Letter to the Editor: Kington on Trustee vote

Feburary 23, 2013 To the Editors: I write to extend my thanks to the entire Grinnell community. Over the past 18 months, we have engaged in an open, thorough and thoughtful conversation about our college’s future. This discussion has dealt with complicated issues, focusing on our fundamental priorities and values—educational excellence, equal access for the…

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Staff turnover, changing mission in intercultural engagement department as director leaves

By Lily Jamaludin  jamaludi@grinnell.edu Director of Intercultural Engagement and Leadership Michael Benitez’s upcoming departure adds to recent instability in his department, which has faced several staff changes in recent years and is undergoing a change in mission to a more academic focus under President Raynard Kington. Benitez has concerns about this change away from a…

Swimming wins Conference, breaks records

By David Kim  kimdavid@grinnell.edu It doesn’t matter that he had just broken many school and conference records and made several NCAA A and B cuts. Michael Brus ’14 knew he could not and should not scream and celebrate immediately after it was announced that both the men and women’s swimming and diving teams won this…

Jimmy John’s driver says students assaulted him

By Joe Engleman  engleman@grinnel.edu Conflicting accounts are swirling around after a Jimmy John’s delivery driver told police on Feb. 14 that he was attacked by a group of College students outside the Bear Athletic Center who had objected to the environmental impact of his vehicle. Assistant Director of Residence Life Dan Hirsch said an eyewitness…

Changes aim to prevent sexual misconduct

By Stephen Gruber-Miller grubermi@grinnell.edu The College has begun implementing changes to decrease sexual misconduct on campus following the meeting three weeks ago of a student advisory committee and a visit from Title IX consultants. The changes, which include extra safety measures at Harris parties, directions to student staff on how to report sexual misconduct and…

Visiting speaker examines ending white supremacy

By Kelsey Roebuck roebuckk@grinnell.edu Visiting speaker Adeyemi Balogun conducted a workshop Tuesday on dismantling white supremacy that ranged from capitalism’s links to racial injustice to slave codes to incarceration rates among African-Americans today. Balogun is a member of the Black Autonomy Federation, an anti-authoritarian organization that concentrates on self-determination for the black community of the…

Panel explores peace studies

By Antoinette Cudney cudneyan@grinnell.edu A Peace Studies Program Panel Wednesday at noon discussed the history of the program, the events it has created and sponsored and what the future of Peace Studies might look like. The panel consisted of George Drake ’56, Professor Emeritus of History; Kent McClelland, Sociology; Matthew Johnson, History; Ami Shrestha ’13;…

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Men’s tennis splits squad, gains experience

By Hayes Gardner gardnerh@grinnell.edu The men’s tennis team has shown that their mindset on scheduling matches this season is one of both quantity and quality. The team has played ten matches already this season, including four matches this weekend, two of which were against regionally ranked teams. The team split into two squads—one traveled north…