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For students with dyslexia, new legislation, leadership provides hope

Northfield News - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 12:26pm
Over the last several years Minnesota has put increasing focus on helping students with dyslexia — but advocates say there’s much more to be done to make up for years of neglect.
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Council to hold body cam public hearing; Middle and high school students to return to campus full time; Lippert says investments must be made in the state

KYMN Radio - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director The Northfield City Council will meet tomorrow night beginning at 6pm. Among the items on the agenda are consideration of support for Clean Cars Minnesota, a presentation of the city’s strategic plan report, a presentation on the Northfield Hospital & Clinic’s strategic plan and a presentation from the Defeat of

Senator Rich Draheim on budget forecast and Covid vaccine bill

KYMN Radio - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 9:13am
Senator Rich Draheim discusses the state budget forecast and provides an update on his bill to allow dentists to administer the Covid vaccine to ages 16 and older.

Seed Starting Fun!

We gardeners know that seed starting is an extremely satisfying endeavor! Watching your food grow from seed to sprout to snack creates a sense of true connection to your garden.

If you’ve never started seeds before, don’t stress, just start small! Pick a few plants you’d like to try, like tomatoes and peppers. Mid to late March is a good time to start most seeds in Southern Minnesota. Follow our seed starting tips for the best chance of success.

The Basics of Seed Starting

Start with a light, fluffy potting mix labeled for seed starting. Moisten the mix before planting and keep it evenly moist but not soggy.

Sow seeds according to package directions- pay attention to sowing depth, days to germination, and days to harvest. Use a shallow container, seed starting tray, egg cartons, etc. Don’t crowd them! A seed or two per cell is perfect.

Light isn’t necessary for most seeds to germinate, but it is crucial as soon as the seeds sprout. Invest in grow lights or put seed trays in front of the sunniest window you have.

Warmth and humidity speed germination of many crops. Start seeds in a warm area and cover seed trays with a humidity dome until the little plants emerge.

Your Seeds Germinated! Now What?

Carefully move seedlings into larger containers when they have 2 sets of leaves. Handle them by the leaves, not the stem, and be gentle with young roots.

Good air circulation helps strengthen seedlings and decreases the chance of disease. A ceiling fan or a little desk fan positioned a couple feet away from seedlings both work well.

Planting Seedlings in the Garden

Before planting seedlings out into the garden, harden them off by slowly acclimating them to outdoor conditions for about a week . Put plants outside in a shady spot on a nice day for a few hours and add an hour or two of outside time each day, gradually exposing them to more sun until they are in full sun all day. Make sure to check moisture levels daily!

Plant your seedlings in the garden according to package directions. Things like tomatoes and peppers should be planted out after the last frost date. Things like cabbage and lettuce do well in cooler weather, so they can go out earlier.

There’s a bit of a learning curve, but when you get the hang of it, seed starting is simple and rewarding. Enjoy your harvest!

Curious about how to prepare for your veggie garden? Read our quick garden prep guide!

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Former KYMN News Director Teri Knight discusses new job

KYMN Radio - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 9:04am
Teri Knight, former KYMN News Director and host of Garden Bite, talks about her new job at Gertens.

Words Change the World

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 5:28am

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We […]

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Categories: Citizens

Fine Tune #475 listen 2021.02.28

KYMN Radio - Sun, 02/28/2021 - 7:20pm
This week’s Fine Tune shares music of hearing, listening, and heart… Gifts / Bruce Cockburn Wounded Heart / Bonnie Raitt How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns / Paul Simon Triste / Joan Griffith and Laura Caviani I Hear a Call / Emmylou Harris The Power of the Heart / Peter Gabriel Talk to Me While

Noticias de mejoras en Northfield y vacunas para mayores de 65 años

KYMN Radio - Sun, 02/28/2021 - 4:54pm
Noticias de mejoras en Northfield con estudio de la forma en que funciona la policía y viviendas nuevas para estudiantes de St. Olaf y en la zona cerca de la escuela de Greenvale Park. Y siguen las vacunas, ahora a mayores de 65 años.

It’s still a GAS!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sun, 02/28/2021 - 11:36am

When considering this natural gas mess, and the potential impacts on Minnesota ratepayers, do note that the spike lasted for what, 3 days? Does that sound like screwed up infrastructure to you?? Looks to me to be more of a price-gouging opportunity. Bottom line? Demonstrate that the gas storage was used to mitigate impact.

