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Music on Trial: May 9

Horacio Lopez, Music Columnist
May 15, 2014 • 1,404 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 »

Accessible Science: May 9

Nora Flynn, Accessible Science Columnist
May 13, 2014 • 1,011 views
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Each day we are presented with a plethora of options in the Caf. Being able to pick and choose what to eat may create a sense of independence or empowerment. However, we would be silly to think we are the only ones chosing our food. Thousands of decisions made over hundreds of years by people across... Read more »

The PoliticOle: May 2

Joel Jaeger, PoliticOle Columnist
May 7, 2014 • 735 views
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On April 2, 2013, the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), placing legally-binding regulations on the $85 billion-a-year conventional arms trade. According to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, 118 states have since signed the ATT and 31 have ratified it, but 50... Read more »

Music on Trial: Hunter Hunted opens at Skyway and steals show

Elena Christensen, Music Columnist
April 30, 2014 • 1,132 views
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After the happy accident of being introduced to Los Angeles-based Hunter Hunted at Summerfest last June, I obsessively stalked their webpage in search of a Minnesota performance. Finally, my chance came when they opened for Twenty One Pilots at Skyway Theater in Minneapolis on April 17. Despite not knowing... Read more »

Wellness Word: April 25

Paige Garrett, Wellness Center Peer Advisor
April 29, 2014 • 752 views
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Soon enough, many of us will graduate. Feeling anxiety about the future is completely normal, and that experience puts you in the same boat as many seniors. Some of us have jobs or internships, along with a boatload of student loans that our salaries might not cover. Some of us are heading to graduate... Read more »

Music on Trial: Mason Jennings embodies vibrant local music scene available at Oles’ fingertips

Music on Trial: Mason Jennings embodies vibrant local music scene available at Oles’ fingertips

Bridget Lillethorup, Music Columnist
April 23, 2014 • 889 views
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Like it or not, you live in the North. If you do like it, then you can already tell me a thousand reasons why Minnesota is the greatest state ever. If you resent the location of your college choice, let me change your mind. Two words, or rather, a name: Mason Jennings. He’s not just for Minneapolis... Read more »

Science in the News: April 18

Carson Kopeke, Science Columnist
April 23, 2014 • 732 views
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Do black holes actually exist? According to the latest theories of renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, the answer to this question is “sort of, and most of the time.” Let me explain. Black Holes have received much critical thought over the last century, though they were first hypothesized... Read more »

Music on Trial: Heartening anthems for every type of vacation

Elena Christensen, Music Columnist
March 21, 2014 • 619 views
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Spring break is almost upon us, which means paralyzing distress for some and a much-needed, relaxing break for others. Some may even have the contradictory experience of feeling both. Trust me, I understand. Regardless of how you are feeling or what you are doing, however, there is a way to make your... Read more »

The PoliticOle: March 21

Nick Stumo-Langer, PoliticOle Columnist
March 21, 2014 • 577 views
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Dictators: Assad, Qaddafi, Hussein, Ahmadinejad, Abidine Ben Ali. You’d think that these perpetrators of horrid human rights atrocities all have one thing in common: The Middle East. And from that one could extrapolate that the geopolitical region of the Middle East provides some sort of support system... Read more »

Dorm Gourmet: March 14

Ellen Squires, Off the Hill Editor
March 19, 2014 • 1,203 views
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My dad cycles through hobbies like most people do fad diets. Our garage is a graveyard for old skis, woodworking equipment and oil paints, all relics of his abandoned pursuits. Thankfully, I sometimes get to profit from these pursuits. I was especially thrilled when I came home over Interim break to... Read more »