for May
3-4 at Princeton. A strong showing there and Swat will look to make an
appearance at Nationals for the second straight year.


3) DeSimone leads men’s lacrosse to win over Haverford

Junior Joe DeSimone scored a career-high six goals to lead the Garnet to a
12-10 win over Haverford. Tim Chryssikos ’05 scored three times, while Than
Court ’03, John Murphy ’03, and John Cleaver ’04 capped out the Garnet’s
scoring. Ryan Croken ’05 made 17 saves in goal. Swat closes its season with
a record of 8-6 overall and 4-4 in the Centennial.


4) Baseball postpones Saturday game, splits doubleheader on

After having the Saturday game against Washington College postponed until
Tuesday, the Garnet split their doubleheadr at Dickinson the next day. The
first game went to Dickinson 8-1, but Swat came back to take the nightcap 8-3.

Brandon King ’05 scored the Garnet’s only run in the first game on an RBI
by Adam Schlossman ’06, but the Garnet jumped out to a quick lead in game
two and never looked back. Ryan Pannorfi ’04, Scott Young ’06, and Jody
Fisher ’05 each had two runs scored in the nightcap, while Carlton Davis
’04 and Wes Sconce ’04 scored one apiece. Matt Goldstein ’04, Fisher, and
King each had two RBIs, while Pannorfi added an RBI single. Jared Leiderman
’05 held Dickinson to three hits to earn the complete-game victory.


5) Softball splits doubleheader at F&M

The softball team split their doubleheader at Franklin & Marshall over the
weekend, losing the first game 8-0 and winning the second 4-3.

Sophomore Mary Mintel had the Garnet’s only hit in the first game, but the
team rallied from behind for the nightcap win, scoring three times in the
fifth inning to take the victory. Sam Brody ’05 knocked in Danielle Miller
’06 in the second inning to get the Garnet on the board, and Val Marone ’05
hit a bases-clearing double in the fifth to score Mintel, Christina
Procacci ’06, and Pam Lavallee ’03 on what would be the winning run. Emily
Remus ’06 shut down the Diplomats in the next three innings to earn the win.


6) Track and field competes at Widener Invitational

Sophomore Elizabeth Gardner set a Swarthmore record with her time of
2:13.50 in the 800 meter run, provisionally qualifying her for the NCAA
Championships. Njideka Akunyili ’04 finished fourth in the 400, while
Claire Hoverman ’03 placed seventh in the 800 and Molly Maurer ’06 ran the
5,000 in 18:55.5, seventh best in Swat history and also good for seventh
place in the tournament. Additionally, the 4×400 relay team of Akunyili,
Gardner, Hoverman, and Emily Wistar ’06 ran a season-best 4:08.09 and
finished third.

For the men, senior Robert Melick threw a personal best 43’8.25″ in the
shot put to place third–the best-ever Swat finish at the Widener
Invitational. James Golden ’05 also had a personal best, running the 1,500
in 4:02.11, good for 10th best in Swat history and 15th in the competition.
Garrett Ash ’05 took 12th in the 5,000 in 15:11.92, sixth fastest in school
history, while the 4×400 relay team of Kier Wachterhauser ’04, Matt
Williams ’04, Paul Thibodeau ’06, and Kwaku Ntsoso ’03 ran their
second-best time of the year, good for sixth place.


7) Men’s tennis falls to Washington

Swat fell to No. 9 Washington 4-2 on Saturday. Jayson Yost ’03 won his No.
2 singles match 6-3, 6-4, while Ben Rae ’04 was a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victor at
No. 5 singles.


8) Ursinus rolls over women’s lax

Ursinus jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back as they collected a
15-5 Centennial Conference victory over Swat on Sunday. Jackie Kahn ’04 led
the Garnet with four goals, and Sam Uslan ’04 netted 22 saves. The team is
now 6-9 overall and 1-6 in the Centennial.


9) Upcoming contests

Golf v. Haverford, Ursinus, USP at Rolling Green, 1:00 p.m.

Softball hosts Haverford (DH), 3:00 p.m.
Men’s tennis at Haverford, 3:30 p.m.
Women’s lacrosse hosts McDaniel, 6:00 p.m.



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