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Junior Branden McGarrity tied the Carleton College men’s soccer career goals record with a stylish second-half tally that earned the Knights a 1-1 draw on the home field of No. 15 Wartburg College.
The Carleton College volleyball team claimed two more wins on Monday, as the Knights picked up match wins over Finlandia University (Mich.) and the University of Wisconsin-Superior at Mortorelli Gymnasium Monday evening. With the two wins, Carleton has now won seven consecutive matches, which marks the programs longest win streak since the 2011 season. Carleton’s 17-win total is also the Knight’s most since the 2011 season (18).
In some ways, entering senior year is akin to waking up from a blissful nap as your roommate blares “All About that Bass.” It is harsh. It is a real paradigm shift.
Suddenly, your “LOL everything I do is just an experiment!” mindset gives way to “I can’t just ignore Piper Center e-mails anymore and wait, the GRE costs $200? How will I pay for Taco Bell?” For the last three years, fall has felt like a season of new opportunity, but now it’s more about the decay of your willpower and innocence.
Despite the onslaught of responsibility and pressure, there are some undeniable privileges that come with being a senior. Most of them are directly linked to giving yourself permission to not care about things. I’ve compiled a list of things that no longer matter to me now that I’m in my final (God willing) year of undergraduate education.
1. Eating alone. Underclassmen tend to assume that eating alone will irrevocably mark you as a leper. But admit it – there are days when you don’t want to talk to anyone. You just want to focus on your unidentifiable stir-fry from Bowls and three desserts, rather than shoulder the burden of small talk.
2. Impressing people. You have unlocked the secret of the universe, which is that literally no one cares if you wear elastic-waistband pants every day of the week. Literally no one cares if your obligatory class participation is an incoherent string of gibberish. Sweating the small stuff is not just unnecessary; it actually cuts into your valuable Netflix ‘n nap time.
3. FOMO. So-called “fear of missing out” is as inevitable as hunger, loneliness, physical pain, etc. But as a senior, you’ll find your FOMO steadily weakening, attaching itself only to the people and events that really matter. Senior year clarifies which friendships will prevail post-graduation.
4. Attendance. This may be a controversial point. After all, with tuition prices at an all-time high, an hour of class is worth more than 10 hours of minimum wage labor (yeah, think about that next time you’re counting the seconds until your shift is over). Still, you are allowed to set a higher priority than class – be it for your mental health, a job interview or a day of fun YOLO adventures with your senior friends.
5. Pretending that we’re at Hogwarts. Kildahl is still an eyesore, Quidditch is still on the ground. And I have most definitely accepted that I am not the “Chosen One.”
6. Being well-rounded. We can all more or less agree that it is worthwhile to study a broad range of subjects. St. Olaf is probably sucking for you if you don’t. I’m finally at peace, though, with having two or three skills and being utterly mediocre at everything else. If I can’t do math beyond basic arithmetic, it’s fine, because I was born this way hey.
Though senior year is somewhat maddening – and sometimes I spontaneously break into a sweat because I’m terrified of what comes next – I feel free. Younger friends, that is what you have to look forward to. It’s not apathy, not a lack of motivation; it’s having the confidence and wisdom to discern what matters.
The general consensus on long distance relationships at Carleton is that most don’t
work out, with winter term and over the summer cited as the most common times to split up.
What is a Student Naturalist?
Each Friday, a short column titled, “Arb Notes,” can be found on the very last page of the Carletonian.
At the beginning of the term, Carleton students joyfully ordered chicken tenders from Sayles Cafe, expecting five, deliciously crispy chicken tenders. Instead, students found that they had received only three strips of chicken, due to a change in policy by Bon Appetit.
Search engines can continue to amaze, while also qualifying a bit of an online hypothesis about John Oliver, who’s now on a roll since “Last Week Tonight” started airing on HBO in the spring of this year.
If you’ve come to any CANOE open meetings this term you will have seen that the couchboat room has been stuffed full of Carls excited to sign up for trips.
It’s a simple but incomplete routine: get up, grab your tea/coffee, and maybe glance at the news before starting your day.
It seems like every day there is someone new telling us what to eat.
NORTHFIELD, Minn. — The Carleton College women’s soccer team absorbed its first conference loss of the campaign, falling by a 2-1 tally to Macalester College
Alicia Flatt (Sr./Walnut Creek, Calif./Carondelet) claimed a match-best 42 assists
and added 15 digs to lead the Carleton College volleyball team in a four-set win (23-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-19) over St. Catherine University Wednesday evening.
