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Cruising Club is a glorious tradition that commenced in 2004 as a way to unwind and get outside. President Poskanzer joined in for this week's relaxing bike ride that ended at a playground.
From the Reggae Night at the Cave to the Jollof rice cook-off between two students, the campus celebrated African culture through its music, dancing, and food.
Last Wednesday, May 13th, students were given the opportunity to watch an anime film and discuss the genre, the film, and its themes.
After an outstanding season that culminated in the first trip to Nationals in program history, the women's golf team capitalized on their success with a 6th place finish.
Designated hitter Nolan Baker and outfielder/catcher Hayden Tsutsui repeated as selections to the D3baseball.com All-Midwest Region Second Team.
The new field will make use of highly innovative grasses that will be denser and more uniform.
Interview with At Your Disposal, runner-up for Battle of the Bands, who will perform tomorrow at spring concert
Pizza oven, coming soon to a campus near you
This week at ETB, directors Sarah Meister and Wilson Josephson are attempting to put on all thirty seven Shakespeare plays in one hilarious ninety minute production
On the night of May 8th, Sam Holmes ’07, of Carleton Posse 2, was fatally shot and killed by a police officer in Fridley, Minnesota.
Staff writer Will Hardt sat down with True Lust members for a “couch interview” in Sayles. In this relaxed environment, the Battle of the Bands winners showed they don’t need their instruments to be entertaining.
An interview with Carleton Philosophy professor and member of the band, Daniel Groll. The Counterfactuals will play tomorrow at Spring Concert.
Junior Hart Hornor made his NCAA DIII Outdoor Track and Field Championships debut on Thursday and turned in an All-America performance by finishing third in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 30:51.74. He is one of three members of the Carleton College men’s track and field team slated to compete at Nationals, which runs through Saturday.
The Carleton College women’s track and field team sent a trio student-athletes to compete at the 2015 NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships, and all three Knights were in action on Thursday, the first of three days on competition at the Merrick-Pinkard Track and Field Complex.
The $30,000 award from Rotary International supports graduate-level studies related to the organization’s focus on humanitarian issues. Wakil will use the scholarship to pursue either a master’s degree in international relations at the London School of Economics or a master’s degree in refugees and forced migration at Oxford.
“I will also be interning with organizations such as Refugee Resource or Oxfam to help contribute to development and refugee assistance,” Wakil says.
Before enrolling in one of the two graduate programs in the fall of 2016, Wakil will spend a year in Vienna, Austria, working with an organization he co-founded called Ready Power.
Ready Power employs immigrants and refugees and helps them better integrate into Austrian society. Employees and their families also receive advice and help with their legal cases, government paperwork, and education. Wakil helped establish the organization three years ago and continued to work on it throughout his St. Olaf career.
In addition to his work with Ready Power, Wakil hopes to be involved over the next year with ORS Service, an Austrian organization that houses refugees before they receive asylum. He also plans to volunteer with the United World Colleges (UWC) National Committee of Austria.
A native of Afghanistan, Wakil moved to Austria at age 15, where one of his teachers suggested that the United World Colleges — international baccalaureate high schools that educate students in an environment of shared learning, collaboration, and international understanding to promote positive social action and build a more equitable and peaceful world — would be a good fit for him.
He attended the UWC in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, before coming to St. Olaf as a Davis UWC Scholar.
At St. Olaf, Wakil majored in studio art, political science, and economics, and was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha. He earned a Magnus the Good Fellowship to support his work on a project that re-examined international relations through the eyes of individuals affected by war, power, statecraft, and international law.
Wakil was a Nobel Peace Prize Scholar at the University of Oslo, where he researched peace and reconciliation regarding the ex-Yugoslavian countries with the Nansen Dialogue Center.
He also participated in Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School Junior Summer Institute. The institute is part of the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program, a national consortium of the top public policy and international affairs graduate schools that prepare college juniors for advanced degrees and careers serving the public good.
After he completes his graduate program in England, Wakil would like to work with the International Committee of the Red Cross or the United Nations Refugee Agency.
“I hope to help improve the life quality of refugees and ensure their protection in conflict zones,” he says.
For the second year in a row, Amelia Campbell (Jr./Sturgeon Bay, Wis./Sturgeon Bay), was named the Central Region Athlete of the Year.
The lone Knight to receive the honor of ABCA All-Region was Outfielder and Catcher Hayden Tsutsui (Jr./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth).
