Two St. Olaf faculty members awarded McKnight fellowships

St. Olaf College - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 8:08am
Associate Professor of Art and Art History Peter Becker Nelson '04 and Professor Emerita of Art and Art History Mary Griep have been awarded fellowships from the McKnight Foundation.
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Alumnus advances student life, inclusion with $3.2 million in gifts

St. Olaf College - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 1:45pm
Gifts from Bill Etnyre '69 and Michael Lonesome-Etnyre undergird St. Olaf's vice president for student life position, financial aid for underrepresented students, and services and programs of the Glenn and Myretta Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion.
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Using math and art to design a future in visual analytics

St. Olaf College - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 9:56am
In her last year at St. Olaf, Kate Arneson '19 went from an internship focused on national security to a study abroad program exploring architecture and graphic design — along the way, she found a career path to combine her mathematical and design-related interests.
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Two St. Olaf students awarded Goldwater Scholarships

St. Olaf College - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 1:27pm
St. Olaf College students Henry Henson '20 and Jakob Hofstad '20 have been awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year.
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New music ensemble, course offer opportunities to learn Javanese gamelan

St. Olaf College - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 8:39am
With the gift of a Javanese Gamelan, the St. Olaf Music Department has diversified the music curriculum by offering a course that explores the music and history the Indonesian percussion instrument.
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Documenting Hong Kong’s connection to wildlife

St. Olaf College - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 8:55am
For nearly 10 weeks, Hannah Sorenson '19 and Dorinda Stryker '19 immersed themselves in hands-on work in Hong Kong's Mai Po Nature Reserve. Now they're creating a documentary film focused on the country's connection to nature.
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Adventures in the New Humanities: Ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

St. Olaf College - Sun, 06/02/2019 - 1:07pm
In this 'Adventures in the New Humanities' blog post, Professor of History Judy Kutulas shares her plans to combat the faculty summertime blues.
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Petting Zoo

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 5:05pm

On May 19, Musser Hall sponsored a petting zoo.

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Holi Celebration

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:59pm

Holi festivities were held on the lawn between Cowling and Watson on Sunday, May 26. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, is observed in March. Student organization MOSAIC (Mosaic Of South Asian Interests at Carleton) traditionally waits for springtime weather at Carleton to celebrate the festival with bright colored powder.

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Size matters, and the Carletonian is winning

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:50pm

After painstaking research efforts by the Carletonian’s data analytics team (read: me), we have determined that during the 2017-18 academic year, 75 students wrote for the Carletonian. But what does this impressively large number really mean? Read on for a series of extremely logically sound arguments and comparisons that will put the size of this statistic in context.

We have seen that 75 students wrote for the Carletonian last year. In contrast, there are only 30 students who currently play on CUT. Thus, it is abundantly clear where the true influence and prestige lies on Carleton’s campus. The Carletonian eagerly awaits an email from CSA alerting us that our funding will be increased to 2.5 times that of CUT.

Next, we can see from the graph that Weird Al Yankovic’s net worth, expressed in millions of dollars, is 16. While this value is in the doubledigits, it seems decidedly unimpressive when compared to the 75 students who wrote for the Carletonian in 2017-18.

We now move on to look at the number 3.751, my friend’s roommate’s cousin’s GPA. While this dude does seem to be doing pretty well in school, his academic performance pales in comparison to the whopping 75 writers the Carletonian enjoyed last year.

Our sources indicate that the number of Stevie Ps on campus appears to be only one. This number is dwarfed by the Carletonian’s 75 writers. It is obvious where the true power lies at Carleton.

In addition, the number of gods worshipped in monotheistic traditions also comes in at the meager value of one. The divine seems to have little hope of competing with the Carletonian. On a related note, has anyone else noticed the striking similarity between the number of Stevie Ps and the number of gods worshipped in monotheism? Coincidence? I think not!

