Alumni donations increase 27 percent

By Stephen Gruber-Miller Alumni donations to the College rose 27 percent from last year. The donations total $6,568,585, including a $1,412,191 increase over the last fiscal year. Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Beth Halloran said the increase is largely due to efforts by the department to encourage directed giving. With directed giving, the…

David Cortright discusses American, Iranian peace

David Cortright came to Grinnell College this week to share his knowledge and experience with non-violent political conflict resolution. Cortright is the Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and Chair of the Board of the Fourth Freedom Forum. He has also written many…

Visiting professor analyzes conflict

By Silvia Foster-Frau This semester, Grinnell welcomed Gina Cerasani, Ph.D. candidate at the School for Conflict Analysis (S-CAR) at George Mason University for four weeks to teach at Grinnell. Her work at Grinnell includes a Peace Studies short course entitled “Conflict Analysis” and an all-day simulation this past Saturday on March 2. The simulation centered…

AltBreak trip lends a helping hand at home

By Silvia Foster-Frau, fosterfr@grinnell.edu While poverty is often discussed as a global issue, it is also important to remember the effects it can have closer to home. This spring break, Veronica Vergara ’15 and Tracy Pa ’15 aim to address this later phenomenon by leading an Alternative Break (or “AltBreak”)  project that will stay in…

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Grinnell floristry blooming

By Avery Rowlison, rowlison@grinnell.edu Grinnell students may be familiar with Flowers on Fourth, the downtown business located at 813 4th Ave. What they might not know, however, is just how far beyond the city limits the store’s reputation extends. Owner and Iowa Master Florist Jody Fairchild-VanDeKrol has won many awards for her arrangements, including the…

Grinnell Ink

Second year Cristal Coleman’s tattoo of a black swan was two years in the making.  In 2010 she saw the movie Black Swan, in which a prima ballerina is caught up in the restrictive and high-stakes world of ballet.  Seeing parallels to some restrictions in her own life, she wanted to get a tattoo of…

Grinnell Ink

Emily Evans ’13 got her only tattoo in the spring of 2010 at Slingin’ Ink Tattoos on 5th Ave.  Evans’s topless mermaid measures about six inches long. “She’s bigger than I intended actually,” Evans said. Getting the tattoo was about a two hour process, and the first hour wasn’t so bad when they were tracing…

Klinkenborg tells writers to be unafraid

By Fabiola Barral, barralfa@grinnell.edu This week’s Writers@Grinnell teamed up with the Center for Prairie studies to feature someone hailing from pretty close to home. Veryln Klinkenborg is a native Iowan who made a name for himself as a professor at colleges such as Fordham University, St. Olaf College, Bennington College and Harvard University. Since 1997,…

Neverland continues storytelling magic

By Christopher Squier, squierch@grinnell.edu The Neverland Players, a Grinnell College theater troupe known for their lively shows and youthful energy, once again masterfully transformed a number of children’s stories into fun-filled and hilarious skits for their performances last week in the Wall Theatre. Originally, young authors at Davis Elementary School write creative and affecting stories…

Robert Polidori compares Union soldiers to Nazis

By Christopher Squier, squierch@grinnell.edu Robert Polidori, the photographer whose work currently hangs throughout the Faulconer Gallery, gave perhaps the most eccentric speech of the Gallery’s recent history last Tuesday. Although his photographs in Faulconer, among which he stood during his speech, examine the aftermath of disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, his…