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“Occasionally Yours” in Borough To Close End of March

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After 35 years of operation, Occasionally Yours, a beloved brunch restaurant in the Swarthmore Ville operated by husband and wife Scott and Theresa Richardson, will close on Mar. 24. The business opened on April 1, 1989 as a takeout and catering service, before becoming a restaurant by popular demand.  When asked about his plans after Occasionally Yours, Mr. Richardson mentioned that he had nothing related to business and wanted to enjoy retirement life instead.  “One of my plans is to have the best garden I’ve ever had because I’ll be able to spend time with it and I’ve never been

Famed Shoe Designer Stuart Weitzman Visits Campus

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On Feb. 28, famed shoe designer CEO Stuart Weitzman visited Swarthmore to talk to students about his business journey and give advice. Creating and repeating unique styles such as thigh-high boots and “nudist” heels and using celebrity imagery, Weitzman has become foundational to culture and fashion by adapting to demanded trends, prioritizing comfort, and highlighting the importance of shoes on the red carpet. The visit was organized by the Center for Innovation and Leadership and co-sponsored by the Makerspace, the art department, and Career Services.  Weitzman started his Swarthmore talk with the importance of risk in his success. After graduating

Renowned Lawyer Noura Erakat Speaks On Genocide Case Against Israel 

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On Wednesday, Feb. 28, Noura Erakat, renowned activist, human rights lawyer, and associate professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, gave a talk on The Crime of Genocide: International Law and Gaza. The talk was part of the “South Africa to Gaza: World History and the Politics of Accountability” series, sponsored by the Aydelotte Foundation, the President‘s Fund for Racial Justice, Swarthmore College Libraries, Arabic, Art History, Black Studies, Educational Studies, English Literature, French & Francophone Studies, History, the Intercultural Center, Islamic Studies, Religion, and Sociology & Anthropology. Professor Erakat began her talk by introducing the formal definition of genocide by

I HEART DINOSAURS 3

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Dinosaur of the Week: Microraptor Growing up, I was a big summer camp kid. I would anticipate the thrill of being dropped off at a forest-y campsite with a few of my friends – and a handful of kids from across the country who I’d never met – just to play games like capture the flag and water polo all summer long. One summer, the summer of 2015, my camping experience was dampened by one flaw in my system: my inability to fly. My camp counselor laid out simple rules for our activity: we would climb onto the top of

Magic Oreo Bars

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I’m a religion major. I tend to see God all around me. On those beautiful spring days when the weather isn’t too hot or too cold, I see God in the air. When the sun is out and the sky is blue, I see God above me. When I’m swimming in the Atlantic waters off the Jersey Shore, I see God below me. Most recently, when the Dining Center is serving Magic Oreo Bars, I see God in the heavenly section of the DCC labeled “Daily Kneads.” Magic Oreo Bars – what are they? Much like asking, “What is God?,”

The Future of German Studies

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An apocryphal joke supposedly originating from Mark Twain goes something along the lines of: “I have known many a student who would rather decline two German beers than one German adjective.” Many students today would rather, or so it seems, decline to study German at all. German and many other modern languages have seen a declining trend in class enrollment, majors, and minors. A recent interview with Professor of German Studies Karolina Hicke in the modern languages and literatures department at Swarthmore shines some light on the subject and reveals the challenges that German studies faces and the potential ways

Cheaters Never Prosper: Mo Katir’s Two-Year Suspension From Athletics

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Moroccan-born Spanish middle-distance star Mohamed “Mo” Katir had a meteoric rise to running stardom in 2021, perhaps somewhat suspiciously. He began securing Diamond League victories and claiming national records consistently, and was beginning to forward himself as one of the greatest runners of the 21st century.  Just last year, in early February, Katir set the indoor European record for the 3000-meter race with a sub 7:30 mark. During the outdoor season, he earned a second-place finish in the 5000-meter race at the World Championships in Hungary, which was preceded by a European record Katir set in the same distance with

Professor and Commentator Peter Beinart Offers History, Advocacy on Israel-Gaza

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On Tuesday, Feb. 20, professor and commentator Peter Beinart visited Swarthmore for the first event in the “South Africa to Gaza: World History and the Politics of Accountability” series. The series is hosted by the Aydelotte Foundation, the President‘s Office, Swarthmore College Libraries, Arabic, Art History, Black Studies, Educational Studies, English Literature, History, the Intercultural Center, Islamic Studies, Philosophy, and Sociology & Anthropology as “a timely response to the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) hearings on genocide in Gaza that invites prominent academics, artists, and writers to advance a scholarly understanding of issues related to human rights and social justice

Why You Should Know Coach Tara VanDerveer 

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Tara VanDerveer, the legendary Stanford women’s basketball coach, began coaching before digital cellular phones were invented, in the age of Walkmans and MTV. You may not know the name Tara VanDerveer, but you surely should.  Coach VanDerveer surpassed coach Mike Kryzewski of Duke University as college basketball’s all-time winningest coach on Jan. 31 after her 1,203rd victory against Oregon State.  To rewind, yes, you read that correctly. Tara VanDerveer has a 1,203-267 collegiate basketball career win-loss record, three national titles, and fourteen NCAA Final Four appearances, earning her a reputation as the best strategist to ever coach the women’s game

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