Friday, October 10, 2003

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Friday, October 10, 2003
Volume 8, Number 30

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The Daily Gazette staff will be taking a temporary respite from their rigorous
publishing schedule next week in order to celebrate fall break and its varied
pleasures. While this separation may be challenging for many of you, it will
be but a brief moment on the grander scale. The Gazette will resume publishing
on the 20th.


1) College Corner: Major League Baseball rivalries take Swat
by storm

2) College Bowl opens year with fifth place finish at Cornell

3) Fall Break roundup

3) World news roundup

4) Campus events


1) Upcoming contests


Today: Mostly sunny. High around 76.
Today: Mostly sunny. High around 76.

Tonight: Passing clouds. Low in the 50s.
Tonight: Passing clouds. Low in the 50s.

Saturday: Partly sunny. High in the lower 70s.
Saturday: Sunny. High in the low 90s. Water temperatures in the mid 70s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with possible thunderstorms. High again in the low 70s.
Aren’t the Bahamas a great place to spend fall break? [happiness ensues]


Lunch: Crunchy cod, macaroni and cheese, El’s black beans, cut green beans,
stewed tomatoes, specialty salad bar, bar cookies

Dinner: Sweet and sour chicken, basmati rice, pasta saute, stuffed peppers,
broccoli, cut corn, taco bar


1) College Corner: Major League Baseball rivalries take Swat
by storm

by Jonathan Ference
Gazette Reporter

They are out there.

You may have heard their inexplicable screams of agony and ecstasy echoing
from dorm rooms and lounges across campus. These screams are evidence of an
intense rivalry sweeping the campus, with individuals and halls choosing sides
in an epic battle: the Major League Baseball playoffs.

For those who have been living under the proverbial midterm rock, the Florida
Marlins are playing the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees are facing the
Boston Red Sox for the right to play in the World Series. Both best-of-seven
series stand at a game apiece.

Of more import to those who have had to close dorm doors this week to get some
quiet is the sort of baseball subculture that has taken hold of this campus.
Little groups gather nightly in various dorm rooms and lounges to root their
teams on. Allusions to favored teams run rampant in The Phoenix and the Daily
Gazette. Signs in Lang Music Building remind students to get anything they need
from the building before break…and add “GO SOX! GO CUBS!” at the
bottom. With so many Swat students coming from the northeast, it’s no surprise
that the traditional Sox-Yankees rivalry is causing such a commotion. Yet, more
interesting is how packs of fans rooting for each team have formed throughout
the residential halls on campus, with some of them causing quite a stir.

One such hotbed is Mertz 2nd North. While Mertz on the whole is renowned for
being concerned about baseball, John Boonstra ’07 and Stephen St. Vincent ’07
have their room set up for the ultimate Red Sox cheering experience. Though
their hall theme is “New York”, the two have the best TV reception
on the hall and have even brought in a couch to allow “up to 20” Red
Sox fans to gather. Among those watching the finals of the division series earlier
this week in that room were members of three classes…all rooting for the Red
Sox, with the exception of RA Val Marone ’05, who admitted to being a Mets fan.
Red Sox fandom is not just for Mertz: It has also been rumored that the viewing
audience in the Palmer lounge has a makeup of approximately 10 Sox fans and
only 1 Yankees fan.

Upstairs from Boonstra and St. Vincent, Mertz 3rd South is dominated by Yankees
fans and their whiteboards with omnipresent pro-New York messages. When Boston
captured the first game of the series from the Yankees on Wednesday, the 2nd
North fans paid their counterparts on 3rd South a rather raucous visit, making
the win just a little sweeter.

Elsewhere around campus, fans seem to be a little more cooperative. In Willets
basement on Tuesday, 6 Sox fans were rather peacefully watching the game with
4 Yankees fans. The responses have been more varied for Boonstra and Paige Gentry
’07, who made Red Sox t-shirts that they’ve worn three days straight. Asked
about fellow students’ reactions to his shirt, Boonstra said: “I’ve had
a wide range of reactions, from ‘F*** the Sox!!’ to ‘RED SOX RULE!'”. He
did tell of one rather imposing Yankees fan who harassed him throughout dinner
in Sharples. But none of this has shaken his fandom–in fact, it would seem
fans delight in joining up with others of “their kind” to cheer their
team on…and to antagonize partisans of the opposite side. The whiteboard of
Caroline Grubbs ’07 and Rebecca Benjamin ’07 even tells the tale of a room divided:
“Witness the peaceful co-existence: GO BOSTON! GO YANKEES!” Grubbs
admitted, though, that the two have been “pretty civil about the whole


2) College Bowl opens year with fifth place finish at Cornell

The Swarthmore College Bowl team kicked off its season with a trip up north
to frigid Cornell with an experienced team consisting of Chris White ’05, Will
Schricker ’04, Emily Ullman ’06, and Matt Fowles ’04. The team performed well
against tough competition, entering the top-bracket playoffs tied for third
and finishing fifth overall; the field featured such top teams as Princeton,
Rochester, Virginia Commonwealth, and Michigan (who brought two teams and is
currently third in the nation). In addition, there were some strong individual
efforts: White and Schricker were the tournament’s sixth and seventh leading
scorers individually, and Ullman was also in the top half.


