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Ultimately, this production is a triumph of collaboration and creativity from three incredibly talented majors. The language is vicious, the plot is gripping, and some moments in the script veer toward over-the-top, but the performances, intuitive blocking, and transcendental physicality enliven Cock and make it one of the most memorable and immersive theatre experiences I’ve had at Carleton.
"On Monday, Sept. 19, a panel, entitled “Sense and Nonsense: Clinton, Trump, and the Media in 2016,” brought together a group of prominent journalists to talk about the election and the media’s role in it. Anna Palmer of Politico, James Hohmann of the Washington Post, and Jonathan Martin of the New York Times gathered in the Weitz Common Space to discuss the current election, analyze the role of media in politics and answer questions from the audience. John Harris, ’85 and founder of Politico, moderated."
"Youth struggle with this constant obnoxious labeling by their elders. Just because we may frequent sites like BuzzFeed and other arenas of trends does not mean we are only the trends we like. Such labeling is ageism, clear and simple. All of us are complex human beings and should not be represented by the little things that may make us laugh."
"Another day, another fad. Faster than any one person can detect, the magic of the Internet transforms mundane, droll ideas first into comedic or sensationalistic gold, then into social phenomena, then into ironically-flogged dead horses, and finally into more specks on the obsolete ash-heap of Internet history, where they join the ranks of Rick Astley, Nyan Cat, Kony 2012, and all the other short-lived crazes that routinely spark interest online, remembered but unreferenced."
"The Office of Health Promotion (OHP), which will focus on the prevention and promotion of health and well-being, opened at the beginning of fall term. According to Janet Lewis Muth, director of health promotions, the OHP aims to create “a campus community that supports the overall well-being of all students.”"
"The college has entered litigation as a result of the lawsuit filed last spring by a recent graduate, according to publicly available court records. The civil docket for the case indicates that the college has dismissed the plaintiff’s claims and that the plaintiff did not agree to the dismissal. A hearing on the dismissal occurred Wednesday, Sept. 21. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff claims she was raped twice while at Carleton and that the administration’s mishandling of her case caused her ongoing emotional trauma, made her unsafe and limited her educational opportunities."
"Last Saturday and Sunday afternoon, a throng of hopeful actors and actresses gathered in Little Nourse to audition for this term’s Experimental Theater Board (ETB) shows. The freshman turnout at this term’s auditions was unsurprisingly large, given that the freshman class is the largest class in Carleton’s history. Not only was there great attendance at this term’s ETB auditions, but the talent throughout the group was so deep that ETB directors found it difficult to cast from such a large pool of strong performers."
"Of the many social transitions a freshman makes coming to Carleton, among the most shocking is being at the bottom of the totem pole. After spending four years climbing to the top of the ladder in high school, Carleton freshmen fear that, once again, they’re the outcasts. And to a freshman, there’s nothing more terrifying than the judgement of an upperclassman (although calling your professor “Mom” is a close second)."
"Friends of Mr. Ramakrishnan described him as a caring person who wanted to make the world a better place. He was known to touch others through deeply philosophical conversations that made his peers think critically and creatively. One friend, who wished to remain anonymous, admired his excitement for sharing and discussing ideas from religion to philanthropic ventures."
"At the beginning of fall term, Residential Life changed its policies and procedures related to alcohol and drug consumption, according to Andrea Robinson, Director of Residential Life. Robinson explained that these changes are intended to increase consistency in regards to how RAs respond to illegal drug and alcohol consumption and to ensure that RAs act as resources rather than as police for the student body."
"Over the past week, southern Minnesota has received up to 13 inches of rain, resulting in mild to severe flooding, and many a bewildered student and Arb critter wondering just where is this water going to go?"
"There are many ways human shallowness expresses itself in our modern world: the constant whizz-bang nothingness of 24-hour cable news, fast food culture, diet fads, Donald Trump. In a hyper-complex world, we crave ease and convenience; if not simplicity in material, then at least bite-size portions. Nothing, though, feeds this natural tendency towards shallowness better than the immediacy and reactivity of the Internet."
"In keeping with my current theme of writing about the updates and renovations to campus, I’ve decided that simply critiquing them is not enough. That would be extremely hypocritical given one of my largest pet peeves is when people shoot things down without contributing any other ideas. So, I would like to contribute my own suggestions."
