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Oles are involved; it’s an understatement, I know. Professors often joke about busy we are, yet still give us hours of homework. Group projects almost never get accomplished because you can’t find a solid hour that all three group members have free.
“Ooooh, sorry. I have choir, then intramural basket weaving, then I have to go home and study for my music, psych, chemistry and studio art quadruple major. Oh, and I’m pre-med,” you might often hear classmates say. With these busy schedules, it isn’t surprising that when we do get a moment to breathe, we usually spend it talking with friends, playing endless hours of League of Legends or just reading a nice book. We Oles also know how to take time for ourselves.
So you may ask yourself a question in midst of this whirlwind of activity: when will I have time to sleep? The answer is – and should be – never.
If you are awake and alert all week long, you’re doing St. Olaf wrong. If you’re able to form coherent sentences in the morning and actually taste your breakfast (assuming you even have time for it), then get less sleep. There is so much to offer here that taking any more than the necessary 5.23 hours of sleep is just cheating yourself. You’re not paying thousands of dollars a year to be fully awake for your 8 a.m.
We can’t help it. If we’re not staying up until 3 a.m. to finish an essay that we’ve been forced (by our own negligence) into procrastinating for, then we feel that we have been blessed with a few precious hours to make our own. Long conversations with my friends about literally anything and everything have resulted in my most sleepless nights. Take advantage of this. St. Olaf is filled with amazing people who want to talk to you well into the witching hour (3 a.m. – 4 a.m.). On that note, don’t stay up long enough to truly experience the witching hour; it is terrifying.
Staying up past your bedtime should be a habit. Better yet, don’t even have a bedtime! Nothing at 8 a.m. is more important than something you can be doing at midnight. There is a unique camaraderie you will feel when you walk into an early morning class, look around and see rows of tired faces. You’re all in this together. Hell, even the professor is probably tired after engaging in raucous, professorial conversation at The Contented Cow. Revel in it; this opportunity won’t last long.
Now, you may say, won’t my grades suffer because I’m so tired all the time? No, and here’s how to avoid the sleepless slump: naps. If you haven’t noticed, people nap all over the place – the library, Fireside, the Caf – it doesn’t matter. Just close your eyes for about 20 minutes every few hours, and you’re good to go. However – and this is important – don’t sleep in class. You’re better than that, I know you are. It’s too easy to sleep in class. If you really need to rest in class, be the first one to participate, make an informed comment and then go on autopilot for the rest of the hour.
You also may be one of those people who claim they can’t function without a full eight hours of sleep. This just means you’ve never tried anything less. Sleep is just a social construct like deodorant or believing Smash Mouth was ever cool. Also, here’s a novel idea: coffee. Granted, the cups in the Caf these days don’t allow for a lot of caffeine ingestion (thanks to all you selfish poops who stole all the good cups), but a few trips back up to big pots of coffee will not only allow for more caffeine, but will also get your legs pumping, which will make you slightly less tired for about five minutes!
Here are some other tips to stay awake during the day. Pee your pants; the fear of being ridiculed will pump your body with adrenaline. Moon Pub Safe; they will chase you, and the subsequent run will perk you right up! Scream alarm noises in the middle of the cage; people will eventually punch you in the face to get you to stop and this will undoubtedly wake you up.
All kidding aside, St. Olaf offers so many wonderful opportunities that you’re missing out on if you go to bed early. Being tired is part of being an Ole. You have four years. Four fleeting years to get as much out of this place as you can – so go for it. Your 8 a.m. may look a little bleaker, and your research paper may take twice as long to finish, but at least you’re making the most of your time. Be tired. It’s who we are.
Earlier this month, the people of Hong Kong began an occupation of the city’s central business hub called “Occupy Central with Peace and Love.” As its title suggests, the movement has been peaceful, though many are worried that it could abruptly turn violent. Tensions are already mounting; the protests have been nicknamed “The Umbrella Revolution,” as participants have used umbrellas to shield themselves from tear gas and pepper spray used by the police.
The protests stem from a proposal written by the National People’s Congress that would limit democratic reform in Hong Kong. In 2007, it was promised that by the 2017 elections there would be a more democratic selection process of chief executive. Under today’s system, an election committee chooses the chief executive with no public forum. The 2007 promise outlined that in 2017, the election committee would choose three candidates that the population could then vote on.
The situation has drawn many comparisons to the 1989 protests in Tiananmen square. This is understandable, considering that the Umbrella Revolution is the largest pro-democratic reform movement in China since Tiananmen, but a direct comparison both instills fear and is somewhat inaccurate.
