How Swat Groups Serve YOU

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.

With over 50 clubs and organizations at Swarthmore and a $1.3 billion endowment, we figure that at least a few would have cool things to share with the rest of campus. Below is a tentative list of equipment, supplies, and services offered by various groups on campus. If you’d like to add your group resources to the list, please e-mail

Outsider’s Club: Backpacking tents, backpacking stove and cookware, backpacking pack (1), Coleman camping stove, climbing equipment (harnesses, carabiners, rope, Bouldering crash pad, etc), snowshoes (1). A deposit may be required to borrow more expensive equipment.

Video Pit: The Video Pit (sometimes confused with the Media Lounge) is the multimedia viewing arena across the hall from the Media Lounge. In it is a 7-foot projection screen system with surround sound, where you can watch DVD movies on our region-free player, VHS videos, or relax and enjoy some electronic entertainment on our PlayStation 2 and Atari XL 2600 gaming systems. We also have an XBox 360 and a Wii. The Video Pit is currently opened on-demand for students, faculty or staff who wish to make use of it. To reserve the video pit, email staff@sccs.

Media Lounge: The Media Lounge features 5 Intel-based Linux workstations, 6 Sun UltraSparc-based Linux workstations (including our double-headed penguin, Egret), and two Macintoshes, one for photo editing and printing and one for video editing. Additionally, we have the comfiest public counches on campus, and a whiteboard and meeting table for all your group meeting needs.

Photo Club
Photo printer in SCCS lab, capable of printing up to 13×19
Film Scanner capable of producing 64-mega-pixel files from film
Dark room on the 4/5th (top) floor of Parrish which should finish renovations soon
One Digital SLR: Canon EOS 20D with two lenses (17-50mm f/2.8 and 50-150mm f/2.8)
Light kit with external flash, umbrella, and umbrella stand
Money—we will pay 2/3 of some photography supplies including: all disposable supplies, batteries, film, digital storage cards (Compact Flash, SD Flash, etc.), and matting and framing supplies.

Psi Phi
Lounge in the basement of Parrish
Roughly 2,000 science fiction and fantasy novels
Hundreds of copies of Analog magazine, and other classic science fiction magazines
Hundreds of comic books
Public-use computer
Public-use dice and miniatures for role playing games
150 Super Soakers [limited availability]

Anime Club
A growing collection of Manga, including Death Note, Full Metal Alchemist, and Saiyuki.
A number of un-licensed Anime series on DVD available for loan
To access these resources, contact dpeters

Knitwits: Offers free yarn for students to keep, and lends both knitting needles and crochet hooks, and can teach people to knit or crochet. We meet in Science Center commons at 4:30 pm on Mondays. We also have a small library of knitting books and magazines in Cornell that anyone can take out at any time.

Massage Club: The massage club has two massage tables and two massage chairs that we use during our club meetings and when we offer free massages to the campus body at large.


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    Andrew says:

    Yeah, the SCCS stuff is pretty awesome. I actually ought to make use of it more often; it would be nice to watch a movie there sometime, at least.

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    Kit says:

    Wow, that information about the media lounge and video pit is outdated. (No offense, Urooj, we just need to update our site!) In the pit, we still have the old consoles, but we also have an Xbox 360, a Wii on the way, and more.

    In the media lounge, we have six linux workstations and two honking great macs, one for photo editing and printing and one for video editing. They are also available and useful for other things, but those are their specialties.

    You all should come down!

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