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Gaming, dosing and saving the virtual world

If you were given a choice between three hours of Call of Duty: Black Ops and a line of pure cocaine, which one would you pick? According to new research, you would be better off choosing the blow. In his piece “Gaming Addiction Grips Youngsters,” UK counselor and therapist Steve Pope states that “spending two…

Students & refugees share experiences

“One cannot prepare to be a refugee. You come here and you try to learn a new language, a new custom, a new culture. You come here with a sense of loss. You’ve lost everything; especially, especially your dignity,” said Bosnian refugee Zeljka Krvavica. The five keynote speakers who spoke on the first night of…

Q&A: Caroline Tushabe on homophobia in Uganda

This Tuesday, International Women’s day, Caroline Tushabe, a professor at the University of California-Riverside and native Ugandan gave a talk on the colonial origins of homophobia in Africa. What is the state of the 2009 Anti-Homosexual bill [which makes homosexuality punishable by death] in Uganda? The president declared the bill an international affairs problem, so…

Technology consultants troubleshoot norms

The Grinnell College Technology Consultants, comprised of roughly 100 students, is harder to get into than the college itself. “We hire in the fall, we hire in the spring, and we get hundreds of applicants,” said Karen McRitchie, Information Technology Services. “We got 100 applicants for this spring and there were only ten positions, which…

Q&A: Mark Juergensmeyer on religious relations

Mark Juergensmeyer, director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of sociology and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara spoke at convocation this week on the topic of “Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State.” Juergensmeyer is an authority in the field religiously motivated political…

Students train to tend wildfires in bloom

By Christopher Squier Students may recognize the landscape at the Conard Environment Research Center (CERA) bursting into wildflower blooms from the common desktop background featured on many public computers on campus. Only a select group of trained individuals, however, will get to see this same landscape burst into flames at scheduled burns where the students…

Tutorial residents come full circle

By Avery Rowlison For Ruth Campbell ’11, Sam Redlitz ’11, Courtney Sheehan ’11, Esther Howe ’11 and Felicity Slater ’11, living in The Tutorial is a way for them to come full circle in their college experience, and not just because tutorial is the way every Grinnellian begins their years here. The residents of The…