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Arb Notes: Fields of fire!

It’s spring, and that means that some parts of the Arboretum will be burned! Arb staff conduct prescribed fires every spring when the weather is dry but plants are not yet green, and the pieces of prairie that can be burned see fire about every four years.  The soils and…

Top 10 Numbers

We may divide numbers, but they unite us all. While some of us may occasionally find it difficult to appreciate those delectable digits, there’s not much point in resisting: They outnumber us at roughly infinity to one. But have you ever wondered which is the most illustrious integer? Rev up…

Arb Notes: Sneaky snake sex

Mating season is just around the corner for many animals that call the Arb home.  For our native garter snake population, mating is quite the sight… and smell.  Garter snakes, which are non-venomous, communicate through the release of pheromones.  Pheromones are chemical cues that trigger a social response from others…

Our newest editor

I’m Ben More, class of twenty-four. I came all the way from the Chicago suburbs to study humanities without all the humans.  I couldn’t be more excited to be serving as a new editor of the Bald Spot! I’m really not sure why they had me write about it in…

I understand what an NFT is

I understand what an NFT is. I really do. I know that it goes on or in or through the blockchain, which is another thing that I understand. I conducted an extensive literature review, digging deep into works such as “NFTs for dummies” to “So, you’re confused about NFTs” to…

Arb notes: gardening gone askew

As the implausibly gorgeous weather jumpstarts Spring Term, many of us find ourselves savoring the warm breeze on lawns or under trees. Taking a stroll across campus, you likely would notice some elegant indigo flowers fluttering in the wind on their slender stalks; in the Upper Arb woods, those striking…

There is no party at 10:30 pm CST this Saturday in the Druid Circle

There will be no party this Saturday at 10:30 PM at the Druid Circle. Everyone is discouraged to attend, especially friends. We are in fact quite insulted that rumors have been circulating that we will be throwing an illegal party. We are not throwing one. We’re not expecting anyone to…