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Two new exhibitions in the Carleton College Perlman Teaching Museum will address the impact of climate change through photography and other new media. Featuring the work of two Carleton alumni, Christina Seely ’98 and Ken Tape ’99, both exhibits explore time, space, and evidence of climate change in the Arctic landscape.
The Knights out-shot the opposition and nearly found the net multiple times, but the Carleton College men's soccer team was unable to score in a tightly contested loss to the visiting College of St. Scholastica.
Another week, another win, another record, and another conference honor for the Carleton women's golf team. This time it was Geraldine Tellbuescher leading her team in an all-around record-setting performance.
The 2013-2014 season was an incredible success for St. Olaf College, with Ole athletes performing strongly both within the MIAC conference and on a national level.
In the coming weeks, our fall athletes will be looking not only to replicate the achievements of last season, but also to improve on their performances and compete at an even higher level.
St. Olaf will be defending conference and national titles, meaning that there are many must-watch sporting events coming soon.
On Sept. 20, the men’s and women’s cross country teams will host the St. Olaf Invitational on campus. The race will provide a good hit-out for both teams, who are setting out to replicate their outstanding 2013 performances.
The men’s team claimed St. Olaf’s first NCAA team title in the school’s history on the back of four All-American finishes. The women’s team finished 26th at the Championships, with Noelle Olson ’17 finishing in second place. With November’s MIAC Championship looming just ahead, the St. Olaf Invitational offers a fantastic chance to see our cross country teams launch their bids for a national title.
The St. Olaf football team will be looking to bounce back after a tough 2013 season. On Oct. 4, the Oles will host perennial powerhouse St. Thomas in their first home conference game of the year. The matchup will provide the team with an excellent chance to test themselves against one of the MIAC’s best teams.
On Oct 25, St. Olaf will host Augsburg College in an official “Tackle Cancer Event.” Fans attending the game can make donations toward funding additional cancer research as well as cheer on the football team.
The St. Olaf men’s and women’s soccer teams will be confident of improving on their solid performances last season. After it finished second in the regular season in 2013, the men’s team fell to Carleton College in the semi-final round of the playoffs. The Oles will be hoping to reclaim the MIAC championship title that has evaded them since 2011.
The home match against St. John’s University on Sept. 20 looms as a defining clash for the Oles. The Oct. 4 home game against reigning MIAC champions Gustavus Adolphus College also promises to be an exciting battle.
The women’s soccer team aims to go slightly further than last season, where the team crashed out in the quarter-finals of playoffs after finishing the regular season in third place. The Oles will host Bethel University on Sept. 16 in their first conference game of the year, in what could be an extremely important encounter early on in their campaign.
The St. Olaf women’s volleyball team will be looking to bounce back this season and once again contend for a MIAC title after finishing the 2013 season with an 8-20 record.
There are many chances to support the team in the upcoming weeks, starting with a game in Skoglund Center against St. Catherine University on Sept. 24.
Looking ahead to notable off-campus sporting events, the St. Olaf golf and tennis teams will also be in action throughout the fall.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - Megan Larson and Caroline Henderson each scored as UW-Eau Claire posted a 2-1 non-conference women's soccer win over St. Olaf on Wednesday afternoon.
Carleton College defender Madelaine Horn had a breakout week in leading her women's soccer team to a pair of victories. The junior—who had only scored two career goals prior to last week—scored three of her team's four goals and both game-winners to lead Carleton to a pair of nonconference victories. For her timely scoring surge, Horn was honored with the MIAC Women's Soccer Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Congratulations, class of 2018. You did it. You navigated a whirlwind of admissions essays, financial aid packages and tearful family farewells, and now you’re here. Welcome to your new home. Now it’s time to meet the complete stranger you will be sharing a tiny room with for the next nine months. Good luck!
Meeting your roommate might seem like the scariest part of Week One. This person is somebody who you’ll be spending a lot of time with, and the only way your compatibility was measured was an online survey you totally filled out at the last minute. So if you’re worried about how to make the most out of a roommate relationship, here’s some advice from a seasoned sophomore.
DON’T: Judge your roommate before you even meet him or her. You may think that because you’ve already scoured your new roommate’s Facebook page and Twitter feed, you can be fairly confident you know everything about him or her. This is incorrect. The only thing on my first year roommate’s Facebook was pictures of cats and weird European bands, so I thought she was going to be incredibly weird. She is incredibly weird, and also smart and funny and a really great friend. Online profiles are always limited. A human being is much more than the TV shows he likes on Facebook, so hold off on drawing conclusions based on that first impression.
DO: Be tidy. Even if you and your roommate checked “messy” in the online survey, you probably do need to be neater at school than you are at home. Other people’s mess is so much more annoying than your own mess. Be considerate of each other.