Resting on shelves are numerous collectibles ranging from items associated with the Buddha to hand-made tea cups. Make no mistake, this isn’t a museum exhibit or a stupa containing relics – this is the office of Karil Kucera, Associate Professor of Art and Art History and Asian Studies.After growing up in rural Wisconsin, Kucera took a nontraditional path and spent a few years in France after high school. She studied French literature and language before earning a second degree in Chinese history. Kucera first travelled to China while working on her senior honors thesis at the University of Wisconsin. She has since been to China every year for the past 30 years. She earned her Master’s in Art History at the University of Oregon and gained her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Kansas. Kucera was able to pay for her education without loans by using the money she earned from teaching English in China during the 1980s. She has been a visiting professor at Dartmouth College, Lewis & Clark College and the University of Washington. Kucera currently teaches art history and Asian studies here at St. Olaf. One of her most recent publications is her book “Ritual and Representation at a Chinese Buddhist Site: Visualizing Enlightenment at Baodingshan from the 12th to the 21st Centuries.” Baodingshan is a Buddhist site near Chongqing in southwest China. The site is about 1.5 miles long and contains roughly 6,000 sculptures. Kucera explains the significance of this site in her book and maintains an interactive website containing more information about Baodingshan: www.Baodingshan.org. The book and website are designed specifically for tourists to use as they visit Baodingshan. Kucera distinctly remembers a time when she was at the site and, much to her dismay, overheard the tour guides stating blatantly inaccurate information. “The tour guides were just awful,” she said. “They told people this stuff and it was all wrong.” She hopes that her book, website, and research will help promote a greater understanding of the site’s significance. Kucera is currently working on an electronic textbook for her students titled “Sacred Sites of Asia.” By creating it digitally rather than in the form of a traditional print textbook, she can incorporate more images and videos. She can also add and change content in the future, so students won’t have to spend money on purchasing a new textbook edition every year. When it comes to some projects and assignments, Kucera believes her students should be permitted to choose what works for them. Some elect to write papers, but many choose to physically create their work or utilize digital resources such as Google SketchUp. The teacups on her shelves, for instance, were created by students in her Arts of Japan course. Kucera admits that the variation in submitted work makes grading difficult. “The medium [of the work] is different,” she said. “But, structurally, they’re the same stuff.” Besides offering variety in coursework, another core component of her teaching method is ensuring that her students know where to go to discover information, rather than simply providing them with pertinent facts. Kucera lives in Northfield with her husband and her two dogs. She and her husband have been making efforts to be as sustainable as possible, going so far as to install solar panels and collect water in a 1,000 gallon tank. Autumn is generally a fairly busy time for Kucera. Nevertheless, she and her husband usually try to spend one weekend in a hotel in St. Paul and eat sushi, given that “there is no good sushi in Northfield.” Another less known aspect of Kucera’s personal life is that she enjoys playing March Madness based on team mascots. For example, in a match between an Ole Lion and a Carleton Knight, Kucera asserts that she would “take a lion over a knight any day. The lion will pull you down.”
Cosi Pori ’18 was crowned Champion of the Hill Saturday night at St. Olaf’s homecoming pageant event. Formerly known as King of the Hill, the Student Activities Committee (SAC) switched to the term “Champion” after Director of Student Activities and Buntrock Commons Kris Vatter informed SAC that the male-only pageant was not in accordance with the rules specified in Title IX. “In the past, King of Hill was a male pageant, and the purpose of the event was to challenge the idea of pageants,” Homecoming Co-Chair Jacob Pullen ’18 said.However, under “Other Sex-Specific Activities and Rules,” Title IX reads “unless expressly authorized by Title IX or its implementing regulations, a school may not segregate or otherwise distinguish students on the basis of their sex, including gender identity, in any school activities or the application of any school rule.” The challenge, therefore, was to adapt King of the Hill to fit within the specifications of Title IX while maintaining the tradition of the event. SAC embraced the change, making the event gender-inclusive. According to Pullen, a gender inclusive King of the Hill wasn’t a new idea. While planning the 2015 King of Hill, SAC and the Gender and Sexuality House discussed the possibility of a King of the Hill event that was less masculine and heteronormative. While in 2015 the idea remained simply that, this year the change was mandatory. The first step of adapting the event was coming up with a new name. The homecoming co-chairs wanted to maintain the spirit and tradition of the event, and therefore chose “champion” to