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During the warmer months at Carleton, Carls often hear the sounds of drums echoing across campus.
In honor of the Viewpoint theme this week, I would like to say that I did try very hard to think of something to write about music.
I close my eyes and see a playlist. It holds about one hundred songs, though the number remains and will remain undetermined.
This may be old news, but I recently heard the song “Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo for the first time. While I loved the beat, I couldn’t help but feel very conflicted.
Work, meetings, studies, socials, meals, travel, hobbies- how can you possibly fit it all into a day? A week?
ST PAUL, Minn-- A trio of Carleton College volleyball student-athletes received individual recognition from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).
Carleton’s men’s and women’s soccer teams both ended their seasons in hard-fought defeats on Wednesday in the MIAC semifinals.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Knights (11- 4-4) have been in the MIAC Playoffs six times in the last nine seasons, and each trip to the conference tournament has seen Carleton play Concordia (13-3-3) at some point.
Teaching dance in an academic setting was never something that Judith Howard thought she would be doing in her early days of dancing, but it’s become a fulfilling aspect of her career.
“Irena’s Vow,” directed by sophomores Shayna Gleason and Ingrid Hofeldt, premiers this weekend in the Little Nourse Theater.
The dearth of reusable cups in the dining halls has led to widespread frustration--and the creation of a Twitter account: @Cupsandbananas, which offers updates and commentary on the number of cups and bananas present at various locations on campus.
As the term progresses, Carleton’s landscape is ever changing, and not just in a natural way; sculptures have come and gone around campus, bringing a human-made element to the change of seasons.
The spread of Ebola has been a topic of mounting concern in recent months.
Zosie Sandell’s ’17 suspension for drug possession earlier this term sparked a conversation about Carleton’s drug policies, which prompted the CSA Senate to pass a resolution that calls for revisions to Carleton’s alcohol and drug policy.
Computer science is the second most popular major with 56 declared majors in the class of 2016, up from 14 in the class of 2008.
As a result of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Carleton canceled its winter break off-campus studies trip to Ghana.
Orange is the new green at Carleton.
My first experience with Minnesota Nice was in the bathroom at Chapati, the Indian restaurant in downtown Northfield. The incident occurred about two weeks into my freshman year, so it was my first time eating a meal off campus in Minnesota.
I was in a bathroom stall when I heard a strange female voice. Someone said, “Oh my goodness, I just love your shoes!” While still in the stall, I snuck a peek outside, assuming I would see two sets of shoes by the sinks. But there was no one there. The only two people in this bathroom were this mystery woman, also in a stall, and me.
I couldn’t believe it. Was she really talking to me? A total stranger in the middle of using the bathroom! I was speechless – and slightly flattered because I was wearing boots that I had been tempted to throw out – but still! The whole incident was creeping me out.
We emerged from the stalls at approximately the time, and she just kept chatting like we were two Northfield ladies out on the town together. I returned to the dining area, excited to see my friend’s reaction to the world’s strangest place to give a compliment (I was eating with a girl I knew from Atlanta who now goes to Carleton College). My friend’s reaction did not disappoint: she was even more confused and flustered than I was.
Upon returning to campus, I told multiple girls on my floor this story. The non-Minnesotans were thinking the same thing I was: that this lady was crazy for talking to a stranger in a public restroom. But the Minnesotans’ response to my story was a shrug of the shoulders, saying things like, “Welcome to Minnesota!”
After talking to several Oles, I decided that this encounter was an instance of quintessential Minnesota Nice. Being a person with strong opinions, I find it funny that I still can’t pinpoint exactly what I think of this Midwestern polite-yet-often-distant behavior. Is Minnesota the land of Nice or Ice?
As an Ole and a fan of randomly bugging people, I decided to collect the views of five lovely Oles from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa about Minnesota Nice, as well as how the phenomenon impacts both life on the Hill and how the state is perceived as a whole.
“I think that people feel uncomfortable sharing the struggles that they go through, even with their close friends on campus, because Minnesota Nice makes sharing feelings a taboo … and so many Minnesotans have lots of pent-up negative feelings … If we, as a culture, were more okay with saying, ‘no, I am actually not all right today, please talk to me,’ perhaps this wouldn’t happen as much,” said Julie Anne Franzel ’16.
