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Sophomorphing

It’s finally here. The weeks that all sophomores at Carleton have been impatiently waiting for. It’s the start of our “year of transformation”, the time for us to assume our final forms. This is it, guys. We’re peaking. Some of you may still be uncertain about what your transformation will…

What keeps Batman up at night?

When you’re walking back from that late T.A. session, or a last minute Sayles dinner, take a moment to look up on your journey home. Chances are you’ll see some dark shapes darting back and forth across the sky, almost erratically. The Arb is home to 4 species of bats…

Don’t freak out about floods

This Thursday marked the five-year anniversary of the 2010 Cannon River Flood. On September 23rd of 2010, Carleton received over six inches of rain over the course of 29 hours, causing the Cannon River to rise from its base flow depth of five feet to a staggering 14 feet at…

Frosh Take: Jesse James Day

Beyond the bounds of Carleton’s pearly (and squirrel-infested) gates, even beyond the expansive postmodern fortress that is the Weitz, lies Northfield. It is known not only for “colleges, cows, and contentment,” but also for the delicious $1.25 scoops of HoBros ice cream and the defeat of Jesse James. One might…

Out of sight, out of mind?

Freshwater mussels are a generally under-recognized and under-appreciated group of river inhabitants. They lie unobtrusively in the sediment along the bottom of waterways, small(ish), dark and sedentary. However, these underwhelming animals are, in reality, incredibly important for the ecology of riverine ecosystems. Mussels contribute to the functionality of the waterways…

Best of Spring Term’s Security Reports

Every week, security sends the ‘Tonian a briefing of the doings of Carleton’s generally heroic security officers, and we print it on the second page. Most of the reports are about putting out fires and helping injured or intoxicated students, but occasionally, the blotters produce some true comedy gold. This…

FROLF: an anthropological examination

As the weather warms the students again emerge from their winter dens and habitats to traverse the plains. Accompanying this great migration comes a game habitual of these intriguing college folk. I have been told it is called the “Frolf ”. The explanation of this game is complex and confusing…

Smoke free gardens

Japanese gardens express the ultimate connection between humankind and nature, for these gardens are not only decorative, but are an expression of various aspects of Japanese culture. Gardens in Japan incorporate both natural and artificial elements, uniting nature and architecture into one entity. Carleton’s Garden of Quiet Listening combines two…