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Student gains curatorial experience at prestigious Viennese museum

St. Olaf College - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:51pm

Part of her internship at the Weltmuseum Wien took St. Olaf College student Kirsten Schowalter ’15 into the storage areas of the museum’s collections, where she helped develop the digital object inventory in the museum database.

For St. Olaf College student Kirsten Schowalter ’15, an internship this summer with the Weltmuseum Wien — the Worldmuseum Vienna — was not only a chance to gain professional skills, but also an opportunity to apply her liberal arts experience in a professional setting.

“I was interested in working with Weltmuseum Wien because I felt the efforts of the museum were a summation of many of my experiences at St. Olaf,” says Schowalter.

Schowalter just completed an internship with the curatorial department at the museum, which is one of the most important ethnological museums in the world.

Home to more than 200,000 artifacts and ethnographic objects, including a feathered headdress thought to have belonged to Moctezuma II, the museum is housed in the famed Hofburg Palace, once the residence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s ruling Hapsburg family and currently the seat of the president of Austria.

The museum is undergoing a significant renovation that will reopen rooms that haven’t been used in years, making space for a number of new collections to be put on display.

“To give you a sense of scale, there are currently four exhibitions at Weltmuseum Wien, three of which are temporary,” Schowalter says. “By 2016, Weltmuseum Wien plans to open 15 new permanent exhibitions.”

Schowalter’s work related to the development of these new exhibits.

“I researched content that may be included in the exhibits and helped organize the objects so that the architects of the renovation project are able to have a smooth collaboration with the curatorial staff,” she says.

“It was a good experience for everyone involved,” says Barbara Plankensteiner, Schowalter’s supervisor and the museum’s deputy director, chief curator, and curator of the Sub-Saharan African collection. “Kirsten gained insider background and thought about both academic and field-related questions, and having a new person to work with always adds to the institution.”

Kirsten Schowalter ’15 stands in the Weltmuseum Wien. The museum is housed in the famed Hofburg Palace, once the residence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s ruling Hapsburg family and currently the seat of the president of Austria.

Getting credit
Through the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career, Schowalter’s internship counts for academic credit. She worked with Assistant Professor of Sociology Ibtesam Al Atiyat to investigate the sociological themes surrounding museums and prepare a formal presentation on the topic, which she will deliver on campus in the fall.

“Kirsten thought deeply about what constitutes a museum, reflected on the representation of other cultures at a museum located in Europe, and examined questions related to the ultimate purpose of a museum and the functions of power it serves,” says Al Atiyat.

“What is unique about her internship is that she was not simply going through the experience without engaging in a reflective critical assessment of the tasks she performed and the place she worked,” she adds. “The readings we added to her workload gave her internship a scholarly frame — a frame that fits well within the promise of liberal arts education.”

Schowalter says that the museum’s mission — to inspire “greater understanding of the global diversity of our world” — aligns with the course her studies have taken at St. Olaf.

“The museum’s work to communicate this diversity provided a platform for me to reflect on my experience at St. Olaf,” she says. “I’ve done coursework in Spanish, sociology/anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, history, dance, and political science, and been involved in Companydance. This internship helped me think about how I can communicate what I’ve learned from these experiences to others.”

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Hanson, Webb named to NABC Honors Court, Knights Earn Academic Excellence Award

Carleton Sports - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:11pm

Carleton College senior forwards Taylor Hanson (St. Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) and Cameron Webb (Portland, Ore./Lincoln High School) were recently named to the Honors Court as selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). In addition to the individual accolades garnered by Hanson and Webb, the Knights earned a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2013-14 season. As a team, the Knights posted a 3.455 cumulative GPA during the 2013-14 academic year.

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Physics and Engineering Camp earns Pentair grant for second year

St. Olaf College - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:38pm

St. Olaf Associate Professor of Physics Jason Engbrecht helps participants in the college’s summer Physics and Engineering Camp for Girls.

The Physics and Engineering Camp for Girls at St. Olaf College has received a grant from the Pentair Corporation for the second year in a row, allowing all participants of this summer’s program to attend free of charge.

One of nine camps that St. Olaf offers in the summer for middle and high school students, the Physics and Engineering Camp encourages young girls to explore the sciences.

