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The Carleton College men’s tennis team returned to their winning ways and dispatched Hamline University, 7-2, Friday in a home match at Bell Field. The Knights were coming into their first conference match since Feb 28 and extended their record to 12-7 overall and 4-0 in MIAC action with the victory.
St. Olaf College student Carlos Rivera ‘15 won a second-place award for his presentation at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in Washington, D.C.
Rivera was one of four chemistry students honored out of the more than 200 undergraduate students nationwide who participated in that section of the conference.
The conference aims to help underrepresented students enhance their science communication skills and better understand how to prepare for science careers in the global workforce. It is centered around student presentations, with workshops focused on strategies for success in graduate school, career preparation, and examining STEM careers in a global context.
Rivera’s poster presentation focused on the progress of his 15-month Beckman Scholar research project. Under the guidance of St. Olaf Associate Professor of Chemistry Jeff Schwinefus, Rivera studied the effect of various solutes on the stabilization of the DNA backbones inside the body.
One of the main applications of Rivera’s research involves fighting cancer and aging. By figuring out how to shorten or lengthen certain parts of the DNA, researchers will be able to understand what parts of the DNA contributes to the stability of the structure.
This is Rivera’s second year attending the ERN conference. Last year, his presentation focused on the population fluctuations between walleye and largemouth bass on Fish Lake Reservoir in Duluth, Minnesota.
This summer Rivera will continue his research with Schwinefus as a part of the grant received from the Beckman Foundation. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in physical chemistry.
The Beckman Foundation provides a stipend to students to conduct research over the course of two summers as well as funding for 10 hours of research each week during the academic year. The highly prestigious grant was awarded to only 10 institutions.
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Becca Walz hit a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead St. Olaf to a 6-3 win in game two and MIAC softball sweep of visiting St. Catherine University on Friday afternoon.
The Carleton College Summer Mathematics Program (SMP) has been chosen to receive the "Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference" award, the American Mathematical Society announced today. The Carleton SMP is honored for its successful efforts to encourage women to pursue doctoral work by helping them prepare for the rigors of graduate school and for building a thriving network of successful women in the field. The annual award was created by the AMS Committee on the Profession to recognize outstanding programs that successfully address the issue of underrepresented groups in mathematics.
Jenny Ramey belted her first two home runs of the season in game one, but the Carleton College softball team found itself on the wrong end of two tight contests, falling to visiting Gustavus Adolphus College by scores of 6-4 and 2-0.
The Carleton women's tennis team continued its tremendous season last week with a pair of convincing victories over Wheaton and Saint Benedict. Top singles and doubles player Anne Lombardi led the way in both wins, as the senior went a perfect 4-0 last week with all her victories coming in straight sets. For her performance, Lombardi was named the MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week.
By Joel Jaeger ’14, PoliticOle Columnist
On April 2, 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a multilateral convention that for the first time places legally-binding regulations on the $85 billion-a-year conventional arms trade. According to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, 118 states have signed the ATT, and 31 have ratified it, but 50 ratifications are required before the treaty enters into force. US Secretary of State John Kerry signed the ATT on September 25, 2013, but a number of US Senators, supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) have made clear that they plan to prevent the treaty from achieving the two-thirds Senate majority necessary for US ratification. As the world’s largest exporter of conventional arms, the United States should ratify the ATT. The treaty is far from perfect, but its benefits to international peace and security outweigh its risks. By ratifying the ATT, the United States would facilitate a widespread improvement in national arms export controls, put pressure on other states to accept the treaty, and secure a greater voice in the future of the international arms trade regime, all without violating the Second Amendment or having to substantially change its own arms transfer controls.
The final text of the ATT was a compromise between major arms exporters, progressive states, and civil society organizations. It limits arms transfers to abusers of international humanitarian and human rights law, increases arms trade transparency, and promotes the sharing of best practices for national export controls. The ATT’s regulations apply to small arms and light weapons, as well as a variety of combat vehicles and heavy weapons. The treaty only partially applies to ammunition, and does not mention more recent technological advances such as unmanned aerial vehicles.
