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White House awards GSP

By Carolin Scholz The Grinnell Science Project (GSP) was awarded with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring last week. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden presented the award to Professor Jim Swartz, Chemistry, Director of the Center for Science in the Liberal Arts in a ceremony at the…

VP of Diversity and Achievement back on campus

By Nate Powell-Palm & Kevin Hong Vice President for Diversity and Achievement Elena Bernal returned to her position after going on leave last semester for personal reasons. In the coming months, Bernal says she hopes to work with President Raynard Kington to find new ways to “strengthen diversity at the College.” “This is a unique…

PWeb malfunction halts election

The Student Government Association (SGA) Senator elections held Tuesday were disrupted by a data failure on PioneerWeb (PWeb). Make-up elections are being held today for all dorm clusters except off-campus, which was not affected. From at least 10:30 p.m. until the election ended at midnight, students were unable to vote in any dorm cluster besides…

Garang ’69 led fight for South Sudan

By Nate Powell-Palm Every admissions officer tells prospective students that Grinnellians change the world. Often, changing the world involves social activism, academia, teaching or work in the sciences. However, as the citizens of South Sudan celebrate the results of their recent election, one Grinnellian, John Garang ’69, stands out. This month, after 19 years of…

Off-campus housing not available

By Alice Thornewill Returning to Grinnell after a leave of absence or a semester abroad can be stressful. Students have to face a dining hall filled with unfamiliar faces, the realization that they have to do real homework again and the inevitably of eating an outtake. This year, many returning students also had to deal…

Understaffed CDO hires director

By Lily Jamaludin In April 2011, Mark Peltz will take over as the Director of Grinnell College’s Career Development Office. The Career Development Office (CDO) is a place that all Grinnell students will most likely visit at least once in their college careers—the stepping-stone between college and the real world. The CDO is still in…

Alum recovering after crash

By Armando Montaño A handful of people gathered in JRC Room 209 on Thursday to sign cards and take part in a video message for Phil Hagen ’10 and his family, wishing his speedy recovery after his car accident in West Des Moines on January 10. “Phil was an involved student and well-liked by many…

College libraries win prestigious award

By Kevin Hong Grinnell College Libraries received the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award for their service to students from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The ACRL commended Grinnell for its extensive mentoring services and research search engine training offered to students. The ACRL awards a handful of higher education institutions the Excellence…

Social Justice Prize gets coordinator

Monday marked Melisa Chan’s first full day of work as the new Coordinator for the Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize. An environmental lawyer from Hartford, Connecticut, she found the job on the college website and thought it was the perfect fit for her. “I feel [the job] is an extension of what I have…

KDIC’s Listen Hear show cancelled

By Avery Rowlison Listen Hear, KDIC’s official news broadcast show, was recently cancelled by its director, Matthew Zmudka ’11, largely due to lack of interest and student workers for the broadcast. “The reporter core wasn’t enough to keep it going,” Zmudka said. Much of the burden fell on the shoulders of Hannah Kapp-Klote ’13, Zmudka…