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A Park For All Seasons

Friends of Way Park - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 9:44pm
Way Park is the heart of a vibrant neighborhood on the west side of Northfield. It features:  the ROMP musical playground  playground equipment and swings pre-school equipment  a half basketball court  picnic and grilling areas  a walking path  a warming hut and ice rink (seasonal)  a small baseball/kickball diamond (seasonal)  a large open field perfect for pick up soccer games, kite flying, Michellehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09921244970889478836noreply@blogger.com
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Leo Vithoontien rallies, advances to finals of the NCAA Championships

Carleton Sports - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 4:58pm

Sophomore Leo Vithoontien is going where no Carleton College men’s tennis player has gone before… the title match of the NCAA Singles Championships. On Saturday, he cruised to victory in the quarterfinals and rallied in the semis to punch his ticket to the finals.

Categories: Colleges

Wilkinson, Mueller add All-America performances on day three of NCAA Outdoor Championships

Carleton Sports - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 4:31pm

On the final day of competition at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, sophomores Matt Wilkinson and Lucas Mueller fought through hot and humid conditions to turn in All-America performances, helping the Carleton College men’s track and field team finish 13th out of the 79 programs to score points at this year’s meet.

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GALLERY: Re-enactors demonstrate fur trade life at Cannon River Rendezvous

Northfield News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 4:00pm
This weekend, visitors took a break from modern life for a short trip to the fur trade era.
Categories: Local News

Dakota County selects Voith to replace 100-year-old turbines at Lake Byllesby Dam

Northfield News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 3:00pm
Dakota County recently awarded Voith Hydro North America with a contract to replace 100-year-old power-generating turbines at Lake Byllesby Dam. The water-to-wire contract, which provides the power supplier with Kaplan turbines and other powerhouse components, is expected to increase the…
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Eye-Opening: This is what Stevie P.’s presidency would look like if he were a Tide Pod

Carletonian - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 11:11am

It’s as ubiquitous as knock-knock jokes at Carleton: “What would Stevie P’s presidency look like if he were a Tide Pod?”

For those unaware, Tide Pods are dissolvable pods of Tide laundry detergent that are designated for washing clothes. Many—in particular, teenage populations—have noticed the capsules’ visual similarity to candy (a “forbidden fruit”) and, in addition, have voiced wishes to consume them, despite their widely-known health hazards and aggressive corporate campaigning against the trend (e.g. Rob Gronkowski’s “What the heck is going on, people? Use Tide Pods for washing. Not eating. Do not eat. In the meantime, join the DD Perks app and start earning awards right away, like Free Dunkin’ Beverages all year long and access to On-the-Go Mobile Ordering!

But if anything has plagued Stevie P.’s tenure (beyond rampant 69-related jokes and “Happy 420” wishes), it has been the ever-pressing question of what his presidency would look like if he were a Tide Pod.

While not necessarily intuitive, the answer is, given at least a miniscule amount of thought, pretty self-explanatory and understandable if you’re not an idiot. (The fact you had to sit me down and ask me to answer this makes you insufferably stupid and, frankly, it’s embarrassing.)

One of the most ineluctable aspects of Poskanzer’s Tide Pod Presidency would be his ability to stick to certain surfaces. Instead of, say, efficiently walking from meeting to meeting (for example, from his First Laird office to his Nutting House home), if Stevie P. were a Tide Pod, he would most likely stick to many surfaces he runs into and accrue lots of materials on said surfaces. 

Specifically, Poskanzer would likely attempt to open the door leading from his office to the Laird lobby and, while doing so, fall to the ground as his attempt to turn the handle would end up fruitless due to his embarrassingly low body mass and lack of hands, fingers, and opposable thumbs. Once a staff member opens the door, Stevie P. would likely roll out of the doorframe into the Laird lobby. While, unfortunately, he would accumulate uncomfortable amounts of dust and other floor-residue while doing so, this would also advance Poskanzer several feet into the room, giving him a head start in leaving it. Following this, Stevie P. would likely take a sharp right turn and slowly (so as to not burst) hop slash roll down the stairs exiting the building. Since, once again, Poskanzer is merely an index finger–sized, flimsy plastic object, he would be unable to actually push open or turn the handle of the Laird front door so, unfortunately (and embarrassingly) he would have to once again get the assistance of a staff member to allow him to exit the premises. Following this, Stevie P. would likely hop slash roll down the stairs outside of Laird leading down to one of the concrete walking paths. Once here, he would have to carefully maneuver the dangerous environment of distracted student commuters’ feet in order to avoid being stepped on—the pressure of which, due to his small, vulnerable stature, would most likely lead to his explosion and demise. If Poskanzer were able to efficiently avoid the haphazard feet of the unwashed masses he would be able to roll approximately 1,056 feet south to the intersection of Winona St and First St East. However, now that he is outside, he would most likely accrue different sorts of sediment than he would while inside—specifically, he might pick up flecks of grass and small, near-microscopic bugs crawling about in Stevie P.’s path (but, unavoidably, they are to promptly be picked up by Poskanzer’s adhesive surface because Carleton is inevitable and unstoppable; we wait for nobody; we’re like a speeding truck of insatiable prowess that catches the attention of employers, grad schools and peer institutions alike worldwide; anybody who doesn’t blindly and wholly love Carleton deserves to repeat their current grade as a first-year track recruit at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts). Once at the intersection of 1st and Winona, Poskanzer would (most likely) take a sharp right and continue west on First St East for about 1,584 feet until he arrives at Home Sweet Nutting House. (Some more geographically-savvy Carls than myself might add that walking 1,584 feet west of the First Winona intersection would take you right into the Cannon River! (Very astute! Very apropos! You must be an economics major from the D.C. suburbs (with an Outcome Capital Investment Bank internship, to boot), with a steel-trap, insightful mind like that!) Indeed, walking west for that long would, indeed, leave you to a drowning demise (and, in Poskanzer’s case, dissolution in a large body of water, leading to the probable cessation of his tenure as president). However, an even more geographically-savvy Carl would probably understand that First St East actually turns and gradually shifts into Union St via a gradual curve over by the townhouses. In that case, Stevie P. Would likely be able to roll in a relatively straight trajectory and still get to his destination of Nutting House.) Once at Nutting House, his wife (Jane Poskanzer) would most likely wash him with care to remove his accumulated residue—after which she would (according to my research) tuck him in and read him Episode 18 of Ulysses (for uncultured swine: the “Penelope” stream-of-consciousness poem). And, with Molly’s final “and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes,” Poskanzer would likely begin to fall asleep at around 10:00 p.m. as Jane would slowly close the novel in order to not wake him (as, is widely known, Stevie P. is a very light sleeper and, although the ending of Ulysses is quite satisfying and thought-provoking, it tends to leave him a little restless for the first few hours of his slumber); he is a busy man (or, really, Tide Pod but, frankly, mention of that is degrading and almost embarrassing) and has a packed day tomorrow; but, before he falls completely asleep, in his half-asleep and semi-lucid state, he (the chivalrous gentleman he is) manages to offer his wife one last loving message of “Gee, thanks for reading me that, honey! I love you very much and I can’t wait to see which modernist Irish author you elect to read to me at bedtime tomorrow! Goodnight, and I hope you have a nice sleep.”

