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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…

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Katie Parrish dives headfirst into the off season

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu Katie Parrish ’18 never pictured that she would be a collegiate diver. Parrish did gymnastics throughout her childhood until high school. After her career as a gymnast ended, she took a few diving lessons because of the similarities between the two sports. “It’s about knowing your body and space. And I…

Veterans Commission Update

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu To the excitement of many local Grinnellians, Mayor Gordon Canfield filled the two previously vacant seats in Veterans Memorial Commission this past Monday, Feb. 20. The two new appointees are Gwen Rieck, who assumes the role as Vice Chair and is a former U.S. Air Force nurse; and Marie Andrew, who…

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Des Moines Water Works threatened by House Bill 316

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu House Bill 316, proposed to the Iowa state legislature on Feb. 14, would abolish Des Moines Water Works (DMWW), an independent authority that provides clean water to about 500,000 people in Des Moines and its suburbs, and replace it with regional water authorities controlled by local municipalities. Proponents of the bill…

Voter ID bill proposed

By Candace Mettle mettleca@grinnell.edu Iowa Republicans, led by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, have introduced “The Election Integrity Act” (officially called House Study Bill 93) to combat voter fraud. However, many have expressed concerns about the intent of the law, including election auditors, civil rights lawyers and Iowans. According to the Des Moines Register,…