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Newt Gingrich focuses on the future: PAC speaker presents amid controversy over funding message

Newt Gingrich focuses on the future: PAC speaker presents amid controversy over funding message

Solvejg Wastvedt, Executive Editor
April 18, 2014
Filed under News, Showcase

When Newt Gingrich stepped up to the podium in Boe Chapel on Thursday, April 10, the standing-room-only audience greeted him with enthusiastic applause. “That’s a very warm welcome, and I was not quite sure,” he said. Gingrich quickly moved on from this opening comment, claiming it was not... Read More »

Phi Beta Kappa speaker discusses healing

Phi Beta Kappa speaker discusses healing

Solvejg Wastvedt, Executive Editor
March 16, 2014
Filed under News

Professor Christine Thomas, this year’s Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar, spoke on March 3 and 4 about her work in religious studies and archaeology. Thomas’s set of lectures, “Ordinary Bodies and Divine Intervention: Illness and Healing in the Roman Empire,” focused on ideas of health in ancient... Read More »

Accident kills three Carleton students

Solvejg Wastvedt, Executive Editor
March 7, 2014
Filed under News

On Friday, Feb. 28, an SUV carrying five Carleton students spun out of control on icy northbound Minnesota 3. The car went into the southbound lane, where an oncoming semi truck hit it broadside. James Adams ’15, of St. Paul, Minn.; Michael Goodgame ’15, of Westport, Conn. and Paxton Harvieux ’15,... Read More »

African-American women celebrated in ‘Daughters of Africa’

African-American women celebrated in ‘Daughters of Africa’

Jessica Moes and Solvejg Wastvedt
February 24, 2014
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

History lessons can be a little dry at times, and as a consequence many of us struggle to absorb all those names and dates. Mixed Blood Theater actress Thomasina Petrus overhauled that boring-history paradigm on Feb. 15 with a one-woman celebration of African American women’s impacts on United States... Read More »

St. Olaf hosts local climate summit

St. Olaf hosts local climate summit

Solvejg Wastvedt, Executive Editor
January 20, 2014
Filed under News

The Manitou Messenger is happy to present several photos from the Climate Summit on Saturday, January 18th. ... Read More »

Havlir ’80 discusses AIDS cure

Havlir ’80 discusses AIDS cure

Solvejg Wastvedt, Executive Editor
November 15, 2013
Filed under News

Have we reached the beginning of the end of AIDS? Alumni Achievement Award winner Diane Havlir ’80 addressed that question on Friday, Nov. 8 during her talk in Regents Hall. Havlir is a professor of medicine and a physician at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and serves as Chief of... Read More »

Stephanie Cutter pushes authenticity: PAC fall speaker discusses elections, campaigning, social media

Stephanie Cutter pushes authenticity: PAC fall speaker discusses elections, campaigning, social media

Solvejg Wastvedt, Executive Editor
November 1, 2013
Filed under News, Showcase

At this time last year, election fever was gripping St. Olaf and the entire country. Die-hard supporters of both sides canvassed door-to-door, while tech-savvy voters Tweeted and Facebooked their political musings. Equally ubiquitous were communications from both campaigns, where people like Stephanie... Read More »

Campus stunned by loss of Alice Hanson: Beloved music history professor dies unexpectedly

Campus stunned by loss of Alice Hanson: Beloved music history professor dies unexpectedly

Solvejg Wastvedt, Executive Editor
October 25, 2013
Filed under News, Showcase

For some in the St. Olaf community, a pair of loud shoes scurrying through the music department hallways has been sorely missed this past week. For others, a particularly intimidating professor has been absent from the front of the classroom. And for many, a revered source of knowledge of all things... Read More »

Noted philosopher talks character

Noted philosopher talks character

Solvejg Wastvedt, Executive Editor
October 5, 2013
Filed under News

Professor Daniel Robinson, a member of the Oxford University philosophy faculty, gave this year’s Eunice Belgum memorial lectures on Monday, Sept. 23. Robinson is also a distinguished professor emeritus at Georgetown University and a prolific author and editor. His lectures were titled “Consciousness... Read More »

PoliticOle blog attracts attention

Solvejg Wastvedt, Executive Editor
October 2, 2013
Filed under News

When Martin Raabe ’14 started as editor of Political Awareness Committee’s blog, The PoliticOle, last summer, he was focused on recruiting a group of student columnists to build the site’s momentum. Raabe did not aim to market the blog to a non-St. Olaf audience. However, the new-and-improved PoliticOle... Read More »

What’s a CIS major?

Solvejg Wastvedt, Executive Editor
September 11, 2013
Filed under Opinions

Sophomore year, I found myself resenting yet again the course requirements for my chosen major. Never mind that I had already switched majors four or five times, sometimes without even officially declaring my intent, because I didn’t want to take one required class or another. There I was, staring... Read More »

Holocaust Survivors

Solvejg Wastvedt, Off the Hill Editor
May 8, 2013
Filed under News

A harrowing historical period like the Holocaust can seem far removed from life on the Hill, making the actions of the heroes who resisted appear irrelevant in modern daily life. Sometimes, though, acts of hatred strike close to home and remind us that injustice and resistance are still timely topics. For... Read More »