Daily Archives: November 7, 2014


Second annual Bacon Expo at ISU

Iowa State University (ISU), located in Ames, will be hosting its second annual Bacon Expo on Saturday, Nov. 8. Participants can learn about bacon production in Iowa, sample a variety of bacon goods and enjoy live performances, including a singing competition called Bacon Voice. The expo originated when ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences…


Iowa goes red in midterm elections

Poweshiek County voted Republicans into office for eight out of the 13 partisan positions on the ballot in the midterm elections this Tuesday, Nov. 4. With 26 percent registered Democrats, 20 percent registered Republicans, 31 percent registered “no party” and 0.002 percent registered “other,” the county largely followed the Republican trend that characterized elections across…


Grinnell uses robots to disinfect

The future is now. At least, that’s the case at Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC), located one mile away from campus. Earlier this year, GRMC became the first hospital with fewer than 50 beds nationwide and the first of any size in Iowa to install disinfecting robots, designed to clean rooms more effectively than humans….


New class schedule approved for fall

Beginning next fall, Grinnellians can expect a change in their course meeting times. Faculty, with the input of students and staff, voted to change the class timetable to have afternoon classes begin at 1 p.m. and end by 3:50 p.m. as well as to allocate four ‘community hours,’ when no classes will meet. The current…

Gender reassignment now covered by insurance

A Campus Memo sent out on Tuesday, Oct. 28 announced that Grinnell has conditionally included coverage for gender reassignment surgery in the Grinnell College Student Accident and Sickness Insurance plan for the 2014-2015 school year. After a controversial period last year after the passage of the Affordable Care Act when it was not known whether…


College plans to expand and redesign

The first of three campus development plans approved by the Board of Trustees last May has been put into motion. Arrangements to renovate and expand ARH and Carnegie into an improved Humanities and Social Studies Complex were germinated earlier this semester. Since August, the Building Projects Committee has met biweekly to organize a course of…


GPCF raises $87,000

This year, the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation received $87,000 from donors throughout the county as part of its annual Big GIVE Week. The money was contributed to 29 different funds administered by the foundation. This year’s Big GIVE Week was held from October 13 to 17, and it encouraged donors from throughout Poweshiek County to…


Cook-Martín challenges notions of race in democracy

Professor David Cook-Martín, Sociology, is celebrating the release of his second book “Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas,” which is being published by Harvard University Press. On Monday, Nov. 3 in Burling Lounge, Cook-Martín hosted a celebration and a reading of his new book with an introduction given…


Jonathon Kozol to examine education

Jonathan Kozol, a bestselling author with a strong history of writing about the field of education, will deliver a talk today at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel. Kozol will explain the challenges of providing equal opportunity within public schools to children regardless of racial identity or economic means. He will also expand on why this…


Students perform “4.48 Psychosis” onstage

Tonight will mark the opening of the student-run play “4.48 Psychosis.” The avant-garde work explores depression through a series of powerful images, intense moments and thought-provoking dialogues, and was written by British playwright Sarah Kane. Anna Banker ’15 has worked closely on the play with her ensemble cast of five women, Emma Sinai-Yunker, Cristal Coleman,…