And even if you and your roommate agree to a more relaxed organizational system, at least be hygienic. Absolutely no organic matter or rotting things – mold grows quickly and more easily in a dorm than you would expect. Dirty dishes count. If your room starts to smell nasty, not only will your roommate be irritated, but so will your whole corridor.
DON’T: Take your roommate’s things. You’re not actually siblings, despite the fact that you’re living together. Your roommate’s shoes might look really cute with your outfit and those cookies might look delicious, but always get explicit permission. The vast majority of roommate complaints I have heard have honestly been related to food stealing. College students take their dorm food stashes very seriously. Keep your hands to your side of the room, and accept what your roommate chooses to share with you.
DO: Have a plan in place for when you invite your Pause dance partner back to the room for some one-on-one time. No one wants that surprise. Before you offer a smooth “come over to my place,” make sure your roommate with has somewhere to crash and plenty of notice. This is total common sense. It’s amazing how many people don’t do it. Just send a quick text.
DON’T: Assume your roommate relationship defines all of your future friendmaking. If you’re not clicking, it does not mean you will never make friends. If you’re best friends, it doesn’t mean it will stay that way. Your roommate is just one person on a very large campus, and you can be in as little or as much of each other’s lives as you want.
You have four years here to make key friendships, so don’t put too much emphasis on this one. Even a total roommate disaster will just be a funny story by next semester.
In reality, adjusting to living with a roommate is surprisingly easy. It’s nice to have a familiar face to vent to at the end of a stressful day and to help you wake up on time for your morning class. Roommate living requires a little common courtesy and respect, but soon it will be second nature to you.
Whether your roommate is your lifelong best friend or someone you just wave to at graduation, it is worth it to try to foster the best roommate relationship possible.
After a week of getting acclimated to campus life, classes will start before you know it. This means that studying will soon take up a significant (though hopefully reasonable) amount of your time. Here is your guide to St. Olaf’s many study spaces, one or more of which will inevitably match your individual needs.
The Libraries: Perhaps the most dependable option, the Rolvaag (“roll-vahg”) Memorial Library—located between Buntrock Commons and the English Department—has a variety of spaces that cater to the most social or private of studyers.
The main floor (third floor) has an area to the left as you walk in with clumps of tables and chairs perfect for group study sessions. To the right is the fairly quiet Reference Room, whose high ceilings and windows draw comparisons to the Hogwarts Great Hall.
The fourth floor of the library also caters to social studying with its clumps of desks and study rooms, so if you’re looking for a quieter environment, this floor may not be for you. If you venture either further up or further down from these floors, the spaces grow more and more quiet (though there is less natural light the further down you go).
Regents Hall’s Hustad Science Library and Christiansen Hall of Music’s Halverson Music Library also offer nice study spots, but are not as spacious as Rolvaag. Be warned that as semesters draw to a close and the intensity of studying dials up to a ten, space in Rolvaag is scarce. Sweatpants-clad, stress-eating Oles cram into every available desk, so you may need to look elsewhere.
Tomson Hall: Located across the quad from Buntrock, Tomson is home to the Foreign Language Department as well as the administrative offices. The main floor (the floor below ground level) has a big open space with tables and couches for studying. This area is not the best for group studying because the tables are so small, so usually there are either individuals or two-person groups quietly studying here. It’s also important to note that this is administrative central – if you lack a filter, you may not want to study where PDA and the Deans come and go.
On the third floor of Tomson, you will find the West Lantern, a room overlooking the lawn in front of Mellby and Larson Halls, with many chairs great for quiet studying. There is a similar space, the East Lantern, on the other end of Tomson. It boasts a view of the quad, Buntrock Commons and Holland Hall.
These spaces are best for quiet studying, though when classes let out, they can be noisy for a few minutes. And if you get distracted people-watching, these windowed study spaces may not be best for serious studying – the never-ending parade of people across the heart of campus may prove to be too stimulating.
The Cage: The second floor of Buntrock Commons is always full of activity—here, you can find the campus mailboxes, Fireside lounge (see below) and the Cage, which is a small café under Stav Hall where you can buy coffee, snacks or any meal you don’t want from the cafeteria.
Apart from serving food, the Cage expanded last year to include more room for studying. This is mainly intended for social studying because, frankly, the space is often really loud. With all of the noise and distractions, individual studying here is difficult. However, people who struggle studying in silence may love the chaos. Also, across from the Cage is a row of window seats where one may be a little more secluded while still remaining among the activity.
Fireside: This lounge is right across from the campus mailboxes and its many comfortable chairs, couches and working fireplace attract Oles who want to hang out or nap between classes. While mainly a social space, Fireside is a comfortable spot to read a book for class or work on a paper. However, it may be hard to concentrate there during its busiest hours—during lunch and after classes are over for the day. Admittedly, this is more the place where people meet before they go somewhere else to study!
