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Despite the times, Grinnell Advocates stand by their values

The state of Iowa is currently proposing to cut funding for sexual assault and domestic violence assistance programs. Budget cuts will dramatically impact the services available to survivors. Without adequate funding, not only would future on-campus Advocates lack appropriate training, but our parent organization, Crisis Intervention Services, would be unable to offer adequate shelter to…

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Grinnell Artists: Tim Dooley ’17

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu On a cloudy Wednesday afternoon, as I stepped into Bucksbaum studio 128B, I found Tim Dooley ‘17 in a continuous mental and physical rumination over his artwork. Much like his deeply conceptual, cerebral prints, the creative process of the fourth-year Studio Art major, SEPC member and visual artist is equally abstract….

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Spoon Carver to visit campus and hold workshop Saturday

By Teresa Fleming flemingt17@grinnell.edu 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….

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French actor debuts film at Strand Theatre downtown

By Teresa Fleming flemingt17@grinnell.edu 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…

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Díaz talks activism, freedom and finding your place

By Mira Braneck & Louise Carhart  braneckm@grinnell.edu & carhartl17@grinnell.edu 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…

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Innovation Fund rejects college farm

By Zane Silk silkzane@grinnell.edu 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….

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David Orr’s convocation on climate change

By Keli Vitaioli vitaioli@grinnell.edu 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…

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Election Coffee on “Europe in the Era of Trump”

By Graham Dodd doddhenr@grinnell.edu 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 bohlkeli@grinnell.edu & braneckm@grinnell.edu 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,…

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Students advocate for the creation of a new film program

By Julia Echikson echikson@grinnell.edu 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…