Thursday, April 22, 2004

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Thursday, April 22, 2004
Volume 8, Number 129

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Today’s issue:


1) Sophomore housing lottery roundup

2) SCDC to launch website, Stanford law
professor Lessig to speak

3) World news roundup

4) Campus events


1) Kahn scores eight, leads Garnet to easy victory over

2) Swarthmore lacrosse erases Muhlenberg chances in 13-2

3) Women’s tennis blanks Blue Jays

4) Men’s tennis shuts out Haverford

5) Baseball team downed by Muhlenberg

6) Upcoming contests


Today: Mostly cloudy. High of 79.

Well, the debacle that was the rising-sophomore housing lottery is
finally over.

Tonight: Showers. Low of 60.

All I can say is one thing:

Tomorrow: Scattered t-storms. High of 71.

Go PPR ’04-’05!


Lunch: Chicken and dumplings, buttered noodles, baked tofu, pierogies,
broccoli, cauliflower, Asian bar, angel food cake

Dinner: Meat lasagna, garlic breadsticks, vegetable lasagna, Suzies’
seitan, vegetable blend, cut green beans, antipasto bar, ice cream bar


1) Sophomore housing lottery roundup

by Anya Carrasco

Gazette Reporter

Thanks to Assistant Dean and Director of Residential Life Myrt Westphal
for reporting the information below to the Gazette following the rising
sophomore housing lottery.

A relieved Myrt concluded the lottery season with a much smaller wait
list than in past years and a much smaller list than last year. 
Last year there were 30 on the singles wait list versus 14 now and 39
on the ’07 wait list versus 90 on the rising sophomore list last
year.  Not all names are in yet since not all students waited to
get the wait list forms, but the list is expected to grow.  Also,
new names will be added, especially to the singles list because people
will change their minds about living on campus and others will clear
their bills.  But there will also be people who will give up rooms
to move off campus, take a leave or go on foreign study.  So the
lists will bounce around a bit.

Tonight a Pitt quint remains for men and a double in ML basement was
not taken due to a miscalculation at the dorm table.  These spaces
will be allocated as part of the room change and room assignment stage
that will start after May 1st.  In the meantime, things will
remain stable as Myrt assesses the situation and reviews the requests.
Room change forms will be available next week.

The first number in the ’07 class selected a Dana double, after
averaged groups picked off the Wharton doubles and a Wharton quad
before the class of ’07 could select.  The men’s wait list started
at 1041 and the female list started at 969.  Currently there are
23 women and 16 men on the ’07 list

A strange trend this year was that the entire singles wait list is a B
list with students refusing to select the final singles available.
These students will receive rooms after people who did select rooms
have been allowed to make room changes.  This trend did benefit
several rising sophomores, especially guys, who were able to select
five ML basement singles.


2) SCDC to launch website, Stanford
law professor Lessig to speak

by Greg Leiserson

News Editor

The Swarthmore Coalition for the Digital Commons is set to launch a new
website,, on Friday,
dedicated to fighting against the harmful expansion of intellectual
property law threatening Americans’ online freedoms. Stanford law
professor Lawrence Lessig will present the keynote address. Lessig
helped develop the Justice Department case against Microsoft and
represented publisher Eric Eldred in the Eldred v. Ashcroft case before
the US Supreme Court.

“ is SCDC’s attempt to germinate a ‘free culture
movement’ on a national scale,” according to organizer Luke Smith ’06.
The site is “intended as a resource and meeting place for student free
culture activists around the country” and will also have information
about SCDC and its activities. While not officially launched, the site
already includes a weblog and wiki. Wikis, perhaps the most well known
of which is the encyclopedia at, are
online text databases that any visitor to the site can edit.

As organizer Nelson Pavlosky ’06 put it, on the website “we advocate
for free culture, explain why people should care about the issues, why
they should be on our side, and then we explain exactly how you can
support free culture, how you can start doing things in your community
even without having an organization, and how to build an organization.”
Free culture, he said, “is really about participating in culture.”

