Greetings Haverford!

First Collection is coming! Hurrah! But what is it, exactly? Perhaps the day valiant librarians riding book cart chariots storm the campus to retrieve the first wave of overdue books from this semester? Or, perhaps, the first day students take to the nature trail to collect fallen timber to keep warm fires going through the cold autumn nights?

(DISCLAIMER: no bonfires in the dorms.) In fact, it is something more subtle but no less exciting, and it is quite deeply rooted in Haverford’s history.

First, some background on the Collection Committee, the organization that puts on the event. The Collection Committee began as a literal ”collection,” a campus-wide meeting which students were required to attend. It now serves to help bring new ideas and debate to campus, generally in the form of unique interactive experiences. Students and student clubs may work with Collection Committee when planning such events. The Committee can help guide the planning process, provide funding, and help raise awareness about such events.

Now, First Collection in particular has been an event at which the community–students, faculty, and staff–can come together to welcome the newest members of our community, and this year is no exception. The First Collection event now consists of a breakfast social. There will be a variety of breakfast goodies, as well as friendly faces new and old. While attendance may no longer be mandatory, it is an event you should definitely stop by for. First Collection is happening this Friday, November 1st, from 9:30 until 11 am, and will be held in the Sunken Lounge in the Dining Center Lobby. Be thyself collected therein!

If you’re interested in joining the committee, applications were just sent out by the SC VP’s! Make sure you send them in by Friday night at 11:59pm. For more information on what the committee does, check out the SC Appointments Descriptions Page: sc.haverford.edu/appointed-representatives/committee-descriptions-contacts/.

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