According to the National Science Foundation, Haverford is sixth among liberal arts college, and eighth among all colleges and universities in the United States, in the proportion of its graduates who went on to earn PhDs across all fields from 2008 to 2017. When limited to doctorates in science and engineering disciplines, Haverford ranks sixth among liberal arts colleges and tenth among all colleges and universities.Haverford’s consortium relationship with Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and the University of Pennsylvania (the Quaker Consortium) greatly expands its course offerings. Haverford and Bryn Mawr have a particularly close relationship (the Bi-College Consortium), with over 2,000 students cross-registering between the two schools. The campuses are only 1 mile apart and a shuttle called the Blue Bus runs frequently back and forth. Some departments, such as Religion and Music, are housed at Haverford, while others like Theatre and Growth and Structure of Cities are at Bryn Mawr. Students can major in these departments from both colleges. Furthermore, students of one of the Tri-Collegiate Consortium Schools (Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford) are allowed to pursue a major in a subject at a Tri-Collegiate institution apart from the one they are a student of. Haverford College was founded in 1833 by members of the Orthodox Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends to ensure an education grounded in Quaker values for young Quaker men. It was the earliest Quaker liberal arts college. In 1849 it opened enrollment to non-Quakers. Originally an all-male institution, Haverford began admitting female transfer students in 1969 and became fully co-educational in 1980. The first woman to graduate (the wife of a faculty member) was a member of the class of 1971. The first black student to graduate from Haverford did so in 1926. Notable attendees who did not graduate include the early 20th century artist and illustrator Maxfield Parrish, as well as actors such as Chevy Chase, Judd Nelson, and George Segal. Fictional FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, from the television series Twin Peaks, was a member of the class of 1976.
Originally conceived as a code of academic honesty, the honor code had expanded by the 1970s to govern social interactions. The code does not list specific rules of behavior, but rather emphasizes a philosophy of mutual trust, concern and respect, as well as genuine engagement, that students are expected to follow. A student (or other community member) who feels that another has broken the code, is encouraged not to look the other way but rather to confront and engage in a dialogue with the potential offender, before taking matters to an honor council which can help mediate the dispute.
In 1897, the students and faculty of Haverford voted to adopt an honor code to govern academic affairs. Since 1963, every student has been allowed to schedule his or her own final exams. Take-home examinations are also common at Haverford. These exams may include strict instructions such as time limits, prohibitions on using assigned texts or personal notes, and calculator usage. All students are bound to follow these instructions by the code. Haverford College competes at the NCAA Division III level in the Centennial Conference. Haverford is home to the only varsity cricket team in the United States. Its men’s and women’s track and field and cross country teams are perennial powerhouses in their division, with men’s cross country winning the 2010 Cross Country Division III National Championships; its men’s soccer team is among the nation’s oldest, having won its first intercollegiate match in 1905 against Harvard College, and in 2015 made it to quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Championships; its fencing team has competed since the early 1930s and is a member of both the Middle Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association (MACFA) and the National Intercollegiate Women’s Fencing Association (NIWFA). Several athletic teams are highly competitive in the Centennial Conference; for example, women’s basketball won the 2014 Centennial Conference Championship and progressed to the second round of the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament. Women’s softball also won Centennial Conference titles in 2006, 2014, and in 2016. The 2016 team advanced to the Super Regional tournament, a first for any Centennial Conference softball team. The Men’s Lacrosse team won the Centennial Conference Championship in 2010. Haverford College is located on the Main Line northwest of Philadelphia. The school is connected to Center City Philadelphia by the Paoli/Thorndale Line commuter rail system and Norristown High Speed Line (R100). The northwest portion of the campus is located in Haverford Township in Delaware County, and the southwest part of the campus is located in Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County. The campus itself is situated in an affluent suburban neighborhood, adjacent to the Haverford School, the Merion Golf Club and the Merion Cricket Club, one of the oldest country clubs in the United States. Nearby attractions within walking distance include various food markets, grocery stores, restaurants, and Suburban Square, which hosts retail stores, restaurants and a local farmer’s market.The college operates more than 50 academic, athletic, and residential buildings, which are mostly stone and reflect Quaker and colonial design principles. The most recent additions are the Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Science Center and the Douglas B. Gardner ’83 Integrated Athletic Center (colloquially referred to as the GIAC). Two dorms, by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, began housing freshman and upperclassman in the fall of 2012.In 1901, a group of students and alumni formed the Campus Club to help preserve the campus landscape after discovering Carvill’s original plan. Their work eventually led to the founding of the Haverford College Campus Arboretum Association (now the Haverford College Arboretum Association) in 1974, which continues to perpetuate Carvill’s original design. To date, the arboretum’s 216 acres (0.87 km) contain a nature trail distancing 2.2 miles, a pinetum with 300 different conifers, a duck pond, historic trees of diverse species, sculpture, as well as flower and Asian gardens.Haverford’s Lutnick Library (formerly known as Magill Library) boasts more than a half million of its own volumes and has access to nearly two million more through its unusual Tripod computerized catalog system, which integrates its library with those of neighboring Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges. In addition to Lutnick’s main resources, the college houses a number of special collections including the Quaker and Special Collections, the C.C. Morris 1904 Cricket Library, and numerous rare books and other treasures; the college also maintains three smaller music, science, and astronomy libraries on campus.Roughly 99% of the student body resides on campus, where housing options include apartments, themed houses and traditional dormitories. The minute fraction who choose to seek other accommodations do so nearby in neighboring townships. Approximately 60% of faculty also reside on campus.
