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Riverfront Enhancement Committee Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 10/25/2019 - 8:16am
Event date: October 30, 2019
Event Time: 11:45 AM - 01:15 PM
Location:
201 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057

2019 Northfield street project update 10-25-19

KYMN Radio - Fri, 10/25/2019 - 6:31am

Phase 1 Simione Court, Nelson Court, Kimble Court, Hackerson Court, Grundhoefer Court, Eklund Court, Covey Court, Lockwood Drive, Gill Lane, Zanmiller Drive, and Bluestem Court Just a reminder, paving is scheduled to begin tomorrow (Saturday) on Phase 1, and be completed on Monday.  No paving will be completed on Sunday.  Please have all vehicles off

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Gaelynn Lea on folk music, disability rights, and systematic discrimination

Carletonian - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 11:16pm

As someone passionate about disability rights, advocacy and music, I was elated to learn that violinist, singer-songwriting, and disability rights activist Gaelynn Lea was scheduled to speak at convocation. Her talk did not disappoint!

Lea began by talking about her childhood—happy memories of bike rides with her siblings and the resolution of her parents to ensure she had a “normal” childhood. Although such details are not usually revolutionary, they point to the seemingly novel fact that people with significant disabilities can live enriching lives regardless of their “limitations.” Lea carried this point through her talk as she began to recount her initial experiences with violin. She really wanted to play the cello, but no one could figure out how to make it work given her height. Instead, her elementary school teacher worked with Lea to figure out how to adapt the violin positioning and bow-hold to fit Lea’s needs. The rest was history.

Through the years, Lea learned fiddle and became interested in Irish and English folk music; she performed with bands through college and beyond, and now teaches. It was her fiddle students who ultimately pushed her to apply to NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Concert Competition. To her utter shock, she won, and subsequently quit her job and decided to go on tour, performing and eventually speaking about disability rights. Her visit to Carleton comes at the end of year three of travel.

After providing context for her childhood and pathway to a career in music, Lea focused the rest of her talk on disabilities issues, specifically on barriers she faces and ways able-bodied people can be allies. In taking us through her own journey, she identified three systemic barriers facing her as a person with a disability, which included medical care, employment, benefits, and access/transportation. From doctors directly refusing to treat her, to employers not hiring her because of her disability (an ADA violation), to not being able to get a cab after a gig, Lea faces systematic discrimination on a multitude of levels. It is important to note the Carleton chapel stage has no ramp and Lea had to speak from the floor. In her discussion about those barriers and discrimination, however, Lea also reminded the audience not to pity her and others with disabilities.

She talked about the “kick-ass disability rights movement” and implored us all to learn more about the history of the movement and about disability pride. Lea wants to see disability history in the K-12 curriculum, more accurate representation on television, more visibility in the arts, inclusion in conversations about diversity and, maybe most importantly, remove the negative language and associations around disability from our culture.

Growing up with a sister with significant disabilities, with a mother who works as a disability rights lawyer, and with a learning disability of my own, I found Lea’s talk resonant and refreshing. Her emphasis on disability pride and allyship was empowering, and I hope we can see more disability and allied activism emerge on our campus this year!

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Finding Bliss in Busyness

Carletonian - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 11:15pm

In short, I’m definitely still struggling; I’m convinced that anyone who is fully functional after just 6 weeks is lying. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not dysfunctional; however, midterms were… something. Things are looking promising, though. Six weeks in, I am already really feeling like part of the Carleton community.

Each weekend so far has earned the title “one for the books” in its own respect. This is largely due to how awesome the people here are. The Princeton Review was certainly not mistaken about Carleton quirky, and it’s amazing. Only at Carleton can your night progress from a Queen of Comedy explaining how her hymen fell out to throwing the frisbee on a snowy night, all within 15 minutes. Upperclassmen have been surprisingly nice to us freshmen, which is really amazing. This became clear the first Porch Wednesday, which fell on NSW. As some friends and I approached the door (NSW lanyards concealed in our pockets) we were actually invited in by an upperclassman; this marked the antithesis of weird, overly-exclusive high school parties where nobody actually has fun. On less-active nights, though, the couches on 3rd Libe are truly unparalleled.

