True Grinnellian: Russ Motta

By Anya Vanecek vanecek@grinnell.edu Just like that cool upperclassman in high school, Russ Motta, Campus Security celebrity, “harasses,” so he says, his underclassmen as though inducting us into the in-crowd. His smile reaches all the way to his warm brown eyes and is never broader than when he joins a group of students in the…

Expand your horizons at IVCC

By Prisca Kim  kimprisc@grinnell.edu The Iowa Valley Community College District is offering a variety of recreational and leisure classes through the Iowa Valley Continuing Education program. These non-credit courses are open to everyone and include classes such as Bartending Basics, Beginning Sewing, How to Make Kombucha Tea and Weight Management. The fall session for these…

Spotlight: Michelle Briggs

Michelle Briggs ’13 is a fourth-year volleyball and basketball player from Salinas, CA and leads the volleyball Pioneers in blocks this season with 0.91 a set. When did you start playing volleyball? I started playing volleyball my freshman year of high school, actually—that was the first time I’d ever played. I didn’t even know the…

Soccer Keeps Ball Rolling

By Jordy Manker  mankerjo@grinnell.edu It was a great weekend for Pioneer soccer as the men’s and women’s teams won three out of four games. Both teams were looking to get back on track after opening the season with several tough losses. After suffering a non-conference loss to University of Dubuque, which has a 14-3 record, on…

Need-blind likely to be spared as College plots financial future

By Solomon Miller  millerso@grinnell.edu Despite rumors and misunderstandings, Grinnell is unlikely to change its need-blind admissions policy for domestic students as it addresses a projected budget shortfall. “We’re not here to get rid of need-blind,” President Raynard Kington told students, professors and administrators in a town hall meeting Thursday night. Kington, Vice President for Finance…

Imperial Reign in Gardner

Empires and Emperors Club, two bands with similar names but very different indie rock styles, will rock Gardner at 9 p.m. this Friday. Emperors Club is pictured above. Empires, formed in Chicago in 2007, consists of Tom Conrad, Sean Van Vleet and Max Steger. They have two EPs and two full-length albums, the second of…

TEEN grows up; no longer Little Doods

By Darwin Manning  manningd@grinnell.edu Gracing Gardner’s domains will be some youth and exuberance, as TEEN gets set to perform on Tuesday, October 2nd. This four-person female band, based out of New York City, will make their maiden voyage to the jewel of the prairie. The band features Teeny Lieberson, whose name inspired the band’s name,…

Joshua Bennett, beyond words

By Danielle Williams williams11@grinnell.edu Since his last visit, many Grinnellians have become familiar with the name Joshua Bennett. Bennett is a rising name in spoken-word poetry. Born in Yonkers, New York, Joshua Bennett, now 24, is barely older than his audience here at Grinnell. Bennett is currently pursuing a PhD in English from Princeton University….

The Royal Tanenhaus Returns

Sam Tanenhaus is the editor of the New York Times Book Review. He graduated from Grinnell in 1977. Tanenhaus has returned to the College to teach a short course this semester called The Writer and the World. He spoke Thursday as part of the Writers@Grinnell program. What are you speaking about on Thursday? In “New…

Grendel in Grinnell

By Geo Gomez gomezgeo@grinnell.edu In the summer of 2012, six honorable Grinnellians took up the arduous task of translating Beowulf, the classic Old English epic poem, into modern English for their Mentor Advanced Projects (MAP). The fellowship consisted of six brave souls: Logan Shearer ’13.5, Eva Dawson ’14, Emily Johnson ’14, Jeanette Miller ’14, Aniela…