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Director of Residential Communities Isaiah Thomas Leaves Swarthmore

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Director of Residential Communities Isaiah Thomas has taken a position as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Education, Housing Services, and Conduct at Occidental College in Los Angeles after spending nearly six years at Swarthmore. On Monday, Jan. 13, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Engagement Rachel Head informed the community of Thomas’ departure through email.  “It is with mixed emotions that I share that Isaiah Thomas, Director of Residential Communities, has accepted the position of Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Education, Housing Services and Conduct at Occidental College,” Head wrote.  Thomas’

Iran and 2020: What Does Peace Mean?

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From the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani to increased U.S. sanctions on Iran, tensions between the U.S. and Iran are becoming more and more volatile. Foreign policy always carries considerable weight in each election cycle, but is normally treated as completely separate and distinct from the candidates’s views and policies on domestic matters. I will push back on that conception of foreign policy, and instead propose a lens that promotes the unified nature of domestic and international policy. In doing so, I will analyze the role of Iran and U.S. imperialism in the 2020 Democratic primary and the election

Remembering Kobe Bryant

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Content Warning: Sexual Assault On Sunday, Jan. 26, Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter accident along with his thirteen-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. At only 41, Bryant was considered one of the greatest athletes of his time and inspired many through his accomplishments. As a seventeen-year-old from Philadelphia, Bryant entered the NBA from high school, with a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. At the time, he was the youngest player in the history of the NBA. Among his twenty year-long career with the Lakers, he recorded 33,643 points, the fourth most in NBA history. He appeared in

Of Parrish and Puppies

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Photo courtesy of Katie Reeves. You just survived your first week of classes for the semester. You are exhausted. Syllabi are overflowing from your folders; your backpack is stuffed with new handouts, shiny textbooks, and still mostly-blank notebooks. You’re looking back wistfully to seven long days ago, when you were still at home, when you could wear pajamas all day and eat home-cooked food. Life was simple back then, good. It is a lovely, sunny Sunday afternoon — but you’re in the library, already feeling the stress of the next week looming like an ugly, leering monster. You miss your

Artist of the Week Serena Yang ’23

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Serena Yang ’23 is from New York City. She is our very first artist of the week who is a writer! Yang is in OASIS, on the editorial board of Small Craft Warnings, and hosts a WSRN radio show. She is also an ORAA board member and an IC intern. What kind of art do you do? I’m a writer, poet, and slam poet. I still struggle with calling myself any of those things though because –– and I think these insecurities are pretty common for artists –– I’m always struggling with feeling like I’m not producing enough material, reading

Looping You In On Looped

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On Nov. 16, a portion of the student body received an email on their Swarthmore.edu addresses from an app called “Looped.” The emails were identical, and they invited students to “find out” more about a featured post: “So, is the university going to address this no frats no party shit? Like there are literally no good parties. This shit is trash! Not how I envisioned the college experience to be like.” The subject lines stated that “A friend invited you,” but none revealed who sent the invitations.  The email drew questions about whether a student at the college had written

In Gratitude for the Learning4Life Program

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As Learning4Life members and enthusiasts, we were so pleased to see Naomi Park’s article in the Phoenix about the recent Staff Art Showcase hosted by Learning4Life.  We write in gratitude for the recognition of learners and teachers on Swarthmore’s campus that are rarely foregrounded. Hourly wage staff are all too often marginalized both implicitly and explicitly in communities of higher education; they are a group of people literally encouraged to work in the shadows without acknowledgment, keeping the campus clean while the rest of us go about our days and nights oblivious to their hard and invaluable labor. Swarthmore is,

Swarthmore Fall Sports Recap

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In the Fall of 2019, Swarthmore’s athletic teams leaped to new heights, continuing the upward trend in Garnet performance in recent years. Men and women’s cross country each had excellent seasons, continuing to build on previous seasons. The men’s team placed eighth in the region, their best finish since 2015. First-year Aidan Cantine finished first among Garnet competitors, earning All-Region honors for his efforts.  The women’s team had a historic season, recording their best finish since 2004 by placing fifth at the regional championships. Three team members were included in All-Region honours: senior Phoebe Whiteside, junior Emma Novak, and sophomore

Three Times the Willets Fire Alarm Went off, and One Time it Didn’t

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I am in bed. It is Saturday night, approximately 2:00 a.m. This is the first time all day that I have been warm. The muffled sound of kids playing pool in Mephistos acts as an eerie, strangely comforting white noise as I drift off to sleep. All is right in Willets basement. Suddenly, my ears are ringing, my heart is pounding, I am scrambling out of bed before I even know that I’m doing it. Everywhere is noise, noise, noise. I look at my roommate to make sure this is really happening, that this isn’t some kind of malicious, stress-induced

Trans and Non-Binary Students Face Barriers in On-Campus Housing

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Swarthmore’s first co-ed dorms were piloted in 1971, when sections of Mary Lyon, Wharton, Willets, and Worth became co-ed living spaces. Nearly fifty years later, the only gendered dorms that remain are Parrish and Dana third, which is women’s only. Despite the prevalence of gender-neutral housing, transgender and non-binary students continue to face challenges in terms of their ability to obtain housing in which they feel comfortable and accommodated. Some students may also prefer to live in gendered spaces for religious or personal reasons. Hannah Sobel ’22 is a genderqueer student who received a housing assignment on Dana third, an

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