My dorm is really starting to feel like home, too! Evidently, my roommate and I are not the only ones who think so; currently, about 15 ladybugs proudly call Cassat 111 home. Our ceiling is 12 feet high, and being not the tallest of fellows, getting them from up there is a lost cause. Because our dorm is adjacent to the restroom and kitty-corner from the garbage room, there have certainly been some odd smells. For better or worse though, I am becoming nose blind to them. Furthermore, I have noticed a strong correlation between my cumulative sleep deprivation and the gradual decline in the cleanliness of our room.

Classes have been amazing so far! I love my professors this term, and the coursework is interesting. What a friend said the other day is really keeping me awake at night, though: ‘it’s a real bummer that test corrections don’t exist like they did in 10th grade.’ Time in the Libe has been copious these first few weeks. I find working there is better than in my dorm; that is, when you’re swamped with insurmountable sums of homework, it takes no more than a brief look around to realize you definitely aren’t alone. Moodle took some getting used to. In all honesty, I consider myself more of a Google Classroom gentleman, but, we’re getting there.

On the note of extracurriculars, I would argue that things are also going quite well. Despite the fact that I have yet to attend some clubs whose email list I am on, the ones that I am actively participating in could not be better. Trying new things has been a blast, yet, continuing with old passions is equally fun. In addition to the Carletonian, I am also on Club Soccer, in our pre-law society, and trying to get more involved with sustainability initiatives on campus. At this point, the anticipation of the snowboard season is building very quickly.

In conclusion, Carleton has been everything I had hoped it would be, and more — so much more. Because of this, I’m still in the last phases of adjusting. My calendar is jam-packed with events, but I’m still trying to master the art of not sleeping through breakfast. I’m feeling really happy to be at Carleton, though, and I don’t foresee that changing any time soon.

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Do you belong at Carleton?

Carletonian - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 11:13pm

When first posed that question, “Do you belong here at Carleton?” it seems inevitable that we sink into a moment of reflection. Some people will begin to count how many friends they’ve made or how many clubs they’ve joined. Others, perhaps, will begin to build a defense based on their test scores and application essays. There are so many facets to this problematic yet ever-present feeling of ‘belonging.’ Despite its omnipresence and importance, it only surfaces when asked: “Do you belong?”

For many first-years, life is already such a whirlwind that figuring out the esoteric nature of their social standing here at Carleton is an immediate backseat issue. Even if we wanted to implore ourselves to answer the question, what would we say? Would we make a list of all of our acquaintances, and explain how comfortable we are around each? Do we list all the clubs and teams we got into and rank them against those we were rejected from? Is there a metric of belonging other than this gut-feeling that we get every-so-often?

My argument here is not that this feeling is not important, but that it’s so unrecognizable that if we continue to ask ourselves a question we cannot answer will we ever feel like we belong? If we continue to question our place will we ever settle into it? When I was first invited to write this, I asked some of my floormates how they felt and one answer from one of my international friends struck me: “It is like I am in a dream. It’s like I’m not paying attention and then BAM. I’m here.” Her answer resonated with me because I never questioned whether I belonged until I was asked.

And perhaps it brings out the crux of the issue of belonging, because when asked, the idea of belonging seems further away than anything else, and harder to understand than the Weitz floor plan, but when we bring it in close, it’s close to our hearts and warm in our arms. But then we are asked if we truly belong and the sense of being an imposter seeps in. So, if I am ever to reach a conclusion, I guess instead of an answer, I would offer a warning. Everyday, in small ways and big, we do and say things to ask people if they belong. We can exclude. We can haze. We can ignore. So if I am to end this tangent, in a cute and succinct way, I would ask you, “Have you asked anyone if they belonged today?”

