St. Olaf welcomes Class of 2018

St. Olaf College - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 1:48pm

St. Olaf College recently welcomed the Class of 2018 — a talented, diverse group of 775 first-year students from 458 high schools in 45 states and 32 countries.

They include 130 domestic students of color and 68 international students, as well as 25 Davis United World College Scholars (the most the college has ever enrolled in a single class).

Most of these new Oles — 56 percent — hail from outside of Minnesota. The class also includes 10 students who were admitted last year and deferred, spending a gap year studying in places like Russia, China, Nepal, Wyoming, New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, and Laos, or — in one case — playing junior hockey in Canada.

And while these numbers provide some insight into the incoming class, each new group of students is more than just a compilation of statistics and figures. The Class of 2018 also includes:

  • One student who already has a licensed computer game with Yahoo
  • Six students who have a black belt in a martial art
  • One student who appeared in an episode of the Beverly Hills, 90210 remake
  • Two sets of twins

“I’m thrilled to welcome the Class of 2018 to campus,” says Vice President for Enrollment and College Relations Michael Kyle ’85. “They are energetic, dynamic, and accomplished. I very much look forward to watching them grow and develop as Oles — they are already making their mark on our community, and that is exciting for all of us to see.”

Watch a video of members of the Class of 2018 settling in on campus:
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Knights Stay Hot, Outlast UW-River Falls in Five-Set Thriller

Carleton Sports - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:20pm

After winning their previous four matches in straight sets, the Carleton College volleyball team went the distance on Wednesday night to earn a thrilling five-set road victory (18-25, 25-19, 25-22, 17-25, 15-13) against the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

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Knights Lose Physical Battle to Carthage, 1-0

Carleton Sports - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 9:35pm

In a match that saw 30 fouls called in total, one call in particular cost the Carleton College men’s soccer team dearly, as a free-kick goal led to a 1-0 loss in a road fixture at Carthage College.

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2014 Season Preview

Carleton Sports - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 7:58pm

The Carleton College men's cross country squad is regionally and nationally-ranked. A deep squad will look to build on last year's NCAA Championships appearance.

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Former Minneapolis mayor and education advocate R.T. Rybak to present Carleton’s Opening Convocation Address

Carleton College News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:46pm
Former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak will be the featured speaker at Carleton College’s annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year. Opening Convocation will be held Monday, September 15 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and will be preceded by the College’s traditional Academic Procession, including all current and emeriti faculty. This event is free and open to the public. Convocation will also be streamed live and can be viewed online at
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Ole women fall at UW-Stevens Point

St. Olaf Athletics News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:00am
STEVENS POINT, Wis. - UW-Stevens Point defeated visiting St. Olaf 4-1 in a non-conference women's soccer game on Wednesday afternoon.
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Johnson is MIAC's golfer of the week

St. Olaf Athletics News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:00am
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - St. Olaf men's golfer Charlie Johnson was named the MIAC men's golfer of the week on Wednesday after his individual victory at the Culver's Edgewood Fall Classic last weekend.
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Students team with tech company to study the physics of friction

St. Olaf College - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 2:48pm

This summer Associate Professor of Physics Brian Borovsky ’94 (right) and student researchers Lucas Sletten ’15 and Emily Johnson ’16 used a machine called a probe-quartz resonator apparatus to simulate the amount of friction that is created when very small contacts rub at high speeds — a technique used by only a few other research groups in the world.

This summer a team of researchers at St. Olaf College partnered with hard disk drive manufacturing company Western Digital to investigate the underpinnings of friction at the molecular and even atomic level.

The project, part of the college’s Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program, was led by Associate Professor of Physics and Department Chair Brian Borovsky ’94.

Along with student researchers Lucas Sletten ’15 and Emily Johnson ’16, Borovsky worked with Western Digital to research ways of minimizing the impact of friction on micromachines.

“Micromechanics and even nanomechanics is a broad area of technology that is in a developmental phase right now,” Borovsky says. “There are certain kinds of micromachines that are now ubiquitous, and they’re around us every day even if we don’t know it.”

“Like the accelerometer in your smartphone,” Sletten adds, “or in the motion sensors that trigger the airbags in your car.”

But, Borovsky explains, accelerometers are relatively simple machines, with few moving parts that rub together. In order to build more complex micromachines, friction — or rather, the wear that it causes — is still a significant obstacle to be overcome.

“There has been no micromachine commercialized that allows for rubbing contacts,” he says. “Those tend to be very high friction, very high wear, and the machines don’t tend to last more than a day or two on the bench.”

Bridging the gap between theory and practicality
In larger-scale mechanics, mitigating the effects of friction is as simple as ensuring that the machine is well lubricated. But when the scale is measured in micrometers or even nanometers and space is at a premium, there simply isn’t enough room for a traditional lubricant.

To find a way around this design problem, companies like Western Digital are researching experimental lubricants that can efficiently minimize the effects of friction even when only the thickness of a single molecule. This summer Borovsky and his students worked to test the different experimental lubricants that Western Digital has been developing for its hard drives.

“Hard disk drive manufacturers are at a key point in their technology where they have gotten them to be so small and have so much data on them by reducing the distance between the reader and the disk,” Borovsky says. “But they’re at this key point where they can’t get much closer without actually starting to rub the reader against the disk. Yet they may need to do that if they’re going to compete with other memory storage technologies, like flash storage. So they’re seriously trying to figure out, ‘How do I get a fraction of a nanometer closer?’ Every fraction of a nanometer can really count for a competitive industry like this.”

