Class of 2014: Ties for Most Selective Admissions Rate and Expects a Smaller Class

Acceptance letters were sent out for the class of 2014 last week. With a 16% acceptance rate, the pool ties with class of 2012 for the most selective class in the history of the College. 56% were students of color and international students hail from 70 different countries. California is still the most represented state. And Swarthmore still has a reputation for our “commitment to social justice and ethical intelligence” and generous financial aid, according to Jim Bock ’90, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid.

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Family Weekend and StuCo Payment

Only six members of Student Council attended the weekly meeting, meaning that quorum was not met: at least seven members of StuCo must be present for StuCo to meet officially. However, StuCo members did discuss upcoming initiatives, including collecting student feedback on a new family weekend and the steps that would be taken to judge student opinions on the possible payment of StuCo members.

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Poet Angela Shaw ’90 Speaks on Recent Book

On April 22nd, Angela Shaw, author of the recent collection of poems _The Beginning of the Fields_ and alumna of Swarthmore, will read selections from her book at the Swarthmore Public Library. In the past, Shaw has taught the Advanced Poetry Workshop on campus and _The Beginning of the Fields_ is Shaw’s first book. The Gazette had the opportunity to speak with Shaw about her poetry and experience at Swat.

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Hayavadana Divides, Conquers, and Unifies

Divided Together: Hayavadana is a theatrical event of pluralities. As the title suggests, Hayavadana explores themes of division and reconciliation, and the Department of Theater’s Production Ensemble presents a multicultural, multisensory, and multilayered staging that engages the audience in a synergetic theatrical experience.

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Queer Issues Symposium Begins on Campus

On Wednesday, the annual Queer Issues Symposium began with a lecture by William Leap on balancing anthropological studies and social justice work. This year’s Symposium, themed, “Oh, the Places You’ll Queer: The Impact of Place on Queer Movement Building,” will feature speakers such as Dean Spade and Andrea Ritchie, along with workshops and a video performance.

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Cooper Foundation brings Poet Kevin Young to Swarthmore

“Poetry is about the everyday and the transcendent,” said Kevin Young, a poet who performed a reading of his work on Tuesday, a Cooper Series Event. “Food is like that too. It’s a way to reflect on its position in our lives.” Young’s poems builds on a heritage of elegiac writing and blues-style infusion.

English Professors Anthony Foy and Peter Schmidt both praised the poet. Foy called Young, “The Poet Laureate of the Post-Civil Rights Era,” and Schmidt admitted that Young’s work “makes me salivate.”

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Sager Fund Restructuring Formalized, New Committee Formed

After over three years of conversation, the formal plans for restructuring the administration of the Sager Fund–endowed by Swarthmore alumnus Richard Sager ’73–have been approved. Principally, the Sager Fund Committee (SFC) will be dedicated to allocating funding for a “Sager” speaker series on GLBTQ issues and interests, and will be composed of faculty, students, alumni, staff, and administrators.

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