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Why your inability to choose a major is your greatest strength

Carletonian - Sat, 03/06/2021 - 3:49pm

I am a sophomore whose major changes every hour of every day. I have bounced between everything from CAMS to political science, history to art history, and biology to french (Fun fact, I’ve never taken a biology class at Carleton). The only thing that comforts me when I wallow in the pits of my indecisiveness is that my struggle is not singular to me, but is reflective of a common battle amongst Carls against our own combatting interests. If I had a dollar for every Carl that I have heard say, “Oh my god, I cannot believe we have to declare next term,” I might just have enough money to fund a search party to find Lyman (#findlyman). It is a struggle that almost defines the Carleton experience, for the first time in most of our lives we are given the personal responsibility to craft an academic career that is singularly ours. For an extremely long time I thought that my inability to choose one overarching passion that would inform the rest of my life meant that I was less self aware or responsible than my peers and I was somehow failing myself or my family by leaving my future in what I thought was a precarious position. Maybe it was the intense introspection that we all suffered during quarantine, or maybe it was the societal reckoning that occured over the course of 2020, but I figured out just how misplaced my concerns were. To all students who find themselves in a constant struggle to choose a major, your indecision is exactly what Carleton wants. You are not failing to commit, but exploring a myriad of interests that speak to your uniqueness. The career paths you dream of pursuing do not live and die with what box you pick for a major on the Hub, but are influenced by the opportunities and experiences afforded to you through a diverse educational experience. 

This is not to say that the major that you choose has no influence over your future and I hold great respect for the students who have been able to navigate their academic experience with certainty, but the pressure that many Carl’s experience does not match the scale of the ramifications for what would be the “wrong” choice. However, it is extremely difficult to make the “right” choice and it is hard not to feel that American education ultimately puts us on a track that culminates in this decision. Therefore, my question is this: what happens when you finally graduate and leave behind the ladder of educational institutions that we are all too familiar with? This question is one that I have wrestled with and gives me both comfort and anxiety when I think of the ways in which we, as students, have grown used to the institutions that, for many of us, are the only reality we have known. 

The struggle of choosing a major is more reflective of your character and aspirations than the decision itself. Your indecisiveness should be a source of pride as it is indicative of the individuality you bring to not only Carleton, but your future.

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Raider Wrap with Jimmy LeRue and AJ Reisetter 3-6-21

KYMN Radio - Sat, 03/06/2021 - 12:00pm
Join Jimmy LeRue and AJ Reisetter as they bring you the latest in Raider Sports.  This week they Interview Head Coach Mike Luckraft, Head coach of the the Raiders Boys Hockey team as they try for two in a row against arch rivals Owatonna in tonight’s matchup. We shift our attention downhill to Alpine Skiing

Retreat and advance

Carletonian - Sat, 03/06/2021 - 10:51am

Noboru Tomonari is the Chair of Asian Languages and Professor of Japanese.

“My firm belief is that the only thing we have to fear . . . is the fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” These are the famous words of Franklin D. Roosevelt at his first inauguration on March 4, 1933. He was speaking in the aim of trying to combat the Great Depression although fascism was also on the rise. I agree with his sense of needing to fear “fear itself” even when we are dealing with the pandemic this time. I also suggest, however, that strategic retreating has its merits too and the kind of “advance” that we make needs to be thoroughly analyzed before put into practice. 

Carletonian sent me a manga (Japanese cartoon) and solicited my thoughts on it. The manga was on a Japanese high school student who came to be ostracized by his friends at school because his mother worked as a nurse at a hospital that was treating COVID-19 patients. The Tokyo Metropolitan government commissioned the manga and had shared it with the Japanese and non-Japanese students at K-12 schools in Tokyo.

The manga, while fictional, is based on actual ostracizing that occurred to many Japanese individuals who tested positive with COVID-19 and to the health professionals who are treating the disease. When every country in the world and its residents are trying to protect themselves (including Carleton community), it is difficult to free oneself from a defensive mindset. The victimizers in the manga, who are trying to detach themselves from the protagonist student, are also themselves victims in their own shoes. We are all victims, more or less, of our current predicament.

