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Emergency Fund to aid students in times of need

By Saiham Sharif  sharifsa@grinnell.edu The Emergency Fund, headed by Student Affairs with the guidance of the Office of Financial Aid, will provide students with last resort financial assistance. One of the main goals of the fund is to help in preventing students from unexpectedly leaving the College for financial reasons. The fund has been built…

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Yesenia Ayala ’18 awarded Truman Scholarship for graduate study

Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu Yesenia Ayala ’18 has been awarded The Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which is among the most prestigious and rigorous scholarships in the nation. This year, 62 students were chosen to receive $30,000 for their graduate education. According to Ayala, receiving this scholarship is an honor, partially due to the rigor involved with…

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Community Advisors claim poor hiring practices for student staff

By Zane Silk silkzane@grinnell.edu For a number of Residence Life’s student staff, the office’s process of selection for next year’s student positions in late February was a reason to voice growing concerns with the department’s actions and policies. While there has been dissatisfaction on a number of issues, it was frustration with the hiring process…

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Student Research Symposium

  Abraham Mhaidli ‘17 “Energy Profiling with Alpaca” Global warming is the biggest threat to humanity. We wanted to stop global warming with comp science, so we thought, let’s build energy efficient technology. Right now, that’s based on hardware—better lighting, better wires, etc. We were like OK that’s boring, let’s look at software, how to…

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Geothermal wells to provide energy to new HSSC

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu Grinnell students returned from spring break to find the perimeter of Mac Field surrounded by a fence and covered in mechanical equipment. To many students, this new construction site was a surprise. To compensate for the loss of Mac Field for intramural sports, such as Ultimate Frisbee, Facilities Management has been…

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Khurram Hussain discusses Muslim identity

By Saiham Sharif sharifsa@grinnell.edu Khurram Hussein, a professor of religious studies at Lehigh University, came to Grinnell on April 11 to deliver a lecture entitled called “Can the Muslim Speak?” He proposed that discussion of Muslim identity should not be restricted, moving from one end of the simplistic ‘good/bad’ dichotomy to the other. Hussein discussed…

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100 year old “Peace Rock” exhumed near construction site

  By Nora Coghlan & Jon Sundby coghlann17@grinnell.edu & sundbyjo17@grinnell.edu When local historian Byron Hueftle-Worley came across an article detailing an explosion on Grinnell’s campus, it naturally sparked his interest. “Dynamite seems to be the agent used by the attacking party, judging from the sound of the explosion which awakened the inhabitants of North Grinnell…

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Professors contextualize conflict in Syria

By Lily Bohlke & Eva Lilienfeld bohlkeli@grinnell.edu & lilienfe17@grinnell.edu Though Syrian communities pre-date the modern world, Syria’s national identity is only about 72 years old. Since 2011, the country has been involved in a civil war with Sunni rebel groups, ISIS, Al Qaeda affiliates and Kurdish forces up against the Alawite authoritarian Assad regime. All sides…