Monday, April 5, 2004

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Monday, April 5, 2004
Volume 8, Number 116

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Today’s issue:


1) Hallmates and friends join to support Kevin Lull ’06
following car

2) Mellon grant helps strengthen Islamic cultural
studies program

3) College to begin review of race-related policies

4) Fairy tale symposium treats Swatties to a dose of

5) Paces menu

6) World news roundup

7) Campus events


1) Women’s tennis crushes Sewanee

2) Women’s lax wins against Dickinson

3) Garnet makes strong showing at Muhlenberg track

4) Softball splits doubleheader

5) Golf finishes 3rd, 10th

6) Men’s lax falls to Colorado

7) Undefeated women’s rugby team shuts out Stroudsburg

8) Upcoming contests


Today: Partly cloudy. High of 46.

Saturday: Foolishly, I pack away my winter clothing thinking we’re done
for the year.

Tonight: Windy and clear. Low near freezing.

Sunday: Painfully, I take out a winter jacket to face the cold and

Tomorrow: Windy and clear. High in the 50s.

Monday: I wear a t-shirt and shorts to class as the freak weather
culminates with an 85 degree day. You–stop laughing. A man can dream,
can’t he?

Extended Weather Forecast

by Josh Hausman
Gazette Weatherman

Summary: This week will begin very cold, but temperatures should warm
to near normal by midweek.

Below is the forecast as of Sunday night, click on this link for an
updated forecast

Today (Monday). Partly cloudy and windy. Highs in the mid 40s.
Northwest winds 20 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
Monday night. Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 15 to
20 mph. Diminishing overnight.
Tuesday. Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday night. Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Lows
around 40. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday. Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain in the
morning. Highs around 60.
Wednesday night. Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.
Thursday. Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers in the
afternoon. Highs in the upper 50s.
Thursday night. Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers.
Lows in the upper 30s.
Friday. Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers. Highs
in the upper 50s.
Friday night. Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers in
the evening. Mostly clear after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s.
Saturday. Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 50s.
Saturday night. Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s.
Sunday. Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 50s.

Long-Range computer models predict below normal or normal temperatures
next week.

Philadelphia normal (average temperatures) for April 5th: Hi 58 Low 41
Record High: 81
Record Low: 22
For more information on Philadelphia’s climate see:


Lunch: Meatball sandwich, crinkle cut fries, vegan meatball sandwich,
cauliflower au gratin, green beans, vegetarian blend, hot wing bar,

Dinner: Roast top round of beef, red bliss potatoes, chick pea saute,
Greek pasta, asparagus, baby carrots, pizza bar, ice cream bar


1) Hallmates and friends join to support Kevin Lull
’06 following car

by Greg Leiserson, News Editor

additional reporting by Anya Carrasco, Gazette Reporter

CORRECTION: The original article appearing in Friday’s Gazette
incorrectly stated that the helicopter was for the evacuation of a
student and that the students were returning to campus from dinner,
while they were actually heading out to dinner at the time of the
accident. The corrected and updated information in the following
article supersedes the original article appearing Friday.

Roughly 15 friends and hallmates of Kevin Lull ’06 gathered Sunday
night to make cards and express support for Lull and his family as he
recovers in the hospital following a car accident last Wednesday
evening. Organized by Jacob Wallace ’05, Lull’s RA, the participants
created cards that his family could read to him and cards to express
support for the family.

As of Sunday night Lull remained in the intensive care unit of the
hospital where members of his extended family will be staying with him
throughout his recovery. According to Wallace, visiting is not yet an
option, but Lull is stable and recovering steadily so “that could
change any day.”

The accident occurred shortly after 6:00 p.m. last Wednesday as Lull,
Tyler Lyson ’06, Matt Boulay, and Bev Nalven were heading out for
dinner. Preliminary investigation from the Swarthmore Police Department
indicates that the car Boulay was driving was struck from the side as
Boulay made a left turn off of North Chester Road onto Oakdale Place.
Three cars were involved in the accident, and six individuals were
taken from the scene for medical attention. By Friday afternoon all but
Lull had been released.

According to the Swarthmore Fire Department, the driver of the striking
vehicle was flown to the University of Pennsylvania Trauma Center. Lull
was taken from the scene to Crozer Chester Medical Center.


2) Mellon grant helps strengthen Islamic cultural
studies program

by Lauren Janowitz

Gazette Reporter

The past year, Swarthmore was awarded the Andrew. W. Mellon
Foundation’s Discretionary Presidential grant, in recognition of
Swarthmore and President Al Bloom. Only two of these grants are given
out each year.

