Dessa: A True Multi-Talent

Often described as brilliant, astonishing, profound, and enchanting, it is clear that Dessa is a force to be reckoned with. Among her many talents, Dessa is an accomplished writer, spoken word artist, rapper, singer, and an all-around Minneapolis success story.

Dessa first came into the music business when she joined the Minneapolis-based collective of artists known as Doomtree (featuring local artists P.O.S, Mike Mictlan, Lazerbeak, Sims, Paper Tiger and Cecil Otter). At first brought together by friendship, after experimenting with Doomstree’s diverse background in rap, punk, indie-rock, and pop, Dessa added her own unique sound to the group, incorporating spoken word, rap, hip-hop, poetic sensibility and a multi-platform voice as she joined the group in 2005. Having risen now to the position of CEO in Doomtree, Dessa has appeared in a number of the label’s collaborative albums. In addition to her collaborative work under the label, Dessa has also released a solo EP titled False Hopes (2005) and three solo albums titled A Badly Broken Code (2010), Castor, the Twin (2011), and Parts of Speech (2013).

In not too long (October 23), Dessa (joined by Aby Wolf) will be gracing the Pause Main Stage as this year’s Fall Concert headliner. Get your tickets online at, outside of the Caf at dinner Monday-Wednesday (credit card, odd times for cash or ole dollars) or in the OSA (BC 107 Tuesday 10-12pm, Thursday 9:15-11am, Friday 9:30-10:30am) for $5!

If you want to know more about Dessa and/or jam out to some music, check out the links below!

Featured Volunteer Org: A+ Art Club

A+ Art Club: Autism and the Arts, is an art program for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum that began in 2010.  The purpose of the program is to provide the opportunity for participants to develop art and social skills in a well structured, safe, social environment.

A+ Art Club offers a weekly art-making and social experience to young people on the autism spectrum who are in the transitional age group of 15 – 21 years. Area artists teach sessions in a variety of media. Peer volunteers from St. Olaf College work side-by-side with the students with autism.

The program is led by Laura Goodwin, with the help of Meg Ojala, a professor of art at St.Olaf College. Autism Specialist for the Northfield Schools, Deb Peters, trains teachers and volunteers to work with club members on the autism spectrum. The A+ Art Club meets at the Northfield Arts Guild.

Match the newbie SAC member with their answer!

This fall, SAC is welcoming 3 new members! Natalie Wussler, Mac Bendickson, Sophia McMonagle, all representing the class of 2019, sat down with us for an interview. Can you match these three newbie SAC members with their responses? GIVE IT A TRY! Scroll to the bottom to check your answers!

1. What areas are you interested in studying at St. Olaf?

a. Econ or Bio

b. Environmental Science… maybe Econ?

c. Social work or Religion


2. When was the last time you heard the bagpipes?

a. Street performing in London

b. Graduation from high school

c. St. Patricks Day parade in Seattle


3. If you could be any cartoon character ever, who would you be?

a. Timmy Turner from Fairly Odd Parents… but on second thought, Mulan

b. The cartoon version of Lizzie McGuire

c. Pearl the pink octopus from Finding Nemo


4. What is your favorite season?

a. Winter

b. FALL!

c. Fall


5. Where are you from??

a. Cali

b. Wayzata, MN

c. Maine


6. If you were any condiment, what would you be?

a. Ketchup

b. Wasabi

c. Basil Vinaigrette from the caf


7. What’s your dream-omlette?

a. Tomato, pepper, ham, and cheddar cheese

b. Mushrooms, onions, tomato, avocado, and mozzarella

c. Ham, cheese, avocado, and tomato


8. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

a. Switzerland

b. New Zealand

c. Rome


9. If you were famous, what would you be famous for?

a. Musician

b. Fan girl over leaves changing! My first fall!

c. Radio show host


10. If you were a shoe, what would you be?

a. Birks

b. Adidas yeezy boost 350

c. a nice pair of rainbows


11. What is your favorite thing about St. Olaf so far?

a. The kids I’ve met here & the community

b. The people and community

c. Community



Answer 1: Mac- a, Sophie- b, Natalie-c

Answer 2: Sophie-a, Mac-b, Natalie-c

Answer 3: Mac-a, Natalie-b , Sophie-c

Answer 4: Sophie-a, Natalie-b, Mac-c

Answer 5: Natalie-a, Mac-b, Sophie-c

Answer 6: Sophie-a, Mac-b, Natalie-c

Answer 7: Sophie-a, Natalie-b, Mac-c

Answer 8: Mac-a, Sophie-b, Natalie-c

Answer 9: Mac-a, Natalie-b, Sophie-c

Answer 10: Sophie-a, Mac-b, Natalie-c

Answer 11: Mac-a, Natalie-b, Sophie-c


How’d it go? Were you right? Hope you enjoyed meeting these 3 SAC newbies!

