(Un)Official Mascots

7cc1h8bheigeudasMany of you may know that Haverford’s official mascot is the Black Squirrel. While some teams have adopted the Black Squirrel as their mascot, many also have their own. These mascots often replace our official nickname “Fords” and represent their teams in all manners. We thought we might share with you some of the unofficial mascots currently on campus.



Among the varsity teams we have:

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Goats: Members of the Varsity Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams are referred to as Goats. It started with a tale involving a talking blue and red goat that appeared in the sky (“Haverford” itself means “goat crossing” in Welsh).

Bees: Members of the Varsity Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams are Bees because of outstanding performances at a meet following a meal at a Bumblebee diner.



A number of our club teams have also adopted their own mascots and nicknames:



Men’s Rugby: Angry Newts


Men’s Ultimate: Donkeys




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Women’s Ultimate: Sneetches



Tips For Arriving On Campus

Move in day is almost here!! So Isabel and I (Blien) have returned from the dead (aka we wrote this before we left) just to give you some tips for arriving on campus!

Here’s a interactive map of campus where you can filter for what you need to find! This is extremely helpful for learning about Haverford’s layout and for preparing for arrival. We also suggest printing out a map and bringing it with you!

Helpful Locations To Know (you can memorize paths to other building in relation to these!):

– If you can keep track of where
Founders Hall is in relation to where you are, that’s an easy way to stay oriented.
– Another building to know is the Whitehead Campus Center, this is where you can find Office of Admission and Financial Aid, the Bookstore, and more! 
– Another building full of resources including student support, academic resources, and the International Student Office is Stokes Hall!
– In the future, the Dining Center will be useful! Food is wonderful!
– Don’t be afraid to ask for help/directions… we are a friendly bunch, and most Haverpeople you’ll see will be expecting questions from confused first years and parents.  But if you aren’t confused, nice! You can also help people navigate around!

For more information on transportation and getting to campus, check out this page on the First Year Website.


Arrival Time:
Registration opens at 8:30am, but you can move in anytime before 4pm. Lunch will be provided for incoming students and their families/friends and a program for parents begins at 1 p.m.

If you have not been pre-approved to arrive early, arrive on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Arriving after 4 p.m? Inform Dean Katrina Glanzer—your room key and OneCard will be available at the Campus Safety Office.


What to expect when you get here:
First things first, you’ll go to check in for Non-Academic Registration (New Student Check-In) somewhere on campus. This includes picking up your one card and room key*, so you’ll need to do this before you move in. The building for this isn’t set yet, but there will be plenty of signs and people telling you where to go, so it won’t be hard to find.

*If you arrive early, you’ll be able pick up your room key and one card when you get here. Note that if you are not participating in a pre-customs program, you will have to pay for meals. Check out this link for more information. However, regardless of arrival date, all First-Year students are required to go through New Student Check-In on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.


Meeting Your Customs Team:
On August 29th, your customs team will be ready and waiting to meet you and help you get settled. These strapping young folks can help you schlep (carry) your stuff upstairs and into your room, and will guide you through the rest of move-in day. To be honest, this part can feel like a rush, but you’ll have plenty of time to introduce yourself to everyone properly throughout the week!

Annnnddd… that’s about it. If your parents/guardians/friends came with you, then at around 4pm, they will be gently shooed away, and Customs will begin! *air horn sounds* P-P-P-PEEEEEWWW!!

For more information, including how to get to campus, early arrival information, etc, you can visit this link to the First Year Website’s Arrival Page. We recommend that you read through this page!

Guest Post: The Clerk

Hello to the class of 2022!

We are writing to introduce you to The Clerk, Haverford’s online, independent newspaper. The Clerk publishes news, opinions, and features articles about all aspects of the Haverford community. We publish a few articles a week to keep students informed about everything that’s happening on campus. We also publish an in-depth series every couple of months which focuses on a different issue on campus, such as student workers or transparency in student government. We’ve been around since 2012, so we hope our site’s archives serve as another resource for you if you want to learn more about campus life before arriving!

