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.
As a measure to increase diversity and mingling between social groups at Swarthmore, the two fraternities have been convincing their brothers to eat meals with friends besides their brothers. The same initiative has been put in place amongst several sports teams, encouraging conversation with NARPs.
Unfortunately, these measures have created chaos and confusion amongst the rest of the student body. Upon entering the main room of Sharples, students are no longer faced with a full front corner table. Instead, it is eerily empty, as though once and for all, Greek life and athletics have been abolished.
“I like the change,” said Trulie Narper ‘14. “I’ve been waiting three and a half years to sit at the corner table, and now I finally have my chance.”
Another student had a more traumatizing experience after braving sitting at the corner table with a friend. “It was the only table open. No seats. Anywhere. So I went and sat there. Boy, was that a bad decision,” recalls Rant Gorre ‘17. “I know it’s nice to see the frat bros eating with new people, but I was paranoid the whole time. I kept swiveling my head and squirming in my seat, waiting for a hoard of bros to roll in. I will not be sitting there again.”
The question remains whether the corner table will be reclaimed by another group, or if the FRAThletes will go back to their roots.