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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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Letter to the President, from the Carleton Democratic Socialists of America: cancel trip to Israel

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:15pm

Dear President Poskanzer,

We are extremely disappointed with your decision to attend Project Interchange, an educational trip to Israel sponsored by an organization that takes pride in support from Israel’s violent rightwing government and trumpets its record of political accomplishments against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

In the words of its website, “Project Interchange communicates [Israel’s] profoundly democratic character, complex security situation, and diverse and innovative society.”

If you are genuinely looking for education about Israel and Palestine, this is not the place to start. Calling Israel’s society “profoundly democratic” and “diverse” ignores Israeli laws which enact violent racial exclusion and institutionalized inequality against the Palestinian people.

Last year, Israel’s right-wing government enshrined a basic law that declared Israel a solely Jewish nation and said, “The State views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value, and shall act to encourage and promote its establishment and strengthening.”

This law was condemned by human rights advocacy organizations around the world, but it only puts into writing an understanding long held by the Israeli government.

This government, which controls the lives of 13,556,000 people, is legitimized by an electorate of 8,642,000.

While this population is not only Jewish people, Arab citizens of Israel, who make up less than a quarter of Palestinians, face significant obstacles exercising the right to vote.

During last year’s election, polling booths were placed under surveillance illegally, their political parties were nearly stopped from contesting, and turnout among Arab citizens dropped 15%, according to Haaretz.

This is not a democracy. About a third of the population cannot vote at all, and Palestinians who can vote face voter suppression tactics reminiscent of the American South. Israel is an ethno-state whose often-defended “right to exist” is contingent on forced removal and systemic violence.

Israeli violence, however Project Interchange wants to obfuscate it through language like “complex security situation,” has permeated Palestinian life since Israel’s creation.

Last weekend in Northfield, a group commemorated the 71st anniversary of the Nakba, when Israel expelled more than 700,000 Palestinians, embarked on campaigns of mass rape and killing, and wiped more than 400 villages off the map.

Since then, families have languished in refugee camps for generations, denied the right to return. Here in Northfield, people read out the names of each destroyed village.

We wish you heard, President Poskanzer, because each one of those villages and each one of those lives ought to be reason enough not to attend Project Interchange.

Exactly the same violence continues to this day. Israel demolishes houses, schools, places of worship and villages in order to build segregated settlements.

Israeli settlers have segregated networks of roads, buses, schools, and even universities. Around 60% of the West Bank is completely controlled by the Israeli military, and more than 600,000 settlers live in vast portions of Palestinian land expropriated for their exclusive use.

Only a few weeks ago, the IDF destroyed a primary school. Children, along with thousands of adult Palestinians, are arbitrarily thrown into prison for years at a time, with over 99% of defendants ultimately convicted.

According to Human Rights Watch, “Palestinian children are treated in ways that would terrify and traumatize an adult… Screams, threats, and beatings are no way for the police to treat a child or to get accurate information from them.” The UN has repeatedly found that Israeli settlement-building violates the Geneva Conventions.

Though Project Interchange professes to be “nonpartisan” and “apolitical,” there is no apolitical way to “bring the… accomplishments of Israel to life.”

When a group of people is subjected to the political will of another to the extent that homes are destroyed and children are routinely killed and imprisoned, there is no “apolitical way” for Project Interchange to accomplish this goal. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

Project Interchange doesn’t really try to be neutral, either: In the words of an alum mentioned on its website, he “learned about the pernicious anti-Semitic boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting the Jewish state.” This trip is tremendously political.

It greatly mischaracterizes the BDS campaign. BDS is a Palestinian-led campaign supported by people around the world, not a shadowy anti-Semitic conspiracy.

It is a peaceful tactic that has been adopted by organizations and people ranging from the Presbyterian Church to Roger Waters. Boycotting Israel is not boycotting Jewish people any more than boycotting apartheid South Africa was boycotting white people. Desmond Tutu put it eloquently in a recent interview: “In South Africa, we could not have achieved our democracy without the help of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the apartheid regime… The same issues of inequality and injustice today motivate the divestment movement trying to end Israel’s decades-long occupation of Palestinian territory and the unfair and prejudicial treatment of the Palestinian people by the Israeli government ruling over them.”

Project Interchange exists to silence this side of the story. Any time its website refers to the BDS campaign, it throws in an extra adjective: “pernicious,” “insidious,” sinister.” Its sponsoring organization brags that it has “cut off BDS at every turn.”

Some of the most visible victims of the campaign against BDS have been professors like Steven Salaita, who lost a tenured job opportunity for speaking out about Israeli human rights abuses.

As President of our college, if you attend Project Interchange, you will send a chilling message to Carleton students and faculty about our academic freedom. You will help the right-wing government of Israel win a propaganda victory.

Many university/college presidents have already attended Project Interchange, and Carleton will be one more on the list. We reject Carleton’s name being coopted to support an apartheid state.

This is a difficult letter to write because it would be impossible to spell out in a few pages every reason to stay home: families driven from their homeland, 700 Palestinian children arrested, interrogated, and tortured each year, and more than 1,500 Palestinian children killed since 2000, according to UNICEF and UNOCHA reports.

A letter could not capture the cruelty of a wall slicing through ancestral land or the anxiety of over 700 roadblocks and checkpoints. No letter asking you not to attend Project Interchange could be adequate, and that is exactly why we urge you not to attend.

In peace,

Carleton Democratic Socialists of America

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Prospective CSA Senate member outlines recent meeting

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:09pm

Hi, everyone. I’m one of your College Council Liaison-elects and a prospective member of the CSA Senate. Something I noticed when I was campaigning is that a lot of people feel unclear on what CSA actually does; some doubt it does anything at all. Since my election I’ve begun attending Senate meetings, and, given these perceptions, I feel it’s worthwhile to share my experiences thus far.

My first meeting (05/20) began with an overview of some requests for funding from student organizations that had passed through the CSA Budget Committee, which Senate now had to approve. Much of CSA’s money goes to student organizations and their events, which we’re responsible for funding. We also fund big campus-wide events like Spring Concert.

After Budget Committee approvals, things heated up. Paul Thiboutot, VP of Admissions, had come before the Senate for his yearly visit. In spite of this being his final time here, my fellow Senators pulled no punches. Discussion turned to why financial aid doesn’t fully cover students’ laundry costs. When Mr. Thiboutot referred us to the emergency funds available at the Dean’s Office for non-academic costs like laundry, one Senator raised their personal experience having difficulty in securing the funds they needed. We worried this difficulty was exemplary of a wider campus issue.

A few days after the meeting, a few of us met outside of Senate to discuss some concrete solutions to the problem. This is what’s called a working group, a smaller subsection of Senators working on a specific issue on campus. In Senate, working groups focus on a wide array of issues ranging from promoting stainability to managing the CSA textbook library. Our first move was to put out a survey on the laundry problem, to gauge how many students were having issues paying.

As it turns out, that was around 30% of respondents, even more than we anticipated. This presents us with a challenge. As we discussed this Monday (05/27), paying for everyone’s laundry is likely implausible, and there are serious bureaucratic hurdles in creating a potential laundry fund, even just for those who can’t afford it.

I don’t know how it’s going to shake out. We’ve called on Dean Livingston, who’s responsible for the administration’s emergency funds, to elaborate on the issue. From there, solutions might range from increasing advertisement of these emergency funds or easing access to them, to calling on the admin to allocate more funds to this stash, to pushing through those bureaucratic hurdles and setting up a laundry fund of our own.

