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Our Urban Future Gives Grinnell College “Something to Talk About”

By Amanda Weber weberama@grinnell.edu This week, the College hosted the symposium “Our Urban Future.” Talks were free and open to the public and took place Sept. 5 through 7 in Grinnell’s Joe Rosenfield Center. The symposium, sponsored by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights, was designed to inspire awareness and…

Activist summit inaugurates year for social justice

By Seth Taylor taylorse@grinnell.edu On Monday night, an activist summit hosted by Morgane Garnier ’19 and Evan Feldberg-Bannatyne ’20 brought together activists representing various interests, backgrounds and issues to form a coalition of Grinnell College students implementing change. It marked the year’s first meeting of Grinnell Student Resistance. Those in attendance heard from Austin Frerick…

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Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies professor Leah Allen gains tenure track position

By Clara Larson larsoncl@grinnell.edu Professor Leah Allen has been given a tenure track position within the Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) department. Often, students do not notice changes in faculty’s tenure status, and as Allen noted, “these distinctions are not obvious to students, but they’re pretty meaningful.” Before receiving this promotion, Professor Allen served…

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Student Union pushes for wage

By Julia Echikson echikson@grinnell.edu The Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers (UGSDW) is fighting to increase the hourly wages of Dining Hall student workers to $9.25 from $9.60. “Wage increase should be tied to tuition increase,” said Sam Xu ’20, the Union’s treasurer. The Union wants wages to reflect the 3.9 percent tuition increase. “Work…

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Grinnell College responds to the termination of Obama-era DACA program

By Alice Herman ’17 hermanal@grinnell.edu   This Tuesday, the Trump Administration called to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an immigration policy set in place by the Obama administration that protected young people who had entered the U.S. before the age of 16 from imminent deportation. Trump Administration officials said that the…

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SGA pushes for College’s values

By Clara Larson larsoncl@grinnell.edu This semester, Student Goverment Association (SGA) has one primary goal — to foster Grinnell College’s core values. These values include social justice, respect, academics, equity and belonging.  “We all came here for something, and we just want to make sure that something is still here,” said SGA Vice President of Student…

Community Hour to bring campus together

By Caleb Forbes forbesca@grinnell.edu The creation of a new campus event, Community Hour, was announced last Friday, Aug. 25 in a special campus memo. This new series will bring the campus together at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, when no classes or meetings are held. Although this time slot has previous been used for lectures held…

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Fitness Center introduces new policies

By Julia Echikson echikson@grinnell.edu The Grinnell College Athletic Department and student-athlete group Queer Athletes and Allies (QAA) are launching an initiative to make the Bear Athletic Center more accessible for students. “A lot of things in the Bear [Athletic Center] needed to be improved, in general. But also more importantly, we [Grinnell College Athletic Department]…

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2021 brings demographic shift

By Ben Mikek mikekben@grinnell.edu The Department of Admissions has welcomed a new noteworthy class to Grinnell’s campus. Census day, when official statistics will become available, is still half a week away, but the Admissions Department was able to preview the Class of 2021’s achievements.  The new class in many ways represents a continuation of long-term…

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OCR administratively closes the College’s Title IX investigation

By Alice Herman hermanal17@grinnell.edu In a special campus memo released Wednesday, Aug. 30, President Raynard Kington addressed the closure of a two-year long investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) into allegations of “discrimination on the basis of sex and also retaliation” against students by Grinnell College.  “[The College] will…