Arriving in London in early August, I expected to see less about the U.S. election campaign in the British media than at home in Iowa. The amount of election campaign coverage, however, seemed almost as great here as in the United States.
Ever since he saw March of the Penguins, Mark Rosenberg '11 has been a big fan of the birds who seem to go everywhere in formal dress. It's fitting, then, that the new business Rosenberg has helped create brings together his love for movies and penguins.
The idea for "PenguinShare, Inc." was born when Rosenberg and Dan Turcza were sitting around the backyard in their hometown of Oak Park, Ill. The two new high school graduates were preparing to head off to different colleges in the fall, and they wanted to pick up one more big project together.
When Sam Harris '58 was a student at Grinnell, he did not talk about the first 12 years of his life.
At Grinnell, Sam was a popular, well-liked, social kind of guy. He studied hard, having transferred from the University of Michigan after just one year because fraternity life there left him with a less than stellar grade point average.
"I worked pretty hard at Grinnell, because there was nothing else to do," Sam laughs. But still, he says, "It's very close to my heart, Grinnell. It was the best place in the world for me--I could be me."
I didn't even recognize him when I arrived on campus. My own kid, whom I had come to take home for the summer. Sailed right past him to the Plat du Jour station, where I asked a woman with her hair tucked under her cap, "Is Benjamin Dodd working tonight?"
She leafed through a clipboard and led me back to the pasta bar section, right next to the Pizza Parlor where a girl shoved pizzas into a flaming brick oven with a long-handled metal paddle.
Perhaps we've all had a flash of inspiration that we were positive would lead to success: the million-dollar idea, the can't-miss business concept, the surefire solution to a vexing problem.
While most of us never get those great ideas off the drawing board, the Grinnellians on these pages have turned their visions into reality. From part-time businesses to companies with a global reach, they've found willing buyers for their innovative approaches.
Grinnell College president emeritus George Drake '56 looks back on the 100-year history of Grinnell's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Beta of Iowa.
Service is a time-honored Grinnell tradition--offering assistance to the less fortunate, to those who are least able to help themselves.
In mid-September of the ill-fated "Bartman" play-off year, 2003, I wrote the following:
When Ramiro Carillo '07 first arrived at Grinnell College from the tough streets of Los Angeles, being smart wasn't the problem. His problem was being too smart for his own good.