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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…

Tim Dobe wins grant to study Gandhi’s engagement with the Muslim community

By Saiham Sharif  sharifsa@grinnell.edu Professor Timothy Dobe, religious studies, won the prestigious Burkhardt Fellowship for his research on Mahatma Gandhi’s engagement with the Muslim community. The fellowship will provide Dobe with 95,000 dollars, as well as funds for research and associated costs. Through the fellowship, Dobe will spend the 2018-2019 academic year at Duke University’s…

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“Professors Without Borders” speak about evolution of identity from international backgrounds

By Zane Silk  silkzane@grinnell.edu Three professors gathered in JRC 101 on Thursday, March 6 to speak about their experiences coming to the United States and navigating their multiple identities here. The event, “Professors Without Borders: Identity and Sense of Belonging,” featured Professors Gemma Sala, political science, Marc Chamberland, mathematics, and Yee Mon Thu, biology. The…

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Mando Montaño Memorial Lecture brings Pulitzer-winning journalists

By Jon Sundby  sundbyjo17@grinnell.edu When Armando ‘Mando’ Montaño ‘12 first met Dale Maharidge, the two hit it off immediately. Maharidge was coming through to congratulate Montaño’s parents on their recent marriage, but instead of sitting around and talking with the adults, Maharidge and Montaño spent the day “goofing off.” By all accounts, however, this wasn’t…

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Sasha Kuzura ’17 and Ale Rodriguez Wheelock ’17 announced Watson Fellows

By Megan Tcheng  tchengme@grinnell.edu Two members of this year’s graduating class, Oleksandr “Sasha” Kuzura ’17 and Alejandra “Ale” Rodriguez Wheelock ’17, have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. As part of their award, Watson Fellows receive a 30,000 dollar to travel abroad and pursue an independently designed academic project. During…

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Stonewall Resource Center revamps SRC Coalition activist group

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu The Stonewall Resource Center (SRC) provides numerous resources to Grinnell students such as a GWSS lending library, a library with queer literature, a clothing closet with free clothing for use by transgender students, a space for identity based support groups to meet and is also a place for students to just…

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Mohammed Khan speaks about being Muslim in America

By Jon Sundby sundbyjo17@grinnell.edu A recent spate of bias-related incidents, including the shooting of two Indian engineers in Kansas and a string of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries, have brought hate crimes back into the forefront of America’s consciousness. Especially for Muslims, who were a rhetorical target for President Trump during his campaign, the threat of…