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A Note from the Editors

Ashley Belisle, Executive Editor
November 25, 2014 • 96 views
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Winter has settled in comfortably on the Hill once again. Snow is sparkling on the bare tree branches, bikes are stored safely in the Ytterboe basement and the tile of Buntrock is perpetually covered in sand and salt tracked in from outside. Winter is certainly ready for us, but not every Ole on the... Read more »

Neglect of chapel time points to NCHA statistics

Emily Stets, Opinions Contributor
November 23, 2014 • 203 views
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I came to St. Olaf with a preconceived notion of what daily chapel service would be like. My parents, both Ole alumni, always mentioned chapel time while reminiscing about their college years. The entire campus stopped during those precious 45 minutes and everyone convened... Read more »

School suspension policy requires overhaul

School suspension policy requires overhaul

Cynthia Zapata, Opinions Contributor
November 21, 2014 • 339 views
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Recently, Minneapolis schools have been embroiled in a conflict surrounding school suspensions for students. The issue has ignited debate about race and suspensions. Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadela Jones... Read more »

Public outrage at pregnant employee fired for inability to work overtime

Public outrage at pregnant employee fired for inability to work overtime

Nina Hagen, Opinions Contributor
November 19, 2014 • 220 views
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When the New York City Council passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in January, it seemed like a win for feminists. The law mandates that working women who become pregnant must be given the necessary accommodations that will allow them to keep their jobs, such as allotted times for rest and a lightened... Read more »

GOP candidates dodge climate change

Alexandra Madsen, Opinions Contributor
November 18, 2014 • 212 views
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It has become common practice for members of the Republican Party to sidestep issues of climate change by questioning its very existence. However, with polls showing that a majority of voters now accept climate change and support policies that combat it, the Republican Party is shifting its approach.... Read more »

Women in gaming prompts diversity debate

Women in gaming prompts diversity debate

Omar Shehata, Opinions Contributor
November 17, 2014 • 361 views
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It is no secret that women are misrepresented in gaming culture. Video games have always been regarded as a “guy thing.” The adoption of the term “Gamer Girl” makes it seem as if gamers are male by default and a woman playing games is an anomaly. Anita Sarkeesian, a Canadian blogger and critic,... Read more »

Letter to the Editor: November 14, 2014

Sonja Helgeson, Opinions Contributor
November 16, 2014 • 428 views
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Dear Editor of the Manitou Messenger, A recent article written by Ben Pelegano in the “St. Olaf Sentiments” column of the Variety section deeply concerned me. In this satirical article, the author encourages students to “never sleep” and states that sleep is a “social construct” that one... Read more »

Autonomy prevails when choosing natural solutions or ADHD medication

Autonomy prevails when choosing natural solutions or ADHD medication

Elena Christensen, Opinions Contributor
November 15, 2014 • 970 views
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When I was young, I was a pretty successful student. Around fifth grade, however, I began to struggle. I couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than twenty minutes. Hypochondriac that I am, I was convinced I had ADHD. My parents, whether they agreed or not, refused to get me checked out, fearing... Read more »

A syndrome for religious trauma? Yes, apparently.

Sydney Padula, Opinions Contributor
November 14, 2014 • 272 views
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A Salon news article claims the existence of a condition called Religious Trauma Syndrome, which is characterized by feelings of isolation, fear and self-loathing caused by a person’s religious beliefs. This new term was coined by Marlene Winell to name a set of symptoms some people experienced... Read more »

“Feminist” video obscures manipulative company

“Feminist” video obscures manipulative company

Audrey Walker, Opinions Contributor
November 12, 2014 • 486 views
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We live in a culture that praises Internet virality. Getting millions of views on YouTube is enough to earn a feature on the Today Show and a place in living room conversations across the world. This week’s sensation, “Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs for Feminism,”... Read more »