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College Debuts LIFTFAR, Financial Assistance Program for Low-Income and First-Generation Students

For many students, the excitement and anticipation of starting college also comes with the worries of how to afford it. Of course there are the forefront costs of tuition plus room and board, but many other “hidden costs” of college can often be unanticipated by new incoming students and their families. This can include a range of both regular and emergency costs, from ...
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Planned Protest at Plenary Seeks to Prevent Quorum

On Sunday, October 8, there will be a protest of the Social Code by various affinity groups under the united moniker #AllStrugglesOneCode. The intentionally amorphous group aims to block quorum by sitting outside of the GIAC, or not showing up at all. The group sent out a document that outlined the reasons for this protest, and listed their demands. “There were a couple ...
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New Resolution Hopes to Make Plenary More Accessible and Inclusive

This coming Sunday Leah Budson '19, Anna Saum '18, Lillian Alonzo '20 are presenting Collection: Day of Community Engagement Resolution at Plenary. The resolution suggests changes to the pre-existing protocol for Plenary by making Plenary an all-day community event with workshops in the morning and plenary in the afternoon. One of the major changes is that Plenary would be ...
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Changes to 2017 Customs Program May Signal Larger Shifts on the Horizon

After implementing a number of changes in the schedule and planning process of Haverford’s 2017 Customs program, co-heads Rachel Romens ‘18 and Saumya Varma ’18 intend to build on the year’s successes and setbacks in continuing to move towards broader structural modifications that have been discussed since the pair were appointed last year. From the moment that Cus ...
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Duck Pond Project Delayed by Summer Rains

Unusually frequent and heavy rains impeded the Duck Pond Reclamation Project over the summer, pushing back the date of completion to the middle of October. The project was undertaken to remove a heavy layer of sediment on the bottom of the pond. The Duck Pond feeds into Cobb Creek, a waterway responsible for draining about one third of the storm-water runoff in Lower Merio ...
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Remembering the Past: A Response to Charlottesville

A few months ago I visited the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. I remember walking through the Civil Rights exhibit listening to audio from important leaders and reading about monumental court cases that would change the course of history forever. That was the first time I ever saw a Ku Klux Klan uniform in person. I stopped frozen in both fear and shock. I di ...
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SECS Launches Millennial Dance as a Replacement for 80s

On Saturday, September 23rd, the Special Events Committee for Students (SECS) hosted Haverford’s first ever Millennial Dance, replacing the customary 80’s Dance. SECS, a student-run organization whose goal is to create fun, institutionalized social life is best known for its dances in Founder’s Hall, and the 80’s Dance, as SECS’ first Founder’s dance of the yea ...
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Vote Here: Customs Photo Contest 2017!

Thanks to all who shared their Customs experience with us this year! Vote for your favorite of our top picks below, and the winner will receive a feature in the Clerk plus a $10 Wawa gift card. Voting ends Friday, September 29th at 5:00 PM. Vote Here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3S9HYZ6 See the photos on the poll and below:  ...
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Whiteness, Passivity, and Death: the Aftermath of Charlottesville

Since Heather Heyer’s death at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville on August 12, her face has appeared on my Facebook news feed dozens of times every day.  It is always the same photograph: a softly-lit selfie, in which Heyer is smiling, her makeup and hair done: the very picture of beauty and innocence.  This photograph is an unsettling contrast to those wh ...
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The Student Activist Handbook: Success, Failures, and How to Move Forward

This article is part of a series the Clerk is publishing reflecting on Charlottesville. From my observation, activism on campus occurs in waves. Typically, it starts out with reaction: this can be either to a local or national issue, but it is pivotal to the beginnings of a movement. This is followed by mobilization, over social media or in affinity groups. Students decide ...