Letter to the Editor: October 17, 2014

Manitou Messenger - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:00am

I was saddened by the article “Pope’s leadership suggests modernized church” (Sept. 26), written by Scott Johnson ’18. Johnson claims that the Church is still “living in the 10th century” by upholding its stance on artificial contraception and premarital sex, and that it had better “reevaluate” if it wants to survive and ensure its pew membership.

As a Catholic myself (which I assume Johnson is not), I wish to clarify these common misconceptions. Yes, the Pope is initiating some much-needed changes, but Scott claims that if Francis slackens the Church’s stronghold on premarital sex and contraception, it will not undermine the core values of the Church. This is simply not true.

The Catholic Church has always faithfully upheld its doctrine on sexuality because marriage and the family are the basic structures for all of society. Dissolve the family, and there is no stability in our culture or our faith: children are slaughtered in the womb, single mothers abound, and fathers bed-hop with no sense of commitment. We have already seen these tragedies ravage our world, and the Church offers the only real solution by requiring men and women to take responsibility for their sexuality rather than using sex solely for selfish personal gain, as artificial birth control and cohabitation promote.

The number of practicing Catholics may be falling, but it is not, and never has been, the Church’s goal to be popular. The Church’s mission is to bring souls to heaven, and these “rules” about sex are not to suppress and control us, but to help us become responsible human beings who want what is best for one another. Catholic membership is not falling because the Church is backwards and irrelevant, but rather because most people don’t have the cojones to be a faithful follower of Christ. Yes, Jesus had mercy on prostitutes and tax collectors (as Pope Francis does today) but he also required them to leave their sinful ways and follow Him. The Catholic Church today is no different.

Also, Catholics are only against artificial birth control. Natural birth control, aka Natural Family Planning, is widely practiced by those who don’t want to have 15 kids or “protect” themselves with pieces of latex and harmful drugs. And according to a US News story from July 2013, a study conducted by the Family Research Council found that Catholics have better sex lives than any other demographic group; you can read the article at

Please check your facts if you ever write about the Catholic Church in the future.

Anna Priore ’16 ( is from Kenyon, Minn. She majors in English with a concentration in biomedical studies.

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Third Time's the Charm; Hart Hornor Honored Again

Carleton Sports - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:58pm

Junior Hart Hornor led the Carleton College men's cross country team with a top-10 individual finish at the UW-Oshkosh AAE Invitational, helping the Knights to a top-13 team finish among a loaded field of nationally-ranked Division II and III teams. For his performance, Hornor was honored with his third MIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2014 season.

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Ruth Steinke Secures Another MIAC Weekly Award

Carleton Sports - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:51pm

The Carleton College women's cross country continues to assert itself as a regional and national power, and its latest performance at the star-studded UW-Oshkosh AAE Invitational was another step in the right direction. Junior Ruth Steinke ran a career-best time, earned a top-10 overall finish, and led Carleton to a 13th-place finish in a field loaded with nationally-ranked squads. She was recognized for her performance with her second MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week honor in the last three weeks.

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This Week In History: 10/19 – 10/25

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:47pm

Sunday, October 19th:  Pomp and Circumstance Premiers

On October 19th, 1901, the first movement of the Pomp and Circumstance Military Marches premiered in Liverpool. Composed by Sir Edward Elgar, this first movement, commonly known as “Pomp and Circumstance” has become the stereotypical music for high school and collegiate commencements. The first college commencement it was played for was Yale University’s graduating class of 1905.



Monday, October 20th: US Senate Ratifies the Louisiana Purchase

The US Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase on October 20th, 1803. The purchase entailed the US purchasing 828,000 square miles of land from France for, in today’s money, $236 million—one of the greatest bargains in history. Getting the senate to approve the purchase was huge because President Thomas Jefferson had initiated the whole plan without congressional oversight, which led to great political debates; the senate’s ratification removed any question about the validity of the purchase.



