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Dining Hall Union approves tentative agreement to raise wages

By Steve Yang Yangstev17@grinnell.edu The Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers (UGSDW) has voted to support a tentative agreement, which would raise the hourly base wage from $8.50 to $9.25 and provide an additional 75 cents per hour for more experienced workers. The agreement will go into effect on Oct. 1, pending approval from President…

Admin address social class awareness

By Steve Yang yangsteve17@grinnell.edu Tim Burnette ’19 published “An Open Letter to President Kington,” addressing troubling statements made by President Kington regarding social class at Grinnell, in the Grinnell Underground Magazine (GUM) two weeks ago. In response to the article, SGA released a survey concerning social class awareness at Grinnell on Sept. 19. Burnette’s letter,…

Although college ratings are not objective, admissions recognizes their influence over students' college decisions. Photo by Ellen Schoenmaker
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Investigating college rankings

By Philip Kiely kielyphi@grinnell.edu The United States Department of Education recently released its inaugural update to the College Scorecard. Unlike the U.S. News & World Report and similar college rankings, the College Scorecard provides only raw data and statistics and does not impose a definitive ranking. This data includes annual average cost, graduation rate and…

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Early voting encouraged in Grinnell

By Megan Tcheng tchengme@grinnell.edu As the election season nears its November finale, voters across the country are gradually preparing to cast in their ballots. While some voters may still be experiencing cold feet or confusion surrounding their candidates of choice, many political supporters are already poised to finalize their votes in pen and paper. For…

Photo by Sarah Ruiz. The Physics SEPC consists of Rachel Bass '19, Peter Cipriano '19, Androniki Mitrou '17, Higinio Jasso '17, Allison Bartz '18 and Sarah McCarthy '19. SEPC members are now required to go through implicit bias training.
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SEPCs attempt to reduce implicit bias through required trainings

By Lily Bohlke bohlkeli@grinnell.edu This marks the first year that Student Educational Policy Committee (SEPC) members have been required to attend implicit bias trainings with Lakesia Johnson, Chief Diversity Officer of the College. Implicit biases are present everywhere, especially in academic environments. Although people acting according to their implicit biases do not necessarily intend to…

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“Gifts” opens in Smith Gallery

Steve Yang yangstev17@grinnell.edu Hair: we all have it, most of us know how to take care of it and some of us even know how to make cool weaves and braids with it. But designing art installations with hair is another beast altogether, as Reba Brooks ’17, a studio art and French double major, learned…

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Kites Over Grinnell promises high-flying fun

By Keli Vitaioli vitaioli@grinnell.edu Fun is flying to new heights this weekend with the Grinnell Rotary Club’s rebooting of a past favorite, Kites Over Grinnell, on Sat., Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ahrens Park driving range. The family-focused event will offer a full day of kite flying. When the park…

Men's bathrooms remain menstrual product-free. Photo by Hung Vuong.
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Pads and tampons remain absent from non-female bathrooms

By Lily Bohlke bohlkeli@grinnell.edu Although many students are excited about the new free menstrual products in women’s bathrooms this semester, the same products have not made an appearance in male-gendered and single-occupancy bathrooms. Last September, Rebekah Rennick ’18 picked the locks of many tampon and pad machines across campus to demonstrate her belief that every…

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Lady Gaga unveils our “Perfect Illusion”

By Abdiel Lopez lopezabd@grinnell.edu I became a Little Monster when I first watched the iconic MTV VMA performance of “Paparazzi.” I was only 12 back then, but the theatrical performance left me shaken and gaga for Gaga. Since then, Gaga released the anthem for my coming out story (“Born This Way”), a song about the…