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					                                            Welcome Back to Haverford
   Vo l . 6 N o . 2                         A Newsletter by Haverford Parents for                                  Haverford Families
   September 2007

In This Issue:

                                            I hope every one of you has had a restful
From The President                           by Steve Emerson, President of Haverford College
The Honor Code
At Haverford
                                            summer, and that like your sons and daughters,
Summer Research
On Campus                                   you are recharged and excited for the year ahead.
                                            To parents of our freshman class, I want to
A Capstone Project:                         welcome you to the Haverford family and
The Senior Thesis
                                            congratulate you on your child’s success in
                                            secondary school. As a parent of a high school-
                                            aged daughter and a son who just last May
Editor:                                     graduated from college (Williams… alas!), I well
Pamela Brownstein, P ’10                    know the journey that your family has taken.
Contributing Editors:                       And I’m delighted to report that in my experi-
Richard Curtis, Past Parent ’04             ence – for I, too, am a Haverfordian, class of ’74 –
Michele Dickey, P ’10
Joan G. Levenson, P ’09                     the journey that brought your son or daughter to
Newsletter Production Coordinator
                                            our campus is about to take a dramatic and
Communications Office Manager:              wondrous turn.
Janine Beaman                                   Returning to campus after more than three
Senior Executive Administrator:             decades has inspired some of the same anticipa-
Violet Brown
                                            tion as did my own freshman arrival. Soon the              Of course there are new buildings and new faces
The Parents’ Fund:
Lisa Piraino, ’04
                                            campus will be full up with ‘Fords, some of us         since my days as a student, but Haverford remains a
                                            just starting out, others of us seasoned, all of us    place where caring people ask vital questions, take
SAVE THE DATES:                             eager to see what this newest leg of the journey       discussion seriously, and dedicate themselves to
PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION                   has in store.                                          making a positive impact on the world. Thanks to a
                                                Before answering the call to return to             heritage of strong academics, commitment to service,
FRIENDS AND FAMILY WEEKEND –                Haverford, I was using what I’d learned here as a      and Quaker values, Haverford represents the best that
                                            student to try to make a positive difference in        higher education can offer, and I look forward to the
                                            the world. Actively engaged in my work as a            challenge of serving this community. And perhaps
TASTE OF HOME                               hematologist and stem cell biologist at the            most of all, I look forward to meeting and working
Are you worried that your son or daughter
will miss a favorite meal? Why not help     University of Pennsylvania, I would not have           with all of you as we venture on a voyage of personal
Haverford’s Dining Services offer a Taste   pursued a leadership position like this at any
of Home? Please send your student’s
                                                                                                   and intellectual growth, and experience the joy of
favorite recipes to:                        other institution except Haverford because of          discovery.
             John Francone                  the distinctive experience offered by the College’s
             Dining Services Director
             370 Lancaster Avenue           size and undergraduate liberal arts focus. I am        All the best for a wonderful year,
             Haverford, PA 19041            honored to have been selected to lead an institu-
                                            tion of which I have many fond memories and
WRITERS WANTED:                             for which I hold many high aspirations.
Founders Green newsletter needs
contributors. If you are interested
                                                                                                   Steve Emerson ’74
in writing for this publication,
contact Violet Brown:
       T     H E         H      O N O R                 C     O D E             AT        H      AV E R F O R D                                  C      O L L E G E

    Cracking the Code
    By Richard Curtis, Past Parent ’04

        y holding us accountable for our words and actions, the Honor Code
    acts as an educational tool, instructing us to resolve conflicts by engaging
    others in dialogues that yield greater awareness for all parties involved. By
    encouraging respectful conduct, we hope to create an atmosphere conducive
    to learning and growing.
        OK, what’s wrong with the above statement?
        The answer is, it’s lifted word for word, without attribution or quotation
                                                                                         Professor of Biology, Jenni Punt, addresses the class of 2011 at the Honor Code Presentation
    marks, from the Preamble of the Haverford College Honor Code. If I passed            during Customs Week 2007.
    that passage off as my own for a class assignment and another student
    recognized its source, he or she would be duty-bound to confront me and              scrutiny and process of dialogue. The Honor Code, Article III of the Students’
    possibly report me to the Honor Council. Indeed, I would be duty-bound               Association Constitution, is a highly detailed document proclaiming a
    to turn myself in! If the dialogue with my accuser did not satisfactorily            philosophy of accountability, mutual respect, and trust. Every matriculating
    resolve questions about my conduct, the Council could convene a jury to              freshman must pledge to uphold it and during “Customs Week” (orientation)
    hold me accountable for my actions. Should the jury determine that I                 is required to review it thoroughly with his or her Honor Code orienteer. Its
    violated the Code, I would be subject to sanctions ranging from an apology           elegant preamble and introduction state that, “The Code makes it possible for
    to offended parties, to a failing grade or even, as the Code puts it, to             a climate of trust, concern, and respect to exist among us, a climate conducive
    “separation from the College.”                                                       to personal and community growth. Growth arises from honest exploration

