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Providing onsite childcare is the right thing

Why should Swarthmore College have onsite child care? I’ve been asked to write an op-ed piece on this. And I’m going to make it personal, a value-based argument rather than an interest-based argument. These are my views and experiences. They are not an analysis of the situation in any academic sense. I’ve done many things… Keep Reading


Union backlash will continue until college values all workers

With an impressive number of construction projects on the horizon, Swarthmore College plans to consider both union and non-union contractors on a project-by-project basis. The college will choose between contractors according to their treatment of workers, the quality of their work and their ability to meet budget requirements. Local unionists, however, have noted a stark… Keep Reading


Animals just like humans! UN should create task force

In a recent Phoenix editorial, Daniel Paz argued in favor of a general moral prohibition against the consumption of animals and animal products. His argument is worth reading, if only because it is paradigmatic. Like most arguments meant to establish that veganism is, as Paz writes, “an individual imperative,” the rhetoric is more impressive than… Keep Reading

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Time to divest: An open letter

We, the undersigned, representing many of the majors and minors of the English department at Swarthmore College, are writing to express our support for the movement to divest college endowments from fossil fuels and reinvest in sustainable solutions to the climate crisis. We commend the faculty of our department for their bold decision to publish… Keep Reading


If we care about justice, why not animal rights?

October 1 marked World Vegetarian Day, an annual celebration “to promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism” that was established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 to bring awareness to the ethical, environmental, health and humanitarian benefits of adopting a vegetarian diet. World Vegetarian Day kicked off Vegetarian Awareness Month, which… Keep Reading


The lose-lose conundrum of financial aid

Although we live in the idyllic Swarthmore bubble, we must remember that it is an imperfect world, one that comes with a $60,000 price tag. One of the best features of Swarthmore is its diversity — not just in terms of ethnicity or geography, but also perspectives and, as you may have guessed from the… Keep Reading


Our community responsibility in the wake of Ferguson

On Saturday, August 9, Michael Brown, a young African American teenager was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. While walking down a street from his apartment to his grandmother’s house at 2:15 in the afternoon, Brown encountered a police officer who accused him of robbing a department store. As a result… Keep Reading

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