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Carleton College is pleased to present a performance by the acclaimed I Cantanti Chamber Choirs on Sunday, April 27 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The program, entitled “Mass Appeal,” will be preceded by a short discussion of the works being presented at 7:10 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Carleton Hosts its annual Foro Latinoamericano 2014, “The Politics of Memory and Forgetting in Latin America”
Carleton College invites the public to attend its annual Foro Latinoamericano 2014, “The Politics of Memory and Forgetting in Latin America, “ April 25-26 and sponsored by the Department of Latin American Studies. Each year, students, faculty and alumni of the Latin American Studies Program convene to share in an academic experience that brings to the fore and to campus a major topic, event, and country of Latin America. Originally designed as a capstone experience for the students of the program, the Foro Latinoamericano has been expanded to include a truly communal sense. The Foro provides the Carleton community at large with the opportunity to participate in a major event involving Latin America.
Louis Newman, director of advising and associate dean of the college, spoke with Education Week about how difference college and university academic calendars impact students' experience at that school. "You're only juggling three subjects at a time," he said. Carleton students can fit in nine courses a year versus eight for students who take four classes per semester at other colleges, which allows students to explore their interests a little more. "And if you get into a class that turns out not to be what you expected, it's over in 10 weeks," he noted. He added that the shorter "terms" don't allow for much missed class time, though. "The pace is very quick. If you're sick for a week, it's really hard to catch up," Newman said. "If you're a student who's struggling, it can be harder to recover from a slow start or a bad paper early in the term."
Playing as an individual, Ned Rohrbach carded a final-round even-par 72 and tied for 11th overall out of 87 players at the Bobby Krig Invitational hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College.
In its two previous conference doubleheaders, the Carleton College baseball team let a final-inning lead slip away in game one before getting a stellar pitching performance in game two to earn a split. The script played out the exact same way on Tuesday, as the Knights yielded two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and dropped game one to host Hamline University by a 5-4 tally. Behind a complete-game effort by Nolan Baker, Carleton bounced back and won the nightcap, 3-1.
The St. Olaf baseball team hosted MIAC rival Carleton College on April 8 in a doubleheader on Mel Taube Field. St. Olaf came into the game in strong form, having beaten Concordia College the previous day. The Knights proved too strong for the Oles in game one, running to an 11-6 victory. However, the Oles proved to be resilient and rallied to record a 13-8 decision in game two.
With the game locked at 5-5 in the first encounter, Carleton broke the game apart with a six-run offensive outburst at the bottom of the sixth inning. Sam Maus ’14 led the way for the Oles in the loss, starting the game with a solo shot and recording a run-scoring single in the second inning. Jake Mathison ’17 also recorded two hits in the defeat.
The Oles bounced back quickly in game two in what was an excellent team performance. Four Oles had multiple hits, and Chris Paradise ’14 drove in three runs in the 13-8 victory. Nate Gelle ’15 also starred for the Oles, recording 12 hits over seven innings. Gelle struck out five batters during his strong performance.
St. Olaf (15-9, 6-2 MIAC) currently sits in third position in the MIAC standings. They are in a strong position to reverse last season’s disappointment and claim a place in the MIAC post-season.
If gore and fear are clichéd techniques for keeping historical events current, what other approach can reawaken an audience’s horror? Joan Littlewood’s “Oh, What a Lovely War!,” recently revived by the St. Olaf Theater department and directed by Artist in Residence Gary Gisselman, argues that the answer is farcical comedy.
Through its outrageous humor, a position-oriented setting and ominous electronic headlines that tally the causalities of World War I, Gisselman’s production haunts the audience with the realization that war will never have a true victor.
Originally written to honor the 50th anniversary of World War I, “Oh What a Lovely War” explores the politics that led to the war, the reality of life both in the trenches and back home, the propaganda used to sustain both sides and the pointlessness of it all in the end.