But I do know one thing. I know we are going to fight like hell to solve this problem, any way we can. That, really, is what CSA does. We’re a group of passionate kids who are working to make people’s lives better, be it through funding Sproncert, or, for a recent example, through the work my good buddy Luke Norquist (among others) has done to get student worker wages raised. I don’t know if we’ll win this time, but I know we’ll keep fighting hard for y’all, no matter what. With love, Sid

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Senior reflects on growth and change at Carleton

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:06pm

As I try to write something to sum up my senior reflections, I think back to how often I wrote for the Viewpoint as a first term, first year student and wonder how I had the confidence to write in the opinion section. I remember thinking at the time that I would surely look back and cringe a little at what I had written—and it’s true, after looking back on some of my pieces, I do cringe. But I take that reaction to be a testament to the fact that I’ve grown over these past four years. And thank goodness for that.

I’m grateful for Carleton for showing me that life isn’t about having just one adjustment period and then being done, but rather that there is always growth happening. That shifts and rifts come no matter what, so you better be ready to adjust. That nothing will stay the same, so you had better take it in (whatever that “it” might be at the moment) and be present.

It’s been amazing to see how the Carletonian has changed in these past few years. I was part of the first editorial team to make our social media accounts, got the first interview with Dean Livingston during her first term at Carleton, and covered stories ranging from the gut-wrenching to the last-minute page-filling necessities. And the paper continues to grow— Ross and Sarah have done an incredible job leading their team into the launch of a new, paywallfree website and have carefully and gracefully navigated the loss of access to our local printing press after it closed its doors. Things are always changing, and I’ve admired and respected this team’s continuing acceptance of the need to meet these new realities with a willing spirit.

Some growth takes longer than we want it to. I’ve witnessed and participated in student activism on campus and know that while there are challenges, change happens when we are persistent. We can’t solve all of Carleton’s institutional problems within our four years here, but we can notice them and act on them in sustained ways that help further the longterm goals of making change.

This is the hope that I leave Carleton with. That the work I’ve been a part of here will continue on once I’m gone. That the work I do, off in my new adventures, will matter. That what I’ve done has made an impact, however small, and that I can continue to be a force wherever I go. I’m ready to leave Carleton and continue putting all the things that I’ve learned into practice. I’m ready to keep growing.

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COURT REPORT: Predatory offender charged with 9 counts relating to child porn

Northfield News - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:00pm
A sex offender already in prison in a separate case was charged Wednesday with nine new felonies involving disseminating or possessing pornographic work involving children in Rice County District Court.
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A former Editor-in-Chief looks back

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 3:52pm

When starting to write this reflection, I didn’t know whether to focus on my time at Carleton or the Carletonian itself. Then I thought that it’s possible I might be too jaded at this point to focus on either. Then, finally, I realized that the story of my time on the Carletonian has often been the story of my time at Carleton as a whole, as the newspaper has played a defining role of shaping how I’ve experienced this school.

My first engagement with the Carletonian came my very first day on campus – one of my New Student Week leaders, Jack Noble, was an erstwhile Editorin-Chief of the paper, and he encouraged me to come to my first meeting. I didn’t speak to anyone, too scared to pitch an idea, much less write a story.

Soon, though, I was muddling my way through stories of my own about trigger warnings in classrooms and a drugs and alcohol grant (which, by the way, what happened with that?), relying on the handful of upperclasspeople I knew to help direct me to sources, or show me where the Res Life office was. Everything was new, simultaneously scary and exciting, and nothing could compare to picking up the paper on Friday and seeing my name in print.

Having been on my high BY DYLAN LARSON-HARSCH Editor-in-Chief Emeritus school newspaper, I came to the Carletonian with probably outsized ambition—freshman winter I applied to be Managing Editor. I didn’t get the job, of course, but I did become a Features Editor, and freshman spring succeeded in becoming Managing Editor when a large batch of editors quit (which, as I learned throughout my time on the paper, is not an uncommon occurrence).

I came into the Managing Editor job with energy, idealism, and a litany of things I wanted the paper to improve on. I wanted cleaner layouts, snappier arts reviews, pay for editors, regularized writer trainings, and to turn the paper into one of the cool publications on campus on par with the CLAP. I probably came in too fast, and definitely ruffled some feathers among the older editorial staff when I started critiquing them on their page layouts.

Obviously not everything, or even most things, freshman me strove to do with the paper came to fruition, but it’s that youthful energy that keeps the paper moving forward. As I continued my time on the paper, eventually becoming Editor-in-Chief my sophomore spring, my vision for the paper became markedly less revolutionary. As the terms slid by, I became more and more content with just putting out an issue every week and calling that a success. Editing the Carletonian is work, hard work, and just keeping the paper going each week required more than enough time and energy investment in of itself – dropped articles, broken computers, botched page layouts, low writer retention, late Thursday nights copy editing—the etceteras were endless.

By my senior fall, my last term as Editor-in-Chief, I started to question what it was I had given to the paper. There felt like so many things I should have done—new website, new computers, new writers—but my energy was exhausted just going through the basic steps of layout.

As I got more distance from the paper, though, I realized that I had been giving to the paper all along. Through all the energy and effort I had invested into the paper (my friends once accused me of fabricating Carletonian meetings because it seemed like I went to them so often), I had been helping the paper live and grow. Being so close to the crises and struggles of the paper, it’s easy to forget that the content we produced every week didn’t just get published and then disappear—not only is it a lasting record of Carleton life, but it also managed to do some good in the present.

Not to mention the friendships I made! Some of the fondest moments I have at Carleton have been with people on the paper, from Jack Noble trying to initiate new writers in my first year by having us eat a spoonful of catsup, to our first wine night layout with Emma Nicosia and Paul Peterson, to rooting through the old Carletonian office with Brynne Diggins and finding the women’s soccer 2012 highlight DVD, to drawing our layout chart on the board every night at copy editing with Ellie Grabowski.

So that’s how the Carletonian, and Carleton itself, works: plucky new editors come in, do their best, get ground down, and hand the reins off to the next generation. I’m proud of the work I did on the paper, and even prouder of what the new team (Ross, Sarah, Katy, etc) have improved on. I mean, have you seen the new website?)

Maybe cycling through Carleton is unforgiving, but it’s led to some of the most joyful and rewarding times of my life. Since 1877.

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A reflection on confidence

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 3:45pm

As I finish up the last few weeks of my senior year at Carleton, I have been wondering what my incoming first-year self would think of where I am now. What feelings would have run through my 19-year-old head if I had known where I’d end up academically, personally, creatively, emotionally? I don’t know how 19-year-old me would feel about the path 22-yearold me has started down, but that’s okay, because 22-yearold me knows that I have made choices that are right for me.

However, the choice I know would have surprised my freshman self the most is the Carletonian. Coming into Carleton, I had never written for a school newspaper of any kind. Then, somehow, I wrote my first article as a contributing writer. Then I ended up becoming a copy editor and a staff writer. Then a viewpoint editor. And then an editor-in-chief. Every time my role shifted, I thought to myself: this is just luck. I’m not that qualified, but I’ll do it. I’ll try something new. Why not?

The “Why not?” feeling carried me through, and I am so grateful that it did, because four years at the Carletonian have taught me that I am, in fact, qualified, and that I always was, despite the moments when I doubted it. Writing and editing for the Carletonian taught me a lot. It taught me about AP style. It taught me about Adobe InDesign. It taught me about interviewing people, about terms like “on the record” and “pitch” and “angle,” about leading meetings. It taught me about getting all sides of a story and about being a good editor. It also taught me a bunch of other stuff, like transcribing audio and updating computer software and comma splices and italics and so much more. Memorably, it taught me what to do when a burst pipe floods your student newspaper’s office at the very beginning of the term.

Most of all, my time at the Carletonian has taught me the value of confidence. It’s pretty cheesy, but it’s true. 19-year-old me would have been absolutely shocked to learn that in two short years, she’d be co-leading pitch meetings—not just shocked to be on the student newspaper, but shocked to be leading, period. 22-year-old me, on the other hand, knows that confidence is a process, not an inherent state or quality, and that it takes many forms. This is not to say that becoming confident in my role was easy, because it definitely wasn’t. But it showed me new sides of myself, sides that I hadn’t known I possessed.

