Wednesday, March 1, 2000

The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Wednesday, March 1, 2000
Volume 4, Number 87

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) New tennis and fitness center is almost on schedule

2) World news roundup

3) Campus events

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) World sports roundup

2) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today: Partly cloudy. High in the upper 50s.
    Blue skies…

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows near 40.
    Relatively warm weather…

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High in the mid 50s.
    All we need now for spring is adirondack chairs.

NEWS REPORT

1) New tennis and fitness center is almost on schedule

You probably remember hearing awhile back that the new tennis and fitness
center would be completed by the time we returned from spring break. Well,
that’s not quite true.

The project, which is already a year and half behind schedule, will once
again be delayed, but this time for only a few weeks. Larry Schall, Vice
President for Facilities and Services, said that it should be ready for
use “very soon after April 1.”

The soon-to-be Mullan Tennis Center promises to provide top-notch
facilities for all members of the Swarthmore community. It will
house three indoor tennis courts and a 4000-square foot fitness area with
bikes, treadmills, stair climbers, free weights, and a full circuit of
Medx Resistance exercise machines. Although the indoor tennis courts will
remain in the field house, the current fitness facilities will be
completely replaced by new ones.

The main cause of the delay was the lengthy negotiation between the
school and the contractor over the cost of the project. The
unacceptable price that the original designer and builder proposed
prompted the school officials to look for a new contractor. The
construction was not so smooth either–the college underestimated the
amount junk buried in the construction site, which is the former college
dump site.

– k.x.

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2) World news roundup

George W. Bush won Virginia’s Republican primary easily yesterday, taking
all 56 of the state’s delegates and giving his campaign a badly-needed
boost. Bush had 53% of the vote, John McCain had 44%, and Alan Keyes had
3%. …A 6-year-old girl was shot to death in her classroom yesterday by a
first-grade classmate with a stolen handgun. Reports say there had been
some kind of “negative interaction between the children” on the playground
the day before the incident. A 6-year-old cannot be held criminally
liable for his actions, but authorities are investigating his family
circumstances and how he got the gun. …The Russian military says its
full-scale operation in Chechnya has ended with the capture of a key rebel
stronghold. The deputy commander of Russian forces in Chechnya said that
“the rebel forces have been destroyed.” However, lower-ranking officers
said there continues to be fierce fighting in the mountains and that some
rebels do remain. …Thousands of people in Mozambique faced a third night
stranded in trees and on rooftops surrounded by water for miles
around. Most people trapped near the submerged village of Lionde had not
eaten since Sunday. ….A woman who bit a deputy who attempted to give her
a speeding ticket has been given a 60-day jail sentence and a $1,000
fine. She also was ordered to pay a $54 traffic fine, court costs and the
deputy’s medical bills.

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3) Campus events

“Buzzin’ of the Bees in the Cigarette Trees: Careers in Biological
Research” by Michael Romero ’88
IC, 12:30 p.m.

Artist’s Lecture by Sarah McEneaney
LPAC Cinema, 4:15 p.m.

“Stress in Wild Animals: From the Arctic to the Equator” by Michael Romero
’88
Kirby Lecture Hall, 4:15 p.m.

Summer Job/Internship Search
Trotter 301, 7:00 p.m.

Fireside Chat with Members of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union
Kohlberg Commons, 8:00 p.m.

College Democrats Meeting
Parrish Parlor East, 8:30 p.m.

Dialogues
Danawell Trailer, 9:00 p.m.

Dialgoues
Wharton E/F Lounge, 9:00 p.m.

Film Society Screening
Dupont 161, 10:00 p.m.

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SPORTS UPDATE

1) World sports roundup

Sparky Anderson, the only manager to win World Series titles in both
leagues, Negro leagues star Turkey Stearns, and 19th century second
baseman Bid McPhee were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
yesterday. …The NFL lifted its suspension of Cleveland Browns right
tackle Orlando Brown for shoving a referee. …Former heavyweight champion
Riddick Bowe was handed a 30-day prison sentence Tuesday for kidnapping
his wife and five children and ordered to get treatment for brain injuries
he suffered in the ring.

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2) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

TODAY
Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field at Haverford
Wrestling Division III Nationals at Ohio Northern University
Men’s tennis at Pennsylvania at 6 p.m.

TOMORROW
No contests scheduled for tomorrow.

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Quote of the day:
“The horror of getting up is unparalleled, and I am filled with amazement
every morning when I find that I have done it.” — Lytton Strachey

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Editorial Board
    Jeff Heckelman
    Melanie Hirsch
    Claire Phillips-Thoryn

Staff Writers
    Karla Gilbride
    Alma Ortiz
    Jeremy Schifeling
    Kai Xu

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