campus culture

<p>Now, HC isn't perfect but what's cool is that students live in a campus culture where they are encouraged to handle things themselves. Clearly, having students "work it out themselves" may sometimes be tedious and lead to imperfect results, but the process is a unique learning opportunity to compliment rigorous academics. </p>

<p>example: quaker bouncers
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<p>example: honor code
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<p>The respect accorded by the administration to students and the sense of student empowerment is remarkable. </p>

<p>example: Steve E. open office hours for students with rocking chairs
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<p>Forget that HC has 4 nobel Prize winners and graduated the 1st Director of the Institutes of Medicine, the 1st Director of the Framingham Heart Study, the surgeon who developed intravenous nutrition, … the congressman who coined the term “partial birth abortion”… the Head of UNESCO who got Jesse Helms on board with the UN… the historical captain of Great Britain’s “Chariot’s of Fire” Olympic teams and who also helped found the League of Nations, … artist Maxfield Parrish, … author Nicholson Baker (Monica Lewinsky gifted his books on voyeurism and phone sex to Clinton),… the chairman of Goldman Sachs in the 1980s, … current/recent (last 10 years) chairs of MIT, Johns Hopkins and Swarthmore chemistry, directors of Johns Hopkins and UCSF biomedical research programs, Stanford Business School and Northwestern’s elite journalism school, chief editors for the LA Times and Times Inc (the NY Times), Presidents of Cornell, Earlham, U Washington, Emory, the Archaeological Institute of America, … ect… general managers for 2 major league baseball teams, ect… and Michael Jackson’s defense lawyer.</p>

<p>There’re probably a few other LACs with a similar alumni list. </p>

<p>What sets HC apart isn’t the top notch academics and opportunities that can produce such accomplishment (resources are “Bi-co”, so I guess you can note that Harvard’s current president is a BMC grad) but rather the campus culture unique to the school. </p>

<p>As an example, last week, 188 varsity athletes got up by 630AM on a Saturday to volunteer at Villanova for Special Olympics. </p>

<p>8th</a> Dimension</p>

<p>It’s this combination of rigorous academics and sense of purpose that makes HC the remarkable place it is. :)</p>

<p>Presidents of Penn, Swat and BMC on HC, Tri-co and Bi-co.</p>

<p>Haverford</a> College: Presidential Inauguration</p>

<p>Correction: It’s this combination of rigorous academics, sense of purpose and fun that makes HC the remarkable place it is. :)</p>

<p>Students Dish it "Iron Chef" Style</p>

<p>Haverford</a> College News Room</p>

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Howard B. Prossnitz, HC 1973, Stanford Law School 1976</p>

<p>Delivered to The Chicago Literary Club February 22, 1999
Copyright 1999 Howard B. Prossnitz </p>

<p>The first time that I heard of it was in the spring of 1968. It was a gray, cold March day in Evanston. I was inside a windowless classroom at the High School studying American History. My teacher was Harry Wood. We were cramming for the upcoming AP exam and had just finished reviewing three quarters of history in 40 minutes. I was not feeling that sanguine about the exam, especially since Steve Ellmann was sitting next to me. His father was Richard Ellmann, the renowned Joyce scholar, who was a professor at Northwestern at the time. Steve was as keen a student as his father, he was a year ahead of me and would graduate as valedictorian. I could not help but notice that he had filled about twenty pages of notebook paper with his detailed precise study notes whereas I was contemplating my own sloppy handwriting which had produced two and one-half pages of a sketchy outline.</p>

<p>With only a few minutes left in the period, our teacher said, "You know it does not have to be like this. When I was in college, we took our exams outside on green lawns near a duck pond. Or if we wanted to, we took the exams back to our dorm rooms and worked on them there. You see there was an Honor Code which meant that we had no proctors. We scheduled our exams for ourselves whenever we wanted to during a two week period. Our classes had eight students and we often met at the professor's house."</p>

<p>As one of 1,250 juniors at Evanston High School, I wondered where this mythical place was. None of my other teachers ever talked about their colleges. Harry Wood seemed to be very old, at least forty, so obviously this had been a special place for him. I did not have to wait long to find out the name of this Shangri La. At the end of his reminiscence, we learned that the name of the school was Haverford and that it was a small Quaker college near Philadelphia. Over the remainder of the academic year, Mr. Wood continued to pepper his classes with fond stories of his alma mater. </p>

<p>The following summer, when my father and I made our tour of Eastern schools, I went to visit the place and I was not disappointed. It was as promised, an oasis in the middle of the already tranquil Main Line with expansive green lawns, old towering trees, a duck pond, a cricket field and a club house where tea was served during recesses in the cricket games. A small cadre of Evanston graduates had gone there before such as Jack Rakove, son of Milton Rakove, a political science professor in Chicago known for his books on Mayor Daley. Jack himself is now a professor -- he teaches history at Stanford. I felt that I had been let in on a great secret and now many years later, I still feel the same way.</p>

<p>Tonight, I will talk about the history of the College as well as two Fords that I particularly admire, Isaac Sharpless, one of the College's early presidents, and Charles Robinson, class of 1928, whom I had the honor to know personally. I will also try to answer the question of what is it about Haverford that creates such loyalty among its alumni? Why is it that I return four times a year for meetings of the Alumni Association Executive Committee? Why do many of my classmates feel the same way? For instance at our most recent reunion (number 25), we had our traditional class meeting. One-third of my graduating class of was present. We were seated in a seminar room in a large circle. As has become our custom, we went around the table with each person providing a brief narrative about what had transpired in his life during the last five years. One of my classmates expressed a thought that we all shared. He said, " when I come back here and walk into this room with all of you present, I feel like I am at home again. There is no other place that I feel this way. I know that I can speak freely and from the heart here. There is none of the pretense and posturing that I encounter in my everyday world." What is it that provokes such sentiments? Is it merely nostalgia or something more?</p>


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<p>So, I finally looked at these videos... I guess I should view things before I post them here. Fortunately, these videos are mostly accurate. Just some points though...</p>

<p>1) If they wanted to be 100% true, they would put more clips of students studying... studying in dorm rooms, on park benches, by the duck pond, in the basement of the library, under a tree, writing papers, writing papers... to be true, they should just have a 2 minute montage of students studying and with no narrative of any kind other than the occasional sound of typing and pen on paper. </p>

<p>2) What was said about the honor code is true. While it works the vast majority of times, for me, I learned the most from the honor code the rare times when the community didn't live up to its standards as formally expressed in the code. The most formative experiences I have from college are when my trust in HC's community was tested but ultimately verified each and every time. If the code were perfect, it wouldn't be a good learning tool for students.</p>

<p>3) HC is very small which is both a pro and a very significant con. However, it is only as small as you make it to be. If you are active with meeting the diversity of students on campus, take the time to know the staff, make an effort to have BMC friends, go into Philly from time to time, the experience isn't small at all.</p>

<p>4) The visual arts at HC are very good but the performing arts (theater) are just OK (by contrast, the sciences and some other departments are truly outstanding and many other departments are excellent but made outstanding with BMC). They will become very good when the new black box theater is constructed this summer and BMC's Goodheart theater is renovated to a modern space next year but it won't be excellent until HC gets its own modern theater facilities. This is planned but will not occur for at least another 5 years or so. The arts are much much better than when I was there but, then, I'd only consider them "adequate". With initiatives like "dialogues on art", James house, the humanities center bringing in more visiting artists/workshops, greater funding for student led arts initiatives, we're heading in the right direction...</p>