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College starts 144th year of instruction with strong class of first years

“One of you is a prospective engineer who is also a high-wire circus performer.
One of you was chosen to blog about your college application process for The New York Times.
One of you is in a real all-girl punk band.
One of you was a Golden Gloves boxer.
And one of my personal favorites: One of you successfully [...]

6 Colleges, 1 Lang Scholar, 7 college-bound Graduates

By Grace Leonard ’15

The College Access Center of Delaware County (CACDC), a program that sets Delaware County–area high-school students on the college-bound path, is marking its third year. In that time, the center has grown from an organization struggling to let the community know that it exists to a place where high schools are now referring parents and [...]

A 150th Birthday for the Board of Managers

By Christopher Densmore

Throughout fall 1862, the founders of Swarthmore, loosely organized as the Friends Union Boarding School Association, were holding conferences and raising subscriptions throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Delaware.
On Dec. 2, 1862, the subscribers met at the Race Street Meetinghouse in Philadelphia to establish the Friends Educational Association. The association created a Board [...]

10 New Graduates Set to Make an Impact Abroad

By David Fialkow ’15

This spring, 10 graduating seniors were awarded 2013 Fulbright fellowships, either to teach or undertake a research project abroad.
The recipients are: Andrew Cheng (South Korea, English teaching assistantship); Philip Chodrow (Norway, psychology, philosophy, and social theory project); Melissa Frick (France, medical research); Elan Silverblatt-Buser (Mexico, plant biology); Zachary Wiener (Malaysia, English teaching assistantship), Joseph Willens [...]

Hall of Fame Shines Spotlight on Garnet Athletics

By Mark Anskis, athletic communications director

Since 1878, student-athletes at Swarthmore have proven that it is possible to excel in the classroom and on the field, earning All-America honors, winning national championships, and even starring in professional sports leagues. Now the accomplishments of the College’s most exemplary student-athletes, coaches, and teams will be enshrined in the newly created Garnet Athletics Hall [...]

Swarthmore for Life

By Carol Brévart-Demm

The task of writing about Commencment and the events surrounding it has always been a bonus of my job—a chance to honor and applaud the students who have taken on the rigors of a Swarthmore education; to cheer for the faculty members who have supported them; and to acknowledge former students who return as models [...]

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Graduation Day in the Rose Garden

Tom Kramer '65, P'10 reads his original poem as images from this year's Commencement play in the background.

Cooper Series 2012-2013

Tom Uttech
Exhibition: Nov. 1 to Dec. 15
List Gallery, Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
Tom Uttech’s vibrant paintings portray woodlands teeming with the wildlife he observes in northern Wisconsin and Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. Blending close observation and memory with visionary invention, he evokes liminal states—moments infused with heightened awareness, drama, and imminent transformation.
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion
Performance: [...]

When It Comes to TEDx Talks, It Takes a Village

A mind-blowing cornucopia of intellectual stimulation—under the auspices of the well-known TED talk conferences—swept into campus March 31. TEDxSwarthmore brought a dozen speakers, including President Rebecca Chopp, six Swarthmore professors, three alumni, one parent, and one student together to offer different perspectives on the complex question “What Makes a Good Society?”
TED is known for its [...]

Selverian Name Synonymous with Swarthmore Athletics

By Mark Anskis, athletic communications director

Seventeen straight years during which one or more brothers wore Garnet and White jerseys was just the beginning for the “first family” of Swarthmore athletics. The six Selverian brothers from South Jersey—Rich ’84, Jeff ’86, Mark ’89, Greg ’91, Art ’93, and Kurk ’97—fueled some of the most decorated football teams in the history of [...]