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"Chef Sean Sherman is in many ways a rebel. Drawing on revolutionary influences including Picasso, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Crazy Horse, he is attempting to reclaim indigenous cuisine, creating a movement that is much bigger than just food."
"Dedicated 100 years ago this week, Skinner Memorial Chapel is celebrating its centennial. The monolithic gray stone building—sometimes heard playing eerie bell renditions of Star Wars—is perhaps the most recognizable building on campus, thanks to its beautiful English gothic architecture and majestic bell tower that commands the campus center."
“I knew I would leave Carleton and do a lot of things, and maybe one day come back. I didn’t think I’d leave Carleton, die, and then come back.”
"Up to this day, the American immigrant story is still full of the poetry encapsulated in Emma Lazarus’ sonnet; on the one hand, a divorce from native lands that strangle their exiles’ aspirations of peaceful and prosperous lives, and on the other, a marriage into a new, grand family in which strangers are welcomed to a feast of hope and opportunity. But the prose of real life often has a different, less idealistic narrative."
"Most of my friends quickly discover that I’m just a teeny bit neurotic. I find it hard to go through life without mulling over every little aspect of my existence, even as I understand how petty and irrational the ruminations are."
"In 1992, in celebration of Carleton’s 125th birthday, former Carleton Dean of Men Merrill Jarchow wrote a book on Carleton’s 25 years between 1966 and 1992. He called the book Carleton Moves Confidently into its Second Century. Now we are at the 150th birthday and if one were to write a similar book today, a more appropriate title might be Carleton Moves Timidly and Reluctantly into a Turbulent Second 150 Years."
"It’s that time of year. The nights are getting cooler, Halloween is creeping up on us, the pumpkin-white-chocolate-mocha-latte-venti-etc. has made an appearance at Sayles. What season is it? Prime stress-bragging season. As fifth week and all of its joyful midterms draw to a close, it’s begun to ramp up and will draw to an astonishing finale around finals. Then this cycle will go on to repeat itself year after year after year, presumably forever until there is a definitive winner of all stress. I hear they get a plaque."
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"Feeling the year’s first frosts, you’ve probably taken stock of your sweater supply. But some animals aren’t quite as lucky: insects and spiders don’t have sweaters to wear or fat to keep them through winter. How do our exo-skeletoned multi-eyed friends make it through?"
What your resume would say if you were honest.
"After more than two years of campaigning, primaries and debates, the presidential elections are now only a few weeks away, and political groups on campus are working out what they want to do for their final pre-election day work for this and other down-ballot elections."
"In an effort to expand its counseling services, the SHAC fall newsletter announced three new programs: Expressive Art Group, Growing Resilient and General Therapy Groups."
"The Carleton Organization of Nature and Outdoor Enthusiasts (CANOE) is experiencing an increase in club membership after moving to Wade Johnson Memorial House, the newly renovated Hill house. The new CANOE house will be the home of club operations and several members."
In honor and remembrance of St. Olaf College graduate Army Staff Sgt. Adam Thomas ’07, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota on Saturday, October 15.
A highly decorated special forces soldier, Thomas died October 4 from injuries caused by an improvised explosive device in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. He was 31 years old.
Thomas was a Green Beret assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson in Colorado. He joined the Army in 2008 and had two previous deployments — one to Iraq in 2008 and one to Afghanistan in 2011. He earned a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, multiple Army Commendation Medals, and the National Defense Service Medal, among other accolades.
He majored in biology and environmental studies at St. Olaf, where he was also an All-American swimmer. Thomas was a conference champion in 2004 and went to the national championships in 2005, swimming coach Bob Hauck told Minnesota Public Radio.
“He always had a great attitude. He was always a hard worker,” Hauck added in a WCCO-TV piece honoring Thomas. “When I think of him, I think of someone that was inspirational.”
Thomas is survived by his wife, Mackenzie, and his parents, Dr. Will and Candace Thomas of Marshall, Minnesota.