As we approach, I find myself extremely grateful for all of the time I spent in the Carletonian office, and I find myself grateful for everyone I worked with there. Most of all, both at the Carletonian and outside of it, I am grateful for the person that I have become since arriving on campus on that day four years ago.

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Student band “Cold Rice Party” plays farewell concert in Great Hall for friends and fans

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 3:40pm

Close to 50 students gathered in the Great Hall, also known as Cold Rice Party’s “home court,” on May 22 to watch the band perform one last time. From performing at an OIIL Senior Banquet, the International Festival, and the Lunar New Year Event, to their final concert, Cold Rice Party has made their mark at Carleton.

“What makes us unique is that we mainly don’t play English songs, but we believe in our craft and we believe that there is a certain connection that we can make with the BY CLARISSA GUZMAN Staff Writer Western audience here,” says Bonny Lee ’19. “They don’t understand what the heck we’re saying sometimes but they can groove along to the music.”

The group initially started with Lee and Ian Seong ’19, when they were sophomores.

“We bonded over Korean pop culture, it wasn’t until sophomore year that we decided we could do a musical thing together,” Lee said.

“For forming a group it was kind of like, ‘Oh you play guitar, I sing and play the piano, might as well make a group,’” said Seong.

As for the rest of the group, they came one by one at different times. Lee scouted out Nobuaki Masaki ’20 for his guitar talent. Then, Seong reached out to his brother, Chris Seong ’20 at St. Olaf, and he joined as Cold Rice Party’s beatboxer. Matthew Pan ’20 was sought out by Seong and Lee when they were neighbors in Nourse, and he became the bassist and cellist of the group. Along with the core members of the band, Vanna Figueroa ’21 played an important role as the manager and director of the group. She has helped choose songs for the band to perform.

The name, Cold Rice Party, originated from a Korean saying.

“Nobody wants cold rice. Why would you want cold rice when you can get warm rice? If you are treated as cold rice, you are swept to the side, nobody really cares about you,” said Lee. “At first it was very self-deprecating. And then I was just like ‘why don’t we switch this around and make it a celebration of the unwanted?’”

Cold Rice Party tried to push back against assumptions that people have about K-Pop and bring good Korean music to people’s radars.

“I think we made a color of our band, that kind of groovy, laid-back vibe. I think the audience likes that because I do see people vibing around.”

Cold Rice Party’s final performance featured many Carleton artists, as well as a couple of St. Olaf students.

“It’s a cumulation of everything we have been through. The crowd was energetic and lively,” said Seong. “What hit me the most was that given that it was a single concert for us, I think it was the biggest crowd turnout.”

As far as the future of Cold Rice Party goes, Lee plans to go work in China for the summer and Seong is off to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a Ph.D. in mathematics. The rest of the group members will still be at Carleton for a couple more years, but it’s up to someone in the group to step up and lead the group.

“They’re negotiating right now, but it sounds like the members are willing to continue this! It’s a difficult transition because Ian and I won’t be there, which means potentially restructuring the band, but so far, the key members who are still on campus sound keen to continue the band moving forward,” said Lee.

“Bonny handles a lot of the weight, he organizes stuff and coordinates with people. Yesterday we were like ‘Okay, who’s going to pull a Bonny next year?’” said Figueroa. “There are a lot of options with where this can go.”

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Students express frustration over Disability Services office shortcomings

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 3:17pm

The Carleton Disability Services Office (DS) has received mixed reviews from students, who say that although the office has helped them to some extent at obtaining accommodations, the process can be hampered by DS disorganization and lack of support.

“My experiences with Disability Services have been pretty mixed throughout my time at Carleton,” said Student A, who receives accommodations and wished to remain anonymous due to fear of retaliation. “They’ve been supportive and I don’t want to deny that they haven’t been there, but I don’t think there’s been a single term at Carleton where I haven’t felt like their help was inadequate and questioned their competence.”

Many students said that DS does not have enough funding or trained staff to function well, and even then is hampered by a lack of organization and ability to meet deadlines. An example indicative of DS confusion was when DS sent out two emails to all students that receive accommodations which CC’d instead of BCC’d the recipients, meaning that anyone on the email list could see the names of everyone else receiving accommodations.

“The office is just generally kind of disorganized in a stressful way,” said Student B, who receives accommodations and wished to remain anonymous. “One of the last times I went in they had me take an exam in [Student Accessibility Specialist] Jan Foley’s office because she wasn’t there, and there were just papers laying around everywhere, and that made me super uncomfy because, not that I would have ever looked through other people’s papers, but if it had been someone else they could have.” Others who have worked closely with the office voiced similar concerns.

“I would say that [the Disability Services office] is not functioning super well,” said a former Disability Services Peer Leader who wished to remain anonymous. “It functions, but Chris [Dallager, Director of Disability Services] will have a lot of big ideas that he doesn’t always have time for, and so I think timing and time management can be a bit of an issue … from a more day to day perspective, too, he isn’t great about keeping on top of his email, so that can also affect things.”

Some students couched their critiques of the office in qualifications that they had been helped to some extent.

Amelia Blair-Smith ’21 said that she received her accommodation, but encountered difficulties throughout the process. First, she emailed Dallager, but did not get a response for over a week. When she visited the office in person, she had trouble finding someone to help her.

“I had everything in order; I just needed Disability Services to sign off on it. And then I had to wait in the office for like an hour, because apparently Chris was on lunch break and nobody knew where he was,” she said. “I was like, ‘this is crazy.’ You know, my emails aren’t getting responded to, I’m here waiting, no one knows where the head of Disability Services is.” BlairSmith added that according to Dallager’s calendar, “he was supposed to be in the office.”

“I just felt like—dealing with the Disability Services office— like I was an inconvenience to them, or like they didn’t really care about me, or they sort of just wished I didn’t come to them with questions, was kind of like the vibe I was getting,” she said.

Similarly, Sarah Rost ’19, said that after Dallager arrived at Carleton in 2016, “I feel like I had to prove my disability to him.”

Rost’s experiences with DS requiring a large amount of documentation led her to stop working with the office for a while, although she noted that this “probably isn’t advisable.” Then she ran into difficulty in one of her classes.

“I wasn’t technically getting accommodations, so I didn’t have the formal letter saying that the professor has to do this, but I had a professor downgrade me in participation because I wasn’t like raising my hand in class, [which] was a direct effect of my hearing loss; it is just harder for me to stay up with the pace of a lecture class, and so I don’t raise my hand as often,” she said. She then had to tell this to her professor.

“It was kind of scary and stressful,” she said. “It would’ve been helpful to have people who actually wanted to support—because sometimes I feel like [DS is] there to police what’s going on, like, who’s getting accommodations, what they’re getting—and doing that rather than supporting.”

Rost also said she encountered communication difficulties when her microphone, a tool she uses as part of her accommodation, broke. While she said that Dallager got her a lender microphone right away, he was unresponsive to her emails regarding a permanent replacement for two weeks.

When asked in an email about his role in contributing to the disorganization of Disability Services, Dallager did not directly address those concerns, but highlighted the work Disability Services does across campus, including helping students facilitate accommodations, presenting research at conferences, and seeing a significant increase in the amount of tests administered.

“We have responded to the complaints we have received and we have proactively looked for feedback in places like open listening sessions. If anyone has concerns, something we take very seriously, then we invite communication,” Dallager said.

