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July 14, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
October 2, 1987 | By Robert Seltzer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 1997 | By Daniel Webster, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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.
SPORTS
September 28, 1989 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
September 6, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
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.
NEWS
July 8, 1994 | By Angela Paik, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
February 12, 1992 | By Marie McCullough, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
September 29, 1989 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
NEWS
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
NEWS
September 25, 1991 | By Sydney Trent, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 15, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
One recent sun-drenched day, Kate Goodrich stood amid one of the main reasons she took a job as assistant professor of biology at Widener University: that beautiful arboretum up the road, where professors have taken students for years to study the plants, trees, and water. In May, Widener acquired Taylor Memorial Arboretum, which means professors and students will have unfettered access, 24/7, to the 30-acre oasis in Nether Providence Township, just across the border from the city of Chester.
NEWS
July 9, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Swarthmore College again beat out the University of Pennsylvania in a Forbes annual ranking of top U.S. colleges. In the magazine's 2016 ranking of the nation's top colleges and universities, Swarthmore came in at No. 10 and Penn at No. 11. The only other Pennsylvania school to come in the top 25 was Haverford College, at No. 23. Stanford University topped all at No. 1, Williams College came in at No. 2, Princeton University at No....
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June 6, 2016 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, Staff Writer
Hello there Back home in the city after a day of teaching honors English at Abington Senior High School, Julie walked to Devil's Alley to meet friends and watch the Flyers. Arriving first, she sat at the bar. "This handsome, confident man in a suit sidled up to me. " That was Charlie, president of the M.B. Funding Inc. commercial finance firm, also there to watch the Flyers and also earlier than his pals. There was Julie, attractive and sitting by herself. "I was not expecting anything more than a five-minute pleasant conversation, but five minutes led to an hour.
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
'A twisty tale of mayhem and allegorical ridiculousness" - that is how the Pig Iron Theatre Company described its own dizzying 2015 production I Promised Myself to Live Faster . The description could well stand for everything the interdisciplinary ensemble has done in its 20 official years of existence, with more than 24 original works (not counting daringly athletic takes on, say, Twelfth Night , as they did in 2011) and an educational program (the seriously clowning Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training)
NEWS
April 29, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN AIR Foul school buses Buying emissions-free electric buses will help clean up the air in Philadelphia and make our city more livable ("SEPTA gets grant to add 25 electric buses next year," April 20). It's a huge step in the right direction. But since there are about 480,000 school buses on the road in the United States, are we also funding school transportation system efforts to reduce that source of pollution? What happens to old buses that are being replaced? Are they being dismantled and recycled, or are they being sold so they can continue to belch diesel fumes outside of our city and state?
NEWS
April 13, 2016
ISSUE | POPE FRANCIS Not enough 'joy' The title " Amoris Laetitia ," or "The Joy of Love," seems strange for a document by Pope Francis that calls "irregular" relationships emblematic of those who live in an "imperfect manner" ("Pope urges compassion for gays, divorced," Saturday). Love is a loose term, and joy is an emotional reaction for those who are no longer distressed, angered, frightened, or disgusted by being judged "irregular" and "imperfect. " Compassion without celebration remains a form of denigration.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Business: Springfield, Delaware County-based general contractor, project management company; $60 million in revenues. Staff: 40 full-time, 30 regular subcontractors. Projects: Buildings at colleges - Haverford, Princeton, Swarthmore; Morris Arboretum; Ardmore Farmers' Market. Point of pride: Evangelist for green building methods.
NEWS
March 20, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
Having more choices can actually be a bad thing, says the research that changed psychologist Barry Schwartz's life, earning his TED Talk millions of views and turning him into someone "people all over the world . . . associate with a single important idea. " And coincidentally, Schwartz, who is preparing to retire from Swarthmore College, has made an illustrious career by sticking to just a few good choices. He's been a professor at Swarthmore for 45 years - the only job he ever applied for, he said.
NEWS
February 26, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Swarthmore College, the epicenter of student protest last year over investment in fossil fuels, has budgeted $300,000 as part of an ongoing commitment to improve energy conservation on campus. The college's board of managers, at its meeting last weekend, approved the expenditure as part of a $160 million budget. Swarthmore drew national attention last spring when students staged a 32-day sit-in to try to persuade the board to divest fossil fuels from its endowment portfolio. The board voted last May not to divest any of its $1.9 billion endowment, citing investment guidelines that call for "the endowment to yield the best long-term financial results, rather than to pursue other social objectives.
NEWS
February 23, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
It comes up on the recruiting trail. Why wouldn't it? There's a name now synonymous with Davidson basketball. Of course it comes up. The answer is always the same: No, I didn't coach him. Swarthmore basketball coach Landry Kosmalski, in his fourth year at the school - which this season reached unprecedented heights - was a good ballplayer at Davidson, all-conference a couple of times. After his playing days, Kosmalski was an assistant coach at Davidson, then he left for three years before returning to Davidson as an assistant.
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