The Carleton College athletic department, coaches, and student-athletes invite the Northfield-area community to bring their preschool through elementary-age children to the 18th annual "Halloween KNIGHT" Carnival to be held Sunday, October 30 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Carleton Recreation Center.
s, emails and the crazy Friday night crowd in Buntrock, then know this: Jesse McCartney came to St. Olaf, and many Oles were excited to see him perform.McCartney is a 29-year-old pop star from New York. His popularity peaked in the early 2000’s with his top 20 single, “Beautiful Soul.” To many, he was a first crush. His welcoming smile, sweet-sounding voice and slick dance moves won over fans. “He was my first celebrity crush when I was a kid, so seeing him live was like a childhood dream come true,” Megan Hussey ’20 said.And on Friday, Oct. 7, the dream of seeing Jesse McCartney in concert became reality.When MEC announced McCartney as the performer for its Fall Concert, responses were varied. Some students, like Hussey, could not wait to see their childhood favorite perform. These fans could be seen listening to his newest album “In Technicolor” on repeat weeks before the concert. Other students, however, were disappointed in the choice of performer. Donart Tota ’19 refrained from going to the concert because he has “never heard a single one of his songs.” These non-fans could be seen weeks before the concert watching all the Jesse hype with bewilderment.Nevertheless, tickets for the concert were a hot commodity. Tickets went on sale for five dollars and sold out within 48 hours. By the time the concert day came, tickets were being resold for up to 100 dollars. On Friday, students camped out in line at the Pause starting at 10:00 a.m. Some students even skipped classes to reserve their spot in the front row. The line eventually trailed around behind the staircase, past the bookstore, and up the stairs of Buntrock. At 7:30 p.m., the doors opened. 825 tickets were sold and the Pause was jam-packed. No matter how much money, time or claustrophobia it cost, St. Olaf students were committed to seeing Jesse McCartney.Kevin Yetter ’19 performed with his band as the opening act. The group impressed its audience with a coffee-shop-style musical lineup. The band had an indie rock ambiance reminiscent of artists like James Bay. The lyrics of each song were raw, tapping into both human and emotional ideas. A crowd favorite was the band’s cover of “Valerie.” Both singers – Yetter and Gabriella Nesheim ’19 – charmed the audience with soulful vocals.“I really enjoyed their performance. It was definitely feel good music, but performed in a new way. It resonated with the crowd and the positive reaction showed that,” Emily Olson ’17 said.After the impressive opener, Oles were prepped and ready for Jesse.The wait for McCartney was extensive, but when he stepped on stage, the Pause filled with cheers. As he sang his first song, his stage presence immediately lit up the room.McCartney’s music is a blend of soul, pop and R&B. His songs are a mix of old school with new school, and he established his style from artists like Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake. Similar to these artists, his songs get people on their feet dancing. Oles were no exception as they swayed to their favorite childhood songs. Students were brought back to middle school dances, dancing to “Leavin.’” The nostalgia continued as the pop star introduced one of his songs by saying “this came out when you were seven.” The crowd went wild as McCartney sang the song that made him famous, “Beautiful Soul.” It sounded as good as it did 12 years ago when the song was first released.Not all students, however, had such a positive reaction to Jesse McCartney. One student complained of McCartney’s ludicrous excuse for his late arrival: that he was picking up some apples at the nearby Fireside Orchard.Most of the criticism, however, centered around inappropriate comments made during the show. The 29-year-old mentioned partying with sorority houses, calling first-year girls “babes” over Snapchat and at many times throwing degrading comments at women.“Jesse McCartney, on top of giving a poor performance on Friday night, made flippant comments about young girls that reflects a cultural attitude echoed recently by Donald Trump that is both worrisome and disrespectful towards women of all ages,” Emma Reid ’19 said.Despite the few negative comments, the general consensus from Oles was positive. Most students looked at these minor details as all part of the show. Many were excited over seeing such a prominent person from their childhood and enjoyed singing along with their favorite early 2000’s tunes. Gillian Gauntt ’19 spoke for many students when she posted: “Thank you so much Jesse McCartney for an awesome night! It was amazing to finally be able to see your beautiful soul live in concert.”firstname.lastname@example.org