Hong Kong and Beijing are vastly different. Hong Kong operates under a separate set of laws, called Basic Law, that was drafted in 1997 when Hong Kong rejoined the sovereignty of China. The laws include freedom of speech, assembly, press and religion. The arrangement is called “One Country, Two Systems” and grants the city of Hong Kong more liberty than its surrounding nation. This setup has allowed a laissez-faire economic system to launch Hong Kong into economic prosperity.
As the capital of China, Beijing remains both an economic and governmental power. It lacks all of the aforementioned rights of Hong Kong and the legitimacy of the Chinese government is very closely tied with the operations of Beijing. The Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 – when student leaders were forcibly suppressed by hardline leaders who ordered the military to enforce martial law in the country’s capital – was a huge embarrassment for the Chinese government. It came during an important summit with Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev. For a restrictive, puppet-like government in a country rich in cultural heritage, the reaction to the Tiananmen square protests was surprising, but also not exactly incomprehensible.
It’s important to note the change in China’s world presence from 1989 to now. During this time, China experienced a period of rapid economic growth, moving from the world’s eighth largest economy to the second. China made its grand entrance onto the world stage with the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Other countries became dependent on China’s labor force and manufacturing industry. But China’s rapid growth was never before seen, and it was accompanied with a severe wealth gap and overpopulation issue. China is very aware of its presence on the world stage today, and it is naive to say that the government would be so hasty as to replay Tiananmen in an area where the law grants citizens the right to protest.
Two former Chinese political prisoners, Yang Jianli and Teng Biao, have pleaded through an article in the Wall Street Journal to the United States and the world to prevent Tiananmen from ever happening again. The two ask the Obama administration to put pressure on the Chinese government to allow democratic elections in Hong Kong and also to “forcefully condemn” any violence against the protesters.
I agree that preventing another massacre goes without saying – however, there is yet to be one. We don’t want to take any preemptive action when the Chinese government itself is still deciding how to handle the situation. Also, it’s important that we choose our battles wisely. With a country as influential as China, meddling in local demonstrations will do more harm than good. As the former political prisoners noted in their article, the world is – and will continue to be – on watch.
Emma Whitford ’18 (email@example.com) is from Middleton, Wis. She majors in political science.
Graphic Credit: ERIN KNADLER/MANITOU MESSENGER
St. Olaf Confessions has struck again. And with Suicide Prevention Week coming up – Oct. 25 through 31 – campus groups are working to raise awareness about depression and mental health, as well as resources for those who may benefit from them.
For those unfamiliar with Confessions, here is a brief history: in December of 2012, a lone student created Ole Compliments, the first of several St. Olaf Facebook pages allowing students to anonymously publicize their intimate thoughts and feelings. St. Olaf Confessions, an edgier anonymous outlet, emerged the following February. These were soon followed by St. Olaf Flirts, St. Olaf Snores (to which students can submit photos of unsuspecting sleeping Oles) and, most recently, StoRants.
Some of the anonymous posts, specifically those appearing on the St. Olaf Confessions page, began to elicit concerns on the part of both students and administrators. The Student Government Association (SGA) Senate discussed the page and its implications at a weekly meeting in February of 2013.
Concern over the page waned during the spring semester, but a new development this fall has prompted further discussion. During the past several weeks, there have been a number of troubling posts regarding struggles with depression and even suicide.
“Lately, I’ve been dealing with a lot of suicidal thoughts,” began one confession. Another anonymous poster admitted, “not a day goes by that I don’t think about killing myself.” These and other such posts have prompted serious concern about mental health on campus. Sierra Napoli ’15, a Wellness Center Peer Educator, said many students at St. Olaf face mental health challenges.
“The Spring 2014 American College Health Association – National College Health Assessment Institutional Data Report contains information about many facets of the lives of St. Olaf students,” she said. “For example, 68.4 percent of students report feeling hopeless in the last 12 months, 59.8 percent of students report feeling overwhelmed by all they had to do in the last two weeks and 93.5 percent in the last 12 months and 29.9 percent of students have felt very lonely in the last two weeks and 70.1 percent in the last 12 months. 20.5 percent of students have been diagnosed with depression and for 48.6 percent of students, dealing with academics has been traumatic or very difficult to handle in the last twelve months.”
