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.
According to witness reports, a male Swarthmore student fell down a flight of stairs from Upper Tarble during Swarthmore’s annual Halloween Party. Although Upper Tarble was dry, there was a bar in Paces.
“I saw a kid slip on the stairs and heard his head thud as he slid down,” explained one anonymous party-goer. “I ran around and down the stairs to where he lay, and one of the PAs was checking his pulse. … We turned him over and found that he was bleading from somewhere. He shortly there after began to regain consciousness.”
Chief of Police Brian H. Craig reported, “we got the call at 12:21 am.” He continued, “Apparently, [the student] was found behind the snack bar and was semi-conscious. He had fallen down several steps and had a laceration on his chin. There was a strong smell of alcohol on his breath. He was taken by ambulance to the Crozer-Chester Medical Center.”
The student was “cited for underage drinking.” Craig further said that in such cases, the Swarthmore Police Department is “typically concerned for the student’s safety,” and wants to ensure that they are not on a “path of destructive behavior.”
Initial reports suggest the student was conscious and largely unharmed, and Assistant Director of Student Life Kelly Wilcox ’97 said that “his friends and the PAs responded really well.” She wanted to applaud the student body on “what has been a good year so far.”
Wilcox added that “discussion was already in progress about whether parties should happen in Upper Tarble… this will just be another piece of the puzzle.”