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Professors contextualize conflict in Syria

By Lily Bohlke & Eva Lilienfeld bohlkeli@grinnell.edu & lilienfe17@grinnell.edu Though Syrian communities pre-date the modern world, Syria’s national identity is only about 72 years old. Since 2011, the country has been involved in a civil war with Sunni rebel groups, ISIS, Al Qaeda affiliates and Kurdish forces up against the Alawite authoritarian Assad regime. All sides…

Drunken drivers in Iowa likely to be repeat offenders

By Keli Vitaioli vitaioli@grinnell.edu Last week, the Des Moines Register published an extended article continuing their analysis of drunk driving records in the state of Iowa. The analysis took into account the more than 203,000 Iowa intoxicated driving records from 2005-2016, and uncovered harsh numbers quantifying the real threat repeat drunken drivers pose to the…

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Pioneer Weekend encourages student innovation

By Zane Silk silkzane@grinnell.edu Last weekend, Grinnell College hosted the third iteration of Pioneer Weekend, which is an innovation competition that seeks to build entrepreneurship and leadership skills among students. This year’s nine teams, consisting of 33 students, in total competed for a top prize of $2,000 and a scholarship for the University of Iowa-sponsored…

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Jerry Jones and marijuana: the NFL has a PR problem

By Louise Carhart carhartl17@grinnell.edu In the wake of multiple scandals involving National Football League (NFL) players concerning domestic violence, drug use and murder, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones pushed for relaxation of league rules. At a recent owners-only meeting, Jones proposed that the League end punishments for players that test positive for marijuana, while also…

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Professor Tilly Woodward talks art as personal and political

By Teresa Fleming flemingt17@grinnell.edu Tilly Woodward shared the intersections of her artistic and personal lives to a group of colleagues and students last Wednesdays, tracing a narrative of art as a means of connection and learning. In addition to serving as Curator of Academic and Community Outreach for the Faulconer Gallery, Woodward has explored notions…

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Poweshiek CARES fights for environmental justice in Iowa

By Michael Cummings cummings@grinnell.edu While Grinnell is known for its social justice activism, most students tend to think of activism as existing only on campus. But the town of Grinnell, and Poweshiek County more broadly, have their fair share of non-student activists too. One such example of activism outside the College is Poweshiek CARES, or…

Tim Dobe wins grant to study Gandhi’s engagement with the Muslim community

By Saiham Sharif  sharifsa@grinnell.edu Professor Timothy Dobe, religious studies, won the prestigious Burkhardt Fellowship for his research on Mahatma Gandhi’s engagement with the Muslim community. The fellowship will provide Dobe with 95,000 dollars, as well as funds for research and associated costs. Through the fellowship, Dobe will spend the 2018-2019 academic year at Duke University’s…

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Baseball fans talk hometown heroes and Opening Day

Patrick Dowd ’17 “I’m a Red Sox fan. I was one of the many fourth graders swept up by the magical 2004 Boston season … I love baseball because it’s something that is totally ok to love as a kid and it’s something that’s totally ok to love as an adult, so it’s been fun…

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Grinnell “Fight Club” practices martial arts

By Graham Dodd doddhenr@grinnell.edu Grinnell College now has a Fight Club. Far from the grungy basements of its namesake, the club meets in the Bear’s Dance Studio, and members are encouraged to talk about it. Martial artists Philip Kiely ‘20 and Bogdan Abaev ‘20 decided to found the club when they met one day in…