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The Carleton College football team made its longest road trip of the season, playing at national No. 23 Concordia College.
On Sunday, October 12th, the Carleton College theater season started with a whisper.
“There is no truth to the rumor that the [Northfield] Police are becoming more ‘hands-on’ at Carleton,” wrote Wayne Eisenhuth in an email early last week.
I always get drunk and hook up with this special someone on Friday nights. We don’t see each other much during daylight hours, but her parents are coming to Family Weekend and she wants me to meet them. I’m not looking to amp up our relationship; what do I do?
Thanks for your help,
Hong Kong has been following a “one country, two systems” policy since it was handed over to the People’s Republic of China in 1997 by the United Kingdom, which has allowed its people to enjoy both civil liberties and economic freedom.
A new student movement swept campus this fall, bringing with it a flurry of changed Facebook profile pictures and a new campus-wide attitude of responsibility. The “It’s On Us” campaign was introduced this year by the Student Government Association (SGA), in partnership with the Sexual Assault Resource Network (SARN) and the Wellness Center.
The campaign strives to educate the student body and raise awareness in order to create a campus culture that will not tolerate sexual assault and harassment.
The mission of the movement, found on the “It’s On Us” pages on Facebook and Oleville, is to “recognize that non-consensual sexual contact is sexual assault, to identify situations in which sexual assault may occur, to intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given and to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.”
The movement is part of a nationwide “It’s On Us” campaign launched by President Obama and Vice President Biden, which has been endorsed by celebrities including Jon Hamm and Kerry Washington and implemented in schools across the country. SGA President Rachel Palermo ’15 and Vice President Nick Stumo- Langer ’15 planned to address sexual assault prevention this year, and thus were eager to join forces with the White House. They tailored the national movement to fit the needs of St. Olaf, with the help of SARN and the Wellness Center.
“The value of having so many different groups on the subcommittee means we can bring to light ideas and voices from different parts of the St. Olaf community,” said SARN co-chair Jo Treat ’15. “This is important because sexual assault can happen to anyone, not just one group of people.”
“It’s On Us” in part works to combat rape culture. Rape culture is defined as the normalizing and trivializing of sexual assault. This toxic cultural mindset ranges from victim blaming, in which the survivor of sexual assault is blamed for somehow bringing on or asking for the assault, to seemingly harmless jokes about rape.
The campaign strives to replace this destructive attitude with a culture that fully supports survivors in the healing process and assumes shared responsibility for preventing sexual assault and harassment.
“If we do not tolerate rape and sexual assault on our campus, we can eliminate rape culture and prevent it from happening altogether,” Treat said.
“Although people may think that sexual assault doesn’t happen at St. Olaf, the reality is that it does happen, which is why we believe it’s on us to step forward and help our peers,” said Palermo. “Our mentality is that one is too many. If our campaign helps prevent even one sexual assault, or if it helps just one person feel comfortable enough to report something or seek resources, we will view our movement as successful.”
“Sexual assault is present in our community,” said Vice President for Student Life Greg Kneser. He stressed the need for students to personally intervene in a situation that seems like it may lead to sexual assault or harassment.
“Talk to your friends, think about this issue when you are in situations where you recognize that risk is present and take care of each other,” said Kneser. “Often people expect the police to handle it, the school to handle it, or assume organizations like SARN will handle it.”
Treat agrees about the importance of speaking up.
“When students have an awareness about this issue, that it can and does occur on this campus, they are more likely to step in when they see something happening and come forward if something does happen,” she said.
Students can join the campaign on social media by changing their Facebook profile picture to the “It’s On Us” logo, available through the “It’s On Us- St. Olaf College” Facebook page. There is a pledge available on the website, www.oleville.com/us to express solidarity with the campaign’s goals and commitment to taking responsibility for sexual assault. There will be more ways to get involved throughout the year.
Graphic Courtesy of Carina Lofgren
In late September, a Change.org petition began to circulate on Oles’ Facebook walls. Between “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” posts and cat videos was a letter pleading on behalf of a Carleton student faced with expulsion.
The petition outlines a series of events that took place on Sept. 15: a group of Carleton students took LSD in the Arboretum, one of them began seizing, then two others panicked upon witnessing the seizure. A sophomore in the group (whose threat of expulsion prompted the campaign) called for help, and the subsequent police investigation uncovered MDMA laced with meth in her dorm room.
The letter’s central claim is that if Carleton were to follow through with the expulsion, then it would set a precedent that discourages calling for help. Indeed, the petition title frames the issue as a simple action-reaction scenario: “Ask Carleton not to expel a student who called for help.” Action: student calls for help in medical emergency. Reaction: expulsion.
