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Winter has once again settled over the Arb, and with this new blanket of snow comes a change in the color palette of the Arb.
The majority of Carleton’s student population is not from Minnesota, or even from the greater Midwest.
I am a firm believer that solitude is essential for the soul.
From time to time, article submissions pop into my inbox that trouble me, sometimes very deeply.
It has come to our attention that Norman Butler, the owner of the Contented Cow and Chapati, has invited a man named James Fetzer to speak at the Contented Cow four times between February and May as part of a series of “Cow Talks.”
Over the past two weeks, news of the tragedy at the Paris office of satire magazine Charlie Hebdo has made its way to every corner of the globe.
Why does everyone write music about love? If one were to take a survey of American popular music of the last 50 to 60 years and use that to determine what human life was like during that time, it would give the impression that love is really the only emotion that people feel, or at least the only one that people write songs about.
“Save the Last Dance for Me,” “Unchained Melody,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “In My Life,” “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Wonderful Tonight,” “I’ll Be There,” “My Girl” . . . the list goes on.
Think of the stupid songs we slow-danced to in middle school, believing that this one-hit-wonder gem perfectly related how we felt while we stared wistfully into our loved one’s face (from a safe distance). Clearly, there are other emotions we feel which have the potential to be – and have been – expressed through music such as anger, happiness, fear, awe, etc., yet the love song is the favorite by a long shot. Why is that the case?
There’s the cynical take, which states that love is an effective mood which musicians use to sell music. If music is meant to be emotionally appealing, then love is an ideal topic. Everyone relates, or wants to relate, to a love story. It is universally ideal in a way that something like anger can never be in that it seems everyone is in some varying progression of a romantic relationship, or everyone wants to be there:
In a relationship? You relate to the song perfectly. Not in a relationship? You wistfully want to relate. Just done with a break-up? You sob into your gallon of Kemps Cookies ‘n’ Cream. Everybody is into it, so everybody buys it. Hence, capitalism, supply and demand, bada bing bada boom. All of a sudden, everyone is selling love songs. The less cynical side of the argument is to consider the emotion of love itself. Have you ever tried to describe the feeling of being in love? It is an exercise in frustration, the words rolling out like explorers trudging in molasses that has been frozen in a snowstorm. We end up talking about it indirectly. We write songs and poems and hope to God that someone understands us. Once again, a lot of other feelings come out pretty easily; hate, for instance, is easily described as the feeling you get when you would enjoy nothing more than kicking that ONE GUY’S TEETH IN GRAAAAGTHGH. Love does not come out easily, and so lends itself to strange side roads and metaphors that, to be completely honest, seem to have little to do with love itself.
Maybe the answer comes somewhere in the middle of cynical and hopeful. We write and listen to love songs because it is an ideal we want to experience. Why? Because we feel alone. While we surround ourselves with other people, filling up our headspace with incessant chatter, what we really want is something deeper with another person that extends past talk and moves into something more emotionally grounded. We presume that this “something more” is the feeling of love.
So we write about it, talk about it, try to feel it and listen to it. It is a shared experience of connection. Hence, a fitting topic for music, the most ready and egalitarian medium of human experience.
Nearly 100 people took the opportunity on Sunday morning to pay tribute to the memory and legacy of Carleton alumnus and Northfield City Council member Dixon Bond and to celebrate the 132nd birthday o
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Colby Seyferth broke the school record for the heptathlon to highlight a weekend of great performances for the Carleton College men’s indoor track and field team at the MSU Multi and Open hosted by Minnesota State-Mankato. Seyferth finished second overall with 4,579 points, a figure that is tops in the MIAC and currently ranks seventh in the nation.
The Carleton College women’s track and field team took part in the MSU Open this weekend, a meet held at Minnesota State-Mankato. The field was largely comprised of NCAA Division II programs, giving the Knights a solid early-season challenge. Sophomore Zoe Peterson broke the school's triple jump record, and junior Ruth Steinke turned in the Knights' top performance, posting a nearly 13-second margin of victory in prevailing in the 3,000-meter run.
The Carleton College men’s swimming team was nearly even with Saint John’s University on Saturday, but the host Johnnies benefitted from receiving no competition in the diving events en route to a 136-101 dual meet score.
The Carleton College women’s swimming and diving team won eight events and secured a 129-113 dual meet victory over College of Saint Benedict on Saturday afternoon.
First-year Kevin Grow finished with a team-best 14 points and played shutdown defense at the other end of the floor but the Carleton College basketball team was out-scored 12-4 in overtime, falling at Macalester College by a 57-49 tally.
“When you visit the school, I’m sure you’ll be as proud of our students as we are. What helps make their accomplishments possible is the dedication and commitment of our teachers, staff, administrators, board members, parents and volunteers. I’m thankful for them every day, but I want to make a point—at this special time of year for Catholic schools—of publicly extending my deepest appreciation to everyone who makes our school a success.” ~Vicki Kalina Marvin, Principal
St. Dominic School will be holding an Open House on Thursday, January 29 from 4-7 pm. All families with preschool-8th grade children are invited to attend. For more information about the school, visit their website.
Skylar Tsutsui paced four players in double figures as the Carleton College women’s basketball team completed a season sweep of Macalester College, posting a 63-52 road victory.
The Carleton College women’s basketball team made the journey across the state to face Concordia College, but the Knights were unable to snap their recent slide and absorbed a 68-38 defeat.
The Carleton College men’s basketball team saw it’s season-best three-game win streak halted with a 58-48 setback on the road against Concordia College.
The Carleton College women’s track and field team opened the indoor season with a team victory at the Carleton Triangular.
Colby Seyferth (Sr./Banks, Ore./Banks) opened his senior season with several spectacular performances at the Carleton Triangular.
Skylar Tsutsui (Sr./Northridge, Calif./ Harvard-Westlake) poured in a game-high 23 points and became the 13th player in Carleton College women’s basketball history to surpass 1,000 career points, but the Knights were unable to overcome a large halftime deficit and ultimately dropped a 71-58 result to Bethel University.