It is also important to note that, if he were a Tide Pod, Stevie P. would be unable to speak. So, frankly, it doesn’t really seem clear how exactly he would have been elected to that position in the first place.

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Naturalism in the 21st century

Carletonian - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 11:11am

The informational revolution of the late 20th and early 21st centuries has benefited ecology and evolutionary biology tremendously. Nowadays, genomic data on thousands of species are readily available, we can determine the types of plants a prehistoric rhino consumed by examining Carbon isotope ratios in its teeth, and computers can generate complex models of allele frequencies over time. 

 High quality information-gathering and data analysis is conducted with such ease now that it is almost impossible to comprehend ecology and evolutionary biology before it. The mountains of data Darwin used to build his argument in On the Origin of Species were largely collected from his own observations or the observations of other naturalists.

If biology is now riding the bullet train of technological progress, is natural history still useful? And even if it is useful, isn’t it on the rocks for good? Yes, it’s still useful, and no, it isn’t dead!

Advanced methods in science have not suddenly made natural history obsolete. Biologists cannot arrive at conclusions based on experimental data and modeling alone. Finding and correcting contradictions between experimental data and field data leads to better experiments and better models. Modeling and experimental data can point us to possible answers, but field data can determine whether or not we are right.

Though certain natural history subfields like botany may be taught less in universities, natural history is far from being in decline. Citizen science is entering its heyday, allowing more people than ever before to learn natural history and collect data themselves. Apps like eBird and iNaturalist allow anyone in the world to sign up and submit observations. On both sites, experts and more senior users frequently monitor submissions, ensuring that bad data are quickly corrected or removed. And with 21st century access to field guides and online resources, misidentifications are less likely to happen in the first place.

Increasing knowledge about organisms and landscapes has not tarnished the wonder of walking through a forest or diving through a coral reef. On the contrary, scientific and technological progress have only made natural history more interesting and will only lead to better questions rather than duller ones.

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You & not & what have you become?: the isolation of quirkiness

Carletonian - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 11:09am

Having spent the majority of my more formative adolescent years in Brookline, Massachusetts—a suburb surrounded by Boston—much of my personal and intellectual growth occurred in the maw of America’s academic mecca: Harvard, MIT, BU, BC, etc., etc.—essentially, an ego-squashingly successful, ivory-tower atmosphere that fervently valued prowess over vitality. 

My Illinois town had one toy shop and one bookstore; Brookline (not to mention Boston at large) had several of each. The Massachusetts Bay Area (MBA) seemed to have this unceasing constant-hustle-bustle mentality, one part immensely intimidating and another part immediately exhausting. Midwestern demeanor seemed completely incompatible with the infamous New Yorker lifestyle that seemed to, surprisingly, permeate New England.

Basically, adjusting to the area sucked. It was an environment hell-bent on perpetual ascension, with important emphasis on ranking, obsessed with words uttered rather than the breaths taken between them. And, beyond just eagle-eyed résumé-scrutinizing, the students—who claimed to “deviate” from the widespread (and, definitely, widely-recognized “Brooklineniness”) problematic pre-professional gumption of the larger community—tended to exhibit this sort of faux-“weirdness” that almost immediately warranted, from the community, an enthusiastic response, building on their “aesthetic” (not a bad thing in itself, but obviously problematic when the sole focus of an individual or community).

They were, mainly, “so random” outbursts (“weird” obsessions with certain foods, self-labeling as “nerds” for watching Harry Potter or the whole Birkenstock subculture) or even just adopting demeanors quite noticeably for status.

I don’t mean, here, to judge or quantify how weird people are—it just seemed, generally, to be the pursuit of the reputation (either in person or over social media) of an oddball character. Which isn’t an issue in itself—but can be problematic and irritating when sought after solely for status. I’m also biased, having moved there completely unfamiliar with anything in the city and having to start, socially, from scratch. Obviously, I am—and was—bitter. And I was envious of those Brookline High School students. It was deviating from the norm in an environment comfortable and welcoming for them; in other words, they had the privilege of stepping out of line in an environment that encouraged and embraced it.

But, for Brookline transplants, social conformity became the norm. “Quirkiness” wasn’t necessarily the trendy, desirable trait many others viewed it as; it was more something to obscure with the hope that, in doing so, one might start to become familiar with and welcomed in the environment; it was something shameful (at least for me) and a large source of self-hate (viz. “What’s wrong with me?” / “Why can’t I view anything the way they do?” / “Am I destined to be a malicious, hateful person because my means don’t justify the ends and I’m creepy and/or off-putting and/or wired incorrectly because my thoughts are shifted just so much so parallel to theirs that it’s not expected but just enough that it’s uncomfortable?”) which eventually turns to deeper-rooted questions of identity that shouldn’t have been called into consideration in the first place (“Is it normal to express my queerness in such a straight, cis environment?”, etc.). It just wasn’t easy.

That Patagonia, collared shirt, boat shoes, and khaki-zeitgeist kept my ego and self-worth quarantined in a neat, cramped box: I became convinced I was (at least in comparison to the other precocious academic types of the MBA) insufferably stupid. Success, I’d decided—for myself and, perhaps, others in similar situations—would never become a part of my lexicon; so I settled on writing rather than pursuing a “noble” or “academic” field in which nepotism would play an integral part.

It was really just a personality mismatch; it seemed I’d never have a place there, so I elected to head out to little ol’ Carleton College in some middle-of-nowhere part of the country the New England elites couldn’t be bothered to look up on Google Maps (e.g. “Where is that—Wisconsin?” / “Oh, sorry; that’s flyover country to me.”).

In leaving, I craved a place fundamentally different to Brookline; an environment based on authenticity without ego or the desire for unconventionality purely for unconventionality.

But it’s not that here, either.

Instead, we’ve got a similar sort of mindset—Carleton Quirkiness—which can often be confusing:

What is Carleton Quirkiness? Does it exist? From where does it emanate?

Pinning down the origins and causes of wide-spread, inherent and engrained social patterns and attitudes is nearly impossible. Their symptoms and effects however, are much easier to identify. But the underlying reasons can only be vaguely explored.