I spent too much time watching the video of a Public Utilities Commission webcast of a special meeting (details here) specifically about this: Webcast

After the PUC Meeting, I filed a comment on the PUC Docket (G999/CI-21-135) focused on the need to dig into STORAGE, and CenterPoint’s 7 billion cubic feet stored underground in southern Minnesota:

And then next up was a Committee on Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy and the House Committee on Climate and Energy Finance and Policy.

Fired off a quick missive to the members for Joint Senate and House meeting on Natural Gas:

And that meeting was a major disappointment, very little time for questions and very little questioning, so fired this off too:

For some background, check out this “Natural Gas in Minnesota” from House Research (note p. 15, 2.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage).

The assumption that ratepayers will pay for this price spike is obscene. Demonstrate that the gas storage was used to mitigate impact. Then we can talk!

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Failure is Not an Option

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 02/28/2021 - 9:09am

In meditation, it is the moment you notice your mind wander where the growth occurs. You think this moment is the failure but in fact it is the victory. At that instant when you notice is when you know you have done what the practice is for. At that moment is where you know you […]

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February 2021

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 02/28/2021 - 4:00am

28 Sunday Paul Giamatti. Making someone blush. Park benches. Space Age Love Song. When you want to walk even more than your dog. Connection. Melting. Olive oil. Uncomfortable feelings. 27 Saturday Four years. Heavy sleep. Short hair. Morning stretch time. Morning tension. Morning meditation. Billions. The return of two-walk days. 26 Friday Frustration: an opportunity […]

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Raider Wrap with Jimmy LeRue and AJ Reisetter 2-27-21

KYMN Radio - Sat, 02/27/2021 - 11:12am
Raiders Girls Basketball team hits the hardwood again tonight after a hiatus form covid protocol.  Head Coach Paul Eddy joins the program to talk about the layoff and the next steps to get back on track for the rest of the season. Head Coach Doug Davis of the swim and dive teams talks about the

Chinese professor releases new book, hosts panel discussion

Carletonian - Sat, 02/27/2021 - 10:27am

Professor of Chinese Shaohua Guo recently released a book titled “The Evolution of Chinese Internet: Creative Visibility in the Digital Public.” The release of Guo’s book was followed by a panel discussion on Wednesday, February 10,  organized by Professor Asuka Sango, Director of Asian Studies. Panelists included Professors Kathleen Ryor, Noboru Tomonari and Carol Donelan, who commented on Guo’s research and recent piece of literature.

“The Evolution of Chinese Internet: Creative Visibility in the Digital Public” significantly expands upon and re-conceptualizes Guo’s dissertation titled “The Eyes of the Internet: Emerging Trends in Contemporary Chinese Culture.” In the wake of the opening of China’s internet in 1994 and the emergence of research about internet censorship in China, Guo was struck with curiosity.  

Professor Shaohua Guo.
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“In contrast to the flourishing of research findings on what is made invisible online—such as the content that is being monitored, censored, and removed—we know little about the driving mechanisms that grant visibility to user-generated content,” Guo explained. 

She often found herself asking questions like, “How and why an ingenious internet culture has flourished in authoritarian China? What roles do internet corporations, state sectors and commercial media play in China’s drastic transformation into digital society? And how do Chinese netizens navigate digital spaces to make sense of their everyday lives?” These questions inspired her to dive deeper into research and turn her findings into a book.

The research required and the writing itself were no easy tasks. According to Guo, “the project is based on a long-term study of the online space.” Between June 2007 and January 2019, Guo spent time in China engaging in field work and writing. She viewed the writing process as “a long journey,” that came to fruition in the form of a book. In addition to answering the questions that initially inspired her work, Guo noted her new publication “investigates digital cultural formation in China through the four most dynamic discursive spaces to emerge over the past two decades: the bulletin board system (BBS), the blog, the microblog (Weibo), and WeChat (weixin).” 

Guo expressed how grateful she is for the company of her colleagues, mentors, friends and students: “[They] never failed to inspire me on all fronts and motivate me to complete the project.” 

