Students, alumni share memories of spring 2013

Seventeen current students and alumni shared personal memories about the events of the spring of 2013 on Saturday. A group that calls itself the “Specters of Discontent” hosted the event at the Matchbox and drew a crowd of around 50 people. The

An opportunity for change

With the recent departure of Rebecca Chopp and the announcement of the new presidential search committee, is there any better time to talk about the role of a college president? First, a brief retrospective: during her tenure as president, Chopp raised unprecedented

Rebecca Chopp, economist

The Phoenix has asked me to discuss Rebecca Chopp’s presidency from the perspective of the economics of the College and my interactions with her. Before I get to that, let me briefly say that overall I thought Rebecca did a very good

As Chopp departs, divestment goes mainstream

Rebecca Chopp was the first college president to ever respond to a fossil fuel divestment campaign. Before the movement exploded into more than 500 campaigns worldwide, before Desmond Tutu, Jon Huntsman and many others endorsed the international movement, President Chopp set the

An open letter to President Chopp

President Chopp, I got home from work today and eagerly started reading the book for Swarthmore’s 150th, “Swarthmore College, A Community of Purpose.” It was especially enjoyable to read about the birth of the honors program under President Aydelotte and how it

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