• 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

St. Olaf Sentiments: December 5, 2014

Nick Bowlin and Stephen Nolan
December 8, 2014 • 180 views
Filed under Weekly Columns

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 • 325 views
Filed under Weekly Columns

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 • 342 views
Filed under Weekly Columns

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 • 518 views
Filed under Weekly Columns

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 • 492 views
Filed under Weekly Columns

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 »

Music on Trial: Heartwork Yoga collaborates with The Chapel

Jay Carlson, Music Columnist
November 10, 2014 • 375 views
Filed under Weekly Columns

Portland-based band Musée Mécanique played at Heartwork Yoga on Thursday, Oct. 30 to a small but intimate audience. The concert combined the best of two worlds: Mike Morris, owner of The Chapel, booked the band and Heartwork Yoga Studio provided heating, low-light ambience, hot tea, blankets and an... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments: November 7, 2014

Chaz Mayo, Columnist
November 8, 2014 • 451 views
Filed under Weekly Columns

Not too long ago, after a hearty meal in the caf, I began the trek back to my room to go mind my studies. (Oh boy, my studies!) I left Buntrock Commons and continued due north onto the cold, hard sidewalk. After approximately 50 paces, give or take, I betrayed those concrete slabs in favor of the... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments: October 31, 2014

Nick Squires, Columnist
November 3, 2014 • 436 views
Filed under Weekly Columns

Epicurus, a Hellenistic philosopher, advocated a life in pursuit of happiness. Such happiness, he believed, comes from pleasure, yet the tempering of human desires. Only when one lives modestly does one reach each the state of ataraxia, freedom from anxiety, and aponia,... Read more »

Music on Trial: Andrew Bird strings together an album of covers

Liz Brindley, A&E Editor
October 31, 2014 • 482 views
Filed under Weekly Columns

Is it just me, or do you hear whistling and singing? A bird? Close! Andrew Bird, violinist, whistler and singer-songwriter released his newest album Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of . . . this past June. The album’s sound hints at Bird’s earlier work with... Read more »

Music on Trial: The Chapel, where Northfield gets weird

Jay Carlson, Music Columnist
October 27, 2014 • 549 views
Filed under Weekly Columns

The first time I ever heard Caroline Smith, I was with a friend and a cup of jasmine tea on a Thursday night in a Northfield venue unknown to many musicians and fans. The Chapel, a cozy upstairs venue that hosts music and art events at 310 ½ Division Street, is run by... Read more »