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If you drink a cup of tea too quickly, you’ll burn yourself. That’s part of the beauty of it - tea forces you to slow down, to wait for the brew to steep, then to wait for the brew to cool.
The Carleton College women’s track and field team won three events at the 14-team Tommie Twilight meet hosted by St. Thomas. This was the final tune up for the Knights in advance of the MIAC Championships.
Debate about liability, gun safety & personal property funding, but amongst controversy, club receives funds
“It’s creating a space where people are no longer safe to exercise power they might have over others because of their gender and race. If that makes people feel unsafe, then I guess people ought to feel unsafe a little more often.” --David Atkinson ’15
Do re mi diversity? A capella considers group composition
The Carleton College men’s track and field team closed the first day of competition at the MIAC Championships in style. The quartet of Ben Withbroe, Joe Haase, Noah Laack-Veeder, and Jerry Cook-Gallardo broke the team record with their winning time of 7:45.04 in the 4x800-meter relay.
The MIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held May 8-9 at Macalester Stadium in St. Paul, Minn. Friday’s events start at 2:30 p.m., while action on Saturday begins at 2:00 p.m.
Over midterm break, students saw musical theatre productions or ventured to the Twins game, but one of the most popular events for students was the Midwest Lindy Fest. Spanning from Friday night to Monday morning, over thirty Carleton students swing danced each day for anywhere from 4 to 8 hours.
The CSA budget will exceed its income for the 2014-15 academic year, according to CSA treasurer Ben Strauss ’16.
Bats are one of the most diverse groups of mammals, with over 1,300 distinct species. They are often thought to be keystone species, as pollinators, seed dispersers, and pest control for insects, eating up to 4,500 insects per night.
Rumors that Freedom House (Williams House) and La Casa del Sol (Hunt Cottage) were to be converted into sub-free interest houses recently sparked outrage among various communities on campus.
Ten years ago, about half of all Carleton students came from the Midwest. Over the past decade, admissions has seen that proportion decrease to about 40%.
This term at Experimental Theater Board, Ethan Ramsay ’17 has taken on the monumental task of directing Eric Bogosian’s 1986 collection of monologues Drinking in America.
Technically, we are the leaders of this organization. Our names are at the top of the staff roster, and we find ourselves wrangling section editors to conform to our (collective) will. Yet, we are lucky to be consistently awed by our staff. It is not just personal bias – we consider this the best group of editors that the Manitou Messenger has ever had. Here, we pay tribute to all we have learned from them.
News Editor (and rising Executive Editor) Nick Bowlin ’16 has taught us what tenacity looks like. No, we’re not referring to his EPIC BEAST MODE on the intramural soccer court. We mean to say that he has revived the long-lost art of investigative reporting. It takes real gumption to interrogate administrative figures and ask questions there aren’t ready answers for.
Fellow news editor Kassandra DiPietro ’15 shared her positive spunk every time she entered the office.
Let’s not forget Stephen Nolan ’15, editor (and usually author) of the Sports section – or is it the Sport section, as they say in his native Australia? Even though playing tennis and adapting to our American culture is really a full-time job, Steve manages to create and write his page almost single-handedly each week.
We are also amazed by Becca Carcaterra ’17, who needed to step down from a news editing position this past fall in order to seek treatment for bone cancer. We are excited for her to return next term, and to continue to excel in writing, editing and generating ideas.
Because of some unforseen circumstances that forced some last-minute staff changes, rookies Cathrine Meeder ’17 and Chaz Mayo ’18 (a freshman!) took over A&E this semester like absolute pros. They reminded us of the importance of jumping into something new with optimism and grace – a lesson with extra relevance to us as we jump into the real world next month.
Benny Pelegrande ’15, King of the Hill and also the variety page, was a new addition to the staff. He came through our doors with nothing but a vision for a new section and a passion for semi-coherent, absurd horoscopes. We cannot imagine this year without the hysterical laughter (and occasional discomfort/confusion) he provides.
Opinions editors Nina Hagen ’15 and Emily Stets ’15 put up with a lot. Imagine, for instance, repeatedly asking your executive editors to write a farewell letter to readers, while they subsequently put off doing so until approximately 10 p.m. on print night. Or having to formulate coherent opinions on any range of topics week after a week. Let’s say that their tenacity is something we could all work toward.