Rather than following one solider through the war as many war memoirs do, the play calls for a circus master, Andy Lindvall ’14, who conducts goofy “war game” charades and keeps the audience invested. The show functions as a startling collage of experiences: soldier’s written works, statistics and song parodies from the 1900s that the cast ensemble effectively carries. These vignettes are shockingly interrupted by comical sequences that keep the audience from crying.
This nonsensical humor never feels insensitive but rather blurs the historical connection to the present enough that the audience does not realize what a terrible event they are laughing at.
One example includes soldiers in bayonet training who must hold their rifles in between their legs. One accidently shoots open a red umbrella, revealing his lack of a weapon. Other examples include stereotypical, country-specific step-dancing, bushy mustaches and jokes tailored to the St. Olaf audience. By the end of the first act, I felt guilty for having laughed at the subject matter, yet I knew that there was no way around it: It was just too hilarious to ignore. This contrast between loss and comedy proved to be the tension that would blossom into shellshock by the production’s end.
One way that this contrast was implemented was through the stark and mechanical setting that expressed the systematic nature of war. With commanders often standing on the balconies, the audience was positioned in effectively the same trenches as the soldiers. This view not only encouraged sympathy but also gave the audience a clear view of the historical photographs that displayed center stage. It also placed the audience beneath the headlines scrolling numbers of losses, leaving us forever looking up for progress or hope.
The stage itself was covered in cogs, one of which was placed upside down near the back where a structural beam lined up with the center third to create an upside down peace sign. Whether it was intentional or not, its ironic presence summarized the message of the play.
Finally, the production diverged from the script and rewrote the ending to force the audience to reexamine the philosophies of war. Following the heart-wrenching ode “Adieu la vie,” which included the whole cast, a recording of the cast naming every war and military conflict in recorded history played. With each named conflict, a cast member fell to the ground.
In the end, some were left standing to carry on, but far more had fallen. This culmination of wars reminds us of how many times we have sought to fix our differences through war and how many times we have failed.
By the end, I was at a loss. A loss of words, thought, spirit and heart. All that was left in my mind were thoughts of complete bewilderment over the gravity of the tragedy and sympathy for the fallen. Such is the mark of an effectively powerful production.
While many a history class covers World War I, it is easy to forget about the impact of the “Great War” when we often place the focus on World War II or more recent conflicts. World War I, however, destroyed an entire generation, left parts of the world broken and introduced mechanical harbingers of death the likes of which the world had never previously known. For these reasons and so many more, it is of the utmost importance that we do not forget the lesson we as a world learned from it: War has no winner in the end.
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With the post-spring break letdown, midterms, class selection and finalizing summer plans, it is no wonder that Oles dread this season of stress and craziness. When you factor in the room draw process, the entire first half of April becomes unbearable.
No matter how a school conducts room draw, it is bound to be stressful. After all, it is important for students to select the most compatible roommate and the most ideal location. However, St. Olaf’s in-person room draw system makes this process even more stressful, hectic and dramatic than it needs to be.
Think about it: in this age of Internet and interconnectivity, we still rely on a paper system. This paper system necessitates drama. First, we have to wait for little slips of paper with our room draw numbers on them to be placed in our P.O.s. After that, the intricately timed system requires an entire weekend of waiting in tense lines and making on-the-fly adaptations when our first and second-choice plans fall through.
Many colleges have room draw processes similar to our own; believe it or not, it is actually very common to have a completely offline room draw process. Still, other colleges have moved some or all of the rooming process online. Many colleges send students their draw numbers electronically. Others, such as Macalester College, use an online preference and ranking system for their room draw. In this system, students connect online with the friends they hope to live with and then rank their rooming preferences.
An online process like this takes pressure off students. In this system, students are better able to plan out their room rankings. Groups can meet, discuss and fill out their preferences together instead of solely depending on one member of the group to wait in line and select a living space. Sending one representative can result in stressful and compromising situations. If everyone participates in room draw, it is more likely that everyone gets a say in the living situation.
