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Spring Schedule Changes May Be Reversed, Pending Faculty Vote

Spring Schedule Changes May Be Reversed, Pending Faculty Vote

Last May, when Provost Tom Stephenson touted the revised spring schedule as “a significant advantage to our community,” the change seemed final. After a student campaign and a recent faculty…

Weeks After Controversial Schedule Change, Questions of Accountability Persist

Weeks After Controversial Schedule Change, Questions of Accountability Persist

The controversial final schedule change announced in May has been considered both “formally and informally for years” according to Provost Tom Stephenson. Changing the spring finals schedule was last formally…

President Chopp Resigns, Constance Hungerford steps in as Interim President

President Chopp Resigns, Constance Hungerford steps in as Interim President

President Rebecca Chopp is leaving Swarthmore College to begin work as the chancellor of University of Denver this fall. In a campus-wide email on Thursday, June 12, Chopp said that…

High-Level Committee Reaffirms Importance of Diversity and Inclusion

High-Level Committee Reaffirms Importance of Diversity and Inclusion

Swarthmore students left campus last spring with a heightened awareness of a variety of issues, from inadequate handling of sexual assault to the morality of investing in fossil fuel companies.…

Faculty Say Resource Constraints Led to Demise of Public Policy Minor

Faculty Say Resource Constraints Led to Demise of Public Policy Minor

This semester, Swarthmore College quietly announced its decision to phase out its public policy minor. While all students through the class of 2016 will be able to pursue the interdisciplinary…

‘Why Do We Believe What We Believe’ Brings Together Skeel and Oberdiek

‘Why Do We Believe What We Believe’ Brings Together Skeel and Oberdiek

“Belief and Knowledge: Why do we believe what we believe?,” a conversation between David Skeel, professor of corporate law at the University of Pennsylvania, and Swarthmore Philosophy Professor Hans Oberdiek, was…

Jonathan Haidt Speaks on the Polarization of American Politics in Conclusion to Symposia

Jonathan Haidt Speaks on the Polarization of American Politics in Conclusion to Symposia

Last Tuesday, prominent social psychologist Jonathan Haidt examined the sources of severe partisan divides in American politics in his talk, “Our Righteous Nation: Why America Is So Polarized and What…

Liberal Arts Institute Moving from Rhetoric to Substance

Liberal Arts Institute Moving from Rhetoric to Substance

The Swarthmore Institute for Liberal Arts in the 21st Century may be an ambitious name for a start-up organization that received its first funding just months ago and up to…

Student Activities Coordinator Resigns, Starts Event Management Company

Student Activities Coordinator Resigns, Starts Event Management Company

 Associate Dean of Students Myrt Westphal surprised many students with an email sent Friday stating that Student Activities Coordinator Paury Flowers had resigned. In the email, Westphal wrote that Flowers…

Film and Media Studies Made Bona Fide Department

Film and Media Studies Made Bona Fide Department

The official Department of Film and Media studies was created last November by an all-faculty vote that came after a nearly two-year push by professors and students to upgrade the…

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