Harris screens two-dimensional Avatar

James Cameron’s Avatar disappoints us in all the ways we expect monolithic blockbusters to disappoint us—shallow characters, hackneyed dialogue, implausibly grandiose action stunts, etc. Its story takes place in the near future on a moon called Pandora, on which a band of creatures called the Na’vi live. The U.S. invades their land in order to…

JCC plays home to Soviet Children

Although not typically regarded as a gallery space, the John Crystal Center last Wednesday unveiled a collection of sixteen lithographs produced by various members of the Soviet Artists Union during the early and mid 1970s. Located in the lower level of the JCC, the colorful exhibition entitled “Young Pioneers: Lithographs from Johnson-Horrigan Collection” presents vivid,…

Faulconer Opens Up

While people usually flock to Bob’s Underground for open mic performances, last Wednesday was different. Faulconer Gallery hosted its second open mic night of the semester, featuring performances from faculty, students, community members and even alumni. The event began with Rebecca Stuhr, Collection Development and Preservation Librarian, who reminded everyone of Poem in Your Pocket…

Hopi clowns disseminate justice

Grinnell College has campus security, New York City has the NYPD, but the Hopi people of Northeast Arizona have a law-enforcement system that you would never dare to mess with—clowns. On Tuesday afternoon, around 30 college faculty, staff, students and community members gathered to hear Professor Louis A. Hieb ’61 give a talk entitled “The…

2010-2011 SGA Cabinet positions finalized

With the spring semester coming to a close, next year’s SGA cabinet has been finalized. Approved at this week’s Joint Board for the 2010-2011 academic year, Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA) and next year’s SGA President, Ben Offenberg ’11 is excited to work with all new members of the cabinet, including Concerts Chair, Student…

SGA rejects proposed senatorship resolution

In a rare rejection of a proposed SGA resolution, SGA Joint Board voted 14-5 last week not to pass a resolution that would have given off-campus students a fourth SGA senator. SGA’s Reform Committee proposed, “The Resolution Concerning the Addition of a fourth Senator to OCCO/OCNCO.” They were charged by a joint board resolution last…

FTP proposes new sustainability coordinator

Free the Planet (FTP), a campus group that promotes environmental awareness, is calling for the creation of an Office of Sustainability, with a Sustainability Coordinator who would oversee environmental efforts at Grinnell. “We want someone who can both teach classes [about environmentalism] and oversee a lot of the different groups on campus,” said Kayla Koether…

Block Party to host more Johns

Block Party is bringing more than just a beer truck to High Street. In an effort to reduce public indecency port-a-johns will be added to Block Party this year. Block Party coordinators, the Harm Reduction Committee and Grinnell Police Department hope that the port-a-johns’ presence at the party will discourage students from urinating in public….