I knew Jim from the time that he was a senior at Grinnell College and I was on the admission staff. He and Judge Dale Mossey '68 and I started at the University Law School together in the fall of 1968, an incredible year of presidential resignation, two assassinations, exploding Democratic convention, a close race for the presidency, and the war in Vietnam. The demand for soldiers caused both Jim and Dale to be drafted after one semester, to return to the law school class of 1973.
Bonnie Tinker, a lifelong equal rights and peace activist, was killed recently in a bike accident in Blacksburg, Va. A Portland, Ore., resident, Bonnie was attending a national Quaker meeting where she had been presenting her "Opening Hearts and Minds" workshop devoted to nonviolent change.
The church and, I hasten to add, many other institutions in our society, have trouble with uppity women. This probably explains the bumper sticker, "Uppity Women Unite." Since the church has trouble with uppity women, it obviously has a great deal of trouble with the story told in Mark 7:24-30, and a slightly different version in Matthew 15:21-28. Why? Because one is perplexed, even embarrassed, by the portrayal of Jesus in that story. It's indeed shocking to contemplate that out of Jesus' mouth could come words that smack of racism and sexism.
On Senator Chuck Grassley:
"You're getting your money's worth with him."
"I'm an R and you're a D, but can't we work on this together?"
On his popularity in Iowa:
"I'm the president of Iowa."
On the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.:
"This memorial was not built by the government -- that's why it's still standing." Also, "It's paid for."
On Saturday, September 20, 2008, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Grinnell's 365-acre biological field station.
Since its purchase in 1968, CERA has been an exceptional resource for engaging students in environmental inquiry, providing inspiration and raw materials for artistic expression, teaching students of all ages about the history and character of our past, present, and future landscape, and serving as a model for land preservation and restoration.
Following a record-breaking season, Grinnell College baseball coach Tim Hollibaugh is looking forward to even better things in the future. That is, thanks in part, to a solid group of returnees as well as a strong recruiting class.
Gary Kahn '09, an All-Midwest Conference South Division pitcher for Grinnell College who now plays baseball overseas, is featured on the D3baseball.com Web site (Click here for Web site).
Kahn, from Cooper City, Fla., plays for the Karlskoga Bats of the Elitserien League in Sweden. The league is the highest level of professional baseball in Sweden, and Karlskoga won the 2007 Elitserien Cup and advanced to the title game last season.
Grinnell College shortstop Ben Mendoza '09 has been named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region Baseball Team.Mendoza, from Gallup, N.M., (Eldorado HS), was a Third Team selection. He led the Midwest Conference in doubles with 21 and was also first in the nation in doubles per game with 0.66. He ranked fourth in the MWC in runs scored with 38 and fifth in steals with 21.Mendoza was one of nine MWC players selected to the first, second or third teams.
Grinnell College's Henry Reich '09 has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's Track and Field/Cross Country First Team. Reich was one of 15 athletes named to the elite team in the College Division. He is the third Pioneer athlete to earn Academic All-America honors for Track and Field/Cross Country, but the first to be voted to the First Team.