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Díaz talks activism, freedom and finding your place

By Mira Braneck & Louise Carhart  braneckm@grinnell.edu & carhartl17@grinnell.edu Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz visited Grinnell this past Monday, Feb. 13, leading several Q&A sessions with students, as well as a reading in JRC. Diverging from the usual Writers@Grinnell model, Diaz branched out from creative writing in his discussions to topics like resistance, diversity, civic…

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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…

Grinnell continues to respond to immigration ban

By Lily Bohlke and Mira Braneck bohlkeli@grinnell.edu & braneckm@grinnell.edu When Deqa Aden ’18 planned her first trip to the U.S. for a summer program with her best friend, she dreamed of walking across the Golden Gate Bridge and marveling at the lights of Times Square.  She and her friend had prepared the same applications, essays,…

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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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GCSA protests the College’s investment in fossil fuels

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgar1@grinnell.edu From Friday at 5 p.m. until 8 a.m. on Monday, a team of five students from Grinnell College Student Action (GCSA) — Holly Barton ’17, Ross Floyd ’19, Sean Haggerty ’19, Eli Shepherd ’18 and Lucid Thomas ’19 — camped out in Nollen House to demand that the College financially divest…

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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…