Louisa Carroll ’15, who never fails to inform us which color combinations are “totally ugly,” brought the visual components of this newspaper to a new level of excellence. Her sharp eye for detail always picks up on what our glazed-over, over-caffeinated eyes miss. She is a wizard with InDesign and Photoshop, and clearly a Gryffindor. We would not survive (as editors or humans) without her.
Joining Louisa in the artistic genius department is Andrew Wilder ’15, our photo editor. Not only is Andrew wildly talented, but he also provides us with much-needed care and kindness. Once, during a very stressful period of time at the Mess, he drove the executive, managing and visual editors to the Contented Cow so we could have a serious meeting over popcorn and a beer. That made everybody’s week.
We’d also like to recognize our staff writers, copy editors, business manager and online editors for all they do to keep our paper running smoothly.
Thank you, dear editors. And thank you, too, readers. What a year.
The St. Olaf men’s track and field team competed at the St. Mary’s Open on April 25. Alex Phearman ’15 and Kevin Skrip ’16 led the Oles by winning two individual titles.
Phearman won the steeplechase in a tightly-packed race with a time of 10:04.23, with Paul Timm ’18 coming in third place with a time of 10:10.29. Skrip was the champion of the 400-meter event with a time of 50.29, once again showing his consistency in the event and proving to be one of the top sprinters for the Oles.
Sean Bjork ’17 and Jacob Eggers ’17 led the Oles in the 800-meter race, finishing in fourth and fifth positions respectively. Bjork and Eggers both ran season bests, with Bjork finishing with a time of 1:54.73 and Eggers with 1:55.04. These performances in the 400m and 800m are a good sign that the team’s middle distance runners are coming around at a time in the season when consistent and strong times are going to be necessary to win meets.
The Oles have consistently had impressive meets, and both distance runners and sprinters appear to be capable of topping the best that the MIAC has to offer. With the MIAC Outdoor Championships slowly approaching, it is important for the Oles to maintain the momentum they have used throughout the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Considering the success that many individual runners have had earlier in the outdoor track season – as well as during the indoor track and cross country seasons, it is very likely that head coach Phil Lundin and his team can come away with a MIAC team championship title, and also find success later on at Nationals.
Carleton College senior Nolan Baker was named as the designated hitter on the Academic All-District First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The award recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their performance both on the field and in the classroom. Baker is an Economics major with a 3.32 GPA, and he ranked among the MIAC leaders with a .365 batting average and 41 RBI.
Mark your calendars, folks – the 2015 Quade One Act Festival is coming up! This annual event features one-act plays directed by Artist in Residence Gary Gisselman’s intermediate directing class and will be held May 7-9 in Haugen Theater. There are four shows each night, with the festivities starting at 7 p.m. every evening. No show will run longer than 30 minutes, and each night’s shows will run consecutively.
We know you are excited to attend and appreciate the hard work of up-and-coming student directors and actors, so to help build this excitement, the Messenger is proud to bring you a preview of all 12 shows. Here is what you can expect this year, along with remarks from each director:
Private Lives, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Stacie Argyrou ’16
Starring: Sean Pruett-Jones ’18, Ash Willison ’17, Nolan Bedward ’17 and Christa Schmidt ’16
“Private Lives, a deceptively simple play, is the story of a once married to each other – now divorced – pair, Amanda and Elyot, who, in search for love with their new spouses, find themselves sharing a terrace in a hotel in France. Soon after they see each other, they discover that their life actually constitutes to a newly liberated world, in which indulgence, fantasy and decadence combine to create an uncertain, yet desirable future for the both of them, together.”
Middletown, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Dominic Bower ’16
Starring: Seton FitzMacken ’17, Katya Vorokhobova ’18, Leidy Rogers ’18, Shannon Cron ’15, Siimon Sander ’18 and Elijah Verdoorn ’18
“Middletown is a play by Will Eno that follows the lives of not-so-ordinary tolkfown as they navigate the cycles of life and death.”
And They Danced Real Slow in Jackson, 8:00 p.m.
