Calendar changes shorten honors exam period

Last week, Provost Tom Stephenson emailed students and faculty the official academic calendar schedule for the spring of 2017. The new calendar shortens the time between the end of classes and Commencement. The email expresses a specific interest in meeting the needs


No more classes on MLK Day, college says

The college will begin to recognize the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as an official college holiday starting in January 2016. This schedule change was approved after a presentation by the Curriculum Committee to the faculty at their regularly scheduled meeting

Faculty and students debate future end-of-year schedule

The fate of the college’s end-of-year schedule, a much-debated issue at the outset of the semester, has been sealed for the foreseeable future. A September 26 faculty meeting reversed a previously-approved proposal to shorten the end of the spring semester, and re-instituted

Faculty vote a step in the right direction

With the end-of-year schedule back to its previous, less hectic form, we at the Phoenix would like to congratulate the faculty for doing the right thing and listening to the students. We also want to acknowledge and thank the students, particularly the

Editorial: Dear Faculty, Restore the Spring Schedule

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. As a


The sudoku puzzle of course scheduling

When Rose Pitkin ’14, a neuroscience major, wanted to take a genetics course during the 2012-2013 school year, she was disappointed to discover she could not take the course without sacrificing another class that was important for her major. “I didn’t take