A physical explanation of the curvature of balls

Pretty much every article about the curvature of thrown baseballs begins by saying that for decades, people debated whether curveballs really curved or just appeared to do so. Folksy sage Dizzy Dean provides the summary of early twentieth-century practical wisdom on the topic. “Stand behind a tree 60 feet away,” Ol’ Diz reputedly said, “and…

Swim team hosts Community Meal

The Grinnell College Men’s and Women’s Swim Team sponsored this week’s Community Meal at Davis Elementary School, where both teams showed up to cook and serve dinner and eat with the community. Community Meal is a free dinner offered to the community every Tuesday and sponsored by various clubs and groups from Grinnell College or…

Coen brothers go commercial

The Coen brothers have never made anything like “True Grit,” the second screen adaptation of the western novel by Charles Portis. The Coens have spent three decades building an arsenal of tactics for deconstructing genre conventions and disconcerting the most jaded of filmgoers. Particularly with their past view films, “No Country for Old Men,” “Burn…

Students to volunteer at Arts Academy for summer

This summer, the Grinnell Area Arts Council is giving five Grinnell College students will the opportunity to share their arts expertise with community members. As part of the Grinnell Arts Academy 2011, the students will teach classes in the Arts Center located in the old Stewart Library. They will cover a variety of subjects, from…

Gardner Health-y for once

This past weekend, indie band Health played their first show at Grinnell College in Gardner Lounge, with an opening performance from the up-and-coming group Small Black. All from Brooklyn, the four members of Small Black describe their music as “casio dream noise pop” and are influenced by a number of artists ranging from David Bowie…

Violinest draws on varied influences

The Simon Shaheen Quartet played a beautiful and varied concert last Tuesday, April 12, in Sebring-Lewis Hall. The group fused jazz and traditional Arabic music to create songs that were at once soothing and haunting. The quartet consists of Simon Shaheen, who played oud and violin, saxophonist and flautist William Drewes, bassist Walid Zairi and…

Bagel workshop brings fun and snacks

Soft, doughy and ever-present at Out Takes, bagels are a great go-to food—even more so when they’re freshly baked. But while lathering on cream cheese and devouring every last morsel, it’s easy to forget where bagels come from and the time and effort that goes into making them. Debbie Swartz, mastermind behind Busy Bee Bagels,…

Tour guides connect to prospective students

With the new wave of admitted students in Grinnell, our tour guides are yet again busy showing Grinnell to new, curious eyes. Presenting Grinnell in the best possible light can prove to be a complex task, and tour guides must have enough experience and wit to deal even with the trickiest questions. Any student who…

The Krikorian dialogue

Grinnellians know how controversial the subject of immigration is, and some have very passionate opinions about it. Mark Krikorian, Executive Director for the Center for Immigration Studies, may not have known just how passionate a response to expect when he spoke on campus Tuesday afternoon. By far the most controversial parts of Krikorian’s lecture were…