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

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

Claire Belisle, Music Columnist
April 18, 2015 • 35 views
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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 • 279 views
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“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 »

Music on Trial: Modest Mouse music reflects on American culture

March 20, 2015 • 351 views
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Modest Mouse is many things. In the words of Johnny Marr, the group is open spaces, bleakness and beauty, brotherhood, fun, loneliness, insanity, chemistry, defiance and true punk rock. The emotional and sincere lyrics voice a facet of the American experience that no other band will ever be able to voice. Forged... Read more »

New season brings new music to local area

Maggie Noun, Music Columnist
March 18, 2015 • 383 views
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Spring is the season of things coming anew: from green leaves on trees, to baby robins hopping around campus. Music is no exception; this season brings new songs and performances from artists both local and worldwide. Last Saturday,... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments: March 13, 2015

Abby Grosse, Managing Editor
March 16, 2015 • 419 views
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Skills for the Real World The singing birds, the scent of damp earth in the air, the drops of sunlight reflected in puddles! Gleeful Oles bringing their caf trays and hookahs into the fresh air! Rolling down the car windows and blaring the radio! It all points to... Read more »

St. Olaf Sentiments: March 6, 2015

Ashley Belisle, Executive Editor
March 10, 2015 • 368 views
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In eighth grade, I was in the spring play. I had the role of Lady Beatrice, no doubt a crucial part of a middle school production of Once Upon a Mattress. My friends and I were both intoxicated by the we-run-the-school power trip that is the last couple months of middle school and alarmed by the... Read more »

Music On Trial : Soundtrack set to a typical day in the life of an Ole

Elena Christensen, Online Editor
March 7, 2015 • 464 views
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In life, there exists a school of thought that each and every person’s life is a movie, and that people are the stars of their own movies. Well, I say we are no exception, and, as Oles, we have our very own special soundtrack. While our lives vary from day to day and person to person, there are some... Read more »

Music on Trial: How to discover great new music

Abby Grosse, Managing Editor
March 3, 2015 • 426 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 • 441 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 • 456 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 »