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Not a Response Piece

By Shewit Zerai '18 I really don't want this to be a response piece because I'm tired of being reactionary. I'm tried of having my thoughts and feelings framed in response to the fucked-up shit I read and see happening every day. In an academic and social environment where I feel like I'm constantly "on" and needing to be critical and deconstruct everything, I really just ...
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Not All Opinions Are Created Equal

By Jaimon Olmsted '17 I write in response to David Canada’s piece The Supreme Court, Honor Code, and the Muppets: Reform for Free Speech and Expression, recently published in The Clerk. To me, this was a genre piece, in some respects the type of article that many young, opinionated conservatives at liberal arts schools feel the need to write before graduation. I don’t ...
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‘Majoritarian Morality’ and Civic Values

By Chelsea Richardson '18 In a recent article for The Clerk, David Canada argues that while plagiarism is objectively wrong, determining what constitutes racism and other bigotries is subjective. Canada fails to see that his designation of plagiarism as morally wrong is also subjective; it’s just a majoritarian morality that has been around longer. Every civic value we c ...
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Republicans and Trump Supporters Must Hold Themselves Accountable

By Miriam Hwang-Carlos '17 Content note: This article contains descriptions of hate speech and harassment. We now all live in Donald Trump's United States of America, and we likely will for at least the next four years. Hate crimes have spiked. Just a few miles from our campus, in swing state Pennsylvania, every black first year at UPenn was added to a GroupMe group messag ...
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Why I’m Angry: A Response to the Call for “Free Speech”

By Rebecca Chang '19 I am angry. Angry and tired, in fact. Angry that people think that the section of the Honor Code that was put in place to protect marginalized groups on campus hinders free speech. Tired of having to explain why and how racism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, sexism, classism, among many other -isms are still problems here at Haverford. Angry that I ...
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Community Discussions and Being Put on the Spot

By Tania Ortega '19 As a student on full financial aid, I am not here to say “thank you” to the students (and their families) who are not on financial aid. But I am also not here to tell everyone all about my experiences as a student on full financial aid on this campus filled with wealth. The discussion that occurred Thursday, November 4 was spurred by Swarthmore’s ...
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Let’s Heal.

Written by 廖家祺 Kevin Jiah-Chih Liao ‘18 For students with any sort of privilege in areas of class, race, gender, sexuality, or more, what can we do to stand up? Remember that first debate watching party in Sharpless Auditorium? Remember how every time Hillary smacked down Donald Trump, we roared and cheered with the certainty that we would come out on top? Then rem ...
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An Open Letter on This Election from the Alliance of Latin American Students

The Alliance of Latin American Students at Haverford College has traditionally been a place for students to come together to explore complex issues, find support with others, and celebrate moments of success. Although the issues we discuss are commonly facilitated within the context of our own group setting, the Alliance of Latin American Students’ Board feels that it is ...
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Campaign Season is Almost Over. Where Do We Go from Here?

By Simon Poser '19 This article is part of a Clerk Special Edition on politics, free speech, and the election at Haverford. We will be posting a new article every day this week. The time has come. After a long, bitter campaign that has been called everything from crazy to apocalyptic, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. We have seen many things that have astou ...
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[Latina] Girl Meets World

By Leslie Luqueno, '20 Coming from a 99% Hispanic high school, the transition from high school to college will be drastic because instead of being the majority, I will be part of the minority. While it is frightening to be a small fish swimming into a big pond, I feel like I am ready to take this next big step in my life. While many of my high school classmates decided to ...