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Singing state pride: Hippo Campus

Singing state pride: Hippo Campus

Yeukai Zimbwa, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2017


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At their two free State Fair shows, Hippo Campus fans showed up as indie rock lovers and Minnesotans to support the small, local band that brought them all together.      Lake lovers, winter sports enthusiasts, driveway salt connoisseurs, and all other brands of Minnesotans have the unique ability t...

The irony of volunteering for credit

The irony of volunteering for credit

Elizabeth Opp, Opinions Editor

April 28, 2017


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Volunteering is no foreign concept to students of our community. Whether it comes from a college counselor, parent, or even a friend, the pressure to give back to the community is omnipresent. The 100 hour recognition was created to epitomize high school volunteering, but lately it is being seen as ...

Women’s March renews a spirit of protest

Women’s March renews a spirit of protest

Maya Chadda and Allison Ahern

February 9, 2017


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The streets of St. Paul were filled with pink hats, posters, and protesters for the Women’s March on January 21. The crowd marched to the Capital shouting chants ranging in intensity from the call and response, “Tell me what democracy looks like. This is what democracy looks like” to “Hands too...

Defining protest in 2017

Defining protest in 2017

Chapel, Editor-in-Chief

February 9, 2017


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With The New York Times estimating 470,000 people who marched in Washington for the Women’s March, and a reported 3.3 million nationally, the spirit of protest is incredibly ingrained in today’s generation despite critiques of an apathetic pop culture. But a single word, “protest,” does not de...

Parents depend on tracking devices

Parents depend on tracking devices

Bennett Hawley, Managing Editor

December 8, 2016


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Beep, beep. Beep, beep. A common phone sound when receiving a text message or a phone call, but now a new form of communication is causing these constant notifications to grow. This new type of cellular interaction, which is perhaps more controversial than texting or calling, is tracking. Friends use tra...

Sensationalizing fear

Sensationalizing fear

Morgan Sabes, Staff Writer

November 3, 2016


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Is a horror movie and popcorn your version of a great Saturday night? Do haunted houses make you excited and exhilarated? Do you follow @ClownSightings on Twitter? The these scary things excited a large group of people in creating a sense of fear and exhilaration. The idea of “fear for fun” stem...

Fight or flight fear

Fight or flight fear

Penelope Winton, Front Page Editor

November 3, 2016


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Fear stems from the most primitive parts of our being; nestled in the temporal lobe of the brain, the concept of fear traces back all the way back to the earliest of hominids. This instinctive--almost reptilian--response to stimuli found its beginnings when our ancestors still lived in caves, hunting a...

Listening to be an ally

Listening to be an ally

Ellen Israel, Contributing Writer

September 29, 2016


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People of privilege are often aware of societal injustices and want to stop oppression but feel powerless, like they cannot speak and cannot act for it is often not their place to do so. For allies who do not know where to start, the most meaningful thing one can do is listen to the voices of those w...

Coffee culture defined by creativity and conversation

Coffee culture defined by creativity and conversation

Minjae Lee, Fashion Editor

May 24, 2016


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At 6:30 a.m. in the morning, on the way to Northrop, the wheels of many students’ cars gravitate towards Caribou drive-ins. Whether they’re alarmed by final exams or simply indulging in caffeinated drinks like me, it’s nearly impossible to imagine a day without a cup of coffee. “When the ...

Coffee linked to extensive history

Zoe Wellik, Arts & Culture Editor

May 24, 2016


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The Twin Cities is a hot pot of coffee. Literally. The metro has a strong Scandinavian heritage and identity as well as a large East African immigrant population; coincidentally, these two regions are connected by the one thing our city or, rather, nation, relies on most: coffee. But besides the drink...

Coffee & tea intersect

Coffee & tea intersect

Eva Berezovsky, Staff Writer

May 24, 2016


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It seems like humanity’s never-ending necessity for a daily cup of coffee has risen to a new high, while at the same time, Sencha Tea Bar, which Lindsay Kaback ‘19 describes as “a life changing selection of tea,” is everyone’s new destination. Our glasses filled with either coffee or tea of...

Politics fuel cynicism

Politics fuel cynicism

Zoe Wellik, Arts & Culture Editor

April 28, 2016


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For such a polarized system like politics, it is easy when supporting a candidate to  reduce other candidate’s views to being trivial or unqualified, purely to shield your own views from being debated.  But at the core, candidates bully themselves in this way; through debates, focus can be turned aw...

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