It's mid-morning on a Tuesday and the Faulconer Arts Outreach (FAO) in the Parks program is in full swing. Children from toddlers to pre-teens scamper (or stumble) around the Ahrens Park shelter, buzzing from the fabric tub to paints, dodging around the glittery "Sparkle Truck" and settling there, if only for a minute.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Sam Harris '58 was a student at Grinnell, he did not talk about the first 12 years of his life.
At Grinnell, Sam was a popular, well-liked, social kind of guy. He studied hard, having transferred from the University of Michigan after just one year because fraternity life there left him with a less than stellar grade point average.
"I worked pretty hard at Grinnell, because there was nothing else to do," Sam laughs. But still, he says, "It's very close to my heart, Grinnell. It was the best place in the world for me--I could be me."
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.
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.