What do DVDs, vintage clothing, laser tag and marketing have in common? All are business ideas proposed by St. Olaf students and recipients of Finstad grants. According to Sian Muir, associate director of entrepreneurial studies and instructor in economics, the Finstead Program of Entrepreneurial Services, established in 1992, has given out over $500,000 to date to aid 180 students in starting their own business ventures. Its a competitive process and students compete against each other and present their idea to a committee panel and complete a business plan, Muir said.
Every time I spritz on Clinique's Happy perfume, I am instantly transported back to my freshman year of high school and the Friday night football games. Football games, the social highlight of the week for any sheltered freshman girl, required a little something extra beyond what I would normally wear to school. The solution, of course, was to smell a little nicer, to leave a luxurious scent in my wake as I walked down the stairs of the bleachers. My perfume was going to be my ultimate feature, one by which I would be remembered long into the night.
Modest Mouse re-enters the musical arena with their fifth full-length album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. With the large commercial success of their previous release, Good News For People Who Like Bad News, the bar is set high for both industry and fan expectations. We Were Dead might provide the follow-up that Modest Mouse need, to keep their indie cred while still producing an album accessible for the music world at large.
Mixing the old and the new is a technique that has been used by artists for as long as there have been new things to mix with old things. Now this art form has been put on film. Beloved old shows and movies overdubbed with new vocal tracks have been springing up all over the Internet. Nothing is safe from a witty, snide reinvention even much-loved childrens films can get burned.
On March 16, Of Montreal played a sold out show to an all-ages crowd at Minneapolis' First Avenue. Openers Lonely, Dear, a Swedish band whose musical stylings were much more low key than the headliners, failed to provide the energy that you'd expect when opening for well-known eccentrics Of Montreal. The music was pretty and Lonely, Dear's front man had a good stage presence, but there was too little pulse to hang onto when gearing up for a danceable concert.