Wednesday, September 24, 2003

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Volume 8, Number 18

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Today’s issue:


1) Student Council unveils new two category student group charter

2) Caffeine-trotting, part 2: Coffee–you can sleep when you’re

3) World news roundup

4) Campus events


1) Women’s Soccer: Garnet upset F&M in OT

2) Men’s Soccer: Garnet play a 1-1 draw with Scranton

3) Volleyball: Garnet lose to Gwynedd-Mercy

4) Upcoming contests


Today: Sunny. High of 73.
That was quite the storm yesterday morning…

Tonight: Clear. Low of 58.
Rainy, windy, cold downpouring – like the proverbial cats and dogs, it was…

Tomorrow: Isolated thunderstorms. High of 76.
If only Isabel could’ve taken a cue from that little ‘sunshower’ – the 3-day
weekend could’ve been a reality (sigh, old dreams die hard…)


Lunch: Chicken croquettes, mashed potatoes, homestyle tofu, peanut noodle,
bagle bar, black forest cake

Dinner: Grilled flank steak, steak fries, eggplant with feta, asparagus, pasta
bar, bundt cake


1) Student Council unveils new two category student group
charter system

by Greg Leiserson
Campus News Editor

Approximately 50 Swatties gathered on Parrish Steps last night at 10:00 p.m.
to listen to and question Student Council as it presented a new system of chartering
student groups. The new system provides two types of charters. One of the two
types, Funded Charters, would be the same as the charters currently in existence.
The new type of charter, the Registration Charter, would provide groups with
official college recognition and non-monetary services, but would not allow
it to go to Spring Budgeting.

According to SC Co-President Emiliano Rodriguez, “Ideally, the Registration
Charter is an added benefit. These are groups that would have been rejected
for charters as they exist now.” The addition of the new charters will
allow the college to recognize official groups without putting additional stress
on the student activities budget.

Included in the new chartering system is the requirement that all groups must
be rechartered every year, and Student Council members hope that this will help
trim out clubs that still officially exist but are largely inactive. There would
be a lot of work in the first round, said Rodriguez, but “this is a lot
of cleanup to add groups that exist now and are not recognized and to get rid
of groups that are not functioning now, but do officially exist.”

SC Student Groups Advisor Melinda Lee noted that “every group that has
a charter should be up for review every year so good communication can be maintained
between the group and Student Council.”

When asked if the changes in the chartering process were a sign that Student
Council is seeking to reduce the number of groups with traditional funded charters,
Rodriguez responded by saying that “whether or not there will be a reduction
in the number of fully chartered groups depends on how Fall Chartering goes.”
However, in saying this he did leave open the possibility that some groups would
in fact find their charters revoked.

Overall students seemed to respond fairly positively to the proposal. Said
Adam Roddy ’06, “Student Council is taking appropriate action in regards
to chartering groups because, as they spelled out, there seems to be some budgetary
pressures on the chartering process. I think it is an appropriate action, although
I think there will probably be some upset people for the startup of the new
system which may take place as soon as this fall.”

The complete text of the proposed amendment follows:


Guidelines for Chartering

2.1a Types of Charters (Proposed 23 September 2003)

2.1.1a CC shall issue two types of charters. A group with a Registration
Charter will be officially recognized as a student group of the college. A
group with a Funded Charter will also be officially recognized as a student
group of the college. A Funded Charter is a prerequisite for receiving funding
from SBC.

2.1.2a Non-chartered individuals or groups may receive funding from FFCs,
based on the merits of individual proposals, as outlined above (Article III,
Section 1.6).

2.1.3a CC shall also distinguish between charters for “support groups”
and other organizations. Organizations except those specifically chartered
as “support groups” must offer open membership to the entire campus.
Both Registration Charter groups and Funded Charter groups can be distinguished
as such.

2.2 Criteria for Charter Approval

2.2.1 The organization must provide sufficient and long-term value to the

2.2.2 The organization must not overlap with the purpose or intent of another
chartered organization to the extent that its members could not fulfill their
goals within any existing chartered group.