My discipline is neither psychology nor sociology, but my common sense tells me that an aggression or hostility experienced by an individual often has a direct correlation with the degree of victimization (real and imagined) that the individual is experiencing. The rise of fascism and jingoism in the 20th century Germany and Japan had a lot to do with the Great Depression and the erosion of the middle class. “Circle the wagons” or “build the wall” are natural reactions when a group or a community feels threatened and imagines an enemy. The degree that a person or a community stays sane is conditional on the extent of rational and scientific scrutiny one can subject oneself to.
So getting back to the Roosevelt quote, yes, we do need to fear “fear itself” but we also need to keep on protecting ourselves, our families, and our schools. Retreating for that purpose is permissible during the moment of crisis such as the present. We should refrain from rash “advancing,” moreover, and avoid victimizing or ostracizing others. Towards such an end, I think a strategic retreating of a kind, while also planning out objective and scientific counter-measures and “advance” using them, become two pillars of our shared struggle against the pandemic and its future aftermath.

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St. Olaf, Carleton students protest Line 3 during statewide day of action

Northfield News - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 9:16pm
Students from St. Olaf and Carleton College engaged in a statewide Divestment Day of Action” Friday and Saturday, holding demonstrations on their respective campuses.
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Frustrated by status quo, activists push for ranked-choice voting

Northfield News - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 3:26pm
At a time when voters are increasingly frustrated by partisan polarization, some activists are pushing for electoral reform they argue could help to solve the problem — but not everyone is on board.
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Rep. Lofgren’s “Social Media Review”

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 2:43pm
Photo from Apple News

Rep. Zoe Lofgren has released a “Social Media Review” that “lists public social media posts from Members of the U.S. House of Representatives who were sworn-in to office in January 2021 and who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election.” Most of the articles I see about this do not link to the actual “Social Media Review” so here it is, and below, state by state.

She is correct in challenging Representatives who supported and/or engaged in the (failed) insurrection of January 6, 2021:

Fourteenth Amendment 

For Minnesota, the “Social Media Review” features “our” Rep. Michelle Fischbach and Rep. Jim Hagedorn.

Social Media Review

The review is LARGE, it’s a HUGE file. You can also look up findings state by state:

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Council calls on Xcel Energy to accelerate carbon energy generation phase out

Northfield News - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 2:10pm
The Northfield City Council is calling on Xcel Energy to more rapidly phase out carbon-based energy generation and “center equity” in such decisions.
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Equity and Inclusion Update

St. Olaf College - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 2:03pm
This is the first in a new series of regular updates that Interim Vice President for Equity and Inclusion María Pabón Gautier will send to the campus community.
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Crossword puzzle: Women in Film

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 1:29pm

 

Down:

  1. Set in NYC, U.S. and Changchun, China, The ________ (2019) features Awkwafina in its leading role
  2. Kunis of Black Swan(2010) and The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
  3. First name of the director of One Night in Miami (2020) and Oscar winner for If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) 
  4. Actor widely regarded as the first Chinese American Hollywood star ____ ___ Wong
  5. Telenovela inspired TV-show Jane the ______ (2014)
  6. _________ Bhamra, protagonist of Bend It Like Beckham (2002) played by Parminder Nagra
  7. French romance film Portrait of a Lady on ____ (2019)
  8. First name of the director of Booksmart (2019) and Don’t Worry Darling (not yet released) 
  9. Last name of the leading lady of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) fame 
  10. TV-show created by Mindy Kaling based on her own childhood Never ____ I Ever (2020)
  11. 2 down’s The Spy Who Dumped Me(2018) co-star and SNL cast member ____ McKinnon
  12. 2019 rom-com spoof starring Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine, and Priyanka Chopra (abbr.)
  13. Sophia ___ who plays Fatin in The Wilds (2020)
  14. 1992 film starring Madonna and Geena Davis A League of Their ___

Across:

