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GCSA members risk arrest to protest divestment

By Andrea Baumgartel  baumgart1@grinnell.edu From Friday at 5 p.m. until 8 a.m. this morning, a team of five students from Grinnell College Student Action (GCSA) — Holly Barton ’17, Ross Floyd ’19, Sean Haggerty ’19, Eli Shepherd ’18 and Lucid Thomas ’19 — camped out at Nollen House to demand the College financially divest from…

Presentation on Posse Plus Retreat: “Us versus them”

By Candace Mettle mettleca@grinnell.edu Last Tuesday, representatives of the College’s Posse students held an interactive presentation based around the discussions held at this year’s Posse Plus Retreat. Every year, the Posse Foundation hosts a weekend getaway to converse about current events in U.S. politics with fellow Posse members, faculty and administration members and invited non-Posse…

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Anti-fascism imagery criticized, vandalized

By Lily Bohlke bohlkeli@grinnell.edu Over the course of the last week, unidentified people have removed or vandalized two separate art pieces that represented protest and resistance to the new presidential administration.  Clio Sawyer*, a student at Grinnell, created and hung posters across campus that read “No Safe Spaces for Fascist Scum” with an image of…

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Autumn Wilke made new assistant dean for disabilities resources

By Steve Yang yangstev17@grinnell.edu Autumn Wilke will serve as Grinnell’s new Assistant Dean for Disability Resources, taking on part of the role vacated by Jennifer Krohn’s retirement and continuing her work on disability and accessibility on campus, according to a campus wide email sent out on Jan. 24. Wilke has been the coordinator of disability…

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Innovation fund announces chosen projects

By Zane Silk silkzane@grinnell.edu Grinnell College announced on Jan. 26 the projects selected for funding by the Innovation Fund. The nine chosen projects cover a range of areas with a particular emphasis on digital technology and addressing issues of diversity. Now in its fifth year, the Innovation Fund was created for faculty, staff and students…

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Kumail Nanjiani ’01 to speak at this year’s commencement

By Nandita Banik baniknan@grinnell.edu At this year’s graduation ceremony, stand-up comedian, actor, writer, podcast host and Pakistani-American Kumail Nanjiani ’01 will join the ranks of Zadie Smith and Judith Butler in addressing the class as a commencement speaker. Most recently, Nanjiani has lent his voice to Prismo for the Emmy Award-winning animated series “Adventure Time.”…

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Ologie marketing firm does outreach for the College

By Philip Kiely kielyphi@grinnell.edu Grinnell College has recently hired Ologie, a Columbus, Ohio-based marketing and strategy firm, to further the college’s marketing and outreach efforts. The company has a large roster of higher-education clients and intends to build a powerful platform for Grinnell to tell its story. In a presentation last Thursday, representatives from Ologie…

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Women’s marches across the nation

        “I went to the D.C. Women’s March with my mom. … They emphasized a lot of women of color, queer women, disabled women, Muslim women. … It’s so much more than just white feminism and there were a lot of signs about white privilege and white fragility, and I thought that…

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Construction on new HSSC begins

By Reed Essex essexree@grinnell.edu The grassy area that used to allow for easy passage from Noyce to the ARH has been replaced with a cordoned off construction site. The new Humanities and Social Sciences Complex (HSSC) is a project that the administration has been planning for the last five years. Kate Walker, Treasurer of the…

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Class of 2020 sees all-time low acceptance rate

By Julia Echikson echikson@grinnell.edu The class of 2020 experienced an all-time low acceptance rate, with only 18 percent of applicants being offered admission to the College. Despite this new accomplishment, the College did not meet its goal of having 440 students in the incoming class. Of admitted students, fewer chose to attend Grinnell College than…