The proposal for a passenger rail line between Northfield and the Twin Cities is curently up for debate and in need of public support if it is to make the leap from the drawing board to reality. Minnesota State Representative from District 20B, David Bly, has been a long and relentless proponent for the rail that would help connect Northfield and the Twin Cities.In the 1930s there was a commuter train between Northfield and Minneapolis called the Dan Patch line. Unfortunate timing played a role in the train’s reputation as a “complete economic failure” – the project was carried out in the midst of the Great Depression. The dire state of the economy, combined with high operating costs and competition from highways contributed to the project’s infeasibility. “They actually made a celebration of burning the trains,” Bly said, describing the period after the rail line was decommissioned.Around 2000, a commuter rail system from Northfield to Minneapolis based on the Dan Patch Line was proposed. Although the project received some support, a similar rail system linking St. Cloud to Minneapolis received funding instead.Meanwhile, state legislators received pressure from residents along the area of the Dan Patch Line to stop any proposal of a rail system. This pressure culminated in the Dan Patch Gag Rule, passed by the state legislature in 2002, which prohibited the “study, planning, preliminary engineering, final design, or construction [of] a commuter rail line between Northfield and Minneapolis.”Legislation aside, there are several advantages of a passenger rail line connecting Northfield to the Twin Cities. The project could ease congestion on interstate 35, and as commuters choose the train over individual cars, the rail line could have a positive environmental impact. “Another thing that I think becomes more and more important to people today is climate change, to deal with so many cars on the road, in comparison with a train that could be electric,” Bly said. A campaign to use state funds to research the benefits of the rail line has experienced opposition in the legislature, however. “Senator Dahle did get the measure passed to the senators,” Bly said “but the man who put the gag order in place in the first place is still in the House, and I am having trouble getting by it.”Not all hope is lost, however. A new project was recently proposed called the Statewide Passenger Rail Plan. The proposed system, based on the Dan Patch Line, would connect Northfield and the Twin Cities through existing rail lines and the Amtrak system, a network of railroads that stretches across the nation.“We would have the ability for people to get on a train in Minnesota and ride that train all the way down to Dallas and make connections to trains that can take you to San Francisco, Los Angeles, to New York City, so that you have much more flexibility,” Bly said. “The [transit] authority told me that they could manage to upgrade the rail to go 80 to 90 miles per hour.”Proponents of the rail system have cause to be optimistic. The federal rail authority is considering moving the project up its budget, while St. Paul’s legislators have voiced their interest in seeing the rail line become a reality. Together, these developments give the project a real chance of being included in the state’s budget, which is experiencing an 800 million dollar surplus. Supporters of Statewide Passenger Rail Plan are hoping that the 20 million dollar preliminary study for the line could use the state surplus for funding. “The fact that [the state] is in the black instead of in the red makes it easier to talk about and argue for some money,” Bly said. “You have to have a study in order to do the work. When the study is done, the funding will be more likely to happen.” The rail line’s campaign encourages student involvement. Those who are interested in learning more about the project are encouraged to visit mnrail.org.
