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The elusive independent

If political strategists are to be believed, there is one creature in American politics that trumps all, an elusive beast whom, if tamed, ensures electoral hegemony. Elections, we are told, are about independent voters. This zealous faith in the ‘moderate independent’ has led the Democratic Party on a wild two-year goose chase: amidst the greatest… Keep Reading

Columns/Opinions/Sticks and Stones

Sharing our collective myths in commemoration

When I read David Rieff’s recent article in Harper’s Magazine, “After 9/11: The limits of remembrance,” I remembered that it was August 15th on the lunar calendar. I remembered because I was born on both of these days, depending on which calendar is referenced. August 15th is the lunar festival, a joyous Chinese celebration atop… Keep Reading

Around Campus/News

ML residents resist being stereotyped

Mary Lyon is a dorm many Swatties may not have been to this week, or this month or this year. Some may never have been to ML. Yet, there are many others who have continued to request rooms in ML year after year, who think of the dorm as one of the best parts of… Keep Reading

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Swarthmore group addresses issues through environmental justice

The city of Chester, eager kids from the Ruth L. Bennett Homes and the science of vegetable cultivation. When sparked by a handful of Swatties, these three things combine to form the Chester community garden project, a collaborative initiative between the Chester Housing Authority and Swarthmore’s Environmental Justice (EJ). Although the Chester community garden project… Keep Reading

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Lakey database released ten years after 9/11

On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as a decade of violence from New York City to Afghanistan came to a close, a group of Peace and Conflict studies students and teachers offered a new solution to the conflict: nonviolent action. The Global Nonviolent Action Database, an online compendium of nonviolent action campaigns… Keep Reading

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