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ISSUE 117 VOL 1 PUBLISHED 9/19/2003

Not the average hole in the wall

By Lisa Gulya
Contributing Writer

Friday, September 19, 2003

The Cave, Carleton College’s social hub, is open Wednesday through Friday nights and is located in the basement of Evans Hall. Though primarily a social outlet for Carleton students, events at the Cave are free and open to the public.

The Cave, accommodates 150 people and is funded and run by Carleton students. On Wednesday nights from 8-12 p.m., the Cave features a low-key coffeehouse atmosphere for students who want to unwind, study or socialize. From 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, however, regional musical acts perform. Jane Tieman ‘05 said, “It’s kind of like our Pause, but with beer.”

Alcohol is available for purchase to those over 21 (with proof of ID) on Thursday and Friday nights. In order to provide a safe environment, the bartenders are adult non-students. Food and drink, such as pints of Ben & Jerry’s and espresso, are sold every night that the Cave is open – no outside drinks are permitted.

The goal of the Cave,” said Cave general manager Meghan Thurlow ’04, “is to increase the number of Carleton student-bands as openers.” She also said that they would be happy to see St. Olaf bands playing at the Cave. Interested bands should contact booking manager Benny Goldberg at

The Cave kicks off its fall 2003 season on Thursday, September 25, with alt-rockers J.G. Everest and Mark Mallman. Doors open half an hour before the 9 p.m. show. For a full schedule of bands or for directions, visit the Cave’s website at Several other features on the site are still under construction, including information on the bands and concert pictures.

Thurlow stressed that St. Olaf students are always welcome at the Cave. Kendra Olson ’05 said the Cave is similar to the Pause only, “lacking in blonde people.”

“[The Cave] offers a mellow, underground feel. [It’s] a low-key place inspired by students,” said Thurlow.

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