This week, Macalester and St. Olaf colleges made U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings’ (D-Md) list of 111 colleges that were breaking federal financial-aid regulations. The schools on the list apparently weren’t being clear with students about financial-aid requirements. They led many applicants to believe it was necessary to complete an extra form and pay a fee Read more →
Northfield’s old rivals — St. Olaf College and Carleton College — are teaming up to save costs. A $1.4 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will have them jointly run some areas of their information technology, administration — even academic programming. St. Olaf President David Anderson said sharing some college operations would be Read more →
The internet is creeping out over the reading that St. Olaf College‘s writer in residence, Benjamin Percy, has given to the classic children’s book, Goodnight Moon. You can listen to the audio on the website of Gray Wolf Press, which says: Bedtime stories are supposed to settle the mind and calm the nerves. Benjamin Percy’s Read more →
Another dining award for St. Olaf College — Its food has put the college on The 25 Healthiest Colleges in the U.S. list by Greatist.com, which also made USA Today. Although the ranking cited other colleges’ fitness facilities and initiatives, it was apparently the chow that earned Oles 23rd place: St. Olaf’s food service program Read more →
I don’t usually post much on college competitions, because there are so many of them. But this (Lafayette, Ind.,) Journal & Courier piece on St. Olaf College winning the national Rube Goldberg Machine Contest intrigued me. (The contest is named after the engineer-cartoonist who became famous for his drawings of complex machines that do simple Read more →
Looks like someone is taking the weird winter weather to heart. From St. Olaf College‘s Facebook site: So that ‘pretty snow’ earlier this week actually turned into rain. Quite a bit of it, in fact, leaving first-year students Michael Mayer, Brian Craig, and David Brendan Johnson no choice but to take the plunge.
Those Oles must love their college. I’m still getting e-mail about my visit to St. Olaf last month. My little piece on the chicken wrap at the Lion’s Cage also seems to have touched a minor environmental nerve, judging from feedback I’ve received. (After seeing so much environmental consciousness at the school, at the time Read more →