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Hart Hornor Wins 10K at UW-La Crosse

Carleton Sports - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:35pm

Hart Hornor (Jr./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) was the sole member of the Carleton College men’s track and field team to travel to the Phil Esten Challenge, but he made the two-hour drive worth it by winning the 10,000-meter run.

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Knights Clinch Playoff Spot with 9-0 Win at Hamline

Carleton Sports - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 9:44pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Carleton College men’s tennis clinched a spot in the MIAC Playoffs with a convincing 9-0 victory over host Hamline University. All six players in the Knights’ lineup won in both doubles and singles to secure a postseason berth for the ninth consecutive season. Carleton is now 5-0 in the MIAC and improved its season record to 19-1, the seventh-highest win total in program history.

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All-Wheel Drive/April 17

KYMN Radio - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 6:25pm

Jessica Paxton hosts the 4-6pm hours filling them with eclectic music, news and local info.

Playlist:


Wrapped up the week with an in-studio appearance by the always delightful Michael Ray Pfeifer, who appears tonight, along with his band The Nasty Notes, at the Tavern Lounge here in Northfield. Such a treat to hear Michael share some of his tunes on the air — and to chat about his creative process and inspiration. Thanks for the reminder that we’re never “too old” to pursue our dreams!

Michael played:

Gravel Road
Liliana Rose
Daddy’s Coming Home

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STO Talks preview: innovation and big ideas

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 4:00pm

The St. Olaf community is full of bright, creative people with innovative ideas. On Saturday, April 18, in the Lion’s Pause, some of these individuals will have the opportunity to present their ideas to the college community. The fourth annual STO Talks will feature lectures from students, alumni and faculty. The topics to be covered are wide-ranging in nature, from issues of foreign aid to astrobiology and Black revolutionary artistic expression.

STO Talks debuted in 2012 as the college’s version of the incredibly popular TED Talks. Like TED, the St. Olaf version emphasizes powerful ideas and critical thinking distilled into short, concise lectures.

The talks begin at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 in the Lion’s Pause. Several of the lectures are previewed here.

Tasha Viets-VanLear ’15: Nothing to Lose But Our Chains: Artistic Identity in Times of Black Revolution

Throughout this academic year, Viets-VanLear ’15 has been a visible and vocal advocate for the “Black Lives Matter” movement on campus. One of the organizers of the Christmas Fest “die-in” that honored shooting victim Michael Brown and other victims of police violence, her STO Talk lecture continues this work of raising awareness for minorities and explains how art intersects with revolutionary politics.

“My STO Talk will explore the ways in which the performing arts have been used as a tool for representing the revolutionary politics of identity in times of oppression and violence against people of color,” she said. “I will touch on my own experiences in poetry and dance, provide examples of Black artists who have used their art to testify or object to racial oppression, and then connect it back to contemporary issues and artists.”

She hopes that her talk will raise awareness regarding the plight of minorities in America and demonstrate the necessity of art in revolutionary politics.

Professor Gordon Marino: Four or Five Uplifting Ideas Gleaned on a Long Walk with Søren Kierkegaard

Marino, a professor of philosophy who specializes in Kierkegaard, will deliver a lecture on the renowned existentialist philosopher.

“Having walked with Kierkegaard for over three decades,” he said, “I would like to think that I have gathered some morsels of wisdom from the Danish firebrand. In my ten minute lecturette, I will discuss two of Kierkegaard’s ideas that have guided my life. For one, I will try to articulate the distinction he draws between depression and despair. Secondly, I will reflect on the moral import of his analysis of self-deception.”

Marino is prolific Kierkegaard scholar. He is the author of Kierkegaard in the Present Age and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard. He emphasizes that audience members require no previous experience with Kierkegaard to appreciate his lecture and its message.

Robert Jacobel: What’s Under the Ice?

A recently retired professor of physics and environmental studies, Jacobel will speak about his research on ice and climate change.

He has continued his research since his retirement, working with St. Olaf physics students. His work specifically focuses on exploring the geography below glaciers and ice sheets. This is accomplished using ice-penetrating radar and satellite technology. Jacobel has traveled to Antarctica multiple times as a member of the Center for Geophysical Studies of Ice and Climate (CEGSIC), which is a research group based out of the St. Olaf Physics Department.

Nathan Detweiler ’16: Building Community as Diverse Individuals

This lecture will focus on the diversity of individuals that exist within St. Olaf and society as a whole. Detweiler believes that recognizing this diversity will promote community, inclusion and new perspectives.

