Daily Archives: December 1, 2017

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Grinnell Singers learn with Kareem Roustom, the musican himself

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu Kareem Roustom, the composer of one of the pieces the Grinnell Singers will perform this spring, visited the College this week. The piece they’re working on, “Embroidered Verses,” is comprised of four pieces of Andalusian poetry. The Pew Trust wanted a cross-cultural project that blended Western and Eastern music, and Roustom…

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Advocates: a confidential resource here to support

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu Grinnell Advocates is a staff-supervised student organization that serves as support for individuals who have been victims of sexual assault, dating violence or sexual harassment. Additionally, the group raises awareness about sexual assault and dating violence on the College campus. The services of Grinnell Advocates are available to all students, such…

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Teach-in: come learn how you’re “raced”

By Caleb Forbes forbesca@grinnell.edu Activism requires two things, according to Professor Kesho Scott, sociology: first, being able to listen to someone and second, understanding where they are coming from. This will be the framework of Scott’s upcoming teach-in, in which both the student presenters and visitors will discuss race. The teach-in will take place in…

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Students’ unique holiday traditions

From receiving nipple tassels for a white elephant gift exchange, to playing Yahtzee, to arranging and auctioneering flowers, to viewing neighborhood tours of Christmas lights, Grinnellians have many exceptional holiday traditions. Photos by Mai Phuong Vu.

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English SEPC: trivia and the digital future

By Saiham Sharif sharifsa@grinnell.edu Acting as a bridge between faculty and students, the English SEPC helps coordinate events, get students interested in the English major and spread information about the English department. The members of the SEPC include Andrea Baumgartel ’19, Steven Duong ’19, Christian Clark ’18, Megan Tcheng ’19 and LilyRose Weiss ’18. However,…

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Let’s debate: can we separate the art from the artist?

By Zoe Fruchter fruchter@grinnell.edu In the past month, revelations surfaced surrounding comedian Louis C.K.’s pattern of sexual harassment towards women. Following this news, ethically-minded comedy lovers face a difficult question: can they reconcile their love of C.K.’s comedy with his transgressions, or must they swear the comic off forever? Thanks to the testimonies of courageous…

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What it takes to become a Grinnell College trustee

Lily Hamilton hamiltol@grinnell.edu What does it take to become a trustee of Grinnell College? More than money, according to Grinnell College President Raynard Kington and Chair of the Board of Trustees’ Governance Committee Patricia Fitzgibbons Anderson ’80. While trustees are expected to make the College one of their top philanthropic priorities, the board considers a…

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Student Initiative proposing student vote on board of trustees passes; SGA to consider revised bylaws

By Seth Taylor taylorse@grinnell.edu Student activism large and small is common across campus. One way to mobilize support and gather resources is to propose an initiative to the student body through Student Government Association (SGA). The Student Initiative Fund Committee (StiFund) handles the logistics of both the proposal and implementation process for all student initiatives….

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Activism around gun violence opens dialogue: Director, producer of Newtown documentary to speak on campus with Newtown community activists

By Alice Herman hermanal17@grinnell.edu   For the past month, community members in the City of Grinnell and Grinnell College have grappled with the question of gun safety and regulation in the midst of a debate that has become deeply polarized. “26 Days of Action Against Gun Violence,” the resulting month-long series of talks, community meetings…

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Student organization on mental health hosts destigmatization event

By Ben Mikek mikekben@grinnell.edu On Nov. 29, organizers of the student group National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) hosted an event focused on the destigmatization of mental illness. Participants listened to stories of mental illness, statistics on the prevalence of mental health problems and a brief presentation on some appropriate ways to handle mental illness,…