Posted on: February 13, 2015

Pro tip: One of the best ways to sharpen your skills of critical thinking and write the Great American 200-Level Essay is to run away from campus for a minute. But where to go? What to do? Philadelphia can be a daunting prospect for those used to camping out in Zubrow Commons 23 hours a day, living on a diet of free 4:30pm talk coffee, DC ice cream novelties, and Pastabilities.

Not to fear. Put down that Terry Eagleton essay, stylish protractor, or Intro to Anthro textbook, hop on the Thorndale-Paoli or R-100, and experience this carefully curated selection of all the best that your newish home has to offer:


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Are you a-WAKE out there?

Posted on: September 7, 2014


Photo by William Colgin.

Sophomores… I’m coming to you LIVE and DIRECT through the haze of the BLOGOSPHERE.  Are you there?  Good.

Haverford is perfect.

Ok, after a year here, you probably know now that’s not quite the case.  Yes, Haverford may be almost as good as a cup of black coffee and some fresh cherry pie, but we can can always make it a bit better.  The Academic Centers—the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, the Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center, and the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities—do many things, but sometimes they can feel a bit like Haverford’s test-labs, trying out new ideas, new ways of learning, making, arguing, thinking, and harassing you with a lot of posters everywhere (sorry).

Each Academic Center has about 9 million formal ways for you to get involved (rough estimate), often through public events, film screenings, talks, internships, research funds, jobs, etc.  But as the test-labs of the College, they’re always coming up with Continue reading

Sophomore to Junior, Senior: A Pop Fanfiction Odyssey in Three Acts

Posted on: April 28, 2014

Dear Sophomores,

When we last left off, you were still reeling from your out-of-body-transcendental-info-session experience, during which you learned about the cosmic wonder that is the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities Student Seminars Program. One semester later, one semester wiser, you now find your yourself having declared a major, secured some kind of skill-building summer internship, and contemplating…Junior and Senior years.



Checking Faceb—er, finishing a serious multimedia visual studies presentation in the Instructional Technology Center, you notice the lights begin to dim. The faces of the helpful Digital Media Specialists working with you begin to fade, until all that remains visible is Continue reading

Transdivisional Out of Body Experience with the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities

Posted on: November 11, 2013

Photo by Lisa Boughter // www.lisaboughter.com

Dear Jane and Joe Sophomore:

I’m not too worried about you.  I think you may have it figured out already.

True, freshman year was a little rocky.  Yes, your dorm really *was* worse than the other dorms, it’s not subjective or something like everyone says.  And whoops, that wasn’t the whole semester’s reading, it was just one week of Intro to Western Civ., don’t skim Tacitus, Linda Gerstein will know.  The whole “knocking over 30 folding chairs while trying to sneak out of the anime club screening of My Neighbor Totoro” incident–we’ll just try to forget that happened (no we won’t).

But you soon caught on and came to understand the laws of the strange bio-dome in which you found yourself.  You finally figured out which side of the Dining Center is the cool side (the left, duh).  You tried every variant of pizza bagel in Lunt Cafe, and they even named one after your goofy Customs Week nickname (“The Dr. Moose II”).  Your Go Boards posts were read, enjoyed, and grudgingly respected by the obscure, thesis-procrastinating seniors who only communicate with each other in a complex parrying of animated gifs.

But just when you think it’s safe, right when you’ve clawed your way into some vague position of campus authority (gallery assistant, Honor Code Orienteer, English major), you’re about to undergo yet another amazing Continue reading