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Meet Grinnell’s Independent Majors

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu A defining aspect of Grinnell College is the liberal arts education it offers, and the independent major is truly as liberal arts as it gets. Currently, eleven students are registered as independent majors. Grinnell provides a very open curriculum, as there are no general education requirements, aside from major and concentration…

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Beloved Grinnell librarian treks through the Himalayas

By Caleb Forbes forbesca@grinnell.edu For those who thought they had an adventurous Fall Break, library staff Chris Gaunt probably outdid you. Freshly back and still integrating her bold experience, Gaunt recently journeyed on a spiritual trek through the highlands of Nepal. Gaunt was chosen as one of 19 people from all over the globe to…

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The Sanctuary on High Street

By Hallela Hinton-Williams hintonwi@grinnell.edu Erhaan Ahmad, Ayon Dey, Artis Curiskis, Jonah Zimmermann, Sydney Quartey and Aleks Hrusanov, all ’18, live in what they call the Sanctuary. “We’re a pretty diverse house, maybe the most diverse on High St. We wanted to be very open to anyone who wanted to come, and kind of play off…

Diwali brightens Grinnell

By Arumina Fatehpuria fatehpur@grinnell.edu Grinnell students gathered in Harris Center on Friday, Nov. 3 to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali. Hosted by the South Asian Student Organization (SASO), this year marked the tenth year that Grinnell College students have celebrated Diwali as a public event. Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, marks…

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Grinnell Technology Committee: Easing campus-life for everyone

By Kelly Page pagekell@grinnell.edu According to many Grinnellians, technology at our College can be either extremely useful or incorrigibly inconvenient. That’s why the SGA Tech Committee is working on several technology-based projects that aim to make life easier for every Grinnell student, providing a link between ITS and the rest of the Grinnell community “In…

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Activism and the academy: Professor Eliza Willis speaks

With student activism heating up on campus — from divestment art  to actions supporting increased gun control — the wisdom of our College’s most seasoned activists is becoming increasingly relevant. The S&B’s Saiham Sharif met up with Professor Eliza Willis, political science, to learn about her first call to activism and her consequent participation in…

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Rashmi Varma discusses capitalism and cultrue

By Saiham Sharif sharifsa@grinnell.edu Last Tuesday Nov. 7, Rashmi Varma, an associate professor of English at the University of Warwick in England, delivered a Faulconer Gallery talk on how the art of indigenous communities can land in private collections. This topic provided a lens into postcolonialism, aesthetic challenges and culture. Her presentation is a part…

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Divest Day of Action creates art as resistance

By Amanda Weber weberama@grinnell.edu Grinnell Student Resistance held a Divest Day of Action on Monday, Nov. 6, which inspired conversation about the controversial issue of divestment on campus through a variety of venues — from rallies to talks in the D-Hall to, quite notably, art. Divest Art took place in the Spencer Grill, and transformed…

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Infinite Coincidence continuously collects laughs through long-form improv

By Saiham Sharif sharifsa@grinnell.edu Few people at Grinnell College perform oddball characters and hilarious, unexpected moments better than Infinite Coincidence, a long-form improvisation group that crafts approximately 45 minute scenes in real time. Infinite Coincidence is a five member group this semester. They practice twice a week and recently finished the first of their three…