On Wednesday Oct. 5, St. Olaf Advocates for Immigrants and Refugees invited Mike Fernandez, former senior executive of Cargill, to give a talk titled “Immigration is Good for the Economy” in Buntrock Common’s Black Ballroom.Fernandez has previously published an article entitled “Don’t Oversimplify the Immigration Issue, but Note the Minnesota Impact,” in which he identifies immigrants as the engine for economic growth and noted that they have contributed three billion dollars in taxes in Minnesota alone. Starting his lecture by providing statistics, Fernandez stated that there are millions of immigrants in the United States, a sizeable portion of whom are undocumented. Taking this into consideration, Fernandez noted attention from politicians, some of whom want to “build walls” and increase border security. Meanwhile, other politicians argue about making a pathway to citizenship so there can be more diversity in the country.Fernandez, himself an immigrant from Cuba, argued that the logic behind closing the border and building a wall is rooted in the United States’ perception of its southern, not northern, neighbors.“Because Canadians look like us,” Fernandez said, “we prefer to hear them say ‘eh,’ but we don’t like to hear the word, ‘bandido,’ or see people who look more like ‘rapists’ and ‘thieves,’” referring to Donald Trump’s remarks regarding Mexicans during his announcement of his presidential bid in June 2015.Fernandez was quick to introduce evidence that countered Trump’s claims, arguing that immigrants are, in fact, less likely to commit violent crime than other demographic groups in the United States. Since 1990, as the number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. tripled, rates of violent crime declined by almost half. Furthermore, according to data collected in 2008, immigrants are underrepresented as a portion of the incarcerated population, according to Fernandez. Fernandez also emphasized the ways in which immigrants have a positive economic impact. According to Fernandez, over 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies in the United States were founded by immigrants. Despite the fact that immigrants comprise only 8 percent of Minnesota’s population, Fernandez noted a study which found that immigrants occupy nearly 16 percent of all scientific, technology and engineering jobs in the state. Drawing from his personal experience as a former senior executive at Cargill, Fernandez argued that Minnesota, among other midwestern states, has a high demand for laborers in agriculture, food production and construction – a demand that immigrants are willing and able to meet. Fernandez closed his presentation by expressing his appreciation for the St. Olaf Advocates for Immigrants and Refugees, who invited him to visit campus to deliver his presentation. “I appreciate young citizens who care about how important immigration is to our economy,” he said. “The new generation is better off, and I can say that 20 years from now you will have a better future than you do now.” Rebekah Gregory ’18, an event planner for the Advocates, stressed the importance of bringing experts to campus to discuss facts and misconceptions regarding immigration.“Sometimes people make myths that are not founded in fact,” she said. “Inviting a person like Mr. Fernandez to give a testimonial brings one of the many perspectives yet to be heard by us, so that we can educate ourselves about things.” St. Olaf Advocates for Immigrants and Refugees is a student organization dedicated to spreading awareness and education on immigration in the U.S. In addition to planning events such as lectures and guest speakers, the Advocates volunteer at local Northfield schools and with a Cambodian dance group.
o understand Professor of Classics and current Kenneth O. Bjork Distinguished Professor James May, it certainly helps to understand Cicero. A prominent Roman orator, Cicero lived from 106 BCE to 43 BCE. His theories on the art of rhetoric, his speeches and other works have proven hugely influential to important figures, ranging from St. Augustine to John Adams. For much of his life, May has studied this man and the rhetoric he used, and has been inspired by and the Latin and Greek he spoke. This is May’s 40th and final year at St. Olaf; when he leaves, the college will be losing a dynamic professor, as well as a former Provost and Dean who served from 2002-2011.Before all of his contributions to classical studies and St. Olaf College, May grew up in a single-mother home in eastern Ohio. His exposure to and interest in Latin started early and never wavered, as he started reciting Latin as an altar boy around age six. He started studying the language in junior high, continued in high school and quickly decided his profession.“When we read the first ‘In Catilinam’ oration [a widely studied speech in which Cicero denounces Catiline, a conspirator against the Roman government, in the Roman senate], I just thought it was the greatest thing in the world,” May said. “When I was able to read Cicero in the original Latin and see how eloquent he could be and learn about rhetorical devices, I got so excited I thought ‘I want to be a Latin teacher.’”May went to college at Kent State University, earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in English and Latin and went on to earn a Ph.D. in classics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. May was partly driven to be a professor at the encouragement of Kent State professors who saw his gifts in Latin and Greek. He came to St. Olaf in the fall of 1977 immediately after earning his degree. Before this, he had never ventured west of the Mississippi.