Maybe it’s just a general collegiate thing; it’s impossible to tell. Maybe it’s something predetermined about Carls; maybe, in that regard, it’s Carleton’s status as an “elite” liberal arts college, and the ineluctable self-congratulatory notions of justice and prestige that come with that:

That couldn’t be the case, though, because [Carleton College is an elite liberal arts college] Carleton students are overwhelmingly modest [in Northfield, Minnesota, with an impressive sub-20% acceptance rate]. I don’t think most of them know their school ranks so highly; [and subsequently sky-high college rankings—of particular importance is our status as #1 in Undergraduate Teaching,] in fact, Carleton is a member of the Annapolis Group, [per the U.S. News and World Report.] a group of colleges critical of the mainstream collegiate ranking system. [Carleton is an envied and respected school and students should be proud] We don’t take ourselves too seriously here. [and appreciative to attend such a high-achieving institution.] We’re just average Joe students.

And in the vein of elitism, it might be that sort of same “perpetual elitism” as attributed to Brookline:

We (students) are here, currently attending an (by most accounts) elite academic institution that, most likely, required standing out from a young age. (N.B.: This applies, here, to Carleton, but is applicable to any college—it’s a privilege very few humans get to experience.). Every single Carl worked hard to achieve a spot at such a place—beyond just strong grades (and all that other college admissions eye candy) and an ability to think creatively and intuitively.

It’s obvious—and warrants no further mention—that Carleton students are smart(ish).

Once again, maybe it’s students’ history of success that  predisposes them to an urge to act on their inherent uniqueness and that leads to their adoption of a quirky identity and, at large, the perpetration of the Carleton Quirky culture.

It’s important, however, to define what quirkiness even means (implies, contributes, associates, etc.):

The Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “the quality of being unusual in an attractive and interesting way,” but it seems that definition falls short of the fuller, more adaptive definition employed at Carleton. Here, it seems more a desire for connotation—perhaps that urge to validate a feeling of superiority (negative or otherwise) given that individual’s status as a Carleton student. Or maybe it’s a sense of purpose or requirement to fit into an environment of “complexity” and “intellect.” Fundamentally, what underlies the following of any trend is the desire to fit in and fly under the radar.

Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once argued in a lecture that “It is not only difficult to describe what appreciation consists in, but impossible. To describe what it consists in we would have to describe the whole environment.”

In this way, quirkiness (i.e. “appreciation” for it) probably varies from school to school, environment to environment; but, as with anything else, Carleton’s student body is completely unique, its personality and/or profile independent from any other community and only able to be described in context and fuller explanation. But, inevitably, all investigations fall short of true definition—as that would fall outside human capacity. 

To take this one step further: Appreciation is mastery, and mastery is, as close as is humanly possible, a full understanding—via experience—of an environment and its traits, trends, habits and more abstract atmosphere.

For myself (and, most likely, many other Carls), it’s experience with Carleton’s faux-quirkiness.

But this inquiry begs the question of “What on earth does ‘quirky’ even mean; do students even consider its definition before acting it?”

Via abductive reasoning and in that earlier Wittgenstein train of thought, it seems more fitting to adapt and revise the term’s exact definition in the fuller picture of Carleton’s via Brookline’s quirkiness, which are strikingly similar:

It’s built on a “so random” sense of humor via popular outlets (with the false pretense that they’re against the norm and not that popular; e.g. The Office, John Mulaney, Parks and Rec—which are all funny, valid forms of entertainment, but often a near-unquestionable norm); the desire to be “crunchy” and “anti-corporation” while still owning Apple products; a false sense of being oddball via subscribing to popular, widely-followed trends.

Above all, and most importantly, it’s a sense of unfamiliarity and discomfort with “true” quirkiness, as, then, being “left-field” changes from being “in,” “cool” and “offbeat” to something seemingly unapproachable and, to others, unattractive. I can only describe it semi-melodramatically as a fundamental sort of depression/emptiness:

You’re immediately bored by formulaic, repetitive behaviors that offer no stimulation for you at all; not that the behaviors are stupid or less valid by any means—they just don’t come across, fundamentally. It’s not really a choice; it’s just how you’re wired. Someone to be dealt with rather than talked to or spent time around. Maybe it’s even a sort of dopamine rush. It seems almost like thrill-seeking but, really, it’s a search for familiarity in the uncomfortable.

It (and its social ramifications) require therapy. It’s broken conclusions and the opposite of a rational agent; decisions don’t make sense and the only thing that does come across, logically, are those that are logically incompatible—at its core, really, the question of “Could this thing be done purely because nobody would necessarily want it to?”

Something like that. So, it’s not, really, just an aesthetic. It’s the dichotomy between what is and isn’t “real” quirkiness.

Sure, Carleton Quirkiness is standing out from the crowd—but it’s how much, exactly, one stands out that becomes the issue. It’s more a mainstream, familiar sense of unfamiliarity that is so routine at Carleton it pervades true quirkiness and ostracizes different-thinking individuals.

So, as in the Illinois–Brookline transition, it (seems to) warrants change. Your sense of self troubles you—something’s wrong, you’re the only one standing out; you’re not funny, nor are you nice or “normal”; you grate on others with a Velcro-esque edge, reminding you exactly of what you left home to avoid. You gradually transform:

But so what have you become? Does it render you the same type of banality and normalness that makes you depressed? Is it your true sense of vitality? Who even are you anymore? What were you?

And what is real quirkiness at Carleton? The real desire to deviate, or, like before, a status thing? Memory building on itself, informing your future actions—or changing them completely? Remembrance deposits objects in your plane of view from your moment of birth to the present; is that a rose-colored lens or a clear prescription?

It seems that, at least personally, quirkiness underlies a fractured sense of identity akin to a firecracker for which no one label makes sense, one moment providing comfort and the next dismantling it.

It subverts the inherent meaning of the term, obscuring it and calling into question what even constitutes its meaning anymore.

It seems that Carleton Quirkiness isn’t quirkiness at all; in fact, it doesn’t seem to exist—it seems more a pretense and perhaps false belief (maybe even the presence of an oppressive, deceptive culture) than the “real” Carleton mindset it’s made out to be.

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Tennis duo slated for NCAA championships

Carletonian - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 11:07am

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Two members of the Carleton College men’s tennis team, sophomore Leo Vithoontien (Bangkok, Thailand/Bangkok Patana School) and senior Jordon O’Kelly (Lake Forest, Ill.), have been selected to compete at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships.

The singles and doubles championships begin on Friday, May 24 and run through Sunday, May 26 at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich. The national committee selected seven singles players and three doubles teams from each of the four regions. Additionally, the committee selected the remaining four singles players and four doubles team berths from a national at-large pool. The individual championships consist of 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The selection of teams and individuals for the championships is based on won-lost record, strength of schedule, and eligibility and availability of student-athletes.

