Spoon Carver to visit campus and hold workshop Saturday

By Teresa Fleming Students will spend a full day learning how to carve spoons in the latest in a series of wooden cutlery workshops that have been sponsored by the College this Saturday, Feb. 18. The workshop, which focuses on local materials and traditional knife strokes, will be hosted by expert woodworker Fred Livesay….


French actor debuts film at Strand Theatre downtown

By Teresa Fleming It’s a rarity for a French film to hold its world premiere in rural Iowa, but last Wednesday, Feb. 15, students, faculty and community members crowded into the Strand Theater for the first public screening of “Souffler plus fort que la mer,” or “To breathe more strongly than the sea.” The…


Díaz talks activism, freedom and finding your place

By Mira Braneck & Louise Carhart & 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…


Innovation Fund rejects college farm

By Zane Silk 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….


David Orr’s convocation on climate change

By Keli Vitaioli 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…


Election Coffee on “Europe in the Era of Trump”

By Graham Dodd 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 & 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,…


Students advocate for the creation of a new film program

By Julia Echikson 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…


GCSA protests the College’s investment in fossil fuels

By Andrea Baumgartel 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…


Campus climate survey sent out

By Candace Mettle 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…