New ombudsperson seeks to mediate campus disputes

By Kelly Pyzik  pyzikkel@grinnell.edu Today marks the beginning of a new endeavor to provide another avenue for dealing with complaints in the College community, as Chinyere Ukabiala takes on her position as the College’s first ombudsperson. Ukabiala will serve as an educator in communication and conflict management, as well as an impartial counselor whom community…

Students hospitalized after Harris

By Inara Tareque  tarequei@grinnell.edu Three students were hospitalized last Saturday as a result of excessive alcohol consumption. This rough start to the semester has alarmed the administration. Many have been wondering whether there is any particular reason for so many hospitalizations in a single night. “I cannot provide you with the specifics,” said Travis Greene,…

Sexual misconduct conversation continues

By Stephen Gruber-Miller & Eliza-Eve Leas grubermi@grinnell.edu leaseliz@grinnell.edu This week, Interim Title IX Director Angela Voos and SGA President Colleen Osborne ’13 held the first meeting for a student advisory committee to discuss sexual misconduct on Wednesday. The following evening, faculty, staff and students met with consultants Gina Gomez and Leslie Smith, who are advising…

Yumi’s to relo(cake)

By Eric Mistry  mistryer@grinnell.edu Students in pursuit of a supremely sweet sugar rush have fewer blocks to walk these days. Yumi’s Bakery & Deli, purveyor of wonderfully delicious cupcakes and other baked goods, is moving to a new location on 930 West Street after several years spent in their Main Street location. “Our lease was…

Prison program gets fresh start

By Prisca Kim  kimprisc@grinnell.edu With the start of a new semester, so too resumes a program that represents Grinnell’s twin commitments to social justice and the local Iowa community: Liberal Arts in Prison. This multi-site program allows students in Iowa prisons and juvenile homes to receive an education similar to that of a Grinnell College…

Grinnell Corps: a closer way to give

By Aaron Lapkin  lapkinaa@grinnell.edu Grinnellians often pursue service work following college, applying for jobs with organizations ranging from Americorps and Lutheran Volunteer Corps to Teach for America and the Peace Corps. Some don’t realize that there are opportunities much “closer” to home: Grinnell Corps. Grinnell Corps, an organization run by the school that promotes community…

Students set sail with externships

By Danielle Williams  williams11@grinnell.edu Last year, the CDO decided to revive the Externship Program, which offers an opportunity for students to explore tentative career fields by shadowing alumni. “It’s a program for students that are exploring, who maybe don’t have a really good sense of what they want to major in, [or] what they want…

Alt-break returns this spring

By Kevin Hong  hongze@grinnell.edu Every year, the Grinnell College Community Service Office financially supports the Alternative Break program, which provides opportunities for students to experience the world outside Grinnell during their fall and spring breaks. Service, communal living and simplicity are the core values of Alternative Break. The participants are expected to engage in the communities…

Apprentices master new skills

By Lily Jamaludin jamaludi@grinnell.edu While Grinnell College students have always been involved in the town community, it wasn’t until recently that an official mechanism came into existence to help students connect with local organizations. Since its inception in 2010, the school’s Student Apprentices in Nonprofit Management program has facilitated the placement of students in apprentice…

Eco house growing friendships organically

By Meredith Carroll  carrollm@grinnell.edu The smell of freshly made falafel wafts in from the kitchen. Bookshelves line one wall, including one built inside what was once the fireplace. Two couches and a rocking chair cluster around a table littered with newspapers. A guitar and a banjo complete the scene. Most Grinnellians know the house at…