3) Fall Break roundup

by Evelyn Khoo
Living & Arts Editor

It’s Fall Break! If you’re not jetting off to exotic locales (New York, San
Fran, etc) but lounging about on our beloved campus, good for you! Drink in
the beautiful sights and sounds of Swat in the fall…and especially appreciate
the ability to sit on Parrish beach, without a paper in sight and thinking of
nothing at all. However, when the lounging gets a tad repetitive,
you might want to try out these Daily Gazette recommendations for a fine time
in good old Philly.


Local artists are throwing open their doors and inviting you into to take
a peek at their artwork! How can you possibly say no? The Philadelphia Open
Studios tours the studios west of Broad Street on Oct 18th and 19th, check out
their website,
for more information.

For the more scatological of mind, you might want to peer into the inner workings
of the body itself. Then trot over to the Franklin Institute at 222 North 20th
Street for “Grossology The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body”.
The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and lasts til Jan 31st of next


Think you might collapse from Olde Club withdrawal symptoms this break? The
perfect cure – Yo La Tengo with Sun Ra Arkestra, plays at the Trocadero, Oct
11th at 7:00 p.m.

Still haven’t got your fix yet? Check out the indie/punk offerings of Fighting
Dogs, Sound of Failure, the Great Clearing Off and Hands Up You’re Free, 7:00
p.m. at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, on Oct 13th.


Celebrate Pennsylvania Ballet’s 40th anniversary! PA Ballet’s 40th birthday
party will be featuring works from George Balanchine and will be performing
at Merriam Theater, 250 South Broad Street so you want to grab tickets fast
for their matinee shows on Oct 11th and 12th.


Frolic to the gay tunes of “La Vie En Bleu”, the American premiere
of the musical featuring Pablo Picasso’s life taking place at the Walnut Street
Theater, 825 Walnut Street, 8:00 p.m., run lasting til Oct 18th (except Oct


End break with a bang! Before heading back to Sharples you might want to splurge
at Moshulu, at Penn’s Landing, 401 South Columbus Blvd, where you’ll feast on
the gastronomical memories for at least a month. A restaurant on a ship moored
at Penn’s landing, take your pick from cafe style snacks to the more sumptuous
dinner offerings in the main dining area, while enjoying the twinking lights
of the Philly skyline reflecting off the water.


4) World news roundup

* Another suicide bomber struck in Iraq on Thursday, killing 10 and wounding
45. The attack, which happened outside of a police station in a heavily Shiite
section of Baghdad, occurred six months to the day after Baghdad fell to American
forces. Also, earlier the same day, Iraqi gunmen shot and killed a Spanish military

* In the fourth debate of this electoral season, the Democratic presidential
candidates met Thursday night in Phoenix, Arizona. Each of the candidates took
their turns at blasting retired Gen. Wesley Clark, accusing the candidate of
being a late entry to both the party and the race. On the same day President
Bush campaigned in New Hampshire, the only Northeastern state that he carried
in 2000, defending his handling of Iraq and the economy against attacks by the

* Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger announced members of his transition
team on Thursday, including several Democrats and Republicans like former Gov.
Pete Wilson and former secretary of state and treasurer George Schultz. Schwarzenegger,
who will take office as soon as the recall’s results are certified, said that
his team’s first task would be to find out exactly how serious the state’s defecit


5) Campus events

There are no public campus events scheduled for today.



1) Upcoming Contests

Women’s Soccer hosts Johns Hopkins, 7:00 p.m.

Field Hockey hosts Washington, 1:00 p.m.
Volleyball in Seven Sisters Tournament at Haverford
Men’s Soccer at Muhlenberg, 7:00 p.m.

Volleyball in Seven Sisters Tournament at Haverford



“It is possible to be below flattery as well as above it.”
–Thomas Babington Macaulay


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Managing Editor: Pei Pei Liu
Campus News Editors:

Greg Leiserson
Alexis Reedy

Living & Arts Editor: Evelyn Khoo
World News Editor: Roxanne Yaghoubi
Sports Editor: Saurav Dhital
Associate Editor: Megan Mills
News Reporters:

Scott Blaha
Charlie Buffie
Jonathan Ference
Alex Glick
Mary Harrison
Jaeyoon Kim
Sanggee Kim
Ken Patton
Melissa Phruksachart
Maki Sato
Aude Scheuer
Angelina Seah
Christine Shin
Siyuan Xie

Sports Writers: Jenna Adelberg
Sarah Hilding
Holice Kil

Robbie Hart
Kyle Khellaf
Max Li
Casey Reed


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