The Clerk aims to promote dialogue on campus and to serve as a platform for student voices. To achieve this goal, we maintain a staff of writers, photographers, and visual artists who regularly contribute to the website. We also welcome freelancers, so you can submit articles or photos one time (or as often as you’d like!). We love to hear a range of perspectives and ideas, so we welcome contributions from all members of the community. Whether you want to attend our weekly meetings (Sunday nights at 7:45 pm!) as a staff contributor or have an opinions piece to publish on one particular topic, there is a place for you at the Clerk. In fact, you don’t need any previous journalism experience to join! We have a great Editorial Board, and any of the editors can help you throughout the process of writing an article. We also compensate authors from $5 to $25 per submission, depending on medium and length.

Here are a few articles that the Clerk’s editorial board recommends for their popularity and relevance:

  1. A recap of the 2017-2018 school year
  2. A conversation with the president of the college, Kim Benston
  3. A statement from this year’s Customs co-heads about how they’ve changed the program for you all this year, and a follow-up from the Clerk
  4. This opinions piece about working at the Dining Center, part of last semester’s series on student workers
  5. Clerk editor David King ‘20’s piece on religious life at Haverford and response from Emily Chazen ‘18

And make sure to follow us on Facebook (Haverford Clerk), Twitter (@HaverfordClerk), and Instagram (@haverfordclerk) to see more of our articles and stay up-to-date!

If you think you may be interested in contributing to the Clerk, want to join our mailing list, or have any questions, please feel free to email Editor-in-Chief Ellen Schoder at eschoder@haverford.edu or Associate Editor Alison Rosenman at arosenman@haverford.edu. See you on campus in just a few weeks!

Guest Post: Welcome to the CPGC

Hello Class of 2022!

My name is Julie, and I work in the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC) as a program coordinator – you may remember seeing the CPGC mentioned in a post by Aarushi earlier in the summer. As an academic center, the CPGC’s mission is to advance peace, social justice, and global citizenship through research, education, and action. This means we support (though funding, facilitation, and in other ways) students and faculty who create intersections between academic work and ethical engagement on and off-campus.

These intersections can take shape in so many ways and at so many points in a Haverford student’s career, but by way of introduction I want to share a few examples of how some students utilized the CPGC’s funding resources in their first year on campus. This is truly a small sampling of how you can get involved – for a broader picture of how the CPGC fits in with your academic and activist plans over the next four years, browse the webpage (linked above) or send me an email! And once you’re on campus stop by the office in Stokes 107 to meet the CPGC staff and pick up some informational materials. We can’t wait to get to know you all!


Some quick links to know about:

CPGC Newsletter – Sign up at the bottom of the webpage for weekly Bi-Co event announcements, funding opportunities, local community happenings, and more!

Social Media – Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see how your peers are working to advance peace, social justice, and global citizenship.

CPGC Cafe – An open space for studying, meeting, and discussion with coffee, tea and snacks! Located in Stokes 104.


Saede Eifrig ’21, Global Citizenship: Migration in Philadelphia and Beyond (PEACH209) & Migration Field Study:

“The Philadelphia component introduced us to the types of work involved with documented and undocumented immigrants and served as almost a warm-up to the work we were exposed to in Mexico and Arizona. Getting to talk to the people who worked at and those who benefited from the organizations motivated me and was one of the ways in which I was able to gain the most insight, hearing how they got into their work (or just their past experiences) and what struggles it involved.”


Catherine Kim ’21, Global Health and Innovation Conference, Yale University:

“The program was valuable as it showed me a variety of ways that art/design can intersect with global health…. As someone interested in both health and art, this conference has shown me what kind of opportunities I can pursue with these passions.”

Catherine learned about the conference through an info session held by the HC Pre-Health Advising team, CCPA, and CPGC during her first weeks on campus, and applied for funding through the CPGC’s Off-Campus Conferences and Workshops fund. CPGC supports one or two students in attending Unite for Sight every year.


Rafael Rodriguez ’20, internship at RECLAIM in Manchester, UK: “Even though I look forward to being a computer science major, most of the work I did [at the internship] was related to personal convictions and expectations I have for all people both at home and abroad. I really want people to start engaging in conversations that show them the true nature of people, thus allowing the prevention of attitudes that are harmful to society overall. However, I also developed designs and infographics that relate to my future academic interests.”