‘I carry the Code inside
                                                     Plagiarism is only one issue        and analysis. Only by treating ourselves with dignity and self-respect can we

me. ... It’s helped me figure
                                                 covered by the Code. Some others        experience genuine honesty with ourselves and others.”
                                                 include cheating on exams and               The document spells out the procedure whereby students privately

out ways to do business
                                                 class assignments, vandalism, drug      challenge those they suspect or observe to be committing a Code violation: “

without sacrificing my dignity. and gender insensitivity, offensive
                                                 and alcohol policy violations, racial   ‘Confrontation,’ in the Haverford sense, can be defined as initiating a dialogue
                                                                                         with another community member, with the goal of reaching some common
And my Haverford friends
                                                 language, and even pranks that          understanding by means of respectful communication.” If that understanding

and I share a special bond.
                                                 go awry. In fact, there is not a        is not reached, the matter may have to go before the Honor Council. Initially,

I can always rely on them
                                                 single aspect of social or academic     the typical process is to convene a Student Facilitation Panel, with the help of
                                                 behavior not governed by the            the Honor Council, which almost invariably resolves the issue. In cases of

to do the right thing.’
                                                 Honor Code.                             violence, vandalism and the like, the matter usually is heard by a Joint Panel
                                                     That’s because the Code is not      co-chaired by a member of the Honor Council and a dean and is made up of
                                                 about rules and regulations. Nor is     members of the Council and the Dean’s Office.
    it about spying or tattling on fellow students. It’s about character. Although           Although the parties may end up pursuing a jury procedure (students are
    the Code offers a framework for identifying and disciplining violators, its          extremely reluctant to call it a trial), the Council bends over backward to seek
    real purpose is to instill truthfulness and integrity in relation to oneself, to     less formal solutions whenever possible, using the technique of consensus. In
    other students, to the academic community, and to the larger community               any event, because reputations are at stake and the stigma of a negative verdict
    beyond the campus.                                                                   can last forever, the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality are observed.
        That Haverford created this unique system of conduct should come as                  It is worth a few minutes of a parent’s time to read some abstracts of
    no surprise to anyone familiar with the Quaker origins of the college.               procedures held by the Council during the past decade or so. They span such
    Instituted about 65 years after the founding of the school, the original Code        issues as golf-cart joyriding and growing marijuana in a closet to stealing,
    was at first limited to academic activities. Today, the autonomy over exams          cheating and engaging in sexual harassment. The responsible and discreet
    enjoyed by Haverford students is almost impossible for an outsider to grasp.         way that the students address these matters would bring pride to the wisest
    Students are free to schedule exams at their convenience and take them               of lawgivers. In fact, so pervasive is the Code that a number of the Council’s
    unsupervised just about anywhere they choose, including their dorm rooms.            decisions focused on violations by the Council itself, for failing to keep proper
    Though textbooks, personal notes, and calculators may be but an arm’s                records or improperly releasing confidential information. For the text of the
    length away, they might as well be sealed in a vault, and test time limits           Honor Code click on http://students.haverford.edu/code/code.html. For
    are as rigidly self-observed as if a proctor with a stopwatch were sitting in        abstracts click on http://students.haverford.edu/code/abstracts.html.
    the room. Even rote memorization of information is considered a form of                  Honor may sound like an old-fashioned virtue but it is vibrantly alive in
    dishonesty. Students are discouraged from discussing exams; as one put it,           the hearts of Haverford students and alumni. Moreover, many Haverford
    “The answer to the question, ‘How was the calculus final?’ is, ‘It’s over.’ ”        graduates assert that the pledge they made as freshmen has guided them
        In time, especially after the ferment of the Vietnam War years and the           through adulthood, like an inoculation that lasts a lifetime. “I carry the Code
    prevalence of drug use on campus in the early 1970s, the Code evolved                inside me,” a 25-year-old alumnus told me. “It’s helped me figure out ways to
    beyond academic conduct and was applied to social interactions of every              do business without sacrificing my dignity. And my Haverford friends and I
    kind, making the core value of honor a way of life. Though some other                share a special bond. I can always rely on them to do the right thing.”
    colleges have adopted honor codes, Haverford’s is known for its deep self-
By Pamela Brownstein, P’10
                                    Summer @ Haverford
Most descriptions and photographs of student life at Haverford depict                        graduate who earned his Ph.D. in physics from Cornell in 2006.
activities that take place between late August and mid-May. But the campus                        One of the students, physics major Michael Jablin ’08, studied the flow of a
is bustling during the other months as well. Roughly 100 students choose to                  fluid as it converges rapidly toward a sink or hole. Jablin “is investigating the
stay on campus for the summer to con-                                                                                                  spontaneous onset of swirling motion (as
duct research with professors.                                                                                                         in a bathtub vortex), using modern par-
    Most of the students are congregat-                                                                                                ticle tracking methods that have not
ed at the Koshland Integrated Natural                                                                                                  been previously applied to this type of
Science Center and the John B.                                                                                                         flow. He may also be able to gain
Hurford Humanities Center. The                                                                                                         new insights into the development of
majority, 76 this past summer, work                                                                                                    turbulent flows in this situation,”
at the KINSC.                                                                                                                          says Gollub.
    “It gives them a taste of the kind of                                                                                                  The other two students, physics and
work they would be doing if they were                                                                                                  astronomy major Peter O'Malley ’08
professors, and that can range from                                                                                                    and physics major Monica Kishore ’09,
helping edit the manuscripts for books                                                                                                 studied the motion of small particles in
the professors are publishing to help-                                                                                                 a fluid flow. “In the limit of very small
ing professors brainstorm about a new                                                                                                  size, particles follow the local fluid
course they might be working on,”                                                                                                      velocity, and this fact is widely used to
says James Weissinger, post-baccalau-       Matthew Mansh ’08 spent this past summer conducting neurobiological research in the KINSC. study fluid motion. However, when the

