Wednesday Chatter: 2.29.2012

WEATHER:
Morning – rain. Night – rain.
My friends from New York City
High of 46 degrees
Are talking about their favorite bagel places
Low of 44 degrees.
Mine is Dunkin’ Donuts

SHARPLES:

Breakfast – 7:30am – 9:30am
Eggs Cooked to Order, Homefries, Pancakes, French Toast, Phoenix Sandwiches, Bagels, Assorted Cereals, Fresh Fruit
Lunch – 10:30am – 1:30pm
Soup: Chicken Noodle, Navy Bean
Main: Crabcakes, Lattice Cut Fries, Corn, Cauliflower
Vegetarian: Vegan “Crab” Cakes, Butternut Squash & Sage Orzo
Specialty: Greek Bar with Dolma, Spanokopita, and Baklava
Dessert: Pumpkin Bread
Dinner – 4:00pm – 7:15pm
Main: Flat Iron Pork Chops, Twice Baked Potatoes, Spinach, Brussels Sprouts
Vegetarian: Ginger Tofu with Carrot Sauce (vegan), Chef’s Pasta Toss
Specialty: Pasta Bar with Choice of Suace
Dessert: Fruit Pie

PACES CAFE SPECIAL:

Brown Butter & Cheddar Crust Apple Pie

FEATURED COMMENT OF THE PAST 24 HOURS:

From “Ian Perkins-Taylor” on A Militant Crab: ‘Dear Crabby’, Part One

Hi crabby crab (and others), love the article, even though I don’t personally agree with a lot of the str8 stuff. One VERY important thing to note, as I have heard concern from several people, is the inaccuracy of your accusations against Dean Braun and her response to the Paces incident. I was present at the SQU Board meeting after the incident in which we talked about how to respond, and we decided that we needed to use multiple paths to bring this to the attention of as many people on campus as possible. Although we didn’t expect that the administration could do anything to find out who was involved, we did think it was important that they know about the incident and help us bring awareness to the campus. Therefore, the student involved met with a dean on that Friday, and obviously that conversation later was continued with Dean Braun.
The student wrote and edited his Phoenix article by the beginning of the next week, and it is apparent from Dean Braun’s email that she was waiting for that article to be completed before sending out her email. So, in fact, the timing of the email, while seemingly quite separated from the time of the event, was in fact rather speedy given these circumstances. As to the “weak” wording that you point out, I think the email was well written to bring awareness to the campus, reaffirm the admin’s support for the student involved, and point people to the student’s Phoenix article, since he could obviously tell the story and give the same message more personally and powerfully than Dean Braun could. (Let me say that in general it should not be students’ responsibility to stand up for themselves like this, it should be the administration’s. In this instance, however, the student had already decided to take these steps on his own and the admin supported it, which is different from the administration forcing him to go it alone.)
But saying stuff is not the same as action, you might say. This is very true, and you and I agree that people on this campus pay lip service to our “Swat values” more than we put them into practice. However, I have been pleasantly surprised this semester to witness firsthand (via my participation on the IC Director search committee and attendance at Monday’s IC dinner to talk about how the college can better support IC groups) Dean Braun’s commitment to taking concrete steps to support diversity, inclusion, and specifically queer students. While I do agree that the administration needs to be called out on a lot of bad practices, especially their stance on sexual assault, I believe that this is one area in which Dean Braun at least is actively seeking concrete ways to improve the college.

THROWBACK OF THE DAY:

Lawrence Weschler brings “Serenity” to Swarthmore
by Lauren Stokes. October 25, 2005

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