Finally, we were shocked to discover that the mass of an electron falls at the miniscule value of 9.11 x 10-31 kilograms, more than a million trillion trillion times smaller than the number of students who wrote for the Carletonian last year. We are somewhat concerned that a particle fundamental to the existence of the universe as we know it would measure up so pitifully, but we’re just not going to question it.

Recognizing the groundbreaking importance and extreme impressiveness of this data, we at the Carletonian plan to initiate a campaign to publicize this bar graph as widely as possible.

We will plaster gigantic posters of the graph all over campus (as soon as CSA increases our printing budget).

We will create an enormous, state-of-the-art, threedimensional sculpture of the graph that doubles as a light fixture.

We will then campaign to have it replace the light fixture currently slated to be hung in the new science center.

In closing, I would like to thank Carleton’s quantitative reasoning distribution requirement (which I have completed in full, I’ll have you know) for endowing me with the skills necessary to perform this sophisticated data analysis.

Finally, on a completely unrelated note, the Carletonian no longer recognizes the existence of any numbers greater than 75.

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Just trying to (Bobo)link up

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:47pm

If you walk through the prairies of Cowling Arboretum at the right time in Spring, you may be fortunate enough to see a Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus).

These flighty birds—which, contrary to popular belief, do not have the scientific name robertolink—nest on the ground in grasslands and tend to forage on the ground for seeds.

In the mating season from May to June, the males sport classy black plumage, with frosted wingtips, a white back and a bold cap of white or yellow on their heads, for style.

It’s sort of as if one of them got drunk of his own fabulousness one night and accidentally put a tuxedo on backwards, and then everyone else copied that.

Male Bobolinks attempting to mate don’t go to the club, but instead can be seen flying in a helicopter-like pattern, moving slowly but with wings frantically fluttering.

While performing this aerial ballet, the males also grace the world with their mating song, which has been scientifically proven to be “lovely” by numerous peer-reviewed studies and can otherwise be described as long and burbling, with staccato punctuations of sharp, metallic notes.

However whimsical they may appear, these determined little fellas are not playing around. They engage in one of the longest migrations of any songbird, travelling from the soon-to-be frosty fields of the Northern United States and Canada to the pleasant pastures of southern South America—a distance of 12,500 miles.

Given their average lifespan of five years, this means that one Bobolink can travel the equivalent of four to five times around the circumference of the earth over the course of its lifetime.

While on this epic journey, a Bobolink can orient itself using the magnetic field of the earth (!), which it gets in touch with—so to speak—using ironoxide bristles in its nasal cavity.

In the presence of strong magnets, these crafty and seasoned travelers can also navigate using the stars. If I could do all that, I would go to South America every winter too!

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Five acts of self-care that still won’t save your mental health during finals

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:44pm

1. Throw a bath bomb into a dorm shower. It won’t work, but it’ll look pretty and smell nice. Maybe your toes will feel luxurious, and that’s worth it. Bonus points if it’s a strange color so that the next person who uses the shower will think a unicorn threw up.

2. Paint your nails, but immediately bite off the paint because of your nerves and undiagnosed anxiety. Try some nice pastel colors because they are soothing. Just enjoy them before they become short, ragged stubs.

3. Take a walk in the arb and look at nature, but feel guilty the entire time because you’re not doing work. Look at flowers, somehow they’ll remind you about your final paper in Econ about price theory. How does that even work? I don’t know.

4. Make a homemade facemask out of ingredients from the dining hall: Recipe: 2 scoops of oatmeal, half a banana, 2 tbsp of honey, 2tbs plain yogurt, and some salt for exfoliation. Insider tip: Just make sure to be sneaky about it so Cathy doesn’t yell at you and ruin the relaxing vibe. Worrying causes wrinkles.

5. Finally, watch Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix. You’ll suddenly feel gross about sitting in ten weeks worth of garbage. The voice back in the back of your head will remind you that you will soon have to pack said garbage into a 50lb suitcase. Start picking up objects and ask if they spark joy. If it doesn’t, put it on Free & For Sale at Carleton.

