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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 The browns, greens and golds of fall have been replaced by the softer hues of grey, white and blue.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…

Arb Notes – Carleton’s Tiny Prairie

The Postage Stamp prairie may be a little bigger than its namesake, but not by much. Carleton’s own remnant prairie fragment overlooks Bell Field and is the only untouched land that the college owns. Postage Stamp’s location on a steep hillside (perhaps one of only three hills on campus!) has…

East Side Versus West Side: A Campus Drama (not really)

Let’s be real. Goodhue is the straight hood as far as the Carleton College campus is concerned. Sure, there are parts in the United States that merit the term much more than our dear East Side building, but the struggle can be real for the homies on the other side…

Don’t Make it Weird: Advice for Screw Date

Today is the day. Screw Date. These last couple of weeks, while the experienced upperclassmen strategically set up their roommates, those of us comprising the Class of 2018 felt completely overwhelmed and confused by this Carleton tradition. While the proper etiquette for setting up our roommates and potential matches became…

Arb Notes

The Mystery of the Marschner Map The Carleton College Arboretum, located on the border of two distinct prairie and forest habitats, works to accomplish many conservation efforts, such as ecological restoration. However, how do we know what vegetation originally existed in the Arboretum prior to the beginning of its development…