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.
For the first time in recent history, the Swarthmore Activities Fair was held a week later than planned, on September 4, due to weather concerns arising from Hurricane Irene. The later date proved such a success, according to students and deans interviewed, that Dean Braun is considering moving next year’s fair to the second Saturday after first-years arrive.
“It seemed like the date change gave upperclass students more time to get organized for the fair and it also provided an opportunity for upperclass students as well as first year students to explore and get connected to the amazing array of student organizations,” Dean of Students, Elizabeth Braun said. “I would say that it’s not official yet, but based on the success and positive feedback that we’ve received from students it seems likely that we would strongly consider making this move official.”
Ariel Finegold ’13, Lang Center Intern and Activities Fair Organizer, agreed with the Dean.
“Having upperclassmen on campus allowed us to get the whole campus involved,” she said. “We got a lot of positive feedback because of the change.”
Camille Robertson ’13, coordinator of Ecosphere (a coalition of six environmentally-focused groups), noted that while many groups were initially disappointed with the arrangement, the extra preparation time improved the fair overall.