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“Whether raised fists or dropped knees, protests by prominent African American athletes command our attention — and highlight our division — as the same conversation of racial injustice continues.”

- George Barlow, associate professor of English, and Barbara Trish, professor of political science, in their op-ed “How Athletes Are Changing the Conversation Around Racism,” The Washington Post, Oct. 16, 2018

stack of booksUnpacking books, I found my history of women in the U.S. collection. Before Grinnell College, I did not realize I’d grown up in a sexist and patriarchal society. Nor did I understand that women’s stories, struggles, and experiences could be subjects of enquiry and study. 

- Mariela Magnelli ’06, Twitter

“Proud Pioneer alum! Love seeing young men at Grinnell have success both on and off the football field. Congrats, Ryan!”

- Tom Brinkman ’13, Twitter , in response to news that Ryan Slager ’19 broke the NCAA Division III record for tackles in a career, Oct. 20, 2018

Finally branded my car so other Grinnellians can spot me in the wild.

- Margaret Toomey ’06, Instagram

Can you imagine a situation without NATO where anyone would pay attention to what the Belgians think about anything?

- Wayne Moyer, professor of political science, on Iowa Public Radio’s program River to River, July 13, 2018

A common motivational trope that gives meaning to our lives as teachers is that our legacy lives on through our students.

- Tom Moore, professor emeritus of mathematics and statistics, from his article, “Q.E.D.: What Emily Dickinson Did with Her Mathematics Books,” published in The Emily Dickinson Journal, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2018, originally written for Associate Professor Steve

I relied on attention from my athletic achievements to balance out the severe depression I faced owing to my struggles as a closeted athlete attending a tiny Catholic school in small-town Mason City, Iowa.


- Adam Dalton ’16, from his article, “No longer afraid, gay runner chases success at U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials,” published on OutSports.com, July 10, 2018

LaAnna Farnelli '20My Grinnell College extern, LaAnna [LaAnna Farnelli '20], observes XRF mapping at Yale of the famous Vinland map, either one of the most valuable maps in existence or a spectacular fake. 

- Ellery Frahm ’99, Twitter

Food display in the dining hall

“Our dining hall really goes all out for their food displays sometimes...” 

- Yang Luo ’20, Instagram

Ross Haenfler fortune“Wow, sometimes the universe is really direct.” 

- Ross Haenfler, associate professor of sociology, Instagram