Winter is coming, you need an extra layer of insulation for survival. It is time to partake in shameless carnivory by eating Barbecue. Hip bbq joints in Philadelphia are a relatively recent phenomenon, but they are here and they are smoking, rubbing, and saucing meat. Fette Sau, Barbacoa, and Blue Belly are three such institutions and they are considered to be among the best that the city has to offer.

Fette Sau

1208 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Mon-Thurs 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm-12pm, Sat Noon-12am, Sun Noon-11pm

German for fat pig, Fette Sau sounds a little pretentious until you realize what it means, but it’s still in German. Angela Merkel does not call to mind down and dirty American food. Also, this restaurant is imported from NYC, so it’s not a Philly original, but when it comes to BBQ in the Northeast one can’t really enforce originality. Putting my quibbles aside, this place is known for a cafeteria style serving line where you get meat by the pound. They are known for their dry rub brisket and ribs, and all of their meats are “hormone, antibiotic, and steroid free”. When you place your order, they carve out your portion from on the spot, and give you some dinner roles for making an impromptu sandwich. On the side, their roasted mushrooms have a following, but they don’t offer the traditional lineup of bbq sides like cornbread, mac n’ cheese, and collard greens. The fanfare here is about meat and atmosphere, and they have some great patio seating that is heated for year round enjoyment.

Directions: Take the MFL to Girard, walk east along Girard until you hit Frankford Ave, then make a left. Fette Sau will be just up the street on the left.

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64 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore, PA 19003

Tues-Thurs 5pm-9pm, Fri/Sat 5pm-10pm, Sun 4pm-8pm, Closed Mondays.

Barbacoa has the advantage of being close to home, so if you have a bbq craving that just can’t wait, this might be your best option. They specialize in fire-roasted peruvian chicken, which they brine for 12 hours, and cook on spits over hardwood coals and oak logs. They also offer bisket, St. Louis ribs, and Nowegian salmon, along with the classic sides: corn bread, mac n’ cheese, slaw, etc. Menu note: they are the only restaurant in this trio to offer traditional corn bread and a salmon option. Barbacoa offers 10% off take-out orders on Tuesday and Wednesday, so you can pop by and grab some of their Peruvian chicken to drag back to your cave and gnaw on the bones.

Directions: Walk along Lancaster until you get to Cricket Ave. then turn right. Make the first left onto Cricket Terrace, then a right on Rittenhouse Pl. Barbacoa will be on the right.


The Ardmore Platter

Blue Belly BBQ

600 Catharine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Sun, Wed, Thurs: 12–8 pm, Fri/Sat: 12–9 pm, Closed Mondays

Of all the restaurants discussed in this post, Blue Belly comes the closest to a southern bbq joint. Of course, they own their northern identity- a “blue belly” was a northern soldier during the Civil War. What they have in common with their southern counterparts is a respect for the side item. When you order a platter of Berkshire pork, grass-fed beef, or organic chicken, you get your choice of three sides. None of the “sides extra” nonsense. Sides are sacred, a part of the bbq ritual, and Blue Belly gets it right. Additionally, their loaded tater-tots have bacon, cheese, pulled pork, scallions, and sour cream so that you can start your meal off right. The chef, Gene Giuffi, also runs the upscale restaurant Cochon, so you are eating serious food in the laid back tradition of bbq at Blue Belly.

Directions: Take the train to Market east, or the NSHL/MFL to 5th, then walk along Market until you get to 6th. Walk south on 6th until you get to 6th and Catherine, Blue Belly is on the right near the corner.

Ribs, Corn Cakes, Mac, Tater Salad

The rib platter from Blue Belly


Go forth and feast on tasty bbq!


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  • 5 December 2013
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So, it’s not your first year here, or maybe it is, and you know everything there is to know about applying for a Customs position, right? Wrong.  The Customs Info Session is a great resource for new and past applicants!  Here is a list of the top 5 reasons you should most definitely go to the Customs Info Session (7pm-9pm, 12/8, Stokes Auditorium)!


