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February 27, 2009 Volume 125, Issue 18

The Scarlet and Black First College Newspaper West of the Mississippi

Grinnell College Grinnell, IA

Cops on campus,
students concerned
BY A RI A NISFELD & DAVID L OGAN
Three weeks ago, at least four Grinnell
students were arrested on and off campus for
various alcohol related charges. Police pres-
ence—both on and off campus—is a common
anxiety for students, who often are unaware of
how to interact with law enforcement officials,
and rumors about the recent arrests have only
increased that unease.
In the midst of a perceived uptick in police
activity, ACE Security—the student run orga-
nization responsible for basic safety and secu-
rity at all-campus events such as Harris parties
and concerts—organized two campus-wide
discussions to educate students about their
rights and responsibilities vis-à-vis law en-
forcement agencies, as well as the role Campus
Security and ACE Security play on campus.
The events included a fireside chat held on
Tuesday at which SGA President Neo Morake
’09 spoke about safety on campus. ACE Secu-
rity co-Director Ben Howort ’09 also fielded
questions on the role of ACE Security.
On Thursday, Howort hosted an informa-
tion session about how to act when encounter-
ing police officers. The event began with open-
ing remarks by Director of Campus Security
Stephen Briscoe. Afterward, Howort fielded
student questions on issues ranging from when
police can enter dorms to their legal rights re-
garding warrants and evidence usage.
“I would love for people to be more in-
formed about their rights in terms of inter-

Candidates compete in SGA Cabinet elections


acting with police,” Howort said. “The other
thing I’d like to see change, and this goes for
the whole student body, is that I’d love to see
Ben Archer ’09 poses a question to SGA executive candidates at Thursday’s open forum hosted by Election Board. The forum opened with candidates more alcohol related education and a shift in
reading statements of intent followed by a period of questions from audience members. Questions ranged from what each candidate will look for when the alcohol culture here.”
appointing cabinet members to the candidates’ perspectives on Films and Concerts in student life to how they will deal with the demanding schedule Some students who have recently inter-
imposed by their respective positions. See pages 8 and 9 to read candidates’ answers to a set of questions provided by the S&B and more coverage of the acted with Grinnell police said they felt that
open forum. LAWRENCE SUMULONG Grinnell students were treated differently than
Security, see p. 4

Series of events commemotrates hate mail, builds awareness


BY A RI A NISFELD & H EIDI CONNER Free” decals to clothing and backpacks, and a facilitated panel as legitimized because you didn’t have a physical letter,” Krandel
A year ago this week, on Feb 23, 2008, homophobic slurs discussion on Monday at which administrators and sociology said. “I needed support but so did all my friends.”
were scrawled outside a student’s dorm room and some of the professors will answer questions about the overall community Despite last year’s outpouring of support, many students said
student’s property was vandalized. Over the course of the next impact of these kinds of events. The events will wrap up Tuesday that the campus has a long way to go. According to Ryan Carlino
ten days, 34 LGBTQ students were sent anti-queer hate mail with a speak-out in Bob’s Underground where students can re- ’10, people in the Grinnell LGBTQ community are still con-
and offensive and potentially threatening e-mails. After each flect and share their personal experiences with last year’s events. fronted by people insensitive to their sexuality.
event, the campus community came together for rallies and a According to SRC Program Coordinator Brian Perbix ’09, “Grinnell is a great place to be openly gay compared to a lot
forum, and well over 100 students chanted supportive cheers as the programs aim to remind people about the magnitude of last of schools,” Carlino said. “But people still do not feel comfortable
they marched from Main Hall to the JRC to proclaim both their year’s events and foster a continuing dialogue about Grinnell’s being publicly, openly out, or expressing affection toward their
anger and their solidarity. campus climate since the events. “It would be irresponsible of us partner, it shows that there is still maybe some tension or things
To remember the anti-queer acts and the supportive commu- to let this moment pass unacknowledged,” Perbix said. going on campus [that do not support being gay].”
nity response, and to continue the dialogue on issues of campus Leah Krandel ’09, one of the organizers of the speak out, said Krandel said she hopes that the week will increase dialogue on
inclusiveness, the Stonewall Resource Center (SRC), in collabo- that the event will provide an opportunity for victims to share campus regarding campus attitudes towards the LGBTQ com-
ration with other LGBTQ groups, has scheduled a number of their emotions, particularly friends of those who received letters, munity. “I’m going into this with the hope that we’ll give people
events that they hope will bring last year’s acts into focus. a group that Krandel described as “secondary victims.” the opportunity to continued dialogue about this and encourage
The series of events includes an informal workshop taking “It’s a hard place to be in where you were upset, and you were people to remember that this happened,” Krandel said. “These ...
place today at which students will be able to apply iron-on “Hate a secondary victim of what happened but your feelings weren’t happen a lot on this campus, and we don’t talk about them.”

SPARC unveils spring budgets with six new publications


BY JEFF R ADERSTRONG cations were added under SPARC for the spring semester. with the other two-thirds going to SGA. This amounts to
Last week, the Student Publications and Radio Com- This semester’s proposed budget totaled around about $88,000 per semester, or about $58.33 per student.
mittee (SPARC) announced student publication budgets $125,000, compared to $122,504.10 in the fall, with “If you were looking at that [number] broadly, you could
for the 2009 spring semester. Several new publications $89,517.32 and $74.865.32 being allotted in each semester, consider that as your subscription costs for 12 S&Bs, four
were allotted funds, while most existing publications faced respectively. B&Ss, two Sequences, so on and so forth. Most people just
slight budget cuts. “We go through a fairly painful budget process each se- see ‘free’ and don’t realize it’s coming out of their Student
According to the overall SPARC budget, of publica- mester,” said SPARC Treasurer Matt Zmudka ’11. “Publi- Activity Fee,” Zmudka said.
tions that received funding for the fall semester, only Press cations are always requesting more money than we actually According to Zmudka, when determining the budget,
and KDIC’s budgets remained the same while the S&B’s have to give out.” SPARC usually tries to limit expansion rather than elimi-
increased, and the rest decreased. However, five new publi- SPARC receives one-third of the Student Activity Fund, SPARC, see p. 4

Yuki Goto continues Can’t decide who to Campus celebrity: Got opinions on

Inside 1 recovery through po-


etry, persistence, runs
marathon..................p.7
2 vote for? Comprehen-
sive SGA election cov-
erage....................p.8-9
3 Grinnell’s resident
Bob Marley Zac El-
lington ’10...........p. 10
4 campus concerts and
films? We do. Read
our letters............p. 12
2 edited by J. Francis Buse and Brian Sherwin
busejohn@grinnell.edu, sherwinb@grinnell.edu
S N&B EWS
Mock trial team qualifies for nationals
February 27, 2009

World Headlines
• Pakistan’s Supreme Court barred opposition leader For fourth time, lawyer team will travel to Kansas City for national tournament
Nawaz Sharif from holding any public office. Sharif, BY C HASE F ELKER legal advice of Grinnell lawyer Brad McCall.
who was convicted of hijacking and terrorism in 1999 On the weekend of Feb 13-14, Grinnell’s two mock trial “I think my primary role with the team has been to assist
after being usurped in a coup by former President Pervez teams competed in the regional competition at St. Ambrose the students in learning appropriate court room practice,
Musharaf, is considered far more popular than current University in Davenport, Iowa. For the fourth time in the procedure and demeanor,” McCall wrote in an e-mail to
President Asif Ali Zardari, whose Pakistan People’s Par- team’s 14-year history, a Grinnell team qualified for nation- the S&B. “In addition, I think that I have helped to teach
ty worked with Sharif ’s Pakistan Muslim League to oust als. the students the intricacies of the Rules of
Musharaf last February. The ruling has ignited political One of Grinnell’s two teams took fifth “It’s a very Grinnell team— Evidence.”
protests across Pakistan. place and was the only team to tie Loras Even with professional mentor-
College and Illinois State, which took first we have a tough time getting ing, Conlon said the team still has a few
National Headlines and third place respectively, in individual everyone into suits.” Grinnellian quirks. “It’s a very Grinnell
• Authorities arrested George Iknadosian after a gun matches. team—we have a tough time getting ev-
taken from the scene of a deadly shoot out between Co-captain Alex Conlon ’09 attributed eryone into suits,” she said.
Mexican authorities and criminals was traced back to a the team’s success to more cohesive prepa- Mock trial simulates major elements of
gun store owned and operated by Iknadosian in Phoenix. ration, and a strong group of underclass
Alex Conlon ‘09 a trial and serves as an unofficial pre-law
The incident, in which eight Mexican drug enforcement students. “Instead of just running through program. For the competition, the team
authorities were killed in a raid on a drug cartel last May the motions, we had a more focused, col- receives witness statements and basic case
in western Mexico, has raised interest in figures such as laborative environment,” Conlon said. information attorneys would receive at the beginning of the
Iknadosian, who have allegedly illegally supplied smug- Adam Lange ’11 said that splitting the group into two academic year. The mock case played in the tournament
glers with ammunition and hundreds of guns. Mexico’s strong teams, a requirement due to the team’s large size, was involved a politician arguing that she lost an election due to
gun laws, in which citizens can not purchase guns with- useful as they could practice against one another and simu- libel from a reporter. The mock article contained false ac-
out government approval and assault rifles are outlawed, late actual matches. “Practicing against [each other] helped cusations of murder, and led to court action by the politician
are much more lax than America’s. a lot,” Lange said. against the reporter. Prior to the case, the teams determine
In comparison to larger schools, where who would argue the prosecuting and de-
Iowa Headlines teams practice upwards of five times a fending side.
• Iowa congressional leaders said they have been fighting week, according to Co-captain Chris John- “I wouldn’t go so far as to call it The second Grinnell team, despite
for disaster relief that has yet to be given out to Iowans ston ’09, the Pioneers only met once a week improv. But we do a good job of facing multiple top teams, had very close
in areas affected by last summer’s floods. The financial for the first semester and returned a week rounds and nearly qualified, according to
assistance, which totals in the billions and is still largely early from winter break in order to begin thinking on our feet.” Conlon. Additionally, Erin Daugherty
awaiting bureaucratic approval, was alloted for residents more intense preparation for the regional ’09, Liting Cong ’11, and Max Kaufmann
and businesses that are still heavily damaged. Blank Dis- competition. Johnston said that the dispar- ’12 won outstanding witness awards for
trict Braley called for government leaders to push the ity between Grinnell and larger schools Chris Johnston ’09 portrayals of “drunken journalists” and a
funding through the “red tape,” also citing funds meant made the qualification for nationals even “crazy janitor,” according to Lange. “We
for New Orleans that have yet to be dispersed. more impressive. basically kicked ass,” said Johnston.
—Compiled by J. Francis Buse Johnston added that the team was Nationals will be held in Kansas City,
not fully prepared the tournament, and said the opening Missouri during the first weekend of spring break, March
statements were written on the way to the tournament. “I 13-15.
wouldn’t go so far as to call it improv,” Johnston said. “But “It will be really close … because at this high level all of
we do a good job of thinking on our feet.” the teams obviously know what they are doing and are all
However, the team found stability in the coaching and very competitive,” Lange said.
• On March 4, Stephen Briscoe and the Grinnell Police De-
partment will be conducting a talk on the legal rights of stu-
dents. This talk is spurred by the recent arrests.
• The College’s camera policy is under legal review, and will
TC Tech Tips!
be out in the near future.
• VPAA Julie Hoye discussed and asked for input into a pos- Have you ever printed to a printer that’s Technology Map at http://tcdb.grinnell.edu/map -- it’s a map
sible effort to move GenComp elsewhere in ARH, and re- Help Desk out of toner or paper? Or maybe you’ve al- of all the computer labs and printers on campus; it’ll tell you
place it with another classroom. Email her with feedback! ways wondered what labs are open when whether or not they’re available or out-of-order, including a
you’re trying to finish that paper the night whole lot more!
—Compiled by Hugh Redford before it’s due. Check out the Campus —The Technology Consultants

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ENVIRONMENTAL MEN’S TENNIS VS. PERCUSSION EN- CHAT & CHEW WITH GRANT PROGRAM & WRITING RESUMES GRANT PROGRAM &
CHALLENGES AND WISCONSIN-WHITE- SEMBLE: Bucksbaum THE CDO CREW: JRC ENDOWED INTERN- AND COVER LET- ENDOWED INTERN-
RESPONSES LECTURE: WATER: PEC Tennis Sebring-Lewis Hall, Lobby, 11:30 a.m. SHIP WORKSHOP: TERS WORKSHOP: SHIPS WORKSHOP:
ARH 120, 2:15 p.m. Courts, 8:30 a.m. 2 p.m. INVESTMENT BANK- CDO 104, 1127 Park CDO 104, 1127 Park CDO 104, 1127 Park
ROLE OF THE NEGRO MEN’S TENNIS VS. MARDI GRAS CEL- ING & CONSULTING: Street, 4:15 p.m. Street, 4:15 p.m. Street, 12:15 p.m.
SPIRITUAL PRESENTA- GRACELAND: PEC EBRATION: JRC 209, CDO 104, 1127 Park COMMUNITY MEAL: GRADUATE SCHOOL WRITING RESUMES
TION: Burling IIF Com- Tennis Courts, 4:30 6 p.m. Street, 4:15 p.m. Davis Elementary PLANNING: CDO & COVER LETTERS
puter Lab, 4:15 p.m. p.m. School, 818 Hamilton 104, 1127 Park WORKSHOP: CDO
LOVE RESPONDS RE- ISO TALENT SHOW: Avenue, 5:30 p.m. Street, 4:15 p.m. 104, 1127 Park
CEPTION: JRC 101, Harris Center Con- OPEN MIC @ FAUL- Street, 4:15 p.m.
4:15 p.m. cert Hall, 7 p.m. CONER GALLERY: DANFORTH LECTURE:
MEN’S BASKETBALL SGA CONCERT: Main Bucksbaum Faulcon- Noyce 2022, 4:30
VS. ST. NORBERT: Hall Gardner Lounge, er Gallery, 7 p.m. p.m.
Darby Gymnasium, 9 p.m. NEWBERRY LIBRARY
7 p.m. PRESENTATION: ARH
SGO CONCERT: 102, 7 p.m.
Main Hall Gardner ROOMMATE MIXER:
Lounge, 9 p.m. JRC 209, 8 p.m.
NEIL PATRICK HAR- LINCOLN CENTER
RIS: Harris Center JAZZ ORCHESTRA:
Concert Hall, 10 p.m. Herrick Chapel, 8 p.m.
February 27, 2009
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Ouderkirk speaks on Postville, immigration, rights
&
NEWS edited by J. Francis Buse and Brian Sherwin
busejohn@grinnell.edu, sherwinb@grinnell.edu 3

