Drake Discusses Role of Board of Trustees

George Drake ’56 served on the Board of Trustees from 1970-1979 and was President of the College from 1979-1991. Drake spoke with the S&B’s Carl Sessions about the Board’s responsibilities, history and notable figures.   How did your relationship to the board change from when you were a member to when you became president? It…

Board of Trustees Convenes

By Joe Wlos wlosjose@grinnell.edu Grinnell’s Board of Trustees is beginning its discussion of the school’s financial policies and the progress of strategic planning this weekend, during the trustees’ first meeting of the year. Over two dozen trustees will gather in JRC 101, hearing presentations from President Raynard Kington and other members of the school community,…

SEG Revamps, Forms, Programs

By Alyce Eaton  eatonaly@grinnell.edu This Sunday, J. Montgomery Roper, Anthropology, clocked in at 3:52:31 at the Chicago Marathon. This was his first marathon and dedicated as a fundraising effort to the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG), a student microfinance group. Roper’s run grossed at least $7,710 for the group, according to Co-Managing Director Noah Most…

Phi Slama Jama Lives the Dream

By Yishi Liang liangyis@grinnell.edu 1010 High Street, aka Phi Slama Jama: Texas’ Tallest Fraternity, is known by most Grinnellians for being home to basement dance parties nearly every weekend. Most students don’t know, however, that Phi Slama Jama is also home to a group of six guys that met over Libertarian literature and bond over…

What the @#&_is happening with Financial Aid?

Originally this piece was going to be about the excellent panel on socioeconomic class that Grinnell students, faculty, and staff participated in on Thursday night. However, by the time the deadline rolled around I found myself with a more burning question on my mind: What the @#&_ is happening with financial aid? Perhaps more what…

A Message from Bai Mei Yu

In the morning, I wake up from my bed. Despite the rain and wind outside, a heater keeps the room comfortably warm. It’s a bit dark, so I turn on the lights. Because I have access to running water, I can brush my teeth and take a shower. I notice that my toothpaste is running…

Prairie Canary spreads wings in Grinnell

By Sarah Shaughnessy shaughne@grinnell.edu An earthenware plate arrives, atop it a grass-fed beef tenderloin seared to a perfect medium rare on a mound of mashed potatoes, sautéed zucchini and garlicky kale with a melting pat of sage butter sliding down the side. On a chilly fall day bookended by hours in a Burling cubicle, it…

True G: Don Smith

Professor Emeritus of History Don Smith began his teaching career in the 1960s at his alma mater, Yale University. Professor Smith  taught at Grinnell from August 1970 until his retirement in 2006. How would you describe your teaching experience at Grinnell College? My teaching at Grinnell College has been very rewarding; I like the educational…