 So when Sango suggested a panel discussion following the release of the book, Guo was extremely enthusiastic about it and took to inviting Ryor, Tomonari, and Donelan to participate. 

Guo noted that she chose these three professors because they have been a part of the process since the very beginning, and have “offered me so much support and input throughout the entire process.” Furthermore, Guo recognized their research and expertise in the areas of media studies, art history and Japanese studies as “[aligning] with the interdisciplinary nature of my book.” 

As panelists, Ryor, Tomonari and Donelan all gave brief presentations highlighting some of the main points of Guo’s book, and then posed some questions. According to Ryor, “this is the typical format for these types of events where faculty discuss another faculty member’s book.” 

Ryor was glad to be a panelist at this event, noting that she has been on Guo’s review and promotion committee, and “[has] been reading her work ever since she was first hired.” As a professor of Art History and East Asian Studies, Ryor noted her connection to Guo’s work in that she is “interested in contemporary Chinese society….so the Chinese internet is naturally something that I naturally use and have interest in.” She followed by saying, “Guo’s book makes an extremely important contribution to studies of new media and creativity of the past 29 years in China.” 

Donelan also commented on her interest in Guo’s work, specifically “Professor Guo’s proposal to shift internet studies from what is not seen on the internet (what gets censored) to what is seen.” 

Donelan continued, “[Guo] defines the internet as a ‘network of visibility,’ a dynamic space wherein various agents compete for discursive legitimacy.”

Ryor’s presentation had two parts. She first highlighted four main points of Guo’s book. First, according to Ryor, it “analyzes the history of internet platforms in China and shows that there is a shift from an age of youthful innocence that celebrated idealism, egalitarianism and community effects to an era of commerce that openly commodifies original content and explores the business potential that new technologies bring.” 

Secondly, Ryor said, the book “demonstrates the symbiotic relationship that has developed between entertainment culture and micropolitics,” and thirdly, it explores how “digital platforms have fostered creative visibility of user-generated content, cultivated technological innovation and mediated the formulation of social relations online.” 

The last point of Guo’s book that Ryor touched on was that “her book also shows that while the modern public in China has agency that is nurtured by consumer culture, paradoxically the public is also susceptible to manipulation by those same commercial forces, as well as higher authorities such as the state.”

The second part of Ryor’s presentation then focused on the Chinese YouTube and WeiBo celebrity Li Ziqi to provide a foundation to raise some questions to Guo. 

Professors Tomonari and Donelan subsequently gave presentations. Donelan articulated her presentation as “[focusing] on the mode of thought engaged by Professor Guo in her research, her effort to move beyond previous research that tends to think about the relation of the Chinese state and internet users in terms of static opposition rather than evolving hybridities.” 

Guo was happy with the turnout of the panel discussion and appreciated the support from her colleagues, students and professors among other attendees. Guo said that if there was something she would hope those who attended the discussion and who read her book take away, it is the “importance of thinking outside the box, to critically reflect upon some of the commonly adopted concepts, languages and stereotypes in everyday life.”

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CSA passes $30,000 Cultural Organization Fund originally proposed in Fall 2020

Carletonian - Sat, 02/27/2021 - 10:26am

This past summer, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, a Carleton alumnus anonymously posted on the @dearpwi (Dear Predominantly White Institutions) Instagram page about how the Carleton Student Association (CSA) continually underfunded Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) student organizations and multicultural events. 

Specifically, the post cited how the CSA did not fund a trip led by the Office of International and Intercultural Life (OIIL) to visit Civil Rights monuments, while in the same meeting they did approve funding for a leadership trip planned by the majority white men’s ultimate frisbee team. 

This post led members of the CSA Budget Committee to propose creating a $30,000 Cultural Fund Group to support community-building and events for student-led cultural organizations. 

“We want to ensure that we are providing the necessary funds for cultural organizations to build community,” said CSA President Andrew Farias ’21. 

CSA Vice-President and Budget Committee Chair Brittany Dominguez ’21 led the project, which initially proposed to reallocate funds from Spring Concert, which usually costs around $45,000, to the Cultural Organization Fund. While OIIL does provide funds for cultural organizations, Dominquez explained that the CSA Cultural Organization Fund would work to supplement funds provided by OIIL and expand available funding.   