Tuesday, October 21st: Guggenheim Museum Opens in New York City

On October 21st, 1959 the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright opened its doors to large crowds for the very first time. The museum exhibits Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art. The building is a work of art in itself, although it received marked criticism from the beginning.  In 2013, nearly 1.2 million people visited the museum, marking its importance both as a building and as an art museum.



Wednesday, October 22nd: Princeton University Receives a Royal Charter

On October 22nd, 1740, Princeton received its charter to conduct classes and grant degrees, making it the fourth oldest collegiate institution in the United States (although there is some debate between Princeton and UPenn). Originally called the College of New Jersey, when the university moved to the town of Princeton, it adopted the name of the town as its own.



Thursday, October 23rd: Battle of Leyte Gulf

From the 23rd to the 26th of October 1944 the largest naval battle of World War II, and possibly the largest naval battle in history occurred. The battle occurred after the United States’ invasion of the islands of Leyte. In response, the Imperial Japanese navy mobilized nearly all of its remaining naval vessels, including 9 battleships and 14 heavy cruisers, to repel the invasion. The Japanese were repelled by the US and Australian Navy, who inflicted over 12,500 deaths and sank 3 battleships. After this battle, the Japanese fleets never appeared in such strength again.



Friday, October 24th: “Black Thursday” Stock Market Crash

On October 24th, 1929, also known as Black Thursday, the US stock market lost 11% at the opening bell of trading. Traders were able to stop the slide temporarily, but the market sank again on Monday, slipping 13% and another 12% on Tuesday. Thus began the Wall Street Crash of 1929, signaling the beginning of the Great Depression.



Saturday, October 25th: Birth of Pablo Picasso

On October 25th, 1881 Pablo Ruiz y Picasso was born. One of the all-time great painters, sculptors, ceramists, among other artistic endeavors, he is credited with cofounding the Cubism movement and co-inventing the collage. He created many amazing works of art, including the Guernica, depicting the bombing of the city of Guernica Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Picasso died on April 8th, 1973 while he and his wife Jacqueline were entertaining friends for dinner.

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Two faculty members named to distinguished professorships

St. Olaf College - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:28pm

Associate Professor of Music Christopher Aspaas ’95 has been named to the Robert Scholz Endowed Chair in Music.

Two St. Olaf College faculty members have been appointed to distinguished professorships recently established with the support of gifts from alumnus Steven Fox ’77.

Professor of Theater Karen Peterson Wilson ’77 has been named to the Patrick J. Quade Endowed Chair in Theater and Associate Professor of Music Christopher Aspaas ’95 has been named to the Robert Scholz Endowed Chair in Music.

Fox established the two endowed chairs with gifts that will, through the Strategic Initiative Match, result in a $3 million commitment to support distinguished teaching. The Strategic Initiative Match is a St. Olaf Board of Regents program that provides matching funds for gifts above $50,000 that support the college’s strategic plan.

Scholz Chair
Aspaas joined the St. Olaf faculty in 2005 after earning his Ph.D. in choral music education from Florida State University, his M.M. in choral conducting from Michigan State University, and his B.M. in voice performance from St. Olaf.

He conducts the Viking Chorus, a 90-voice ensemble of first-year student men, and also leads the St. Olaf Chapel Choir, a 100-voice ensemble specializing in the performance of oratorio and larger multi-movement works.

In addition to conducting, Aspaas leads coursework in choral literature, choral conducting, and private applied voice. His travels as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator have taken him around the world. Aspaas is also active as a tenor soloist and has performed solo roles with a variety of orchestras, including the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in Russia.

Scholz, a 1961 St. Olaf graduate, served on the college’s music faculty for nearly four decades before retiring in 2005. He led the Chapel Choir, Viking Chorus, Campus Choir (now Cantorei), and Chamber Choir in addition to teaching voice, choral conducting, and choral literature. In addition to his academic work, Scholz helped found the St. Olaf Summer Music Camp and assisted in planning the St. Olaf Christmas Festival. In 1995 Scholz received the F. Melius Christiansen Award for outstanding contributions to choral music from the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota.

Professor of Theater Karen Peterson Wilson ’77 has been named to the Patrick J. Quade Endowed Chair in Theater.

