Friday, May 2, 2003

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.



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given the terrific experience I’ve had with the Gazette. Indeed, from
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opportunity to enjoy reading the publication as much as I’ve enjoyed
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Friday, May 2, 2003
Volume 7, Number 135 – The End Is Here!

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1) Housing woes strike rising sophomore, junior classes

2) Restaurant Review: Affordable yet tasty fare at New Deck Tavern

3) World news roundup

4) Campus events


1) Upcoming contests


Today: Scattered thunderstorms in the late afternoon. High of 73.
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that
the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. And
there was evening and morning, the first day.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with 50% chance of rain. Low in the mid 50s.
[Time passes]

Saturday: Scattered showers. High in the upper 50s.
And on the seventh day God finished the work, and he rested on the seventh
day from all the work that he had done.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. High in the low 60s.
Apparently God didn’t have honors exams.


Lunch: Tortellini di fiesoli, lattice cut French fries, Cajun black beans,
spinach, corn, wrap bar, cheesecake

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


1) Housing woes strike rising sophomore, junior classes

by Maki Sato
Gazette Reporter

More than 80 rising sophomores are currently on the waiting list to receive
housing for next year–nearly double or even triple the number of lingering
hopefuls in recent years. Why the sudden change? The Gazette went to Myrt
Westphal, Assistant Dean and Director of Residential Life, for answers to
this puzzling question.

Campus rumor has it that there are two primary reasons behind the housing
crunch: the current state of world affairs in the Middle East and East Asia
which has deterred rising juniors from studying abroad next fall and the
rising popularity of Swarthmore among high school students. It turns out,
however, that only the former rumor is true. According to Westphal, the
number of beds saved for the incoming class is the same as last year: about
400 for an expected class of around 375. Although looking at the size of
freshmen classes over the past six years shows an increase from around 360
students in 1997 and 1998 to 375 students in 2001 and 2002, this gradual
rise does not explain this year’s particular housing crunch.

Westphal did, however, note the decrease in study abroad participants as a
significant factor in the housing situation. She explained that in the
past, 50 to 60 students went abroad in the fall and around 80 went in the
spring, but for the last two years, 90 to 100 students have gone abroad in
the fall and 65 to 70 have gone in the spring. And now, she says, “we are
reverting back to the old pattern.” Thus, fewer students are going abroad
this fall and the extra students remaining on campus have increased the
demand for the limited housing supply.

Another factor in the crunch is the inflation of the “Swarthmore bubble.”
The number of Swarthmore students living off-campus has gone down from
about 115 to 93 in the last five years, according to Wesphal. As more
students decide to live on-campus, the pressure to provide everyone with
housing rises.

Yet, despite the numerous factors contributing to this year’s particularly
extensive waiting list, Westphal is not worried because of the variability
of the factors affecting housing. A number of rooms are frequently freed up
in the summer, and this leads Westphal to believe that there will be no
problem with students not having rooms next year. The rooms are simply
hidden from view now, but will be ready for occupancy in September.


2) Restaurant Review: Affordable yet tasty fare at New Deck

by Sanggee Kim
Gazette Reporter

So, in my last review, you were probably thinking, “When am I ever going to
trek all the way up the NYC just to go to Cafe Lalo?” But this week’s venue
is a totally affordable and accessible place to chill out with friends and
grab some great chow before the advent of final exams.

Located on Samson Row in UPenn, New Deck Tavern is a great favorite of mine
when I am looking to spend a minimal amount of money on a maximum amount of
food and drink. Every weekday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. is Happy Hour at New
Deck, and appetizers and house drinks are half-price off. Since the
appetizers are about as large as a full entree, these will surely satisfy
your appetite.

Don’t miss their honey mustard wings or their chicken quesadillas! Served
with lots of different sauces, these dishes are just off the stove/grill
when they come to your table, so watch that tongue of yours. After munching
on all that salty food, wash it all down with a pint of Guinness, their
signature beer.

Be sure to get there early, though, since New Deck fills up fast with a
steady stream of Penn students throughout the night. Although the owners
maintain an extensive portfolio of the tavern’s Irish identity, with walls
covered with Irish memorabilia, Guinness signs and maps of the Emerald
Isle, sometimes it just seems to get lost amid the drinking, laughing and
smoking college crowd. However, with live music Saturdays, Karaoke Tuesdays
and the Quizo trivia game on Mondays and Wednesdays, there is always plenty
happening with plenty of quality beers on tap, and a good variety of
scotches and whiskies that will help make your evening out an enjoyable one.

And the total bill usually ends up under $10 for two people eating their
full. How great is that? You’ll even have money left over for the train
ride back home!

New Deck Tavern is located at 3408 Sansom Street between 34th and 35th
Streets adjacent to the Bubble House and White Dog Cafe.


