Several hundred people attended the College's fourth annual Garnet Homecoming and Family Weekend. Highlights included the second annual Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony on Friday night, the McCabe Lecture on Saturday, and Sunday's Crum Regatta, a tradition since 1972.
McCabe lecturer Dawn Porter '88 told the story of how she gave up a comfortable life as an attorney for a major television network. She said she was inspired by people working for social justice, people who rekindled the values she embraced as a student at Swarthmore. In her career as a documentary filmmaker, Porter has focused on raising awareness of the plight of overworked public defenders dedicated to providing justice for the accused who cannot afford legal representation. During her lecture Porter she showed clips from her award-winning film Gideon's Army.
The Hall of Fame banquet featured speeches from inductees or their family members. Rolf Valtin '48 sent his message via video. Valtin was an All-American soccer player in the early 1940s and in the late 1940s. His time at Swarthmore was interrupted by military service during World War II, during which he participated in the Normandy invasion.
The Crum Regatta featured seven entries. One finished first, one finished last, but everyone was a winner!