Friday, March 26, 2004

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Friday, March 26, 2004
Volume 8, Number 110

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Today’s issue:


1) 16th Annual Sager Symposium begins today

2) Weekend roundup

3) World news roundup

4) Campus events


1) Softball downed by DeSales

2) Upcoming contests


Today: Foggy areas, then sunny. High of 70.
My friend who’s visiting from Tufts just tried to tell me a joke…

Tonight: Chance of showers. Low of 48.
“What’s a heat wave in Boston?”

Tomorrow: Chance of showers. High of 62.
Punchline: “Three days with temperatures above 85.”

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High of 62.
I’m not sure I get it, but I think it’s time for me to get to work on
writing a joke about Philadelphia weather, radically changing
temperatures, and annoying showers every few hours…


Lunch: Tortellini di fiesoli, lattice cut french fries, cajun black
beans, split pea soup and manhattan clam chowder, wrap bar, cheesecake.

Dinner: Chicken parmesan, pasta, eggplant parmesan, sweet and sour
tofu, potato bar, fruit pies.


1) 16th Annual Sager Symposium begins today

The 2004 Sager Symposium will be held beginning today and running
through Sunday, March 28. Funded with money from the Sager Fund
established in 1988 by Richard Sager ’73, the theme for this year’s
events is “Queering the Nuclear: reimagining families revolutionizing
policies reenvisioning histories”. All events are free and open to the
public, except for the banquet dinner. Check out the Sager website at
more information.

Sager 2004 Partial Schedule of Events

Friday, March 26th

Photo & Text Exhibit: “Love Makes a Family”
Kaori Kitao Gallery, 2:00 p.m.

Ingrid Rivera
Scheuer Room, 4:30 p.m.

Performance: “Ex Post Papa: Life as a Freelance Dyke Dad”
Science Center 199, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 27th

Queer Families Panel
Scheuer Room, 9:00 a.m.

Lecture by Ruth Vanita
Scheuer Room, 10:45 a.m.

Film Screening: “transparent”
Scheuer Room, 12:00 p.m.

Photo & Text Exhibit: “Love Makes a Family”
Kaori Kitao Gallery, 1:00 p.m.

David Tseng
Upper Tarble, 2:30 p.m.

Dan Savage
Upper Tarble, 4:30 p.m.

Symposium Banquet
Reservation required
Scheuer Room, 6:30 p.m.

My Big Fat Gay Wedding Party
Paces & Upper Tarble, 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 28th

Coffee & Danish
Intercultural Center, 11:00 a.m.


2) Weekend roundup

by Megan Mills
Communications Editor

This is one of those weekends when it’s good to be a Swattie.
Whether you want your body tie-dyed or unclothed, whether you want to
watch a movie about drugs or spelling bees or cross-dressers trying to
snag Marilyn Monroe, or even if you want to pick up some certified
preowned appliances, you can have a good time on campus this weekend.

Ok. I have to plug this event–“You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” is
showing so many times this weekend, you know you’ll be able to make at
least one. And it’s worth it. So whether you go Friday at 8:00 p.m.,
Saturday at 2:00 p.m., or Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m., you’re in for
a good show. The songs, the Peanuts gang, and Snoopy’s doghouse combine
to form a musical that can’t be missed.

Holi is a wonderful holiday, and this year you can celebrate it on
Parrish Beach with Deshi and lots of colored water. Be there Friday
afternoon from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. However, be warned and wear old

And Sager. What else do I have to say? Saturday at 10:00 p.m. begins
the wonderful world of “My Big Fabulous Gay Wedding” in both Upper
Tarble and Paces. So if you haven’t partied yourself out at the
International Club’s “Glowbal Party” on Friday, you should definitely
put in an appearance. I’ll work on convincing the editors that we need
a slideshow a la Screw, but don’t count on it.

All that said, if you just have to get away this weekend,
Philadelphia is always ready to burst our bubble. The Philadelphia
Orchestra is performing Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Mozart this weekend,
with tickets
starting around $25. For more info go to

On a slightly different note, have you ever thought about getting
that tragus, nose stud, or belly button ring but haven’t gotten around
to doing it? Bite the bullet and hie thee to Inferno Body Piercing! I
personally vouch for them, but my friend’s friend got an industrial and
was very happy with their cleanliness, staff friendliness and
professionality, and jewelry quality. Inferno also helped develop
Philadelphia’s safety codes concerning body piercing, so you’re
probably in safe hands. Located at 618 South Street, all you need is a
few minutes to adorn your body in a hole new way!

And with that, I’m out folks. Have fun and stay safe!

