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.
Incoming president Valerie Smith unexpectedly dropped her fifth studio album, Valerie, and quickly climbed the Billboard Album Charts, hitting number one in eighty-nine countries, including Swaziland and Tunisia (two countries with admitted students in 2019, in fact!). The album is projected to gross $20.996 billion dollars within the next hour.
Known to her fans as “Val,” Smith has kept this project comprising of fourteen songs and music videos under wraps for around two decades. Valerie has given Swarthmore an exclusive preview by releasing a breathtaking still from her music videos.
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