Comprising the entire campus, the Haverford College Arboretum is the oldest collegiate arboretum in the United States. In 1834, a year after the college’s founding, the English landscape gardener William Carvill was hired to design the plan for the campus. Carvill developed a design to replace the tilled fields, woodlots and pastures, using trees to frame and complement open spaces. He bordered the lanes with alleés of trees and planted groups of trees in odd numbers. Carvill also constructed grape arbors and a serpentine walk, reflecting the English landscape tradition of Sir Humphrey Repton. Carvill’s mark is still evident today in the pasto
ral landscape which includes several original trees including a Swamp white oak, Quercus bicolor, and Bur oak, Quercus macrocarpa, on Founders Green.
Haverford College (/ˈhævərfərd/ HAV-ər-fərd) is a private liberal arts college that is located in Haverford, Pennsylvania. It was founded as a men’s college in 1833 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and began accepting non-Quakers in 1849. It then became coeducational in 1980.The honor code failed to be ratified in 2013, 2018, and 2023 although on all occasions it was reinstated following special assemblies of the student body.
Every student is required to sign a pledge agreeing to the honor code prior to matriculation. The honor code is entirely student-run. It originated with a body of students who felt it necessary, and it is amended and ratified by current students annually at an event called “Plenary.” Student government officers administer the code, and all academic matters are heard by student juries. More severe matters are addressed by administrators. Abstracts from cases heard by students and joint administrative-student panels are distributed to all students by several means, including as print-outs in mailboxes. The trial abstracts are made anonymous by the use of pseudonyms who are often characters from entertainment or history.For most of the 20th century, Haverford’s total enrollment was kept below 300, but the college went through two periods of expansion during and after the 1970s, reaching a total of about 1350 students in 2020. Thomas R. Tritton was president of the college between 1997 and 2007 and oversaw the construction of several new buildings, including the Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center and the Douglas B. Gardner Integrated Athletic Center.
Themed housing options include La Casa Hispanica, which “supports the endeavors of students actively engaged in organizing programs concerned with the cultures and civilizations of the Spanish-speaking world”, the Ira de A. Reid House, which seeks students active in the Black Students’ League or members of the African Diaspora interested in the culture and politics of Africans, Cadbury house, which provides a substance-free and quiet living environment, and Yarnall, which has no permanent theme. Various housing and room arrangements exist, including suites of singles, doubles, and triples.
Notable graduates of Haverford College include a number of prominent businessmen such as Cantor Fitzgerald CEO Howard Lutnick (1983), co-founder of MBK Partners Michael Kim (1985), Palantir Technologies co-founder and CEO Alex Karp (1989), and former co-chairman of Goldman Sachs and United States Deputy Secretary of State John C. Whitehead (1943). Haverford also counts among its alumni five Nobel Prize winners, including George Smith (1963), a co-recipient of the 2018 chemistry prize, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Philip Noel-Baker (1908), Emmy Award-winning journalist Juan Williams (1976), actor Daniel Dae Kim (1990), five winners of the Pulitzer Prize, including humor columnist Dave Barry (1969) and journalist David Wessel (1975), editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review Adi Ignatius (1981), Tony Award-winning playwright of Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy for You Ken Ludwig (1972), composer Steven Gerber (1969), theoretical physicist Curtis Callan (1961), professional sports executive Arn Tellem (1976), former CEO of NPR Ken Stern (1985), tech entrepreneur James Kinsella (1982), and architect Gil Schafer III (1984).
In the fall of 2020, much of the student body went on strike, sparked by anger at the administration’s response to the killing of Walter Wallace in Philadelphia. The strike later expanded into a broader protest over concerns of racial injustice at the college. Some students opposed the strike, arguing that strikers were demonizing students who expressed concerns and suppressing dissenting views. After two weeks, the strike ended when the administration agreed to most of the organizers’ demands.
