Tagged: Customs

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First-Years React to Plenary

Members of the Financial Aid Resolution, featuring Chris Pence '18 (foreground). Photo courtesy of Kate Silber '20. On October 8, Fall Plenary took place. During it, two resolutions were presented, debated, and ultimately passed. However, this plenary had many unique aspects to it and perhaps most noteworthy were the difficulty of reaching and maintaining quorum and the #A ...
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Emily Chazen ‘18 Commemorates Fourth and Final Customs Program Experience with Customs Photo Contest Prize

All Haverford students share the experience of the Customs first-year orientation program. This year, The Clerk held a Customs Photo Contest on social media that was open to all first-year students and members of Customs teams. With a $10 Wawa gift card on the line, the community was invited to vote between three of the Clerk’s favorite submissions. The winning photograp ...
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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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Changes to 2017 Customs Program May Signal Larger Shifts on the Horizon

After implementing a number of changes in the schedule and planning process of Haverford’s 2017 Customs program, co-heads Rachel Romens ‘18 and Saumya Varma ’18 intend to build on the year’s successes and setbacks in continuing to move towards broader structural modifications that have been discussed since the pair were appointed last year. From the moment that Cus ...
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Vote Here: Customs Photo Contest 2017!

Thanks to all who shared their Customs experience with us this year! Vote for your favorite of our top picks below, and the winner will receive a feature in the Clerk plus a $10 Wawa gift card. Voting ends Friday, September 29th at 5:00 PM. Vote Here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3S9HYZ6 See the photos on the poll and below:  ...
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Why I’m Doing Customs

One would assume that based on my decision to be an AMA for next year’s Customs program, I must have had a good Customs experience. While I value certain aspects of my Customs experience, the truth is that I actually hated most of Customs. From the trust walk during Customs week to the PAF sessions, I had to endure numerous microaggressions and attacks to my identity. Cu ...
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Changes to Customs

With training for Customs team members coming to a close, and the first-year class solidifying, the Customs program for the Class of 2021 is really taking shape. But this year’s Customs Co-Heads, Rachel Romens ‘18 and Saumya Varma ’18, said that that the program may look different in the near future. Although there are tweaks to the program every year, the Customs Co ...
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Why I Didn’t Do Customs

Over the past few months, students have assembled into pairs, applied for Customs positions, and gotten matched to form teams. Many, if not all, of these people are incredibly passionate about Customs and the opportunity to be a part of a hallmark tradition of the college. And for the past two years, I’ve been asked several times why I haven’t applied to be a Customs-p ...
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PAF Sessions and Privilege

Disclaimer: This article in no way is intended to attack my Customs team nor other Customs teams on campus. My main purpose is to address the faults in PAF/AMA sessions as a whole, from my own experience and those who talked to me about their experiences. Names and direct quotes from those who spoke to me for this article are not included to keep the anonymity of the indiv ...
A box beneath the bed of Dan Hopkins '16 anxiously awaits the arrival of winter.  September 28, 2105.
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Seasonal Appropriation a Growing Issue on Campus

Representatives from Haverford College’s Honor Council met this Friday to discuss what is quickly becoming one of the most contentious issues on campus: seasonal appropriation. Concern arose when a heated discussion in a social psychology seminar turned physical on Tuesday. Three students arrived for class wearing snowflake-patterned sweaters on the balmy fall afternoon ...