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Politics on the playing field

By Jack Schulte schultej@grinnell.edu At the beginning of the 2016 NFL season, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirred up controversy for sitting during the National Anthem. Critics claimed that sitting out disrespects the flag, and the debate raised the question of whether or not athletes should be able to use their privileged platform to…

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Let’s learn about water polo!

By Philip Kiely kielyphil@grinnell.edu Water polo, a contact sport, is known for bloody Olympic games and being incredibly hard. Because the game is played in the pool, players wear no safety equipment, only swimsuits and colored caps that identify their team. “It’s a pretty physical game, generally,” Tristan Knoth ‘17, a captain of the men’s…

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SALSC connects athletics and activism

By Jon Sundby sundbyjo17@grinnell.edu The College’s department of athletics has always prided itself on producing well-rounded student athletes. Whether a part-time musician, scholar or thespian, the athletes at Grinnell work hard to be a multi-dimensional part of our community. One of the ways they do this is through the organization Student Athletes Leading Social Change…

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Women’s distance medley team breaks school record

By Michael Sundby sundbymi@grinnell.edu At the Wartburg College Indoor Qualifier on Saturday, March 4  in Waverly, Iowa, four members of the Women’s Track & Field team broke the Grinnell College record in the distance medley relay (DMR). Zoe Schmiechen ‘17, Shannon Young ‘17, Anna Ahrens ‘19 and Mikayla Fujiwara ‘20 broke the previous school record…

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Holly Roepke joins staff

By Michael Cummings cummings@grinnell.edu While most offices in the Bear are occupied by coaches of various sports, a recent hire diversifies the type of jobs you can find in the athletic facility. Seeking to better address the needs of student athletes and the College in general, the College recently hired Holly Roepke as the new…

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Track and Field Feature: Outdoor Preseason

By Steve Yang yangstev@grinnell.edu Grinnell track and field athletes are gearing up for the start of the outdoor season, which begins at the end of March. Coming off an indoor season that exhibited competitive experience and fantastic performances from many of its members, the Pioneers are looking forward to exceeding expectations, bringing home some medals…

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Grinnell Hall of Fame: Revealed

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu Grinnell’s Athletic Hall of Fame is something that most students probably don’t know much about. Housing 88 athletes from various sports and class years, it brings together the past with the present.   There is a Hall of Fall Committee which decides the athletes that will be inducted. It consists of…

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Men’s Tennis almost aces first weekend, is optimistic going forward

By Steve Yang yangstev@grinnell.edu After three tough losses in Janesville, Wisc. over the past weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament, the men’s tennis team is reorganizing, resting and getting ready for another tough match against Gustavus Adolphus College on Saturday, Feb. 25. Although they suffered close and disheartening defeats in their first two matches…

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Katie Parrish dives headfirst into the off season

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu Katie Parrish ’18 never pictured that she would be a collegiate diver. Parrish did gymnastics throughout her childhood until high school. After her career as a gymnast ended, she took a few diving lessons because of the similarities between the two sports. “It’s about knowing your body and space. And I…