[Living and Arts Editor’s note: If you’ve already checked out
Charlie Brown and want to stay on campus, the College Jazz Ensemble
kicks off at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. It’ll be burnin’…trust me. -JRF]


3) World news roundup

* Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved the $2.41
trillion budget proposed by the Republicans. Ten Republicans joined the
entirety of the Democrats in an opposition vote, but the budget passed
215-212. The new plan sticks roughly to George W. Bush’s military
spending requests, but reduces the planned tax breaks and makes a
quicker attempt to control the record federal deficit. The House hopes
that the new plan will halve the deficit-which is expected to his $477
billion this year-in four years, a year less than Bush’s plan. Three
alternative Democratic plans, which would have erased tax cuts for the
wealthiest Americans and put more money into education and health care,
were all rejected earlier this year. Democrats currently blame Bush’s
tax cuts for turning Clinton’s surplus into massive deficits, but
Republicans say that the sluggish economy and the current war are the
major culprits.

* In a 61-38 vote yesterday, the Senate passed the Unborn Victims of
Violence Act, which makes it a crime to hurt a fetus in a violent act.
“Pregnant women who have been harmed by violence, and their families,
know that there are two victims-the mother and the unborn child-and
both victims should be protected by federal law,” said the President
following the law’s passage. However, the new act could be a setback to
those fighting for abortion rights. By giving a fetus the same legal
rights as its mother, a precedent is set that could be used to
challenge abortions in the future. “This would be the first time in
federal law that an embryo or fetus is recognized as a separate and
distinct person under the law, separate from the woman,” said NARAL
president Kate Michelman. “Much of this is preparing for the day the
Supreme Court has a majority that will overrule Roe v. Wade.”

* Caribbean leaders demanded Thursday for the UN to investigate the
United States’ influence in the ousting of Jean-Bertrand Aristide,
Haiti’s former president. Many speculate that the US might have forced
the leader to abdicate. The UN probe comes after Aristide told
Caribbean leaders that he was abducted by gunpoint by US agents, and
removed him from the country on a US-chartered plane. US officials say
that Aristide’s departure had been previously arranged and that the
maneuver probably saved his life, as over half the country had been
overrun by rebels at that time. Aristide is currently taking asylum in
Jamaica, but officials there say that he will be moving permanently to
South Africa after it holds elections next month.


4) Campus events

Deshi and International Club Cultural Fair
Parrish Beach, 11:30 a.m.

Sager Symposium
Starts 4:15 p.m. on Friday

Shabbat Services and Dinner
Bond, 5:45 p.m.

Multilingual Slam
IC, 7:00 p.m.

Movie Screening: Spellbound
LPAC Cinema, 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Anime/Manga Club Screening: Akira
Kohlberg 228, 8:00 p.m.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”
LPAC Mainstage, 8:00 p.m.

Love Stories Screening: “Some Like It Hot”
Science Center 101, 10:00 p.m.

Olde Club Event: “Spring Is…”
Olde Club, 10:00 p.m.

Honors Alumni Panel Discussion
Bond, 10:00 a.m.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”
LPAC Mainstage, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Movie Screening: Spellbound
LPAC Cinema, 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Movie Committee Screening: 21 Grams
Science Center 101, 7:30 p.m.

“Sager–My Big Fabulous Gay Wedding”
Upper Tarble and Paces, 10:00 p.m.

Quaker Meeting
Meetinghouse, 10:00 a.m.

Catholic Mass
Bond, 11:00 a.m.

Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Concert
Lang Concert Hall, 3:00 p.m.

Capoeira Lessons
LPAC Large Studio, 4:00 p.m.

Dancing Across Cultures
Troy Dance Lab, 7:00 p.m.

Senior Voice Recital: David Mister ’04
Lang Concert Hall, 8:00 p.m.

Living Wage Campaign Meeting
Trotter 303, 8:00 p.m.

Olde Club Show: John Vanderslice and Will Johnson
Olde Club, 9:00 p.m.



1) Softball downed by DeSales

The softball team’s three-game win streak ended yesterday as they
fell to the DeSales Bulldogs 11-9. DeSales took the first lead of the
game in the first inning off of a home run. The Garnet came back to
earn three runs, and the lead passed between the teams several times
during the game. Kelly Siano ’07 and Christina Procacci ’06 each had 3
hits for Swarthmore. The Garnet, now 4-8 overall, will host Ursinus at
3:00 p.m. on March 30 in the Centennial Conference opener.


2) Upcoming contests

Golf at USP, 1:00 p.m.
Baseball at Franklin and Marshall, 3:00 p.m.

Track at Widener, 10:00 a.m.
Men’s Tennis hosts Washington & Lee, 11:00 a.m.
Baseball hosts Gettysburg (DH), 12:00 p.m.
Men’s Lacrosse at Gettysburg 1:00 p.m.
Women’s Tennis hosts NYU, 1:00 p.m.
Women’s Lacrosse hosts Moravian, 3:00 p.m.

There are no contests scheduled for Sunday.



“Life is something that happens when you can’t get to sleep.”
–Fran Lebowitz


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