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Shuffelton Gives a Presentation at the Medievalists' Writing Workshop

Carleton College News - 3 hours 46 min ago
George Shuffelton, Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean of the College, was one of 11 invited participants at the Medievalists' Writing Workshop at the University of Colorado.  He presented his current work, "The King's Chamber and England's Stage: London Histories."
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Myint Publishes an Essay in The Encyclopedia of Political Thought

Carleton College News - 3 hours 50 min ago
Tun Myint, Associate Professor of Political Science, recently published an essay titled "Buddhist Political Thoughts" in The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, edited by Michael T. Gibbons, Diana Coole, Elizabeth Ellis, and Kennan Ferguson, Wiley-Blackwell: New York, 2014.
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Keïta Gives a Presentation at the Singing Storytellers Symposium

Carleton College News - 4 hours 6 sec ago
Chérif Keïta, Professor of French, gave a presentation on the Epic in the Mande world at the Singing Storytellers Symposium [The Lives, Music and Verbal Artistry of Bards in our World], held at Cape Breton University in Sidney, Nova Scotia (Canada), October 9 through 12.
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Jackson Speaks at the Translation and Transmission Conference

Carleton College News - 4 hours 8 min ago
Roger Jackson, John W. Nason Professor of Asian Studies and Religion, spoke recently on "Translation: Theory & Praxis" at the Translation and Transmission Conference in Keystone, Colorado.
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Elfline Presents a Paper at the Society of Comparative Literature and Arts

Carleton College News - 4 hours 20 min ago
Ross Elfline, Assistant Professor of Art History, presented a paper titled "Site-Specific Sound: Music In and As Architecture" at the annual conference for the Society of Comparative Literature and the Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida. There, he also chaired a panel titled "Of Idols and Iconoclasts: The Image of Art in Ernest Hello, Virginia Woolf, Walt Whitman, and Jackson Pollock."
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Appleman Publishes an Article and a Chapter on the Teaching of Literary Theory

Carleton College News - 4 hours 27 min ago
Deborah Appleman, Hollis L. Caswell Professor of Educational Studies, recently published an article entitled, “Response to Euclid at the Core: Recentering Literary Education,” in a themed issue of the journal Style, focusing on the teaching of literary theory. She also published a chapter on the same topic of literary theory in the secondary classroom: "Critical Theory In A Literature Methods Course" in Reclaiming English Language Arts Methods Courses: Critical Issues and Challenges for Teacher Educators in Top-Down Times, edited by Allen Webb and Jory Brass, 2015. 
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Yandell Delivers a Paper at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference

Carleton College News - 4 hours 36 min ago
Cathy Yandell, W. I. and Hulda F. Daniell Professor of French Literature, Language, and Culture, recently delivered a paper, "Sexuality in the New World: Jean de Léry's Conflicted Observations in Histoire d'un voyage" (a French sixteenth-century explorer's account of Brazil), at the Sixteenth Century Society conference in New Orleans.
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Carpenter Presents a Paper at the annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium

Carleton College News - 4 hours 43 min ago
Scott Carpenter, Professor of French, recently presented a paper on the role of allegory in Charles Baudelaire's poetry. The paper, "What Does it Matter? Understanding and the Prose Poems," was delivered at the annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium.  
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Montero Interviewed on Malaysian Radio Station on the Brazilian Presidential Elections

Carleton College News - 4 hours 58 min ago
Al Montero, Frank B. Kellogg Professor of Political Science, was interviewed for 20 minutes on the second round of the Brazilian presidential elections held on Sunday, October 26. His commentary was heard on BFM 89.9 in Kuala Lumpur. BFM is Malaysia's only independent radio station, focused on business news and current affairs.
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Senior Menu

Northfield News - 5 hours 59 min ago
Meals by reservation only at the Northfield Senior Center. Call 664-3735 by noon one business day in advance. Suggested donation for those older than age 60 is $3.50. Cost for those under age 60 is $6
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MIAC Cross Country Championships Preview

Carleton Sports - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 10:32pm

The 2014 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Cross Country Championships will be Saturday, Nov. 1 at Como Golf Course. The eight-kilometer men’s race will begin at 2:15 p.m. with the women tackling the six-kilometer course at 3:15 p.m.

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Northfield City Council Candidate Forum At-Large - October 23, 2014

League of Women Voters Northfield - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 9:49pm

Watch Northfield City Council At-Large candidates Dale Gehring & Rhonda Pownell at the October 23 Candidate Forum.

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Northfield City Council Candidate Forum Ward 1 - October 23, 2014

League of Women Voters Northfield - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 9:43pm

Watch Northfield City Council Ward 1 candidates Joe Gasior & Suzie Nakasian at the October 23 Candidate Forum.

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Rice County Attorney Candidate Forum - October 25, 2014

League of Women Voters Northfield - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 9:41pm

Watch Rice County Attorney candidates Paul Beaumaster & John Fossum at the October 25 Candidate Forum.

