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Politics disadvantage women

Politics disadvantage women

Kate Fridley, Contributing Writer
May 15, 2014
Filed under Opinions

With the United States already gearing up for the 2016 election season, arguments are inevitably surfacing about whether Hillary Clinton – or a woman in general – is suited for the presidency. An article I read recently claimed that Clinton’s new role as a grandmother would interfere with her presidential... Read More »

‘Voluntourism’ may overshadow effective aid

‘Voluntourism’ may overshadow effective aid

Kate Fridley, Contributing Writer
April 27, 2014
Filed under Opinions

As pleasant memories of spring break fade into the background, many Oles are now looking to the summer for their next big adventures. Sometimes this involves taking a mission trip and doing volunteer work. When it comes to such trips, however, Oles must be wary of the dark side of charitable work. Namely:... Read More »

New group asks students to discuss diversity

Kate Fridley, News Editor
March 21, 2014
Filed under News

“Do you speak Mexican?” asks a bold-lettered poster on the bulletin board outside Fireside Lounge. The provocative campaign is the work of the Bridge, a new group on campus devoted to promoting discussion about diversity. The lack of diversity on campus inspired Traveon Rogers ’16 and Kathy... Read More »

President of Estonia to speak at graduation: Honorary degree will recognize history with college

President of Estonia to speak at graduation: Honorary degree will recognize history with college

Kate Fridley, News Editor
March 21, 2014
Filed under News

St. Olaf College recently announced that Estonian President Toomas Ilves will speak at this year’s graduation ceremony and will receive an honorary degree from the college. This choice of graduation speaker comes as the result of an extensive relationship between St. Olaf and President Ilves. After... Read More »

Nobel Peace Prize nominee advocates peaceful dialogue

Nobel Peace Prize nominee advocates peaceful dialogue

Kate Fridley, News Editor
March 8, 2014
Filed under News, Showcase

On Friday, Feb. 28, more than 30 students and staff gathered in Dittmann Center to see five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Steinar Bryn and to view an award-winning documentary, “Reunion: Ten Years After the War,” focusing on Bryn’s peace and reconciliation efforts. Bryn is the director of the... Read More »

Which BuzzFeed personality quiz are you?

Which BuzzFeed personality quiz are you?

Kate Fridley, News Editor
March 7, 2014
Filed under Opinions

My personality manifests itself in the image of grilled cheese, I could realistically take on 18 five-year-olds in a fight and I’m definitely going to Hell. At least, that’s what a recent sampling of personality quizzes on BuzzFeed tells me. Some are irked and others amused by the flood of online... Read More »

SGA attends national activities convention

Kate Fridley, News Editor
March 2, 2014
Filed under News

This past weekend, eight members of SGA traveled to Boston, Mass. for the 2014 National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Convention. The convention serves as a medium for students around the country to connect with and book big-name acts, such as comedians, hypnotists and musicians, who will... Read More »

Piper Center introduces fine arts networking resource

Kate Fridley, News Editor
February 28, 2014
Filed under News

The Piper Center for Vocation and Career recently launched Ole Gigs, a new networking resource for fine arts students. Ole Gigs serves as a job board for connecting faculty members and employers to musicians, dancers, artists and theater students. Branden Grimmett ’03, the fine arts coach and director... Read More »

Economics symposium showcases student research, paper

Kate Fridley, News Editor
December 9, 2013
Filed under News

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, about 20 students and faculty gathered in Holland Hall for the Economics Student Research Symposium. While the economics department has had students present research individually to their peers in the past, this marked the first time such presentations were held as part of a... Read More »

New language programs yield lackluster results

New language programs yield lackluster results

Kate Fridley, News Editor
December 5, 2013
Filed under Opinions

Although St. Olaf touts its commitment to an inclusive and globally-minded community, many students feel that the college has not done enough to incorporate other cultures and languages into its curriculum. Language courses in particular offer an excellent tool for promoting cultural education and diversity.... Read More »

Stav Hall suffers equipment loss: Clay calls on students to return mugs

Stav Hall suffers equipment loss: Clay calls on students to return mugs

Kate Fridley, News Editor
December 5, 2013
Filed under News

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Bon Appetit Board Manager Randy Clay sent a campus-wide email imploring students to return missing mugs to Stav Hall. He pointed out that the cost of purchasing more mugs falls on students. “I believe people are generally well-intentioned when they walk out of Stav with a... Read More »

DNNR PRTY provides outlet for alternative musicians

DNNR PRTY provides outlet for alternative musicians

Kate Fridley, News Editor
November 23, 2013
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