Haverford is ranked 8th among liberal arts colleges in the 2022 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings, and tied for 15th among U.S. liberal arts colleges in the 2021 “Best Colleges” ranking by U.S News & World Report, and ranked 18th for “Best Value” and tied at 23rd for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” among liberal arts colleges. Washington Monthly ranked Haverford 12th in 2020 among 218 liberal arts colleges in the U.S. based on its contribution to the public good, as measured by social mobility, research, and promoting public service. The college was ranked 49th across 650 universities and colleges in the 2019 edition of Forbes’ “Top Colleges”, and 18th among liberal arts colleges alone. Niche ranked the school the 7th best national liberal arts college for 2021.Haverford offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 31 majors across humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. All departments require a senior thesis, project or research for graduation, and many departments also have junior-level seminar or year-long project such as in biology (superlab) and chemistry (superlab). The college also maintains a distribution requirement, spreading course work in all three areas of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, in addition to major course works. Its most popular majors, by 2021 graduates, were:
The college offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 31 majors across humanities, social sciences and natural sciences disciplines. It is a member of the Tri-College Consortium, which includes Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore colleges, as well as the Quaker Consortium, which includes those schools as well as the University of Pennsylvania.
U.S. News deemed Haverford’s admissions “most selective,” with the class of 2026 acceptance rate being 14.2%. Applying for admission to the class of 2026 were 5,658 applicants; 804 were admitted. Of those admitted submitting such data, 96% were in the top 10% of their high school class and 100% were in the top 20% of their high school. Of those admitted to the class of 2026, 54.5% identified themselves as persons of color, and 14% of those admitted were first generation college students. The college is need-aware for domestic applicants, having ended its need-blind policy in 2016.
Student publications include The Bi-College News, a newspaper in collaboration with students at Bryn Mawr College that serves both campuses; The Clerk, an independent, online newspaper; Feathers & Fur, a fashion magazine also in collaboration with students at Bryn Mawr College; Milkweed, a student literary magazine; Without a (Noun), the Haverford satire/humor magazine; Body Text, an academic journal; Margin, a student-edited creative magazine; and The Record, the student yearbook.Despite the rest of the Centennial Conference choosing to play sports in the spring of 2021 (as well as their academic rivals in the NESCAC), Haverford decided to opt-out of competition due to COVID-19 concerns.
All of the college’s approximately 1300 students are undergraduates, and nearly all reside on campus. Social and academic life is governed by an honor code and influenced by Quaker philosophy. Its 216-acre (87 ha) suburban campus has predominantly stone Quaker Colonial Revival architecture. The college’s athletics teams compete as the Fords in the Centennial Conference of NCAA Division III. Undergraduate admission to the college is selective. Among faculty and alumni are 4 Nobel Prize recipients, 6 Pulitzer Prize recipients, 20 Rhodes Scholars, and 85 Fulbright Scholars.In the fall of 2017, the college unveiled renovations to Ryan Gym, which now serves as a new Visual Culture, Arts, and Media facility (VCAM), housing the Visual Studies Minor, the Haverford Innovations Program, a Maker Arts Space, and the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities and its Philadelphia Area Creative Collaboratives Initiative. The project, designed by MSR Architects, earned a 2018 Education Facility Design Award of Excellence from the American Institute of Architects. The second phase of the college’s Lives That Speak campaign involved a renovation of Magill Library, which began in Spring 2018 under the direction of Perry, Dean, Rogers Architects, and the library opened under the new name Lutnick Library in Fall 2019.Gardner was the executive managing director of Cantor Fitzgerald, and he left behind his wife, Jennifer, and two children, Michael, 5, and Julia, 2 1Å½2.
The Haverford student-athlete advisory committee, known as the Haverford College Athletic Association, planned a memorial run November 11 in honor of the four alumni who died. Sixty-eight students, faculty and community members participated in the run, which was held at the Haverford Nature Trail and raised nearly $1,000 for the Robin Hood Relief Fund in New York.
Gooding was a financial trader with Cantor Fitzgerald. He left behind his wife, LaChanze; a 19-month-old daughter, Celia Rose; and daughter Zaya, born in October. Those who died were: Doug Gardner, a 1983 graduate who played varsity basketball; Tom Glassner, a 1982 graduate who was an NCAA Division III qualifier in outdoor track and field; Calvin Gooding, a 1984 graduate who played varsity basketball; and Phil Haentzler, a 1974 graduate. Since September 11, students at Haverford College have mourned the deaths of four alumni lost in the World Trade Center attacks, three of them former student-athletes.The college appears to have met at least one demand; students called for Haverford to close on Election Day so that all students and employees could vote. Haverford canceled classes and made the day a paid holiday. But it was too little, too late for students, who say they have been serving on committees and calling on Haverford to do more for a long time.
Last Wednesday, two days after Wallace’s shooting and as protests in Philadelphia continued, Raymond and Bylander wrote to the campus that another Black American “has met an untimely, violent death at the hands of police.”
Student organizers estimate several hundred students — about 1,000 are living on campus — are involved and encouraging the rest to take part. Some faculty also have canceled classes in solidarity, including members of the anthropology department, said Madison, a psychology and linguistics major from Dayton, Ohio.