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Northfield School Board Candidate Forum - October 25, 2014

League of Women Voters Northfield - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 9:31pm

Watch Northfield School Board candidates Fritz Bogott, Margaret Colangelo, Julie Pritchard & Jeff Quinnell at the October 25 Candidate Forum.

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Knights Close Season with Sweep Over St. Olaf, Match Highest Overall Win Total in Seven Seasons

Carleton Sports - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 8:48pm

Lucy Stevens (Fy./Portland, Ore./Oregon Episcopal School) claimed a match-best 21 kills and hit .500, while Camille Benson (Jr./Savage, Minn./Burnsville) added a match-best 27 digs to lead the Carleton College volleyball team in a three-set win (25-22, 25-17, 25-17) over cross-town rival St. Olaf College Friday night at the Skoglund Center. The victory enabled Carleton (18-8, 5-6 MIAC) to match its highest overall win total over the last seven seasons and gives the Knights their highest overall win percentage (.692) since the 2007 season (.760).

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West Side Renovation Project

Northfield Construction Company - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 7:11pm

Our carpenters are busy on our West Side Renovation Project. We’ve done a bunch of work in the existing basement. Now we have moved on outside and are framing the expansion area. The lower level walls are in place and workers are installing the upper level walls. For this project we elected to use open […]

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Five Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Attic

Northfield Construction Company - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 7:04pm

Attics are extremely versatile rooms, whether you use them for extra storage space, an at home office, family entertainment room, or bedroom. Depending on the amount of space you have to utilize, you could virtually transform any unfinished attic into any room of your dreams. Have you thought about remodeling your attic recently? If so, […]

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International Awareness Week tackles sports

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 6:00pm

The International Student Association held its annual International Awareness Week from Oct. 20 through 24. This year, one of the lectures focused on the international influence of sports.

Oct. 22 saw an intimate discussion about sports among students and professors from St. Olaf and Carleton College.  The lecture was titled “More than a Game” and focused on the global nature of sports. Raffi Triggiano ’15, the event’s moderator, posed questions relating to the benefits, differences in strategies and effects of results on individuals versus teams in sports.

Professors of Philosophy Danny Munoz-Hutchinson and Gordon Marino, Professor of Political Science Joshua Anderson and Professor of Physical Education (as well as Carleton’s head soccer coach) Bob Carlson were the designated panelists.

Triggiano commenced the discussion with a general question regarding the origin of the panelists’ interest in sports and their athletic backgrounds.

Hutchinson, who started judo when he was five years old, said, “My parents were educated so my father got me into martial arts.” He spoke at length about the reasons for his commitment to the martial arts.

“It wasn’t just for the competitive aspect, but it was also for the philosophical pinning of martial arts,” he said.

Marino, who trained as a boxer, also agreed with the philosophical aspects relating to sports but emphasized his need to protect himself while growing up.

“I wanted to feel safe because I grew up around violence,” he said. He also talked about the fighting techniques and strategies he learned in boxing.

“I had confidence in myself when physical altercations arose,” Marino said. “But I was analytical and pragmatic when protecting myself from violence inside and outside of the ring.”

It was immediately clear why Bob Carlson became a coach; his enthusiasm for all types of athletic activity was quite evident.

“I loved sports. It is what I did when growing up and it is currently what I do,” said Carlson.

Carlson went on to discuss his work as Carleton’s soccer coach.

“I am intensively competitive and have turned that into my passion and work,” he said. He made to sure point out that he is able to see the simple beauty in sports, saying, “In all the competitiveness, I actually remember that playing sports is for the fun.”

Professor Joshua Anderson brought both a love of athletics and a social scientist’s perspective to the discussion.

“I got the pursuit of excellence out of playing sports,” said Anderson.

Anderson brought up the positive aspects of the sometimes punishing nature of competitive athletics. As a former football and frisbee player as well as a fan of Formula One racing, Anderson understands the rigorous and sometimes dangerous nature of competition. In his opinion, however, it is the diligence and dedication required to excel at sports that makes them so unique and special. Sports require dedication and sometimes suffering on the player’s part, but this contributes to the artistic value of athletics.

“You get to see excellence on display,” Anderson said. Anderson talked about being able to use his difficult experiences as a football player to excel in academia. After the panelists shared their experiences, Triggiano pointed out that some panelists specialized in individual sports while others participated in team sports. This led to his second question, “What are the differences in the experiences for individual and team sports like boxing and soccer?”

“The way you deal with fear and anxiety varies,” Marino said.

He compared his boxing and football experiences. He mentioned that though boxing and football are very different sports, both sets of athletes must be brave to be successful. Marino credited his involvement in boxing for his ability to attack life obstacles head on.

“You got to be brave,” said Marino. “In life, there are so many times you will take huge hits. Being brave and courageous makes those hits much more bearable.”

Hutchinson agreed with Marino’s take on bravery and drew a comparison between his sport judo, and boxing.

