As a senior coming back from a spring abroad, there is one thing I am most looking forward to this year: going out and exploring Philly.

Though it seems strange that during my last year as a Haverford College student, and especially after coming back from a semester away, I would want to get off of campus, Philly is Haverford’s greatest untapped resource.  Not only is Philly exploding with generally awesome stuff to do (a very underrated city in my opinion), being in a noisy city allows you to appreciate the quaint aspects of Haverford the city doesn’t have.  As fun as going into the city is when I literally.cannot.handle.another.Lunt.party., when I come back, all I want to do is cozy up in my bed with a cup of hot coffee and a book, and see the tree-lined paths and my fellow Fords.  Haverford is home, but Philly is that cool, older babysitter you always wanted to be like when you grow up.

So, now that we have established that going into Philly is definitely The Thing To Do, what is there to do??? Don’t worry, my friend, you have come to the right place.  Here is a some pretty cool opportunity just a 20 minute train ride away (and a free one at that if you sign up for a Septa ticket from our office!):

Art. Yep, you should go see some art while you are in Philly. Be fancy and cultured, I know you want to. But instead of going to the PMA like every Intro Art History class, we’ll go out of the box. Let’s try some hipster art. Ok, so before I make you gag too much, hear me out.  I found this thing on Tumblr (please keep reading, I know you hate me a lot right now and think this is some sick joke): Erin M. Riley’s Taboo Tapestry.  Sound like a joke? Nope. This totally awesome, badass weaving chick constructs controversial pictures with a loom. A freaking loom.  If you are not intrigued, I hate you. No, but seriously, check out this stuff.  She weaves images about sexuality, selfies, criminals, drug use, whatever controversial topic we have PAFs about (selfie PAF???, should we make this happen? no?), she has the threads for it. Look at these:

These.
Are.
Made.
With.
A.
Loom.
I will not apologize for my excitement. So, now you must be almost as excited as me- let’s get some details:
Her work will be shown at the Paradigm Gallery in Philly (803 S. 4th St.) from August 30th-October 12th.
Go!!!
Go!!! Now!

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  • Leigh Kloss is currently a Junior at Haverford College. She is a Psychology major and Gender and Sexuality Studies and History of Art minor. When she is not working at the fabulous Student Activities Office, she enjoys rapping to Nicki Minaj, watching Mean Girls, and shopping at Trader Joe's.

  • 13 September 2013
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I know, I know, Customs, the cult.  People get sick of talking about it, thinking about it, applying for it, whatever.  But why, year after year, do committee members find themselves overwhelmed with applicants and enthusiasm?  Well, because in the end, no matter how cultish or freakish it may be, Customs is fantastic.  I mean, hey, anything that makes a dozen college-age males paint themselves green and wear diapers is pretty awesome.

As someone who has dedicated a fair amount of time to the program, I can safely say how great Customs is.  I think you all know the standard reasons: instant friend group!, giving back to the community!, fun and rewarding!.  And while all of those reasons are perfectly legitimate and did factor in to my decision to take an active role in the program, Customs means something different to each person.  For one person, they might feel like they never really had any support from their team, and they would like to give that support to someone.  For someone else, they may have gotten the ideal team and want to replicate that again.  Whatever the reason, Customs is a truly great program, and no matter who you are or what you have done, Customs has surely done something to impact your experience at Haverford.  Whether it is getting that instant friend group from your hallmates, support when finals are sucking from your HCOs, a birthday cake from your CPs, or learning how to navigate Philly with your UCA, Customs embodies the Haverfordian tradition of community.

So while everyone is stressing out about finals, drinking gallons of coffee, and falling asleep in Magill, it is with valid reason that many people are not thinking about Customs or are hesitant to apply.    However, it is in these stressful times that I remember how much of a difference having freshmen and being a freshmen with my Customs team made for my adaptation to Haverford and current happiness.  Though Customs isn’t a perfect program, it has helped strengthen and support our community as a whole, something that I know I am forever grateful for.  And hey, maybe with your help, Customs can become perfect.

APPLY! Applications came out (and are available on the Haverford Customs web page www.haverford.edu/customs/apply/apply.php#CP) Novemeber 30th and are due January 27, 2013!

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  • Leigh Kloss is currently a Junior at Haverford College. She is a Psychology major and Gender and Sexuality Studies and History of Art minor. When she is not working at the fabulous Student Activities Office, she enjoys rapping to Nicki Minaj, watching Mean Girls, and shopping at Trader Joe's.