CSA could have implemented this new fund without input from the student body, however, Dominguez explained that she “really wanted to hear student voices and opinions about the matter.” Therefore, in the fall of 2020, the proposal to create a new Cultural Organization Fund using money from Spring Concert was put to a student body vote. 

The proposal posited bringing a headliner to Spring Concert only every fourth year and featuring only local bands in the remaining years—with the savings used to create the Cultural Organization Fund.   

Only 35% of students participated in the vote, and the proposal ultimately failed to meet the two-thirds majority necessary to pass, obtaining a close 63% approval. 

“Just because the initial motion failed didn’t mean we wanted to abandon the notion as a whole,” said Farias. Therefore, Dominquez and others worked to re-imagine how a Cultural Organization Fund could be adopted into the CSA’s Budget. 

At the start of the new financial cycle in June, Dominguez and other members of the Budget Committee were able to put together a savings plan to create the Cultural Organization Fund with $55,000 and reserve money to add to the fund in coming years. Dominguez explained that the money allocated was mainly incurred from savings that went back to CSA due to decreases in spending both this year and last year during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For example, savings were incurred from the cancellation of Spring Concert last year and from a lower rate of spending on CSA activities. Dominquez estimated that in total CSA has saved around $500,000. These savings not only allow for the creation of the Cultural Organization Fund but also make it possible for CSA to lower the activities fee, donate more money for causes such as the Carleton Cupboard and Winter Wardrobe, and make up for lost funds due to the elimination of laundry fees in 2019. 

Dominquez said that each year CSA can spend up to $30,000 of the fund, and every year during Spring Allocations the Budget Committee will add enough money to the fund to bring it back up to at least $30,000. 

The Cultural Organization Fund will open up possibilities to provide new types of funding to cultural organizations that Budget Committee previously did not offer. For example, the Budget Committee does not fund personal items, such as T-shirts, and only funds food for events that are open to the entire campus. 

Farias said the Cultural Organization Fund will make an exception for cultural organizations in order to help them “find healing, build solidarity, and build community.” This term, organizations such as LASO (Latin American Student Organization) and MOSAIC (Mosaic of South Asian Interests at Carleton) have already used the fund for care pancakes and to finance T-shirts for organization members who could not afford them. 

In order to make sure the Cultural Organization Fund had a degree of permanence, the CSA proposed including the fund within their Constitution. Farias explained that including financial stipulations in the Constitution has never been done before, however, Farias and CSA felt it was necessary in order to make sure that future funding to cultural organizations would not get cut during periods of financial strain. 

In order to add the Cultural Organization Fund to the Constitution, a referendum was included in the CSA Election poll sent out on February 21. The referendum read: “Do you support the addition of a CSA Bylaw that stipulates that the CSA Budget Committee must allocate money to ensure the Cultural Organization Fund is filled up to at least $30,000 each year?”

With around 48% of the student population participating in the vote, the referendum passed with 87% of voters in favor, well above the needed two-thirds majority. 

“I’m pretty happy that it ended up passing,” said Dominquez, who has worked on this project for several months now. Farias is also glad to see the fund accepted by the student body. “I’m excited that the CSA Cultural Organization Fund is really coming to fruition,” he said.

He added, “It’s incredibly important that we support a Cultural Organization Fund when they need it the most.”


Correction: Feb. 27, 2020 — this article has been updated from the version that appeared in our Feb. 26 print edition to include more specifics on the original proposal to reallocate Spring Concert funds.

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Career Center temporarily blocks Sunrise students protesting BIPOC-focused Wells Fargo event

Carletonian - Sat, 02/27/2021 - 10:23am

On January 27, the Career Center hosted a panel entitled, “Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity at Work: Corporate Culture & Individual Identities at Wells Fargo.” The goal of the event was for Carleton alumni currently employed by Wells Fargo to share their experiences with inclusion, diversity, and equity (IDE) in a corporate setting. 

However, panelists and attendees quickly realized the event would not go as anticipated when a group of five Carleton students from the campus chapter of the Sunrise Movement, a national student organization focused on climate justice, joined the Zoom call. 

These students proceeded to protest the event by questioning panelists about the Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline, a proposed replacement and expansion of a tar sands oil pipeline stretching across Northern Minnesota. Wells Fargo is one of the top funders of Line 3, providing loans to Enbridge—a Calgary-based Canadian energy transportation company—for its construction.

