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Need-blind likely to be spared as College plots financial future

By Solomon Miller  millerso@grinnell.edu Despite rumors and misunderstandings, Grinnell is unlikely to change its need-blind admissions policy for domestic students as it addresses a projected budget shortfall. “We’re not here to get rid of need-blind,” President Raynard Kington told students, professors and administrators in a town hall meeting Thursday night. Kington, Vice President for Finance…

The Royal Tanenhaus Returns

Sam Tanenhaus is the editor of the New York Times Book Review. He graduated from Grinnell in 1977. Tanenhaus has returned to the College to teach a short course this semester called The Writer and the World. He spoke Thursday as part of the Writers@Grinnell program. What are you speaking about on Thursday? In “New…

Grinnell Makes Waves at Trials

By Anya Vanecek  vanecek@grinnell.edu For most division III student-athletes, ‘Olympian’ is a long-forgotten aspiration. This summer, Michael Brus ’14, Claire Williams ’13 and Claire Forrest ’13 each had to rework that goal into their four-year plan when they qualified for the Olympic and Paralympic trials. Deidre Freeman, the Grinnell diving coach, also competed at the…

Washed away by Washed Out

By Meg Schmitt schmittm@grinnell.edu It’s not too often that Grinnell, awesome metropolis of culture, gets the opportunity to see a show of the caliber that performer-producer Ernest Greene, known on the music scene as Washed Out, put on this Tuesday in Gardener. The composition of the crowd clearly reflected just how far Greene’s reputation precedes…

Football Falls to 0-3

By Hayes Gardner gardnerh@grinnell.edu Typically, when a football team outgains their opponent 278-270 yards, one would expect a victory, or at least a close game. That wasn’t the case this past Saturday, September 15, when Grinnell fell to Lake Forest College, 33-7. The downfalls of the Pioneers, who dropped to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in…

True Grinnellian: Jeff Phelps ’71

By Darwin Manning  manningd@grinnell.edu There are few who know Grinnell and its people as well as the owner of Saints Rest. Jeff Phelps ’71 grew up in Grinnell, attended Grinnell College and has delivered a reliable source of caffeine to the town of Grinnell for the last thirteen years. Phelps began working as a businessman…

Strategic planning transitions from ideas to action

By Nicholas Chisholm  chisholm1@grinnell.edu The College’s strategic plan is moving out of the abstract into action, beginning this school year. Beginning in August 2011, committees of faculty, staff and students began to lay the foundation for the future of the College. In April 2012, the Steering Committee and smaller working groups issued a Major Directions…

Hot new club at Grinnell

By Colin Ludlow ludlowco@grinnell.edu Fire artists Chloe Pachovas ’14 and Pelle Hall ’14 staged an exclusive demonstration of their unique craft for the S&B last Tuesday night. Armed with a staff and a tool similar to a flail, the pair demonstrated Grinnell’s latest art form on Mac Field. Let’s start with the basics. What do…