Editorials

  • Babby’s First Editorial

    Julia Dursztman
    OKAY SOMEONE HAS TO SAY IT: We All Take Enormous Advantage Of The Comfort Of Grinnell’s Queer Bubble. I often find myself complaining about queer issues on campus and nitpicking every social situation to death, because I forget just exactly how lucky I am to be a queer person and have a space like Grinnell College. The easiest place to be reminded of this privilege is home. I am from a largely progressive, liberal New York suburb, so I can’t even claim to be a queer person from an oppressive conservative small town. Despite my hometown’s claim to liberalism, the...
  • Meet Me In The Pit

    Aaron Weerasinghe
    Hoo boy. Where to start? I can say that writing current events for Pub Quiz this week was real easy. I’ve been hearing a lot of “meet in the middle” / “bridge the gap” talk lately (at the Posse Plus Retreat and in general). Calls to be compassionate, specifically to those who support Trump’s administration (is there a better way to put it?) I hear about the Middle Ground but jeez. What do you even mean? I suppose I can only speak for myself but I think I’ve been in The Middle. How much deeper am I expected to go,...
  • Fix Our Computers, Also Frustration

    Aaron Weerasinghe
    It’s time for the first editorial of my 4th year! Too bad there’s nothing to talk about. Just kidding, that was a joke (get it??? a joke!!). There’s a lot happening on campus, from alcohol agreements to walkthroughs to snazzy new campus SAFETY uniforms, aka black polos and khakis. It lends itself well to fellow editor Nina’s proposed replacement for Fetish Harris: Security Harris, in which we all don black polos and khakis, stand right outside Harris, and stare in through the windows for 3 hours For the most part, I don’t have much to add to the discourse on...
  • welp

    Sophie Kornbluh
    I know that I come off as the person on campus who always has something to laugh about, but Grinnell has never been an easy place for me to exist. If I had to sum up these past four years in brief, I would say it has been a winning battle. Not the kind that makes you pump your fist in triumph, but the kind that drains all of your energy so that by the time you’re done all you want to do is sleep for a month. In my first year I was plagued constantly with the idea that...
  • The Grinnell Guide to Effectively Surprising the Student Body

    Sophie Kornbluh
    I deeply respect and appreciate the work, talent, and heart that went into this semester’s Drag Show, as well as those of previous semesters. However, it’s seemed to me lately that it has strayed from its original purpose. I came to Grinnell as a straight, cisgender individual with no concept of queerness, and the Drag Show that I attended in my first semester blew me away with its positive energy. Yet now, as a definitely-not-straight person trending toward genderqueer (lol just came out), I can’t help but be disappointed by some of the acts. Again, there are a lot of...
  • The Grinnell Guide to Effectively Surprising the Student Body

    Nina Galanter
    You may or may not (if you refrain from email, social media, and casual conversation) have heard that Grinnell College is ending its relationship with the Posse Foundation. This editorial is not about whether or not Grinnell should have cancelled Posse. In large part, this is because whether or not I agree or disagree with Grinnell’s arguments for ending Posse, I have no faith that the arguments relayed to students in any way reflect the concerns of administrators. In addition, I do not think I will ever know what will happen to the resources previously used for Posse, whether or...
  • Like for Facebook Discussions

    Abraham Mhaidli
    The term “Discussion on facebook” is in itself an oxymoron, because that implies that a discussion can be had on Facebook. Here I am defining discussion to be “constructive dialogue where people interchange ideas in a peaceful way”. If instead discussion is defined to be “bunch of people angrily trying to impose their holier than thou attitude on strangers on the internet for the purpose of gaining attention from people in their facebook feed saying ‘ooh look at me i’m so awesome because I can use logical fallacies and misinterpret my opponents argument to the extreme to make them look...
  • What Are You Doing After Graduation?

    Sophie Kornbluh
    Well, nobody said it would be easy, but here I am, watching Gmail in real time in the hope that one of my prospective employers will contact me, muttering “Please employ me please employ me please employ me please employ me” out loud and furiously chewing over-salted roasted pumpkin seeds, the husks sticking between my teeth to become tasty morsels for later. My reaction to “What are you doing after graduation?” has evolved from fear, to general annoyance, to wanting to throw my computer at a tile floor, to hysterical laughter, to fabricating stories about working as a double agent...
  • Sensitivity In Politics

    Nina Galanter
    I first heard that Antonin Scalia had died when I was walking down a South Campus hallway and read “OMG Scalia dead!” written a whiteboard outside a dorm. While this is notably the first and likely the last time I will have gained useful information from the odd flashes of decorating motivation Grinnellians sometimes have, the very public, and very exclamatory message, did not sit well with me. After confirming the news, I truly believed that there would be at least a day of politicians and media taking a moment to let the facts sink in, and maybe release some...
  • IT'S A ME