The panel featured six Carleton alumni who are currently employed by Wells Fargo. According to Rachel Leatham, Associate Director of the Career Center, the purpose of the event was to “explore the various roles at Wells Fargo that can be great fits for Carls based on the personal experiences of the alumni who participated. This event was carefully developed by alumni with diverse identities for BIPOC students at Carleton,” she said.

However, it was this focus on IDE that Sunrise members took issue with given that Line 3 would stretch across lands belonging to the Anishinaabe people. Sunrise describes themselves as “a movement to stop the climate crisis, enact racial and economic equality, and create millions of jobs in the process.” 

“A company that funds a pipeline that will be 300 billion dollars in climate damage is not equitable,” said Carleton Sunrise organizer Maya Stovall ’23, one of the five protesters. “There is nothing equitable about breaking treaties, there is nothing equitable about causing climate catastrophe. So we said, we’re going to take direct action.” 

It is with this in mind that the Sunrisers joined the panel and began asking questions, in an encounter that quickly grew confrontational and heated. Their questions continued for 45 minutes of the 90 minute panel, after which the protesters left the call.

Career Center Response

After the protest, the five Sunrise students in attendance, in addition to one member who was not present, emailed the Career Center, outlining their intentions and motivations with the hope of starting a productive dialogue. 

On Friday, January 29, the Career Center responded by revoking all access to Career Center resources for the students who signed the letter until each protester wrote a formal apology to the panelists and attendees, citing Carleton Community Standards Policy violations. This included revoking access to funding opportunities and Handshake, Carleton’s online job search platform.

“The crux of the issue is two-fold,” Leatham explained. “Students protesting against Wells Fargo’s involvement with Line 3 were disruptive in ways that went well beyond a reasonable amount of protest.”

“Secondly,” she continued, “the password to the event was shared with at least three individuals who appeared to be affiliated with the broader Sunrise movement from outside of Carleton who had not received permission to participate in the call, violating Carleton’s technology policy and reflecting a breach of security and trust.” The Zoom link for the event was accessible only with a Carleton Handshake login.

The Sunrise students argued that the Career Center’s response lacked due process, in violation of Carleton’s own Community Standards. They maintain that the response sets a concerning precedent for how student protests are handled at Carleton. 

“Just the lack of due process should be concerning to everyone, whether or not you agree with our activism goals,” said Greta Hardy-Mittell ’23, the student who signed the Sunrise email without having attended the event, and still had her access revoked. “Just the fact that I wasn’t at the event and I got this punishment given to me—that is a problem.”

The Career Center said they punished the six students who claimed responsibility for the protest, and then reinstated Hardy-Mittell’s access at a follow-up meeting. 

Carleton’s Community Standards state that when a formal disciplinary complaint is submitted, “The appropriate judicial authority determines whether a violation of college policy has occurred, based on a preponderance of evidence. If a violation is found, sanctions are assigned.” For an informal complaint—including this case, since no formal complaint was filed—the Standards recommend that the issue be handled through “conflict resolution” and “mediation.”

According to Leatham, “The Career Center consulted internally and with others in the college to swiftly address the harm caused by the Sunrise students.”

“Our priority was to convey that this behavior was unacceptable, caused harm, and provide a path towards resolution,” she continued. “Any longer-term processes and conversations would take place in parallel.” 

Sunrise protesters reported that they attempted to initiate a restorative justice process, but have not been Supported by the Career Center or the Dean of the College Office in doing so. Stovall said, “If we want to fight this, the college is making it a burden on us.”

She also shared worries about the potential financial consequences of suspending students’ Career Center access. “The big concern is if they were to do this to different students in the future,” she said. “Such a classist punishment is really inequitable.” 

The five Sunrise students who attended the event identified themselves as Carsten Finholt ’24, Aashutosha Lele ’23, Natalie Marsh ’21, Maya Stovall ’23 and Ellie Zimmerman ’21. They emphasized that the protest was an individual choice and was not sponsored by the Sunrise chapter on campus.

