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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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The Cornell booths: A frustrated love letter

I consider myself a reasonably level-headed person. Neither a powdery iced chai nor an especially swampy Mertz field can ruin my day. But two weeks ago, as someone clambered over me to exit a Cornell booth for the third time in 10 minutes, I lost my cool. Why is there no easier way to exit… Keep Reading

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Some pessimism about divestment

Sunrise has had a good week. SGO recently announced that they will invest surplus funds from the student activity budget into BlackRock, an investment fund that prioritizes environmental sustainability and refuses to invest in fossil fuels. While this is not really “divestment” as Sunrise claims, since the money wasn’t invested into fossil fuels in the… Keep Reading

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Controversy is good

It’s no secret that Swarthmore is a predominantly liberal institution. Last semester, Alec Ferry ’21 conducted an ethnography about the political identities of Swarthmore students and found that indeed, Swat students generally tend toward liberalism over conservatism. Not surprisingly, Swat isn’t the only college that is this way. Most colleges in the U.S. are liberal-leaning,… Keep Reading

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