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A hire in the SOAN department

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:42pm

The Sociology/Anthropology department has announced their final decision for a new hire. After meeting with many candidates, watching them teach demo classes and considering how they would fit into the department, they have decided on Jerome M. Levi, a post-doc from Harvard.

The SOAN department has been understaffed recently due to the recent dismissal of Jay Levi from his position in the department as a professor of anthropology. The students and staff alike both look forward to having smaller class sizes again due to the increased number of classes being taught.

Jerome M. Levi is currently slated to be teaching an Introduction to Anthropology class, Integrative Exercise, and an Argument & Inquiry (A&I) seminar next fall.

“It will be interesting to see how the students in his A&I react to having a new professor since many of them are unaware of who are they are signing up to take the class with,” said a member of Levi’s hiring committee.

In the winter he will be teaching Anthropology of Humor, which will look more deeply into why people find things funny. He says the main prerequisite is a serious sense of humor.

“He seems like he’ll be a good fit here in Northfield,” said a member of his hiring committee. “It’s nice to rest easy knowing that we won’t have another Jay Levi incident on our hands any time soon; that’s why we made a change and hired this new guy in the first place.”

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Carleton’s top two dining halls

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:40pm

After immense pressure from the Carleton student body, the Carleton Administration has released a ranked list of the top two dining halls on campus.

The ranking system is based on a variety of criteria in order to get a holistic view of the dining halls, including how much it costs to staff, how much it costs to supply with food, the management fee that Bon Appétit charges and miscellaneous operating costs.

Here it is:

1. East Dining Hall

2. West Dining Hall

According to CSA Budget Committee, East Dining Hall (also known as the Language and Dining Center—or LDC) spends approximately $100 a day on food—on an expensive day, where they don’t reuse the least popular lunch item as another dinner entrée. A point of pride for this budgeteer was that these expensive days happen only about half the time per year.

“This ranking makes me want to punt Lyman,” said one angered student. “The windows really don’t make a difference at a school this far north, and as a grown man I can serve myself pasta.”

“I go back and forth on this one,” said an off-board senior. “On one hand the managers at LDC and door behind the desk are really nice, but on the other hand the door by the Tea Room at Burton is really helpful.”

The national director of Bon App was interviewed, but it became pretty clear about threefourths of the way through that they can’t tell the difference between the two when they started ranting about having to pay student workers in something besides food.

“Every time I step into LDC a little bit of me dies, but at least it’s better than Burton,” said Pete Za ’21.

“Burton has better pizza,” said a certain LDC employee who frequently works the “Chopsticks and Woks” section.

“It really surprised us how much people care about minor food preferences and walking distance—I mean, both halls serve pretty much the exact same food everyday,” said a member of the administration who probably eats restaurant or home-cooked food everyday. “I just don’t see how having one different serving station of offerings can change how people feel about a whole dining hall.”

“No question here, it’s clearly LDC. Burton is a dungeon without any natural sunlight, which is what gives me energy,” said a plant with no taste buds.

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All 159 Rottblatt innings, ranked

