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Bon Appétit staff deserves more recognition

Bon Appétit staff deserves more recognition

Ashley Belisle, Contributing Writer
February 22, 2014
Filed under Opinions

Oles are not known to take for granted the privileges with which they have been presented. On the contrary, we are habitual analysts of the inherent inequalities in our world, and we are known to start campaigns, protests and organizations to raise awareness for just about any cause. Upon graduation,... Read More »

Joy Friedman discusses Minnesota sex trafficking

Joy Friedman discusses Minnesota sex trafficking

Ashley Belisle, News Editor
November 24, 2013
Filed under News

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, more than 100 students crammed into the Valhalla Room in Buntrock Commons to hear Joy Friedman, a representative of the Minnesota nonprofit organization Breaking Free, discuss prostitution and human trafficking. According to the organization’s Web site, Breaking Free is “a... Read More »

Drinking policy reflects idealized campus instead of reality

Drinking policy reflects idealized campus instead of reality

Ashley Belisle, News Editor
November 1, 2013
Filed under Opinions

On Friday, Oct. 25, Dean of Students Rosalyn Eaton-Neeb sent an email to all St. Olaf students asking them to make wise decisions about consumption and comportment over the course of Halloween week. Citing the proximity of Northfield trick-or-treaters, the reality of binge drinking on college campuses... Read More »

Professor Narváez shares life story through Melby Lecture

Ashley Belisle, News Editor
October 30, 2013
Filed under News

On Monday, Oct. 21, Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies León Narváez spoke to members of the St. Olaf community about his life’s work in a lecture entitled “My Story: Living the Liberal Arts in a Bicultural Context.” The talk, part of the 31st annual Carl A. Mellby Lecture Series,... Read More »

Political Forum forges ties with London: New student society fosters discussion and exchange

Ashley Belisle, News Editor
October 17, 2013
Filed under News

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, politically aware Oles assembled in the Black Ballroom over dinner to engage in discussion, speculation, laughter and debate. Though Political Awareness Committee (PAC) Weekly Dinners are quickly becoming a staple of this year’s political conversation on campus, Tuesday night’s... Read More »

Scooter trend spreads

Scooter trend spreads

Ashley Belisle, News Editor
October 16, 2013
Filed under News

Every college has a culture. In a community like St. Olaf, the intricacies of that culture are often quirky, specific and quickly evolving. Many current students remember the St. Olaf Confessions fad, the brief campus-wide Like-A-Little obsession and the famous St. Olaf Memes. This year, a brand-new... Read More »

Volunteer Network inspires service learning

Volunteer Network inspires service learning

Ashley Belisle, News Editor
October 2, 2013
Filed under News, Showcase

On the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 19, the St. Olaf Volunteer Network (VN) camped out in the quad to host its annual informational fair. Representatives from a variety of student organizations set up tables in front of Buntrock Commons, eager to discuss their work with prospective volunteers. Anna... Read More »

Community mourns beloved pastor: Jennifer Koenig ’87 celebrated across campus

Community mourns beloved pastor: Jennifer Koenig ’87 celebrated across campus

Ashley Belisle, News Editor
September 29, 2013
Filed under News, Showcase

On Friday, Sept. 20, the Rev. Pastor Jennifer Anderson Koenig ’87 passed away after a two-year battle with brain cancer. In April of 2012, Koenig was diagnosed with a grade IV glioblastoma, which her CaringBridge site described as “a very aggressive brain tumor.” She took medical leave from... Read More »

Wellness Center moves, welcomes new director

Wellness Center moves, welcomes new director

Ashley Belisle and Barite Gutama
September 24, 2013
Filed under News, Showcase

From the first-year student confused by the “Toilet Talk” posters inside every bathroom stall in Buntrock Commons to the senior who has been accustomed to snatching handfuls of free condoms every week for the past four years, every single Ole has something to learn from the new-and-improved Wellness... Read More »

Students Enjoy Ole Thrift Shop

Students Enjoy Ole Thrift Shop

Ashley Belisle, News Editor
September 11, 2013
Filed under News

On Friday, September 6, hundreds of Oles flocked to the Pause for the all-day Ole Thrift Shop. Coordinated by Sudip Bhandari '14, Ole Thrift Shop aimed to reduce the waste generated every year as students move out of the dorms and discard items in their dorms or dumpsters. Instead of throwing away unwanted... Read More »

News recap: campus highlights from the past year

News recap: campus highlights from the past year

Ashley Belisle, News Editor
September 9, 2013
Filed under News

St. Olaf College has a rich history of both serious and light-hearted events, but it is impossible for any one student to recall all of the happenings that forever changed the course of Ole life as we know it. For first-year students new to life on the Hill, the Messenger is happy to get you up to speed.... Read More »

Homosexuality panel aims to open dialogue

Ashley Belisle, News Editor
May 14, 2013
Filed under News

On Sunday, May 5, the St. Olaf Christian Activities Network (CAN) hosted a student panel to discuss homosexuality and Christianity. Last November, when the Minnesota marriage amendment was a hot-button topic both on campus and around the state, St. Olaf Votes No and its supporters became an influential... Read More »