Additionally, an online system is simply less dramatic. There is something about the P.O. placement that conjures up pictures of students stressing around the mailbox area, waiting for their slips to come through. While receiving an email with your draw number is also stressful, at least students do not have to congregate and compare numbers in the same place. Waiting in line to select your room is an even more stressful prospect. An online selection, again, does not necessitate that everyone congregate in one place, watching to see who is successful and who is disappointed.
Many of St. Olaf’s selection processes have already been streamlined. An online room draw process could resemble online class selection. While all Oles know that course registration is complex, we can agree that it gets the job done fairly and efficiently. No one knows anyone else’s placement numbers. Some get into the classes they want; some don’t. It is still stressful, but at least we aren’t all standing around to see who got into a class and who didn’t.
Regardless of the process, room draw is bound to be dramatic. However, St. Olaf could mitigate this stress by switching to a room draw process that isn’t completely offline. All St. Olaf students have access to electronic resources; it is time to start utilizing them for the room draw process. With a new system, St. Olaf could make this time of year a little less stressful for everyone.
Maggie Weiss ’16 (email@example.com) is from Minnetonka, Minn. She majors in English and political science.
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On April 8, the words “forget the fear,” repeated from stories of children in Gaza, were repeated in Viking Theatre through a speaking event by Cindy and Craig Corrie, the founders of “The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.” Cindy and Craig encouraged students and community members of all ages to work to resolve the issue in Gaza in any way they could imagine.
“It’s the critical issue of our time. It connects to so many others,” Cindy said.
The eleven-year-old foundation was created in memory of their daughter, Rachel, a peace activist in Palestine who was crushed by a bulldozer while protecting the home of her host family.
After the confusion of September 11, Rachel sought to understand all that she could about the conflict of cultures, including eventually traveling to Gaza to participate in nonviolent protests against the Israeli government’s presence in the region. There, she wrote of her observations and sought to raise awareness about the shootings, governmental intimidations, destruction of wells and clearing of neighborhoods that she witnessed.
“Writing is brave. It is maybe the only brave thing about me,” Rachel wrote.
During her time in Gaza, Rachel stayed with the Nasrallah family and practiced the “BDS” approach to protesting: boycott, divestment, sanction. She also slept by wells in order to ensure that they were not destroyed in the night and held a press conference on the roof of a demolished neighborhood.
On March 16, 2003, Israeli government-funded bulldozers reached the Nasrallah family’s neighborhood. Activists stood between the houses and the bulldozers, and the machines consistently pushed the protesters out of the way but did not harm them. When Rachel tried to maintain her ground to protect the house, however, the bulldozer continued forward, rolling over her and then retracing its tracks, despite demands to stop.
The Corrie family sought legal justice for the death of their daughter by raising a trial against the State of Israel. After 15 court dates, the single judge decided in August 2012 that because Rachel had died in an “act of war,” the Israeli military was not guilty.
Disgusted with the results, the family formed the foundation and appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court. The case will be heard May 21, 2014.
Meanwhile, Rachel’s story has been transformed into two stage plays. The first, “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” is an internationally acclaimed production that in the past year was successfully performed in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The other is the work of St. Olaf alumnus who adapted the play in 2010 from Rachel’s published journals and letters.
This production, “I Stand Alone,” explores the many facets of Rachel and how she was more than any one role that she played in life. A video of the performance was played during the assembly in Viking Theatre.
In the same strain of remembrance, the Rachel Corrie Foundation works to promote education, the use of writing to advocate for equal rights and the provision of resources to grassroots groups.
Suggested ways to contribute include “adopting a newspaper,” in which the reader chooses a newspaper or media outlet to monitor. When an article concerning the Israeli-Gaza conflict comes up, the reader critiques the article if it seems too vague or incomplete and sends a thank you note for accurate reporting.
“The children of Gaza still dream,” Cindy said. “If you can think of anything to change the situation, not just help the people, but change the situation, it is truly a prison [there]. Now more than ever.”
The Corries wished Oles for Justice in Palestine luck and expressed their hope that students will explore the organization. Cindy also advised that the group network with more groups like it in the area.
“Everyone makes a difference in any small way,” she said.