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:37pm
  1. 152
  2. 36
  3. 28
  4.  5
  5. 131
  6. 157
  7. 105
  8. 140
  9. 144
  10. 117
  11. 121
  12. 11
  13. 66
  14. 13
  15. 18
  16. 84
  17. 45
  18. 143
  19.  7
  20. 17
  21. 126
  22. 104
  23. 87
  24. 63
  25. 77
  26. 32
  27. 106
  28. 136
  29. 54
  30. 146
  31. 37
  32. 101
  33. 150
  34. 110
  35. 95
  36. 44
  37. 31
  38. 42
  39. 56
  40. 120
  41. 108
  42. 149
  43. 35
  44. 128
  45. 68
  46. 124
  47. 86
  48. 138
  49. 81
  50. 102
  51. 57
  52. 100
  53. 156
  54. 43
  55. 69
  56. 46
  57. 115
  58. 103
  59. 33
  60. 137
  61.  6
  62. 40
  63. 58
  64. 142
  65. 153
  66. 24
  67. 151
  68. 113
  69. 89
  70. 62
  71. 34
  72. 97
  73.  2
  74. 98
  75.  1
  76. 123
  77. 75
  78. 48
  79. 10
  80. 155
  81. 107
  82. 49
  83. 30
  84. 23
  85. 47
  86. 148
  87. 25
  88. 92
  89. 60
  90. 51
  91. 72
  92. 83
  93. 90
  94. 99
  95. 59
  96. 118
  97. 78
  98. 88
  99. 147
  100. 134
  101. 109
  102. 159
  103. 145
  104. 70
  105. 15
  106. 29
  107. 20
  108. 64
  109. 132
  110. 141
  111. 139
  112. 82
  113. 94
  114. 19
  115. 12
  116. 116
  117.  4
  118. 50
  119. 133
  120. 76
  121. 65
  122. 135
  123. 14
  124. 52
  125.  9
  126. 158
  127.  3
  128. 129
  129. 125
  130. 55
  131. 26
  132. 53
  133. 16
  134. 61
  135. 67
  136. 91
  137.  8
  138. 39
  139. 85
  140. 27
  141. 71
  142. 38
  143. 79
  144. 127
  145. 122
  146. 80
  147. 96
  148. 41
  149. 93
  150. 74
  151. 114
  152. 130
  153. 73
  154. 119
  155. 111
  156. 21
  157. 112
  158. 22
  159. 154

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Senior spotlight: Q&A with Saul Wildavsky, GOP captain

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:34pm

NC: How long have you been on the Gods of Plastic (GOP) team, and what did your path to that position look like?

SW: I’ve been on the team since I was a first year, and, going into my junior year, myself and two seniors were named captains. Going into this year, the captains were Jacob Cohen ’19 and I.

NC: Comparing your time as a player and captain, how has your view of the team changed over the course of your participation in GOP?

SW: First off, it’s been a really phenomenal experience for me to play on this team. I think we do a really good job of playing at a high level while still having a lot of fun, not taking ourselves too seriously and enjoying each other’s company. It’s been fun for me because every year has felt so different based on who’s on the team that year, who has graduated, and who’s coming on. I feel like every year, we’ve kept the same fun spirit while still having it feel like the one before it.

NC: Have there been any times as captain that your leadership responsibility has impeded your ability to view the team as you originally did?

SW: Not really. There are definitely a set of challenges that come with being in a leadership role, but I’ve never felt like it’s stopped me from seeing the team in the way I always have. I think it’s a little different being a part of a club sport that’s entirely student-run than a varsity team, where we’re getting directions from coaches and others. Even though I’m technically captain, all my teammates are still my peers, and it still feels very democratic in nature.

NC: What have been your personal favorite team moments? And what have been the most important moments to the team as a whole?

SW: Thinking recently, we just, a couple weeks ago, had DIII National Championships in Texas, which was probably the most fun tournament I’ve ever been to. We all played really well, and it felt like a great way to end what’s been a great season for us, and a great way for us seniors to end our college careers. Another one that I’ve always thought of is my first year on the team when we won the regional finals at St. John’s to qualify for Nationals, which is something we didn’t think we would do, so that was a really special moment. In terms of developing the team in general, there have been so many great off-the-field moments. I’m really lucky to be part of a group of people I care a lot about. We all care about each other.

NC: Did you have any overarching goals going into your position as captain that you envisioned for the team and, if so, what were they?

SW: Sure. Last year, there were two senior captains, so I had a smaller role in that leadership position, but, this year, a big goal for us, since we graduated a lot of seniors last year, was that we aimed to develop a lot of our players, especially the younger ones, in order to help them fill in those roles. One of the things we were proudest of this season was how much people stepped up to do that. We had a lot of underclassmen this year who really outperformed everybody’s expectations, which was really fun to see.

