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NFL protests inequality

Manitou Messenger - 39 min 29 sec ago
“If our brothers are oppressed, then we are oppressed…If their freedom is taken away, our freedom is not secured,” U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in his Flag Day Radio Address in June 1942, when the Second World War was at its darkest moments and the possibility of an Axis victory loomed in people’s minds.Nearly seven decades later, Roosevelt’s words continue to ring; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has attempted to take a stance against racial injustice in America by sitting down during the national anthem prior to football games. Explaining his protest, Kaepernick says that he will not “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Waves of backlash and support have flooded in, from critics who denounce him as a traitor to fellow athletes who have followed his example by kneeling down in solidarity.This debate certainly reflects the time we live in. American philosopher Cornel West refers to this time as the “Age of Obama,” when many Americans believe that the election of Barack Obama as president signifies a historic breakthrough in race-relations in America and that the country has become officially “colorblind.” Despite this claim, the past two terms of Obama’s presidency have also brought the racist tendencies of some Americans out into the open.In Kaepernick’s case, colorblindness is actually a part of the problem rather than a solution. Scholar Michelle Alexander, who authored the book “The New Jim Crow” argues that colorblindness reflects the racial indifference that has become a more prevalent form of racism in America than outright racial hostility. Racial indifference, as Alexander puts it, is a “lack of compassion and caring about race and racial groups.” From this perspective, colorblindness has distracted Americans from seeing the deep-rooted racial and structural divisions that still exist in the country. Unequal educational opportunities, jobless ghettos and general public discourse that excludes African-Americans as outcasts in American society all present contemporary barriers that colorblindness has thus far failed to solve. These problems continue to plague America, so is it really surprising to see a young African-American quarterback take a stand by protesting the national anthem? Some see Kaepernick’s actions as treasonous, claiming that he has brought dishonor to those who have fought and died for his freedom. The obvious question to ask, then, is what have those same individuals contributed to the good of this country? Does wearing a T-shirt with the American flag on it while spouting racially oppressive rhetoric indicate that one has achieved their civic duty as an American citizen?In 2014, a Annenberg Public Policy Center poll discovered that only 36 percent of Americans can name all three branches of government; 35 percent fail to name even a single branch. Furthermore, only 27 percent of Americans know that it takes a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate to override a presidential veto, and 21 percent incorrectly think that a 5-4 Supreme Court decision is sent back to Congress for reconsideration. Despite all this, these same people have no qualms in criticizing those who are being proactive for the betterment of his country. If that isn’t hypocritical, I don’t know what is.  By sitting down, Kaepernick has echoed Roosevelt’s words, screaming out the need for justice to take its stand in America. He’s demonstrating first hand what true patriotism means by displaying a tough love that, as bitter as it may seem, will eventually take the nation forward. It is up to the rest of America whether to continue down this path or to continue enjoying the pleasures, or lack thereof, of blind patriotism, which is rapidly approaching totalitarianism. 
pattin1@stolaf.com
Categories: Colleges

Goldstein impresses as new starting QB

Manitou Messenger - 39 min 29 sec ago
In his first year under center as the Oles’ quarterback Jack Goldstein ’18 is off to an explosive start, currently placing third overall in the conference with 223.7 passing yards per game and second with a total of eight touchdowns. His dynamic presence in the starting roster has led St. Olaf to some surprising early success, most notably a 69-14 blowout victory against Grinnell in which Goldstein led the charge with four touchdowns. 
Q: What’s going through your mind before the snap, and how does that change depending on the situation? 
A: I go through the same progression before every snap regardless of the score of the game. I start by trying to figure out what the defense is going to do by looking at what coverage they are running and if they are sending any pressure. After I have a good idea of what to expect, I think about where the openings will be based on what play was called and if I need to change anything prior to snapping the ball. 
Q: What role models do you follow, or rather who inspires you to keep improving?
A: My parents have been my biggest role models and fans my entire life. They have always been there for me no matter the situation. My teammates are who inspire me to keep improving every day. I want to play my best for them so that we can have as much success as possible on the field. 
Q: What challenges do you still face, and how do you think you can overcome them?
A: There is a challenge every Saturday that we need to overcome as a team. Every person on the team needs to strive to get better each day so that we can have success on Saturdays. It is a difficult task, especially during a long season, to make every practice as important as a game.  Our coaching staff has stressed this each day and it is hard not to notice the strides we have taken on a daily basis.    
seidel1@stolaf.edu
Categories: Colleges

