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And So They Go

By Carol Brévart-Demm

On a dazzling green and blue Sunday morning in Swarthmore Ville, the town hummed with anticipation. Wood pigeons warbled, squirrels screeched, chipmunks chirruped, and rabbits romped. More hungry humans than usual peeked into Vicky’s Place and Hobbs’ Café, seeking breakfast. Something was afoot. Not just any Sunday, this was the day of Swarthmore College’s 138th [...]

Gallery Exhibits Works by
Visiting Associate Professor
of Studio Art Daniel Heyman

By Carol Brévart-Demm

Visiting Associate Professor of Studio Art Daniel Heyman spent four years traveling through Jordan and Turkey, speaking with former Iraqi detainees who had been subjected to torture at the Abu Ghraib prison, recording their statements, and portraying their faces and their words in a series of paintings. Another series of portraits by Heyman shows African [...]

No “Smoker Dorm” for Class of 2014

By Jeffrey Lott

Hallowell, the only dorm that allows smoking and houses first-year students, will become smoke-free after the end of the academic year.
Hallowell, the only dorm that allows smoking and houses first-year students, will become smoke-free after the end of the academic year.
The decision to end smoking inside Hallowell was based upon discussions among students, resident assistants, [...]

Student Advocacy Brings Endorsement of “DREAM” Act

By Jeffrey Lott

At a Debating for Democracy conference sponsored by Project Pericles in April, an original letter by Jovanna Hernandez ’13 in support of the Development, Relief, and Education Minors Act (DREAM) was a finalist in a letter-writing competition. Hernandez brought Swarthmore a $500 award to be used for advocacy and education projects including lobbying for the [...]

­College Leads “Best Value” List

By Carol Brévart-Demm

USA Today and the Princeton Review have named Swarthmore the “best value” among all private colleges and universities for 2009–2010—for the second year running. The Princeton Review selected the schools based on surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 public and private college and university campuses in the United States. According to USA [...]

Growing Gardens, Growing Art

By Carol Brévart-Demm

When Professor of Studio Art Syd Carpenter heard that the National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts was planning to hold its annual conference in Philadelphia in early spring this year, she decided to participate—not with one but two shows.
Carpenter scheduled a one-person show of her own new work titled A Place of Our Own, [...]

Acting Dean Campbell ’90 Accepts New Planning Post

By Susan Cousins Breen­

Garikai “Kai” Campbell ’90, associate professor of mathematics and former acting dean of students, joined the President’s Office as special assistant to the president and associate vice president for planning on July 1. “In his new role, Campbell serves as a liaison between the President’s Office and the community,” says President Rebecca Chopp, “helping to [...]

Faculty Retirement: Robert Pasternack

By Carol Brévart-Demm

Edmund Allen Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Robert “Bob” Pasternack arrived for his final interview at Swarthmore in a snowstorm in 1982. With planes grounded due to the weather in Ithaca, where he was the Charles A. Dana Professor of Chemistry at Ithaca College, N.Y., he traveled to Philadelphia by Greyhound bus. Peter Thompson—now Professor [...]

Faculty Retirement: Steven Piker

By Susan Cousins Breen

Surrounded by cherished travel mementos and photos of his sons, Joshua and Tobin ’92, and three grandchildren, Professor of Anthropology Steven Piker thoughtfully recalls a 44-year career at Swarthmore and responds without hesitation when asked about the best part of teaching at the College. “It’s the people,” he says. “We have the best of the [...]

Ostwald’s Odyssey Ends at 88

By Alisa Giardinelli

The College was deeply saddened to learn of the April 10 death—due to heart failure— of Martin Ostwald, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Classics. He was 88.
“Swarthmore has lost a towering intellect and a renowned teacher and scholar of the ancient Greek world,” wrote President Rebecca Chopp in a message to the campus [...]