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Five players finished in double figures—paced by Kevin Grow’s double-double—as the Carleton College men’s basketball team secured a 71-65 overtime victory against visiting Augsburg College.
Renowned composer and pipa master Gao Hong invites the public to an evening of music and storytelling on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Using the pipa, a pear-shaped traditional Chinese lute, Gao Hong will share her own personal adventures, using the versatile instrument to take the audience along a three-part journey beginning in old China and continuing to the musician’s life today. Entitled “Gao Hong on the Highway,” this fun and experimental concert is free and open to the public.
At the annual Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championships of 2014, the Carleton Chess Club came away with a flourish of three awards, having competed against the top schools in the nation. The tournament was held December 27-30, at the Hilton Garden Inn in South Padre Island, Texas.
Northfield pub retracts invitation to controversial Holocaust denier.
Nearly 50 years after St. Olaf College alumnus James Reeb was killed for his participation in the civil rights movement, President David R. Anderson ’74 and students traveling through Alabama as part of a history course gathered in Selma to honor him.
The group, which included the 12 students taking Professor of History Mike Fitzgerald’s Creating Southern History course, laid wreaths at two historical markers in the city.
Reeb, who graduated from St. Olaf in 1950, was working as a Unitarian Universalist minister in Massachusetts when he turned on the TV in the evening of March 7, 1965, and saw the coverage of Selma’s “Bloody Sunday.”
As someone who had spoken out for civil rights, desegregation, and an end to Jim Crow laws, Reeb was inflamed by what had happened in Selma. So when Martin Luther King Jr. called on clergy of all denominations to join him for a peaceful march in the city, Reeb left Boston and headed south.
The march was scheduled for that Tuesday, but King temporarily called it off amid fears of an ambush. That evening, Reeb and two other ministers visited a diner run by local black citizens. As they were leaving, four white men attacked them on the street. Reeb died from his injuries in a local hospital two days later.
Reeb’s death inspired a wave of nationwide protests, memorial services, and calls for federal action, helping to create the political groundswell that President Lyndon Johnson needed to introduce new voting rights legislation — a fact referenced in the new Academy Award-nominated film Selma.
On March 15, 1965, four days after Reeb’s death, Johnson invoked his memory — “that good man” — as he introduced the Voting Rights Act to a joint session of Congress.
At Reeb’s memorial service, held in Selma that same day, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the eulogy.
“In his death, James Reeb says something to each of us, black and white alike — that we must substitute courage for caution, that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered him, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murder,” King told mourners. “His death says to us that we must work passionately, unrelentingly, to make the American dream a reality, so he did not die in vain.”
St. Olaf Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity Bruce King says Reeb symbolizes the idea that one person’s actions can make a difference.
“He was someone who acted on his convictions, and it made an impact,” King says.
Read local news coverage of the event.
Winter has once again settled over the Arb, and with this new blanket of snow comes a change in the color palette of the Arb.
The majority of Carleton’s student population is not from Minnesota, or even from the greater Midwest.
I am a firm believer that solitude is essential for the soul.
From time to time, article submissions pop into my inbox that trouble me, sometimes very deeply.
It has come to our attention that Norman Butler, the owner of the Contented Cow and Chapati, has invited a man named James Fetzer to speak at the Contented Cow four times between February and May as part of a series of “Cow Talks.”
Over the past two weeks, news of the tragedy at the Paris office of satire magazine Charlie Hebdo has made its way to every corner of the globe.
Why does everyone write music about love? If one were to take a survey of American popular music of the last 50 to 60 years and use that to determine what human life was like during that time, it would give the impression that love is really the only emotion that people feel, or at least the only one that people write songs about.
“Save the Last Dance for Me,” “Unchained Melody,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “In My Life,” “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Wonderful Tonight,” “I’ll Be There,” “My Girl” . . . the list goes on.
Think of the stupid songs we slow-danced to in middle school, believing that this one-hit-wonder gem perfectly related how we felt while we stared wistfully into our loved one’s face (from a safe distance). Clearly, there are other emotions we feel which have the potential to be – and have been – expressed through music such as anger, happiness, fear, awe, etc., yet the love song is the favorite by a long shot. Why is that the case?
There’s the cynical take, which states that love is an effective mood which musicians use to sell music. If music is meant to be emotionally appealing, then love is an ideal topic. Everyone relates, or wants to relate, to a love story. It is universally ideal in a way that something like anger can never be in that it seems everyone is in some varying progression of a romantic relationship, or everyone wants to be there:
In a relationship? You relate to the song perfectly. Not in a relationship? You wistfully want to relate. Just done with a break-up? You sob into your gallon of Kemps Cookies ‘n’ Cream. Everybody is into it, so everybody buys it. Hence, capitalism, supply and demand, bada bing bada boom. All of a sudden, everyone is selling love songs. The less cynical side of the argument is to consider the emotion of love itself. Have you ever tried to describe the feeling of being in love? It is an exercise in frustration, the words rolling out like explorers trudging in molasses that has been frozen in a snowstorm. We end up talking about it indirectly. We write songs and poems and hope to God that someone understands us. Once again, a lot of other feelings come out pretty easily; hate, for instance, is easily described as the feeling you get when you would enjoy nothing more than kicking that ONE GUY’S TEETH IN GRAAAAGTHGH. Love does not come out easily, and so lends itself to strange side roads and metaphors that, to be completely honest, seem to have little to do with love itself.
Maybe the answer comes somewhere in the middle of cynical and hopeful. We write and listen to love songs because it is an ideal we want to experience. Why? Because we feel alone. While we surround ourselves with other people, filling up our headspace with incessant chatter, what we really want is something deeper with another person that extends past talk and moves into something more emotionally grounded. We presume that this “something more” is the feeling of love.
So we write about it, talk about it, try to feel it and listen to it. It is a shared experience of connection. Hence, a fitting topic for music, the most ready and egalitarian medium of human experience.
Colby Seyferth broke the school record for the heptathlon to highlight a weekend of great performances for the Carleton College men’s indoor track and field team at the MSU Multi and Open hosted by Minnesota State-Mankato. Seyferth finished second overall with 4,579 points, a figure that is tops in the MIAC and currently ranks seventh in the nation.
The Carleton College women’s track and field team took part in the MSU Open this weekend, a meet held at Minnesota State-Mankato. The field was largely comprised of NCAA Division II programs, giving the Knights a solid early-season challenge. Sophomore Zoe Peterson broke the school's triple jump record, and junior Ruth Steinke turned in the Knights' top performance, posting a nearly 13-second margin of victory in prevailing in the 3,000-meter run.
The Carleton College men’s swimming team was nearly even with Saint John’s University on Saturday, but the host Johnnies benefitted from receiving no competition in the diving events en route to a 136-101 dual meet score.
The Carleton College women’s swimming and diving team won eight events and secured a 129-113 dual meet victory over College of Saint Benedict on Saturday afternoon.
First-year Kevin Grow finished with a team-best 14 points and played shutdown defense at the other end of the floor but the Carleton College basketball team was out-scored 12-4 in overtime, falling at Macalester College by a 57-49 tally.
Skylar Tsutsui paced four players in double figures as the Carleton College women’s basketball team completed a season sweep of Macalester College, posting a 63-52 road victory.
The Carleton College women’s basketball team made the journey across the state to face Concordia College, but the Knights were unable to snap their recent slide and absorbed a 68-38 defeat.
The Carleton College men’s basketball team saw it’s season-best three-game win streak halted with a 58-48 setback on the road against Concordia College.