This is the second time that Vithoontien qualified for the singles championships. Last year, he achieved All-American status by winning his opening-round matchup, becoming the fourth Knight to do so and the first to collect the honor since Tom James in 1989.

This year, he will compete in both singles and doubles competition after amassing 23 wins against just two losses in singles play. In doubles, he was nearly as impressive, going 21-5 on the season.

The sophomore will team up with O’Kelly, making his first NCAA championships appearance, in the doubles draw after the two spent most of the year paired in doubles competition. O’Kelly claimed victory in doubles 20 times this year, losing just five times.

The draw for the individual championship will be done by the men’s tennis committee and will be released on May 23 by 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Trio of Knights headed to NCAA outdoor track and field championships

Carletonian - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 11:07am

GENEVA, Ohio – Three members of the Carleton College men’s track and field team are gearing up to compete at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held from Thursday, May 23 through Saturday, May 25 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Due to a schedule change, sophomore Matthew Wilkinson (Minnetonka, Minn.) will now be the first Knight to hit the track. He owns the 11th-best seed time (9:06.82) in the 20-runner field and will compete in the preliminary round of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 5:50 p.m. (ET) on Thursday. The top-five finishers from both prelims plus the four next-fastest times will advance to Saturday’s event finals at 11:45 a.m. (ET).

Wilkinson is looking to add another All-America accolade to his collection. At the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships, he secured the honor with a sixth-place result in the 5,000-meter run.

Fresh off of his being named the Outstanding Track Athlete in the MIAC, Lucas Mueller (So./St. Paul, Minn./Nova Classical Academy) will make his debut at the NCAA Outdoor Championships just a few months after he achieved All-American status with a sixth-place finish in the 3000-meter run at the 2019 NCAA indoor meet.

Mueller will contend for the 10,000-meter run title, with the starting gun going off at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on Thursday. He owns the third-best qualifying time (29:45.74) in the field of 20 runners. Senior Tris Dodge (Oakland, Calif./College Prep) will also compete in the same event, boasting a seed time of 30:14.39, good for 11th-fastest. The duo recently went 1-2 in the 10K at the 2019 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the second year in a row.

Mueller will have more work to do on Saturday, when he is slated to compete in the 5,000-meter run at 3:25 p.m. (ET). His seed time of 14:22.67 is eighth-fastest out of 20 entries. He also repeated as champion in the event at the MIAC Outdoor Championships.

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In wake of historic performance at MIAC Championships, Mueller tabbed Outstanding Track Athlete

Carletonian - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 11:06am

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – After being crowned the MIAC champion in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs at last weekend’s conference meet, Lucas Mueller (So./St. Paul, Minn./Nova Classical Academy) earned his second consecutive Outstanding Track Athlete award.

On day one of the 2019 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Mueller took home the gold in the 10,000-meter run, for the second year in a row, in 30:40.45. The following day, he claimed victory and broke the conference meet record in the 5,000-meter run, which had stood unbroken since 1980, with a blistering time of 14:22.67. He repeated as champion in that event as well.

Mueller was also named Outstanding Track Athlete during the 2019 indoor season, his second such honor in as many tries. At the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, he took 1st place in both the mile run and the 3000-meter run. He also finished in 3rd in the 1000-meter run.

In addition to the top individual award-winners, the MIAC recognized the 2019 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field All-MIAC Sportsmanship teams. Peter Keel (Jr./Roseville, Minn.) and Tonya Piergies (Sr./Kenilworth, Ill./North Shore) represented the Knights on the teams.

Keel turned in two All-MIAC Honorable Mention performances for the Knights at the 2019 outdoor meet. In the triple jump, the junior took 4th place with a mark of 13.67 meters, and in the long jump, his personal-best jump of 6.69 meters merited him 6th place.

Piergies competed in the MIAC Heptathlon and claimed eighth place with 3878 points. She also earned All-MIAC Honorable Mention with a 5th-place finish in the long jump (5.30 meters). In the 100-meter hurdles, she came across in 8th place with a time of 16.29 seconds.

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Student-athletes manage stress

Carletonian - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 11:05am

How is it that student athletes manage their lives at Carleton? With the amount of schoolwork a Carleton student already has, and the clubs and activities they are a part of, let’s not forget about work study some students have, and on top of that long practices, how is it that they find the time to have a social life or destress from all their activities? 

This stress may vary depending on the sport a Carl plays. Some sports like track, cross country, and football require many hours and commitment. Despite Carleton being a D3 school, students find themselves dedicating a great amount of time to their sport.

“Practice wise, if you count lifting, it’s at least four and a half hours per week and if you count meetings with practice it’s about nine hours per week,” said Josh Angevine ’21, football player. “I have to do stuff like study film or study the playbook. That’s like an hour of my own time right there.” Angevine spends almost the same amount of time that is required of a job at Carleton, which says a lot about the commitment of varsity sports at Carleton. 

Despite long hours of practice or tournament and game days, Carls have different ways of managing their stress. “A lot of managing stress for me is exercising and playing the sport is a great way to deal with my stress and even in the off season I like to go out and play soccer,” said Marco da Cunha ’22, soccer player. 

“Feeling organized helps me feel less stressed so I plan out my weeks with my competitions and games so I know when I’ll get bigger chunks to study,” said Asha Bozicevich ’21, basketball player and track runner. “Also what helps me is when I’m at practice I’m just at practice, I’m not trying to think about problem sets or other things.”

Although it can be overwhelming balancing social life, clubs, work load, and sports, many student athletes enjoy their sport and feel like it’s all worth it. At times student athletes may consider quitting, but remember that they love their sport and the community they are a part of. 

“I just really love running, I just love my sport and I really love the people on my team. I love competing, I mean you can run by yourself but I love racing,” said Sam Schnirring ’19, track and cross country runner.  

“It’s really great to be a part of a community that understands what you are going through at the same time and also working towards a common goal,” said Bozicevich.

Student athletes at Carleton are not much different from other Carls. They must make sacrifices just like others, who are deeply involved with their activities and clubs. Student athletes automatically have a chunk of their time cut out from their daily schedule and may value sleep more than others just because they have to use their physical body for their sport. 

Sonya Romanenko ’22, tennis player, said, “It is quite a bit of commitment but since I enjoy it I don’t really find that it hinders and other aspects of my Carleton experience.” 

