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Community Members Speak: On small-town living

Brisa Zielina
Sheryl Anderson, 72, showcasing her ceramic booth at the Farmers Market
Sheryl Anderson, 72, showcasing her ceramic booth at the Farmers Market (Brisa Zielina)

“You have to lean on the people. In smaller communities, you come more together … to work on projects that better the community.” – Sheryl Anderson







Craig Gibbens `95 standing in his favorite spot inside STEW Makerspace, Studio A (3D printers) (Br)






In a small town, you have the opportunity to really get to know your neighbors and community members in a way you don’t normally. When I was a student at Grinnell, we almost never left campus, and that’s really changed over the years, but there’s a lot of opportunities that you get from walking around.” – Craig Gibbens, Manager of the STEW Makerspace









Bruce Gertsma, 64, working in the equipment room underneath the Charles Benson Bear `39 Gym







“Stick to your friends as much as you can, and do what you can find to do together. ” – Bruce Gertsma, Weekend Equipment Room Manager










Debra Ehrmann, 71, at Drake Community Library



For me, I like to tell my white friends that I miss the colors of the world…because of the expanded worldview. …When things compress on you–that can happen–then I have to get out of town and walk down Iowa City and see all the different people.” – Debra Ehrmann

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Scarlett Saldaña, News Editor
Scarlett is a first-year intended English major from Los Angeles, CA. If you search hard enough, you can probably find her anywhere on campus (but especially at the HSSC) studying, chatting with friends, or just hangin' out. One day, she hopes to add a second "t" to the "Scarlet" in the name of the newspaper.
Brisa Zielina, Staff Photographer
Brisa Zielina is a first year and an aspiring Theater major with a concentration in American Studies from Los Angeles, California. She loves singing and acting and uses the word “slay” way too often. When she’s not slaying the day, she’s probably in rehearsal or studying on the third floor of the HSSC. If you see her around campus, say howdy, she’s always happy to make new friends!
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