2.2.3 The organization must be able to exist on a feasible budget that complies
with the SAA rules and the guidelines of this Constitution.

2.3a Procedures regarding Chartering (Proposed 23 September 2003) Groups may apply for a charter at any time during the academic year.
Only groups who receive a Funded Charter in the fall semester are guaranteed
access to SBC Spring Budgeting. Access to Spring Budgeting for groups receiving
funded charters in the spring semester will be considered on a case by case
basis by the CC and a representative of SBC.

2.3.2a Every charter issued by the CC will be reviewed yearly by the Charter
Committee during the fall semester. Upon a charter’s maturity at this time,
CC may renew the charter, refuse to renew it, or alter the group’s charter

2.3.3a Noted powers granted in 2.4 apply.

2.3.4a Appeals of CC decisions shall be heard by all members of SC and shall
require a two-thirds majority vote to overturn the original decision pf CC.

2.4 Procedure for Revoking a Charter

2.4.1 CC may revoke the charter of any organization by a two-thirds majority

2.4.2 SC also has the power to review charters at the recommendation of CC
and may revoke charters with a two-thirds majority vote.


2) Caffeine-trotting, part 2: Coffee–you can sleep when
you’re dead!

by Christine Shin – Gazette Reporter
additional reporting by Pei Pei Liu

In this second of a series of coffee bar comparisons (check out last week’s
chai review:,
the Gazette samples coffee from the four major java sources on campus: Kohlberg,
the Science Center, Sharples/Tarble, and McCabe. (Many thanks to Laurie and
the other kind coffee bar workers who assisted us!)

For a good breakfast coffee, we suggest the Green Mountain Coffee featured
in Sharples and Tarble. The regular blend has a simple, mundane taste, and while
the decaf is somewhat bland, overall it’s a gentle, mild roast that gets the
job done and will get you going in the morning.

Another good breakfast coffee is Equal Exchange’s Mind Body & Soul, served
at The Daily Grind in McCabe. MB&S is a bit of a darker roast than Green
Mountain, but it still provides a smooth taste. Students having a rough night
in “The Cage” might also want to sample the Grind’s two flavored coffees:
Hazelnut Creme and French Vanilla. Hazelnut Creme wins the smell contest by
far among all the reviewed coffees, but its enticingly nutty scent is not fully
realized in the actual taste of the coffee. Similarly, French Vanilla smells
sweetly of sugar and vanilla but has disappointingly little flavor; it does,
however, require less sugar and milk than the other Equal Exchange varieties.
We should also note that Equal Exchange has a mission of fair trade between
coffee consumers and small-scale coffee farmers around the world.

Kohlberg and the new Science Center coffee bar both get their beans from Morning
Star Coffee, a local company based in West Chester, PA. Kohlberg features the
Colombia Supremo blend and a wide variety of flavored coffees. Yesterday’s feature
flavor was “Ginger Snap,” which smells intriguingly of dry summer
wood and spices, but unfortunately also tastes somewhat wooden. Despite its
mild smell, the regular Colombia Supremo is surprisingly strong in taste; though
it is by no means a heavy coffee, some milk and sugar are recommended. The decaf
version tastes like a much darker roast, with a slightly ashy note underlying
its overall gentle taste.

The Science Center features the Sumatran Viennese blend of Morning Star, which
is still mild-tasting but somehow deeper in texture and flavor, with a richer
body. The decaf version has a musky smell and tastes more like tea than coffee,
with a slightly herblike tone but the same full body. Of all of the coffees,
this was the only kind that we enjoyed drinking black, and our overall favorite.
Head on over and try some for yourself!

Check out all the details about Swat’s coffee brands of choice:


3) World news roundup

* California’s unprecedented gubernatorial recall election got the green light
Tuesday from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which overturned last week’s
decision by a three-judge panel of the same court to postpone the October 7
vote until March. The unanimous ruling by an 11-judge panel of the 9th Circuit
came less than 24 hours after a hearing at which the American Civil Liberties
Union argued that the recall election should be delayed until March for some
counties to replace outdated voting equipment. But the judges concluded that
more harm would come from postponing the election than allowing it to move forward.
Therefore, Californians will face a two-part vote on October 7. They will decide
whether Davis should be ousted, and also will pick a replacement in case Davis
is recalled.