The grant will be used to strengthen the Islamic cultural studies
program at Swarthmore. The college initially identified the need for an
Islamic studies program in 1999, and began to raise the $2 million
required. However, after September 11th, “we felt it was our
responsibility to institute such a program immediately,” said Maurice
Eldridge ’61, vice president for college and community relations.

In 2001, the college began adding courses dealing with Islamic studies,
and last year ran an experimental not-for-credit Arabic lesson. Due to
the importance of the Arabic language to the Islamic studies program,
an Arabic teacher was hired on a one-year contract this year.

According to director of foundation relations Lisa Smith, “Swarthmore
president Al Bloom was invited last year by the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation to apply for funding to strengthen a college program of
future importance for the college.” The program chosen for this grant
was Islamic studies.

In order to expand the program, President Bloom applied for a $250,000
grant: $150,000 to help support the current cost of the program, and
$100,000 to cover the cost of hiring a new Arabic teacher, who will
teach both first and second year Arabic. The foundation awarded the
grant in December 2003, and the college will begin to implement it this


3) College to begin review of race-related policies

by Greg Leiserson

News Editor

As a result of the US Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action in
University of Michigan undergraduate and law school admissions last
spring, Swarthmore has begun a review process to examine college
programs that might be affected by the decision. The process will be a
“program by program review” to ensure compliance according to Sharmaine
LaMar, the college’s equal opportunity officer, who will be overseeing
the process.

While the college will be seeking outside legal counsel throughout the
process, the reviews will be conducted by senior level administration
and faculty members and personnel directly involved with the programs.
At this time it is still unclear what kind of recommendations may come
out of the process and what the final decision making method will be.
In addition to simply making sure that the college is operating within
the letter of the law, LaMar noted that the process will also keep an
eye towards “ensuring that the programs continue to promote the
institution’s goals of producing ethically and socially conscious
members of society.”

Since the Michigan decision, lawsuits have been brought against many
schools, but LaMar said that there haven’t been any brought against
Swarthmore, and that part of the motivation for the review is the
desire to avoid such potential problems in the future.

The process is still in its formative stages and the scope and
structure of the project are still being developed. LaMar said that she
hopes the entire review will be finished in less than a year, but that
the project will continue until it is completed regardless of how long
it takes.


4) Fairy tale symposium treats Swatties to a dose of

by Alexis Reedy

Features Editor

The world of “Once upon a time…” came to Swarthmore College this
weekend in the form of a fairy tale symposium held on Saturday, April

Earlier in the week, students and faculty held readings of Russian,
Chinese, and French fairy tales in Kohlberg and McCabe coffee bars, but
the symposium culminated in discussion sections on Saturday. The
morning was devoted to fairy tale scholars, Jack Zipes, Maria Tater,
Lewis Seifert, and Dorothy Hurley.

The scholars lectured on a range of issues related to fairy tales, from
Zipes’ presentation on the oral tradition represented by Sicilian Fairy
Tales to Tater’s lecture: “From Hard Facts to ‘Turkish Delight’: Fairy
Tales and Cultural Effects.” Hurley, whose professional work focuses on
the messages that are sent to children through literature about their
culture, spoke on the relationship between “Children of Color and the
Fairy Tale Princess.”

In the afternoon, modern fairy tale writers and illustrators spoke on
the creative process behind writing and drawing for children’s
literature, specifically fairy tales. Swarthmore Linguistics Professor
Donna Jo Napoli spoke on how to conduct research for fiction works.
Rather than a dry academic lecture, Napoli conducted her sessions as if
she were speaking to fellow writers interested in writing a book for
children, thus allowing the audience to get a more intimate sense of
what it is like to write a fairy tale. Napoli is currently working on a
book based off of the Chinese Cinderella story.

Paul O. Zelinsky, winner of the Caldecott Medal for his retelling of
the story of Rapunzel, followed Napoli. Using slides of some of his
work, he described the creative process behind illustrating. He
presented paintings and photographs that inspired him, original
sketches, and partially finished sketches as they were being painted

Finally, Veronique Tadjo, a renowned African writer from the Ivory
Coast, lectured on “Mamy Wata: a Pan-African Fairy with a double edged
sword”. Tadjo just completed a book on the Rwandan genocide.


5) Paces menu

ReaL FooD


* green salad with pears

and parmesan dressing (V!) *

* coconut chicken *

* pizza *

TueSDaY & WedNeSdaY

(all kosher for Passover!)

