A Call for an Open Forum

It is a challenging time to be a student at Swarthmore. The campus community is facing several changes that have made student life unlike previous years. The Two Zero By Thirty-Five (20X35) initiative and other construction projects have upended the college, completely


A Critique of Eminent Domain

The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens from improper seizure of their property. It states, “…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” The stipulation that private property can be taken from citizens if it

There’s Another City Right By Swarthmore

As a proud Delawarean, I am often quick to inform my peers about the greatest state in the country. They are equally quick to tell me that they have never been to, thought about, or (in the most extreme cases) even heard

How To Save The Planet 101: Degrowth vs Green Growth 

The term “degrowth,” is an economic concept gaining more traction in Europe than it is in the United States right now. Degrowth is shaped by the recognition that economic growth is directly related to increased carbon emissions. It emphasizes the harmful effects


Are Two Phoenixes Better than One?

Two campus newspapers, both alike in dignity, In fair Swarthmore, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. In the Mar. 15 edition of The Phoenix from 1963, a proposal to

Third Parties Can and Do Win

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” — President John Quincy Adams It is often said that a third-party vote is a wasted vote. This is wrong

Not Enough Tar in Your Lungs? Blame the FDA!

In light of the recent whooping cough case at Swarthmore College, it seems reasonable to examine some of the ways people have dealt with coughs – including whooping cough – in the past, and what is preventing us from doing so now. 

Thank a Haverford Student, No Seriously

As you may recall from orientation, Swarthmore was founded as a Quaker college. Specifically, Swarthmore was founded as a Hicksite Quaker college. You may be asking yourself, “What is a Hicksite Quaker college?” If you’ve ever been awed by Swarthmore’s prestige, rigor,