The fundamental difference between physical property and intellectual
property, according to Pavlosky, is that “in order to enforce physical
property you just need to build a wall around your property and get a
shotgun. To enforce intellectual property you have to have a police
state and control every aspect of digital life.”

Lessig is the author of “The Future of Ideas” and “Code and Other Laws
of Cyberspace.” He chairs the Creative Commons project, is a board
member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and also of the Center for
the Public Domain. Lessig currently is a professor of law at Stanford
University and founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society. He
will speak in the Science Center Lecture Hall (SCI 101) at 7:00 p.m.

Book publisher Eric Eldred was scheduled to appear at the event with
his bookmobile, but will be unable to attend because of mechanical
problems that forced him to stop in Kansas. The bookmobile downloads
public domain books from the web and prints them for free.

In an unrelated event Thursday, Why War? will be holding an open air
digital free market “where everything is free” at the Activities Fair
on Parrish Beach “as a demonstration of the futility of copyrights and
of the revolutionary nature of wireless technology” according to a
press release email.


3) World news roundup

* 68 people were killed in Iraq in the first violence this week. U.S.
military officials had hoped that the region had stabilized, but the
suicide bombings in Baghdad have dashed those hopes. According to the
New York Times, “The well-coordinated attacks, aimed at Iraqi police
buildings during morning rush-hour, added to the carnage of the
bloodiest month of the year-long occupation in Iraq, with images of
charred children in a school bus and British soldiers being shoved away
from twisted and burning cars by mobs angry that foreign troops could
not protect them.” The attacks wounded more than 100 civilians,
including 23 children and 4 British soldiers, and they have left fears
that violence will increase as the June 30th deadline for the turnover
of sovereignty to Iraqis approaches.

* Mordechai Vanunu was released from Israeli prison today, after
serving 18 years for leaking Israel’s nuclear secrets. The crowd that
gathered for his release gave mixed reactions: some “cheered as he
emerged from prison, while some Israeli critics angrily hurled abuse
and death threats,” according to the BBC. Mr. Vanunu, however, remained
defiant as he commented, “To those who are calling me a traitor, I say
I am proud and happy to do what I did.” Because Israel believes he
still retains knowledge of secrets, Mr. Vanunu does not have his full
freedom: he is forbidden from leaving the country and restricted from
speaking with foreigners, among other constraints. “He is a man
sentenced to prison for treason and he has repeatedly said he will go
back to his old behaviour… [Israel] has to take precautions to
prevent that from happening,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Jonathan

* Presidential Candidate John Kerry has posted his military record in
Vietnam on the internet after questions arose about his war wounds. Mr.
Kerry had posted these records in response to one of his former
commanding officers had said that one of the three purple hearts Mr.
Kerry had received was for a minor wound. Mr. Kerry had received the
purple hearts for shrapnel injuries in his arms, legs, and buttocks.
According to the BBC, “Campaign spokesman Michael Meehan said: ‘We have
a military record we are glad to run on, not run from.'”


4) Campus events

Wildflower Walk in the Crum

Martin Loading Dock, 2:00 p.m.

Russian Lecture

Kohlberg 226, 4:30 p.m.

Activities Fair

Parrish Beach, 4:30 p.m.

Small Craft Warnings Poetry Reading: Gregory Frost, Sibelan Forrester,
and Steve Hopkins

Scheuer Room, 4:30 p.m.

Career Services Session: Grassroots

Bond, 5:00 p.m.

Swarthmore for Kerry Meet-up

SCI 199, 6:00 p.m.

Belly-Dance Troupe Performance

Upper Tarble, 7:30 p.m.

Genocide Awareness Month Screening: “The Killing Fields”

SCI 183, 7:30 p.m.

Economics Pierson Lecture

SCI 101, 7:30 p.m.

Peace Forum Lecture by Sulak Sivaraksa: “The Way of Compassion”

Friends Meeting House, 7:30 p.m.

Im Tirtzu Lecture by Rabbi David Forman: “Coping With Terror: Morality

Versus Security”

Scheuer Room, 8:00 p.m.

