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SGA Cabinet 2013-2014 Ushered in

As another academic year draws to a close, seniors prepare to leave Grinnell and with that comes the change of SGA Cabinet. The newly elected Cabinet consists of Thomas Neil ’14, President; Opeyemi Awe ’15, VPSA, Remy Ferber ’14, VPAA; Roni Finkelstein ’14, Treasurer; Joe Wlos ’15, Administrative Coordinator; Gargi Magar ’16, Assistant Treasurer; Natalie…

ITS Releases Three Employees

On Tuesday, Vice President for College Services John Kalkbrenner and Vice President for Academic Affairs Paula Smith emailed Grinnell College faculty and staff concerning the reorganization of Information Technology Services (ITS). Ray Kuntz, an external consultant, was hired as Interim ITS Director in July 2012 and has since been working to restructure ITS. The College…

Applications Continue to Increase

The last two years have shown a significant increase in applicants to Grinnell, due largely to a change in tactics by the Office of Admission. During this time, acceptance rates have dropped from 44.8 percent to 30.2 percent. The class of 2017 will be roughly 15 percent international students and 30 percent domestic students of…

Students express diversity policy concerns at Nollen House

President Raynard Kington was scheduled to have lunch with seven students on Monday to discuss diversity policy. More than 20 others showed up, uninvited, to express their dissatisfaction with what they called the College’s poor handling of diversity issues. Their main concerns were turnover at the Department of Intercultural Leadership and Engagement, the office’s move…

ACE over-budgets; event funding cut

The All Campus Events Committee over-allocated their budget by $32,000 this semester, causing event organizers whose budgets had already been approved to now make cuts. “After [Roni Finkelstein ’15, Assistant Treasurer] conducted some more calculations, she declared that ACE had been over-allocated by $32,000,” state the April 17 Joint Board minutes. SGA Treasurer Raghav Malik…

Charge dropped for guns on campus

Poweshiek County Attorney Rebecca Petig ’97 has dropped the charge against Grinnell College student Ben Shirar for possessing guns on school grounds because the relevant law only applies to K-12 schools. The possession still violated College policy, but according to Shirar, he will be able to re-enroll at the College in Spring 2014. Shirar had…

Sexual Assault Awareness Week boosts support

This past week was the second annual Grinnell Sexual Assault Awareness Week and featured speakers, panels and interactive events exploring the many dimensions of gender violence, prevention and education. “The awareness we raise during this week will hopefully serve as a foundation for all year round, so people kind of have a sense of what…

Gandhi’s grandson preaches peace

This week, Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, visited campus to work with students in the course REL-295: Gandhi and Resistance, taught by Tim Dobe, Religious Studies, and Shuchi Kapila, English. He is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On Monday, he gave a talk entitled “Contemporary Struggles in the Greater Middle…

Town hall sheds light on college’s environmentalism

Two town hall meetings on Tuesday gave a public look at the College’s energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, investment strategy regarding fossil fuels and green energy, plan for sustainability and the current status of plans to develop a small wind farm. The meeting began with a presentation made by Scott Wilson ’98, Director of Investments…