Friday, January 30, 1998

The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Friday, January 30, 1998
Volume 2, Number 70

NEWS IN BRIEF

1)  Planning committee plots where to put a student center

2)  World news roundup

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1)  Badminton bulldozes Bryn Athen

2)  Today’s and tomorrow’s events

WEATHER FORECAST

Today:    Partly cloudy, very windy. High near 50.
           Where’s the snow? Where’s the ice? This isn’t winter. . .
Tonight:  A bit cloudier. Low close to 30.
           … this is merely a pale imitation — sort of like Haverford.

Extended Weekend Forecast
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High around 45
Sunday:   Clear. High near 40.

NEWS REPORT

1)  Planning committee plots where to put a student center

The long-range planning arm of the Facilities Management Committee is
currently brainstorming ways to create a center for student activities,
said Allison Marsh ’98, a student representative to the committee. It will
take at least a year before the committee commits itself to a definite
plan. The committee is concerned, nonetheless, about the location of a new
student center.

According to the Coordinator of Student Activities Davirah Timm-Dinkins,
planners are having trouble identifying a centrally located site for a new
building. The most heavily trafficked areas, around classroom buildings,
leave no space for a new structure.

Ideally, students want a space that is geographically “accessible” to them
and planners fear that a building on the campus periphery would not be
used, Timm-Dinkins said. Tarble II, one current student activities space
located below the tennis courts, is “not working well” because it is too
inconvenient for student use, according to Timm-Dinkins. Student groups
also want a space that is suitable for organizational meetings, studying,
recreation, and storage, Timm-Dinkins said.

Planners are considering solving this problem by transforming parts of
Parrish, Tarble in Clothier, and/or Old Tarble into a student center rather
than constructing an entirely new building. This might entail relocating
administrative offices and service sites, like the Admissions Office or the
bookstore, to different locations within these three buildings, as outlined
in meetings on Tuesday night.

The Facilities Management Committee will ultimately submit its
recommendations to the College Planning Committee for review. Members are
currently soliciting student input and encourage students to attend open
discussions on this topic.

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2)  World news roundup

FATAL BOMBING AT AN ABORTION CLINIC IN ALABAMA

A bomb exploded at the New Woman All Women Health Care clinic on the campus
of the University of Alabama at Birmingham this morning, killing a security
guard arriving for his shift, and injuring a nurse. This is the first death
in an abortion clinic bombing in the United States. ATF agents at the scene
said that the bomb appeared to be homemade.  Alabama Governor Fob James,
who opposes abortion’s legality, called for the arrest, conviction, and
execution of those responsible for the bombing.

CLINTON AND HUSSEIN THREATEN USE OF MILITARY FORCE

In a speech to military leaders, President Clinton echoed his State of
the Union message to Iraq, saying that the U.S. will not tolerate continued
defiance of U.N. arms inspectors, while Saddam Hussein said that Iraqis
will defend their country in the event of a U.S. attack. Clinton spoke with
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien about the crisis, and Secretary of
State Madeleine Albright met with French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine.
Both Chretien and Vedrine deplored Iraq’s continued lack of cooperation
with weapons inspectors, and expressed hope that the situation will be
resolved peacefuly. Meanwhile, Iraqis lined up at gas mask distribution
centers.

IN OTHER NEWS…

A U.S. District Judge ruled that the Navy violated its own “don’t ask,
don’t tell” policy by obtaining information about a sailor’s sexual
orientation from an America Online “user profile”. … Another U.S.
District Judge ruled that the sexual harassment suit brought against
President Clinton by Paula Jones should not be further delayed by the
possibility of  evidence about an alleged affair between the president and
Monica Lewinski. … Thick fog in Belgium and the Netherlands was the
apparent cause of two separate massive accidents involving about 100 cars
each on Thursday morning.

*****

SPORTS UPDATE

1)  Badminton bulldozes Bryn Athen

After a couple of grueling games, Swarthmore battled back to beat Bryn
Athyn College 4-1. The Garnet’s lone loss was at the third singles spot,
where Ani Hsieh ’99 lost a hotly contested match. Tam Doan ’98 quickly won
her first singles match with scores of 11-6, 11-4 and Wendy Kemp ’99
outlasted her second singles opponent by posting scores of 11-5, 8-11,
11-2. The first doubles team of Jen Chen ’99 and Erika Johansen ’99
overcame an injury and a rough first game to capture their match with final
scores of 15-18, 15-9, 17-15.  Herrin Hopper ’98 and Jennifer Klein ’98
easily won at the second doubles post with scores of 15-1, 15-9. With the
win, Swarthmore improves its record to 2-1.

*****

2) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

TODAY

Men’s and women’s track and field travel to Wesleyan for a 5:00 p.m. meet

TOMORROW

Women’s basketball hosts Franklin and Marshall at 2:00 p.m.
Men’s basketball hosts Gettysburg at 7:30 p.m.
Men’s and women’s swimming visit Gettysburg for a 2:00 p.m. meet
Wrestling heads to Washington and Lee for a four way meet at 11:00 a.m.

*****

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