Quade Chair
Wilson earned her Ph.D. in theater at the University of Minnesota, garnering distinctions in philosophy of theater, acting, playwriting, and dramatic theory. She also holds a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf.

Since joining the St. Olaf faculty in 1979, Wilson has directed more than 30 productions and has developed more than 15 new courses, including an innovative class titled Who Owns the Arts? Censorship, Sponsorship, and Artistic Freedom. She was also instrumental in the establishment of the Minnesota Playwrights’ Center’s New Plays on Campus program, which brings emerging playwrights to colleges and universities across the country for full-scale productions of their scripts. She has directed four productions that she discovered through the program.

Quade, a 1965 St. Olaf graduate, served on the college’s theater faculty for nearly three decades and directed International and Off-Campus Studies for nearly a decade before retiring in 2005. He taught more than 20 different courses in theater and communication and directed more than 70 theater productions. His production of Godspell was a national winner in the American College Theater Festival.

In addition, Quade founded the St. Olaf Children’s Theater Institute, implemented a Fine Arts Elementary Education Program for public schools, and created a workshop that helps elementary and high school instructors teach writing.

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Chaquaco Sunset

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:00pm

“Chaquaco Sunset” by Andrew Wilder ’15. He captured this photo at his home south of Santa Fe, N.M. with his iPhone camera.

Click image for larger view.

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St. Olaf soccer ties with Gustavus

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:00pm

Kevin Skrip ’16 looks to control the ball against Gustavus Adolphus College. The Oles were unable to hold on to an early 1-0 advantage, as the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

The St. Olaf men’s soccer team took on Gustavus Adolphus College on Oct. 4 in a homecoming game that had a little bit of everything, including missed chances and missed calls. The game ultimately finished 1-1 in front of a 438-strong Ole crowd.

The Oles got off to a dream start in the 9th minute, when Phumelela Sukati ’15 scored a magnificent goal from just outside the box. After a long free-kick into the penalty area, Sukati controlled a failed clearance with his first touch, then hit a delightful shot into the upper left corner of the goal to give St. Olaf the early lead.

With St. Olaf maintaining its 1-0 advantage into the 88th minute, it seemed as though Sukati’s early goal would be enough for victory. However, a contentious decision in the dying stages of the game gave the Gusties a final chance. On a play in which St. Olaf’s Kevin Skrip ’16 appeared to be brutally fouled, officials instead ruled a Gustavus corner. Following the corner, the Gusties were able to draw level when Eric Schneider ’15 slotted home from close range. The score remained locked at 1-1 as the game headed into overtime.

Both teams had major chances in the first period of overtime, the most obvious being a handball missed by the officials, which would have resulted in a penalty to St. Olaf. However, the referees called play-on, much to the dismay of the majority of fans in attendance. Gustavus went on to control the second period of overtime. Gustie player Ryan Tollefsrud ’15 had the best chance to win the game, but he was unable to put his header on target after being left unmarked five yards out from St. Olaf’s goal. It proved to be the last good chance of the match, and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

The post-game also proved to be entertaining, with Gustavus coach Mike Middleton describing Rolf Mellby Field as “the kind of pitch only good for planting potatoes” in a post-game report. He lavished praise on his Gustavus team.

“I can’t imagine many teams have played that type of football on that pitch in the last few years,” Middleton said.

St. Olaf will return to MIAC action on Oct. 11 in a clash with Macalester College. The Oles currently sit alone at the top of the conference, three points ahead of the Gusties.


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Lucy Stevens Earns MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week Honor

Carleton Sports - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:53am

The Knights are currently on a seven game winning streak, and rookie Lucy Stevens has been an integral part of Carleton's success. For her outstanding performance, Stevens received her first MIAC Volleyball Hitter-of-the-Week award.

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Watson’s HeForShe formally invites men into gender equality discussion

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:00am

It may a tad confusing to see Hermione Granger formally addressing the United Nations. But Emma Watson is no longer just a movie star and no longer a child: six months ago, she was appointed as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, and now she is ready to begin making real change. And with her clear, demanding, personal call to action, she has made it impossible to laugh her off as just a Harry Potter character.