Debate Over the Harm Caused

One of the alumni panelists, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Carletonian, “While I understand the students’ attempts to voice their frustration, I found their approach distasteful. Although climate change is an important cause to fight, most people cannot have that be the priority when they have family to support and bills to pay.” 

“Choosing one’s employer/career based on their morals or passions, instead of the salary or convenience of being close to their family, is an extreme level of privilege that I can only dream of at this moment,” the panelist said.

Stovall said the Sunrise protesters “pressed [the panelists] a little bit, because we don’t feel like students can get a true picture of Wells Fargo at a diversity, inclusion, and equity event without talking about the harm Enbridge is causing.” 

Hardy-Mittell said, “I personally apologize to those students that the event did not go as expected. However, I will also point out that Sunrisers did leave after 45 minutes.” 

She continued, “We did acknowledge some of the harm that the event caused. For me one of the main issues that I personally had was that it was a group of majority white students interrupting a call that was being attended by majority BIPOC students. That’s one thing we’ve been wrestling with internally in Sunrise to make our further protests more equitable.” Hardy-Mittell added that they are planning to release a message acknowledging the harm caused in the coming weeks.

The Carletonian reached out to all six alumni panelists, but only one returned the request for comment. According to the Career Center’s online description of the event, the panelists were Harry Alappat ’20, Milton Dejesus ’01, Jojo Kuria ’16, Su Kim ’17, Zhiming Zhao ’05 and Derek Fried ’93. The majority of the panelists are people of color.

The Carletonian additionally contacted three students of color who attended the panel—including two students who Sunrise members reported expressed “frustration” during the protest—but these students either declined to comment or did not respond to the request.

Access Restored

On Tuesday, February 16, the remaining five affected students received an email from the Career Center stating that access to Handshake will be restored this Friday for Sunrise participants. The email did not give an explanation for the reversal.

Leatham told the Carletonian that the Career Center moved to restore the students’ access after a month had passed following the event, “with the understanding that the apologies are still outstanding.”

“We had anticipated that the students would quickly act to apologize and participate in a conversation with the Career Center,” Leatham said. When this did not happen, the Career Center opted to restore access the following month, she explained.

“When collective action is taken with a group, we are mindful of the impacts on all individuals,” Leatham said. “We restored access to ensure that no individual was disproportionately harmed by the lack of access. We remain optimistic that the Sunrise members will make amends with the students and alumni impacted by their actions.”

Leatham added that the incident prompted the Career Center to develop a new policy, currently under review, that “conveys our expectations for behavior” at events. She added, “We appreciate the interest in this event and encourage broader conversations to take place related to privilege, access, identity, and vocation.”

When asked if the Career Center was knowledgeable about Wells Fargo’s funding of Enbridge, Leatham declined to answer. However, she did specify, “The event was not sponsored by Wells Fargo, nor was it attended by any human resources or recruitment personnel from Wells Fargo.”

Concerning the Career Center’s decision to host the event, Stovall argued, “This covers up the real environmental destruction and violation of indigenous sovereignty by Wells Fargo, and really, which side is the Career Center on? Is it on the side of students and activists and a just and liveable future, or it on the side of upholding destructive business practices?” 

Line 3 is currently under development in Northern Minnesota. It would transport almost a million barrels of tar sands per day from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin, in addition to violating the treaty rights of Anishinaabe peoples and nations in its path. Dozens of banks have provided Enbridge with over $12 billion in loans to fund the pipeline. Wells Fargo is one of five banks serving as a lead agent on key loans.

Correction: Feb. 27, 2020 — this article has been updated from our Feb. 26 print edition to include the names of the alumni panelists as reported by the Career Center’s description of the event. Secondly, the original article incorrectly stated that the Zoom link for the event was sent in a campus-wide email. The Zoom link was only accessible with a Carleton Handshake login.

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Journalist Isma’il Kushkush talks Malcolm X, personal evolution, and globalization in Black History Month chapel service

Carletonian - Sat, 02/27/2021 - 10:21am

After decades of foreign correspondence for major American and international news outlets, Isma’il Kushkush has learned that local stories are never just local. 

“Many of these stories are interconnected, so when we talk about national stories, sometimes they have international elements to them. The future is in having a global understanding,” Kushkush said.

