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By Susan Cousins Breen

When Grace Chang ’09 headed off to college four years ago, she fully expected to welcome a break from dealing with disability issues, and she did—for a while. As the sibling of a severely autistic sister, the Evans Scholar from Gaithersburg, Md.,—a political science major and psychology minor—had experienced firsthand the struggles and joys of [...]

When Engineers Go Shopping

By Susan Clarey

Visitors to the ground floor of Hicks Hall can’t fail to be fascinated by the huge engineering test instruments that lurk in dimly lit chain-link cages there. In the digital age, a solid steel compression stand evokes another era. And although the decades-old equipment is still in regular use, the College is seeking $300,000 during [...]

A Spring of Love for Garnet Tennis

By Kyle Leach

Women’s tennis (5-10, 4-6 CC) For the second straight year, Rachel Wallwork ’10 was named Centennial Conference Player of the Year, posting a 12-4 overall record in singles, including an 8-0 mark in conference play at the number-one spot (her current win streak is at 19). Also named First-Team All-Centennial for singles, Wallwork participated in [...]

The Final Interview

On Saturday, Feb. 21, at about 10:30 a.m., Rebecca Chopp, president of Colgate University, chatted amicably with Swarthmore’s President Alfred H. Bloom in the Kohlberg Hall faculty lounge. As the choice of the Presidential Search Committee, Chopp was about to meet the entire Board of Managers for the first time. She seemed cool and relaxed [...]

Breadth and Depth

President-designate Rebecca Chopp addresses members of the College community on Feb. 21, the day she was selected by the Board of Managers to be Swarthmore's next president.

In an interview with the Bulletin on Feb. 24, three days after the Board of Managers selected Rebecca Chopp as the College’s 14th president, search committee chair Thomas Spock [...]

Board Postpones Key Budget Decisions

At its February meeting, Swarthmore’s Board of Managers usually approves the College’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year that begins on July 1. But this year, the Board decided to consider the 2009–2010 budget in phases.
On Feb. 21, the Board made decisions on student charges, enrollment, financial aid, and capital projects. It deferred decisions on [...]

Focusing on the Clay

There’s nothing quite so elemental as a lump of wet clay—or so magical as seeing skilled hands turn that spinning lump into a beautiful vessel. Doug Herren, studio technician for the Art Department, is a teacher of this magic, which a dozen students in this spring’s class The Potter’s Wheel variously describe as “very physical,” [...]

Horticultural Creativity Harvests Rewards

Claire Sawyers, the creative force behind the astonishing achievements of the Scott Arboretum in the last two decades, has received dual recognition for her work. The 2008 Zone V Horticulture Commendation from the Garden Club of America acknowledges Sawyers’s “dedication and excellence in furthering the education and enjoyment of people everywhere in the growing and [...]

Green Power

The Borough of Swarthmore was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency in January with a 12th-place ranking among green-power communities nationwide. Of the top 19 communities earning a place on the list, Swarthmore was the only town so recognized east of the Mississippi River—other towns in the top 12 are located in California, Washington, [...]

An Index of Well-Being

Imagine a scenario where U.S. domestic policy is defined less by profit, consumerism, accumulation of wealth, and self-interest than by a desire for general well-being. Sound utopian? Maybe. Yet according to Barry Schwartz, Dorwin P. Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action, the idea is by no means far-fetched. In fact, it’s one he’s [...]