SAO/SASS Spoken Word Night

Upper Tarble, 8:30 p.m.

Film Society Screening: “Let’s Get Tested,” with curation by Atria

SCI 101, 9:30 p.m.

McCabe Mile

McCabe Basement, 10:30 p.m.

Earthlust’s “Lust on the Beach”

Parrish Beach, 11:00 p.m.



Thursday, 4:30 p.m.

at the Activities Fair on Parrish Beach

As a demonstration of the futility of copyrights and of the
revolutionary nature of wireless technology, Why War? invites you to
take part in an open air digital flea market where everything is free.

Bring your wireless device to the activities fair and come within range
of Why War’s table in order to freely download music, movies,
documents, and more. If you can connect to the wireless network in
McCabe then you will be able to connect to our network.

The connection will be fast, private, and free. We will also be
distributing information on how to create your own internet island.

ANTI-WAR FILM SCREENING: “We Interrupt This Empire…”

Thursday, 9:30 p.m.

Science Center 199

What do police say to each other in the midst of the largest peace
movement in history? What does tens of thousands of peace activists
shutting down a major American city look like?

On March 20, 2003, the largest peace movement in history was confronted
with war…



1) Kahn scores eight, leads Garnet to easy victory
over Rosemont

by Jonathan Ference

Living and Arts Editor

In an absolute reversal from being shut out by Franklin and Marshall on
Tuesday, the Swarthmore women’s lacrosse team dominated the Rosemont
College Ramblers 17-7 under the lights at Clothier Field on
Wednesday.  The Garnet, who peppered Rosemont with 35 shots on
goal, put forth a superb offensive effort, led by senior co-captain
Jackie Kahn.

The Garnet started slowly, actually allowing the Ramblers to take a 2-1
lead before shutting them down for good with an 8-0 run before 11
minutes were left in the first half. Though a textbook free-position
play allowed the Ramblers to regain a bit of offensive momentum, Kahn
tallied her third to allow Swarthmore to take an 11-4 lead into

Rosemont, clearly lacking Swarthmore’s depth, was hard pressed to
generate any offense in the second half.  The Garnet moved the
ball at will in the offensive zone for most of the second half, with
Jackie Kahn practically putting on a clinic on scoring goals.  She
finished the game with eight, the last of which came with 6:51 to play.

Perhaps the prettiest goal of the evening came from Swarthmore’s Megan
Speare ’05, who put a shot between Rosemont’s goalie’s legs to put the
home team up by nine with just under 20 minutes to play.  Speare
provided the biggest help to Kahn’s offensive effort, followed by
Lindsay Roth ’07; both finished with three goals.  Heidi
Fieselmann ’06 played a persistently aggressive game in midfield,
though she was only able to score one on the evening.

The bright spot for Rosemont was the play of Cecilia Saunders, whose
offensive presence kept the Garnet on their toes.  She broke
through several times, scoring four.

This was the final home game of the season for the Garnet.  They
play at McDaniel on Saturday before finishing the season against rival
Haverford next Tuesday.


2) Swarthmore lacrosse erases Muhlenberg chances in
13-2 victory

by Ken Patton

Gazette Reporter

Swarthmore’s lacrosse team dominated the field yesterday in a 12-3 win
over rival Muhlenberg in a Centennial Conference match. Superb teamwork
and impassable goalkeeping proved too much for Muhlenberg, which had
trouble converting scoring opportunities into goals. The win pushes
Swarthmore’s record to 2-3 in Centennial Conference games and 5-7

The ball changed possession often in the first quarter, with both teams
creating opportunities and taking shots on goal. Goalkeeper Steven
Isbister ’04 made several nice saves early on in the first quarter to
keep the game scoreless. Swarthmore’s Tim Chryssikos ’05 finally broke
the scoreless game with two minutes left to go in the quarter, but
after the face-off Muhlenberg returned a score with twenty seconds left
to tie the game going into the second quarter.

