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:



Have you grown weary of ladling a heavy cloak of sauce onto limp pasta? Want to find greater fulfillment in your dining experience, and perhaps even achieve actualized tastiness? As the saying goes, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But the DC already has lemonade, so that’s not very helpful. How about something better: if the DC gives you penne pasta, make penne primavera! Bring a taste of Italy into the DC with this super easy, super fast DC hack.


Step 1: Acquire penne pasta. This is pretty much a staple in the DC dinner selection, faithfully stepping in when the other options of the day fail to strike your fancy. Unfortunately, it does not offer the al dente perfection you may seek in your pasta, and the traditional topping of tomato sauce can become tiresome, but wait! We can yet salvage this meal and achieve actualized tastiness.


This penne needs some primavera!

Step 2: Head to the salad bar. The salad bar is your friend. Here you can add whatever veggies fit your fancy, be they cherry tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, peppers, red onions, olives, even beans.

Step 3: Choose your cheese(s)Personally, feta is always a tasty choice.

Step 4: Choose your dressing. Unfortunately we don’t have a fabulous cream sauce for our penne creation, but you can substitute with your choice of salad dressing. A light Italian dressing certainly works, but feel free to experiment!

Step 5: Mangia! While it may not attain the perfection of al dente pasta with a luxurious sauce, this simple combination can liven up your DC pasta experience. Enjoy!


Penne Primavera Perfection!