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The Bald Spot has new editors!

Carletonian - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 9:45pm

Hey folks, my name is Naomi ’22 (not NYE-omi). I’m from a smallish town in Minnesota that is as white as it sounds. My majors are political science and religion, which I chose just to be spicy. I am the Bald of Bald Spot. Hopefully, what we write at the Bald Spot upsets you 20% of the time and makes you cry-laugh and slap your knees 80% of the time. Our hot-takes will touch on a variety of subjects, such as econ-bros, Jerome-Jay Levi and his multiple title IX allegations, and so much more! If our satire is too much for you weenies with trust funds to handle, please do not sue us. We are so broke and tired. I will defer all legal action to my lawyers on the Carleton Mock Trial Team. Please contact me at lopezn@carleton.edu with submissions or compliments on my outfits.

Hi, I’m Jack ’22 (jak), a prospective dance minor from some rich pacific northwestern suburb, and I am the Spot of Bald Spot. Now many of you read satire to laugh, because you read satire meant to make you laugh. The Bald Spot has a different goal. It’s to make us laugh while writing it, and remind you that SOAN professor Jay/Jerome Levi has multiple Title IX complaints against him and that Carleton has done nothing besides give him paid vacation and expect us to forget. Some of my hobbies include doing mock trial, dancing, and volleyball. Here at the Bald Spot we promise to come out guns blazing at any issue without doing any research or considering the consequences. Heard a rumor? We’ll confirm it! My email is brownj4@carleton.edu, and I will provide a reward for the most creative death threat I receive. That email is also for any criticism, feedback, feet pics, or submissions to the Bald Spot.

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De Blasio announces end to campaign following CarlDems bean poll

Carletonian - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 9:37pm

Last Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the end of his presidential campaign following the release of an unfavorable poll conducted by the Carleton College Democrats. Nearly half of de Blasio’s 57 supporters anxiously awaited the results of the poll at a de Blasio family barbecue. After it was announced that de Blasio’s cup contained zero beans at the conclusion of the poll, the mayor stormed out of the room, angrily muttering something about past problems with beans.

De Blasio’s campaign had been on a downward spiral since he first had the idea to run for president. After being urged not to run by analysts, political strategists, and his immediate family, de Blasio defied the odds by being more forgettable than this election’s other mayor, Pete Buttigeg, despite de Blasio’s jurisdiction over nearly ninety times South Bend’s population. Later in his campaign, de Blasio stumbled as his approval rating fell below the favorability of New York City itself, joining an exclusive group of New Yorkers alongside the president, Rudy Giuliani, and Mel Gibson.

When asked, de Blasio declined to comment on whether he’d be endorsing another candidate, saying “I’ve locked myself in my room and I’m never ever ever coming out.” De Blasio’s mother assured us that “He pulls this kind of shit all the time.” and that “He’ll almost certainly be out in time for dinner.” When asked how he felt about the end of the mayor’s campaign, one New Yorker responded “Who?”

Despite de Blasio’s dedication to stay in the race, his campaign’s end was a surprise to few. His campaign office has already finalized plans to use their ten thousand unsold lawn signs as kindling in a ceremony in which de Blasio says he plans to “burn away his failures” and “emerge reborn as the president this country deserves.” Until de Blasio offers an explanation of this event’s particulars, it’s safe to assume that de Blasio’s presidential hopes have met their end. Many analysts have taken this as a confirmation of the theory that there is only enough room for one old, completely out of touch white guy in the Democratic party.

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Northfield Climate Strike

Carletonian - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 9:32pm

Carleton students joined members from the Northfield community, as well as students from St. Olaf and Northfield Public Schools, in the Northfield Climate Strike at Bridge Square.

Hundreds of students and activists gathered to listen to speakers from St. Olaf, Northfield High School, and representatives from local activist groups.

The Climate Strike was one of thousands taking place around the world, as people walked out of work and school in protest of unhinged fossil fuel use, environmental degradation, environmental injustice, and the lack of action by global leaders.

As many as four million people participated in the strike worldwide, per estimates. The strike also comes as Northfield prepares its updated climate action plan in 2020.

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Open letter: Carleton and climate crisis

Carletonian - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 9:21pm

Earth is in the midst of a climate crisis. In July of this year, several higher education networks concerned with sustainability recognized this crisis by declaring a climate emergency. Carleton indirectly supported this emergency declaration as a member of Second Nature, a network of about 600 colleges and universities.

The organizations declaring a climate emergency simultaneously published a Climate Emergency Letter that they planned to give to government officials and the media before the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in September. The organizations called on other networks and educational institutions around the world to join with them in signing the letter.

So far, despite appeals from dozens of alumni, President Poskanzer has refused to sign Carleton onto the emergency letter individually. We believe that signing the letter directly is important to reaffirm Carleton’s commitment to taking emergency action and to emphasize its awareness that climate change poses a threat to Carleton students. See the email to President Poskanzer and his response at https://divestcarleton.com/updates/.

But signing the letter is just the first step. We face a climate emergency, and Carleton’s response to date does not reflect that reality. Significant new action is required.

1. Move up the carbon neutrality date

Carleton has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. In order to achieve this goal, it issued a Climate Action Plan in 2011. We commend the College on developing this plan, but considering recent advances in green technology and the ever-accelerating pace of climate change, a 2050 deadline is no longer soon enough. The earth and its inhabitants cannot wait that long for institutions like Carleton to cease using fossil fuels.

Many peer institutions have committed to an earlier date for neutrality, according to the Second Nature network. Fellow Midwestern liberal arts colleges Kenyon, Macalester, and Oberlin have committed to carbon neutrality by 2040, 2025, and 2025 respectively. The schools sharing our U.S. News #5 ranking (Pomona, Bowdoin, and Middlebury) have also dedicated themselves to earlier deadlines (2030, 2020, and 2016). Carleton should join its peer institutions in committing to a more aggressive goal.

2. Intensify moves toward sustainability

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) publishes an assessment of sustainability efforts, rating performance on a wide range of campus actions, including energy, food, curriculum, public engagement, buildings, etc. In the most recent report, Carleton was categorized as a “Silver” with an overall score of 54 points. Stanford topped the list with a Platinum grade of 88. Some of Carleton’s peer institutions significantly outperformed Carleton. Gold status was achieved by Colby (83), Middlebury (78), Oberlin (73), Bowdoin (69), and Macalester (67).

This disappointing performance is also recognized in the Sierra Club’s most recent “Cool Schools” report, which is based in part on the AASHE data. The Sierra ranking places somewhat more weight on energy, air and climate, transportation, and public engagement, reflective of the Club’s priorities. In the 2019 rankings, Carleton placed at position 159, badly trailing many of its peer institutions. Despite good intentions and the hard work of the Sustainability Office, meaningful action is clearly not a serious priority for the administration. The College with all of its resources can do better.

