There are those certain moments in life, that although it may sound cliché are life changing, and ones where your life takes a dramatic new direction. This experience that took place on March 18 at about 6 p.m. was truly one of those moments for me.
The World Bank defines “moderate poverty” as living on less than two U.S. dollars a day, but the International Students Organization (ISO) begs to differ.
A year ago, a group of student activists met and formed the No Limits Project (NLP), a student group that aimed to push the administration to maintain commitments to social justice, among other reforms. The group published a list of demands sent to President Russell K. Osgood—demands that it has been working to achieve for…
Taking a stroll through downtown Grinnell, it is easy to feel somewhat out of place. Jimbo’s and Grinnell Coffee Company are gone and where once stood the entrance to Grinnell Fiberworks is Grinnell’s newest Mexican restaurant—Las Fajitas.
While the town may be best known for The Oxford Project—a book of stories and photographs of 100 Oxford residents (1/7 of the current population of the town) taken 20 years apart, by Oxford native Peter Feldstein—it was Augusta that brought us to Oxford on this particular night.
They have ranged from proposed dining hall changes—a common request—to a proposed name-change for the school itself–in 2006, 25 percent of students voted for Grinnell to be re-named the “Richard J Walker ’04 Conservatory of Awesomeness.” Over 100 student initiatives over the past 11 years have called for a plethora of various actions— the construction of a bordello, the devotion of a room in the JRC to bean bags, and the restoration of peace to the galaxy.
Grinnell students are known for their drive for social equality. But now, more students are turning beliefs into action.
More students are applying for programs during semester breaks like Alt Break and ReNew and programs for graduates, like Grinnell Corps and Teach for America (TFA), than any time in recent memory.
Everyone on campus was invited to have their picture taken in whatever state of undress they felt most comfortable, while eating food and hanging out with other like-minded students. With the consent of the photographed person the pictures were later used in a public display contrasting the difference between reality and the media’s portrayal of body image.
With the announcement of the thirteenth college president fresh on most people’s minds, the reactions on the campus pertaining to President-elect Kington have ranged from elation to skepticism. The conversation topic is buzzing amongst not just the student body but within the faculty offices and staff rooms as well.
Ian Roberts ’87 discusses his adventures in sketch comedy including his time at Grinnell. Roberts is also the co-founder of Upright Citizens Brigrade and will be starring in a new TV show Players on Spike. Matthew Bachtell ’13 spoke with Roberts over the phone on Wednesday.