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The Carleton College men’s soccer team out-shot host Augsburg College by a 20-7 margin, but it did not matter as the Auggies tallied the game’s lone goal in the 36th minute.
Led by All-American Ruth Stienke—who finished first overall in a raced mixed with D-II and D-III teams—the No. 13-ranked Carleton College Women's Cross Country team raced to a second-place finish at the St. Olaf Invitational on Saturday. The Knights were the top D-III finishers at meet, finishing behind only University of Minnesota-Duluth, the No. 4 ranked team in the NCAA D-II national poll.
After visits to South Dakota and Wisconsin for its first two meets, the No. 16-ranked Carleton College Men’s Cross Country team traveled only 1.5 miles across town to compete at the St. Olaf Invitational on Saturday. The Knights placed fifth in a race that include some of the country’s top squads.
The Carleton College football team carried a one-point lead into halftime, but the Knights could not keep pace with host Augsburg College in the second half as the Auggies pulled away for a 54-28 victory. Both offenses flourished, accumulating a total of 909 yards of offense on just 136 plays.
St. Olaf College Professor of Philosophy Gordon Marino has been selected as a winner in the American Philosophical Association’s opinion-editorial contest for his New York Times piece “A Life Beyond ‘Do What You Love.'”
Marino was one of five winners selected from among more than 70 submissions to the contest, which honors the “most publicly engaging philosophical work” of the year.
He wrote the piece for the Stone, a New York Times forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers to address issues both timely and timeless. In it, he addresses the wisdom of telling students to “do what you love.”
“Student advisees often come to my office, rubbing their hands together, furrowing their brows and asking me to walk along with them as they ponder life after graduation,” he writes.
“As an occupational counselor, my kneejerk reaction has always been, ‘What are you most passionate about?’ Sometimes I‘d even go into a sermonette about how it is important to distinguish between what we think we are supposed to love and what we really love,” he notes.
But, he asks readers, “is ‘do what you love’ wisdom or malarkey?”
Sometimes, he notes at the end of the piece, “we should do what we hate, or what most needs doing, and do it as best we can.”
Marino will receive his award for this piece at a reception in Washington, D.C., this January.
Marino is a nationally recognized sports journalist who regularly contributes to publications like the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and New York Times. In addition to his teaching and writing, Marino also serves as curator of the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library and co-coaches the St. Olaf Boxing Club with Associate Professor of English Carlos Gallego.
Hear about the adventures of Brent and Walter on the Carleton farm this summer!
This summer, three St. Olaf College students unearthed history one inch at a time at archaeological digs around the world.
From Bulgaria to Turkey to the Straits of Mackinac, these students put the skills they learned in St. Olaf courses to work as teaching assistants, archaeologists, and tour guides.
Anna Lund ’16 and Lizzy Bews ’15 spent the summer at dig sites in Bulgaria and Turkey, while Ryan Mathison ’16 worked on a dig in Michigan.
Lund and Bews are veterans of the Archaeological Methods course, a St. Olaf study-abroad program led by Associate Professor of History Tim Howe that provides students with a hands-on learning experience at a dig site in Antiochia ad Cragum.
Mathison is a veteran of the College Year in Athens program, which focuses on Greece and the Mediterranean region through courses ranging from Art and Archeology to Ancient Greek, Latin, and Modern Greek.
What these three have in common is not only their love of culture and discovery, but their experiences with study-abroad programs and courses that have opened up job and internship opportunities around the globe.
Bews and Lund spent the first half of this summer working on excavating a basilica at a dig run by the American Research Center in Sofia.
The archaeologists there excavated the site to a level that existed in the Bronze Age to collect information about the basilica and the influence of Christianity on the area. The site is opening soon to tourists and will be restored to what it would have looked like in the 6th century.
The material that has been collected during the dig has been invaluable to piecing together the history of the site. The team found coins, iron tools, jewelry, and hellenistic pottery that was thought not to have existed in this area in antiquity.
“The most rewarding part of my experience was putting together the puzzle of our site,” says Bews. “For example, we located a wall in our trench that helped us understand where the exterior of the basilica was and what kind of interior decoration was common during that period in history.”
This is the second summer Bews has spent in Bulgaria, and the first Lund has.
After their time in Bulgaria, both Lund and Bews traveled to Turkey to return as teaching assistants at the dig site in Antiochia ad Cragum.
Lund has spent a significant amount of time in the Mediterranean during her St. Olaf career. In addition to a semester on the college’s Term in the Middle East program (now the Mediterranean Semester), she also spent last summer in Turkey as a student in Howe’s Archaeological Methods field course. When she was asked to return to Turkey this summer as a TA for the course, she could hardly wait.
“Archeology is something that is usually best learned through experience,” says Lund. “I learned so much over the course of those five weeks. The chance to come back and continue learning, and to learn as I taught others, was one I could not refuse.”
At Antiochia ad Cragum, a Turkish team working on site uncovered a Medusa head, while the St. Olaf team uncovered many coins and pieces of pottery.
These artifacts were documented with reflectance transformance imaging (RTI) technology. RTI takes pictures to create a 3D image of the artifacts, which makes scripts, symbols, and smaller details visible to the human eye.
“We are the first people to see these items in several thousand years; it is a sense of closeness to past events that other people can’t share,” says Lund.
While Bews and Lund spent the summer in the Mediterranean, Mathison was on a dig site on the other side of the world. He spent two weeks in Michigan’s Mackinac State Historic Park and was stationed at Colonial Michilimackinac, an 18th century fort and fur trading village that is one of the six historic sites located in the park.
This site has been excavated for the last 50 years, and the team is hoping to build a reconstruction of the original fort in the same location using the information found by archaeologists.