3. Commit to divest from fossil fuel companies.

Finally, while Carleton has taken some good steps toward sustainability goals with its on-campus resources, it has completely ignored a major tool of the institution: its endowment portfolio. Many investment companies are now calculating the carbon footprints of their portfolios. Carbon-heavy investments such as fossil fuel companies increase Carleton’s carbon footprint by directing its resources toward the support of CO2 emissions. Investing instead in sustainable industries would direct Carleton’s resources toward CO2 reduction and a sustainable economy. Divestment would also target the fossil fuel industry’s social license to continue using its considerable financial heft to impact elections and policy discussion, further slowing progress to a low carbon future.

Practically, divestment makes good financial sense. If, as laid out in the Paris Agreement, we are to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, we must leave a large percentage of the remaining oil and gas reserves unburned. This means that fossil fuel companies that have not greatly expanded their business portfolios will be left with unusable, stranded assets and diminishing business prospects. When the University of California system announced just last week that it would divest its $13 billion endowment and $70 billion pension from fossil fuels, its CIO and Investment Committee Chair stated: “We believe hanging onto fossil fuel assets is a financial risk.”

It is time for Carleton to realize that the responsible thing to do—both environmentally and financially—is to rapidly divest its fossil fuel stocks. Worldwide, 1118 institutions with managed assets of $11.48 trillion have already divested. There is wide support for joining them in the Carleton community. Half the student population, as of 2017, signed a petition requesting that Carleton divest from fossil fuels. Over 70 faculty members did as well, and so far there are 1558 names, including 1463 living alumni, on the alumni Divest Carleton petition. You can find more information about Divest Carleton at divestcarleton.com and on the Divest Carleton student and alumni Facebook pages.

With each passing day, the severe consequences of ignoring climate change are less and less in dispute. Around the world, our peer colleges and many other institutions are stepping up to address the climate crisis. We Carls, concerned about the future of the next generations of students, believe that our College should do the same.

Patrick Dunlevy ’72
Brett Smith ’64
Rebecca Hahn ’09
Amelia Blair-Smith ’21
Karen Chen, ’21
Wendy Erickson, ’21
Maria Fairchild, ’20
Caroline Hall, ’20
Jared Kannel, ’20
Laura Kiernan, ’20
Alex Kucich, ’21
August Lindgren-Ruby, ’20
John Sherer, ’21
Tuomas Sivula, ’21
Taylor Yeracaris, ’20

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Student trainings fail to address college’s structural failures

Carletonian - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 9:12pm

CW: mentions of suicide and sexual assault

This summer I, like many of you, received an email from the college asking me to complete a new online mental health training course before returning to campus. The training touched on territory familiar to the Wellbeing CarlTalk, Mental Health First Aid, and the college’s other programs for mental wellness.

Discussions of mental illness, help-seeking, supporting others, it was all there, as usual. But unlike those other trainings, this online orientation took maybe forty minutes to complete. I can’t say what new information I took away other than a feeling of unease at the training’s unwarned discussions of suicide.

Instead of feeling enlightened, I closed the training’s congratulatory digital certificate with a feeling of extreme discomfort. This training, and its counterparts for diversity, inclusion, consent, and other subjects, failed at all but clumsy summary of its issues.

No amount of hypothetical scenarios or slick, tokenized, clearly staged videos will ever substitute lived human experience. I’m not sure it is possible to teach mental health, or consent, or inclusiveness, or how to talk about these issues, without talking about them as living people.

The online trainings, then, have always come off to me as a way for the college to cover their behind. They pretend that they’ve given students an adequate vocabulary and toolkit to discuss as well as address the social issues they’ll face, but these “trainings” are no more than formality.

CarlTalks ought to be a forum for them to move beyond this. Indeed, I am happy to see the CarlTalks have, in general, made changes over my four years at Carleton. The administration tweaks them every year, based on feedback from new students, peer leaders, and professional staff.

Sometimes these changes make complete sense; often they do not. Ad hoc adjustments to correct a past class’ concerns often lead to more confusion later.

My first year, the wellbeing talk was regrettably called What’s Your Best Available Choice? The following year, due to increases in alcohol-related transports, it changed to Flourishing at Carleton, with an emphasis on positive psychology and no mentions of alcohol or drugs.

Since then, the college has struck a middle ground, reserving discussions of substances for the retooled community standards talk. Students have rightfully criticized BAC and Flourishing, often because they haven’t seen these contexts around them.

Professional staff have stressed that CarlTalks are meant to be introductory, that students have four years and many more after to explore these concepts. But this is not always clear, and besides, the subjects remain urgent whether they can solve them now or not. That’s why they’re CarlTalks in the first place.

Their lack of transparency makes the college’s trainings for students difficult to parse. It is often difficult to tell whether a certain program exists to actually improve the community or to avoid certain liabilities (such as those that might come with student transports, medical leave, or Title IX violations).

I have worked with Title IX on several occasions, and I truly believe the office wants the best for students. But they, like the rest of the school, exist within a wide bureaucracy that often gets involved at many levels: say, the Dean of Students Office, Residential Life, the Chapel, Security, and so on.

Each tentacle of the bureaucracy is bound to know something that other tentacles don’t. Each is also bound to believe it has certain responsibilities, both to maintain and avoid. Since these conversations happen in isolation, going through any administrative process fast becomes laborious.

Even if the people involved want to be supportive.

No amount of training prepares students to navigate a bureaucracy designed to diffuse responsibility. Administrators will often say they don’t know what we mean by “the administration” because it’s so varied.

This is by design. When everyone has a tightly delineated role, anything that doesn’t fit within its exact limits must not be an issue.

By giving us strategies to cope with our challenging new environments, the college allows us to think that we’re helping ourselves. But this is the most conservative idea of reform possible.

The biggest challenges at Carleton are not ones we create. They have existed since before us, and if nothing substantial changes, they will continue to exist well after our graduation.

Finding a therapist, getting accommodations, navigating Title IX appeals, finding safe spaces at a college that’s 70 percent white where over half of students receive no financial aid, these are structural barriers that make Carleton hard to inhabit.

Telling us that we should sleep more or ask our friends if they’re OK in this context is absurd. No amount of interpersonal interaction with our peers will solve the root cause. Carleton wants us to meet their vast institutional problems on their own terms, not the terms we deserve.

If the college really wanted to prepare its students, they would not only give introductory education on these subjects. They would offer meaningful self-critique to show students that individual choice will not get us out of this mess without structural change.

They would likewise reform a compartmentalized and insular power structure, academic, social, economic, cultural, and otherwise, that places the burden of belonging on students rather than the school meant to educate them.

