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Crime rate rises in Swarthmore Borough

Students at the college may have noticed an increase in Public Safety’s Timely Warning Notifications regarding off-campus crime this semester. Since winter break, Director of Public Safety Michael Hill has notified the community of three incidents of crime in the borough of Swarthmore via campus-wide emails. While such messages are not new to the college’s… Keep Reading


Spate of new skyscrapers set to redefine Phila. skyline

In recent months, four major new skyscrapers have been announced for Philadelphia — three in Center City and one in University City. Two more are already under construction in West Philadelphia. The new projects are a sign of renewed confidence on the part of developers, many of whose plans were put on hold or destroyed… Keep Reading

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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


Universities, hospitals remake West Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, located right across the Schuylkill River from Center City, is still in heavy use by Amtrak and SEPTA, but it feels a little bit like an out-of-place relic. The station’s heavy pillars, boxy limestone exterior, grand atrium, and multiple levels of tracks indicate clearly to everyone who passes through that the… Keep Reading

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Students, local residents petition to keep rail line open

The wide-spread popularity of Sara Morell’s ‘15 petition objecting to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA) proposed 2015 suspension of the Media/Elwyn regional rail line has exceeded all of her expectations. The petition, which was originally designed as a means for students at the college to voice opposition to the line’s shutdown, has amassed support… Keep Reading

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SEPTA says it may shutter local rail line in 2015

As part of a proposed “Service Realignment Plan” released several weeks ago by Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials, service on the Media/Elwyn regional rail line, which provides service between Elwyn and Center City Philadelphia and serves Swarthmore, would be suspended indefinitely in 2015. The plan, which has been deemed a “doomsday scenario” by many in… Keep Reading

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Town Center West awaits approval to move forward

The construction of a new softball field closer to Palmer Residence Hall may have people wondering what will replace the old athletic field. With a projected finish date of spring of 2016, Town Center West is a development concept — worked on by a Design Oversight Committee of administrators, professors, faculty, alum Bob Hoe ’68… Keep Reading

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