Swarthmore: The Happiest Place on Earth

From the windows of the airplane that departed from the city I call home, I felt both dreadful and thrilled as I watched trees, cars, and skyscrapers disappear into the distance, replaced by fluffy, white clouds. It was not the first time


DPAs clarify pay policies, affecting SAMs GAs

On Wednesday, Coordinator of the Student Academic Mentor program Melissa Mandos said in an email acquired anonymously by the Phoenix to Student Academic Mentors, Green Advisors, and Diversity Peer Advisors that student leaders who participated in training sessions in anticipation for first-year


Swarthmore Welcomes Class of 2020 on Campus

On August 23rd, Swarthmore’s newest students — the Class of 2020 — arrived on campus to start their five-day orientation program. New changes were implemented in the program, both by the administration and Orientation Committee. At 415 students, this year’s freshman class

Orientation Play evolves to welcome the Class of 2020

After a week of classes, the Welcome Play, commonly known as the Orientation Play, returned to campus, bringing a candid and cautionary take on campus life for new students and plenty of laughter for the whole audience. The play, traditionally performed in


Becoming “Oriented”

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG. Today, The Daily

First years begin to make friends and make out

From finding condoms in our orientation packets to finding new friends in our halls, orientation was a week not soon forgotten. Orientation had time to socialize but also incorporated workshops focusing on drugs and alcohol, identity and inclusion, healthy relationships and consent.


Confusion surrounds dry week, despite no change

This year’s dry week was surrounded by confusion, despite the fact that the policy regarding alcohol during orientation did not change from recent years. Many students were under the impression that “dry week” meant that the consumption of alcohol is not permitted

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