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Claire Williams ‘13 sets national record

By David Kim  kimdavid@grinnell.edu Not often does an athlete place third in an event and simultaneously set a national record, but not every athlete is Claire Williams ’13. Williams broke the American record for the S9 category in 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:57.25. The S9 category is characterized as swimmers with severe weakness…

Gallery Salutations bring new visitors

By Laura Dripps  drippsla@grinnell.edu Anyone who peruses a Campus Memo can tell you one thing: Grinnellians like yoga. Twice a week, students, faculty, staff and community members have the opportunity to bring the ancient practice to an unconventional setting. This semester, Yoga in Faulconer Gallery will take place on Mondays from 12:15-12:45 pm, in addition…

Strategic Plan enters new phase

By Leah Lucas  lucaslea@grinnell.edu While students were still on break, all on campus was not idle. The Strategic Planning team, in particular, was working harder than ever. The Steering committee, comprised of twenty-seven faculty and staff, joined by President Kington, convened on January 17th for an all-day workshop to consider as a group 72 ideas…

Why Occupy Grinnell matters

Since its inception last fall, the reaction I receive most frequently from my fellow students when I tell them about Occupy Grinnell is something along the lines of: Really? What’s the point? And that is completely understandable. Superficially, the prospect of extending the Occupy Wall Street movement—which began as an encampment in Manhattan’s Financial District…

Author Bakopoulos illuminates rust belt realities

By Hannah Grischuk  grischuk@grinnell.edu Eyes flicking downward as he grinned shyly, Dean Bakopoulos charmed the crowd of community members and students that filled Pioneer Bookstore in downtown Grinnell last night during a reading of his first novel “Please Don’t Come Back From the Moon”.  The popular English professor read the first chapter of his novel…

Surf Gardner

By Max Mindock  mindockm@grinnell.edu Although there are no oceans in Grinnell, this Saturday, Grinnellians will have a chance to catch a wave. Slow Animal, a New Jersey based duo will surely bring crowd surfing with their west-coast feel to Gardner Friday night. After countless attempts at forming bands, Alex Karaba and Dan Dellandunl came to…