In a statement, Haverford said: “The College supports our students in pursuit of both a truly just and equitable society as well as systemic change at Haverford.” The college has responded to students and “welcomes the full community’s reflection while looking forward to doing the work associated with the process of reform.”
Students said they were incensed that Haverford, which is supposed to care deeply about social justice, would try to interfere with their right to protest.
Then came the email last week from the president and dean, urging students not to participate in protests in Philadelphia after police shot and killed Walter Wallace Jr.It’s unclear how many students are participating in the strike, but it also is impacting Bryn Mawr College, which has a close relationship with Haverford in which students at each campus can take classes at the other. Some Bryn Mawr students have joined in the strike in solidarity.
“I was just really upset,” said senior Soha Saghir, former cochair of Haverford’s honors council. “To not protest against police brutality doesn’t make sense,” especially when it happened a few miles from campus.
In a letter to students Tuesday, Raymond said she affirms their right to participate in protests as long as they follow health safety protocols, including COVID-19 testing. She also made some concessions in other areas.
They continued: “Now is not the time to go to Philadelphia. Our fear is that for every righteous protester in the street, there are other actors afoot; we have seen this across the nation far too often, in cities large and small, in college towns and urban centers. There are individuals who might seek to spin this moment out of control and cause harm and havoc.”
The concerns are emblematic of growing unrest on college campuses that have been inflamed by the deaths of more Black people at the hands of police and a pandemic that has worsened inequities. Students at the University of Pennsylvania last week also sharply criticized an email from campus leaders that talked about Wallace’s “death” but didn’t mention police. The city is preparing to release video of Wallace’s shooting on Wednesday.After George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis earlier this year, Raymond called on the campus to become “antiracist,” which now rings hollow to student strike organizers.
“It was kind of a breaking point,” sophomore Ayanna Madison said of the email from president Wendy Raymond and dean Joyce Bylander, “and a reminder that all the work we have been putting in has done absolutely nothing to change this institution and we have to do something that will.”Raymond and Bylander followed with another email, emphasizing that they were not trying to suppress students’ rights to protest but were concerned about their safety. “We don’t believe anything she has done was done with malicious intent,” Madison said. “We believe a lot of what she has done has been done in ignorance.” Students said they were incensed that Haverford, which is supposed to care deeply about social justice, would try to interfere with their right to stand up against injustice. Within hours, hundreds poured onto the college’s Founders Green in protest.Now, some students are refusing to attend classes, do course work, or perform jobs at the college, and they said their strike — in its sixth day Tuesday — will continue until the college gives into their wide-ranging demands. The demands include removing the president as the chief equity and diversity officer‚ protecting and supporting students’ participation in protests, and treating equitably and providing more support and aid to first-generation students, students of color, and LGBTQ students.A 20-year-old Chester County man is being charged with terroristic threats after he allegedly confided having thoughts about killing his family and plotting to “shoot up” the Haverford College campus, according to a release from Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland. Frank Wang, of the first block of Elan Lane in the Wayne section of Tredyffrin Township, remains incarcerated at the county prison in Concord for the single terroristic threats charge, a misdemeanor of the first degree. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Robert Burke, who set bail at 10 percent of $1,000,000 with other conditions, including a risk assessment.
The Philadelphia Union had reason to rejoice Wednesday in the return of a key figure to practice. But with manager Jim Curtin spending most of his weekly press conference stressing that one individual isn’t to blame for recent struggles, the notion that one person could play savior was dampened, too. Jamiro Monteiro returned to the practice field after missing four games with an ankle sprain, though that doesn’t mean he’ll be fit to return for Sunday’s match at D.C. United.An inmate at the Montgomery County jail awaiting trial for allegedly fatally stomping on his cellmate’s head was found dead in his cell last weekend and his death was ruled a suicide. Joseph Michael Hodum, 38, of the 3000 block of Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, died at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on July 27, Warden Julio M. Algarin and officials of the county Coroner’s Office confirmed.
It’s still kind of steamy out there, just not as steamy. The humidity has stuck around after the storms and we might get more thunder later today. Expect the high to hit about 89 degrees.
Adding depth without sacrificing value, improving defense while upgrading the power, squeezing one more valuable player onto his roster before it was too late, Matt Klentak made the Phillies better Wednesday, just before the trade deadline. He didn’t drive them to the top of the World Series futures board. His final-hour maneuvering didn’t cause secondary-market ticket prices to spike. By trading a player to be named later and some international-market options to the Pirates for Corey Dickerson, it didn’t inspire anyone in the Phillies clubhouse to blurt out “Dream Team.”
