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Letter to the Editors

Dan Hofrenning, Professor of Political Science
December 17, 2014 • 115 views
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I write regarding your article on the new public affairs Institute, the Institute for Freedom and Community. As you correctly reported, I believe the Institute will provide great opportunities for students. A... Read more »

High school seniors apply to more colleges, hope to get in

High school seniors apply to more colleges, hope to get in

Sydney Padula, Opinions Contributor
December 17, 2014 • 139 views
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It’s a process that we remember all too well. In the fall of my senior year of high school, there was a sense of dread and of relief when I hit “submit” on each of my college applications. Dread, because of the potential news to come. Relief, because, “Thank [insert... Read more »

Self-control redefines addiction “safety net”

Self-control redefines addiction “safety net”

Omar Shehata, Opinions Contributor
December 11, 2014 • 350 views
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I remember watching the movie Flight, a film about a pilot battling alcohol addiction, with my friends a few years ago. The pilot would promise to change and get his life together, only to relapse as he took out one last stash of booze he had kept hidden. This happened... Read more »

Millenials’ phone skills lacking in job market

Chaz Mayo, Opinions Contributor
December 5, 2014 • 1,055 views
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Not too long ago, the Star Tribune ran an article quoting a 2014 St. Olaf graduate who was fired from his job as a commodities trader due to his “poor phone skills.” The article has sparked many debates about phone skills and their place in the modern work environment.... Read more »

Thirty years later, media blind eye in HIV/AIDS crisis mirrors Ebola

Thirty years later, media blind eye in HIV/AIDS crisis mirrors Ebola

Audrey Walker, Opinions Contributor
December 1, 2014 • 558 views
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David W. Dunlap has worked at the New York Times as a metro reporter for 39 years, witnessing an astonishing number of events and helping decide how the press covers them. Currently, he writes a column for the Times called “Looking Back,” reflecting on... Read more »

“Pointergate” story ignites embarrassing media firestorm

“Pointergate” story ignites embarrassing media firestorm

Nina Hagen, Opinions Contributor
November 29, 2014 • 473 views
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In an act of goodwill, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges joined volunteers prior to election day in their mission to encourage Minnesota citizens to vote. What began as an innocent act of civic engagement ended in controversy and embarrassment when a photo of Hodges posing... Read more »

A Note from the Editors

Ashley Belisle, Executive Editor
November 25, 2014 • 376 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 • 472 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 • 611 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 • 435 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 »