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Jaw-Dropping dance group graces Roberts Theatre

By Lily Jamaludin  jamaludi@grinnell.edu On Wednesday evening, Roberts Theater was honored with a performance from critically acclaimed modern dance company, Michael Mao Dance. The performance lasted over an hour, interspersed with commentary from choreographer Michael Mao and followed by a question and answer session. The dance company performed five pieces choreographed by Mao: “Lorca Libre,”…

Changes a-brewin’ at Saints Rest

By Eric Mistry  mistryer@grinnell.edu Coffee aficionados of Grinnell, rejoice! Saints Rest Coffeehouse, transitioned to new owners, retains its charm while adding a few perks. The coffeehouse, a local staple, recently came under new ownership after its previous owners, Jeff Phelps ’71 and his wife Patricia, decided to retire. Sam Cox, the new proprietor, is a…

Spotlight: Hayley Levin ’16

Hayley Levin ’16 was recently named Grinnell College Athlete of the Week, as well as the Midwest Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week. She holds the fastest time in the Midwest Conference this season for the 100 fly and 200 IM, is ranked second in the 400 IM, 100 breast and 200…

The Fairgrounds residents fairly grounded

By Yishi Liang & Antonia Androski  liangyis@grinnell.edu androski@grinnell.edu Just across the street from Main residence hall is the clearly labeled and always lively house of Grinnell’s swimming and diving team, also known as the Fairgrounds. The house is the home to swimmers Emmanuel Spooner ’13, Beck Ringdahl-Mayland ’13, Richard “Tricky Dick Bigs” Bigler ’13, Alex…

Faulconer Gallery shelters broken spaces

By Christopher Squier  squierch@grinnell.edu Robert Polidori has been photographing architecture and interiors for the better part of three decades, turning structures into visible records of lived history and human narrative. As a staff photographer for The New Yorker, the French Canadian has done his fair share of country-hopping, traveling the globe in his search to…

Remembering Nick Klawes

Nick Klawes ’13 died Tuesday. He was 22. The cause of death is currently unknown. Nick was a Philosophy major and a resident of Madison, Wis. On Wednesday, there was a community gathering in JRC 101 to share memories about him. Nick was described as a loyal friend, a talented musician and an intelligent, thoughtful…

Seven More Dreams

Perhaps this is lame of me to admit, but I’ve been playing Christmas songs since November. Alright, that’s a lie. I switched my Pandora station to Bing Crosby back in October. And right now, I’m typing this article to the rhythm of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” My holiday fervor is different this year, though. Like…

A beautiful Byproduct

By Christopher Squier squierch@grinnell.edu Discreetly filling the Smith Gallery with a slight buzzing and a number of serenely balanced circles of wood, Ninth Semester Art Fellow Lauren Flynn ’12 opened her delicate and introspective show Bridges and Byproducts last Tuesday. Flynn’s pieces are unobtrusive, mediating the line between being installed in the space and naturally…