  1. First Mexican film to win Best Foreign Language Film in 2019 starring Yalitza Aparicio
  2. Pugh known for Midsommar (2019) and Little Women (2019)
  3. Ronan of Brooklyn (2015) and Lady Bird (2017)
  4. Star of Chicago (2002) Catherine ____-Jones
  5. Last name of the actor known for playing Tahani on The Good Place(2016) 
  6. ___ De Armas of Knives Out (2019) fame
  7. SNL cast member Nwodim (first name)
  8. Lulu ____, director of 1 down
  9. Popular sitcom ___ Girl (2011) created by Elizabeth Meriwether
  10. Last name of the Olympic gold medalist who made a cameo in Charlie’s Angels (2019) 
  11. Last name of the director/producer/writer known for 13th (2016) and Selma (2014) 
  12. ___ Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia
  13. ____ the Explorer (1999)
  14. Jennifer who many thought deserved an Oscar nomination for Hustlers (2019)

27. New Carey Mulligan film _________ Young Woman (2020)

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Spotify Playlist: caf water w ice is supreme

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 1:07pm

Let me put you on to some jams to kickstart your second semester. Whether you’re hanging out with your pals, jammin’ in
the library for a study sesh or having your main character moment while walking across campus, please enjoy this playlist
of carefully crafted tunes. Happy listening!

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Horoscopes – March 4

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 1:04pm

 

 

 

Aries:You’ve messed up big time, and you need to own up to it. I suggest giving that person a Friday Flower or Cage drink, but it’s up to you how you apologize.

 

 

 

 

Taurus: If you are late to any classes this week, you will have a five-year-long curse placed on your soul. However, if you don’t do your homework, nothing will happen, so it’s fine if you don’t.

 

 

 

 

Gemini: Shave your head. Haha, just kidding… Unless?

 

 

 

 

Cancer: Your outfits will pop off this week, so make sure you often go to Buntrock often and strut your stuff. Dramatically take off your coat when you’re walking to the caf, and pop your hip out while waiting for your Cage drink.

 

 

Leo: Dye your hair, but don’t try a green or blue color. Aim for something either natural or more in the warmer tones. I believe in you!

 

 

 

 

 

Virgo: You will start a fight this week, and you will lose. That’s because you’re a Virgo, and Virgos kind of suck, but that’s okay. You will do better next week.  

 

 

 

Libra: You have a hole. No, not down there. I mean in your heart, and you need to finally address it finally. Sit down with your friends and talk about your deep, dark secret.  

 

 

 

 

Scorpio: Invest in emo culture and wear only black this week. Whip out the Twenty One Pilots, My Chemical Romance and Pierce the Veil. We are going back in time, baby!

 

 

Sagittarius: Those 17 text messages and 5 missed calls are still waiting for you. You can run, but you can’t hide!    

 

 

 

 

Capricorn: You will meet your mortal enemy this week. Be aware that this enemy does not have to be human — the campus squirrels or cafeteria chicken could be your demise.   

 

 

 

Aquarius:  This week, your time of the most celestial energy is 4:28 a.m. every morning. If you need extra good luck, wake up at 4:28 a.m. and do your thang.  

 

 

 

 

Pisces: Your sleep paralysis demon is going to follow you all week, so keep an eye out.

 

 

 

larion1@stolaf.edu

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CJC-organized “Die In” gathers students in solidarity against Line 3

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 12:51pm

Around 200 students gathered on Buntrock Plaza at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 5 to participate in a “Die In” organized by St. Olaf’s Climate Justice Collective (CJC) to protest the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline.

Students laid on the pavement for 1097 seconds — just over 18 minutes — with each second representing one mile of the proposed pipeline that, if completed, will stretch from northern Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wis.

 The event was part of St. Olaf’s participation in a larger day of action across Minnesota and parts of Canada to protest construction of the Line 3 pipeline. CJC members displayed banners reading “Every Pipelines Has a Body Count” and “1097 Seconds, 1097 Miles #DefundLine3” over Buntrock Plaza. 

Another banner reading “Defund Climate Genocide” appeared over the recently constructed informational board about the Ole Avenue Project between Holland Hall and Rolvaag Memorial Library. 