Aby Wolf – An Inventive New Sound

Vocalist and songwriter, Aby Wolf is known in the Twin Cities/Midwest music scene for her experimental songs and sweet songbird voice. Wolf mixes hip-hop sounds with folk noises to create a unique style of music reflecting her own rural upbringing and current urban lifestyle. Wolf has released three albums since 2009. Her First album Sweet Prudence combines soft with intense tones to creates almost Zen like songs, aiming to enhance listeners’ sense of calm. Currently Wolf lives in the Twin Cities, where she finds her quiet rural upbringing contrasting with the hustle and bustle of big city life. She credits this contrast for influencing her sound and bringing clarity to her lyrics.

In 2011, Wolf joined a collaboration called A. Wolf And Her Claws that focused on combing new and creative sounds to make truly electrifying music. The group’s use pop undertones, synth beats, and engaging percussion take their sound to more adventurous places. In 2013, Wolf released her second album, Wolf Lords, which incudes both dance-pop bangers and more sublime songs which are sure to please any listener out there. Wolf’s music allows the listener be perfectly content with getting lost in the noise. The album would also not be successful without the collaboration between Wolf and Grant Cutler. Cutler brings some seriously stunning musical sounds and beats to the album; that only enhance Wolf’s magnetic voice.

One of the best things about Aby Wolf’s music is its versatility. Not only is her sound unique and inventive, her tracks can be enjoyed in a variety of settings. Enjoy Wolf’s music while working out, lounging around, studying, or even when you’re getting ready for a night out on the town.

When you have a moment and are just looking for something new to fill your ears, check Aby Wolf’s band camp!

This weekend: Mad Max showing in Viking Theater

Stressed with classes and wanna relax with a movie? Come check out Mad Max this weekend in Viking theater! As usual, there will be three showings both Friday and Saturday night, 5pm, 7:30pm, and 10pm! See you there!

Mad Max:

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post apocalyptic Australia in search for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.


Have you ever been star gazing!? Whether you answered yes, or no, Astrophotography is for you. ADC is hosting an evening astrophotography event in the Natural Lands this Friday, October 2nd. Come stargaze, take incredible pictures, and relax underneath the night sky! Shuttles from Buntrock to the Natural Lands will be provided, but if you are feeling adventurous a glow-stick-lit path to Stogrow will also be provided!  Come and take your mind off of all your worldly duties and look to the stars.

You will be able to take pictures at this event with the help of the St. Olaf Astrology professors and the St. Olaf Photography Club. You do not need any previous photography experience! Make sure to tell us your email while you’re there so we can email you all the epic shots you take! Session starts at 9:00PM and goes until 10:30PM. This time is correct though it may appear different on posters for the event.See you all there!


*If the sky is clouded over the event will be pushed back to Saturday, October 3rd.*

S’mores in the Quad for the CC team!

Come celebrate the success of the Men and Women’s Cross Country Teams with S’mores for Some More Wins!  We will be having s’more in the Quad from 7:00 to 8:30 this Friday to show support, even though the team will be away.  Both the women’s and men’s teams will be running in the Blugold Invitational in Eau Claire, WI on Friday.  The women’s team will be running in the Carleton Invitational on Saturday October 3rd at 10:00 am, so please make an appearance to celebrate the team.  GO OLES!

Featured Volunteer Org: Supporting Special Needs

We are Supporting Special Needs (SSN) – a service organization focused on providing volunteer opportunities to students through Laura Baker Services Association (LBSA). This is a Northfield organization that supports individuals with developmental disabilities. We also host events to promote awareness about those with special needs. Last March, we promoted the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign on campus!

Meetings are biweekly on Thursday nights 7-8, and we meet to make crafts for the clients as well as seasonal decorations for LBSA. On the second Saturday of each month, LBSA hosts a Respite Event for younger clients to attend that we volunteer at. There are many opportunities and ways to get involved at different commitment levels! The commitment level is what you want it to be.

We find the experiences and interactions with the clients extremely rewarding, and we aim to promote and support equal opportunities for people with developmental disabilities!

what sayth you?

Sayth, a MSP-based rapper came to light up the art barn (with lights, synth beats and introspective futurism) last Friday. The show was bookended with an opening set and encore by Alex Tronson aka MSP-based producer North House, which at the end even got the Pause techs dancing. This was the first of Lair’s small concert series for fall semester and such an awesome way to start the year.



(pictured: North House steaming up the art barn––the pause techs helped create the vibe by setting up some sweet lights)

Eric Wells, aka Sayth, is originally from Eau Claire and plays shows between the cities and Wisconsin frequently, along with his producer friend North House and Baby Blanket––both of whom were at the art barn last Friday.



