Monday, December 1, 2003

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Monday, December 1, 2003
Volume 8, Number 59

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Today’s issue:


1) Campus construction update: Science Center, dorm, and heat

2) Student Council election results

3) World news roundup

4) Campus events


1) Upcoming contests


Today: Mostly clear but windy. High of 52.
Rabbit, rabbit: happy first of the month…

Tonight: Clear. Low of 30.
What’s the origin of that superstition anyway?

Tomorrow: Sunny with strong winds. High of 40.
Possibly college students wanting to turn into bunnies and hibernate instead
of coming back to school?

Extended Weather Forecast

by Josh Hausman
Gazette Weatherman

Summary: At times this week will definitely feel like winter, although no snow
is likely. Highs today and at the end of the week will be in the 40s, but on
Tuesday and Wednesday temperatures may not emerge from the 30s. Lows are likely
to be in the 20s throughout the work week, but may warm into the 30’s by the

Below is the forecast as of Sunday night, for a more up to date forecast clink
on this link

Today (Monday). Partly sunny and brisk. Mainly morning highs in the upper 40s.
Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph.
Monday night. Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 20s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday. Partly sunny and brisk. Highs in the upper 30s.
Tuesday night. Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s.
Wednesday. Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 30s.
Wednesday night. Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 20s.
Thursday. Mostly clear. Highs in the lower 40s.
Friday. Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s. Highs in the upper 40s.
Saturday. A chance of rain. Lows in the lower 30s. Highs in the upper 40s.
Sunday. A chance of rain. Lows in the upper 30s. Highs in the upper 40s.

Long-Range computer models predict above normal temperatures next week.

Philadelphia normal (average temperatures) for December 1st : Hi 49 Low 35
Record High:72
Record Low: 11
For more information on Philadelphia’s climate see:


Lunch: Ravioli with marinara sauce, crusty foccacia, tempeh stir fry with broccoli
and red bell peppers, spinach, zucchini, seafood bar, cookies

Dinner: Paella, basmati rice, mexican lasagna, El’s black beans, baby carrots,
cauliflower, burger bar, ice cream bar


1) Campus construction update: Science Center, dorm, and heat

by Greg Leiserson
Campus News Editor

The three major construction projects on campus have been making smooth progress
throughout the fall semester. The outer shell of the expanded heat plant across
from the Field House was completed in late November. The concrete foundations
of the new dorm should be finished within the month, and the construction of
the Science Center is now 75% done.

In the Science Center, the work on Martin Hall should be completed by the end
of the month, and the work on the Research Annex should be finished by the end
of January. Kirby Lecture Hall was demolished and in its place there is now
a new Biology seminar room and a larger department office. The Biology lab beneath
Kirby has been replaced with a new lab for student research, along with microscopy
and computer imaging labs. The Research Annex will include a number of facilities
for the Chemistry Department, including lab instructor and technician offices,
a seminar room, and a classroom.

The upgrade to the Heat Plant across from the Field House, which provides steam
to the campus for heat and hot water, has progressed on pace throughout the
fall semester. The shell of the building, constructed from cinder blocks and
brick, was completed on November 21st. Two new boilers were craned into the
building on November 18th. Once the new boilers have been successfully tested
and are running, the oldest of the original boilers will be demolished to make
room for a third new boiler. The oldest boiler is currently running at only
half of its rated capacity. Beginning in early December, the new boilers will
be prepared for use in the college steam system. There will be a brief shut
down of the boiler plant during winter break to connect the new boilers into
the current system. The windows of the building should be installed sometime
in January to complete the exterior.

During the month of December, a number of structural sections of the new dorm
should be completed. The concrete foundations should be finished in their entirety
and masonry walls will be completed in the basement and to the second floor.
In addition to structural components of the dorm itself, the work needed to
install new chilled water and steam lines should be completed as well.


2) Student Council election results

Courtesy of Student Council. * denotes the winner

Jonathan Fombonne ’05 247
*Jyoti Gupta ’05 420
No Preference 96
None of the Above 46

Hunter Bandy ’07 114
Scott Blaha ’07 95
*Jeremy Cristol ’05 265
Randy Goldstein ’05 134
No Preference 110
None of the Above 90

Campus Relations Rep
Joshua Forrest Berney ’05 199
*Kristin Davis ’06 237
Wootae Min ’07 141
No Preference 171
None of the Above 58

Campus Life Rep
*Heidi Fieselmann ’06 338
Mark Hanis ’05 300
No Preference 107
None of the Above 64

Appointments Chair
*Saed Atshan ’06 307
Matt Meltzer ’06 176
John Ross Williams ’06 154
No Preference 127
None of the Above 44

Margin of Error: 16


3) World news roundup

* U.S. soldiers fought back Sunday by engaging in running battles through the
northern Iraqi city of Samarra. Using tanks, cannons and small arms, the U.S.
troops killed 46 Iraqi fighters, but five Americans were injured in the process.
The weekend also saw the deaths of two South Koreans, seven Spaniards, two Japanese,
and a Colombian. US officials said that these international deaths were the
result of a new push by Iraqis to target the citizens of countries that supported
the U.S.-backed occupation of Iraq. However, Spanish and Japanese officials
said that the deaths would not end their commitments to help the reconstruction
in Iraq, with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar commenting on Sunday that
“Our freedom is threatened by all terrorists. [And] we know that a withdrawal
would be the worst route we could take.”

* Syria handed over 22 suspected bombing suspects to Turkey on Sunday. The
suspects are accused of acting in connection to four deadly suicide bombings
in Istanbul November 15th and 20th. One of those returned is Hilmi Tugoalogu,
a close associate of Azat Ekinci. Ekinci is believed to have been one of the
major suspects involved in the blasts. Istanbul Governor Muammer Gular said
“that there were resemblances to an Al-Qaeda link” in the attacks.
A man identified as Yusur Polat, who was charged on Saturday for his role in
the bombings after being captured near the Iranian border, was reported in some
Turkish newspapers as having confessed to being part of a 10-man cell that was
part of the Al-Qaeda network.

* GOP senator John McCain accused Congress of “throwing money away like
a drunken sailor” on Sunday. The accusation was made because McCain believes
that Congress is throwing away excessive amounts of money because of the lawmakers’
inclination to spend money on pet projects in their districts. McCain, who ran
against President Bush for the GOP nomination in 2000, also blamed Bush for
the over-spending, saying that he has been too reluctant to veto legislation.
McCain was a key part of the opposition that kept Congress from passing a $390
billion spending bill last week.


4) Campus events

SAC Meeting
Kohlberg 330, 9:00 p.m.

WRC Board Informational Meeting
WRC, 9:00 p.m.

SWIL Movie Night: “Dark Star”
Science Center 101, 10:00 p.m.

Faculty Reading
Featuring Rachel Pastan, Sibelan Forrester, Sujane Wu, Craig Williamson, and
Nathalie Anderson.
Tuesday, 4 PM, Scheuer Room.
Sponsored by Small Craft Warnings.



1) Upcoming contests

Men’s basketball hosts Philadelphia Biblical, 7:00 p.m.

Women’s basketball hosts Ursinus, 7:00 p.m.



“There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire.
The other is to get it.”
–George Bernard Shaw


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