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“We flooded the White House with phone calls.”

By Katie Becker ’10

Anyone can call the anti-genocide hotline (1-800-GENOCIDE), enter a zip code, and connect to the office of state or nationally elected officials for free. In 2005, when GI-NET wanted Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, then chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to recommend the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act for consideration by the House, they [...]

Components of the Penn Resiliency Program

Two components of the Penn Resiliency Program aim to prevent depression by teaching cognitive and behavioral skills before students encounter the challenges associated with the transition from childhood to adolescence.

Cognitive Component
The ABC Model
Recognizing Cognitive (“Thinking”) Styles
Cognitive Restructuring—Avoiding Erroneous Beliefs
Decatastrophizing—Putting it in Perspective
The Hot Seat—Challenging Negative Thoughts
Social-Problem-Solving Component
Problem Solving

Engineering Fast Facts

First graduate
Herman Hoops, 1874
First female graduate
Elsa Palmer Jenkins, 1922
First honors graduate
John Donal, 1926
Switch from B.A. to B.S.
Total no. of graduates
between 1902 and 2009
Class of 2009
Total graduates: 30
Female graduates: 10

Excusion into the Unknown

He who is able can easily read,
The writing that appears among the rye,
Yet they go peacefully in a long line,
Along the edge of forest, following stream's course.
And they look around in silent rapture,
Wondering how to begin lives here,
Wondering, after years of pain and suffering,
How exactly here might come rebirth.
Suddenly through thicket they glimpsed the flame—
Tightened [...]


What kept you from “just passing through?”
The work was good. I didn’t know where to go next, so I stayed here and grew up a bit. When I came, I was such a kid. I had a lot to learn, and I grew up at Swarthmore. And then I was lucky enough to be [...]

Zadara Awarded Poland’s 2008 Passport Award

Zadara was awarded the 2008 Passport Award in Theater by the weekly magazine Polityka, roughly Poland’s equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize. In April of the same year, he was the featured artist of the biannual Warsaw Theater Meetings Festival, a showcase of the best productions of the year in Poland. The festival program included seven [...]

Rebecca Chopp at a Glance

• Selected as Swarthmore’s 14th president, Feb. 21, 2009
• Will take office July 1
• First woman to hold the job
• President, Colgate University, 2002–2009
• Dean, Yale Divinity School, 2001–2002
• Provost and Executive Vice President
for Academic Affairs, Emory University, 1997–2001
• Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs,
Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 1993–1997
• Professor of Theology, Emory [...]

Tian'an men Diary

By Karen Linnea Searle ’84

May 23
7:30 p.m.
The students called for the largest protest they could and now they are going home. I feel curiously empty, though, as though I missed something, but I'm not certain what. It has to end, but has it really? Li Peng is still in power. Has there been any change? What has happened? As [...]

What Larry Summers Said—
and Didn’t Say

On Jan. 14, 2005, Harvard University President Lawrence Summers unwittingly brought the simmering debate about women’s representation in science careers to a full boil. In a keynote speech at a conference on diversity, Summers hypothesized that the shortage of women in certain disciplines could be explained by innate differences in mathematical ability. “There is relatively [...]

When Is Your Child Ready For Formal Music Lessons?

Children may grasp rhythm and pitch as early as age 3. Does that mean it’s time to start piano lessons? Many need more time. Some are musically ready early but lack social and emotional skills. Gauge your child’s readiness:

Can your child sing a song in key?
Can your child keep a consistent beat?
Can [...]