Social & Recreational
A Closer Look: Boy Meets TractorDescribed as "like a thousand deadly spikes ... of laughter" or "the sketchiest group on campus," Boy Meets Tractor is Swarthmore's sketch comedy group. more
Social & Recreational Groups
Bowling Night is an organization that meets every Tuesday at 9 p.m. at Parrish Circle. Whoever wants to show up is then transported to and from MacDade Bowl for two games of fun.
Boy Meets Tractor (BMT)
BMT is Swarthmore's most illustrious (and only) sketch comedy group. BMT writes, produces, and performs all of its own sketches and puts on at least two shows a year in a combination of live action and video. Auditions are held at the beginning of the fall semester. For a good time (or to ask questions), email email@example.com.
The Swarthmore Chess Club welcomes chess players of all skill levels, including rank beginners. We're happy to teach you! We meet every Friday at 4:30 in Kohlberg Commons. We also run a yearly campus-wide rapid tournament.
Delta Upsilon Fraternity (DU)
The Swarthmore DU chapter is affiliated with Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, a non-secret fraternity which currently boasts 84 active chapters in the United States and Canada. All students are welcome to participate in our social, recreational and service functions.
The Garnet Club is a student-run pep organization that works on building a sense of Swarthmore pride and tradition. The Club is most visable at sporting events, organizing bonfires, pre-game BBQs, and post-game celebrations, yet is also beginning to branch into faculty and alumni relations. The objective of the group is to create unity among the Swarthmore community by bringing the campus together for Swat Pride!
HodgePodge provides an outlet for creativity on campus and supports crafty endeavors outside of class. We provide students with the materials to pursue their own projects and a forum to share their skills with each other. We foster an interest in crafts as art and participate in a discourse on the value of crafts today.
Kef, taken from the Hebrew word for "fun," is the Jewish community's committee for social and cultural events. We try to broaden the Jewish community by planning fun, hip events for the campus. Our repertoire has included parties, concerts, and celebrations, and may include in the future films, panels, workshops, or more.
Knit-Wits seeks to provide an environment where students can meet to participate in a restful and productive activity. We are a group of people who love to knit and thrive on the satisfaction of a completed project, and we would like to share this satisfaction with others. By providing free yarn and allowing students to borrow needles and pattern books, we make knitting available to students of all financial backgrounds, and by having supplies on campus, we cut down on the time required to begin a project, thereby opening knitting to a wider and more diverse group.
Large-Scale Event Committee
The Large-Scale Event Committee is a group of 10 or so students who organize and coordinate the Large-Scale Event and Worthstock each year. Recent events include performances by The Roots, Wanda Sykes (left) and the New Pornographers. If you are interested in serving on the committee, you can apply through Student Council during the appointments process. If you would like to make suggestions to the committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Movie Committee provides students with a brief escape from the "Swat bubble" and a way to catch up on recent movies they may have missed in the theaters. We show a free movie on campus each weekend during the academic year and try to show a broad range of movies that cater to the largest possible on-campus audience.
The Outsiders is a club for students interested in hiking in recreational areas outside the Swarthmore area. We believe that outside activity is important because it builds self-confidence and a sense of community. We will also support students who are interested in outside activities besides hiking, such as rock climbing. The club brings together people who share a common interest in the outdoors.
Paces is Swarthmore's oldest student-run café and operates Sunday - Wednesday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Enjoy a variety of desserts, special menu items, coffee, and music at a hip location. All the food, service, and entertainment is provided by student employees at a better-than-reasonable price. Come in for 75 cent bottomless coffee, desserts from a dollar, and delicious specials. Bring your work - Paces is wireless!
Phi Psi Fraternity
Phi Psi is a local fraternity. The group prides itself on its openness and any student interested in pledging the fraternity should contact one of the officers. Entrance to any Phi Psi event, whether S.A.C.-funded or not, is never exclusive to the brothers or a guest list. The entire student body is always welcome. more
Psi Phi is a broad club which supports gaming, holds a large science fiction and fantasy library, runs weekly games of Magic: The Gathering, publishes the Bug-Eyed Magazine, and hosts a bevy of major events including the annual Dactyl Hunt (a giant LARP), a game of capture the flag with super soakers in the spring, the Schlock Film Festival, St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and the Root Beer Kegger. We meet every Saturday at noon in Sharples Room 4.
A late-night lounge housed in the Kitao Art Gallery that serves Asian-inspired food, Open on weekends, it, like the gallery, is completely student run.
Queer Straight Alliance (QSA)
QSA seeks to create a space for queer and straight people to come together to address queer issues on campus and in the world. QSA is not a support group. Rather, by creating dialogue on topics relating to sexual orientation and gender, the group hopes to improve student awareness of queer issues and encourage students to explore their perspectives and views of them. The group also pursues specific activist projects that it feels will best address and change unjust and unequal positions, visibility, and treatment of queer people of all races, nationalities, abilities, and genders at Swarthmore, in the surrounding community, the nation, and the world.
Rose Tattoo Café
Rose Tattoo Café is a concert series of student musical performers. The group provides a venue for solo artists and campus bands. All genres are encouraged to participate. Typically, three concerts are held per semester in Paces Café . Free desserts and non-alcoholic refreshments are provided. We are always looking for both performers and volunteers. No stage experience necessary. Volunteers are treated with the utmost love and affection, so please help!
Shogi (Japanese chess) is said to be derived from the game of chaturanga, played in ancient India, which spread throughout the continent of Eurasia and developed into a variety of related games. In the West, it became chess, in China xiangqi. In shogi, you can capture your opponent's pieces and drop them on any place on the board and promote your own pieces by destroying your opponent's defense. Come to our weekly meeting and try it out! No prior experience with Shogi or any other type of chess required.
Social Affairs Committee (SAC)
SAC is responsible for providing a balanced social calendar every weekend. The committee's responsibilities include funding all-campus parties, study breaks, and events and collaborating with groups and organizations to co-sponsor College events such as the Fall Formal, Screw Your Roommate, Spring Formal, and two non-alcoholic, all-campus events each month. The committee meets weekly in Kohlberg 330 at 9:30 p.m. to hear proposals and plan events for the weekend following the upcoming weekend. SAC members are selected each semester by Student Council and serve for a one-year term. Contact email@example.com for more information.
The main objective of Vertigo-go is to entertain the student body with non-offensive improvisational comedy. The group also serves as an ambassador for the school at comedy festivals in the Northeast.