Amazing Chase: Better than the Amazing Race

By Darwin Manning  manningd@grinnell.edu On Friday, November 30, the town of Grinnell will be taking to the streets in a dizzying fashion and displaying the many gems that exist around the Jewel of the Prairie. Teams of two to four people will participate in Grinnell’s second Amazing Chase, the first appearing as an addition to…

Volunteer for cash…with a catch

By Kevin Hong  hongze@grinnell.edu Since 1999, Grinnell College has run a volunteer initiative program for faculty and staff who volunteer for local non-profits. Faculty and staff who volunteer for more than fifteen hours per semester are eligible to apply to have $100 donated to their organization. “It is a way for the College to get…

Where your bacon comes from

By Carolin Scholz scholzca@grinnell.edu Sometimes, when the air stands still just right, it’s easy to think it’s just Iowa. However, that classic Iowa smell might actually be one of the over 50 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), which are factory farms, operating in Poweshiek County. 43 of these are hog confinements, mostly owned by big…

Pointing to endowment, faculty advise restrained action on financial aid

By Peter Sullivan  sullivan3@grinnell.edu Some professors are asking whether projections for endowment returns are too low in models used to show the need for financial aid changes, and interviews with professors indicate the faculty largely believes the College’s financial situation requires at most modest changes that retain the need-blind admissions policy they overwhelmingly support. The…

Tunes Motivate Athletes

By Darwin Manning  manningd@grinnell.edu There has long been a linkage of music with sports and a sentiment that the two distinctly complement each other. For Grinnell’s athletes, this is certainly the case, though they may vary in personal genre preference. Student-athletes across every sport require the rhythm and groove from their music to get them in…

Agricultural Poetry

Mary Swander, a professor of English and a Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University, was named the Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa in 2009. She is currently touring for her play Farmscape, a docudrama capturing the changing rural environment. Were you interested in agriculture when you were young?…

Coralina visits Grinnell

By Darwin Manning  manningd@grinnell.edu This week it was not only election politics that infiltrated Grinnell, but also Cuban music, in the form of the Cuban choir Schola Cantorum Coralina. Last Wednesday night, the group performed several different styles of music, from contemporary to popular Cuban, and other Latin-American influenced pieces. The group was originally recruited…

Spotlight: Nicole Sipfle

Nicole Sipfle, co-captain and midfielder of the Grinnell women’s soccer team, talks soccer, Disco Pogo and medical schools.   What’s your first memory of playing soccer? My first memories are from playing on a co-ed team when I was younger just because I thought the girls didn’t play hard enough. So I played on a…