In This Fantastic Issue of April 15 2016

  • Phonathon Employs New Strategies and Incentives

    OLD GLOVE FACTORY-During Heart GC week, the dedicated people at Phonathon held a fundraising blitz. Because Heart GC week is usually such a big deal among Grinnell students, Phonathon has adapted its targets and its calling script, as well as the work culture to student’s financial situations. “You know, I never really got how big of a deal Heart GC week was until Phonathon called me at 3:29AM asking for ten thousand dollars in an English accent,” said Terry Shanglebacker ’17. Phonathon donors expressed that they felt awkward being asked by their fellow students for money. “We’re mixing up our...
  • Prospie Matchmaking Service Established

    Grinnell College has a new approach to encouraging student enrollment. And this approach begins over admitted student weekend. “It’s well known that about 80% of Grinnellians marry each other,” Staci Charmeuse, head of admission decisions, explained as she handed out lanyards to students at Admitted Student Weekend. “For all you know, you could be standing beside your future spouse. And the only way they’ll be your spouse is if you both attend Grinnell.” The Admissions Department has reimagined many of their typical Admitted Student Activities with love in mind. “We paired prospective students in tour groups based on similar admissions...
  • Kington Starts Kickstarter for Administrative Transparency

    In response to campus-wide outcry for greater transparency from the Grinnell College administration, President Raynard Kington has turned to Kickstarter, a crowdsourcing platform that helps creators reach a community of financial and social backers. Giving money to a Kickstarter will unlock different rewards for the backers, while the total amount of funds collected will unlock “stretch goals,” additions to campaign as a whole. “Using Kickstarter,” Kington explained, “we can gauge how interested the campus is in transparency [through their financial contributions] and respond accordingly.” Kington and his team are confident that Kickstarter is the best way to address student concerns...
  • Grinnell College Rushes Towards Greek System

    After receiving concerns regarding the new, position of Community Advisors and its potential for undermining self-gov, the Administration—with the aim of reinforcing self-gov—decided to institute a new Greek system on campus. Sororities and fraternities are making their way to the Jewel of the Prairie. Assistant Directing Supervisor of Residence Life Thomas Jenning said, “The first annual Room Rush, formerly known as Room Draw, will take place in Harris on April 24th. We were thinking of holding it this Sunday, but we decided that might be slightly too little notice. We’ve instituted this change in order to give students more arbitrary...
  • Anonymous Donor Seeks Recognition

    Grinnell College - As part of “I Heart GC Week”, Grinnell College received a generous one million dollar donation from an anonymous donor. According to the Student Alumni Council, the donation, which was left in a battered envelope under the welcome mat on the front step of Ray Kay’s home, was accompanied by a letter explaining that the donation should be used to benefit the students of the college and that an expression of thanks towards the donor would be absolutely unnecessary. Despite this desire for a lack of thanks, the donor appears to have changed their tone. On Tuesday...
  • Admissions to Consider Literally Every Student, Reject All

    JCC - In an effort to streamline the admissions process, Grinnell College has announced plans to automatically consider all high school seniors worldwide. Previous steps to ease the process, including removing both the application fee and the supplemental essay, failed to make as much of a difference as Grinnell had expected. The college believes that the common application is much too complicated. Instead, the college will begin collecting letters of recommendation, grade point averages, and transcripts from every high school senior in the world. Edward Lee, Vice President for Enrollment, elaborated on the scheme, claiming that this plan “finally allows...
  • The Grinnell Guide to Effectively Surprising the Student Body

    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...

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