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Composing Nature

By Carol Brévart-Demm

Artist Andrea Packard ’84 describes her images as being not so much about static places as they are states that are ephemeral, dynamic, and subject to change. (listen: Packard discusses her life as an artist)
In a solo exhibit in March at the College’s List Gallery—which Packard has directed since 1995—visitors were treated to a sampling [...]

Solidarity with Egyptians

Before marching across the campus on Feb. 1 to demonstrate solidarity for the Egyptian people’s nonviolent revolt against Egyptian President Hosni Mubaruk, a group of about 60 students—plus several members of the faculty and staff—gathered in Parrish Hall’s Shane Lounge to watch a few minutes of news on Al-Jazeera, the Arabic-language news network that broadcasts [...]

Swarthmore “Best Value” for Third Straight Year

By Carol Brévart-Demm

When The Princeton Review’s selection of 100 Best Value Colleges was published earlier this year, USA Today journalist Mary Beth Marklein commented in a Feb. 22 article on fluctuations in the list during the past three years, suggesting that, due to the instability of the economy, many colleges are struggling to remain affordable.
For the third [...]

New Provost Tom Stephenson

By Carol Brévart-Demm

James H. Hammons Professor of Chemistry Thomas Stephenson was recently appointed by President Rebecca Chopp on the recommendation of the faculty to be the next provost of the College. On July 1, he will succeed Mari S. Michener Professor of Art History Constance Hungerford, who has held the position for 10 years. Hungerford, an expert [...]

A Polyglot Campus

By Carol Brévart-Demm

Everyone knows that the best way to learn a foreign language is to speak it—as much as possible. And that’s exactly what approximately 200 high school students will be doing on Swarthmore’s campus this summer, when the College becomes a host site for the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA). The MMLA offers the four-week residential language [...]

Six Named Full Professor; Five are Tenured

By Carol Brévart-Demm

­­In February, the Board of Managers approved the promotion of six faculty members from associate to full professorship: Allison Dorsey, a historian specializing in African American history, African American women, American history, and the history of food. Philip Everson, a statistician whose research data include football, basketball, and baseball results; María Luisa Guardiola, a Hispanist [...]

Adieu À Un Professeur Bien Aimé

The College community mourns the Jan. 4 death of George Moskos, professor of French and James C. Hormel Professor in Social Justice. The College has lost a dedicated and talented teacher, a scholar eager to explore new intellectual territory, and a champion of justice and equality, wrote Maurice Eldridge, vice president for College and community [...]

Women Show Strength in Basketball, Swimming

By Mark Anskis

Men’s Basketball
(6-19, 3-15)
Will Gates ’13 put together another spectacular season to lead the Garnet during the 2010–2011 campaign. The sophomore earned Centennial Conference honorable mention honors after leading the team in scoring average (18.3), rebounding average (6.5), and three-point shooting (33.1). With 851 career points, Gates has scored more points through his sophomore season than [...]

Guided by Our Values, We Look Forward

By President Rebecca Chopp

Civility. Respect and tolerance for difference. Consensus-based decision-making. Access. Sustainability. Much to my great delight, not a day has gone by since I joined the Swarthmore community that these values haven’t risen to the fore in any number of settings both on and off campus. At student fireside chats. In seminars. At arts events. In [...]

Splash! A Paralympic Record

By Carol Brévart-Demm

Swarthmore students receive many sorts of accolades, but not too many acquire national reputations as athletes.
Travis Pollen ’12 is one of the few exceptions. An above-knee amputee, Pollen is a member of the Garnet men’s swim team. Remarkably, using only the power of his muscular upper body and his one leg to push off the [...]