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The Final Interview

On Saturday, Feb. 21, at about 10:30 a.m., Rebecca Chopp, president of Colgate University, chatted amicably with Swarthmore’s President Alfred H. Bloom in the Kohlberg Hall faculty lounge. As the choice of the Presidential Search Committee, Chopp was about to meet the entire Board of Managers for the first time. She seemed cool and relaxed [...]

Breadth and Depth

President-designate Rebecca Chopp addresses members of the College community on Feb. 21, the day she was selected by the Board of Managers to be Swarthmore's next president.

In an interview with the Bulletin on Feb. 24, three days after the Board of Managers selected Rebecca Chopp as the College’s 14th president, search committee chair Thomas Spock [...]

Board Postpones Key Budget Decisions

At its February meeting, Swarthmore’s Board of Managers usually approves the College’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year that begins on July 1. But this year, the Board decided to consider the 2009–2010 budget in phases.
On Feb. 21, the Board made decisions on student charges, enrollment, financial aid, and capital projects. It deferred decisions on [...]

Focusing on the Clay

There’s nothing quite so elemental as a lump of wet clay—or so magical as seeing skilled hands turn that spinning lump into a beautiful vessel. Doug Herren, studio technician for the Art Department, is a teacher of this magic, which a dozen students in this spring’s class The Potter’s Wheel variously describe as “very physical,” [...]

Horticultural Creativity Harvests Rewards

Claire Sawyers, the creative force behind the astonishing achievements of the Scott Arboretum in the last two decades, has received dual recognition for her work. The 2008 Zone V Horticulture Commendation from the Garden Club of America acknowledges Sawyers’s “dedication and excellence in furthering the education and enjoyment of people everywhere in the growing and [...]

Green Power

The Borough of Swarthmore was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency in January with a 12th-place ranking among green-power communities nationwide. Of the top 19 communities earning a place on the list, Swarthmore was the only town so recognized east of the Mississippi River—other towns in the top 12 are located in California, Washington, [...]

An Index of Well-Being

Imagine a scenario where U.S. domestic policy is defined less by profit, consumerism, accumulation of wealth, and self-interest than by a desire for general well-being. Sound utopian? Maybe. Yet according to Barry Schwartz, Dorwin P. Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action, the idea is by no means far-fetched. In fact, it’s one he’s [...]

Meaningful Statistics

In January, Associate Professor of Statistics Steve Wang was recognized by the American Statistical Association (ASA) for national excellence in statistics education. According to the ASA: “Steve has an extraordinary ability to make statistics meaningful and relevant to his students and to general public audiences. His use of examples and information from popular culture is [...]

One-Stop Access to Higher Education

Joyful anticipation filled the air as representatives from six Delaware County colleges and universities and the community gathered on Jan. 27 to launch the College Access Center (CAC) of Delaware County—a one-stop facility in Chester, Pa. According to Cynthia Jetter ‘74, director of community partnerships and planning for Swarthmore’s Lang Center for Civic and Social [...]

Deer Cull Delayed

A planned deer cull in the College’s Crum Woods did not occur this winter due to a policy change in Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) regulations that was proposed after the Borough of Swarthmore and adjoining Nether Providence Township applied on behalf of the College for a cull permit. If approved, the new policy will grant [...]