Faculty

Grinnellians at the Beijing Olympics

Mon, 2008-09-15 16:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Christine Thorburn '92 narrowly missed medaling at the 2008 Beijing Olympic women's cycling competition. "I was fifth in the time trial (3.2 seconds slower than the bronze medalist over 36 minutes of racing!)" Thorburn says.

She was 52nd in the road race, after doing the work the first 3/4 of the race for the U.S. team of three women. "Unfortunately, our favorite for the race, Amber Neben, dropped her chain," Thorburn says.

PenguinShare

Mon, 2008-09-15 16:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

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.

Hope Amid Destruction in Chengdu

Mon, 2008-09-15 16:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

When China's 8.0-magnitude quake struck the apartment of 23-year-old Zhang Na, she and her husband did exactly what everyone else did. They rushed out of their home without a moment's thought of saving a single possession. It was a desperate move to save their lives. But it wasn't only two lives that were saved. There was a third.

The day after her escape, Zhang gave a birth to a girl.

"I haven't decided her name yet," she says, lying in a bed at a makeshift hospital for new mothers and their babies.

Crimson Stain

Mon, 2008-09-15 16:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Footing off the tin tunnel into a wanton airport of bouncing black hair, rummage among the piles of passports, papers and endless red stamps Hello! (they will shout) Welcome to China! Come stay here! The "Hello Taxi!" man angles you a sharp and sticky leer that rebounds off the neon bars, plastic rainbows and painted tramps, who roam on silver shoes over silken streets of dried blood. Welcome to China! Hello T-Shirt! Come stay here! A blurred knife wails over a chicken in headless-body dance, And the Middle Kingdom stares while you finish your beer.

Defying Darkness

Mon, 2008-09-15 16:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)
Holocaust survivors with their familiesClockwise from top: Harold Kasimow (left) as a child with his family after the war; Celina Karp Biniaz '52 as she prepares to begin school; and Sam Harris '58 (front row, left) with schoolmates.

Podcasts of Listen Hear

Mon, 2008-09-15 16:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

News Director Linn Davis '08 led a group of dedicated student producers to create the 30-minute broadcast, modeled after public radio's This American Life.

Listen Hear includes an always-varying lineup of news, feature stories, and interviews. Recent programs include stories about the local tattoo parlor, the trauma of room draw, students who don't wear shoes, and live interviews with College and community members.

Samuel Elbert '28

Mon, 2008-09-15 03:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Died May 14, 1997

For many decades, it had become unfashionable, even rather awkward, for Hawaiians to speak Hawaiian, their own language. The language was dying.

But then Sam Elbert '28 came on the scene and recognized the importance of keeping the Hawaiian language alive. Over the last two decades or so, it has become acceptable to speak Hawaiian again. Elbert became an expert in the language, and with Mary Pukui, published a Hawaiian language dictionary.

The Dining Hall

Mon, 2008-09-15 02:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

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?"

"Ben Dodd?"

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.

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