Members of Swarthmore Women’s Soccer Team and Alumni Call for Termination of Fraternity Leases

We, current and past members of the Swarthmore Women’s Soccer team, call on the College to immediately and permanently revoke the leases given to the fraternities on its campus. Fraternities are inherently exclusive spaces––having party spaces owned by these groups is a privilege, not a right, and it’s a privilege that perpetuates violence and marginalization. We believe in centering the voices and needs of survivors of harm perpetrated in these spaces and throughout campus; continuing to allow fraternity housing to exist on this campus is antithetical to the safety and well-being of our teammates and all Swarthmore students.

We are repeatedly told as student-athletes that we are to represent our athletic community and the College at large every time we step on the field and in all parts of our life. Our values are those of inclusion, community, equality, and respect. Allowing fraternities to maintain their leases, especially in light of the violent, racist, homophobic, misogynistic, elitist actions and language historically and currently documented, directly contradicts that which our team stands for and what we believe our college stands for. We fully support all of our teammates who have experienced violence stemming from fraternities, and we stand in solidarity with our teammates, and all others on this campus, who have spoken out so eloquently and so bravely about their experiences.  

We both acknowledge our complicity in upholding these institutions of violence and dedicate ourselves to creating a safe, inclusive community within athletics as well as the broader Swarthmore community going forward. Many of us have participated in fraternity parties and spaces in which not all students feel welcome. As members of a group on campus that is disproportionately white, middle/upper class, able-bodied, and cisgendered, we have a greater responsibility to use our privilege to demand change. We also want to acknowledge that should any current or former fraternity member choose to speak out in favor of terminating fraternity leases, we will support them in doing so.

We see our failure to speak up as a silent endorsement of the culture and harm that the existence of these fraternity houses has allowed for years. We call on Swarthmore to protect its students from the continual, weekly and daily harm perpetuated by the fraternities. We support the mission of Swarthmore Coalition to End Fraternity Violence and call on the College to terminate the fraternity leases on our campus indefinitely.

 

Sincerely, the following Women’s Soccer players:

Marin McCoy

Eléonore Moser

Sydney Covitz

Seneca Kinn-Gurzo

Yasmeen Namazie

Susie Midla

Emma Tapp

Sophia Stills

Chantal Reyes

Megan Ruoff

Amelia Mounts

Charlotte Pohl

Amy Shmoys

Brittany Weiderhold

Grace Taylor

Kathryn Clare Hafertepe

Maddy Carens

Ally Scheve

Louise Rosler

Amy Harris

Samantha Barnes

Lizzie King

 

Sincerely, the following Women’s Soccer Alumni:

Justine Albers ‘17

Sierra Stark ‘18

Izzy Branco-Lo ‘18

Aine Schanche ‘16

Mele Johnson ‘17

Emily Gale ‘16

Ariana Spiegel ‘13

Caela Long ‘16

Sarah Hancock ‘18

Emma Sindelar ‘15

Beth Martin ‘13

Elyse Tierney ‘15

Ellen Bachmannhuff ‘15

Sommer Denison ‘18

Katherine Dougherty ‘18

Hannah Lichtenstein ‘18

Aly Passanante ‘14

Melissa Trofa ‘16

Julia Murphy ‘15

Rehana Omardeen ‘15

Madeline James ‘18

Caroline Khanna ‘17

Tally Erickson ‘15

Amanda Bosworth ‘16

Cassandra Strawser '13