On Monday, Feb. 23, Father Paul Ouderkirk, And on a state level, late last year, you said
a priest from the town of Postville, Iowa, spoke on that Governor Culver was failing to keep us
the condition of the Postville community after a from “bleeding to death.” Have Culver and
government raid last May arrested over 300 il- the state government responded in the past
legal immigrants residing in the town and work- months since then?
ing for the controversial Agriprocessors No, in fact, the governor turned
meatpacking plant. Invited by the Stu- his back on [The Archbishop,
dent Organization of Latinas/Latinos myself, Paul Real, and three other
(SOL), Ouderkirk focused largely on the representatives from the Hispanic
time since the raid, in which volunteers ministry and dioceses] the day we
have assisted the families of the those ar- went down to see [Secretary of
rested, many who have been deported. Homeland Security] Janet Nep-
Ouderkirk, who had retired from olitano. He knew who we were. He
priesthood prior to the raid, is the de facto turned his back on us. He has not
director of relief work in the town. Ouderkirk has been responding.
been interviewed and quoted by news organiza- I would criticize the state of Iowa. They
tions such as CNN and The New York Times. have not done enough. This is the largest raid
in the history of Iowa. They have not stood up
What conditions did you play witness to and said, “We can’t do much as a state, but now
within the plant that the workers were sub- on a federal level we expect [the government]
ject to? to do more.” And, they have not done that.
One of the things I’ll never forget is people That’s wrong.
standing shoulder-to-shoulder, a man with an
electric knife, all day, cutting the legs off the With the situation at Henry’s Turkey
turkeys and chickens, but right [under] him, Service [in which mentally disabled men
people cutting meat, and the floor filthy with were subject to illegal workhouse conditions
feathers and blood—it was dangerous. for years], is there anything you can draw
comparisons between the two situations?
Speaking on a larger scale, since the pres- And whether that’s a problem on a statewide
idential campaign began there was very little level or a nationwide level?
discussion about immigration in the actual Once you have an ingrained immoral con-
campaigning. Since Obama has taken office dition in the community, it takes an exception-
there doesn’t seem to be much focus on it at al person to stand up and say, “This is wrong.”
all. I was wondering what you think about And they don’t want to upset the community.
the current administration and Congress’s And I think that’s the way it was with what
overall focus and action on the issue of im- happened with Henry’s Turkey [Service]. The
migration? people had accepted a condition that was not
I think I’ve said often that every elected good. I read somewhere that some inspec-
official that had anything to do with immi- tors never ever went in there to inspect those
gration law should hang their head in shame. places.
They have let immigration law become a po- And the apartments in Postville – some
litical mess that it’s now more political than of the ones we’ve been in, man, they should
anything. have been closed the next day. And they didn’t
One of the worst things was in the year because they didn’t have a housing code and
2003 they swept immigration law under so on. And I think you’d find that all around
Homeland Security law—the worst thing that the country, especially in small communities.
could have possibly happened. Then it became We’ve called a number of them, just like us.
militaristic. That was all political. They stood [The businesses] are bigger than us, but it’s the
around. The elected politicians did not stand same. Unless good people get together and say
up for the right thing. They didn’t do the right no more then nothing happens.
thing. —Interview conducted by J. Francis Buse
Father Paul Ouderkirk spoke on the recent raid in Postville. MARFA PROKHOROVA

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edited by J. Francis Buse and Brian Sherwin
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from p. 1
SN&B EWS February 27, 2009

nate new projects. According to Zmudka, the number of publications has


“In general, the Committee’s line has been if a publica- increased dramatically in recent years—from eight in 2003
tion wants to fill a niche that isn’t currently being served, to 16 this semester—an increase he attributed mostly to
that is going to be a greater priority than expansion of a technological advancements.
current program,” Zmudka said. “I think a lot of the greater interest in publications has
Christine McCormick ’09, SPARC Chair, said it is eas- to do with the technology in that it’s so much easier to
ier to budget for the smaller publications that come out create something and send it to a printer,” Zmudka said. Other S&B
once a semester because they do not ask for much funding. “Before, you had to set type.” $27,522
Zmudka said these more specialized, niche publications, Students said that they appreciate the increase in publi-
such as the Grinnell Economist, usually cost $1500 to $2000 cations, but still wanted funding to be regulated by SPARC
per semester. boards and carefully split amongst publications.
“We had one publication that the only thing they want- “I think focusing on having a few really good [publica-
ed was the cost to print,” McCormick said. “Something tions] would probably be in everyone’s best interest, but at KDIC
like that is really just hard to cut, because it’s a really good the same time it’s nice to have a wide variety depending on B&S
project we want to fund and if we cut anything from them, what you like to read,” Mairead O’Grady ’10 said. “As long 3.3%
we’ve cut their entire project.” as the quality isn’t affected by the quantity.”
Ross Preston ’10, editor-in-chief of the B&S, said his To solve the ongoing funding problem, Zmudka and
budget was cut by an insignificant amount and should not McCormick had several suggestions. Besides raising the
affect the publication’s overall quality. student activities fee, Zmudka said some larger publica- “OTHER” PUBLICATIONS DISAGGREGATED
“The B&S has a pretty small budget compared to other tions could reduce day-to-day spending and the forma- PERCENT
publications. All we need is money for salaries and print- tion of a SPARC advertising agent could increase revenue OF SPARC

ing cost,” Preston said. across publications. NAME OF PUBLICATION BUDGET FINALIZED BUDGET
PRESS, which publishes student works in book form, “The S&B does a good job [with ads], and some could GRINNELL REVIEW 5.36% $4800
asked for $23,000 this semester—up from $20,000 last be integrated into [publications such as] the Cyclone or the GRINNELL EYEWITNESS 5.25% $4700
semester—but only received $18,200. PRESS co-editor- Economist,” Zmudka said. “The idea is creating one person ACADEMIC JOURNAL 4.64% $4150
in-chief Parvoneh Shirgir ’09 said they will have to cut who has contacts and knows the procedure to be a clear- GRINNELL ECONOMIST 4.48% $4011
back on some things, such as not producing a hard-cover inghouse.” THE SEQUENCE 3.68% $3292
publication, but they will still be able to produce most of In addition, SPARC is looking for ways to increase CABINET 2.79% $2500
what they wanted. alumni donations in order to create an endowment similar FASHION MAGAZINE 1.92% $1716
“SPARC was pretty generous with us, they gave us to the ones SGA and The Debating Union have. The en- WRITER’S DIGRESS 1.37% $1225
enough money to continue producing quality student proj- dowment would provide consistent revenue through inter- STUDENT ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE 1.12% $1006.5
ects,” Shirgir said. est. However, Zmudka said “it would be a long time before ACTIVE MINDS 0.67% $600
any SPARC endowment could be started.” FREESOUND 0.00% $0
—Additional reporting by Harley Chang
Security
from p. 1 city residents by the police. According to Greene, students often will only
Will Schwaller ’09, one of the interact with police officers in negative situa-
student arrested three weeks ago, was picked tions, strengthening an already present wari-
up for public intoxication and interfering with ness. “I think that given any college student on
official acts. He said that he interfered be- any college campus, anytime you are going to
cause he was skeptical of the intentions of the see police officers outside of the community of
Grinnell Police officer talking to a group of se- which they’re a part, there’s going to be some
niors returning to campus after 100 Days. healthy skepticism about why they are here,
“I knew the Grinnell [Police Department] what’s their motivation, [and] what are they
and specifically this officer … have a record of trying to do to me,” Greene said.
trying to catch Grinnell students with public Administrators and the police said while
intox in the downtown area. So I was just kind they enjoy a good working relationship with
of worried,” Schwaller said. “When we [leave each other, there is a healthy division of la-
campus] we’re looked at as different than other bor. Briscoe said, for instance, that he is not
people, I think that’s unfortunate.” informed about police department plans and
Saida Ayupova ’10 said she felt that po- Greene said that he is rarely, if ever, directly
lice presence on campus has increased since contacted about any individual off-campus ar-
she first came to Grinnell. “In my first-year it rest.
felt really safe. You knew you’re not 21 and Briscoe said that police officers are always
you can still have beer and walk across campus allowed in the open parts of campus and can,
with your beer, you knew the police were never under certain circumstances, enter residence
going to be there,” Aypova said. “But now you halls. According to Briscoe, police typically
can’t do that because you don’t know when the enter a dorm for one of three reasons—when
police are going to show up.” they possess a search warrant, are actively pur-
Despite student unease, Jody Matherly suing a suspect, or are responding to an emer-
Chief of the Grinnell Police Department said gency such as a fire alarm or violent act.
that the College was not a target for policing While Briscoe emphasized that the Police
activity and that it was treated the same as the Department is the primary law enforcement
rest of the community. agency for the campus and that they work well
“The College keeps us busy but it’s really with Campus Security, the College’s Security
not overwhelming,” Matherly said. “We don’t Officers are often meant to act as a liaison be-
have a huge problem with the kids there, we tween students and police. “What we try to do
don’t have a huge problem with call volume with the rules and regulations is not be in a
there. … The last thing on our list is to try and position where you’re going to put yourself in
harass college students.” a position where you’re going to get arrested,”
Matherly said that violations related to al- Briscoe said.
cohol comprised the majority of those com- Also acting as a layer between students
mitted by Grinnell students. In comparison and the Grinnell Police Department is the
to its peer institutions, Grinnell College has student-run ACE Security. “What happens at
a moderate number of student arrests per year Harris is that ACE Security acts as … an ad-
related to alcohol. Under the Jeanne Clery ditional buffer between the Grinnell College
Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and student at large and the police,” Howort said,
Campus Crime Statistics Act, all colleges and “ACE Security’s role is to be active in self-gov-
universities which participate in the Title IV ernance, being responsible for addressing situ-
federal financial aid program are required to ations and communicating concerns about is-
publish annual crime statistics. According to sues that undermine community or individual
the 2007 Clery reports from seven peer insti- rights, whether they be your own or others.”
tutions, Grinnell saw roughly 3.2 arrests per Howort said that ACE Security wants
every 1000 students. Other schools gener- to better disseminate information about the
ally had numbers in the low single digits but group and safety and security on campus in
ranged from as low as .54 at Macalester Col- general. In addition to the forums, ACE Secu-
lege to 20.6 at Amherst College. rity has created a plan on the popular cyber fo-
Some of this mistrust might be inevitable, rum GrinnellPlans that addresses commonly
according to Dean of Students Travis Greene. asked questions.
February 27, 2009