“My STO Talk suggests that recognition that we are all diverse individuals can spur us to engage with people that we perceive as different from us,” he said. “Through these are often awkward interactions, we can build community that is based not solely on the representation of diverse individuals, but on meaningful interactions featuring accountability and honesty.”

For Detweiler, recognizing and embracing individual diversity is a crucial aspect of a healthy and accepting community.

“So often we get caught up in what makes us comfortable, but the reality is that our world is an uncomfortable place with lots of people who make us uncomfortable,” he said. “It’s so important for us all to learn how to interact meaningfully with those ‘uncomfortable’ people, because otherwise we tend to develop friction. . . and that leads to violence of various kinds.”

bowlin@stolaf.edu

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Three Northfield students look to up the ante with Camp Menogyn adventures

Northfield News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 3:00pm
Menogyn (min-o-jin): meaning full of growth.
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Safe spaces in college discourage victimization

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:17pm

Last fall, when Brown University announced it would host a debate between a feminist blogger and a rape culture skeptic about campus sexual assault, members of the school’s Sexual Assault Task Force responded by creating a “safe space” for survivors or those otherwise affected by these issues to use during the event. Safe spaces are commonly used as supportive environments for intellectual debate about certain issues that incite vulnerability or trauma, such as rape or sexual assault.

According to the New York Times, Brown’s safe space took a different approach.

“[It] was equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma.” One student, a rape survivor, needed to use the space because she felt “bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against [her] dearly and closely held beliefs.”

The article goes on to mention other instances of college students demanding safer spaces on campuses in order to keep trauma survivors from feeling victimized. A question emerges: is shielding oneself from potentially threatening ideas beneficial in that it prevents further trauma or harmful because it prevents intellectual growth?

This article was a recent topic of discussion in my philosophy class and many of us took issue with its victim-blaming tone, especially when the author calls out safe space users as “eager to self-infantilize.” Much of the article’s comments section takes a similar stance, calling today’s college students weak for being increasingly sensitive to issues like trauma and triggering. My view is that the survivors in question should not have had to feel unsafe enough to the point where they refused to both engage in important discussions and take opposing viewpoints into consideration, because doing so serves as a valuable learning opportunity for people on both sides of an issue.

Judith Shulevitz, the article’s author, does make a fair point about the deficiency of Brown’s safe space in particular. Rather than infantilizing them, I would argue that the space further victimized the trauma survivors and forced them to ignore the issue at hand rather than facilitate a supportive environment for discussion and sharing ideas. Safe spaces should not make people feel like victims; they should empower them and provide a non-threatening setting for facilitating dialogue and increasing people’s understanding of complex and sensitive issues.

Trauma survivors absolutely have a right to avoid undergoing further trauma, such as situations that can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder or painful memories of abuse. These demands for safe spaces clearly show a rising sophistication in college students’ vocabulary about nuanced emotional issues that have until recently largely gone undiscussed or ignored. But what does it say about today’s college campuses if students are consistently feeling threatened enough to need a safe space in the first place?

In light of the recent acts of vandalism and intolerance here at St. Olaf, it is more important than ever that we keep in mind the importance of creating an accepting community on campus that makes everyone feel safe and supported. While safe spaces serve a practical and valuable purpose and responses to events like the debate at Brown point out their continuing necessity, the ideal scenario would be to cultivate a campus-wide discussion that touches on all viewpoints but victimizes no one, making the need for safe spaces obsolete.

Colleges are built to encourage the thoughtful and respectful sharing of ideas and a willingness to encounter unfamiliar perspectives and worldviews. If anyone’s perspective is overlooked or not valued, its loss does the whole campus community a disservice. St. Olaf tries hard to cultivate a community of acceptance and equality of perspectives, though obviously more can be done. Hopefully through continued advocacy work by student organizations, the facilitation of events like Sustained Dialogues and a greater effort among students to respect unfamiliar points of view, the need for safe spaces – especially like the one at Brown – will diminish.

Nina Hagen ’15 (hagen@stolaf.edu) is from Saint Paul, Minn. She majors in English with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Graphic Credit: ETHAN BOOTE/MANITOU MESSENGER

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Baseball team’s season canceled: Story of Stav incident spreads via social media

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:16pm

On Friday, March 27, St. Olaf students and parents received an email from President David R. Anderson ’74 announcing the cancelation of the baseball season due to violations of hazing policy by the team. The considerable punishment seemed to come as a shock to the campus. In 1999, the St. Olaf men’s tennis season was canceled by the coach following a drinking accident. The St. Olaf administration itself, however, had never conducted a hazing investigation and executed a punishment until this spring.

