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  Grinnell is a place where students take advantage of every opportunity they have, whether it’s attending one of the 500+ free annual events, performances, or symposia, participating in one of our 200+ student groups, making the most of our state-of-the-art athletic facilities...

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The Harris Center is an "event" facility, including a concert hall, a cinema, two concession areas, and an informal lounge. The Grinnell Outdoor Recreation Program (GORP) office and equipment room are also located in the Harris Center. The Harris Center was designed to house...

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"Students have a lot of influence on this campus," says Pooj Padmaraj '13."They're not just going to class." He talks about how his work as a campus concerts coordinator and his religious studies major are two parts of a holistic Grinnell experience in which academics and...

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Student life at Grinnell is Close-knit: About 85 percent of students live in a residence hall, language or project house, or college-owned house — so they really get to know one another well. Residence halls are small — most house 50–60 students of all class years, majors, and...
Grinnell’s diverse and inclusive community isn’t just a warm and welcoming place to spend four years — it’s also an essential part of your education here. That’s because we all benefit when we seek to understand different viewpoints. Doing so requires us to examine, expand, and...
About 85 percent of our students live in a residence hall, language or project house, or off-campus house — so they really get to know one another well. Residence halls are small; most house 50–60 students of all class years, majors, and backgrounds, making each hall floor feel...
An on-campus job is about more than earning money to pay for tuition, books, and an occasional pizza (although those are all great reasons to get one). These jobs can give you skills and experiences that will benefit you long after you graduate Finding the Right Job There are...