During the camp, participants learn to design and develop a Rube Goldberg Machine, a complicated contraption that uses a number of whimsical and counterintuitive steps to accomplish a very simple task.

Past camp participants have designed machines to make a bowl of cereal, deliver a gumball, or put toothpaste on a toothbrush, says St. Olaf Associate Professor of Physics Jason Engbrecht, who is the program’s faculty leader (St. Olaf student teams won the national Rube Goldberg Machine Contest in 2012 and 2009 with the help of Engbrecht).

As part of the Pentair Corporation, the Pentair Foundation offers grants to programs that provide opportunities in STEM education.


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Annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale Raises over $31K for Area Non-Profits

Carleton College News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:29pm
Carleton's annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale raised a whopping $31,923 over the weekend, with proceeds of approximately $10,600 being given to each the Northfield Special Olympics, Project Friendship, and the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key). "We had a record year...despite our challenging circumstances," noted Kelly Scheuerman, Program Director for Civic Engagement Pathways. The popular annual sale typically takes place during Carleton's reunion weekend, but this year's event was postponed due to campus flooding caused by the Cannon River.
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Longtime St. Olaf faculty member named vice president for mission

St. Olaf College - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:55am

Jo Beld is a speaker and workshop facilitator for a wide array of higher education organizations, including the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association of Governing Boards, the Southern Education Foundation, and the Higher Learning Commission.

St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson ’74 has announced the appointment of Jo Beld as vice president for mission.

Beld, a professor of political science, currently serves as the director of evaluation and assessment in the St. Olaf Office of Institutional Research and Evaluation.

She takes over the role of vice president for mission from Paula Carlson ’76, who has been named president of Luther College.

Beld joined the St. Olaf faculty in 1984. For the last 13 years, she has led the college’s evaluation and assessment activities. Under her leadership, the St. Olaf assessment program received an award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The college’s assessment work is also featured on the website of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

Beld is a speaker and workshop facilitator for a wide array of higher education organizations, including the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association of Governing Boards, the Southern Education Foundation, and the Higher Learning Commission.

She is also a member of the advisory board for the National Survey of Student Engagement, the assessment director for an inter-institutional STEM project funded by the National Science Foundation, and an evaluator for a grant-funded project enhancing graduate student preparation for evidence-informed teaching in the arts and sciences.

Beld earned her baccalaureate degree from Bethel University. She went on to earn an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University. Her teaching and research specializations include American politics, public policy, ethics, and social science research methods.


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Trio named ITA All-Academic, Oles earn team academic honor

St. Olaf Athletics News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:00am
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Three St. Olaf women's tennis players -- Kristi Kroker, Maya MacGibbon and Caitlin Owsley -- were named ITA All-Academic while St. Olaf earned All-Academic Team honors on Thursday.
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Carlson, Schroeder named ITA Scholar-Athlete

St. Olaf Athletics News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:00am
SKILLMAN, N.J. - St. Olaf men's tennis student-athletes Ben Carlson and Michael Schroeder were named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athletes on Thursday.
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Students work to create a training program for cochlear implant users

St. Olaf College - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:53am

St. Olaf students Brandon Cash ’16 (left) and Rachel Bash ’15 work on a recording they will use in the training program for cochlear implant users they are developing this summer with Assistant Professor of Psychology Jeremy Loebach.

Why is it that some recipients of cochlear implants are able to understand speech very well, while others struggle to make sense of even the simplest sentences?

This is the question a new project through St. Olaf College’s Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program is investigating this summer.

“Although most implanted individuals do acquire the ability to perceive sound, there is substantial variability in how well cochlear implant users can understand spoken language,” says St. Olaf Assistant Professor of Psychology Jeremy Loebach, who is leading the research.

“This variability cannot be accounted for by differences in the cause of their hearing loss, the onset and duration of deafness, how old they were when they received their implant, or other surgical or physiological factors,” he adds. “Despite extensive research efforts, understanding why this variability exists and how to control it remains a significant clinical problem.”

Loebach is working with Rachel Bash ’15 and Brandon Cash ’16 to discover the cause of this variability. But more than that, they want to develop a way to train cochlear implant users how to improve their hearing.

“We believe that explicit training will provide implantees with a foundational set of neurocognitive skills that they can use to better develop auditory and speech processing proficiency, thereby reducing some of the variability observed in outcome and benefit,” Loebach says. “Essentially, we want to teach them how to hear.”

