July 14, 2014 |
Swarthmore - one of the most selective and prestigious colleges in the country - experienced a 16 percent drop in applications this year after a decade of rising numbers. It was one of the largest application swings in Jim Bock's 18 years in college admissions, and he wanted to know why. So Swarthmore surveyed prospective students who ultimately chose not to apply. Bock, dean of admissions, says he believes the writing requirement on the school's application may have been responsible for the drop.
October 2, 1987 |
Sometimes less is (Swarth) more. While some college football teams boast as many as 90 players on their roster, the Garnet Tide carries only 44. The thin roster has led at least one Swarthmore assistant coach, Dom Scamuffa, to crack that the depth chart is "horizontal. " Depth or no depth, however, Swarthmore usually proves too tough for Ursinus, whom it plays tomorrow afternoon at Patterson Field in Collegeville. Swarthmore has beaten Ursinus 10 of the last 11 years, the only exception being 1985, when the Grizzlies enjoyed their only winning season since 1972.
September 29, 1997 |
When Swarthmore College opened its Lang Concert Hall 23 years ago, George Crumb wrote Music for a Summer Evening for the event. The anniversary of the hall's opening was celebrated Saturday when James Freeman led Orchestra 2001 in a program that repeated Crumb's work. As if time had paused, Crumb was there to hear his work, and Eugene D. Lang was there to narrate a piece, but more important to announce that he had established a fund to ensure that Swarthmore can commission music annually from young composers, to be performed in the hall that bears his name.
September 28, 1989 |
In 1984, the Chicago Cubs won the National League East, and Swarthmore's football team had a winning record. Since then, Swarthmore's program has foundered at or near the bottom of the Centennial Conference, and - until this season - the Cubs had done the same in the NL East. So it must be particularly good news to fans of the Garnet Tide that the Cubs are in the playoffs again - because right now, Swarthmore is the hottest team in the Centennial Conference. Coach Fran Meagher can suit up only 42 players, and four starters play both ways.
September 6, 2014 |
Erin Gluck recorded a natural hat trick in a span of four minutes Thursday, but Swarthmore (0-3) fell to host Richard Stockton, 6-3, in a field hockey game in Galloway, N.J. Samantha Barcia (Eastern) led the way for Stockton (2-0) with a hat trick of her own. Neumann 2, Widener 1 - The Knights (1-2) needed double overtime, but they notched their first victory since 2004 over the Pride (0-2). Carolynn Bacho (Holy Cross) scored the game-winner 53 seconds into the second OT. Women's soccer.
July 8, 1994 |
Lee Gilbert wondered if having a 13th anniversary party would be pushing her luck. But superstition aside, she and her two friends decided they would have the party this fall, celebrating their endurance as store owners. Gilbert, Marge Bowler and Mary Custer, all artists over 60 who live in Swarthmore, pooled their talent and resources 13 years ago to open the Studio in Swarthmore, a showcase of American art and craft with special emphasis on the work of Delaware County residents.
February 12, 1992 |
The Swarthmore students sat in a circle, earnestly debating whether to study the life cycle of 10-bean soup or salad bar chickpeas. Chickpeas it was. It was one trivial detail in a mind-bogglingly complex new course that aims to track the flow of campus food from production to consumption to disposal. The purpose isn't cutting costs or getting rid of those icky waxy tomatoes, although both issues came up last Wednesday. The point is to make the 18 students more aware and responsible about their place in the natural world.
September 29, 1989 |
Don't look now, but Swarthmore just might be the hottest team in the Centennial Conference. Last week, the Garnet Tide beat Gettysburg, 24-22. It was their first victory over the Bullets since 1984, and their first win at home since 1987. It also improved their record to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the league heading into tomorrow's 1:30 p.m. game at Ursinus (1-2, 0-2). Keep in mind that Swarthmore went 2-8 in both 1987 and '88. But Ursinus coach Steve Gilbert doesn't think there's anything fluky about Swarthmore's fast start.
December 25, 2011
An early-morning fire Saturday destroyed a deli in Swarthmore and badly damaged an upstairs apartment, officials said. No injuries were reported. The fire at the Countryside Deli in the 500 block of Yale Avenue was reported around 6 a.m. Flames spread to an attached apartment occupied by four people, who escaped. The Red Cross is assisting them with food and clothing. They had found alternative temporary housing, spokesman Dave Schrader said. - Allison Steele
September 25, 1991 |
James A. Michener, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of some of the most widely read novels in America, has donated $5 million to his alma mater, Swarthmore College. Michener, 84, did not specify how the money should be spent. He asked only that it "be put to good use. " "My wife and I are not much interested in building buildings," said Michener, in a telephone interview from his home in Brunswick, Maine. "We'd like to see the money go toward scholarships and professors' salaries and the library.