NC: I’ve noticed, during my time on sports teams and observing other sports teams, that there tends to be a team playlist. Are there any go-to GOP songs?

SW: We’re big fans of ABBA… The song “Shooting Stars”—the one from the meme —is another classic. I’ve got to shout out one of the freshmen on the team, Abi Goldenberg, who, this year, started bringing his speakers to all of our practices and tournaments, which really brought up the hype for us. He’s a great D.J., you want him on the aux cord every time because he always plays the hype songs.

NC: Do you have a personal motto or goal you try to [aspire to] in everything you do?

SW: One thing we said a lot this year was the phrase “intense but loose.” I think someone got it from a Roger Federer quote. It sort of embodies putting everything we have into our play while still staying loose on the sidelines, not getting into our heads, and still playing fearlessly.

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Carleton women’s golf ends their triumphant season

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:30pm

This season, the Carleton Knights Women’s Golf Team had a year for the record books. A MIAC championship, their top five golfers placing in the top five at the MIAC tournament, capped off with a seventh place overall after totaling 1,249 shots during the four-day NCAA DIII tournament at Bay Oaks Country Club in Texas. Women’s Golf now joins Men’s Cross Country (1979-81) as the only Carleton teams to post top-10 team finishes at Nationals for three consecutive years, with a seventh place and sixth place finish, in 2017 and 2018, respectively. It was a season that capped off the careers of Ayumi Sakamoto ’19 and Ziyi Wang ’19, who both dazzled in their Carleton careers. In their final tournament, Wang finished in a tie for seventh overall, and Sakamoto tied for 31st overall.

“I wish we could have given the story-book ending to our graduating seniors, Ayumi and Ziyi, because I think they really deserve it,” teammate and fellow Nationals participant Abby Euyang ’21 said. “But nevertheless, we focused on what we could control, tried our best, and had a grand old time with each other that I will remember forever.”

Their team success did not go unrecognized by the broader Carleton athletic community, as Womens Golf was named Best Women’s Team, with Wang winning Best Women’s Athlete, and Kristin Miyagi ’22 taking home the Women’s Rookie of the Year honors at the 2019 Knight Awards.

For three of the Knights, Wang, Euyang and Miyagi, Nationals was an amazing experience. “It was the most exciting experience to play at nationals,” said Wang. “Our team had so much fun and we all played our best! Every part of it was awesome!”

For Miyagi, her first Nationals experience was something to remember. “I had a great experience at my first nationals,” Miyagi said. “My team and coach were very supportive, and I’m also glad that my family came to watch me. We had fun dressing up at the banquets, eating a variety of delicious cuisines, getting to know other players, and playing games/bowling at Main Event Entertainment.”

While Nationals was a much bigger stage than the team was used to, Euyang thought it made it that more exciting to play in it. “As fun as it is to dominate the MIAC and Midwest region, it is even more fun to play against competitors who really challenge us to perform our best,” Euyang said. “Some of my personal highlights included the first banquet, which all the teams and coaches attend. It was a super great way to kick off the week, see other teams, and celebrate what we had all accomplished to get there.”

As for their performance at Nationals, the Knights believed they did not play their best; but in the end, they were proud because they gave their best effort. “It is easy to look at our scores and conclude that we posted some of our highest scores of the entire season, both as a unit and as individuals,” said Euyang. “Throughout the regular season, our team average hovered around 300 strokes per round, and we did not break 310 for the four days of this tournament, which in itself is pretty disappointing. However, I think we did an amazing job of staying focused and not giving up. I was continually impressed and excited that we remained positive, excited, and supportive of one another.” Miyagi agreed, saying “I wish we could have played better at nationals, but we all had a good time and tried our best.”

Some of the team’s highlights include shooting 293 in the second day of their first tournament of the year, a team record. In addition, following the long winter, during which golfers in Minnesota do not get to practice outdoors, they secured a victory at the Wash U Invite, against many of the nation’s top teams. Historically, the Knights have not had much success at said event, though at 2019’s edition of the Wash U Invite, they defended their number-one national ranking, and their undefeated regular season streak, by taking home the trophy.

