On Our Radar

swarthmore was paradise!

I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the fall issue of the Bulletin. I read it from cover to cover and it was splendid! I particularly resonated with the female computer scientist. She described a situation exactly parallel to my experience from 1948 to 1952, for women in science. There were always roughly equal numbers of men and women in all the science courses I took. In our senior year the National Science Foundation offered fellowships for graduate work for the first time. Swarthmore won five of them (a large number!) and all the winners were women! Only when I got to graduate school, and found myself only one of a handful of women in every class, did I realize that Swarthmore was paradise!

­— BARBARA SEARLE ’52, Carlsbad, Calif.

Let’s Organize

The fall 2022 issue is a particularly good one, especially the article about Lucretia Mott. Last July 4th, I participated in a public reading of Frederick Douglass’ famous speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Thanks to the Swarthmore Bulletin, perhaps next year we’ll organize a public reading of Lucretia Mott’s “The Law of Progress.”

— PAUL LAUENSTEIN ’72, Sharon, Mass.

Student smiles while holding up a 20X35 T-shirt to see if it fits.
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a good fit Students picked out T-shirts commemorating Swarthmore’s new energy plan, To Zero By Thirty-Five, in November. Site work has begun on a geoexchange field on campus — a critical component of an energy plan that will enable the College to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035. The planned geoexchange system is how Swarthmore will provide combustion-free heat to its buildings in the winter and cool them in the summer. It will replace the outdated, inefficient, and carbon-intensive high-pressure steam system powered by combusting fossil fuels.
Luis Alvarez
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STAFF STAR In recognition of his service to and impact on the College community, Luis Alvarez from Events Management has received the inaugural Greg Brown Award. “It’s nice to feel appreciated,” says Alvarez. “I feel grateful for the nomination.” The award recognizes extraordinary contributions in the areas of Campus Services, Facilities Management, and Public Safety.

visual feast

Another dynamite issue! Thank you for relevant and interesting articles, again. I also want to send kudos to the art department for the visual feast!

— PENNY JONES ’62, Eugene, Ore.

let the reader figure it out

Although I appreciate the Bulletin using people’s correct pronouns, I think Swarthmore should go one step further and lead the way to normalizing the practice by omitting the announcement “who uses the pronoun they.” Just use the correct pronoun and let the reader figure it out.

­— ANNE WIGHTMAN ’82 Bridgewater NS, Canada

too tiny?

I love the Bulletin! Thank you to all the fine writers, designers, etc. who produce the magazine. I do encourage you to make the print larger. I’m only 50, and can hardly read the tiny print. (I read a newspaper okay, but not the Bulletin.)

— KATIE GRISBACHER ’94, Lititz, Pa.