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Spotlight: Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor ’15, a transfer from UW-Lacrosse, plays point guard on the basketball team. “[Taylor is] the real deal … a very special player who just might be the next leading scorer in the nation,” said Grinnell associate head coach, David Arseneault ’09, in an interview on the Grinnell College Athletics website. The Pioneers open…

Act locally with Habitat

By Darwin Manning  manningd@grinnell.edu While there was a strong focus on global social justice action on campus this week, there is also a lot to be done locally. This is what the Habitat for Humanity project this Saturday is aiming to prove. This will be the first project in Grinnell though this Iowa faction of…

Amazing Chase: Better than the Amazing Race

By Darwin Manning  manningd@grinnell.edu On Friday, November 30, the town of Grinnell will be taking to the streets in a dizzying fashion and displaying the many gems that exist around the Jewel of the Prairie. Teams of two to four people will participate in Grinnell’s second Amazing Chase, the first appearing as an addition to…

Volunteer for cash…with a catch

By Kevin Hong  hongze@grinnell.edu Since 1999, Grinnell College has run a volunteer initiative program for faculty and staff who volunteer for local non-profits. Faculty and staff who volunteer for more than fifteen hours per semester are eligible to apply to have $100 donated to their organization. “It is a way for the College to get…

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….