Communication

The Magical Place

Fri, 2009-12-04 02:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

Originally published in the Summer 1976 Grinnell Magazine

Before I recount my tale about The Magical Place, I want to make one simple observation: Angels fly because they take themselves so lightly.

Once upon a time, a little boy named Jimmy discovered himself in a magical place. The place was like an island in a sea of gold or white or green, depending upon the season, as Jimmy was to learn.

Jewish at Grinnell

Fri, 2009-12-04 02:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

My story is that I came to Grinnell in 1958 as an early entrant (didn’t graduate high school) from an East Coast suburb. Not only was I Jewish, but also I came from a secular Jewish, left-wing family. I think my Grinnell experience solidified my Jewish identification because I was seen as “odd” in a number of ways. One small story: I was very blonde and have a fair complexion. During my first week at school, a classmate from a small Midwestern town and I were sharing information. When I said I was Jewish, she was astounded. She had never met a Jew and thought they all had dark complexions.

Reviewing Tosca

Fri, 2009-12-04 02:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

Each student in the course Tyrants and Tunesmiths: Music and the State in Modern Europe wrote a review based upon the experience of the performance, but adopting the perspective of a particular cultural or political figure from the original premiere in 1900 in Rome.

According to Assistant Professor of History Kelly Maynard, the exercise provides a good way for students to apply the historical training they have been receiving in this unique course to their evening at the opera.

Two students share their reviews:

Pittsburgh to Grinnell to Help Plan My 50th College Reunion and Back

Fri, 2009-12-04 02:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

Liane Ellison Norman ’59 wrote this poem about planning her 50th Grinnell College Reunion, held in 2009.

Eight hundred and ten miles each way,
a journey to the center of the country,

Interstates 79 to 70 to 74 to 80. We left
in 5 a.m. dark, fog thickening in hollows

of West Virginia, fanning out fall light
in Ohio, heading flat through Indiana

and Illinois fields of corn and soy, gentle
hills of Iowa. I remembered how I, a girl

of Wasatch Mountains loved Iowa,
alfalfa smell, silos, barns, Angus cattle grazing

Krauss selected for NCAA National Cross Country Meet

Tue, 2009-11-10 00:00 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Dan Krauss '12 of Grinnell College has been selected to compete in the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championships on Nov. 21 at Highland Hills Golf Course in Highland, Ohio.

A total of 32 teams and 56 individuals, the first seven athletes from each region who were not a part of a qualifying team, were picked to participate in the national meet.

Krauss, who ranks among the fastest Pioneers in the history of the program, turned in an All-Central Region performance Saturday at Oakland Acres Golf Course. He finished 13th in the meet with a clocking of 25:26.3.

Grinnell named 3rd coolest small town in the US

Mon, 2009-09-28 10:59 | By Anonymous (not verified)

The Early Show - New York, NY, United States - 4/15/2009

...3. Grinnell, Iowa (9,233) An eclectic small town that blends the charm of a rural community with the quirkiness of a college town. Located: About 55 miles from the capital, Des Moines. Population: 9,205 Known for its historic architecture, especially the Jewel Box Bank designed by Louis Sullivan, who was Frank Lloyd Wright's mentor. ...

Read the article.  

Burling

Tue, 2009-09-15 16:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

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.

One Man's Odyssey

Tue, 2009-09-15 16:13 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

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.

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