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Knights strike quick in 42-19 Homecoming win over Augsburg

Carletonian - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 11:10pm

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College football team began its Homecoming game against Augsburg University with a bang and never let up, cruising to a 42-19 victory. Quarterback Jonathan Singleton (Fy./San Martin, Calif./Live Oak) connected with Emanual Williams (Sr./Lovelady, Texas/Lovelady) for a 70-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, igniting a career day for both Knights.

Carleton improved to 4-3 on the year (2-3 MIAC), already giving the Knights their highest victory total since 2013 with three games still remaining on the schedule.

On a picturesque fall Saturday that drew a sizable crowd to Laird Stadium, Singleton spearheaded the Knights’ explosive offensive, completing 38 of his 52 pass attempts as he amassed a career-high 417 yards and six touchdowns, both matching the school record and tying the second-highest single-game total in recorded MIAC history.

Williams posted career bests of 14 receptions, 226 receiving yards, and three touchdowns (70, 31, and 17 yards). His yardage total ranks second-best in school history, while the 14 catches tie him for the third-best single-game performance in program history and the touchdown total is tied for fourth-highest.

On the game’s first play from scrimmage, Singleton took a snap out of shotgun and fired a perfect ball over Williams’ left shoulder. The senior receiver ran untouched to the end zone for a 70-yard touchdown. This is the first time since Shane Henfling and Chris Gardner had a pair of 70-yard scoring connections in 2008 that a Carleton quarterback and receiver combined on two scoring plays of at least 70 yards in the same season, as Singleton and Williams also had a 78-yarder against St. Olaf on Sept. 21.

The lightning-quick scoring play—quite possibly the fastest touchdown in Carleton history—put the Singleton over 1,000 career yards passing in just his fifth game. He would boost that total as the afternoon progressed.

The Augsburg (1-6, 0-5 MIAC) offense countered Carleton’s quick strike with a similarly successful, albeit less dramatic, opening possession in the form of a 13-play, 76-yard drive, capped off by a short Quran Al-Hameed touchdown rush that tied the score at 6-6. Al-Hameed would finish the game with a solid 67 yards on 15 carries to go along with two touchdowns.

Two drives later, Singleton once again hit Williams over the middle, this time resulting in a 31-yard touchdown, the second of three scores in the game for the duo. The reception finished off an eight-play, 80-yard drive that put the Knights back in the lead at 12-6.

However, the Auggies again responded on their ensuing possession, as quarterback Quinn Frissel led a 56-yard touchdown drive, capped by an Al-Hameed 18-yard scamper. The afternoon’s fourth touchdown was followed by the first successful extra-point attempt, and the visitors took a 13-12 lead early in the second quarter.

After a back-and-forth start to the game, Carleton pulled away in the second period. Singleton shook off an early second-quarter interception to lead a drive deep into Augsburg territory.

Just when it appeared as if the Augsburg defense had forced the Knights into a field-goal attempt, holder Beau Nelson (So./San Diego, Calif./Westview) pulled off a perfect fake, pitching the ball to kicker Trent Ramirez (Fy./Denver, Colo./George Washington), who ran 10 yards down to the Augsburg one-yard line for a first down. The Carleton offense immediately took advantage of its second chance as on the next play, Singleton hit receiver Mack Journell (Sr./Stevens Point, Wis./Stevens Point) in the back corner of the end zone, pushing Carleton back in front to stay.

Two plays after the subsequent kickoff, Carleton defensive back Ryan Flanagan (So./Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greely) intercepted Frissel and set up the Knights’ offense at the Augsburg 19-yard line. Flanagan’s efforts led to a 36-yard Ramirez field goal, which extended Carleton’s lead to 22-13.

Singleton threw two touchdown passes in the final two minutes of the first half, finding Fletcher Metz (Sr./Oconomowoc, Wis./Catholic Memorial) and Journell on scoring strikes of nine and 13 yards, respectively, to cap off 30- and 60-yard scoring drives. That gave the Knights a comfortable 36-13 advantage heading into halftime.

Metz finished the game with five catches, while Journell complemented his pair of scores with 10 receptions for 103 yards.

The final Knights’ score came on a 17-yard touchdown from Singleton to Williams with 9:24 still to play in the fourth quarter.

