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    Food for Thought

    This Tuesday was Mardi Gras, and Bon Appétit at Carleton celebrated in style. For breakfast, students could have traditional New Orleans style “donuts” at the Wild Thymes Beignet bar.

  • Flowers in the Arb will start appearing in the spring and the summer, once the ground thaws again.


    Spring flowers are just around the corner - according to the groundhog! Come March, a blast of white will once again ‘spring’ up from the ground all over the Arb. A white that is delicate, fragrant, and seductive (if you happen to be a pollinator).

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    Food for Thought

    Oftentimes both Bon Appetit and the Wellness center get questions about how sick students might attain meals for the day. Here is what Bon Appetit and the Student Health and Counseling Center had to say about it.

  • Karst formations


    Although the Cowling Arboretum does not exhibit any karst topography, much of Southern Minnesota does. Karst is a geological feature formed by the dissolution of soluble bedrock such as carbonates like limestone and dolostone.

  • Chili Competition

    The Bald Spot: Cooking Chili: LDC Hosts Competition

    Four groups of two students competed for the best chili on Monday afternoon during LDC’s Chili Cook-Off. Over the course of two and a half hours, students and chefs worked together to produced the best Chili possible. The results varied, from spicy chilis to savory concotions that had student taste-testers and dinner-goers alike asking for more.

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    Food for Thought

    We need a resilient food system that can cope with a changing climate and unpredictable conditions such as this drought. How are we going to get there? Assuming we aren’t holding our breath for federal agricultural policy that will motivate change, then companies of all shapes and sizes need to get creative about what kind of a food system they are supporting.

  • Snowflakes are a bunch of tiny water crystals that form as they descend from the sky.


    The birth of every snowflake starts out with a speck of dust. If the temperature in the cloud is below freezing, water vapor condenses onto the particle, forming an ice crystal. The crystal continues to absorb and freeze more water vapor, growing into a snow crystal.

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    Food For Thought

    There’s a lot of new changes for Carleton’s Bon Appétit this term. First, Bon Appétit has some new exciting menu items for Winter Term in Sayles Café.

  • The Great Horned Owl


    Owls are fast becoming one of the most popular types of birds. However, unlike most other admired birds that are known for being colorful, quick, or vocal, owls’ most celebrated characteristic is their aura of mystery.

  • GoP Beard Auction

    The Bald Spot

    For almost three hours, players for the Carleton Gods of Plastic (GOP) ultimate frisbee team sold their haircuts to other students who then shaved the players’ beards and hair to a design of their choice.

  • The Northern Leopard Frog, a native species in Minnesota, hibernates during the winter.


    The Arboretum is home to eight species of frogs and toads, all of which must survive the brutal Minnesota winters.

  • Campus Farmers

    Food for Thought

    Campus Farmers is a collaboration between the Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation and Kitchen Gardeners International (KGI).