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Jenna Pitstick is a junior Theatre & Film and English double-major with an avid love for dogs, pancakes, and social justice. She is also co-president of Graceland’s Social Equality Alliance.

#TakeAKnee Protests Less Prominent In College Football

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For the last year or so, many football teams (and other national sports teams) have started to kneel during the national anthem. It is to show solidarity with the many black people who have dealt with racism and police brutality. Many believe it is because there are hundreds of people who don’t care about the military members that fight for ... Read More »

Guacamole at a Cost


A couple years ago, The Tower wrote its first article about Graceland’s specific Sodexo program. When cereal was taken away in the Commons, due to a sketchy “cereal shortage,” students at GU were not exactly happy. Last semester and the beginning of this year have been met with additions to the food that students are forced to eat for nine ... Read More »

20 Graceland Things To Do To Get Your Freshman Year Started Right


If you’re too excited or too anxious to figure out how to start off your first year at Graceland, here are 20 tips to get you started in the right direction. Go to House Meetings! Graceland’s house system is a wonderful way to meet all types of people and have a home away from home.  Learn your room code and ... Read More »

Art Awards at Scholars’ Showcase


Graceland’s Art Department held the 2017 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition this past Thursday, April 6th in the Constance Gallery. Along with having their work showcased in the Helene Center, students and their works had the chance to win up to $2000 in awards. Students had to have been enrolled in a Studio Art class either this semester or in the ... Read More »

Looking Forward: Graceland Student Government


The 2017-2018 school year already looks bright with a new round of student leaders stepping up on campus. Over the last month and a half, Graceland has faced a series of elections related to Student Government Officers in February and House Presidents over the last week or so. For next school year, the GSG team includes: Melissa Sherer, GSG President – class ... Read More »

Honors Travels to South Dakota for UMHC

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Over the later part of this past week and the early half of the weekend, I traveled with three other honors students and three members of Graceland’s faculty to South Dakota State University for the annual Upper Midwest Honors Conference. Every year the program brings students to the conference to present their work, upperclassmen or otherwise, and learn from other ... Read More »

Finding Research Through InterLibrary Loan

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Last semester, I wrote an article about how to find your way around the Academic parts of MyGraceland because I had a lot of friends struggling to find the right information without spending hours searching the website. Now, I’ve decided to set aside time to navigate my way through a step-by-step process of how to find research through our library ... Read More »

Graceland’s #AlternativeFacts


Are you curious about what doesn’t happen at Graceland University? With the new research on the clever concept of #AlternativeFacts, it’s easy to pretend that outright lies are simply opinions, and it’s easy to believe that facts are now debatable. Here’s a list of “Alternative Facts” that pertain to Graceland: 1. Winter Term is coming back! In January 2018, Graceland ... Read More »

The Process of “W;t”


Like theater productions in the past, W;t started out with auditions in the JR Theatre and read-thrus in the Shaw Center Conference Room. W;t tells the story of a fifty-year-old woman as she struggles with a rough cancer diagnosis: stage four metastatic ovarian cancer. Vivian Bearing, played by guest actress Jody Hovland, agrees to participate in eight rounds of chemotherapy ... Read More »

Lamoni Marches on Washington

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This weekend, there were Women’s Marches all across the country and the world promoting love and community worldwide. While a lot of Graceland students and faculty went to the marches in Kansas City or Des Moines, a small group of people from Graceland stayed in town and marched with Lamoni citizens from the community center to the Coliseum and then ... Read More »

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