Volleyball down, but hardly out

Manitou Messenger - 39 min 29 sec ago
Saying that the first half of the volleyball team’s season was uneven would be the gravest understatement one could make about any fall sports team thus far. Opening the season with five consecutive victories seemed to inspire confidence and optimism, especially considering four of those wins came in convincing shutout fashion. The Oles seemed well on their way to piecing together their first winning season since the team dominated the conference with a 31-5 record back in 2010. Unfortunately, while the first week of play was the model of consistency, the second has been anything but. Since the hot start, the Oles have fallen into a discouraging slump, losing seven of their last nine contests, including a 0-3 beatdown at the hands of division rival Augsburg. This rough patch has made the early momentum a distant memory; in the blink of an eye, the season has transformed from what looked like a surefire playoff run into a scramble to get back on track before the remainder of the conference leaves the Oles in the dust. And with ten of the final twelve matches coming against divisional opponents, it’s time to do or die.Yet there is still reason to be optimistic. Three of the Oles’ next four matches come against teams with losing records, including Concordia (3-7), St. Benedict (5-7) and Macalaster (5-7), the latter of whom St. Olaf already subdued handily earlier in the season. If they defeat these weaker opponents as they’re projected to, the Oles will sit comfortably above .500 as they did a week ago, once again riding a respectable winning streak that should help restore their mojo just in time for the biggest showdown of the season against conference leader St. Mary’s. Furthermore, though the team as a whole has struggled recently, the headline players have kept their excellent pace, allowing St. Olaf to remain competitive even through the losses. Megan Grimes ’19 has emerged as the team’s top-level offensive threat, currently placing third in the entire conference with 152 kills and fourth with 3.04 kills per set, well on pace to eclipse her already impressive totals from 2015. Lauren Rewers ’20 is right behind Grimes with 144 kills, placing fifth in the conference and making an immediate impact in her debut season. Veteran Abby Slack ’17 has handled the defensive side of things with 241 digs, fourth in conference – impressive for most players, but the norm for her after three seasons of comparable defensive prowess.So though this recent stretch of misfortune may cause some to push the panic button, the reality is that the Oles control their own destiny and have the talent to get back on track. The hole they’ve dug themselves is rather deep, but don’t believe for a second that it is insurmountable. 
seidel1@stolaf.edu
Categories: Colleges

Sushner leads resurgent Oles to success

Manitou Messenger - 39 min 29 sec ago
Last winter, the future of the St. Olaf women’s soccer team was looking bleak; after limping to the finish line with a string of six straight losses, the Oles ended a disappointing season with their second losing record in as many years. Furthermore, head coach Jeremy Driver elected to step down as head coach after ten consecutive seasons leading the team, and with only five members out of the 24-player roster returning as seniors leadership was scarce. Expectations for this fall were low.Evidently, however, nobody seems to have informed first-year coach Rachael Sushner of these obstacles. Against all odds, the Oles and their new leader have silenced all doubters during the first two weeks of the season and are poised to put up their best record in years.Sushner, a former all-region soccer player herself during her undergraduate days at Skidmore College, took the head coaching job in January after serving in assistant coaching roles for Wellesley College, Clarkson University and, most notably, Washington and Lee University. During the last three seasons with the latter, she helped lead the Generals to an impressive 45-8-3 record. Her knowledge and history of success have combined with a strong emphasis on teamwork to make the women’s soccer team a serious contender – a 180-degree turn from a mere season ago.“Our main focus this season is to play as a team,” Sushner says. “This means being organized, defending as a unit, pressuring hard and going at the other team with numbers. We have some really good athletes in our team and we are taking advantage of this... although it’s not always pretty, it’s been effective for the players we have and we feel good about it.” Taking advantage of a cohesive whole rather than relying on a few individuals has been an enormously successful strategy that has helped the Oles topple some of the conference’s mightiest opponents, culminating in a convincing 3-1 victory last Saturday over previously undefeated Gustavus. True to Sushner’s word, St. Olaf divvied up the glory in an honest team effort with three quick goals from Lauren Martin ’17, Claire Bash ’20 and Abby Stets ’18, the latter two of which came off of razor sharp corner kick assists from Grace Bestler ’17. The Gusties later responded with a goal of their own to make it an honest contest, but the Oles were in control from the opening seconds. When the final whistle blew, St. Olaf walked away with its fourth victory this fall, equalling its total for the entirety of the 2015 season a mere two weeks into this one.Sushner notes how a creating a positive atmosphere has contributed to the team’s rapid turnaround. “We try to have an environment where it’s okay to make a mistake and your teammates and coaches will encourage you to be better next time,” she said.Sushner immediately prioritized fostering this air of positivity when she took charge of the team.   “I believe this type of environment is the best way to succeed and walk off the field feeling good about yourself instead of frustrated or lacking confidence,” she said. Beating Gustavus was a great leap forward for the relatively young team, but the real challenges begin on Saturday when Concordia will attempt to halt the Oles’ momentum. The contest is the first of nine straight conference bouts that will define this season as either a true Cinderella story or merely a positive step towards future success. “Every single game we play is difficult because our conference is really tough,” Sushner said regarding the games ahead. “Constantly learning difficult lessons is challenging – it’s exhausting and stressful, but it’s also what makes it so rewarding when we do succeed.” If the first two weeks are any indication, the Oles are going to keep succeeding and feeling rewarded; under Sushner’s guidance of teamwork and positivity, they’ve transformed into a serious threat capable of keeping pace with the conference’s best. 
seidel1@stolaf.edu
Categories: Colleges

