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Class of 2014 flexes its variety

One of them is a player from the National Rugby team of Georgia. One made an amazing scientific discovery and won an international competition. One grew cacti, one taught tae-kwon-do and one has taught kayaking all over the country. The diverse backgrounds, perspectives and hobbies of incoming of first-year students help give Grinnell its character….

Police respond to noise complaints

Within the past two weeks, there have been two separate incidents in which officers from the Grinnell Police Department have entered student residence halls. On Saturday, August 28 around 12:30 a.m., Will Hurd ’11 was playing loud music in his room in Cowles Hall when a police officer appeared at his door, entered the room,…

Grinnell receives research grant

The smoking ban may still be in full effect at Grinnell, but that has not hampered the chemistry department’s ongoing research into how nicotine interacts with the brain. Grinnell College received a grant last May for $373,000 over three years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to continue researching nicotinic acetylcholine receptors…

Fall Bucket Course returns at Drake Library

This fall, members of the Grinnell community will be exploring their preconceptions of time and its intricacies and the mathematical arguments that disprove those preconceptions. A course entitled “Time—Its Many Facets” taught by Professor Emeritus Beryl Clotfelter, Ph.D., began last Wednesday as part of a Bucket Course program that began last year. Bucket Courses are…

Seeland Park retirees harvest lush produce

Iowa farmers are highly regarded for their work ethic, but today that fame is beginning to dwindle. With the next generation selling family land as soon as their parents are unable to continue, many farmers are faced with the reality that they have little to do in their retirement—but not at Seeland Park Retirement Community….

Three senators run off against “no confidence”

The beginning of a new school year brings syllabi, bathroom votes and elections, elections, e-lec-tions. Last Tuesday, Sept. 7th, the polls opened to select Student Government Association (SGA) senators for each dorm cluster. Two or three senators from each cluster are elected to represent their peers. Their duties include attending Joint Board with the SGA…

Dotty Slick appeals administrative leave

On Thursday, August 26, Intercultural Affairs Associate Daria “Dotty” Slick was put on administrative leave. The decision came as a shock to many, including Slick. “I’m still in disbelief,” Slick said the following Wednesday afternoon. Administrative leave is officially defined as time away from work for purposes deemed appropriate by the institution. The reasons for this…

Holden Bale wins VPSA position

Holden Bale ‘12 was announced this morning as Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA) for the Student Government Association (SGA). Graciela Guzman ‘11, who was elected VPSA last spring, went on leave this semester and therefore resigned. “We’re looking forward to Holden’s dedication to the SGA cabinet,” SGA Treasurer Gabe Schechter ’12 said. Six candidates…

Kington discusses health, jobs and nicknames

On Thursday, September 2, President Raynard Kington delivered the year’s first Scholar’s Convocation address entitled “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health in the US: Patterns, Causes, Trends.” He spoke for just over an hour on interdisciplinary research in American health across racial groups and subgroups, covering topics such as health care availability and quality, mortality…