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Unlikely Pair Practices Paideia at Collection

By Danielle Charette ’14

Robert George ’77 and Cornel West admit that they’re an unusual duo. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and a leading Christian conservative scholar, and West is professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary, the Class of 1943 University Professor Emeritus in the Center for African American Studies [...]

College Revamps Sexual Misconduct Policies

Bolstering its commitment to a safe and respectful community, the College has recently revamped its sexual assault and harassment policies and procedures.

A final report from campus security firm Margolis Healy and Associates outlines the sweeping changes and improvements the College has made. The report found that in just six months, the College had implemented or [...]

‘A Portion of Nature’

By Christopher Densmore, Curator of Friends Historical Library

It is 1864. Swarthmore College has a charter, and it has a piece of land. The only things left are to build and equip College Hall (now Parrish), find and hire a faculty, recruit students, and raise more money. Swarthmore College would not open for classes until fall 1869, but there was still plenty to [...]

Versed in the Truth

By David Fialkow ’15

“I was up until 4 last night. I’m just drained at this point. But it’s a good type of drained.”
While countless generations of Swarthmore students have spoken these words during rounds of misery poker in the midst of midterms and finals periods, Kat Galvis Rodriguez ’17 was describing something beyond the realm of academia: slam [...]

Back in the Swing of Things

By Robert Strauss and Mark Anskis

It was the first day of baseball practice in February 2013, and Nicko Burnett’s emotions had reached the tipping point.
While his teammates were getting dressed in the locker room before the squad’s first indoor workout of the season, Burnett sneaked out a side door into what he assumed was an empty Lamb-Miller Field House. Presumably [...]

Honorary degrees set for array of accomplished alumni

By Mark Anskis

Scholar and writer Thomas Laqueur ’67; documentary photographer Barbara “Bobbie” Norfleet ’47, P’79; vocalist and composer Vaneese Thomas ’74; and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen ’83, D-Md., will receive honorary degrees at Swarthmore’s 142nd Commencement on June 1.

Laqueur is the Helen Fawcett Professor of History at the University of California–Berkeley. His research interests range from [...]

Mural weaves College’s past, present, future

By David Fialkow ’15

Members of the College community as well as campus visitors will notice a colorful, symbolic artwork affixed to the Science Center—a mural stretching the length of the two-story southeast wall, adjacent to the DuPont parking lot.
David “Dee” Craig, a muralist from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who has created many pieces depicting the changing nature of the [...]

New center a good match with sustainability efforts

By Randy Frame and Amanda Whitbred

One afternoon in November, Stuart Hain, vice president for facilities and services, described the construction work underway in the old squash courts facility as “unbuilding.” Instead of simply demolishing the outdated facility to make way for the new Matchbox center for wellness, fitness, and theater, a crew has been carefully disassembling the building this fall. [...]

Swarthmore Seeks a Charter

By Christopher Densmore, curator, Friends Historical Library

By January 1864, the founders of our College had raised money, settled on a name for the new school (Swarthmore College), found a location (Westdale), and appointed a committee to secure a charter from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
They were certain the college would be coeducational. There was never any doubt that men and women would [...]

Hidden in Plain Sight

By Mark Anskis

“Well, I’ll be!” Rolf Valtin ’48 proclaimed as he opened his front door to welcome a small contingent from the Swarthmore College Department of Athletics. The purpose of a fall visit to Valtin’s home in Alexandria, Va., was to present him with a plaque honoring his induction into the Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame (due [...]