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Plenary Round-up

On Sunday, February 19, the Gardner Integrated Athletic Center (GIAC) was silent as students began Plenary with a Quaker silence.  Students had gathered there to discuss and open ratification of the Honor Code, along with seven other resolutions.  Something about this Plenary was different, though.  The air was palpably tense, however, with rumors of the Plenary’s len ...
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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 ...
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Connor Cassidy ’17 and Lucas Greenbaum ’20 Join The Clerk!

The Clerk grew two members stronger, as Connor Cassidy ‘17 and Lucas Greenbaum ‘20 joined the editorial board as Webmasters. Traditionally, the Webmaster has been tasked with updating The Clerk’s website and with general maintenance of our online services. This year, our Webmasters plan to do even more. Our hope is that this semester the Webmasters will work to revam ...
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A Letter to David

Your recent pieces in The Clerk have, as I’m sure you’re aware, caused no end of frustration in certain leftist circles on this campus. Whether this was your intent or not, I can’t be sure, but you’ve certainly had that effect. I’m not here to try to “take you down” or “destroy your argument” or anything like that; I’d just like to explore a couple key ...
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Why ‘Tyranny’ of the Majority At Haverford is not Silencing Free Speech

Free speech is not being impeded at Haverford College through the Social Honor Code or its implementation. I am sorry that the author feels that unpopular opinions are being silenced and the people with these opinions are being discriminated against, but that is not the case. I wish I could stop this article here, but I can’t, because the article is riddled with egregiou ...
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Hail, Caesar! (2016) Review

NOW ON DVD: This tongue-in-cheek period piece of the Hollywood film scene in the 1950s revels in every inglorious—and frankly, painful—moment of the cinematic process of the supposedly good old days. A fictional ethnography of the parts of Hollywood we often willfully forget, it is faithful to the aching reminder of bad art, made readily available for American consumpt ...
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Letters to the Editor: Free Speech and the Honor Code

In response to "The Supreme Court, Honor Code, and The Muppets: Reform for Free Speech and Expression," The Clerk received many articles and letters to the editor from the community. This is an abridged collection of several such responses. We will be publishing more in the coming days. ---- “Majoritarian Morality” and Civic Values By Chelsea Richardson ‘18 “We ...
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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 ...