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The Beautiful Grind: Henry Ortmeyer ’18 Explains Squash

When I asked Henry Ortmeyer ’18 how often he meets people who don’t know what squash is, his answer was immediate and matter-of-fact: “Oh, so often. No, no one knows about it, no one ever knows.”   The strategy he’s developed for clearing things up is to tell his confused interlocutors that “it’s kind of… Keep Reading

Campus Journal

September in September

In a voice as carefree as the breeze blowing by us in Kohlberg Courtyard, September Sky Porras ’20 mentions, “I come from a very leftist family.” Now this isn’t a shock, especially considering the sort of students that Swarthmore tends to attract, but it’s nonetheless necessary to place Porras politically, and to understand the circumstances… Keep Reading

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Updates at the WRC

While I have always known the Women’s Resource Center existed, it has not yet played a major role in my life at Swat; I visited it a grand total of once, for Cookie in a Jar night (even now, I remember that bitter tang of disappointment upon realizing that required actual cooking and not receiving… Keep Reading

Campus Journal/Into the Archives

Into the Archives Column: The Beginning

If you’re researching Swat on the internet, the first sentence on the “about” page of its website reads: “Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good.” As students on campus, descriptions like this of the college can seem largely rhetorical.… Keep Reading

Arts

Dietel Show at the List Arts Gallery

Looming in the tall, glass windows, a gigantic, wooden mushroom floats weightlessly as though it had just stepped out of a children’s storybook. Jagged and cracked in places like the shell of a hatching chick, “Champignon” by Donald J. Gordon visiting artist and lecturer Fritz Dietel, nonetheless shimmers a smooth, honey rich amber, polished to… Keep Reading

News

Mountain Justice Joins National Group Sunrise, Broadens Goals

After a busy past year, Mountain Justice is rebranding. They’ve joined Sunrise, a national “movement to stop climate change and create millions of jobs in the process,” according to their website. “Last year I remember hearing about Mountain Justice just about every week,” said Matt Palmer ’18, who has not been part of environmental groups… Keep Reading

Columns/Sports

An Athlete’s Perspective on Athletic Attendance

It’s doubtful that a Big Ten-esque, tailgate Saturday, type of environment was a top priority in the college decision making process for most Swatties. None of us opened our Swarthmore acceptance letter and immediately had visions of being in a crowd of students, decked out in Garnet gear, cheering wildly on the sidelines of some… Keep Reading

Campus Journal

First years going on embittered, cynical seniors?

As orientation fades more and more into a distant memory, the class of 2021 finds itself at an important crossroads. The once-chipper and easily discernable first-year faces are already blending in with the usual looks of cynicism that plague Swat’s upperclassmen. This forces us to ask the question of whether the class of 2021 is… Keep Reading

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