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Cakarmis ’17 goes to COP22

Earlier this month, the international community gathered in Marrakesh, Morocco, for COP22 — a climate change conference following up on the agreement reached one year ago at COP21 in Paris. Grinnell’s own Tea Cakarmis ’17, who previously worked with the UN agency on Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) was invited by UNESCO and the nation…


Kington vocalizes support for undocumented students

By Emma Friedlander President Raynard Kington signed two statements in late November affirming the College’s continued support for undocumented students.  The first statement is an open letter to President-elect Trump, published in “Inside Higher Ed” on Nov. 18. It asks Trump to condemn the hate speech that is performed in his name and has…


GWSS students request tenured professor

By Michael Cummings Students hoping to major in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality studies (GWSS) at Grinnell have dealt with a number of complications over the past couple of years, as the College is currently facing a shortage of tenure-track positions in the GWSS department. To address this deficiency, GWSS SEPC (Student Educational Policy Committee)…


Firsthand stories from Standing Rock

By Andrea Baumgartel This past Monday evening, JRC 101 set the backdrop for a panel of speakers from Standing Rock, representing the still-growing resistance against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) South Central North Dakota. The high probability of pipeline breakage would result in contamination of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation’s water…

Five student initiatives pass

By Megan Tcheng According to an email released by Grinnell College’s Student Government Association (SGA) on Tuesday, Nov. 8, five out of the six student initiatives proposed for the Fall 2016 semester have been officially passed. Student initiatives offer a platform for students to voice their opinions and propose potential improvements to campus life….


Heldman on Anti-Rape Movements

Caroline Heldman, a professor at Occidental College, has spent years fighting against the injustices of sexual assault on college campuses. This week, Heldman came to campus to give a talk entitled “The New Campus Anti-Rape Movement”. Prior to their talk, The S&B met with Heldman to discuss their expertise. The S&B: In recent years, there’s…

Alexander ’97 talks race and pop culture

Lisa Doris Alexander ’17, associate professor of African American Studies at Wayne State University, returned to Grinnell this week to deliver a convocation lecture on what pop culture says about society, with a particular focus on race relations. Before speaking on Thursday, Alexander met with The S&B’s Philip Kiely to talk about her return ….


Grinnell’s first Social Class Awareness Week

By Lily Bohlke This week marks Grinnell’s first Social Class Awareness Week. Questbridge liaison Tim Burnette ’19 collaborated with the Questbridge team and Intercultural Affairs to plan a slew of events, including talks by professors, a student panel and a film screening. The week began on Monday, Nov. 14 with a first generation student…

Rosenfield responds to Republican resurgence

By Lily Bohlke The Rosenfield Program is committed to public affairs, international relations and human rights, all of which are topics to discuss in the context of last week’s election results. Among events that the Rosenfield Program has planned in reaction to the Election, Professor Sarah Purcell, Director of the Rosenfield Program, moderated a…


Grinnell students protest prominent Iowa Trump supporter

By Steve Yang   On Friday, Nov. 11, Grinnell College Student Action (GCSA) led a group of over 60 Grinnell students to Des Moines to protest at the office of Cultivation Corridor, where Bruce Rastetter, the sitting president of the Board of Regents that overlooks Iowa’s public universities, also has a seat on the…