A Hunter’s Holiday

Fall is “the” holiday season. Everybody knows that trick-or-treating takes place at the end of October, or that Christmas is on December 25, or that Thanksgiving-themed gluttony can only happen when red, yellow and green leaves carpet the walkways. When I studied abroad in London last year, I had the chance to see how England…

Evans spoke about humanity Thursday.
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John Evans on what it means to be human

Everyone reading this article is (probably) a human. But what exactly does that mean? On Thursday, sociologist John Evans gave a talk on campus on what it means to be human. This week, the S&B’s Cassidy Hilburn talked with Evans about his research. The S&B: How would you describe your presentation? What is your visit…

Rothman spoke last Monday. Photo by Xiaoxuan Yang.

Natalie Rothman: historic diplomacy and a same-sex love affair

Natalie Rothman, associate professor of history at the University of Toronto, visited Grinnell last Monday night to share the story of a torrid love affair in early modern Istanbul. Rothman’s presentation analyzed a same-sex relationship between a dragoman, or Ottoman translator-diplomat, and Venetian barber in the sixteenth century Venetian embassy. By means of this microhistory,…

The new contract is likely the first of its kind to be negotiated between a union of student workers and a private college. Photo contributed.

Union of students approves contract with College

By Steve Yang The Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers (UGSDW) has voted to support a tentative agreement that would raise the hourly base wage from $8.50 to $9.25 for all student employees of the Marketplace Dining Hall and provide an additional 75 cents per hour based on hours of experience. The agreement will…

Astin poses with Louise Carhart '17 and Spencer Pajk '17. Photo contributed.

Actor Sean Astin campaigns for Clinton

By Louise Carhart Grinnell and Hobbiton converged this Thursday, Sept. 29 when Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee in “The Lord of the Rings” movie franchise, visited Grinnell in support of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Speaking in the Grinnell Area Arts Council Stewart Gallery, the former Middle Earth resident implored students to realize the…


Art SEPC hosts first pop-up show “Home Improvement”

By Reed Essex Although Grinnell boasts a number of attractive spaces to display art on campus, most of these spaces are only open to submissions from a select few. But thanks to this semester’s Art SEPC, the Grinnell art scene will start to expand its scope of inclusivity. This Saturday, Oct. 1, artwork from…


Poet D. Allen visits campus

Poet D. Allen is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Minnesota. Brought to campus by the Stonewall Resource Center, the queer poet will give a reading of their work tonight in Mears Cottage. The S&B’s Mira Braneck sat down with them to discuss labels, process and inspiration. The S&B: You’re giving a talk…

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Lynda Barry and Dan Chaon to host writer’s workshop

Mira Braneck Dan Chaon and Lynda Barry will lead a creativity workshop, hosted by Writers@Grinnell with partnership from Artists@Grinnell and the Public Events Committee, this afternoon from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in JRC 101. The duo’s famed workshops will offer Grinnellians the opportunity to explore their creative selves in new ways. Barry, a…


You’re Not Alone with ADHD: Dear EM

Dear EM,        It’s my third year at Grinnell, but I sometimes I feel like nobody knows what it’s like to have my diagnosis. I was diagnosed with adult onset ADHD, and it’s a struggle: getting work done, doing friend things, extracurriculars, on top of “self-care” and trying to manage my symptoms. Where…


A Balanced Bureaucracy

I am a Liberal Republican, not an oxymoron, as one would think, but instead a pragmatic individual who feels such a mindset is the best for the American democratic system. This essay is the first of a two-part series: “The Role of Government in our Lives.” In this particular portion, we shall cover the role…