Directed by Taylor Heitman ’16
Starring: Rosie Linsner ’18, Becca Thavis ’17, Gabe Coleman ’17, Max Anderson ’15, Maddie Sabin ’17, Ian Sutherland ’18 and Jill Luoma-Overstreet ’16
“This play is about a girl who has struggled with polio her entire life in the 1940s. A mashup of memories about how she, and others, have handled her disability, this is a beautiful story about overcoming inner demons, or how they can overtake you.”
The Fire in Our Hearts: Scenes from War, 8:30 p.m.
Directed by Becky Raines ’16
Starring: Cameron Jackson ’17, Amy Trunt ’17, Yiwen Wu ’17, Denzel Belin ’15, Katie Johns ’15 and Emery Rankin-Utevsky ’18.
“My one act showcases scenes from three different plays, spanning Greek and Roman times to modern day war. I chose these scenes because I’m interested in how the way we think about war has and hasn’t changed. I think each scene provides a different and engaging perspective to the humanity of war.”
Romeo and Juliet, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Emily Field-Olson ’16.
Starring: Zach Greimann ’15 and Maggie Noun ’17
“Romeo and Juliet is, of course, the story of two doomed lovers but I think it’s also a story about the dangers of hate. I wanted to do selections from this play because, although it’s 400 years old, I think the beauty and danger of the story is still relevant in 2015.”
Red, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Erin Kerrigan ’16
Starring: Matt Stai ’18 and Preston West ’16
“This historically influenced play by John Logan centers on Mark Rothko, an abstract expressionist painter, and his interactions with his assistant Ken. Logan has dramatized the life of Rothko during his career in the late 60s to create a piece that places the changing art world in conversation with an artist’s struggle to feel relevant, to maintain passion and to fight the infringement of despair and commercialism in his work. I chose Logan’s play because it speaks beautifully to the questions of ‘What is art?’ and ‘Who decides what art is?’ as well as what it means to foster and to be challenged by the next generation of artists.”
Proof, 8:00 p.m.
Directed by Tara Schaefle ’16.
Starring: Grace Brandt ’17, Bess Clement ’18, Will Ibele ’18 and Chaz Mayo ’18
“I will be directing Proof by David Auburn, a show that is near and dear to my heart for many reasons (and has also won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony awards). Proof tells the story of Catherine, the daughter of a recently deceased mathematical prodigy whose mind unraveled in his final years. In the wake of her father’s death, Catherine struggles through her relationships with Hal and estranged sister Claire to prove the fine line between the genius and insanity of her father and, in turn, herself. I first encountered Proof when I was in a production of it a few years ago, and that marked a turning point in my life when I decided that acting was something I wanted to pursue professionally. The script is sarcastic, brave and truly poignant, and I hope the audience will fall in love with it as much as I have.”
Once and for All We’re Going To Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up and Listen, 8:30 p.m.
Directed by Memo Rodriguez ’16
Starring: Abby Sunberg ’18, Lily Bane ’17, Josiah Beretta ’18, Bailey Williams ’16, Shelby Reddig ’17, Leah Voigt ’15 and Christine Menge ’18
“This show is a thirty minute celebration of raw energy.”
An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Emma Downey ’16
Starring: Tom Reuter ’17, Gabby Dominique ’17, Payne McMillan ’15, Charlotte Smith ’18 and David Knott ’18
“This one act welcomes audience members into the darkly comic world of Shel Silverstein, a world where nothing is as it seems and where the familiar is distorted. Shel Silverstein’s short plays and poetry are the foundations for this playfully disturbing show.”
Does This Woman Have a Name? 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Francesco D’Aniello ’16
Starring: Katie Hindman ’15, Kathryn Ravey ’16 and Jordan Solei ’15
“Does This Woman Have a Name? by Theresa Rebeck is a play about jealousy, stigma and independence. The play follows two women, Mel and Sarah, who, out of necessity, have begun to operate a phone sex hotline. As they become more comfortable with their new jobs, Mel’s new boyfriend becomes increasingly uncomfortable with it.”
Twilight of the Golds, 8:00 p.m.
Directed by Olivia Mansfield ’15
Starring: Joey LeBrun ’15, Ben Pelegano ’15, Erica Loon ’15, Casey Bouldin ’15 and David Gottfried ‘15
“I chose this play because I am interested in the use of theater to ask important questions about the society that we live in, and because I was drawn to the complexity of each of the characters. It’s about a family who has to make a very tough decision, and in doing that, I hope the audience members start to question their own beliefs and can empathize with the characters. Enjoy the show!”