“Both [types of athletes] have to be brave enough to expose their backs,” he said. Hutchinson discussed judo techniques that involve a fighter letting down his or her guard momentarily in order to achieve victory. He reiterated Marino’s sentiments, stating, “Learning to be courageous and standing up in dangerous situations are skills learned through sports.”

Anderson then brought up the link between economic inequality and athletics.

“The reasons people go into sports are oftentimes based on their socioeconomic status,” Anderson said.

He linked the likelihood of someone joining a strength-building sport to lower economic status. He went on to say that poor individuals find the need to build their self-esteem and reassure themselves of physical strength.

“Building physical strength allowed these individuals to gain emotional stability,” Anderson said.

With the topic of class came the discussion about social mobility and meritocratic attainment in sports.

“Sports are more meritocratic than actual life,” Marino said. He acknowledged the fact that players are more likely to be rewarded for their hard work through endorsements, pay raises and team transfers. This is unusual in today’s society, where hard work is not always valued properly due to numerous external factors.

Hutchinson used judo as an example to comment on the motivators behind the commercialization of sports.

“The more sports become commercialized, the more rules you get. But these rules are not to make the sport safer; it is for entertainment,” Hutchinson said. He referenced judo having more rules than it has in the past. These rules made the moves more complicated and visually pleasing. As a result, there has been a significant increase in viewership and people are making more money from the sport now than ever before.

During the last 10 minutes of the event, Triggiano allowed the audience to ask questions. The panelists answered inquiries that tackled ethics and the controversial issue of  Division 1 athletics and their vast profits that do not benefit the athletes themselves.

“It is a plantation because it is built upon the work of black men,” Anderson said. College sport teams, specifically football and basketball, have a high percentage of African-American athletes. These Division 1 schools use their players as marketing tools to increase revenue stream, but the players are not allowed to make money as a result of their talents until they leave college.

“These Division 1 schools justify their actions with the fact that these black men are given a free education,” Carlson said.

The International Student Association meets every Sunday at 6:00 p.m. in Valhalla. For more information about the club, contact the co-chair, Theresia Kinanti Dewi at dewi@stolaf.edu.

murray@stolaf.edu

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Embracing a negative side can effect positive change

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:00pm

New York University Professor of Psychology Gabriele Oettingen has spent the last few years of her life dedicated to studying the power (or lack thereof) of positive thinking. She claims that thinking about your goals with the mindset that achievement of them is inevitable and within reach often leads to a failure to meet said goals. Instead, Oettingen suggests implementing a technique known as “mental contrasting,” or, in layman’s terms, looking at the positive and negative sides of a situation.

I have a lot of hope for Oettingen’s pessimism advocacy. It is certainly a useful, implementable tool that I am confident is guaranteed to create positive change in individual lives.

Irony aside, I think Oettingen does have a point. An important thing to note, though – and something I think a lot of people gloss over – is that the professor is not saying that people should be a 100 percent downer, glass-half-empty, “it’ll never happen” type. That will just lead to lethargy and depression, a combination that does not often result in any sort of productivity.

So go ahead and daydream about that thing you want, whether it be getting good grades, making new friends or becoming a professional circus clown. But don’t stop there. When you just imagine having what you want, your brain starts to trick itself into thinking it already has it, thus is less motivated to achieve it and is less prepared to deal with any obstacles that may arise. This is what you should do instead: first, think about what you are hoping to get by attaining your goals. Is it the benefits of a quality education? The satisfaction of the companionship of a large social circle? The joy of making an audience laugh at your silly antics while wearing ridiculous makeup and tacky clothing? Whatever your motivation is, find it and identify it.

Secondly, imagine anything that could get in the way of your goal. However, don’t focus as much on the external forces working against you, things such as the circus becoming an increasingly lost art form in this nation. Instead, focus on the internal factors: how are you holding yourself back? Maybe you get distracted by Facebook or Netflix. Maybe you shut yourself away in your room too often. Maybe traumatic memories give you a general distrust for the circus folk. Really delve deep with this one.

Finally – and this is the important part – take all those obstacles you thought of and plan what you will do when they come up. You could leave your phone and computer in your room, and then go study in a secluded corner of Rolvaag. You could get involved in more fun activities in order to meet new people. Or you could head on down to Boe House to work out your deep-seated psychological issues that give you the heebie-jeebies about the circus.

These tips are really useful because they do not advocate being a so-called Negative Nancy, as is often assumed about practical thinking. Think of the mental contrasting process as more of a preemptive problem-solving session. Fix the potential problems before they occur.

So maybe Monty Python was wrong when it suggested that you should “always look on the bright side of life.” Nonetheless, go out and achieve your dreams, and on your way, tap into your negative side. Not too much, though. The road to success may be difficult, but always remember: I believe in you. Especially if you want to be a circus clown. Seriously, there’s not enough of those anymore.

Chaz Mayo ’18 (mayo1@stolaf.edu) is from Rice Lake, Wis. He majors in theater.

Graphic Credit: ETHAN BOOTE/MANITOU MESSENGER

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