CJC members Abby Becker ’21, Isaac Nelson ’21 and Andrea Burton ’21 spoke to students prior to the die-in on the goals of the larger day of action while discussing movements headed by CJC to encourage College divestment from the fossil fuel industry.

Sunrise Carleton and Divest Carleton, two student organizations at Carleton College active in demonstrations against Line 3 and against Carleton’s investment in the fossil fuel industry, joined in the day of action, protesting the pipeline and encouraging divestment by occupying trees outside the home of Carleton president Steven Poskanzer.

Instagram stories shared by @climatejusticecollective and @sunrisecarleton proclaimed the solidarity between the two organizations and @divestcarleton.

Northfield Against Line 3 and Resist Line 3, two organizations working in the broader community to prevent the pipeline’s construction, also shared their solidarity with CJC’s efforts via their own Instagram accounts, @nfld.against.line.three and @resist_line_3.     

There will be a statewide virtual rally held March 5 at 3 p.m. as part of the day of action. 

 

The Messenger’s coverage of actions against Line 3 and toward College divestment is ongoing. 

Reporting by Lydia Bermel, News Editor & Jacob Maranda, Executive Editor

stroth2@stolaf.edu

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City Council Work Session Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 12:26pm
Event date: March 9, 2021
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
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Northfield, MN 55057
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Tue, Mar 9, 2021 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)

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Underdahl talks about hospital’s strategic plan; Malecha discusses Rice County jail situation; Fifty North adapts to Covid-19

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 12:22pm
By Rich Larson, News Director On Tuesday night the city council heard a presentation from Northfield Hospital & Clincs President and CEO Steve Underdahl regarding the hospital’s strategic plan.  The city council and NH& C have had what can be described as a bumpy relationship over the years. NH& C is a municipally owned medical center,

Craig Swenson discusses activities at FiftyNorth

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 10:46am
Craig Swenson of Fifty North provides information on upcoming events and activities at FiftyNorth.  

“If there’s a will, there’s a way. Do we have the will?”: track coach Dave Ricks on spring sports

Carletonian - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 10:03am

As Carleton administrators mull over the choice to opt in or out of a MIAC spring sports season, track and field Coach Dave Ricks believes that spring athletes can, and deserve to, return to play. 

“Hopefully, our administration will show that they see the value of intercollegiate athletics by supporting athletic competition this spring,” said Ricks. “I know that every athlete and team works hard and deserves this opportunity.”

Ricks, who has been Carleton’s head coach for both cross country and track, is not under the impression that holding the season will be easy. The MIAC winter season that Carleton opted out of had over 80 postponements

“I think that the cancellations of winter games showed that the MIAC put the safety of our campus communities ahead of competition when it was appropriate,” said Ricks. 

Nevertheless, Ricks points out that there are key differences between spring and winter sports. 

Track and field coach Dave Ricks.
Photo by Clay Tydings.

“I think that winter sports showed us exactly what we expected, that basketball and hockey are in the highest risk category,” said Ricks. “Four sports competed this winter; basketball (high risk), hockey (high risk), swim and dive (intermediate risk) and indoor track (intermediate risk).  All of the postponements and cancellations were with the high risk sports.”  

“All of the traditional Spring sports are listed in either the ‘low’ or ‘intermediate’ risk level by the NCAA and Minnesota Department of Health,” added Ricks, who drew on data from a Japanese study published by Nishura et. al. “The available studies show that outdoor events have 18.7 times less risk of transmission than indoor events.” The referenced study has not yet been peer-reviewed.  

Ricks is particularly hopeful about the shift outdoors to more naturally distanced, low-risk sports, because intermediate-risk sports like indoor track already fared  well this winter.

“Eight MIAC schools have successfully competed in indoor track with no postponements and no known cases of transmission, so I think that this shows that we can compete safely,” explained Ricks.

 “I believe that track and  field, golf, tennis, and baseball/softball can all compete safely. How can anyone logically conclude that a center fielder in either baseball or softball poses a safety concern while standing out in the middle of the field alone? I do not believe that the competition is a problem.  There are other things to address, but they are all within our control.”