Those themes of understanding between communities and across borders were strong in Kushkush’s speech titled “The Evolving Malcolm X,” given at the annual Black History Month Chapel Service on Sunday, February 21. Accompanied by vocal music from Known MPLS, a North Minneapolis youth choir, and remarks from members of Carleton’s Black community, Kushkush was the centerpiece of the event, bringing expertise from his research on Malcolm X as a fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Using Malcolm X’s transformation from a hustler on the streets of Boston and federal prisoner to an internationally prominent leader of the Nation of Islam and Black liberation as a launch point, Kushkush discussed the importance of working with whatever adverse circumstances we might encounter in life to be in a “constant state of improving oneself.” 

In a later interview, Kushkush continued, “this element of evolution in one’s life can be useful for anyone across religion and across ethnic backgrounds. It’s the idea of being in one place and moving forward with ideas.”

Taking a lesson from Malcolm X’s life, the best piece of advice that Kushkush offers to young people is to always “be ready to develop and evolve,” no matter what difficult situation we might find ourselves in. 

That’s coming from someone who knows firsthand the challenge of being Black in American newsrooms. “The issue of diversity in the newsroom, of bringing different perspectives on social and political issues, is a big challenge in the U.S. media at large,” he explained. 

Some of the challenges he has faced include being detained for questioning multiple times by United States border patrol authorities, something he said was equally due to his ethnicity as his work abroad.

While his racial, religious and ethnic identities may be adversarial in this country, Kushkush said that it enabled his work as a foreign correspondent in East Africa for outlets such as the New York Times, CNN and Al Jazeera. Kushkush grew up in Sudan, Kuwait, Syria, and eventually the United States as his father moved around the world for graduate school and work. As a result, he has a dual understanding of American and East African culture and history, which he said has been a major asset in his professional life.

“Having one foot here and one foot there makes a journalist understand what stories are of interest, what stories American audiences will be interested in, but also having a foot there one has a deeper understanding of the social and political makeup of these places,” Kushkush said.

For example, he said one of his most popular stories was one he wrote for the New York Times in 2015 about the rise of American country music in Kenya. The locals would have never thought that their music taste would be an interesting story, but because of his international life, Kushkush knew it would resonate with American audiences. Kushkush always looks for those kinds of stories that establish links between communities and make local stories global.

While the American media industry still has a long way to go in terms of diversity and equity, he said, “people with that [international] experience bring something to the table that slowly is receiving better appreciation in newsrooms.” In the meantime, the best anyone can do is to follow in the footsteps of Malcolm X and keep pushing the boundaries of society despite the limitations it places on us.


Correction: Feb. 27, 2020 — this article has been updated from our Feb. 26 print edition to specify that Known MPLS is the North Minneapolis youth choir that sang at the service.

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MIAC postpones winter sports

Carletonian - Sat, 02/27/2021 - 10:20am

As MIAC (Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) Athletic Directors are set to decide the fate of Spring sports early this March, the status of the current winter season will likely play heavily into their decision. While Carleton, St. Olaf, Macalester and St. Catherine’s opted out of Winter sports, the remainder of MIAC schools decided to compete in Women’s and Men’s Basketball, Hockey, Swim & Dive and Indoor Track & Field. 

But competition has taken new forms due to pandemic restrictions. All MIAC conference championships were cancelled and individual institutions were left to decide their Swim & Dive and Indoor Track & Field schedules. As for Women’s and Men’s Basketball and Hockey, the MIAC released a schedule of Wednesday and Saturday games starting in early February to mid-March. 

In theory, the schedules drawn by the MIAC were solid, but as Einstein said, “in theory… theory and practice are the same, but in practice, they are not.” In practice, the Winter season did not go smoothly for the schools who chose to compete. Seasons were truncated, competitions were postponed, and for certain sports at individual institutions, competition didn’t even take place. 

For Swim & Dive, only six meets took place during March and February, and only 4 MIAC institutions ended up competing. Saint John’s, Gustavus, Hamline, and St. Thomas competed in a series of dual and quad meets against each other, all of which took place at Gustavus in St. Peter, save one dual meet at St. John’s in Collegeville. 

