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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…

Go Forth! Grinnell Alums Impress: Sam Sellers ’00 Teaches and Inspires With Hip-Hop as Rabbi Darkside

A stage name like Rabbi Darkside carries certain connotations, but that doesn’t bother Sam Sellers ’00. Rather, it pleases him. “I’ve always liked shattering expectations,” said Sellers in a phone interview. This isn’t just talk. As an internationally known hip-hop artist, a self-proclaimed history buff, a public school teacher and a recently ordained minister, Sellers…