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…

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“Wit” opening May 5 at the Loft

By Steve Yang yangstev17@grinnell.edu Reverend Wendy Abrahamson will be debuting her first play as a director with her staging of “Wit,” at the Loft Theatre in the Grinnell Area Arts Council. Based on the 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson of the same name, “Wit” will be performed on May 5-6 and 12-13 at…

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Whitney, Alex Cameron and Frankie Cosmos; final concerts this semester

By Halley Freger fregerha17@grinnell.edu Grinnell Concerts is ending the year with two of the most highly anticipated shows.  This Saturday, Alex Cameron and Whitney play Gardner Lounge at 9 p.m. while Frankie Cosmos plays Gardner next Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. Although Chicago-based band Whitney is relatively new, they’ve achieved a shocking amount of…

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Grinnellians’ Summer Plans

Grinnellians have big plans for the summer, and the S&B’s Mayo Sueta asked students in and around the Grill to share what they have in store for the next few months. Photos by Takahiro Omura.  Russia and Lifeguarding Music and Stats Research and Classes Too! Cruising Through Life

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Let’s talk about the 2017 NFL Draft

By Jackson Schulte schultej@grinnell.edu The 2017 NFL draft concluded last weekend and only time will tell which draftees will be busts, surprise hall of famers or never make it past training camp. This year’s draft was full of surprises, the most notable being its deviation from traditional draft classes. The Chicago Bearss are due to…

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Shannon Young breaks school record in steeplechase

By Lily Bohlke bohlkeli@grinnell.edu Last weekend at the Kip Janvrin Invitational, Shannon Young ’17 broke the Grinnell women’s track and field steeplechase record by more than three seconds. She finished in 11:21:80, beating the previous record and coming in third. “The record was held by Diana Seer [’15] and she broke it by 10 seconds…

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Despite Dreary Weather, Relays are a Success

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu The annual Grinnell Relays — a series of jovial competitions that are performed while studens are in various degrees of inebriation — has been a tradition since 1973. While sunny weather would have been preferred, this year’s Relays were a success despite the cold and wet conditions, with 50 teams competing….

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Konstanty Gebert Q&A

Konstanty Gebert is a Polish journalist who was a democratic opposition activist in the Solidarity movement, which led to the fall of the totalitarian regime in Poland in 1989. Gebert, who is at Grinnell this semester to teach a couple of short courses, recently sat down with The S&B’s Alice Herman  ’18 and Marysia Ciupka…

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Background Noyce: Cooper Battle

By Andrea Baumagartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu Although he has just started working at Grinnell this year, Professor Cooper Battle, biochemistry, is already leading a couple of different research projects, both of which star a particular method of chemical imaging: fluorescence. Given that Battle straddles the fields of biology and chemistry, it is apt that one of his…

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Farmers market to open for season

By Lucia Tonachel tonachel@grinnell.edu The 2017 Farmers Market season will begin this Thursday, May 11. The Jewel of the Prairie boasts a unique market: not only does it provide a wide variety of goods, it is completely a producer market. This means that all vendors produce the products they sell and consumers have the unusual…