Knights Drop 1-0 Road Contest at Hamline

Carleton Sports - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:01pm

Despite claiming an 18-7 advantage in shots on goal, the Carleton College men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Hamline University on Saturday morning.

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Knights Win Two at Homecoming Triangular, Run Win Streak to Five

Carleton Sports - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 5:29pm

The Carleton College volleyball team continued its winning ways on Saturday, as the team earned a pair of victories at the Carleton Triangular in front of a large crowd at West Gymnasium. Carleton opened up day one with a three-set sweep over the Macalester College, before closing out the day with a x-set win the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the nightcap.

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Horoscopes: October 17, 2014

Manitou Messenger - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 2:00pm

I, Loki the Great, will use my soothsaying powers to anticipate a (relatively) painless midterm season for all the students and faculty of the College.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

High-five the next person you see. No, actually.  Do it. Seriously, this is not a request. Do it or I will find you and force feed you an entire issue of the Manitou Messenger. Literally. I will force you to consume it intellectually and then physically.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Your mind will be blown when you suddenly realize that the lyrics to Weird Al’s “White and Nerdy” apply to 85 percent of the student body.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

Ring-by-spring does not apply to freshmen. So find an attractive upperclassman, ask her or him out by putting a note in her or his PO box and then follow her or him around the next Pause dance. If that doesn’t work, try sitting in the broomball rink with a sign that says “free kisses.”

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

You will realize the importance of eating your bag lunch inside when a squirrel steals your turkey on multigrain – no cheese.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Stay safe at those U of M parties over the weekend, lest you give St. Olaf students a worse reputation than they already have.

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

Stay safe and don’t eat too much cheese at your esoteric, black-tie parties at the U of M this weekend, lest you give St. Olaf professors a worse reputation than they already have.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Good karma is hot this week. Tell your favorite custodial workers just how beautiful they are. Maybe even give them a gift-card to their favorite eatery.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Lime green is the new black.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

You will fail to break your breakfast routine for the fifth straight week. Maybe it’s time to top your cheesy eggs with picante sauce. Spice up your life!

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

You’ll discover that, in order to reconnect to your Italian heritage, you should clench your thumb and middle finger together while shaking your wrist and repeating “La-sagn-a” over and over again.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

You will meet the love of your life in Regents when you both exit lab with hideous goggle marks.

Virgo (Aug. – Sept. 22)

October is the month of philanthropy. Treat your favorite Mess writers to a Dessert After Dark from the Cage. Loki prefers the apple crisp à la mode.

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Arneson explores space in art

Manitou Messenger - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 2:00pm

Now that he has concluded his 2013-2014 sabbatical, Professor of Art Wendell Arneson is playing his latest collection, “A Sense of Place,” in Dittman Center’s Groot Gallery. Its blend of abstract and figurative art calls upon themes of memories, experiences, ideas, time, reactions and discovery, namely, “place.”

While crafted over the course of ten months, the collection is part of a long legacy that drives its central theme.

“It took me probably 40 years to make it, in one way, because making work is relative to what you know and what you experience, two weeks ago, two months ago, and five years ago and ten years ago, so I couldn’t have made a painting five years ago the same way I made it and finished it this year,” Arneson said.

To Arneson, the concept of “place” has been important to him since the age of eight, when he grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin.

“My parents greatly valued and treasured the land upon which they were working and had purchased from my grandfather, so there was a history and a heritage there. So for 10 to 15 years after that, when I first was making work professionally, it was more directly related to the land, landscapes, grasses, water… but it was really about place. It was about a physical place. It was about the land, about land in southern Wisconsin and water and small streams and whatever was visually interesting,” Arneson said.

With time, Arneson felt a desire to infuse his personal growth and new cross-cultural awareness (as a result of adopting his daughters from China and Vietnam) into his artwork. He began a transition from “pure representation” to a marriage of abstraction and figuration. This new venue of expression allowed for the works to ask more questions of its audience than provide answers, with regard to literal meaning.

