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True Grinnellian: Angie Story

By Mira Berkson berksonm@grinnell.edu “I don’t like to talk about myself,” began Angie Story. Luckily, though talking about herself may not come easy, elaborating on her passion for Grinnell and her work in the Assistive Tech lab seems to spark Story’s passion, as her decades of experiences with the town and college come with a…

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The S&B reviews: Atmosphere Vapes

By Jack Marchesi marchesi@grinnell.edu Atmosphere Vapors is a breath of fresh air for the residents of Grinnell. Nestled between Pagliai’s Pizza and an unmarked apartment building on 5th Avenue lies the hazy and laidback storefront. After realizing a potential market for vaporizers existed in Grinnell, Travis Puls opened shop in late August of 2016. Following…

House Study Bill 133 proposed, would reduce Iowa gun restrictions

By Philip Kiley kileyphi@grinnell.edu House Study Bill 133, which, if passed would enact new regulations concerning the possession of deadly weapons and the use of deadly force, passed out of subcommittee on February 20. The bill introduces provisions that give the state more control over where firearms are allowed and contains a “stand your ground”…

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University of Iowa to be carbon free by 2025

By Riley Murphy murphyri@grinnell.edu On Monday, Feb. 20, University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld announced plans for the University of Iowa to increase renewable energy sources and be coal-free by 2025. The University’s renewable energy program has been has been working toward a coal-free campus since 2003. “It’s the right choice for our students and…

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True Grinnellian: Roger Bortell

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu Everyone in the Grinnell community knows Roger Bortell. “I can drive around, go block by block, and point out all the people I know,” he says, with an unabashed smile. The 52-year-old is a lifelong resident of Grinnell, a cancer survivor, and the man who saved and revitalized Food Recovery Network:…

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Holly Roepke joins staff

By Michael Cummings cummings@grinnell.edu While most offices in the Bear are occupied by coaches of various sports, a recent hire diversifies the type of jobs you can find in the athletic facility. Seeking to better address the needs of student athletes and the College in general, the College recently hired Holly Roepke as the new…

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Track and Field Feature: Outdoor Preseason

By Steve Yang yangstev@grinnell.edu Grinnell track and field athletes are gearing up for the start of the outdoor season, which begins at the end of March. Coming off an indoor season that exhibited competitive experience and fantastic performances from many of its members, the Pioneers are looking forward to exceeding expectations, bringing home some medals…

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Grinnell Hall of Fame: Revealed

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu Grinnell’s Athletic Hall of Fame is something that most students probably don’t know much about. Housing 88 athletes from various sports and class years, it brings together the past with the present.   There is a Hall of Fall Committee which decides the athletes that will be inducted. It consists of…

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Men’s Tennis almost aces first weekend, is optimistic going forward

By Steve Yang yangstev@grinnell.edu After three tough losses in Janesville, Wisc. over the past weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament, the men’s tennis team is reorganizing, resting and getting ready for another tough match against Gustavus Adolphus College on Saturday, Feb. 25. Although they suffered close and disheartening defeats in their first two matches…