Individually, Wang shot a 69 at the Wash U Invite, which was her career low score, and something that she took great pride in. Euyang commented on Wang’s play, saying “witnessing Ziyi reach another level of competition” was amazing. “Something clicked for her this year, allowing her to reach goal after goal, and leading her to decide to go pro. It’s always awesome to see your teammate perform at such a high level, we are all so happy for and proud of her.” Wang plans to join the professional tour when she graduates, and hopes to eventually obtain her LPGA tour card.

As for next season, Miyagi said the team “will continue to work hard and improve our games over the summer. We are also excited to welcome our recruits as they will make a great addition to our team.” Check in next fall as the Knights look to continue their undefeated regular season streak.

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Carleton Varsity Athletics: Top eight moments of 2018-2019

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:25pm

The 2018-2019 athletic season has concluded for Carleton Knights Athletics, and it was a year filled with many upsets, elite performances and recordbreaking runs. To sum up the season, I’ve written my top eight moments, in no particular order, in Knights Athletics this year, ranging from a shocking men’s basketball upset victory to our dominant women’s golf squad reaching the No. 1 ranking.

Softball: 24 win season, most in team history

Led by the stellar hitting of Anna Lauko ’19, Natalie Maurice ’20 and Maris Daleo ’21, as well as consistently strong pitching outings from Sam Kile ’19, Maddie Sherwood ’19, and Sarah Ogle ’19, the Knights won 24 games in 2019, an all-time best for the program. During the pre-MIAC spring trip to Florida, the Knights went 10-3, including a statement win over No. 17-ranked UW-Whitewater during the final day of the trip. The Knights reached double-digit wins in the MIAC, going 10-12 in conference, but fell short of playoff contention. Because of their work at the dish, Lauko and Maurice received all-region honors, in addition to their all-conference awards. Daleo and Kile received all-conference honors as well, while Madison Collins ’22 made the MIAC all-sportsmanship team.

Men’s Soccer: Kim’s Finals Heroics Highlight Championship Run

Having just played 111 minutes all season, and none at goalkeeper, Bryan Kim ’20 was thrust into the spotlight during the penalty shootout of the MIAC Championship, and his two penalty saves helped Carleton win their first MIAC title since 2013. Although Kim was the unexpected hero of the championship game, much of the Knights’ success came from their consistency, as the Knights were third in goals against average (.57) while also placing third in goals for average (1.90). Star defender Mark Roth ’19 and speedster striker Marco da Cunha ’22 were named to the United Soccer Coaches (USC) All-America team, the only Carleton team sport athletes to receive all-America honors.

Men’s Basketball: Upset over No. 8 Ranked St. Johns

With strong performances by their star players and solid team defense, Men’s Basketball pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year in Carleton Athletics. In a mid-season MIAC matchup, the Knights bested a nationallyranked St. John’s team 66-63, handing the Johnnies their first conference loss on the year. AllWest Region player Kent Hanson ’20 led the way with 26 points and 13 rebounds, while the Knights’ defense held the Johnnies to 63 points (22 below their average) and a +1 rebounding differential, despite their foes leading the nation in both shooting percentage and rebounding differential coming into the matchup. The defensive efforts of Joh Farmer ’19 were especially important in securing the victory, as he was able to limit St. John’s leading scorer to a meager eight points.