Indoor Track & Field had somewhat more success. Bethel, Gustavus, Hamline, Augsburg, St. Thomas, Concordia, and Saint Mary’s participated in a series of dual and triangular meets against each other throughout the last two months, with meets scheduled up until March 6. Concordia also competed in out-of-conference meets in North Dakota against a myriad of schools in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) and North Dakota College Athletic Conference (NDCAC). Saint Mary’s University is also scheduled to compete out-of-conference against Winona State University. 

Women’s and Men’s Basketball and Hockey have also faced numerous postponements—likely due to COVID-19 concerns. In the MIAC COVID competition plan updated on February 12, the procedure for postponement is laid out as such: 

“In the event of outbreak or injuries significantly impacting rosters, postponement of a game should be considered. If the minimum eligible number student-athletes (eight for basketball 16 for hockey) remain healthy, competition should continue. A minimum number of student-athletes need to be available for a team to engage in competition; however, a team may elect to move forward with fewer student-athletes.”

Fourteen of 31 Women’s Hockey games have been postponed or cancelled, while 15 of 28 Men’s Hockey games have been, including the last 12 scheduled games. Eleven of 23 Women’s Basketball games and 15 of 30 Men’s Basketball games have been cancelled or postponed as well.

No one expected a completely normal season of competition amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, but the current status of the MIAC winter seasons is troubling not only for the athletes competing but also for intercollegiate competition going forward.

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Virtual ski race brings athletic competition back to Carleton

Carletonian - Sat, 02/27/2021 - 10:19am

The Nordic Ski Club hosted a virtual 5k this past week in the Arboretum, bringing a semblance of athletic competition back to Carleton. To ensure social distancing and accommodate busy eighth week schedules, skiers completed the race asynchronously using the Strava app to log their individual race times. The window for competition began early Friday morning and ended at 9pm Tuesday. 

“Each skier downloaded the app on their phone and then started an ‘activity’ at the start line,” said Oliver Tullio ’24, who organized the race. Strava used participants’ phones to track their location and time their race from start to finish. Marked by bright signs, the course directed skiers along a loop throughout the Lower Arb, beginning and ending at the gated entrance near North Division Street. 

Tullio used Strava’s route-map interface to plan out the course and skied it himself beforehand to make sure the pacing, hills and finish were adequate. The race was completed in classic style, where skiers use their arms and poles to generate momentum, relying primarily on hills to generate speed. Skiers were not allowed to skate even if they had their own set of skate skis. 

Thirty-one skiers posted times, including an additional 10 skiers who completed the course for leisure. 

Top three finishers for the men included Antero Sivula ’24, who finished with a time of 18 minutes and 36 seconds, followed by Oliver Tullio (19:03) and Antero’s older brother Tuomas ’21, who recorded a time of 20:27. For the women, Cara Meyer ’21 took first place with a time of 22:15, followed by Emma Watson ’23 (22:25) and Maya Strike ’21, who posted a 24:25 finish. Skiers were also divided into pods, who competed against each other based on participation. 

“There were definitely some logistical challenges,” said Tullio, who noted some inefficiencies with the app’s tracking system. “For a few people, Strava claimed they didn’t complete the course, even though they did, so we recorded the total ‘moving time’ during their Strava activity.”

There were some difficulties ensuring participants stayed on course when they completed the race on their own. “We tried to make sure everyone knew where to go by posting signs and sending out a gallery of course photos in advance, but inevitably a few people took a wrong turn and ended up doing the wrong route,” Tullio added. 

The event can be deemed as a success for the Nordic Ski Club, which saw an increase in membership this winter as demand for COVID-friendly activities on campus rose. To provide a competitive respite from mounting end of term exams and papers, the club found a creative way to help its skiers put the skills they’ve developed throughout the term to the test. Additionally, the competition allowed participants to fulfil their race requirement for PE-credit.

 “It was really nice to be able to get some friendly competition in and really feel like you’re part of a team by ‘striving together’ towards a common goal,” said Tullio, referring to the inter-pod competition. “It’s rewarding when people tell me they liked the course or enjoyed getting the chance to push themselves, as it makes me feel like I’ve made a positive difference, which is so important in such times.”

Tullio and the Nordic Ski Club hopes to organize a more competitive off-season training group this upcoming year in preparation for having a race team in the near future when in-person competition against other schools is made possible. As of now, the club remains focused on developing the skills of newly-joined skiers and providing a fun way to earn PE-credit.

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