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Turnin' Pro

After a stellar career on the Garnet men’s soccer team—during which he broke school records in career points, career assists, and single-season points—Morgan Langley graduated from the College this spring. His days on the soccer field are far from over, though. Named All-Conference, All-Regional, and All-American in his last season at Swarthmore, Langley signed in [...]

A Matter of Degrees

By Jeffrey Lott

Swarthmore awarded its first honorary degree in 1888 to Susan Cunningham, astronomer and member of the College’s founding faculty, whose former home and observatory now houses the headquarters of the Scott Arboretum. Honorary degrees were awarded occasionally until 1918 (when Isaac Clothier collected his second), after which at least one has been awarded each year.
The [...]

Professors Retire from Swarthmore

Charles Kelemen, Edward Hicks Magill Professor of Computer Science, has been granted tenure three times but has given it up twice. Lucky for Swarthmore, here is where he decided to stay.
In 1984, Kelemen arrived on campus to develop a concentration in computer science (CS); by 2001, he had created a [...]

150 Years Ago:

By Christopher Densmore
Curator, Friends Historical Library

By summer 1861, the founders of the yet unnamed educational institution that was to become Swarthmore College were spreading their idea though the pages of the Friends Intelligencer and at Quaker meetings throughout the mid-Atlantic. The response was favorable, but some Quakers had doubts about whether advanced learning was compatible with Quaker plainness.
One such person [...]

Cape Daisy Image Wins Biological
Image of the Year Contest

The Cape daisy (Venidium fastuosum) shown here with pollen-covered stamens was captured on camera by Emily MacDuffie ’13, a psychology major from Cape Elizabeth, Maine. MacDuffie’s image won first prize this spring in the Robert Savage Biological Image of the Year contest. The award honors Isaac H. Clothier Jr. Professor Emeritus of Biology Robert “Bob” [...]

Medal for Bulletin Article

By Jeffrey Lott

The Swarthmore College Bulletin has been honored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with a national award for best article of the year. “Rock and an Old Place: A Family Farm Rich in History Faces the Relentless March of Natural Gas Drilling” by David Pacchioli received a gold medal in [...]

Satisfying That Old Urge to Learn

By Jeffrey Lott

No matter how long you’ve been out of school, there’s something about the first week of September that takes you back to riding the school bus for the first time, to the first day with a new teacher, or to the day you moved into your first dorm room at college. Although the experience of [...]

The Old Pigskin

More than 200 guests—including about 70 alumni—attended last November’s revival of the Delta Upsilon (DU) Pig Roast, held on the 10th anniversary of Swarthmore’s final football game—a 16–6 defeat of Washington & Lee on Nov. 11, 2000. To mark the occasion, DU alumnus Tom Elverson ’75, son of the late coach Lew Elverson, presented President [...]

Return of the WAs

By Maki Somosot ’12

With 33 current and the same number of former writing associates in attendance, Swarthmore’s Writing Associates (WA) Program’s 25th reunion weekend began in fine style on the evening of March 18 with a keynote speech from William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Political Science Kenneth Sharpe. Rather than focus on ways in which the WAs [...]

New Director for Black Cultural Center

By Carol Brévart-Demm

The College welcomes Karlene Burrell-McRae as assistant dean and director of the Black Cultural Center (BCC). Burrell-McRae will support the BCC’s mission of guiding the intellectual and cultural development and leadership skills of African American students on campus as well as upholding the College’s commitment to multicultural living and learning. She will serve as an [...]