“I had never heard of St. Olaf College, but when I met people interviewing from the college, they talked to me about the college and about teaching in a way most of my other interviewers didn’t. Most were interested in giving me a second doctoral oral exam,” May said. “I remember going home and saying to my wife in North Carolina, ‘I hope this St. Olaf place calls back.’”Thus began May’s first – and only – teaching job, and the start of a long career. May has written many articles, book chapters and textbooks, including two with fellow St. Olaf classics professor Anne Groton. His most recent book, “How to Win an Argument: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Persuasion,” was released by Princeton University Press this September. The book features selections from Cicero’s rhetorical treatises, translated by May, and uses passages from Cicero’s speeches as examples of the rhetorical devices and skills discussed. It has been heavily promoted by its publishers, in part because of its release in conjunction with the 2016 presidential election. As a result, May has been interviewed by radio stations in New Hampshire and Detroit, and been asked to write blog entries about what Cicero would advise going into a debate or an argument. The goal of the book was to popularize the ancient art of rhetoric for a modern audience, and so far it has succeeded. “The thing about this is there are only so many ways that you can persuade people,” May said. “The Greeks basically figured it out; everything since then has been some sort of development of their thought or so forth. The basic premises haven’t changed and won’t change, and the tactics that were useful in antiquity are still relevant today.”Now that May is wrapping up his final year, he will have more time for his many hobbies – from woodworking to restoring antique tractors. Yet he said he will miss many things about teaching – partially the rhythm of the academic calendar, but especially getting to introduce new students to the classics. He thinks St. Olaf students are “great human beings,” and also highly esteems the department he has worked in for 40 years.“I feel really privileged to have a great career at St. Olaf and to be a member of a department like ours,” May said. “It’s one of the best, most highly recognized classics departments in the country for undergraduate education. All classicists in the country know about St. Olaf because of the work we’ve done together. I’ve been privileged to work with my colleagues and build what we’ve built, and I hope that it will continue long after I’m gone.”In his honor, the classics department will host an annual James M. May Endowed Lecture in Classics beginning on March 27, 2017. The topic will be “Isocrates and Cicero,” and it will serve as a fitting tribute for May and his contributions as a professor and administrator.
There were no empty seats in the Black Ballroom on Tuesday, Oct. 4 while expectant students and guests patiently awaited Eric Schwartz’s lecture, “Population, Refugees and Migration.”Schwartz has an extensive resume, working with various humanitarian organizations such as leading Human Rights Watch – Asia. He has also held various high-ranking government positions. He worked on the United States National Security Council, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and was nominated by President Barack Obama as the Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration. His work over his career has been extensive and has given him years of experience that he now shares with his students at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.To begin, Schwartz expounded on his biography, speaking to the audience about his credentials and sharing details of his college experience, including all the organizations he was involved with during and after college.Schwartz then offered his experience as a model for students to learn from. He advised the audience not to fear rejection, but to embrace its inevitability. He also emphasized the importance of applying for unpaid or low-paying work in a field of interest while in college.The goal of his advice wasn’t to lead students into bankruptcy. Rather, he contended that if a student did good work for a company and was not paid for it, the company would be in that student’s debt. Later on, when that student seeks employment from the same company, the chances of being hired are more likely. This isn’t always the case, but it has been a successful model for Schwartz. After working with Human Rights Watch, he was later put in charge of leading the NGO’s section on Asian affairs. He attributed his success to promoting his name and projecting a hardworking, positive image of himself within the organization.In the second portion of his lecture, Schwartz addressed the titular subject of the talk: population, refugees and migration. Focusing on the key areas of human rights as they pertained to his own career and experience, Schwartz discussed refugee and humanitarian relief along with peacekeeping operations and stabilization.Within these subjects, Schwartz consistently emphasized the importance of international law and intervention, and how their implementation can be used to successfully advance and protect human rights around the world. He used the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Force for East Timor as examples.Near the lecture’s end, Schwartz addressed modern humanitarian issues, such as the increase in the number of refugees even as acceptance of human rights seems to spread and take root around the world. Regarding this contradiction, Schwartz couldn’t offer a clear explanation, but instead listed what he felt needs to be done by the government overall to solve these problems. First, he argued, world leaders must address the root of the refugee problem and fully understand the issues surrounding it. Second, the United States must elect Hillary Clinton in the upcoming presidential election.The audience members were generally interested but dismayed by the content of the lecture. Some felt the speech focused more on how one may enter the field of humanitarianism and on Schwartz’s personal life rather than on humanitarianism itself.“I gained a lot of information about governmental policies regarding humanitarian issues, but not a lot of what we can do as a general public about humanitarians crises,” Andie Gallagher ’20 said.