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Nadia Graese ’17 awarded student worker of the year

By Tanvi Jindal jindalta@grinnell.edu Waiting for Nadia Graese ‘17 in anticipation, I was both a little intimidated by and skeptical of a person who was hardworking and dedicated enough to become the campus student employee of the year. On meeting Graese, I realized that my concerns were misplaced. Having worked with her before, I know…

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Pioneer Weekend encourages student innovation

By Zane Silk silkzane@grinnell.edu Last weekend, Grinnell College hosted the third iteration of Pioneer Weekend, which is an innovation competition that seeks to build entrepreneurship and leadership skills among students. This year’s nine teams, consisting of 33 students, in total competed for a top prize of $2,000 and a scholarship for the University of Iowa-sponsored…

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Background Noyce: Professor Susan Villarreal

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu “I focus on aspects of behavior that impact an organism’s life, and try to understand why they’re behaving the way they are,” said Professor Susan Villearreal. She is an entomologist who has started teaching Bio 150, 240, and 252 this year and is developing a brand-new Forensic Entomology course. Among other…

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Limelight: T.G.I.F

T.G.I.F is a student band making a name for itself in the Grinnell student music scene. Jasper Cole-Kink ’19 on drums, Silas Hammel ’19 on bass, Ian Donaldson ‘20 on piano and Jamal Preston ’19, Lauren MacKenzie ’19 and J’Remi Barnes  ’19 on vocals draw from a wide variety of musical backgrounds and blend into…

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Get to know your SEPCs: Economics

By Lily Bohlke bohlkeli@grinnell.edu The Economics SEPC, a group in equilibrium, has high supply and high demand at the same time. Noah Sebek ’17, Muhamad Sami ’17, Evelyn Weidman ’17, Dylan Ambrosoli ’18 and Anushka Joshi ’18 comprise the SEPC, which works together to give input to the Economics hiring processes, get to know professors…

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Background Noyce: Computer Science Students create Project Gadfly

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu Some people choose to call their elected representatives to press for change, but many others don’t—they might not know what to say, or know the best way to contact their representative. Luckily a group of Grinnellians organized over spring break to address this problem, and created a website, iPhone and Android…

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Grinnell “Fight Club” practices martial arts

By Graham Dodd doddhenr@grinnell.edu Grinnell College now has a Fight Club. Far from the grungy basements of its namesake, the club meets in the Bear’s Dance Studio, and members are encouraged to talk about it. Martial artists Philip Kiely ‘20 and Bogdan Abaev ‘20 decided to found the club when they met one day in…

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Women in computing ads vandalized

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu Elizabeth Zak ’18 is one of the co-leaders of the Women-in-Computing club (WIC). When she wanted to advertise a meeting, Zak did what one would normally do: she wrote “Women-in-Computing, Tuesday, 7 p.m., CS Commons” on a white board on the third floor of Noyce. The next day, the “Wo” in…

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Background Noyce: Professor Damian Kelty-Stephen

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu In “Background Noyce,” a staff writer investigates research, projects or otherwise interesting happenings in Noyce Science Center. This week, the S&B’s Andrea Baumgartel ’19 sat down with Professor Damian Kelty-Stephen, Psychology, to discuss motor coordination, nested systems and what humans have in common with honey bees. The one word that best…