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A Sad Farewell to Joan Friedman

By Alisa Giardinelli

Just as we were completing production of this issue, we were saddened to learn of the sudden death of Lecturer in Spanish Joan Friedman on June 14, due to a cerebral aneurysm. She was 67. The following is an excerpt from the message the President’s Office sent to the community. The complete text is available [...]

Homecoming Revived; Family Weekend Moved to Fall

By Carol Brévart-Demm

From Oct. 22 to 24, the entire Swarthmore community—alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and students—will have the opportunity to celebrate the College together at the first Garnet Homecoming and Family Weekend. Combining both traditional fall Homecoming athletic competitions and events typical of Family Weekend, such as the popular Crum Regatta, the weekend program will also [...]

In with the Inn

By Carol Brévart-Demm

In late April, Governor Edward G. Rendell’s office—with bi-partisan backing—awarded the Borough of Swarthmore a $2 million grant through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). The funds will enable the borough and the College to pursue their plan—known as the Swarthmore Town Center West project—to create an inn, with the potential for [...]

Light, Shadow, Wind, and Waves

By Carol Brévart-Demm

One of the most highly anticipated spring events on campus is without a doubt the Student Dance Concert.
This year’s concert opened with the work Solas an Lae (which means “daylight” in Gaelic), choreographed by Sharon Friedler, Stephen Lang Professor of Dance and director of the Dance Program. Friedler says she was inspired by personal impressions [...]

Chopp Commits to Sustainability

By Jeffrey Lott

President Rebecca Chopp recently became a signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), joining leaders of nearly 700 institutions across the country in accelerating the research and educational efforts towards carbon neutrality in order to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. ACUPCC institutions have agreed to:
•    Complete an emissions inventory.
•    Within two years, [...]

Swarthmore Plays Host to National Debate Championships

By Monika Zaleska ’13

In April, Swarthmore’s Amos J. Peaslee Debate Society took on the mammoth task of hosting the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA) National Championships. Forty college and university debate teams, comprising more than 300 debaters, descended on the campus for the three-day event.
Although small in numbers, dedicated Peaslee Society members organized a tournament that attendees described [...]

Mr. Swarthmore 2010

On April 9, after having resisted participation in the contest for two years, senior engineering major Omari Faakye became “Mr. Swarthmore 2010.” Representing men’s soccer and the Swarthmore Christian Fellowship in this year’s contest—one of the best-attended events of Family and Friends Weekend—Faakye strolled the runway wearing traditional Ghanaian dress, performed a break-dance routine during [...]

A Note to Readers

By Jeffrey Lott, Editor

Two years ago, we redesigned the Bulletin to be more environmentally friendly. Part of that effort was to reduce our average edition by eight pages. This year, as part of an $8 million budget adjustment being implemented at Swarthmore, we—along with colleagues across campus—have looked for ways to reduce operating costs.
We have responded in two [...]

A Super Season for Garnet Baseball

By Mark Anskis

Baseball (20-18, 11-7)
Completing the program’s best season in 25 years, the Garnet baseball team—just three years removed from winning just one Centennial Conference game—advanced to the conference playoffs for the first time in program history, reaching the 20-win for the first time since 1986. In the playoffs, the Garnet defeated Washington College before succumbing to [...]