  • 5 December 2012
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It’s Plenary time!!! Well, almost.

In just a little over a week, we (or at least 2/3rds of us) will be immersed in the Quaker-goodness (new slogan for Quaker Oats anyone?!) that is Plenary.  We will lounge together, eat Coop pizza and breadsticks together, fill out our Plenary Bingo sheets together, and hold up our packets together.  Sounds exactly like the Quaker summer camp I never went to.

Why should we go to Plenary, one cynical and upperclassmen Ford may ask.  Why?  Well, cynical one, I shall tell you why.

Top Five Reasons To Attend Plenary:

1. It is tradition!  And who can say no to some good ol’ fashion tradition?  Just like living in Lloyd as a senior, Snowball, and Primal Scream, Plenary is a tradition you gotta love.

2. The chance of winning FREE STUFF.  That is right, I said it.  FREE STUFF.  Who wouldn’t want to win 15 bucks to Wawa if you get a row in Plenary Bingo?  I won last year, and ate a delicious hoagie with my winnings.  Now, who doesn’t want a delicious hoagie for FREE?

3. The sense of community.  Awww.  This one is a little sappy of me, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true!  This one everyone is going to have to agree with, even you cynics out there.  You get to the GIAC, clutching pillows and blankets, and eat quesadillas and procrastinate with all your friends.  What is better community building than that?!

4. It is the best procrastination method ever.  When your professor asks you why you didn’t do the reading, or why your 5 page paper has 2.5 spacing and 4 inch margins, you just look at them and say, Plenary, obviously.  And how could a professor object to Plenary, to you being an active community member and doing your good deed of supporting and reforming your very college?  Yes, that’s right, they will never object!  And if they do, feel free to use my blog post as support of your 4 inch margins.

5.  And finally…c’mon guys, it is just awesome.  Yes, this reason might be a bit of a a throwaway, but seriously, Plenary is just cool.  At what other college would you get to dictate the very nature of your campus and all the rules you have to abide by?  Everyone loves self-scheduled exams and the trust that Haverford professors have in the students.  Having all this freedom and personal say is just awesome, no questions asked in my book.

So there you have it, 5 (fairly) solid reasons on why you should all definitely go to Plenary (and also play Plenary Bingo supported by the SAO!).  Hope to see you all there, and seriously, bring yo kids (freshmen), bring yo’ wife (friends and/or Havermarried spouse).

PLENARY: SEPTEMBER 30TH, 6:30 PM, GIAC. BE THERE, OR GO TO SWAT.

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  • Leigh Kloss is currently a Junior at Haverford College. She is a Psychology major and Gender and Sexuality Studies and History of Art minor. When she is not working at the fabulous Student Activities Office, she enjoys rapping to Nicki Minaj, watching Mean Girls, and shopping at Trader Joe's.

  • 20 September 2012
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I have a confession.  I am a Lighted Fools groupie.  Not that it is a secret or anything.

I sit in the front row of their shows, beaming like it’s Taco Day at the DC.  I laugh the loudest in the audience.  If you don’t believe me, come to the show (September 30th and October 1st- be there!).  That person, in the front row, laughing loudly at every line, the person you want to slap duct tape onto?  Me.

I probably know the dates of their shows before half the members, and the dates are etched into my planner weeks in advance.  REMINDER: LIGHTED FOOLS.  GET EVERYONE TO GO.

I will tell anyone who will listen that I love the Lighted Fools.  I can readily recite lines on command, and I recognize every member, Bryn Mawr members included.  I once even approached a member in the bookstore last year, nearly screaming at her that she is the funniest person I have ever met.  If they had t-shirts I would buy seven, one for everyday of the week.  Maybe fourteen because I don’t do laundry every week.

All joking aside (I will leave that to the pros), I love the Lighted Fools.  They make my Fridays funny, and my Saturdays silly, and my weekends filled with wit.  So come out, Friday the 30th or Saturday the 1st, and have a laugh.  I will be there, muffling my cackling in the duct tape my friends finally remembered to bring with them.

 

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  • Leigh Kloss is currently a Junior at Haverford College. She is a Psychology major and Gender and Sexuality Studies and History of Art minor. When she is not working at the fabulous Student Activities Office, she enjoys rapping to Nicki Minaj, watching Mean Girls, and shopping at Trader Joe's.

  • 22 September 2011
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