Category: Commentary

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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 ...
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Who Does Students’ Council Really Represent?

On the day of Plenary, Students’ Council congregated on Sunday morning to talk about how council would approach the #AllStrugglesOneCode protest. Students’ Council representatives were at the planning meetings for the movement, yet Students’ Council, could not agree on how to address the movement. As the Officer of Multiculturalism on Council, the protest posed a cha ...
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Transparency, Confidentiality, and the Problem of Self-Governance

“We just have no idea what it means to govern ourselves,” my friend said to me, as we walked out of Plenary in the spring of 2017.     “At least we don’t anymore,” he continued.  “We’ve become so wrapped up in the institutional importance of Plenary, in discussions of what it means to be self-governed, that we do not even know what the term means anymo ...
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Keeping Things Clear: A Call for Transparency, Honesty, and Accountability

Every successful relationship requires open and honest communication. This same concept applies for the bond between the Haverford student body and decision-making making bodies on campus, including the administration, Students’ Council, and Honor Council. Haverford prides itself on the concepts of mutual trust, concern, and respect, which inherently necessitates transpa ...
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Editorial: A Note about Transparency

The Clerk was founded on a simple promise: “to create a community forum for all stakeholders to discuss issues that affect us.”  From that promise came the value of transparency, to which The Clerk has dedicated much of its substantive work for a long time.  The very word, “transparent,” is inscribed in our values statement.  It is a word that we hold dear, and ...