Jeff Samardzija saved a depleted bullpen. The right-hander tossed three-hit ball over six scoreless innings, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Kevin Pillar homered in a five-run fifth and the short-handed San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 Wednesday night. The Giants were down three relievers after a flurry of moves before the trade deadline but Samardzija (8-8) handcuffed Philadelphia for his fifth straight road win.
he proposed merger of equals of BB&T Corp. and SunTrust Banks Inc. has taken another step forward this week. Shareholders of both companies on Tuesday approved the agreement for the merger of the two companies. In addition, BB&T Corp. shareholders approved the name of the new entity – Truist Financial Corp. In special meetings Tuesday, more than 98% of the BB&T shares voted were cast in favor of the merger of equals with SunTrust and more than 96% of the shares voted were cast in favor of the Truist name; while nearly 99% of the SunTrust shares voted were cast in favor of the proposal to approve the merger agreement with BB&T.
A Main Line accountant went on trial Tuesday in Chester County Common Pleas Court accused of the crime of strangulation, a charge stemming from an alleged attack on his girlfriend while he was “angry and drunk,” according to a prosecutor, vowing to “teach her a lesson.” “He was going to teach it using violence,” Assistant District Attorney Ty Broderson told the jury of seven women and five men in Judge William P. Mahon’s courtroom in his opening statement, referring to defendant John Michael Swirsding. “She thought he was going to kill her.”
Saying a 4-year-old Abington boy lived the last months of his life in “a torture chamber,” a judge ensured that the boy’s mother and her boyfriend will spend the remainder of their lives in prison for fatally beating the child. “Every act and every omission reflects cruelty and brutality that is unimaginable. These are the things horror movies are made of and Tahjir lived it every single day,” Montgomery County Judge Risa Vetri Ferman said Wednesday as she sentenced Lisa Smith, 20, and Keiff Devine King, 27, to life imprisonment in connection with the Jan. 22, 2018, death of Smith’s son, Tahjir.
Of all the offseason transactions authored by the Eagles, moving on from pass rusher Michael Bennett could haunt them the most. Bennett was dealt to the New England Patriots basically for nothing, unless you’re an enthusiast of third-day draft picks. The Eagles, to be fair, didn’t have a full-time role for Bennett, who got a modest raise in a reworked contract from the Patriots.
“We take all threats to our schools very seriously and will prosecute those who threaten the safety of our schools to the fullest extent of the law,” said Copeland in the release. “We constantly work in cooperation with our schools and law enforcement to ensure we provide a safe and protected environment for our students, teachers, and administrators. As the result of the swift response of the community, and the exceptional investigative efforts of the Haverford Township Police Department and the Haverford College Public Safety Department, no one was harmed and Mr. Wang is now rightfully facing the severe consequences of his actions.” Haverford Township Police Sergeant Christopher Chambers received information July 26 that Wang confided in another person that he thought about killing his parents and shooting up the college campus where he used to be a student, according to the release. A 20-year-old Chester County man is being charged with terroristic threats after he allegedly confided having thoughts about killing his family and plotting to “shoot up” the Haverford College campus, according to a release from Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland. A preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Elisa C. Lacianca is scheduled for Aug. 8, according to online court records. It was not immediately known whether Wang has an attorney. Frank Wang, of the first block of Elan Lane in the Wayne section of Tredyffrin Township, remains incarcerated at the county prison in Concord for the single terroristic threats charge, a misdemeanor of the first degree. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Robert Burke, who set bail at 10 percent of $1,000,000 with other conditions, including a risk assessment.A search warrant was served at Wang’s residence, where authorities found no guns or other weapons. Investigators recovered a cell phone, computer and several flash drives, which were submitted to the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division Cyber Crimes Unit for forensic analysis. Garcia told authorities he reached Raible, who had fallen to an area above Interstate 80 on the New Jersey side of the river, but could detect neither pulse nor respiration. Garcia then climbed down to I-80 and flagged down a motorist who made a 911 emergency call by cell phone. About an hour later, New Jersey Trooper Steve Bade reached Raible with a team of rescue personnel that included Ranger Bob Gubotosi of Worthington State Forest. Raible had descended only about 15 feet when the anchor, left by previous climbers, let loose its grip in the rock on the rugged cliffs overlooking the Delaware River. A Haverford College student plunged 120 feet to his death Saturday evening while rock climbing on Mt. Tammany in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, park officials reported.
Steve Raible, 22, of Louisville, Ky., had climbed the difficult Double Overhang and had begun descending when the anchor holding his double-rope rappel gave way, fellow climber Todd Garcia of Allentown told authorities.After around half an hour, word spread to the front of the crowd that President Raymond was in attendance. Several students called on her to come forward and address the crowd.
Between speeches, Rico Nasty’s “Smack a Bitch” and Nicki Minaj’s “Yikes” were blasted from the sound system, echoing the flyer distributed earlier in the evening: “F*CK A SILENT PROTEST”. These were among the more light-hearted moments of the evening.
