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People often throw around the phrase, “you vote with your fork.” The idea is, we can shape the food system by changing what we buy, and what we choose to eat can in turn tell the markets what to product.
We’ve come very, very far from the days when empires could effectively wipe someone out of history through book burnings and other means of coercion, destruction, and death.
If knowledge power, then self-knowledge is a weapon. Without using it conscientiously, this tool of cultivation probably turns its blade toward others or even yourself. Put to its true use, self-knowledge can be a great tool for personal and interpersonal growth.
As Carleton students, we are part of the elite. We have the privilege of receiving one of the most prestigious educations in the country, we have peers, faculty and staff that truly support one another, and we have the opportunity to express our concerns and voice our objections to authority – to question our actions and the actions of others.
It was Senior Day at Laird Stadium and the Carleton College football team recognized the 10 seniors on the roster during a special pre-game ceremony. Unfortunately, the national No. 23-ranked University of St. Thomas squad crashed the party as the Tommies prevailed in a lop-sided affair.
On November 1st, junior Ruth Steinke won the Women’s Cross Country MIAC Championships to lead the Carleton women’s team to a repeat team title.
If you haven’t heard of the blog called Literary Starbucks by now, you’re missing out. “Literary Starbucks” is the title of a Tumblr blog started by Jill Poskanzer ’15, Wilson Josephson ’16, and Nora Katz ’16.
In the throngs of ninth week, it is difficult to avoid the Libe. Upon entering the fourth floor, you may notice something unusual: an exhibition of medieval illuminated manuscripts.
Long before football was on his radar, Omar Reyes, a junior IR/political science major, aspired to be a professional baseball player.
Senior Theater-History double major Andrew Harvey stars in “Talk Radio” as part of his Comprehensive Excercise. Directed by Ethan Ramsay ’17, the cast takes to the Weitz rehearsal room this weekend.
This past Wednesday, a European probe named Philae landed on a comet for the first time in human history. This same probe made history earlier this year by becoming the first probe to orbit around a comet.
Through the long and arduous journey that is the ninth week, all that students have to motivate them is the fact that the term will come to an end, and hopefully in this their suffering will cease.
What seems to be the most common response at Carleton to the threat of widespread Ebola in the United States is dismissal of any such risk and acknowledgement that the most pressing issues are in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The number of Carls who apply for the most prestigious fellowships is dropping. Mike Flynn isn’t concerned.
“So many butts.” If you attended the fall ebony II recital you may have seen more of a show than originally expected when streakers visited the event.
There are approximately sixty cameras dispersed around Carleton’s campus, although the numbers are constantly increasing, with almost ten to twenty added per year according to Security’s needs.
The St. Olaf men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed against University of St. Thomas on Nov. 8. It was the first dual meet of the season for both teams and provided a good opportunity for the Oles to test themselves early in the season.
The Ole men performed well and proved to be too strong for the Tommies, claiming a 153-138 victory. Andrew France ’17 and Billy Brebrick ’16 starred for St. Olaf, each scoring four first place finishes in all four events in which they competed. Also leading the way for the Oles was Tanner Roe ’15, who had three first place finishes. Addionally, St. Olaf was victorious in both the 400-Yard Medley Relay and the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay, capping off a successful event for the team.
The St. Olaf women’s swimming and diving team had mixed results at the event. Despite winning eight of 14 events, the Tommies claimed overall victory by a scoreline of 153-138. For the Oles, Abbey Scnaith ’16 and Maddie Lee ’16 managed four first place finishes each. Marla Thomforde ’16 was also strong, winning the 50-Yard Freestyle event. Also winning for St. Olaf was the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay team, which crushed its Tommie rivals by over seven seconds.
Both the men’s and women’s teams will now look forward to a clash with Gustavus Adolphus College on Nov. 14. Additionally, the diving team will compete in the Roger Ahlman Invitational event in St. Paul, Minn. on Nov. 15. In the last event of the calendar year for St. Olaf, the teams will compete in the Jean Freeman Invitational on Dec. 5-6.
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, met with great acclaim in Minnesota and beyond for virtuosic performance in a variety of styles, recently stopped by Boe Chapel to share an eclectic array of chamber music. Patrons filing into the hall were offered a bit of a sampler for the musical feast they were about to encounter from the musicians warming up on and off stage. Eventually this ceased, and two of the performers stepped up to address the crowd and explain the context of the performance and repertoire. They talked about the historical context of the pieces they were to play, going into a fair amount of detail about the character of Joachim Raff, who composed one of the pieces, mentioning that any inquirers could make their way to raff.org for more information.
The first piece was a work by Sergei Prokofiev for a woodwind and string-based quintet. Composed in the mid-1920s, the piece was meant to reflect the darker aspects of circus life for a touring German-based ballet troupe. The performance was marked with a sort of questionable beauty, where darkness in aching rhythms and uneasy harmonies was offset by clear, pure melodic lines. The performers moved in tandem with the music and one another, filling the echoey chapel to the brim despite the limited orchestration.
The next piece was composed by the aforementioned Raff, who history has somewhat obscured. A sinfonietta solely for winds, strings were cast aside for this interlude. Lacking the slightly sinister tinge of the last work, this performance was jubilant and uplifting. Written to entertain at general festivities, the performance was not resigned to simplicity, and instead highlighted the creativity that underlies the piece, making it interesting while adhering to conventions. Immediately after the performance, many patrons spent the intermission speaking about this piece, a few remarking that they were surprised they had never heard of the composer before.
The last portion of the performance was the largest, incorporating many more performers to play “Serenade for Winds” by Antonin Dvorak. Written to be a pleasing piece of music where movements aren’t strongly affiliated, Dvorak’s marked melodic creativity shone through in the expressive stylings of the chamber ensemble. The music built slowly and surely, ultimately culminating in a grand gesture of triumph, to which the performers took their bows and the audience’s standing ovation.
After the performance’s conclusion the crowd was atwitter with excitement and satisfaction, with attendees remarking upon the masterful playing and fulfilling experience.
The eagerness and appreciation for this performance of music that general perception may consider antiquated indicates a positive situation for St. Olaf. Perhaps performances like this from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra can shift public views about music that is often considered “dead.”
Graphic Credit: BECCA REMPEL/MANITOU MESSENGER
On Friday, Nov. 7, Agnes took the stage for its annual fall concert in the Pause.
Highlights of the performance included a variety of pop songs and a rap solo by Rachel Rongstad ’15, who joined Agnes on stage for just one song.
Left: Maria Coyne ’15 belts out a solo as the rest of the 10-person all female vocal group harmonizes. Pictured from left to right are Rose Dennis ’15, Kelly Montoya ’15, Kristi Kroker ’15, Mary Haasl ’16, Annie Weinheimer ’16, Sheridan Blanford ’15 and Emily Wolfe ’16. Not pictured are Alex Knutson ’17 and Kate Seybold ’15.
Photo Credit: SIRI KELLER/MANITOU MESSENGER