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Arb Notes: Inventorying arb species

Carleton’s Arb houses a plethora of species. It is difficult — impossible really — to determine all of the species that inhabit the Arb. Many have been observed, but despite intensive searching, many can easily avoid detection. Some species may be difficult to find due to their biological characteristics. For…

Dawson’s divination: A time for healing

Hello again! As Midterm Break approaches and we look forward to some large milestones, let us take a moment to rest. Welcome to Dawson’s Divination. I hope you are hitting the second half of this term in a good mindset. Many seniors are submitting first and final drafts of their…

Road salt

Worried about the environment? Here are 14 safer alternatives to road salt.  Road salt, or its scientific name, weird-ass fuckin’ blue shit, has a habit of seeping into the earth, contaminating groundwater and increasing salinity of surface water past safe levels for aquatic life and human consumption. For any Carletonian…

Polar plunge victims finally defrost

Fifth Week, while the benchmark for many students in dopamine shortages and anxiety surpluses, has proved to have its merits. Yes, each term, midterms reliably herald soaring levels of stress. Despite keeping this tradition, this week has managed to surprise us with a new method. Utilizing the conventional tools of…

Arb Notes: Fifty Shades of Cardinals

It’s winter. It’s cold. It’s freezing your ears off every time you exit the building. The glaring white snow, though ethereal and enchanting, stings your eyes as you carefully tread between sheets of dangerously dark ice.  Mind your steps, but do look around if you ever hear a shrill, metallic…

Divination 101: A Welcome

Hello, my good friends, I am so happy to welcome you to this column. Here we will be taking a moment to meditate upon what’s to come while grounding ourselves in the present. Practices of divination exist in many cultures, so many that anthropologists and academics have often claimed it…

Masterclasses taught by students

Talking Without Saying Anything: How to answer discussion questions when you haven’t done the reading Getting to Class, Not Getting Frostbite: Secrets of the longest indoor route across campus in order to avoid snow The Wave-Shrug-No-Eye-Contact-Smile: Tips and tricks for the appropriate greeting when walking down a long hallway and…

Arb notes: Cross-country skiing

As a senior at Carleton, it’s hard to believe that my first time ever cross-country skiing in the Arb was just last week. I’m not sure why it took me so long to try it out, especially as someone who loves spending time out in the Arb. Cross-country skiing is…

Burton dinner menu

In the Burton Dining Hall, we are proud to serve exquisitely arranged platters to satiate your delicate palates. Farm-fresh vegetables are handpicked directly from only the most elite of local farmers, enabling us to proudly offer a vast array of nourishing greens ranging from potatoes to rice to corn. Please…

In loving memory of second Burton tribute

Second Burton Tribute, known fondly by its loved ones as “woah look at what somebody put there,” passed away early last Wednesday morning, Jan. 18, 2023.  Born to the second-floor landing of the central staircase in Burton, the display came from humble beginnings. But what started as a lonesome floor…