Beyond PACES: new options for partying open to students

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Students may have noticed the inclusion of events occurring at Haverford and Bryn Mawr in the weekend events email sent out November 18th. The change is the result of discussions between members of SAC and Student Council and their counterparts at Haverford and Bryn Mawr about bringing the Tri-co community together and expanding the social options for students. Plans to cross-list events had stalled after Haverford raised concerns regarding the possibility of the listing of Swarthmore parties being a violation of the Haverford honor code. “We’ll list Haverford’s parties, but they won’t list ours,” explained Student Events Adviser Myra Kate Vallianos ’05.

Sharples was also recently used as a party space for the first time in recent memory, as Enlace and SASA sponsored the SABROSO! party. SAC member Emily Nolte ’07 explained the events that led to the use of Sharples as a party space. “It was the end of Afro-Latin week, which was designed partly to bring students in the Tri-co community together. The goal of the party was to get people from all three schools together, and PACES is kind of a special Swarthmore space and not very good for big gatherings. They (SASA and Enlace) tried to get Upper Tarble, which didn’t work, so they came up with the idea of Sharples.” Dining services agreed to host the party on the condition that a Sharples staff member was present. “It sounds like most everybody who went had a good time,” said Nolte.

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