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Theater of Public Policy “Let’s Talk (and Improv) about Sex” review: take the panel, leave the improv

Carletonian - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 11:05am

On April 10, the Theater of Public Policy (T2P2) came to my Educational Studies class. As a member of Cujokra, Carleton’s improv comedy group, I was excited to see professional improv. I was especially interested because T2P2’s claim to fame is their use of comedy to tackle social issues. Members of T2P2 listened as the class discussed the question of whether K-12 students should have a say in education reform, and then they brought the discussions to life through improvised comedy. 

At the end, the class was unimpressed by T2P2’s performance, but we also gave them the benefit of the doubt, acknowledging that the topic was not really conducive to their style of improv. So I wanted to give them another shot. 

On Wednesday May 15, T2P2 came to campus again to perform an event entitled “Let’s Talk (and Improv) about Sex,” part of the Center for Community and Civic Engagement’s (CCCE) “Sexploration” series. The event aimed to bring the conversation on sex education to life through improv comedy. Northfield Public Schools Superintendent Matt Hillmann, Dylan Karsten of Planned Parenthood, and Erica Staab of The HOPE Center participated on the panel. 

The event was an important opportunity to get experts into a room together to talk about comprehensive sex education in an engaging way, and was successful at promoting discussion and comfort with an often-uncomfortable topic. Each panelist brought valuable insights and anecdotes to the table. Hearing a school superintendent speak about the flaws and benefits of local sex education was fascinating. However, I took issue with a lot of parts of the T2P2 performance, and I thought they gave a flawed performance—from unfunny jokes to a bothersome host to a fundamental misstep in which they trivialized child abuse. 

The event was formatted so that the host first facilitated a panel discussion with the three panelists, while the improvisers sat behind the panelists, listening to their conversation and picking up words, phrases, and ideas they could use in their scenes. Then, they performed a series of scenes based on the panel discussion. A woman sat at a keyboard to the side, playing music during the scenes that seemed in no way necessary and, in fact, quite distracting. Then, it all repeated, and they had another conversation followed by a series of scenes. 

The improv only made the discussions less meaningful, and was simply not funny, making the whole experience less pleasant. I would much rather have just listened to the panel discussion, perhaps instead facilitated by a Carleton student or professor.

Tane Danger (his real name!), one of T2P2’s founders, hosted the event, loudly. Imagine this: the mixture between a circus clown and a John Mulaney impersonator bounds onstage wearing a salmon button down, tan blazer, bow tie, sky blue pants, striped pink-and-navy socks and magenta converse. He proceeds to explain improv, which he then does at least five more times throughout the show (it’s not scripted, did you know?!). He makes some cheesy jokes and then talks and talks, dominating the conversation and inserting his own ideas and huge personality into a relatively serious, sensitive conversation. And wow, do the members of T2P2 love making Faribault jokes! These jokes were simply not funny the first time, meaning they definitely weren’t funny the eighth time. 

And then they moved past the annoying, not very amusing improv into the territory of problematic jokes. It could have been my negative attitude coming in, but they made a joke about technical colleges, insinuating that they are subpar and laughable, which rubbed me the wrong way. Then came the most glaringly misguided move. Staab, from the HOPE Center, shared a story about a girl who grew up being sexually abused by her father and did not understand, until she saw an episode of Little House on the Prairie in which the father of the main character comes in and says goodnight to his daughter and then leaves, that what was happening to her was not normal or unacceptable. Staab tried to illustrate the importance of including sexual violence in sex education curricula. 

One of the improvisers then brought up Little House on the Prairie as the punchline of one of their jokes, when it had only been mentioned in the context of child sexual abuse. It was in poor taste and represented one of the pitfalls of their whole process. When you have a group of people listening to a long conversation, they can only pick up on brief snippets of conversation, often divorced from their important contexts. Therefore, their comedy misses the point and only brings in words and phrases so it seems impressive but is quite shallow and uninspired.

I laughed more at certain anecdotes from panelists than I did at the improv comedy. Staab, the director of a domestic violence education and prevention center in Faribault, told a story of a proud mom moment. She explained how her daughter yelled from the other room, “Mom, come wipe my vagina,” and Staab was thrilled—pausing for effect before clarifying that her daughter is three and a half. 

Karsten talked about how he offers to teach all his friends’ children about sex, frequently taking them out for pancakes (because what better food to accompany “the talk” than pancakes?) and educating them when their parents are uncomfortable doing so. 

Ultimately, despite somewhat disappointing improv, the panelists’ authenticity and commitment to their work was evident, and they made me feel lucky that I could attend their event. 

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Alumnus involved in black hole research returns to speak

Carletonian - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 11:02am

On Tuesday, May 14, Carleton alumnus and former physics major Andrew Chael ’13 visited  campus to lecture regarding his ongoing research into the science and imaging of black holes.

Chael is a one of the leading members of the Imaging Working Group of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a global telescope network that focuses on observing two black hole targets: one at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy and another, Sagittarius A*, at the center of the Milky Way.

Focusing on the Messier 87 galaxy, the EHT Collaboration published the first-ever image of a black hole on Wednesday, April 10.

During his talk, Chael reflected upon this work with the EHT and the experience of “seeing” the black hole for the first time. The event was open to the public and was widely attended by members of the Carleton and greater Northfield communities.

“Chael offered to come as soon as the public announcement of the black hole image was made in April, and we were thrilled to have him come,” said Joel Weisberg, Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the Natural Sciences at Carleton.

Chael was a research student of Weisberg’s for several years and, according to Chael, Weisberg greatly influenced his decision to pursue physics.

“At Carleton I had a very hard time deciding between a major in physics or history,” Chael said. “In my sophomore spring, I declared a history major, but that summer, I did astronomy research with Weisberg.”

The research involved a trip to Australia to assist in operating the Parkes Radio Telescope. This exposure to “real problems and making real progress” helped Chael decide to switch majors from history to physics, and to continue his physics research.

Weisberg also helped Chael in planning his pursuits beyond Carleton.

“Joel was an incredible guide as I applied for graduate school,” Chael said. “I decided on Harvard because, while I didn’t know what research I wanted to end up doing, Harvard had strong groups in many areas I was interested in.”

According to Chael, his encounter and research with the EHT in his time at Harvard convinced him to join the project and small group of researchers.

His time with the team, however, did not prevent him from returning to Carleton.

Following his talk, both Weisberg and Cindy Blaha—a George H. and Marjorie F. Dixon Professor of Physics and Astronomy—remarked on the success of the talk.

“It was excellent,” Weisberg said. “He included information for people with a wide level of expertise and knowledge on the historic first image of a black hole. He is clearly a very skilled teacher.”

“Andrew expertly described the challenges of using the EHT to gather and analyze the data as well as the excitement of finally ‘seeing’ the M87 black hole,” Blaha added. “He did a great job engaging a large audience with a wide range of backgrounds. There were students, staff and faculty from around campus as well as high school teachers and students from Northfield and Randolph High Schools, along with interested members of the Northfield community. We all came away with new excitement and appreciation for the EHT image of the black hole.”

