Opinion

A Meditation on Slacktivism

It’s so easy to be a slacktivist. When you see something on Facebook or Twitter that moves you or interest you, you can re-post, like a status, type a hashtag within seconds. Maybe you don’t consider it activism; the term “slacktivist” seems irrelevant. Your re-post was simply a characteristic of our generation’s impulse to share…

Voices

Dear Grinnell, We have something to say. Are you listening? It’s 11:57 a.m. and you are walking into the Dining Hall with a couple hundred other students, who loop in a single-file line around a pile of disbanded backpacks on the floor of the JRC lobby. Someone bumps someone else. Marie greets you with a…

The winds of change, finally

So the turbines cometh. To which I say: It’s about damn time. In the past decade, Iowa has become the national leader in wind energy development, surpassing California and second only to Texas in total MW installed wind capacity. Iowa ranks first in terms of percentage of total generation by wind, coming in at an…

Building a better SHACS

Two years ago, students seeking counseling services hopped in the Health Center minivan and took a ride across town for each appointment. The College provided them with eight sessions at Poweshiek Mental Health, regardless of situation or need. While Poweshiek Mental Health met the needs of many students, its inaccessibility and pre-determined number of visits…

Computer crawl

One of the pitfalls of using a school computer is the lack of consistency between machines. On your own computer, you can take the time to make it yours—changing the desktop background, installing the applications you want, and so on. If you’re hopping between campus computers, it’s not really worth the time to change things…

Tilting at windmills

For as long as current S&B staff members can remember, there’s been talk of constructing windmills to carry over 80% of our electricity consumption. The project started in 1996 under the supervision of Russell K. Osgood, and since then there’s been various obstacles standing in the way each year. The logistical factors of how to…

Vote for SEG!

Vote early, vote often for the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG), who were nominated yesterday for the White House’s Campus Champions of Change Challenge. SEG, Grinnell’s student-run micro-financing group, has long been commended by Grinnell students, administrators and trustees.  They started loaning money in developing countries and became a certified non-profit in Fall 2009. Last…

Why Occupy Grinnell matters

Since its inception last fall, the reaction I receive most frequently from my fellow students when I tell them about Occupy Grinnell is something along the lines of: Really? What’s the point? And that is completely understandable. Superficially, the prospect of extending the Occupy Wall Street movement—which began as an encampment in Manhattan’s Financial District…