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Class of 2014 Admitted Student Profile
- 1211 Admitted Students
- 259 Varsity Captains
- 114 International Students
- 167 First Generation College Students
- 328 Students of Color
- 59 School or Class Presidents
- 277 Musicians and Artists
- A beekeeper
- A snake charmer
- A licensed pilot
- A competitive bagpiper
- a hang glider pilot
- An award-winning Romanian filmmaker
- A trapeze artist
- A Rubik's Cube wiz
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 spot and Bradley as a linebacker.
Boehm, who was also a key defensive back for the Pioneers, returned 18 punts this season for 125 yards, a 6.9-yard per return average. On defense, he finished fourth on the team in tackles with 70 while also breaking up six passes. Bradley finished second on the team and third in the conference with 107 tackles, including 16 for loss, and three sacks. He also forced three fumbles, recovered one and had an interception.
Honorable mention selections from Grinnell included wide receiver Robert Seer '12, offensive lineman Chris Jarmon '12 and defensive back Marc Heronemus '11.
Seer led the Pioneers in receiving this season with 47 catches for 760 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged 76 yards a game. Heronemus ranked seventh on the team in tackles with 52, including 2.5 for loss, while also intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble. Jarmon was a key blocker for an offense that produced more than 2,900 yards of offense during the season.
Conference champion Monmouth College swept the individual All-MWC awards, with quarterback Alex Taney repeating as Offensive Player of the Year and Steve Bell winning the Coach of the Year award again. Anthony Goranson was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year.
2009 All-Conference Team
In a series of meetings I have had last year with the larger Grinnell family — including open office hours, lunches with faculty and administrators, and conversations with students — the single most popular question has been some variation of “What is the College doing about environmental and sustainability issues?”
There are several reasons for such a high interest: Sustainability is consistent with the College’s long history of social responsibility. Environmental responsibility saves the College money. Sustainability is increasingly a subject of our inquiry-based curriculum.
Also, the College has been emphasizing sustainability for some time now; almost all campus buildings constructed since 2003 are or will be LEED-certified as resource-efficient. We now recycle or compost more than half our campus waste. We reduced our boiler plant’s water consumption by 40 percent in 2009 by installing a water filtration system. We have worked to serve more locally grown food in our dining hall. And we have a host of courses in the sciences and social sciences that address sustainability.
There have been many people on campus doing a lot of good work on sustainability, and we have plucked most of the low-hanging fruit — the big gains in resource efficiency. Now it is time to coordinate and expand these efforts and to take on some really big initiatives.
Here is where we are headed:
I am signing the American College and University Presidents’Climate Commitment to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible and to take immediate, specific steps toward doing so. I am very comfortable signing the presidents’ commitment because there is no question in my mind that this campus is committed to the goal — because it is good citizenship, it is consistent with our values, and because many of the activities we are committed to in this area may actually save the college money in the long run.
We are establishing a Climate Steering Committee that will coordinate the efforts of everyone involved in promoting sustainability on this campus. In my mind, this committee replaces and broadens the long-standing EcoCampus Committee of faculty, staff, and student representatives who meet to address campus environmental issues.
We have launched an environment and sustainability section on the College’s Web site to keep everyone informed of new sustainability developments and to act as a clearinghouse for links to the organizations, committees, and curricular developments related to sustainability.
We are planning to construct a three-turbine, 15.6 million kilowatt-hour wind farm north of campus that will cost about $10 million, generate 80 percent of the College’s electrical consumption, and reduce our carbon impact by half. This is the culmination of a wind-energy project begun by a student in 1996, and it will likely take another two years or more to complete. The details of property easements, financial models, and the relationship with our local utility company and the national power grid are currently being worked out, and they are complicated. But we have a vision and a plan that is well along. We are very excited about making it a reality.
The above points are only the current headlines in an ongoing sustainability effort that ultimately affects every aspect of our lives as a College family. We will be offering more courses and cocurricular learning opportunities in sustainability, creating new initiatives aimed at resource efficiency, and refining and expanding those that are already in place. I encourage you to take a look at our sustainability Web site, mentioned above, to stay current with all that we are doing, and to join me in thanking the many members of our community who have led and continue to lead us toward a sustainable future.
If you come to Grinnell, there are some classes that current students recommend strongly. If you join our ranks, you’ll write your own top 10 classes list. Here, in no particular order, are mine:
Calculus i and ii. Calculus relates to everything that happens in the natural, physical world. I loved Calculus, and you can make it painless by doing five problems every day and keeping up with homework.