* matzah brei (V!) *

* matzah ball soup (V!) *

* beef brisket *



* soul duck cake *

(no actual ducks were harmed in the baking of this cake)

* flourless chocolate cake *

(kosher for Passover!)


* rocky road cheesecake *

* pecan pie *


* caramel matzah crunch *

(kosher for Passover)


6) World news roundup

* Sarhane Ben Abdelmajid Fakhet, the 35-year-old Tunisian man who was
identified as the leader in charge of the March 11th bombings in
Madrid, was suspected to be among five men who blew themselves up in an
apartment near Madrid last Saturday. Interior Minister Angel Acebes
said that the men were chanting in Arabic when they set off the bomb in
a four-story apartment complex in the Madrid suburb, Leganes. A Spanish
police officer was also killed and 11 others were wounded. The bodies
of Abdennabi Kounjaa and Asri Rifat Anouar were also found and
identified. Fakhet and Kounjaa were two of six suspects that the
Spanish government was searching after the train bombings in Madrid.
Acebes commented that Fakhet’s body had an explosive belt with 4.4
pounds of unexploded bombs. The fourth suspect has yet to be
identified, and two others were thought to have escaped before the
arrival of the police. Police were unsure whether those suspects were
on the international warrant list or not. Acebes said that Goma 2 Eco
explosives, the brand used in the train bombings that killed 190 people
and injured 1,800 others, and 200 detonators were found in the

* Fighting in Baghdad left seven U.S. soldiers dead Sunday, becoming
one of the worst days of fighting since Saddam was removed from power.
The arrest of Mustafa al-Yaqoubi, a deputy to the prominent Shiite
cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, fueled violent protests around the city.
Supporters of al-Sadr attacked police stations and government buildings
in Sadr City, spurring battles that resulted in the deaths as well as
wounding at least 24 other soldiers according to the U.S. military.
Although protestors took over several police stations at one point, a
coalition official stated that U.S. troops have regained control of
five of them. Shiite militia also took control of buses in the
neighborhood of Kahatimya, which they used as road blocks. Upset
al-Sadr supporters see the arrest as a targeting of al-Sadr, following
the closing of his weekly newspaper on March 28th. Coalition troops
responded to the attacks by sending in more than a dozen tanks to help
retake buildings and restore order. According to MSNBC, al-Sadr later
issued a statement “calling off street protests and saying he would
stage a sit-in at a mosque in Kufa, where he has delivered fiery weekly
sermons for months.”

* Early Sunday morning, ten gunmen entered a police station in Karachi,
Pakistan and opened fire, killing five policemen and wounding the chief
constable, who had returned fire and injured one of the attackers.
Inspector Tariq Jamil said authorities were unsure of the motives and
loyalties of the gunmen but suspected they may have been bitter over
the new stringent crackdown on militant groups. Officer Abdul Khaliq
Shaikh said that the gunmen had shouted, “We will not leave any police
alive.” CNN reports that Karachi has been the target of many terrorist
attacks in the past few years. On March 15th, police had defused a bomb
outside the US consulate in the nick of time, and in June of 2002, a
suicide bomber killed 14 Pakistanis in front of the consulate.


7) Campus events

New Dorm Open to Visitors

Between Mertz and the train station, 4:00 p.m.

“Education Under Occupation”: A Talk by Palestinian Students

Scheuer Room, 7:00 p.m. (note: this is a change in location from
Parrish Parlours)

Movie Screening: “Divine Intervention”

Science Center 101, 7:30 p.m.

SWIL Movie Night: Cube

Science Center 101, 10:00 p.m.



1) Women’s tennis crushes Sewanee

by Alex Glick

Sports Editor

The women’s tennis team defeated University of the South 8-1 this past
Saturday in the Mullan Center, in a match that lasted close to five
hours. This is the fourth win in a row for the ladies, who have only
lost one point in the past four games and have outscored their
opponents 57-13 this spring.