It is a deep irony of our education system that we claim to prioritize inclusion so highly. Inclusion is not something that only exists between two peers talking to each other. It requires active work on all levels of execution to ensure everyone belongs. By definition.

Carleton would do well to take heed.

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Demanding New Student Week schedules largely ignore student well-being

Carletonian - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 9:07pm

I was, in short, so fed up with Carleton’s New Student Week (NSW) my freshman year (last year, in 2018) that, at its conclusion, I changed my Instagram handle to @carletoncollege.newstudentweek. (The joke is that there wasn’t an official N.S.W. Instagram account at the time.)

Though the official Carleton account DM’d me 11 months later asking me to stop the identity theft, the username was less playful mockery and kind of my way of (at least I hoped) giving what was more or less the finger to the overwhelming smoke-and-mirrors process that was NSW (But it’s also just an Instagram username and I’m probably reading into this too much.)

Although now I’m far(-ish) removed from my NSW experience, I am still (I’d say) pretty justifiably peeved about the whole thing. It was a startlingly quick, endlessly tiring, and almost rash introduction to Carleton. And given it was my—along with approx.imately500 other students’—first exposure to college life, I knew no better. Information sessions, tours, admissions representatives, US News and World Report, nothing talks about first year orientation — which makes sense, probably, with the reasonable expectation that schools ease their students into their M.O. So obviously none of the incoming Carls my year (or other years) had any idea what the marathon-sprint would look like.

Much of the non-stop informational barrage that was NSW didn’t really sit well with my pretty acute anxiety issues — which is probably significantly informing the tone of this piece.

But it was still a serious issue for me (and, I’m sure, for other Carls with similar situations, as well), which then, thinking about it, sort of perpetuated itself as I began to realize I couldn’t quite retain any of the information being thrown my way on account of that anxiety, which really just began to spiral and deteriorate into anxiety’s more subtle, creeping, adverse mental health effects —which even further detracted from my ability to get really anything out of the Week, as much as I truly wished to enjoy it.

Basically, it wasn’t a great introduction and likely shaped the tone of the term to come.

It seems, with all this firehose-esque sensory overload, almost as if the Carleton administration is so caught-up in its self-image of a “model, progressive liberal arts college” that it ignores the wellbeing of its students for the sake of checking as many boxes as efficiently and conveniently as possible. (Also see: a college with an almost billion dollar endowment having neglected dorms, lackluster health resources, weirdly elusive queer/trans resources… etc.).

And, yes, not all Carls experience or live with anxiety and other mental health issues, but the core sentiment is still there, more or less generally. Most people I talked to about it voiced at least a base-level, similar sort of irritation, specifically with the seeming excessiveness of the whole thing.

I’m also, obviously, not an administrative/curricular expert or authority, but from a student’s perspective, and in the midst of debates surrounding how to partition NSW, there seem to be at least minimal ways to take a stab at eliminating student discomfort and working to prevent them from zoning out during the week-long information overload. E.g. spreading events out and scheduling them over the first couple weeks of fall term; in conjunction with the first suggestion, slightly shortening presentations (though, again, not diminishing their importance); perhaps truncating or moving Stevie P. (et al.)’s poorly-timed, seemingly-endless move-in-day-terminal ~4:30–5:30 p.m. introductory speech (maybe diminishing this one’s importance just a little bit).
There are definitely productive ways to improve upon the Week and inform students of as many resources as possible, but making the whole process longer within the same timespan definitely is not one of them.

Carleton’s New Student Week is undoubtedly necessary and important, but the College is doing it in one of the worst ways possible. Learning vital information about college life should be educational and engaging, not a dismal slog through requirements.

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Carleton football brings home the Book of Knowledge

Carletonian - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 7:05pm

The concept of the college football rivalry trophy is one of the most nostalgic and heralded traditions in all of American sports. It summons visions of epic battles between historic schools, and heated rivalries that have spanned decades. The University of Minnesota features some of college football’s most famous, including Floyd of Rosedale (Minnesota v. Iowa) and Paul Bunyan’s Axe (Minnesota v. Wisconsin). Carleton has its own traditions kept alive via historic trophies given annually to the victors of rivalry games. Perhaps the most famous in all of MIAC tradition is the Goat Trophy that has been awarded since 1931, after each St. Olaf v. Carleton football game. A more recent institution, the Book of Knowledge has been given to the champion of Carleton v. Macalester since 1998, and on September 7, the Knights were able to bring it home for the first time since 2015.

The Book of Knowledge itself represents the elite academic standards that characterize both schools. As the two most selective schools in the state of Minnesota, it is only appropriate that the annual contest between Carleton and Macalaster be dubbed the “Brain Bowl,” and that the physical representation of athletic superiority incorporate the inherent knowledge of both sides’ players.

Since they first met on the gridiron in 1898, the Knights hold a lopsided 52-9-1 record all-time. As previously mentioned, this is Carleton’s first victory against the Scots since 2015, meaning no player on the current Knights squad had ever experienced a Brain Bowl win.

Carleton was consistently strong on all fronts against Macalester, putting up 48 points, accumulating 474 yards to the Scots’ 219, keeping Macalster off the scoreboard, and seeing excellent play from the special teams unit, highlighted by junior kicker Alex Chertoff’s perfect day from the extra point stripe, in addition to 30 and 24 yard field goals.

The Knights were the beneficiaries of an early Macalester miscue that resulted in the first score of the game. The Scots’ long snapper sailed a ball intended for punter Jon Never, that rolled all the way to the 1-yard line before Never recovered. The Knights downed Never at the 1 and punched in a score on 1 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Beau Nelson to wideout Sean Goodman.

“The momentum shift after the botched snap was huge because it gave our offense confidence and let us put some points on the board early,” offensive lineman Connor Kelly ’22 said of the miscue. “It was also big for our defense because it gave them some breathing room to start the game. We carried that momentum through the entire game and both our offense and defense played phenomenally.”

Nelson, for which the Brain Bowl was his first start under center for the Knights, passed for 301 yards and 4 touchdowns, completing 32 passes along the way. Nelson’s favorite target, senior receiver Mack Journell, caught two of Nelson’s touchdown passes, collecting 181 receiving yards of his own, and providing perhaps the most exciting play of the day, shaking two defenders, hauling in a Nelson pass while falling out of the end zone, while managing to keep a foot in bounds for the score. For his efforts, Journell was awarded the MIAC Football Player of the Week award, as well as being named to D3football.com’s team of the week.

Defensively, the Knights couldn’t have been much better, holding Macalester scoreless. Highlights include senior linebacker Peter Hagstrom’s forced fumble, and dual-sport athlete (football and baseball) Travis Brown’s two interceptions. According to Travis, the Knights came in with a plan.

