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Rental cars for students

Those feeling the isolating drain of the Grinnell bubble will find relief in a new program called Connect, which will allow students, staff, faculty and town residents to rent cars at an hourly rate. The program is sponsored by Hertz Rent-a-Car and will effectively start Monday, Oct. 4 with the activation of the Grinnell-specific Hertz…

10/10/10 party organizers make changes for safety

The organizers of the annual all-campus party 10/10 are planning changes to this year’s event. Plans include adding an extra security guard and canceling the party in Lazier in order to prevent thefts and vandalism like those that happened last year and to help guarantee participants’ safety. The Grinnell Ultimate Frisbee Team, which organizes the…

Kington holds first town hall meetings

On Sept. 20, President Raynard Kington held two town hall meetings open to Grinnell College students, staff and faculty members. In each hour-long meeting, Kington began by stating his general approach to decision-making and his goal of civil discourse before opening the floor to questions. “As far as I’m concerned, everyone is starting with a…

Students arrested for marijuana

On Wed., Sept. 15, three Grinnell College students were arrested in Loose Hall for possession of an illegal substance. Campus Security was notified of the smell of marijuana. Security contacted the Grinnell Police Department, who arrived and made the subsequent arrests. “We received a complaint. That’s how we usually get there, is if we’ve got…

Print release stations to come with the snow

The privilege of free, unlimited printing for students is under fire from the administration. Information Technology Services (ITS) will install “print release stations” over winter break in what could be a step toward charging students for printing. Every week, 500 sheets of paper are left in the printers of Burling Library alone, just three of…

Policy on outdoor drinking under review

There won’t be a beer garden at Grinnell House Wars this Saturday, Sept. 25, and there might not even be beer outdoors at this year’s Grinnell Relays—a major change from last year. Recently, the Department of Student Affairs denied organizers’ request for an outdoor beer garden at this weekend’s party, citing a policy outlined in…

Beeman discusses relationship between US, Iran

On Thursday Sept. 16, William Beeman visited Grinnell College and gave a lecture entitled “Iran Is Not What You Think It Is.” Beeman is a specialist in Middle East Studies, Japanese Studies, Central Asian Studies, Linguistics and Performance Studies. He is currently a professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota while continuing…

Grinnell given $350,000 NIH biology research grant

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In 2010, neuroscientists at Grinnell studied synapses. While it may not have the same ring, Grinnell’s neuroscience department is going places. “There’s definitely an element of exploration,” Professor Clark Lindgren, Biology, said of his research. The department recently received a $351,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health…

Diversity VP goes on temporary personal leave

Vice President of Diversity and Achievement Elena Bernal ’94 is on temporary personal leave. She has been off-campus throughout the year and will likely return in four to eight weeks, according to President Raynard Kington. Bernal left for personal reasons unrelated to her job or her position at the College. No specific rationale was given…