1. You love Customs.  And honestly, who doesn’t have at least one fond memory of their Customs experience?  Whether or not you went in the Duck Pond, were in your underwear when people barged into your room with pots, or you lost Dorm Olympics, Customs Week was a good time.

2. You don’t have a partner.  Thinking about going at it alone?  Wondering if its okay to apply alone, or still looking for the perfect partner?  Go to the info session!  Tons of people just like you may be going stag, and are still in search of the peanut butter that will complement their jelly.  Maybe you will run into friends you didn’t even know were interested!  Maybe you will meet a new friend!

3. You have never applied before.  If you have never applied before, you should go to the info session- 100%.  It will give you a really good idea of what to expect.  You can see what the application looks like, what the committees are like, and what each position entails.  Good, basic information!

4. You don’t know who the Co-Heads and committee members are.  This is a good time to meet all the committees, get a feel for what they are looking for- their vibe.  You may go into the session thinking you want to apply to be an HCO, and come out thinking CP is perfect for you.  A lot of it depends on who you are, what the committee is looking for, and what position you would excel at.  These things can all be unveiled at the info session!

5. You want to be selected. Though I can’t say attending the info session is a make or break situation, I can definitely say that it will help your chances of getting selected.  The info session allows you to see who is on the committees and what they are expecting, what position you are best suited for, what the application looks like, and just get more face time with the people who will actually be selecting you.  Showing interest is always a good thing (a tip I am constantly told, as a near graduate in search of a job!), and this definitely applies here.  At the session, you can express your interest, ask questions, and get to know the people who will be evaluating your application.  The more they know about you and who you are (and why you would be good at whatever positions you choose), the better chance you will have at being selected.

So, there you go.  Listed are some, in my humble opinion, rock-solid reasons why you should attend the Customs Info Session.

BUT WAIT, THERE IS MORE.  This year, there will be a mixer after the info session- the perfect opportunity for you to get to the committees, other applicants, etc.  Even better!!!

GO!  7Pm-9PM, Stokes Auditorium, this Sunday- Dec. 8th!

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  • 3 December 2013
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Hey Haverford!

Students’ Council has a surplus of $20,000 in our budget this year! We are holding a community forum at 8pm on December 4th in Sharpless Auditorium to figure out the best way to spend this money for the Haverford Community.

Some potential options include:

- Investing in a Grand Haverfest

- Adding the money to the general SC budget for the Spring

- Investing in additional Facilities Fund projects

- Saving the money in case of an urgent need later on in the semester

What would you do with $20,000?

What would you do with $20,000?

Let us know where you think we should invest the money in order to best serve the needs of the Haverford Community!

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  • Jacob Lowy ’14 is a Political Science major at Haverford College. He is a co-president of the Haverford Students' Council, former captain and current member of the Haverford Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Team and also plays violin. Jacob works for the Haverford Student Activities Office. In his free time, Jacob enjoys running, reading historical fiction, playing FIFA and watching the NBA.

  • 2 December 2013
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Hello Fords!

In the next few weeks you will probably sense the excitement buzzing around a new event.

Introducing:  Haverford College Unity Day!

Unity Day will be an opportunity to join all of the affinity groups on campus in order to showcase the various cultural backgrounds that make up this campus.  The event will take place Saturday, November 23rd in Founders from 2 to 5 pm. 

I received statements from 2 of the 6 Unity Day Committee Members who have been diligently planning for over a month.

When asked to explain a bit more about the event, Student Council’s Officer of Multiculturalism Maria Bojorquez-Gomez stated that “This event is to unite the community over its differences in culture and it is also to promote the affinity groups on campus to the community. From 2-5pm, a bigger Tasty Bites will be taking place while the participating groups hold hands-on/interactive activities with the students coming in. There will also be performances (mostly, if not all) of dancing groups every 30min. Right now the planning process has been going great as we have 6 people in the Unity Day Committee”.