The heart of the ATT seeks to ensure that conventional weapons do not fall into the wrong hands. According to Article 6(3) of the ATT, states parties shall not authorize transfers of conventional weapons if they have knowledge that the arms would be used in the commission of genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes. Article 7 prohibits arms transfers if there is an overriding risk of the weapons being used to undermine peace and security or commit a serious violation of international humanitarian or human rights law. Article 11 asks state parties to take a number of measures to prevent diversion of weapons. Although the ATT is legally binding, like most UN treaties it is unenforceable and relies on national implementation.
The mere presence of the ATT does not guarantee that states will stop selling weapons to human rights violators, but it may be able to shift a state’s political calculus over whether it chooses to ignore or heed the international community’s condemnations. The success of the ATT will rely upon civil society organizations to monitor the progress of states parties, calling out those governments that do not adhere to their promises. While the ATT will not instantly create new international norms, it will provide the basis for future developments and improvements.
This emerging international arms trade regulation regime will be crippled if the US Congress does not ratify the ATT, and the United States will have missed an important chance to further its international influence. The United States already has some of the most stringent export controls in the world, so very little would have to be done to bring it into compliance with the treaty. Other states that have weaker export controls would have a much larger obligation, and would be forced to raise their standards to the level of the United States. The substantial gains in international security would far outweigh the minimal changes that the United States would have to make.
If the United States were to ratify the ATT, it would pressure other states to do the same. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the top six exporters of conventional arms are the United States, Russia, Germany, France, China, and the United Kingdom. Together, their arms sales make up 78 percent of the global market. Germany, France, and the United Kingdom have already signed and will probably ratify the ATT, but Russia and China have not even signed the treaty. In general, the more states parties to the ATT, the more pressure there will be on others to join, but the unique position of the United States makes its approval of the treaty a litmus test of its future success.
Once the ATT enters into force, Article 17 designates that a Conference of States Parties be convened to determine the details of treaty implementation and discuss further expansions of the incipient international arms trade regime. The United States must ratify the ATT to influence the shape of future negotiations. In the June 2013 edition of Arms Control Today Paul Holtom and Mark Bromley mention thatover the course of multiple conferences, the ATT may expand to prevent arms transfers to terrorists. The United States will want a role in that discussion.
Most of the Senate’s objection to the ATT is the result of heavy lobbying by the NRA, which takes the treaty as a personal attack on American liberties. However, much of the panic over the ATT is based on misinformation or is the result of reflexive distrust of the United Nations. The preamble of the ATT affirms “the sovereign right of any State to regulate and control conventional arms exclusively within its territory, pursuant to its own legal or constitutional systems,” leaving the Second Amendment intact. Besides, the United Nations has never had national enforcement power. Ultimately, it is up to the United States how it chooses to implement the ATT.
If the Senate chooses not to ratify the ATT, the treaty could be “unsigned” when a president less sympathetic to its goals takes office. The ATT is too important to be caught in limbo. A first step in preventing unsavory weapons transfers, the ATT will positively contribute to peace and security worldwide.
Joel Jaeger ’14 is a Political Science major from Circle Pines, Minnesota. Joel is a regular PoliticOle columnist. You can reach Joel at email@example.com.
The weather has been far from ideal for golf in Minnesota thus far in 2014, but Carleton's Geraldine Tellbuescher was in record-setting form last weekend at the Washington University Spring Invitational in Madison, Ill. The Knights' first-year golfer set a new school 36-hole scoring record while finishing third individually and leading Carleton to a fourth-place team finish in a field loaded with nationally-ranked teams. For her record-setting performance, Tellbuescher was named the MIAC Women's Golf Athlete-of-the-Week.
Carleton's Kao Sutton certainly delighted the home fans with her outstanding performance at the team's home Carleton Invitational last weekend. The Knights' senior finished second in both the shot put and the discus, breaking a long-standing school record in the shot and registering distances that rank in the top 25 nationally in both events. For her performance, Sutton was named the first MIAC Women's Outdoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week in 2014.