Men’s Tennis: Vithoontien ’21 Places Second at Nationals

Leo Vithoontien ’21 entered the NCAA tournament as the fourth ranked player in the Central region, losing only one match all season and carrying a 17-match win streak into the tournament. Once there, Vithoontien quickly won both of his first two matches in straight sets, making him the third men’s tennis all-America player in program history. Vithoontien then scored two huge upsets, defeating the No. 4 and No. 2 nationally ranked opponents, including a shocking semifinal victory over last year’s national champion in which he came back from down 2-6, 0-3 to win 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, in the best-of-three match. Although he was unable to prevail in the final, Vithoontien’s incredible performances, in what is only his sophomore season, cement his legacy as a Knights great. Baseball: Sweep of No. 30 St. Johns

Pulling off one big upset is always unlikely, yet Knights baseball was able to complete a two game sweep of a heavily favored St. John’s team who was the only nationally ranked MIAC team this season. Buoyed by stellar pitching performances from Wilson Battle ’20, Blake Anderson ’21 and Peter Hoffman ’22, the Knights kept the prolific Johnnies offense at bay, allowing only three runs over the two games, taking the first game 5-0 and the second 5-3. The Knights found themselves down by two runs in the eighth inning of game two, until a Keenan Moore ’20 homerun and an RBI single from Travis Brown ’21 gave the Knights a 3-2 advantage, a lead that they would not relinquish. The win typified a turnaround season for Knights baseball, who won seven conference games, their highest total since an eight win season in 2016.

Women’s Cross-Country: 10th Place at NCAA Nationals

After cruising to their second consecutive Central Region title in commanding fashion, the Knights Women’s Cross Country squad lived up to their No. 10 ranking, finishing tenth in the nation at the national meet. On the day, the Knights were led by Emma Greenlee ’21, who finished 44th with a time of 22:05.0, as well as Sam Schnirring ’19, who surged from 90th place after a mile-and-a-half to finish in 60th with a time of 22:16.1. This was the Knights’ second consecutive top-ten nationals finish, and with the squad returning four of their top six runners, the Knights will certainly have their eye on another lofty finish in the upcoming season.

Men’s Long Distance Runners: Muller, Wilkinson and Dodge Tune in Top Performances

All season long in men’s long distance contests, Lucas Mueller ’21, Matt Wilkinson ’21, and Tris Dodge ’19 seemed to rise to the top of the leaderboards. At Cross-Country Nationals, Muller and Wilkinson evaded an early race pileup to acquire allAmerica status, racing to 17th and 38th place respectively. All three athletes qualified for Indoor Track Nationals as well, with Wilkinson finishing 6th in the 5000-meter run and Muller 6th in the 3000-meter run, yet again good for all-America status. The trio concluded the season at the Outdoor Track Nationals, with Muller and Dodge receiving all-America honors in the 10,000-meter race, finishing 2nd and 8th respectively. Wilkinson would receive all-America status himself with his 4th place steeplechase finish, while Muller would yet again finish second, this time in the 5000-meter race. With Muller and Wilkinson coming back next year, we may see their dominant reign continue into the new decade.

Women’s Tennis: MIAC Standalone Champions, Sweet Sixteen National Appearance

Led by stellar performances from first-year standouts alongside upperclassmen leadership, Knights women’s tennis won both the MIAC regular season and playoffs outright for the first time since 2014. After triumphing over their rivals Gustavus Adolphus to win the regular season crown, the Knights captured the playoff title over Bethel due in part to a 3-0 sweep of doubles in the contest. After a sweep of Edgewood in the first round, Carleton knocked off UW-Whitewater 5-2, with Kristina Conrad ’19 and Madeline Prins ’20 scoring victories in both singles and doubles, to give the Knights their first Sweet Sixteen appearance since 1996. The squad was led by first-years Sonya Romanenko and Jeanny Zhang, No. 8 and No.18 respectively in the regional rankings, while the Prins and Conrad doubles duo ranked No. 7 regionally.

Women’s Golf: Acquires No. 1 Ranking, Finishes 7th at Nationals

The most accomplished Knights performance this season came from women’s golf, who after a undefeated fall season, climbed to No. 1 in the national rankings. After winning prestigious tournaments, including the Wartburg Spring Invite, the UW-Whitewater Spring Fling, and the MIAC Championships, the Knights entered the NCAA tournament with the top ranking. There, the Knights earned their third consecutive top-ten finish, ending the four day tournament in seventh place. In her final season, Ziyi Wang ’19 placed seventh overall at nationals, equaling her performance last season. Ayumi Sakamoto ’19, Alyssa Akiyama ’20, Abby Euyang ’21, and Alexis Chan ’21 were all named all-MIAC performers, while Wang was also named senior-of-the-year and Kristin Miyagi ’22 rookie-of-the-year.