“The sense of place was a personal place, it was a place of memory, it was a place of observation, it was… paying attention to a broad, socio-political kind of context that’s not really obvious in the work,” Arneson said.

This ambiguity is indeed intentional, for a variety of reasons. Primarily, Arneson describes works as “conversations” between himself and the materials at hand. He often begins without a clear idea of what is to be constructed, but rather focuses on a word or theme he writes down, a color, a shape or whim to explore new palettes and grades of shading and begins to collage on a small scale to see what will happen.

However, the true meaning often does not emerge until the piece has been “resolved” for a period of time and the artist has had a moment to associate it with current events, philosophies or memories that speak to the nature of the piece.

“What you end up with on a wall is a visual residue of a series of decisions. The viewer can react to a variety of things they see, but only you the creator know how many choices you made along the way,” Arneson said. He advises students to trust their feelings.

“We sometimes get caught up in trying to illustrate a particular idea – just give yourself a place to start and go. Trust your intuition about how you find it interesting, but trust that in the making of it, art will lead you to the meaning,” Arneson said.

This is where the ambiguity returns: because everyone has his or her own plethora of experiences, Arneson restricts his own input, such that the audience can have an unbiased encounter with the works.

“Ultimately, I think, all art work that is well-made creates this window or door for others to enter with their stories and then it’s always alive. It’s not static, it doesn’t mean just one thing – it could mean a hundred things to a hundred different people,” Arneson said.

Because of this, he chooses titles that are abstract enough to provide the viewer with a jumping point but does not explicitly reveal what the piece is about. Upon hearing others’ interpretations and the stories they bring to their conversations with the art, Arneson has changed titles of past art pieces to honor these perceptions.

This particular collection shown in Dittmann, running from Sept. 12 to Oct. 26, reveals this evolution of practices, interactions with others’ stories and a thesaurus’ take on the word “place.” For all viewers, Arneson asks them to have an open mind.

“When you see a piece that catches your attention, study it for a few minutes and figure out what it is about that piece that captures your interest and why you like it,” Arneson said. “Find something that intrigues you. You can never not notice anything too small.”

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Denver students protest erasing civil disobedience in U.S. history

Manitou Messenger - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:00pm

The Washington Post reports that on Sept. 24, hundreds of students walked out of their Denver Advanced Placement (A.P.) history classrooms in response to a school board decision to review how the class should be taught. According to the Post, the school board plans to change the focus of the class so as to highlight the more “positive” and “patriotic” aspects of U.S. history. In the school board’s eyes, Denver history classes should in no way condone acts of civil disobedience or disregard for law, and should ignore instances of social strife in order to focus on the positives of the United States’ past.

Although this decision creates a more positive outlook on the history of the United States, it fails to include incidents of disobedience (whether positive or negative) that have changed the course of the nation and even affect us to this day. Can we in good conscience exclude individuals such as Martin Luther King Jr. from our textbooks? Can the actions of Gandhi be wiped from the face of world history?  Despite many events having negative undertones, we cannot ignore the fact that they happened simply for the sake of preserving the United States’ image.

Along with excluding events of civil disobedience, the school board also moved to promote a greater sense of patriotism in the classroom. As great as that might sound (God bless America), both of these actions contradict each other. Let’s discuss one of the most patriotic events in the United States’ history: the Boston Tea Party, a perfect example of civil disobedience. Despite being the catalyst for U.S. independence and the ultimate symbol of patriotism, the entire ordeal involved tarring and feathering innocent merchants who were simply trying to do their jobs. I’ll even go so far as to say that those involved would most likely be classified as terrorists in today’s society.

The Denver school board’s decision would likely require that this event would be wiped from the face of history – at least in these classrooms – because it displayed blatant disregard for the law and civil disobedience, but I cannot imagine how teachers would explain how the Revolution started without including one of the most important events of our nation’s past.

