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Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
9:21 am
Swarthmore Anonymous Confession Board
So last year someone started a "anonymous confession board" at haverford (haverford.collegeacb.com). Well there is finally one for swathmore:

Friday, July 4th, 2008
9:28 am
Cell phone coverage
Which cell phone companies seem to get the best coverage at Swarthmore? Does it vary from dorm to dorm?

Also, the Housing Office seems to think I should get a phone for the land line. Does anyone actually use their land line? Is there any problem just skipping this and sticking to my cell phone?
Friday, May 30th, 2008
2:57 pm
Anyone want to buy a fridge?
I have a used little white fridge in excellent condition in Wharton, if anyone wants it. I'll charge $15.
Thursday, February 28th, 2008
12:50 pm
Review Swarthmore!

ByStudents is the first entirely student-written series of college guidebooks and we want to hear your opinions about Swarthmore. Sarcasm and sincerity are both encouraged, as is creative use of the word "paradigm." Whether you’re a current student or an alum nostalgic for Sharples or still pissed about those Honors exams, take fifteen minutes and help shape the image of Swarthmore for millions of high school students.

Review Swarthmore!
Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
1:53 pm
Liberal Fascists On the March!
Wingnut author Jonah Goldberg's new book proclaims that Swarthmore's Education Program is the keystone of contemporary liberal fascism in America.

I think this calls for a goosestepping march around Pearson, don't you?
Sunday, December 16th, 2007
7:50 pm
scholarships instead of loans
December 13, 2007

To: All Alumni
From: Alfred H. Bloom, President
Re: Board of Managers Decision

I'm delighted to share the news that this past Saturday the Board of Managers made the decision to replace all loans with scholarships in student financial aid awards, effective the 2008-09 academic year, for both continuing and new students.

For many students the new policy will mean being able to chose Swarthmore and to engage fully their educational experience here free of debt. Moreover, an educational community marked by greater equality and opportunity empowers all students to become leaders in shaping a more just and generous world.

I'm proud that Swarthmore continues to build on its most deeply held values.


Hurrah! I'm pleased that Swarthmore is helping students avoid the mountain of debt!! This is the kind of thing that brings a proud tear to my eye and makes me want to donate money to the college (after I pay off my loans).
Wednesday, November 7th, 2007
12:26 pm
hi all,
I thought this might be of interest to some of you; please let me know if it's not in keeping with the community's rules.

Hunter College, NYC
Keynote Speaker: Lisa Duggan
December 1st

The Twilight of Queerness?Collapse )

Anyone who is interested in attending the conference and/or helping produce it should email Taylor at QueerCUNY@gmail.com.
Friday, September 21st, 2007
3:13 pm
Grading at Swarthmore

At the University of Washington, your grade for each class is a grade point depending on your percent. If you get a 99-100%, your grade would be a 4.0. If you get a 97-98%, it would be a 3.9. 95-96% = 3.8, 93-94% = 3.7, 91-92% = 3.6, 90% = 3.5, and every percent lower lowers your grade by 0.1. At another college, the one I'm attending right now, you get a grade for each class (93%+ = A, 90-92% = A-, 87-89% = B+, 83-86%= B, etc.) and like high school, a 4.0 = A, 3.7 = A-, 3.5= B, 3.0 = B, etc.

What's the grading like at Swarthmore? I searched "grade" at swarthmore.edu and came across a Spanish class website indicating their grading system:

A+ 97-100

B+ 87-89

C+ 77-79

D+ 67-69

NC 59

A 93-96

B 83-86

C 73-76

D 63-66


A- 90-92

B- 80-82

C- 70-72

D- 60-62

Does this reflect most of the grading at Swarthmore? And what grade point would an A+ translate to--over a 4.0? Is an A a 4.0?

Thanks for reading. Oh, and another quick question: What's the transfer rate at Swarthmore? I want to transfer to Swarthmore from a community college, but I'm unsure if they would accept me. I have a 4.0 at that community college and a 4.0 with 5 credits at the University of Washington. But my downfall is my high school GPA being around a 2.8. I have never taken the SATs/ACTs. Feel free to disregard this portion of my entry for I understand that I should inquire the admissions committee about this, not students/alumni.

Friday, September 7th, 2007
8:33 pm
hello, everybody! (: i hope your school year has gotten off to a smooth, enjoyable start.

since you have been so helpful to me before, i was wondering if you would be so kind as to do so.. again! i loved the dorm photos that you shared with me back in june. they were extremely helpful- much more so than i had anticipated. this time, however, i was wondering if you could tell me when the best time to visit would be!

i came last march, but i liked swarthmore so much that i would like to come back again in order to re-evaluate my feelings. i am a junior considering ED next year, but this would be a cross-continental move for me, a very big decision (even though i am from pennsylvania originally), so i want to think about it a lot and be absolutely sure.. plus i didn't stay for the info session or sit in on any classes, which i would love to do!

are any of you taking a latin and/or psychology course that i could sit in on? (: if not, would it be possible for me to easily find out when these courses meet?

anyway, enough of my rambling, and thanks for all of your help!
Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
11:32 am
Research Participants Needed!
Down, blue, or depressed?

