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How to survive Stav Hall

How to survive Stav Hall

Emily Stets, Opinions Editor
September 11, 2014 • 174 views
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Without a doubt, one of the most stressful exercises of Week One involves maneuvering through Stav Hall, more affectionately known as the Caf. It’s like the most intense game of Monopoly you’ve ever played at 4 a.m., as people dive for the last brownie or piece of pie … well, not exactly, but it’s... Read more »

How to be a fantastic roommate

Becca Carcaterra, News Editor
September 9, 2014 • 157 views
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Congratulations, class of 2018. You did it. You navigated a whirlwind of admissions essays, financial aid packages and tearful family farewells, and now you’re here. Welcome to your new home. Now it’s time to meet the complete stranger you will be sharing a tiny room with for the next nine months.... Read more »

Politics disadvantage women

Politics disadvantage women

Kate Fridley, Contributing Writer
May 15, 2014 • 1,813 views
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With the United States already gearing up for the 2016 election season, arguments are inevitably surfacing about whether Hillary Clinton – or a woman in general – is suited for the presidency. An article I read recently claimed that Clinton’s new role as a grandmother would interfere with her presidential... Read more »

Assault awareness grows through discourse

Assault awareness grows through discourse

Nina Hagen, Contributing Writer
May 15, 2014 • 1,442 views
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A recent student protest at DePaul University elicited a campus-wide discussion about problems that often, according to the student newspaper’s website, “get pushed under the rug.” Anonymous students hung banners in the University’s Arts and Letters Building that spoke out against DePaul athletes’... Read more »

New indigenous people’s day challenges the status quo

New indigenous people’s day challenges the status quo

Katie Haggstrom, Contributing Writer
May 13, 2014 • 3,063 views
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Last month, a vote passed through the Minneapolis City Council asking for the recognition of Indigenous People’s Day on what is popularly known as Christopher Columbus Day. While Indigenous People’s Day is not a legal holiday, it will be officially recognized by the city and share the spotlight with... Read more »

Globalization of colleges often problematic

Globalization of colleges often problematic

Kassandra DiPietro, Contributing Writer
May 11, 2014 • 1,510 views
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How racially diverse are college campuses? This question seems to be in the air this spring as affirmative action court cases, the date for committing to a college and the overall competitive nature of admissions have been in the news. For St. Olaf students, this conversation follows right on the heels... Read more »

Links to slavery makes food consumption unethical

Michael Enich, Contributing Writer
May 9, 2014 • 1,002 views
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THE CHOCOLATE YOU EAT IS PICKED BY CHILD SLAVES. It sounds dramatic, right? To think that your favorite cocoa, milky treat has a dark past behind it strikingly changes how someone views his or her comfort food. Suddenly, chocolate isn’t as sweet as it used to be. Whoops, there goes the comfort of... Read more »

Possible Marxism revival reflects class

Cynthia Zapata, Contributing Writer
May 7, 2014 • 912 views
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There is a revival growing from the grumblings of economic turmoil; Marx is kickin’ it. Don’t get too excited, there won’t be a full-blown revolution anytime soon. These new waves of intellectuals, dubbed Millennial Marxists, are more concerned with critiquing the economic status quo than with... Read more »

Privacy at stake in Tumblr photography blogs

Privacy at stake in Tumblr photography blogs

Nina Hagen, Contributing Writer
May 7, 2014 • 1,169 views
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The Tumblr blog “Women Who Eat on Tubes” perfectly captures the cultural climate at the moment – it speaks to our increasing belief that we can use the internet to invade people’s privacy without consequences. While this blog and others like it are meant for entertainment and are not created... Read more »

Standardized test results fail to measure overall ability

Standardized test results fail to measure overall ability

Katie Haggstrom, Contributing Writer
May 5, 2014 • 1,499 views
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The success of education in the U.S. is measured by the outcomes of standardized tests given to students – just little grey bubbles colored in with Number 2 pencils. These tests claim to assess students’ academic abilities. There’s the ACT and SAT, taken for college admissions. For education beyond... Read more »