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Chef Peak’s Jerk Chicken

To prepare dinner for Caribbean Night at Sharples, Chef Benton Peak marinates more than 350 pounds of chicken and 50 pounds of tofu. Each piece of chicken and tofu is seared on the charbroiler and garnished with dipping sauce. “It’s the best tofu you’ll ever eat,” says Janet Kassab, the menu planner. The Sharples team [...]

The Sharples Top 10 “Bars”

1. Caribbean Bar
Chef Benton Peak’s claim to fame is jerk chicken, “homemade with love,” featuring his special sauce. Plantains, yucca fries, and green beans almondine are among the fixings, and jerk tofu is offered as a vegan dish.
2. Pho Bar
Vietnam’s treasured noodle soup is a Swarthmore favorite. Options include vegetable along with traditional beef.

Why the Earth's Temperature Is What It Is

­In his first-year seminar titled Energy, Professor Michael Brown’s explanation of the Earth’s temperature begins by calculating the Sun’s radius (Rs), the distance from Sun to Earth (rE-S), and the cross-sectional area of the circle of solar energy that is intercepted by Earth’s surface.
Equations below the diagram show the derivation of the Sun’s luminosity—its total [...]

Amanda Klause ’11

Amanda Klause ’11, an honors Greek major and Latin minor, joined the Poggio Colla Field School in Tuscany, run by Southern Methodist University and Franklin & Marshall College. She spent the summer digging—and learning about archeological methodology—at the site of an Etruscan sanctuary.
I chose this project because I’d heard how wonderful it was from friends [...]

Nell Bang-Jensen ’11

Nell Bang-Jensen ’11, an English literature major and theater minor, received a Swarthmore grant to support her project in the literary department of InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia.
I spent my summer in the literary department of InterAct Theater Company in Philadelphia. My main focus was to create a casebook for an upcoming production that will [...]

Leland Kusmer ’11

Leland Kusmer ’11, an honors linguistics major, spent five weeks in Ghana, primarily in the Accra area, doing basic fieldwork on Twi (or, more precisely, several dialects of the Akan language).
I had taken a field methods class with Assistant Professor of Linguistics Jason Kandybowicz on Twi and had a few remaining questions about the language. [...]

Jesse Marshall ’11

Jesse Marshall ’11, an honors political science major with minors in environmental studies and history, investigated urban agriculture and land-use policy in Philadelphia.
I’ve spend a lot of time working with urban agriculture and food access in the last few years, including managing the Good Food Project’s student garden and the composting program on campus and [...]

Amber Kavka-Warren '11

Amber Kavka-Warren '11, an honors major in philosophy and minor in linguistics, spent her summer on campus researching the subject of human rights.
What are human rights? What can philosophy say about them? Can we say anything practical about them?
I spent the summer researching answers to these questions. I was inspired by a course titled Justice, [...]

Elan Silverblatt-Buser ’12

Elan Silverblatt-Buser '12, an honors biology major, worked with Assistant Professor of Biology Nick Kaplinsky to research the effects of a non-canonical small heat shock protein (sHSP) on Arabidopsis, a plant related to cabbage and mustard.
I first got to know Professor Kaplinsky when I took Biology 1. When I spoke to him about his research, I became [...]

Kwame Osei ’11

Kwame Osei '11, an economics major and computer science minor, was an intern at AXA Equitable in New York, where he worked as a business analyst in information technology (IT).
I applied to a career program called Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) that partners with many NYC-based firms. SEO provides you with more than 75 hours [...]