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ISSUE 118 VOL 12 PUBLISHED 3/4/2005


Let us decide to be dry

Having recently returned from studying abroad in Lancaster, England, I came back with an alcohol-related crisis: the curse of a dry campus. When I first arrived at the University of Lancaster, I couldn't help but resort to my Olaf-induced attitude: that, despite the fact that I am of legal drinking age, if I act the slightest bit drunk, a Resident Assistant is sure to come and interrogate me about what I've been doing that evening.

Misadventures in journalism

As I am a presumably graduating senior, it is now time to find some sort of gainful employment that will ease my transition from St. Olaf to the so-called real world. Considering that I am one of the Opinions editors for the esteemed (don’t act like we’re not) Manitou Messenger, my thoughts have recently turned to a career in journalism.

Media misleads on Social Security plan: New York Times editorial dishonest about Bush's reforms

For an example of the intellectual – and dare I say, ethical – poverty of left-leaning media on the matter of personalized Social Security accounts, look no further than the Feb. 23 New York Times editorial on the issue.

Dean revitalizes Dems: Liberal icon provides resistence to Bush's agenda

One of the earliest political memories I have is a National Public Radio (NPR) interview with then newly-appointed Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. I don’t remember the content of the interview, or where I was when I heard it, but I do remember thinking, “this is a guy who’s got a plan.”

Raising the stakes

Another year, and another letter in our p.o. boxes – printed off on official St. Olaf stationery, politely explaining that after much deliberation, the college regrets to inform us that once again the school’s tuition costs are going up.

Mess Poll
How do you feel about the recent news of a tuition increase?
This is news to me.
I am a senior. Thank god.
I'd feel better about it if a more adequate explanation was provided.
It's routine and expected. What gives?
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