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Fitness Center town hall begins process of increasing inclusivity

By Lucia Tonachel tonachel@grinnell.edu On Thursday, a group of over fifty students and athletic directors gathered in Loose Lounge. Leaders of Queer Athletes and Allies (QAA) and Student Athletes Leading Social Change (SALSC) collaborated to co-host a Fitness Center Town Hall, with the aim of engaging a diverse group in a discussion about how to…

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Baseball fans talk hometown heroes and Opening Day

Patrick Dowd ’17 “I’m a Red Sox fan. I was one of the many fourth graders swept up by the magical 2004 Boston season … I love baseball because it’s something that is totally ok to love as a kid and it’s something that’s totally ok to love as an adult, so it’s been fun…

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Bresnahan ’19 hurls her javelin into space

By Nora Coghlan coghlann17@grinnell.edu When Cara Bresnahan ’19 stepped onto the field at the Embry-Riddle Spikes Classic in Florida last Friday, she didn’t expect to break the Grinnell record in javelin. And she definitely didn’t expect to shatter her former personal record by 19 feet. “I knew it was a good throw … I couldn’t…

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Politics on the playing field

By Jack Schulte schultej@grinnell.edu At the beginning of the 2016 NFL season, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirred up controversy for sitting during the National Anthem. Critics claimed that sitting out disrespects the flag, and the debate raised the question of whether or not athletes should be able to use their privileged platform to…

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Let’s learn about water polo!

By Philip Kiely kielyphil@grinnell.edu Water polo, a contact sport, is known for bloody Olympic games and being incredibly hard. Because the game is played in the pool, players wear no safety equipment, only swimsuits and colored caps that identify their team. “It’s a pretty physical game, generally,” Tristan Knoth ‘17, a captain of the men’s…

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SALSC connects athletics and activism

By Jon Sundby sundbyjo17@grinnell.edu The College’s department of athletics has always prided itself on producing well-rounded student athletes. Whether a part-time musician, scholar or thespian, the athletes at Grinnell work hard to be a multi-dimensional part of our community. One of the ways they do this is through the organization Student Athletes Leading Social Change…

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Women’s distance medley team breaks school record

By Michael Sundby sundbymi@grinnell.edu At the Wartburg College Indoor Qualifier on Saturday, March 4  in Waverly, Iowa, four members of the Women’s Track & Field team broke the Grinnell College record in the distance medley relay (DMR). Zoe Schmiechen ‘17, Shannon Young ‘17, Anna Ahrens ‘19 and Mikayla Fujiwara ‘20 broke the previous school record…

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Basketball heads into final half of season

By Mira Braneck braneckm@grinnell.edu Men’s Basketball The men’s basketball team started the 2016-2017 season strong, going 4-0 in conference and 6-0 at home. Winter break brought a streak of away games, in which the team won only one of their five games. However, after a big at-home win against Ripon College on Jan. 21, the…

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Motivation when it’s snowing: Grinnellians hit the Bear

By Louise Carhart carhartl17@grinnell.edu As school swung back into session this past Monday, after what could have been a never ending winter break, the gym at the Bear Athletic and Recreation Center saw a tide of returning students looking to reap the benefits of a healthy 2017. While some student-athletes returned early to their competitive…