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

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Dorm Gourmet: March 14

Ellen Squires, Off the Hill Editor
March 19, 2014 • 462 views
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My dad cycles through hobbies like most people do fad diets. Our garage is a graveyard for old skis, woodworking equipment and oil paints, all relics of his abandoned pursuits. Thankfully, I sometimes get to profit from these pursuits. I was especially thrilled when I came home over Interim break to... Read more »

Music on Trial: the saddest songs, March 14

Horacio Lopez, Music Columnist
March 15, 2014 • 119 views
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Alright guys, I’m leaving my identities of Chancho Watson and Hostradamus and putting them to the side for this personal piece on the Best Sad Songs Ever. Valentine’s Day is over, and that one dude or gal maybe isn’t as interesting as you thought they were, and it turns out that a night with them... Read more »

Music On Trial, March 7: Fresh composer beats out film vets for Oscar win

Elena Christensen, Music Columnist
March 10, 2014 • 202 views
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The 86th Academy Awards were held on Sunday, March 2 and, as always, were filled with laughter and tears. Noteworthy moments included Jennifer Lawrence’s second Oscar-worthy fall, John Travolta’s butchering of Idina Menzel’s name, Benedict Cumberbatch’s U2 photobomb and Leonardo DiCaprio’s... Read more »

Wellness Word: March 7

Michael Enich, Wellness Center Peer Advisor
March 8, 2014 • 160 views
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Let’s get back to the essentials, shall we? Like many pre-med students, right now I am spending time going back to the fundamentals of the natural sciences. I spend a lot of time every day reviewing what atoms are made of, which parts of the cell do what and how to dissect a good old five paragraph... Read more »

Chancho Watson premiers DJ career

Horacio "Chancho Watson" Lopez, Music Columnist
March 4, 2014 • 203 views
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I’m back at the Messenger, and I’m here to bring you everything you need to know about DJing (it’s a figure of speech and an intro to this article – I do not know everything about what it means to DJ). I figure this would be a good time to talk about my first DJing experience because last... Read more »

Wellness Word: February 28

Payne McMillan, Weekly Columnist
March 4, 2014 • 131 views
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Everyone who has access to media – whether television, internet or the newspaper – is exposed to numerous and diverse depictions of sex and sexuality. The ways in which sexuality is characterized in the media often dictate whether we regard these sexual practices as normal or abnormal. This can sometimes... Read more »

Talented Pharrell Williams deserves a ‘tip of the hat’

Elena Christensen, Music Columnist
February 26, 2014 • 221 views
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Winter is a busy time for the entertainment industry. With new movies and albums coming out left and right and awards season kicking off, there is a lot to look at, listen to and write about. Since we left you in December, Miley kicked off her shiny new Bangerz tour, Pete Seeger passed away, J-Biebs... Read more »

The PoliticOle: February 21

Bekah Engstrand, PoliticOle Columnist
February 26, 2014 • 154 views
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I recently saw the documentary “Why We Fight” on the history of conflict in the United States, mainly focusing on defense policies during the Bush administration. I anticipated that I would gain a greater understanding of defensive policies by watching the film. What I didn’t anticipate was finding... Read more »

Wellness Word: December 6

Paige Garrett, Weekly Columnist
December 10, 2013 • 588 views
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It’s safe to say the beginning of December is rough. Between the oppressive Minnesotan winter, Christmas Festival and the end of the semester, you’re probably feeling a bit stressed. There’s nothing you can do about the weather, your workload or your packed schedule, but there are a few things... Read more »

Music on Trial: Not-so-traditional Christmas jingles to jangle the soul

Horacio Lopez, Music Columnist
December 9, 2013 • 854 views
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I often listen to Christmas music to get away from the stress of finals and to shine a light at the end of the tunnel during these dark times. Gather around the tree, ladies and gents – Grandmaster Ho is about to take you on his musical journey of holiday music, so listen up.   “Braces... Read more »