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Geothermal wells to provide energy to new HSSC

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu Grinnell students returned from spring break to find the perimeter of Mac Field surrounded by a fence and covered in mechanical equipment. To many students, this new construction site was a surprise. To compensate for the loss of Mac Field for intramural sports, such as Ultimate Frisbee, Facilities Management has been…

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Khurram Hussain discusses Muslim identity

By Saiham Sharif sharifsa@grinnell.edu Khurram Hussein, a professor of religious studies at Lehigh University, came to Grinnell on April 11 to deliver a lecture entitled called “Can the Muslim Speak?” He proposed that discussion of Muslim identity should not be restricted, moving from one end of the simplistic ‘good/bad’ dichotomy to the other. Hussein discussed…

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100 year old “Peace Rock” exhumed near construction site

  By Nora Coghlan & Jon Sundby coghlann17@grinnell.edu & sundbyjo17@grinnell.edu When local historian Byron Hueftle-Worley came across an article detailing an explosion on Grinnell’s campus, it naturally sparked his interest. “Dynamite seems to be the agent used by the attacking party, judging from the sound of the explosion which awakened the inhabitants of North Grinnell…

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Professors contextualize conflict in Syria

By Lily Bohlke & Eva Lilienfeld bohlkeli@grinnell.edu & lilienfe17@grinnell.edu Though Syrian communities pre-date the modern world, Syria’s national identity is only about 72 years old. Since 2011, the country has been involved in a civil war with Sunni rebel groups, ISIS, Al Qaeda affiliates and Kurdish forces up against the Alawite authoritarian Assad regime. All sides…

Tim Dobe wins grant to study Gandhi’s engagement with the Muslim community

By Saiham Sharif  sharifsa@grinnell.edu Professor Timothy Dobe, religious studies, won the prestigious Burkhardt Fellowship for his research on Mahatma Gandhi’s engagement with the Muslim community. The fellowship will provide Dobe with 95,000 dollars, as well as funds for research and associated costs. Through the fellowship, Dobe will spend the 2018-2019 academic year at Duke University’s…

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“Professors Without Borders” speak about evolution of identity from international backgrounds

By Zane Silk  silkzane@grinnell.edu Three professors gathered in JRC 101 on Thursday, March 6 to speak about their experiences coming to the United States and navigating their multiple identities here. The event, “Professors Without Borders: Identity and Sense of Belonging,” featured Professors Gemma Sala, political science, Marc Chamberland, mathematics, and Yee Mon Thu, biology. The…

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Mando Montaño Memorial Lecture brings Pulitzer-winning journalists

By Jon Sundby  sundbyjo17@grinnell.edu When Armando ‘Mando’ Montaño ‘12 first met Dale Maharidge, the two hit it off immediately. Maharidge was coming through to congratulate Montaño’s parents on their recent marriage, but instead of sitting around and talking with the adults, Maharidge and Montaño spent the day “goofing off.” By all accounts, however, this wasn’t…

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Sasha Kuzura ’17 and Ale Rodriguez Wheelock ’17 announced Watson Fellows

By Megan Tcheng  tchengme@grinnell.edu Two members of this year’s graduating class, Oleksandr “Sasha” Kuzura ’17 and Alejandra “Ale” Rodriguez Wheelock ’17, have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. As part of their award, Watson Fellows receive a 30,000 dollar to travel abroad and pursue an independently designed academic project. During…