“Our defensive game plan was just to run the defense schemes we had been perfecting throughout spring ball and fall camp. We knew from lots of film study how we would line up in the different looks and formations they showed from previous games,” said Brown of the Knight’s preparation. “Once we were lined up the defense really just ran itself. A lot of the success we had was due to the relentless effort and pursuit to the ball we had as a unit. We tackled very well throughout the game, eliminated big plays, and we also the ball away a bunch. All of these things together helped solidify the shutout.”

Since the Macalester contest, Carleton posted a 20-10 victory at Lawrence University, and endured their first loss at St. Olaf with the Goat Trophy on the line, by a score of 36-19. The Knights will have their work cut out for them this weekend, facing the fourth-ranked team in NCAA Division IIISt. John’s University. Johnnies v. Carleton kicks off at 1:00 p.m. at Laird Field.

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Fantastic first-years making massive impact for Knights fall sports

Carletonian - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 6:58pm

As temperatures cool and summer officially winds down, the winds of the southern Minnesota prairies blow in a new class of academically inclined and athletically capable first-years to the grounds of Carleton College. In many ways, these newly-minted Knights are a carbon copy of the generations of new student-athletes who came before them. Surely, many of them elected to advance their athletic careers at Carleton on an academics-first basis. This particular batch of Carls appear to have an excess of fire in their stomachs, as many have made immediate impacts with their respective squads, with a select group achieving unparalleled success, from both a Carleton and conference standpoint.

Carleton’s Women’s Cross Country team has already had a season for the ages. The Knights currently hold the seventh spot in the national NCAA Division III rankings, and are being paced by first-year Clara Mayfield. Hailing from Manhattan, Kansas, Mayfield has won both of the two events that the Knights have participated in, posting times of 22:20:9 and 22:38.6 at Carleton’s Running of the Cows, and Concordia Wisconsin’s Ken Weidt Invitational, respectively. Her individual wins have helped propelled the Knights to team success, as Carleton quite literally ran away from the competition, winning both of the aforementioned events’ team contests comfortably.

When selecting between schools, Clara was looking to find a program with dual commitments to academics and athletics. “I knew Carleton offers the best educational opportunities, and when I visited the campus and met the team I fell in love with the atmosphere,” she said. “I liked how the athletes valued academics above all, but were also very committed to the team when they were at practice.”

Mayfield has already been recognized by the MIAC as a stand-out performer. After her victory at the Ken Weidt Invitational, she was awarded the title of MIAC Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week.

“Athletically, I have always been a good runner,” Mayfield said of her approach. “Throughout high school I attribute my improvement and success to my coaches who are very knowledgeable about running, as well as my work ethic. In running, it is important to train, but also important to be healthy overall, and being committed to the lifestyle of running helped me get to a high level. Starting college, I wasn’t exactly sure where I would fall among competition at first, but I knew based on my previous times I would probably be near the top. I would say nothing has changed much, and the constant training I’ve put in has allowed me to succeed early at Carleton, just by continuing routines I have already done.”

While Mayfield will hope to perpetuate the string of success that Carleton Women’s Cross Country has enjoyed over the last decade (seven out of the last ten MIAC championships have been won by Carleton), two young Knights are providing a glimpse into a successful future for a program that has never been crowned champions of the MIAC. First-years Anderson Murphy and James Berger have been stellar in the Men’s Golf team’s first three tournaments, setting a precedent for future success, on a team that is comprised of majority first-years.

At St. Thomas’s Pioneer Collegiate tournament, Berger finished with the Knights’ best score for a 54-hole event in sixteen years, leading the Knights to their lowest 54-hole team score in program history. Berger, from Los Altos Hills, also chose Carleton on an academics first basis: “I chose Carleton because of how good it is academically. I definitely wanted to play golf in college but academics were always first. The balance of very difficult classes and Division III golf was perfect for me so Carleton was the go to,” Berger said.

When asked of the key ingredients behind his fantastic round at St. Thomas, Berger spokeon consistency: “There wasn’t necessarily anything that was working particularly well. I was and planned for it. And when you are playing that many holes, that is very important.”

Teammate and fellow first-year Anderson Murphy has set some records of his own. On the second day of the Carleton-St. Olaf-Macalester triangular, Murphy shot a 68, four strokes under par, and the lowest of any Knight’s 18-hole score in 15 seasons. With his phenomenal second round, Murphy was able to close the gap on his teammate Berger, who led by three strokes after round one, to finish in a tie for first with his teammate. Thanks in part to Berger and Murphy’s efforts, the Knights were able to edge second place St. Olaf by nine strokes to win the triangular.

Moving to the pitch, both Carleton soccer squads have had exceptional beginnings to their respective seasons, with first-years contributing significantly to each teams’ success. Cate Patterson, a CWS first-year from Racine, Wisconsin, has been superb for the Knights, leading the team in goals with four. While the statistics prove her offensive capability in black and white, Patterson is particularly exciting to watch in person. She excels in one-on-one situations, and as made apparent by her two goal game against UW-Stout, is capable of conjuring space with her defender, seemingly out of thin air, to create her own shot opportunities.

Perhaps the most remarkable story out of all fall athletes new to the Carleton Varsity athletic program is not one of a first-year, but of that of a walk-on sophomore. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Tonny Aton is competing in his first year for Varsity Men’s Soccer, in his second year on campus.

Aton’s impact was felt immediately. In their first contest of the preseason, the Knights found themselves deadlocked at 0-0 after the first half, though they outshot the home team Minnesota-Morris Cougars by a tally of 18-1. Despite a frustrated offense, Tonny came to the rescue at the commencement of the second half, scoring a trio of goals in the half’s first thirteen minutes to give the Knights a comfortable 3-0 lead. Aton’s flurry highlighted a 5-0 Knight win, and has set the tone for the Knight’s offense, who lead all NCAA programs across all three divisions with a skyhigh 27.57 average shots per game.

With the exception of Mayfield and Women’s Cross Country, each of these exciting first-year players, along with Aton, will be in action this weekend. Carleton Men’s and Women’s Soccer will play Concordia at home on Saturday afternoon, while Murphy and Berger will compete from Saturday to Monday in the Twin Cities Classic, at Elk River Country Club.

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Opening Convocation

Carletonian - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 6:51pm

Opening Convocation was held in Skinner Memorial Chapel on the afternoon of Monday, September 16. The ceremony included a welcome address by President Stephen Poskanzer, a recognition of the Dean’s List, and an address by Washington Post political correspondent James Hohman.

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Students review Northfield’s newest coffee shop

Carletonian - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 6:39pm
Big joy at Little Joy

by Jack Coyne

Northfield isn’t, and has never been, a static place. During my four years at Carleton, this sleepy college town has seen a number of significant changes, altering the fabric of the community in both big and small ways. From Econo’s metamorphosis into Family Fare to the Reub’s unexpected closing, the Malt-o-Meal purchase to the Chapati fire, Northfield has seen its fair share of shakeups.

