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Letter to the Editor: Preparing for Block Party

Block Party goers, As we all know, Block Party is a heavenly end of the year celebration honoring the conclusion of a successful academic year. It’s a day full of bliss, happiness and plenty, but it can also be a day of debauchery. In order to maximize your fun as well as your safety, please…

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“Troll 2”… Wait, there was a “Troll 1”?

Column by Jose Mendez mendezjo@grinnell.edu Have you ever had an itch that just kept coming back, no matter what you did to try and get rid it? Well if you have, then good news because I am that itch. And just like that itch that just fucking won’t go away, I am back with one…

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“The Last Bad Man”

Column by Susanne Bushman bushmans@grinnell.edu Last summer, my mom coerced me into leading a book club at the local library at which she works. The idea was to try to draw in other young adults by having me lead the group and choose all the books. I wanted to choose only books that I hadn’t…

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Indecent (Asian American) Exposure

Column by Matt Kartanata kartanat@grinnell.edu Scarlett Johansson is not of Asian descent. But that didn’t stop her or Tilda Swinton from taking on roles of characters originally written as Asian in the upcoming films “Ghost in the Shell” and “Doctor Strange.” They came under fire earlier this month when the Twitter hashtag #whitewashedOUT brought to…

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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Guest Column by Prisca Kim, Opinion Editor kimprisc@grinnell.edu This past year, I’ve served as the Opinions/Opinion editor of the S&B, and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. To be honest, I was going into the position a little blindly, but I’ve come to love the perks of editing columns, working with some opinionated writers for…

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Beauty is Terror: A Classically Modern Tragedy

Column by Chase Booth boothcha@grinnell.edu As a classics major myself, I suppose it’s apt that my final book review should be about Donna Tartt’s breakout novel, “The Secret History,” a story of death, beauty and psychological breakdown — with some classics majors thrown in. Many might recognize Tartt’s name from her more recent novel, “The…

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Letter to the Editor: White Supremacy and Cinco de Mayo

Dear Grinnell Campus Community, Last semester, the Diversity and Outreach Coordinator, along with other multicultural organizations, hosted a “My Identity, Not Your Costume” campaign bringing cultural awareness to the student body about the politics of appropriation and the detrimental effects of such actions. When we first released the promotional materials, we expected to incite dialogue…

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Who’s really “Becky with the Good Hair?”

Column by Christian Clark clarkchr@grinnell.edu Welcome to the Hot Room, Grinnell! So, in this edition, we’re going to attempt to figure out who “Becky with the Good Hair” is. Beyoncé’s crazy-ass fans have attacked Rita Ora, Rachel Roy and Rachael-fucking-Ray. Now, if you don’t know, Rachael Ray is a chef — somebody I watched on…