In fact, this nation’s entire beginning was one giant show of civil disobedience, so the school board’s decision would consider our claim as a nation null and void because Americans are just a bunch of rowdy hooligans looking to lay waste to law and order.

This decision is so blatantly ridiculous that it makes me worry for the future of our nation. You can’t change history because it sounds bad – most people would call that lying. We can’t lie to our children to protect them from the truth about our nation’s past. Yes, bad things happened. Our history is riddled with strife and turmoil, from slavery to the presidency of Herbert Hoover. But denying these facts to the youth of this nation is denying them a truth that will help us resolve problems in the future; as we all know, history repeats itself. I can honestly say that what I learned in A.P. U.S. history has only made me a better citizen, because understanding the truth about the United States’ past allows me to understand and engage in disucssion of current issues.

Hats off to the students in Denver, because not only does their protest show that the youth of this nation want to understand the past in order to assess the present, it gives me the confidence that America can remain an influential power in this world. And to the Denver School Board, please reconsider your decision, because if you dare remove the Whiskey Rebellion from the annals of history, this nation will surely crumble and fall apart and I’m sure none of us want that to happen.

Cole Hatzky ’18 ( is from Iowa City, Iowa. He majors in English and Norwegian.

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Homecoming week unites Oles past and present

Manitou Messenger - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:00am

The St. Olaf football team faced off against St. Thomas at the 2014 homecoming game. The team fought valiantly but was ultimately defeated by the Tommies 69-7, eking out a single touchdown at the end of the game.

The game was one of the many traditions that took place Homecoming Weekend, drawing a crowd of family members and alumni to support and celebrate the college. A 5K run, Art Barn Open House, and Limestones 25th Anniversary Concert were among the other festivities. Men and women’s soccer also played homecoming games. Homecoming was jungle-themed this year, providing inspiration for a Pause dance filled with jungle animals and a viewing of the movie Jumanji.

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Howard Honored with SAGE Award for Dance

Carleton College News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:28am
Judith Howard, Associate Professor of Dance and Chair of the Theater and Dance, was honored with a SAGE Award for Dance. She competed against three other nominees for the the Outstanding Dance Educator award, which is given to a dance educator/teacher for their commitment and accomplishment in the field of dance education. Howard had been nominated three times in the category and won a previous SAGE award for outstanding performance in 2006.
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Music on Trial: Metal music: is it worth it?

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:00pm

Let’s face it: heavy metal has a bad reputation. Critics of the genre often generalize the music as lacking any real aesthetic or artistic appeal, citing the hellish howling of the death-growl or the frenetic squeal of overdriven guitars. Metal fans are frequently stereotyped as a subculture of machismo misfits decked out in black band T-shirts and leather jackets. Whether it’s the demonically face-painted members of KISS, the pyrotechnics of Rammstein or even the names of some bands — Death, Bloodbath or Cannibal Corpse, to name a few of the tamer ones — metal doesn’t exactly have a great public image.

Yet metal is successful. Metal concerts and festivals consistently draw huge crowds of devoted fans. Top metal albums go platinum multiple times over, and many metal bands have enjoyed long and lucrative careers. Despite heavy criticism, heavy metal is alive and well.

So why has metal stuck around? Perhaps it’s because many common complaints against metal music simply are not true:

1. All heavy metal sounds the same.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, there are probably more subgenres of heavy metal than any other kind of music today, except perhaps jazz. Taken together, the different subgenres of metal music draw on practically every other musical tradition out there, from classical to Celtic to hip-hop. From progressive metal to melodic death metal to, yes, Viking metal, there is no shortage of diversity in the world of heavy metal. For proof, check out

2. Heavy metal is satanic.

Yes, some heavy metal bands in the subgenre called black metal are satanic. Perhaps the most serious case is Mayhem, a Norwegian black metal band whose lead singer committed suicide and whose guitarist was murdered by its former bassist. But to decry all heavy metal as satanic and evil is, quite simply, fear-mongering. When any movement gets as big as heavy metal has, there are bound to be deviants on the fringe. But the fact is, most metal bands do not hold satanic beliefs. With lyrics like, “Thanks be to God through Jesus / No condemnation in the Lord / thank you Jesus for saving me,” Antestor and other unblack metal bands prove that not all metal is satanic.

