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Swimming returns from Florida to host own invite

By Hayes Gardner  gardnerh@grinnell.edu Over winter break, while the Midwest enjoyed an unseasonably warm winter, the Grinnell men and women’s swim and dive teams went on a training trip to sunny Florida. For two weeks, the Pioneer swimmers lived a regiment of eating, breathing and swimming. This annual trip provides the swim team with a…

Gabfest grabs Grinnell’s attention

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, Grinnell College was hosted a live taping of the Slate Magazine’s “Political Gabfest” podcast, featuring Slate editor David Plotz, CBS Political director John Dickerson and Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon. Students, faculty, staff and visitors filled the Harris Center, with some travelers from as far as California and Alaska to hear…

The state of Middle Eastern Studies at Grinnell

The Middle East has captured international attention due to the United States’ current involvement and the revolutionary events occurring there. Currently, Grinnell offers some Arabic language instruction and several courses specifically about the Middle East. A Middle Eastern Studies Concentration could be a next step for this topic that has come to demand the attention…

Staff editorial: Staff & Beer

This semester, the jump in alcohol-related hospitalizations already broke the previous record for an entire academic year, set in 2008-09. Whether or not the increase is statistically significant, we know that some students are regularly getting dangerously drunk. VPSA Chris Dorman hosted a forum on Tuesday concerning our alcohol culture. Students called on their peers…

Reverend Billy illuminates black friday

By Chris Lee  leechris@grinnell.edu Anyone walking past Herrick Chapel this past Monday may have been startled by the loud cries of “Life-elujah” and “Occupy-elujah!” coming from within. This week, Grinnell College hosted the Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping. Reverend Billy, famous for putting “We Are the 99%” to music, took the opportunity…

New Admission program to use students as recruiters

By Lee Purvey  purveyle@grinnell.edu The Office of Admission is instituting a new initiative this Winter Break as part of their ongoing efforts of student recruitment—they are recruiting current students to serve as representatives of Grinnell. Interested students will be placed in contact with their former high school and then, on their own initiative, arrange a…

Main Street Holiday Shopping Crawl

Downtown Grinnell gears up for Jingle Bell Holiday Grinnell will kick off the holiday season with the annual Jingle Bell Holiday festivities on Friday, Dec. 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mayor Gordon Canfield will light the town tree at 5:15 p.m. and Santa and Mrs. Clause will be greeting kids and the young…

‘Iowaroma’: more than just fecal matter

For Grinnell College students and many Iowans, the looming food crisis encroaches ever so often in a manner that would compel anyone to pinch their nose and survey their surroundings for the source for a familiar repugnant odor. The “Iowaroma,” is one symptom of a food production system that is being described as “on the…