Lourdes Taylor ’21, BIOL118 Economic Botany Field Study, Trinidad and Tobago:

“Amongst many other things, Asa Wright Nature Centre demonstrated to us that one cannot simply study science and hope to understand the environment. Trinidad and Tobago’s culture, politics, history of colonisation, economy, and people are inseparably linked to understanding the environment, and we are more informed students, scholars, people, and most importantly, global citizens, for having spent time there.”

(The Economic Botany Field Study is taking a break for AY18/19 while Professor Jon Wilson is on sabbatical.)


The CPGC will hold info sessions and open houses in the first weeks of the academic year – keep an eye on the social media accounts linked above (and the newsletter) for details as they are announced.

Guest Post: Religious Life at Haverford

Dear Class of 2022,

Welcome to Haverford!

Haverford College welcomes students of all faith backgrounds, religious interest, spiritual curiosity, or secular worldview to join in our shared community of trust, concern, and respect here on campus.

A list of active student religious groups at Haverford is available on the College website here:



Quaker students on campus, organize themselves through the programs of Quaker House, a student-run themed housing option.  They can be contacted by joining their Facebook Page:


If you are interested in helping to start an additional student group around your own particular religious practice, feel free to contact the religious and spiritual life office in Whitehead Campus Center 208, or email me at wsulliva@haverford.edu.

If you want to know where to go for Rosh Hashanah services, when Catholic Mass is celebrated on campus, what support is provided for the observance of Ramadan, or how to talk to your professor about making time and space for your personal religious observances, you are welcome to contact me about those or any other questions concerning religious life or Quakerism generally.


Whether you consider yourself a person of faith or not, you can greatly support spiritual & religious life on campus by taking this optional survey on religious affiliation at Haverford:


I look forward to welcoming you to campus in just a few weeks. May your time at Haverford be full of growth, courage, and deeper self-understanding.

Best wishes,

Walter Hjelt Sullivan
Coordinator of Religious Life
Director of Quaker Affairs
Whitehead Campus Center 208


Hey folks!

This is a bittersweet moment for us… Cause our time being the Dean’s Office Summer Interns has come to a close! We have scheduled blog posts to post every Tuesday and Thursday (along with some Fridays) to hold you all over until you arrive on campus (we know you desperately refresh the blog every Tuesday/Thursday to get that good content!). And we will have a blog post ‘Tips For Arriving On Campus’ posted at the end of August. However, today is the last day we’ll be in the office, managing social media, and answering emails (if you have any questions, you can still email hc-newstudents@haverford.edu). We had so much fun working on this blog and being able to engage with you all on different platforms. We also loved getting the chance to place you in your first year housing; we spent time thinking about these placements and hope that you will find a fun and supportive community in your hall. With that, we’d like to each offer some final words of wisdom to guide you through your first year:

Blien: The beauty of Customs is that we are able to bring together so many students who all have different stories. As a result, you might actually find that you have become close friends with hall-mates who you might have never interacted with if they weren’t on your hall. On the flip side, friendship can’t be forced… so, you might actually find that your close friends live off your hall. You’ll find your people where you find them, and it’s okay if that takes time… it’s all a process!

Isabel: I know this is a lot easier to said than done, but my advice is not to take your first year of college too seriously. If, by the end of your first year, you’ve learned some things, had some fun and made some friends, then you are probably doing alright. I stressed the small things my freshman year, and I really didn’t need to. Forget a problem set? No problem, that’s recoverable! Feeling lonely? That all natural, and you have plenty of time to make buddies. For the most part, mistakes you make in you first year will all come out in the wash.

Naturally, we can’t send you on your way without one final GIF, so here you go friends:

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Goodbye, and we’ll see ya soon!

Guest Post: Introducing Name Coach!

Next week, you’ll receive an email with information about recording your name pronunciation from a system called Name Coach. It’s not phishing, or a scam (but it’s good to be vigilant!); it’s just an external platform we use. Name Coach is a project from the Council on Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost’s Office, and it allows you to record the pronunciation of your name for others to hear, and then, to pronounce correctly.