Coming back from two terms off-campus, I found myself in a Northfield I at once recognized, missed, and adored, as well as a Northfield marked by subtle changes I’ve had a strange time adjusting to. One little change making a big difference has been the opening of a new coffee shop at 300 Division Street, right next to campus and just a minute’s walk from the Weitz.

Little Joy Coffee opened its doors this past June, while most students were off campus. With my three years in Northfield behind me, I couldn’t help but feel suspicious of the new cafe, sandwiched between Northfield landmarks such as Chapati and the Cow.

In my first few days back in Northfield, I’d gotten word of the new coffee place from a few friends. One of my sources, another senior, was equally skeptical of the cafe. We’d both spent our time as underclassmen alternating between the Hideaway and Blue Monday. My initial impulse was to stand my ground, refuse to give in. I’d already chosen my prefered Northfield caffeine stop, and traditions die hard.

From the outside, Little Joy can seem intimidating. Coming from Los Angeles, I recognized the boho-chic energy the cafe is designed to give off, and I felt transported back to the West Hollywood cafes where I spent the later days of my summer hiding from the August heat. I have to admit, part of me was excited for the familiarity.

But another part of me dreaded that the modern had made its way to little Northfield. I liked the quaintness of the Hideaway, the quirkiness of Blue Monday. Little Joy, with its open concept coffee bar, elevated menu, complete with white wood on exposed brick aesthetic, felt like an aberration for this Midwestern town. I asked my friend if he thought it’d be any good, and with a shrug he just said “nah.”

But I had to try it. As much as I was suspicious of Little Joy, I was equally attracted to its difference, its uniqueness in being the only coffee shop in Northfield that could bring me back to my teenage years in South Florida, hanging out at the local coffee roaster, and my current life in LA, flitting between bookstores and cafes on my days off.

The weekend before first week, on my way to Econo, I curiously and somewhat begrudgingly stopped in for a quick cup of coffee, just to get my caffeine boost for the day. I got the Haus blend, advertised as “chocolatey and bold,” and quietly made my way further into town, sipping happily as I went. At some point, I stopped, looked down at my cup, and with a sigh acknowledged that this coffee was really good. All my suspicion, all my worry, was misguided. Little Joy wasn’t just talking the talk— its coffee was as good as, if not better than, the drinks professional baristas had whipped up for me in LA, New York, and even Rome. I’m not a huge black coffee drinker, but the Haus blend was impeccably smooth, surprisingly light, and incredibly refreshing. One cup, and I was hooked on this tiny cafe, ready to try the whole menu as soon as I could.

The next time I came to Little Joy, I brought that friend, the one who’d dismissed the place as all talk, all show. We both found the interior as charming on the inside as it had been intimidating from the outside. The space, while still exhibiting that particularly harsh millennial style of clean corners, bright lighting, and minimalist design, felt incredibly warm. Because of the music, helpful staff, and happy customers, the environment of Little Joy is just that— joyous.

My friend and I ended up picking out a game from the many options available to us, and ended up playing a particularly competitive round of mini-corn-hole. The energy of the space was so inviting, so welcoming, so friendly, so obviously Northfield that I was a bit mad at myself for ever doubting the shop’s place in town.

Little Joy, with locally roasted Groundwire coffee (prepped just three blocks down by the same local business that opened the shop), its Brickoven Bakery treats, and Midwestern charm, is a vibrant little slice of the Northfield community, one I hadn’t anticipated, and hadn’t yet seen, but one I’m excited to get to know better. I’m sure I’ll be spending plenty of time at Little Joy this winter, hiding from the cold as I comps.

Some particular favorites of mine from Little Joy you just have to try: the Nitro Coldbrew, which is smooth, creamy, and delicious; the Cascara-Rose Kombucha, served on tap, which is light, tangy, sweet and satisfying; the Re-Animator, a chocolatey, nutty drink made from cold brew concentrate and milk; and the Gibraltar, a heavy, dark, and full espresso drink served with a side-shot of sparkling water to refresh the palate. Also make sure to try the locally made Brick-Oven pop-tarts, exclusive to Little Joy, often made with farm-fresh cherries.

Little Joy brings aesthetic and quality

by Arya Misra

As soon as you walk in through the grey door, you will notice the aromatic blend of coffee, chai and baked goods hitting your nostrils. Big white funky decorations, including a skull-shaped light fixture, hang on the exposed brick wall. As one local Northfielder said: “This place is going to be the new place in town for the next five years.”

Little Joy is a new, hip café in our small Midwestern town. Giant floor-to-ceiling windows illuminating the half-white and half-exposed brick wall space and basking it in glorious natural light, Little Joy, located right next to Chapati, is the destination-to-be if you want your caffeine along with a nice dose of aesthetic pleasure.

As an art enthusiast, I was immediately in love with the place. But as an Indian, the real test relied on the chai. When I say chai, I mean a milk tea with spices, not chai-flavored sugary milk. With my fingers crossed, hoping for some good chai (so I get more of an excuse to bring out my laptop and spend an unreasonable amount of time here), I placed my order. Moment of truth … sip … sip … and VOILA we have a winner! Along with the best chai in Northfield (you can fight me), Little Joy has hands-down the best people.

If you visit Little Joy and are lucky enough to meet the manager, Tim Hollinger, you will receive that special treatment where he spends the time and effort to actually learn your name. As someone whose name no one can truly pronounce, that meant a lot. The Little Joy baristas are a beautiful assortment of local youth and wonderful Carls including Maddy Schilling ’21, Anna Schumacher ’21 (currently abroad), and recent-grad Marley Schrom ’19.

With lively music in the background and lively people in the foreground ready to actually engage with their customers, Little Joy is a lively yet calm experience. And if you want to bask in the glory of the fall sun, before all you see is white, you can head out to the deck for some Vitamin D with your coffee.

If you’re looking for a jolt of energy, Tim highly recommends “’Spro and Go” (a shot of espresso and a coffee, to go) or the “Re-animator” (refreshing flavours will bring you to life). And if you’re a tea lover, the chai and matcha milk teas are definitely something to look forward to. With baked goods, from homemade Pop-Tarts (blueberry has my heart) to chocolate croissants, and roasts (from Jawbreaker Costa Rican red honey to Superconductor) to fulfill your regular caffeine requirement while you crunch out that paper, Little Joy takes care of all your needs.

Whether it is an aesthetic instagram picture you’re after, a refreshing visit to see welcoming faces or just a really good cup of coffee cough chai wins all cough, this cute new place in town has got your back. So whenever you feel big sad, take a quick walk down to Little Joy.

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Art D. Rodriguez ’96 returns to Carleton as new Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Services

Carletonian - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 6:31pm

In July, Art D. Rodriguez ’96 returned to Carleton as new Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Services.

