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The winds of change, finally

So the turbines cometh. To which I say: It’s about damn time. In the past decade, Iowa has become the national leader in wind energy development, surpassing California and second only to Texas in total MW installed wind capacity. Iowa ranks first in terms of percentage of total generation by wind, coming in at an…

Student Initiatives nearly fail from low turnout

Despite almost not getting enough votes, student initiatives elections reached the 50 percent voter turnout needed for the election to be legitimate and the Stifund committee began their work on putting the initiatives into action this week.  Among the passing resolutions are two amendments to the SGA Constitution, a plan for more student feedback for…

Trustees Approve Turbines

The Grinnell Board of Trustees voted to fund the wind turbine initiative to the tune of $13 million last Friday.  The decision was largely expected but is the result of over 15 years of discussion. Begun in 1996, the proposal moved through several revisions and both students and faculty researched it before Trustees voted on…

Neverland players all about the kids

I walked into the Hole in the Wall Theater and was immediately overcome by the noise of ecstatic actors practicing their skits, projecting more energy than I could ever imagine having at 7 p.m. on a Monday night. These actors were in the midst of rehearsing this weekend’s production of The Neverland Players, directed by…

Eco House plays together, stays together

The plush gorilla that sits on Eco House’s living room couch is named Ben Gibbard, after the Death Cab for Cutie singer (and ex-husband of Zooey Deschanel). His identity fits with the nine residents of the house who gave the name to him, as all nine play instruments. “Caleb [Neubauer ’13] plays the mandolin,” House…

Vote for SEG!

Vote early, vote often for the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG), who were nominated yesterday for the White House’s Campus Champions of Change Challenge. SEG, Grinnell’s student-run micro-financing group, has long been commended by Grinnell students, administrators and trustees.  They started loaning money in developing countries and became a certified non-profit in Fall 2009. Last…

Iowa Welcomes Chinese Leader Xi

By Liyan Chen  chenliya@grinnell.edu Although located in the heartland of America, Iowa is not a frequent destination for international political leaders. The latest prominent visitor, Pope John Paul II, visited Iowa in 1979. Twenty years before that, the former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev toured Sukup, a manufacturing company in Sheffield, Iowa. Both of these previous visits…

Claire Williams ‘13 sets national record

By David Kim  kimdavid@grinnell.edu Not often does an athlete place third in an event and simultaneously set a national record, but not every athlete is Claire Williams ’13. Williams broke the American record for the S9 category in 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:57.25. The S9 category is characterized as swimmers with severe weakness…