Name Coach is integrated into Moodle, the course platform we use, and you will see links on the class pages that look like this:

The email you’ll receive next week will contain a link to record your name, but you can also record your name using the recording tool on the class page. Please note that only the first recording you make (whether in a class page or via email) will be the default recording. If you explore the Name Coach site, and on the “Name Badge” page in particular, you’ll see a number of features, including the ability to add your gender pronouns or insert the recording of your name into your email signature. As an example, take a look at my Name Badge. It’s also helpful if you create a password for convenient access to your NameCoach account in the future.

This is still a pilot program, and we’re hoping to add new integrations this year, so there may be a few bugs as we work things out. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we begin the third year of using this tool, and we hope you find it of use.

We welcome your feedback as well as your questions – please share them with me at fcantor@haverford.edu. Thank you very much.

And the Havenger Hunt Winners Are…



LUIGIE FEBRES of Orlando, FL in 3rd place with a total of 395 points. Congratulations, Luigie, on winning 30 dollars to spend at Trader Joe’s!


LI HERMOSILLO ROJAS of Fort Worth, TX in second place with a total of 465 points. Well done Li, and we hope you enjoy your 40 dollar CVS gift card!


And finally, our first place winner, with a grand total of 475 points (that’s the max possible, folks), is ANGELICA JOHNSON of Palmyra, NJ. Congratulations, Angelica, you’ve won yourself 50 dollars to spend on Amazon.com!


As promised, we took everyone else’s names and put them into a random generator for the three $15 Gift Card drawings… and…

Genevieve Uy, Theodore Bien, and Alissa Vandenbark were selected!! Each of you will be awarded a 15 dollar gift card to Wawa for your participation in the hunt.

Thank you to all who participated, we loved getting a photographic window into your worlds! To the winners, we’ll be in contact to let you know how to collect your prize when you get on campus.


We’ll have another post tomorrow, so stay tuned!! -Isabel & Blien

Affinity Groups

Hello everyone! Here is a post about some of the affinity groups and spaces on campus!

Some terminology: A closed group is a group whose meetings are open only to members of the identity the group is designed to support. Often these meeting times and locations are private and membership is confidential. An open group is a group whose meetings are open to members of the identity the group is designed to support, as well their allies. Some groups are partially closed, where the group is closed for a majority or sometimes all of the meetings, but then open up for specific discussions and events with allies.

For example: The Black Student’s League (BSL) is an open group, so it welcomes black students to its meetings as well as non-black students who want to know more about the black experience at Haverford, as well as how they can support their black peers. Queer Discussion Group (QDG) is a closed group, meaning that only those who self-identify as queer are welcome at their meetings, which focus on connecting queer students with each other and providing support.


Here are the affinity groups/spaces that we reached out to:

  • The Black Students’ League (BSL) – open group
  • Alliance of Latin American Students (ALAS) – partially closed group
  • Queer Discussion Group (QDG) – closed group
  • Existence as Resistance – partially closed space
  • The Pan Asian Resource Center (PARC) – closed space
  • Women*s Center – open space


The Black Students’ League (BSL) is an open affinity group which encourages all students to attend. Within this, BSL  focuses on bringing Black students on campus together in order to celebrate their blackness, and provides a place of support and safety for Haverford’s black students.

BSL members congregate weekly for meetings, in which they discuss various facets of black life at Haverford, national and global occurrences which influence black people, or simply kick back and find some peace among the various stressors at Haverford. BSL is also the host of several campus events over the course of the year. We coordinate smaller scale events on weekends, as well as larger events such as an annual fashion show, Black Love (an event in conjunction with Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges), and WeSpeak, an event for students of color to share their thoughts and experiences with the whole Haverford community. Come stop by, our door (at the Ira De A. Reid House) is always open and we’re always here!


The mission of the Alliance of Latin American Students (ALAS) is to create an intentional space where Latinx students can share their unique experiences at Haverford and celebrate their cultures. We hope to create an open, inclusive space that will allow ALAS members to grow, thrive, and be supported at Haverford.

Furthermore, we host dinners, discussions, and other events that help Latinx students find their space at a predominantly-white-institution. Acknowledging that the Latinx identity encompasses a vast array of students from so many different types of cultures and experiences which are all accepted and celebrated inside the ALAS community. Finally, ALAS members will continue to discuss and create action regarding Latin American issues within and outside the Haverford community.