The Carleton men's track team had a strong showing on their home track last weekend at the Carleton Invitational, which included a star performance from runner Colby Seyferth (Banks, Ore.). The Knights junior turned in a pair of top-two finishes against a field of NCAA Division II and III competition, and moved to the top of the MIAC season leader board thanks to his victory in the 400-meter hurdles. For his performance, Seyferth was named the first MIAC Men's Outdoor Track Athlete-of-the-Week of the 2014 season.
In conjunction with its ongoing International Film Forum, Carleton College will host French filmmaker Marion Stalens, the director of Juliette Binoche, Sketches for a Portrait (Juliette Binoche dans les yeux) (2009). Stalens will present a talk entitled “Between Fiction and Reality, Fine Lines” on Tuesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. in Leighton Hall Room 304. This event is free and open to the public. In advance of Stalens’ appearance, Carleton will present three short films on Sunday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m.—Danse Afrique Danse, Le Voyage du Fauteuil, and Silence or Exile. The following evening on April 14 at 7 p.m., the public is also invited to a screening of Juliette Binoche, Sketches for a Portrait.
In celebration of Pride Month, this April the Carleton College Gender and Sexuality Center will screen a series of queer-related documentary films as part of its first ever Queer Documentary Film Festival. These films celebrate the diversity of experiences and identities within queer communities. Screenings will be held on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity and are free and open to the public. The series kicks off tomorrow night, April 10, with a screening of "Paris Is Burning."
While taking part in a St. Olaf College study-abroad program in Peru, Emily Olson ’14 and her classmates worked alongside medical and dental professionals throughout the country.
Under the supervision of physicians and dentists, the students assessed patients, recorded vitals, and provided assistance with medical records.
“Having the opportunity to compare local health care and health on a global scale allowed me to redefine health and medicine,” says Olson, who was traveling as part of the Peruvian Medical Experience study-abroad course. “Despite budgets, language barriers, and cultural beliefs that restrict work, I realized healthcare — both in Peru and in the U.S. — empowers the patient.”
This type of global perspective is exactly what administrators at the Association of American Medical Colleges are looking for in prospective medical school students.
The 2015 version of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), which has not been changed since 1991, features a new ‘critical analysis and reasoning’ section that will require students to evaluate and apply information from texts from a wider range of disciplines, including cross-cultural studies and ethics.
An additional section, focusing on psychological, social, and biological foundations of behavior, will test students’ understanding of the behavioral, cultural, and socioeconomic determinants of health.
“These changes reflect a wealth of new research that indicates that the health and well-being of patients can benefit from better educating medical students in these areas,” says St. Olaf Associate Professor of Biology and Chair of the Health Professions Committee Kevin Crisp.
A tradition of global engagement
St. Olaf’s long-standing commitment to study-abroad programs and global engagement makes it an ideal baccalaureate college for students planning to pursue a career in medicine. For nearly half a century, St. Olaf has been a leader in sending students overseas to study. Today, more than two-thirds of St. Olaf students study abroad in one or more countries before they graduate.
The college currently offers study-abroad programs in 54 countries, including nearly 80 semester or year-long programs and nearly 30 off-campus courses during Interim.
“A St. Olaf education emphasizes the development of cross-cultural understanding, but our extensive international studies programming offers a particularly unique and powerful opportunity for student development,” Crisp says.
St. Olaf consistently prepares its students for a successful application process to medical school. In the past five application cycles, 68 percent of St. Olaf juniors and seniors who applied to medical school gained admission, compared to the national rate of 46 percent of all applicants who are admitted.
“I see immense improvement and growth in my pre-med students who return from study abroad,” Crisp adds. “These experiences are transformative. They change you, challenge you, and compel you to learn and grow more.”
Petra Hahn ’14, who participated in St. Olaf’s Term in Asia study-abroad program, which travels to China, Thailand, and Vietnam, agreed that the experience expanded her own understanding of health.