A committee was formed by President Steve Poskanzer in 2018 in order to fill the position Rodriguez has taken. Professor Timothy Raylor, who was on the search committee, explained that his goal was to find someone sympathetic to Carleton’s approach to admissions, which has been remarkably successful for many years.

“We wanted someone with the vision, experience, and authority to build on that success, making changes where these might better help us reach our institutional goals—(e.g., recruiting talented, diverse classes while keeping us accessible and affordable)—in an increasingly competitive market,” said Raylor.

The committee worked with an external search firm which knew of Rodriguez as a national leader in the field of admissions and therefore a strong candidate for Carleton.

Rodriguez was previously the dean of admission and student financial services at Vassar College starting in 2014. He also has served on several Vassar committees related to admissions, student affairs, and planning, including the Board of Trustees committee on admission and financial aid.

Rodriguez serves as the chief admissions officer and has full responsibility for the Admissions and Financial Aid offices, working to make the cost of Carleton affordable. He is currently adjusting to the Carleton of 2019 that has changed dramatically with new buildings, faculty and staff, academic programs, and student experiences since his time as an undergrad here. Understanding these changes will help him be in the best position to recruit for the college.

“I am also doing a lot of listening and thinking about the work in admissions and financial aid, and how the college can continue to enroll the most talented and diverse group of students,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez opened this year’s New Student Week orientation alongside the President, Dean of Students, Dean of the College, and CSA President with a welcoming speech that was based on his own first-year orientation.

“It was such an amazing experience and honor,” Rodriguez said. “I never would have thought in a million years when I was a first-year student at Carleton, that I could someday be on the dais… I wanted to relay the message that it was okay to be nervous. I also wanted to reinforce to anyone having doubts about being at Carleton, that they do belong. ”

As a former Carleton TRIO student and Multicultural Peer Leader (MPL), now OIIL Peer Leaders, Rodriguez looks forward to connecting with these student groups because of their shared experiences, but he also wants to meet as many students as possible. He enjoyed his time as a Carleton student being part of a residential community and understanding how many varying experiences his classmates represented.

Raylor, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions Jaime K. Anthony, and Assistant to Vice President and Dean of Admissions Linda Mueller all underscored the value of having a mixture of alumni and non-alumni in the admissions office because of their understanding of the Carleton experience.

Rodriguez encourages current students to be open-minded, explore new academic areas and resources, and meet new people while at Carleton. He also advises soon-to-be alumni to reflect on their time and activities at Carleton to provide direction on their future possibilities.

“Four years happen fast, and rather than having regrets, I hope every student graduates from Carleton feeling as though they immersed themselves in every opportunity that they can,” said Rodriguez.

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Raider Wrap 9-21-19

KYMN Radio - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 11:03am

From the Raider Girls Soccer team, coach Sebastion Burset joins us with players Cecilia Kivell, Wendy Bollum, and Celia Murphy Pearson.  Defensive coordinator Mark Woitalla of the Raider Football team brings Connor Nagy and Kevin Grundhoffer join the Wrap.  

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Raider Wrap 9-14-19

KYMN Radio - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 10:39am

Raider Football players Cole Stanchina and Gavin Rataj join Raider Wrap this week.  

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Security Blotter September 21-25

Carletonian - Fri, 09/27/2019 - 9:05pm

Saturday, September 21

Evening: Security responded to a smoke detector sounding in a dorm room. No reason for the alarm was found and the system was reset.

Evening: Security responded to a medical. All ended well.

Early Morning: Security responded to another medical. An ill student was transported to the hospital.

Afternoon: Security responded to another medical. All ended well.

Sunday, September 22

Early Morning: Another intoxicated student was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Evening: An intoxicated student was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Evening: An ill student was given taxi vouchers for transportation to the hospital.

Monday, September 23:

Morning: Security transported an injured student to SHAC so their injury could be checked on.

Evening: An injured student was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Tuesday, September 24:

Evening: An alarm alerted security that a tunnel door had been open. Security responded and found some curious students in the tunnel.

Evening: Security responded to a medical. Security assisted a student with bandaging a small laceration.

Tuesday, September 24:

Evening: Security responded to a medical. A student had injured their ankle. Security provided some ice and transported the student to their residence.

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Student Involvement Fair

Carletonian - Fri, 09/27/2019 - 8:40pm

Over 150 student organizations tabled at Friday’s Student Involvement Fair, held on The Bald Spot. The fair encouraged new and returning students alike to get involved in a variety of clubs, sports, volunteer programs, student publications, comedy groups, and various other activities.

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College finds Prof. Levi guilty of sexually inappropriate conduct

Carletonian - Fri, 09/27/2019 - 7:05pm

Professor of Anthropology Jay Levi has been barred from teaching fall term following an investigation into a formal Title IX complaint, brought in May 2019 under Carleton’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. Following the investigation, Levi was found to have engaged in “sexually inappropriate conduct” with a student. He is expected to return and teach in Winter Term 2020.

Levi was found guilty of sexually inappropriate conduct, which is distinguished from sexual harassment in the Carleton Sexual Misconduct Policy. The policy defines “sexually inappropriate conduct” as “unwelcome sexual conduct that may not rise to the level of sexual harassment. Conduct that may be considered sexually inappropriate may be isolated behavior not sufficiently serious to be sexual harass­ment under this policy. Sexually inappropriate conduct may include, but is not limited to, crude, obscene, or sexually offensive gestures or behavior, or unwelcome sexual comments or communication. For purposes of this definition, communication may be oral, written, or electronically transmitted.”

The specifics of Levi’s charge will be investigated further in future Carletonian reporting.

In an official statement from Carleton to the Carletonian, Dean of the College Beverly Nagel said that the formal investigation “relates to an incident that occurred during the 2016-2017 academic year,” and was formally reported in Spring of 2019. Nagel explained that this statement would not be publicly distributed, but would be provided upon inquiry.

Nagel also noted that outcomes of disciplinary investigations are usually kept confidential, but “because of the speculation and information floating around, we wanted to make sure, insofar as we could, that more accurate details and information were shared.”

A separate complaint against Levi was investigated during the 2016-2017 school year, after which “he was required to take a sabbatical and undergo college-mandated counseling and coaching,” according to the recent statement from Carleton.

In a Carletonian article published April 21, 2017 Nagel stated, “No Carleton faculty member has been suspended for this upcoming year.”

In the same article, Levi stated, “I have decided to extend the sabbatical I was already scheduled to take in the spring to also include the winter and fall.”

The Carletonian is currently investigating this inconsistency.

Nagel added that the two complaints concerned different incidents, and the statement notes that “there have been no formal complaints against Professor Levi with respect to actions after the 2016-2017 academic year.”