After conceding the two early Al-Hameed touchdowns, the Carleton defense kept Augsburg out of the end zone until backup quarterback Chad Costello threw a 43-yard touchdown with less than a minute remaining.

Christian Cavan (Sr./Grimes, Iowa/Dowling Catholic) and Ryan Reigle (Fy./Summit, N.J./Summit) had second-half fumble recoveries for the Knights, who halted three Augsburg drives in the red zone. Carlos Lua Pineda (Sr./Gesham, Ore./Gresham) led the defense with 13 tackles.

Augsburg was paced by the performances of Frisell, who threw for 217 yards on 38 attempts, and receivers Josiah Ferguson, Mike Rodriguez, and Le’Andre Benion, who amassed 82, 78, and 74 yards, respectively, through the air.

Up next for the Knights: Carleton will host No. 11-ranked University of St. Thomas for a 1:10 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 26. Live video/stats will be available via athletics.carleton.edu

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Knights Women’s Soccer earn big win at Gustavus, prepare for prime time showdown at Augsburg

Carletonian - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 10:09pm

In a season which had gotten off to a roaring start, the Knights women’s soccer team had slowed a bit. As of this past Saturday, they were coming off of two ties, earning them a total of 2 points in the MIAC standings. One was an impressive road showing at #20 St. Thomas, but the other was a rather dismal home showing against Saint Mary’s, a team which has only one conference win thus far and has dropped six matches. They lie ahead of only Concordia and Hamline, two teams which the Knights defeated. Long story short, a win on the road at Gustavus Adolphus College this past Saturday would be extremely important. It would earn them three points in a crowded MIAC field, where the last playoff spot is only two points behind the Knight’s current position. “It was a must-win game for us. More confidence for us is really important going into our last few games,” sophomore holding midfielder Annette Shumway remarked. “We needed three points in the standings to keep us in the running for a spot at the top of the conference.”

They did escape Gustavus with a win, by the skin of their teeth. It was one of the more physical games the Knights have had to play in this season, with Gustavus racking up nine fouls. Though the match ended in dramatic fashion, it was the defense that was the story for most of the match. Gustavus didn’t get off a shot on goal the entire match; in fact, the Gusties didn’t muster a shot at all. While the Knights got off 15 shots and put 10 on target, one of them a game winner in overtime, their opponent was forced to try and compete in a game where they couldn’t get the ball near the net. “We dominated possession in the attacking, middle, and back thirds of the field. That by itself contributed to the 0 shots stat,” said junior center back Kaela Mali. “I think the biggest thing that our defense has going for us is a familiarity in playing with each other. This is the third season the personnel of our back line has remained largely unchanged so we are very comfortable playing with each other. We know each other’s strengths and tendencies as well as those of our goalies, who are integral parts of our team’s defense, and that allows us to function efficiently as a unit.”

For as well as their defense played, the offensive storyline was similar to that of their past few contests. There were a couple of very close misses, including a near winner with less than 10 minutes to play courtesy of senior Emma Wasend, but for the fourth consecutive game the Knights headed into overtime. This time, they collectively decided they wouldn’t be denied another win. Following a shot off a corner kick in the 94th minute, a Gustie defender was called for a handball inside the box.

Freshman Cate Patterson, who is second on the team in scoring and tied for first in shots on goal, confidently strolled up to take the penalty kick. “All I was really thinking about as I walked up was how much work we’d put into the game already and how much it felt like we deserved the win. We had a lot of opportunities pass us by and they hadn’t had any, so we were really hoping to end the game there and get the win. I’ve shot a high-pressure penalty kick before and missed, so I wanted this one bad,” Patterson said. “It wasn’t really a feel-good shot, I’d say it was just kind of a shot we needed. We had so many missed opportunities so to finally get a clear cut opportunity, it was just something we had to get done.” It did go through, and due to the golden goal format for overtime in the MIAC, the Knights immediately swarmed Patterson and left Gustavus with a win and three points.