Bizarre indie film refreshes

Manitou Messenger - 39 min 29 sec ago
This past summer, a film titled “Swiss Army Man” was released in theaters. Most reading this column have probably never heard of it. The few who have likely only  know it based on the reputation of its tabloid nickname: “the Daniel Radcliffe farting-corpse movie.” Yes, it does star Daniel Radcliffe. And yes, he does play the role of a farting corpse. And surprisingly enough, it is the most touching film I have ever seen.The film, written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (known collectively as DANIELS), tells the story of a young man (Paul Dano) who is apparently abandoned on a desert island until a corpse (Radcliffe) washes up on shore. This corpse begins speaking to the young man, who soon discovers that the cadaver and its natural functions can be used as a sort of tool (hence the title), including: farts used as a flamethrower, his throat to launch small objects machine-gun-style, and of course an erection that functions as a compass. I swear to God this movie is endearing – you’re just going to have to take my word on this.I’m not going to talk too much about the plot of “Swiss Army Man” here though, as there simply isn’t much need. Though a truly original and bizarre movie, it is relatively simple. This simplicity does not weaken the film, however. Rather, it emboldens the heart of its own storytelling as it blends the macabre and the childish to reflect on the nature of loneliness, friendship and love. In “Swiss Army Man,” DANIELS explore the humanity in the insignificant aspects of life that we are often too embarrassed to talk about.Beautiful narrative aside, another reason I love this film is that it so wonderfully highlights what is missing from most other movies. “Swiss Army Man” is a properly cinematic experience, eschewing the pablum of the film industry’s ever-increasing risk of being “spoiled” by the audience simply knowing the bare facts of a narrative. It cannot be boiled down to just a list of events. It is a story that belongs in film and film alone; no other medium could convey it honestly.In a time when Hollywood’s near-refusal to innovate causes many viewers to become jaded amidst the cynicism of trope-ridden adaptations and remakes, the “farting-corpse movie” is a freshly genuine film that reminds us of why we first fell in love with cinema.“Swiss Army Man” is set for home media release on Oct. 4, and I have already preordered my copy.
mayo1@stolaf.edu
Categories: Colleges

Community News: KYMN live stream disrupted

KYMN Radio - 6 hours 58 min ago

For our listeners:  We apologize for our live stream being interrupted.  We are in the process of updating our offices and the line has been disrupted.  We are working to get it back online.  In the meantime, please listen on AM1080 and also check our website for updates on weather and river conditions.  The Cannon […]

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Knights Best Scots in Modified Match Play

Carleton Sports - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 10:33pm

The Carleton College men’s golf team defeated Macalester College, 6-3, in a modified match play format as the teams squared off at Highland National Golf Course. Led by co-captain Perry Strong’s score of four-under-par on the final seven holes, the Knights won the match, 6.0-3.0.

Categories: Colleges

Community News: Weather update on flood conditions 7:20pm 9-24-16

KYMN Radio - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 9:40pm

Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson sent this to KYMN studios…  Please read……..   it’s lengthy but worth reading…. Significant changes…Please read – Weather Prediction Center – Change from the Saturday morning information.  Risk of exceeding Flash Flood Guidelines (FFG) has been raised from MARGINAL to SLIGHT – Flood warning effective until 0800 Sunday Sept 25 2016 – […]

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Wang, Sakamoto in top 5, Knights second after round one

Carleton Sports - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 8:36pm

Ziyi Wang fired an even par on the inward nine holes, ending the College City Challenge's first round at four-over par 77. She leads three Knights in the top 11, with the team one shot back of St. Thomas in second place heading into Sunday's final round.

Categories: Colleges

Tom Bisel is Making a Difference

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 5:49pm

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized Tom Bisel, owner of Downtown Bicycles in Northfield, with the September 2016 “Making a Difference” Award.

The award is given out monthly to community members or organizations that help to make Northfield an even better place for young people.