Her speech to the UN on Sept. 20 announced the creation of the HeForShe campaign, a movement for gender equality targeted at involving men and boys in the discussion. Since then, Watson’s message has gone viral, with millions of views on YouTube. There’s a simple reason for this: Watson’s message and call to action is one of the most decisive and powerful gender equality speeches ever delivered.

The power of the HeForShe campaign comes from its directed focus on men and boys. The problems with past and even current feminist movements is that they are often interpreted as being against men, rather than for women or for the equality of humankind. Too often, these movements have ended up with women fighting back against men. This has pushed men out of the conversation, placing the two genders into two different camps, and has even made the word “feminism” seem aggressive and hostile. As a result, Watson said, this associates the movement with “man-hating.” In the past, these movements have pitted men and women against one another and forced them onto opposing sides of the conversation.

But now, Watson has extended “a formal invitation” to men to participate in the movement for gender equality. Her campaign is targeted directly at men, proving that feminism is not anti-men. Moreover, Watson does not just invite men – she forcefully calls them to action, causing them to ask the questions, “If not me, who? If not now, when?” HeForShe is calling men – the other half of humanity who has largely ignored the discussion – into the movement for gender equality and calling them to act right now.

Watson’s speech also dispels the bygone movements that solely focus on female rights and looks broadly to overall gender equality. This intention is deliberate and crucial. Not only is the current feminist movement more progressive, it is also no longer a women-versus-men movement; it is a people-for-humanity movement. Watson’s speech is largely centered on the injustices faced by women, but this is simply because the issues and injustices women suffer through are more numerous and more statistically relevant than those often suffered by men.

However, she makes a deliberate effort to call attention to the fact that gender equality is an issue for men as well as women. Boys suffer from unjust standards and perceived expectations of masculinity in similar ways to how girls suffer from expectations of femininity. The HeForShe campaign seeks to empower men to help alleviate all gender inequalities, and that is why the front page of the movement’s Web site does not say “women’s equality” or “men’s equality.” It says “A Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality.”

That is really the final piece to Watson’s remarkable speech. This movement is a campaign for solidarity. This is not just a call to action; it is a call to community for both genders. This campaign seeks to bring men into the conversation that women have dominated for decades so that both genders, as an act of solidarity, can achieve universal gender equality.

It is too early to see if the HeForShe campaign will revolutionize the gender equality movement, but one thing is for certain: Emma Watson is not just a child star thrust into the adult spotlight. Her voice is strong and her message is clear. Through her past and present influence, she has the ability to reach the lives of so many boys and families and her message will be widely heard. HeForShe is the most powerful movement for gender equality and feminism so far in our time.

Sage Fulco ’18 ( is from Wayzata, Minn. He majors in physics.


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McGarrity Ties Career Goals Mark as Knights Draw with No. 15 Wartburg

Carleton Sports - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:25pm

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.

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Knights Grab Two Wins at UW-Superior, Win Streak at Seven in a Row

Carleton Sports - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 8:31pm

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).

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St. Olaf Sentiments: October 17, 2014

Manitou Messenger - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:38pm

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.

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Doing Distance: Should you Bother?

Carletonian - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:10pm

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.

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Arb Notes

Carletonian - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:08pm

What is a Student Naturalist?

Each Friday, a short column titled, “Arb Notes,” can be found on the very last page of the Carletonian.

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Don’t Count Your Chickens: Students Respond to Reduced Sayles Chicken Strips

Carletonian - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:05pm

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.

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John Oliver Roasts the News

Carletonian - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:03pm

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.

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CANOE House May Get a New Home

Carletonian - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:00pm

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.

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Edward Malnar

Carletonian - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:59pm

It’s a simple but incomplete routine: get up, grab your tea/coffee, and maybe glance at the news before starting your day.

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Combing Through Campaigns

Carletonian - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:56pm

It seems like every day there is someone new telling us what to eat.

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Knights Fall 2-1 Against Scots

Carletonian - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:52pm

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

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