Several hundred alumni and family members of current students attended the College's fifth annual Garnet Homecoming and Family Weekend. Highlights included the third annual Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony; the dedication of the College’s newest building, the Matchbox; an SBAN (Swarthmore Black Alumni Network) panel discussion focusing on “the Crisis of ‘69”; the annual McCabe Lecture; a Guys and Dolls concert; the 25th anniversary Vertigo-go Reunion, and the annual Crum Regatta.
Pole vaulter Peter McGinnis ’76, tennis player Anjani Reddy ’04, three-sport athlete (basketball, volleyball, softball) Barbara Anne Schaefer ’90, swimmer Skye Fulkerson Tarr ’96, soccer player James White ’57, and the 1984 football team made up the Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
Lead donors Salem Shuchman ’84 and Barbara Klock ’86, as well as Vice President for Facilities and Capital Projects Stu Hain, were among those recognized for their contributions to the building of the Matchbox, which will support wellness, fitness, athletics, and theater at Swarthmore.
Harvard professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot ’66 received a standing ovation following her McCabe Lecture “On Goodness and Education,” during which, among many other things, she stressed the importance of highlighting the successes of public education instead of focusing on its failures.
About 25 of Swarthmore’s heartiest students (eight boats in all) braved the cold waters of the Crum as participants in the Crum Regatta, a tradition since 1972.