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The survey for the 2011 Favorite Films Festival has closed with our highest total participation (263 or 11.2 percent) ever! The final vote totals are below: Mystery/Suspense Films Rear Window – 9 Musical Films The Sound of Music - 15 Documentary Films Planet Earth – 8 Supersize...
Voting for the films to be shown at the sixth annual Grinnell College Favorite Films Festival has begun.  Members of the college community are invited to log into PioneerWeb and vote for their favorite films in three categories: Movie Thrillers Cult Classics Film Adaptations The...
Ben Offenberg, a 6’5’’ senior biochemistry major and current president of the Student Government Association (SGA), shares a typical day. 8 a.m. After six hours of sound sleep, skip breakfast (not a recommended practice). Begin day in the SGA office in Joe Rosenfield Center....
When I was awarded a spot in Seventeen Magazine’s Freshman 15 (a group 15 girls chosen from around the country to document their college experiences), I was ecstatic — but unsure how my participation would be received on campus. After all, I thought, Grinnell College students...
Dear Grinnell, Could you explain to me how I became a college senior? I understand that classes were involved and the passage of time and a whole bunch of homework, but what happened? And now it’s my last year and in eight short months, I will be released into the world to...
I consider myself a pretty conservative dresser. My shorts are always mid-thigh or longer, my T-shirts cover my naughty parts in their entirety, and my swimsuit comes in only one piece. All in all, I tend to keep myself pretty well covered. Unless it’s a Wednesday night in...
Being from a foreign country and knowing little about Iowa or the Midwest, I thought of Grinnell as a little campus in the middle of the tall prairie grass. Indeed, I chose to come here not only because I wanted the isolation and oneness with nature that Grinnell seemed to offer...
  Issue:   Summer 2009   It’s a strange feeling, accomplishing a goal you didn’t know you had. It’s happened to me a few times at Grinnell, most markedly, when my former professor, Tim Arner, turned to me in the campus pub and said, “People who don’t like ABBA are bad...
“You know, now that you’re starting college, you’re really an adult. You’ve got to be grown-up now.” How many of us have heard that from those *cough* well-meaning adults in our lives? To some extent, being an adult at Grinnell is necessary; for most of us, it’s our first time...
It’s late on a Monday night. I rush down the dark stairs to the basement of Main Hall and pull open the door to Bob’s Underground Café. The wail of a trombone echoes from down the entryway, the piano and bass comp cool through the changes to “So What,” and each slap of the high...
The presiding officer’s heavy wooden gavel comes smashing down on the table as the opening theme to Lady Gaga’s new single blares from my computer speakers. My friend and I flinch, sigh, and exit the YouTube window, shaking our heads at yet another failed attempt to spice up the...
  Directly in front of me as I sit in The Spencer Grill, four banners hang from the second- floor balcony. Eighteen feet tall and four feet wide, the banners are covered in pictures, hundreds of them. Volunteer students and staff hand-ironed the photos on with transfer paper,...
The tech industry is dominated by deliberately misspelled products like Google and Imgur. Three Grinnellians have just joined the world of high tech language mangling with a mobile app to keep your conversations private. “I wanted to send a message to a friend, but I didn’t want...
  Grinnell College football players Ryan Boehm '10 and Marquis Bradley '11 have been named to the All-Midwest Conference Second Team for the 2009 campaign. Boehm, a repeat All-MWC selection after earning honorable mention status in 2008, was named to the squad at a special teams...
Grinnell College's Kelly Bruce '12 has been named the Midwest Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week. Bruce, from Middleton, Wis. (Middleton HS), earned an NCAA provisional standard in one-meter diving when she scored 259.50 in six dives at a home dual meet...
Burling has a new energy and water efficient water fountain/cooler on first floor near the elevator.  One can fill water bottles or take a drink.  Try it out.
  In high school, I was always one to come home after sports practice and go study in my quiet room — I concentrate more easily when it’s quiet. Before coming to Grinnell, I was nervous that it might be difficult to find a good space to study. However, this has not been a...
Christine Ajinjeru ’14 traveled nearly 8,000 miles to get to Grinnell College. Sarah Burnell ’14 went less than 8 blocks. Despite their differences—cultural, geographic, and otherwise—or perhaps because of them, the two Academic All-American track stars have become best friends...
Fashion at Grinnell is an extension of the freedom, social awareness, and acceptance reflected in college life here. After being at Grinnell for nearly a year, I appreciate not only the way Grinnell students express themselves through fashion, but also the way other students...
Fashion at Grinnell is an extension of the freedom, social awareness, and acceptance reflected in college life here. After being at Grinnell for nearly a year, I appreciate not only the way Grinnell students express themselves through fashion, but also the way other students...
In honor of the upcoming 450th celebration of Shakespeare’s birth in 1564, Grinnell’s Theatre and Dance Department presents Hamlet. In its time, the play was the most popular of the revenge tragedies or “tragedies of blood,” in vogue from the 1590s through 1620. Evening: 7:30 p....
Issue:  Spring 2007 Author:  Elizabeth Bologna ’08 “There’s nothing to do!” It’s the mantra of young adults everywhere, the perennial complaint of high schoolers and college kids alike. It was something I was worried about when I was thinking of coming to Grinnell. It’s a...
Issue:  Winter 2007 Author:  Lindsay Robinson ’09 As a first-year student, I dabbled in a little bit of everything. I went to half a dozen meetings every week and signed up to be on all the mailing lists. I was planning events with Concerned Black Students, Grinnell...
Maile Leathem-Rietz ’17, a Grinnell native who decided to stay home this summer, has crafted a rich blend of volunteer work, paying jobs, hobbies, and sports. “I started collecting jobs for the summer,” she says. “Things just fell together.” Volunteering as a Research Assistant...
Name and class year: Samantha Schwartz '14Hometown: Lawrence, KansasMajor: PsychologyCo-curriculars: Grinnell Singers, Psychology SEPC, Psi ChiFavorite wellness tip: Practice gratitude. Spend a few minutes before bed identifying five things that went well today. Then, for at...
When Sam Mulopulos ’13 (pictured) and Joe Wlos ’15 entered the American Collegiate Moot Court Association’s Midwest Regional Tournament to compete as Grinnell’s first ever Moot Court team, they weren’t sure what to expect. A competition that simulates appellate law – like a mock...
On July 24, Team Grinnell was among the mass of 15,000 riders dipping their tires in the Missouri River water to kick off RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. The annual seven-day ride across the state touts itself as “the oldest, largest and longest...
Among the 100 or so different student jobs on campus, Lizzy Steuber ’14 knew which one she wanted — phonathon caller. The job could be intimidating to a phone-phobic person who would rather scrub pots and pans.   But Boyd Monson ’16 offers reassurance. “Once you talk to a few...
Remy Ferber’s love affair with Grinnell College began at night. The beautiful, modern buildings mixed with distinguished, historic ones impressed her as she toured the campus with her father. “I kind of fell in love with the school then and there,” says Ferber ‘14, a fourth-year...
Our service-oriented Alternate Break (alt break) and ReNew (disaster relief) trips are completely student-planned, led, and run.  So it was student-leaders Maddie Howland ’16 and Jasmine Gerritsen ’16 who quickly responded when the national government shutdown threw a wrench...
Who’s that taking over MacEachron Field this weekend? It’s Ultimate teams from across the Midwest, here for the 11th annual Elephantitis tournament! Grinnell’s nationally ranked men’s and women’s teams (the Grinnellephants and the Sticky Tongue Frogs) host it every year. “We...
When I was a little boy, I used to love to play and imagine what I was going to be when I grew up. I would take my plastic dinosaurs outside, bury them in my backyard, and then dig them up, dreaming of the day I would be excavating real dinosaur bones in the scorching hot Sahara...
For Eliza Honan ’14, the social responsibility that permeates a Grinnell education led to an independent major. As she pursued her studies, she worked to make local food more affordable and accessible. Honan declared an independent major in sustainable development in her third...
Eric Mistry ’14 loves to experiment in the kitchen, even when the kitchen is actually Grinnell's dining hall. Taking full advantage of the ingredients available, from the spice rack and salad bar to the daily entrees, he knows how to keep things fresh. Here he explains what led...
  Ultimate is one of the fastest-growing club sports in the country, according to the 2009 Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association survey. The Grinnellephants and the Sticky Tongue Frogs, Grinnell’s men’s and women’s Ultimate teams respectively, had great seasons in this...
Grinnell College encourages students to make meaningful and lifelong connections. The entering class is ready to begin their journey. Meet a few representatives from the Class of 2018, who are ready to discover Grinnell College: Your New Best Friend Deqa Aden from Hargeisa,...
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  Issue:  Winter 2011 Author: Kenji Yoshino '11 Is it a game? A martial art? Or a dance? Capoeira is all of those things! It originated as a fusion of the cultures of the indigenous Brazilians and enslaved Africans in colonial Brazil.Their newly synthesized culture helped...