In addition to his black hole research, Chael is, according to his website, a member of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Outlist, a list of LGBTQ individuals within such fields. He is also a Resident Tutor at Harvard’s Dunster House where he helps advise undergraduates as to LGBTQ life on campus, along with navigating other academic subjects and pursuits at the University.

Regarding his visit back to Carleton’s Physics Department, Chael remarked on the department’s continuing efforts to increase its diversity.

“The spirit of the Carleton Physics Department is largely the same as when I was there,” Chael said. “I had some amazing conversations with students and faculty that reminded me of just how thoughtful and curious people at Carleton are.

“I gathered from some of my conversations back on campus that the department is more consciously and actively grappling with making the department and the field a welcoming and affirming place for people of color, women and LGBTQ people,” he added. “I heard about some great ways this work is being done: through extracurricular groups, class discussions and even problem sets. I’ve always been proud that my physics class at Carleton had a basically 50/50 women/men split, but I’ve realized more since I’ve graduated how much more work we need to do—and how much the entire field has to do—to make physics a place for everyone. I’m glad the department is working toward that more actively.”

Chael’s interests in equality and accessibility have been particularly noticeable in his recent online activism, which further demonstrates his “honesty and charcter,” according to Weisberg.

“He became famous in the blogosphere last month for defending a female scientific colleague against unfounded charges that she had undeservedly gotten more credit for the discovery than him, merely because she was a woman,” said Weisberg. “He tweeted, ‘So while I appreciate the congratulations on a result that I worked hard on for years, if you are congratulating me because you have a sexist vendetta against [her], please go away and reconsider your priorities in life.’”

Moving forward, Chael plans to continue his research into black holes.

“Next year, I’m continuing my research on black holes as a NASA Einstein Fellow at Princeton University,” he said. “I’ll be carrying forward our research, with a focus on computer simulations of black holes that incorporate new plasma physics to predict and explain the rapid time evolution we observe from supermassive black holes.”

In regard to future plans for the EHT, Chael added that the two existing projects have much more planned for the near future.

“Our first goal is to finish work on data from our second black hole target, Sagittarius A* in the center of the Milky Way,” he said. “In the longer term, we are hoping to expand our array to new telescopes around the world, and, eventually, to put telescopes in orbit. New telescopes will increase our resolution, making our images sharper and the science we can do more precise.”

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The Cave sponsors first-ever student-led Queer Week

Carletonian - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 11:01am

From Monday, May 20, to Thursday, May 23, the Cave sponsored a series of student-led events—a Queer Meet and Greet, movie screening, discussion regarding sex titled “Sexclamation Point (!)” and student drag showcase—celebrating the first-ever Queer Week at Carleton.

Oswaldo Cota ’22, Carleton Student Association (CSA) Class Representative and part of the Cave staff, proposed the idea of Queer Week in the second week of spring term, after noticing a lull in LGBTQ+ events on campus.

“The Cave and the Gender Sexuality Center (GSC) were very active in promoting a lot of queer events in the fall term,” said Cota. “But in Winter term, they became radio-silent. Serving on CSA Senate has shown me that we’ve become complacent with standards for LGBTQ+ youth here at Carleton. I just felt like we needed something to say, ‘Hey, we still exist here.’” 

Cota worked with then-GSC staff and managers of the Cave to plan the week. The Cave provided a venue and monetary support for the event. The GSC itself was not involved in the process.

In planning, the group aimed to “actively live up to the definition of inclusivity,” according to Cota.

“One of the issues that I encountered fall term was that there’s all these really radical queer people on campus, who are on the extreme side of what queerness is supposed to be,” he said. “I know they don’t intend to be that way, but I know that for people who are closeted or discrete or questioning, you can feel very intimidated. It’s supposed to be a queer space that actually becomes this zone of isolation.”

Maya Kassahun ’19, the general manager of the Cave, noted that supporting and hosting Queer Week was in line with many of the Cave’s values.

“The Cave managers have been extremely intentional this year in making the Cave into a space that is safe, vulnerable, open and inclusive,” said Kassahun. “Queer Week at the Cave makes the most sense not only because it is a fun space that doesn’t take itself too seriously but also because it is a space best suited on campus to hold multiple identities and to actively witness and welcome that.”

Of the events that were held, Cota’s personal favorite was the Queer Meet and Greet, which was a dinner for all members of the LGBTQ+ community. It was also the first event of the week, taking place on Monday.

“Maybe it’s my bias because I hosted that one, but it was just really nice overhearing some of the conversations that were going on,” said Cota. “Like, ‘this feels like home far away from home.’ I felt like I was going to cry.”

The meet and greet was followed by a casual movie screening on Tuesday.

“In planning, we considered the fact that it was 8th week, so not everyone had that much time or energy,” explained Cota.

Sexclamation Point (!), which was a more structured and focused event, was hosted on Wednesday. 

“We talked about how we interact with our partners and how to engage in safe sex,” said Cota. “We also talked about the tips and tricks that you’re supposed to know at a very young age, but no one really tells you, especially if you come from a very difficult upbringing.”

The week culminated on Thursday with the student drag showcase, featuring performances from the newly formed student drag group, Knights in Tights, which the Carletonian has previously reported on.

“Knights in Tights was already going to host a showcase, so we just incorporated it into Queer Week,” noted Cota.

Dylan Larson Harsh ’19 was one of the student performers. He noted that, as a senior, he wanted to “get in all of the queer opportunities” before graduating.

“I used to play dress-up and always be a princess or witch or something,” said Larson-Harsh. “I always had fun with that but then, as I grew up, you learn to kind of stop doing that. Recently, I’ve been trying to reclaim some of that and figure out what I like doing. I like doing drag performance, so I am very excited about my performance at the Cave.”

Reflecting on the week, Larson-Harch is optimistic about its implications for the future of the queer community at Carleton.

“With this new drag club and people organizing events like Queer Week, there’s been more of a push for queer events on campus. I’m really glad that the students have rallied to do their own thing,” he said.

Looking forward, Cota is similarly optimistic about establishing and improving Queer Week.

“We knew it was probably going to be kind of chaotic for the first time,” said Cota. “But the point is to make sure that presence is there. From there on, year after year, we can host and improve it. In the future, if this is going to be at the Cave, we can do Spring Allocations, get more budget for the event, and have it on a larger scale.”

Editor-in-Chief Sarah Lieberman ’20 contributed reporting. 

