Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the New Dorm will soon be getting a name, and it won’t be “Kalafus” or “Racitiland.” The $2 million gift completes the fundraising for the dorm, which cost $12.6 million altogether. However, according to Vice President Maurice Eldridge, the donor does not wish to name the dorm and instead would like the student body to have an input, though the administration has not yet determined what the method will be.
The Science Center still remains to be named. While the building is complete, only $45 million of the $60.7 million cost has been received. “No hard and fast minimum is set to name the science center,” says Vice President Dan West, “but it would need to be a significant amount. It will eventually be named.”
This last donation is just one of many in Swarthmore’s fundraising campaign, “The Meaning of Swarthmore.” Since the campaign was announced in September 2001, over $160 million has be raised. Says Eldridge, “We have raised more money than ever before at one time.” The College has two and a half more years to raise $70 million and reach its goal of $230 million.