This year’s student initiatives

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu The Student Initiative Fund (STIFund) provides a way for students to use campus funds to reform or contribute to Grinnell’s campus. Initiatives from the past have come to be staples of the Grinnell community, including campus bikes, the swing set outside Younker and to-go boxes. This semester, Max Hill ’20, Emily Burgess…


Community Advisor position changes payment plan

By Keli Vitaioli vitaioli@grinnell.edu Beginning fall semester 2017, payment for Community Advisors (CAs) will switch from a $1,000 stipend each semester to a grant covering the cost of rooming through the College. Monetarily, this grant comes out to $5,856 per year. The 292.8 percent raise comes with additional job responsibilities and a cap on the…


Ready to Run Iowa in Grinnell

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu On average, it takes seven asks for a woman to think seriously about running for public office. The Ready to Run campaign is trying to change that. Last week, Grinnell hosted the non-partisan program, which stems out of Iowa State University, via telecast. Thinking the program would be of interest to…


Grinnell Artists: Lydia James ’19

Zane Silk silkzane@grinnell.edu When I walked into the Bucksbaum sculpture studio, Lydia James ’19 was sitting cross-legged on a table, her art spread out in a circle around her. As I looked at the bright watercolors and vivid prints, the textured sculptures and embroidered fabrics, I barely glanced at an unassuming pile of black sketchbooks…


Cinematic arts professor talks Latin American cinema

Louise Carhart carhartl17@grinnell.edu Last Wednesday, Feb. 22, Professor Kathleen Newman, an associate professor of cinematic arts at the University of Iowa, gave a talk on cinema and the growing international participation in the creation of culture. Newman’s work examines the globalization of culture, as our world continues to export media across borders and oceans. Her…


Artist Walter Thompson brings soundpainting to campus

Teresa Fleming flemingt17@grinnell.edu Over the past few weeks, Grinnell students from a broad range of disciplines have developed their fluency in Soundpainting, a system of gestures devised by visiting artist Walter Thompson. Thompson drew on his experience as a composer to create a system of signs that would allow him to direct more improvisational pieces….


The Skins, Elysia Crampton and Rabit to grace Gardner this weekend

Halley Freger fregerha17@grinnell.edu Grinnell Concerts is bringing us another music-packed weekend with the last two shows before spring break. On Friday, Brooklyn-based band The Skins will share their eclectic sound. On Saturday, Elysia Crampton and Rabit will switch things up with their experimental, electronic music. Both shows are at 9 p.m. in Gardner Lounge. Last…


Across the world to East Street

By Philip Kiely kielyphi@grinnell.edu Dhruv Bakshi ’17, who hails from Jakarta, Indonesia, came over 9,700 miles to get to Grinnell. Sam Burt ’17 traveled two blocks. Of everyone with publicly listed home addresses on the campus database, Burt came the shortest distance to what Google Maps defines as the center of campus and Bakshi came…


Day in the Life: Aaron Weerasinghe

??:?? a.m. – Have you ever had a dream that you, um, you had, you, your, you could, you’ll do, you, you wants, you could, you, you’ll do could you, you want him, you want him to do you so much you could do anything? 9:45 a.m. – It’s time to face the day: equip…


AAA plans heritage events

By Siyuan Du dusiyuan@grinnell.edu Grinnell’s Asian American Association (AAA) is planning the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month at the end of the semester. AAA Cabinet members Esther Hwang ’19, Jin Chang ’19 and Ruth Wu ’17 are excited to host a series of events on campus to discuss intersectional identities and raise awareness…