Cathy Quero corroborated Maria’s statement, adding “There will be food, interactive activities booths which will feature food, dancing, and discussions. We have invited performers and artists from all over, even UPenn. That night there will be a dance with music from all over the world. From hip-hop, to reggeton, to K-Pop, to Top-40, and more”.

I’m certain the Haverford community will be looking forward for this awesome chance to encounter such a variety of cultures.

Don’t miss it!

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  • 8 November 2013
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One of the men in tights tracks down a hotly contested disc.

One of the men in tights tracks down a hotly contested disc (Photo Credit: Van Aken Photography) .

A zombie farmer, not to be confused with Sienna Mann the sneetch, searching for human flesh. (Photo Credit: Laura Newman Eckstein)

A zombie farmer, not to be confused with Sienna Mann the sneetch, searching for human flesh. (Photo Credit: Laura Newman Eckstein)

The Sneetches!!! (Photo Credit: Maddy Durante)

The Sneetches!!! (Photo Credit: Maddy Durante)

The Donkeys!!! Photo Credit: Stuart Hean

The Donkeys!!! Photo Credit: Stuart Hean

Over the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd the merry men in tights of Sherwood Forest gallivanted onto the featherbed fields in order to rob from the rich and give to the poor. Meanwhile female zombie farmers roamed the observatory fields seeking out human flesh…

That’s one interpretation of the events that transpired last weekend. Another explanation is simply that it was Haverween.

The Men’s and Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Teams, the Donkeys and Sneetches respectively, hosted their annual Ultimate Frisbee team tournament with over 28 teams from different colleges in attendance. Both teams came in second over all in their tournaments.

The Men’s tournament was highlighted by an 11-10 victory over top-seeded Dickinson in the semi-final thanks to a full field pass from Elias Borne to Harrison Schell. Sadly they fell short against rival St. Joes in the Men’s Championship game. The Sneetches put up a valiant fight but fell to the Haverford Alumni in the Women’s Championship game.

For scores and more information on the Women’s Tournament follow this link.

For scores and more information on the Men’s Tournament go here.

For photos of the Men’s Tournament visit Van Aken Photography.

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  • Jacob Lowy ’14 is a Political Science major at Haverford College. He is a co-president of the Haverford Students' Council, former captain and current member of the Haverford Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Team and also plays violin. Jacob works for the Haverford Student Activities Office. In his free time, Jacob enjoys running, reading historical fiction, playing FIFA and watching the NBA.

  • 7 November 2013
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That’s right, FAB is going to see Kanye. This is not a joke. We’ve acquired 40 tickets for the Yeezus tour, and we’ll be bringing a busload of Haverfordians to the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, November 16th for an EPIC concert.




More reasons this show will be even more incredible. First, he’s performing with Kendrick Lamar. Second, in case you haven’t heard all the hype, Kanye has cancelled many of the tour dates after his 60-foot LED screen (that was of course absolutely essential) broke. However, the tour is starting back up again with this show in Philly… meaning that this is going to be even more epic.

Now, I know you’re all asking, how can you get on this bus?? It’s quite easy in fact: sign up on Haverticket begins Monday, November 11th at 7am. And I guarantee that the tickets will go fast. After all, FAB events are always FREEEE. And when else is someone going to pay for your Kanye ticket???

For more information, and to sign up, visit the Haverticket website:

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:


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  • 29 October 2013
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Hello Fords!


Welcome back from break!  Hopefully everyone has rested up nicely during their time off and has hit the ground running!

We would like to announce a bit of change in the office.  The desk has moved…

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….and the interns are confused…


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VERY confused!


But have no fear, Fords.  We haven’t gone far.  We are simply at the end of the hallway near room 205.  Still in Chase!

If you need to get to the office to pick up Independence Passes or other needs, simply walk up the stairs, turn right, then turn right again, and embrace the warm smiles of our amazing interns.

The SAO Welcomes You!

new location

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  • 22 October 2013
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