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Town Hall addresses diversity on campus

The College held two Town Hall sessions on Tuesday, Feb. 25 to address diversity, engaging in a wide array of issues on campus through a loosely-structured format of in-depth guided discussions. Both sessions were well-attended by a variety of students, staff and faculty who presented their own experiences and encounters with biases and their understanding…

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SSDP notes bias in conduct process statistics

This week Grinnell’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) chapter has embarked on a campaign to publicize statistics that indicate that African Americans are nearly three times overrepresented in the number of Grinnell students who complete the “Student Conduct” process for non-alcohol related violations of the College’s “Alcohol and Other Drugs” policy. Per the statistics—which…

Patti Crane: institutional identity

Patti Crane, Founder and CEO of Crane MetaMarketing, returned to Grinnell this week to share her initial observations about Grinnell with Trustees and the administration as part of the College’s institutional identity project. While Crane’s findings will not be made public until next week, her meetings were intended to answer questions from Trustees, and to…

CAFO proposal dropped

Local farmers dropped their application for the construction of an industrial-scale Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) on Thursday, Feb. 20 in response to pressure from the community. The application to build the CAFO large enough for 4800 hogs, which was submitted by Jansen Brothers Pork to the Jasper County Board of Supervisors, was dropped a…

Peace Studies week discusses violence and healing

The biennial Peace Studies Conference begins today, Feb. 28, in the JRC and will continue through Saturday. The keynote speaker, Al Fuertes, will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. this evening in JRC 101. Fuertes’ presentation, “Legacies of Unimaginable Violence: Healing and Recovery in the Philippines and Cambodia,” will emphasize both the academic side of peace…

SGA judicial review committee proposed

The Student Government Association (SGA) may have a new and important committee for dealing with constitutional issues and complaints. SGA will soon vote on whether to create the Judicial Review and Oversight Committee (JROC). The committee was proposed by Reform Committee member Peter Bautz ’15 to address what he and other Reform Committee members saw…

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Ruth Meyer shares ideas on Honduran struggle

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, Ruth Meyer gave a talk entitled “Why Do We Train the Honduran Military and Police to Torture and Murder Their People?” Meyer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked to teach children and adults, as well as provide recreational therapy to institutionalized youth, in Nicaragua, Chile and Honduras. In…

Oxfam to spearhead women’s week on campus

Next week, from Monday, March 3 to Saturday, March 8, Grinnell’s student Oxfam America chapter will be hosting a week of awareness entitled “International Women’s Week: Women and Water.” Oxfam is an international aid development organization that works using a rights-based approach to stop injustice that creates hunger, poverty and violence worldwide. The Grinnell chapter…

Chalutzim sponsors peace week

Next week, from Monday, Feb. 24 through Friday, Feb. 28, Grinnell will hold an “Israel and Palestine Peace Week” sponsored by Chalutzim, Grinnell’s Jewish student organization. The events will include tabling and posters, a movie screening at Harris on Wednesday and an open discussion session in JRC 101 on Friday. Sapir Blau ’14, a Hasbara…