In search of a solution
Cochlear implants are electronic neuroprosthetic devices that are surgically implanted in the inner ear and interface with an externally worn microphone. By converting sound into electrical impulses and transmitting them directly to the auditory nerve, they enable people with severe hearing loss or profound deafness to artificially perceive sound.

This high-tech treatment might bring to mind the visor that restored sight to the fictional character Geordi La Forge in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. But unlike La Forge’s visor, which in the sci-fi series enabled him to see far beyond the spectrum of light visible to the naked eye, cochlear implants do not increase the range of sound users can perceive.

In fact, the electrode array that carries the signal has a maximum of 22 channels to represent sounds with frequencies between 20 and 20,000 Hz. A normal hearing ear, on the other hand, has some 3,500 hair cells to cover the same range. This means that cochlear implant users have to do “a lot more with a lot less information,” according to Loebach.

St. Olaf students (from left) Rachel Bash ’15, Katie Berg ’15, and Brandon Cash ’16 are working with Assistant Professor of Psychology Jeremy Loebach (right) on two separate projects researching training methods for cochlear implant users this summer — Bash and Cash through the CURI program, and Berg through a Magnus the Good Fellowship.

But Loebach hypothesizes that in addition to this reduced range, the variability seen in the success of cochlear implant users may be caused by the lack of any standardized training paradigm, particularly for adults.

“With children there’s a lot of rehabilitation,” Loebach says, “and they will often have teams of audiologists following them throughout their early developmental years. But most adults who get a cochlear implant after they’ve lost their hearing get nothing. They’re left on their own to figure out how to learn how to hear again.”

In order to address this problem, Loebach and his students have been testing cochlear implant users in order to illuminate what it is that those who are successful are doing differently from those who are struggling. Armed with that information, the group can then modify their training program to specifically target those differences.

“The approach that we’re taking is that if we can better understand what the people who are doing really well are doing, and whether that’s something about the implant, the training, or about just how they understand the world and perceive sound, then we can make a standardized training program to help the people who are struggling to do better,” Loebach says.

Testing and training
The test is a computer program that works by playing recordings of different auditory stimuli, from ambient noises like a cash register closing to individual words and sentences. The cochlear implant user repeats back what they think they heard, and is then shown the correct response while the sample plays again. One important set of stimuli are anomalous sentences — sentences that are grammatically correct but have no meaning, like Noam Chomsky’s famous example “Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.”

Loebach includes these anomalous sentences because they force listeners to rely on their sense of hearing to identify the words, not on linguistic context.

“When people have severe hearing loss, they tend to rely on context more and more,” he says. “We find that many cochlear implant users do indeed use this strategy, and perform very well on meaningful sentences. But for the anomalous sentences, context cannot help you to identify the words. Many cochlear implant users struggle with such sentences, and including such stimuli in training will teach the user to rely on their hearing, rather than the sentence context. So by removing the linguistic context of the stimuli, we can see what acoustic information cochlear implant users can make use of, and how this compares to their speech perception abilities.”

Loebach and his students hope to test at least 100 cochlear implant users over the course of the year. With that data, they will be able to develop their training model and put it into action.

Audio samples


Above is a recording of an anomalous sentence — “Plans now are a stiff pin for landing” — that has been altered to approximate what it might sound like to cochlear implant users. Below is the unaltered recording.


A multidisciplinary collaboration
In addition to his project with Bash and Cash, Loebach is also working with Katie Berg ’15 on a separate project through a Magnus the Good Fellowship. He and Berg are investigating whether musical training can benefit speech production and perception in cochlear implant users.

The study is looking at both pediatric and adult cochlear implant users, and will use several exercises to work on improving pitch discrimination abilities, an area where most cochlear implant users struggle. Loebach and Berg hope that improvement in pitch discrimination will also help cochlear implant users improve their speech intelligibility and production skills.

“I like that these projects combine music and psychology,” Berg says. “It’s the perfect mix of psychology and music. I didn’t ever think I would use my aural skills knowledge in the field of psychology, let alone to help someone else, so that’s pretty exciting.”

Cash says he was fascinated by the idea of teaching people how to hear.