replace “king” since it was gender-neutral. The next step was to modify parts of the structure. Though the events remained the same, modifications were made to make the events less heteronormative. For example, in years past, male competitors were accompanied by a female “escort.” This year, the competitors were able to choose any “guest(s)” to accompany them. In years past, the SAC committee would ask students to participate in King of the Hill. In this year’s Champion of the Hill, SAC tabled and allowed students to nominate peers. The nominations were gender inclusive. “The purpose of Champion of the Hill is to showcase Ole pride, spirit and talent, and to move away from making fun of pageant shows,” Pullen said.The St. Olaf community embraced the change to Champion of the Hill. On Saturday night, the Pause was packed with Oles eager to watch their peers showcase their talent and humor. Among the judges were Pastor Matthew Marohl, Peter Costanza and Student Government Association president Emma Lind ’17. Champion competitor Nicholas Swanson ’17 started off the night by dropping – or raising – some notes to Lind, while singing Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” Swannie Willstein ’19’s cover of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” won her second place. Willstein substituted words in the song with “spaghetti,” and each time she said the word her parents tossed spaghetti at her. Pori was crowned Champion of the Hill after his showcase of talent. His primary talent was shoveling grapes into his mouth while singing with great passion. The EMTs on hand cast each other uneasy looks, and made sudden movements when they thought Pori was in need of the Heimlich maneuver. The crowd cheered weakly when the song ended, exhausted over their concern for Pori’s airway; nobody, however, could deny Pori’s extraordinary talent and embodiment of the Ole spirit. Later, Pori established power by appealing to the cross country team, who sat in a pack in the audience. When Pori donned the cross country jersey and tattoo, the cross country team stood in unison, applauding. Champion of the Hill’s gender inclusivity and initiative to showcase Ole talent and spirit was successful.
It is difficult for many to imagine St. Olaf College as anything other than the modern institution it currently exists as. However, a recently donated document may help students gain new insight as to what the school was like in generations past.A signature book dating back to 1883 was donated to the college by Dennis Thompson ’68. The book belonged to Henry Gilbertson who was enrolled at St. Olaf at the time. The book offers insight into what life was like on the St. Olaf campus 130 years ago.For some historical context, it’s important to understand the fundamental ways in which the institution has changed over the span of generations. Originally, St. Olaf was not a college at all – it was a preparatory school. Its class size paled in comparison to the size of our student body today. In 1883, the year Henry Gilbertson drafted the signature book, only 91 students were enrolled at St. Olaf’s School and only 20 were women. Today, 3,179 students roam St. Olaf’s 300-acre campus and 58 percent of the student body is female. Most students in 1883 were first or second generation Norwegian-Americans, and attended college in a town made famous for its confrontation with the James-Younger gang only seven years prior.Gilbertson himself is pictured in the book, although he did not graduate from St. Olaf. It is assumed he left early in order to return to work on his family’s farm in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Country – or modern day South Dakota. Students weren’t the only ones who left their mark in Gilbertson’s book. Its pages are littered with the writings of faculty and administrative officials, among them Halvor T. Ytterboe and T.H. Mohn. Ytterboe joined the faculty of St. Olaf in 1882. He was respected by his students and admired by many. Mohn served in the college’s administration, and unlike President David Anderson ’74, he was addressed by a different title: Principal. Mohn was 30 years old when St. Olaf appointed him to the position of headmaster. He worked tirelessly to expand the school until his death in 1899.Among the signature book’s pages are some short remarks by Hannah Thorson, who studied at the school from 1882-1883. She wrote, “May he to whom this book belongs few sorrows meet, if any; his gloomy hours be short and few, his happy days be many.” She addressed the note to “Mr. Gilbertson,” her fellow student. The formal address is indicative of the standard etiquette between males and females at the time. During this period in the college’s history, genders sat at separate tables during meals and dating was restricted. School regulations governed other aspects of students’ lives, prohibiting tobacco use, billiards, card playing and profanity. Students were expected to spend their free time in their rooms studying, and lights were blown out at 10 p.m.Henry Gilbertson’s book provides a window into an era we can only imagine, enabling current readers to get a glimpse into the history of St. Olaf. While giving insight into the adversities these students faced, it simultaneously portrays students who are not so different from their modern colleagues. Those interested in learning more about the book can visit the College Archives in Rolvaag Memorial Library.