Queer Discussion Group (QDG) is a closed safe space for students who identify anywhere on the LGBTQ+ spectrum or are questioning. We hold private, weekly meetings, and we do not disclose the meeting time, location, members, or content to anyone outside of the group. QDG serves as a space for queer folx to get to know each other, support one another, eat yummy snacks, and revel in queer solidarity and goodness. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to the co-heads Ari Kim (they/them/theirs, ajkim@hc) and Eva Montgomery-Morrison (they/them/theirs, ejmorrison@hc)!


Existence as Resistance
Our community house centers around the intersectionality of identities and the acknowledgment that people consist of multiple identities. Our mission is for students from different identities to come together and create a space in which our identities are seen through a multidimensional perspective. At a predominantly-white-institution, spaces where we can explore what multidimensionality means are crucial.

Existence as Resistance House offers a variety of resources for Tri-Co students. Last year, we opened our space for poetry and karaoke nights to practice self-care. Additionally, we help bridge groups together to work towards common goals. We had the chance to advance this goal by hosting a dinner where members of ALAS, BSL, and PARC came together and actively thought of ways to collaborate. Furthermore, we intend to connect with neighboring communities by continuing field trips into Philly. One of our widest-reaching events was a conference which explored the intersectionality of migration, queerness, and indigenous rights. This 3-day conference brought together community members from across campuses, initiating more dialogue about intersectionality. We hope to continue events like these and are excited to come up with new ways in which we can engage with questions of identity with the community.


The Pan Asian Resource Center (PARC) is not a traditional affinity group, but rather a room located in the DC Basement 008 that is open to all Asian-identifying students. PARC serves to unite and mobilize Haverford’s Pan-Asian community. Historically the term “Asian” has been exclusionary to many identities, so we especially welcome people of South Asian, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, and multiracial/multiethnic backgrounds, as well as international students and adoptees.

Aside from physical resources such as books and class syllabi relating to Asian identity, PARC facilitates discussions about Asian identity several times per semester. In the past, these discussions have centered around themes such as:  What Does “Asian” Mean to You?, Mental Health in the Asian Community, Confronting Anti-Blackness in the Asian Community, and Reverse Culture Shock. In PARC, students can also relax, do homework, and just hang out with each other, among other things.

Alice, on what she values about PARC: As someone who grew up in an area where there were not many people of color, I was often outcasted for being Asian. As a result, PARC has provided me with the closest sense of community and acceptance I have ever felt in my life. Through PARC, I’ve learned and continue to learn about the implications of being Asian. The people I’ve met through PARC and the conversations I’ve had in that space will undoubtedly be what I miss the most after I leave Haverford.

Makoto, on what he values about PARC: Being multiracial, I felt isolated from my Asian and white peers because I never really felt like I could connect with either group.  PARC has helped me develop some of my closest friends, provided me with a niche in the community where I feel incredibly welcome, and gave me a broader understanding of the world as I explore the Pan-Asian experience through our discussions and casual conversations and use what I learn to better understand my own life and the experiences I had.

Don’t hesitate to contact either one of us at ahu1@hc or mmanheim@hc  if you ever want to learn more about PARC or just want to chat!


Women*s Center
The Women*s Center provides resources, education, outreach and programming that have to do with gender and sexuality for folks of all genders at Haverford. We seek to build solidarity among women, feminineidentified folks, and all marginalized communities. Like our page on facebook for more information: www.facebook.com/hfordwomenscenter/  


And that’s not all! Here’s a list of over 100 completely student-run clubs, organizations, and even more affinity groups at Haverford! You can meet and sign up for a bunch of them during our Club Fair in the fall!

Have any questions? Email Blien and Isabel at hc-newstudents@haverford.edu. Also, follow us on Snapchat @FYsquirrel or on Instagram @hc_studentlifeoffice for fun posts and important updates/reminders!