According to President Anderson, the information that prompted the investigation “burbled up” from all over. A letter to the editor in the Manitou Messenger, chatter on social media and public hazing displays in the cafeteria forced the administration to question what else might have been going on privately with the team. The college worked with a private investigator to discover what was happening off campus. The investigation is winding down, but Anderson says it is not yet finished.

The hazing was said to have occurred the weekend of February 28. Anderson’s e-mail described the incidents, saying that “generally speaking, the investigation revealed conduct that constitutes ridicule, harassment and public displays of servitude under St. Olaf’s hazing policy. The incidents also involved the underage consumption of alcohol. Violations were compounded by an orchestrated attempt to deceive college officials and the outside investigator and prevent them from learning what had happened.”

The public display in Stav Hall provoked a variety of responses from the student body. To some, it was little more than a minor distraction, and the massive blowback came as a surprise.

“I was in the Caf during one of their moments of hazing, but I don’t remember it being that bad, or even realizing what it was. I didn’t pay that much attention,” Cassidy Neuner ’18 said.

On the contrary, social media outlets – in particular the anonymous commentary platform “Yik Yak” – revealed an angrier student discussion.

That evening’s Yak feed was scattered with posts denouncing the team’s actions as hazing and disrespectful to Stav workers and students.

“I saw on Yik Yak that apparently they made a complete mess in the cafeteria, forcing workers to clean it up and people were kind of angry about it,” Christian Conway ’18 said. “I was in agreement. There’s a difference between private things and forcing others to deal with [you].”

The baseball team was quick to address the fact that a lot of the comments made on Yik Yak were inaccurate.

“We felt that a lot of the Yik Yak posts were either just straight up inaccurate or wrong, and that most of them were largely embellished or saturated,” said a baseball player in the class of 2015. He and other seniors spoke to reporters, but wish to remain anonymous.

The events in Stav Hall were quickly old news, but when Anderson’s email was sent out just before break, the conversation resumed on social media.

“I think Yik Yak had the most harsh stuff because it’s anonymous,” said a baseball player. “When we watched the explosion of reactions on Yik Yak, it did cause us to look back at what we did, but the major emotions were that we felt like the rest of the campus was against us. It felt pretty bad to see that much negative press or opinions being posted about us as a group.”

The aftermath of this incident has sparked a more serious conversation about hazing, as well as the involvement of college administration in student life.

“I think that it’s difficult to sort out, but all of these things probably aren’t just coming to the forefront now. The administration probably knew about [the hazing] gradually,” Robert Miller ’18 said. “They could have done something less excessive than completely taking the rest of their season, and instead taken steps to work with the teams and work with the leaders of the teams towards a collaborative solution. And now, no one comes out of this on top. Everyone is angry, and you leave more sports players feeling disillusioned, not represented, and almost targeted by the St. Olaf community and faculty.”

The baseball team was insistent on letting students and administrators know that they didn’t have any cruel intentions and that the team is still supportive of and close to one another.

“Overall what we want to say is that we’re sorry for everything we did and we knew we made some mistakes, but at the same time, we want to get the message out that we never had any malicious intent and nobody on the team was harmed,” a senior player said.

Brittany Kembel ’16 had a reaction of disappointment, not with the team, but with college leadership.

“I was kind of appalled that President Anderson took time to construct this letter when so many other more important things have happened this year that he hasn’t addressed,” Kembel said. “There was a hate crime that happened. There are general race and diversity issues that students have really been wanting to talk about and been wanting the admin to address…I feel that those would be things that are normally addressed by a president.”

Anderson said that he has received mixed bag of feedback from parents, students, and the community, but overall, many people support his decision to cancel the season.

“I receive support and pushback for pretty much everything I do. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback about it, and it’s been along the lines of ‘we agree that hazing has no place at St. Olaf; thank you for taking decisive action and affirming our values.’ Not everyone feels that way, but in the vast majority of responses that I’ve recieved, that’s been the message,” Anderson said.

The baseball team will continue to practice this spring, but they won’t play within the MIAC conference or against outside teams until next year.