“Does our citizenship not hold enough value? Or does our education not speak volume?”These are the questions written on the bottom of Tia Schaffer ’20’s cardboard sign, which she wears around campus to raise awareness of Terrence Crutcher’s death in Tulsa, Okla. on Sept. 16, and its implications for black Americans. In the days following Crutcher’s death, news media fixated on the deaths of both Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, a black man who was shot four times by police outside of his parked SUV in Charlotte, S.C. after they repeatedly demanded that he “drop the gun.” It is unclear whether or not Scott was holding a gun at the time of his death. Crutcher was shot and killed by policewoman Betty Shelby after the Tulsa police station received calls that Crutcher’s car was stalled in the middle of the road and blocking traffic. He was unarmed and police helicopter footage showed that his hands were in the air before Shelby fired her gun. Crutcher had been on his way home from Tulsa Community College, where he studied music.“People have this stereotypical idea of black people, like ‘Oh, they’re hoodlums,’ and ‘He was doing something suspicious,’ or ‘He probably just came from doing this or doing that,’ but this particular individual was going home from class,” Schaffer said. “He was enrolled in Tulsa Community College, so this is actually a student that we’re talking about – regardless of his age – he’s a student.” Crutcher’s identity as a black student resonated with Schaffer. She was inspired to speak out about the injustice and to call on St. Olaf students to take a photo with her as a symbol of alliance. “‘Take a picture with me as a symbol of alliance.’ I think I wrote that too small because [students are] like ‘Oh is it okay if I take a picture with you?’ I’m like ‘Yes, okay, that’s the purpose! I want you to take a picture and I want you to post it again on social media,’” Schaffer said. “This is a predominately white institution, so I expect most of the students I come in contact with to be white, and I think that union and that partnership is very crucial to making progress because we can’t do it by ourselves.”Though Schaffer is the only student participating in this particular demonstration, she hopes that social media will further her cause and she encourages students to post photos with her to spur discussion. Schaffer has been a vocal activist for much of her life. She takes pride in her race and does what she can to speak out against racial injustice. “I consider myself very pro-black. Not anti-white, not anti-anything else, I’m just for the progression of my people,” Schaffer said. “I’m also unapologetically black, and that’s how I was able to just walk around and be extremely annoying with this big board from class to class.”In high school, Schaffer launched an online business and movement called Reincarnating Black Life. She sells T-shirts on her website with the goal of empowering black Americans and inviting the community to talk about the T-shirts and what it means to be black. “On the T-shirts are different slogans that promote black life, that promote the progression of the black race,” Schaffer said. “I just have people buying them, sporting them. Every day you walk up to your place of work, you walk into restaurants, you walk into the store and people are like ‘Hey, what does that mean?’ That opens the gate for conversations.”Schaffer hopes to expand this initiative once she graduates college.“I kinda want it to be [a] movement – an actual movement where our everyday lives are literally [dedicated] to do nothing but advance ourselves and just advance in this country, period.”Schaffer has received positive yet hesitant responses from the St. Olaf community, but said that more and more students and faculty are approaching her to show solidarity or to engage in conversation about Crutcher’s death. She plans to continue wearing her sign, or some version of it, indefinitely.
At 9:30 p.m., 30 minutes before the beginning of the homecoming Pause dance, the Pause Mane Stage was mostly vacant save for paper decorations bearing the names of various St. Olaf landmarks. James Wheeler ’18, one of the night’s DJs, bounced behind his turntable underneath a huge pair of hanging dice. Swirling, bright lights spun from the stage to the floor as Pause security assembled chain-link guards that blocked entrance to the stage from the floor.“Oles come excited for Friday and Saturday nights, and no matter what they are always excited to dance,” Wheeler said. “It takes the pressure off planning your night.”Wheeler’s DJ group, Dangerous Volcano, was formed with his roommate Cosi Pori ’18 out of a mutual desire to share their love of dance with the St. Olaf campus. The position of Pause DJ is unpaid, and Wheeler commented on the lack of transparency in the DJ selection process. He noted that a fair number of students wanted to win the spot, “but it is not very well advertised how to get it.” He expressed a desire for more students to begin DJing.Clad in a pair of overall-shorts, Wheeler affirmed the performative aspect of his role. “I can move my hips in ways you can’t even imagine,” he said. “It’s fun to get up wearing something that is loose and dancing in front of a lot of people.”Around 10:00 p.m. a line began to form around the dance entrance, but otherwise students went about their business watching TV, playing pool or conversing over pizza. Deep End APO, a theater organization, sat at a table by the dance entrance, organizing pizza deliveries.Two members of the Student Activities Committee (SAC) sat at the table in front of the dance, turning away enthusiastic dance-goers who had arrived too early.Morgan Turk ’18, one of the SAC members, expressed her excitement to work the dance.