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Jenny Gao ’18: From Tibet to Swarthmore

Jenny Gao ’18: From Tibet to Swarthmore

116 hours on trains and 2,210 km in a small bus. This is my idea of a vacation. During my 7-day stay in Tibet, I travelled with my mother, sister,…

Matthew Chaffinch ’18: What Happens Next?

Matthew Chaffinch ’18: What Happens Next?

On July 16, 1945, a small desert in New Mexico hosted the first detonation of a nuclear weapon in human history. Years later, Robert Oppenheimer recalled the general feeling of…

Damien Ding ’18: Swat after 3 years without school? I know how you feel.

Damien Ding ’18: Swat after 3 years without school? I know how you feel.

I am 21— 22 in October, and an incoming freshman at Swarthmore College. I haven’t been to school for close to 3 years now. I used to love math back…

Lesia Liao ’18: Frantic Freshman Facebook Thoughts

Lesia Liao ’18: Frantic Freshman Facebook Thoughts

It’s the twenty-first century, the age of social media — which also brings forth the coming age where you can find out anything and everything about almost any person, place,…

David Liu ’18: Enjoying the Unknown

Getting accepted to Swarthmore was a huge relief. No more struggling through classes, worrying about grades, stressing over tests: a point here or there wouldn’t faze me. “Yay, I’m going…

Culture Plus: Game of Thrones Doubles Down on Sexual Violence

Culture Plus: Game of Thrones Doubles Down on Sexual Violence

When I called last week’s episode of Game of Thrones shocking and lamented the added sexual violence, I was not issuing a challenge. Unfortunately, this week the show went one…

Culture Plus: Game of Thrones’s Sexual Violence Problem

Culture Plus: Game of Thrones’s Sexual Violence Problem

Spoiler warning: this article discusses events of Game of Thrones up to and including the episode aired Sunday, 4/13/14. Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones closed with a shocking…

Culture Plus: Complicated Men and Lifeless Women – I’m Getting Tired of Crime Dramas

Culture Plus: Complicated Men and Lifeless Women – I’m Getting Tired of Crime Dramas

The story opens with a dead woman. She’s naked, posed, possibly mutilated. Something vaguely ritualistic has been done to her body or to the area where she’s been placed. Male…

Culture Plus: 50 Years Since Sidney – Where Are We Now?

Culture Plus: 50 Years Since Sidney – Where Are We Now?

In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first black man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. In his acceptance speech, Poitier referenced the “long journey” it took to get…

Out and About: Ski Day

Out and About: Ski Day

            Maybe it was an early bout of senioritis, or maybe it was the recent cold weather spell (I’m from Florida; when the temperature is…

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