“I’ve always loved music, and so I’ve always thought that hearing is important, because that’s how I enjoy what I love,” he says. “I took the Psychology of Hearing course with Professor Loebach, and then he brought up cochlear implants and the idea of helping people to hear again, to relearn how to hear. It just seemed like such an appealing idea to me. It’s related enough to my studies that I’m interested, and it’s far enough away that I feel like I’m expanding and growing.”

What interested Bash about the project was that it combined research with working with people.

“I wanted to get a sense of what research was like, as well as what it’s like to work with people,” she says. “I’m trying to decide whether I want to go into research versus something more with people, and I think this will help me decide. And this is starting to become a real passion of mine too, so I might even consider doing something with speech and language in the future.”

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WCCO-TV highlights success of company started by St. Olaf students

St. Olaf College - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:46am

Recent St. Olaf graduates Erik Brust ’14 (left) and Connor Wray ’14 (right), along with business partner Jamie Marshall, sample a few JonnyPops at their manufacturing facility.

“An idea that started in a college dorm room has grown into a fruitful business for three recent college graduates,” notes a WCCO-TV profile of a frozen pops company founded by four St. Olaf College students.

The students — Erik Brust ’14, Connor Wray ’14, Andrew Sather ’14, and Kilian Wald ’14 — started JonnyPops with the support of an Entrepreneurial Grant from the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career.

Their business plan led them to take first place at the inaugural Ole Cup entrepreneurial competition this spring.

The group began by selling the pops at just two locations. Now, as the local CBS affiliate notes, JonnyPops are sold at 2,000 locations in seven states and will make their debut at the Minnesota State Fair later this summer.

A portion of every JonnyPops sale goes to the Hazelden Foundation, which helps those suffering from drug addiction.

JonnyPops has also garnered the attention of KMSP-TV, KSTP-TV, and the Star Tribune, among other media outlets.

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Swimming accident claims the life of De’Angelo Williams ’12

Carleton Sports - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:37pm

The Carleton College community mourns the death of De’Angelo Williams ’12, who tragically drowned in a swimming accident on a western Wisconsin lake on Sunday, July 6.Williams, 24, was a political science and international relations major. He was also a three-year starter on the Knights football team, accumulating 74 tackles in 28 games to go along with five interceptions.

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California business magazine highlights St. Olaf’s career data

St. Olaf College - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:44pm

“Today’s parents and students are asking harder questions about their return on investment,” a recent story in Comstock’s magazine titled “Attention College Shoppers” points out.

And, the California business publication notes, St. Olaf College provides clear answers through “a searchable database on its website that gives fine-grained detail about the first place students land after graduating.”

That information, the story says, “could sway college-shopping students and parents curious about what the market might hold if they pick St. Olaf and choose that major.”

The database is part of the college’s Outcomes initiative, which aims to clearly outline the return on investing in a St. Olaf education.

The initiative has garnered the attention of USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the Hechinger Report.

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Students investigate the geophysics of Antarctic ice streams

St. Olaf College - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 2:14pm

St. Olaf students (counterclockwise, from top left) Kevin Dalla Santa ’14, Brian Craig ’15, and Adam Wood ’16, along with past researcher John Christian ’14, are working with Professor of Physics Bob Jacobel (center) to analyze geophysical data from Antarctica.

Last year St. Olaf College Professor of Physics Bob Jacobel was part of a team of researchers that made international headlines when they successfully drilled through 800 meters of ice — almost half a mile — to take microbial samples from subglacial Lake Whillans in West Antarctica.

But the story doesn’t end there.

This summer Jacobel is working with Kevin Dalla Santa ’14, Brian Craig ’15, and Adam Wood ’16 to analyze all of the geophysical data gathered over the course of that project and present it in one, overarching paper.

“There’s more of the story yet to be told,” Jacobel says.

The summer project, supported by the National Science Foundation, is part of ongoing research at the college’s Center for Geophysical Studies of Ice and Climate (CEGSIC), which Jacobel directs. The project also falls under the umbrella of the college’s Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program.

Dalla Santa, Craig, and Wood are working with data that Jacobel and postdoctoral scientist Knut Christianson ’05 gathered while working with a team of scientists from eight different U.S. institutions on the Whillans Ice Stream in West Antarctica. The Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) project is funded by the National Science Foundation and aims to study the geobiology of subglacial lakes in West Antarctica as well as the dynamics of ice sheets.

