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Kington mandates substance free college trips

The administration enacted an interim policy that stipulates all college-funded trips are subject to the same rules and that all participants must be substance-free for the entirety of these trips, for the first time including those funded only through SGA. Ever since last year, the administration had been in talks about formulating a uniform alcohol…

KDIC gets remastered by local masterminds

What has 132 Watts, was broadcast across railroad track systems in previous years, and is a Grinnellian tradition/excuse to hear curse words on the air after 10 p.m.? KDIC, Grinnell’s student-run radio station returned this semester with a revamped and more organizationally sound lineup of shows. Changes to KDIC made by the station’s staff this…

Bachmann snubs Grinnell College students

Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann suddenly cancelled a speech at Carroll’s Pumpkin Farm in Grinnell, IA last Tuesday to avoid a crowd of about 60 students from Grinnell College. The students were allowed in to the barn set up for Bachmann’s speech, but fearing a violent protest, her campaign instead invited donors to meet the…

First year joins SJP winner in Ghana

During the summer of 2010, Roni Finkelstein ’15 met and worked with Grinnell’s Social Justice Prize winner, James Kofi Annan. At the time, Finkelstein was volunteering with the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) in Ghana building a latrine and teaching elementary school students. The program itself lasted seven weeks and was called Volunteer Summer. “I’ve…

Seniors Submit to Fulbright in Record numbers

Perhaps as a result of (or maybe in spite of) the recent success of the Julia Roberts’ film “Eat, Pray, Love,” Grinnell College seniors applied to post-baccalaureate programs in record numbers this year. Combined, the applicants of Watson fellowship, Fulbright scholarship and Rhodes scholarship make up about 20 percent of this year’s graduating class. “We…

Improv Music conjures the unexpected

If you’re going to make up music on the spot, it’s often better to be making it up with friends. The Grinnell Improv Music Group that meets in Bucksbaum every Sunday evening has made fostering this free flowing, unrestricted form of art their primary goal. Professor Eric McIntyre, Music, and Gaelyn Hutchinson ’13 have decided…