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You died a day before the ceasefire. Another tally they forget but we remember.   You were born on national day: an honor they don’t deserve. They cheer in the city square, Their planes fly past like vultures, their fireworks explode like grenades. They put your name last on a stone slab in the middle… Keep Reading


The problems with human rights journalism

Human rights journalism is a field that has encountered and continues to confront numerous obstacles and setbacks. Firstly, journalists do not know how or where to properly cover internationally-occurring human rights abuses. As I have learned in professor Patnaik’s “Human Rights and Literature” course –– part of the Sanctuary Series program at Swat studying forced… Keep Reading

Athlete of the Week/Sports

Athlete of the week: Lucy Decker ’21

Lucy Decker ’21 has become a key contributor to the softball pitching staff in her first year at Swarthmore. The right-handed pitcher from Walnut Creek, Ca., has six wins on the year, a team high for the pitchers. Most notably, Decker threw a complete game shutout against Washington College this past week, leading the Garnet… Keep Reading


A case for leaving hummus alone

Last week, Students For Justice in Palestine wrote an op-ed in the Phoenix, calling for the college to stop selling Sabra products and claiming the effort was “about more than hummus.” To me at least, the question seems to be less to do with being about hummus, but why hummus. The larger movement efforts like… Keep Reading

Opinions/Staff Editorials

We aren’t kidding around, Swarthmore needs childcare

Recently, a survey was sent out to the Swarthmore community assessing the potential for a child care program on Swarthmore’s campus. The survey, sent out by the Childcare Committee,  asked questions about how important Swarthmore community members feel childcare is to “Swarthmore’s values of social responsibility, excellence in education, and best employer practices.” The survey… Keep Reading

Campus Journal

Of Travel Plans and TB Tests: Studying Abroad in the Fall

Here’s a fun math problem: what do you get from five rescheduled meetings, plus a dozen e-mails begging department heads to see you, multiplied by three months of impatience and malfunctioning links, plus vaccinations and a TB test?   Answer: one student (me), ready to study abroad in fall 2018. My program, I.E.S. Rabat, is… Keep Reading


Checking in on women’s soccer spring season

After beating Johns Hopkins in the Centennial Conference finals to win the championship, the Swarthmore women’s soccer team look to work hard during their spring season in order to come back next fall and reclaim their title. Last year women’s soccer went 7-2-1 in Conferences, clutching the second place spot for playoffs. They then won… Keep Reading


Professors fast to pressure Board to repeal 1991 ban

On April 20, two days after a referendum demanding that the Board of Managers repeal the 1991 Investment Committee ban passed with an 87% approval rate, Peace and Conflict Studies Professor Lee Smithey announced that three professors would be fasting for one week at a time until the Board meets in mid-May, beginning with Religion… Keep Reading

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