A key detail omitted from the petition is that the student caught with the drugs was already on probation for a drug-related offense, according to a story in The Carletonian. This is crucial for contextualizing the severity of Carleton’s disciplinary action. Another piece of glossed-over information involves the disconnect between the circumstances that triggered the seizure and the circumstances of the room search. The seizing student was tripping on LSD; the student who called for help was found to have MDMA (laced with meth) in her room. The possession offense that ultimately put expulsion on the table was unrelated to the events that endangered her friend.
Absolutely none of this is to say that medical amnesty is not important. It can, and does, save lives. But in this particular incident, a complicated case was manipulated to appear straightforward. If the student who called for help hadn’t been in possession of other drugs along with a history of substance violations, Carleton’s response would likely have been more forgiving. The students’ argument about setting a “disturbing precedent” is a stretch, at best. The letter reads like it invoked principle largely because it was the most convenient defense.
The petition did, in fact, garner more than the requested 1,500 signatures. It closed after receiving 1,957. Whether or not it had any bearing on the Sept. 26 decision to give the student a reprieve, we can’t be sure. In any case, the student is now facing a yearlong suspension rather than total banishment.
What we can take from this is that both drug policy and drug education need work, and not just at Carleton. Since drug experimentation is a reality for some college students, policy needs to be as unambiguous as possible, and always with the end goal of keeping students safe. Drug education also needs to expand in scope, because if the intellectual minds of a school like Carleton aren’t prepared for the consequences of use, then who is?
It’s unfortunate that it took a painful, terrifying night in order for these conversations to take place. Still, it has given us a valuable opportunity to take a critical look at the culture of substance use and discipline.
Abby Grosse ’15 (email@example.com) is from Shoreview, Minn. She majors in English with a concentration in women’s and gender studies.
Graphic Credit: ETHAN BOOTE/MANITOU MESSENGER
“I put out a lot of flyers!” Athletic Director Matt McDonald ’88 answered with a smile when asked what exactly his job involved.
“A lot of my job involves managing these events, evaluating staff, raising money and putting together resources,” McDonald said. He is also the head baseball coach and has led the St. Olaf baseball team to five NCAA appearances, four 30-win seasons and 18 20-win seasons in his tenure. He was awarded the MIAC’s coach of the year in 2007 for the third time in his career.
Under McDonald, St. Olaf has finished in the top three in the MIAC for 14 straight seasons. St. Olaf won the four-team MIAC Tournament in 2003, 2006 and 2009 and has been in the championship in seven of the event’s 13 seasons.
McDonald has definitely had an inspiring and successful career, so what’s the secret behind it?
“The biggest factor is our school’s ability to attract good athletes,” McDonald said. “Even if you have the best coaches and the best facilities, you won’t get anywhere if you don’t have good players.” McDonald likens it to finding the right talent for a choir.
McDonald says that members of the athletics department have been working on their recruiting methods.
“Academic standards have risen, so it’s very important to find the right person who can balance training with their studies,” McDonald said. McDonald conveyed that the athletics deparment spends more time recruiting than actually coaching, which proves just how important finding the right person for your team is.
“We work closely with the admissions office on finding the students that would fit and excel here,” McDonald said. “I always make sure to try and get to know the students, so there are no surprises either for me or for them when they get here, and a lot of the guys I’ve recruited I really enjoy spending time with.”
McDonald finds it very inspiring to be coaching at the place where he once played, having graduated from St Olaf in 1988. “I was in their shoes at one point, so I can relate to them,” he said. He feels that competitive spirit is at the heart of his philosophy. He knows sports are a very important part of many students’ lives when he sees them first arriving here at St. Olaf.
“To be involved in something where there is a winner and a loser is very important. Sure, the winning is great, but the losing hurts, and it teaches you how to deal with that and keep going,” McDonald said. “I believe competition, more often than not, brings out the best in people”
The rough weather has always been an issue for outdoor sports like baseball and football, but McDonald believes that St. Olaf is very lucky to have great indoor facilities.
“Even if you can’t practice outdoors, focusing on the fundamentals of the game is just as important. This is what you need to remember to keep going,” he said.
McDonald’s vision for the future is to provide athletes at St. Olaf with something special to match the quality they receive in their education. He hopes that coaches and administrators can match the passion for which St. Olaf professors and faculty are know.
“We’ve done well so far, and we plan on continuing do so,” McDonald said.
Graphic Credit: ETHAN BOOTE/MANITOU MESSENGER
Since the beginning of fall term, a series of bright poster art has stood out on the walls of 4th Libe. This exhibit of work by Spanish cartoonist and graphic artist Miguel Brieva marks a collaboration between The Gould Library’s Art in the Library Program and the Spanish department.
Charlie Priore, reference and instruction librarian for the sciences and ammunition expert, edited the recently published The Ammo Encyclopedia 5th edition, which is the most comprehensive reference book available on current and obsolete ammunition.