3. Heavy metal has no artistic merit.

Judging music based on its supposed “artistic merit” is a bit like trying to agree on something’s length without standard units of measurement. “Artistic merit” is too subjective a term. Metal music is not simply thoughtless noise-making. In fact, theoretical and technical complexity are two of the lesser known hallmarks of metal. Lots of metal music employs complicated key and tempo changes, borrowing heavily from jazz and classical music. By virtue of metal’s complexity, speed and intensity, virtually all genres of metal demand nothing less than virtuosic musicianship. Furthermore, metal isn’t limited to doom, gloom and anger. Metal  can also be about Tolkien-esque fantasy (most power metal), overcoming an addiction (Metallica’s “Master of Puppets”) and even mystical out-of-body experiences (Mastodon’s “Crack the Skye”).

4. Heavy metal fans are violent and depressed.

Wrong again, metal-haters. According to a recent study by Professor Adrian North of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, metal fans are actually psychologically identical to fans of classical music. “The general public has held a stereotype of heavy metal fans being suicidally depressed and being a danger to themselves and society in general,” North said, “but they are quite delicate things.” It turns out fans of Mozart and Metallica alike tend to be creative, gentle people who are at ease with themselves, not the violent and aggressive delinquents they’re made out to be.

So if you’ve always thought that all metal is evil or looked down on metal as a second-class art, or even if you’re in Ole Orch, give metal a listen. You might just find yourself headbanging along to the beat.

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The Table

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:00pm

The kitchen is on the north side of the house. The bay window over the sink faces the weathered but dignified rows of Norway pines that surround the back yard. In the corner of the kitchen there is a bowl of limes, hard as stones and brown with age, a pair of expensive binoculars for watching birds and a block of extremely sharp knives. In the other corner, on the south side of the wall, is a wooden table with three rush-bottomed chairs. The table has stains from watercolors and crayons. There are rings from scalding gravy boats and heavy cast-iron skillets. There are gashes from pumpkin carving knives and sticky spots from cookie dough.

Every night the four of us sit around the table and say grace and a Hail Mary before supper. There is a candle burning in the center, sometimes two, maybe a vase of flowers and always a statue of Mary or the Infant of Prague. Before broadcasting went digital, we had a little Sony TV with rabbit ears so we could watch the news and Paul Douglas on the weather channel. Sometimes during lunch the Andy Griffith show would be on, sometimes Bonanza, other times Star Trek, all of which went very well with our reheated leftovers.

As I got older, the table became a place of debate and discussion: if the music would ever get better at Mass, if the Democrats would win the presidency, if daylight savings time would ever be canceled. Other times, it would revolve around our cousins who were still living at home after college, if Dad would ever go to confession with the rest of us on Saturdays instead of watching Crime Story in the easy chair, if I would ever learn to think before I spoke. There were tears. There were fights. There were things I have purposely forgotten.

When I left home for college, I would always think of the table: my sister sitting where I used to be, Dad chewing loudly and never looking up, Mom staring straight ahead at the greasy white wall. I taste the difference between food cooked with love and food mass-produced by cafeteria workers. I think of our conversations while I sit at a single table and silently consume energy for studying. I think of the friends we have laughed with around that table, the guests we have tolerated and tried our best to entertain. I never knew how much I would miss a stained, warped, scratched piece of wood.

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Can biking really teach us about white privilege?

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:56pm

In the middle of a state such as Minnesota, where diversity is a “fancy” word that isn’t used very often, the term “white privilege” might not be offensive to use in this neighborhood. Nevertheless, the question still lingers: is “white privilege” a term that shows the supremacy of a people based on their skin color, or is it merely a punch line to be used in the mockery of this supremacy?

