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Everything You Need to Know About the November 7th Election

2017 is an off-year election: this means that there will not be any federal offices up for election, but there will be many local and state positions. The election will be held at Coopertown Elementary School on November 7th. Local elections often can have much more more direct impacts on people’s lives than federal elections can. Local representatives help designate mon ...
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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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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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High Expectations, Low Support: A Report on CPs and Mental Health

I had an unusual Customs experience--or at least I thought I did. I applied to become a CP with my closest friend during the second round of applications, and soon we were chugging along through CP training and looking forward to next year. Complications started springing up about halfway through the semester, and then suddenly my partner had to leave Haverford. The follow ...
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Do You Know Your Representatives? The Faces of Students’ Council and Honor Council

A total of thirty-nine elected representatives make up Haverford College’s Students’ Council and Honor Council. Earlier this month, editors from the Clerk sat in the lobby of the Dining Center to ask passing students if they could name just five: their class representative in Students’ Council and their four class representatives in Honor Council. Many students could ...
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Students’ Council Sees Multiple Resignations in Move Towards New Procedures

Between the start of the semester and Fall Plenary, four members of Haverford’s Students' Council resigned from their positions. Officer of the Arts Olivia Legaspi ‘19, Class of 2019 Representative Sydney Dorman ‘19, and both of the Council’s Co-Secretaries, Addison Conn ‘20 and Rudy Hernandez ‘20, stepped down. Along with the previously elected Officer of Athl ...
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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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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 ...
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College Debuts LIFTFAR, Financial Assistance Program for Low-Income and First-Generation Students

For many students, the excitement and anticipation of starting college also comes with the worries of how to afford it. Of course there are the forefront costs of tuition plus room and board, but many other “hidden costs” of college can often be unanticipated by new incoming students and their families. This can include a range of both regular and emergency costs, from ...