Among the St. Olaf community’s defining features is its love of food and music. As students may have noticed in the quirky poster advertising campaign, DNNR PRTY, St. Olaf’s new creative networking group for alternative campus musicians, capitalizes on this fact. “We want to encourage people... Read More »

Mental health stigma hinders healing

Mental health stigma hinders healing

Kate Fridley, News Editor
November 16, 2013
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

During one of my few short breaks in a schedule cluttered with classes, meetings and rehearsal, I headed down to St. Olaf Avenue. After glancing back to make sure no one was watching, I quickly scurried up the sidewalk and into one particular beige building. My destination? Boe House. Home to St.... Read More »

PAC premieres internship fair: Students network for government positions

PAC premieres internship fair: Students network for government positions

Kate Fridley, News Editor
November 14, 2013
Filed under News

On Wednesday, Nov. 6 in the Lion’s Pause, the Political Awareness Committee (PAC) held its first Government Internships Fair. At least 60 students attended the event, where they networked with liaisons from political offices and organizations at the local, state and federal levels. Also among the... Read More »

Feminists for change unite

Feminists for change unite

Kate Fridley, News Editor
November 8, 2013
Filed under News, Showcase

On Thursday, Oct. 31 during community time, St. Olaf’s Feminists for Change group brought students together in Buntrock to share their views on feminism. At the event, dubbed “Why Do We Need Feminism?”, students posed for pictures with a poster explaining why they needed feminism. Pictures will... Read More »

Wellness Center promotes alcohol awareness, safety

Kate Fridley, News Editor
November 3, 2013
Filed under News

On Oct. 20, the Wellness Center kicked off its annual Alcohol Awareness Week, consisting of alcohol-related presentations by Wellness Center peer educators. The Center also rents out a hallway between Buntrock and either Boe Chapel or the library and fills it with relevant literature. The week’s... Read More »

BORSC discusses racial diversity with Regents

BORSC discusses racial diversity with Regents

Kate Fridley, News Editor
October 29, 2013
Filed under News

On Thursday, Oct. 10, the Board of Regents Student Committee (BORSC) brought a panel of students before the Board of Regents to discuss racial diversity. The panel was a follow-up to a survey BORSC sent out which asked students’ opinions about racial diversity on campus. The survey garnered 70 responses.... Read More »

Student converts Davis Project for Peace grant into rainforest education

Student converts Davis Project for Peace grant into rainforest education

Kate Fridley, News Editor
October 18, 2013
Filed under News, Showcase

This past summer, Duy Ha ’14 spent two months educating students in Vietnam about the rainforest. The venture was made possible by the Davis Project for Peace grant, which awards $10,000 to students with the most promising summer project proposals that promote peace and display innovation and entrepreneurship.... Read More »

Community remembers Jim Farrell: Memorial service honors life’s work, lasting impact

Community remembers Jim Farrell: Memorial service honors life’s work, lasting impact

Kate Fridley, News Editor
October 4, 2013
Filed under News, Showcase

On Wednesday, Sept. 25, more than 200 people filed into Boe Chapel to attend St. Olaf’s service of thanksgiving for the life of James Farrell, former Professor of history, American studies and environmental studies. Farrell passed away on July 25 after battling leukemia. Originally from Danville,... Read More »

Corporate recruiting

Kate Fridley, News Editor
October 1, 2013
Filed under News

Only three weeks into the semester, students are already thinking about summer internships and post-graduation jobs with the help of the Piper Center for Vocation and Career’s corporate recruiting program. According to On-Campus Recruiting Coordinator Kirsten Cahoon, the program has been helping... Read More »

Honor houses reach community

Honor houses reach community

Kate Fridley, News Editor
September 22, 2013
Filed under News

Many students find themselves overwhelmed by the diverse selection of student organizations at the annual Co-Curricular Fair. However, a stroll down Ole Avenue reveals a whole new set of opportunities for exciting events and worldly education: the St. Olaf honor houses. This year’s service honor... Read More »

On fear, feminism and the alleged ‘war on men’

On fear, feminism and the alleged ‘war on men’

Kate Fridley, Opinions Editor
December 6, 2012
Filed under Opinions

According to former French first lady Carla Bruni, today’s generation of young women “doesn’t need feminism.” The statement, from an interview for the December 2012 issue of Paris Vogue, exemplifies an unfortunate, but prevalent attitude among modern women: The level of equality we have... Read More »

Cast your ballot on Election Day, even if it’s not for president

Kate Fridley , Opinions Editor
November 1, 2012
Filed under Opinions

It’s no secret that many people, especially among the younger generation, are disenchanted with politics. These apathetic sentiments have gone so far as to convince a fair number of potential voters that it’s en vogue to abstain from the voting process altogether, with the rationale that neither... Read More »