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Profesora Susana offering new class in Spanish

Profesora Susana, as she is known to her students, soon will be back in the classroom. She will be offering two six-week series of beginning Spanish classes on Tuesdays, starting April 17 in the Community Room of the Village on the Cannon, 301 West 7th Street in Northfield.  One class meets from 9-10:30 a.m. and the other from 7-8:30 p.m.  The cost is $40 for the term, with a $5 materials fee. Classes are open to the public.

Profesora Susana is Susan Hvistendahl, who has taught continuing education for 30 years at the State University of New York at Purchase, Hudson Valley Community College and the Croton on Hudson school district.  A St. Olaf graduate, she also studied at the University of Vera Cruz in Jalapa, Mexico.

To register, please call Susana at 507-650-0070.

21 will getcha 79

Well, for those of you with short term memories allow me to remind you that on March 4th we were chattering in our parkas as the temperature fell to 0°F. According to the Carleton Weather site, it hit 79°F today.

Fortunately, that make the math easier. In three weeks we went up seventy nine degrees. Yowza.

I tell people that I enjoy Minnesota because we get all four seasons - I just keep forgetting that we get them all in twenty one days

ARTech to hold admissions lottery on April 2

Northfield School of Arts and Technology, known as ARTech Charter School, will hold its lottery for admissions for the 2007-2008 school year on April 2.

Students who have submitted applications by that date will be admitted to open spots through the lottery.  Applications received after April 2 will be admitted on a first-come, first serve basis.

Since the fall of 2003, Northfield School of Arts and Technology has offered students of southern Minnesota a challenging and innovative choice in secondary education.

Our school educates 120 students in grades 6-12 and is committed to challenging each child to achieve excellence and discover his or her passion for learning through project-based education in a community of mutual respect and support.  We will increase enrollment to 126 students for the 2007-2008 school year. With a student-to-teacher ratio of 13 to 1, individualized instruction is a highlight of our school’s program.

The school has openings in each grade.  For more information call the school at 507.663.8806 or visit the school website at www.artech.k12.mn.us

This week in the Manitou Messenger


Iraq war protestors speak out
By Peter Farrell, Variety Editor
On the evening of March 20, 2003, the United States began to bomb Baghdad. Four years later, St. Olaf’s student-run Peace and Justice Organization commemorated the opening attack by launching Peace Week, hoping to raise awareness of the ongoing violence in Iraq and simultaneously promote non-violence, promote peaceful foreign policy solutions and encourage student agitation for peace.

From 'Shane' to 'Blood Diamond': Carleton professor lectures on real, disguised Western films
By Alyssa Kleven, Contributing Writer
On March 14, Carleton Chair of the Cinema and Media Studies program Professor Carol Donelan presented a lecture in Viking Theatre titled “Beyond the Shootout at the OK Corral: Real and Disguised Westerns from ‘Shane’ to ‘Blood Diamond’.” The lecture was sponsored by the Boldt Chair in the Humanities.

Bon Appetit certifies St. Olaf food 'Great'

Earlier this month 20 managers from Bon Appetit, the company that operates St. Olaf's food service, came to the college from as far away as California to learn how to implement the new "Great Expectations" standards that were set recently by the company.

After the training Michael Bauccio, chief operating officer of Bon Appetit Management Company, presented St. Olaf with a plaque that certifies St. Olaf College as "Great."


Written by Jennifer Tulman '07

To read more visit the St. Olaf website

Note: Come to Olaf and try our "Great" food.  Click here for Stav Hall's dining hours. 

Editor's note: No kidding, you've go to try this place, which is open to the public. It's really one of the best restaurants (and the biggest) in town. Thai food, pizza, pasta, salads, grilled food, vegetarian entrees and desserts to die for -- all in one place. It's amazing.

This week in the Manitou Messenger


Journalist lectures: Augustine addresses news media
By Jean Mullins, Executive Editor
Journalist Seline Augustine spoke Tuesday in Viking as the second guest speaker in a series connected to the 2006-2007 theme, global citizenship. Director of International and Off-Campus Studies Eric Lund introduced Augustine, describing the purpose of the series of talks as being to foster a global perspective. Augustine, he said, has been a journalist for 30 years and is now an editor at The Hindu, one of the major English daily newspapers in India.

International Night entertains: Students celebrate multicultural forms of dance, music, art
By Anne Torkelson, Arts Editor
“Velkomen.” “Welcome.” “Bienvenidos.”  
To kick off the 41st annual International Night on March 10, 22 students wearing traditional dress and bearing flags processed one by one onto the Pause stage to name the country they represented and welcome the audience. Students, staff, friends and family crowded the Pause floor and balcony to watch 14 different performances of dance, music and martial arts. After the show the audience relocated to Stav Hall for a sampling of international foods.

YMCA, city, schools team up to host Healthy Kids Day

In the interest of full disclosure here, I'll start by noting that I am volunteering to help with publicity for this event. But it sounds like a lot of fun and something we'd be happy to write about even if I weren't involved.

And I know it's a little early but this will let you mark the date for one of the first big events for the new Northfield Area Family YMCA. The Y doesn't have a building yet, but its leaders are busy with new ideas.

The event – the first in Northfield – will combine the city’s annual bike safety rodeo with a host of other activities in and around the school. There will be a display of police, fire and ambulance vehicles as well as an emergency helicopter and visits by police dogs, coordinated by Northfield Police, Rice County’s Sheriff’s Department and Northfield Hospital Emergency Medical Services. Key local co-sponsors include the City of Northfield, Northfield Public Schools Community Services and the Healthy Community Initiative, along with dozens of organizations who will offer activities and displays.

Cannon river in spring 2007: a little higher (with movies!)

