Wednesday, January 21, 2004

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Volume 8, Number 68

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1) World news roundup

2) Campus events


1) Upcoming contests


Today: Mostly sunny. High of 32.
The recent weather conditions have really fueled my imagination.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low of 22.
On my way to Sharples, I like to imagine that an ice age has come,
me alone on the planet to observe the footprints preserved in the ice.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High of 39.
But then I hit the dinner rush and I remember: I am not alone.


Lunch: French bread pizza, crinkle cut fries, tuscan bean bake,
succotash, peas, greek bar, magic cookie bars

Dinner: Grilled strip steak, duchess potatoes, pasta sauce, wild
with cranberries and pecans, pasta bar, strawberry shortcake


1) World news roundup

* U.S. officials suspect they may be detaining the 20th al Qaeda
hijacker as a prisoner at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
According to officials, the detainee, who has only been identified as
“Al-Qahtani”, is “one of a half dozed or so individuals” suspected to
be the alleged 20th hijacker al Qaeda planned to place on United Flight
93. While Flight 93 never reached its destination, crashing into the
rural fields of Pennsylvania, government investigators have always
suspected the flight was missing a hijacker. Four hijackers were found
aboard Flight 93, while five hijackers were aboard the other planes
involved in the terrorist attack. While human rights groups have
criticized the U.S. government’s indefinite detention of prisoners at
Guantanamo, officials maintain that the interrogation of such detainees
are necessary, as they yield valuable information.

* A husband and wife from Atlanta, GA have been arrested and charged
with the murder of a 6-year-old girl, after the couple was spotted
walking down the street naked in the bitter cold Monday morning with
two young children. After being led to the motel where the couple had
been staying by one of the children, police discovered the body of
6-year-old, who had been strangled, stabbed, and had her back broken in
what appeared to be an attempted exorcism. The couple have been
charged with cruelty to children, public indecency, and obstruction of

* After studying the movement and hunting patterns of Californian
mountain lions, scientists have found that mountain lions are much
closer to humans than previously thought. After collaring mountain
lions with radio transmitters used to track their movements,
specifically within popular tourist area of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park,
scientists found that the lions are often a mere 100 to 300 meters away
from trails, moving in closer when they begin hunting after dusk.
While the study suggests that humans are most at risk when the cougars
are hunting, the patterns observed to not conform to the recent fatal
mountain lion attack on Mark Reynolds in Orange County. Despite the
trends observed in the study and the recent incidence of attacks, the
California Department of Recreation confirmed that encounters between
mountain lions and people are rare, recording only about a dozen
mountain lion attacks in California since 1890.


2) Campus events

Film Society Presents “Duck Soup” by the Marx brothers
Science Center 101, 10 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute
LPAC, 7:30 p.m



1) Upcoming contests

Swimming hosts Albright, 6:00 p.m.
Men’s Basketball hosts Muhlenberg, 8:00 p.m.

Women’s Basketball hosts Muhlenberg, 7:00 p.m.



“It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”
— Alfred Adler


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