In the second quarter Swarthmore stepped up the pace; Ryan McKenna ’07
started a series of goals with a score one minute into the quarter and
another goal in the sixth minute. Up two points the Garnet managed to
stall Muhlenberg’s advances and maintain possession of the ball for
most of the second quarter. With less than five minutes to go Joe
DeSimone ’04 managed to get in close to the net to score again, and
with 1:15 to go John Cleaver ’04 sunk a shot in the net to put the
Garnet up five to one before halftime.

In the first half of the third quarter, the ball ended up changing
possession several times, but neither team could produce a goal. With
seven minutes left Cleaver broke the scoreless streak with a nice pass
to Jeff Donlea ’05 in front of the net to convert another goal for
Swarthmore. After a foul by Swarthmore caused a one a man disadvantage,
Muhlenberg produced a goal to make the score six to two with less than
six minutes remaining. Afterwards Isbister stepped up to make several
nice saves, and in the final seconds of the quarter, Cleaver put away
another goal off a rebound in front of the Muhlenberg net.

In the final quarter Swarthmore’s Tom Coughlin ’05 secured the first
score after two minutes, but Muhlenberg responded with a goal in the
fifth minute. However, Muhlenberg began to lose focus as Swarthmore
ended up scoring three goals in 27 seconds starting in the tenth minute
with a score by Donlea. Before the end Brian Lantz ’06 also scored a
goal off of an assist by DeSimone, and Isbister came up with several
more saves for a strong finish.


3) Women’s tennis blanks Blue Jays

The women’s tennis team earned its twelfth straight victory yesterday
with a 9-0 shutout over the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays; the win marked the
seventh shutout of the season earned by the Garnet.

Anjani Reddy ’04 and Sonya Reynolds ’07 won 8-3 at first doubles, while
first years Sara Sargent and Waverly Lutz defeated their opponents 8-6
at second doubles.  Kristina Pao ’04 and Marissa Matthews won
their third doubles match 8-4.

In the first singles slot, Reddy defeated her opponent 6-3, 6-2. 
Pao shut down her opponent at second doubles 6-0, 6-0, and Reynolds was
a 6-4, 6-2 winner in third singles.  In the fourth singles
Matthews was victorious 6-0, 6-1.  Sargent earned the 6-1, 4-6,
(10-7) win at No. 5 singles, while doubles partner Lutz was also
victorious in No. 6 singles (6-2, 7-5).

Swarthmore hosts the Centennial Championships for doubles and single
play starting this Friday.  The Garnet (14-2, 9-1 in conference
play) lost their only conference match this year against Muhlenberg,
who is currently undefeated and will play Hopkins today.  A
Muhlenberg loss will allow Swarthmore to share the conference titles.


4) Men’s tennis shuts out Haverford

The men’s tennis team (8-7) defeated Haverford yesterday 7-0. 
Seniors Frank Visciano and Mike Noreika won 8-6 at first doubles, and
sophomores Brian Park and Zach Rodd teamed up to take second singles
8-2.  Jonathan Reiss ’07 and Ben Rae ’04 earned a 9-8 win at third

Rodd was victorious at first singles (7-5, 6-2), and Reiss was a 6-3,
6-1 winner in second singles.  Visciano took a 6-0, 6-1 win in the
third spot, while Rae blanked his fourth singles opponent 6-0,
6-0.  In No. 5 and 6 singles, Garnet players Park (6-2, 6-4) and
Justin Durand ’05 (6-3, 6-1) also were victorious.


5) Baseball team downed by Muhlenberg

The baseball team was defeated by Muhlenberg yesterday 11-6. 
Swarthmore (4-19 overall, 3-13 in the conference) return to action in
its final season game on Saturday with a doubleheader at Haverford
beginning at 1:00 p.m.


6) Upcoming contests


Softball hosts Neumann (double header), 3:00 p.m.

Track at Penn Relays


Women’s Tennis hosts Centennial Conference Championships, 9:00 a.m.

Golf at Centennial Conference Championships, 11:30 a.m.

Track at Penn Relays



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