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Letter to Swarthmore: Three Days in Palestine

We, the Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine (SPJP), are kicking-off a series of events entitled Three Days in Palestine. We hope to bring to the attention of the…

Passover: Listening as an Act of Liberation

The Jewish holiday of Passover, the celebration of the Israelite slaves' redemption in Egypt, started Monday evening. It features lots of talking--not surprising, perhaps, for the tribe of Woody Allen…

The Suburban Housewife’s Jihad

Some stories are so bizarre, striking readers from such a radically unconventional angle, that they must, it seems, reveal something new. Such is the story of Colleen “JihadJane” LaRose,…

The Truth About The Truth

As many of you will no doubt remember, there was some controversy in the comments section of my last column about whether my column title, "The Truth" was meant ironically…

The Zombie Invasion of 1881

It’s not uncommon for Swarthmore students today to make plans for a hypothetical zombie apocalypse. Yet it’s a little-known secret of Swarthmore history that once upon a time, Swarthmore…

On Politics and Paddling: Reconciling Feminist and Submissive Identities

Sometimes, you just need some nurturing, connected, vanilla-est-of-the-vanilla sex. But sometimes, you don't. A confession: we both love rough, kinky, slap-me-on-the-ass-and-call-me-a-bitch sex. Both of us identify as rough-sex enthusiasts, masochists,…

Don’t Trust Disingenuous Democrats: Health Care Reform Will Not Be Cheap

After decades of Democrats’ efforts to achieve universal health care, President Obama will sign into law a historic health care reform bill. Unfortunately, however, it is only with cynicism that…

Does A Skewed Gender Ratio at College Turn Girls Into Sluts?

Does a high ratio of girls to guys on campus turn co-eds into sluts? That’s the conclusion of a recent New York Times article on the subject. I'm not convinced.…

Propriety and Other Such Beasts to Slay

We thank you for the roses, the candy hearts, the well-wishes, the twelve-story luxury ocean liners, and the offers of matrimony that followed our last column. Although we cannot reciprocate…

Late Valentine’s Day at the Symposium

Late Valentine’s Day at the Symposium

Today, jackdaws and magpies, the sages have gathered, to talk about love. To talk about love cut through with time. Crippled with the burden of the clocks of our ancestors,…