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Doula perspective: response to abortion bans

Carletonian - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 11:01am

When I witnessed an abortion procedure for the first time, I was shocked at how swift and commonplace it felt. As an abortion doula with CAN-DO (Carleton Advocacy Network of Doulas), I’ve witnessed and assisted in countless abortion procedures, and given recent rhetoric surrounding Alabama’s abortion ban, I wish more people understood how this procedure works and what they can do to make a difference in the lives of those who seek abortions.

In 2016, CAN-DO was chartered at Carleton College with the aim of training students as doulas (non-medical people who provide emotional, physical, and informational support). who Doulas assist with abortion procedures, as well as increase community awareness for reproductive justice. Hundreds of abortion procedures later, CAN-DO is in an important position regarding the current abortion bans across the country. 

Since the beginning of 2019, eight US states have passed legislation restricting abortion, perhaps the most pervasive being Alabama’s full-blown ban on abortion which passed last week. The threat to Roe v. Wade heightened following Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court last fall, but threats are growing with the recent bans and restrictions in Alabama and Missouri. 

Last Tuesday, May 14, Busy Phillips started the Twitter hashtag #YouKnowMe for users to share their stories of abortion. The hashtag has since gone viral with users sharing their stories and using the opportunity to bust misconceptions about who gets abortions and why.

In a recent CAN-DO meeting, we watched portrayals of abortion in contemporary TV shows and movies. It wasn’t all dismal—some shows were doing important work around the representation of different identities of people who get abortions, but there was still (as is often the case in TV) a lot of over-dramatization, and so much that the shows and movies got wrong.

In our meeting, we discussed how the reality is that a lot of people’s knowledge of abortion comes from what they read and see in the media, and how misleading that information can be.

For me, the more I’ve learned about abortion, the more I’ve felt equipped and empowered to take actions to increase abortion care accessibility and support reproductive justice.

From conversations I’ve had with my peers, there’s a lot of uproar surrounding the recent bans, but not a lot of knowledge about what we, as Carleton students, can do to make a difference. And while I definitely don’t think that tweeting or posting on Instagram about your anger is bad, I also think that there are a lot of other productive ways to get involved in this issue.

Know the facts and stay educated. The Guttmacher Institute is a reliable source for abortion information. For example, did you know that one in three women in the US will have an abortion by age 45? Or that 61% of people who get abortions already have children? Or that there is a less than 1% chance of major complications in an abortion procedure? It’s safer than a colonoscopy! In saying this, it’s also important to stay up to date on abortion politics to know when to act and where.

Think politically. Calling your representatives is any easy thing you can do. If you can, call to support legislation that advocates for reproductive care and protects the right to choose.

In Massachusetts for example, the Healthy Youth Act would fund more comprehensive and LGBTQ-inclusive sex education teacher training in schools.

Get involved. Carleton organizations like CAN-DO and SARC host escort trainings (open to anyone) and send people up to the clinic all the time to escort people getting procedures into the clinic so that they don’t have to face the sometimes very aggressive protesters on their own.

There are also so many non-Carleton organizations like NNAF, NARAL, Women Have Options and lots more which focus particularly on helping low-income minorities who are most affected by the recent restrictions.

Being a doula with CAN-DO has shaped my time at Carleton and has changed the ways in which I understand reproductive justice and choice. In holding people’s hands as they go through their procedures, I have heard not only countless stories of the challenges people face in accessing abortions, but also countless stories about their lives; their children, their jobs, the hours they had to drive to get here, their earrings, what time they woke up, what they want for lunch. I have connected with people from different walks of life. I have put so many human faces to these numbers. I have seen the ways this procedure and experience varies from person to person. I am empowered every time I help someone through this process, or help the doctors and clinic staff carry out this invaluable service that is so challenged by the politics of powerful, largely old, white men.

I am heartened to hear so many people who are up in arms about the recent legal restrictions and bans on abortion. But this threat is not new, and every time I’m at the clinic these restrictions and trials that people seeking abortions must face are made more and more apparent.

I’m glad you are angry. Stay angry. Be angry for the sake of everyone who will seek an abortion for any reason at any time. But if you believe as strongly in this issue as your Twitter suggests, please fight this fight with us.

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Carleton holds 15th annual Empty Bowls Project

Carletonian - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 10:59am

Unimpeded by damp, dreary weather, Carleton hosted its 15th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Friday, May 17. Held on the edge of the Bald Spot across from Willis and Sayles, the community meal featuring soup, bread, and functional ceramic bowls marked the culmination of week-long, campus-wide programming to celebrate the project’s 15th anniversary at Carleton.

A collaboration between the Art and Art History departments, the Center for Community and Civic Engagement and Bon Appétit, the record-breaking proceeds—$11,700—benefited the Northfield Community Action Center food shelf.

Founded in 1990 by high school teachers in Michigan, the Empty Bowls Project uses the products of artistic creativity to fight food insecurity and hunger. According to Assistant Professor of Art Kelly Connole, who first heard about the initiative in the mid-’90s, the project spread like wildfire and soon reached the international stage.Alongside Connole, the Empty Bowls Project arrived at Carleton in 2005, when it was originally hosted in conjunction with Spring Concert. That year, with no meal and approximately 150 ceramic bowls, the event raised approximately $700. In the years since, the fundraiser has dramatically grown in both scope and charitable impact. The provision of food the following year increased the total money raised by a magnitude of four. All totaled, including the proceeds from this year, Empty Bowls has raised more than $90,000 since 2005.

Though from early on Empty Bowls was a visible and successful campus tradition, its organizers noted that the project had room for growth and improvement. In 2012, the Center for Community and Civic Engagement began to organize logistics. In the years since, as Connole emphasizes, the logistical assistance from CCCE Environmental Systems Fellows and professional staff members have not only increased publicity, but allowed for greater clarity in the delineation of tasks between campus collaborators. Though Connole makes the ultimate decisions, logistical assistance from the CCCE allows her to focus on what she knows and loves best: ceramics. 

Indeed, as much as Empty Bowls concerns local issues of food insecurity and sustainability, the fundraiser showcases student-made ceramic bowls. This year, students in Connole’s Throwing Ceramics course worked in collaboration to throw, trim, fire and glaze over 400 unique bowls; student workers throughout winter term worked created an additional 250. 

Though the ceramics community is often characterized by the creation of one work by one artist, collaboration is the pedagogical hallmark of Connole’s course. Finn Keilty ’21, a student in the course, noted that “Kelly emphasized from the beginning that the event is a whole-studio effort.” Though the pedagogical emphasis on collaboration engendered a spirit of camaraderie in the ceramics studio, working with classmates also involves occasional challenges. With a sense of humor, Maya Powell ’20, a Studio Art major who has been involved in Empty Bowls for the past three years, acknowledged that “sometimes people break other people’s bowls.” As both Powell and Keilty are quick to qualify, however, the challenges pale in comparison to the rewards.

