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Geothermal wells to provide energy to new HSSC

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu Grinnell students returned from spring break to find the perimeter of Mac Field surrounded by a fence and covered in mechanical equipment. To many students, this new construction site was a surprise. To compensate for the loss of Mac Field for intramural sports, such as Ultimate Frisbee, Facilities Management has been…

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Khurram Hussain discusses Muslim identity

By Saiham Sharif sharifsa@grinnell.edu Khurram Hussein, a professor of religious studies at Lehigh University, came to Grinnell on April 11 to deliver a lecture entitled called “Can the Muslim Speak?” He proposed that discussion of Muslim identity should not be restricted, moving from one end of the simplistic ‘good/bad’ dichotomy to the other. Hussein discussed…

Staff Editorial: Our commitment to journalism

In times of turmoil, The Scarlet & Black staff finds it imperative for media outlets to provide comprehensive and objective expositions on current events. To do so requires publications to decide on whether they prioritize sales over informing their readership. As publications have chosen revenue, they have sensationalized the news to the point of disrespecting…

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100 year old “Peace Rock” exhumed near construction site

  By Nora Coghlan & Jon Sundby coghlann17@grinnell.edu & sundbyjo17@grinnell.edu When local historian Byron Hueftle-Worley came across an article detailing an explosion on Grinnell’s campus, it naturally sparked his interest. “Dynamite seems to be the agent used by the attacking party, judging from the sound of the explosion which awakened the inhabitants of North Grinnell…

The R(ead)sling List: The Marriage Plot

By Emma Soberano ’17 soberano@grinnell.edu The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides hit close to home. The novel begins with the senior collegiate year and graduation of three characters – Madeline, Mitchell and Leonard – and follows the trio through their first post-college year. Like Eugenides’ other novels, The Marriage Plot takes place in a particular…

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Professors contextualize conflict in Syria

By Lily Bohlke & Eva Lilienfeld bohlkeli@grinnell.edu & lilienfe17@grinnell.edu Though Syrian communities pre-date the modern world, Syria’s national identity is only about 72 years old. Since 2011, the country has been involved in a civil war with Sunni rebel groups, ISIS, Al Qaeda affiliates and Kurdish forces up against the Alawite authoritarian Assad regime. All sides…

The New Brumaire: Media Warhawks

By Jenkin Benson ’17 bensonje17@grinnell.edu It is harrowingly American to fawn over and exalt war. For most my life, the United States has been engaged in several neo-imperialist military conflicts, escalations and occupations across the Middle East that have all been guised as an expression of America’s strive to foster international liberal democracy and quell…

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Godspell opens at Grinnell Arts Center

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu Go see Godspell. Seriously. From its through-the-roof vocals woven alongside intricate choreography by Amaris Bates ’18, to expressions painted in bliss and fear, to colloquial asides midst an almost ridiculous seriousness, Godspell is hyperbole in a bottle; a color-loaded rocket soaring through its own little universe that you won’t want to…