Foley declined to comment, saying, “While I acknowledge that, as in any office, there are areas that can be improved within Disability Services, I also believe that is only one side of the story. There are many students who would tell you that our office has had a positive influence on their Carleton experience, and for whom our support, expertise, and caring have been instrumental in their ability to engage more fully in college life. I take pride in knowing that. For those who are dissatisfied, I would welcome the learning that could take place on both sides in conversation about your concerns.”

Beyond organizational concerns, students also expressed dissatisfaction with how little Disability Services integrates itself into student life.

“There needs to be more effort to integrate with other offices and other groups doing inclusivity work,” said Student C. “The couple events I’ve went to run by the office have been really low in attendance, and I think there’s still a lot of stigma surrounding the office and general disability issues on campus.”

Student C also said they have not seen DS be supportive of student activism.

“There’s been an increasing amount of student activism surrounding disability issues this year,” Student C said. “That’s been really great, but I’ve not seen the office of Disability Services be behind that.”

Student A expressed similar frustration with the office not advocating for students beyond the most rudimentary level.

“I strongly believe that they are trying to help me and want to help me … [but] they haven’t been assertive enough in communicating to faculty what it is that I need, and am allowed, in my accommodations,” Student A said. “It’s always been framed to me as a negotiation.”

For example, Student A said DS informs him when a Professor attempts to deny his accommodations, making his relationship with that Professor awkward. Student A also said that there are confusing shifts during finals period, when endof-term extensions on papers and exams go through the Dean of Students’ Office instead of DS, complicating his accommodations processes when he needs them most.

The DS website outlines a process for obtaining disability accommodations at Carleton. Students must submit a request form and documentation of their disability from a professional. Second, DS consults with the student, and with others if needed. Third, DS determines if a reasonable accommodation would either “fundamentally alter essential elements, requirements, or the nature of the course, program, service, or facility in question” or “create an undue burden for the College,” as written on the website. If it does not, DS writes a letter of accommodation for the student. Students receiving accommodations meet with DS at the start of every term.

Grievance procedures also exist, ranging from meeting with DS staff, submitting a grievance form to be reviewed by Carleton’s disability grievance review board, or appealing a grievance review board decision to the ADA Coordinator and Dean of Students, Carolyn Livingston. According to Associate Dean of Students and member of the disability grievance review board Joe Baggot, the review board meets at an average of three times per year.

For finals period accommodations, the DS website writes that “Disability Services is available to proctor exams for students that have been approved to receive academic accommodations,” and provides information about final exams proctored by DS. The DS web page about exam modifications does not refer to end-ofterm extensions from the Dean of Students’ Office.

Baggot said that students do receive accommodations on final exams via disability services, and that this process is separate from the Dean of Students’ Office’s end-of-term extension process.

“There’s no window on when somebody can submit a request for accommodations,” Baggot said. “There may be a timeliness matter in when the staff is available… There are things that certainly happen within a Dean of Students’ office that are during a finals period that are certainly different from the DS office.”

Dean of Students and ADA Coordinator Carolyn Livingston said, of finals period: “Students who receive end-of-term extensions are granted disability accommodations if they have received accommodations during the term. End-of-term ex tensions are only granted in the Dean of Students office.” She said that according to academic policy, end-of-term extensions are only granted in cases of extenuating circumstances, which can include illness.

When asked what the rationale was for the end-of-term extension policy, Livingston gave two reasons. First, she said, the Dean of Students’ Office was established before DS and thus had been carrying out the policy for longer.

“You have to think about the extenuating circumstance,” she said. “Because if you automatically gave 300+ students [receiving academic accommodations] an end-of-term extension, then it’s not really exceptional; it’s not really an extenuating circumstance… Then all that does is extend the term from ten weeks to 13 weeks, or extends ten weeks to 11 weeks. Then why have a term? Why have a ten week term?”

In response to questions about Disability Services not doing enough for students, Dallager highlighted how the office has expanded its administrative reach in recent years, with the addition of a second staff member, the peer leader program, social events, volunteer opportunities, and programs focused on assignment completion and friendship skills. “The Disability Services Office has been transformed in the past three years,” Dallager said.

Livingston said that she hears “some” student feedback about DS. “I think a part of this is because of the changing landscape,” she said. “Disability Services has changed a lot in the last three or four years, and a lot of it was precipitated by changes in federal guidance regarding Disability Services as well. And so, and particularly as mental health is considered more in disability accommodations, that’s where we’ve heard a good bit of concern about Disability Services. So I think Chris tries to be as fair as possible, but I think fair is subjective with the Disability Services process.”

This is not to say students unilaterally were dissatisfied with DS. Maya Rogers ’22 said that DS has been helpful getting her accommodations and the process worked well. “The attitude of the people who work in DS have been very positive and accepting. I haven’t felt like I was being treated weird—I felt like I could be myself and it wasn’t a judgemental space,” Rogers said. “For me Disability Services has definitely been a community that I can feel comfortable in.”

Gabe Lobet ’21, co-leader of the WALDO club, expressed a similar sentiment, saying that though there are real issues with Disability Services not meeting students’ needs, such as a lack of communication and struggle to engage the campus, the office is genuinely working to improve and has changed for the better.

“These things, and some other things that they’re not perfect on, are small, compared to what they do in total,” Lobet said. “I don’t want to overshadow other people’s grievances and struggles with Disability Services with my positive experience — obviously they’re both valid, but I think that it’s important to always be improving, and I think the Disability Services office knows that … it feels like they’re on our side.”

A survey of student experiences with accommodations run by two members of CSA Senate, Brittany Dominguez ’21 and Hannah Zhukovsky ’21, yielded 79 responses (not all of whom were from people receiving accommodations).

“We came at this because we have heard that there’s a lot of financial barriers to receiving these accommodations, because certain evaluations are really expensive,” said Zhukovsky. “And you need evaluations by a doctor, or by a certified professional, in order to receive an accommodation.”

According to Dominguez and Zhukovsky, survey responses were mixed between good and bad reactions to DS. While according to Dominguez, many survey respondents discussed negative experiences with a prior DS policy requiring retesting for disability after three years, Zhukovsky noted that DS recently ended this policy in favor of a case-by-case approach. Another theme was the waiting time to receive accommodations.

While some respondents received their accommodation within a few days, Dominguez said that these were likely people who already had documentation, and that other respondents reported waiting multiple weeks or multiple terms.

A third theme that emerged was “getting the accommodation versus actually having the accommodation work out for you in class,” said Dominguez.

She said that while some responses praised professors’ interactions with accommodations, others said that they were made to feel ashamed by their professors. “Because [those respondents] feel
like an inconvenience, basically, in their classroom experience,” she said. “And so it’s unfortunate when people feel almost locked out of their own education and feel bad about having a disability that they have no control over.”

Dominguez presented their findings to the Education and Curriculum Committee on May 15, where discussion focused on faculty-student interactions related to accommodations and poor communication of resources to students.

“It’s not necessarily about ‘oh, you’re not doing your job,’ or anything. I think our school is trying to a certain extent,” said Dominguez. “But it’s about really trying to find the areas that it can definitely improve, and then taking those areas and making sure that we make it as clear as possible for individuals, so this doesn’t feel like such an ostracizing process.”

While the survey focused on academic accommodations, Dominguez and Zhukovsky said that the process has resulted in a CSA Senate disability services working group, which includes issues of physical accessibility. Zhukovsky said that the group had discussed the creation of disability sensitivity training for faculty.

Separately, Rost, a sociology and anthropology major, surveyed 665 Carls about their perceptions of disability for her COMPS project. She said that while most respondents reported having positive perceptions of disability and believing Carleton to be inclusive, respondents
with disabilities reported feeling judged or being told that they are lucky to have an accommodation.

“My theory is that it’s sort of like, racism without racists, but ableism without ableists,” Rost said. “There’s still a lot of ableism on this campus, and I think it extends into Disability Services at times, but people will never admit that, and so it’s sort of become this unconscious bias that we have and that we carry. And I don’t think anyone intends to be intentionally harmful, but sometimes it comes out that way.”