To do this, archaeologists at this particular site practiced a precise form of archeology by digging down 1/10th of a foot at a time and documenting the soil and rock types. The second part of their work involved sifting through the dirt with screens to find artifacts.
Mathison found three things that are considered relatively rare: a blue wampum bead, a sewing needle, and a clay pipe stem with geometric designs on it. All of the artifacts shed light on the culture and past of the fort.
“As rewarding as all of this work was, it was rather difficult,” says Mathison. “This experience taught me very much about this precise form of archaeology, and even after two weeks I had improved immensely.”
Unlike the other dig sites that are closed to the public, there was nothing but a small rope that separated Mathison from onlookers. So this site is not only about discovering cultural markings from the 18th century, but also educating the public on who, what, and why the dig site is there.
“I was able to explain to the people exactly what we were doing and why it mattered, and was able to talk with kids who suddenly wanted to become archaeologists when they grew up,” says Mathison. “These experiences were wonderful and made my time at the fort even more enjoyable.”
After winning their previous four consecutive matches, the Carleton College volleyball team battled but came up short in their conference opener against Hamline University, dropping an evenly played four-set match (26-24, 17-25, 25-17, 25-23) at West Gymnasium Wednesday evening.
Defending MIAC women's cross country champion Ruth Steinke is just two races into her senior season at Carleton College, but the early returns indicate the decorated runner has been saving her best for last. Steinke's latest exploits include not only a first-place finish at the UW-River Falls Falcon Invitational, but a course record time and a nearly 40-second margin of victory. For her performance, Steinke was honored Tuesday with her second-straight MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Brandon Hilliard came up with several crucial saves as the Carleton College men’s soccer team played regionally-ranked Luther College to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday night.
For the second time on the homestand, a first-year player delivered at a key moment as the Carleton College Women’s Soccer would eventually claim a 1-0 triumph. On Tuesday, it was Hailey Mair’s left-footed strike in the 34th minute that proved to be the difference as the Knights defeated visiting St. Catherine University in the conference opener for both squads.
After a disappointing opening round on a difficult, unfamiliar course, the Carleton College men’s golf team bounced back during Monday’s second round and trimmed 20 strokes off the team total to finish 13th at the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational. Ned Rohrbach was the Knights’ top individual performer, concluding the 36-hole tournament tied for third place.
Carleton student-athletes participate in intervention program that trains bystanders how to take action when personal violence occurs.
Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar will visit St. Olaf College September 22 to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and American partisanship.
The United States and five world powers reached a deal with Iran in July that aims to significantly limit Tehran’s nuclear ability in exchange for lifting international sanctions. Lugar will talk about the tenor and partisanship of the debate about the deal.
Gary Eichten, who spent 45 years covering public affairs for Minnesota Public Radio, will moderate the discussion.
The event, which will be streamed and archived online, is free and open to the public.
Lugar’s visit is co-sponsored by St. Olaf College’s Institute for Freedom and Community, which aims to foster intellectual inquiry and meaningful discussion of important political and social issues, and the Political Science Department. His talk also marks the college’s observance of Constitution Day.
During his 36-year tenure representing Indiana in the United States Senate, Lugar exercised leadership on critical issues such as food security, nuclear nonproliferation, energy independence, and free trade. One of the most widely respected foreign policy experts in Congress, he chaired the Foreign Relations Committee from 1985 to 1987 and again from 2003 to 2007. His greatest accomplishment was a bipartisan partnership with U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn that produced a program that has dismantled and destroyed nuclear weapons in the former Soviet Union.
Lugar is now president of the Lugar Center, a nonprofit organization focused on global food security, nuclear nonproliferation, aid effectiveness, and bipartisan governance. He also serves as a professor of practice and distinguished scholar at the new School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University and is a senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, which houses the Richard G. Lugar Institute for Diplomacy and Congress.
In 2013 President Barack Obama named Lugar a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Grace Gilmore fired a final-round, one-over par 73, matching Carleton 36-hole scoring record, as the Knights moved up two spots to finish second at the Wartburg Invite with a final-round 306. The Knights’ 619 total was the second-lowest in school history, with only last year’s 604 at the same event topping this weekend’s total. Carleton finished eight shots back of tournament champion St. Thomas at 611, as the Knights made up four shots on the Tommies in the final round.
You win some, you lose some, and sometimes you are stuck settling for a draw. The latter was the case for the Carleton College women’s soccer team on Sunday. Despite out-shooting the visitors from the College of St. Scholastica by a 21-6 margin, the Knights were unable to tally a goal, and the game ended as a scoreless draw.
The Carleton College volleyball team closed out play at the ACM Volleyball Invitational in style, earning a pair of wins Sunday over Lake Forest College (Ill.) and Lawrence University (Wis.). With the two wins Sunday, Carleton completed the ACM tournament with a perfect 4-0 record for the second consecutive season. The Knights have won 11 consecutive matches in ACM Tournament play dating back to the 2013 season.
Led by the play of sophomores Jeff Yoo and Perry Strong, the Carleton College men’s golf jumped out to the early lead and defeated Bethany Lutheran, 9-3, in a modified Ryder Cup format.
Grace Gilmore fired a three-over par 75 and Ziyi Wang backed her with a 76 as Carleton posted a first-round 313 team score at the Wartburg Invitational. On an ideal scoring day, the Knights find themselves in fourth place, 12 shots behind red-hot St. Thomas (301). St. Catherine (306) and host Wartburg (309) also lead the Knights.
John Fox headed home a service from Sam Hayward in the third minute, and that was enough scoring for the Carleton College men’s soccer team as the Knights—playing in front of a large, energetic crowd—bested Grinnell College, 1-0.