In a unique article written by Jeremy Dowsett, the author voices his understanding of the complex issues of white privilege and discrimination that still occur within the States through his experience on his bike in full-on automobile traffic. As a white man, Dowsett admits that he hasn’t always understood the term, as it is inflammatory and often shuts down conversation between individuals. He details his experience and realization in the following quotation:

“I can imagine that, for people of color, life in a white-majority context feels a bit like being on a bicycle in the midst of traffic. They have the right to be on the road, and laws on the books to make it equitable, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are on a bike in a world made for cars.”

Viewing the situation from this perspective, as an international student from Indonesia, I myself am a part of those who are riding the bikes on the made-for-car roads. Nevertheless, after being in the St. Olaf community for four months, I have found that the majority of the students who demographically are grouped into the Caucasian race have actually opened their doors and let me into their cars, just to get a glimpse of how driving in a car would feel.

By involving myself in activities such as Bible studies, choir, classes, advising with professors and lunch in the Caf, I actually began to see the pace and way of life of these so-called “privileged” ones. Many St. Olaf students actually open their doors to other bike-users, or even step out of their cars to get a glimpse of what it feels like to ride a bike in the car-packed highway. They accomplish this by learning to appreciate and acknowledge racial and cultural differences in an atmosphere of acceptance.

Of course, there are those out there who still shut their car doors or even honk at the bike-riders by asserting their privileged status as a member of the white majority. In the midst of what is a well-bonded community here, if one looks close enough, he or she will spot the prejudices that are hidden under people’s tongues, refusing to be voiced in the hope of appearing sophisticated or accepting in front of others.

To think that using the phrase “white privilege” could be offensive may well be considered a thing of the past. As time progresses, so do the thoughts and ways of human beings. To call ourselves “civilized” in this century, we have to open our car doors, or even step out of our cars on occasion and see life from another point of view in order to develop a sense of empathy and understanding among one another and really move ourselves forward according to the pace of time –  unless, of course, we want to remain barbaric and hypocrital human beings, the way some of our forefathers have.

In some way or another, white privilege also serves best as a mirror for our own actions. Have we been grouping ourselves to create a strong prejudice and judgment at first sight with other people? Have we taken a stroll down that bike lane, just to know what it’s like? Have we acted as civilized as we claim to be? Well, that is up for us to answer.

Samuel Pattinasarane ’18 ( is from Jakarta, Indonesia. He majors in political science.

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Ben Pelegano ’15 crowned King of the Hill

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:42pm

  “So I was reading the Bible, but it’s incomplete. I’m on the book of Numbers, but yours isn’t there,” said Ryan Slaughter ’17. The crowd in the Pause simultaneously groaned and applauded the pick-up line as the annual King of the Hill contest kicked off.

King of the Hill is an incredibly popular Homecoming Weekend tradition. Even though the event started Friday night at 7:30, a line of people snaked from the Pause up the stairs by 7:00. When everyone finally got into the Pause, it was crammed with students and a few lucky visiting family members. The crowd was ready and waiting to see 11 Ole men showcase their beauty and talents, and they did not disappoint.

After a pre-show Minute to Win It game involving duos from each residence hall throwing cheese at each other’s faces to see how much would stick (congratulations to Hoyme, Ytterboe and Thorson), the contestants strutted onstage to perform a dance to “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. The choreography featured plenty of hip shaking and pelvic thrusting and was well-received by the audience. The judges were introduced (Student Government President Rachel Palermo ’15, Student Activities Administrative Assistant Laura Mascotti and Artist in Residence Gary Gisselman), and competition began.

Each contestant walked onstage wearing his finest suit and escorting a date, with the notable exception of Marcus Frick ’17 and his stuffed puppy Lucy. All 11 presented their best pick-up lines. Unfortunately, three competitors had to be cut after this stage: Nick Hodge ’15, Benji Miller ’15 and Noah Anderson ’18.

