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Dangerous Liasons: A non-athlete’s perspective on sports and drugs

When I was a kid I loved Marion Jones. My family and I watched her successes and defeats together and followed her on television. As everyone knows, she was exciting and beautiful to watch, and although I don’t follow sports regularly, we watched her religiously. As an American living abroad,…

Native American advocate Deer promotes activism

“I’m a loudmouth,” said Ada E. Deer to a chorus of laughter at the Convocation on Friday, November 2 at the Skinner Memorial Chapel. But more than just passionate talking, Deer likes action, and lots of it. According to an introduction by Jennifer Muskrat ’10, Deer is “turning the world…

Editorial; Making poverty a priority as inequality

According to a 2005 World Bank study, the United States has the highest income inequality gap out of all of the developed countries in the world. As in any capitalist country, it is certain that there will be distinct social classes. Unfortunately, the distinction has created a radical separation between…

Invitation to celebrate the Hmong New Year

For the past decade or so, the Hmong students from both sides of the river have creatively collaborated on a joint Hmong New Year. Traditionally, it has always been held at St. Olaf, perhaps because they have traditionally had a greater body of Hmong students and may have started the…

The politics of hope in the 2008 election

The leaves are falling, though the temperature has not followed suit, Democratic debates are starting to yield differences among candidates, and the DFL keeps sending me reminders that it is “Just One Day Left to One-Year Out.” That is, that this Saturday is 365 days from Election Day. But a…

In Defense of… Fall-Out Boy

Among the self-declared liberal arts cognescenti, Fall Out Boy occupies the critical space just above death/Creed and just below taxes/ABBA (though some of you like ABBA ironically, I’ve yet to meet the person who does so for Creed. How about ironically liking death? Yeah, man, death is so goddamn ridiculous).…

Intelligent Design, I say

Now that I’ve got your attention let me say one thing very, very clearly. Intelligent design is not science. It should not be taught in schools. It is nothing more than an intriguing, personal, idea. I want to deal with it as such, not as the controversial culture/science war prevalent…