“I guess our goal going forward is to make sure that that stuff doesn’t happen anymore,” the baseball seniors said. “As much as it sucks to be made an example of, we want people to learn from us and this situation.”

whitfo1@stolaf.edu

Graphic Credit: ERIN KNADLER/MANITOU MESSENGER

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Letter to the Editor

Carletonian - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:01pm

We live in a society of fear. We Americans, we Minnesotans, we Carls do live in fear of ourselves and our own thoughts.

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Rice SWCD distributes more than 15,000 trees

Northfield News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:58pm
More than 15,000 trees will soon find new homes.
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Community News: 50th annual Motorcycle Flood Run expected to draw 30,000 motorcyclists tomorrow

KYMN Radio - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:27pm

50TH ANNUAL SPRING FLOOD RUN THIS WEEKEND, THOUSANDS OF MOTORCYCLISTS EXPECTED

Motorists Should Exercise Extreme Caution along Scenic River Routes

 

  1. PAUL — Up to 30,000 motorcyclists are expected to participate in the 50th annual “Spring Flood Run” Saturday, April 18, marking the unofficial start of the motorcycle riding season in Minnesota. The route takes riders along the scenic Mississippi and St. Croix Valley roadways between the Twin Cities and Winona.

 Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials urge motorists to look twice for motorcycles and riders to take responsibility for protecting themselves on the road.

 Law enforcement agencies in southeast Minnesota will have extra patrols out during the event to ensure a safe riding environment. Minnesota State Patrol will have troopers patrolling the area as well.

 “Just one bad decision could cost someone their life,” says Lt. Tiffani Nielson, Minnesota State Patrol. “We want motorcyclists riding responsibly and motorists sharing the road.”

 The first motorcycle fatality of 2015 happened March 15. That is the only motorcycle death so far on Minnesota roads in 2015. According to preliminary reports, there were 44 motorcycle fatalities in 2014, which is down from 60 in 2013.

 Spring also brings deadly hazards to motorcyclists including uneven pavement and sand and gravel at intersections and turns. Motorists are also re-acclimating to motorcycles on the road. DPS offers these safety tips:

 Motorists

  • Watch for motorcycles and always look twice before entering a roadway or changing lanes.
  • Due to the smaller size of motorcycles, their speed and distance is more difficult to judge.

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Motorists (continued)

  • Give riders room and check blind spots. Pay attention and drive at safe speeds.

 Riders

  • Be prepared for inattentive drivers by staying focused on riding and keeping your speed in check.
  • Wear the gear. Motorcyclists should wear a DOT-approved helmet and brightly-colored protective gear for visibility and protection.
  • Don’t drink and ride. One-third of all motorcycle fatalities involve impaired riders.

 

About the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.

 About the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center
The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) provides high-quality rider education, training and licensing to prevent motorcycle crashes and the resulting fatalities and injuries. It was created in the early 1980s to address record high motorcyclist fatalities.

 The MMSC provides on-cycle and classroom rider training courses, develops awareness campaigns and informational materials, and coordinates third-party skills testing for motorcycle license endorsement through the Basic Rider Course and evening testing at select DVS Exam Stations.

 

Motorcycle safety is a component of Toward Zero Deaths (TZD), the state’s primary road safety initiative. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.

 Recent MMSC Activity and Statistics

  • There are more than 236,000 registered motorcycles and more than 414,000 licensed operators in Minnesota.
  • During the 2014 training season, MMSC trained more than 6,000 students statewide.
  • New 2015 courses include 3-Wheel Basic Rider Course and Motorcycle Road Guard Certificate. A complete list of courses and descriptions is available online at motorcyclesafety.org.
  • Follow MMSC on Twitter @MnDPS_MCSafety and “like” MMSC on Facebook.

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Former Northfielder chronicles transatlantic activism of Ida B. Wells

Northfield News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:00pm
The ongoing discussions of race relations and civil rights — as in the 1960s and in the 1890s — are still very relevant issues today, which is why author and historian Sarah Silkey believes her recent
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City Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:39pm
Event date: April 21, 2015
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

New 'Choice' in dining coming soon to Northfield

Northfield News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:30pm
Plans are underway for a new restaurant to open soon in the former Kentucky Fried Chicken location on Hwy. 3 in Northfield.
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Today’s news update – HRA passes on housing in Meadows Park – leaving it for private development; Nfld School Superintendent disagrees with Governors funding proposal; Stay focused – law enforcement is looking for distracted driving