The Carleton College football team made its longest road trip of the season, playing at national No. 23 Concordia College.
On Sunday, October 12th, the Carleton College theater season started with a whisper.
“There is no truth to the rumor that the [Northfield] Police are becoming more ‘hands-on’ at Carleton,” wrote Wayne Eisenhuth in an email early last week.
I always get drunk and hook up with this special someone on Friday nights. We don’t see each other much during daylight hours, but her parents are coming to Family Weekend and she wants me to meet them. I’m not looking to amp up our relationship; what do I do?
Thanks for your help,
Hong Kong has been following a “one country, two systems” policy since it was handed over to the People’s Republic of China in 1997 by the United Kingdom, which has allowed its people to enjoy both civil liberties and economic freedom.
A new student movement swept campus this fall, bringing with it a flurry of changed Facebook profile pictures and a new campus-wide attitude of responsibility. The “It’s On Us” campaign was introduced this year by the Student Government Association (SGA), in partnership with the Sexual Assault Resource Network (SARN) and the Wellness Center.
The campaign strives to educate the student body and raise awareness in order to create a campus culture that will not tolerate sexual assault and harassment.
The mission of the movement, found on the “It’s On Us” pages on Facebook and Oleville, is to “recognize that non-consensual sexual contact is sexual assault, to identify situations in which sexual assault may occur, to intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given and to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.”
The movement is part of a nationwide “It’s On Us” campaign launched by President Obama and Vice President Biden, which has been endorsed by celebrities including Jon Hamm and Kerry Washington and implemented in schools across the country. SGA President Rachel Palermo ’15 and Vice President Nick Stumo- Langer ’15 planned to address sexual assault prevention this year, and thus were eager to join forces with the White House. They tailored the national movement to fit the needs of St. Olaf, with the help of SARN and the Wellness Center.
“The value of having so many different groups on the subcommittee means we can bring to light ideas and voices from different parts of the St. Olaf community,” said SARN co-chair Jo Treat ’15. “This is important because sexual assault can happen to anyone, not just one group of people.”
“It’s On Us” in part works to combat rape culture. Rape culture is defined as the normalizing and trivializing of sexual assault. This toxic cultural mindset ranges from victim blaming, in which the survivor of sexual assault is blamed for somehow bringing on or asking for the assault, to seemingly harmless jokes about rape.
The campaign strives to replace this destructive attitude with a culture that fully supports survivors in the healing process and assumes shared responsibility for preventing sexual assault and harassment.
“If we do not tolerate rape and sexual assault on our campus, we can eliminate rape culture and prevent it from happening altogether,” Treat said.
“Although people may think that sexual assault doesn’t happen at St. Olaf, the reality is that it does happen, which is why we believe it’s on us to step forward and help our peers,” said Palermo. “Our mentality is that one is too many. If our campaign helps prevent even one sexual assault, or if it helps just one person feel comfortable enough to report something or seek resources, we will view our movement as successful.”
“Sexual assault is present in our community,” said Vice President for Student Life Greg Kneser. He stressed the need for students to personally intervene in a situation that seems like it may lead to sexual assault or harassment.
“Talk to your friends, think about this issue when you are in situations where you recognize that risk is present and take care of each other,” said Kneser. “Often people expect the police to handle it, the school to handle it, or assume organizations like SARN will handle it.”
Treat agrees about the importance of speaking up.
“When students have an awareness about this issue, that it can and does occur on this campus, they are more likely to step in when they see something happening and come forward if something does happen,” she said.
Students can join the campaign on social media by changing their Facebook profile picture to the “It’s On Us” logo, available through the “It’s On Us- St. Olaf College” Facebook page. There is a pledge available on the website, www.oleville.com/us to express solidarity with the campaign’s goals and commitment to taking responsibility for sexual assault. There will be more ways to get involved throughout the year.
Graphic Courtesy of Carina Lofgren
In late September, a Change.org petition began to circulate on Oles’ Facebook walls. Between “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” posts and cat videos was a letter pleading on behalf of a Carleton student faced with expulsion.
The petition outlines a series of events that took place on Sept. 15: a group of Carleton students took LSD in the Arboretum, one of them began seizing, then two others panicked upon witnessing the seizure. A sophomore in the group (whose threat of expulsion prompted the campaign) called for help, and the subsequent police investigation uncovered MDMA laced with meth in her dorm room.
The letter’s central claim is that if Carleton were to follow through with the expulsion, then it would set a precedent that discourages calling for help. Indeed, the petition title frames the issue as a simple action-reaction scenario: “Ask Carleton not to expel a student who called for help.” Action: student calls for help in medical emergency. Reaction: expulsion.
