Category: Commentary

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A Call to Acknowledge the Violence of the American Flag

By Ellis Maxwell **Content warning: mention of state violence.** On Saturday, Nov. 17, a group of right-wing demonstrators held a rally in Philadelphia at Independence Mall on 6th and Market streets. The rally was titled “We the People Rally,” with organizers calling on people who are “Patriots, Militia, 3%, constitution loving Americans, pro good cop, pro ICE, pro l ...
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A Haverford Thanksgiving

These days, American colleges attract students from all corners of the country and of the world. For example, at Haverford, students in the  Class of 2022 come from 37 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 24 other countries. The geographic makeup of each class is just one of many ways that schools like Haverford try to create a diverse student population, and I, as ...
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The Exploitation of Trauma: The Foundations of a “Diverse” PWI

By Ayanna Madison On Sept. 8, 2017, NPR dropped an episode of “This American Life” entitled “Essay B.” In the introduction, we get to listen to a young woman named Mariya from Texas. She explains how she was the only Pakistani and at times the only person of color in her classrooms and social circles. As part of a class activity, Mariya is asked to critique her fel ...
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Advice to First-Year Students: Get involved and Stay Connected at Your Own Pace

For first-year students, finding your place on campus can be very difficult. While some students get involved through clubs, athletics, work, and other social groups, it may be hard to understand where your voice lies on campus. How can you get involved in a way that makes you feel most comfortable? When I was a first-year, the customs program was beneficial in terms of in ...
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How Haverford Weaponizes Good Will

Student agency is one of Haverford’s crowning achievements.  It is constantly touted in the college’s promotional materials and tours; so why has student agency become code for free labor? Working on the Special Plenary Committee and being a part of Customs has helped me understand what the forces are that keep the campus and student body afloat, but it just as quickl ...
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The Athlete, Non-Athlete Relationship at Haverford College

When describing the relationships between athletes and non-athletes at Haverford College, classifying it as perfectly harmonious would be inaccurate. At the same time,  labeling it as a ‘divide’ would be equally ignorant. In terms of NCAA Division III Liberal Arts Colleges, Haverford is home to one of the largest varsity athlete percentages at 42%, according to Wendy ...
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Message from Kim Benston Regarding Digital Plenary

The Clerk is republishing this message, which President Kim Benston emailed to students earlier today.  Dear Students,   As Provost Fran Blase clarified in her recent email, the Honor Code that was ratified at Special Plenary––produced in good faith, but also in haste––contains in its Academic portion several passages that raise significant concerns about t ...
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Check Your Privilege!: On Process and Digital Plenary

By Emily Chazen '18 To the people who are prioritizing procedural concerns over imminent concerns about the Honor Code: I woke up yesterday morning at 7:57am to a text in the Special Plenary Committee GroupMe of an image with a single word captioning it: “yikes.” The image, shown below, was of chalk writings that someone had scrawled on the pavement outside of the Dini ...
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Open Letter: On the Shortage of Computer Science Faculty

[Editor's Note: Since the publishing of this open letter, Bryn Mawr and Haverford colleges have both begun searches for tenure-track positions in each school’s Department of Computer Science.] This letter was written by Daniel Feshbach, with help from Henry Mohr, Emily Lin, Kevin Liao, Alison Rosenman, and many others. It is signed by past, present, and future studen ...
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Why I Don’t Go to Plenary

The first time I walked into plenary, I experienced a familiar, overpowering surge of anxiety.  Ever since a traumatic incident at the age of 13, I have experienced frequent panic attacks, often triggered by loud noises, crowds, and uncomfortable social situations.   Based on what I had heard before coming to Haverford, I expected plenary to be much less chaotic, and I e ...