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Hiring AlliedBarton Guards Violates Committment to Fair Wages

The College’s decision to contract security officers’ services from AlliedBarton in order to replace positions previously held by College employees raises so many red flags that there’s barely any room…

Redefining Commenting on the Gazette

After intense editorial discussion, the Daily Gazette has decided to modify its comments policy. We have begun to worry that too many individuals are abusing our policy to write…

Rock’n'Rimbaud: “Just Kids” by Patti Smith

Even if you aren’t a fan of memoirs (which I’m not) and not a Patti Smith fanatic (ditto), Smith’s memoir Just Kids is worthwhile if only for a handful of…

Swarthmore at War, Part I

When America broke out of its isolationism in 1941, Swarthmore faced a dilemma: how could a college with a traditionally pacifist Quaker ideology respond? Swarthmore founder Benjamin Hallowell was…

A Propos of the Frozen Grass

A Propos of the Frozen Grass

We're suffering. We're drunk, we're overworked, we're shortening our resumes, we're ruining our lovers' lives, and we're late, again, with another exegetical statement on the first third of the book…

Agnostics Need Representatives Who Don’t Hate Religion

Polling has consistently shown that the one group of people Americans will not vote for are nonbelievers. It’s pretty easy to recognize why: Americans tend to be religious people…

Putting the Vice in Advice

We’re two humble Swatties (Ankhi Thakurta: Homo sapiens, Lang Haynes: sapiens Homo) on a mission to answer the littler questions in life...the ones that would have made Aristotle laugh himself…

Those Ten Missionaries in Haiti: Heroes, Villains, or Idiots?

Early this month, media outlets buzzed with the story of 10 American citizens, associated with baptist churches in Meridian and Twin Falls, Idaho, who were arrested on charges of kidnapping…

The Ugliness of Discrimination

Two summers ago I strolled down Newberry Street in Boston, MA with my parents. We proceeded down the street, walking past many restaurants with outdoor patios. Something not-so…

Re-Examining Ethical Purchasing

Given the disappearance of proposed Proposal Review committee, and the experience of one of our two Lang Center interns responsible for examining ethical purchasing guidelines, it’s hard not to worry…