Campus food, celebrations remain ticklish topics

With the first ever Grinnell Tickle City Award given in the last column, student excitement over the award seems to be building, while campus food continues to be one of the most ticklish Grinnell topics. S&B sports columnist Kramer McLuckie wrote to the Grinnell Tickle City Award Committee to comment on the ticklishness of the Local Foods night in the dining hall on Sept. 29. “Hats off to Dick Williams and all the farmers; I think they’re tickle city,” he wrote in an e-mail, before singling out the coffee-rubbed cheeseburgers as the most ticklish item of the night.

Other students agree with McLuckie, and in the days following Local Foods night many have been spotted buying large coffees from the Spencer Grill and rubbing the hot liquid all over items like the Turkey Burger, Chicken Parmesan sandwich and Hummus Quesadilla with Jalapenos in an attempt to recreate the taste. Often, it has not gone well and several students have suffered mild burns. Others have googled the definition of a coffee rub and quickly abandoned their efforts.

To build on the success of local foods night, the dining hall has decided to associate with local dairy Anderson Erickson and will also be unveiling the blue light special “Possum Pie,” possibly made from local possums.

Local foods in the dining hall, you are tickle city!

Also, fall ’09, quickly coming to be known as “The Fall of Grinnell Celebrations” continues, fueled by the early success of the Grinnell in Grinnell 150 Years Celebration and last week’s announcement of the upcoming Lyle’s Pub in Grinnell 2 Years Celebration. On Oct. 1, Grinnell College’s Rosenfield Program celebrated 30 years with a series of forums and lectures and on Oct. 9, Gender and Women’s Studies celebrated 20 years with a spoken word performance by Jessica Care Moore, an accomplished poet and vocal artist.

To jump on the bandwagon, it is rumored that in the next few weeks, all campus organizations, programs, majors, courses and individual students and staff members will be determining how long they have been in existence and then will hold several events to celebrate that particular period of time. Students are getting especially excited for the upcoming Moose Club, Dagorhir, ECN-282: Macroeconomic Analysis and Mark Rosenberg ’11 celebrations.

Fall of Grinnell Celebrations, you are tickle city!

Moving on, my current downtown, post-graduation life continues to make me miss out on a lot of campus happenings. This week, I am very curious if last week’s outspoken critic of the S&B accepted the editorial staff’s offer of coming in to the office to help out. It looked like a very reasonable response from the staff or perhaps a sneaky attempt to get him alone in the office so they could overpower him and write all over his face with a red pen for his offensive comments. Anyone with answers or another tickle city idea should not hesitate to notify [walshand].

Finally, there have also been reports of a ticklish new website recently that can be found at ticklecityaward.com. While these rumors have not yet been confirmed, the site is at best the second-most ticklish of them all, after thesandb.com.

Stay ticklish, Grinnell!