* President Bush on Tuesday rejected any speedy transfer of power to Iraqis
as world leaders criticized him for bypassing the United Nations to launch the
war that ousted Saddam Hussein. In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly devoid
of humility or hubris, Bush urged other nations to share the burdens of the
postwar occupation and reconstruction of Iraq, a year after he told the 191-member
body it risked irrelevance if it did not enforce Security Council resolutions
on Saddam. He faced stiff criticism from French President Jacques Chirac, U.N.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva,
who faulted the United States for taking the law into its own hands by launching
a unilateral, preemptive invasion. However, Chirac denied any personal animosity
with Bush, saying they agreed on many issues.

* Next year, women will disappear from billboards and TV commercials in Kota
Baru, the capital of the state of Kelantan, Malaysia. It is the latest in a
series of Taliban-like rules that has been introduced by the state’s ruling
fundamentalist Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS).The new rules will also apply to
cinema advertisements, specifying that only text can be used in any form of
advertisement, apparently to prevent women from being shown. “The rationale
for the move is to prevent exploitation of women in advertising,” said
a spokesman. Muslim women in the state are now required to wear the tudung and
are also not encouraged to work at night. PAS had previously insisted on separate
checkout counters in supermarkets. Kelantan Menteri Besar and PAS spiritual
leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat also recently said women should not put on makeup as
it could lead to rape.


4) Campus events

Earthlust’s “A Walk in the Woods” series, no 1: Crum Woods Walk
Martin loading docks, 4:30pm

McKinsey and Company Info Session
Haverford College, 6:30 p.m.

Evans Scholars Meeting
Scheuer Room, 7:00 p.m.

Open Group Meeting for Students with Disabilities
Kohlberg 116, 8:00 p.m.

Why-War? Meeting
Science Center 102, 8:30 p.m.

Film Society Screening: “Hybrid”
Science Center 101, 10:00 p.m.



1) Women’s Soccer: Garnet upset F&M in OT

Natalie Negrey ’07 scored the game winner with 1:31 remaining in the first
overtime as the Garnet defeated the Diplomats for the first time in 24 contests.

The Garnet next play Gettysburg at home at 12 pm on Saturday


2) Men’s Soccer: Garnet play a 1-1 draw with Scranton

The Garnet battled the Royals to a 1-1 tie in Scranton this evening.

Andrew Terker ’06 scored 29:17 into the game on an assist by Brendan Moriarty
’04. The Tide held onto the lead till 6:40 remaining in the game. Both sides
could not score in the two overtimes.

Swat returns to action on Saturday at 2:30 when Gettysburg visits Clothier


3) Volleyball: Garnet lose to Gwynedd-Mercy

The Garnet lost at Gwynedd-Mercy 30-16,30-24, 30-18 on Tuesday night.

Emily Conlon ’06 posted a double-double with 15 assists and 14 digs, she also
added four aces. Erica George chipped in with five kills and 11 digs.

The Garnet are now 7-7 for the season. They will next play York College on
Friday in the Johns Hopkins Invitational.


4) Upcoming contests

No contests scheduled for today

Field Hockey hosts West Chester-JV, 7:00 p.m.



“The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences
of what never happened”


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Living & Arts Editor: Evelyn Khoo
World News Editor: Roxanne Yaghoubi
Sports Editor: Saurav Dhital
Associate Editor: Megan Mills
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Charlie Buffie
Jonathan Ference
Alex Glick
Mary Harrison
Jaeyoon Kim
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Maki Sato
Aude Scheuer
Angelina Seah
Christine Shin
Siyuan Xie

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Sarah Hilding
Holice Kil

Robbie Hart
Kyle Khellaf
Max Li
Casey Reed


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