“You know, now that you’re starting college, you’re really an adult. You’ve got to be grown-up now.” How many of us have heard that from those *cough* well-meaning adults in our lives? To some extent, being an adult at Grinnell is necessary; for most of us, it’s our first time out from under parental rule.
The presiding officer’s heavy wooden gavel comes smashing down on the table as the opening theme to Lady Gaga’s new single blares from my computer speakers. My friend and I flinch, sigh, and exit the YouTube window, shaking our heads at yet another failed attempt to spice up the beginning of the Joint Board meeting between the Student Government Association cabinet and senators. We’ve got three new resolutions on the table and four budgets to approve, so we know it will be a long Wednesday night. With hours of debate ahead of us, why not start off with a catchy song?
Grinnell, IA - Writers@Grinnell will open its fall semester program with a reading by novelist and faculty member Dean Bakopoulos on Thurs., Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus.
Bakopoulos’ latest novel, “My American Unhappiness,” was reviewed this summer by the Los Angeles Times and Wall St. Journal and listed as the “#1 Title to Pick Up Now.” He is currently at work on a television series based on his first novel, “Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon,” set in his hometown of Detroit. Bakopoulos is a member of the Grinnell English faculty and also teaches in the creative writing and environment program at Iowa State University.
Poet Nell Regan will read on Sept. 13 from her debut collection, “Preparing for Spring,” reviewed as a “stingingly clear outdoor light.” Regan has also published historical biography in “Female Activists: Irish Women and Change.” Regan will read in Room 102 of Alumni Recitation Hall.
On Sept. 29, author Ed Pavlic will read from his most recent books, “But Here Are Small Clear Refractions,” “Winners Have Yet to be Announced,” and “Labors Lost Left Unfinished.” Pavlic’s works have drawn recognition from the African American Review, the American Poetry Review, and the Georgia Writers Association.
Non-fiction writer Susanne Antonetta will discuss her work in the fields of environment, mental health, diversity, spirituality, and the sciences during a reading on Oct. 6 co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies concentration. Antonetta is the author of “Body Toxic,” a New York Times Notable Book, as well as four books of poetry under her legal name Suzanne Paola and a soon-to-be released book on adoption titled “Inventing Family.”
All Writers@Grinnell events will be held at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, 1115 8th Ave. on the Grinnell College campus, unless otherwise noted. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grinnell College has chosen six new students to serve partner organizations in the Grinnell community through the Apprenticeships in Non-Profit Management program. The program, inaugurated last year, places Grinnell College students in paid positions with local non-profit organizations. The program’s unique structure, most notably the one-year commitment of students to their organization, offers many benefits to the apprentices and their host organizations. Student apprentices benefit from the time the non-profit directors invest in their professional growth and skill development.
Film has a curious way of bringing people together through emotion and storylines of ordinary human issues. Professor Galina Aksenova, a returning Department of Russian artist in residence, shared this interest and dedicated nearly half of spring semester to teaching “History of Russian Film: From Einstein to Tarkovsky and Beyond.”
Grinnell College’s Pete Kieselbach ’10 (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) has been named the Midwest Conference Men’s Golf Performer of the Week. Kieselbach helped the Pioneers achieve a historic milestone last Thursday when Grinnell participated in the Des Moines Area Community College Invitational. Kieselbach won the individual title, Grinnell’s first individual crown since 2002, with an even-par 72 and the Pioneers claimed the team title, the program’s first in more than two decades. On top of that, Grinnell had a team score of 301, the best in program history.