“Society in general still has a lot of work to do to catch up to supporting people with disabilities,” the former Peer Leader said. “People with disabilities who get accommodations need those accommodations, and so there needs to be acceptance of the fact that even though you may not understand it, it does need to happen, and I think that’s not just a campus-wide thing but it certainly is a problem on our campus.”

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Rice, Le Sueur drug task force named state's best

Northfield News - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 3:15pm
In the last year the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force has opened more than 300 cases, charged 222 people with felony-level drug crimes, taken out nearly 130 search warrants and made 276 arrests.
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“Jay” Levi changes to “Jerome” on online documentation, students question timing

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 3:02pm

As students prepared to enroll in Fall 2019 courses, campus activists publicized the change of Professor Levi’s name―from “Jay” to “Jerome”―displayed on the Hub, Enroll and the Sociology/Anthropology (SOAN) faculty page. Levi’s name change follows multiple Title IX allegations against the professor.

In February, leaflets with information about the Title IX case involving Levi were distributed to every student’s mailbox. The leaflets―which referred to him as “Jay”― aimed to ensure people were making fully informed decisions when they were choosing courses and potentially considering Levi’s. Online Internet archive The Wayback Machine places Levi’s name change sometime between February 14 and March 14.

According to the campus directory page, updates and corrections to faculty information can be made through the Dean of the College’s Office. Both Dean of the College Bev Nagel and Registrar Emy Farley stated that they were not aware of the change. No administrator contacted by the Carletonian claimed neither responsibility nor even knowledge that it had happened.

When asked for further explanation, Nagel said over email, “That is his legal name and the name he uses professionally on all his publications (and has used for decades). So if there has been any change in the HUB listing, I presume it’s to make the way his name is listed consistent across our records.”

While the College has claimed the name change was made for pragmatic reasons, students have questioned what truly prompted the change since “Jay” has been displayed on the Hub and SOAN faculty page for years.

“It is no coincidence that after 25 years at Carleton, Levi suddenly starts getting serious about his name the very term that every student on campus received information about ‘Jay Levi’s’ alleged misconduct,” said Kate Hoeting ’19, a student who does survivor advocacy on campus and worked on the Title IX demands of CarlsTalkBack.

When asked about the change, Levi said over email, “It is the name used when I started at Carleton and the name I still use on my Carleton email signature, and always has been. Jerome is my professional name and how I have been listed in Carleton materials for many years. I don’t know how my nickname ‘Jay’ began to appear in some Carleton documents, but now the listing has been made consistent.” Levi did not respond to whether he requested the change or why it was made now.

In past correspondence with multiple Carletonian reporters, he had referred to himself and signed off emails as “Jay” in April 2017.

Department Chair of SOAN Liz Raleigh shared the same sentiments as Nagel and said, “I would echo what Bev said, that Jay publishes under his legal name (Jerome), so using his full name would make things more consistent.”

Not all students, however, have interpreted the change as an effort to streamline professors’ contact information.

“He insisted on being ‘Jerome’ the moment that ‘Jay’ became infamous,” said Hoeting.

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8 of 10 peer leaders leave GSC amid leadership turnover

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 2:38pm

Only two students are currently employed as Gender and Sexuality Center Associates (GSCAs) as of week nine of Spring Term, of the thirteen originally hired to the position for the 2018-2019 academic year.

In Spring 2018, under the leadership Laura Haave, the office hired ten GSCAs for a peer leader position that was to cover the duration of the 2018–19 school year. Three of those students did not return to Carleton in Fall 2018, and ten GSCAs worked Fall term under the interim directorship of Rae Horton, a former Residential Life Area Director.

During winter break, Carleton hired Danny Mathews as GSC Director, and Horton took on the role of Assistant Director. By the end of Winter 2019, Mathews’ first term, eight of ten GSCAs had left their positions.

Current and former GSCAs’ concerns include the development of an unsupportive work environment where student opinions are disregarded, a loss of community in the GSC and a significant decrease in campus engagement with the GSC.

“I initially applied to work at the GSC because there was a strong sense of community among the GSCAs,” said a woman of color who worked as a GSCA in Fall 2018 until leaving midway through Winter term. “The new administration really drove a wedge between every single one of the GSCAs because we felt like we were put under a lot of stress. Things were not being communicated properly. It was a really toxic and unpleasant environment for me to work in, and I was unwilling to be in a space that didn’t feel comfortable for me.”

The GSC, which is located in Clader House, has served as a support system for students on campus in the past. “The GSC was really helpful for me my first year at Carleton,” said Chiraag Gohel ’20, who worked as a GSCA Winter term before leaving the position during finals period to accept a job with the Data Squad.

“Queerness was a very new concept for me when I came to college, and the GSC helped me explore that,” said Gohel. “I learned a lot about myself and I’m very grateful to the GSC for providing that space. But the GSC when I was working there felt like a space where queerness had to be expressed in a very specific way.

“It’s interesting because there’s been a lot of conversation being had campus-wide about why there was almost a mass exodus from the GSCA position,” Gohel continued. “People had valid reasons. Some of them were because of the new leadership, others were for other reasons—a job at Carleton is very stressful.”

“My decision to leave was not purely because of changes in the office,” said Connor McNamee ’20. McNamee worked as a GSCA for nearly two years, beginning in Fall 2017 and leaving the position halfway through Winter 2019. “I was also very academically stressed, and had a lot of other things going on. That being said, I was quickly seeing that what I’d signed up
originally to work for did not exist anymore. The position I enjoyed no longer existed, and the professional staff—specifically Danny—was promoting a toxic work environment that was not cohesive with what the GSCAs wanted and what the student body that used the GSC needed.”

“The Gender & Sexuality Center is amidst transition,” said Mathews. “We believe the GSC is an important part of campus, and we hope to build a team that is excited about engaging the community around topics related to sexuality, gender, and healthy relationships.”

Gohel attributed the shift in the GSC role to the change in leadership. “Maybe it isn’t literally Danny, but more so a lack of Laura,” said Gohel. “When I talked to her I felt very comfortable.”

During Gohel’s interview in Spring 2018 to become a GSCA, Haave asked why Gohel wanted the position. “I wanted to give back to an organization that helped me grow,” said Gohel. “But also I wanted to learn more about myself through this position. The response Laura gave me at the time made it seem very clear that the position is as much for the GSCA as it is for the community.

“With Danny, I didn’t feel like there was a lot of space for self-exploration. It kind of felt like we were doing activities just to do them. It felt like a checkbox, like ‘Do we have Tea Time? Do we have workshops?’”

Gohel perceived a shift in the GSC’s priorities. “Laura made it a point to be a decentralized space where people can feel very comfortable, and it wasn’t necessarily about producing resources constantly,” he said. “To me, that’s what I thought I was signing up for. It wasn’t about results in that very clinical manner.

“I don’t want to say it was Danny’s fault, because there is a lot that the administration is telling him to do that I just don’t know about. I just feel that the GSC was one thing, and then it quickly became this other thing that people couldn’t really recognize. I think change in that acute timeframe is pretty hard to deal with.”

In the 2017-18 year, Gohel worked as an Office of International and Intercultural Life Peer Leader (OPL). “I really liked that because my job felt almost like mentorship, and being a person people can look up to on campus,” said Gohel. “This year, it felt like no one was seeking out the GSC. It didn’t feel like my
job was to be a mentor, or to be an emotional resource—it was sort of like, ‘you are a person who does administrative tasks and puts flyers up,’ which was disappointing.

“Danny made it a point to say that as we lose GSCAs, we were also going to reduce the amount of work we were doing,” continued Gohel. “It’s not like he wanted us to pick up the extra work. But it definitely felt that way.