These disturbing trends did not go unnoticed. A group of students proposed an honor house project that would combat anxiety, depression and stigmas surrounding mental illness. The Mental and Spiritual Health Awareness House (MASHAH) emerged at the beginning of this academic year. Laurelle Foster ’17, the house’s president, said that the project aims “to attend to the high amounts of anxiety, academic pressure and the side effects thereof of the St. Olaf student body.”
“If we remove the stigma around mental health, more people will feel comfortable asking for help and fewer will become suicidal,” Foster said. “In my opinion, therapy is the most beneficial thing someone can do to work through anxiety and depression. I have seen people’s health drastically improve after they commit to going to therapy. It has always helped me.”
Foster and Napoli both urge students facing mental health challenges to seek professional help.
“People struggling with depression should talk to mental health professionals,” Napoli said. “While the Wellness Center can help with peer support, we are not mental health professionals and would refer students to speak with a psychologist or the psychiatrist at Boe House.”
Boe House is located on St. Olaf Avenue, home to the Counseling Center, an on-campus resource for students experiencing any mental health challenges.
The Counseling Center Web site says that “any personal concern is appropriate to bring to the Counseling Center. Student concerns typically involve issues related to relationships, identity, family, depression, victimization, anxiety/panic attacks, academics, grief and loss, socialization/isolation, food/body image or chemical use/abuse.”
The Counseling Center offers individual counseling, group counseling, nutrition counseling, medication consultations, workshops and seminars, psychological testing and referrals to off-campus mental health professionals. According to the Web site, the typical wait time for an appointment at Boe House is two weeks; during high-stress times like finals week, the wait can sometimes be twice as long.
The wait for appointments at the Counseling Center is certainly not due to a lack of resources. In fact, the center employs one full-time and four part-time therapists. In addition, the center employs four graduate students completing their clinical therapy practicum experiences and two consultants – a psychiatrist and a registered dietitian – who provide limited hours throughout the academic year.
Steve O’Neill, director of the Counseling Center and the aforementioned full-time therapist, discussed the involvement of the center in providing students with mental health care.
“It’s difficult to give an accurate count of how many students are seen each week, since the weeks can vary quite a bit,” said O’Neill, “On average, we were seeing about 120 students a week. I can tell you that we saw 550 students in individual counseling last year, which represents about 18 percent of the total student population. We provided 3,111 individual counseling appointments.”
O’Neill said that over 40 percent of the current senior class has visited the Counseling Center over the past four years.
An additional resource for students is the Pastor’s office, which offers confidential pastoral care.
“The resources available through the College Ministry Office are different from those offered through the Counseling Center,” said Pastor Matt Marohl. “The Boe House offers counseling services, while Pastor Fick and I offer confidential pastoral care. What is the difference? Neither [Associate Pastor Katie Fick] nor I are trained counselors. We are experienced and trained listeners who engage in conversations about the joys and complexities of life.” Marohl said that pastors and students engage in wide-ranging conversations about any number of topics.
“Sometimes students find that their needs are met through talking with us. Sometimes together, pastor and student, we decide that it would be helpful or necessary to include professional counseling,” Marohl said. “It is normal to experience stress and anxiety and the wide range of human emotions. More than that, it is normal and necessary to talk about these things. Talking about our difficult and painful experiences can be a necessary part of the healing process. Pastor Fick and I are good listeners and conversation partners. We are here to provide support and care through the entirety of your college experience – good times and bad.”
MASHAH hosts yoga in the Art Barn every Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Suicide Prevention Week is Oct. 25 through 31; on Wednesday, Oct. 29, Boe House will host depression screening. Students should keep their eyes open for more events throughout the year.
Any student in an emergency or crisis situation should call 911, St. Olaf Public Safety at (507) 786-3666, Rice County Social Services 24 Hour Crisis Line at 1-800-422-1286 or the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges are serious problems that St. Olaf students – and college students everywhere – face. Recent activity on the St. Olaf Confessions page has made that abundantly clear. Peers and professionals are ready and equipped to help.
Graphic Credit: ERIN KNADLER/MANITOU MESSENGER
Today’s news update – Citizen suggests diagonal parking; Cleaning up the books for better transparency; LWV Candidate forums; Hundreds turn out for Police Open House
During the open comment period for the Library expansion project citizen Don McGee, a longtime resident and frequent commenter brought up a point in regard to parking in the area. He asked about making Washington Street one way in front of the Library heading south. Diagonal parking could then be utilized offering more spaces and less danger as children get out of cars. Mayor Graham thought the idea had some merit. McGee wasn’t suggesting they make those changes right away but study it because parking will be an issue. It’s an issue that keeps coming back. Council will be talking about TIF 4 dollars at their work session next week. Money was set aside years ago to address the problem but so far it’s gone nowhere.