Looking at the dynamics of ice
Although WISSARD is primarily a study of subglacial ecology and extremophiles, organisms that thrive in conditions that are inhospitable to other forms of life, the geophysical data Jacobel has gathered has broader applications in glaciology. Working with this data is the primary goal of this summer’s project.

“The geophysics that we do helps define where the best place to drill is, what kind of conditions they’re likely to find down there, and how that spot relates to the areas around it,” Jacobel says. “But at the same time, we’re looking at the dynamics of the ice and how that can respond to climate change.”

As part of the research they are conducting with Professor of Physics Bob Jacobel, St. Olaf students (from left) Brian Craig ’15, Adam Wood ’16, and John Christian ’14 test ice-penetrating radar in clear lake water by looking at sediments and bedrock below.

Jacobel uses an ice-penetrating radar system to gather data about the topography beneath a glacier and the way an ice stream is flowing. The radar, which works the way sonar works in water, can tell researchers the thickness of the ice, where the ice has thawed and if there’s liquid water present beneath the ice — it can even detect layers of atmospheric fallout, like volcanic ash, that became buried in the ice over time.

“That provides a climate record, but the way that these layers deform also tells us about the way the ice is flowing,” Jacobel says. “All that is key to understanding the dynamics of what’s going on.”

WISSARD began in 2010 and is now in its final stages, with one more bore hole scheduled for the coming season. Though several of the most important geophysical findings have already been published, Jacobel and his students are working to present all the data CEGSIC has gathered over the course of the project in a single comprehensive paper.

As a part of the group’s summer activities, they also read and review papers and proposals from other scientists.

“Knut and I get proposals to evaluate as part of the peer-review process, and we think it’s important to share them with the students so they get an idea of how to be critical and helpful at the same time and how to be discerning of whether an idea is good or not,” Jacobel says. “It also teaches them how to write strong papers and proposals themselves.”

More research ahead
In addition to reviewing other research proposals, the group is planning for its own operations post-WISSARD. Jacobel and Christianson have submitted proposals for a new project in Greenland as well as on another ice stream in West Antarctica. That project would be similar to geophysics being done with WISSARD, and would center around an area of the ice sheet known as the “grounding line.”

“The grounding line is a very crucial area where the ice first comes in contact with the ocean,” Jacobel says. “It’s the important point of interaction where the whole thing can begin to collapse. During our spring exam period there were two papers that came out in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters that made headlines in all the national media because they said ‘Whoa! The retreat of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has begun, and it’s irreversible!’ I think it was that word, irreversible, that caught everyone’s attention. Those papers were from studies at a grounding line at another place in West Antarctica similar to the one that we’re studying. So grounding lines are kind of where it’s at right now.”

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Knights' 2014 Recruiting Class No. 20 in the Nation

Carleton Sports - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 1:32pm

For the third in the last five seasons, the Carleton College women’s tennis team will bring in a national top-20 recruiting class, as ranked by TennisRecruiting.Net. The Knights, fresh off an undefeated conference season and third consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships, will welcome the talented first-years to the program as Carleton seeks to continue its recent success.

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Public Invited to Third Annual Northfield Film Fest

Carleton College News - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 1:53pm
In collaboration with the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium, Carleton College is pleased to host the third annual Northfield Film Festival, running Tuesday evenings during the month of July. This year's theme is "The Hollywood Renaissance" and will feature popular films from the 1960s and 1970s, including "Bonnie and Clyde," "The Graduate," "2001: A Space Odyssey," and "Chinatown." The series will also feature screenings of three short films created by area students—one each from Carleton, St. Olaf College, and Northfield High School. Screenings are free and open to the public and will be held Tuesdays evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema (Third and College Streets in Northfield).   
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Knights Take Home 34 Academic All-Conference Honors

Carleton Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 1:35pm

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its 2013-14 Winter/Spring Academic All-Conference honorees today, with Carleton student athletes earning distinction 34 times. To qualify for recognition, student athletes must be a sophomore, junior, or senior, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

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Star Tribune chronicles the return of a pilfered pennant

St. Olaf College - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:29am

St. Olaf President David R. Anderson ’74 (right) and Carleton President Steven G. Poskanzer hold the recently returned pennant.

