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Art Barn should be more accessible to St. Olaf students

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:59am
When I asked a group of friends what they thought of the Art Barn, we agreed on two factors. Primarily, we wondered why it is called the “Art Barn.” We realized that the only times we visited the Art Barn were for various club meetings or activities, such as a hockey reception or a Spanish […]
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St. Olaf should have gender neutral floors in dorms

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:58am
Living on a college campus is a unique experience. For many of us, college is our first time away from home. In addition, we live in close quarters amongst a large group of people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Residential life at college can be daunting for many students, but St. Olaf Residence Life […]
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St. Olaf Tennis looks to improve in second half of season

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:54am
  The women’s and men’s tennis teams started their spring season 3-4 and 2-3, respectively. Both teams are looking to improve on their records from last season. The women’s team opened up with conference matches against Hamline (W 6-3), St. Thomas (L 1-8), Bethel (L 0-9) and Saint Mary’s (L 2 -7). Sabrina Barboza ’21 […]
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Getting to know: Drew Otterlei ’20 and Matt Whear ’20

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:52am
The Manitou Messenger had the chance to catch up with two members of the men’s ultimate frisbee team, the Berzerkers: Matt Whear and Drew Otterlei. Whear and Otterlei reflect on the ultimate frisbee season thus far, and expand on their goals moving toward nationals. Q: How has the ultimate season gone thus far? Otterlei: This […]
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Ultimate Frisbee team wins Midwestern Invite

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:50am
The St. Olaf men’s ultimate frisbee team, better known as the Berzerkers, are off to a hot start this spring season, winning both of their first two tournaments. Their high level of play and competitive edge this year has garnered national attention – the team were most recently ranked as twelfth-best in the nation. During […]
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Organization offers outdoor recreation gear

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:48am
The St. Olaf Outdoor Recreation Program (STORP) offers rental gear for students, faculty and staff at a low cost for use during the week, on weekends and over school breaks. Open Mondays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m., STORP has students covered for outdoor adventures – snowshoes, backpacking equipment and overnight camping supplies can all be […]
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New lavender celebration for LGBTQ+ graduates

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:47am
The Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion announced the first Lavender Graduation Celebration – a ceremony that will honor all students who identify as LGBTQ+. Those who register for the celebration will receive lavender cords to wear during the May 2019 graduation ceremony as a gift from the Taylor Center. There will also be a […]
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Rabbi to join campus ministry

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:44am
For the first time in the history of the College, St. Olaf hired a rabbi to be a part of its campus ministry staff. Rabbi Shosh Dworsky was hired January 2019 with a planned start date at the beginning of second semester. The Lutheran Center for Faith, Values and Community provided the necessary finances to […]
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Data shows less diversity in humanities, fine arts and STEM

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:42am
While more and more St. Olaf students have been choosing STEM majors over humanities majors in recent years, students of color often choose neither. Domestic students of color have been underrepresented in the humanities, fine arts and STEM and equitably or overrepresented in interdisciplinary majors and social sciences, according to data from the “To Include […]
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SRAP brings changes to AAA positions

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:41am
New changes to Academic Administrative Assistant (AAA) positions issued as part of the Strategic Resource Allocation Project (SRAP) mean that AAAs will no longer work for specific departments and will instead be split up geographically into four teams. These changes, set to go into effect during the 2019-2020 school year, have evoked anxiety among some […]
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Presidential pair one of many unopposed SGA positions

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:39am
Devon Nielsen ’20 and Ariel Mota Alves ’20 ran unopposed on Wednesday for next year’s Student Government Association (SGA) President and Vice President offices. Originally, Nielsen  and Mota Alves  had competition from Marie Kadurira ’20 and Abdelkarim Khalid ’20, but the pair withdrew their application after a few days. With multiple marketing strategies ranging from […]
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A&Eats: Caf hacks and creations