“I always take this shift. People are really excited to see you, and so friendly,” Turk said. She enjoys working the early shift so that she can leave at 11 and go back into the dance. She and her partner for the night recalled some problems in the past, such as individuals being turned away for being belligerently drunk, but clarified that Pause security is responsible for handling such issues.Being inclusive and making attendants comfortable were clear goals of the dance. Non-St. Olaf students could enter by showing a photo ID. Turk and her partner also noted a change in the pat-down lines. Where previously there were separate lines for men and women, now there is one line where attendants can choose to be patted down by either a male or female security worker.Directly outside the dance stood a table occupied by Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), on hand in case someone in the dance needed medical attention. One of the EMTs, Madeline Wagner Sherer ’18, described the funding process. “SGA contracts out our club,” she said. “They pay our club money per event that we staff as EMTs and we use that money to buy medical supplies, new radios, jackets – stuff like that.” Inside the dance, SAC member Jeremy Storvick ’18 sat behind a table with huge bowls of pretzels, goldfish and other snacks. “We just make it a little more hospitable for people who aren’t super into the dancing, or want to take a break,” he said, noting that the food was also useful for attendants who consumed alcohol before the event.Around 10:45 p.m. the dance started to fill up and Pause security stood at every exit to make sure that dancers didn’t leave through the wrong door. Sam Caspar ’18, security manager, described the role of Pause Security.“[We watch] for people who aren’t being safe in terms of too much drinking. If they need an EMT we look out for that, we look on the floors if there is a potential liability they could hurt themselves,” Caspar said. In addition to student-run Pause security, the Student Government Association (SGA) contracts security from private firms for big ticket events such as dances or concerts. According to Director of Student Activities Kris Vatter, SGA began hiring outside security for Pause dances during the 2011-2012 academic year, a practice which constitutes 0.3 percent of SGA’s annual allocation. The outside firm is used to help enforce rules that may be difficult for student security workers, Vatter noted, referencing a situation within the last three years where a member of outside security had to “restrain a student in handcuffs for a significant amount of time to get the situation resolved.” At the homecoming dance, guards from Asia Security scanned the Pause for signs of danger.Around 11:30 p.m. the dance was at peak popularity and the entry line extended well beyond the Pause doors, up the main Buntrock stairs and past the Cage. Those waiting in line excitedly chatted and Vatter stopped one student as he carried two others down the stairs on his back.She offered a warning while heading back to the Pause floor.“When we go back in there will be a distinctive smell. Are you ready for it?”Back on the dance floor the air was damp and the floor was covered in the dust of crushed pretzel pieces and scattered chunks of salt. The cups were running low and workers scrambled to find new ones. Vatter opened a side door and placed a fan in front of it, letting in a cool breeze from outside that stopped multiple transfixed dancers, fatigued from the tightly-knit floor.The dance was more brightly lit than in years past, for the sake of security. “The light deters people from doing what they wouldn’t do in public,” Assistant Director of Student Activities Catherine Paro said. Still, many of the dancers danced very intimately and one couple shared a prolonged kiss as they swayed to a slow ballad.Outside, the Pause was mostly occupied by those who had recently left the dance and Deep End APO had relocated their pizza delivery operation to the Lair. They cited the harsh reverberations of the bass against the wall as their reason for moving.One student in the group expressed that she felt less safe delivering pizzas on the night of the Pause dance, noting that there were more raucous individuals out on campus grounds than usual.Starting around 12:40 a.m., the dance began to wind down. The previously packed floor began to show gaps, and many of those dancing started to scan the room until locking eyes with a familiar face. Some of those dancing with a partner left quietly together, while others split up to go their separate ways.At 12:56 a.m., Pori grabbed the microphone and exclaimed “everybody go home,” leaving those remaining to exit through the now propped-open Mane stage doors. There was a clear sense of relief running through Pause security as the last stragglers left. Many of them stared down at their phones as they trekked out into the Pause while others carried out containers of food not consumed during the night.“Come on, let’s get this place cleaned up,” Vatter said while workers stowed away unused cups and swept crushed animal crackers off the sweat-slick floor.