“When Charles ‘Chuck’ Schwenk showed up at his 50-year reunion at St. Olaf College last month, he didn’t come empty-handed,” notes a story in the Star Tribune. “He brought an oversized pennant that he and a group of Oles had stolen from nearby Carleton College more than 50 years before.”

Schwenk, along with classmates Al Andersen and Harry Schumacher, presented the pennant to St. Olaf President David R. Anderson ’74 at a reunion dinner.

“They were trying — but failing — to look repentant,” Anderson quipped.

Last week he returned the pennant to Carleton College President Steven Poskanzer, who was happy to have it back — and promised “general and lifelong amnesty to all the people who were involved.”

Star Tribune reporter Erin Adler notes that the easy banter between the two presidents is just one sign of a culture of collaboration that has developed between the colleges.

“That includes joint academic projects and faculty partnerships,” she writes. “On the social side, students can eat at the other college’s cafeteria using their regular dining card, and a joint fundraiser was recently held in which students could ‘Date a Carl’ or ‘Date an Ole.’”

The institutions have so much in common “that the rivalry is all fun these days,” Poskanzer tells the paper.

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Political Science Professor Keiser Weighs in on Obama's Minnesota Visit

Carleton College News - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 2:10pm
In advance of President Barack Obama's recent visit to Minnesota, the Washington bureau of the Star Tribune reached out to professor of political science Richard Keiser to gauge the President's popularity in Minnesota, in light of Obama's national approval ratings. Minnesota remains a DFL stronghold, but as Keiser notes, “It’s unclear whether Democrats have anything to fear...but they can’t afford to have the loyal troops taking it easy.” The entire article can be found here.
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Annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale Rescheduled for July 12 and 13

Carleton College News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 1:55pm
Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) has rescheduled its annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale for Saturday, July 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the West Gym on the Carleton campus. The popular annual sale converts the unwanted year-end possessions of Carleton students into bargains for local residents and cash for local charities. The sale, which is typically held every year during Carleton’s reunion weekend, was postponed this year due to Cannon River flooding on the campus.
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Music on Trial: May 9

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 11:29am

One of the main reasons I was interested in coming to St. Olaf was my desire to play music. My high school didn’t have much of a music scene that catered to my taste, so I had high hopes that St.Olaf would. I had just picked up the electric guitar and I was anxious to play house shows and be in a punk band. But when I finally arrived at St. Olaf, I found this dream to be very distant from the reality.

There wasn’t much of a campus band scene, I never attended a house show (because I couldn’t find any), and consequently I did not play music for quite a while.

It was a weird time and place for me. But then I was encouraged by my friend Adam to play bass. I saved up about 200 bucks and I finally got back into playing music again. The next thing I knew, I found myself halfway through my junior year and playing shows. Snippets of my original perception of Olaf were slowly coming into fruition. Suddenly, music began making its way back into my life.

While this change was happening, the notion of community at St. Olaf became even clearer for me. I didn’t care much for the word and for what it meant, but somehow I was compelled to act on what I wanted a community to be like musically. I vividly remember the Beck Song Reader Project that happened last year in Fireside. It displayed the potential of the St. Olaf community’s musical creativity. This is what I wanted DNNR PRTY to accomplish this year, and we did it.

As a senior at St. Olaf, I have had the opportunity to see a drastic change in the music community, especially compared to what I saw freshman year. My senior year has confirmed that we are not a school full of jam bands that lack originality – in fact, we are the opposite. Authenticity exists if we push it and creativity will find its way.

These past two weeks, I’ve been proud to be an Ole because it seems we are now entering a new phase of St. Olaf’s musical history. When I was a freshman, I saw Dewi Sant open for Cloud Cult. The contrast between the audience and artist were incredibly disparate. Yet I did not find the same crowd when everyone silenced themselves to hear Appomatox play. There are many things that I dislike about St. Olaf, but campus music is not one of them.

I hope the creativity and originality of the flourishing music scene continues and that we can become a role model for other campuses’ attempts to create strong musical communities.

So to the remaining underclassmen of St.Olaf: over the next couple of years, enjoy what this awesome campus music scene has to offer. You all are in for some treats.

Lastly, I sign off this letter with lots of delight knowing that my dream for St. Olaf may finally be coming true.




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