Wednesday, March 24, 2004

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Volume 8, Number 108


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NEWS IN BRIEF

1) Student Council Appointments Chair Candidate
Platforms

2) World news roundup

3) Campus events

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) Women’s tennis sweeps Ursinus

2) Softball chalks up back to back wins at Alvernia

3) Garnet baseball falls to Diplomats

4) Golf team takes third at invitational

5) Women’s rugby open season with victory over UPENN

6) Upcoming contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. High of 59.
Things have been pretty hectic lately, and it’s been difficult to keep
up with life’s little necessities…

Tonight: Showers. Low of 57.
For example, I realized the other night that in my current laundry
situation, I would be out of clothes in less than four days…

Tomorrow: Few showers. High of 60.
Luckily, thanks to Sager, this will not pose a problem this weekend.

TODAY’S SHARPLES MENU

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

Dinner: SHARPLES TAKEOVER: Middle Eastern Dinner (Sponsored by Ruach
and Students of Middle Eastern Descent (SOMED))

NEWS REPORT

1) Student Council Appointments Chair Candidate
Platforms

Student Council is holding a special election for the position of
Appointments Chair. The winner will act as an apprentice for the
remainder of the semester, as well as Appointments Chair for the Fall
2004 semester. Online voting will take place on Tuesday, March 30th and
Wednesday March 31st. Sharples voting will take place during Lunch and
Dinner on Thursday, April 1st. Candidate platforms can be found below.

Erika DuPree ’07

Hello, I am Erika DuPree and I would like to be considered for
Appointments Chair on the Student Council. There are several reasons
why you should vote for me. One I am a good decision maker, dependable,
and organized. Also, I have experience in organizing committees and
making decisions as serving three years in my local girl scout county
planning board. I know this may have little semblance to the structure
of student council, but I am familiar with the essential process. You
also have my dedication to getting the best people into the best
positions, that I believe in accountability, and want to serve the
student body’s best interests. Although I am a freshman I am more than
willing to spend the time needed training and doing anything requiring
extra time to make sure that my position is served in the most
efficient and knowledegable way. Thanks for your consideration.

Thomas Evnen ’07

My interest in running for Appointments Chair is simple. At Swarthmore,
the committees appointed by Student Council play a central role in
student life. From movies and parties to curriculum and diversity,
these committees determine the everyday activities of the entire
student body. You might find it odd, but I have spent a significant
portion of this semester engaged in lengthy debates with council
members and non-council members alike regarding student appointments.
These discussions have left me with the impression that the
appointments process has often been tainted by bias and favoritism. I
believe that Swarthmore’s student body would be best served by a more
objective process and I am prepared to work with the current chair to
achieve this goal in the coming semester. As a member of Student
Council, I would also seek to ensure that the council not overstep the
bounds of impartiality on polarizing issues like the living wage.
Additionally, it has come to my attention that the McCabe coffee bar is
in danger of being closed. I intend to work with dining services to
pursue the option of accepting points at the coffee bar as this would
increase its profitability and accessibility to students.

Gavin Nurick ’07

My name is Gavin Nurick and I am running for the Appointments Chair
position on Student Council. As Appointments Chair I will be assertive
as the leader of a committee designed to appoint, as the name
insinuates, other committee heads. I believe the position must be held
by someone who is objective and a good judge of character, two
characteristics that I possess. I also feel the position must be held
by someone who is attuned to issues concerning the Swarthmore
community. I am someone who is in touch with the “McCabe social
circle,” and can always be found on the second floor with an open ear
to suggestions.

I promise to implement an overall vision for the committee system that
includes reaching sensible compromises while remaining akin to the
desires and needs of the student body. While casting your vote for
Appointments Chair, I urge you to vote Gavin Nurick for Student Council
Appointments Chair.

Jacob Winkler ’07

(platform not received at press time)

*****

2) World News Roundup

*Hamas hardliner, paediatrician Abdel Aziz Rantisi, 54, who has
pushed for accelerating attacks on Israel and who rules out all
compromise was elected on Tuesday as the new leader of the Islamic
militant group in Gaza following Israel’s assassination of the group’s
founder. The announcement came a day after Israel assassinated the
group’s founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin and hours after Israel renewed
threats to try to kill the entire Hamas leadership ahead of a possible
withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Rantisi has rejected a temporary truce
with Israel and any compromise with Mr Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian
Authority. In the wake of Sheik Yassin’s killing, Hamas threatened
revenge attacks of unprecedented scope, and Israel beefed up security
throughout the country and at missions abroad. Despite its threats of
massive revenge, Hamas’ initial response was relatively tepid. It fired
mortar shells and homemade Qassam rockets towards Israeli targets in
Gaza, causing no injuries.

*Scientists have discovered bird flu at a third farm in western
Canada, and fear it may have spread to two more. The Canadian Food
Inspection Agency has ordered the slaughter of thousands more birds, in
a bid to check the spread of the virus which has led Europe, China,
Japan and other countries to ban imports of Canadian chicken. The
affected farm, near Abbotsford, east of Vancouver, British Columbia, is
within 2km of two other farms hit by the virus earlier this month. The
chickens contracted the mild H7 strain of avian influenza which poses
little risk to human health, unlike the H5N1 strain that has killed at
least 23 people and forced the slaughter of millions of chickens in
Asia. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency destroyed 8,500 chickens on
Monday, bringing the total to 60,000 birds slaughtered on area farms to
prevent the spread of the virus. Tight restrictions on the movement of
poultry were also imposed in British Columbia province to contain the
outbreak.

* Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian yesterday asked parliament to
amend the election law to allow a vote recount demanded by opposition
leader Lien Chan and thousands of protesters camped outside the
presidential palace since Saturday night. But the opposition dismissed
this as a delaying tactic, and demanded an emergency decree for an
immediate recount. Making his first appearance since his disputed
re-election victory last Saturday, Mr Chen dismissed allegations that
the election had been rigged and said he would accept the result of the
recount ‘100 per cent’. He also angrily denied that last Friday’s
shooting, which left him with an abdomen injury, had been staged to
gain sympathy votes. Mr Chen beat Mr Lien to the presidency by the
narrowest of margins of less than 30,000 votes, or 0.22 per cent of
total votes cast. The wafer-thin victory has sparked protests and
charges of vote-rigging and election fraud that Lien supporters say had
cost theircandidate and his running mate James Soong one million votes.
The opposition questioned Mr Chen’s sincerity since the President’s
inauguration ceremony would go ahead as scheduled on May 20.

*****

3) Campus events

SGAC Letter Writing Study Break
Parrish Parlours, 4:00 p.m.

City Year Info Session
Lang Center (Train Station), 5:30 p.m.

Satirical Newsmagazine-First Meeting
Upper Sharples, 6:00 p.m.
(Note: This event inadvertently ran Tuesday as well. The meeting is
taking place today, Wednesday.)

SOCA/International Club Movie Night: “Life and Debt”
Science Center 199, 7:00 p.m.

French Film Festival: L’auberge espagnole
Kohlberg 115, 7:30 p.m.

Spiritual Journeys of Swat Students
Bond Common Worship Room, 9:00 p.m.

SWIL Star Trek Episodes
Hicks Mural Room, 9:00 p.m.

Feminist Majority Meeting
Parrish Parlours, 9:00 p.m.

International Club Storytelling Session
Kohlberg Coffee Bar, 10:00 p.m.

Film Society Screening: The River
Science Center 101, 10:00 p.m.

*****

SPORTS UPDATE

1) Women’s tennis sweeps Ursinus

The women’s tennis team served up a 9-0 victory over the Ursinus
Bears yesterday. Kristina Pao ’04 and Elli Suzuki ’06 teamed up to earn
the 8-5 victory in first doubles. First-years Sara Sargent and Waverly
Lutz defeated their opponents 8-3 in second doubles. Anjali Aggarwal
’06 and Frederica von Euw ’07 rounded out doubles play with an 8-4
victory.

Pao, Sargent, and Sarah Fritsch ’07 led the way in singles play with
6-0, 6-0 victories in second, fifth, and sixth doubles respectively.
Caroline Celano ’04 earned a 6-2, 6-2 victory in first singles, while
Suzuki also won her third singles match 6-1, 6-1. Lutz took fourth
singles 6-2, 6-0. The Garnet (3-2, 1-1) will host NYU on Saturday at
1:00 p.m.

*****

2) Softball chalks up back to back wins at Alvernia

The softball team swept their double-header yesterday with Alvernia.
Emily Remus ’06 shutout her opponents 6-0 in a three-hit complete game.
Marianne Klingaman ’07 earned the 6-1 victory in the second game, only,
allowing six hits.

The Garnet earned four runs in the fifth inning with two more in the
seventh. Christina Alva ’07 sent one of the runs across the plate in
the seventh with her first career hit and RBI. Remus struck out seven
in her victory. Klingaman earned four strikeouts in the second game.
Danielle Miller ’06 led the Garnet with two hits.

The softball team has its home-opener today at 4:30 p.m. when it
hosts University of the Sciences.

*****

3) Garnet baseball falls to Diplomats

The baseball team was unable to capitalize on its home field
advantage yesterday as it fell to the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats
12-0. The home team was only able to get 3 hits but committed seven
errors. Ian Adelstein ’07, Carlton Davis ’04, and Cliff Sosin ’04 all
earned a hit for the Garnet. The Garnet, now 1-6 and 0-1 in the
Centennial Conference will travel to Franklin and Marshall on Friday
for their next contest; the action begins at 3:00 p.m.

*****

4) Golf team takes third at invitational

The golf team earned third place out of eight teams at the Dickinson
Invitational yesterday. Zach Moody ’07 shot 79 for a sixth place
finish. Eric Zwick ’07 took eighth place with an 80. Mike Cullinan ’06
and Matt Daper ’05 shot 82, and Geoff Hollinger ’05 shot 84. The Garnet
will face Cabrini and Arcadia on March 29 at 1:15 p.m.

*****

5) Women’s rugby open season with victory over UPENN

On Saturday the women’s rugby team beat the University of
Pennsylvania 12-5. Despite an early and false score by UPENN, the Swat
women came back strong and controlled the majority of the game. Outside
center Emily Rhoades ’04 and wing Kristin Davis ’06 scored for
Swarthmore, and Kirsten Vannice ’04 made the conversion kick. The Swat
women travel to Lehigh this Saturday for the second match of the season.

Thanks to Kirsten Vannice ’04 for reporting the results.

*****

6) Upcoming contests

Today:
Softball hosts USP, 4:00 p.m.
Women’s Lacrosse at Gettysburg, 4:00 p.m.
Men’s Lacrosse hosts Elizabethtown, 7:00 p.m.

Tomorrow:
There are no contests scheduled for tomorrow.

*****

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.”
–Anonymous

*****

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