Bad president, bad theatre... it’s a weekend for schadenfreude


SB &
ARTS
edited by Mark Japinga
japingam@grinnell.edu 5

W.
(2008)

Bush biopic needs focus


Most of us already made up our minds
about George W. Bush (played here by Josh
Brolin) long before the release of director
Oliver Stone’s W. Over the past few years,
we have been bombarded by news reports,
serious historical portraits and character
sketches, all of which have combined to make
Dubya a rather ignominious political figure
in the eyes of most Americans.
Rushed into cinematic release in time for
the end of the Bush presidency, Stone’s film
adds to the interpretation of our now former
president by focusing on his dramatic char-
acter. Stone thinks of himself as a dramatist,
and though we might prefer the omniscient
perspective of an objective documentary, his
film is more interested in perpetuating famil-
iar storylines and anecdotes than providing
any kind of full-sweeping analysis.
Many of these anecdotes occur outside
of the White House, resorting to the Bush
biography stereotypes that we know so well.
This means we get a whole lot of Bush the
drunk, Bush the hapless politician, and Bush
the lucky son of a former president who rode
coattails to the top. This is all before he be-
comes president, where the real problems
(Iraq) finally happen.
The problem with Stone’s version of a
Bush film is he never chooses an overarching
angle or aspect of Bush to focus on. The lack Josh Brolin stars as everyone’s favorite president, George W. Bush, in Oliver Stone’s W. Stone said he wanted the movie to be a fair portrayal of the man,
of transparency in the Administration causes stating in an interview with Variety that he wanted to chronicle Bush’s rise from “an alcoholic bum into the most powerful man in the world.”
a certain amount of uncertainty, so we end www.allmoviephotos.com
up getting dialogue that uses anecdotes and
one-liners that are already quite familiar to W. is an interesting film simply because Steve Coogan stars as high school the- another attempt to add laughs, they have gay
the public (think “misunderestimate”). See- of its scope. Unfortunately, it ignores key atre teacher Dana Marschz (his last name is guys singing in the background of the musi-
ing this kind of writing on “Saturday Night storylines and passes up plenty of other op- “funny” and hard to pronounce, accounting cal. Gay guys in musicals are always good for
Live” usually brings laughs. Here, it feels out portunities to pursue more interesting angles. for what felt like ten minutes of screen time). a laugh, right?
of context, and in a film where Stone does (This is why movies are based on a true story Dana couldn’t make it as a professional actor, How an actor as fine as Catherine Keener
not want to exaggerate any aspect of Bush, instead of being “the true story.”) so instead he has turned to teaching. The (40 Year Old Virgin, Capote) got roped into
context should matter. In terms of its legacy, W. will likely be problem is—Dana has no talent! And he’s this debacle is beyond me. She follows the
Perhaps this occurs because the film di- seen as one more sign of the absurdity of the kind of clumsy! And he roller skates every- rest of the cast by stinking up the screen as
vides itself rather arbitrarily between three Bush Era than it will be as a serious, reveal- where—and falls down a lot!!! Hahahahaha!! Dana’s long suffering wife. David Arquette
different stages of Bush’s life. There is the ing character portrait. Hilarious! is also around, playing their roommate who
frat-boy, beer-guzzling Yale undergrad; the —Ross Preston When budget cuts threaten the school’s utters only 15 or 16 words throughout the
married Bush still in the shadow of his fam- drama department, it will take all of Dana’s course of the movie (HAHAHA---their
ily’s politics; and the unprepared command- cunning and perseverance to pull off a fan- roommate doesn’t talk that much—that must be
er-in-chief heading into Iraq. Stone presents tastic musical spectacle: “Hamlet 2!” But can funny!!!). Maybe Keener and Arquette just
Bush as a simple-minded guy over the span Hamlet 2 Dana break through to the influx of Latino needed the money.
of three very different periods, which just (2008) transfer students (who Dana initially calls Thank God (or sexy Jesus) that Amy Poe-
isn’t very interesting. Its subject matter is hardened “gangbangers”), bring them to- hler shows up later in the film to inject some
controversial, but the execution is not. gether with his old white students, and pro- much needed comedy into the flat proceed-
Individual performances improve the duce something wonderful? Don’t hold your ings. Poehler plays ACLU lawyer Cricket
film, but they only go so far. Brolin is so Parody breaks golden rule of breath. Feldstein, and after seeing her brief scenes,
Needless to say, the play that Dana and you wish the movie was all about her. Sadly,
convincing that it is hard to not feel bad for
Bush’s character at times, and it also remark- comedies. It’s just not funny. his students are working on doesn’t really she’s only on screen for 10 or 15 minutes,
able how he manages to pull off Bush in make sense. It involves Jesus, a time machine, then it’s back to comedy hell.
three different parts of his life. The scenes What a draining chore it was to suffer the characters of Hamlet, and an awesome I only wish I could use Jesus’ time ma-
with George Sr. ( James Cromwell) and Dick through the unfunny, clichéd and annoying (translation: sleep-inducing) musical number chine and get back the 94 minutes of my life
Cheney (Richard Dreyfuss) have some good Hamlet 2. The title’s funny enough, as is the called “Rock Me Sexy Jesus” which includes I wasted on this film.
dramatic presence, but they remain excep- premise of the story, but that’s hardly enough frequent references to Jesus’ “swimmer bod.” —Jaysen Wright
tions to the rule. to save this train wreck. It sounds much funnier than it actually is. In

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Stoner Alert: Friday and Saturday |


SGA Films will not only show the brilliant Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
this weekend, they will also feed you White Castle burgers thanks to the magic of
7:30 and 9:30 |
the Wal-Mart frozen food aisle. I guess Corporate America isn’t all bad. JRC 101
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japingam@grinnell.edu

Language as art:
SA&B RTS February 27, 2009

one vowel at a time


“Awkward grammar appalls a craftsman. A Dada bard
as daft as Tzara damns stagnant art and scrawls an alpha (a
slapdash arc and a backward zag) that mars all stanzas and
jams all ballads (what a scandal). A madcap vandal crafts a
small black ankh—a hand-stamp that can stamp a wax pad
and at last plant a ark that sparks an ars magna…”
Notice anything odd about the first paragraph? Try
reading it aloud. Hear anything strange about it? Does it
seem ‘A’ little lacking?
Because it is. Lacking every vowel except A, that is.
There are no E’s, I’s, O’s or U’s in it, just as there are no
E’s, I’s, O’s or U’s in the chapter that it’s excerpted from:
Chapter A from Eunoia, a book written by Canadian poet
Christian Bök. This week’s column is devoted to a differ-
ent kind of art than columns past—the manipulation of
language.
Eunoia is a five-chapter series of univocalic lipograms.
A lipogram is a form of constrained writing or a word game
which excludes certain letters or a group of letters from a
piece. A univocalic lipogram is a lipogram that excludes all
but one selected vowel.
Each of Eunoia’s chapters uses just one vowel: A in the
first, E in the second, and so on. The name of the book
comes from the Greek word which can mean “well mind,”
“beautiful thinking,” “to carry favor,” or “ingratiate oneself
with.”

Kat York ‘09


ART CRUSH
I probably don’t need to stress how difficult omitting
vowels from sentences can be… After reading the first
chapter of Eunoia, a friend and I tried to hold conversa-
tions without using E, I, O or U this summer. Needless to
Svigals brings klezmatic traditions to Herrick
say, it was pretty much impossible. I mean, how do you let Internationally renowned violinist and composer Alicia Svigals performs “Klezmer Unfettered” with accompanist Marilyn
someone know that you need to go to the bathroom using Lerner on Thursday in Herrick Chapel. Svigals is renowned for almost single-handedly reviving the klezmer style of music,
only A’s? dating back to Jewish villages and ghettos of the 15th century, where it was played frequently at public gatherings, most
Omitting vowels in writing might be slightly easier. But notably weddings. When not touring solo, Svigals often plays with the all-woman band Mikveh, or with The Klezmatics,
it’s certainly no walk in the park. As Bök rather aptly puts who won a Grammy for their 2006 album “Wonder Wheel”, which featured lyrics by Woody Guthrie.
it in the opening lines of his “I” Chapter: “[w]riting is in- LAWRENCE SUMULONG
hibiting. Sighing, I sit, scriblling in ink this pidgin script.
I sing with nihilistic witticism disciplining signs with tri-
fling gimmicks…”
I was drawn to Bök’s Eunoia because of the way it made
me so aware of the letters that I use. It’s one thing to be
Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis to perform
conscious of word choice, but keeping track of letters is a Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center ensemble set for Wednesday concert
completely different thing, totally changing how you think BY C L AIRE R EEDER Conference Operations Rachel Bly ’93 stumbled upon a
about language. One of the nation’s most acclaimed jazz musicians will chance for Marsalis to make a stop on campus as part of a
In terms of content, Eunoia reads like a long, bizarre- come to town on Wednesday, when Herrick Chapel hosts previously scheduled Midwest tour.
sounding prose-poem. Each chapter makes sense … They trumpeter Wynton Marsalis for an 8 p.m. performance. Bly’s good rapport with Marsalis’ agent brought the ini-
tell coherent stories from different perspectives in different Marsalis’ staggering list of accomplishments shows why tial agreement. Bly then made a proposal for extra funding
settings. he commands so much respect. The nine-time Grammy for this one-time opportunity to President Russell K. Os-
But there is something distinctly “different” about its winner has also won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his good, who officially approved the performance.
rhythm. Listening to passages read aloud, you can intuit this musical depiction of slavery titled Black Codes from Under- “Grinnell has good connections and history of concerts
without being able to pinpoint exactly what the difference ground and helped direct and produce Jazz, a documentary being brought to campus, and we are able to get some really
might be. To quote the French reviewer Michel Basilieres, by noted director Ken Burns. Marsalis currently directs the exciting people through these relationships. Artists com-
“Bök’s constant repetition of a single vowel, while at the Jazz at Lincoln Center ensemble, ment on how they like to play in
same time employing the widest possible vocabulary, re- a prestigious group with whom he such an intimate and great venue,”
sults in a kind of aural echoing that sets rhythms and pat- will play at Wednesday’s concert. Wynton Marsalis said Bly. “It’s really serendipitous
terns moving of their own momentum.”
After reading a few pages of Eunoia, the smallest part
According to Professor of Jazz Mar 4, 8 p.m. the way it occurred.”
of a book, a column, or even The First College Newspaper
Studies Damani Phillips, Music, Herrick Chapel Students and community mem-
Marsalis’s notoriety derives from bers can look forward to a gem
West of the Mississippi takes on new significance. his wide-ranging repertoire and of a concert, and as both Phillips
It’s completely overwhelming and, at least for me, re- his promotion of the neo-classical and Bly emphasized, a chance to
news my respect for the way we communicate with one style, which fuses rock with principles of previous periods hear one of the best jazz bands in the world live. Tommy
another in writing. The rhythm of writing comes alive us- of jazz. Marsalis and his orchestra comprise the premier Johnson ’09, a member of Grinnell’s Jazz Ensemble, echoed
ing lipograms and other kinds of word games. Using them ensemble in the country and play music from all periods these feelings of anticipation.
and testing the limits of your vocabulary really does make of jazz. “In small town Iowa it’s amazing that we can get some-
you more sensitive to the words you write and the way you “They are very studied and accurate in recreating the one like Mr. Marsalis to come play,” Johnson said. “The
speak. old style of music from the 1920s and 30s,” Phillips said. Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra is one of the best bands
Recognizing written language and looking at it in a “It’s something you won’t hear anywhere else.” The group is around today, and there aren’t many left because the econo-
different way can elevate it in your mind. Writing is also also known for explaining the history along the way to help my is down and the jazz economy is down, so [performers]
an art form, from crafting plotlines down to the placement the audience understand what is being played. can make more money in smaller trios or quartets.”
of each individual letter. Christian Bök’s Eunoia does an That Marsalis and the ensemble are coming is itself a Overall, Phillips stressed the high caliber of the Or-
excellent job of reminding us of this fact. lucky and unexpected opportunity. The concert arose out- chestra. “There is such a concentration of stellar musicians
In conclusion (sorry guys, this was the best I could do): side of the Committee for Public Events’ planned and paid in that band,” he said. “They can literally hand pick who
Go forth, opt for words from crosswords, ports, cooks or for fine arts performance season. they want, and that is exactly what they’ve done. It’s an un-
books. Play as fawns at Accra, aptly, ably and smartly. I While attending the Arts Midwest Booking Confer- usual but pleasant surprise that way out here, we have the
think frigid midnight smiling. U sculpt fun 4 urself w/ ence, CPE Chair Shawn Womack, Dance, and Director of rare opportunity to experience this kind of stuff.”
“wurds”.
February 27, 2009
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Goto on track to complete extensive rehab
FEATURES
&
edited by Chloe Moryl
morylchl@grinnell.edu

“This is a poem I recently wrote. I’m trying to


overcome the fear of my future that doesn’t have
the choice I hoped for.”
—Yuki Goto

Slowly walking, head bent down


Doubting myself and denying the pain
Resisting the reality, mired in fear and hopelessness
Can’t find a place to go, wishing I could disappear

Standing back, looking at myself


I need to cross this street reach there,
Why are the lights not turning green?
It kindly spoke to me that I need to take a detour

In the throes of separation from who I was,


Nobody can change what happened to me.
Part with my past
Prepare for anything to happen
I haven’t reached my limit

I keep walking to look for who I am


Even if it’s the fragile tiny star
Finding a meaningful life means creating a new me
It is not the end of the road
There will be another way

The sun will be up after my lonely night


I see a glimmer of light
I keep walking to find it

Yuki Goto, formerly of the class of 2008. Goto is currently in rehab at the Rusk Institute in New York. CONTRIBUTED
BY C HLOE MORYL & CLAIRE R EEDER treatment. presenting an art show exhibiting some of Goto’s photographs
Three years ago, four Grinnell students left a Mardi Gras In order to raise money for his rehabilitation program, in and arranging a FogFast program. As Goto looks to begin his
celebration in St. Louis to drive through the night back to November 2008 Goto decided to run the New York Marathon, final semester at the Rusk Institute, funds are now critical to
Grinnell. Just outside of Iowa City, the student driving the car which he completed in a time of four hours and 43 minutes. his completion and hopes for maximum recovery.
dozed off, and the car rolled into a ditch, sending two students, After the success of the New York Marathon, Goto has Goto’s primary goal is to return to Grinnell to finish his
Liza Colburn ’09 and Yuki Goto (formerly ’08), through the entered into the Boston Marathon, to take place on April 20, degree, and to get back to his old life. “This last semester is
car’s back window. 2009 to raise funding for the costs of his fi- crucial for him and would be the difference between coming
Though the other students involved in the nal semester. “Since the 20-week program of back to college or not,” said Younes. “[The Rusk Institute] is
accident recovered quickly and returned to the rehab costs and living expense sum up to expensive, but it’s really helping him get back to be in school.
school, Goto sustained a traumatic brain in- “Yuki drew on the support of 64,050 dollars it is very difficult for me and And that’s really where he needs to be.”
jury, was in a coma for two weeks, underwent us, his family, and his own family to afford for me to continue this train- As his marathon and poetry (see sidebar) evidence, Yuki
brain surgery, and after three years is still at determination to overcome ing,” Goto wrote in an email to his friends and has made significant progress in regaining personal skills and
the Rusk Institute, an expensive state-of-the- family. self. “Every time I see him, it’s just leaps and bounds in his
art rehab center in New York City. his deficits. He is still a part of “[Goto’s] story shows both what an indi- progress,” said Younes. “And as far as his personality, it’s all
Goto will be beginning his last cycle of Grinnell.” vidual and community are capable of. Grinnell back, so it’s been great to see him because it’s been a slow
rehab treatments this month. “At the end of
every cycle the doctors reevaluate him and Ben Schrager ‘08 supported Yuki when he needed us,” said close
friend Ben Schrager ’08. “Then Yuki drew on
process.”
All of these steps of recovery are helping to piece back
recommend if he should come back or not the support of us, his family, and his own de- together the a person Schrager calls “selfless” and “amazingly
and this should be the last one that he needs,” termination to overcome his deficits. He is still generous.”
said Jelal Younes ’08, a friend of Goto’s. “It’s basically just se- a part of Grinnell.” “I remember before the accident, Yuki told me his life goal
mesters like college semesters.” After his accident, a group of Grinnellians came together was to save one African orphan’s life,” Schrager recalled.
The rehab process has been long and draining not only and created the Friends of Yuki group in order to spread aware- Donations are greatly appreciated and can be directed to
for Goto, who works constantly to regain physical, emotional ness about Goto and his situation. The Friends of Yuki group www.firstgiving.com/yukigoto. For more information about
and mental capacity, but also for his family, who work with and Grinnellians at large have greatly contributed to financ- Goto and his progress, visit teamyuki.org or www.friendsofyu-
Goto to find sources of funding for the extremely expensive ing Goto’s rehabilitation to this point. Efforts have included ki.org.

