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Tim Dobe wins grant to study Gandhi’s engagement with the Muslim community

By Saiham Sharif  sharifsa@grinnell.edu Professor Timothy Dobe, religious studies, won the prestigious Burkhardt Fellowship for his research on Mahatma Gandhi’s engagement with the Muslim community. The fellowship will provide Dobe with 95,000 dollars, as well as funds for research and associated costs. Through the fellowship, Dobe will spend the 2018-2019 academic year at Duke University’s…

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“Professors Without Borders” speak about evolution of identity from international backgrounds

By Zane Silk  silkzane@grinnell.edu Three professors gathered in JRC 101 on Thursday, March 6 to speak about their experiences coming to the United States and navigating their multiple identities here. The event, “Professors Without Borders: Identity and Sense of Belonging,” featured Professors Gemma Sala, political science, Marc Chamberland, mathematics, and Yee Mon Thu, biology. The…

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Mando Montaño Memorial Lecture brings Pulitzer-winning journalists

By Jon Sundby  sundbyjo17@grinnell.edu When Armando ‘Mando’ Montaño ‘12 first met Dale Maharidge, the two hit it off immediately. Maharidge was coming through to congratulate Montaño’s parents on their recent marriage, but instead of sitting around and talking with the adults, Maharidge and Montaño spent the day “goofing off.” By all accounts, however, this wasn’t…

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Sasha Kuzura ’17 and Ale Rodriguez Wheelock ’17 announced Watson Fellows

By Megan Tcheng  tchengme@grinnell.edu Two members of this year’s graduating class, Oleksandr “Sasha” Kuzura ’17 and Alejandra “Ale” Rodriguez Wheelock ’17, have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. As part of their award, Watson Fellows receive a 30,000 dollar to travel abroad and pursue an independently designed academic project. During…

Letter to the Editor: High school workers deserve their pay

We hear a lot about Grinnell’s commitment to social responsibility. It’s plastered all over the College’s website and the glossy brochures it sends out every fall. But what does that commitment look like in practice? Last October, UGSDW (Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers) signed a contract with the College, raising student staff wages in…

Life During Wartime: The Convenient Kremlin

By Max Fenton fentonma@grinnell.edu The English Franciscan friar William of Ockham was a titanic philosophical figure in the fourteenth century and involved himself in the raging political and theological debates of his time. Despite his significant contributions to Catholic theology and medieval thought, he is most commonly remembered for the problem-solving method of Occam’s Razor….

Alumni support divestment from fossil fuels

Dear Grinnell Community, Editors, President Kington and the Board of Trustees: Climate change is a biological, economic and political reality with critical implications on a global scale. Simply stated, the science is unequivocal. Greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for global warming, which results in an increase in frequency and severity of weather events and major…

Conservative bills survive the legislative funnel

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu After eight weeks in session, the Iowa state legislature has created a variety of predominantly conservative bills that have cleared the legislative “funnel.” The funnel is a key deadline at the statehouse after which bills that have not cleared committee are rendered “dead” for this session. The aim of this process…

The New Brumaire: On Clintonite Fantasy

By Jenkin Benson ’17 bensonje@grinnell.edu Sometime in the latter third of the 20th Century, the Democratic Party lost its vision. A managerial enclave of neoliberals that have eschewed redistributive campaigns in favor of free market idealisms, police apparatuses and cosmetic multiculturalism has replaced the Social Democrats of the modernist era. The ideological transition from the…