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The Bald Spot

Thanks to humans, bats face extinction

Bats are one of the most diverse groups of mammals, with over 1,300 distinct species. They are often thought to be keystone species, as pollinators, seed dispersers, and pest control for insects, eating up to 4,500 insects per night. These invaluable agricultural resources are currently facing many unprecedented battles with…

Fun Spring Activities

1. Panic about your summer plans 2. Put a quinoa-based salad in a mason jar and carry it around with you 3. Overdress for the chilly morning weather and swelter in the afternoon heat 4. Get your first sunburn of the year 5. Startle a rabbit as it munches peacefully…

Invaders from Below

A subversive invasion is underway, and it is happening right below your feet. The keep has long-since been breached, the war already lost. Despite the best efforts of our native predatory birds, ants and mice, trespasser populations remain strong. I speak, of course, of the exotic earthworm. That squirmy slinker…

Notes on life abroad, Parisian culture

Dear Carletonian readers, Thought I’d write in to tell a bit about the Paris Spring 2015 program currently. Twenty-five of us are sticking it out over here in the land of virtually free baguettes and functioning public transit, where saying “I’m full” means “I’m pregnant” and “I’m excited” means “Let’s…

April showers, short-lived flowers

Maybe you forgot during this week’s rain and hail, but it is in fact spring! While you were busy burying your head in the hood of your jacket, you might have looked down by your feet to see the beautiful little blue flowers that have sprung up all over campus.…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Frogs

It was just another day in southern Minnesota in the summer of 1995 when a group of middle school students went to collect frogs around a small man-made pond. As they gathered the frogs, people noticed with growing concern that a large proportion of the frogs in this pond were…

Carls confused by strange white things growing on trees

Students across Carleton’s campus report a vague sense of unease at the spherical, nice smelling White Things popping up on trees across campus. “It’s been winter for so long, is this, like, normal…?” said one student who asked not to be named. “Are the trees going through puberty or something?…

A Carl abroad

On a campus as close-knit as Carleton, it’s easy to forget the world outside of the Carleton bubble. However, embarking on off-campus studies can be a jolting reminder of Carleton’s idiosyncrasies.This January, I boarded an eleven-hour flight from Los Angeles to London, where I expected to encounter very little culture…

Owls are horrifying

Did you know that the Arboretum is home to a variety of species of owls? Although not year round residents, the Eastern Screech, Great Horned, Barred, Long-eared, Short- eared, and Northern Saw-whet owls have all been sighted in our very own Arboretum. Of these, the two that regularly nest in…

“Penelopiad’s” maiden voyage a success

The Penelopiad, written by Margaret Atwood and directed by Sarah Meister, premiers this weekend at the Little Nourse Theater, with shows Friday and Satuday night at 8PM. The Penelopiad, a modern reinterpretation of The Odyssey from the viewpoint of Penelope, Odysseus’ wife, features an all-star all female cast. Each role…