Under Chess

DefJamily keeps it awkward, yet athletic

The two apartments at 934 High Street are actually a single crib—DefJamily. Inside this duplex’s plain white walls reside five individuals who are united by Pub Quiz steez, rec league prowess and a passion for partying. The residents of DefJamily certainly earn the title of a def family—tenants Michael Schoelz ’12 and Kramer McLuckie ’12…

Improv Goes All Night Long

Many Grinnellians are familiar with pulling all-nighters, but few can maintain their sense of humor throughout one. On Friday, members of Grinnell’s improv troupe Ritalin Test Squad (RTS) began their traditional 24-Hour Improv Marathon, in which RTS members played improv games in front of an audience in Younker lounge from 9 p.m. to 9 p.m….

Academic Redshirting raises crucial issues

Last Monday, April 2, President Kington wrote an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun entitled “Academic redshirting: Give them a little more time,” highlighting a failure by institutions of higher education to recruit “promising students from underperforming or dysfunctional K-12 schools,” despite efforts by America’s 50 wealthiest colleges and universities to do just that. Kington suggests…

Softball ends season and a half losing streak

By Joe Wlos wlosjose@grinnell.edu Grinnell’s softball team finished its Pioneer Tournament with their second win of the season. After falling to Westminster College three times this year, the Pioneers finally managed to defeat them in a dramatic consolation game. “We lost to them earlier in the tournament in pool play,” Coach Amanda Reckamp said. “But…

Pride Week bridges gaps between private, public life

By Kevin Hong  hongze@grinnell.edu The Stonewall Resource Center (SRC) is sponsoring Pride Week this week. “Pride is a word that has a lot of meanings among people who consider themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer,” said Elliot Karl ‘12, SRC Manager. “Politically, ‘pride’ is the opposite of ‘shame’ and is for people who…

A Meditation on Slacktivism

It’s so easy to be a slacktivist. When you see something on Facebook or Twitter that moves you or interest you, you can re-post, like a status, type a hashtag within seconds. Maybe you don’t consider it activism; the term “slacktivist” seems irrelevant. Your re-post was simply a characteristic of our generation’s impulse to share…