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Athletes reflect on the rigors of offseason training

  By Saiham Sharif sharifsa@grinnell.edu Universally recognized as athletic practice time, the 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. block holds special importance on campus. Faculty and teaching assistants usually hold mentor sessions and other important academic events in the evening to enable student athletes, who comprise one-third of the total student body, to attend. However, student athletes…

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Tennis plays at GHS until new courts are installed in 2018

By Quan Tran tranminh2@grinnell.edu For the past few weeks, women’s tennis has been playing its matches on Grinnell-Newburg High School’s new tennis courts. The courts, situated on Sunset Street about a mile from campus, will be the official home to both men’s and women’s tennis this season. The reason for this substitution is, according to…

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Scandal sheds light on financial disparities in college sports

By Sam Rueter ruetersa@grinnell.edu On Sept. 26, the FBI announced the arrests of ten individuals connected to the NCAA on charges of fraud, bribery and money laundering. Included among the defendants were assistant basketball coaches at major Division I powerhouses like USC, Oklahoma State and Arizona, as well as a high-ranking Adidas executive. Those arrested…

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Explore how “the cage” works with Ron Cooper

By Quan Tran tranminh2@grinnell.edu In the basement of the Bear Athletic Center lies the heart of Pioneer athletics — the equipment room, also known as the cage. This week, I ventured in to figure out what the cage is all about, and was welcomed by Ron Cooper, equipment manager. He has been working here for…

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How campus visits differ for prospective athletes

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu For prospective student-athletes, picking a college that is the right fit both athletically and academically can be daunting. Grinnell sports teams and coaches try to provide prospective student visitors an experience that builds community. While many students visit campus, for prospective student-athletes, visiting campus can be especially helpful as it allows…

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Important takeaways from Trump’s comments on athletes

By Sam Rueter ruetersa@grinnell.edu The National Football League (NFL) now operates as a highly visible forum for discussion about social change. This started last fall, when currently-unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem before games. Kaepernick, who was joined by a handful of other players from various teams throughout the league,…

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Family is MVP for Hassan Thompson ’19

By Quan Tran tranminh2@grinnell.edu Grinnell Football’s recent 15-6 win against Trinity Bible College made headlines for being the first win since 2015. However, what few people know is that the Pioneers were down by 0-6 at halftime, and the comeback didn’t start until Hassan Thompson ’19 made a game-changing block in the third quarter. From…

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Check out the style Grinnellians bring to the gym

Lots of Grinnellians go to the gym just to workout. Whether they mean to or not, though, people can sometimes be found sporting some eye-catching clothes or accessories. The S&B sent reporter Quan Tran and photographer Mai-Vu Phuong to the Bear Athletic Center to ask people about their gym style. Find out about the gloves,…

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Kaepernick is only a fraction of the NFL’s problems

By Jackson Schulte schultej@grinnell.edu Everything is wrong with the NFL in 2017. The issues start with Colin Kaepernick but expand to other issues that make evident a disgusting culture in NFL front offices — and especially Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office — that is fueled by racism, greed and the toleration of violence. The culmination of…