• The Manitou Messenger celebrates over 125 years of student journalism January 23, 2013

  • Printed weekly and updated online daily January 23, 2013

  • Questions? Comments? Email mess-online@stolaf.edu January 23, 2013

Watson’s HeForShe formally invites men into gender equality discussion

Watson’s HeForShe formally invites men into gender equality discussion

Sage Fulco, Opinions Contributor
October 21, 2014 • 61 views
Filed under Opinions

It may a tad confusing to see Hermione Granger formally addressing the United Nations. But Emma Watson is no longer just a movie star and no longer a child: six months ago, she was appointed as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, and now she is ready to begin making real... Read more »

Carleton medical amnesty case hinges on details

Carleton medical amnesty case hinges on details

Abby Grosse, Opinions Contributor
October 20, 2014 • 118 views
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

In late September, a Change.org petition began to circulate on Oles’ Facebook walls. Between “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” posts and cat videos was a letter pleading on behalf of a Carleton student faced with expulsion. ... Read more »

#FinishIT campaign harnesses peer pressure to eliminate teen smoking

#FinishIT campaign harnesses peer pressure to eliminate teen smoking

Conlan Campbell, Opinions Contributor
October 19, 2014 • 117 views
Filed under Opinions

Few commodities can attest to holding the sort of cultural cachet that cigarettes do. Once heralded as among the most definitively “cool” status symbols in Western media and print, smoking’s ultimate descent is interesting in terms of being a public health issue in... Read more »

Denver students protest erasing civil disobedience in U.S. history

Cole Hatzky, Opinions Contributor
October 18, 2014 • 190 views
Filed under Opinions

The Washington Post reports that on Sept. 24, hundreds of students walked out of their Denver Advanced Placement (A.P.) history classrooms in response to a school board decision to review how the class should be taught. According to the Post, the school board plans to change... Read more »

Can biking really teach us about white privilege?

Samuel Pattinasarane, Opinions Contributor
October 17, 2014 • 159 views
Filed under Opinions

In the middle of a state such as Minnesota, where diversity is a “fancy” word that isn’t used very often, the term “white privilege” might not be offensive to use in this neighborhood. Nevertheless, the question still lingers: is “white privilege” a term that... Read more »

Ebola impacts economies through productivity loss

Scott Johnson, Opinions Contributor
October 8, 2014 • 263 views
Filed under Opinions

The Ebola virus outbreak of 2014 is the largest in history. The only Ebola epidemic ever to occur in multiple countries has now killed over 3,000 people, according to the World Health Organization. All of the countries seriously afflicted with Ebola lie in West Africa, specifically Liberia, Sierra Leone... Read more »

Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential run spurs commentary

Sage Fulco, Opinions Contributor
October 7, 2014 • 260 views
Filed under Opinions

Hillary Clinton has often inspired global conversation with her actions, whether through her speeches as First Lady, her many pantsuits or the photos in celebrity magazines of suggested “texts” she might be sending. Americans have been especially interested in her activity after she stepped down... Read more »

Lack of teacher diversity calls for innovation in education

Conor Devlin and Nina Hagen, Opinions Contributors
October 6, 2014 • 456 views
Filed under Opinions

In the United States, society attaches a certain stigma to jobs in the education sector. Historically, women have dominated the field of teaching, in part as a result of the prevailing belief that women are more adept at working with children than men. Even though many women have challenged this belief... Read more »

Pistorius case incites media frenzy, proves pervasive fixation on celebrity criminals

Conlan Campbell, Opinions Contributor
October 5, 2014 • 792 views
Filed under Opinions

Among the most discussed and publicized cases of 2014, the trial of Oscar Pistorius has perhaps caused the most worldwide consternation. Pistorius was arrested and charged with killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Feb. 14, 2013. This case raises many pertinent points of discussion, not least of... Read more »

Poll’s generalizations simplify cultural groups

Cynthia J. Zapata, Opinions Contributor
October 4, 2014 • 392 views
Filed under Opinions

A recent article by Haya El Nasser in Al Jazeera (a self-proclaimed unbiased, global news source) addressed the importance of Latino voters in the upcoming elections and their stance on environmental issues. The article cited a poll conducted by the Hispanic Access Foundation claiming that Latino... Read more »