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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…

Critical drinking: a meditation on inebriation

In a recent opinion piece published by BBC news entitled, “Is the alcohol message all wrong?” the author argues that the behavioral effects of alcohol are mediated through sociocultural attitudes towards drinking. In particular, she suggests that the two types of drinking mentalities are produced within ambivalent or integrated drinking cultures. Given the recent changes…

Freesound more free than ever

Residents of Main are probably used to the reverberating tones of blues, punk, ska, funk, rock, noise, and pretty much anything else coming from Freesound, Grinnell College’s all-inclusive music space, but many students on campus have not heard the recent changes to the organization. Freesound is a student group which provides musical instruments and equipment…