On Oct. 7 through Oct. 9, the St. Olaf theater department will run its first show of the 2016-17 season, “Fuddy Meers” by David Lindsay-Abaire.The play, guest-directed by Randy Reyes, tells the story of Claire, a woman who suffers from memory loss. As Claire struggles to regain her memory, she is bombarded by a cast of kooky characters including her pothead son, her speech-impeded mother and an escaped convict with a sock puppet.Reyes comes to St. Olaf not only to direct the fall Haugen show, but also to teach this semester’s beginning directing class. Reyes is the artistic director of Mu Performing Arts in Minneapolis and serves as a theater educator at institutions across the country, including the Playwrights’ Center, the New York University graduate acting program and the University of Minnesota/Guthrie bachelor’s acting program. In short, he is a brilliant professional actor and director.The process for “Fuddy Meers” has been atypical compared to the St. Olaf norm. Rather than rehearsing a few hours a night throughout the week, the cast has rehearsed only twice a week for eight hours at a time. Though intense, this process has not become tedious for anyone involved. “It perfectly fits the show because it really lets [the actors] get into the characters which are really bizarre and which are not easy to just take off and put down easily,” assistant director Aaron Lauby ’19 said.“There was no atmosphere or hesitation around it. We were into it from day one,” stage manager Shelby Reddig ’17 said. “No one ever realizes how fast the time has gone,” Lauby said. “Every time we practice we find a new thing about the language.”Reddig agreed that the team is enjoying their hard work: “You get funny moments in the rehearsal with misunderstanding,” she said. “Actors have to make big choices to make it an interesting show. And then the directors have to say, ‘Thank you for making that choice but it is a little weird so we are not going to do that.’” “Fuddy Meers” is a dark comedy that promises to keep the audience laughing for long stretches, whether it be out of mirth or of nervousness.“[‘Fuddy Meers’] is supposed to make you think of important things but not in a really heavy way,” Reddig said.For instance, Claire’s psychological status is not simply a source of entertainment, as Tara Maloney ’19, who plays Claire, pointed out.“It’s finding the balance between being innocent and also being skeptical,” Maloney said. “I read it like she is completely happy but in real life someone would not be just completely happy. She is just trying to be. So I have to show that she is trying.” Other members of the cast include: Ian Sutherland ’18 as Richard, Ash Willison ’17 as Kenny, Chaz Mayo ’18 as Limping Man, Christine Menge ’18 as Gertie, Will Ibele ’18 as Millet and Avery Evangeline Baker ’19 as Heidi.“Fuddy Meers” will perform in Haugen Theater from Oct. 7-9. Tickets are free for students and can be reserved online or at the Theater Building’s box office.
The men’s soccer team wasn’t wearing its typical black and gold on Saturday –instead, it opted for red.Prior to their homecoming game, the Oles took to the pitch and honored Jacob Wetterling and his hope for the world by donning crimson warm-up jerseys with the number 11 imprinted on the back.Wetterling, a child growing up in St. Joseph, Minnesota, was kidnapped from his hometown at the age of 11 on Oct. 22, 1989. His disappearance remained a mystery for nearly 27 years until Sept. 6, 2016, when Daniel Heinrich confessed to kidnapping and later killing the young man. These recent developments have had a profound impact on the hearts of many Americans, with Minnesotans feeling particularly somber.Wetterling, an avid sports fan during his life, always wore a red number 11 jersey as a child. To show a commitment to making the world a better place for kids, the Wetterling family asked athletic teams to use the number 11 as a symbol of hope to honor their son and raise awareness about missing and exploited children. “I thought that wearing the red shirts to honor Jacob Wetterling provided a touching tribute to a young boy who was unfortunately targeted,” forward Henrik Kowalkowski ’17 said. “It really makes you think about the pain the parents must have endured, not knowing what happened to Jacob in the ensuing years.”The Oles are not alone in their sentiments; many sports organizations including the Minnesota Twins and Vikings have poured out support for Wetterling’s family and the cause. The response from students across the state has been particularly strong. Along with St. Olaf, the University of Minnesota and several Twin Cities high schools have paid tribute to Wetterling since the tragic report broke early this month.“The boys were all in when they found out we were going to honor Jacob and support his family at our game,” team manager Scott Perkins ’17 said. “Just a great group of guys on and off the field.” The homecoming game itself ended in a 2-0 victory for the Oles over conference rival Concordia on the back of two early goals by Kowalkowski, who was later named the MIAC Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week for his strong efforts on an emotional day. It was the first conference win of the season for the Oles, who now have an overall record of 3-1-3. Kowalkowski attributes the win to the power of the jerseys in uniting the team in a single cause.“The team really enjoyed wearing the shirts and I think it brought all of us a little closer together as well,” Kowalkowski said.