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.
Seeking to maximize the benefits of the decennial accreditation process for formative reflection and conversation, the College requested and received permission from the Higher Learning Commission to engage in a Special Emphasis self study focused on an issue critical to improving our ability to achieve our mission: reinvigorating our traditional commitment to train leaders in public service and social justice as we enter the 21st century. The College's mission reads, in part:
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."
Former Grinnell College pitching star Gary Kahn '09 continues to make his mark in baseball overseas.
After playing in the top league in Sweden the past four months, Kahn has taken his talents to a league in South Africa. He signed a six-month contract to play for the Durbanville Villains of the Western Province Major League, which is the South African equivalent of Major League Baseball in the United States.
In the Deblin concentration camp in the spring of 1944, nine-year-old Sammy sensed that something different was happening. He heard people talking with excitement and he could hear vibrations. The war was closing in on Deblin.
The Germans decided to move the Jewish workers from the Deblin camp to Czestochowa, a camp farther away. In that camp the Jews were forced to make bullets for the war.
Grinnell College tennis player Dan LaFountaine '09 has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 7 At-Large First Team.By being named to the First Team, LaFountaine is in the running to be an NCAA Academic All-American. That team will be named next month.LaFountaine, from St. Cloud, Minn., is playing in the NCAA Division III National Tennis Tournament this weekend. He also qualified for the national event in singles play as a sophomore. LaFountaine owns 164 career wins between singles and doubles play, going 80-13 in singles and 84-15 in doubles.
Grinnell College's Pete Kieselbach '10 (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) has been named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar.To be eligible for the honor, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70-percent of his team's competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 79.0, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2.A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.