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On free speech and sensitivity

“The moment somebody says ‘yes I believe in free speech BUT,’ I stop listening. You know: ‘I believe in free speech but people should behave themselves.’” “I believe in free speech but we shouldn’t upset anybody.” “I believe in free speech but let us not go too far.” … The point about it is: the…

Put on that polyester gown and walk!

It’s May again, and nothing says May like a good graduation. I’ve always been a sucker for graduations. I love the ritual: the music, the boring speeches, the procession of students walking across the stage to shake the president’s hand, the cheer of friends and relatives, the flight of caps thrown in careless elation and…

Life During Wartime: authorities on democracy

Max Fenton The Latin word “fasces” describes a bound bundle of sticks with an axe blade protruding from the middle. In ancient Rome, it was used as a symbol of imperial authority, illustrating the particular jurisdiction of a Roman magistrate. It has since been passed down as a symbol of collective authority, and remains a…

Letter to the Editor: The College must protect victims

Dear Grinnell College Trustees, When Dissenting Voices first published its Aims & Goals in 2014 in response to Grinnell College’s mishandling of sexual assault, we pushed for strong and clear educational outcomes as a measure of prevention. We observed that Grinnell College rarely, if ever, expels students found responsible for “non-consensual sexual intercourse.” In fact,…

The New Brumaire: International neoliberalism meets its end

By Jenkin Benson ’17 bensonje17@grinnell.edu Did I want the globalized neoliberalism of the European Union to dissolve? Yes. Did I want the globalized neoliberalism of the European Union (EU) to dissolve by a surging spate of reactionary populist nationalism? A resounding no. The Western world’s apprehensive gaze has firmly fixed on the French election cycle…

The R(ead)sling List: Slow Lightning by Eduardo Corral

By Emma Soberano soberano@grinnell.edu This is my last column, and I want to end with something a little different: this week, I’ve selected a poetry collection. I know not everyone is a fan of poetry; parsing its meaning can be daunting, and poetic forms seem, in abstract, rigid and exclusive. Yet I hope that I,…

Life During Wartime: Trump’s Trouble in Alt-Right Paradise?

By Max Fenton fentonma@grinnell.edu On the campaign trail, President Trump made the controversial and racist slogan of “America First” the center of his foreign policy, and it worked. Trump tapped into a feeling of war-weariness and mistrust of dreaded “globalism,” a vision that appealed to alt-right feelings of racist nationalism for decades. The “America First”…

Staff Editorial: Our commitment to journalism

In times of turmoil, The Scarlet & Black staff finds it imperative for media outlets to provide comprehensive and objective expositions on current events. To do so requires publications to decide on whether they prioritize sales over informing their readership. As publications have chosen revenue, they have sensationalized the news to the point of disrespecting…