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Responding to Cupid’s Arrow

Was it in the Crum Woods, on the Whispering Bench, or in Parrish Parlors? Love has blossomed in every corner of Swarthmore’s breathtaking campus. If you are among the 1,300 matchbox couples who have met, courted, fallen in love, and remained together, write us! Tell us about your romance in 350 words or fewer, and [...]

‘Remaking College’ Paves New Ground for Liberal Arts

By Randy Frame

When President Rebecca Chopp collaborated with Daniel Weiss, president of Haverford College, in April 2012 to stage the conference The Future of the Liberal Arts College in America and Its Leadership Role in Education Around the World, their expectations for attendance were somewhat modest. The friends and colleagues were mildly (and pleasantly) surprised when more [...]

3 Days to Brainstorm—in Paris

By Carol Brévart-Demm

For three days in late October, 500 national student delegates from more than 150 countries assembled at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris for the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum. The carefully selected group spent three days brainstorming on the theme Youth and Social Inclusion: Civic Engagement, Dialogue and Skills Development. Duong Tran ’15, a native of [...]

‘Swarthmore College: A Community of Purpose’ to Arrive in Your Mailbox Soon

At the dawn of its sesquicentennial celebration, the College will mail a special gift to all Swarthmore alumni, friends, and parents of current students: the book Swarthmore College: A Community of Purpose. This 200-page resource includes numerous faculty and alumni profiles, historic pictures of the College and its founders, and many new photos revealing the [...]

Class of 2017 Sets Forth

It was another record-setting year for applications at Swarthmore, as 6,615 students vied for admission to the Class of 2017. The College welcomed 389 first-year and 11 transfer students—195 women and 194 men—Sept. 2 from among the 14 percent offered admission. Thirteen percent of new students are the first in their families to attend college.
International students [...]

Making a Cultural Shift

Substantive changes in Swarthmore’s sexual assault and harassment policies were put in place when the academic year began. The changes resulted after a summer spent working on policy revisions, expanded prevention and programming efforts, and recruitment for several key staff positions. The revisions follow several years of increased on-campus attention to this issue, a recent [...]

The Stoles That Stole the Show

Anyone attending Swarthmore’s 2011 Commencement ceremony couldn’t help but notice the beautifully patterned stoles worn by some male graduates. Those who looked carefully would have seen the Delta Upsilon fraternity insignia woven into the stoles’ fabric. That year’s graduating DU brothers had received the stoles as a gift from the mother of DU brother Peter [...]

Location, Location, Location: A College for Westdale

By the end of 1863, the proposed school had stockholders (contributors) and a Board of Managers, but it did not yet have a charter and did not have a campus. A committee of the Board of Managers identified three possible locations, all rural, all within 20 miles of Philadelphia and convenient to a railroad station. [...]

The Institute for the Liberal Arts: Year Two

Drawing upon Swarthmore College’s reputation for innovation and tradition and its worldwide network to serve, support, and evolve the role of liberal arts education on the national and international stage, the College’s year-old Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA) has two upcoming events designed to involve alumni and friends in its work.
On Oct. 24, in [...]

Ready, Set, Deliver!

Sonja Spoo ’13 has found an unorthodox method for gaining perspective on test taking at Swarthmore: Hang out with women in labor.
After 10 hours in a Philadelphia hospital supporting a woman through what ended up being a complicated birth, Spoo had to duck out and catch a train to campus to take a test before [...]