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'Neverending Myth' class culminates in neverending reading
JANUARY 30, 2012

Christopher Brunelle and his students recently performed Ovid's epic Metamorphoses in a marathon public reading. The 15 hours it took the group to complete the 12,000 lines of text were punctuated by a variety of styles, including rap.

St. Olaf earns top Peace Corps ranking
JANUARY 25, 2012

With 24 alumni currently serving abroad in the U.S. Peace Corps, St. Olaf's No. 3 ranking among small colleges and universities earns the college a "Top 25" ranking from the service organization for the number of volunteers it produces.

Chris Raschka '81 wins second Caldecott
JANUARY 24, 2012

Chris Raschka '81 has won the 2012 Randolph Caldecott Medal for A Ball for Daisy, a wordless story of a dog’s busy day with a red ball. Raschka previously won the medal in 2006 for The Hello, Goodbye Window and he earned a Caldecott Honor in 1994 for Yo! Yes?

Marino reflects on Paterno legacy in the Chronicle
JANUARY 24, 2012

"The ancient Greeks had an expression, 'Call no man happy until he is dead,'" writes Professor of Philosophy and former assistant football coach Gordon Marino in "The Integrity and Ignominy of Joe Paterno" in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

From panic to praise: Learning the value of networking
JANUARY 18, 2012

In the first weeks of last year’s Career Network for Oles, Caleb Harrison '12 feared the worst — that no one would respond to his profile highlighting interests in development, international law, and serving abroad. "I was panicking. My peers were receiving responses from parents and alumni and I had yet to hear a thing," Harrison says.

Emeritus faculty member Frank Gery dies
JANUARY 13, 2012

Professor Emeritus of Economics Frank Gery died at age 83 on January 11 at his home in Northfield. St. Olaf hired Gery as chair of what was then the Department of Economics and Business Administration in 1962. He retired from a greatly changed Department of Economics 35 years later.

Roll into 2012 with Target's 'Ole Goldberg' machine
JANUARY 12, 2012

What do soup cans, flying toilet paper, and a disco ball have in common? They're all part of Target's impressive new Rube Goldberg-like machine constructed by a team of St. Olaf students and alumni.


A French twist for computer science
JANUARY 11, 2012

Late last year Associate Professor of Computer Science Dick Brown bid bon voyage to the Hill and flew off to France to give students there his take on computer science.


Students shake a few paws in the Pause
JANUARY 10, 2012

Dogs barking or performing tricks might be the last thing you'd expect to see when entering the Lion's Pause student club at St. Olaf. But every year the venue hosts faculty and staff pets that gather to help relieve students of the stress of finals.

Entenmann lectures in China
JANUARY 6, 2012

Professor of History Robert Entenmann recently lectured at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences at Fudan University in Shanghai. His topic was "Chinese Catholic Clergy and the Indigenization of Catholicism in Mid-Qing China."

A cultural key to the corporate world
JANUARY 5, 2012

Senior Tim Knutson's experience in China — along with the resources available in the St. Olaf Center for Experiential Learning — helped him land a full-time job half a year before graduation.