Applied statistics. Same as above, plus it’s useful for a ton of different majors, such as psychology, history, biology, and political science.
Neuroscience. Foundations, Future, and Fallacies: You’ll never take your brain for granted again!
ANY senior seminar. An excellent, challenging experience, seminars delve into what is actually going on in the field. Whether you want a course that mimics graduate school or just want to explore your field, you owe it to yourself to take a seminar. Though some departments mandate them, others leave it optional — but really, don’t let the opportunity pass.
Major Russian Writers. With no prerequisites and taught in English, this class focuses on Russian writers who helped shaped the past century. Anna Karenina, War and Peace, and Crime and Punishment are books that everyone should read. This is one of the best classes at Grinnell.
Psychology of Motivation. Suppose I place a bowl of red Starbursts in front of you. You’ll eat a certain number of them. Suppose I place a bowl of red and green Starbursts in front of you. You’ll eat more than if they had been just one color. Why? To learn the answer to this question and many more amazing facts about eating behavior, take this course when you have the prerequisites.
Craft of Fiction. Write fiction and get credit for it! The class is intense, but the workshops are helpful for budding writers — you, your peers, and your professor constructively critique (or “workshop”) the class’ stories.
Economic Development. An insightful class that will broaden your perspective about parts of the world that still struggle.
Macroeconomic Analysis. This is a great extension to Economic Development — challenging, theoretical, and extremely useful in understanding the economy as a whole.
Philosophy of science. Philosophy of Science offers a great perspective on what scientists do. Most importantly, the class shows that science is not infallible. Why? Because it is created by humans. Since humans make mistakes, science does too. Amar Sakar '12 is a Psychology Major from Gurgaon, Haryana, India.
Author: Shelby Carroll '13
- Eggs-to-order Although waking up can be difficult, nothing can beat having fresh eggs made any way you like to ease that early morning struggle.
- Wing Night Not only are there four different types of chicken wings served on this legendary night, there is all the ranch sauce you could ever want.
- Chicken Fillet on a Bun Sometimes it is nice to have a giant chicken tender.
- Grilled Cheese and Tomato Basil Soup It’s a comforting classic.
- Margarita Pizza A delectable blend of salty cheese, fresh tomatoes, and chopped basil on dough made fresh every morning, this pizza is cooked to perfection in an authentic brick oven.
- Spicy Orange Chicken The golden mountain of glazed chicken on top of steamed rice is mouth-watering.
- Beef and Chicken Fajita Bar Salsa, sour cream, guacamole, shredded lettuce, churro beans, fiesta rice, cheddar cheese, and sautéed onions and peppers — who can say no?
- Chicken Spinach Tortellini Soup This transforms a classic pasta into a new irresistible favorite.
- Baked Ziti Tender pasta, heaping melted cheese, and sweet marinara sauce all are baked to tasty perfection.
- Stir-Fry Station Open most days, this station whips up made-to-order dishes filled with numerous vegetable options and your choice of chicken, pork, or beef, doused in stir-fry sauce or the sauce of the day.
Shelby Carroll '13 is a Psychology Major from Pasadena, CA.
Author: Diane Meisles '12
When I applied to colleges, I did a lot of research and I concluded that a small, liberal arts college with a strong science program would be best for me.
My college counselor reviewed the list of schools that I was applying to. “Diane, why isn’t Grinnell on here?” she asked. Honestly, I did not know anything about Grinnell except that it was small, in the middle of Iowa — and that both of my parents went there. My parents were also biology majors and pre-med like me. My college counselor advised me to at least look into it.
I started looking through my college guidebooks and researching Grinnell online and finally decided that, since my parents went there, I should at least visit and give it a fair shot.
My visit to Grinnell College was amazing. Although Grinnell is a small school of 1,600 students, the large, beautiful campus really impressed me. I met several professors as I was walking around Noyce Hall (the science building), and they were all eager to talk with me about the science programs. I also met the cross country coach, who took me on a tour of the athletic facilities and soccer fields. One of the most impressive parts of my visit, however, was the students. Everyone was friendly and outgoing. It quickly became apparent that each Grinnell student has a passion about something, which is what makes Grinnell such a unique place. After my visit, I realized that Grinnell College was the right choice for me. Even though I had never previously considered going to my parent’s alma mater, it was the best decision I could have made.
Diane Meisles '12 is a Biology Major from Northfield, IL.