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Spring break 2011: Students to go to Haiti

By Nate Powell-Palm Over spring break, 10 Grinnellians will travel to Haiti to witness the effects of the earthquake and help rebuild in what will be Grinnell’s second major effort to help the people of Haiti. Last month marked the one year anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti which killed between 92,000 and…

Administration studies student attrition rates

By Armando Montaño This semester, Grinnell will investigate the reasons that some students choose to leave the confines of the College prematurely. Various administrative offices are compiling years of attrition data to find out why former Grinnell students left the school and did not return. “We realized that no formal analysis has been done in…

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…