Sayth and North House just released a new EP called “Body Pillow,” which was released track by track until full copies of the EP were made available for purchase. You can learn more about their collaboration and Body Pillow here, which is decidedly darker than previous Sayth releases.




Sayth Tour
Go see Sayth at honey on 9/29 (next Tuesday)!

Those of you who may have missed the show or arrived at the very [sweaty] end, Sayth and North House are playing in another concert coming up next week at honey, a sweet venue in Northeast Minneapolis (definitely check it out if you get up to the cities sometime. Their main thing is music with low cover, small bites, and sweet drinks–perfect date night/friend outing. This is a 21+ event).

Interested in more MEC events? We’ve got some BIG IDEAS––we’ll be having more concerts in the art barn, the lair, and around campus this year! Stay tuned for more programming and exciting events, we’ll have updates rolling in throughout the year via Facebook, Oleville and the campus crier.


SAC presents: OLEYMPIC Homecoming 2015!

Hey Oles! Homecoming Week is already upon us! This year’s theme is OLEympics, and we have a variety of fun events lined up for you. Come and compete for your chance to win an OLEypmics gold medal or cheer on your friends. Free food and Ole swag will, of course, also be available throughout the week.

Don’t forget to like the Student Activities Committee Facebook page and follow the SAC Instagram account (stolafsac) for more details throughout the week (and year to come). We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our wonderful events!

Homecoming T-shirts

Monday, Sept. 21 & Tuesday, Sept. 22

10:30 am – 1:30 pm in front of the Cage.

You won’t want to miss your chance to get this year’s long sleeve Homecoming t-shirt! They are available for only $10 in several color choices: grey with gold ink, navy with pink ink, and dark green with white ink.

Opening Ceremonies 

Monday, Sept. 21

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm on Buntrock Plaza (Rain site: Crossroads)

We’re kicking off Homecoming Week with our Opening Ceremonies on the Quad! Games, food, swag giveaways, and music will be provided! Come have a great time and enter for the chance to win an amazing St. Olaf Flag!

Affirmation Day 

Tuesday, Sept. 22

11:00 am – 2:00 pm in front of the Cage

Do you have some friends on campus that deserve a gold medal or two? Stop by our table to write a message to any friend and grab a treat to give them. Let your buddies know why they are an olympian in your eyes!


Tuesday, Sept. 22

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in Viking Theater

Bring your friends and get in to the OLEympic spirit by watching the inspiring tale of Herb Brooks and the 1980 Olympic hockey team overcome insurmountable odds to win Olympic Gold! Get there early to grab your game food and watch the event that would become the Miracle on ice!

The 4th Annual Dodgeball Tournament 

Wednesday, Sept. 23

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in Tostrud Field House

It’s that time of the year again folks! Watch as players battle and show off their knowledge of THE 5 D’S OF DODGEBALL: DODGE, DUCK, DIP, DIVE, AND DODGE. And as always, just remember kids, the bruises will fade and legends will be made.

Trivia Night

Thursday, Sept. 24

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Pause Mane Stage

Do you know hundreds of seemingly useless facts about anything from Beyonce to Superbowl history? Bring a group of up to six friends down to the Pause for a fun night of trivia. There will be snacks and prizes to keep your brain on its A game.

King of the Hill

Friday, Sept. 25

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm at the Pause Mane Stage

Come watch Ole men show off their unique talents, dazzling wit, and crazy moves in an attempt to win the title of King of the Hill.

Homecoming 5K

Saturday, Sept. 26

7:15 am Check In, 8:00 am – 9:00 am at Skoglund Field House

Start your morning off right with the Homecoming 2015K! The event is hosted by the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, and students are welcome to join for only $5 (to be paid the morning of). Register at our booth during the Opening Ceremonies!

Face Painting for The GAME

Saturday, Sept. 26

11:30 am – 2:30 pm on the Quad and Manitou Field (starting at 12:45)

Get your game face on for Homecoming… Literally. A face painter will be available to decorate your face with all sorts of designs both on the quad during lunch and at the Football game!

Cookie Decorating and Lawn Games at The GAME

Saturday, Sept. 26

12:45 pm – 4:00 pm. Manitou Field

Don’t miss the Homecoming Football Game! Come down to the field to cheer on your fellow Oles, and enjoy playing lawn games and cookie decorating while you’re there!

Homecoming Pause Dance

Saturday, Sept. 26

10:00 pm – 1:00 am in the Pause

What do you think a true olympian does after the games are over? Dance the night away! Come join us for some dancing, snacks, and celebrating. Prove your olympic status and leave it all on the dance floor!