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Where your bacon comes from

By Carolin Scholz scholzca@grinnell.edu Sometimes, when the air stands still just right, it’s easy to think it’s just Iowa. However, that classic Iowa smell might actually be one of the over 50 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), which are factory farms, operating in Poweshiek County. 43 of these are hog confinements, mostly owned by big…

True Grinnellians: Relishing Relish

By Prisca Kim  kimprisc@grinnell.edu On Park Avenue, there is a yellow house that hosts one of Grinnellians’ favorite restaurants for Family Weekend: Relish. Kamal Hammouda is the chef at Relish, though the restaurant is owned by his wife Laura Fendt. Hammouda has lived in Grinnell for nearly twenty years now, and he and Fendt have…

Students play with kids, serve as role models

By Kelly Pyzik  pyzikkel@grinnell.edu As one of Grinnell’s longest-running student groups on campus, the after-school program Friday Fun Night has established itself as a stable place for children of low-income families in Des Moines to have a good time and a healthy snack. Every Wednesday, the five Friday Fun Night coordinators choose a theme for…

The True Grinn-alien: Ron Cooper

By Aaron Lapkin  lapkinaa@grinnell.edu If he isn’t telling you some crazy UFO story or about the legitimacy of Big Foot, you might find Ron Cooper, otherwise known as “Coop,” in the Bear gathering equipment for athletes in preparation for the next athletic event. At least, you should find him there; he’s been an equipment manager…

Grinnell Lucky that this Dragon landed in town

By Yanling Xu  xuyanlin@grinnell.edu People who enjoy Asian food should definitely check out the recently opened Chinese and Vietnamese restaurant, Lucky Dragon. Located at 1108 West Street, the Lucky Dragon features classic recipes both from China and Vietnam. Owner Sothea Tran of Cambodia and her husband Kevin Son founded the Lucky Dragon this past July….

Grinnell battles poverty

By Chase Booth  boothcha@grinnell.edu Grinnell, Iowa—home to one of the wealthiest institutions in the country. Yet, beyond the College’s lush borders, 23.6% of Grinnell’s population of about 9,100 lives in poverty, according to city-data.com. Now more than ever, the Grinnell community finds an increasing number of high school and grade school students requiring free or…

Prairie Canary spreads wings in Grinnell

By Sarah Shaughnessy shaughne@grinnell.edu An earthenware plate arrives, atop it a grass-fed beef tenderloin seared to a perfect medium rare on a mound of mashed potatoes, sautéed zucchini and garlicky kale with a melting pat of sage butter sliding down the side. On a chilly fall day bookended by hours in a Burling cubicle, it…

True G: Don Smith

Professor Emeritus of History Don Smith began his teaching career in the 1960s at his alma mater, Yale University. Professor Smith  taught at Grinnell from August 1970 until his retirement in 2006. How would you describe your teaching experience at Grinnell College? My teaching at Grinnell College has been very rewarding; I like the educational…

Local schools may combine

By Kelly Pyzik  pyzikkel@grinnell.edu Currently, the Grinnell-Newburg school district is working through a few proposals that would consolidate the district from five into three school buildings. This would create one high school with grades seven through twelve, with seventh and eighth grade in a separate wing, and two elementary schools with pre-kindergarten through sixth grade….