Student body relationship to the GSC

“Campus-wide it became known that the GSCA was not a coveted position,” said Gohel. “Which is sad, because the GSC was definitely a huge place of community last year. I really felt welcomed and like it was a space that Carleton needed. Then this year, when I came back, people just didn’t come to the GSC. There are only a few freshmen, and people who are friends with GSCAs, who come to the space. I think as the number of GSCAs diminished so did the reputation of the GSC on campus.”

Sergio Demara ’20, McNamee and Gohel all noted a lack of student body use of the GSC.

Demara is one of the two current GSCAs. He will not be staying in the role for the 2019-20 year, and has accepted another job position.

“Now in the office we don’t get any traffic, almost at all. It’s mainly people who live in the interest houses who come by the GSC. Nobody has come to Tea Time for the past two weeks,” said Demara early Spring term.

Tea Time is a weekly event put on by GSCAs in Clader. The recurring event is open to the entire campus.

In Fall 2018 and the 2017-18 school year, Tea Time saw high attendance, according to Demara. “The room was just full of all these people—prospective students came, people from all class years came, it was a very robust trans community and nonbinary community that felt very safe on campus.”

Last year, according to McNamee, turnout varied from five to 35 people. Demara, who led Tea Time in Spring 2019, reported that the event saw, on average, one to three attendees this term.

According to McNamee, lack of Tea Time turnout might be due to Mathews’ approach to the event. “Danny did not like that Tea Time was a purely social activity,” said McNamee. “He thought it was a waste of money. He wanted the GSCAs leading it to come up with topics to discuss that were serious and productive, and for every single Tea Time, they would have to record the number of people who showed up, and write down every single thing that was discussed at the Tea Time. Which I think is creepy and unnecessary.”

“In the past with Tea Time, people have made scones, or really elaborate art projects— getting magazines, collages, making crowns,” said Demara. “There was a playfulness that I felt money could buy. And now, it’s like we’re more contained. The culture shifted. In the past, money was never viewed as an issue with community building.”

“There’s a different adherence to rules and regulations rather than an adherence to community-building, that I think a lot of people are craving on this campus,” said Demara. “In the Fall, we had a radio show around queer solidarity and mental health. We interviewed the artist 2fik. Now, it feels like there’s no money for that type of work to be happening.”

“Danny often would say that he didn’t understand the point of Tea Time and was considering stopping it altogether,” continued McNamee.

“The GSC will continue to provide programs that aim to meet the needs of students,” said Danny Mathews. “There are no plans to discontinue Tea Time or Queer Peers.”

Queer Peers is a GSC-run program intended to “facilitate mentor/mentee relationships between LGBTQA+ students,” as described on the GSC’s website. Currently, students who sign up for the program remain anonymous to everyone besides their assigned mentor and the GSC’s professional staff.

“Danny does not want Queer Peers to be private anymore,” said McNamee. “He did not fully explain why. He said that people
shouldn’t be ashamed of their identities, and it’s empowering for it to not be private. Danny wants the mentee list to be public to all mentors and mentees.”

According to McNamee, such a change would be detrimental to the program. “A lot of people are coming in here not completely knowing what their identities may be, or not fully feeling comfortable being out,” said McNamee. “To encourage everybody to be able to come to Queer Peers as they are and to participate however they want to participate, we do not want to out them. We want the program to be what the mentee wants.

“Last year we started implementing social, fun activities, because that was something heavily requested by Queer Peers. But, similar to Tea Time, Danny did not understand why we were focusing on the social aspect. Carleton already forces so much onto you academically. For queer students at Carleton who want to be introduced to the queer community, those social things are important—especially when the only place to do that otherwise is alcohol-related events.

“Danny does not value community-forming. He is furthering the problems that the community sees at Carleton,” continued McNamee.

“Danny told us: ‘Sometimes you know what people want before they know what they want.’ That’s an almost direct quote,” said McNamee.

Intersectionality issues

The 2017-18 school year was Demara’s first year as a GSCA. According to Demara, that year’s office prioritized “adherence to disability awareness.”

“It was something that our office talked about last year,” said Demara. “It feels like with a smaller staff, there isn’t a lot of room to talk about accessibility and who’s entering the space, and fewer people keeping an eye on different initiatives we want to run.”

When Haave led the GSC, the group held white staff meetings and POC staff meetings, according to Demara. “The white and POC staff meetings would happen every single week. The white staff discussed the book ‘My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.’ The debrief was always brought to our weekly staff meetings so everybody would be on the same page—and of course separate experiences exist, though the purpose was to encourage a dialogue.”

“Anti-racism was at the forefront of what our office stood for,” continued Demara. “I think coming in from the fall with a new staff, people didn’t think there was a need for it. But I think there’s always a need for it. Obviously we love people, no matter what. But it doesn’t mean people can’t be harmful.”

“We’re told not to be political,” continued Demara. “We’re told to just serve cookies and have people talk about their day. In our meetings we don’t really delve deep into any issues about queer life on campus.”

Rainbow Retreat

The Rainbow Retreat is a weekend-long retreat run by the GSC but facilitated by outside professionals, open to all students who wish to sign up.

Historically, attendance at Rainbow Retreat has been optional for GSCAs, said McNamee, because of conflicts like comps. This year, Mathews required GSCAs to attend.

“He told us Winter term that it was not optional,” said McNamee. “I wouldn’t have minded that if he had told us from the beginning of the year and it had been a discussion. But it was not. We were told.”

Programmatic aspects of the Rainbow Retreat were successful this year, said McNamee. But according to McNamee, Mathews did not approve of the facilitators. “He would talk about them behind their back. To some of the GSCAs, he would say they were unprofessional. He said he does not see the reason for bringing in outside facilitators and he said he did not agree with the way they wanted to run things.”

“Last year, the facilitators suggested that there be times during the retreat when professional staff was not present, so that students could talk about Carleton freely,” said McNamee. “Danny did not like that, and he did not allow it to happen.”

Dynamics between Mathews and GSCAs

“It was already a really difficult decision for me,” said McNamee on choosing to leave his GSCA position. “The GSC was very important to me at Carleton—I just didn’t want to get into it with him. I gave him a note. I told him honestly that I needed to prioritize my mental health and academics, and he took it well.

“But then he did something that made me feel very uncomfortable,” said McNamee, “which was to contact SHAC, give them my name and try to schedule me an appointment to talk about my mental health. Which I thought was unbelievably inappropriate. It was specifically after I said that I did not want him to do that. He’d asked me if I wanted
him to help get me resources and I said I wanted to do it myself. And then he still did that.

“If he’s going to talk about professionalism—it’s unbelievably unprofessional to be revealing personal matters disclosed to you in private,” said McNamee.

“Danny would make unnecessary changes to things, and when we’d ask why he wouldn’t be able to fully explain why,” said McNamee. “He would become combative to the point that after people would bring up issues calmly in staff meetings he would require them to come to office hours after to discuss their aggressive tone.”

“It’s not necessarily that things were communicated improperly, but there was a really large switch about how much input GSCAs had,” said the anonymous former GSCA. “From the beginning of Danny’s time here he essentially said that he was in control of the decisions, and that he could consult us if he felt like it, but ultimately he was going to decide what was and wasn’t going to happen in the GSC.”

“He really laid down the law about talking about inner-office issues, and he framed it in a way like, ‘no more office with gossip,’” the source continued. “When in reality, a lot of the GSCAs including myself had issues with how things were running and we wanted to talk about it—and I would not consider that to be gossip. And it sort of felt as if we weren’t allowed to talk about our own issues.”

“Danny is very much ‘my way or the highway.’ But refuses to admit that,” said McNamee.

