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First year wins ISO Presidency

The International Student Organization elections last week ended in surprise when Natalie Richardson Gentil ’14 was elected President after taking third in a close first round vote. Rachael Hitchins ’13 and Cyril Afeku ’13 tied for (26.9%) ahead of Richardson Gentil (26.1%) in the first round of elections. Because these numbers are so close, the…

Book drive for South Sudan starts soon

Students in South Sudan may soon receive worn copies of books like “House on Mango Street” and “Ain’t No Makin’ It” from Grinnell students. SGA started a book drive for Sudanese schools last week and will place bins around the school where students can drop off their used copies of books. “The purpose of the…

Review of ITS begins

Grinnell College is bringing in an outside group to review its Information Technology Services (ITS) over the next few weeks. “The goal is to understand needs for ITS: strengths, weaknesses, and ways to change,” said Janet Davis, the head of the Computer Science Department. “The ultimate goal is to create a new plan for ITS…

Student Affairs to fix housing crisis

This year’s room draw left 91 first-years in housing limbo, without a dorm room for next semester. Every year, a handful of first-years with low room draw numbers must wait until summer to learn their housing information, but this year hit an all time high, according to Andrea Conner, Assistant Dean of Students. “We heard…

Student congress connects Iowa campus governments

Students from colleges across the state of Iowa are coming together under the auspices of an organization called Iowa Student Congress. SGA voted to ratify the Congress’ new constitution at Joint Board this Wednesday, pending final approval at a second vote next week. The Congress is a resource through which students across the state can…

Earth week invades campus

Free the Planet (FTP) ushered in Earth Week with events designed around the issues of Iowa local food, and water and energy conservation. “We hope to offer both local and global perspectives of the relationships humans have with their environment,” said Savannah Duby ’13, one of the main organizers of the events. The week kicked…

Corrected: Economics most popular major for 2013

Last week, the S&B printed the following article with the title, “History most popular major for 2013” on page 3. The headline incorrectly represented the data in the article and the graph: Economics, not history, is the most popular major for the class of 2013. The graph accompanying the article was ambiguously labeled and showed…

Q&A: Ginsburg discusses copyrights

Jane Ginsburg is the Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law at Columbia University. She teaches, studies and publishes works on domestic and international copyright and trademark laws. In Herrick Chapel yesterday, Ginsburg gave a convocation address titled “The Author’s Place in the Future of Copyright.” Her presentation focused on authors’ rights…

Iowa, redistricted

The new redistricting plan that approved by the Iowa legislature yesterday granted Grinnell new representatives in Washington, D.C. and Des Moines. This vote moves Grinnell from the current Third Congressional District to the new, more liberal First Congressional District that represents most of northeastern Iowa. The Third District includes all of Polk County, including Des…