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Jay Levi name change shows college protects itself before students

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:19pm

Shortly before course registration opened for fall term 2019, Anthropology professor Jay Levi’s name was changed from “Jay Levi” to “Jerome M. Levi” on the Carleton Student Hub.

Thus, when students went online to register, the classes slated to be taught by Levi were listed under the instructor name “Jerome” for the first time.

A modification made to a professor’s name may seem like an innocuous act, but in Levi’s case the implications are far from anodyne.

Levi was accused of sexual misconduct by eight students in April 2017. The OCS program in Guatemala that he was scheduled to run the following winter was subsequently cancelled. In light of the cancellation, Levi’s previously scheduled fall sabbatical was extended by two terms, rendering him absent from campus for the entirety of the 2017-2018 school year. When he returned in fall 2018, his office was relocated from Leighton to the Weitz, placing him at the periphery of Carleton’s campus.

We cannot know for certain what motivated the administration to change Levi’s name. Some administrators and faculty members, including Levi, pointed to the fact that he uses Jerome in his formal publications, and that changing his name was merely an effort to streamline his digital presence.

The Registrar’s office reported having been unaware of the change. No professor, staff member or administrator contacted by the Carletonian claimed responsibility for changing Levi’s name.

I read the name change as an attempt to rebrand Levi, to cultivate a new, untarnished reputation for him, and to erase students’ associations between him and Title IX.

To be sure, Levi is in need of a rebranding campaign. Of the 25 spots that were available to students in Levi’s course “Anthropology of Humor” this spring, four were filled; of the 25 spots that were available to students in SOAN 400, zero were filled. The irony is that while the administration has sought to validate Levi’s position at Carleton since his return to campus, the decision to alter his name appears more like an admission of guilt than a pledge of support.

Moreover, if improving Levi’s image was the motive for this change, it has only exacerbated an already distrustful student body. Students are now angrier than ever, and of the 30 spots available in Introduction to Anthropology this coming fall, zero students registered.

As students, we possess negligible power when it comes to mediating tenured professors’ trajectories. One of the few mechanisms by which students can exercise agency in this regard is through class registration; if a student doesn’t feel comfortable with a certain professor, they can choose not to register for that professor’s class. This modicum of agency, however, is jeopardized when changes are made to professors’ names and students are consequently misled about the identity of their future instructor.

We can debate the challenges tenure poses to properly handling allegations of sexual misconduct by professors. This is a contentious issue rife with legal jargon and made even more complex by an evasive and nontransparent administration.

But the implications of the issue at present—the decision to change Levi’s name on various webpages and student portals— are not debatable. Regardless of the administration’s intentions, the name change comes across as deceptive, reflecting Carleton’s tendency to deflect attention away from legally onerous issues at the expense of addressing students’ concerns.

The decision to change Levi’s name underscores the way in which this administration has prioritized the need to avoid bad press over the need to ensure students are kept out of harm’s way.

One of the most troubling developments in this saga is that Levi is scheduled to teach an A&I in the fall. A&Is are mandatory, exclusively for first-years, and are randomly assigned to students based on a list of their ranked preferences. This means that Levi will be teaching firstyear students in the fall no matter how few students want to be enrolled in his course, or even know about the allegations against him.

In this way, the administration appears to have once again prioritized the needs of a professor accused of sexual misconduct over those of Carleton’s most vulnerable students.

My hope is that the Carleton administration will recognize how the name change has been perceived on campus. Perhaps this will promote more transparency and clarity in the future, and perhaps this will enable all students to feel safer and more respected by their educators.

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