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After a Year of Folly, The Democrats Strike Back

America will remember November 8th, 2017. In many ways this election was a tired example of the old rules of politics dictating the results. An unpopular president whose party is pushing an unpopular agenda in Washington was severely defeated by the opposing party in an off-year election. Additionally the statewide wins came in states that demographically favor  Democrats ...
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Haverford President Urges Students to Lobby Against Tax Bill

On November 8th, Haverford students  received an email from Kim Benston in which the subject line read: Message from Kim Benston: Urgent Request to Lobby the Tax Bill. The email called on students to lobby against the Republican-led effort to pass a tax reform bill which would make major changes to the tax code. As of this moment, it has passed in the House of Representat ...
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As the 2017 Election Looms, Apathy Starts to Break at Haverford

In less than two weeks, on November 7th, the first local elections will be held since the election of President Donald J. Trump. While normally turnout levels in off year elections at Haverford are historically very low, there is a newfound energy and fervor on campus to get out the vote, especially on the Democrats’ side. “It’s heartening to see people interested in ...
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Meet the Honor Council Co-Chairs

As a part of The Clerk’s series on transparency at Haverford, I sat down with the two student’s tasked with running Honor Council. Honor Council is one of the most consequential student representative bodies at Haverford, given the confidential nature of their affairs and that they are tasked with dealing with violations of the code. I wanted to ask not just about what ...
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Changes to the Academic Policy

The current first-year class at Haverford College will be the last to see the current system of academic requirement. Beginning in Fall 2018, the Core Distribution Requirement will be altered, as per new policy from the Education Policy Committee. Under the current system for the upper classes, students have to complete a first year writing seminar, two semesters of langua ...
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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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Newly Formed Group on Campus brings President Trump’s Foreign Policy Center Stage

On Thursday, April 26, a newly formed student group, The Haverford International Relations Society (HIRS), hosted The Trump Doctrine: The Future of American Foreign Policy in the Middle East and Latin America. The event’s speakers were Anita Isaacs and Barak Mendelsohn. More than eighty students came to Sharpless Auditorium to hear the professors give their thoughts abou ...
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Haverford Alum and Congressional Hopeful Molly Sheehan Visits Haverford College

On Thursday, April 13, Molly Sheehan ‘07 came to Haverford College to discuss her plans to run for Congress in 2018. Pennsylvania’s 7th district, in which Haverford is located, is likely to see multiple candidates on the Democratic side run. Democratic candidates for local offices also spoke. About fifty students in total came to the DC basement to hear Sheehan give th ...
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Ending Gerrymandering: A Discussion at Bryn Mawr College

On March 30, Bryn Mawr College hosted a discussion about redistricting in Pennsylvania and the public campaign to change the system through which district lines for political offices are designated. Nearly two hundred and fifty people were in attendance for the event held in McPherson Auditorium. The event was part of Bryn Mawr College’s series on voice, with this event ...
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The Left on Haverford’s Campus: A Coming Apart or a Team of Rivals?

The Democratic Party is undoubtedly in the midst of a political identity crisis. There are questions swirling around Haverford’s campus and across the country about what the Left is, what it stands for, and where it will go. In the wake of their stinging loss in the 2016 election to Donald Trump and the Republican Party, the Democrats have been soul-searching for both wh ...