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The Bald Spot

Fair Weather Possum

While the student naturalists were walking in the Arb recently, we found ourselves on the edge of the Cannon River. We had been looking for tracks, but had yet to find anything very interesting. Spying many trails weaving over the fro- zen surface of the river, we went down closer…

Fair Weather Possum

While the student naturalists were walking in the Arb recently, we found ourselves on the edge of the Cannon River. We had been looking for tracks, but had yet to find anything very interesting. Spying many trails weaving over the fro- zen surface of the river, we went down closer…

The Grass is Greener and We’re Upset About It

Carleton is currently experiencing weather warm enough to melt the snow and ice that are usually the natural enemy of Carls showing their pasty white limbs in public. Because we live in a state that is usually too cold in the winter even for geese, one can only conclude that…

Arb Notes: No Stone Unturned

Winter has once again settled over the Arb, and with this new blanket of snow comes a change in the color palette of the Arb. The browns, greens and golds of fall have been replaced by the softer hues of grey, white and blue. This change in color for the…

Wierd Minnesota: Beer Cheese Soup

The majority of Carleton’s student population is not from Minnesota, or even from the greater Midwest. This creates a geo- graphic diversity that gives us classmates and friends from each coast and everywhere in between. It is only natural that when Minnesota’s seemingly unexplainable sub-culture leaks into the every day…

Who’s That Bird of Prey?

A large form glides across the sky far over- head. It has a wingspan of just over six and a half feet, yet weighs less than ten pounds. Its body is a deep brown, while its head and tail are a bright white. It is unmistakably a bald eagle. More…

You’re Still Miserable and Tired, but Now ON A COUCH!

1. 3rd Libe This study space tucked under the stairs is great for studying with friends. The variety of chairs and light sources have something for everyone and provide a surprisingly quiet space. 2. Sayles For those who enjoy studying with some background noise,the tables upstairs at Sayles are the…

A Distressing Fence? Don’t Panic!

During a meditative stroll, an unsuspecting Arb appreciator might suddenly exclaim in shocked distress, “AH! What’s going on in the lower arboretum now?!” A large fence of sinister proportions looms feet above the head of the mere mortal onlooker, who is now frozen in place, jaw locked in a silent…