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Commencement Address 2008

By President Alfred H. Bloom

Among the greatest privileges of being president of this  remarkable institution has been coming to know its alumni, whose number you join today. Their passion for ideas and experience, their personal warmth, their astounding achievements, and their affection and admiration for Swarthmore are constant sources of joy, and of pride. As inspiring, and, perhaps, even [...]

Hurray for the Class of 2008!

By Carol Brévart-Demm

As June 1 dawned, there could hardly have existed a more serene, green, and pristine location for a college graduation ceremony than Swarthmore. The storms of the previous day had swept clear the sky under which the many streams criss-crossing the town now burbled garrulously, and trees lining Swarthmore’s narrow streets rustled gently in reply. [...]

Honorary Degree Recipients

Alberto Mora ’74, former legal counsel to the Department of the Navy, spoke of his vehement opposition to government-authorized use of cruel and inhumane treatment of detainees taken captive in the War on Terror at Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere:
“Cruelty, once held in disrepute, has been astonishingly rehabilitated. What was once unspeakable is now the [...]

Bloom Will Leave Presidency in 2009

By Nancy Nowicki Nicely

On May 9, after making his intentions known to the Board of Managers, Alfred H. Bloom informed the Swarthmore community that he will conclude his tenure as president on Aug. 31, 2009, ending his remarkable 18-year era. When Bloom leaves office, only two previous Swarthmore presidents—Joseph Swain (1902-1921) and Frank Aydelotte (1921-1940)—will have served longer. [...]

Planning Proceeds for the Future of the College

By Nancy Nowicki Nicely

“Sustaining Swarthmore’s excellence depends on a continuous process of taking stock of the present and envisioning the future,” said President Alfred H. Bloom in a recent interview. “Fortunately, we have a remarkable community of students, faculty, staff, board members, and alumni who are able, through careful and imaginative dialogue, to do that analytic work and [...]

Recognition for Plasma Physicist Michael Brown

By Carol Brévart-Demm

Associate Professor of Physics Michael Brown has been honored with the 2008 American Physical Society’s (APS) Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution. According to the APS’s selection committee, Brown was chosen “for his outstanding contributions to plasma physics made possible by his development of a world-class spheromak laboratory at the [...]

Agent for Change

By Lena Wong ’10

Omer Corluhan ’08—a community volunteer in his native Turkey before coming to Swarthmore—knew that he wanted to make a difference in his country. He wasn’t sure how until a Lang Opportunity Scholarship, awarded in his sophomore year, enabled Corluhan to start Small Steps, Big Tomorrows, a project that aimed to encourage Turkish college students to [...]

Of Power, Paradox, and Prayer

By Lauren Stokes ’09

Everyone says Vienna is beautiful, and it’s true, but for the most part it’s the kind of beauty that makes you feel like a little insignificant peasant instead of a human being.
As, I suppose, it’s meant to do. Take a look at the Stephansdom, mostly built by 1511, the main cathedral in Vienna, with allegedly [...]

The “Nerdy Scientists” of Sundance

By Carol Brévart-Demm

Associate Professor of Linguistics David Harrison—already a world authority on endangered languages and the world “hotspots” in which they are spoken in ever-decreasing numbers—was recently catapulted into the world of movie-stardom.
Harrison and fellow linguist Gregory Anderson, who together co-founded and now co-direct the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, are the subjects of The Linguists, [...]

Only At Swarthmore

By Meredith Leich ’08

Meredith Leich’s cartoons have appeared for two years in The Phoenix. She bade farewell to the College in the paper’s final edition of the semester with this timeless coming-of-age story. Leich says she aims to be a graphic novelist.
Click the image to open a large Adobe PDF version of the cartoon for easy reading. The [...]