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The Climatology of Hurricanes

When I decided to come to Swarthmore, I never considered Philadelphia a place that was ever hit by hurricanes. Now, in the past two years, two major hurricanes or tropical storms have hit the area. This week’s devastating weather may have just been the “Frankenstorm” — a freak, statistics-flaunting event  — to make many sound… Keep Reading


Women’s Soccer Prepares for Centennial Playoffs

After concluding the regular season with a scoreless tie against Haverford on Saturday, the Swarthmore woman’s soccer team (11-5-1, 6-3-1 Centennial Conference) moved on to the postseason. The Garnet’s conference record was good for a tie for 4th place with Muhlenberg College (8-8-2, 6-3-1 Conference). However, since the Mules defeated Swarthmore in their sole match… Keep Reading

Black Balls/Columns/Sports

Dramatic Storylines Open NBA Season

At that winter externship mixer (and beyond), you might find yourself in the midst of V.I.S.F.s (very important sports fans). For the Swarthmore Student Body’s convenience, the Phoenix has put together a flash card primer of strong storylines for the young 2012-2013 NBA season. Without further ado… The Lakers: Reloaded Facing the dead end created… Keep Reading

Brett McLarney

Brett McLarney Lowell, Mass. / St. John’s WHAT HE’S DONE: Scored the game-winning goal against Haverford in the third minute to clinch the Centennial Conference regular season title and home-field advantage through the conference tournament. FAVORITE CAREER MOMENT: Pizza buffet after the Washington College game. Mmm. Delish. GOALS FOR POSTSEASON: Well I have two main… Keep Reading


Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame Unveiled

On Friday, Swarthmore inducted the inaugural class of the Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame.  In a small ceremony in Tarble Pavilion, members were greeted by President Rebecca Chopp, Athletic Director Adam Hertz, and others in front of the newly unveiled Hall of Fame display.The honorees were introduced to the crowds at Garnet Weekend events including… Keep Reading

Out of Left Field/Sports

Rookie QBs Looking Good

Rookie quarterbacks have been judged and reassessed before and during this season like no other season. With the debut of five new starting quarterbacks to the NFL, all fresh out of college and thrown into the deep end, it is always worth looking at their progress and how they are performing. Though this brief assessment… Keep Reading

In Defense of the Electoral College

Our perennial disgust with the Electoral College is underway. In every presidential election but three, the popular vote and state electors have named the same winner. Yet that hasn’t stopped Americans from grousing that the Electoral College is complicated, unfair, and responsible for George W. Bush’s presidency. Right now, there’s a very plausible chance that… Keep Reading

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