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ISSUE 119 VOL 20 PUBLISHED 5/12/2006

Readers hungry for The Pickle: The satirical newspaper makes a comeback

By Sara Perelli-Minetti
Contributing Writer

Friday, May 12, 2006

At long last, the St Olaf student body can breathe a sigh of relief. That bastion of wit, humor and somewhat good taste, that harbinger of satirical lambasting and all other things comic, that elusive intellectual snack and ever popular cocktail treat, The Pickle, is back.

Upperclassmen may recall the appearance of The Pickle, St Olaf's very own satirical newspaper, when it appeared on our newspaper racks last spring.

The Pickle delighted many of its readers with its light-hearted reviews and stories, and, as any good newspaper should, even managed to shock and offend in the process.

For the most part, The Pickle tickled students' palates with its salty words. Emily Lindo '07, gazed fondly into the distance as she recalled the glory days of The Pickle. “It was as if [the writers] were speaking to me. I feel as if I've found my kindred spirit, but in newspaper form,” she said.

She paused and lovingly caressed the pile of saved, pined over and delicately preserved Pickles sitting in her lap, then continued: “Who are these elusive, wonderful people? And why have they made me wait so long?”

Well, Emily, the wait is over.

I was lucky enough to receive a surprisingly candid explanation of why The Pickle took such a painfully long hiatus in an exclusive, off-beat and metaphorical interview with the always anonymous but cleverly named members of The Pickle staff:

“Well, shortly after the destruction of the first Death Star, Pickle founder Scotty Smalls realized that although the Rebellion had won, the Empire wouldn't be hurt forever. Vader was still alive, and Smalls had yet to finish his training,” one anonymous Pickle staffer explained.

“So Smalls parted ways with Han and flew to Dagobah. And, naturally, it took a long time to get over the awkward sexual tension between Luke and Leia, you know, after they found out they were brother and sister.”

Well, luckily for us, Luke and Leia have sorted out their filial affection, so we can all relax and have The Pickle back in our lives.

Despite our extensive collection of old Pickle editions, our appetites can only remain satisfied for so long. After all, much of the mystery surrounding The Pickle's creation still looms large in our minds.

How on Earth did such a clever collection of humanity find each other and produce such a publication? Again, Pickle staff members came to my aid and elucidated:

“Well, it was last fall and we were on our annual women's retreat. Shannon turned to Rhonda and said, 'Hey, I really liked that book you let me borrow.'

'Oh, which one?'

'”The Bean Trees.”'

'Ooh, “The Bean Trees,” one of my all-time favs.'

'I really liked how the main character was a woman. And how she was put upon by trials and tribulations.'

'Yeah, absolutely. Kingsolver sure captured what it's like to be a woman facing problems.'

'It really brought out some good stuff from my women's studies course.'


'Oh yeah, oh yeah. For instance, how all of us are in this together, you know. Together.'


And then we started the Pickle.”

Thank God for “The Bean Trees.” Perhaps the novel is also the inspiration for The Pickle's mission, which staff members describe as “really pretty complicated. It takes up a lot of peanut butter most days.”

The Pickle plans on releasing its long-awaited spring issue on Reading Day, with the noble goal of distracting and enthralling the majority of campus.

Last year, the controversial issues that The Pickle covered provoked mixed emotions from the student body.

It seems like that will also be the case this time around. When I asked for a preview of the hot topics that The Pickle would be covering in its spring issue, the response I received was, “Two words: Lookout, Jews.”

Lord knows what that means, but I know that I will be camping over night in Fireside to get the first Pickle, straight out of the jar.

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