Claire Reeder, a 6-foot junior middle hitter from Grinnell College (La Grange Park, Ill./Lyons Township), has been named Midwest Conference Volleyball Performer of the Week.Reeder was named to her fourth all-tournament team in as many outings this season during the Grinnell College Volleyball Invitational. She averaged 3.20 kills per set during the four matches, hit at a.239 efficiency clip and recorded 10 blocks. For the season, Reeder averages 3.47 kills per set and is hitting .265. [file:42113]
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.
Where on campus can you go to hear a vocal group perform, see some improv theatre, enjoy a snack, or even read your creative writing in front of a live audience? If you didn't say "Burling," you clearly haven't been to the library in a while.
Caucus season in Iowa brings with it national media attention, some of it not entirely welcome. One Grinnell student recently found out what it's like to be at the center of a media frenzy.
John Stoessinger '50 first heard of Grinnell College from a young American serviceman whose shoes he was shining.
"He had said the magic word--America," Stoessinger remembers. "And I began to tremble."
"I went to a college called Grinnell College," Lt. Peter Dalameter told the boy. "You know, Gary Cooper went there."
Gary Cooper! That really set the shoeshine boy alight. "I'd heard of Gary Cooper!" Stoessinger remembers. "A movie with Gary Cooper had just been released in Shanghai. We'd seen it twice already.
Tenure: on its face, not the loveliest of words. But there are few as sweet in the ears of an early-career academic. Tenure signifies job security, the acceptance of one's senior colleagues, a feeling of belonging and - perhaps most importantly - support for a life's work.