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

  • Printed weekly and updated online daily January 23, 2013

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The Love Column

Payne McMillan, Contributing Writer
May 14, 2015 • 796 views
Filed under Weekly Columns

When our parents bought their first mobile phones in the early aught’s, they were used exclusively for emergencies. Now we assume that our friend is having an emergency if they don’t respond to a text within fifteen minutes. Most of us carry computers... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments

Ashley Belisle and Ben Pelgano
May 13, 2015 • 793 views
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W hen I was younger, at a sleepover, my parents would come to pick me up and I would beg for another hour because I felt like it hadn’t been long enough. Now, after a four year sleepover, it’s still not enough. My dad used to say, when I was in the process of picking a college – and, eventually,... Read more »

Student of the Week

Student of the Week

Emma Keiski, Online Editor
May 12, 2015 • 910 views
Filed under Showcase, Weekly Columns

Name: Tess Halac ’15 Majors/Concentrations: Sociology and Anthropology, Women's and Gender Studies concentration Activities: Team member and Captain... Read more »


May 11, 2015 • 804 views
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THIS IS IT. It’s over. Abandon ship. Oh wait, you can’t because we’re sinking in a sea of despair and burning human hair. Now I know what you’re thinking, “how can I possibly survive without taking a bite out of this dark, yet oddly arousing, section every week?”  Well, let me put that worry... Read more »

Music on Trial: May 1, 2015

Seth Ellingson, Music Columnist
May 6, 2015 • 777 views
Filed under Weekly Columns

In many ways, the music industry acts as a microcosm of society. For example, the widening gap between the rich and poor in America is seen also in the widening of income distribution in the music industry. With the rise of illegal downloading, revenues for musicians... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments: May 1, 2015

Anton Hesse, Contributing Writer
May 4, 2015 • 765 views
Filed under Weekly Columns

In the past three semesters, I have produced food waste a total of five times in the Caf. In that total, I am not including when I have tossed peels, rinds and used napkins because they are nearly inedible. I have and will argue to the bitter end that such technicalities do not account as food waste... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments: April 24, 2015

Stephen Nolan, Columnist
April 27, 2015 • 837 views
Filed under Weekly Columns

It's common knowledge that St. Olaf College is superior in every meaningful and tangible way to our dear friends over at Carleton College. Gone are the days of the 1930s, when students from each college would fight it out in downtown Northfield, in scenes of destructive violence (the Oct. 18, 1961 Carletonian... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments: April 17, 2015

Christine Barkley, Columnist
April 20, 2015 • 940 views
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Treasures in the College Archives St. Olaf is considered to be one of the most haunted college campuses in the United States. The college’s archives department routinely gets calls from television shows and other requests... Read more »

Music on Trial: A grand paradox of old and new music brings balance

Claire Belisle, Music Columnist
April 18, 2015 • 898 views
Filed under Weekly Columns

I am lucky to have a handful of friends I can go to for new music suggestions and on whom I can count to make me feel too mainstream and under-informed when it comes to what “good” music is. I am lucky to have friends who... Read more »

Censorship is ███

Stephen Nolan and Ben Pelegano, Sports Editor and Variety Editor
March 23, 2015 • 1,097 views
Filed under Weekly Columns

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist,” novelist Salman Rushdie once famously proclaimed. Every time we think about Rushdie’s words, there’s one thing that comes to mind - working for the Manitou Messenger. Yep, that’s right. There is no... Read more »