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SB NEWS &
FEATURE February 27, 2009 9

SGA candidates speak up


What the candidates were asked Candidates for President Candidates for Vice President of Student Affairs Candidates for Vice President of Academic Affiars
This semester, I’m starting This past year, I have served as the VPSA for SGA. I’m hoping to work to- somebody asks me to do something, I say yes without I have about five spe- and a tutor, so I feel like through the general SGA
1. What primary goals will you work towards if
to undertake a large project I have worked with nearly every administrator and have wards, first of all, kind of reor- necessarily looking at, “Do I have the time for it, is this cific goals I’ve laid out that committee system, SEPCs, and mentoring in the
elected to your position? that helps resituate students developed good relationships with all of them. Before that, ganizing the way Joint-Board necessarily something that I need to be involved with?” So, I want to do. Generally, I classroom, I think I have a lot of experience. I’ve
as key stakeholders within I served as a senator. I served on many, many committees works because it’s kind of I guess my main problem is being able to say no to things just want to put together basically been [current VPAA] Julie Hoye’s shadow
2.What relevant experience do you have that the decision-making process, that deal with many different aspects of the College. bureaucratic, not necessarily and being able to delegate to other individuals. some practical things that this semester and last semester.
makes you a viable candidate? specifically reaffirming our We have the self-governance handbooks that talk a mess, but it’s become very As far as overcoming it, I need to be more conscious just will make sure that Well I know from experience about my self that
ability to govern ourselves about self-governance being taking accountability for suffocating and somewhat of delegation and the importance of delegation. students have [an] easier when I commit to something I have a really hard
because what we’ve seen has your actions and realizing that you are part of a broader stifling. And, transparency Currently, I’m a senator for Clangrala. This is my first time being students here. time saying ‘no.’ I know I got really burnt out in high
3.What are your weaknesses as a candidate, and been … students’ voices and community and that you need to be responsible for that is the other huge goal of semester, but I’ve also been heavily involved in organiza- And, like streamlining school as student body president and I know the is-
how do you plan to overcome them if elected? opinions not really acknowl- community. It also means taking care of yourself and mine. I think that increased tions as far as VOX and Con Brio. Also, in Grinnell technology and making sue that will come up the most is taking on too much
John Burrows ’10 edged by the administration. taking care of each other. I think we need to take it a Mona Ghadiri ’11 transparency ... is absolutely Singers, I’ve been secretary for the past year … I consider Joanna DeMars’10 information more available and not being able to do everything well, so I think
4. How do you define self-governance? This semester, we have seen a step further and really thoughtfully articulate how self- critical to have any success in myself to be really, really good at the organizational part. to students, educating new in order to overcome that I need to set specific goals
breakdown in community and a lot of it’s because what governance is played out throughout our daily life and the next year. And then also work toward regaining trust I haven’t had a huge amount of experience within SGA professors about the atmosphere here on campus and try not to overwork myself too much.
5a. PSGA: What active steps will you take, if we need to do is completely revamp the ways in which how we can educate each other as to how self-governance between students and SGA. I also want to keep working here, but I have been a vocal member throughout the and different programs available to their students, I have a hard time defining self-governance in
student opinion is solicited and advocated. should guide our actions. [We] also [need to] realize that with redeveloping the ideas of what self-governance is, whole Sheree Andrews thing, of criticisms within SGA so basically just doing things, trying to alleviate the theoretical words so I think self-governance is not
elected President, to lead both SGA and the Time management. Last semester, the struggle was we are part of a broader community in which we engage and what it should mean to students. and within Houston and Travis. hindrances that students have to be students. something you can put in a textbook—I think it’s
student body? balancing the daily committee work, in which I sat on and share governance. We govern ourselves but we do Self-governance, to me, is half about choices and half I first and foremost am a student advocate. I antici- I was a senator for two semesters. And as a something that you see in action. So I think that it’s
anywhere from eight to 12 committees at a time and have to negotiate with the power structures of faculty and about responsibility. Partially, it’s about choices because pate my role to be someone there for the students. I like senator, I was a member of the student Curriculum having everyone really take care of themselves and
5b. VPSA: What role do you hope to play in re- having to balance the day-to-day e-mailing and com- administration and through self-governance we need to part of self-governance is making that choice of whether to say that I am a representative not of my constituents Committee. I was on the student Curriculum Com- take care of each other.
gards to the relationship between students and mittee assignments for all those as well as working on discover what our role is in those negotiations. what you’re doing is what you think is right or wrong … but for my constituents. So, I’d like to transfer the same mittee as SEPC chair for both my majors, Physics We’re all students, we’re all here primarily as
long-term projects. I think the primary goal will be reorganizing the The trust that is built between students comes from that, thing to, if I’m elected VPSA, be there for the students and German. And through the student Curriculum students. I think that academics should be first in
the Office of Student Affairs?
I have learned to balance tackling the long-term Cabinet and committee structure of SGA. After being comes from individuals taking responsibility for their first and then deal with the Student Affairs part … I get Committee, I was appointed to the overall Curricu- our minds. I think in SGA—in general overarching
projects that will actually bring big meaningful change one of the executives this past year, I have learned which actions, so that you can hold other people accountable to let students know what’s going on so there are less lum Committee of the College, so that’s with faculty terms—we are students. My role in terms of the aca-
5c. VPAA: How do you see academic affairs fit- while being able to delegate better and handle the daily committees are not as effective as they could be and which and you are accountable to other people. miscommunications, more transparency, and more avail- and the registrar and the dean. And I have also been demics will be to tell people and really strive towards
ting into student government and how will you committee assignments on a regular basis. Cabinet positions just don’t make sense anymore. I have a terrible habit of saying yes to everything. If ability of myself. a mentor and a mentee in the mentoring program what students need in their academic lives.
operate in that role?
First off I would really, ARH and Noyce. So, I’m an athlete as well. I’m a part My number one primary it works … I have a copy of the bylaws and constitution in I want to work on the which VPAA actually has to chair, so I know how that
Interviews conducted by J. Francis Buse & really like to provide this of a lot of student groups such as the Debate Union. I goal is RLC training. Right my backpack right now, I’ve read them a couple of times. accountability of the ad- works, too.
Brian Sherwin missing link, this discon- run my own radio show. So, I’m a well-rounded person, now in RLC training before It’s something that I’m passionate about and I’m going ministrators, and make sure One of my weaknesses especially this year is that a

Candidate forum
nect between the students and I do an array of things, so I feel like that’s what the year starts, they spend to bring fresh ideas to the table, definitely. that students don’t feel torn lot of people are unhappy with the way SGA is working,
and the faculty and the an SGA President needs to identify. about an hour talking about I don’t have the most direct experience with SGA. I between the administration and so they want to make changes and so I think because
administration. And I want I feel like my weakness is that I’m not an insider. self-governance, which is don’t think that’s the biggest weakness, I’m trying to turn and their faculty. I feel like I’ve been involved with SGA in the past, I may not have
BY BRIAN SHERWIN to do that by reaffirming I’m an outsider. I will be the first to admit that I just absurd for a school based it around as a plus. I’m talking to people … I’m going to especially in a self-governance as much of an outside view as some people would like. If
On Thursday afternoon, the SGA Elections Board or reestablishing account- don’t know everything that the SGA President does around this concept that we go into this knowing I don’t have the most experience—it’s institution that is beyond I’m elected, I can kind of work to mold those two sides
held an open forum for the candidates running for Vice ability between students to or what entails in this position, but I feel like I’m a love … I want to post a list something I am working on. unacceptable, so that needs of things and improve it but also keep the working parts
President of Academic Affairs (VPAA), Vice President get more involved in SGA quick learner. of all active committees in Self-governance isn’t just words, it has to be actions. to be the first thing that that are actually effective.
of Student Affairs (VPSA), and President of SGA Fernando Jenkins ’10 because it seems like, I use What I interpret as self-governance is simply re- Ben Offenberg ’11 the mail room, how to contact It’s definitely actions taken by people. Everyone’s got a Katey Gager’11 happens. My second goal … Personally, self-governance for me if it had to come
(PSGA). The candidates spoke about and answered this in my statement of in- sponsibility, taking responsibility, taking accountabil- them, what their purview is, different definition. It’s the actions of asking the neighbor is to increase service learning down to one word it would be trust, which I know is
questions on issues varying from self-governance to tent, but you lead the horse to the water but you can’t ity. It all boils down to that. Being productive members and I’ll have notes based on what committees are for at to turn the music down at midnight, putting bikes back and find other ways to get students into the classroom really corny. But I think that is the most basic element
SGA transparency to goals for the future. make the horse drink. of society, that’s what I feel self-governance is. large students [who] want to get involved … I know there up on racks when they fall down. In general, it’s just we’re other than just sitting in the middle of ARH or Noyce. of self-governance because with self-governance I think
The forum largely centered on defining self-gover- Also, one thing that I was really looking to do I would definitely try to push and encourage is always going to be a committee looking for at large adults, it’s just living together peacefully as adults. We don’t My main goal is working my ass off to make sure that the idea is you’re supposed to be as honest with people
nance in the context of strained relations between the was we reassess what we believe self-governance is students to directly get involved with SGA no mat- students to help them do work … I’m always looking for have to go crying to mom or dad … it’s just people living that [budget cuts] don’t affect our learning. And I think as possible. So, I think trust probably is the number one
student body, SGA and the administration. because we have like 1600 students here roughly and ter what. For example, I want to make Joint Board a new ideas from students, and I’ll make that a priority to peacefully in a society. increasing class sizes by a little bit is acceptable and I’m goal of self-governance for me.
VPSA candidates all emphasized agreed on the im- you can say we have 1600 different interpretations of little more accessible. It is accessible to students right go out and ask people questions and see what they want VPSA is the student advocate in the Student Affairs okay with that, but there are certain lines I’m just not I think academic affairs needs more student govern-
portance of establishing a conception of self-governance self-governance. So we need to kind of brainstorm now but one of my ideas was to actually have Joint and that kind of thing. office, and I’m going to work with them, I’m not going okay with crossing. ment involvement because I know Julie Hoye has been
before communicating with the administration. and come up with one collective term of what self- Board recorded and have audio recordings and have I think that just having SGA experience isn’t the only to fight them. I’m going to work with [administrators] In terms of SGA experience, I’ve been a senator for doing a fantastic job getting students on academic com-
But while many candidates, such as Mona Ghadiri governance is and then we can move on from there. that segmented and have that on PioneerWeb and so necessary experience. I’ve been an active member of this and have a good relationship with them to get students two semesters up in CND. One of my goals was actually mittees, but she only has one committee that now has per-
’11, called for a set definition of self-governance, VPSA I have been a senator in Joint Board for two se- students can have access to that and it’ll be archived. campus since I stepped on campus. I’ve been a member what they want and what they need—I’m going to fight working towards administrator accountability. Also, I have manent student involvement. I think we need to continue
candidate Alex Peitz ’10 voiced the necessity for a more mesters now. Also I feel like I embody the liberal arts Say they wanted to listen about the shoe policy in the of the football and track teams here, and I’m on STIFund, for that. sat on a lot of different SGA committees, waltz chair this to try and up that involvement more because ... the main
malleable definition. “To define self-governance [so educational experience because I do a lot of things hallways, you don’t have to listen to the whole Joint I’m on housing cabinet as the secretary this semester. I’m semester, I’ve sat on ACE Committee, SAA, SCC. … reason we’re here is for academics, and so I think we have
strictly] would [limit] the flexibility with working with inside and outside the classroom. I’ve been all over Board proceeding but you can go and click on that. working to get a better understanding of SGA and how I’ve been involved in student Curriculum Committee, a lot of great input when it comes to student affairs.
the administration,” she said.
Beyond self-governance, the candidates were con- The biggest thing I want Committee where we manage STIFund. … I have [done a I plan to continue to trying to completely redo what we did. We rewrote The broad things are I think that’s important because that kind of gives me
cerned with the lack of student body participation in to tackle is, whether it’s true lot] in student organization and student activism through work on the current admin- the constitution and tried to increase our presence on making sure students feel many many, different angles of kind of looking at things
SGA. Candidates for PSGA and VPAA stressed the or not, there is a perceived gap my work with the Social Entrepenuers of Grinnell and as istration’s work with self- campus and let people know what we were doing and like their feedback is actually and also makes me comfortable interacting with a lot
necessity of finding different approaches to motivating of trust between the circle of a Voicebox administrator. governance because of the create more events and move back towards advocacy taken seriously. I was abroad of different groups whether it be administrators, faculty,
the student body. the administration, student Definitely I think time management is the biggest great turnover in Student rather than service. last semester but I kept up students, anybody.
Fernando “Fonz” Jenkins ’10, who is running for government and students. Es- problem that I’ve had—especially learning to overcome it in Affairs. I think it’s very I don’t have much experience with the particular with what was going on … I think that I can get really caught up in one thing
SGA President, stressed his approachability to vot- pecially Student Affairs had a academics, learning to balance my academics with student important that we work on committees that VPSA sits on. I’m on the student [and] I think being away like if there’s one project that really is taking a lot of time
ers. ”You can pretty much talk to me about anything,” great amount of staff turnover, government and SEG and student organization involve- it right now. There needs to Safety and Security Committee but that’s I think the sort of gives me an outside and energy I will get stuck in it in terms of wanting to
Jenkins said. and the students are uncon- ment and student activism is time management. be a much more proactive only VPSA committee that I’m on. I have heard a lot view about what maybe we get it to the end and I know student government is a
VPAA Candidate Katey Gager ’11 said that SGA vinced that because of all the Self-governance is, if not defined by, anchored in trust. attempt at that. about what goes on in these committees because I’m can do better and to push for process in which we try to do as much as possible on a
also has to reach out to improve student body partici- Harry Krejsa ’10 newness of the staff coming Trust between students that not only will you not infringe Alex Peitz ’10 I want to increase ac- a senator and I hear about it every week and I think Jacob Reisberg’10 students’ views to actually be wide variety of projects and try really as hard as possible
pation. in, they aren’t entirely familiar on somebody else’s space, time or peace, but you will go countability of all of stu- I’ll be able to pick it up quickly and I have enough taken seriously.Beyond that to get them done.
“I think approachability is important but I do think with what Grinnell is, what we hold to be fundamentally out of your way to prevent yourself from infringing on dent government to student body. I think it’s impor- experience with achieving goals and working on in terms of the specifics I think as AA I’d work to get the I’ve wrestled with [self-governance] myself while
that we need to go out and talk to people,” Gager said. Grinnellian. What I want to do is make sure that students someone else’s space, time or peace. Additionally, it is not tant that people know what we’re doing. I actually projects that I think it will be fine. break reorganized so we’d trim the fat off of winter break on JudCo and I think above everything else it has to do
Overall, the candidates lamented the scant showing know SGA is on this better than it’s doing right now and only students but between students, student government today just started a project to restart the Publicity I think it has a lot to do with taking responsi- and put it onto Thanksgiving. I think that SEPCs need to with respect and respecting those around you, respecting
at the open forum, which was poorly advertised. There increase the communication and transparency between the and their administration. Committee. It used to be a Cabinet Position. bility for your actions. We get a lot more freedom get reorganized in a fashion. Mostly it’s the broad issues yourself, being able to communicate viably and being able
were approximately two dozen people at the forum and student government and the students. Well, firstly I plan to be much more active in the I have spent three years as a senator. I work on a here than other people do at other schools and it’s of trust and then specific projects. to communicate directly is something really important.
those who attended were largely members of SGA. Well I spent a semester as the senator for CND and transition period to make sure that every single member of lot of different projects that come up in Joint Board important that we are accountable for what we do, I have really diverse experience and what that means I think primarily you have to be the students’ advocate
“I feel like we shouldn’t be begging people to come two semesters as the senator for Smounker, so I do know the Cabinet that we eventually appoint will know exactly things that people complain about. I worked with the that we take responsibility for our actions, and we is I’ve been a senator, I’ve sat on committees, I’ve been on in front of the faculty because they’re the ones who are
to the open forum,” Jenkins said. Joint Board fairly well, how it does work and how it doesn’t what their job is on a day-to-day basis, so they can hit the Health Center to rearrange the condom dispensers on act in responsible ways. In that vein, I think it’s also JudCo for two years, I’m one of the two student members controlling, with exception of the scheduling issues which
Alex White ’12, a student at the open forum, also work … On the Safety and Security Advisory Committee I ground running.That was a small problem that the previous campus … I worked with Travis and Houston last year important that we kind of assert our right to govern on the Committee of Academic Standing which Julie are also administrative, it really has to be pressing the fac-
shared the sentiment of the candidates. “I wish there did a lot of advocacy for trusting students to be responsible Cabinet encountered and we want to save as much time as to start a complete revamp of the NSO program. ourselves and that we become active members of our got for us this semester, and I also am just active in just ulty to be listening to the students’ concerns. And I mean
were more people here,”White said. “Unfortunately, this with their own autonomy and to decrease any kind of feel- possible. More specifically, I want to work on Joint Board …I also have done a lot of other things outside community so that we will be treated with respect non-student type things like G-Tones, I was in Debate, I guess I am there to do that and push and represent.
is an SGA heavy crowd.” ing of hostility between security and students. The other reform and institutional reform of SGA itself to make it of SGA. I was the president of the Student Athletic and so that students can continue to have an active Grinnell Singers, things like that.
committee I was most active on … [was] Student Initiatives work better and faster and more efficiently for students. Advisory Committee and actually the year we were say in what goes on.
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FEATURES February 27, 2009

