About SCCS

We're the Swarthmore College Computer Society, or SCCS for short: a student-run group offering computing services, tools, toys, and information to the Swarthmore College community. Our goal is not to mirror ITS, but to complement and supplement widely available services by providing resources that would otherwise be out of the reach of individuals. For our part, SCCS staff learn extremely practical system administration and software development skills—the stuff you can't learn in a CS lecture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Services

Who We Are

The SCCS is run entirely by student volunteers. We're not affiliated with Swarthmore ITS nor the Computer Science department (although our staff are sometimes CS majors, for obvious reasons). We accept new members at the beginning of each fall semester.

Current Members

  • Zachary Robinson '24 (Co-President)
  • Yatin Lala '24 (Co-President, Treasurer)
  • Ere Oh '24
  • Kenneth Barkdoll '24
  • Leo Douhovnikoff '25
  • Noor Ali '25
  • Patrick Wheeler '23
  • Sasha Casada '24
  • Thomas Makin '25
  • Yael Borger '24
  • Alex Le '24
  • Cisco Velasco '23
  • Ark Lu '24
  • Abhi Das '26
  • Aishi Debroy '26
  • Alex Le '24
  • Anhad Singh '26
  • Alex Skeldon '25
  • Alyssa Zhang '24
  • DongGyu Kim '25
  • Elliot Kim '23
  • Emily Smith '24
  • George Fang '26
  • Hojune Kim '25
  • Jialun Ben '25
  • Jhovani Gallardo Moreno '25
  • Koyo Asakawa '25
  • Tony Cao '25
  • Katelynn Swaim '25
  • Kenan Yu '26
  • Lisa Messier '26
  • Magnus Miller '25
  • Mehtap Yercel '24
  • Nicholas Fu '25
  • Nikoloz Khmaladze '25
  • Nathan Le '25
  • Omar Khan '25
  • Roman Hinds '25
  • Rachel Sun '24
  • Vladmir Soto-Avina '24
  • William Le '23
  • Xinxin Li '25
  • Michael Lu '26
  • Zachary Gillette '25
  • Caroline Yao '26
  • Alex You '26
  • Ziming Yuan '24

History

SCCS was founded in Fall 1991 by a group of Swarthmore students, who obtained an official charter from the Budget Committee for the Spring 1992 semester. We were founded, in part, to support the activities of students in Dana and Hallowell who had decided to create an Appletalk network by stringing phone cable between rooms. Approximately 32 Macintoshes on 4 floors (3 in Hallowell, 1 in Dana) were on the network, as was one heavy-duty laser printer—two years before the College network came into being. Gobs of time was spent diagnosing the many network outages that occurred on an almost-daily basis (usually due to cables being clamped by window frames). 30 years later, we're no longer stringing phone cable through dorms, but we're still having fun and providing useful stuff for our fellow students.