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A Family Of Independancers

Swag. Cleanliness. Energy. Personality. These words describe what the students in IndepenDANCE aspire to embody every day in rehearsal, words that they consider their motto. This diverse group, which rehearses for twelve hours every week, is made up of people with a variety of training backgrounds. “We have cheerleaders, ballerinas, hip hop dancers, etc., so…

Nonfiction reading brings laughs to library

“We really liked them! We were really impressed,” exclaimed several audience members at the Craft of Creative Nonfiction reading on Wednesday. The reading, which was held in Burling Library, featured writing by the students of Professor Ralph Savarese’s Craft of Creative Nonfiction class. Professor Savarese collaborated with Laureen Cantwell, Term Research and Instruction Librarian, to…

Plans unites campus, beats Facebook

While a number of colleges have Facebook pages and Twitter feeds, Grinnell boasts its own social network. GrinnellPlans, a text-based social network, has grown from its origins on an old computer system into a part of Grinnell culture. Plans originated on the College’s VAX computer system, which was retired in 2000. The system provided each…

DefJamily keeps it awkward, yet athletic

The two apartments at 934 High Street are actually a single crib—DefJamily. Inside this duplex’s plain white walls reside five individuals who are united by Pub Quiz steez, rec league prowess and a passion for partying. The residents of DefJamily certainly earn the title of a def family—tenants Michael Schoelz ’12 and Kramer McLuckie ’12…

Improv Goes All Night Long

Many Grinnellians are familiar with pulling all-nighters, but few can maintain their sense of humor throughout one. On Friday, members of Grinnell’s improv troupe Ritalin Test Squad (RTS) began their traditional 24-Hour Improv Marathon, in which RTS members played improv games in front of an audience in Younker lounge from 9 p.m. to 9 p.m….

Academic Redshirting raises crucial issues

Last Monday, April 2, President Kington wrote an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun entitled “Academic redshirting: Give them a little more time,” highlighting a failure by institutions of higher education to recruit “promising students from underperforming or dysfunctional K-12 schools,” despite efforts by America’s 50 wealthiest colleges and universities to do just that. Kington suggests…

Softball ends season and a half losing streak

By Joe Wlos wlosjose@grinnell.edu Grinnell’s softball team finished its Pioneer Tournament with their second win of the season. After falling to Westminster College three times this year, the Pioneers finally managed to defeat them in a dramatic consolation game. “We lost to them earlier in the tournament in pool play,” Coach Amanda Reckamp said. “But…