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

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Music on Trial: How to discover great new music

Abby Grosse, Managing Editor
March 3, 2015 • 82 views
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I live in fear of waking up one morning and realizing that I’ve fallen deep into a rut. You know, having the epiphany that I’ve worn variations of the same outfit and pondered variations of the same thoughts while the world around me thrashed, and then oops! years have passed, and I’m closer to... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments: February 27, 2015

Chaz Mayo, Arts & Entertainment Editor
February 28, 2015 • 109 views
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Oscars 2015, or The Unexpected Virtue of Gambling I love the Academy Awards. Not because I really care that much about who wins; I know which movies were my favorite this year and I don’t require validation from some mysterious, shadowy conglomerate of film elites. I also don’t really... Read more »

Music on Trial: The Grammys: what are they even good for?

Sam Benson, Music Columnist
February 23, 2015 • 148 views
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I can’t say that I care about the Grammys all that much, but certainly I pay attention to them. As football is to the Super Bowl, so music is to the Grammys; even if you don’t think that the Super Bowl necessarily portrays what is best in football, you still think there is something noteworthy about... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments: February 20, 2015

Nick Bowlin and Steve Nolan, News Editor and Sports Editor
February 20, 2015 • 199 views
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An Emotional Male Response to the 50 Shades of Grey Trialer Steve: This is a huge moment for both Nick and me. We’ve both lived sheltered, safe lives amongst our Lutheran brethren, free of sin and corruption. That’s about to change. We’re about to embark on a journey together, through... Read more »

Music on Trial: What is love? And why is it the main focus of so many songs?

Sam Benson, Music Columnist
January 25, 2015 • 797 views
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Why does everyone write music about love? If one were to take a survey of American popular music of the last 50 to 60 years and use that to determine what human life was like during that time, it would give the impression that love is really the only emotion that people... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments: December 5, 2014

Nick Bowlin and Stephen Nolan
December 8, 2014 • 726 views
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First-years: your future By Stephen Nolan and Nick Bowlin Greetings, freshmen. You may have almost finished your first semester of college, but don’t think you’ve even come close to knowing everything there is to know about St. Olaf. The Hill is a deep, dark and mysterious place (no... Read more »

Music on Trial: Popular artists are all about that bass, and lyrical freedom

Elena Christensen, Online Editor
November 22, 2014 • 981 views
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Miley, Britney, Kesha and Justin Bieber are widely controversial artists. They have each had their ups and downs, including run-ins with law enforcement, questionable personal choices and provocative projects. Many people recognize the influence of celebrities and heavily criticize those who put forth... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments: Nov. 21, 2014

Amy Mihelich, Columnist
November 21, 2014 • 870 views
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In a few short days, Thanksgiving break will be upon us. Many Oles spend these five days traveling home, spending time with family, enjoying home-cooked meals and engaging in pleasant conversation with relatives. Reuniting with parents, siblings and extended family members around the dinner table is... Read more »

Music on Trial: Which artists will stand the test of time?

Abby Grosse, Managing Editor
November 16, 2014 • 1,305 views
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Ours is a generation obsessed with nostalgia. Many of us look to the past for our icons, like Bowie, the Beatles and Zeppelin. Contemporary stars tend to rehash the aesthetics of bygone eras (à la T-Swift’s recycled new-wave 1989), rather than innovate something that resonates with the moment. I... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments: November 14, 2014

Ashley Belisle, Columnist
November 14, 2014 • 1,056 views
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Again with the Caf mugs. We started the school year with 650 mugs available for use in the Caf, and by the time November rolled around we were left with just 50. Bon Appétit ordered some new mugs and brought out the fancy teacups reserved for catering and special occasions... Read more »