As important as that win was, an even larger match looms in the immediate future. Tonight at 7:00 p.m., the Knights visit the MIAC leading Augsburg Auggies. They’ve only lost one game in MIAC play this season against the Bethel Royals, the same squad who handed the Knights their only MIAC loss. However, Augsburg claimed a victory over St. Thomas and are 10-3-1 overall. This road game will undoubtedly be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, challenges they face this season.

Sophomore starting forward Lily Hurtubise isn’t downplaying it, but feels confident. “The challenge with Augsburg is knowing they’re in first place, it’s a mental thing. We know that we need to high-press them, defending in tightly and being more fit than them. It’s going to be a fast, physical game,” she explained. “We are really confident that our offense can handle whatever defensive pressure they bring. All the games we have scored early, we’ve done really well. I think it’s important to score early to take some pressure off our defense and be able to play loose and confident.”

There’s no doubt that an early goal would be key in heading towards a victory. In their 4-0 victory against St. Catherine, they scored two goals within eight minutes and never relinquished the lead. They were able to play with less pressure on their defense and with more offensive freedom. This led to the two extra goals late in the match. Goals have been difficult to come by in MIAC play for the Knights this season. The Gustavus match presented them with former All-American keeper Ashley Becker, the MIAC leader in goals saved with 14 more than the next closest keeper. They have played a couple difficult MIAC teams in the first half of the season which hasn’t made things easy. Unfortunately, the MIAC isn’t a weak conference by any means. Starting tonight, their road only gets tougher.

Looking past their Augsburg matchup tonight, two MIAC contests remain against more-than-worthy opponents. First, the annual renewal of the St. Olaf rivalry will take place at Bell Field on October 30th. The last game of the regular season will be on the road at Saint Benedict on November 2. The MIAC quarterfinals commence on Tuesday, November 5. If the Knights can manage to squeak out wins in at least two of their final three games, and receive help from other teams, they have a real chance of receiving a first round bye and heading directly into the semifinal round on Wednesday, November 6.

Their current situation is so fragile that they could finish anywhere from first place to missing the playoffs. This is the nature of MIAC athletics. Every team is competitive and anyone can win any game on any given day. The Knight’s women’s soccer team knows this, and will certainly give it their all on Friday, October 25, against the MIAC frontrunners. The only thing Carleton fans can know for certain is that their win against Gustavus Adolphus last Saturday was hugely important. With a bit of luck, they can continue to succeed and string together enough wins to secure a playoff spot.

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Steven Ludeke ’03 gives guest lecture on the relationship between politics and IQ

Carletonian - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 9:52pm

Through a joint venture between the Psychology and Political Science departments, Carleton welcomed Steven Ludeke ’03, researcher of the psychological origins of ideological difference, for a talk on Thursday, October 17, strikingly titled “Politics and intelligence: Both more and less connected than we thought.”

While at Carleton, Ludeke created his own major in Philosophy of Science, before later shifting his interests and undertaking a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He now serves as an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern Denmark, where his main area of study is the origins of ideological difference.

During his presentation Thursday, Ludeke explored the purported connections between intelligence and politics through the lens of the American political system and the political parties of Denmark. Based on his and others’ research, Ludeke posits that intelligence is correlated with both social conservatism and economic conservatism in distinct ways. Social conservatism is negatively correlated with intelligence, thus on average, socially conservative people have lower IQs than socially liberal people. In contrast, economic conservatism is positively correlated with intelligence, meaning that people who are socially conservative tend to have higher IQs, and vice versa.

Given the United States’ two-party structure and how each party is defined along these two dimensions, Ludeke concluded that intelligence does not differ between members of different U.S. parties. However, he states that intelligence differences between parties do exist in Denmark, and these differences are likely more pronounced elsewhere. Moreover, Ludeke discussed the relationship between self-perceived capability and resistance to change, citing a study that explored how American undergraduate students were asked to reflect on their capabilities as a student and their social conservatism after either being told they did great or terribly on an exam; students tended to report an increase in social conservatism when also reporting an increase in self-doubt.