The annual spring melt is well underway and all eyes turn to the Cannon river to see how high it will get. While other parts of the state are dealing with spring flooding, it looks like the Cannon will be well-behaved this year. We've got a small gallery taken from the Water St. bridge and also four movies showing smaller ice floes crashing over the falls.

New stuff:

  1. The photo gallery.
  2. Four movies of the river this year.  (Requires flash - you've probably got this already)

Previous years:

  1. High water in 2004.
  2. More galleries of the 2004 flooding

If you've got pictures of the river this year or in years gone by, please let us know and we'll get you included in this story.

Gotta dance

At noon on Saturdays, many Carleton College students would rather still be sleeping. But every week, 13 students make their way over to the Cowling Gymnasium for a three-hour long practice.

These students are members of Semaphore, Carleton’s repertory dance company. They practice four times a week to learn original pieces created by student and guest choreographers. Semaphore performs twice a year at Carleton, giving its own concert at the end of the fall term, and one together with other dance students at the end of spring term.

If you watch Semaphore dancers as they warm up, you’ll notice that no two look alike, or move in quite the same way. Semaphore does not try to mold all its dancers into the same body type, but rather allows students to become better, more confident dancers by learning how their bodies work, and the kind of movements that best fit each individual.

“Modern dance and Semaphore taught me how creative, strong and intricate the human body really is,” says senior Sarah Wegmueller (Monroe, Wis.). “They showed me that dancing is simply the movement of a body through space. It frees you. Most importantly, I realized through Semaphore that I will be able to dance for the rest of my life, regardless of how my body might change.”

Northfield.org gets international attention

When the executives of Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK), the Norwegian public radio and television network, started looking for ways to get its listeners and viewers involved in covering and discussing the news it produces, they looked to the United States. They looked more closely and targeted Minnesota – and then they looked a Northfield.org.

And so news editor Thor Henning Lerstad came to the Twin Cities for two weeks to visit the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet, a joint news blog featuring the work of several community publications. During the trip he also included a visit to Northfield to talk to those of us involved in online journalism. He and I talked, and he spent time with our board members delving into the technical magic that lets people enter stories, post photos and conduct conversations in real time.

Adventures in Dining at Carleton

Every Sunday at Carleton College’s dining halls, students can find one dinner dish recommended by a fellow student, faculty member or staff person. Displayed next to the dish are the recipe and a Carletonian article telling the story behind the dish and its author. So far this year, Carleton students have tasted dishes like Indian chicken curry, homemade lasagna, and fluffy scones. On Friday—the last day of winter term classes—President Oden’s pheasant dish was on the menu.

The woman revolutionizing the dining hall’s offerings is Saeyoon Baik ’08, an economics major from Yong-In City, Korea. Last fall Baik started the Carletonian column “Cooking with Carls,” which features a Carleton student, his or her food memories, and a favorite recipe. On the weekend after the article appears Baik arranges for dining services to prepare and serve the dish. “It’s more about letting people get to know each other than just about the recipe,” says Baik, “because what you eat tells a lot about who you are, how you think and what you value.”

This week in the Manitou Messenger

Ambassadors support exchange
By Emelie Heltsley
, News Editor

U.S. Ambassador to Norway Benson Whitney and Norwegian Ambassador to the United States Knut Vollebaek spoke with students, members of the administration and the media Wednesday afternoon as part of their joint tour to promote study abroad opportunities.

Peace protests unite dissenters
By Anya Galli, Contributing Writer
Peace and political protests are bizarre microcosms of the American population. They are instant communities of people from drastically different backgrounds joining together out of a conviction for a common cause, a beautifully cohesive representation of freedom of speech and peaceable assembly. When else can you find entire convents of nuns marching beside anarchist, angst-ridden teenagers?

This Week in The Carletonian

Eyes on Africa hopes to raise awareness
By Evan Sander '10
Former Prime minister of Somalia Ali Khalif Galaydh headlined a day long forum titled, “Eyes on Africa: Voices of Today, Visions of Tomorrow.” Saturday’s event featured prominent speakers as well as student panels who gave their insights on the continent’s current situation and future.

Proposed housing ordinance would affect off-campus housing
By Shane Auerbach '10
After an extended study that began in March of last year, the Northfield City Council is now discussing and drafting a new rental housing ordinance which could be enacted as soon as March 19.

St. Olaf students defy college house stereotypes

As you drive up “Ole Ave” the first parts of St. Olaf that come into view are the highly coveted Honor Houses.  Although there are 17 of them clustered around the base of campus, open spots fill quickly.  With two different types, academic and special interest, these honor houses are more than just a place to live. 

These residences allow upper-classmen to organize and carry out a community volunteer project.  Academic houses focus on a certain language and offer all sorts of related events.  The special interest houses are filled with students that volunteer their time towards a certain cause, such as women’s concerns or environmental issues.  Not just any student can live on honor row; all honor house residents are chosen either by an academic department or Residence Life. 

Pamela McDowell, Director of Residence Life, says that when it comes to approving house projects and members she tries to create a diverse honor house program, “Depending on what types of projects are proposed I may be trying to balance between:  environmental issues, global issues, religious unity, at risk youth, and health/wellness topics.” 

St. Olaf to consider future of area land

On Wednesday St. Olaf President David R. Anderson '74 sent a message to the college community about the roughly 500 college-owned acres that surround campus, including areas north of North Avenue, west of Eaves Avenue and south of Highway 19. In the letter the president announced that the St. Olaf Board of Regents has hired Boldt Consulting Services to help the college assess and discuss the future of these areas.

"The main impediment to the conversation up until now has been lack of some important information," wrote Anderson. "How much is the land actually worth? What might the college's options be if we were to decide to use it in some other way? What are the governmental, economic and political parameters surrounding this conversation?"

By David Gonnerman '90

To read the rest of this article visit the St. Olaf website 

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