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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…

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Autumn Wilke made new assistant dean for disabilities resources

By Steve Yang yangstev17@grinnell.edu Autumn Wilke will serve as Grinnell’s new Assistant Dean for Disability Resources, taking on part of the role vacated by Jennifer Krohn’s retirement and continuing her work on disability and accessibility on campus, according to a campus wide email sent out on Jan. 24. Wilke has been the coordinator of disability…

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Immigration ban sparks response by students and administration

  By Lily Bohlke and Mira Braneck bohlkeli@grinnell.edu & braneckm@grinnell.edu Since the inauguration, President Donald Trump has signed 18 executive orders. One of these, signed on Friday, Jan. 27 entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” restricts travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, prevents refugees from entering the country for…

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Kumail Nanjiani ’01 to speak at this year’s commencement

By Nandita Banik baniknan@grinnell.edu At this year’s graduation ceremony, stand-up comedian, actor, writer, podcast host and Pakistani-American Kumail Nanjiani ’01 will join the ranks of Zadie Smith and Judith Butler in addressing the class as a commencement speaker. Most recently, Nanjiani has lent his voice to Prismo for the Emmy Award-winning animated series “Adventure Time.”…

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Grinnell Republicans form new campus organization

By Zane Silk silkzane@grinnell.edu In a time of dramatic political events on the national level, two first-year students are shaking up campus politics by reviving Grinnell’s Republican club. Russell Abernathy ‘20 and Pete Zelles ‘20 hope their chapter of campus Republicans will increase political diversity and provide a platform for like-minded students. In high school,…

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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…

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Women’s marches across the nation

        “I went to the D.C. Women’s March with my mom. … They emphasized a lot of women of color, queer women, disabled women, Muslim women. … It’s so much more than just white feminism and there were a lot of signs about white privilege and white fragility, and I thought that…

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Construction on new HSSC begins

By Reed Essex essexree@grinnell.edu The grassy area that used to allow for easy passage from Noyce to the ARH has been replaced with a cordoned off construction site. The new Humanities and Social Sciences Complex (HSSC) is a project that the administration has been planning for the last five years. Kate Walker, Treasurer of the…

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Class of 2020 sees all-time low acceptance rate

By Julia Echikson echikson@grinnell.edu The class of 2020 experienced an all-time low acceptance rate, with only 18 percent of applicants being offered admission to the College. Despite this new accomplishment, the College did not meet its goal of having 440 students in the incoming class. Of admitted students, fewer chose to attend Grinnell College than…