Swimsuit events are popular in almost every beauty or talent pageant, and King of the Hill was no exception. The remaining contestants walked across the stage in swimwear and struck poses from the classic “scuba-diver” to the less classic “hit-the-ground-while-lying-on-a-bodyboard.” After this stage the audience had to say goodbye to Marcus Frick ’16, Jack Post ’17 and Slaughter.

The penultimate event was the talent portion, featuring a rather diverse array of talents. Connor Tedstrom ’16 played guitar and sang “Teardrops on my Guitar,” substituting the character of Sue in for Drew.

According to Tedstrom, “the inspiration for my talent portion was all the girls who’ve broken my heart in my life, specifically Sue. And I’m just a pretty big T-Swift fan in general.”

Coleman Foley ’17 treated the audience to an acoustic performance of “Get Low,” while Ben Pelegano ’15 performed an original rap medley parodying many popular tunes. One lyric the audience particularly liked was “If you’re a first-year with a triple major, drop one like it’s hot.” Joey Kronzer ’16 invited an audience volunteer to go on an awkward first date with him, and Nick Stumo-Langer ’15 delighted the audience with an interpretive dance featuring a large red therapy ball. While all the performances pleased the crowd, only three contestants could advance to the final round.

Minutes later, Tedstrom, Pelegano and Stumo-Langer were tasked with answering random questions on the spot.

“If I won the lottery, I would buy a trip for me and my closest friends,” said Pelegano. “This life is nothing without your closest friends.”

“If I could bring one thing to a jungle island, I would probably bring Crime and Punishment,” Stumo-Langer said. “Maybe then I would have time to finish it.”

Tedstrom moved the audience with his answer to the question of whom he admires most.

“I admire my mom. She’s the strongest woman I’ve ever met. It’s cliché, but true.”

According to Tedstrom, this last challenge was the most difficult for him.

“If I could do it all over again, I’d change up a few of my random question answers. It’s pretty stressful being put on the spot like that in front of so many people. I would tell future contestants to really think about what kind of questions you could be asked and have a few answers in mind when you’re asked, because I didn’t.”

After a short deliberation by the judges, Pelegano was crowned King of the Hill, with Tedstrom as first runner-up. Applause broke out as the winner stepped forward to claim his crown.

King of the Hill 2014 may be over, but next year will be here before you know it. To Oles interested in competing in the future, this year’s competitors offered some words of wisdom.

“I would recommend making a fool of yourself at some point, too, because people are there to laugh,” said Tedstrom. “This was my first year in the competition, but I decided to compete in King of the Hill this year because it seemed like a great event, and I had heard how much fun people had in the past doing it.”

The competitors may have had fun competing in the event, but the audience possibly had more fun watching them. Congratulations once again to King of the Hill Pelegano, and good job to all the other competitors.

Photo Courtesy Madison Vang/Manitou Messenger

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Ending Net Neutrality: A Primer

The PoliticOle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:38pm

By Nick Stumo-Langer ’15

Net neutrality is the concept that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) must treat all service consumer equally, regardless of bandwidth use. Currently, consumers and website creators buy access to the Internet at the same rate regardless of use. But, that could change.

Instead of allowing Minnesota 2020 or online retailing giant Amazon to be accessed at the same speed, the proposed tiered system could deliver Amazon to you at a faster speed than Minnesota 2020, simply because Amazon was able to pay your specific ISP (such as Comcast or Time-Warner Cable) more money for its bits to load faster.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing a rule to “protect and promote the Internet as an open platform enabling consumer choice, freedom of expression, end-user control, competition, and the freedom to innovate without permission, and thereby to encourage the deployment of advanced telecommunications capability and remove barriers to infrastructure investment.” The FCC has extended a public comment period on the issue of classifying ISPs as common carriers, so anyone (including you) can leave a comment on their website.

ISPs dislike this rule, because it treats them as common carriers. Common carriers (including buses, trains and cargo ships) cannot refuse or limit service to any user, since the service they provide can be accessed simply for a fee.