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:36am
We all need a change in our cafeteria meals every once in a while, and although we all have our own hacks and creations, I’ve made a list of some of my personal favorites. Hot Sauce If you haven’t figured out that the strange, unbranded hot sauce in the ketchup-looking bottle is the most versatile […]
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Off-campus study with a major in the arts

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:34am
While studying abroad is a valuable experience, it can also make it difficult to graduate on time, finish general education requirements and complete all the necessary classes in your major. How does this change with an art, dance, music or theater major? Is it more difficult to study abroad with a major in the arts? […]
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Urban Sound was a smash

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:34am
On Friday, March 15 at 5:50 p.m., I found myself in a nearly empty Pause waiting for Urban Sound to start. The doors opened at 5:30 P.M. and there were less than 20 people waiting for the show to start at 6 p.m. By the middle of the first performance, the atmosphere completely shifted to […]
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Nine ways to de-stress during midterms with media

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:30am
During this turbulent week before finals, many St. Olaf students are looking for ways to de-stress in between the never-ending essays and midterms thrown at them by their professors. Look no further than these eight best ways to de-stress using media. Instagram: Animal appreciation Never have majestic images of animals been so needed. In between […]
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International Night highlights strength in difference

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:30am
Members of the St. Olaf and Northfield community celebrated the 53rd International Night in the Pause on Saturday, March 16. To get the best seating for the 7 p.m. show, people began to arrive as soon as the doors opened at 6:30. The event was hosted by the International Students Organization (ISO) with special support […]
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Heart Beat

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:27am
I don’t read Heartbeat. I have no advice to give. All I have is beef. My beef is with St. Olaf Flirts. The primary purpose of posting on St. Olaf Flirts, no matter how you slice it, is to get laid. When you flirt with someone, when you exhibit interest in their personality or appearance […]
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Freeborn Wind tabled again!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:36pm

County Delays Vote on Wind Farm Agreement

Yeah, so it goes. A couple weeks ago, the PUC decided to toll the Reconsideration deadline and open up Freeborn Wind’s “Special Conditions” and the permit to comments. Comments were due last Tuesday, and now we’re waiting for PUC to announce a meeting.

Meanwhile, Freeborn County is looking at this project coming in. They have a Development Agreement, and in it, there are provisions that would open the door to use of the County road RoW for Freeborn Wind transmission. Remember PUC Commissioner Tuma hollering, “If they don’t have the land, they can’t build it” because they don’t have the land and PUC wanted to grant the permit anyway.

And the worst of the provisions, waiving, waiving, waiving:

Really… why would anyone agree to a paragraph like this? Here’s the entire agreement, also note Section 4.12: (MIA)

Association of Freeborn County Landowners just couldn’t let that sort of agreement go forward, so they’ve been working hard. We got our 5 minutes at the general comment time. When we got to Agenda item 5a, it was contentious, and first time there was confusion and statements that were off, I asked to come up and correct the record. Later, when something was misrepresented, I’d holler a bit “OBJECTION!” from the back of the room. The chair wasn’t too happy about that, I got a lecture about their new “Civility” ordinance/policy. Well, there’s nothing civil about misrepresentations. Rest assured that I will object, will continue to object, and get misstatements straightened out.

Tabled until the Public Utilities Commission issues its Order! Love it when that happens.

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Knights earn split on first day of Spring Break

Carleton Sports - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:27pm

After nearly a month away from competition, the Carleton College softball team finally got its Spring Break trip started with a pair of games in the Sunshine State. The Knights dropped their Florida opener against Rutgers University-Newark by a 3-1 tally before bouncing back and trouncing SUNY-Cobleskill, 12-0 (5 inn.), in the day’s second contest.

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Caroline Mather places 18th in 50 freestyle at NCAA Championships

Carleton Sports - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:44pm

Senior Caroline Mather opened her time at the 2019 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships by placing 18th out of 63 racers in the 50-yard freestyle.

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