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Background information on Swarthmore College’s investment policies

Swarthmore students involved in the Sunrise Movement are sponsoring a referendum next week to ask the Board of Managers to reconsider its longstanding policy regarding the weighing of social objectives within its investment policy.  I believe that the change in policy is unnecessary, particularly in light of the regular due diligence that our Investment Office… Keep Reading

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A warning on simplifying Songkran festival

Those of you who have talked to me probably know I came from Thailand and have lived in the U.S. for virtually two years. A few days ago, I saw a poster about the Thingyan Water Festival which is taking place at Parrish Beach on Monday, April 16. The phrase “water festival” sounded familiar to… Keep Reading

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Divest, with care

Sunrise has recently been advocating for a referendum on Swarthmore’s investment policy. The group has called for a vote on whether or not the college’s board should revoke the ban on investing ethically, put in place immediately after the school divested from South African associated funds in 1990. More power to them; students should advocate… Keep Reading

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In appreciation of those who work behind the scenes

Do we appreciate every member of the Swarthmore community enough? At Swarthmore, we embrace the Quaker values of inclusion, diversity, and responsibility. Amidst our celebration of those values, however, some members of Swarthmore community usually do not receive as much attention and appreciation as they deserve — people who work behind the scene, be it… Keep Reading

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Practicing kreng-jai at Swarthmore

Although I have studied in the United States for almost two years, there is one Thai word for which I cannot find a counterpart in English: kreng-jai. To kreng-jai is to be considerate of how other people feel and act considerately so that one does not engender any ill feeling in others. Similar to externality… Keep Reading

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More than hummus: renewing the call to boycott Sabra

On March 3, 2018, Students for Justice in Palestine launched a petition to end the sale of Sabra products on campus. Within days of launching, over 500 students and other community members had signed. Today, three weeks after the initial launch, the number of signatures continues to rise. We are calling on the college to… Keep Reading

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Colleges or investment firms?

When I was doing research for this column, I noticed an Atlantic article entitled “Rich, Stingy Colleges.” Intrigued, I clicked on it, and a picture of Parrish lawn in the springtime filled my computer screen. So a good start for my writing process, but less so for Swarthmore. One of the major developments in higher… Keep Reading

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Students join with North Philadelphia community to solarize arts nonprofit

While last week’s break offered many Swarthmore students a well-deserved rest following midterm season, six students from the Serenity Soular project were working hard to bring environmental justice to North Philadelphia, a low-income but culturally rich community in the heart of the city. Founded in 2012, Serenity Soular is a collaborative project between North Philadelphia… Keep Reading

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