Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
The rumor that there is an ice cream endowment to provide ice cream at every meal has been debunked. Dining Services Director Linda McDougall states that there is “no truth at all” to it. She also notes that this rumor returns every year. The rumor usually includes the detail that a disgruntled and wealthy alum established the endowment to ensure Swarthmore students could always have ice cream.