According to McNamee, in two instances, Mathews did not immediately inform GSCAs when coworkers left their positions, but rather “pretended” that these GSCAs were still working in the office. “It was this weird secrecy thing—we would mention this person was working there, and he would just go along with it, and we’d find out later that the person didn’t work there anymore.”

The hiring process

Interviews with GSC Director candidates took place in October 2018 and were organized by Human Resources. GSCAs were invited to participate in candidate lunches and talks, and were asked to provide feedback about their opinions on the candidates.

“They hired Danny after every single GSCA that met him said no, he’s not appropriate for the position,” said McNamee. “And every single GSCA who met Marina gave her absolutely fantastic reviews and said that this is who should be the new director.”

Marina Eskander is a queer woman of color who has developed programming and facilitated workshops at universities around the country on queer life, queer and trans people of color (QTPOC), intersectionality in higher education and allyship training, according to her CV. Eskander has professional experience in corporate recruiting, grant writing, and compliance, and has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in public health, with a focus on community health and preventive medicine.

“My biggest attribute was that I came in from multiple fields, not only collegiate, so I had corporate behind me and I was a recruiter,” said Eskander. “I was most excited about helping students not just survive college, but thrive after college, and being able to really intertwine their passion with their work so that they didn’t have to go through those dry twenties of just trying to figure it out.”

Eskander said the students she met are “mind-blowing. I was motivated mostly by these students.”

Carleton did not offer the position to Eskander, despite reportedly unanimous student support.

Eskander applied on August 16, 2018, visited Carleton for final-round interviews on October 4, 2018 and found out the college did not select her on October 16, 2018. During her visit to campus, Eskander had group interviews with administrators in the Division of Student Life; many GSCAs who were still in their roles at the time; the search team for the role, which included two staff members, one professor, two students, and one alumna; and several one-on-one interviews with senior leaders in the Division of Student Life—in this case, Dean of Students Carolyn Livingston and Assistant Dean of Students Sindy Fleming, in addition to a meeting with Employment Manager Kristy Sybilrud in Human Resources.

Eskander noted that, in the hiring process, she was told that student input would be the tipping point in her application process. “I was told that these students were the most pivotal point of my time there. They had eleven students scheduled to meet with me,” she said.

“I was told student interviews were the majority and that they were the ones to win over, so I definitely emphasized my efforts there,” said Eskander. “Carleton is not the only college or university that I applied to work for, and it’s becoming kind of clear that there’s a trend in ignoring students when it comes to voicing who gets the next position placement.

“The consistent thing that I’ve witnessed across the board is that queer women of color, specifically black women, are routinely overlooked. And then when they do get hired, they are concentrated in and then basically utilized for every ounce of effort that they have and then removed from the university, whether by force or by pushing them out the door, either by underpaying them and overworking them, or coming in with pretty terrible reviews even after years of committed work. I’ve never seen in my professional career a black woman stay in her position for longer than two or three years,” said Eskander.

Eskander expressed concerns about her interview with Fleming. “She [Fleming] kind of sat me down and let me know that my acumen needed work because I believe I answered a question less than competently. And I remember thinking of that as her taking me under her wing and kind of coaching me, and I’m now realizing that may not have been coaching as much as it was dismissal,” said Eskander.

“I just assumed from another woman of color that she was trying to help,” Eskander continued. “But it was probably the most aggressive of the interview processes, in regards to question-answer—where a lot of folks ask you questions and note your answers. She would ask me a question and then correct my answer. That was a little different for me.

“The entire interview process actually felt like it was going well until I met with her,” Eskander said.

Eskander indicated that her interaction with Fleming reflects larger issues for working women of color, especially in institutional settings. “I think it falls a lot on the fact that, for women of color, there only seems to be room for one or two of us. So when someone else comes in, that does threaten your positionality with the university,” Eskander said.

“There seems to be some kind of maximum quota, and for some reason if you are not in that top one or two, and someone else comes in to challenge that, of course you’re going to get defensive over your job. That’s your survival. I get it, to an extent. I think it’s a behavior that’s been taught.”

The Carletonian reached out to Fleming for a response regarding Eskander’s interview. In email correspondence, Fleming replied that “Carleton is careful to follow all Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination in our hiring/recruitment processes. In order to protect and maintain employer and applicant privacy, we do not disclose information gathered during the interview process.”

“When it comes to academia, there’s just this weird infection and no one wants to call it what it is,” added Eskander. “Everyone wants to pretend to be incredibly woke when, in fact, it’s incredibly neoliberal and frustrating to insist nothing’s wrong when you have cis white men taking these positions and no femme presence.”

“Danny knew nothing about the GSC coming in,” said McNamee. “The excuse I heard given for why Marina wasn’t hired was that she wasn’t familiar enough with what the GSC was. Danny has shown that he knew nothing about the GSC. He didn’t know what Queer Peers, Tea Time or Rainbow Retreat was, well into the second week. And he had the entire break before to learn. And he never asked us about how things worked.”

“Danny seemed to have no faith that the GSC was a functioning institution before he arrived,” said McNamee. “He never listened when people would say how things used to be, and he would ask them to challenge themselves to think in different ways. Which, to me, translated to ‘You have to think in my way.’”

Looking forward

Eighth week of Spring term, a group of students organized a programming series called Queer Week at the Cave. The week’s events, which included a meet and greet, movie screening and student drag showcase, were not affiliated with the GSC.

Oswaldo Cota ’22, a Cave student worker, had the idea for Queer Week in April 2019. “The need was to have a space specific for LGBTQIA+ Carls that does not involve staff and has Carls from all levels of queer expression,” said Cota.

Cota does not directly attribute Queer Week programming to the GSC’s situation, but said the interaction with the office informed its development. “The plan was to put on Queer Week regardless,” he said. “My original plan was to do it informally through the GSC. However, the lack of organization and the censorship that the GSC has exhibited this term has disgusted me and made me feel that once again institutional bureaucracy is bogging down the sociopolitical liberation that queer Carls deserve on campus.”

“I think Queer Week mainly arose out of a desire for queer students to take the direction of Carleton queerness into their own hands, said Ilan Friedland ’21, a Cave student worker. “It wasn’t meant as a ‘fuck you’ to the GSC, but rather out of a respect that community has to come from the bottom up. Institutional queerness has been largely disappointing because institutionalizing is largely disappointing!”

“Where’s the anger? Where’s the need for justice?” asked Cota. “The need to reclaim space that we deserve just as much as our white cis-hetero counterparts? Queer Week would have happened with or without GSC’s competence.”

“We hope that the Gender and Sexuality Center can be a welcoming place for all members of the Carleton community, and we will continue to provide programs and resources that support students,” said Mathews over email.

McNamee expressed doubt that the GSC would recruit new GSCAs for the 2019-20 year. “I know one freshman who was ecstatic about about applying at the beginning of the year and then became so uncomfortable with how the office was going that they no longer wanted to apply, and I do not know of any freshmen who have applied,” said McNamee. “I don’t know of any freshmen who like the GSC.”

“We are currently hiring staff for the 2019-2020 calendar,” said Mathews. “Anyone interested in applying to be a part of the GSC team can access the application on the GSC website.”

Campus-wide Peer Leader position offers were sent out on April 24, 2019. A mandatory peer leader training was held on the evening of Tuesday, May 21.

“I don’t think there is a future if we continue down this path,” said McNamee. “We don’t have enough staff now, we won’t have enough staff next year, students are not interested in it. We’ve seen every single program dramatically decrease in interest and attendance.”

“From any cultural organization, the removal of students changes the functioning from emotional and aimable to administrative,” said Gohel. “The GSC can still function as a literal resource for queer students on campus. It can provide the pamphlets, it can provide the condoms—which are necessary things. It will just struggle in terms of outreach, and the support that only students can provide for other students.”