    Aaron Weerasinghe
    Guess who’s back?! It’s me, your friendly neighborhood quizmaster and B&S editor. Shout out to the rest of the B&Crew for doing a great job last semester. They’re beautiful people. I was abroad in South Africa, bouncing between national parks with 16 other students, having a blast, conducting Science as an English major, etc. It was incredible, and admittedly I shed quite a few tears while parting with the friends I made. Luckily I pulled it together in time to be declared an undesirable for a year but fell apart again and cried into my airline chicken. Other ~cool~ things...
  • Rantings of a Frustrated Jew during the Holiday Season

    Sophie Kornbluh
    Well, it’s that time of the year again. I officially can’t walk into a store or turn on the radio without being bombarded by the “Christmas spirit”. Ever since I discovered at the age of five that the majority of the society in which I exist is not Jewish, I have felt distinctly uncomfortable during the solid month of the year that is devoted to celebrating the birth of Jesus. “But it’s so secularized!” people argue. “It’s just a part of American culture!” Well sure, maybe to some extent, but isn’t that just a reminder that my own culture is...
  • This is Not a Personal Attack Aimed at You

    Abraham Mhaidli
    “You support eugenics, what’s wrong with you?” “You do know that what you are arguing for is racist, right?” “Can you just leave?” “You’re just a stupid liberal hippie who doesn’t know what they are talking about” “Can you believe what this racist asshole in my class said?” These are but a few of statements I have heard or seen in my trek through Grinnell College. What do they have in common? They are attempts to stifle conversation instead of propagating it. Bla bla bla, typical argument from a white guy who is whining about how his freedom of speech...
  • Give it a Rest

    Nina Galanter
    You may have heard, a few times or perhaps 25 times, during admissions talks or your days as a prospie or from your professors, or you complaining to your friends in incoherent sentences at 3:00a.m., that Grinnell classes are hard. Then you add in extracurriculars, work, applying for internships or summer programs, applying for more work, and not being that person who never goes to anything. And then there are the unfortunate other basic necessities, like washing your clothes and then drying them two times before giving up. So it’s no surprise to me that I’ve been feeling pretty busy...
  • Take a Shot

    Sophie Kornbluh
    Flu season is approaching, and with it the inevitable antivaccination campaigns. I would like to address these and argue that ultimately, vaccination is necessary. First off, vaccines have been scientifically shown not to cause autism. I literally can’t say anything else about that. Second, some people oppose vaccinations by citing their potential dangers, but such hazards have been proven incredibly rare. Opting out of a vaccine out of fear of side effects is selfish and dangerous. A basic concept in epidemiology is herd immunity: if a certain percentage of a population is immune (via vaccination) to a disease, then the...
  • Some Thoughts on 10/10

    Sophie Kornbluh
    For those who don’t know, 10/10 is the traditional Grinnellian drinking marathon party that begins in Norris and concludes on High Street. It’s a privilege that we , as self- governing adults, have earned, and is arguably one of the most talkedabout events on campus. And sometimes I feel weird about it. Let me preface this by saying that I am not opposed to the idea of 10/10 on its own. It’s a cool concept— an outdoor moving party where everyone is invited and social barriers are broken down. It’s the drinking culture that makes me uneasy. I’m not sub-free,...
  • Dealing with Homophobia

    Sophie Kornbluh
    As far as queer people go, I have been pretty lucky. I came out at Grinnell, where my identity has always been accepted and respected, and my family has only ever been supportive, or at the very least wellmeaning, in the case of a comment from my grandmother about how I probably wouldn’t have wanted a ruffled miniskirt for Hanukkah (I did not). But I also knew that outside of my sheltered world, a lot of people have it a lot worse, and it terrified me. Even among my peers, people swapped stories of slurs and bullying. And seeing pictures...
  • What I Wish I Knew as a First Year

    Sophie Kornbluh
    In my first year at Grinnell, I tried to dive right into new classes, new friends, and new activities, and managed to present myself as a cheerful and comfortable person. But on the inside, I was struggling. The transition to was much more difficult than I had expected, old mental health problems were back with a vengeance, and I discovered that I had social anxiety, which made even the simplest interactions sources of great distress. The trouble is, there was no quick fix. I could join a new club or sit with new people in the D-Hall, but I still...
  • Don't Fucking Cry

    Tess Given
    Today, looking at the other “last” editorials by my predecessors, I admired how they’re able to tactfully look towards the future while paying homage to time here, how they balanced sentimentality with humor and really hit it on the head. No way I can do that. It’ll sound trite. If I tell a story that’s my perfect summary of Grinnell, it wouldn’t translate. You weren’t there! It’d be just another boring anecdote. I’m not able to capture the sound of my friends laughing, or the tangible happiness in a room, or any of the other things that make up my...

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