Nic Wilson ’12

6:00 a.m. – Wake up to sound


of alarm. Briefly consider fin-
ishing the homework I didn’t
get to last night. Choose sleep
instead.

8:15 a.m. – Wake up again; somehow manage to finish all


my work and drink four cups of coffee before class.

9:00 a.m. – Head off to class for the morning. Sincerely


regret poor decisions made the previous evening involving
the Oscars and Carlo Rossi.

12:30 p.m. – Done with class for the day. Meet Ashur Bratt
’12 for lunch in the dining hall. Have grilled cheese sand-
wich and black bean soup. Also more coffee.
Bob Marley? No, Zac Ellington ‘10. M ARFA PROKHOROVA

Zac Ellington: keepin’ Cleveland bumpin’


1:15 p.m. – Waste time on internet playing Tetris. Set new
high score.

1:30 p.m. – Fall asleep while reading for Spanish. Wake up


BY M ARCUS ZEITZ that much crazier,” Ellington said.
with pool of drool on notes.
You’ve seen him around campus. You’ve danced to his beats “Being abroad for a semester really helped me remember
in Cleveland lounge some Friday night. And perhaps you’ve how great this place is,” Ellington said. “I was literally in para-
1:45 p.m. – Make trip to optometrist to see about getting
even cured afternoon munchies with a sandwich from him at dise—southern France—yet I wanted to return to the middle
damage caused at the “Fucked Up” concert last week re-
Lonnski’s. of Iowa.”
paired.
Zac Ellington ’10, a POSSE scholar from L.A., was thrust Back in his beloved Grinnell, Ellington, a Psychology major
into Grinnell culture when he prospied during Mary B. James with a concentration in Linguistics, has returned to his pas-
2:00 p.m. – Head off to the basement of Bucksbaum to
weekend. The opportunity to participate in transvestite de- sions: dancing, reading, and socializing.
practice piano and work on Aural Skills homework. Anna
bauchery offered what Ellington called a “very In particular, Ellington said he hopes to
Friel ’10 mocks the way I walk en route.
quick course in everything that is great about ensure that there is “a place available to dance
Grinnell.” “I was literally in paradise— every weekend.” His pet project, the Dance 5:00 p.m. – Finally escape the music dungeon with sanity
That weekend marks the beginning of El- Collective, aims to achieve just this by putting
lington’s love affair with Grinnell, recently southern France—yet I on dance parties “as often as I can” in South
more or less intact.
consummated with his return from studying wanted to return to the mid- Campus. Ellington personally finances many
5:30 p.m. – Finish Spanish and take nap before dinner
abroad in Aix en Provence, France.
While abroad, Ellington’s apparent similar-
dle of Iowa.” of the parties, and is currently working on im-
proving his DJ skills with the aid of his friend
ity to Bob Marley was a source of constant en- Zac Ellington ’10 Robin Dugas ’10. “A few nights a week we just 6:15 p.m. – Meet Chris Wilson ’11 for weekly dinner. Dis-
cuss various bits of gossip.
tertainment. “I would meet people, and be like, get together and spin for two to three hours,”
‘I’m Zac,’ and they would smile and say ‘I’m going to call you Ellington said.
9:00 p.m. – Head back to Bucksbaum for an hour. Enjoy
Bob,’” Ellington recalled. When he’s not in class, hanging out, or moonlighting as a
the walk over in the warm night air. Am excited about the
Once, when walking on a boardwalk with some friends DJ, Ellington works in town at Lonnski’s Pub and Deli, where
fact spring is less than a month away.
in Nice, a police car drove by with the windows rolled down, he serves sandwiches to the greater Grinnell community. “It’s
singing “No Woman No Cry,” and smiling as they passed El- nice to see a real cross-section of the town rather than just be-
10:00 p.m. – Finished with work. Try to remember the last
lington. ing around college students,” he said.
time I took shower. Give up after several minutes and put
But miles and ocean were not enough to separate Elling- Beyond working in the deli, Ellington’s vocational plans for
hygiene off until tomorrow … possibly Wednesday.
ton from the school that he loves. After visiting Grinnellians beyond Grinnell include children’s speech therapy. “My aca-
in Rome, Ellington flew to Amsterdam. Alone and exhausted demic passion is language, and I love working with children, so
11:16 p.m. – Drunk tennis player wanders into room. Of-
on the concentric streets of Amsterdam, Ellington realized his it would be great to go into a field that combines both of those
fers me his own nipple hair. I take one to sell on eBay in
phone was dead and he was hopelessly lost. “I couldn’t remem- things,” Ellington said.
case he ever becomes famous at some point in the future.
ber the difference between Lindenstraat and Linden staat,” he For now, though, Ellington is content to eat caramels as
laughed. he relaxes with his cat in the school he loves. “Self-governance
1:00 a.m. – Clear most of the clothes and trash off bed and
Somehow, after two hours, he made it back to his hostel, is, in my mind, what sets this school apart. I really do think
fall asleep.
where to his surprise his friend, Juli Garcia ’10, was in the lobby. it’s proof that people can subjugate themselves to nothing but
“Running into someone like that would have been the craziest reason and get along well together,” Ellington said. “Seeing it
thing anyway, but the fact that it was in Amsterdam made it work is a really rewarding experience.”

You think a bacon weave is too much? Think again.


Nora Coon ‘10 explores the ways Grinnell College students can enjoy bacon, counting down the top three locations
If you pay attention to food news—or the Number three: the Dining Hall. Extra and Des Moines branches are always open … heat to your preferred level of doneness. Just
Internet—you’ve probably heard of the Ba- points for convenience, since it requires al- uh, not that I know anyone who would drive remember that because it is deliciously fatty,
con Explosion by now. If not, let me bring most no travel time. Dining Hall bacon var- an hour just for Perkins. Certainly not me. you probably shouldn’t eat it every night. If
you up to speed. The Bacon Explosion is a ies widely in quality, but with a little care in Moving on. you start going into withdrawal, try turkey
log of meat, constructed out of two pounds your choice of strips, you should be good. Try Number one: A&M Café. The holy grail of bacon. Despite being Jewish, I’ve always eaten
of bacon, two pounds of sausage, and a whole it dipped in a little jam or syrup if you are a bacon in the area. If you’ve never had A&M’s real bacon, but turkey bacon isn’t bad if you’re
lot of barbeque sauce. You can cook it on the sweet-and-salty fan like me. bacon, I sincerely hope that you’re either ko- desperate. Kind of like those fake-bacon dog-
grill, in a smoker, or in your oven. Number two: Perkins. Take Exit 164 off sher, vegetarian or brand-new to the area. gie treats.
Sadly, I haven’t I-80 for New- The A&M cooks thick-cut bacon (I believe If you’ve overdosed on bacon and lost the
had the chance to ton, and you’ll in crisp bacon, but their bacon is so perfect love, I recommend working your way back
taste a Bacon Ex- Nora Coon ‘10 see the sign from that it’s even good limp) and doesn’t charge slowly. Crumbled bacon on your Dining Hall
plosion yet, mostly the freeway. They much, either. Plus, you can walk there, so no cheesy fries. Bacon chocolate from Vosges.
due to a dearth of Ice Cream is Rich in Protein serve thin-sliced need to worry about finding a car. The only Bacon salt, available at both HyVee and Fare-
other willing test bacon, rather than downside is A&M’s fairly limited hours— 6 way. If you’re daring, bacon chocolate chip
subjects. In lieu thick-cut (my a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 7 a.m.-2 cookies with maple-cinnamon glaze (god, I
of that, I offer you a short and by no means personal favorite), but they’ll cook it any way p.m. on Sundays. love the Internet).
comprehensive countdown of the best places you want it. Bonus: Perkins is open from You can make bacon yourself, of course. And if you’re truly hardcore, you can find
to find bacon in or near Grinnell. How is this 6 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday-Thursday, and 24 Grab a frying pan and a package of store- the recipe for the Bacon Explosion at www.
healthy, you may ask? Bacon has protein— hours on Friday and Saturday. If you’re re- bought bacon, separate the strips, and lay bbqaddicts.com/blog/recipes/bacon-explosion/.
and that’s good enough for me. ally desperate during the week, the Iowa City them out in the pan. Cook over medium-high
February 27, 2009