Classifying ISPs as common carriers is in the public’s interest because it ensures that anti-trust laws against monopolies are enforced and that the Internet maintains its status as a level playing field. Without this classification, ISPs could refuse to build high speed internet infrastructure in rural areas because they will not be turning an acceptable profit.

To put it simply, net neutrality is one of the most important undiscussed public policy issues. In subsequent posts, I will explain the specific implications that the loss of net neutrality could have in many different sectors that impact Minnesotans’ daily lives. There’s much to think about it.

Originally published at

“The Man Who Made Kathie Lee Cry” to present Carleton Convocation on Global Labor and Human Rights

Carleton College News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:38pm
Charles Kernaghan, the executive director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Oct. 24 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Widely recognized as having launched the anti-sweatshop movement in the U.S., Kernaghan is best known as “the man who made Kathie Lee cry,” after publicly exposing that 13-year-old children were working in a brutal Honduran sweatshop earning just pennies an hour sewing Kathie Lee Gifford’s clothing line for Wal-Mart. Titled “The Race to the Bottom in the Global Economy,” Kernaghan’s presentation is free and open to the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived online at
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Bon Iver member performs in Northfield

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:34pm

There were blue and purple stage lights illuminating the stage. A strong crowd of 100 people was clustered toward the front of the Lion’s Pause stage. Sean Carey and his four-person band quietly built energy up as the fans swayed back and forth to his tranquil music. The S. Carey concert made for a relaxing night in the Pause on Sunday, Oct. 5.

MEC and KSTO served as joint hosts for the S. Carey concert. St. Olaf is just one of the stops in S. Carey’s tour promoting his new album Range of Light. This tour has taken him from New York, to his home state Wisconsin, with several venues and college campuses in between. Next stop: Carleton.

Many people are more familiar with S. Carey’s involvement in two-time Grammy-winning band Bon Iver, formed within the very distinct musical culture of Eau Claire, Wis. S. Carey’s music has many similar traits to the Justin Vernon project, including musical build-ups, synthesizers and falsetto. In contrast with Vernon’s rustic-acoustic vibe, S. Carey describes his music as “jazz, modern classical and Americana.”

Josh, from the Minneapolis-based band Aero Flynn, opened for S. Carey and a night of serene musicality. According to S. Carey, Josh is one of the band’s favorite songwriters. He warmed up the crowd with a soft acoustic solo set and conversation about his dog, which he even tried to give away to an audience member at one point. His humor and music set the scene well for the night.

After Josh played, S. Carey and his band set up on stage in a half-circle, incredibly intimate and reflective of the strong connection that the musicians had with each other. Bass, keys, electric guitar, pedal steel and drums created the musicians’ careful sound. S. Carey himself alternated between keyboard and drums, keeping the audience intrigued and energized.

The merchandise table had his two full albums and EP on vinyl and CD. His T-shirt designs were striking with imagery that mimicked the mountain ranges on his new album cover. The most popular item was the costume prints of his tour, featuring a  seven-color screenprinted poster with a trout on it. Only 90 of these limited edition S. Carey 2014 Fall Tour posters have been printed so far, one of which will hang in the KSTO studio with S. Carey’s signature.

After the concert, the band took all but 45 minutes to pack up its gear. Members of KSTO stayed behind to help out with moving equipment.

There was polite banter that went on between the two groups. KSTO members watched as the band members skillfully played a game of Jenga to fit all of their gear into the back of their tour bus. At one point band members asked what St. Olaf was a saint of, the answer to which no one knew. One student said he was rumored to have been the saint of broken marriages, but since no one at the time could confirm the validity of that statement it is still a rumor. Nonetheless it got a very good laugh out of the band. The smell of Pause pizza wafted outside toward the tour bus, and another band member joked that maybe St. Olaf was the Saint of Pizza.

Right before they left, S. Carey members asked KSTO members what there was to do in Northfield, to which many replied “Cows, Colleges and Contentment.” Another round of laughter filled the air before the band decided to leave and relax at the Contented Cow after a successful show.


