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Artist Walter Thompson brings soundpainting to campus

Teresa Fleming flemingt17@grinnell.edu Over the past few weeks, Grinnell students from a broad range of disciplines have developed their fluency in Soundpainting, a system of gestures devised by visiting artist Walter Thompson. Thompson drew on his experience as a composer to create a system of signs that would allow him to direct more improvisational pieces….

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The Skins, Elysia Crampton and Rabit to grace Gardner this weekend

Halley Freger fregerha17@grinnell.edu Grinnell Concerts is bringing us another music-packed weekend with the last two shows before spring break. On Friday, Brooklyn-based band The Skins will share their eclectic sound. On Saturday, Elysia Crampton and Rabit will switch things up with their experimental, electronic music. Both shows are at 9 p.m. in Gardner Lounge. Last…

The R(ead)sling List: Neil Gaiman

By Emma Soberano soberano17@grinnell.edu Neil Gaiman is known for writing modern magical realism, and this week’s novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, is no exception. Though the narrator is a middle-aged man returning home for a funeral, much of the book centers on a brief and incredible experience in his childhood. The…

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CRSSJ and language houses to be relocated

By Zane Silk silkzane@grinnell.edu The Center for Religion, Spirituality and Social Justice (CRSSJ) will be downsizing and losing its Muslim prayer space at the end of the semester to make space for the construction of a new Admissions/Financial Aid Center at the southwest corner of 8th Ave. and Park St. Additionally, three language houses that…

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Off-Campus Safety Coalition begins training

By Zane Silk silkzane@grinnell.edu Many students feel that safety is lacking in the off-campus party scene, which has led Ella Williams ’19 to organize the new Off Campus Safety Coalition (OSC) to serve as an informal network of students with the skills to act when unsafe situations arise. To get things started, she helped organize…

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Practical Political Education brought back onto campus

By Alice Herman hermanal17@grinnell.edu Political Science professor Barbara Trish is working to bring the Program in Practical Political Education (PPPE) — an organization that was influential in the 1960s and has since fallen into relative inactivity — back into Grinnell College campus life. According to a report on the history of the PPPE by Anna…

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Mayflower Community Residents come to discuss conflict, difference and threats towards immigrants and refugees

By Steve Yang yangstev17@grinnell.edu In the current political climate, issues of safety and personal well-being have come up repeatedly in campus conversation. In this context, residents of the Mayflower Community, a retirement home situated approximately a mile from the College, expressed interest in meeting with Grinnell students and discussing conflict, difference and threats towards immigrants…

Campus council debates antifa ideals and rhetoric

By Lily Bohlke bohlkeli@grinnell.edu At Campus Council on Wednesday night, Delegate Isaac Gold ’19 and Junze Yao ’20 came forward with a request to discuss “the art and ideals of antifa,” according to SGA Senator Jenkin Benson ’17. Gold said that he was concerned by a group labeling itself as antifa, short for anti-fascist, at…

Life During Wartime: Unreasonable Science

By Max Fenton ’19 fentonma@grinnell.edu An odd education policy debate has raged in state legislatures for the past year — whether or not computer-coding classes should be as treated a foreign language. After all, computers speak their own kind of language, and coding is a valuable skill both as a form of communication and as…