Looking at new housing options available next year


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hortonmo@grinnell.edu 11

Gender-neutral housing to sub-free housing, beginning in the students. different floors around campus. If stu-
2009-2010 academic year, ensures that Not only is making these two group- dents want to live in a substance-free
Following the footsteps of Harvard there is one dorm with substance-free ings arbitrary, but if the administration environment, they should be allowed
University, Grinnell has adopted a new housing on each residential campus. seeks to make a decision based off of that opportunity.
housing option available starting in the While the administration and the empirical data, in numbers alone the However, by offering parity as the
fall of 2010. In an act that emphasizes Residence Life Committee asserts that amount of students unwilling to see a main reason for this decision, the ad-
just how few limits we really have, the this is a good idea, many students have change to substance-free in their com- ministration fails to recognize that
housing department has taken steps to voiced concern and displeasure. munity is greater on South Campus. parity inherently does not and cannot
acknowledge the various preferences of The reasons given to students for More im- exist on this cam-
students with gender-neutral housing. the inclusion of James in substance- portant than pus. For example,
The Snedge
Introducing gender-neutral hous- free housing included data from an this is the fact if the administra-
ing as a possible living arrangement for informal p-web poll—data which was that the ad- tion was actually
current and future Grinnellians means later ignored—and a sudden pressing ministration concerned about
Noyce and ARH
that in designated dorms throughout need for what the administration has used an infor- parity on all parts go head-to-head
campus students can opt out of iden- termed “parity” on campus. mal Pioneer of campus, every
tifying as either male or female when While we recognize that increas- Web poll to dorm would be air On Monday, Carlos Lu
filling out their housing forms. The ing demand for substance-free housing make an im- conditioned, not polled 50 people at
implications of this action are that any calls for increased availability of that portant decision. If the administration just East Campus and Norris. This is a Noyce and J. Francis
student who wishes can choose how to housing option, the administration’s wanted to base their decision simply ridiculous suggestion; and so is the sug- Buse polled 50 people at
live without having the gender binary blatant disregard for student opinion is off of a poll, there should have been a gestion that parity exists. ARH, asking:
forced upon them. troubling. greater effort made to effectively gather Even beyond these concerns, we
There’s no reason the College
shouldn’t meet student demand and
In an interview with the S&B, Dean
of Students Travis Greene cited that
empirical data, or data that was more
accurately representative of the wants
also wonder whether current sub-free
students will draw into James. If few
Genghis Kahn or
go gender-neutral—a large amount of
floors already have floor-elected gen-
this decision was made partially based
off of an informal Pioneer Web poll,
of students.
Additionally, the informal Pioneer
students do, this will result in a dorm
that consists mainly of first-years, which
Gary Kahn
der-neutral bathrooms, and students conducted last semester. The results of Web poll didn’t even offer James resi- will inhibit their initial integration into
could still have complete freedom to this poll favored Norris residence hall dence hall as an option. Basically, the the larger Grinnell community. As it Noyce
choose their roommates. to be changed to substance free over the Pioneer Web poll didn’t prove that stands currently, one student has signed
If the program thrives, which we
hope it will, we would love to see the
alternative option, Cleveland/Main.
According to Greene, even after
there was a demand for sub-free dorms
on south campus. Regardless, the ad-
up for substance free housing with the
preference of living in James. 80%
housing option placed in the form sent this poll, students currently residing in ministration placed it there and made In the end, with the administration
to incoming first-year students. With Norris were upset about changing Nor- no effort to gauge student response. choosing James as the new sub-free Genghis Kahn
the formation of viable gender-neutral ris into substance-free housing. Greene This want for sub-free housing on dorm, everyone’s voices got ignored.
housing options that encourage gender
neutrality, Student Affairs, SGA and
also said that South Campus students
were similarly unwelcoming. However,
South Campus stems from the admin-
istration’s desire for “parity” on campus,
The administration cited a poorly ad-
ministered poll, that they actually ig- 20%
the College have acknowledged that in stating this, Greene groups students which Greene mentioned in an all- nored anyway, and flawed arguments
Grinnell is a safe place for gender neu- into two separate entities: Norris or campus e-mail. of parity to justify the situation. Where
Gary Kahn
trality. South Campus. Norris is one dorm of Obviously there is a demand for were the open forums? Where is the
Sub-free South campus
students on North Campus, with 102
students, whereas South Campus is a
more substance-free housing, as indi-
cated by overflow and resulting creation
campus wide discussion? Students
should directly be involved in a deci-
ARH
The recent addition of James hall collection of six dorms, housing 406 of informal substance free clusters on sion so vital to student life.
78%
Dogs, Bones and Berries: everyone is a winner Genghis Kahn
I have recently begun to understand two serious and nanimous in victory and all will love me.” After the time from DBB (as all the game’s avid followers called it) by
conflicting facts about my life.
1. I am very competitive. 2. I am not very good at
was up, we compared words and I had about three more
than she did.
playing competitive games. This would have probably
improved my skills, except that my dad’s idea of a Ta-
22%
games. In fact, I’m so bad at such a variety of games that It wasn’t as good as I expected, but I was still pret- boo clue is saying, “... Arizona” and then staring at me Gary Kahn
it might be considered a skill in and of itself. ty happy ... until she said, “Wait, what about these?” beady-eyed until the time runs out. (The answer: Tomb-
I play beer pong like an overly enthusiastic T-Rex, and turned over her paper to reveal about 40 MORE stone. Are you actually kidding me?). Couple this with
I never throw anything WORDS. How did this his tendency to make up Scrabble words and then hide
except scissors in Rock happen?! I spluttered the dictionary so no one can contest them, and you’ll
Paper Scissors, and I’ve
hit myself in the head Rachel Fields ‘09 inwardly. She’s not
even good at English!
understand why I never got better.
I wish I was better at games. I can count the ones I’m DID
with a Frisbee—more
than once and, possibly,
Pro-Laugh I’m good at English! I
WILL SMOTHER
decent at on one hand: Bananagrams, Clue, The Most
Dangerous Game and How I Met Your Mother Quote
YOU
more than twice. The HER TO DEATH Recitation. KNOW
only game I ever really
feel good about is Children’s Edition Jeopardy, because TEAM MEDALS.
WITH SPEECH I’d love to play any and all games with you. Just un-
derstand that I might end up shouting, “I will set you
?
if I can ignore the fact that my opponents are ten, I feel When I began to suspect my deficit early in life, I on fire! I will set you. ON. FIRE.” It’s nothing personal,
great about myself. What color is a giraffe? Bam. Yellow started making up my own games instead. Some were just a habit that comes from long nights of staring into There are approxi-
and brown. Sorry, Tyler from Possum Creek, Tenn., I well-formed and had rules. Others were called Dogs, my dad’s eyes, wondering just how genetic his particular mately fifty Bibles
just won my elementary school ten new computers. Bones and Berries and involved pretending to be dogs brand of madness is. And if that doesn’t work, we can sold each minute
Once, in high school, I was playing Boggle with my and collecting food for the “dog feast.” Everyone wins, always play Dogs, Bones and Berries. across the world.
best friend, who had never played Boggle before. “Aha,” unless you count the loss of time and dignity. I hear there’s a dog feast coming up, and boy, are we
I thought slyly to myself. “I will crush her but be mag- Every Christmas, my family tried to steer me away short on supplies. w w w. s t ra n g e f a c t s . c o m

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Don’t forget the hate crimes 1. Diversity. The college’s commitment to that Ghostface is worth missing Fucked Up
economic and intellectual diversity is a cor- about ten times.
A year ago this week, a series of hate crimes nerstone of social justice. An (N)ROTC unit DON’T GIVE CONCERTS A
were committed, targeting people whom the would be a major boon to that diversity. Not THUMBS UP AND THEN SHOVE THE
aggressors identified as queer. A woman came only would it provide scholarships to students SAME THUMB UP ITS ASS!
back to her dorm room to find the word “dyke” who could not otherwise afford private tuition, —James Anthofer ’11
written around her door. In the following but it would encourage a broader ideologi-
weeks, a number of students repeatedly re- cal and poltical range of students to consider A Fi’m’s take on the staff ed
ceived anonymous mail telling them that “God Grinnell.
This Week in Grinnell (Feb hates fags/dykes” and that they should go “eat 2. Public Service. By not participating in Last week’s staff editorial suggested that
27 –Mar 5) some pussy” or “suck some dick.” ROTC we cede the power of physical force the Concerts and Films Committee should fo-
While the vandalism and the hate mail to thugs and Business-Admin majors. I leave cus more on bringing a select schedule of big-
Strand 3 Theatre: $5.00 Grinnell came as a horrible shock to many on this it to you to decide who is more dangerous. It name bands and popular movies rather than a
College Discount Passes available at campus, others saw it as a large-scale example is imperative that humanistic, critical students larger number of less hyped groups and films.
the Campus Bookstore and the Pioneer of what many members of our community have influence over the power of violence lest As a member of the Films Committee and
Bookshop. Call 236-7600 or visit http:// (that is, the Grinnell community) experience it be abused in our name. To exercise force, I avid fan of the Concerts Committee, I would
www.fridleytheatres.com/ for show times. throughout their time on campus. grant you, implies the assumption of guilt. But like to expose some problems with this piece
Showing Feb 27—Mar 5: It’s easy to talk about “The Year of the to disavow the responsibilities of power and by pointing the editors to other articles they
Milk (R), Defiance (R), New In Hate Crimes” or the “Swastika Incident of service can lead to culpability in a still greater printed in the very same issue of the S&B.
Town (PG-13), Slumdog Millionaire 2005.” It’s easy to convince ourselves that guilt—that of inaction in the face of evil. Ask Refer first to the discussion between two
(R) these are isolated incidents, committed either yourself, would a Grinnellian have let Abu editors on page six, where the movies loved by
by people who are “un-Grinnellian” or who do Ghraib happen? the Academy Awards were rightfully lament-
Savanna Restoration Workday at not actually go here. People claimed that they 3. The Security of the United States. Mili- ed for how their oftentimes bland formulas or
CERA: Saturday, Feb 28, 9:30 p.m. – saw “townies” in the loggias, and we tried to tary operations in the 21st century will be problematic agendas should not result in such
12:30 p.m. Help restore a bur oak savanna convince ourselves that they must have sent dominated by low-level conflicts, counter-ter- praise and popularity.
at the Conrad Environmental Research the letters. rorism operations and humanitarian missions. Although the best pic noms did leave out
Area (CERA). Volunteers will help pile However, these are not isolated inci- In this climate, analytical and communicative WALL-E and The Dark Knight, the Oscars
branches and salvage firewood-sized logs dents, and they are continually committed by skills become paramount. American military still tend to be dominated by popular films (see
from invasive trees that have been cut Grinnellians. Within the past few months, officers must today interact with civilians, Slumdog, LotR, etc.). At the very least, inde-
down around the oak trees. Transporta- students have been harassed for dancing ro- speak foreign languages and incisively analyze pendent and foreign films rarely make appear-
tion and work gloves will be provided. mantically with a partner of the same sex, a complex threats in a manner consistent with— ances in the Best Pic Category.
The van will leave from the parking lot student had a glass bottle thrown at them be- and indeed dependent on—the ideals of a lib- Meanwhile, the films committee consis-
behind the Chrystal Center at 9:30 a.m., cause of their non-normative gender expres- eral arts education. tently brings big grossers—like WALL-E and
if driving separately park by the Environ- sion, and students presenting on behalf of a Its time to ask (N)ROTC back to Grinnell Batman. But if we stopped there, as the article
mental Education Center. To RSVP con- group for students of color had a trustee yell at for the benefit of the College and the nation. suggests, we’d be failing to attend to another
tact Larissa Mottl at mottll@grinnell.edu them that “separate is never equal.” In any case, what else are you supposed to do issue brought up on the page adjacent to the
or at 269-4717. This activity is sponsored The events of last spring have had a lasting with that English major? editorial—diversity at Grinnell.
by the Grinnell College Center for Prai- effect on many on this campus. We remain —Tommy Jamison ’09 When negotiating the issue of quality and
rie Studies. angry, sad, fearful, and deeply hurt. We are an- quantity, we have to question to what extent
gry that while there was an amazing outpour- Response to Concerts staff ed the latter determines the former. The edito-
Faulconer Gallery Outreach: ing of conversations and support immediately rial’s argument equates the quality of a choice
Wednesday, Mar 4, 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., after the hate crimes, this wave has lapsed. We I’ve been involved with concerts since I got made by the committees with the size of the
Bucksbaum Faulconer Gallery Room are sad that these events have been so easily here (a year and a half ago, or something), and turnout at the event. But this leaves out ques-
131. Make animation art with youth forgotten and ignored by many. We are fearful while understanding the spirit of your staff ed, tions like: whose definition of quality is this?
grades K-4 at the Faulconer Gallery. For that at any time this could happen again. We I disagree with it entirely. It’s the same hat- Who are these “quality” movies catering to?
more information contact Tilly Wood- are deeply hurt because many of our friends, erade, uninformed stuff you hear on a typical Who is being left out in this equation? How
ward @ x4663 or woodward@grinnell.edu. our peers, our professors, and our administra- Friday night: “Man, Concerts, you guys really many people at an event does it take to make it
tors remain unwilling to engage in sustained suck. You didn’t bring anybody good last se- a worthwhile choice?
Jazz Concert: Wynton Marsa- dialogue around these issues. mester. I love Kings of Leon. You should bring Can we determine this by the price paid
lis: Wednesday, Mar 4, 8 p.m. Wynton As we remember last year’s hate crimes and those guys. And my friend here loves Damian by each individual in attendance in relation to
Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center will play become more conscious of the prevalence of Rice. You should bring him, he’s really awe- the cost of the event? No. That’s because the
at Herrick Chapel. Tickets are required, homophobia, heterosexism, racism, classism, some. And let me talk to you about Films, too, activities fee is the same for everybody—we’re
and may be picked up at no cost at the sexism, ableism and other forms of oppression man, they suck...” in this grand project of weekend entertain-
Bucksbaum Center box office or the Pio- on this campus, we need to challenge ourselves Kings of Leon and Damian Rice are, to ment together, and that’s precisely why it’s so
neer Bookshop downtown starting Fri- to question the language and actions of others be honest, exactly the kind of quality that valuable to offer a wealth of possible entertain-
day, Feb. 27. For ticketing questions call as well as to look introspectively at our own Grinnell Concerts is least equipped to bring, ment options.
641-269-4444. use of language and choice of actions. With and will never be well equipped to bring, and We’re all into different things at Grinnell,
each new class, institutional memory fades. It SHOULDN’T BE well-equipped to bring. If which is what many of us love about this place,
still/LIFE: Jan 13 - May 22, Noyce is essential that we start remembering, stop you love Kings of Leon so much, go see them and that fact needs to be respected by the com-
Science Center, northwest study lounge, making excuses, and take pride in creating an in Iowa City, where the University of Iowa mittees in charge of supplying us with choices.
second floor. The exhibit by Tracy Hicks inclusive, safe, and supportive environment for Concerts Committee brought them last year. This means bringing movies like Twilight, a
based around specimen jars is intended all members of the Grinnell community. Pay your $30 and have a really good time, movie a lot of people enjoyed on Valentine’s
to provide a space for intellectual as well —Jess W. Cheney ’09, Brittney Brown ’11, Shelby and I really mean that. These artists, however, Day (yes I admit it, I’m one of these). But it
as artistic reflection on the fate of spe- Ramirez ’11, Sejan Miah ’12, Ryan Carlino ’10, Jon represent just the best-intentioned edge of a also means bringing Synecdoche, New York,
cies and raises the question: what does it Richardson ’10, Katie Jones ’10, Jared Rubinstein ’10, whole slew of other bad ideas about “quality” for the small but undoubtedly die-hard group
mean to preserve? For more information Brian Perbix ’09, Brock Webb ’09, Jarrett Joubert ’12, in music. of Charlie Kaufman fans out there (yes I admit
visit http://www.grinnell.edu/faulconergal- Unique Bexley ’10, Nik Jameson ’11, Erin Duran ’09, Do you really think that concerts should it, I’m one of these).
lery/exhibitions Margie Scribner ’10, Leah Krandel ’09 bring groups like Ladysmith Black Mombazo Also, remember another reason that films
when ACE is perfectly capable of bringing and concerts bring so many small-scale events
Animated Painting: Feb 6 - April 19. Inviting ROTC back to Grinnell them? I really loved that show, but its existence is because they’re cheaper, hence getting the
This exhibit open to the public features is incredibly tangential evidence for critiquing students more options for their money. What’s
work by 12 international contemporary In a few weeks, my senior friends will grad- concerts. not economical about films’ strategy of bring-
artists who adapt animation concepts and uate and start doing all sorts of cool shit. They And Indie? What does that label even ing a handful of less well-known (or as is more
technologies in making their art, combin- will go onto graduate school, the Peacecorps, mean? Does it cover Fucked Up, Someone Still often the case, simply less recently released)
ing handwork, digital technology as well Teach for America, Capitol Hill, Wall Street, Loves You Boris Yeltsin, the Blow, and Blue movies for the price of one box office giant,
as traditional art forms. For more infor- and no doubt some corner of the globe I’ve Scholars? Does it count towards Liars? Does which we also bring? Also, the editorial’s sug-
mation visit http://www.grinnell.edu/ never heard of. Curiously enough though, in a it count towards Peter Brotzmann? What gestion that there are too many film screen-
index4.shtm or http://www.grinnell.edu/ country mired in its seventh year of war almost about Capillary Action and Bird Names? A ings is irrelevant in terms of cost—we buy
faulconergallery/ no one will enter the military. This deficiency, cursory look at the Concerts schedule for the the rights upfront, it’s not like each screening
as much as issues of toleration or oppression, two years I have been here would reveal that costs more money. And about Concerts, bear
High School Art Exhibition: Feb 6 deserves our consideration. the programming includes quite a bit of “non- in mind that big name doesn’t always equal big
- Mar 5, Monday - Friday, 3 p.m.- 5:30 What follows isn’t a recruiting pitch (I’ll Pitchfork-approved” (I am assuming this is the pay-off. Remember when the controversially
p.m. at the Grinnell Community Art Gal- leave that to commercials of Marines scaling standard you are using for “indie”, and I find expensive Jean Grae came and made fun of us
lery, Grinnell Community Center (2nd rock faces in Class-A uniforms). Instead, it is a it incredibly facile) music. Does it mean just for a whole set? Then remember when anti-
Floor) 927 Fourth Avenue, Grinnell. Call request that we as a campus consider inviting whatever a certain group of people like? I don’t mainstream circus punk marching band Muc-
641-236-2620 for more information or (N)ROTC back to Grinnell. Reestablishing a know what it means at all. And “Indie” bands ca Pazza came and blew our socks off while
for weekend appointments or visit http:// chapter would at once support diversity, public provide great value. sousaphoning our ears? Diversity + choices =
www.grinnellarts.org/gallery/high.htm service, and the legitimate security interests of For 30 thousand, you get either Ghostface way more possibilities than that new logo.
the United States. or ten indie bands. I want you to make the case —Courtney Sheehan ’11
February 27, 2009 &
OPINION
Life: choose a college, choose
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Last Sunday, Slumdog Millionaire took Iowa, choose Grinnell. Choose your bed
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hortonmo@grinnell.edu

