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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…

Ash trees under seige in Minnesota

Emerald Ash Borer, as you may or may not have heard, is one of the most imminent threats to the ecology of the Midwest. Yet, ‘threat’ may not be the correct word to use, as threats can be avoided or prevented. Experts predict that all of Minnesota will be inundated…

My way: a food snob reviews the Northfield dining halls

Maneuvering my way through the salad bar at Carleton’s popular eatery, “East Dining Hall,” I was struck with the suspicion that maybe not all the vegetables were organic. While I should have known this was a sure sign of what was to come, as I sat down to enjoy my…

The Counterfactuals, Groll tells all

An interview with Carleton Philosophy professor and member of the band, Daniel Groll. The Counterfactuals will play tomorrow at Spring Concert. TG: So you guys have played at Spring Concert before, right? DG: Yeah, we played… two years ago? We played the Smash Mouth concert. TG: And I’m not sure…

Trust Lust: “We were the Dark Horse”

This past Monday, staff writer Will Hardt sat down with True Lust members Sanders McMillan ’17, Bobby Volpendesta ’17, Sìmon Gutkin ’18, and Dylan Payne ’16 for a “couch interview” in Sayles. In this relaxed environment, the Battle of the Bands winners showed they don’t need their instruments to be…

It’s spring and it smells like… fire?

Spring is springing in Minnesota. Everything smells earthy and like thunderstorms and wildflowers and… fire? Spring in Cowling Arboretum means it’s time to burn! Controlled burns are an integral part of Carleton’s ongoing prairie restoration project. Disturbance is an important mechanism within Midwestern prairie ecosystems. Historically, drought, bison, and fire…

No one wants to ride their bicycle: Carleton’s neglected bikes

Flat tires, rusty chains, and a misshapen, discolored frame; the familiar visage of an abandoned bike on Carleton’s campus. Forgotten or intentionally forsaken by its owners, bikes such as these often impede the work of Grounds Maintenance Services, who are forced to remove the unclaimed and unwanted bikes to the…

Thanks to humans, bats face extinction

Bats are one of the most diverse groups of mammals, with over 1,300 distinct species. They are often thought to be keystone species, as pollinators, seed dispersers, and pest control for insects, eating up to 4,500 insects per night. These invaluable agricultural resources are currently facing many unprecedented battles with…

Fun Spring Activities

1. Panic about your summer plans 2. Put a quinoa-based salad in a mason jar and carry it around with you 3. Overdress for the chilly morning weather and swelter in the afternoon heat 4. Get your first sunburn of the year 5. Startle a rabbit as it munches peacefully…

Invaders from Below

A subversive invasion is underway, and it is happening right below your feet. The keep has long-since been breached, the war already lost. Despite the best efforts of our native predatory birds, ants and mice, trespasser populations remain strong. I speak, of course, of the exotic earthworm. That squirmy slinker…