In this summer’s research project, the St. Olaf team used a machine called a probe-quartz resonator apparatus to simulate the amount of friction that is created when very small contacts rub at high speeds — a technique used by only a few other research groups in the world. This enabled them not only to test the different lubricants being developed by Western Digital, but also to collect data that may lead to a greater understanding of the way friction works on such small scales, bridging the gap between theory and practicality.

“Ever since the modern study of friction began in the 1980s, researchers have been revealing surprising ways in which the simple laws of friction for everyday objects fail to describe the physics of ultra-small machines,” Borovsky says.

This is because, he explains, when an object is small enough, nearly all of its atoms are on the surface. With relatively few atoms stored inside, the machine has almost no bulk (inertia and cohesive strength) that could allow it to withstand the destructive effects of surface forces. Machines this small simply don’t behave the way much bigger objects do, and this creates an opportunity for scientific understanding to help guide the development of new technologies.

Paving the way for future research
The results of this summer’s work are promising, Borovsky says.

“We’ve had an excellent summer in the lab,” he says. “We upgraded our equipment for improved ease of use. Lucas and Emily automated our data acquisition scheme, and now we see data coming in faster than ever. More data means better statistics and ultimately better science. The first fruits of all this is a very large data set on the frictional behavior of two hard drive coatings provided by Western Digital.”

Borovsky says that although the experimental lubricants showed high levels of friction, they did exhibit less friction per area than uncoated control surfaces. The group’s next step, he says, is to use the frictional data they gathered to find ways of modifying the lubricants to cut down on friction even more.

“We are at the beginning of our collaborative effort here,” Borovsky says, “and it will be interesting to see how hard drive technology develops to stay competitive with other high-density storage media in the future.”

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Men’s Cross Country Ranked Nationally, Regionally, in Preseason Polls

Carleton Sports - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:53am

Entering the 2014 season off a 16th-place finish at last year’s NCAA Championships, the Carleton College men’s cross country team was named No. 4 in the Central Region, and the No. 26 squad in the nation by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

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Carlson 15th as women's golf opens 2014 season

St. Olaf Athletics News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 1:00am
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - Maxine Carlson shot a final round 82 to go with Friday's 19 to finish 15th overall at the UW-Eau Claire Invitational at Wild Ridge Golf Course.
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Knights Run Away With Georgianni Memorial Invite Title

Carleton Sports - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:17pm

Powered by a sizzling three-over par 75 by Kelsey Moede, Carleton posted a dominating final-round 310 to run away with the team title at the Georgianni Memorial Invitational. The Knights ended up with a school-record 628 total for the 36-hole event, winning by a whopping 23 shots. Carleton’s final-round total matched its school-record for a single round in relation to par, set at last year’s UW-Eau Claire Blugold Spring Invite. Geraldine Tellbuescher backed up Moede’s round with a 77, followed by Shannon Holden’s 78. Taylor Wells added an 80 to round out Carleton’s scoring players.

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Jordy Cammarota Blasts Knights Past Grinnell in OT

Carleton Sports - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 7:12pm

After playing a full 90 minutes of regulation without a deciding goal, Jordy Cammarota handed the Carleton College men’s soccer team an overtime victory over Grinnell College with a 22-yard laser to the upper left corner of the net.

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Kasch’s Volley Lifts Knights Over Centre, 1-0

Carleton Sports - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 2:39pm

A 28th-minute strike by Connor Kasch proved to be a sunbeam on a rainy day as the Carleton College women’s soccer team picked up a 1-0 victory over Centre College.

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Knights second after first round at Georgianni Memorial Invite

Carleton Sports - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 11:05pm

Sophomore Shannon Holden shot a four-over par 77 and senior Taylor Wells added a 78 as Carleton College finds itself in second place after the Georgianni Memorial Invitational's first round.

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Knights Start Season Strong, Go 3-1 at St. Olaf Invite

Carleton Sports - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 5:32pm

The Carleton Volleyball team started the season strong this weekend, going 3-1 at the St. Olaf Invitational. The Knights closed day two of the tournament with consecutive sweeps against Martin Luther College (25-20, 25-13, 25-11) and Crown College (25-11, 25-9, 25-12). Camille Benson and Karen Halls were selected to the All-Tournament team at the conclusion of the event.

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Volleyball goes 2-2 in opening tournament

St. Olaf Athletics News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 1:00am
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - The St. Olaf volleyball team split its four matches in the opening weekend St. Olaf-Carleton Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Skoglund Center and West Gym.
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Oles win at Riverside Park

St. Olaf Athletics News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 1:00am
MINNEAPOLIS - Nick Sokolowski won the individual title Saturday afternoon at Riverside Park leading the St. Olaf men's Cross Country team to victory as St. Olaf placed five of its runners in the top 10 securing the team win in a Triangular against Augsburg and Bethel.
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Charlie Johnson wins the Edgewood Fall Classic

St. Olaf Athletics News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 1:00am
JANESVILLE, Wis. - Charlie Johnson shot a final round of 68 on Saturday to win Culver's Edgewood Fall Classic and lead the St. Olaf men's golf team to a fourth place finish.
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2014 Season Preview

Carleton Sports - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:44pm

Carleton Men's Soccer kicks off its season this weekend, and a strong performance in non-conference action could give the Knights momentum heading into what figures to be another tough MIAC schedule in 2014.

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Knights Earn Split on Season’s First Day

Carleton Sports - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:25pm

Seniors Karen Halls and Claire Willeck tallied 21 and 15 kills respectively as the Carleton College volleyball team went 1-1 on the first day of competition during the 2014 campaign. The Knights dropped the opener 3-1 to University of Wisconsin-Stout, then bounced back to sweep Bethany Lutheran, 3-0, in the nightcap.

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