boy-free, girl-free, or gender neutral. Choose song, choose a dance. Choose a girl, choose
home the Oscar for Best Picture, and its di- sheets, your toothbrush, your window fan, your North, South, East, a boy, choose a time, choose
rector, Danny Boyle, won the Best Director clothes, your microwave oven and your fucking but not West. Choose a place, and make sure you
award. laptop computer. Choose a class, a sports team, Cowles, Norris, Choose a rescue dog, choose choose the route for your walk
Danny Boyle also directed the film Train- a clique, choose your friends. Choose a meal Dibble, Clark, Gates, a disco ball, choose a fetish, of shame.
spotting, which is basically about these heroin plan, choose teriyaki wings, buffalo wings, or Langan, Smith, Choose fall break plans,
addicts in Ireland (think of a lighter Requiem spicy wings and hope the meat isn’t pink. Younker. Choose
choose a block to party winter break plans, spring break
for a Dream, with a slightly happier ending— Choose the fireplace lounge, choose Bob’s, Loose, Read, James, plans, summer plans, or just
although any ending is probably happier than Burling first, Burling second, a classroom in Haines, Cleveland, Main. Choose Lazier, Ker- [plans]. Choose auto-read list 1, auto-read
Requiem’s). Noyce, or a spot in the Grille to sit with your shaw, Rose, or East D. list 2, or if you’re one of those kinds of people,
The beginning sequence of the film is hot tea and shiny, white Mac that’s got your Choose a rescue dog, choose a disco ball, choose auto-read list 3. Choose a Facebook
a foot chase: main ear buds blast- choose a fetish, choose a block to party, choose picture that doesn’t make you look like a fuck-
character Renton ing the latest a shirt that you can wear one sleeve off the ing tool.
(Ewan McGregor) is
running away from
Carlos Lu ‘10 psychedelic
rock song as
shoulder while your hair is off to the opposite
side in a pony tail.
Choose High Street, Park Street, Broad
Street, Main Street, the Brande, or an apart-
the cops after knock- This School Has a Bad you talk to your Choose a major, an advisor, and a cof- ment above the Strand. Choose Chuong’s,
ing off a convenience Sleep Cycle friends pre- fee maker for those nights when you have to Pag’s, Casa’s, Lonn’s, or even China Sea,
store for drug money, tending to do write that fucking paper that you’ve put off for choose anything but the D-Hall. Choose a se-
and all the while, there’s a voiceover of Renton homework. Choose INSLab, Math Lab, the weeks, thinking why the fuck did I choose to nior project, choose a senior seminar, choose
reciting this monologue about how drugs are Creative Computing Lab, or the lab next door take this class and choose this fucking major. a senior citizen to study for a summer MAP.
better than life. where that guy makes drugs. Choose the PEC, Choose a night, a lounge, a party, and a Choose a graduation date, choose a com-
Thus, in honor of Danny Boyle’s win last choose the fitness center, choose Mac Field, drinking game where the point is to shoot a mencement speaker, choose the underwear
Sunday, I attempt to emulate that monologue, the soccer field, the football field, or a run at little white ball into a red cup filled with beer that you’ll wear when you receive your fucking
but with a Grinnell twist. My intent is not to five in the morning in your short, red, running (or bounce it, if you dare). Choose Gardner, diploma. “Choose your future, choose life.”
say that Grinnell is better than life, but rather, shorts. Harris, or High Street. Choose Swimmer But who needs all that when you’ve got a
to present you this monologue and you can Choose your first-year tutorial, your House, Soccer House, Frisbee House, White good education?
make what you want of it: second-year roommate, choose your dorm. House, and on those rare occasions, choose the For the actual monologue from Trainspot-
Choose a college, choose a state, choose Choose off-campus, on-campus, sub-free, Slum. Choose a cup, choose a keg, choose a ting, Google it.

Decision-making process of College president explained


One of the facts of life at colleges and uni- tutions of governance and also individually to At Grinnell I think there is a consistent matter is under consideration so as to elicit
versities is that many resist the idea that their the president or even the members of the Board and strong sense of identity that is encapsu- comments from those who may have wisdom
institutions need to be managed or adminis- of Trustees. Students speak through SGA but lated in our official documents, our core values on the subject but are not disposed to raise their
tered. And, of course, individuals resist or dis- also individually. Staff also speaks directly to and the strategic plan. voices without
agree with specific decisions that are made by the president either by e-mailing me or by It is true that these some invitation
other individuals—whether the president, a stopping me as I walk around. And neighbors, documents frequently to speak. Hav-
dean, or a department chair. This opposition community residents and other “outsiders” feel speak at a high level of Russell K. Osgood ing said that, it is
is frequently stated as opposition to “the ad- free to comment to the president and others. generality but they are also important to
ministration.” The hard part of being the president is a starting point and a The RKO Corner decide matters in
But of course there is no simple thing or weighing and melding together these many framework for making some reasonable
entity that is “the administration.” Nor are ad- different voices, which offer varying opinions decisions. When I am frame of time.
ministrators or decision-makers monolithic in on issues frequently without the full context or thinking about a decision I think about how Matters that drag on a very long time do not
their thinking or their actions. Usually deci- understanding of what others believe or claim the decision fits into these documents. Some- get easier and such delaying, if pervasive, can
sions are the result of a calculus of competing or demand. times a person will light onto one feature of contribute to a sense of institutional inertia.
suggestions, needs and plans that span broad But there is no way around this difficulty one of these documents and say that I MUST I am not naïve enough to think that you
areas of a college but generally have a primary and the alternatives (not seeking or listening decide in a particular way due to that one fac- should support what the president or some
focus in one area. to conflicting and competing advice) are even tor. But of course there are multiple factors and other decision maker does but I do believe that
The president is the most likely person to worse than having to assess and act on them. considerations and they frequently tug against colleges and universities need to be managed
see and experience the multiple perspectives In making an overall decision when pre- each other. and that making thoughtful decisions is some-
and demands of competing groups or indi- sented with varying inputs it is important that It is also important in considering an im- thing we can all contribute to by speaking up,
viduals in an institution. the president have a consistent sense of what portant decision—unless it is a confidential giving advice and thinking about the perspec-
Alumni usually write to the president. Fac- he or she thinks the primary bases for making matter like tenure or promotion—to have a tives of others in evaluating a decision.
ulty express themselves directly in their insti- a decision should be. process of giving some public notice that the

Helen Lewandowski ’12


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Baseball hits the field


BY CHLOE MORYL cohesive. “The upperclassmen made everybody
The end of the basketball season means feel involved,” Kemis said. “We’re all really
one thing: the baseball team is forced to trade comfortable with each other and really close, it’s
in their beer-stein hats and rhyming chants for something that I definitely didn’t have before in
tight pants and metal spikes. high school.”
Though this past Wednesday was one of As a result of this cohesion, the Pioneers ex-
the first days the weather has permitted out- pect this season to be full of success. “Our first
door play, the baseball team has been practicing goal is to win conference and I feel pretty good
daily since Feb 1 in the PEC, preparing for the about that,” Kemis said. “The upperclassmen
upcoming season. say it’s looking like a strong team, so everybody
“Practicing indoors on that PEC floor has high expectations.”
doesn’t compare to cut grass The Pioneers will be
in real games,” said pitcher “We’re all really comfortable able to put their preseason
Gary Kahn ’09. “But we’re with each other and really close” hard work to use, as they
out there, always working travel to play their first
hard.” Jason Kemis ‘12 game at the Metrodome
Kahn will be return- in Minneapolis. “It’s really
ing to the mound this season, joined by fellow nice to get one game in before we go play dur-
senior Rick Berdelle ’09, and juniors Marshall ing spring break in Florida,” Kahn said. “And
Chavez ’10, Chad Christoff ’10, Ryan Harris ’10 it’s cool to play on a major league field.”
and Brian Sollo ’10. Also coming to the mound Even though the players express excitement
will be first-years. And lots of them. about playing on a major league field, they’re
With a huge first-year class of 12 players, more excited to face competition in a game
which amounts to over a third of the team, the situation. “I could really care less about where
Pioneers said they look forward to significant it is,” Kemis said. “Everybody is just sick of all
increases in the number of pitchers and out- practice and no games. It’s going to be great to
fielders available. “Coach really needed to re- actually play.”
load players for the next four years,” Kahn said. Lucky for the Pioneers, their first game is
“We’ve got a really talented group of first years, only days away. They head to the Metrodome
they’ll be stepping up and making an impact for a doubleheader against Carleton on Mon-
right away.” day, March 2. They then head to Florida on
Despite having a large roster, Jason Kemis March 15, before returning to Grinnell for their
In preparation for the spring season, Jake Ehrenberg ’10 practices bunting MICHELLE FOURNIER ’12, outfield, said that the team remains really first home game on March 28.

