Opinion

Life During Wartime: Unreasonable Science

By Max Fenton ’19 fentonma@grinnell.edu An odd education policy debate has raged in state legislatures for the past year — whether or not computer-coding classes should be as treated a foreign language. After all, computers speak their own kind of language, and coding is a valuable skill both as a form of communication and as…

Despite the times, Grinnell Advocates stand by their values

The state of Iowa is currently proposing to cut funding for sexual assault and domestic violence assistance programs. Budget cuts will dramatically impact the services available to survivors. Without adequate funding, not only would future on-campus Advocates lack appropriate training, but our parent organization, Crisis Intervention Services, would be unable to offer adequate shelter to…

Column: The New Brumaire by Jenkin Benson ’17

bensonje17@grinnell.edu Last weekend’s nationwide #NoBanNoWall airport protests fully displayed the ruthless and conniving nature of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial upper echelon, particularly in New York City. Uber, an app based car service most renowned for its status as a more palatable taxi alternative and a company that refuses to acknowledge its drivers as employees, acted as…

Letter to the Editor: Daring to be Different

I remember the night I received an email to join the Grinnell Science Project (GSP) like yesterday. It was penned by Joyce Stern. I read it excitedly and then rushed into my parents’ bedroom – I had been accepted to join another pre-orientation program! By virtue of birth I am an American, born in New…

The College’s Title IX Statement on DeVos

To our community:   We do not know the direction (and many fear the direction) that Betsy DeVos, Secretary of E​ducation, will take regarding Title IX.  What we do know is that the College will continue to provide support (both confidential and private resources) to students, faculty, and staff who have experienced some form of…

Opinion: Why I am a Republican in the era of Trump

Dear Grinnellians, I’m writing this letter not as a representative of the Grinnell College Campus Republicans nor due to pressure from outspoken individuals, but as a preplanned personal statement regarding my ideologies and values – both of which seem to have been called into question over the past several days. Our organization has been stuck…

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After Graduation, Where Will You Lead?

“You’ve always been interested in pursuing an MBA. Isn’t teaching high school math going to get you off track?”   When I have told people that I am planning on joining Teach For America to teach high school math in Los Angeles next year, I have received many positive reactions. My high school teachers and…

Posse Retreat Reflection, and Immigration

By Hanna Drennan ’17 leehangy17@grinnell.edu   Over the weekend, I had the privilege to attend the Posse Plus Retreat where we discussed the theme of “Us versus Them.” In the beginning, I was a little irritated by the retreat’s overwhelming emphasis on identity politics, yet I was also keenly aware of the facilitators’ motivations to…

Column: Life During Wartime

By Max Fenton fentonma@grinnell.edu   In the aftermath of World War II, the United States embarked on an aggressive campaign of finding, prosecuting, and executing Axis war criminals. In the years after Japan surrendered in August 1945 and the Allied military occupation began shortly thereafter, a series of war crime tribunals were founded to try…