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University of Minn. men’s basketball starts strong, 6-2

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:28am
Williams Arena will surely be rocking this winter, as the University of Minnesota men’s basketball team has given Gopher fans reason to be excited. The men’s team is off to an impressive 6-2 start looking the part of a Big Ten contender. Hopefully, the hot start will translate well as conference play begins. If so, […]
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Student-athlete spotlight: Austin Korba

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:27am
Why did you choose St. Olaf? The pre-med program and the basketball team. How long have you been playing basketball? Since I could walk. My dad played in college so both my brother and I grew up around the game and fell in love with it. Pregame ritual? Relax and chill out. When listening to […]
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Rising stars will benefit Seattle Mariners

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:25am
Despite a promising 2018 win-loss record, the Seattle Mariners essentially called it quits on the 2019 season. They made several trades in the last few weeks which effectively amounted to a “roster dump.” This is when a team trades away several of their star players for an abundance of minor-league prospects who could emerge as […]
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New locker rooms accompany arena

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:24am
St. Olaf broke ground on a reconstruction and extension of Skoglund Athletic Center in February 2018.  The new building includes a brand new ice arena to serve as the home rink for both men’s and women’s hockey teams, as well as seven new varsity locker rooms and an extension of maintenance-related facilities to service the […]
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La Sazón

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:22am
Son muy pocas las cosas que un inmigrante se lleva consigo cuando parte. En la maleta sólo hay unos cuantos trapos y un par de fotografías. En el bolsillo no hay más que el pasaporte y, si hay suerte, unos dólares. No es nada. Atrás se quedan su familia, sus amigos de la infancia y […]
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Inmate firefighters treated unfairly

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:16am
In light of the recent California wildfires, a New York Times article written in 2017 was recommended to me: “The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires.” The article depicted the life and untimely death of Shawna Lynn Jones, a prisoner who died battling the Mulholland fire. Inmate firefighters in California make less than two dollars […]
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Northfield an inaccessible college town

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:14am
The city of Northfield is home to two of the top liberal arts colleges in the midwest, our beloved St. Olaf College and Carleton College across the river from us. This means that Northfield is host to around 5,100 college students, approximately a quarter of Northfield’s total population. This is a significant number of students […]
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Confrontational protest makes an impact

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:13am
“The powerful will not let you vote away their power.” My mom once sent me a meme with this quote on it and it has stuck with me ever since. And it’s true. Power corrupts, and the corrupted love their power. One example of corrupt power is congressional offices. Even though members of congress pretend […]
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We should only take the food we’ll eat

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:11am
Before coming to St. Olaf, I had heard many stories about this college being very environmentally focused. When I actually came to campus, things were slightly different from what I had expected. Yes, I’m going to talk about food waste on campus. It’s perfectly understandable that we don’t always mind the amount of food we […]
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Bandana Project to raise mental health awareness

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:27am
The Greater Than Campaign, a Student Government Association initiative to support students’ mental health, recently brought the Bandana Project to St. Olaf. Founded by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Bandana Project is a program designed to spread awareness of resources for those with mental illness. Members of […]
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STAR display portrays ongoing struggle with institutional racism

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:26am
The SGA Task Force on Anti-Racism (STAR) installed a display Nov. 28 in the hallway between Buntrock Commons and Boe Memorial Chapel. The display represents St. Olaf’s ongoing struggle with institutional racism. It also emphasizes students’ perceived lack of  transparency on the part of the administration. The first part of the display features emails sent […]
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Survivors of sexual assault face pending federal policy changes

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:25am
Student senators pressed representatives of the Institute for Freedom and Community (IFC) to explain the nature of the Institute’s programming at the Dec. 5 Student Government Association (SGA) Senate meeting. Senators and students in attendance said many speakers the Institute brings to campus – including planned speaker Laura Kipnis, who criticizes the notion of rape […]
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Survivors of sexual assault face pending federal policy changes

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:23am
Survivors of sexual assault may be less likely to report their assault to the College due to recently proposed policy changes from the Trump administration that would require St. Olaf to alter its Title IX investigation process. The new regulations, proposed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Nov. 16, both reduce the liability of colleges in […]
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Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:19am
Hey, it’s Armand, Armand Stetson.  I’m not mad, I just thought we were on the same page. Here are the horoscopes, I guess, whatever. It’s not like you care. ARIES  You’re on a quest to answer the one really serious philosophical problem: who booty is it? After gathering with the muses (walking past a professor […]
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Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:18am
i get my energy from the sun i get everything else from you smooth, mature, organic connection between roots grown in the soil of our minds You sway stoically as your branches brush against the land that can’t break you leaving spaces you controlled to go elsewhere when you wake up you mold to the […]
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“Scruggs,” a must watch Netflix movie

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:16am
It is a new era for film distribution. Thanks to the technical advancements made by streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, the idea of going to a movie theater is becoming less attractive for audiences than just staying at home on the couch with a bowl of fairly-priced popcorn. New frontiers for film distribution have […]
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St. Olaf Christmas Bells fill Buntrock with Holiday Joy

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:15am
The Manitou Handbell Choir, Chapel Ringers and the St. Olaf Handbell Choir performed Christmas carols in Buntrock Commons on Saturday Dec. 1 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The event drew a large crowd of students, alumni and their families, as another festive seasonal event before Christmas Festival. Buntrock Commons was filled with lively holiday cheer thanks to […]
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Christmas Fest captures theme: “Good news of great joy”

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:14am
St. Olaf’s annual Christmas Festival, a century-old tradition, succeeded at capturing this year’s “Good News of Great Joy” theme through beautiful choral and orchestral music. The St. Olaf Orchestra, St. Olaf Choir, St. Olaf Chapel Choir, Cantorei, Manitou Singers and Viking Chorus performed together and individually throughout the concert. Each group and song gave a […]
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Heart Beat

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:12am
Holiday shopping is hard, and harder when it’s for someone you really care about. Worse, with romantic partners – how much is too much? How much do you spend at each stage of your relationship? As a writer for the Heartbeat, I knew this was a piece of investigative journalism I had to tackle head-on […]
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A&Eats: The accidental history of lutefisk

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:11am
Ask any St. Olaf student what they think of lutefisk and, after Christmas fest weekend, they’ll have quite a few opinions on the matter. St. Olaf College tries to mimic the traditional Norwegian dinner that most churches offer during this time of year. It is seen as a chance for people in the community to […]
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