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Just trying to (Bobo)link up

If you walk through the prairies of Cowling Arboretum at the right time in Spring, you may be fortunate enough to see a Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus). These flighty birds—which, contrary to popular belief, do not have the scientific name robertolink—nest on the ground in grasslands and tend to forage on…

A hire in the SOAN department

The Sociology/Anthropology department has announced their final decision for a new hire. After meeting with many candidates, watching them teach demo classes and considering how they would fit into the department, they have decided on Jerome M. Levi, a post-doc from Harvard. The SOAN department has been understaffed recently due…

Carleton’s top two dining halls

After immense pressure from the Carleton student body, the Carleton Administration has released a ranked list of the top two dining halls on campus. The ranking system is based on a variety of criteria in order to get a holistic view of the dining halls, including how much it costs…

All 159 Rottblatt innings, ranked

152 36 28  5 131 157 105 140 144 117 121 11 66 13 18 84 45 143  7 17 126 104 87 63 77 32 106 136 54 146 37 101 150 110 95 44 31 42 56 120 108 149 35 128 68 124 86 138 81 102…

Naturalism in the 21st century

The informational revolution of the late 20th and early 21st centuries has benefited ecology and evolutionary biology tremendously. Nowadays, genomic data on thousands of species are readily available, we can determine the types of plants a prehistoric rhino consumed by examining Carbon isotope ratios in its teeth, and computers can…

Where are the Sayles soft pretzels?

While there are many issues that are currently impacting Carleton students, all of these problems pale in comparison to what is by far the number one source of grief for students at this time. Sayles has not had soft pretzels all term, and it is the biggest tragedy that no…

The top ten room draw numbers

In order to maintain peace and enforce Greek life–esque upperclassmen superiority, the Carleton College administration employs a system of “random” room draw lottery numbers to decide which students get to choose their rooms and in what order. Here is my personal ranking of the top ten room draw numbers at…