As the Founders Hall bell rang out over a packed, but silent green, a second email from President Raymond arrived in students’ inboxes. This email clarified the wording of the original email—that the “other actors” referred to were “paramilitary individuals and groups from afar,” likely in reference to the far-right militias who were present at some Black Lives Matter protests this summer.The protest began with a long moment of silence in acknowledgement of Walter Wallace Jr.’s death. The first speech, from a representative of the Black Students’ League, enunciated the purpose of the rally. They affirmed that “protesting is not the problem,” as President Raymond had seemed to suggest in her first email, responding that “we know the risk, and we are responsible.” At 10:19 pm, the organizers opened the floor for students to come forward and speak.
After passing the Haverford College Apartments, students turned right and began to march down Haverford Road, bordering the college’s Pinetum. Those at the front of the group could see flashing police lights at the next intersection. Those in the back were still being tailed by three cars.
We also would like to acknowledge the call for Haverford students to strike from classes, jobs, and clubs to draw attention to the labor of BIPOC students on campus. However, The Clerk has decided to continue coverage to highlight the activism of BIPOC students, their demands, and the overall need for institutional change. The staff of The Clerk will be donating compensation for this article to the Bi-Co Mutual Aid Fund.Many students understood this passage to be in reference to the ongoing “rioters and looters” narrative which has plagued conversations around the Black Lives Matter movement in an attempt to delegitimize the protests. That the college, in their first formal statement on the matter, focused not on Wallace’s murder but instead policing the student response stoked further anger.
Students highlighted a number of concerns during the open mic. Many brought up what they saw as institutional issues, such as the exhaustion BIPOC students face as a result of the administration constantly calling on them for solutions to institutional shortcomings; the unpaid labor of Black students, especially Black women; and the exploitation by the administration of Black students in admissions materials, without actually supporting these communities on campus. Some raised specific issues, including Haverford’s displacement of a majority Black community when it purchased the Haverford College Apartments.
However, in her remarks, President Raymond did not attribute the impetus for these changes to BSRFI—an omission that prompted many students and alumni to comment on the continued co-option of Black students’ labor on campus. Indeed, at times it almost seemed like Raymond was at a loss for words, echoing her talking points but unable to answer the key question demanded by the community: Is Haverford really committed to anti-racist action, or is it just for show?After a few more speeches at the open mic, including some attendees who joined remotely through Zoom, Dean Bylander took her turn to address the crowd.
She shared her experience growing up as a teenager in Cleveland during the Hough riots of 1966. With a voice that sounded like it was occasionally on the verge of cracking, she told the crowd she was “Black before it was beautiful.” Though she said that she was proud of Haverford students’ courage, “I worry sometimes,” she added, “that the world is sometimes not worthy of your courage.” She called on all students to ask themselves what their work in the fight against racism is and urged them to “be patient with me, and forgive me when I make mistakes.”
When students arrived at the intersection, they were met with a five-cruiser blockade. Five officers were outside of their cars, in a line, watching the growing crowd of students as it came to a halt before them. The crowd seemed unsure of what to do next: as the police officers stood silently, students chanted at them: “No good cops in a racist system! Say his name: Walter Wallace!” More police cars arrived—several from Radnor Township. After about twenty minutes at a standstill, students linked arms, did a few more chants, and made their way back to Haverford College. Around midnight, students turned west along Ardmore Avenue. Now in a residential area, they began to draw some attention with their chants. Some neighbors watched silently from their porches, while others shouted their support and encouragement. I was of course dismayed at the recent killing of Walter Wallace, Jr. It seemed like an ideal situation for non-lethal means such as a taser. Instead another black man is dead at the hands of police. I understand the motivation for the protest. What confused me was the call for white students to be paying their black peers directly. What is this for? Is it a type of reparations? Are we assuming that all the white students have more money and this is to even it out? I would appreciate more insight into this.Editor’s note: Due to a trend of doxxing and targeted harassment of protestors, The Clerk has chosen to anonymize the students quoted and photographed in this article. We recognize that this robs many BIPOC students of due credit for their labor, and would like to extend our gratitude for the important work that members of our community are forced to do on campus and in Philadelphia, time and time again, to enact change. If you are troubled by this decision, please reach out to [email protected] opinion piece by Soha Saghir ’21, published in The Clerk, catalogs many of the frustrations surrounding the statement by President Raymond and Dean Bylander; Saghir’s piece was shared widely on social media.At 2:37 PM on Wednesday, October 28, President Wendy Raymond and Interim Dean of the College Joyce Bylander sent an email to all students concerning renewed Black Lives Matter protests in Philadelphia. These protests are taking place in response to the killing of Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man from West Philadelphia, by police officers a mere five miles from campus. There was a police presence from the moment students left campus. A vehicle from the Lower Merion Township Police Department followed students down the road towards Ardmore with lights on, but no siren. Students began to chant more enthusiastically as they made their way down the nearly abandoned street. The crowd spanned all four lanes of the road and extended several blocks up and down the avenue. By this point, Founders Green was entirely full. Some attendees estimated that around 800 people had come to the green—an extraordinary turnout, given that fewer than 1,000 students are living on Haverford’s campus this semester. Another 150 attendees or so joined a Zoom call, set up by the protest organizers, that broadcasted the entire event to students living off campus and alumni.I live on Ardmore Ave about 2 blocks from Haverford-
at 12:22 am I was awakened by people chanting “Black Lives Matter”. When I looked out the window, it took a second to register what I was seeing. Lit by the street lights, I saw hundreds of beautiful college students walking with reverence. I open the window and shouted my support. It was an amazing and moving sight. I was glad you weren’t silent and happy that I was awakened to see such passion and energy. My kids are around the same age 17,20 & 21- they feel deeply and long for a world where justice and truth matter. I am encouraged and hopeful and so glad that you marched past our house. Peace!
