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Family Weekend Highlights

Last weekend, campus was bustling as students and parents reunited again. Many remarked that it was the best parent’s weekend in recent history, with its success attributed to a new schedule of events designed to more accurately give parents a sense of their student’s life here at Carleton. New events…

To Shave or Not to Shave?

So the question is, if you shave, when do you stop? The first frost? After all the leaves have fallen from the tree branches? Once you hear the raven caw twice at midnight? To shave or not to shave, that is the question. As a person who shaves their legs…

Fall Colors Everywhere

You probably know that autumn is a time for the trees to change colors and drop their leaves. Now that we’ve had our first cold snap on campus and a nice big windstorm to follow, it really is looking like fall around here. But sometimes we need to stop and…

Hawks and Raptors: A Winter Migration

In recent weeks, Minnesota temperatures have dropped into the thirties, forcing Carleton students to unpack their fleece coats and sending raptors (think hawks, not Jurassic Park) on their annual migration southward. Raptor migration patterns are dictated by topography and the presence of bodies of water. In order to conserve energy,…

The Hazards of Napping

I awake bathing in my own sweat, like a slow-cooked pork dish. My hand has made an imprint on my face, and my roommate has been forced to watch my drooling vacant expression while he studies. I panic and look at my phone, only to discover what I already know.…

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…