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The Bald Spot

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…

Carleton Singers in choir straights

Faced with decreasing numbers from last term, the Carleton choir is mired in discord that has left many of its singers pondering former members’ departures. According to members, mounting frustration with choir director, Professor Lawrence Burnett, who has been with Carleton for 22 years, has lead many singers to quit…

Hoping for Spring

Mark your calendars… The first day of spring is almost here! This year, the spring equinox will fall on March 20th, and while Carleton students will be away for spring break, the Arboretum will still be here changing into its full springtime glory. The first flower that you should expect…

Sayles M&M’s: a plastic wrapped fued

Sayles most perplexing item, (excluding the ‘dirty chai latte) the $3.50 bags of M&M’s have returned. Realizing the demand for a widely available candy in a unspecified quantity at an overstated price, Sayles now appears to once again be selling the popular candy. Dispensed from an industrial sized container, the…