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Football Reunion Info

Carleton Sports - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:18pm

The Carleton College Alumni Office is hosting a Football Reunion with events planned for both Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18

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International conservation journal highlights St. Olaf researchers

St. Olaf College - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 5:32pm

An international conservation journal recently highlighted the research that three St. Olaf College students and Professor of Biology Kathy Shea conducted in Costa Rica.

Revista de Biología Tropical, an international journal of tropical conservation and biology, published a special volume dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Associated Colleges of Midwest’s Field Research Program in Costa Rica.

This special issue of the journal highlights nine research projects, three of which were written in part or in their entirety by St. Olaf researchers.

Students Lauren Carlson ’13, Emma Cornwell ’13, and Jonathan Henn ’12 conducted the research, under the guidance of Chris Vaughan, director of the ACM Program, and Shea, as a St. Olaf advisor. A preface includes comments by Shea and other former students of the program on its impact in their careers.

St. Olaf is one of 14 ACM institutions participating in this program in Costa Rica. The program gives undergraduates the unique opportunity to develop their own intensive research project. Henn says the program provides students with the freedom and independence to investigate a scientific question.

“We were able to think creatively and critically about what question you would ask and how you would go about answering it,” he says.

The students created a variety of research projects primarily in the natural and social sciences. Cornwell’s research focused on how different agricultural systems affected the soil quality in the province of San Carlos. Henn focused on food provided for the rare scarlet macaw and variegated squirrels by the introduced tree species, beach almond. Carlson explored high school students’ knowledge of cervical cancer in San Carlos through interviews with students and teachers.

In addition to field research opportunities, the program also gives students the opportunity for cultural immersion with two family stays.

“I observed directly how cross-cultural experience, Spanish language, and field research were brought together in this program,” says St. Olaf Professor of Spanish Leon Narvaez, past director of the ACM program in Costa Rica and a St. Olaf advisor, along with Shea. Narvaez was recognized for his decades of service to the programs at the 50th anniversary celebration of ACM in Costa Rica last June.

As a participant, Cornwell says she formed lifelong bonds with her two host families during the program.

Both Carlson and Henn received Fulbright awards after their work in Costa Rica. Henn researched forest restoration in Argentina after damage by North American beavers. Carlson conducted public health research with the Universidad de San Francisco Quito in Quito, Ecuador.

Cornwell has been working with Food Corps, a program in partnership with AmeriCorps that puts leaders in limited-resource schools to teach students about food with hands-on activities such as creating a community garden.

St. Olaf has been a pioneer and leader in international study for half a century. The college currently offers more than 110 programs in 44 countries, and more than two-thirds of St. Olaf students study abroad in one or more countries before they graduate.

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Journalist and documentary filmmaker Peter Frumkin to speak about his craft and the state of documentary filmmaking

Carleton College News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 2:22pm
Director, writer and producer Peter Frumkin will appear at Carleton College on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Carleton for the week of Oct. 20, Frumkin will speak on the state of documentary filmmaking. This event is free and open to the public.
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Carleton celebrates George Eliot’s “Middlemarch” with a 24-hour marathon reading

Carleton College News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 2:20pm
Members of the Carleton community will present a 24-hour reading of George Eliot’s “Middlemarch” beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The marathon reading will take place on the North Balcony of the Sayles Hill Campus Center. Community members will take turns reading for about 30 minutes each throughout the day, afternoon, evening, and throughout the night—finishing up the next morning on Oct. Listeners are encouraged to attend, and may come and go as they like or stay for the entire reading.
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Jeffrey Sundberg '82 presents Economics Department Lamson Lecture, Focused on Conservation Easements

Carleton College News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 1:39pm
Jeffrey Sundberg '82 will present the Carleton College Economics Department Lamson Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Sundberg, the James S. Kemper Foundation Professor of Liberal Arts and Business at Lake Forest College in Illinois, will speak about "An Economic and Environmental Analysis of Conservation Easements." This event is free and open to the public.  
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