Regents Hall: With its giant windows and various corner nooks, the science building is an appealing place to study. Regents facilitates both group and individual study and, like Tomson, its empty classrooms are great for group study sessions before a test or presentation. Of all the study spots on campus, Regents probably brings in the most natural light and is less claustrophobic than the library or the Cage.
The fourth-floor study space overlooking downtown Northfield provides a beautiful view without being distracting.
Dorm Lounges: As first-years, a great way to get to know your peers is by studying in your dorm lounge. This can be an easy way to bond while still being (somewhat) productive. Apart from the sheer convenience of staying in your dorm to study, dorm lounges tend to have a more relaxed and easygoing atmosphere than most study spots, which makes for less stressful studying.
On the down side, the social atmosphere of dorm lounges may be distracting and any actual hope for productivity may fall by the wayside. This depends on one’s tolerance for noise versus silence during study time. Your residence hall may also begin to feel suffocating if you rely on it for studying, socializing and sleeping.
If not in September, you might start to feel it when the snowfall renders you extra lazy.
Photo courtesy of David Hastings ’14
Carleton College cross country runner Hart Hornor was selected the U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Athlete-of-the-Week for his fourth-place performance at the Augustana (SD) Twilight Invitational. On Tuesday, he was also tabbed the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week.
A new book by St. Olaf College Professor of English Mark Allister chronicles the career of Cloud Cult, a Minnesota-grown indie rock band that has often been called “the most idealistic and least cynical” in the country.
The book, Chasing the Light: The Cloud Cult Story, traces the band’s rise to critical acclaim. Allister describes Cloud Cult’s unique philosophy and principles, including how lead singer and songwriter Craig Minowa created a zero-carbon footprint for the band’s recording and touring well before sustainable practices became mainstream.
Chasing the Light also details the band’s defining moments, beginning with the death of Craig and Connie Minowa’s two-year-old son and the hundreds of songs that grew out of the tragic loss.
“Cloud Cult’s story engages some of the great issues of any time: How do we overcome loss and move through grieving? How do we understand human life through the frameworks of spirituality, of life and death? How do we create positive messages through art? How do we spread love? Readers of the book will, I believe, contemplate such issues through the band’s story,” Allister says.
“I’d like to see readers come away with a renewed sense of hope that doing good in the world is possible, and that despair can be turned to affirmation.”
In addition to English, Allister also teaches environmental studies and American studies at St. Olaf. He hosts a weekly radio show on KSTO called Prof Rock with Mark Allister.
After acquiring a second All-Tournament team selection in as many weeks, Carleton junior Camille Benson was named as a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Athlete-of-the-Week, it was announced Tuesday.
This fall, join a community-wide conversation about the U.S. Constitution through a special event series organized by Carleton College and its community partners. The Constitution turns 227 years old this month, yet it remains the focus of fierce national debate. Politicians invoke it in their campaigns. Court decisions hinge upon its interpretation. Issues as vital as immigration reform, free speech, and freedom of religion prompt us to examine not only its words, but the intentions of its authors.
Shannon Holden fired a career-best one-over par 73, Geraldine Tellbuescher broke the 36-hole school record, and Carleton won its fourth straight event by posting a school record final-round 300 team score at the Wartburg Invitational. The Knights’ 604 total bested the school record set a week ago. Tellbuescher finished second; Holden and Kelsey Moede tied for fifth and Taylor Wells and Grace Gilmore tied for ninth.
The Carleton College men’s golf team completed play at the Augsburg College Fall Invitational on Sunday, shooting a final-round team score of 316. Combined with a 307 in Saturday’s round one, gave the Knights a team total 623, good enough for a 13th place finish in this two-day event.
For the second match in a row, Madelaine Horn tallied the game-winner, this time by launching a 27-yard free kick into the upper right corner en route to a 1-0 win at home for the Carleton College women’s soccer team over Grinnell College.
Branden McGarrity tallied a first-half assist and added two second-half goals as the Carleton College men’s soccer team (2-2) pulled away from Rockford University, en route to a 5-1 non-conference victory.
WAVERLY, Iowa - The St. Olaf women's golf team was sixth of 17 teams at the Wartburg Fall Invitational, which wrapped up on Sunday at Centennial Oaks Golf Club.
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Jens Undlin scored twice, including the game-winner in the 78th minute to break a 1-1 tie as St. Olaf defeated UM-Morris 2-1 in a non-conference men's soccer game on Sunday afternoon at Rolf Mellby Field.
HAM LAKE, Minn. - Chris Winge shot a final round, even-par 72 to finish 21st overall as the St. Olaf men's golf team was eighth of 11 participating schools at the Augsburg College Fall Invitational, which wrapped up on Sunday afternoon.