3) World news roundup

* Abroad the USS Abraham Lincoln, an aircraft carrier that helped to launch
thousands of air strikes on Iraq, President Bush announced that the allied
forces had prevailed in the fight against Hussein. Calling the Iraq war
just one battle in the long fight against terror, Bush still shied away
from declaring an ushering sweep of victory. Such a declaration of victory
would have required, under international law, that prisoners of war were
released quickly which would in turn have limited the US’s attempts to
detain Iraqi officials. Bush’s speech was a clear indication to some of the
start of a re-election campaign.

* Israeli troops thrust into Gaza on Thursday, killing 15 Palestinians. The
attacks came in response to the suicide bombing outside a restaurant in Tel
Aviv on Wednesday. Hamas has claimed responsibility for that bombing, and
the Israeli incursion was a sign to the world that the country would
continue to respond similarly to Palestinian violence despite the recent
unveiling of a “road map” for peace by the US, the United Nations, Russia
and the European Union.

* An earthquake in southeast Turkey on Thursday killed 100 people and
injured at least 500. The quake was reported to have a preliminary
magnitude of 6.4, with its epicenter near the city of Bingol. Many of those
trapped or killed had been living in a dorm at the Celtiksuyu Boarding
School. The dorm was one of 10 buildings to collapse.


4) Campus events


English Department spring picnic
Kohlberg Quad, 4:00 p.m.

Spring Fling: Willets Carnival
Willets, 4:00 p.m.

Engineering Department spring picnic
Nason Gardens, 4:30 p.m.

Shabbat services and dinner
Memorial Hall – Bond, 5:30 p.m.

Workshop and lecture by guitarist Gary Lucas
Kohlberg 115, 5:30 p.m.

Community Peace Concert
Umoja Park (at the intersection of Yale & Kenyon in the Ville), 6:30 p.m.

Student chamber music concert
Lang Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Movie: “Koyaanisqatsi”
Sponsored by the International Club
SCCS Lounge, 8:00 p.m.

Spring Fling: Student Council Movie Night
Correction: SC will not be showing “Aladdin” as previously reported. A new
movie is being selected in its place.
Parrish Beach, 8:00 p.m.

King Lear: Freshly Cut and in Color
Troy Dance Lab – LPAC, 9:00 p.m.

Peace Initiatives Farewell collection and art work presentation
Friends Meeting House, 9:00 p.m.

Phi Psi Fraternity Iraqi civilian medical aid benefit concert
Phi Psi, 9:00  p.m.

Spring Fling: Student Council party
Paces, 12:00 p.m.


Worthstock Music Festival
Swarthmore Bata Drum Trio, African Drumming featuring Charles Abacus and
Corey Mark ’02, Gary Lucas, Corey Harris, Frank Bambara Y Sus Salseros,
Gary Lucas, Corey Harris, King Django Roots and Culture Band
Olde Club, 12:15 – 9:00 p.m.

DU Margaritaville BBQ
DU, 1:00 p.m.

The Origins Project: Tracing traditions and history in dances of Asia
LPAC Mainstage, 8:00 p.m.

Worthstock After-Party
Olde Club, 9:00 p.m.

DU Margaritaville Party
DU, 10:00 p.m.


Swarthmore Meeting annual bird walk
Friends Meeting House, 7:00 a.m.

Swarthmore Friends meeting for worship
Friends Meeting House, 10:00 a.m.

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

Music in Bond
Memorial Hall – Bond, 2:00 p.m.

Young Friends meeting for worship
Bond Common Worship Room, 5:00 p.m.

Student Dance Concert featuring works from Composition I, Senior projects
and the Modern Repertory class
Part I – Crum Meadow, 6:30 p.m.
Part II – Troy Dance Lab – LPAC, 8:00 p.m.

Olde Club performance: featuring Cobra Verde, The Vexers, Pattern is
Movement, and The Perfectionists
Olde Club, 7:00 p.m.

Vertigo-go and Comedian Tim Homayoon
LPAC, 7:00 p.m.

Senior voice recital: Eden Wales
Lang Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Peace Initiatives art projects are now on display in the lobby of McCabe and
will remain up throughout the weekend. Come by and check them out!



1) Upcoming contests

Track and Field at Centennial Conference Championships at Gettysburg, 6:30 p.m.

Track and Field at Centennial Conference Championships at Gettysburg, 11:00
Women’s Rugby Alumni Game, 11:00 a.m.
Men’s Rugby Alumni Game, 1:00 p.m.
Men’s Tennis in NCAA Regional at Mary Washington, Time TBA
Women’s Tennis in NCAA Regional at Washington & Lee, Time TBA

Track and Field at Centennial Conference Championships at Gettysburg, 11:00
Men’s Tennis in NCAA Regional at Mary Washington, Time TBA
Women’s Tennis in NCAA Regional at Washington & Lee, Time TBA



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