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The Grinnell College Cultural Films Committee will present a screening of “UTOPIA IN FOUR MOVEMENTS, a LIVE DOCUMENTARY!” on Sun., Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green will be on site to narrate the documentary...
Funk, jazz and hip hop will collide in a Grinnell College performance by Abraham Inc.—an eclectic group of klezmer, clarinet, and trombone—on Mon., Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel. Featuring klezmer artist and clarinetist David Krakauer; funk trombonist Fred Wesley; and...
GRINNELL, IA—Artist and activist Steven Kurtz will deliver the final Grinnell College Scholars’ Convocation of the fall semester on “Intervention and Public Art,” Thurs., Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus. Kurtz, who is...
  The Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG), a student-run nonprofit microfinance lending organization at Grinnell College, is one of 15 finalists in the White House “Campus Champions of Change Challenge.” SEG was chosen from more than 1,400 submissions and is the only small...
World-renowned opera star and Iowa native Simon Estes will present and perform at Grinnell College during a two-day residency, Nov. 2-3. The internationally known bass-baritone will perform on Wed., Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell campus. The Grinnell...
World-renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform at Grinnell College, Thurs., Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell campus. The New Orleans jazz band—tuba, trombone, drums, trumpet, piano, clarinet and saxophone—derives its name from the venerable music...
The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, a 30-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will present concerts, March 20-25, in churches in Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas-Ft. Worth, as part of a spring break tour. The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir,...
GRINNELL, IA.—Grinnell College’s Young, Gifted, and Black Gospel Choir will present public concerts, March 20-23, in St. Paul and Milwaukee as part of a spring break tour. The choir’s concert repertoire, directed by Barry Jones, will include traditional gospel and contemporary...

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Grinnell’s experienced, dedicated residence life team works with more than 70 volunteer student staff members to build a residential community that fosters social and personal development, encourages self-governance, and accommodates individual needs to help you achieve your...
The Office of Student Activities offers support and resources to help you plan, manage, and finance your campus event. Our office collaborates with the Student Government Association to run films, concerts, all-campus events, and more to enhance an active and engaged campus...
Comprised of a diverse set of student-centered departments and programs, the Division of Student Affairs fosters student learning and development within our vibrant residential community – where self-governance and personal responsibility are hallmarks. The programs, services,...

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The Umoja Conference is an annual program created by a network ofAfrican groups and organizations in the Midwest. The word "Umoja" is aSwahili word that means "Unity". The purpose of the Umoja Conference isto discuss pertinent issues concerning the African continent and...
Please read through all of the event hosting guidelines before fully completing the Alcohol Agreement application below. Alcohol agreements must be completed by 5pm on the Friday one full week prior to the event. Upon receiving a completed Alcohol Agreement application, the...
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