Baseball’s MWC losses match their seed, one

The Grinnell Baseball team clinched the number one seed in the MWC Championship this weekend at Beloit College. After their May 7 loss to Monmouth, which ended a 21-game winning streak against conference opponents dating back to last season, the Pioneers bounced back by sweeping Illinois College the next day. Pitcher Will Pahos ’14 led…

Kunal touts his superiority to ESPN, talks NBA

It’s finally the end of the school year, and consequently, the end of my column writing for three months. I know, I know, I’m just as sad as you are. After all, how are you guys supposed to keep up with all the major goings-on in the sports world without Kramer and I? ESPN? FanNation?…

Sortor leaving Grinnell to be Dean at St. Olaf College

Marci Sortor has been a part of the Grinnell campus community for nearly 22 years. Since coming to the College she served as a highly esteemed Professor and an accomplished Vice President of Institutional Planning. But beginning July 1, 2011, she will join the administration of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. “Grinnell is just…

End of contract prompts Dining Services to look at alternatives

As catering company Sysco’s contract expires, Dining Services is shopping around for different providers. While a possible change of suppliers might affect logistics in Dining Services, there will most likely be no profound change on the options, quality or price of the dining services programs as they seek to maintain the status quo. “We have…

SGA, CRSSJ restore full service job

Grinnell College will hire a full-time Community Service Coordinator to take the burden off the current one, Howie Stein. This is not the first time the college will have a full-time community service coordinator, but five years ago, it was rolled into the RLC position. Eventually, the duties were taken over by the Center for…

Journalist finds humanity in media, politics

This past week, Richard Benedetto, a professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs and ex-White House reporter for USA Today, lectured in JRC 101 and visited English and Political Science classrooms on campus. His lectures, “What it’s like to cover the White House” and “Political Coverage: Who Are the Media Talking To, Voters or…

Social Justice Prize boon to world, GC

Yesterday, the College announced the recipients of the Young Innovator Social Justice Prize. These three individuals truly approach social justice on an international level: James Kofi Annan works to educate children who have survived forced labor and slavery, Eric Glustrom and Boris Bulayev provide the youth of Uganda with entrepreneurial leadership to help Ugandans incite…

Chen bids adieu to great friends, France

It was another sunny day in Paris. As usual, I walked by the “crêpe”  stand near my apartment and saw the man who makes crêpes there every day.    “How are you?” he waved at me enthusiastically. “Good,” I smiled, “but I cannot believe that I am leaving in two weeks.” “That’s so sad, but…

Unknowable answers, mysterious choices

As a semester started, I set out to organize a few whirling thoughts by means of this column. I wanted to ask the question: “What is this place? What are we doing here, at Grinnell, in our twenties?” I want to say: even then I had a creeping suspicion that I wouldn’t discover the answer. Paint this…

Professor-students cross the great divide

It’s happened to almost all of us. You walk in on the first day of class and the only seat left is next to the professor. Wait, why aren’t you up front? And don’t you teach Economics? Didn’t I sign up for The Digital Age? I thought this class would be easy. Do you have…