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Questioning the ‘elite’ education

I’ll never forget the bursting excitement I felt when leaving home last year, anxiously anticipating life-changing college experiences to come. As I looked over my shoulder toward my family one last time before passing through airport security, I had tears in my eyes at the thought of leaving everyone I loved behind. I consoled myself… Keep Reading


Threshold: thoughts on senior fall

This opinions piece doesn’t have much of a thesis. That is not to say that it doesn’t have a message. As I get older, I realize that life and its academic study cannot and should never be boiled down to neat argumentative statements. While I embody an array of identities, I nonetheless cannot live as… Keep Reading

Around Campus/News

President of Planned Parenthood comes to campus

Content Warning: Sexual assault, ableist language Swarthmore Democrats hosted the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Katie McGinty and President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards for a rally on women’s rights this past Tuesday. Though McGinty herself could not attend the rally due to a cancelled flight, the list of speakers at the rally included other… Keep Reading


Trump supporters call to repeal Bill of Rights

In a desperate attempt to damage 2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton’s reputation, supporters and campaign affiliates of Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, started a movement to edit, revise, add, and strike out the majority of the clauses in the Bill of Rights, claiming that the Bill was “old and needed to become renovated… Keep Reading


Rashid joins PA Campus Leaders in Denouncing Trump Comments

Content warning: sexual assault On Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 12:00 PM, a group of campus leaders from various colleges and universities across Pennsylvania denounced Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump’s degrading and offensive comments about women on a joint press call. Jasmine Rashid ‘18 (who is the Campus Journal Editor of the Phoenix but had no… Keep Reading


Overcrowding causes concern on campus

The college has been gradually increasing the size of the student body population over the past five years. The increasing number of students presents the potential issue of overcrowded spaces on campus, especially in regards to dining and studying spaces. Students are concerned that the larger student body is straining the college’s spaces and services.… Keep Reading


On going home and coming back

From the moment I first visited campus during my junior year of high school, Swarthmore felt like home. Standing on Magill Walk, I felt an inexplicable wave of comfort and familiarity. I still do. During the stress of moving in and saying good-bye to my family, I was comforted by the fact that my room… Keep Reading


Going braless: the consumption of women’s bodies

Recently, I made the decision to do the unfathomable: to occasionally wear an outfit without a bra. Now, what spurred me to make this decision wasn’t necessarily some bold political statement, though that is a perfectly valid reason to go braless too. Rather, what motivated me to free my chest from the clasps of the patriarchy… Keep Reading

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