In addition to Levi’s mandatory leave of absence, Nagel said, the college has discontinued his off-campus study program and has no plans to reinstate it.

The College’s official statement also asserts that Levi will not be permitted to teach any courses required for the Sociology/Anthropology major, “so that no student is required to take any course from him.” Nagel says the decision concerning Levi’s eligibility to teach first-year Argument and Inquiry (A&I) seminars “has not been made yet.”

For Ross Grogan-Kaylor ’21, who last spring advocated against Levi teaching an A&I, this is a possibility he “really doesn’t like.”

If Levi were to teach an A&I in the future, as he had been slated to do this fall before the Title IX complaint was upheld, “some freshmen would have no choice in whether they took a class of his or not.”

Nagel said that first years “would not be forced to take an A&I” taught by Levi because they could select other A&Is during summer pre-registration or switch into another A&I during the registration period.

She did not respond to the question of whether or not the college would inform incoming students of Levi’s Title IX violation before the end of registration.

According to Registrar Emy Farley, Levi’s A&I was full by the time the investigation concluded.

One parent posted on the Carleton parents’ Facebook page that her son had been assigned to Levi’s A&I, but was notified on August 14 that the class had been cancelled.

While Aaron Forman ’21, a former student of Levi’s, “fully trust[s] President Poskanzer and the administration to make the correct decision” regarding which classes Levi should teach, Grogan-Kaylor is “100% adamant in believing Levi should not teach an A&I,” and said he “would support student action to disallow Levi from teaching A&Is.”

Still, Grogan-Kaylor “would not support attempts to fire Levi” without knowing more details about the specific allegations against him.

According to the official college statement regarding Levi’s absence this fall, “the wellbeing of our students and community is our greatest priority, and we are committed to ensuring the Carleton campus is a respectful environment where all members of our college community feel comfortable.”

Levi will return to the classroom next term, Winter 2020, and is listed on the Hub as teaching Introduction to Anthropology and Anthropology of Humor during that term.

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Personal information removed from campus directory

Carletonian - Fri, 09/27/2019 - 6:57pm

On Monday, September 9, an email entitled “Campus Directory Announcement” informed students, staff and faculty that Carleton’s campus directory had received a privacy overhaul.

The campus directory, known affectionately as “Stalkernet,” no longer displays students’ home addresses, cell phone numbers or campus residences. Prior to the change, all three fields were visible by default to authenticated, or logged-in, users. Students could choose to opt-out of inclusion on the directory altogether, but had no option to remove select information.

For searchers within the Carleton community, the current directory displays only students’ photos, voice pronunciations, class years, major(s)/minor(s), and email addresses. No student information is available to searchers without a Carleton account.

Other directory changes include the removal of home addresses, phone numbers, and spouse/partner names from an authenticated view of faculty listings, and removal of faculty email addresses from public view. To contact a Carleton professor or staff member, members of the public can click an “email” button to send a message without learning their recipient’s email address.

The campus directory change is part of the broader move from the Reason web-hosting service to WordPress—a project called “Web 2020.” As stated in the September 9 email, the shift “reflects the College’s on-going work to enhance data security and privacy.”

Web2020 is led by a team drawing from various areas of the college, according to Julie Anderson, Director of Web Services. The group includes Tammy Anderson in the Dean of Students Office; Director of Human Resources Kerstin Cárdenas; Registrar Emy Farley; Business Analyst Mavis Gustavson; David Huyck and Julie Creamer in Information Technology Services; Carla Thomas in External Relations; and Anderson herself.

The transition is estimated to take 3–5 years, according to the Web2020 website.

“With Web2020, we need to transition everything to WordPress,” said Anderson. “And the best time to make the changes is prior to a new academic year—so it was either going to be this summer or next. And so that’s really why the timing worked out this way.”

The campus directory previously included an “opt-out” option for students who did not want their data displayed. “That was kind of a brute-force solution,” said Janet Scannell, Chief Technology Officer. “There were students who didn’t show up on sports rosters, because they’d opted out of the directory, and the sports roster pulled from it. It was like they weren’t even on the team.”

Allowing students to opt in or out of certain directory fields would prove quite complicated, said Anderson. “If we introduced another layer in the directory that would allow suppression for certain fields only, that would be another way for things to go awry,” said Anderson. “Students could say ‘I want to be on this list, but I don’t want to be on this list,’ another person would have a different set of requests—and before you know it, you have sixteen a-la-carte variations.”

Some students have expressed concerns regarding the removal of dorm and hometown information.

“As an RA, I utilized the directory as a way to learn who my residents were and by using their images to connect their faces with their names,” said Katie Landacre ’21, a Resident Assistant (RA) in Goodhue Hall. “This is especially important in my first few weeks with my 44 first-year residents. Had I known this change was taking place, I would have printed out a copy of the directory for my personal use, but I was unable to do so since the change was so sudden.”

RAs receive resident rosters from their Area Directors, who retrieve them from Residence, an online housing program, explained Tanya Hartwig, Associate Director of Residential Life. Residential Life staff always have access to Residence information, which is updated in real time.

“The changes to the directory have definitely made some aspects of the RA job more difficult,” said Michael Gaisor ’20, an RA in Rice House. “I’m personally concerned about the duty-related implications. If something were to happen during duty rounds in a building like Musser or Parish, which I’m responsible for but not familiar with, I would have no idea how to report names other than remembering the room number.

“Everything considered, I don’t mind that people can’t see my home address,” continued Gaisor. “Room numbers were one thing, but the idea that my peers could easily search for and find my home address was mildly worrisome. Hometown? Sure. But street address? Kind of scary.”

“I’ve gotten a handful of emails from students,” said Anderson. “Three students—and one staff member—have said that having more information available student-to-student was helpful for community-building. I wondered if I might get, you know, fifty emails like that—I didn’t.”

Some students who previously withheld their information have opted back in to the directory list now that it has undergone this change, noted Scannell.

“We’ve gotten a handful of verbal thank-yous,” she said, “from people for whom the ‘stalker’ part of ‘Stalkernet’ was uncomfortable.”
Campus directory updates were not unique to Carleton this year. On September 6, 2019, Princeton University’s online directory removed home address and campus residence information, reported the Daily Princetonian.

“We continually review how information is managed and shared at the University,” wrote Michael Hotchkiss, Princeton’s Deputy University Spokesperson, as quoted in the Daily Princetonian. “To protect the privacy and security of our students, we have further restricted directory information about students that may have been available to University community members.”

Wellesley College also removed residence hall information from their authenticated student directory view. “The decision for this change coincides with concerns over what type of data should be made available to who, as well as our transition to a new system,” said Ravi Ravishanker, Wellesley’s Chief Information Officer. “This allows us to distribute the information to selected users based on the need to know.”