Downtown Bicycles, formerly Fit to be TRI’d, began in 2009 as a store specializing in high quality products and services for multi-sport athletes. It has evolved into a full-service bike shop offering new and used bikes, service, repair and accessories.

Tom believes in superior customer service, and it is evident in his store as he is often found educating his customers, and providing them with information and resources to meet their own fitness goals. Bill Nelson, co-owner of the Tiny’s building where Downtown Bicycles is currently located, has known Tom since he opened his store in 2009.

“I’ve seen Tom adjust his business in many ways to cater to young people,” Nelson said. “Tom is a skilled enough cyclist to ride only with the fastest bikers in town. Instead, he often organizes youth rides to help young riders develop as cyclists. Each year, I see Tom or a member of his staff helping with bike readiness at the Y Kids Tri here in Northfield.”

In addition, for the past several years, Tom has hired and trained one or more local high school students in his shop.

“I’ve personally seen these people grow dramatically as bike mechanics and salespeople,” noted Nelson.

Amy Lunderby of HCI echoes Tom’s commitment to local youth.

“We have worked with Tom recently in our out-of-school-time programming, and he has gone above and beyond in supporting our programs and ensuring that we have high-quality, safe bikes or accessories when necessary,” she said. “He has proven to be a tremendous community partner, donating countless hours to Northfield kids.”

An accomplished triathlete and cyclist, Tom works hard to help each customer in his shop feel safe and comfortable on their bikes, no matter their skill level.

“Tom has done a beautiful job of offering the people of this community the knowledge, skill sets and equipment to ride safely and have fun while doing it,” said Laura Meyers of BikeNorthfield. “He has generously volunteered his time coordinating classes and rides and sharing his particular know-how with others. He’s been a pleasure to work with as a fellow cyclist and advocate!”

The Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield News present the Making a Difference Award cooperatively. If you know an individual or group that you would like to nominate for this award, visit www.northfieldhci.org for nomination guidelines and the easy-to-complete application, or find HCI on Facebook. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by a review team of HCI board members and local youth. By Cheryl Strike, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative
Categories: Organizations

Knights Start Strong, but Fizzle Late in 2-1 Loss at St. Ben's

Carleton Sports - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 5:03pm

The Carleton Knights got off to another strong start today against the Blazers of the College of St Benedicts. Carleton outshot St Bens 12-5 in the first half. But the Knights were unable to finish the game and lost 2-1.

Categories: Colleges

Knights Doomed by Augsburg's Quick Start

Carleton Sports - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 4:43pm

The Carleton College football team travelled to Minneapolis to take on the Augsburg College Auggies, who never trailed in the game on their way to a 49-17 win over the Knights.

Categories: Colleges

Community News: River Update from Police Chief Monte Nelson 1pm

KYMN Radio - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 3:57pm

River Update from Police Chief Monte Nelson 1pm: riverupdate-092416-1300hrs            

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Rice County staying alert as flooding mitigates; Klobuchar visits Faribault

Northfield News - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 2:58pm
Though Waseca, Owatonna, and other cities farther south saw the worst of the damage, Rice County is getting plenty attention, as it attempts to deal with and recover from flooding concerns over the last few days.
Categories: Local News

Johnnies Edge Knights in OT

Carleton Sports - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 2:13pm

The Carleton College men’s soccer team fell to St John’s University (2-3-3, 1-1-1 in MIAC) in heartbreaking fashion Saturday, dropping the away clash 3-2 in the first period of overtime.

Categories: Colleges

Community News: 105 reopens

KYMN Radio - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 2:01pm

Read below the Press Release from MNDot opening 105: update-ivflood-road-closures-9-24-16

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Community News: Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson update at 10am

KYMN Radio - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 10:09am

Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson was in studio updating the community on Cannon River water levels and more:  The river will be fluctuating between 900 and 901 feet.  At 5:30 this morning it was at 900.88 ft.  It’s still a fluid situation (no pun intended)  Nelson said the City employees, the business owners and the […]

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Knights Can't Stop Flood From Augsburg

Carleton Sports - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 8:39pm

NORTHFIELD – Despite the swirling waters of the Cannon River rushing up to West Gymnasium’s walls, a MIAC volleyball matchup between the Carleton College volleyball team (9-2, 1-1 MIAC) and Augsburg College lit up the court as the Knights succumbed to the Auggies in three sets (25-19, 25-17, 25-20) on Friday night.

Categories: Colleges

Community News: River update from Police Chief Monte Nelson 8:12pm

KYMN Radio - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 8:25pm

Police Chief Monte Nelson sent a Press Release at 8:12pm to Media.  Please read the update below: riverupdate-092316-1700hrs

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