President Raymond thanked the organizers for inviting her forward, before apologizing for the harm she caused with the email. “I understand you don’t feel heard, you don’t feel safe.” When someone from the crowd yelled out, “What tangible systems are you going to implement to support your black students?” Raymond reiterated the school’s anti-racist platform, including a $40,000 reparations fund housed in the Dean’s Office, curricular adjustments under consideration by the Educational Policy Committee, and an ongoing effort to hire more Black faculty—all efforts that stemmed from demands in the June letter to President Raymond by Black Students Refusing Further Inaction (BSRFI), a coalition of Black students at the Bi-Co.
In the second email, Raymond and Bylander also stated that they “do not and did not seek to deprive [students] of the power or suppress the will to choose how to express what is in the hearts and minds of so many.” Though an exact count is hard to measure, several hundred students from both Haverford and Bryn Mawr, along with a smattering of faculty members and staff, were already gathered on Founders Green to do just that.The email immediately sparked outrage on campus. Many felt it was tone-deaf and hypocritical for the college, which had taken great pains to declare itself an anti-racist institution, to discourage community members from engaging with the protests in Philadelphia.
Other speakers brought attention to the harm caused by Raymond and Bylander’s original statement. Students reflected on the hurt and outrage the email caused and proposed that, instead of pushing students not to protest, the college should support those who choose to with additional COVID tests, masks, and hand sanitizer. In fact, the college’s actions stand in sharp juxtaposition with Swarthmore, who recently sent out an email informing students they were creating quarantine spaces on campus for students who wanted to go protest in Philadelphia.
Around 11:30, speeches were concluded, and the next phase of the protest began: a march. The rally organizers led students down College Lane towards the Duck Pond, repeating slogans like “No justice, no peace!” and “Black Lives Matter!” before stalling outside of the Railroad Apartments at the edge of campus. Students had noisemakers and a cowbell, and called on residents to “turn the lights on.” After a few minutes, they turned and began to march towards the campus entrance onto Lancaster Avenue. A Campus Safety vehicle, parked blocking the exit, quickly pulled out of the way. Many of the speeches addressed Haverford’s white students. Though some speakers extended thanks to those in attendance, most speakers made it clear that merely showing up was not enough—tangible action is also required. Suggested courses of action included donating to community aid organizations such as Bi-Co Mutual Aid, paying Black peers directly, and standing up to racism from friends and family. There were about a dozen people on the Founders Hall steps, framed by BLAST-supplied speakers, who intermittently reminded the crowd to socially distance.
In response to the administration’s email, students of color immediately began to organize. A digital flyer began to make its way through the web of group chats and social media platforms used by different on-campus groups, before being confirmed by a 7:48 pm email sent from the Students’ Council email address. The email, from a group of BIPOC students under the banner Students in Concern, confirmed that there would be a protest on Founders Green for 10 pm that night.Now is not the time to go to Philadelphia. Our fear is that for every righteous protestor in the street, there are other actors afoot; we have seen this across the nation far too often, in cities large and small, in college towns and urban centers. There are individuals who might seek to spin this moment out of control and cause harm and havoc. Joining a protest off campus not only would not bring Walter Wallace back: it could play into the hands of those who might seek to sow division and conflict especially in vulnerable communities.Thanks for the reporting! Whenever we hear vague hints about something happening on campus ‘The Clerk’ is now the first place we turn to. Keep up the good work.
The assailant was Roy Crittendon, a dishwasher fired on December 15, eight days before the murder. The Haverford Alumni Magazine from 1999 reported that he was fired for drunkenness on the job. A New York Times article from the day after the shooting said that he was fired after an incident with Haverford’s head chef.
