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Meaningful Statistics

In January, Associate Professor of Statistics Steve Wang was recognized by the American Statistical Association (ASA) for national excellence in statistics education. According to the ASA: “Steve has an extraordinary ability to make statistics meaningful and relevant to his students and to general public audiences. His use of examples and information from popular culture is [...]

One-Stop Access to Higher Education

Joyful anticipation filled the air as representatives from six Delaware County colleges and universities and the community gathered on Jan. 27 to launch the College Access Center (CAC) of Delaware County—a one-stop facility in Chester, Pa. According to Cynthia Jetter ‘74, director of community partnerships and planning for Swarthmore’s Lang Center for Civic and Social [...]

Deer Cull Delayed

A planned deer cull in the College’s Crum Woods did not occur this winter due to a policy change in Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) regulations that was proposed after the Borough of Swarthmore and adjoining Nether Providence Township applied on behalf of the College for a cull permit. If approved, the new policy will grant [...]

Committed to Community Engagement

Swarthmore has been recognized as a leader in community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for having “institutionalized community engagement in its identity, culture, and commitments.” In the course of a close examination of how widely the College’s service learning courses are offered, the foundation also sought information about specific community [...]

Happy Birthday, Dear Darwin

About 100 celebrants dined on bananas or banana cake, and many had their pictures taken with a life-size cutout of Charles Darwin on Feb. 12, the 200th anniversary of the great scientist’s birth. The Darwin Day celebration included evolution-themed temporary tattoos; “pin the beak on the sparrow;” and a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday, Dear [...]

The Age-old Art of Storytelling Goes Digital

Recently, Professor of English Literature Nathalie Anderson shared a piece of very personal information via a poem she wrote and an old photo album that belonged to her mother. One photo shows Anderson’s mother and the shadow of the man she was going out with during World War II—a pilot stationed in the Pacific, “before [...]

“Gloria Was Awesome!”

During the first weeks of the spring semester, the bulletin board for international students in the main hall of Parrish was festooned with colored notes containing tributes and messages of gratitude to beloved International Student Adviser Gloria Evans, aged 81, whose unexpected Dec. 25 death due to complications from knee surgery saddened campus community members.
Evans [...]

Onward and Upward

The Board of Managers approved the promotion of five members of the faculty from associate to full professor: Biologist Sara Hiebert Burch ’79 studies hypometabolic states in small birds and mammals. Linguist Ted Fernald is a semanticist interested in, among other topics, all things to do with Navajo syntax and semantics. English literature scholar Nora [...]

Showers of Medals for Garnet Swimmers

Men’s swimming (second at CC Championships) Senior Douglas Gilchrist-Scott collected seven medals at the Conference Championship meet, breaking a 12-year-old Conference and championship meet record (along with his own school mark) with a 46.48 time during the preliminaries of the 100-yard freestyle. He went on to earn a bronze medal in the event, clocking in [...]

En Garde!

In February, Swarthmore hosted the Southern Atlantic Conference Fencing Championship at the Lamb Miller Field House. Teams from 13 institutions from New York to Florida participated. In the largest of four regional tournaments leading to the U.S. Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs Championships, the Swarthmore female and male teams established themselves as a force to [...]