                                                ‘It gives them a taste of the kind of
reate fellow at the Humanities Center                                                                                                  particles are larger, their inertia may

                                              work they would be doing if they were
and coordinator of its student summer                                                                                                  cause their motion to deviate from that
research program.                                                                                                                      of the fluid, causing errors in using

                                                professors, and that can range from
    Some on-campus summer                                                                                                              particle motion to monitor that of the
researchers are hired through the                                                                                                      fluid. We are studying this effect using

                                              helping edit the manuscripts for books
Provost’s Office and some directly                                                                                                     flows that are driven magnetically, by
through their departments. The                                                                                                         tracking particles of various sizes using a

                                              the professors are publishing to helping
programs are funded through the                                                                                                        fast digital camera,” Gollub explains.

                                                professors brainstorm about a new
Provost’s Office, endowments, the                                                                                                          A Humanities Center researcher,
National Science Foundation, and the                                                                                                   Victoria Salinger ’07, helped develop a

                                                 course they might be working on.’
Howard Hughes Medical Institute,                                                                                                       bibliography of criticism of the writing
among other sources. The students                                                                                                      of German philosopher/ musicologist
are paid about $10.25 an hour for a                                                                                                    Theodor Adorno. The bibliography will
40-hour week and work for about                –– James Weissinger, post-baccalaureate fellow at the Humanities Center                 be used in a seminar to be taught about
10 weeks.                                                                                                                              Adorno. Salinger majored in art history.
    “We try to give priority to rising juniors and seniors. Rather than making               Her adviser was Marianne Tettlebaum, a former Haverford professor who taught
it a special prize, we work to create opportunities for as many students as pos-             music and German.
sible, so we aren’t cherry-picking the students who get the highest grades. We                    At the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, political science major Sean
don’t say the students have to complete a certain range of courses or have a cer-            Stambaugh ’09 worked on a new edition of the book, Political Leaders of Africa,
tain GPA,” says Suzanne Amador Kane, KINSC’s director and chair of the                       written by Harvey Glickman, professor emeritus of political science. Stambaugh
Physics and Astronomy Department.                                                            helped Glickman write the introduction on the state of African leadership today.
    This past summer, Kane and Anna Klales ’09, a physics and mathematics                         At the end of the summer, many students give a presentation of their
major, studied the population biology of bacteria in hot springs. “These                     research, sometimes at conferences a distance away, sometimes locally.
systems are good test cases for modeling evolution in a well-defined physical                     “It’s important for them to do research, the outcome of which is unknown.
environment because different strains of bacteria with well-defined tempera-                 It’s not like the answers are recorded somewhere. They are investigating nature
ture preferences live along the thermal gradients. Our project uses computer                 at some frontier. They also are part of a team, come up with solutions, give a
models to explain the observed range of diversity in temperature preferences,                presentation, and learn how to communicate their findings to other people,”
combining methods drawn from traditional population biology, computer                        says Kane.
models of evolution, and biophysical models of the organisms' interactions                        She adds, “In many cases, students have original ideas, and sometimes
with their physical environments,” says Kane.                                                students suggest projects that faculty would not have come up with on
    Professor of Physics Jerry Gollub worked on two projects this past summer                their own.”
with students and postdoctoral associate Nicholas Ouellette, a Swarthmore
                                           A Capstone Project
By Joan G. Levenson, P’09