New lineup, new coach propel softball team


BY JAI GARG energy and expertise she brings to the game,” said
With a new head coach, new assistant coach, co-captain Darcy Ward ’09. “From the first mo-
the loss of six players due to graduation, and sev- ment we met her, we were confident in her ability
eral injuries, the women’s softball team will have a to lead us.
lot to contend with this season. In addition to the new coach, the team has
Last year the team went 3-5 in MWC play, had to contend with numerous injuries that have
but matching last season’s record may be a chal- seriously constricted the team’s options.
lenge for the team as most of the starters will not “We will have to try and fill the positions the
be returning. best that we can,” Faulkner said. “We may have
“A lot of those girls we lost were starters, so to have players maybe play positions they are not
it’s just going to be different this year than it was used to so they may be outside their comfort zone
before,” said Co-Captain Tess Cohen ’09. “A lot a little bit.”
of people are stepping into new positions,” The team currently practices in the PEC be-
Aside from the changes on the field, off the cause of the wintery Iowa weather, which prevents
field the coaching staff is brand new. The new them doing many things they could do outside,
coach, Sandra Faulkner, currently a coach at such as hit fly balls.
Grinnell Community Senior High School, was “Right now we have six weeks indoors, that’s
hired less than a week ago. when morale is the lowest,” Ward said. “We have
“Softball is still softball,” Faulkner said. “But at managed to be excited, stay focused, and get in
the college level you are trying to fine tune every- shape. Once we start to play teams it will get more
thing so you can perform at the higher level.” fun.
Despite being at the helm for such a short The team will begin their season by going to
time, the coach said she believes that the team has California to face some tough competition, in-
been well prepared for this season. cluding ranked teams.
“The assistant coach [Kate Gluckman, the “We have a pretty challenging schedule in
head women’s basketball coach] and the volunteer California,” Cohen said. “I think it will be good to
coach [Craig Arendt] have done a fine job of pre- play against teams that are that good because we
paring them to be at the level they need to be at,” will have to push ourselves early on.”
Faulkner said. “So I do not feel like the team lost Despite all the team has to contend with, the
anything from me not being there at the begin- coach is optimistic of what they can achieve.
ning.” “After a couple practices underneath my belt, Amanda Stromquist ’12, Kelsey Montgomery ’11 and other members of the softball team warm up
From what the team has experienced so far, the girls they come in and work hard,” Faulkner their arms before practice on Thursday evening. The team is currently practicing in the PEC before
they are very excited to play for Coach Faulkner. said. “They have done everything I have asked their outdoor season starts up. SOPHIE FAJARDO
“She’s fantastic, we are really excited with the them to do, they are focused and determined.”

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Men’s golf on par to capture MWC championship
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SPORTS edited by Jai Garg
gargjai@grinnell.edu

BY M ARCUS ZEITZ
Last season, the men’s golf team fell just short of an MWC champion-
ship behind both Monmouth College and Knox College. This year, with a
bevy of returning players and a strong first-year recruiting class the team
looks to right the ship and capture this year’s championship.
According to Pete Kieselbach ’10, one of the leading scorers on the team,
new talent promises to deepen the lineup this season. “We added three pret-
ty solid freshmen this year.” Kieselbach said. The addition of Pete Marsho
’12, Eric Ragan ‘12, and Salil Kalghatgi ’12, means there will be more strong
contenders for the top six who will play at conference.
Along with this influx of new talent, the team only lost one senior, Joe
Fox ’08, so the core from last season remains intact. “In previous years we
struggled to fill out a roster of six guys who could break 80,” Kieselbach said.
“Now we have it.”
The team, which is coached by Brian Jaworski, will be, for the first time,
able to send two teams of five each to various tournaments, a testament to
the team’s depth of ability.
Despite this deep well of talent, the team may be limited by budget con-
straints. Because of costs associated with golf tournament, the team cannot
enter all of their golfers into every tournament.
As they cross-train in preparation for the season, the team has been
meshing well. “The great thing about our team is that we all hinge on each
other,” said Jeff Kljaich ’11, a returning golfer. “Everyone shares responsibil-
ity.”
The one-month regular season leading up to the conference champion-
ship will provide ample opportunities for the team to feel out the competi-
tion and get mentally prepared. “It’s a good opportunity to measure how
we’re doing,” said Carlos Lu ’10, a member of the team since his first year.
The team will be traveling to Tucson, Arizona over spring break to com-
pete in a tournament and will also travel to Monmouth for a tournament
before competing in the MWC championship. “A lot of pre-conference is
getting mentally prepared to play conference.” Kljaich said.
According to Lu, MWC competition will be weaker this year. Mon-
mouth and Knox—both of whom finished ahead of Grinnell last year—lost
top players, leaving room open for Grinnell to capture the title.
If Grinnell wins the Conference title, the team will have an automatic
bid for the NCAA national tournament in Florida.
“I am as excited as I have ever been about the golf team, because not
only is this a deep team that has a lot of talent, they’re an extremely enjoy-
able group of competitors to work with,” said coach Jaworski. “Everybody’s
Members of the Grinnell men’s golf team gets in shape for the spring season on spinners. MICHELLE FOURNIER there all the time.”

Men’s basketball looks to capture MWC


championship this weekend in Darby Gym
BY M ARK JAPINGA smaller teams by continuously putting fresh players on the
One month ago, the odds that the Grinnell men’s basketball floor, but it is the kind of tweak that might finally help the
team would host this weekend’s Midwest Conference Tourna- Pioneers overcome their perennial struggle against quality op-
ment seemed miniscule at best. The Pioneers had won just one ponents. Grinnell has made the Midwest Conference Tourna-
of four January games against their toughest opponents, which ment more times than any other team this decade, but has won
included a 49-point blowout loss to Carroll. The one victory, the tournament just once.
against Lawrence, came via a David Arseneault ’09 free throw The team’s wins this season, however, didn’t come against
with no time left on the clock. the conference elite. The Pioneers are 13-3 in conference play
“I came away from those games thinking the better team this year, but 12 of those wins came against teams not in the
won,” head coach David Arseneault said. tournament in a year during which the MWC had just four
But the pieces finally came together. Carroll and St. Nor- teams with winning records.
bert collapsed, and the Pioneers made per- The Pioneers must win more games
sonnel changes that have since produced against the MWC’s top four this weekend
an eight game winning streak and their “Since we’ve played better teams, than they have all year. Friday’s opponent,
best basketball of the year, winning by an we’ve adjusted our substitu- St. Norbert, comes in having lost four of
average margin of 27 points. The trick? their last six, but the Green Knights should
Play your best players, and play them of- tions, more John [Grotberg ’09] still give Grinnell significant trouble.
ten.
“Since we’ve played better teams,
Bobby [Long ’09] and David [Arse- “They slow the ball down a little,
clog the middle of the lane, they know
we’ve adjusted our substitutions,” coach neault]… We’re sacrificing the fu- who the shooters are, and they have a
Arseneault said. “More John [Grotberg ture for the present.” week to prepare,” Grotberg said.
’09] Bobby [Long ’09] and David [Arse- St. Norbert’s personnel is particularly
neault]… We’re sacrificing the future for Coach Arseneault suited to challenge Grinnell’s game. The
the present.” Green Knights’ leading scorers, 6’4” for-
Grotberg, Long and Arseneault pro- ward Brian Fleischmann averaging 11.8
vide most of the Pioneers’ offensive attack, combining to score ppm, and 6’6” center Tom Katzfey averaging 11.4 ppm, will
64 percent of Grinnell’s points this season. likely give the Pioneer defense problems and should wreak
But throughout their careers, their similar offensive skill havoc on the boards. “[St. Norbert] usually outrebounds us by
sets have meant that they have often led their own squads of 20 every time,” Grotberg said.
five, with no more than two of them on the court at once. Since If Grinnell survives St. Norbert, they will face the winner
the Carroll loss on Jan 24, though, each member of the trio has of Lawrence and Carroll on Saturday. Lawrence comes in as
seen their playing time increase to around 28 minutes per game, the MWC’s hottest team, winning their last seven by double
frequently putting all three of them on the court together. digits with three of those coming against tournament oppo-
“We don’t necessarily score more points, but we’re more ef- nents. Carroll returns all-conference guard Wes Ladwig from www.thesandb.com
ficient,” Long said. “When it’s just one or two of us on the floor, injury and just beat St. Norbert on the road, locking up the
[our opponents] can put their best defenders on us.” With third seed.
all three of them out there, the Pioneers can almost guarantee But, it’s a wide open tournament, with all four teams hold-
themselves one good offensive matchup, opening up the floor ing first place at one point during the season. The Grotberg,
Hit it up!
and usually guaranteeing a better shot. Long and Arseneault show might be just the boost the Pioneers
The move goes against the system’s philosophy of tiring out need to send them over the top and into March Madness.
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Sarah Casson ‘11


Green Ideas

A major part of our carbon foot-


print living on this campus is our en-
ergy consumption. From the com-
puter that I am writing this on to the
lights in my room, we all use a sig-
nificant amount of electricity. There
are a lot of basic, simple things you
can do. You can make (very simply)
your dorm room more environmen-
tally friendly. This week’s column is
more of a list, so bear with me.
Turn off all lights when you aren’t
using them. This means room, closet
and even bathroom—provided that
there are not people still in it … that
might be kind of awkward. I’m not
saying that you need to never use
your lights or work in the dark (that
might mess your homework up).
Additionally, make sure the lights
in your room that you do have on are
compact florescent ones. Sometimes
people feel that these are too bright,
but I’ve never had a problem with
them and that also means less lights
being used. (Note: If they are too
bright, be careful if you drape cloths
Photo of the over them—it’s a major fire hazard.)
Better yet, if it’s a nice day outside
Week open your curtains and use the natu-
East campus reflected in the “lake” outside Loose after the campus unexpectedly saw the sun for a few days. Julie Turner ’11 ral light.
The S&B can’t be everywhere! Submit your photo to us at [newspapr]. Earn $10 for contributing the winning photo. Computers use an awful lot of
energy when on—even searching
the Internet consumes energy. As-
suming you use a personal computer
I AM ON A BOAT: I got my swim trunks, and my flippie-floppies (if not, then you are being more
environmental!) turn it off when
I’m flippin’ burgers, you at Kinko’s straight flippin’ copies. you are not using it. Screen savers
consume more energy than putting
a computer to sleep, so if you have
to keep the computer running turn
SGA: While they have been doing some really great things for the it to sleep mode.
Grinnell campus in recent weeks they really ought to learn how to Other simple things include
turning down the thermostat, using
flip cups. a power strip (and then turning it off
to prevent phantom loads) and shar-
ing electronics.
WHALE TAIL: Folks, it is perfectly fine if you chose to wear fancy Its not rocket science. In fact, it’s
undies for that special someone, but if your pants are too loose really simple, really obvious—you
just need to do it.
wear a belt.

On keeping Jamaland dirty Saturday night burrito chase An opinion about opinions
random Although I am pleased that Cleveland will While I love knowing about all the cool I would like to opine that there have been far

rants
not be sub-free next year, the fact that James has things going on around campus and all the great too many opinion articles filling the pages of the
been chosen as the sub-free dorm on South is, things SGA is doing for us, the new bathroom S&B in recent weeks. Is there simply not enough
well, really dumb. Do you really think sub-free reader stated that a new student organization real news on our tiny campus to sustain a paper of
students will want to be living next to Cleveland would be operating a burrito stand on Saturday usual length? Maybe someone should write a news
Students speak with fire alarms going off at 2 a.m.? With drunk- night from 12-2. So inevitably during the Fierce story discussing the lack of news on campus.
about what’s on en Saturday night yells echoing off the enclosed February Birthday Bash many students set out
their minds in 142 loggia? With Gardner concerts and loud dance on a search for these hypothetical burritos. Pretty
words or fewer, parties? Not to mention, South is always the first soon rumors started circulating and everyone
and you’re invited! to go during room draw, and by removing one was asking where these burritos could be. Maybe
If you have a rant, dorm completely from the non sub-free draw, it they’re in Loose? I see a blue light inside Dibble
e-mail it to will make it more difficult for those who really lounge. Maybe they’re a blue light special? No. In
[hortonmo]. Com- want to live on South to find a room. This is a the end there were only hordes of confused and
bad situation for sub-free students and Jama- intoxicated Grinnellians, all desperately lacking
plaining in a public
landers alike. in burritos. So next time SGA, please get your
forum is always burrito facts straight or else the next burrito riot
more fun than do- may end up in the JRC with a toppling of your
ing it alone. regime.

—Torrey MacGregor ’11 —Ragnar Thorisson ’11 —Jim Malewitz ’09

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