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Shreya Chattopadhyay

Shreya Chattopadhyay has 22 articles published.


Fire erupts in Pittenger bathroom

On Sunday, April 1 just after 9 a.m., a fire was discovered in the first floor bathroom of Pittenger residence hall. According to Director of Public Safety Michael Hill, the fire, which was due to a faulty exhaust fan, was reported around 9:30 a.m. and extinguished at approximately 9:37 a.m. Two students were moved from… Keep Reading

Into the Archives

Into the Archives: a correspondence on divestment

On June 17, 1985, recent alum Perry Chang wrote a handwritten note to then-president of the College David Fraser. The note read: “Dear President Fraser: I would be interested to receive a response to the letter I handed to you at Commencement. I have enclosed a copy of that letter, which I helped draft. Hope… Keep Reading

Campus Journal

Lucretia Mott: far more than a founder

  Recently, the conference room Parrish E 254 was renamed the Lucretia Mott room. I’ve written about Mott before — she was one of the founders of the college, as well as a well-respected abolitionist, women’s rights activist, and Quaker minister. However, I’d like to take this week to really get a picture of Lucretia… Keep Reading

Campus Journal/Into the Archives

Into the Archives Column: The Beginning

If you’re researching Swat on the internet, the first sentence on the “about” page of its website reads: “Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good.” As students on campus, descriptions like this of the college can seem largely rhetorical.… Keep Reading


College releases sanctuary campus policies amid national DACA debate

A few days before President Donald Trump announced his decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months pending an action from Congress, President Valerie Smith released Swarthmore’s Sanctuary Campus Working Group Report in an email to the campus. The report delineates steps the college has taken and plans… Keep Reading


Construction for new apartments causes move-in delays

Students slated for early move-in to the new PPR apartments will have to wait an extra week to be given access to the new dorm. Fifteen students were scheduled to move into new PPR on Saturday, August 19. Isaiah Thomas, Assistant Director of Residential Communities, said the new apartments are now scheduled to open on… Keep Reading

Campus Journal

How did Swat get here? An abridged history of activism at Swat

  In the context of recent activism and student action regarding Swarthmore’s divestment from fossil fuels, I thought I’d take a look at past and ongoing activism both campus and related to the institution. Here’s a (brief) history of some historical progresses and moments of activism at Swat: 1869 – Nov. 10, the College opens… Keep Reading

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