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Sixers Blaze Past Raptors, 135-120, Cementing 8th Seed

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The short-handed Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Toronto Raptors, 135-120, on Sunday night at Scotiabank Arena. As a result, the Sixers improved to a 40-35 record, retaining the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers had tough luck with both of their all-star players on the bench. Joel Embiid was out with a lingering left knee meniscus injury and Tyrese Maxey was out with left hip tightness. However, their teammates came through. Three Sixers players scored over twenty points. Kelly Oubre Jr. was the leading scorer with 32 points. He was a powerhouse on offense, going 6-11 from three and

Robin Wall Kimmerer Speaks On The Honorable Harvest, Reciprocity and Sustainable Futures

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On April 1, 2024, renowned author and doctor of plant ecology Robin Wall Kimmerer came to Swarthmore to speak about Indigenous knowledge, ecology, and honorable harvest practices. Kimmerer, who is most well-known for her 2013 book “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants,” spoke at length about her essential belief that true sustainability cannot be achieved without the deconstruction of widely-held beliefs of human exceptionalism. The event was sponsored by The William J. Cooper Foundation, the Environmental Studies Program, the Office of Sustainability, the Environmental Justice & Community Resilience Program, the Scott Arboretum, and Sigma Xi.

A Swarthmore Take on the LOVE Run Philly

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Philadelphia held its annual BMW Love Run Half Marathon last Sunday. Starting at the early hour of 7:30 a.m, in 29°F weather, 11,000 runners from 48 different states began their 13.1 mile journey around Philadelphia. Amongst the multitude of runners were several of Swarthmore’s very own students. After a long period of intense cardio, these Swatties crossed the finish line, where they were congratulated with an ecstatic crowd and a lustrous medal. After the race concluded, the students returned to Swarthmore with their new medal, mug, T-shirt, and unforgettable memories.  Given the rigorous academic schedules of Swarthmore students, training for

Former United States Ambassador to Israel Kurtzer Faces Pushback During Lecture

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Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article erred in referring to former Ambassador Kurtzer as the ‘Israeli ambassador.’ Kurtzer is the former United States Ambassador to Israel.  On March 20, former United States Ambassador to Israel and Egypt Daniel Kurtzer addressed the campus community in a talk titled “Israel, Palestine, and the Old-New Middle East.” The room was filled with students protesting Kurtzer’s talk, citing his invitation as an attempt of the administration “to perpetuate colonial narratives about the ongoing genocide in Gaza,” according to pamphlets distributed among protestors of the talk. Associate Professor of Economics Syon Bhanot started

What Happened in Nagorno-Karabakh was Ethnic Cleansing, not a Voluntary Exodus of Armenians

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While most of the world’s eyes remain fixed on Israel’s assault on Gaza, another humanitarian crisis in the Southern Caucasus has gone unnoticed, despite the fact that the U.S. arms trade and its regional allies have been deeply implicated in it. Over 100,500 Armenian refugees continue to languish in Armenia’s southern Syunik province, having been displaced from their homeland, Artsakh, in September 2023. On Oct. 11, 2024 at Parrish Porch, I and a group of Swarthmore students of Armenian descent co-organized a vigil for the displaced. While it was heartwarming to see it attended by various Swarthmore faculty members, students,

76ers Defeat the Hornets, Improving to Sixth in the Eastern Conference

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The Sixers defeated the Hornets, 109-98 on Saturday, improving to a 37-30 record and sixth in the Eastern Conference. The Philadelphia 76ers faced the Charlotte Hornets at home at the Wells Fargo Center. The game was competitive, as the Sixers were only leading 53-47 when the first half ended. But, they were able to pull away with victory after scoring 56 points in the second half, holding the Hornets to 51 points. Although Tyrese Maxey, the Sixers all-star guard, lacked efficiency, shooting 8-20 from field goal, he still played phenomenally, as he scored 30 points to help the Sixers win.

UNC Field Hockey Coach Erin Matson Makes History

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In 2018, a standout player joined the University of North Carolina’s (UNC) field hockey team, but the contributions that she would make in the next five years were nothing anyone could expect. Erin Matson, originally from Chadds Ford, PA, is known as one of the best field hockey players of all time. Before her time at UNC, she was selected for the U.S. women’s national field hockey team at the age of sixteen, being one of only two people to ever accomplish this incredible honor.  At UNC, Matson was a 4x NCAA national champion, 5x Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) champion,

RAs Walkout of Bargaining Session, Citing Bad Faith Negotiation

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Members of Swarthmore College’s Resident Assistants (RA) union walked out of their second bargaining session with administrators on Monday, March 4, protesting what they describe as undue delays and a refusal by the administration to negotiate in good faith. The meeting was the second in the ongoing collective bargaining process initiated when Swarthmore College’s RAs voted to unionize as a part of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU).  The first meeting, held on Feb. 12, was primarily spent discussing a set of nine preliminary proposals introduced by the union. The proposals are composed of structural elements typical for

Swarthmore Borough To Enforce Bag Fee for Businesses

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The Swarthmore Borough’s recent ordinance banning single-use products and noncompliant paper bags was met with mixed reactions from the campus community and local residents. Since Jan. 8, 2024, retail establishments have been banned from providing single-use plastic bags and polystyrene products such as styrofoam. Starting on Earth Day, April 22, consumers will instead be incentivized to bring their own reusable bags, and businesses must charge a dime for compliant paper bags containing more than 40% post-consumer recycled content.  The ordinance lists four reasons for which the ban was implemented: the environmental impacts of single-use products, difficulties of recycling such products,

Unions and Jazz in Philadelphia: A Problematic, Informative, and Instructive History 

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Last semester, more than 90% of the Swarthmore Resident Assistants (RAs) voted to unionize, capping the first successful union campaign in the college’s history. The vote happened amidst a wave of visible unionization and labor organizing across the country in the past few years. From actors and writers striking in Hollywood to Starbucks workers to university faculty across California, collective bargaining seems more nationally relevant and important as ever.  In order to both contextualize the contemporary unionization movement and to think about what the goals of worker organizing should be, it makes sense to turn to the past. Specifically, I

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