Dry-Campus Policy Conceals Problems

Ashley Belisle, News Editor
May 13, 2013
Filed under Opinions

Any doubts as to whether the Saturday-formerly-known-as-Lutefest would still be a campus-wide day-drinking extravaganza were neatly cleared up in an email sent from Dean of Students Rosalyn Eaton-Neeb to the student body on Thursday, May 1. When Student Government Association (SGA) leadership announced... Read More »

Zootefest plans driven to extinction

Zootefest plans driven to extinction

Ashley Belisle , Amy Lohmann, Shannon Cron, and Seth Ellingson
May 2, 2013
Filed under News, Showcase

After Student Government Association (SGA) leadership announced the cancellation of Lutefest last month, Max Collyard ’13 began planning a spring music festival to take its place. But plans for Zootefest, as the event was dubbed, fell through last week after the Northfield City Council told Collyard... Read More »

Linguistics symposium connects Minnesota campuses

Ashley Belisle , News Editor
April 24, 2013
Filed under News

While most students were attempting to hibernate inside their dorm rooms to stay out of the cold and make way for the crowds of visiting students, St. Olaf quietly hosted the Minnesota Undergraduate Linguistics Symposium on Saturday, April 13. The symposium hosted more than 80 undergraduate students... Read More »

Clean Plate Day reveals waste

Ashley Belisle
April 2, 2013
Filed under News, Showcase

On Thursday, March 14, one of St. Olaf’s newest student committees, the Clean Plate Campaign, measured the food waste produced during one mealtime in Stav Hall. Clean Plate Campaign, a committee under the umbrella of the Environmental Coalition (EC), was brought to life at the beginning of this... Read More »

Lutefest canceled after nine-year run; SGA president and VP say decision was ‘all facts’

Lutefest canceled after nine-year run; SGA president and VP say decision was ‘all facts’

Ashley Belisle and Amy Lohmann
March 14, 2013
Filed under News, Showcase

Citing damage to students and campus alike, the Student Government Association (SGA) president and vice president planned to announce the cancellation of St. Olaf’s annual Lutefest celebration on Thursday, March 14. The decision, executed by SGA President Catherine Haines ’13 and Vice President... Read More »

Ole Confessions ignites controversy

Ole Confessions ignites controversy

Ashley Belisle , News Editor
March 9, 2013
Filed under News, Showcase

The allure of online anonymity is nothing new to St. Olaf students – or to anybody anymore. Cyberbullies and sexual predators hiding behind their computer screens have become popular points of discussion among sociologists, psychologists, the media and worried parents alike. In recent weeks, a new... Read More »

Campus to go tobacco-free?

Campus to go tobacco-free?

Ashley Belisle , News Editor
February 21, 2013
Filed under News, Showcase

UPDATED: This story has been edited to clarify campus organizations' support of the proposal. At the Senate meeting, Dean said that the Wellness Center, Health Services, Cancer Connections, GLOW!, Environmental Coalition and the St. Olaf Nursing Department supported her proposal. Dean has since stated... Read More »

Registration chaos prompts re-evaluation

Ashley Belisle , News Editor
December 6, 2012
Filed under News

Registrar Mary Cisar, associate deans add courses Registration week at St. Olaf is always a breeding ground for stress, drama and even the occasional meltdown. This past registration term, however, caused even more of an outcry than usual. Students of all class years struggled to find... Read More »

Africa Weeks celebrates culture

Africa Weeks celebrates culture

Ashley Belisle, News Editor
November 15, 2012
Filed under News

The middle two weeks of this November, St. Olaf celebrates Africa Weeks, a series of events that honors the beauty and diversity of African culture right here on campus. Africa Weeks is sponsored by Karibu, the African organization on campus. Karibu, in turn, is sponsored by St. Olaf’s multicultural... Read More »

Barnes invited to Capitol

Ashley Belisle, News Editor
November 15, 2012
Filed under News

On Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m., Katie Barnes ’13 ventured to the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, where she had been invited to speak at a rally sponsored by Minnesotans United for All Families, the nonprofit organization created to campaign against the state’s proposed constitutional... Read More »

Armed robbery

Ashley Belisle , News Editor
November 1, 2012
Filed under News

Just after 2:45 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, Northfield authorities received a phone call that an employee of the America’s Best Value Inn had just been robbed at gunpoint. Officers were immediately dispatched to pursue the alleged robber. The hotel, located on Riverview Drive, just off of Highway 3,... Read More »

Feral kitten incites campus-wide frenzy

Feral kitten incites campus-wide frenzy

Ashley Belisle and Olivia Koester
October 25, 2012
Filed under News, Showcase

Sophomores bitten, Public Safety captures wrong cat ... Read More »

SARN addresses Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Ashley Belisle , News Editor
October 17, 2012
Filed under News

It is not uncommon to hear St. Olaf referred to as a “bubble.” On an isolated campus on the top of a hill, insulated from harsh realities of the real world, students often dismiss mention of danger or crime of any kind. “I feel like that sort of thing just doesn’t happen at a place like St.... Read More »