Author mixes writing, activism

Dorothy Allison visited campus yesterday Thursday, Feb. 24 to lead a roundtable and read a short story as part of the Writers@Grinnell program. In addition to poetry, Allison has published novels, memoirs and short stories. “Cavedweller,” one of her novels, is the basis for the film “The Kids Are Alright.” Much of her work centers…

Cult classic proves how good a bad movie can be

In his review of last year’s adaptation of “Robin Hood,” Matt Zoller Seitz makes a distinction between actively bad and passively bad movies. Passively bad movies are sluggish, muddled, confused about their own purposes and exhaustingly unfun to watch. Actively bad movies, on the other hand, are a precious commodity. Seitz describes them as being…

Q&A: Dr. Daniolos on treating autism

Peter T. Daniolos, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, child and adolescent psychiatrist, and member of the Autism Center of Excellence, visited Grinnell on Wednesday to deliver a lecture entitled “Psychosocial Interventions for Autism Spectrum Youth.” He discussed the various changes the diagnostic spectrum for autism…

SGA offers student-driven social prize

Amid the constant barrage of emails that seem to be flooding Grinnellians’ inboxes, there was a recent one with the subject line, “Student Service Challenge.” This campus-wide email sent by SGA Student Services Coordinator and S&B Columnist Que Newbill ’11 refers to a new initiative on the part of SGA Student Services to attract creative…

CDO unites interns, ships

The Career Development Office (CDO) is prepared to handle all degrees of stressed out students, from those whose résumés are blank sheets of paper to those who cannot decide which internship is for them. As the application season ramps up, it may be useful to know just how much Grinnell College and the CDO can…

Local production of “Godot” humorous, insightful

Tom Lacina’s production of “Waiting for Godot” begins with a brief anecdote concerning the play’s role in creating artistic programs for prison inmates. When a troupe of actors first put on the infamous “play about nothing” for an audience of San Quentin convicts in 1957, a positive reception was the last thing anyone expected—in fact,…

Lesley Wright reflects on College-community relations

Lesley Wright, Director of the Faulconer Gallery since 1999, has not just helped to bring a new course to the Art Department. Through her standing in many organizations throughout Grinnell, she has also fostered much of the relationship between the community and the College. “From the very beginning, my charge from the College was that…

Notes From a Hopeless Romantic

In the short 18 years of my life, I have experienced many emotions: from rudimentary nervous responses such as happiness, sadness and anger to the more philosophical, intellectual ones such as ambivalence, apprehension and elation. Of all these emotions, however, none has been as powerful or strong as love. Not just any love, but love…

Standardized relationships are passé

Dear Grinnellian singles, takens and in-a-complicated-relationships, Valentine’s is over. The campus was making every effort to make Valentine’s just a little bit pinker and fluffier—and for you to have a chance to experience some pinkness and fluffiness. You could be buzzing around, giving gifts, tabling for Haiti, getting chained with someone special, buying heart shaped…

A conversation on reclaiming power

What follows is a dialogue—not in the sense that we actually said all of this, but in the sense, as they say, that the answer is in the parallax. Marcus Eagan ’12: I read something once about the history of radio—It was a story about an Afrodescent veteran who fought in World War I, on…