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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…

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…