Contribute to psychological research
on thoughts and emotions
at the University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine.

Participation involves completing several computerized questionnaires and decision-making experiments.

All data are confidential.

If you are interested in participating,
please contact Ben at 215-746-3338
or email him at bloew@mail.med.upenn.edu

All research will take place at 36th and Market St., Philadelphia, PA
Procedures will take up to 2 hours, and you will be paid $20/hour for your time.
Monday, July 23rd, 2007
2:54 pm
Your honor is at stake, kids...
Are we, or are we not the most annoying liberal arts college of all?

Right now we're running at #3. And they seem to be under the impression that we don't pronounce the "R".

Current Mood: amused
Monday, June 18th, 2007
9:31 pm
for new students
Check out the new Orientation Committee website. It has a lot of the forms you need to turn in, arrival details, housing info, etc.
Friday, June 15th, 2007
3:56 pm
Oh my God, it's finally happening!
From here: http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL1432171020070614

Squirrel goes on rampage, injures 3

BERLIN (Reuters) - An aggressive squirrel attacked and injured three people in a German town before a 72-year-old pensioner dispatched the rampaging animal with his crutch.

The squirrel first ran into a house in the southern town of Passau, leapt from behind on a 70-year-old woman, and sank its teeth into her hand, a local police spokesman said Thursday.

With the squirrel still hanging from her hand, the woman ran onto the street in panic, where she managed to shake it off.

The animal then entered a building site and jumped on a construction worker, injuring him on the hand and arm, before he managed to fight it off with a measuring pole.

"After that, the squirrel went into the 72-year-old man's garden and massively attacked him on the arms, hand and thigh," the spokesman said. "Then he killed it with his crutch."

The spokesman said experts thought the attack may have been linked to the mating season or because the squirrel was ill.

Monday, June 4th, 2007
1:10 pm
i know this is going to probably sound a little creepy, but..

does anyone have any photos of their old dorm(s) that they wouldn't mind sharing? it's probably a bad time to ask, being that it's summer and all, but i thought i'd give it a shot.

when i came on a tour last march, i didn't get to see a dorm, and i was kind of disappointed. ):
Saturday, May 12th, 2007
5:01 pm
shameless plug
Come to the Boy Meets Tractor Show!

who: you and your friends
what: SKETCH(comed)Y
when: 8:00 PM tonight
where: Science Center 101, Swarthmore College

take a break from finals! (then get back to work, but mirthfully)

Current Mood: excited
Friday, May 11th, 2007
10:15 pm
Does anyone else here have an account with LibraryThing? It's a kind of nifty book-cataloguing site, especially fun if you are a) a dork or b) totally compulsive.

Obviously, I have an account, and I know a few other Swatties (like Tim Burke) who do, but it would be cool if there were more of us. Swatties should be more proud of their libraries, and maybe this is a way to remind us of all the cool books we own!

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
3:20 pm
seeking summer programs
Does anyone have recommendations for good summer programs for high school students? Preferably they should be in an academic environment (e.g. at a college), residential, and have strong financial aid. I know a couple that I did, but they were short and/or non-residential, and they were all specifically for girls in science or math. I'm curious about the broader set of things one ought to be encouraging high school students to apply for right now, and finding it somewhat strange that I don't know.

Jillian '06
Sunday, May 13th, 2007
7:11 pm
Hey everyone... I'm currently a Freshman and I just learned that I am living in Dana 2nd next year (I won the block there). The room I am staying in specifically is 201. Does anyone have any thoughts/ideas about Dana? I don't know too much about it overall, though I'm glad I got in.

Some specific questions/comments:
1) How big are the rooms? As a side note, I live in ML 1st this year, but I have the smallest room on the floor.
2) Are the showers okay (do they get warm quickly enough? clean?)?
3) Hall life? Does it exist?
4) Noise level...quiet or loud?
5) Location of the dorm itself... is it generally in a convenient location?

I just want to thank everyone beforehand for your response!

And congrats to everyone who won a block they wanted and good luck to those dealing with the lottery in the upcoming week
Sunday, April 1st, 2007
3:11 pm
incoming freshmen
The (unofficial) Swarthmore Class of 2011 forums are up! There's already a lot of ED students registered and also some current students (like me) that you can bug with questions about life at Swat, etc. It's not like you guys have anything better to do for the next 5 months :-)

(sorry about the spam)
Saturday, March 24th, 2007
3:49 pm
housing question
Is there anyone on this list who has lived in Worth M or N (the ones that are non-block housing)? I'm looking for somewhere to live that's relatively quiet and isolated, which Worth seems like it might be, but I have no idea to what extent campus/Willets noise is audible/relevant over there. Thoughts on that or any other matters? Other places I should think about living?

(Phew! Thanks for the advice, fellow Swatties!)
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