International Student Support Office (ISSO): Getting Involved on Campus

Finding community on campus can look different for international students, particularly for exchange students who are only at Haverford for a semester. You have so many different options based on what you want out of your time at Haverford. There was a post on this blog earlier in the summer (May 31) about different communities on campus, describing ways to participate in Haverford’s vibrant student community. Here are some additional options for international students:

International Student Orientation (ISO)

ISO itself is a great opportunity to build a support network. You get to meet most of Haverford’s international student population in one place, and then you all spend five days together. We are the strongest form of support for each other; we’ve got each other’s back through the chaos of the semester. I was especially fortunate that my Peer Awareness Facilitator (PAF) on my Customs team was an international student, and it was very helpful to know that someone else understood and validated my experiences here. (Thanks, Kevin!) Additionally, the panels during ISO will describe ways for international students to build support networks on campus.

Later in the year, your International Student Resource People (ISRP’s) will continue to act as a resource. Your ISRP’s will check-in with you through the year and can guide you with their lived experience as upper class international students at Haverford. I’m certain they have lots of important and helpful advice to assist you in navigating challenge through the year.

ISSO Programming

You can also meet other international students by attending International Student Support Office (ISSO) events through the year. To get information about international student life related events on campus, add this link to your Google Calendar. If you create an affinity group event that you think would fit well on the Calendar, let Natasha Weisz and Denise Allison know, and they’d be happy to add it.

The ISSO is also going to start hosting a new monthly event during the year called ELF, which is an acronym for Every Last Friday. As the name suggests, it’s scheduled 2-4 pm in the MCC on the last Friday of every month of the semester. Rather than being a meeting or event, ELF is intended to be an informal space for international students to meet, and form stronger community ties. The space can really be whatever students would like it to be, so feel free to stop in as little or often as you would like.

Club Fair

The Club Fair can be a great opportunity to find campus groups that you’d like to join. It’s totally fine to be unsure of which clubs you’d like to join, the Fair is a fantastic opportunity to explore potential interests. You can sign up to get information, even if you’re not necessarily invested enough to be a regular participant in a group’s activities. It can be hard to collate information about clubs since we have around 150 of them, but this way you’re less likely to miss a group that you’d be interested in.

Make the Best of the Quaker Consortium

If the affinity group or space you need doesn’t exist at Haverford, odds are, you’ll be able to find something at Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore or the University of Pennsylvania. Around 30% of Bryn Mawr’s student population, 13% of Swarthmore’s student body and around 49% of the University of Pennsylvania undergraduates are international students.

The University of Pennsylvania (colloquially called UPenn) has a massive and diverse international student population (at least compared to Haverford), so they offer a range of events related to international student life. One such event is the Penn Museum’s Festival for International Students is a great opportunity to network with other international students in the Philly area. I’ve never been myself, but my friends have only had good things to say! The event will be held on October 19, 2018. The ISSO will be emailing out more details of this event in early October.

Apart from taking classes at Bryn Mawr and Swat, you can participate in their student life if you’re looking for something closer to campus. They offer a range of great events and meetings. Their master calendars can be accessed here and here respectively.

Student Governance

Haverford has many student government positions, due to the immersive involvement of students in campus activities and the emphasis placed on student voice. This can be another way to get involved in shaping the Haverford community. The campus benefits from the involvement of international students, since we enrich discussions with our unique perspectives. There are positions on Student Council, Honor Council, and a plethora of committees. Student Council has an International Student Representative position, which was created a couple of years ago by international students for themselves. For a list of positions, you can look here, here and here.

At the end of the day though, part of the work of being an international student is creating friendships across difference. I’ve found friends in unexpected places, which is pretty common at a small, tight-knit community like Haverford. There are plenty of brilliant and kind people at Haverford, so it’s just a matter of finding people who are genuinely curious about you and your culture.

This is my last post for the summer. I hope the rest of your summers are lovely, and that your journey to Haverford is smooth! Over the last few months, I’ve witnessed first hand all the work and enthusiasm that is going into preparing for your arrival here at Haverford. I look forward to meeting you on campus, and am so excited that you’re joining our community!

P.S.: Have post suggestions? Here’s the form to submit them! I’m also more than happy to answer any questions, and speak about my experience as an international student at Haverford! I’d love to know more about you as well. Feel free to email me at amohan1@haverford.edu, or find me on Facebook.