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What a Kick!

Morgan Langley ’10 (right) and the surging men’s soccer team took Swarthmore sports excitement to the national level in 2008, winning the Centennial Conference championship and making the program’s first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in 17 seasons. The team, (17-3-2) advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament, defeating Rutgers–Camden and Dickinson College [...]

Facing the Financial Crisis

On Dec. 10, President Alfred H. Bloom sent an e-mail to alumni outlining “a sequence of measured courses of action” that will be undertaken by the College in the face of the decline in financial markets. He wrote that despite the College’s good record of investment success, Swarthmore “has not been immune from the effects [...]

Caitlin Mullarkey Wins a Rhodes

Caitlin Mullarkey ’09, an honors biology major from Wilmington, Del., has won a Rhodes Scholarship for 2009—one of 32 United States citizens named in November. She is the sixth Swarthmore student since 2000 to receive this honor, which provides $50,000 a year to study at Oxford University in England. Thirty Swarthmoreans have been awarded [...]

Out of the Classroom and into the Woods—and Back

How many of us know that when you touch the seeds of a jewelweed plant (also known as touch-me-not), they’ll explode with a “pouf!” under your fingers? Allison Jordan ’09 didn’t either, until she came upon the plant and its interesting property while walking in the Crum one day, doing research for an assignment in [...]


In a ceremony on Aug. 20, Swarthmore Centennial Professor of Sociology Braulio Muñoz was named Profesor Honorario at the Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru. In acknowledgement of this honor, as part of the ceremony Muñoz gave a lecture titled Lo concreto y lo universal: el caso de la communidad académica, which will be published [...]

Yeah! It's a Parlor Party

During a time when binge drinking on college campuses nationwide is more-or-less a given, a refreshing new program is gaining momentum at Swarthmore, as many students reject tipsy, trashed, or toxic in favor of fed, fun-filled, and safely friendly.
Assistant Director of Student Life Kelly Wilcox ’97 had been seeking to accommodate the needs of a [...]

The Wheels of the Bike Go 'Round and 'Round

One Saturday last July, the parking lot of the 320 Market and Café on South Chester Road was full—not with cars, though. People from the Swarthmore borough and surrounding area flocked to the lot to deposit bicycles they no longer needed, many of which had seen better days—some even missing parts. The bikes were donations [...]

Bush Leaguers

During the fall election campaign, McCabe Library played host to Bush Leaguers: Editorial Cartoons Take on the White House, a traveling exhibit of nearly 100 original cartoons by members of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists. Curated by Rob Rogers, cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the show kicked off in October with a panel discussion [...]

When Harry Potter is in the Classroom, Cameras roll

On Thursday, Sept. 18, Professor of English Literature Melinda Finberg’s first-year seminar Battling Against Voldemort was filmed by MTV as part of a segment on the phenomenon of Harry Potter books appearing in College curricula.
The class, which studies J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series in addition to a number of other related texts such as J.R. [...]

Not Consensus but Friendship

This fall, in response to growing interest in interfaith text study, a new Scriptural Reasoning (SR) group became a permanent and regular fixture on campus, meeting at least three times each semester.
The practice of friendly dialogue about scriptural texts among Christians, Jews, and Muslims was first demonstrated at the College during A Week of Religion [...]