A key detail omitted from the petition is that the student caught with the drugs was already on probation for a drug-related offense, according to a story in The Carletonian. This is crucial for contextualizing the severity of Carleton’s disciplinary action. Another piece of glossed-over information involves the disconnect between the circumstances that triggered the seizure and the circumstances of the room search. The seizing student was tripping on LSD; the student who called for help was found to have MDMA (laced with meth) in her room. The possession offense that ultimately put expulsion on the table was unrelated to the events that endangered her friend.
Absolutely none of this is to say that medical amnesty is not important. It can, and does, save lives. But in this particular incident, a complicated case was manipulated to appear straightforward. If the student who called for help hadn’t been in possession of other drugs along with a history of substance violations, Carleton’s response would likely have been more forgiving. The students’ argument about setting a “disturbing precedent” is a stretch, at best. The letter reads like it invoked principle largely because it was the most convenient defense.
The petition did, in fact, garner more than the requested 1,500 signatures. It closed after receiving 1,957. Whether or not it had any bearing on the Sept. 26 decision to give the student a reprieve, we can’t be sure. In any case, the student is now facing a yearlong suspension rather than total banishment.
What we can take from this is that both drug policy and drug education need work, and not just at Carleton. Since drug experimentation is a reality for some college students, policy needs to be as unambiguous as possible, and always with the end goal of keeping students safe. Drug education also needs to expand in scope, because if the intellectual minds of a school like Carleton aren’t prepared for the consequences of use, then who is?
It’s unfortunate that it took a painful, terrifying night in order for these conversations to take place. Still, it has given us a valuable opportunity to take a critical look at the culture of substance use and discipline.
Abby Grosse ’15 (email@example.com) is from Shoreview, Minn. She majors in English with a concentration in women’s and gender studies.
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“I put out a lot of flyers!” Athletic Director Matt McDonald ’88 answered with a smile when asked what exactly his job involved.
“A lot of my job involves managing these events, evaluating staff, raising money and putting together resources,” McDonald said. He is also the head baseball coach and has led the St. Olaf baseball team to five NCAA appearances, four 30-win seasons and 18 20-win seasons in his tenure. He was awarded the MIAC’s coach of the year in 2007 for the third time in his career.
Under McDonald, St. Olaf has finished in the top three in the MIAC for 14 straight seasons. St. Olaf won the four-team MIAC Tournament in 2003, 2006 and 2009 and has been in the championship in seven of the event’s 13 seasons.
McDonald has definitely had an inspiring and successful career, so what’s the secret behind it?
“The biggest factor is our school’s ability to attract good athletes,” McDonald said. “Even if you have the best coaches and the best facilities, you won’t get anywhere if you don’t have good players.” McDonald likens it to finding the right talent for a choir.
McDonald says that members of the athletics department have been working on their recruiting methods.
“Academic standards have risen, so it’s very important to find the right person who can balance training with their studies,” McDonald said. McDonald conveyed that the athletics deparment spends more time recruiting than actually coaching, which proves just how important finding the right person for your team is.
“We work closely with the admissions office on finding the students that would fit and excel here,” McDonald said. “I always make sure to try and get to know the students, so there are no surprises either for me or for them when they get here, and a lot of the guys I’ve recruited I really enjoy spending time with.”
McDonald finds it very inspiring to be coaching at the place where he once played, having graduated from St Olaf in 1988. “I was in their shoes at one point, so I can relate to them,” he said. He feels that competitive spirit is at the heart of his philosophy. He knows sports are a very important part of many students’ lives when he sees them first arriving here at St. Olaf.
“To be involved in something where there is a winner and a loser is very important. Sure, the winning is great, but the losing hurts, and it teaches you how to deal with that and keep going,” McDonald said. “I believe competition, more often than not, brings out the best in people”
The rough weather has always been an issue for outdoor sports like baseball and football, but McDonald believes that St. Olaf is very lucky to have great indoor facilities.
“Even if you can’t practice outdoors, focusing on the fundamentals of the game is just as important. This is what you need to remember to keep going,” he said.
McDonald’s vision for the future is to provide athletes at St. Olaf with something special to match the quality they receive in their education. He hopes that coaches and administrators can match the passion for which St. Olaf professors and faculty are know.
“We’ve done well so far, and we plan on continuing do so,” McDonald said.
Graphic Credit: ETHAN BOOTE/MANITOU MESSENGER