Though the Empty Bowls Project always involves an artistic component, Carleton’s tradition involves a unique pedagogical aspect. Not only does Professor Connole structure an entire course around the community fundraiser, but students also learn about food insecurity and scarcity at the local, national, and global level. Earlier in the term, a representative from the Community Action Center came to Professor Connole’s course to discuss real issues of food insecurity in and around Northfield. If they wanted, students even had the opportunity to become more involved with the food shelf, which held a grand reopening earlier this year and provides emergency food to approximately 100 Northfield households every week.

The event’s organizers, however, were not solely attuned to issues of food insecurity. Jonah Kan ’19, a CCCE Environmental Systems Fellow who contributed significantly to this year’s week-long programming, noting that Empty Bowls had to be accessible to students from varying socioeconomic backgrounds. Simply, a suggested donation of $20 might have deterred low-income students from attending. Yet, emblematic of the significant foresight and planning integral to Empty Bowls, $500 was allocated to help Posse Scholars and other socioeconomically-marginalized students attend the event without the financial barrier of a suggested donation. Importantly, as Empty Bowls had been designated as that day’s convocation lunch, the usual money allocated to the post-convocation meal was donated. Such details were not a coincidence. Indeed, Friday’s convocation by Minneapolis-based food justice activist LaDonna Redmond was purposefully scheduled to coincide with and complement Empty Bowls. 

Though Connole and Kan recognized that the 15th Anniversary brought out more community members and yielded more general publicity than may otherwise have been expected, both strongly affirmed that the future of Empty Bowls looks bright. For students like Kan, “It is something we can do to have an impact in our community.” That impact, both financially and symbolically, seems destined to grow. 

If the past is any indication, Connole will not remain content with the status quo; as she vigorously and excitedly conveys, innovation and improvement are always possible. In the near future, Connole hopes to work in tandem with the Convocations Committee to find and scheule speakers that align with the objectives of Empty Bowls. 

Furthermore, she hopes to increase collaboration with Potters of the Cannon River, a close-knit group of local ceramic artists with, cumulatively, decades of experience and varying artistic techniques. The cooperative has long supported Carleton ceramics students, sharing physical resources, information, and opportunities, such as shows and guest artists. Connole also recognizes the potential to expand the event, spatially and symbolically, into the community. Though Empty Bowls is well-entrenched at Carleton, Connole believes the fundraiser could  benefit from greater embedding and involvement within the community it seeks to assist.

If one thing is certain, the pot of ideas for the future is—like the hundreds of soup-encrusted, engraved bowls—far from empty.

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DRAM to headline Spring Concert

Carletonian - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 10:58am

The Spring Concert Committee has chosen Virginia-born rapper DRAM to headline this year’s festival, which will be held on Saturday, May 25. The decision was announced via the Spring Concert Facebook page on Monday, May 13. 

Alongside DRAM, other acts include student bands such as Battle of the Bands winners Algae and Dex Arbor and the Maple Street Kids, Minneapolis-based reggae and ska group Dred I Dread, pop artist CVBZ, Minneapolis-based husband and wife duo iLLism and singer/songwriter Gavin Turek. 

This year, the Spring Concert Committee was allocated $124,000 by the Carleton Student Association (CSA), an increase of $4,000 from last year’s budget. 

Miiko Taylor, SAO Assistant Director, noted that the “Student Activities Program Board (SAPB) requested more funding for this year’s Spring Concert to keep up with the cost of production—stage, audio, lights and staff—along with artist fees.”

Of this year’s budget, $60,000 was allocated to hiring artists. The rest was dedicated toward setting up tents and running the event. This is in line with the typical spending patterns regarding Spring Concert: half of the budget usually goes to artist fees and hospitality while the rest is directed towards production, equipment, security and other non-musical entertainment like food, snow cones, lawn games and fireworks.

DRAM (which stands for Doing Real Ass Music), was born Shelley Marshaun Massenburg-Smith. DRAM is best known for his song “Broccoli,” which hit number five on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop songs chart. He was selected to headline after much deliberation by this year’s 11-person Spring Concert Committee.

“We began our search with hundreds of artists. Each week, we would slowly narrow down the list based on who was available on the date of Spring Concert—which canceled a lot of our top choices out—who fit within our budget and left enough money for opening acts, and who would provide a lit performance overall,” said Joy Onyeanu ’21, Chairperson of the Spring Concert Committee.

To assess performance value, the committee researched the artists in terms of performance, music and stage presence.

“The selection process relied heavily on YouTube videos of all suggested artists’ performances, looking out for a fun stage presence,” said Mayte Aldrett ’19, a member of the Spring Concert Committee. “We started with headliner decisions, which depends on who we can afford according to artists’ availabilities, which is provided by the agency that Student Activities Office (SAO) hires to get in contact with artists.”

“Our first candidate was Chloe x Halle, then Noname, then Hayley Kiyoko, then Teyana Taylor, then finally DRAM,” added Aldrett. “He was always part of the discussion, but we were also in search of an artist who gave a very active or intimate performance.” 

Adlrett also noted that DRAM has been a runner-up for the Spring Concert headliner for the past couple of years. While the committee was dedicated to securing an exciting headliner, they were also interested in making sure that the lineup is diverse and represents multiple genres.

“The selection process comes with discourse, and we discussed local, queer and women representation in the lineup. Our goal was to get a variety of genres that still offered a great time to all students,” said Aldrett. 

“This year, we have pop, we have reggae, we have hip hop, and we have electronic pop. We’ve tried to increase diversity of music,” added Taylor.

The Committee made diversity a priority for this year’s Spring Concert in response to student feedback from past years. The SAO continuously seeks to improve the Spring Concert experience year to year.

“Typically, after the concert we send out a survey to see what students liked, what students didn’t like and feedback that they have,” said Taylor. “One example is students saying they want more bands instead of solo artists. The other one is variety of music, not just having one genre.” 

Onyeanu, along with other members of the Committee, is excited and hopeful about this year’s headliner and overall concert.

“I think DRAM will be a fun upbeat headliner,” said Onyeanu. “He’ll definitely have everyone dancing and having a good time singing along to his songs.” 

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Raider Wrap 5/25/19

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Leo Vithoontien earns All-America honors, advances to NCAA Championships quarterfinals

Carleton Sports - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:50pm

Sophomore Leo Vithoontien had a busy first session at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, as he won a pair of singles matches and became the first Carleton College men’s tennis player in 30 years to earn multiple All-America honors. His third match of the day saw Vithoontien and senior Jordon O'Kelly fall in the opening round of the doubles bracket.

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