“I think Minnesota Nice … is much more a stereotype than it is a reality … It’s such a simple, seductive idea that people love to talk about and perpetuate it – which, to be fair, may cause more Minnesotans to feel like they have to live up to the expectation,” said Kelly Martin ’15.
“I like to call it ‘Minnesota passive aggressive.’ Someone does something wrong, a Minnesotan brushes it off and says ‘It’s okay’ and then they continue hating the other person behind their back. I have also heard from others outside Minnesota that they feel like Minnesotans are friendly, but don’t follow through. Here’s a classic example: someone says, ‘We haven’t seen each other in forever, how are you? We should really get together sometime!’ And then it never happens,” said Janna Jansen ’15.
I overhear both guys and girls put on a big fake smile and use that voice – the one that sounds too excited to be truly sincere – in the Caf all the time. While you can sometimes track down these people to make plans, Janna is right more often than not. Usually, you never hear from that person until you randomly bump into them later in the year.
“I think that Minnesota Nice has its advantages and disadvantages, but here is one poignant example of Minnesota Nice that I remember my dad telling me about when I was a little kid: When you are in a store, people who don’t even work there will ask you if you need help finding something if you look lost or confused. And similarly, this Minnesota Nice friendliness to strangers may not be carried over in closer relationships,” said Megan Ecker ’15.
“At its best, I think Minnesota Nice means smiling strangers and neighbors willing to go the extra mile to lend a helping hand. However, sometimes it can cause difficulty among family, friends or coworkers. Maintaining relationships requires being open and honest. Problems arise when people sacrifice openness and honesty for niceness,” said Brianne Power ’15.
I think many Oles would agree that sacrificing honesty for niceness causes more problems than it solves. How many times have you wanted to call a friend out for saying something that truly bothered you, but instead brushed your feeling under the rug? All these Oles show that while Minnesota Nice seems quite fine and good on the surface, a problem arises when people maintain that same basic level of niceness to strangers as they do with their friends and family.
Jocelyn Sarvady ’15 (firstname.lastname@example.org) is from Atlanta, Ga. She majors in American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.
Graphic Credit: ERIN KNADLER/MANITOU MESSENGER
Following her individual title at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Championships, junior Ruth Steinke was tabbed for the MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Year award. Her coach, Donna Ricks, was also honored for the Knights' success, as Ricks was voted by her peers as the MIAC Women's Cross Country Coach-of-the-Year for the second consecutive year and the seventh time in her career.
On Saturday Nov. 1, the St. Olaf men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the 2014 MIAC Championships at the Como Golf Course in St. Paul. Both teams performed strongly at the prestigious race, with the men winning the 11-team field and the women taking second of 12.
St. Olaf finished with an an astonishing 16 points – just the second time in MIAC history that a team has finished with that total. The score was just one point short of the conference record, which was set by University of St. Thomas and Macalester College.
The indefatigable champion, Grant Wintheiser ’15, won the men’s championship 8K with a time of 24:47. The victory was Wintheiser’s third straight MIAC individiaul title, making him just the second runner to achieve the three–peat in MIAC history. The Oles completed a near-sweep with second through fourth places being taken by Jake Campbell ’16, Jake Brown ’15 and Phil Meyer ’15, respectively. The men rounded up their top five with Paul Escher ’16 in sixth place with a time of 25:27.
Jamie Hoornaert ’17 was the first St. Olaf women’s finisher, taking 8th with a time of 22:40 for the 6K. The St. Olaf women also took 10th through 12th and 17th places to beat out University of St. Thomas. Carleton College won the women’s team competition under the leadership of Ruth Steinke ’17, who won in a time of 21:28.
St. Olaf will now look forward to the NCAA Division III Central Regional Championships, held in Pella, Iowa. Last season, the Oles won the event by a margin of ten points, beating out Central College for the top spot. Wintheiser will be looking to defend his title at the event.
Following the event, St. Olaf will turn its attention to the NCAA Division III Championships, where it will be looking to defend its historic national title.