One Smooth Grinnellian

By Joe Engleman It has been years since the city of Grinnell or Grinnell College supported boxing clubs or a boxing team. But international boxing star and Grinnell native, James “Smooth One” Crawford, is looking to change that. Crawford began boxing in Grinnell at the age of eight, when Grinnell still boasted a local…


Grin City paints pastoral pastels

By Meg Schmitt Despite a slow start to the spring, Grin City Collective, an artist residency program located on a family farm just outside of Grinnell, is blossoming in preparation for its spring residency session. Grin City has undergone an expansion of its program and its facilities over the last year, adding new studios,…

Students on patrol

By Stephen Gruber-Miller Grinnell students are learning what it’s like to be a cop this spring in an eight-week program called the Citizens Police Academy (CPA). The program is run by the Grinnell Police Department and has existed for about four years as a means to give the community a better perspective of what…


Filmmaker discusses feminism behind bars

Noga Ashkenazi ’09 is the writer, producer and director of the film  The Grey Area, a documentary following a group of women in the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, Iowa, as they complete a course on feminism taught by Grinnell students. There will be a screening of the film tonight at 7 p.m….


Grinnell sandwich crawl

Grinnell is awash in scrumptious sandwich vendors. A veritable smorgasbord of options exists, making it tough to decide when that sandwich craving hits. Depending on your dining companions, time constraints and sandwich preferences, each of these options may hit that sweet spot. Join me on a sandwich odyssey through the streets of downtown Grinnell. Jimmy…


Community members Build a Better Grinnell

By Prisca Kim On Wednesday, members of the Grinnell community were treated to the first public presentation of the results of the Build a Better Grinnell assessment, a collaborative community undertaking completed over the last 14 months, which aimed to identify areas of future community enhancement through surveys and analyses of the town. Although…


Grinnell Griffins: more than a myth

By Meg Schmitt “Violent elegance” is an oddly striking description of the game of rugby, offered by veteran player and Grinnell citizen Erik Hartz, hinting at the underlying strategy in the sport. “Technique is way more important than force.” It’s technique that is used by teammates of all shapes and sizes in the rough-and-tumble…


Poweshiek Mental Health closing

By Avery Rowlison Poweshiek County Mental Health Center (PCMHC) will be closing their doors April 13 due to bankruptcy. In response to the closure of Grinnell’s largest mental healthcare provider, Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has created a mental healthcare clinic to fill PCMHC’s shoes. Denoted the Grinnell Regional Mental Health Clinic (GRMHC), the…


Local art exhibition the cat’s meow

By Lee Purvey What if you thought about art as a cocktail? This rather novel question drives the vast majority of the works in the Layers of Containment: Cat Castles & Curated Cocktails sculpture exhibition, which opened Thursday evening at the Grinnell Art Gallery on 926 Broad Street and will run through April 26….

Young artists grace gallery

By Shanna Nichols, On Thursday, March 7th, the Grinnell Arts Gallery unveiled the Grinnell High School and Middle School Art Exhibition. The Grinnell Area Arts Council (GAAC), now in its third year of hosting the show, has expanded their collection to include more pieces than in the past. This year included not only two-…