Community

Sample foods, save the world with Oxfam America

By Amy Kieruzel  kieruzel@grinnell.edu On Saturday September 22, eleven members of the student organization Oxfam America at Grinnell attended the 10th annual World Food Festival in downtown Des Moines. The festival featured forty vendors offering a taste of international cuisine, thirty varieties of beers and wines from around the world, a mix of local and…

True Grinnellian: Jeff Phelps ’71

By Darwin Manning  manningd@grinnell.edu There are few who know Grinnell and its people as well as the owner of Saints Rest. Jeff Phelps ’71 grew up in Grinnell, attended Grinnell College and has delivered a reliable source of caffeine to the town of Grinnell for the last thirteen years. Phelps began working as a businessman…

Tutor kids, feel smarter

By Natalie Berg bergnata@grinnell.edu Grinnellians interested in education will find a multitude of opportunities to get involved in local schools. Classes in the Education Department are one path, as they all require a certain number of hours in local classrooms, and provide a chance for students to do more. “I was connected to a local…

Drake Library builds community

By Ryan Halloran  halloran1@grinnell.edu For many students, Drake Community Library can be an often-overlooked resource. “[Students] come for a quiet study area…a way to get away from campus and do [their] studying and for recreational reading,” said Marilyn Kennett, the director of the Drake Community Library. The Drake Library opened in 2009 and is almost…

Come snack at Comeback

By Kasey Fralick fralickk@grinnell.edu For those of you already tired of the D-Hall, there are numerous places in town to grab a modestly-priced meal. One of those places is the Comeback Café. Located at 804 Commercial Avenue, the Comeback Café is a local coffee and sandwich shop with small-town charm. The shop overlooks a street…

True Grinnellian: Roger Bauman of “the Cage”

By Jasmine Gerritsen  gerritse@grinnell.edu Known for his waffles and selfless heart, Roger Bauman, commonly known as “Rodge,” tirelessly works for the College managing the Athletic Equipment Room. Perhaps the “truest Grinnellian” known to the Scarlet & Black, Roger was born only eight miles away from campus and has lived the vast majority of his life…

Midtown construction hopes to increase local shopping

By Brian Silberberg  silberbe@grinnell.edu Returning Grinnell students may have noticed the buzz of construction going on outside Wal-Mart upon their arrival this semester. The midtown construction is part of a concentrated effort to woo new retailers to town, specifically for unexplored niches and gaps in the available shopping options the town offers. Angela Harrington, President…

Share Food, Make Friends at Community Meal

By Linda Beigel beigelli@grinnell.edu On Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m., Grinnell’s Davis Elementary School cafeteria is transformed. The nondescript brick building, with its tiled floors, wooden tables, and array of cartoon posters, suddenly becomes a meeting place for young and old, students and professors, families, married couples and retirees—in short, it becomes a place where…