Carleton College's Shannon Holden notched the second victory of her young career last Friday. Previously the MIAC's individual medalist at the conference championship in the fall, the Knights' rookie claimed first-place with a great performance in a head-to-head dual with conference foe Gustavus, Adolphus as her team played exactly even with the Gusties. For her performance, Holden was named the MIAC Women's Golf Athlete-of-the-Week for the second time in 2013-14.
The Carleton College men's track and field team opened its doors to tremendous competition when it hosted the Carleton Relays last weekend, and senior Adan Nunez-Frausto delivered a top-notch performance in the hammer throw to lead the Knights' field athletes. Nunez-Frausto set a new personal record while finishing third overall, and his throw was the top Division III performance at the meet, and one of the best in the MIAC this season. For his performance, Nunez-Frausto was named the MIAC Men's Outdoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week.
The Carleton women's tennis team won a pair of big conference matches last week to secure at least a share of its second MIAC regular-season title in the past three years, and it locked up the No. 1 seed in the MIAC Playoffs. Senior star Anne Lombardi was stellar in both the top singles and doubles spots in the Knights' lineup, going a combined 4-0 to help her team lock up the conference championship. For her performance, Lombardi was named the MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week for the second time in three weeks.
Hauck has co-led the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at St. Olaf alongside his father, Dave Hauck, for the past 25 years. He has led 13 women’s teams and 16 men’s teams to conference championships. Under his guidance, the men’s team has had 11 top 10 finishes and the women’s team three top 10 finishes at the NCAA Division III National Championships.
Hauck has also coached nine NCAA Division III individual national champions and 131 All-American swimmers and divers.
In 2009 Hauck and his father were named the NCAA Division III coaches of the year for men’s swimming, and they have earned coach of the year honors from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference seven times.
In addition to his coaching, Hauck was a record-setting and champion swimmer at the age group, high school, college, national, and masters levels. He swam at St. Olaf, where he was an All-American 23 times, won seven national championships, set three national records, and won the NCAA Division III Swimmer of the Year Award in 1987.
He graduated in 1987 and continued to compete at the national and international level until 1993. During these years Hauck was a United States Senior Open Finalist for seven years. He also was a member of the United States Post-Graduate National Swimming Team and the Athletes In Action Team.
“I have been so fortunate to have been surrounded by tremendous people like my father, my club coach Reed Wahlberg, and my high school coach Skip Boyum,” Hauck says. “They directly influenced my competitive career but also continue to impact my coaching career in positive ways. I have been incredibly fortunate to coach at St. Olaf, where we have the ability to attract and work with such high-level and committed student-athletes.”
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Becca Walz' had a walk-off single in game one and St. Olaf completed the sweep with a 9-7 win in game two in a MIAC softball doubleheader with Macalester College on Tuesday at Mabel Shirley Field.
World-renowned Chinese actors and musicians will present a not-to-be-missed evening of traditional music and ancient Chinese Kunqu opera on Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. The performance will feature superstar Kunqu opera actress Shen Yi-Li from Shanghai, accompanied by top professional performers of Chinese traditional instruments: Chen Tao (Dizi), Liu Li (Guqin), Xia Wenjie (Erhu), Gao Hong (Pipa), and Huang Shirong (Drum). This very special event is free and open to the public.
Rob Rothblatt, Carleton Class of 1983 and lead architect at AECOM, will speak about designing the new sustainable arena for the Sacramento Kings basketball team on Thursday, April 24 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Larson Meeting Room (236). Entitled “Sacramento Kings: A Sustainable NBA Arena for the Endless Frontier,” Rothblatt’s presentation is free and open to the public.
Philip Lilienthal, lawyer, philanthropist, and founder and president of Global Camps Africa, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, April 25 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Having Fun and Doing Good: Impacting HIV/AIDS Through Experiential Learning (the Camp Experience),” Lilienthal’s presentation is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
Ray Yong was 4-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI as the Carleton College baseball team pulled away visiting University of Minnesota-Morris for a 19-9 non-conference triumph on Monday. The Knights have now won eight of their last ten games.