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St. Olaf Sentiments: October 17, 2014

Abby Grosse, Columnist
October 20, 2014 • 70 views
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In some ways, entering senior year is akin to waking up from a blissful nap as your roommate blares “All About that Bass.” It is harsh. It is a real paradigm shift. Suddenly, your “LOL everything I do is just an experiment!” mindset gives way to “I can’t just ignore Piper Center e-mails... Read more »

Music on Trial: Metal music: is it worth it?

Andrew Wilder, Photo Editor
October 17, 2014 • 143 views
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Let’s face it: heavy metal has a bad reputation. Critics of the genre often generalize the music as lacking any real aesthetic or artistic appeal, citing the hellish howling of the death-growl or the frenetic squeal of overdriven guitars. Metal fans are frequently stereotyped as a subculture of machismo... Read more »

Music on Trial: October 3, 2014 “Lykke Li takes on somber tone in newly-released album”

Emily Nyberg, Music Columnist
October 7, 2014 • 198 views
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“Some nights you don’t wanna wake up from, like tonight. It’s like a dream,” said Lykke Li on Sunday during her concert at First Avenue before beginning to sing “Just Like A Dream,” a song from her latest album I Never Learn. The 2014 album reveals a... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments: October 3, 2014

Cole Hatzkey, Columnist
October 5, 2014 • 228 views
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Last week, as I was reading a book in the quad, I couldn’t help but notice a rustling coming from behind me. I turned around slowly and found myself face-to-face with a curious squirrel. As we made eye contact, I realized this was no ordinary squirrel. Unlike others I have encountered in the past,... Read more »

Backstage Conversations with Hoodie: Music on Trial: September 26, 2014

Jay Carlson, Music Columnist
October 2, 2014 • 281 views
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These conversations took place backstage during the Hoodie Allen concert on Saturday, Sept. 20: Band member to student: Is there anything going on in Northfield? Student: Uh, there’s a chill British pub downtown. If you’re looking for a club, then no. Band member: Actually,... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments: September 26, 2014

Dempsey Olson, Columnist
September 28, 2014 • 234 views
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RMS, top floor, 10:30 on a rainy day: Welcome to Turing’s chic attic. The whole space is done up in a palette of green and brown and off-white, a reflection of the mostly-erased chalk- boards... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments: September 19, 2014

Sage Fulco, Columnist
September 26, 2014 • 279 views
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“Minnesotans are nice.” If we exclude the universally accepted cultural stereotypes about Minnesotans – don’t you know, we all eat tapioca pudding and hot dish; we’d never miss a Vikings game; and we all just love that Prince, you know – our “niceness” is our defining characteristic. We... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments: September 19, 2014

Sage Fulco, Columnist
September 25, 2014 • 262 views
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“Minnesotans are nice.” If we exclude the universally accepted cultural stereotypes about Minnesotans – don’t you know, we all eat tapioca pudding and hot dish; we’d never miss a Vikings game; and we all just love that Prince, you know – our “niceness” is our defining characteristic. We... Read more »

Music on Trial: September 19, 2014

Jay Carlson, Music Columnist
September 21, 2014 • 330 views
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You’ve probably heard by now that Hoodie Allen is the fall concert here at St. Olaf. The choice to host the rapper has been subject to a lot of criticism among students. However, there may be a few things about Hoodie, other than his music, that you haven’t heard. For instance, Hoodie Allen worked... Read more »

Music on Trial: May 9

Horacio Lopez, Music Columnist
May 15, 2014 • 1,664 views
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One of the main reasons I was interested in coming to St. Olaf was my desire to play music. My high school didn’t have much of a music scene that catered to my taste, so I had high hopes that St.Olaf would. I had just picked up the electric guitar and I was anxious to play house shows and be in a punk... Read more »