At Bates College, students’ home addresses were removed from the authenticated directory and reduced to city, state, and country information. Campus residence information was also removed, though students have the option to opt-in and display it.

“This year, we had to make changes to our display to allow faculty, staff and students to share their preferred pronouns,” said Marjorie Hall, Bates’ Strategic Communications Director. “We reviewed the other fields that had been in our directory, and decided to make it the students choice if they wanted to disclose their campus residence, pronouns, and cell phone information.”
Scannell and Anderson did not attribute Carleton’s directory changes to any particular national event nor the recent changes mentioned here.

“The choice to change the amount of student data it was showing was based on a number of factors,” said Anderson. “We did some research about what other schools are doing, and it seemed clear that a lot of them are limiting student data to the public.”
In 2016, the European Union Parliament approved The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), regulation on data protection and privacy for EU citizens. The GDPR has been enforced in the EU since 2018, and organizations that do not comply face large fines.

“GDPR got everybody thinking about what data to collect, how long to keep it, whether you could delete it if necessary, and things like that,” said Scannell.

“That was a nation-wide phenomenon. We hired some lawyers to help with that, and we sent some people through trainings. The directory decisions weren’t directly tied to that, but it probably influenced our consciousness. Principles like: don’t collect more data than you absolutely need, don’t keep it any longer than you need it, and don’t share it with people who don’t absolutely need it.”

“Everyone has become more sensitized to these issues,” said Anderson. “We don’t want to be in the news because we’ve exposed something.”

Apart from general data protection concern, the Web 2020 team also reached out to the Carleton community to gather information about interpersonal incidents.

“The group learned of incidents wherein students visited professors’ and staff members’ houses unannounced,” said Anderson.

Anderson and Scannell also mentioned learning of student-to-student incidents, but did not describe any particular cases where dorm room information was involved in Title IX cases.

“We had a few incidents where faculty whose research is a little more controversial have been harrassed, so we wanted to make those email addresses not visible,” said Scannell. “There’s no need for the email address to be available, as long as there’s a way for people to contact someone. We just added one more layer that protects privacy a bit more.”

While campus residence information is no longer viewable on the directory, student profiles still display the information. Not all students have filled out their profiles, but for those who create new profiles this year, their campus location will populate.

“We decided that personal information of students was not ours to share,” said Anderson. “Other things we removed, like faculty email addresses, are also available in other ways, this project was in no way an attempt to block all that information anywhere you could ever get it—We’re trying to find the right balance to meet the needs of the community, while not making the decision to expose people’s personal data, because that’s not our decision to make.”

“We’re always trying to evolve,” said Scannell. “A few years ago we added the option for students to record how their name should be pronounced. Just this year we added the option of adding your pronouns, which shows on your professors’ and adviser’s rosters—and we’re discussing how or when to show that on the directory.”

This October, the Web 2020 team will meet with Dean of the College Bev Nagel, Vice President Fred Rogers, and Dean of Students Carolyn Livingston to establish whether they will make exceptions for particular departments who are interested in access to more information.

“We’re always trying to stay aware and adapt—either adding information or removing information as circumstances warrant,” said Scannell. “We have no specific Phase Two, but we’re open to evolving.”

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Former student sues College, claims wrongful expulsion following sexual misconduct case

Carletonian - Fri, 09/27/2019 - 5:12pm

Former Carleton student Taariq Vanegas is suing Carleton College for wrongful expulsion following a finding of sexual misconduct.

Vanegas was accused of sexually assaulting another former Carleton student on April 28, 2017. The incident occurred following Vanegas and his accuser’s initiation into a now-disbanded secret society on campus. Participants had consumed large amounts of alcohol as part of the initiation.

Carleton’s Community Board on Sexual Misconduct (CBSM) began an investigation in May, concluding that Vanegas was guilty of violating the school’s sexual-misconduct policy by having sex with an incapacitated person who could not consent. The CBSM consequently recommended that Vanegas be suspended for three academic terms.

In June 2017, Vanegas and his accuser both appealed the decision to Carleton’s Dean of Students Carolyn Livingston. As stated in the accuser’s appeal, “The three-term suspension levied by the CBSM was not sufficient punishment for the seriousness of [Venagas’] actions.” After considering video evidence of the accuser during the night in question, as well as Vanegas’ stated attitude towards alcohol consumption and consent, Livingston concluded that the sanction issued by the CBSM did not in fact match the gravity of his offense.

In a written response to Vanegas’ appeal, Livingston asserted that his “continued attendance at Carleton would pose a danger to not only [the accuser], but other members of the community as well.” Vanegas was expelled later that month.

Subsequently, in July 2017, Rice County prosecutors charged Vanegas with third-degree criminal sexual conduct—a felony that carries a maximum sentence of up to 15 years in prison. However, the case was dismissed after his accuser left the country.

In July 2019, Vanegas filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against Carleton on three counts: gender discrimination in violation of Title IX, racial discrimination in violation of Title VI and the Minnesota Human Rights Act, and negligence.

As stated in the Complaint, “The erroneous outcome of the hearing and purported appeal can only be explained by gender bias against males in cases involving allegations of sexual assault.”

According to the complaint, Vanegas was also “subjected to harassment, discrimination, and disparate treatment on the basis of his race when he was removed from Carleton College on the basis of allegations that did not result in the removal of similarly situated caucasian students.”

In addition to these assertions, Vanegas contends that his accuser was in fact the aggressor during the night in question, alleging that she introduced herself and initiated a kissing exchange.
But medical records indicate that the morning after the alleged assault, his accuser’s blood-alcohol level was .24—three times the legal limit to drive. Moreover, she had little recollection of the night’s events. Vanegas, in contrast, participated in a 6 a.m. football practice that morning.

In a motion to dismiss Vanegas’ complaint filed by Carleton last week, the school contended that “the process that led to the decision to expel [Vanegas] was thorough, consistent with Carleton’s policies, and in full accord with the law . . . Carleton stands by its decision.”

With his lawsuit, Vanegas is seeking a clean disciplinary record as well as $75,000 at minimum in compensation for emotional distress and diminished educational and career opportunities.

Vanegas’ legal counsel has represented several cases in this district in which young men were either suspended or expelled from educational institutions following allegations of sexual misconduct by a female student. In cases against St. Thomas University, St. John’s University, and the Blake School, all three plaintiffs’ complaints were dismissed.

The Carletonian contacted Carleton’s Dean of Students, Title IX Office, and Public Relations Office for comment, but all parties declined to respond as the investigation is pending.

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Commission looks to increase minority participation on boards

Northfield News - Fri, 09/27/2019 - 4:15pm
The Human Rights Commission is aiming to have minority membership on Northfield boards and commissions reflect the city’s demographic. Currently, 11.2% of the city’s population are minorities.
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