St. Olaf College


Only at St. Olaf do you get multiple part harmonizing at a concert.

The school is telling us that the signs are coming down.

…the decision has been made to end the use of the Christmas Tree, located in the Crossroads of Buntrock Commons, as a symbol for anything other than a beautifully decorated tree representing the arrival of the holiday season.  Therefore, it is expected that the community will refrain from posting any materials on the tree not originally intended to be displayed.

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The News from Lake Wobegon, November 19, 2011
  • The News from Lake Wobegon, November 19, 2011
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The News from Lake Wobegon for November 19, 2011

“Oh, we knew it was going to snow. We could see that sky—that was a snow sky. People who have lived here for more than five minutes know what that snow sky looks like.” Plus, discovering hidden treasures under the floor of Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church, Pastor Liz delivers a sermon on one of her least favorite Gospels, and Lake Wobegon exiles return home for Thanksgiving.

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Agnes A Cappella (St. Olaf) - “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys

Ingrid Michaelson performing The Way I Am at St. Olaf College

I just thought of this video tonight…it’s one of my absolute favs. Sometimes being a non-music student at St. Olaf is frustrating but being in this crowd was one of the best experiences I’ve had at college. Tonight in Scotland, half way across the world, I met the first stranger who knew what St. Olaf was - from Golden Girls, of course :) She’s from Qatar and she said that those women on Golden Girls were like her best friends growing up, and that St. Olaf always seemed like a far-away, made up place. I don’t think I’ve never felt as much pride in my school as that night at the Ingrid concert and tonight when I grabbed my “I’m An Ole” button, student ID, and Um Ya Ya shirt and sat down to show someone my school. For all the ups and downs I’ve had at Olaf, for all the frustrations and resentments, it really is a wonderful place. 

Um Ya Ya <3