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ISSUE 119 VOL 11 PUBLISHED 2/24/2006


Regents communicate

In the Dec. 2, 2005 issue of the Manitou Messenger, sophomore Joel Bergeland suggested that the Board of regents is physically and conceptually separated from the students and that feelings of mistrust toward the Board have set in among students on the Hill. I am responding on behalf of the Board of Regents.

Olympics spin out of control

The Cirque du Soleil-style pageantry of the Olympic opening ceremonies in Torino had its ups and downs. After having witnessed the surreal ceremony, I decided that the only response that i could write – credit to all aspects of the performance – was a “Best and Worst of” list.

China changes engine

Our very use of that neologism is telling. In only a few years the word “google” has become as commonplace to us as “frisbee” or “kleenex.” Our use of Google amounts to nothing less than a societal and personal transformation. Less well-known to most college students is the news that the Chinese version of the Internet behemoth, will now actively cooperate with the Chinese government in censoring search results.

Separating our online selves

When I was asked to write an opinion piece on St. Olaf’s Facebook policy, I initially balked. After all, the last time I offered any flippant criticism of St. Olaf, I was given a violation that will be on my record for a year.

Letter to the Editor

I appreciated your article ("Survey Gauges Job Satisfaction, Political Views") regarding the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) survey of St. Olaf faculty in the Dec. 21 Manitou Messenger. There were some errors that show, however, how carefully statistics must be read, and how carefully words should be chosen to describe the data.

Image makeover

While the College is not fighting a war (Norwegians just wouldn’t do that) or experiencing external threats of any kind (unless you count the Carleton students sleeping in tents to beat us in the energy competition), many issues remain that deserve our attention at the beginning of a new semester. Thus, we offer our State of the College, in a non-partisan fashion, of course.

Religious cartoons provoke protests

The Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten (“The Jutland Post”) – Denmark’s largest-selling daily newspaper – published 12 editorial cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad on Sept. 30, 2005. Four months later violent protests around the world (London, Afghanistan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Pakistan, for example) continue to make headlines with their death tolls and numbers of inured, causing Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen to describe the controversy as Denmark’s worst international crisis since World War II.

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How do you feel about the recent news of a tuition increase?
This is news to me.
I am a senior. Thank god.
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