The pandemic has already cost Ricks’ distance runners one cross country, one outdoor track, and one indoor track season. This is especially frustrating given the rash of success Ricks’ teams have had behind the likes of star runners Lucas Mueller ’21 and Matt Wilkinson ’21.  

“Our distance runners have now missed three consecutive seasons, and that’s difficult for a cross country team that was among the top 5 in the country. We have now had four National Championships already cancelled.  If those competitions would have happened, I believe that Matt and Lucas would have shown that they were the top 2 distance runners of all-time at Carleton, and would have racked up a number of individual National Championships.” 

With so many opportunities already snatched away, Ricks wants to give his runners and all student-athletes, particularly seniors, one last chance to compete in the sports they’ve trained almost their entire lives for. 

Ricks is extremely proud of Carleton’s student-athletes and the student body as a whole for keeping campus safe this year, citing last week’s surveillance testing, which yielded zero positive COVID-19 tests. Out of seven rounds of random weekly surveillance testing this Winter Term, with 650 tests administered per round, four rounds failed to return a single positive test—a remarkable indicator of just how seriously Carleton students have taken health guidelines this winter.

“As a liberal arts institution who prides itself in fostering an environment of creative problem-solving, it seems to me that our main barrier is not in finding solutions, but in having the will to address the issues at hand. If there’s a will, there’s a way. Do we have the will?”

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Alan Page discusses “The Page Amendment”

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 9:53am
Former Chief Justice Alan Page discusses ‘The Page Amendment.’  The Page Amendment will be a catalyst for transformative changes that will improve educational and economic outcomes for all Minnesotans.  Click here for more information.   The Page Amendment reads: “All children have a fundamental right to a quality public education that fully prepares them with the

The State of Journalism and Reporting in 2020: Ole alumni panel and discussion

St. Olaf College - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 9:51am
Four distinguished journalists participated in an alumni panel discussion about covering 2020 in a virtual event sponsored by Ole Connect. "The State of Journalism and Reporting in 2020" featured Jason DeRose '97, Cat McKenzie '92, Gretchen Morgenson '76, and Anna Palmer '04.
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To play or not to play? Carleton prepares to make decision on spring season

Carletonian - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 9:50am

As the snow melts and COVID-19 cases fall across the country and in Minnesota, the spring offers a promising glimpse into a post-pandemic future. Yet the fate of the upcoming spring athletic season weighs heavily on the minds of athletes, coaches and administrators as they attempt to balance community health concerns with their desires to return to competition. With the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s (MIAC) March 3 announcement of its plans to go ahead with spring competition—and a March 5 deadline for member institutions to opt in or out—stakeholders across the Carleton athletic community have been forced to contemplate where they stand on the matter. 

Spring athletes face the prospect of losing two consecutive seasons to the pandemic, a scenario particularly heartbreaking for Senior athletes who are beginning to fear they may never take the field with their teammates again. 

“This season would be my last season, and the last time I would ever get to competitively run, something I’ve been doing since I was in seventh grade,” said Senior track athlete Sophie Schafter. “It’s the last chance I would have to run and compete amongst the people who matter most to me in the world, and do the thing I love the most.”

Nevertheless, the desire to play is tempered by anxieties surrounding COVID-19, something Carleton student athletes know all too well. Late last week, a handful of student-athletes drafted a letter to President Poskanzer outlining their desire to play and their willingness to adapt to any health guidelines deemed necessary by the administration. 

“For this spring, the undersigned spring sport athletes want the administration to know that we are prepared to do all that is necessary in order to ensure that we are able to compete,” read the letter. “We understand the challenges and difficulties of competing in a spring season. We write to emphasize how important competition is to us, and the measures which we are prepared to take in order to ensure that we will have a spring season this year.” 

The letter pointed out the lengths to which Carleton student-athletes have already gone to successfully prevent COVID-19 transmission by obeying practice and lifting guidelines determined by the school. 

“To date, every Carleton athletic team has successfully practiced and lifted together without transmitting COVID-19, both amongst ourselves and within the greater community,” the athletes wrote.  

