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Arb Notes: Fifty Shades of Cardinals

It’s winter. It’s cold. It’s freezing your ears off every time you exit the building. The glaring white snow, though ethereal and enchanting, stings your eyes as you carefully tread between sheets of dangerously dark ice.  Mind your steps, but do look around if you ever hear a shrill, metallic…

Divination 101: A Welcome

Hello, my good friends, I am so happy to welcome you to this column. Here we will be taking a moment to meditate upon what’s to come while grounding ourselves in the present. Practices of divination exist in many cultures, so many that anthropologists and academics have often claimed it…

Masterclasses taught by students

Talking Without Saying Anything: How to answer discussion questions when you haven’t done the reading Getting to Class, Not Getting Frostbite: Secrets of the longest indoor route across campus in order to avoid snow The Wave-Shrug-No-Eye-Contact-Smile: Tips and tricks for the appropriate greeting when walking down a long hallway and…

Arb notes: Cross-country skiing

As a senior at Carleton, it’s hard to believe that my first time ever cross-country skiing in the Arb was just last week. I’m not sure why it took me so long to try it out, especially as someone who loves spending time out in the Arb. Cross-country skiing is…

Burton dinner menu

In the Burton Dining Hall, we are proud to serve exquisitely arranged platters to satiate your delicate palates. Farm-fresh vegetables are handpicked directly from only the most elite of local farmers, enabling us to proudly offer a vast array of nourishing greens ranging from potatoes to rice to corn. Please…

In loving memory of second Burton tribute

Second Burton Tribute, known fondly by its loved ones as “woah look at what somebody put there,” passed away early last Wednesday morning, Jan. 18, 2023.  Born to the second-floor landing of the central staircase in Burton, the display came from humble beginnings. But what started as a lonesome floor…

It’s a winter wonderland

Let’s face it: Minnesota winters are long and cold. It can be hard to know what to do with yourself once you’ve completed all of your readings and club activities, slept eight hours of sleep and eaten three square meals. A common predicament for the Carleton student: having too much…

Arb notes

These days, a cool blanket of snow has come to rest over all of campus, and when the temperatures drop below zero, it’s hard to imagine leaving the complex, much less living out there. How do different Minnesotan fauna survive, and which animals might still be active when you walk…

Carleton’s New 2023 Mandated PE Requirement

The beginning weeks of Carleton’s winter term have marked the start of a new mandatory two-part PE requirement for all students. Several colleges require their students to become proficient swimmers and Carleton has decided to follow in those footsteps — with a bit of a midwestern twist. With the summer…

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

If you don’t keep your New Year’s resolutions, you will feel like a failure. So if you don’t want to feel like a failure, keep reading. Of course, feeling like a failure doesn’t necessarily mean being a failure; it just means feeling the same way you would feel — or…