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The Bald Spot

White After Labor Day

As wintry white snow replaces the Arboretum’s autumnal hues, many of its residents follow suit. As an adaptation to protect against predators, select animals’ coats whiten to camouflage with their snowy habitat. The snowshoe hare is one of the most drastic examples of seasonal modification, changing color twice a year.…

Fall term Mistakes I Won’t Make again

Ate the LDC’s churros because “this time, they actually look like churros!” Went to the Cowling Dance too early Went to the Cowling Dance at all Did four Ebony dances Described a fellow Carl as “quirky” Once again signed up for far too many club mailing lists Picked up a…

Squirrel Seeks Sayles Dollars

Winter is the time of year when a lot of animals hunker down for hibernation or migrate to follow food and warmer weather. However, there are some that stick around all year long, and can be seen around campus on cold winter days. One that we all see a lot…

Owls On the Prowl

A big welcome back to Carleton from your Cole Student Naturalists! We’ve returned to the face-numbing cold that is Minnesota winter. While it’s tempting to bundle up into all of your clothing at once and forget about ever spending time outside beyond your frigid stumbles to classes, I’m here to…

Minnesota Winters: How to Make Them Slightly Less Terrible

As a Minnesotan, I know Minnesota winters can make even the most hard-core Minnesotan say “uff da”! And by “uff da,” I mean question why on earth they live in a state that basically becomes a glorified piece of ice every winter. However, fear not! We Minnesotans are not total…

Going Postal

It is a beginning of term tradition at Carleton that the post office is a sight to behold. A simple case of a high influx of packages combined with a small space to work in creates a bottleneck which takes on a life all of its own. Tales of minutes,…

Theatre & dance depts. commit to diversity initiative

Over winter break, theater professor David Wiles sent out an email detailing the Theater and Dance Department’s new Diversity Initiative. The initiative’s goals focus on “increasing the participation of international and domestic students of color” in theater, dance, production and direction. In addition to encouraging participation in both department and…

Things You Really Didn’t Need to Bring To College

A Printer Unless you live in a townhouse or that dorm with a lot of floors, chances are, you’re not that far from a campus printer. Stationery Be that kid that borrows pens from people in class and never gives them back. Now you have a treasure trove of free…

Looking Back: Then vs. Now

With such a powerful, respected woman as a possible presidential candidate for 2016–and of course I’m referring to Kim Kardashian here–it’s amazing to look back at the past, reflecting on the progress we’ve made in both women’s rights, and other areas. From the days when people ate rocks and wore…

Dorm Desirables Deliverables

I realize that this is a college we’re talking about here, not a hotel. I mean by no means to imply that I expect a butler to show up to my room with freshly made caviar. However, there are some little things that I feel the campus and/ or surrounding…