Opinion

Constituting social justice

Throughout this semester, this column has attempted to offer reflections about how the values that Grinnellians espouse relate to the real world. The premise was to restrict my lens to conversations in the dining hall: our mealtimes offer us precious unstructured time, in which we can discuss with our friends the things that matter most…

Letter to the Editor: The long-term effects of football

Even with one of the largest per-student endowments of any university in the country, the question remains: how can Grinnell College save money and plan for a long term sustainable budget? Recent college developments indicate the Humanities are under increasing scrutiny, and at least part of the reason is because the college must maintain a…

Maintaining computer relations

Would you get in a car that hadn’t had its oil changed, its tires filled with air, and its brakes checked? Probably not—so why should you trust your computer to run without maintenance? Consider the amount of data that you’ve placed on your devices—then weigh the pain of trying to rebuild all of it from…

Cutting the cord: allowing technology to take flight

For all their sophisticated designs and hefty price tags, how useful are mobile devices?  Tablets and smartphones can travel with us where a conventional computer can’t, but what you gain in portability you often sacrifice in functionality.  With newer and more mature technology, though, these compromises are becoming fewer and farther between. Take a classic…

Tipping the scales: Grades (in)effectual

My good bud Austin Frerick ’12 likes to say that at among the handful of taboo subjects at Grinnell, talking about our GPAs is at the top of the list. In light of upcoming finals week, I’d like to talk a bit more about how grades frame our academic experiences and perhaps offer different ways…

Mistry dishes up dining hall delights

With another week comes another round of meals in the Dining Hall. For some, this means crushing boredom with their meals. For us, however, it means another few days to experiment and play with our food. Let us make unusual culinary creations, edifices of edible artwork. Enjoy this week’s selected experiments in entrees, and eat…

Staff and Beer

This semester, the jump in alcohol-related hospitalizations already broke the previous record for an entire academic year, set in 2008-09. Whether or not the increase is statistically significant, we know that some students are regularly getting dangerously drunk. VPSA Chris Dorman hosted a forum on Tuesday concerning our alcohol culture. Students called on their peers…

Staff editorial: Staff & Beer

This semester, the jump in alcohol-related hospitalizations already broke the previous record for an entire academic year, set in 2008-09. Whether or not the increase is statistically significant, we know that some students are regularly getting dangerously drunk. VPSA Chris Dorman hosted a forum on Tuesday concerning our alcohol culture. Students called on their peers…

Put your stomach where your mouth is

Professor Sandy Moffett encapsulated in a few words a sentiment that could actually be said about every major issue today, but is perhaps the most true about the future of the Midwest and world agriculture. “The common perception is that our problems are too big to solve,” she said. The entire U.S. agriculture system seems…

Reclaiming Wall Street for social justice

Last week’s B & S displayed an uncharacteristic lapse in judgment. Every other week, our satirical newspaper’s staff offers a sincerely intended, if caustically written, commentary, often critiquing President Kington’s administrative and financial policies. In a Stewart-/Colbert-esque way, satire is an ideal setting for incisive, insightful critiques of colleges’ (and countries’) fundamental values. Yet the…