Monday, April 30, 2001

Monday, April 30, 2001
Volume 5, Number 127


NEWS IN BRIEF

1) PACES menu for this week
2) World news roundup
3) Campus events

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) Warmothers win state championship
2) Reddy crowned conference champion
3) Earthworms earn spot in regionals
4) Men’s golf finishes season
5) Baseball splits with ‘Fords
6) Intramural Basketball championships
7) World sports roundup

WEATHER FORECAST

Today: Partly cloudy. High 74.
These jokes get pretty predictable after a while, don’t they?

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 56.
[Insert timely yet witty remark about nice weather contrasted with stressed-out Swatties stuck in McCabe here]

Tomorrow: A mix of sun and clouds. High 81.
I’m always on the lookout for new material.

TODAY’S SHARPLES MENU

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 sautee, Greek pasta, asparagus, baby carrots.
**Pizza bar

NEWS REPORT

1) PACES menu for this week

Monday through Wednesday

Carrot cumin soup w/ toasted pecans
Sesame noodles w/ ginger-cilantro sauce
Sourdough bread w/ herb butter
Pineapple rice salad w/ grilled chicken
Coconut lime rice pudding w/ mango

Desserts

Monday: Chilled ginger pear trifle (vegan), chocolate cream pie
Tuesday: Kiwifruit sponge cake, brownie pudding cake
Wednesday: Vegan date pecan coffee cake, 86 proof bourbon chocolate cake

2) World news roundup

A senior State Department official of the Bush administration told the Danish Parliament and, in effect, the rest of the European Union, that the US intends to proceed quickly in its development of a comprehensive missile defense system. Such a development would mean that the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty, a cornerstone of nuclear disarmament in the cold-war era, will have to be altered, replaced, or eliminated. Sharp criticism of the US is expected from China and Russia; Europe has demanded to be notified of any further developments of the system.

Whites are in the minority in large cities for the first time in America’s history, according to a recent analysis of the latest census data. While the city population increased in all racial groups in some cities, others saw the Hispanic population explode while white residents moved out. A possible consequence of the change in urban demographics will be a rethinking of the delivery of health and social care to the incoming families, often younger, poorer, and with more children.

The Chinese government said yesterday that it will allow US officials to inspect the downed reconnaissance plane that made an emergency landing in Hainan island on April 1. Most importantly, China has suggested that the US may pay a substantial sum of money to have its severely damaged plane returned. Such a payment may mean an admission of guilt over the incident, something the US has repeatedly refused to do, but a payment ostensibly for the process of transporting the plane may be negotiated.

3) Campus events

“Descartes’s Approach to Philosophy”
Charles Raff, Professor of Philosophy.
Scheuer Room, 4:15 p.m.

“Why Blacks Should Consider the Republican Party as a Viable Political Option”
Roy Innis, President of the Congress of Racial Equality
Scheuer Room, 7:30 p.m.

Swing Practice
Upper Tarble, 9:30 p.m.

SWIL Movie: Secret of NIMH
Kirby Lecture Hall, 10 p.m.

Student Council Meeting
Parrish Parlor East, 10 p.m.

Dialogues Discussion Group
ML Breakfast Room, 10:15 p.m.

SPORTS UPDATE

1) Warmothers win state championship

The women’s ultimate frisbee team defeated Penn State 13-8 in the semifinals of the state tournament to earn a spot in the finals against Bucknell. The Warmothers promptly defeated Bucknell 15-12 to win the state championship, capping off a weekend that included wins over Haverford, UPenn, and Carnegie Mellon.

2) Reddy crowned conference champion

At the women’s Centennial Conference championships, Anjani Reddy ’04 defeated Alissa Kennedy of Haverford 6-3, 6-3 to capture the Conference singles crown. To get to the finals, Kennedy defeated Kristina Pao ’04. Reddy is the first Swarthmore player to be Conference champion since Jennifer Pao ’01 in 1999. Meanwhile, the doubles team of Jen Pao and Laura Swerdlow ’03 was defeated in the finals 6-3, 6-4 by the team from Washington College.

3) Earthworms earn spot in regionals

The men’s ultimate frisbee team earned a spot at next weekend’s regional championship by placing second to UPenn at the Eastern Pennsylvania Sectionals this weekend. Their road to the finals included wins over Haverford-B (13-1), Eastern (13-0), Drexel (13-4), Haverford (13-9), and Lehigh (13-9). In the finals they lost 15-7 to a powerful Penn team. At next weekend’s tournament in Princeton the Earthworms could earn a spot in Nationals.

4) Men’s golf finishes season

The men’s golf team finished a disappointing seventh in the Centennial Conference Championships, with a team total of 1075 strokes in the 54-hole tournament. Muhlenberg was the winner with 940.

5) Baseball splits with ‘Fords

The baseball team split a double-header with Haverford Sunday, losing the first game 15-1 and winning the nightcap 8-6. The team is now 5-20 overall, 4-14 in the Conference.

6) Intramural Basketball championships

Non-Competitive League Championship
#1 Jelly Donut 58
#2 Team 3 48

Competitive League Championship
#1 Alums 68
#6 Young Bucks 62

7) World sports roundup

Baseball recap: The Phillies lost to the LA Dodgers 1-4 in Los Angeles, as the Dodgers’ pitcher held Philadelphia scoreless for over six innings. The Yankees beat Oakland 3-1, to complete a three game sweep of the A’s. Roger Clemens earned his 3535th career strikeout in the process, passing Gaylord Perry for eighth on the all-time list. Meanwhile, the Mets dropped a game to the St. Louis Cardinals 12-1, seeing their catcher Mike Piazza get ejected for the first time in his professional career after arguing with the umpire over a call.

In the NBA playoffs, the Knicks beat Toronto 97-89, despite the absence of star Marcus Camby. The Knicks are now up 2-1 in the best-of-five series. Meanwhile in the West, the Lakers defeated Portland 99-86, and Sacramento leads 2-1 against Phoenix.

In a disappointing finish to the race he led throughout, Mika Hakkinen saw his Formula One McLaren break down in the final lap of the Spanish Grand Prix. His long-time rival, Michael Schumacher, won, although before the breakdown he was trailing by over 40 seconds. After the race, which everyone acknowledged he won by default, Schumacher consoled Hakkinen; a faulty clutch may have caused the problem.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other large organizations habitually engage in only because they cannot actually masturbate.” – Dave Barry