President Steven Poskanzer picked up on that thread, lauding student-athletes’ efforts to stifle the virus. “Student athletes have been terrific about social distancing and following health protocols,” Poskanzer told the Carletonian via email. “They’ve shown a willingness to do what needs to be done to keep themselves and others safe. They’ve also shown plenty of goodwill and an honest spirit. That doesn’t go unnoticed.”

Even with excellent cooperation from student-athletes, structural questions about a spring season remain. This winter the MIAC held indoor track, swim and dive, basketball and hockey seasons, with Carleton, Macalester, St. Olaf and St. Catherine’s opting out. 

That said, winter competition did not go well. Both men’s and women’s hockey and basketball seasons were plagued with postponements—the MIAC will not even recognize a conference champion for basketball or hockey. “My sense is that many people consider the MIAC winter sports season a failure,” said Poskanzer. 

Winter sports, however, differ from spring sports, and the MIAC plans to implement stricter protocols to ensure the spring season turns out better than the one winter did. For one, winter sports like basketball and hockey were deemed high-risk, while indoor track and field and swim and dive received a grade of intermediate risk from the Minnesota Department of Health. Because tennis, baseball, softball, golf and track and field are each played outdoors, the entire slate of spring sports have been deemed low-risk for virus transmission.

Secondly, the MIAC plans to institute more robust health protocols this spring. In an interactive Zoom conference held for student-athletes, Athletic Director Gerald Young and Assistant Athletic Director Heidi Jaynes relayed that they have met with MIAC representatives two to three times per week for the past six weeks to hammer out more stringent testing and contact protocols which live up to Carleton’s relatively high standards.

Young also noted that while there may be some reasons to be optimistic that the MIAC can safely hold spring sports, Carleton has no appetite to provide a season for previously canceled fall sports this spring. Young also suggested that Carleton will partake in either all or no spring sports in competition—teams won’t compete on a sport-by-sport basis due to the fact that each spring sport shares a similar risk level. 

In the coming days, Young and Jaynes will make a recommendation to the Carleton’s COVID-19 Core Team, which includes Dean Livingston along with six other administrators. Upon receipt of the letter, the Core Team will then make a recommendation to Poskanzer and the Vice Presidents who sit on the college cabinet. The ultimate decision as to whether or not Carleton will join the rest of the MIAC in competition this spring rests with them. 

While the MIAC is hopeful about being able to hold spring sports safely, President Poskanzer brought up concerns about bringing outside actors into the Carleton “bubble.” More so than other schools, Carleton has demonstrated success at preventing the spread of the virus, and when cases have arisen, they have largely been due to off campus contacts. 

The President also discussed the equity concerns which come along with allowing some students to travel off-campus for athletic competition while asking other students to continue limiting off-campus activities. “There are equity questions to consider,” said Poskanzer “Can we draw a distinction between different varsity sports? Between varsity sports and club sports? Can we draw a distinction between the baseball team and the bridge or debate teams?” 

Carleton will also look at how peer schools are navigating the pandemic when making a decision about spring sports. “We look at what peer schools have been, or plan on doing,” said Poskanzer. “Their approach is relevant to us, especially the NESCAC and Ivy Leagues.” Unfortunately for those hoping for a spring season, each of these conferences have canceled all spring competition. 

The Athletic Department,  Core Team and college cabinet are faced with a tough decision in the upcoming days. COVID-19 remains a lingering community health concern, yet no one feels great about robbing senior-athletes of their last chance to compete in a Carleton uniform. Falling infection rates and more vaccinations provide hope, but questions regarding ethics and logistics remain a hurdle. Carleton has until March 5 to opt in or out of a MIAC spring season. 

“Normally playing sports and acquiring a great education have mutually-reinforcing goals. This situation is particularly difficult because due to COVID-19 these goals are potentially in conflict,” said Poskanzer. “Ordinarily, sports reinforce the values of education, but here they have the potential to put that education at risk.”

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Representative Todd Lippert on budget forecast, mental health services, PCA’s and more

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 9:38am
Representative Todd Lippert discusses the state budget forecast, provides an update on his bills relating to mental health services and personal care assistants, and more.
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