As I write this letter, my first fall at Bryn Mawr is winding down. I have been amazed not only by the campus’ beauty but also by the fevered pace at which the Bryn Mawr community operates during this time of year. The entire nation was caught up in election fever in the past few months, and in “Dear Mr. President” we asked faculty and alumnae experts to look beyond the campaign with letters of advice on some of the most critical issues President Obama will have to tackle in the next four years. Of course, the students have returned. They worked tirelessly to get out the vote, and shared stories of busy summers that included Summer of Service internships and defying gravity in the name of science. The College kicked into high gear preparing for the arrival of Patti Smith, the recipient of the 2013 Katharine Hepburn Medal. Smith influenced generations of Mawrters, some of whom share their experiences with her music, writing, and art in our cover story, “The Night Belongs to Us.” From politics to Patti Smith, we invite you to share your thoughts, too.
–Priya Ratneshwar, Editor
On the cover: Patti Smith, 2007 ©Edward Mapplethorpe