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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…

Letter to the Editor: Daring to be Different

I remember the night I received an email to join the Grinnell Science Project (GSP) like yesterday. It was penned by Joyce Stern. I read it excitedly and then rushed into my parents’ bedroom – I had been accepted to join another pre-orientation program! By virtue of birth I am an American, born in New…

Newsflash: Iowa politics update

By Michael Cummings cummings@grinnell.edu   Republicans control both houses of the Iowa State Legislature and the Governorship for the first time in over two decades, and they have wasted no time in introducing legislation to enact conservative policies statewide. In January alone, the legislature saw a flurry of bill introductions including a law that would…

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Artist reimagines scenes from her wedding

By Ridhika Agrawal agrawalr@grinnell.edu Photo by Takahiro Omura A series of new paintings by Sara Peak Convery decorates the wall behind the espresso machine at Saints Rest. Convery attended Grinnell High School back in the early 80s, but she truly became inspired in the subject matter of art while in New Zealand as an exchange…

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Grinnell Artists: Halley Freger

    Megan Tcheng tchengme@grinnell.edu Halley Freger ’17 views the world through the lens of her camera. As a seasoned filmmaker, visual artist and consumer of any-and-all things cinematic, Freger creates art that speaks to her personal experience and the complex web of social, political and cultural relationships around her. Throughout all of her works…

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Antonio Saillant stresses sustainability in the film industry

Steve Yang yangstev17@grinnell.edu Antonio Saillant, a sustainable performance consultant and strategist with a background in aerospace and environmental engineering, delivered a lecture entitled “An Intersection Between Film and Sustainability” on Tuesday evening in JRC 101. Saillant discussed his experiences and qualms about sustainability in Hollywood and on the small screen, and emphasized the steps that…

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Edouard Duval-Carrie on art and immigration

Teresa Fleming flemingt17@grinnell.edu Last Thursday, Feb. 9, Edouard Duval-Carrie offered a timely meditation on global migration and revolution as seen through the lens of his diverse body of work. The Haitian-born artist and curator’s work is currently on display in Faulconer gallery and speaks to his experiences living and working in Haiti, Paris and Miami….

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Junot Diaz to visit campus next Monday

By Louise Carhart  carhartl17@grinnell.edu This coming Monday, Feb. 13, Pulitzer Prize- winning author and professor of creative writing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Junot Diaz, will visit Grinnell for a series of discussions and readings. The Dominican Republic born, New Jersey bred writer focuses on the immigrant and Latinx experience in the United States,…