Rick Riordan visits Haverford College

[singlepic id=104 w=320 h=240 float=right] On May 5, 2010, Haverford College Bookstore and fellow independent bookselling colleagues Children’s Book World presented Rick Riordan: The Red Pyramid Tour. Riordan is the author of the New York Times #1 best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. His latest release, The Red Pyramid, is the first installment of the Kane Chronicles, a new series for young adult readers that revolves around Egyptian mythology. The evening came about through a series of serendipitous coincidences and the cooperation of many departments on campus. Children’s Book World needed a large venue in which to host the appearance of the hugely popular author and the Haverford College Bookstore jumped in to co-sponsor the event which took place in Marshall Auditorium. Riordan explained to a rapt audience of over 700 fans what inspired him to begin writing and answered a wide variety of questions from his enthusiastic young readers. He then spent the better part of the evening signing each attendee’s books and soliciting their additional questions. It was a special evening for all involved. [nggallery id=8] Photos by Dorothy...

April Fool’s Day pranks in the KINSC

The KINSC is a popular place for April Fool’s Day pranks at Haverford and April Fool’s Day 2010 is no exception.   Photos below.  Video is now available! [nggallery...

Flash Mob – Haverford Style

Finals Dance Haverford students celebrate the end of finals with an impromptu dance party in front of Founders Hall.

Ford Alumns on Newspaper Survival

Don’t throw out last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine (the one with the photo of an elegant Hamid Karzai on the cover) without reading Michael Sokolove’s article “What’s a Big City Without a Newspaper?” The shock to those living near Haverford’s campus is that Sokolove uses Philadelphia as his prototype for what he sees as possible throughout the country–big cities with no daily newspapers. It’s a thorough account of the struggles of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News to survive. Two Haverford alumni figure prominently in Sokolove’s story–John Carroll ’63 and Paul Socolar ’77–and as it turns out, Sokolove’s comments about each of them appear in adjoining paragraphs on page 42. Carroll, former editor of major papers in Lexington (KY), Baltimore and Los Angeles and recipient of an Honorary Degree from Haverford in 2008, is described as a “lion of the traditional news movement.” Sokolove watches John “shift impatiently” in his seat at an all-day conference on the future “Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.” John concludes that “originally reported news….the kind produced by professional reporters…who go out and dig stuff up” will still be needed in this country. A paragraph later Socolar is described as “something like the journalist of the future” because of his Philadelphia Public School Notebook, a five-time-per year in-depth publication trying to start a dialogue on public education in the city.  (Totally coincidently, The Times ran four paragraphs on this publication the day before Haverford’s web site profiled Paul. So check out the Ford web site for lots more about this creative editor.) Looks like Haverfordians will have a lot to say about...