“I learned firsthand about the countless factors that affect a person’s health, especially in a developing country,” she says. “Among them socioeconomic status, living situation, and discrimination based on race, gender, or sexual orientation.”
Pre-med students often find that study-abroad programs not centered on medicine can influence their perception of global health care. Matt Seitzer ’15 traveled to Paris to study French and took the opportunity to draw comparisons between health care at home and abroad.
“This experience spoke to me and my aspirations of becoming a physician because it showed me the importance of relating to and understanding cultures other than my own, especially in today’s time when different cultures are interacting ever more frequently,” he says.
Cory Baughman ’14 says the lessons he learned in Peru could not have been taught in a classroom.
“My biggest takeaway, in terms of my being pre-med, is that being a physician has much less to do with medicine than I previously thought and has much more to do with interacting with, and learning from, people than I could have ever hoped,” he says. “I cannot claim to understand what any one person has been through, but through my study-abroad experiences, I gained the awareness and tact to interact with people who differ from me.”
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. - St. Olaf led late in game one and had 10 hits in game two, but Bethel University swept the visiting Oles 4-2 and 8-3 on Wednesday afternoon at the Ona Orth Complex.
Keelin Davis went the distance for the win in game one and then tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the save in game two as the Carleton College softball team completed a doubleheader sweep at Saint Mary’s University, 4-3 and 9-8.
The Carleton College baseball team traded games with rival St. Olaf College, with the Knights seizing the first game, 11-6, thanks to a late offensive outburst before conceding the latter tilt, 13-8. Hayden Tsutsui collected six hits and five RBI on the day.
St. Olaf College students Zoey Slater ‘14 and Elise Erickson ‘14 earned top honors in the 2014 Associated Colleges of the Midwest Nick Adams Short Story Contest.
Slater was named co-winner of the contest alongside Knox College student Alex Zimay ‘15.
Slater says she has always loved reading, but didn’t seriously consider taking up writing until she took St. Olaf Writer in Residence Benjamin Percy’s Intermediate Fiction Writing class.
Her winning story, “The Fawn,” is the tale of a woman who receives a surprise phone call from the daughter she had given up for adoption.
“The story itself is important to me because it is the first time I’ve creatively expressed my emotions and thoughts surrounding my experience as an adoptee,” says Slater. “The reception the story has received is extremely encouraging.”
The contest’s final judge, nationally acclaimed author Bonnie Jo Campbell, said Slater’s piece is “built of wonderful material, and I found that its images stuck with me. [The main character] works for a taxidermist and has taken up the study and practice of taxidermy as a hobby … [Slater] does a great job of describing and making sense of the northern Wisconsin winter, and we are affected by the gruesome and sterile faces and figures of the animals she stuffs and poses.”
Erickson’s piece, “Our Lady of the Wilderness,” earned an Honorable Mention. The story focuses on a sister in a rural convent whose best friend, a fellow nun, has disappeared into the wilderness without a trace. Like Slater, Erickson composed her piece during Percy’s Intermediate Fiction Writing course.
“I think it’s a wonderful reflection on the St. Olaf English Department, and I’m grateful to Ben Percy and the other faculty members who have encouraged me in my writing,” Erickson says.
Slater and Zimay will be recognized for their winning stories April 11 at an ACM student symposium in Chicago.
The Nick Adams Short Story Contest, named for the young protagonist of many Hemingway stories, was established in 1973. Judges in past years have included such literary luminaries as Jane Smiley, Saul Bellow, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Anne Tyler, Maya Angelou, Barbara Kingsolver, Jane Hamilton, and Stuart Dybek.
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - St. Olaf and Carleton split a MIAC baseball doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon with the host Knights winning the opener 11-6 before the Oles won a 13-8 decision in game two.
After waiting more than a week to get its first conference games played, the Carleton College baseball team made up for lost time, scoring early and often in sweeping Macalester College by scores of 18-5 and 18-6 (7 inn.) The Knights pounded out 34 hits on the day, including home runs by sophomore Hayden Tsutsui and seniors Ray Yong, David Stillerman, and Josh Zoellmer.