       averford seniors generally undertake some sort of                                                                       week, working the rest of the week independently. She
challenging academic project that evaluates their per-                                                                         adds that her professors were always willing to make time
formance in their major field. The experience, depend-                                                                         for her outside of their regularly scheduled meetings.
ing on the major, may involve an intensive study                                                                                   Cuttler’s research culminated in a presentation given
course culminating in a comprehensive exam, a course                                                                           to faculty members as well as to friends and family.
or courses designed specifically for seniors, a thesis or                                                                      Moreover, as a result of her research, Cuttler and Mark
advanced project, or some combination of the above.                                                                            Skandera, a visiting assistant professor in the Department
    As is clear from the topics typically selected,                                                                            of Mathematics, attended the International Conference on
Haverford students are eager to display their zeal for                                                                         Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics this
knowledge. What follows are a few random examples                                                                              past July at Nankai University in Tianjin, China, where
of recent senior projects.                                                                                                     they presented a poster related to Cuttler’s thesis research.
    Religion major Ryan Pirtle-McVeigh ’07 wrote his A popular reading room in Magill Library                                 She is working toward her Ph.D. in math at the
thesis on the theme of Amish forgiveness after the fatal                                                                      University of California at San Diego.
shootings of five school girls in Nickel Mines, Pa., last year and the ensuing media           Alexandra Shookhoff ‚06, an anthropology major who is of Chinese and Caucasian
frenzy. He chose the topic because he was fascinated by the response of the Amish          descent, studied how ethnic organizations at Haverford, known as Affinity Groups,
whose family members were murdered and was interested generally in the topic of for-       maintain their cohesion. While the existence of these groups assumes a certain commonali-
giveness. Pirtle-McVeigh’s project was partially an ethnographic undertaking; he inter-    ty among members, she notes that the students came from diverse backgrounds and
viewed two Amish women, a few former members of the Amish community, Amish                 experiences. Shookhoff’s project looked at how groups negotiate their differences to create
scholars, and reporters from Lancaster, Pa., and elsewhere.                                 a common identity.
    Pirtle-McVeigh also did a great deal of research online and in news archives, reading      Shookhoff chose to write on this subject as a way, in part, of examining her cultural/
extensively about Amish society. He focused on the themes of forgiveness, theodicy, and racial identity. “Curiosity about myself ... drew me into the topic, but I shaped it in such a
Christian duty from philosophical, theological, and sociological perspectives. Pirtle-     way as to lessen the narcissism and to create a valid anthropological investigation.”
McVeigh characterizes his thesis as “challenging and pretty ambitious, especially as an    Undertaking the project was daunting for Shookhoff because writing did not come easily
ethnography.” He also notes that the Religion Department maintains a strict schedule       to her, she anticipated her “professors expected greatness,” and she had never written a
for its majors, which includes several mandatory meetings for students to initially        paper that exceeded 20 pages. Throughout her senior year, Shookhoff worked tirelessly on
present their topics and a midpoint session for students to provide excerpts. Toward the her paper. Her thesis ended up being 100 pages long, and, she recalls, she has “never been
end of the year, after their papers are handed in, the students recap the process during a prouder of anything else I’ve ever written.” She is now working as a paralegal in the Frauds
meeting attended by the entire department. Pirtle-McVeigh now is working as a corps        Bureau of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
member in the Philadelphia public schools with the community service organization              The senior academic experience serves to safeguard the high academic standards of the
City Year.                                                                                 College and allows students to assess their knowledge in their chosen field of study and
    Allison Cuttler ’06, a math major, chose to work on a research question in a field     measure how far they have progressed during their years at Haverford. Indeed, as the
called combinatorics, which studies families of sets to see what combinations are possi-   Haverford catalogue states, “There is need, in the senior year especially, to challenge the
ble. Cuttler found working on her research project a refreshing change of pace. “After     student’s powers of analysis and synthesis, and to foster the creative use of the knowledge
three years of studying the traditional ‘core’ mathematics curriculum and trying to        and skills that have been acquired in previous studies.” If the examples of the projects cited
absorb huge quantities of material in short periods of time, I got to spend a year         here are any indication, there is little doubt that Haverford’s senior academic experience,
delving into one topic of my choice.” She had two advisers with whom she met once a        whatever form it takes, does all that and more.

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