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The sophomores have officially decided their futures. Well, at least through the next few years. The time for major declaration has passed and so this is a pretty exciting event for the class of 2016, right? Not so for most sophomores.
During my time at Carleton, I have been engulfed by this false perception that we Carls are “better” than students at Olaf or Macalester or any of the other schools in Minnesota or across the US who happen to be lower on the ranking than we are.
I used to pray before I went to bed every night. I’d close my eyes, flash each of my family members before the projector in the mind’s eye, and murmur: “I love you mom, please keep mom safe. I love you grandpa, please keep grandpa safe, I love you gramma, and so forth.”
“You’ve been voted ‘Most Likely to Become a Religious Official,’” said the boy with the clipboard. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” I responded, looking up from my high school lunch table.
My mom was raised Catholic and my dad was raised Missouri-Synod. Now, although both are sects of Christianity, their marriage caused some controversy within their two families.
The nationally No. 24-ranked Carleton College women’s tennis team continued its string of victories in MIAC play with a 9-0 win on Monday over crosstown rival St Olaf College.
It’s six o’clock on a Saturday morning and next to me at the mirror, my teammate is carefully arranging her hair into a tight bun.
The Carleton College men’s tennis team defeated neighboring St. Olaf College, 6-3, in a hard-fought contest at the Bell Field Courts.
After going more than three seasons without a walkoff victory, the Carleton College baseball team registered not one but two such triumphs in sweeping Augsburg College last Sunday.
The new Carleton Facilities Master Plan contains a number of provisions that will impact residential life at Carleton.
On the first Sunday of spring term, over 400 students and local residents crowded into the Concert Hall for the annual performance of “The Vagina Monologues (the VagMons).”
The Carletonian reached out to two Carls studying abroad in Russia for perspectives closer to the crisis in Crimea.
To improve the application process for creating interest houses and for applying to live in interest houses, Residential Life formed the Interest Community Advisory Committee (ICAC), which has spent this year working to better define and evaluate current and potential interest houses as well as to standardize portions of the application for living in interest houses.
In an unlikely but compatible hybrid between environmentally conscientious students, Bon Appétit, and Hmong immigrant farmers, a project to bring fresher foods to campus is underway.
A whopping 51 sophomores declared computer science majors, making the department the second most popular department for new majors, behind biology.
When Newt Gingrich stepped up to the podium in Boe Chapel on Thursday, April 10, the standing-room-only audience greeted him with enthusiastic applause.
“That’s a very warm welcome, and I was not quite sure,” he said.
Gingrich quickly moved on from this opening comment, claiming it was not due to protests occurring outside Boe Chapel, but it was hard not to interpret his statement in light of the on-campus controversy that had preceded his visit. Shortly after the Political Awareness Committee (PAC) announced Gingrich as its spring speaker, “Boycott Newt” posters appeared around campus. Plans also surfaced for an alternate event titled “General Assembly: Money in the Chapel, Students to the Quad.” Event organizers objected to PAC’s collaboration with the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) in bringing Gingrich to campus and to the increasing role that money plays in politics.
“We are paying an organization [YAF] run by a man who has brought about a disparaging twist in campaign finance,” organizers said in an open letter summarizing their position. “We do not all oppose conservatism. We oppose the increasing role of money in political campaigns, and we oppose hypocrisy.”
Organizers also doubted the relevance of Gingrich’s message.
“When Newt Gingrich says things like ‘There is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us,’ as he did in his presidential campaign, it obliterates respect and paves the way for manipulative politics,” event coordinator Brody Halverson ’14 said. “Gingrich may have been politically relevant 15 years ago, but [he] now appears to us as little more than an aging political celebrity, a lobbyist and a pundit.”
PAC coordinator Rachel Palermo ’15 responded to these objections with a reminder that PAC works through agencies for all guest speakers.
“It costs less with an agency like this because they work with him regularly,” she said. “I can’t say specifically how much it cost, because if a school makes public how much they’re paying, then a school nearby can [negotiate for an identical price], but even with the agency’s contribution it still ended up being significantly less than Bob Woodward [2012 PAC fall speaker]. It was comparable to Stephanie Cutter [2013 PAC fall speaker].”
