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“Doing organizing at Grinnell” promotes activism

By Ridhika Agrawal agrawalr@grinnell.edu “Doing Organizing at Grinnell,” a new publication at Grinnell College, intends to support activism and organization on campus. It is led by Nate Williams ’20 and Ella Williams ’19. So far, they have had two publications, one of which was a preview and the other a full version. A conversation about…

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Burling gets lit

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu Over the weekend in Burling Library, The SGA Green Committee hosted an informal lightbulb-reinstatement event in which students were invited to switch outdated compact florescent lamp (CFL) bulbs in accessible areas such as desks and tables for an environmentally friendly and lower-cost LED alternative. Representing the committee were Emily Burgess ’19,…

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Innovation Fund rejects college farm

By Zane Silk silkzane@grinnell.edu After the Innovation Fund rejected his proposal for a college farm, Professor Jon  Andelson, anthropology, was deeply disappointed. Now he’s concerned that the small garden he runs will be demolished this summer. Andelson, who is the director of the center for prairie studies, helped set up the garden on Park St….

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David Orr’s convocation on climate change

By Keli Vitaioli vitaioli@grinnell.edu David Orr, accredited climate-change expert and distinguished professor, author and advisor to the president of Oberlin College, addressed a packed JRC 101 for his convocation on Thursday, Feb. 9 titled, “Climate Change and the Crisis of American Democracy.” Conveying a sense of urgency towards climate change action, Orr identified the roles…

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Election Coffee on “Europe in the Era of Trump”

By Graham Dodd doddhenr@grinnell.edu Following the election and inauguration of President Donald Trump, analysts nationally and internationally been working to understand and predict the potential impact of the United States’ new administration. Senior Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund’s Europe Program and Bosch Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy Hans Kundnani spoke on the subject…

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Students advocate for the creation of a new film program

By Julia Echikson echikson@grinnell.edu Despite having various film studies classes, Grinnell College does not have a film major. Students have recently begun to take action to have one implemented in the curriculum at the College. Two weeks ago, seven students signed a Letter to the Editor in The S&B titled “No film program? That’s a…

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Campus climate survey sent out

By Candace Mettle mettleca@grinnell.edu To fulfill its commitment to the College, the Council on Diversity and Inclusion recently released the Campus Climate Survey to gauge how safe people with various identities feel at Grinnell. Last given in 2009, the survey is part of a yearly rotating series of surveys aiming to identify and distinguish problems…

The R(ead)sling List: Junot Diaz Edition

By Emma Soberano soberano17@grinnell.edu Years ago, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” (Junot Diaz, 2007) changed my life. I know, this is a lot of pressure to stack onto a book right off the bat, but I’m not saying this to build you up for an inevitable let-down. I’m saying this because, if you’re…

Column: The New Brumaire by Jenkin Benson ’17

bensonje17@grinnell.edu Last weekend’s nationwide #NoBanNoWall airport protests fully displayed the ruthless and conniving nature of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial upper echelon, particularly in New York City. Uber, an app based car service most renowned for its status as a more palatable taxi alternative and a company that refuses to acknowledge its drivers as employees, acted as…