Features

Library wins national award, celebrates

By Christopher Squier Standing at 60,739 square feet and built in 1959, Burling Library is finally getting recognized as the excellent institution it is. Last Friday, outside Burling, librarians from around Iowa, students and staff gathered for the Libraries’ ceremony to receive and celebrate the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award for 2011, presented to Grinnell…

Astronomy discussion group wide open

By Christopher Squier Before the country had standard time zones, the Grinnell telescope set the standard time for Iowa and was just the beginning of a long history of astronomy at Grinnell. Now, every Friday, a group of seven or so students meets with Professor Cadmus to discuss astronomical queries, confusions and news. Additionally, they…

Letter writing in Burling

“Wednesday Nights at Burling” always holds something special. This week, the event series featured “Letter Writing at Burling.” To set the mood for the night, books with written correspondences were arranged on the tables in the Northwest corner of Burling. “[The books are] from all time periods and present letters as historical documents,” said Librarian…

Christian Science Organization (CSO)

This group meets on Thursdays at 11 a.m. with Professor Diane Robertson. Towards the beginning of her time at Grinnell, she and her husband rejuvenated the Christian Science program for a number of years before membership dwindled to nothing. Now, several students on campus have provided the impetus to restart the program. “About five years…

Quaker Silent Meeting

The small group of Quakers on campus usually meets at 11:30 on Sunday mornings in the Prayer Garage of the CRSSJ. Library Assistant Nancy Cadmus leads the group with the help of her husband. Both have been involved on and off for roughly 30 years. The group participates in worship using the traditional silent meeting…

Wildflower Walk

There is a group on campus that gets their nourishment from Mother Nature and they aren’t just a bunch of hippies, they’re the Spring Wildflower walk group. This past Monday afternoon, the group ventured out to our prairie at CERA for a journey into an environment that used to rule Iowa. This activity has been…

Seder

On Monday, Chalutzim organised a Seder Feast to mark the start of eight days of Passover. The event was held in the Quad and attended by about a hundred people. Rabbi Howie Stein and student readers begun the evening by telling the Biblical story of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. They augmented this…

Ecumenical Discussion Group

Lead by retired Lutheran Pastor Jerry Laehn, the Ecumenical Discussion Group meets one Thursday a month in the Prayer Garage of the CRSSJ. “We always try to start out with a meal of some kind and then have a very brief Bible study,” Laehn said. From 6 to 7 p.m., this group chats over the…