Palermo went on to emphasize the necessity of bringing diverse political opinions to St. Olaf.
“I think the point of college is to hear a wide variety of viewpoints,” she said. “We’re not a school affiliated with the Democratic party. I had more people be upset that people were upset he was coming. Republicans were saying, ‘We feel like our views aren’t as well-accepted here, so why can’t people at least let someone bring in a more conservative speaker without being upset about it?’”
Inside the chapel, Gingrich presented a version of that conservative viewpoint in his talk, titled “The Future of Conservatism.”
“My goal is to move conservatism from the left versus right model that has existed since 1932 to a future-past model,” he said. “I want to build a better future.”
Gingrich invoked examples of the individual creativity that he believes will drive that better future. He glorified the policies of Ronald Reagan that inspired his own 1994 Contract with America document, a list of actions the Republican Party promised to take if it regained a House majority in that year’s Congressional election. He also praised the Wright Brothers for their perseverance and self-reliance.
“They were doing it because they had passion, and they were doing it because they wanted to create a better future,” he said.
Gingrich indicted government bureaucracy and partisan politics as “prison guards of the past” and impediments to the country’s progress. In a progressively more digital and fast-paced world, he said, the government’s inefficiencies become increasingly unacceptable.
“This is not a Republican or a Democrat issue,” he said. “It shouldn’t even be a liberal or conservative issue. It’s a future-past issue. The gap between the convenience of your cell phone and the inconvenience of the government becomes wider every day. I am opposed to reform because I think it’s a total waste of time. I want to replace these systems.”
During the question-and-answer session, Gingrich reiterated many of the positions that have made him such a controversial figure. A long line of students did not hesitate to address tough topics like climate change, reproductive rights and the role of money in politics. Gingrich offered direct, often blunt answers, once simply answering “sure” before going on to explain. However, the event remained respectful, and the closing applause gave Gingrich a send-off to match his welcome.
St. Olaf College student Lucas Sletten ’15 has been named a Rossing Physics Scholar for 2014–15, and Owen Puls ’16 and Adam Wood ’16 each earned an honorable mention.
Sletten will receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Foundation through the Rossing Fund for Physics Education Endowment. Puls and Wood will each receive a $7,000 scholarship from the foundation.
The award is given each year to outstanding physics students selected from across the nation.
Sletten is majoring in mathematics and physics. He has spent two summers and a semester conducting physics and material science research with St. Olaf Associate Professor of Physics Brian Borovsky ’94 through the St. Olaf Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry program. Sletten has presented research in a variety of settings, including at a Gordon Conference on tribology and at the SeaGate headquarters.
In addition to being named a Rossing Physics Scholar, Sletten also received an honorable mention for the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in experimental physics.
Wood is majoring in mathematics. This summer he will continue to advance the research he began last year through a CURI program on geophysics and glaciers with Professor Emeritus of Physics Robert Jacobel and the St. Olaf Center for Geophysical Studies of Ice and Climate. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in physics.
Puls is majoring in physics. He has worked with St. Olaf Professor of Physics Amy Kolan to study the rigidity of triangular spring networks. This summer he will examine soft condensed matter physics at the University of Pennsylvania through a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program hosted by the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter. He plans pursuing a Ph.D. in physics.
Gifts from Thomas Rossing established the Rossing Fund for Physics Education Endowment in the ELCA Foundation in 2005. The goals of the scholarship program are to encourage top students to attend one of the 27 ELCA colleges and universities in the country, and to consider pursuing physics once they are there. Rossing taught at St. Olaf for 14 years, is a professor emeritus of physics at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, and is currently a visiting professor of music at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Olaf had a combined 26 hits in a MIAC softball split with Hamline University on Friday afternoon, as the Oles won the first game 8-5 and lost the second 9-7.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - No. 13 St. Thomas defeated St. Olaf 4-3 in each game of a MIAC baseball doubleheader on Friday at Koch Diamond.