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List Gallery Shows Art of Orit Hofshi

By Carol Brévart-Demm

The art of Orit Hofshi—internationally known as a printmaker but whose work also includes paintings, inked and carved woodblocks, and tusche crayon rubbings—is bold, dramatic, and disturbing but simultaneously conciliatory and inspirational. Hofshi grew up in Israel in the kibbutz Matsuva, the daughter of Holocaust survivors who helped to found the kibbutz—one of Israel’s first. [...]

Most Popular Films at McCabe Library

By Linda Hunt, McCabe Library

All-time top circulated films
Big Lebowski
The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover
Love’s a Bitch (Amores Perros)
Love Actually
Last Temptation of Christ
The Godfather (original)
Mulholland Drive
Amélie (Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain)
Last year’s most circulated films
Lion King
Burn After Reading
Big Lebowski
Revolutionary Road
The Godfather (original)
Hercules (Disney)
Hot new films
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
The Fighter
The Prophet (Un Prophète)
Harry Potter and [...]

Hurricane Irene's Effect on Crum Meadow

By Carol Brévart-Demm

Upperclass students were making their way back to the College and first-years just completing their final orientation activities in late August, when Hurricane Irene—ironically, the name of the ancient Greeks’ goddess of peace—blasted in from the South. Roaring with 85 m.p.h. winds through campus, the storm dumped seven inches of rain onto ground already waterlogged [...]

Recycling Made Simple

By Carol Brévart-Demm

To simplify the lives of the College’s community of passionate recyclers, a new single-stream-recycling system has been introduced this year, which enables all recyclable materials to be deposited into the same bins.
Recycling containers around campus that were previously limited to receiving only one type of material are now depositories for all paper and cardboard that [...]

150 Years Ago:

By Christopher Densmore
Curator, Friends Historical Library

In 1861, the founders of Swarthmore had a plan—and they had a problem. The subscription campaign to raise money for the new school got off to a good start in January. Friends loved the idea.
Then came April. The country was at war. In May 1861, the Committee charged with raising subscriptions in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting [...]

Post–9/11: A Compassionate World, a More Secure World

Ten years after the attacks on the World Trade Center, the College held a series of campus events that commemorated the tragedy and emphasized nonviolent resistance against terrorism.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, students, staff, and community members gathered at Friends Meeting House for a period of silent reflection and remembrance in the Quaker tradition. Students from [...]

Kicking Around Europe

By Carol Brévart-Demm

Swarthmore’s women’s and men’s soccer teams went international this summer, crossing the Atlantic to test their skills in a preseason series against European teams.
Spending nine days in Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands in July, the women’s team worked with a Dutch coach from the Royal Dutch Football Association and played a couple of games—first against [...]

Away They Go!

By Carol Brévart-Demm

ALTHOUGH HOT AND HUMID, THE WEATHER WAS HARDLY AN ISSUE on the last Sunday in May when a winding black line of gown-clad seniors processed into the Scott Amphitheater on the final leg of their Swarthmore journey. Swarthmore’s 139th Commencement was under way. In a setting whose natural beauty never fails to amaze, parents, siblings, [...]

Pictures from an Institution

Timothy Burke, professor of history and blogger at Easily Distracted, has a new project—to post and write about pictures from a year at Swarthmore, beginning with 2011’s Commencement. Here’s an excerpt.
GRADUATIONSwarthmore’s graduation ceremonies strike me as very earnest and suited to the institution. They’re fairly low-key, relatively intimate, and focused very much on our own [...]

Lott to Step Down as Editor

Swarthmore College Bulletin editor Jeffrey Lott will step down at the end of December. He will move to a part-time job at the College, serving as writer and editor of a book about Swarthmore to be published on the eve of the College’s 2014 sesquicentennial.
Lott came to the College in 1990 and became editor-in-chief in [...]