Cleaning up the books for better transparency
Finance Director Melanie Schlomann has been working to “clean the books” at City Hall since taking over for Kathleen McBride. Part of that included closing some funds. Mayor Graham credited staff for their diligence. Schlomann was looking for council approval to close 5 funds, 2 of which hold a deficit. The Transit fund and the Transportation Fund have a total deficit of over $300,000. The other 3 funds are Capital Project funds that are particular to street improvements that dates back to 2010. All of these have positive balances adding up to over $650,000. Two of the funds will be rolled into the 2014/15 Capital street improvement fund. Administrator Haggenmiller told council that this is typically handled every other year but for some reason wasn’t done since 2010. He said the overall goal is to close unused funds but the other goal is more accountability from staff and make sure that when they’re coming forward with projects there’s money for it and they know where it’s coming from. Graham said it was a good discussion including policy. He commended them for their transparency. Council approved 5 to 1 to close all 5 funds. Nakasian was absent.
Last night Councilor candidates for At-Large and Ward 1 debated during a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls. A neutral moderator from the Golden Valley League was used to deflect any issues of bias. They plan on posting the video on their website lwvnorthfield.org. Tomorrow they will hold forums for School Board, Rice County Attorney and 2nd Congressional District candidates beginning at 9am. They will also be held in Council Chambers at City Hall.
Hundreds turn out for Police Open House
Hundreds turned out for the new Northfield Police Facility Open House. Starting with a flag raising ceremony with the American Legion, Police Chief Monte Nelson then thanked the numerous officials involved and the dedication of the officers. Retired officers and the former Safety Director, who was instrumental in the building process, were also on hand. Addressing the crowd Nelson said it’s important to dedicate the building to the community. This is a partnership. Former Safety Director Mark Taylor, who fought for the building, said it’s one of his proudest accomplishments of his career. The crowds ebbed and flowed through the building checking out the sally port, the evidence room, the garage large enough for their vehicles, historic displays, the conference room where a video of the whole process played and talking with officers stationed throughout.
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HCI Making a Difference Award September/October Recipients
So there’s been talk across campus the last few weeks. Things aren’t quite the same. Perhaps this year’s freshmen are a bit cooler.
Listen Fridays at 9:00am (replayed on Saturday at 12:00 Noon) to Paula Granquist on ArtZany! – Radio for the Imagination
Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes violinists Clark Ohnesorge and Gail Nelson from the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra.
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Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes violinists Clark Ohnesorge and Gail Nelson from the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra. Both have been in higher education at the college level and Gail Nelson is a professor of Mathematics at Carleton College.
The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO) starts its 35th Year celebration with concerts of Mozart and Chinese music on October 18th and 19th. Soloists: Gao Hong, Pi Pa (lute); Gail Nelson, Violin; Martha Larson, Cello
Saturday, October 18, 7:00 PM- First United UCC Church, Northfield
(tickets: call 507-645-8877 or northfieldartsguild.org)
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 PM- Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing-note starting time
Tickets will also be available at the door for both shows. More information about the CVRO can be found at www.cvrorchestra.org.
There is a strong connection to Carleton College throughout the program. Gao Hong, Lecturer in Chinese Instruments at Carleton will be performing the local premier of her work “Green Willow Tree: Double Concerto for Pipa, Violin and Orchestra”. Also featured in “Green Willow Tree” will be Gail Nelson, Professor of Mathematics at Carleton. Gail has been a member of the CVRO for over a decade. She attends weekly meetings with fellow CVRO members to read string quartets. Cellist Martha Larson, Carleton’s Manager of Campus Energy and Sustainability, will be featured in the “Crouching Tiger Concerto for Cello and Orchestra” by Tan Dun. This music was originally written for the Ang Lee movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
Tickets for the Northfield concert can be ordered in advance at www.northfieldartsguild.org or calling 507-645-8877. Tickets for the Red Wing concert can be ordered online at www.sheldontheatre.org. Tickets will also be available at the door for both shows. More information about the CVRO can be found at www.cvrorchestra.org.
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Cross Country runners Hart Horner and Ruth Steinke and Volleyball player Lucy Stevens made Carleton proud this past week as they earned MIAC Athlete of the Week awards.
As the issue of climate change has been heating up, more artists have been incorporating nature and science into their artworks, both as an act of artistic movement and as a push to create awareness and alarm over pressing environmental issues.
