Category: Commentary

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Open Letter: On the Shortage of Computer Science Faculty

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 students. The writers also sent the letter to the Education Policy Committee, and that version also includes personal comments from many of the signatories. Dear Education Policy Committee, By now, many of ...
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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 ...
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Behind the Counter: Dynamics Between Student Employees and the Community

Putting on a uniform often changes the way that people perceive you. When I put on the bright red shirt and black baseball cap announcing to campus that I’m a student worker at the Dining Center (DC), I take on a different persona. Many others who have worked in food or customer service will understand me when I say that I have to put on my “happy face” for the job. ...
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“Love them as yourself”: A Response to David King’s Recent Article on Religious Discourse

On March 6, David King released an article entitled “A Regretful Piece to Have Written -- On the State of Religious Discourse at Haverford.” To say it was eloquently written would be an understatement: David conveyed his ideas thoughtfully and respectfully, striving to be as inclusive as he could in his representation of religious life at Haverford. Still, I had my qua ...
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My First Take-Home Test–Reflections on the Honor Code

By Shizhe Huang, Bryn Mawr ’84 and C.V. Starr Professor of Asian Studies and Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics at Haverford As the Haverford community reflects upon the need for a Special Plenary after the Honor Code ratification failure, I find myself reminiscing about the very first Take-Home Test that I took at Bryn Mawr in 1982. It was a non-eventful ...
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A Regretful Piece to Have Written – On the State of Religious Discourse at Haverford

It was with great regret that I sat down to write this piece.  Every so often, the Clerk Editorial Board gathers ideas for special in-depth series that explore and engage a certain topic we feel is pressing on the collective Haverfordian mind.  For the third time, the Clerk has shot down religion and religious discourse as a series, stifling an effort to promote, discuss ...
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A Reflection on Black History Month

Photo by Dexter Coen Gilbert '21 It is hard to believe that it is March 3 and the month of February has already passed. A couple of weeks ago, Bryn Mawr College invited Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum as the distinguished visitor for Black History Month. Tatum is the author of highly acclaimed book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?:And Other Conversati ...
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What’s New About Customs

By Madeline Guth '19 and Tina Le '19 The Customs Program is one of the defining features that makes Haverford the institution that it is. The program is much more than an orientation program. Customs is meant to provide first-years with a support system that extends beyond their first year.  Customs introduces them into the ongoing conversations in the community through P ...
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Why Have All Of Our Gendered Bathroom Signs Suddenly Changed?: An Update From The Queer Agenda

The Clerk has received the following letter and wishes to share it with the community on behalf of the writers. We will keep the writers anonymous out of respect for their wishes, and for their safety. We hope to engage the campus in an important, critical dialogue. For questions or responses, please contact our Editor-in-Chief Maurice Rippel (mrippel@haverford.edu). Dea ...
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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 ...