Towards the end of this meal, the door to the dining room swung open. Inside the doorway was a figure holding a shotgun with a Christmas card attached. Some of the guests laughed at the sight, taking it to be the prank of some students staying on campus over winter break. However, these thoughts were quickly dismissed when the figure moved behind Ginder and pulled the trigger. Ginder died on the spot.Unfortunately for Crittendon, this appeal was rejected. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court did not feel that the prosecution’s remarks’ prejudice would have been enough to change the outcome of the jury’s original guilty vote. Crittendon was put to death at 12:36 am on June 28, 1937.
However, on March 22, 1937, Crittendon appealed his case on the grounds that the prosecuting attorney had invoked racial prejudice to sway the jury’s decision. Crittendon was black and took issue primarily with the closing remarks of the prosecuting attorney, who likened Crittendon to “a beast of prey . . . stalking for its victim.” The prosecutor went on to make an analogy in which Crittendon was referred to as a “rabid dog,” “a rattlesnake,” and “a loathsome creature of some kind.”
After shooting Ginder, Crittendon fled campus, only to later turn himself into the Lower Merion police department. After being arrested, Crittendon reportedly claimed that he had also intended to kill the college chef. Crittendon was tried in court for Ginder’s murder. According to the Haverford Times, his defense attorney pushed for clemency, arguing that “a background of intoxication and intolerable working conditions at the college constituted extenuating circumstances.” Despite this, he was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.
On December 23, 1935, the seventy-year-old Mary Ginder, a housekeeper and dietician at Haverford College, hosted a Christmas dinner for her family and close friends in a private room in Founders Hall.As the latter explanation goes, in the days before the murder, the chef asked Crittendon to make a fruit salad, but Crittendon reportedly did not know how to. After alerting the chef of this fact, Crittendon was summoned before Ginder and fired. In addition to working as a housekeeper and dietitian, Ginder was responsible for supervising general food operations at Haverford. Whether Crittendon was fired for intoxication or an inability to make fruit salad, Ginder had dismissed him.Garcia said Raible was using a double-rope rappel with a sling as an anchor. The sling, which had been used by previous climbers and left on the climbing route, failed as Raible was 12 to 15 feet down the face of the mountain, causing him to fall.
According to the Chief Ranger’s Office, Raible’s climbing partner, Todd Garcia, said he and Raible had completed a climb of Mount Tammany’s Double Overhang and were rappelling back down.
Steve Raible, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Warren County Medical Examiner’s Office shortly after 8:20 p.m., more than an hour after he fell at about 7:15 p.m.DELAWARE WATER GAP — A Haverford College student fell about 120 feet to his death Saturday when his rope anchor failed as he was climbing back down Mount Tammany in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, New Jersey.New Jersey state police reached Raible first, followed shortly after by the Knowlton Volunteer Fire Department and Worthington State Forest Park Ranger Bob Gubotosi. They have come to know this: Struggling kids do not tell their parents but they must. Parents do not ask enough but they must. Everyone must make mental illness a part of family discussions, right along with talk about sex, drugs, alcohol, and hanging with the wrong crowd. Unfortunately, only a few dozen parents turned out for their own session with Andrew and a clinician later that night. Because parents are half of the equation here, something more must be done to reach them with this message.
Their message, it seems, may be working with some teenagers at Haverford High School, thanks to the speakers whom Denette and Jim have helped bring there for mandatory assemblies. A single speaker last year appeared before about 900 juniors and seniors and inspired 50 students to contact school guidance counselors almost immediately.
It has been four years since their son, Trent, a onetime lacrosse team captain at Haverford High School, took his life as a college junior. Denette and Jim had no idea their oldest child had been suicidal, so they sought missed clues. They talked to friends, teachers, and coaches. They looked back through every recollection of his 20 years on earth: Trent as a dimple-cheeked happy kindergartner who adored his little sister, Kylie. As a sometimes-surly middle schooler. As a charismatic leader in high school.“Mental health issues know no boundaries. They’re everywhere,” Jim said as he and Denette spoke for the first time to a journalist about the January 2015 loss that has so profoundly changed their family.
The workshops in this densely populated suburban Philadelphia township have been paid for, at least in part, by proceeds from an annual Trent Stetler “Play Day” begun in 2015 by Trent’s former Haverford High lacrosse coach. The Stetlers became more involved as the event grew. Jim Stetler, 61, a mutual fund company portfolio manager, even joined the board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as its treasurer.
Their efforts, through unimaginable grief, are commendable. The speakers, themselves having struggled as kids, discuss danger signs and fervently tell students that mental illness is nothing to hide. Sessions for parents after work, sadly, are far less well-attended.
About 120 student questions also came in through anonymous text as Onimus, a Drexel Hill native, talked about having been suicidal as an upperclassman football player at Muhlenberg College.The couple talked about Trent near the same dining room window through which they had seen a hawk land on a fence just days after his death. The hawk had peered at them for what seemed like an eternity. Perhaps, they still believe, it was a message from their boy. Mom still sees signs from Trent – a feather on a beach, a cardinal in the sky.