In a new St. Olaf exhibition, viewers explore gender and sexuality through the art and through themselves.
If you want a play with light humor, a pleasant love story or perfected musical numbers, this is not the show for you.
October brings with it leaves of yellow, orange, and red. Red leaves, red cheeks, red scarves and... red rocks?
If you enter CMC 110, you may be overwhelmed by sounds of automated gunfire and angry students, battling it out with mages and bruisers in a virtual arena of death and destruction.
The old is new at Greenvale Elementary School, where some 40 third, fourth, and fifth graders have signed up for Latin Club, which is facilitated by Latin 204 students.
On Saturday morning, more than 400 people gathered in the Weitz Center of Creativity to hear Senators Al Franken and Elizabeth Warren speak.
Five years ago, an avalanche in western China’s Sichuan Province killed Wade Johnson ’07 and two other climbers. To honor his memory, Johnson’s parents recently donated money to renovate CANOE house, a place Johnson contributed to deeply while at Carleton.
Desk space for every officer, extra conference rooms, a full garage and updated technology were only a few of the features Northfield residents had a chance to see while touring the new police buildin
For the full log of police calls, visit northfieldnews.com/news/local. You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map on the home page at Northfieldnews.com.
Listen Fridays at 9:00am (replayed on Saturday at 12:00 Noon) to Paula Granquist on ArtZany! – Radio for the Imagination
Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes from the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, Susan Carlson and Deon Haider.
Click here to listen to the show! ArtZany! – Radio for the Imagination 10/24/2014
Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes from the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, Susan Carlson and Deon Haider. Susan is a current member of the Theater Committee and Deon Haider will play the role of Morticia in the Arts Guild production of The Addams Family: A New Musical.
Visit northfieldartsguild.org for more details.
Northfield Arts Guild Annual Member’s Meeting
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 West Third Street, Northfield, MN
Meet our Board members, come learn about our exciting 55th year and receive a copy of our Annual Report. Cocktails and H’oeuvres will be served.
Northfield Arts Guild 55th Theater Season Kick-Off
Friday, October 24, 2014 from 6-7 pm
at the Arts Guild Theater
The Opening of The Addams Family Musical
and Theater Season Ticket Party
Join us for cocktails and TONS of FOOD!!!!
Meet the Directors and Learn about our New Season!
Show starts at 7:30
The Addams Family: A New Musical
This musical reincarnation of the famous cartoon, television and Addams Family movie is spooky fun just in time for the Halloween season! With book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), this new adaptation proves that even the ‘first family of spooky’ has the same concerns as every parent! Join us as we kick-off our exciting 55th Season with this crowd-pleasing hit musical.
This Addams Family production is being directed by Lolly Foy of Minneapolis. Though she has been acting professionally for over 35 years, Lolly is relative newcomer to her new passion: directing. She holds a BFA in acting and directing from UNC Greensboro and an MFA in acting from MSU Mankato, in addition to having trained with the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta and Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, MA.
Venue: Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 West Third Street, Northfield, MN
Date: Oct. 24-26, Oct. 31- Nov. 2 and Nov. 7-9
Time: Friday -Saturday at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm
Tickets: $18 Adults, $13 Students and Seniors
*ticket prices include a service fee
Arts Guild website: www.northfieldartsguild.org
Music Director Alison Shirk, Choreographers Laura McKinney and Kelsey Chester and Stage Manager Nancy Brown. The cast is led by Steve Lawler as Gomez and Deon Haider as Morticia. The rest of the acting team includes Deb Clark (Grandma), Dick Brown (Lurch), Annie Crepeau (Wednesday), Elijah Leer (Pugsley), Alizon Rigazio (Fester), Jim Stengl (Mal), Lee Wilson (Alice) and Charlie Krenzel (Lucas). Playing the ensemble of Addam’s Ancestors are Erin Gunn, Nick Hosterman, Kaia Schomburg, Clara Falcon-Geist, Mariela Krenzel, Tegan Underdahl, Ellie Wilson, Isaac Leer, Julia Miller, Raleigh Wilson, Lainey Wilson and Bridget Foy.
An ASL performance will take place at the November 7th show. Please call the Arts Guild at 507-645-8877 to request ASL reservations.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $13 for students and seniors and are available for purchase online at www.northfieldartsguild.org or at the Center for the Arts at 304 Division Street in downtown Northfield, MN. THE ADDAMS FAMILY is sponsored locally by Wells Fargo.
For more information about the Arts Guild Theater and our current season check out the Arts Guild website: www.northfieldartsguild.org.
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