Halloween with the Dean

Each year, students who apply to Swarthmore are challenged to answer the question, “Why Swarthmore?” Yesterday, Misha Khan ’19 from Lahore, Pakistan, discovered a sweet new reason: s’mores. After Dean Liz Braun taught Khan how to make one, she declared, “This is my ‘Why Swarthmore.’”

S’mores were just one part of the annual Halloween with the Dean celebration. The event also featured a pumpkin-carving contest (won by Kim Rosa-Perez '18 and Isabelle Branco-Lo '18), crafts, and a make-your-own-trail-mix bar. Additionally, there were a cappella performances by Mixed Company, Sixteen Feet, and Grapevine, as well as visits from the Garnet women’s soccer team and the men’s and women’s cross country teams, who finished their practice at the event.

“There is nothing better than having my house full of students relaxing and enjoying Halloween fun,” says Braun. “It makes me feel so good when students tell me it’s one of their favorite Swarthmore traditions.”

Katie Paulson ’18 of Madison, Wis., can attest to that. “I really appreciate Dean Braun’s willingness to open up her house to students for the Halloween celebration," she says. "I enjoyed the opportunity to carve pumpkins, make s’mores and trail mix, and have pizza with my friends and with members of the faculty.” She adds, “It was a fun weekday prelude to the Halloween celebrations this weekend.”