Shades of Grey, 8:30 p.m.
Directed by Dylan Stratton ’16
Starring: Max McKune ’18, Anders Wahlberg ’17 and Alyeska Dellinger ’18
“This play, which has no relation to 50 Shades of Grey, was written by Meg Haley ’06 for an Austin 10-minute play festival. The script is a little unconventional and is reminiscent of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. The basic plot is a father trying to remember his wife and a son trying to remember his mother. The father and son meet at a bench in a garden in the middle of winter. The script itself is too short to stand on its own, so I have collaborated with the actors to devise a section before the script begins. The devised section introduces the mother to the audience and is composed of poetry and other text.”
Graphic Credit: ETHAN BOOTE/MANITOU MESSENGER
Over a period of six weeks this spring, several students dedicated much of their free time to the collection of sap from St. Olaf’s very own maple trees.
“I tapped maple trees for a couple years with my dad just growing up,” Henry Raether ’15 said. “It’s something I’ve been doing for a while, and I wanted to bring it to the Hill. There have been a few other people who have done it, but I wanted to do more of a bottling process and actually sell it to students.”
Getting the project off the ground was a challenge in itself.
“Olaf is pretty protective of the land and the trees, so getting approval to do the project was pretty tough,” Raether said. “We had to prove that we were organized, knew what we were doing – I think the fact that I’d done it before was kind of convincing as well – and that we were actually going to benefit the St. Olaf community with this project.”
After gaining approval and funding through St. Olaf, Raether, along with fellow students Rachel Lee ’15, Ben Marolf ’15, Alex Bauch ’15 and Liam John ’16, quietly placed 25 taps throughout a grove of maple trees by Heath Creek, which is a part of St. Olaf’s Natural Lands. Over the course of six weeks, they were able to collect over 300 gallons of sap.
“We would just go out there everyday or every other day, depending on how fast the sap was running, and check all the trees, and empty the bags if we needed to,” Lee said.
The collection of the sap alone was a labor-intensive project, but the cooking process turned out to be even more difficult.
“We did a boil by ourselves using propane, and that took eight hours to boil only 30 gallons, so we made pretty much nothing,” Raether explained.
The team realized that they could not realistically cook a significant amount of sap on their own, and that’s when they approached Randy Clay about using Stav Hall’s kitchen to cook their sap.
“[Randy Clay] was integral to our success,” Marolf said. “Because we had these industrial boilers up in the kitchen we were able to do it in three and a half or four hours to get it from fifty gallons [of sap] down to one gallon of syrup.”
The hard work certainly paid off for the Manitou Maple team. Their most recent batch of syrup sold out after less than an hour and a half of tabling in Buntrock.
“A lot of people don’t know the process, and don’t have an appreciation for how maple syrup is made,” Raether said. “We really gained perspective about [how] tedious and meticulous the methods are to make maple syrup.”
“You learn a lot about where your food comes from, what food is around us and how it does take a lot of effort to make that food, and I think we don’t appreciate that,” Lee said.
In an effort to give back to the community, Manitou Maple partnered with, and donated all the proceeds from, their maple syrup to the Chloe’s Fight Rare Disease Foundation.
“We decided it would be nice to give back to the outside community in some way and raise awareness, and I felt like this would be a good way to do that,” Raether said.
Though many of the team members will be graduating this May, Raether is hopeful that the project will be carried on for years to come.
“The hope is that this will be a continual thing and that every spring weekend we can sell maple syrup.” Raether said. “I think the local aspect is really cool. It’s literally our backyard and we’re just harvesting the sap that occurs every year. The flow occurs every spring and people just don’t realize it.”
A half-dozen members of the Carleton College women’s tennis team earned a total of seven All-MIAC honors for the 2015 season. Junior Claire Spencer and first-year Danielle Vasiliev earned the award for their singles performances, while Mikayla Becich, Alana Danieu, and Grace Davis were recognized for their doubles play. Sophomore standout Caitlin Shea was named to both the All-MIAC singles and doubles teams.