Cracking the College Enforcement Initiative

The raid by state police on a party at Haverford College and the “College Enforcement Initiative” cited in part as the raid’s cause have put many members of the college community on edge. Many questions have emerged to order the confusion generated from that raid: What is the College Enforcement Initiative? Why did the state police target Haverford? Will they target Swarthmore? What can be done to prevent that?

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Better Know the News: Spring 2009 News Summary

Let’s be honest: after you turn in your last final, thinking about all the messed-up drama that our small, (beloved?) liberal arts college can sometimes rouse up is… well… probably the last thing you want to do. Seeing that word on the street is that you’ve forgotten all your Swat News, the Gazette is going to walk you through a (somewhat biased) recap of some of the top stories from last semester that may have some lingering relevance to your life this semester. They could be wholly unresolved issues (will the deer ever be culled?), or simply relate to themes and issues that are—for whatever reason—still relevant today. Don’t wait for a visit from the Ghost of Swarthmore Past.

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“12 Angry Men” Rebirths Classic

After I see a play—any play—I ask myself: “Could I have just _read_ it instead?” The value of translating the words of the playwright from the Cartesian Theatre to the actual theatre—to living flesh and blood—is often unclear, and the uninspired performance predictably muddles the resonation of the play’s themes with the heart and mind. If the preview I saw this Sunday was any indication, though, _Twelve Angry Men_ (directed by James Robinson ’10 and Dustin Trabert ’10) answers this question by embodying the biological and psychological fluidity of the human being that cannot be so easily simulated by mere imagination.

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Biology Professor Colin Purrington

The Gazette sat down with associate professor of biology Colin Purrington to chat with him about the 200th anniversary of Darwin Day, a holiday taking place February 12th to celebrate the birth of biologist Charles Darwin and, more importantly, the understanding and proliferation of his ideas. Along the way, we discussed how Charles Darwin came to acquire a “posse” (if you don’t understand now, read on), and his thoughts on early science education (or the lack thereof) in America.

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