KYMN Radio - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:02pm

HRA passes on housing in Meadows Park – leaving it for private development

The HRA was asked to weigh in on housing and road extension in the Meadows Park area, the 41 acres the City bought for back taxes a couple of years ago.  Community Development Coordinator and HRA liaison Michele Merxbauer explained the ordinance in a nutshell.  “Extending Abbey Road and returning the nearly 5 acres back to the State for private development”.  Some residents of the area spoke out against any housing on that acreage citing flooding issues and congestion.  Merxbauer said from the City’s standpoint it’s about safety, connectivity and cost.  She reminded the members that the extension of Southbridge for Spring Creek cost $600,000 for 600 linear feet.   If the almost 5 acres in the northeast corner were to remain as parkland, the City would have to pay for a road, which would then intersect the park. (safety)  The resolution states that the HRA supports the extension of Abbey Road to Hall Avenue and recommending market value housing through private development.  She further explained that a development built by HRA is not appropriate on Abbey Road but it doesn’t mean that a private developer can’t build affordable housing or that the HRA can’t assist.  The HRA voted unanimously in favor of the resolution.  33 acres would remain as parkland.  For more information go to the City’s website and search Meadows Park. There is still much to flesh out and it will all go back to council.  The Planning Commission was being asked to pass a Resolution confirming that the expenditure of public funds for the improvement of Meadows Park is in compliance with Northfield’s Comprehensive Plan.  Feeling like they didn’t have enough information regarding a Master Plan, they tabled the issue last night.

Nfld School Superintendent disagrees with Governors funding proposal

The most important means of funding for the Northfield School district is the basic general fund formula.  Superintendent Dr. Chris Richardson says that 70% of their costs.  He says they need to, at least, keep up with inflation which is at 1.8%.  The Governor is offering 1%.  While the governors proposal calls for $700 million for education $400 million is tied up in sending 4 year olds to pre-K.  Richardson says what school districts want is increased basic formula.  To keep up, they really need 3%.  Senator Kevin Dahle, a teacher, agreed.  Last night the senate passed the Education bill.  Speaking of Dayton’s proposal he said he hopes deals can be struck in committees so they CAN increase the formula.  There are added mandates without added funding.  Richardson said 3% would come out to about $525 million.  For more information listen to Dr. Richardson’s complete interview on kymnradio.net.

Dahle gets 46 million in facilities plan

Dahle said there were some good points in the Senate bill.  His $46 million proposal for facilities was passed.  They also have $65 million for early readiness programs.  Their bill now goes to finance and then to the floor of the Senate.

Stay focused – law enforcement is looking for distracted driving

Keep your eyes on the road, there’s increased law enforcement checking for distracted driving through tomorrow.  Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn says explains this year’s theme “Put it down and speak up”.  Anything that takes your focus away from driving is distracting, but the main problem officers see is texting.  According to the MN Office of Traffic Safety, preliminary 2014 statistics show that distracted driver-related crashes resulted in 47 deaths, nearly 7400 injuries and 16,900 crashes.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Frogs

Carletonian - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00pm

It was just another day in southern Minnesota in the summer of 1995 when a group of middle school students went to collect frogs around a small man-made pond. As they gathered the frogs, people noticed with growing concern that a large proportion of the frogs in this pond were malformed.

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The Disneyland dream-crusher

Carletonian - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00pm

Every year my high school raffled off a trip to Disneyland with one of the most well liked teachers from my school.

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Work towards worthy goals, Wisconsin BCPL

Carletonian - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00pm

Wisconsin’s Board of Commissioners of Public Lands recently approved a measure “prohibiting staff from engaging in global warming or climate change work while on BCPL time,” according to Bloomberg News reporter Eric Roster, who noted that the moratorium on climate change work for staff members also extended to responding to e-mails on the subject.

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Sorry, not sorry

Carletonian - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00pm

The word “sorry” often tumbles from my mouth, and up until today I didn’t think about the reasons behind this subconscious need to not offend.

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A Carl abroad

Carletonian - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00pm

On a campus as close-knit as Carleton, it’s easy to forget the world outside of the Carleton bubble. However, embarking on off-campus studies can be a jolting reminder of Carleton’s idiosyncrasies.

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Carls confused by strange white things growing on trees

Carletonian - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00pm

Students across Carleton’s cam- pus report a vague sense of unease at the spherical, nice smelling White Things popping up on trees across campus.

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