Gohel mentioned an instance during his New Student Week when a GSCA introduced themselves to him and described the GSC. “I was just starting to become comfortable with how I view myself in terms of queerness. And that very human connection— and student connection, with someone else who has probably struggled with this and exists in the same sort of space that I do—is so helpful, and I don’t think the GSC can provide that if there are no GSCAs.”

“The GSC is dependent on students,” said McNamee. “Danny is frankly incompetent. He is resistant to any critique or suggestions that he didn’t come up with himself. He makes students uncomfortable. He makes the staff not want to work there—which is pretty obvious by the number of people who’ve left. I think it’ll become an obsolete office if he’s still there. I genuinely think that nobody will ever use the office if it continues down this path.”

“I see the only solution as removing Danny,” said McNamee. “He will say it himself: he’s a 40-year-old man, and he knows better than the students. He’s told that to every single one of the GSCAs. I just have no faith in Danny whatsoever.”

“Danny is the biggest evidence I’ve seen of the disconnect between the Carleton student body and professional staff,” said McNamee.

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Students disrespect Muslim prayer space, apologize amid community backlash

Carletonian - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 2:17pm

During Spring Concert on Saturday, May 25, two nonMuslim students were found engaging in sexual activity in the Muslim Prayer Room of the Chapel while Muslim students waited to enter the room for Ramadan evening prayers. The next afternoon, all students received an email from Chaplain Carolyn Fure-Slocum informing them of the incident.

“Yesterday an incident took place in the Chapel that has left some of our Muslim students who worship in the Chapel feeling hurt, angry, and disrespected,” wrote Fure-Slocum. “This was disrespectful of our Muslim students, to the Chapel, to the College community, and to others who use this as a place to worship.”

Zehra Khan ’22 was present at the time of the incident. Khan and several other Muslim students arrived at the Prayer Room and were surprised to find the door locked. Khan knocked on the door and realized that two students were engaging in sexual activity in the space.

“Coming out, they had towels on their head, and they started to run away out of embarrassment. I followed them as they were running out of the chapel and I said, ‘you could have said sorry, at least.’ At that point, I went back to the room and I saw it. This was disrespectful.”

After the incident, Khan posted a photo of the prayer room to the Facebook group Overheard at Carleton. “I thought posting what had happened mattered so people know this is happening in the Chapel space,” said Khan.

Khan reported that one of the students involved in the incident went to her room the following day to apologize. “It was very genuine,” she said. Soon after, the second student involved did the same, remarking to Khan, “‘This was very eye-opening to me, and I am very aware of my actions,’ to paraphrase what the student said.” The students also apologized to the first Muslim student who was waiting at the locked door to use the Prayer Room.

Muslim Students Association (MSA) Vice President Hibo Abdi ’20 reported that the Muslim community came together on Sunday, May 26 to discuss what happened the day before.

“The reason why it really hits is because the last ten days of Ramadan are the most spiritual.”

“I’m still going through my emotions and trying to process what happened,” said MSA President Sarah Chebli ’20 in a group interview with Khan and Abdi. “Even though it’s the month of Ramadan and I know I’m supposed to forgive, I don’t feel I’m in the right space right now with all the finals I have to do to be able to process what happened, because that space has been such a vital part of my Carleton experience.”

“The reason why it really hits is because the last ten days of Ramadan are the most spiritual,” said Chebli. “It’s when the veils between this world and the heavens are the thinnest.” The incident took place during one of the last ten days of Ramadan.

Following the Sunday night meeting, the MSA conducted a purification ritual in the prayer space. Associate Chaplain for Muslim and Interfaith Life Ailya Vajid said, “A student and I ritually purified the space and spoke about the literal and symbolic meanings of water as a purifier, as well as how the presence of everyone in the room was itself a restoring of the space. A couple of students recited Qur’an, and then we opened up the space for folks to share how they felt and what they envisioned going forward.” In the coming months, the Dean of Students office plans to work with MSA to replace the furniture in the Muslim Prayer Room.

“This is not an isolated incident. This has been a recurring thing that has not just been happening in the Muslim prayer room.”

Dean of Students Carolyn Livingston attended the MSA’s Sunday meeting and purification ritual, Khan, Abdi and Chebli reported. The students expressed gratitude for Livingston’s quick response.

“Dean Livingston helped us come up with very actionable things that we can do, and she was very willing to do these things as soon as possible to make that space back to how it was for all
of us,” said Abdi. “I was personally wowed by how ready she was to take action. I can’t thank Dean Livingston enough. I don’t think I can really express how much it really meant for her to come to one of our iftars [breaking the fast], and be with us, and talk with us, follow up with us, and enact these different changes.” The primary changes include replacing the furniture in the Muslim Prayer Room in the coming months.

“I think having us all gathered in the space together helped folks to start to feel at home again,” Vajid continued. “They said it would take some time, but by the end of the night after iftar, some of us were praying there, and I think even just having everyone gathered together was healing for all those present.”

According to Abdi, “This is not an isolated incident. This has been a recurring thing that has not just been happening in the Muslim Prayer Room. I feel like, to the people who did this, whether it was the Catholic Prayer Room or Buddhist Meditation, they just wanted a space, but that obviously doesn’t justify anything, and they clearly did not care to recognize the importance of that space.”

“This is not anything new,” saud Abdi, “and it speaks volumes about the Carleton community and how much disregard people have toward religion. Religious identity at Carleton is very marginalized. It’s seen almost as taboo, I would say.”

“Religious identity at Carleton is very marginalized. It’s seen almost as taboo, I would say.”

“This incident is part of a larger conversation around sex at Carleton and how acts like these, like in the Chapel, in the Libe, in the Arb, are like rites of passage,” Abdi continued. “But it’s obviously so disrespectful.”

At the Monday, May 27 CSA meeting, Senators discussed the incident, expressing concerns about how the use of the Chapel for non-religious activities, such as the wedding during Party Week, concerts, Convocation and Stripped, sends conflicting messages to students about its role on campus as a hub for religious life. Senators also discussed a lack of religious diversity-related education on the College’s DiversityEdu programming for incoming students, as well whether limiting the hours of the Chapel is the appropriate course of action.

In a near unanimous straw poll with two abstentions, CSA Senate agreed to issue a statement on the incident in the Muslim Prayer Room. On Wednesday, May 29, CSA President Anesu Masakura ’20 emailed students a statement expressing sympathy to the Muslim community and condemning the incident “as disrespectful and degrading to the Muslim and broader communities at Carleton.”

“This incident is emblematic of the larger issue of how the Carleton community views the Chapel as a space on campus,” the CSA statement continued. “We must remember that, while the Chapel is welcome to all and often used to hold secular events such as convocations and party week traditions like the mock wedding, it still is regarded as a sacred space by many religious communities on campus.”

Both of the students involved in the incident wrote the Carletonian to publicly apologize to the greater Muslim and Carleton community. One student said that “the events that occurred last Saturday night were a result of my ignorance toward the purpose of the space and that ignorance resulted in me making the worst mistake of my life. Unfortunately my actions did hurt people and I feel terrible that I did something that hurt a community which has been oppressed in this country. This is in no way a reflection of my character or the morals that I stand for. I can’t really express how genuinely sorry I am and will continue to work to repair this situation.”

“We apologize to the entire community for behaving carelessly and disrespecting the Muslim Prayer Room and Chapel,” said the other student implicated in the incident.

“We apologize to the entire community for behaving carelessly and disrespecting the Muslim Prayer room and Chapel.”

“We know the fact that we had no idea we were in a Prayer Room demonstrates ignorance and entitlement, and this experience has been a huge realization in the ways that our actions can unintentionally harm others,” the second student continued. “We aren’t asking for sympathy, but please understand that we made a stupid, drunken mistake. We will be paying to replace the furniture in the room and hope to apologize formally to the MSA in a way that doesn’t cause further distress.”

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