Carleton students and faculty are collaborating with local representative Suzie Nakasian and state representative David Bly to create a passenger rail service to the Twin Cities area, through the Grass Roots Transit Initiative.
Nine Carleton students participated in the national march and rally in Missouri against police brutality and racial profiling for the Ferguson October Weekend of Resistance.
Few commodities can attest to holding the sort of cultural cachet that cigarettes do. Once heralded as among the most definitively “cool” status symbols in Western media and print, smoking’s ultimate descent is interesting in terms of being a public health issue in conflict with conventions of fashion and image. The latest efforts to prevent smoking altogether is Truth, a campaign targeted specifically at young people in an attempt to cut back on teen smoking. The campaign boasts huge progress, claiming that this last year only 9 percent of teens smoked, as opposed to 23 percent 14 years ago. Using the mantra #FinishIT, the goal is to eliminate teen smoking altogether.
Sleek and colorful, Truth’s Web site offers information about the history of Big Tobacco, including methods of advertising or production layered with facts about the dangers of tobacco for health. Periodically updated, this table of numbered facts occupy most of the screen in little tan boxes, offering search functions such as death, race and women. A tab labeled “About truth” is presumably the movement’s mission statement: “We are here to empower, not to judge.” At the top is a series of other mottos and statistics regarding the fight against teen smoking, punctuated by young, stylish people partying, running or simply looking snappy and cool.
The irony of this movement comes from the method of fighting Big Tobacco. The most popular campaigns to fight smoking have urged teens not to give into peer pressure and ignore those who would try and make smoking appear stylish or necessary as a status symbol. While the merit of this rhetoric is debatable, the sentiment is generally positive, encouraging young people to think and act as individuals.
The #FinishIT movement utilizes the same tactic, but instead of demonizing peer pressure, it actively uses it as a tool to fight teen smoking. While stating that judgment is not the goal of the cause, much of the information on the Web site and the things readers are encouraged to do actively serve the goal of ostracizing smokers. One example is the poll function, with user feedback, which says that “almost 80% of us didn’t kiss a smoker last month. We’ll pucker up to that.” While the fight against teen smoking is a noble cause, statements like this simply serve to antagonize smokers while depicting them as less worthy human beings.
In a social media move similar to that of the recent “It’s On Us” movement at St. Olaf, proponents of the anti-smoking cause are encouraged to superimpose an orange X design over their social media profile pictures to show solidarity in the cause. While including on the website that the cause “loves smokers” and that the movement is not about “leaving them out,” this activity seems to fairly clearly reinforce exclusivity among participants while emphasizing peer pressure. If this sort of activity can gain any sort of traction online, the pressure to undergo such a simple task to change your online persona grows and grows. Although not intrinsically bad, this tactic is manipulative and asks individuals to support the cause simply because others already do, rather for its own merit.
If left unchecked, tactics for good can begin to use methods that work against their causes. In the case of this campaign and those like it, it is valuable to take a step back and look at not only the message being spread but the ways in which it is delivered to the people. It is a great victory that teen smoking is on the decline (and I will celebrate the day it drops to zero), but until then, it is important to remember that smoking is the issue, and vilifying smokers isn’t a positive solution.
Conlan Campbell ’18 (firstname.lastname@example.org) is from Burnsville, Minn. His major is undeclared.
Graphic Credit: ETHAN BOOTE/MANITOU MESSENGER
A terseness enters the lungs
as the once steady
of air ceases.
The distance between here and there
vibrates, shines—nearly—as the minute spaces
Twixt two halves lies
wild, uncanny suspension,
(how is your mother doing?)
and awe feels its way sweetly
through the chasm.
(I’d rather stay in tonight)
The space separating
guarded and loosened
periphery and vulnerability
two and one
hums with a question.
And, like fire to crinkling ashes,
(no, I want you to stay)
The No. 12-ranked Carleton College women’s cross country team took on a high quality field at the UW-Oshkosh AAE Invitational on Saturday. Despite missing two of the team's top runners, the Knights were able to string together a series of person-best performances and finished 13th overall.
The Carleton College swimming and diving teams opened the 2014-15 season with their annual Intrasquad/Alumni Meet. This non-scoring event featured a record 40 former Knights in attendance at Thorpe Pool.
he Carleton College men’s cross country team competed at the UW-Oshkosh AAE Invitational on Saturday, taking 13th in field made up of many of the top D-II and D-III teams from across the country.
The Carleton College football team led twice during the fourth quarter but was unable to come up with a late-game stop, falling 17-13 to crosstown rival St. Olaf College. Knights quarterback Zach Creighton accumulated a game-high 104 yards on the ground, including a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
On a sunny day that marked the last regular-season home game for the four Carleton College seniors, the Knights handily defeated Hamline University, 3-0. Appropriately, senior Bailey Ulbricht scored twice in the second half to lead Carleton to victory.