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.
Due to the standing water on the field and impending storms, the Grinnell College softball doubleheader with Monmouth College has been postponed on Sunday, April 26. The games will be made up in Grinnell on Tuesday, April 28, beginning at 3 p.m.
Issue: Spring 2009
Greetings from a Grinnellian who is living in Obamaland. Did you know I live a block from President Obama's Chicago home? It is incredibly thrilling and exciting. You can't imagine!
Arriving in London in early August, I expected to see less about the U.S. election campaign in the British media than at home in Iowa. The amount of election campaign coverage, however, seemed almost as great here as in the United States.
Pinned, then Dunked!
If you saw a group of women looking down from an open window of a South Campus dorm, as the sounds of "Honey, honey bless your heart" drifted up from the lawn below, you would be witnessing the result of a pinning at Grinnell College. Some lucky coed had snagged a man or visa versa.
It's the '50s and attaining a Younkers, Cowles, or any men's dorm pin was akin to wearing your high school beau's class ring on a chain circling your neck, although a North Campus pin was taken more seriously. Pinning often led to an engagement ring.
I eat cookies and I run fast
Hamburger Hill is such a blast
Up that hill and over the top
Oh yeah, man, I just can't stop
Through those trees, don't slow down,
Oh my Lord, what is that sound? Cheering fans I believe I see,
At the top of the hill waving at me.
Down that cliff, blip ... blip ... blip
Watch those other runners slip
Ha, ha, ha, I'm almost there
Don't feel bad, I know it's not fair,
That we're so fast and we're so cool
And we're gonna beat every other school.
In the late 1980s, the College was adding Chinese to the curriculum, and the decision to focus on China was both prescient and advantageous. Through the partnership with Nanjing University, Grinnell receives two research scholars from Nanjing each year, along with a visiting instructor of Chinese. Grinnell in return sends two of its faculty or staff each year to teach students in Nanjing.
In the same strong voice that made him a Washington leader, Senator Bob Dole told local veterans and college community members today about his experiences as a World War II soldier and champion for all who served, young and old.
"Not everyone who served wore a uniform--teachers, nurses, others had to do their job so we could do ours," Dole said.
He also recognized several veterans in the audience whose stories he'd read during his plane trip to Grinnell.
Professor Emeritus of History George Drake '56 has compiled oral histories of several Poweshiek County veterans.