Swarthmore swept all three doubles matches.  Anjani Reddy ’04 and
Sonya Reynolds ’07 shutout their opponents 8-0 in first singles. 
First years Sara Sargent and Waverly Lutz took second doubles 8-3, and
Kristina Pao ’04 and Elli Suzuki ’06 earned an 8-3 victory at third

Reddy earned her sixth straight victory this year at first singles on
Saturday.  After falling 5-7 in her first set, she came back to
win the next two sets 6-2, 6-3.  Reddy used the full court to her
advantage, especially in the last two sets, as she made her opponent
run all over the court to return her well-placed shots.  This
skill, combined with great concentration and overall ability, has
helped her achieve forty consecutive victories in Centennial Conference

Caroline Celano ’04 had a little trouble at times at second singles but
took the 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win. She was quite intense on the court and came
back after being down 2-3 in the last set to earn a point for her team.
Pao played hard in third singles but was unable to pull off the

The Garnet had a slightly easier time picking up wins in the fourth,
fifth, and sixth singles slots.  Reynolds came off of her doubles
win with Reddy earlier on to blank her opponent 6-0, 6-0 in one of the
quickest matches of the day.  She truly out-powered her opponent
in the victory and did not let up for a minute, so it was not a
surprise that only Reynolds put points on the board in this match.

Suzuki took the 6-1, 6-0 victory in fifth singles.  Armed with her
own personal cheering section, the sophomore had a good eye and served
very well in her fourth victory of the season.  Suzuki had many
great shots and was able to recover well the few times when her
opponent had her in a bind.

Marissa Matthews ’07 won sixth singles 6-2, 6-0.  The first-year
showed great speed and impressive footwork on the court throughout her

The Garnet’s match against Johns Hopkins, scheduled for later on
Saturday afternoon, was postponed to a date to be announced.
Swarthmore, now 6-2 overall (2-1 in conference play), return to action
on Thursday when they host Washington (6-5, 3-3) at 3:30 p.m.


2) Women’s lax wins against Dickinson

Jackie Kahn ’04’s scoring streak reached 29 games, and her goals,
combined with those of Heidi Feiselmann ’06, Lindsay Roth ’07, Ele
Forbes ’05, Niamh Short ’06, and Megan Speare ’05 helped propel the
Garnet to a 14-10 victory.

Swat had an 8-3 lead by halftime that Dickinson would struggle to cut
short. However, the Garnet kept coming, bringing the lead quickly to
12-4, and finally shutting them down.


3) Garnet makes strong showing at Muhlenberg track

Swat students finished well in a number of events at the Muhlenberg
Invitational. Matt Williams ’04 placed second in the 110 hurdles. Jen
Stevenson ’06 took 4th in the long jump, James Kreft ’06 snagged 5th in
the 5000 meter, and Sam Graffeo ’07 was 6th in the shot put.


4) Softball splits doubleheader

It was one win and one loss for the Garnet against Dickinson. In the
first game, Swat went without a hit for the first five innings, and
could not come back late, falling 9-0.

The second game told a much different story. With seven runs off six
hits, the Garnet pulled together with the help of doubles by Stephanie
Rogan ’06, Danielle Miller ’06, and Kelly Siano ’07. Marianne Klingaman
’07 alone had 7 hits, and the team took back the day winning 7-1.


5) Golf finishes 3rd, 10th

On a windy Friday, Garnet Golf grabbed third place out of five at
Widener’s tournament. Widener won with 339, while Swat managed 344,
just 3 behind the second place team Neumann. Mike Cullinan ’06 was the
leader of the pack with 83.

Later this weekend, with conditions still windy, Swat managed 10th out
of 16, and Eric Zwick ’07 won 20th place out of 80 with a score of 164
at McDaniel Invitational.


6) Men’s lax falls to Colorado

Though Joe DeSimone ’04, Ryan McKenna ’07, Tim Chryssikos ’05, and Jeff
Donlea ’05 managed to pull in 7 goals for Swat, it wasn’t enough to
overcome Colorado College’s 12. Down 4-3 at the half, Colorado pulled
ahead to 9-4 by the end of the third quarter, and Swat could not catch


7) Undefeated women’s rugby team shuts out Stroudsburg

The women’s rugby team improved to 3-0 for the season, defeating East
Stroudsburg 10-0 on Saturday.  Despite dominating the field, the
Swat women had a rough first half of the game as they were playing with
a different line-up than had been anticipated.  However, in the
first few minutes of the second half Swarthmore scrumhalf Liz Buckner
’06 scored, and Swarthmore cruised to an easy victory.  Emily
Rhoades ’04 scored the second try.  The women play again next
Saturday at home against Temple.

Thanks to Kirsten Vannice for providing the results.


8) Upcoming contests


Golf hosts Widener and USP, 1:15 p.m.


Women’s lacrosse hosts Chestnut Hill, 7:00 p.m.

Baseball at Ursinus, 3:30 p.m.

Softball at Muhlenberg (DH), 3:30 p.m.



“It had only one fault. It was kind of lousy.”

-James Thurber


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