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The Bald Spot

Safe harbor for bay area Students

The Bay Area is unlike any other place in America (thank you, God). Because of this, the people it spits out are a little different. Because it is such a unique part of the country, Bay Area dwellers get used to a lifestyle that most of us can’t readily acclimate…

Birding in the winter

Many bird species found in the arboretum during the early spring to late fall have flown South for the winter, though there are species who stay in Minnesota during the cold winters. One advantage to birding in the winter is that there is a much more manageable number of species…

okay, boomer

So little attention has been focused on toxic youthfulness that many people—the current reader perhaps included—still mistake the term for a satire or parody based on related terms such as toxic masculinity. It’s time for a change, and this article is a step in the right direction. Toxic youth culture…

Women in Psychology

A newly-formed student org on campus seeks to address uneven gender dynamics at play in the Psychology department. Women in Psychology (WIP) was started by two senior Psychology majors as an “attempt to provide a space where women can feel comfortable discussing topics in Psychology,” as described on the club’s…

“Snow” solution to housing shortage: igloos

From the start of this academic year, administrators have been brainstorming solutions for the winter term housing shortage. The college, in an effort to find space for 40 beds out of thin-air, offered creative solutions. Popular proposals were moving SHAC out of Burton’s basement, converting study rooms into dorms and…

Otters in the Arb!

Historically, otters were present throughout Minnesota. Unfortunately, during the 1800s, demand for otters’ sleek and dense fur combined with wetland drainage destroyed the population in southern Minnesota. For nearly 100 years otters were locally extinct, a phenomenon called extirpation. Since then, otters in the U.S. have been monitored and their…

Carleton College is Pregnant, A Fanfiction

Another day, another dollar—so they say. Beginning work as an OB-GYN, you quickly realize how soon everything becomes the same. All the idiosyncrasies of all the hundreds of thousands of deliveries you oversee blend together into a blinding gray landscape of nothingness. At the end of the day, there are…

Carleton sends cohort of 40 to Canada Goose Arctic Program

This winter, the college sent 40 students and one professor to study geese in the Canadian Arctic through the Canada Goose Arctic Program. While most students go abroad to escape the tundra-like conditions of Northfield, these brave souls are running full-speed to Earth’s freezer. “We’re really thrilled about this exciting…

OCS: Campus Squirrels Study Abroad in Record Numbers

Has campus felt empty to you lately? Noticed a lack of tiny, living bodies running aimlessly across the Bald Spot? I know I’m not the only one who’s noticed the stunning lack of squirrels studying on campus. For the first few winters of my Carleton career, I’d simply assumed they’d…