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American colleges and universities face controversy over municipal payments

In recent years, cities have implemented or are increasing the PILOTs — payments in lieu of taxes — paid by institutions of higher education. While cities claim that they face financial shortfalls and need support from the wealthy schools housed within their borders, many colleges protest that they cannot afford the additional expenditures. According to… Keep Reading

History Speaks

A symposium titled “Memory, Oral History, and Documentary Filmmaking in Latin America” will be co-hosted by Swarthmore and the University of Pennsylvania today and tomorrow. Organized by Swarthmore history professor Diego Armus and history professor and director of the Latin American Studies Program at Penn, Ann Farnsworth-Alvear, the two-day event will feature Latin American scholars… Keep Reading

Allergic to Swarthmore?

Students who suffer from food allergies may have found their newest, and most surprising ally in the form of the United States Justice Department. On December 20th of last year, the Department announced an agreement with Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., ensuring that students with food allergies could fully and equally enjoy the university’s meal… Keep Reading

Public Policy Program to End in 2016

After over a quarter of a century in existence, the Public Policy Program will no longer be available to students at the end of the Spring 2016 semester, college officials announced to those involved with the program this past break. Current Public Policy minors were notified of the decision via email last Monday. Interdisciplinary minor… Keep Reading

Course Load Contraction Continues

Starting next fall, Swarthmore College will begin a seven- to ten-year process to transition all faculty to teaching four classes per year. While for the past approximately 30 years Swarthmore professors have usually taught five classes per year (three one semester and two the other), this transition, part of the Strategic Planning process, will cause… Keep Reading

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