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DeWitt elected as president, Dann for VPSA, Aaronson for VPAA

Lily Bohlke bohlkeli@grinnell.edu The student body has elected Anita DeWitt ’17 as Student Government Association President, Bailey Dann ’17 as Vice President of Student Affairs and Rachel Aaronson ’17 as Vice President of Academic Affairs. This year’s elections were extremely competitive, according to the SGA Executive Election Results and Fact Sheet. Thirteen candidates ran for…

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Award-winning author Danticat visits

National Book Award nominee and MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow Edwidge Danticat visited Grinnell on Thursday, Feb. 18 as part of the Writers@Grinnell series. In addition to an award-winning author, Danticat is also a dedicated activist for Haiti, her native country. The S&B’s copy editor Susanne Bushman sat down with Danticat to talk about mother-daughter relationships,…

Alumnus discusses American love of welfare state

Keli Vitaioli vitaioli@grinnell.edu Assistant Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University Spencer Piston ’01 presented his book project, “Why Americans Love the Welfare State,” on campus this past Monday, Feb. 15. Piston’s research examines American opinions on the welfare state and rejects the misconception that Americans hate welfare programs. He finds that in reality what…

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SGA to vote on reserve spending proposals

Michael Cummings, Community Editor cummings@grinnell.edu Next Wednesday at Campus Council, SGA senators will vote on how to spend the reserve fund. Students submitted the following list of  ideas for how to spend the available 90,000 dollars: • Free menstrual products • Grinnell College Women’s Center • Fund [weekend] on Saturdays (instead of just Fridays) •…

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Alumni impart wisdom at writing symposium

Mira Braneck braneckm@grinnell.edu This weekend, Grinnellians will have the opportunity to flex their creative writing muscles during a two-day symposium starting Friday afternoon and ending Saturday evening. “So You Think You Can Write: A Symposium of Written Communication,” will feature panels, dinners and networking opportunities with a variety of alumni and professional fields, all pertaining…

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Mason talks machines at convocation

Michael Cummings, Community Editor cummings@grinnell.edu This week’s Scholars’ Convocation featured Grinnell alum Hilary Mason ’00, who since graduation has become very prominent in the growing field of data science. Mason spoke about topics including the evolution of big data and what it means to be a data scientist. “I see Grinnell in the many activities that…

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Students express solidarity with Indian university

Nora Coghlan, News Editor & Eve Lilienfeld, News Editor coghlann17@grinnell.edu & lilienfe17@grinnell.edu Grinnell students and staff gathered in solidarity on Monday night to support students at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India in the midst of political turmoil. The rally, organized by Vincent Kelley ’16, aimed to show support to JNU students in…

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College purchases local country club

Lily Bohlke, Copy Editor bohlkeli@grinnell.edu On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Grinnell Golf and Country Club membership voted 107-1 to sell the Club to the college, according to a campus memo. The former country club will be run as a public resource with an open golf course and swimming pool.  The Golf and Country Club was…