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CRSSJ prayer spaces

By Zane Silk silkzane@grinnell.edu Since news broke on Feb. 16 that the new site for the Center for Religion, Spirituality and Social Justice (CRSSJ) would feature much less space for Muslim and Hindu students, there has been strong public pushback from the affected students and the College community. Behind the scenes, members of the administration…

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Technology and Human Rights Symposium features Opal Tometi

By Michael Cummings cummings@grinnell.edu While the benefits of recent technological advances are frequently touted in the media and in society, such tech also has its drawbacks. This week, the Rosenfield Program dug deep into both sides of this coin with a symposium on technology and human rights. A diverse array of speakers came to campus…

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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 in computing ads vandalized

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu Elizabeth Zak ’18 is one of the co-leaders of the Women-in-Computing club (WIC). When she wanted to advertise a meeting, Zak did what one would normally do: she wrote “Women-in-Computing, Tuesday, 7 p.m., CS Commons” on a white board on the third floor of Noyce. The next day, the “Wo” in…

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Background Noyce: Professor Damian Kelty-Stephen

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu In “Background Noyce,” a staff writer investigates research, projects or otherwise interesting happenings in Noyce Science Center. This week, the S&B’s Andrea Baumgartel ’19 sat down with Professor Damian Kelty-Stephen, Psychology, to discuss motor coordination, nested systems and what humans have in common with honey bees. The one word that best…

United formed to connect activism groups

By Mineta Suzuki suzukimi17@grinnell.edu Words like “action” and “solidarity” are on the tip of the tongue of most Grinnell students. But a new student activist group, United, offers a fresh perspective on the ever-growing demand for social justice. “What makes us stand out is that we focus more on bridge building. We are trying to…

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Day in the Life: Nandita Banik

7:05 A.M. – Why did I think waking up early to study statistics would be a good idea? I should have done this last night. 7:30 A.M. – There are so many admitted students all over campus. They have no idea what they’re getting into. 9:32 A.M. – The statistics quiz wasn’t that bad. The…

Bruce Blonigen on Gender and Trade Policy

By Siyuan Du dusiyuan@grinnell.edu Bruce Blonigen, Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science at the University of Oregon, gave a talk entitled “Gender and Trade Policy” on Tuesday, Feb. 28. He discussed trade policies and the impact of gender on different views of trade policies, both among the general population and among legislators in the…