A $2.5 million gift from St. Olaf College alumnus Steven Fox ’77 will provide significant support for the theater program and students interested in studying abroad.
Fox’s gift will establish two endowed funds. The first fund of $500,000 will benefit the St. Olaf Theater Department. The second fund of $2 million will provide financial aid for students participating in international and off-campus studies programs.
The spendable income from each of the two endowments will be doubled each year through the Strategic Initiative Match (SIM), a St. Olaf Board of Regents program that provides matching funds for gifts above $50,000 that support the college’s strategic plan.
With those matching funds, the Steven Fox Fund for Theater will more than double current funding for student theater productions. It will be used to cover expenses related to lighting, sound, sets, costumes, props, and guest artists who serve as choreographers, designers, and dramaturges.
“This is an astounding gift,” says Professor of Theater Karen Peterson Wilson ’77. “The impact will directly affect St. Olaf students, faculty, staff, and the community long into the future. We are all profoundly grateful to Steven.”
The Steven Fox International Studies Fund will also have a significant — and direct — impact on students. With the matching SIM funds, the endowment will provide enough financial aid to fully support the international or off-campus studies of up to 55 students each year who may not otherwise be able to afford to participate in these life-changing programs.
“A gift of scholarship dollars is the single most valuable investment that can be made in our off-campus studies program,” says International and Off-Campus Studies Director Jodi Malmgren ’92.
She notes that Fox’s gift will help the college educate globally engaged students, maintain a high level of participation in off-campus study, and ensure equal participation by students of all financial need levels. More than two-thirds of all St. Olaf students study abroad before graduating, and the college regularly sends more students to study abroad each year than any other baccalaureate institution in the nation.
Last fall, Fox established two endowed chairs — the Patrick J. Quade Endowed Chair in Theater and the Robert Scholz Endowed Chair in Music — in honor of St. Olaf faculty members who devoted their careers to the college and made a positive impact on hundreds of students. Wilson is the first holder of the Quade Chair, and Associate Professor of Music Christopher Aspaas ’95 holds the Scholz Chair.
Senior designated hitter Nolan Baker and junior outfielder/catcher Hayden Tsutsui repeated as selections to the D3baseball.com All-Midwest Region Second Team. They are the only players in recorded Carleton College baseball history to be voted to multiple All-Region teams.
We have all been warned of the dangers of social media. In every conversation regarding blogging, tweeting or posting, one warning is consistently restated: once you put something on the Internet, the rest of the world is able to see it forever. In today’s world of technology, employers, potential romantic partners and even grandparents prowl social media, hoping to learn more about the lives of those they search. What you post is a crucial factor in determining how you are seen as a person.
But, we have all had our moments. We have all written a post that others were not very fond of. I admittedly have tweeted references to people that are less than flattering. Yes, you can manually delete posts, but what about the long-lost posts that people may accidently stumble upon that put you in a horrible light? Well, there’s an app for that now.
Clear is an in-the-works iOS app that flags old Twitter, Facebook and Instagram posts that could be considered offensive and will, upon request, delete them from your feed. According to Techcrunch, the app prowls your feeds not just for blatantly offensive posts containing, for example, profanities and racial slurs, but also for “warning signs like references to racial groups or sexual orientation.” The app can even analyze the general sentiment of past posts.
The creator of the app, Ethan Czahor, wanted to help others avoid the consequences of social media that he himself was unable to navigate. But how effective is the app? For one, it could be a useful device in helping social media users choose less offensive words. This could enforce better social media habits, and make people aware of what they post and its effects. Another great feature is that Clear does the work of revisiting old posts for you, which saves time if, for example, you have a job interview and want to clear your profile quickly.
The app holds people accountable for their posts by showing any faults and allowing them to decide whether or not to post, but there are some issues. For one, if someone decides to screenshot your post or photo, the app cannot erase that from the device afterwards.
Another misconception is that this new app will “clean up” social media. In theory, it could. However, those who use their social media as an outlet for airing grievances may not be willing to get the app. No one likes being told that they need to clean out their posts. People who are aware of their derogatory posts are not likely to be the ones to purchase and use this app.
While this app will help hold people accountable for what they post, it may also make it too easy for some to censor their past. We should all have to accept our faults on social media. Clear just makes it so you don’t have to pay for them later.
Margaret Shaver ’17 (email@example.com) is from Centennial, Colo. She majors in English and sociology/anthropology with a management concentration.