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Slam poet’s sharp and witty rhymes resonate with audience

Slam poet’s sharp and witty rhymes resonate with audience

Jessica Moes, A&E Editor
March 17, 2014 • 1,130 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

On March 8, Lauren Zuniga, an internationally-recognized slam poet and teaching artist, performed a selection of her spoken-word poetry to a small group of students in the Lion’s Pause.  The event was sponsored by the Student Activities Committee (SAC). Born and raised in Oklahoma, Zuniga is the... Read more »

Musicians find new groups post-graduation

Musicians find new groups post-graduation

Andrew Wilder, Arts & Entertainment Editor
March 16, 2014 • 849 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

With the release of Merino Wool’s album “All I Need” last weekend, we are reminded that St. Olaf has a thriving community of campus bands. These groups come and go as new musicians filter in with the first-year class and out with the graduating seniors. This high turnover makes for a healthy... Read more »

Absurd moments in ‘The Chairs’ hint at reality

Absurd moments in ‘The Chairs’ hint at reality

Michael Enich, Contributing Writer
March 15, 2014 • 385 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

This weekend the St. Olaf Theater department will be showing Eugène Ionesco’s “The Chairs,” directed by Sterling Melcher ’14. The absurdist play will challenge its audience to question the nature of expectation, anticipation and experience and will leave observers to ponder the stationary-yet-dynamic... Read more »

The artist behind ‘Humans of St. Olaf’: Kaelie Lund ’16 discusses love of photography and stories

The artist behind ‘Humans of St. Olaf’: Kaelie Lund ’16 discusses love of photography and stories

Julia Pilkington, Contributing Writer
March 14, 2014 • 855 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Showcase

On Feb. 19, the St. Olaf Facebook and Tumblr communities discovered a new window into the lives of their fellow Oles: ‘“Humans of St. Olaf.” Inspired by the blog “Humans of New York,” the St. Olaf iteration pairs poignant moments from interviews with strangers with a single photo of the... Read more »

Identity loss vital to ’12 Years a Slave’

Identity loss vital to ’12 Years a Slave’

David Watson, Contributing Writer
March 9, 2014 • 1,176 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

If you haven’t already seen “12 Years a Slave” then please stop reading now. Spoiler Alert! You have been warned… When I sat down to write this review after watching Steve McQueen’s masterpiece “12 Years a Slave,” I caught myself staring blankly at the flashing cursor on my screen. Words... Read more »

SustainAbilities program attendance hints at apathy toward environment: Turn-out at events like ‘Olympics’ calls commitment into question

SustainAbilities program attendance hints at apathy toward environment: Turn-out at events like ‘Olympics’ calls commitment into question

Jessica Moes, A & E Editor
March 8, 2014 • 396 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

This past Sunday, a small number of St. Olaf students attended the SustainAbilities Winter Olympics in Tostrud Center, participating in team events like an outdoor relay (which included snowshoeing, a sled pull and a biathlon), dodgeball and the basketball game “Lightning.” All visitors, team members... Read more »

‘Local Natives’ to headline spring MEC concert

‘Local Natives’ to headline spring MEC concert

Jessica Moes, Arts & Entertainment Editor
March 7, 2014 • 425 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

On Monday, March 3, the Music Entertainment Committee (MEC) announced that indie rock band Local Natives will headline the MEC Spring Concert on April 5 in the Lion’s Pause. “The Local Natives are a strong up-and-coming rock band,” said Connor Petersen ’14, MEC Coordinator. “They’re gaining... Read more »

Ballroom team places well at U of M Dance Fest

Ballroom team places well at U of M Dance Fest

Julia Pilkington, Contributing Writer
March 6, 2014 • 579 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

St. Olaf’s Ballroom Performance Team participated in their first competition this past weekend at the “U Dance Fest” at the University of Minnesota. The event brought together dancers from regional universities and colleges of all sizes to face off in “team matches” and various skill level... Read more »

Dancers in residence expose students to new experiences

Dancers in residence expose students to new experiences

Andrew WIlder, Arts & Entertainment Editor
March 4, 2014 • 242 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

Alexandra Beller and Toni Melaas ’00 of the Alexandra Beller/Dances Company of New York are currently in a guest residency with St. Olaf’s Dance Department, teaching classes and choreographing a piece that students will perform in the Companydance Spring Concert in May. The residency, which began... Read more »

Multi-media artists kick off lecture series

Multi-media artists kick off lecture series

Sonja Nelson, Contributing Writer
March 2, 2014 • 462 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

On Feb. 18, the St. Olaf Art Department kicked off its annual Arnold Flaten Memorial Lecture Series. Patrick Kelley ’91 and Mary Reid Kelley ’01, two Ole graduates now married and working together as professional artists, returned to the Hill for the first lecture in the 2014 series. A long-standing... Read more »