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Background Noyce: Computer Science Students create Project Gadfly

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu Some people choose to call their elected representatives to press for change, but many others don’t—they might not know what to say, or know the best way to contact their representative. Luckily a group of Grinnellians organized over spring break to address this problem, and created a website, iPhone and Android…

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Grinnell “Fight Club” practices martial arts

By Graham Dodd doddhenr@grinnell.edu Grinnell College now has a Fight Club. Far from the grungy basements of its namesake, the club meets in the Bear’s Dance Studio, and members are encouraged to talk about it. Martial artists Philip Kiely ‘20 and Bogdan Abaev ‘20 decided to found the club when they met one day in…

True Grinnellian: Angie Story

By Mira Berkson berksonm@grinnell.edu “I don’t like to talk about myself,” began Angie Story. Luckily, though talking about herself may not come easy, elaborating on her passion for Grinnell and her work in the Assistive Tech lab seems to spark Story’s passion, as her decades of experiences with the town and college come with a…

Conservative bills survive the legislative funnel

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu After eight weeks in session, the Iowa state legislature has created a variety of predominantly conservative bills that have cleared the legislative “funnel.” The funnel is a key deadline at the statehouse after which bills that have not cleared committee are rendered “dead” for this session. The aim of this process…

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New conservation strategy continues fight for Monarchs as population dwindles

By Vincent Benlloch benlloch@grinnell.edu In response to deeply concerning population decline for the eastern monarch butterfly, a consortium of over 30 groups and organizations introduced a statewide strategy to strengthen conservation efforts for the possibly endangered species. “The Iowa Monarch Conservation Strategy” acts as a strategic and policy platform aimed at gathering both the information…

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Grinnell Artists: Nolan Boggess ’19

Zane Silk silkzane@grinnell.edu I met Nolan Boggess ’19 in the Wall theatre in Bucksbaum, and from the moment we began talking, I could tell he is at home here. In the Wall alone, Nolan has rehearsed for many shows, performed with the Improv troupe Infinite Coincidence and participated in the 24 Hour Theater project. Though…

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Operation Sunshine’s Joan Linder talks environment and art in Faulconer

By Michael Cummings cummings@grinnell.edu Faulconer Gallery was packed Thursday afternoon for an Artists@Grinnell talk with Joan Linder ’92, the department chair of art at the University of Buffalo in New York. Linder, whose project “Operation Sunshine” focuses on the environmental impact of toxic waste in the former neighborhood of Love Canal near Niagara Falls, was…

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Heartland Marimba Quartet to perform tonight

By Alice Herman hermanal17@grinnell.edu The Heartland Marimba Quartet — self-dubbed HMQuartet, or HMQ — will perform at Grinnell College on Friday at 7:30 PM in JRC 101. The concert will represent one of many on their semester-long “Spring Tour” of the Midwest. Matthew Coley, Michael Jones, Joe Millea and Andrew Veit have toured as HMQ…

The New Brumaire: On Clintonite Fantasy

By Jenkin Benson ’17 bensonje@grinnell.edu Sometime in the latter third of the 20th Century, the Democratic Party lost its vision. A managerial enclave of neoliberals that have eschewed redistributive campaigns in favor of free market idealisms, police apparatuses and cosmetic multiculturalism has replaced the Social Democrats of the modernist era. The ideological transition from the…