In a conversation after the presentation, Ludeke reflected on potential implications of his work in the context of the upcoming U.S. presidential election. He touches on the connection of I.Q. to the American political system:

“In ways, it’s not that relevant, but there are still ways that it preserves relevance, such as thinking about how one’s messaging is expected to work and thinking about how to effectively communicate.”

When asked to reflect on the Cambridge Analytica scandal from the 2016 U.S. election—where the aforementioned company used Facebook metadata to target voters with ads, potentially with Russia involved—Ludeke emphasized that he had not paid much attention to the backlash against the company but knew of the commercial uses for the type of data and results Ludeke finds in his own research.

“These guys are doing what I know how to do, but I think they don’t know how to do it as well. Completely concerning, but also probably not the biggest deal in the world.”

Students had a generally positive reaction to the presentation, though some recounted lingering questions about the nature of Ludeke’s research.

“I appreciated the talk itself, as it is a very interesting topic on how we could scientifically study how vote choices and the degree of conservatism (both social and economic) relate to human personalities and intelligence,” said Psychology major Kavie Yu ’20.

“I wasn’t sure how Steven took the measures of the conservatism score, though,” continued Yu. That was something I felt skeptical about his research.”

Joe Radinsky ’23 elaborated on feelings of uncertainty regarding the results Ludeke explained through the presentation. “I am glad that he came in to speak because this is a very controversial topic, but the failure to address potential ambiguity of results gave me pause, and made me wonder how much good this has the potential to do versus harm.”

Though Ludeke acknowledged that his knowledge does not lie in practical applications of his research, he did speak to the possible uses of his research results in response to some audience questions. The aspect Ludeke said most jumps out to him is when the rules change in fast and complex ways that cannot be explained easily, that scares people the most. Above all, he emphasized the importance of not dehumanizing the people we disagree with.

At the end of his presentation, Ludeke left one last question for the attendees to ponder: how are the perceived psychological differences between you and your ideological opponents exaggerated by your respective values, and how can you rehumanize your opponents?

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October 17-23, 2019

Carletonian - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 9:46pm

Thursday, October 17
Early Morning: An intoxicated student was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Friday, October 18
Evening: Security responded to the Library for a glass break alarm. A student was found leaning against the display case and had set off the alarm. No broken glass, just a sensitive sensor.

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

Saturday, October 19
Early Morning: Security and an ambulance were called to check on an intoxicated student. The paramedic determined the student could remain on campus and did not need to be transported to the hospital.

Early Morning: Security responded to a fire supervisory at an off-campus house. No reason for the alarm was found.

Early Morning: Security responded to help an injured student. After the student spoke to the Security Officer, they declined any further medical help.

Early Morning: Security responded to check on an intoxicated student. The student was able to contact a sober friend to care for them for the remainder of the night.

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

Evening: Security found two students smoking marijuana on campus. The students took off running, but it is a small campus, and the students were quickly identified by Security.

Sunday, October 21

Early Morning: A student had called Security informing us that his friend had been involved in a bicycle accident off campus. Security advised the student to call 911. The injured friend was transported by ambulance to the hospital and the caller was transported back to campus by the police.

Early Morning: A student had called Security informing us that his friend had been involved in a bicycle accident off campus. Security advised the student to call 911. The injured friend was transported by ambulance to the hospital and the caller was transported back to campus by the police.

Early Morning: Security stopped a student on campus that was drinking a beer. Security told the student that open containers of alcohol are not allowed in public areas on campus. The student dumped the beer out.

Monday, October 21
Early Morning: Security was alerted to a theft from the Sayles Hill Café. The students involved were identified.

Tuesday, October 22
Evening: Burnt food set off the fire alarm in a residence hall. Security was able to silence and reset the system with no further issues.

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Carleton-wide trick-or-treating and office decorating contest

Carletonian - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 9:42pm

This October, Carleton will be reviving several Halloween-inspired traditions which have fallen by the wayside over the past few years. On Thursday, October 31, offices across Carleton’s campus will collaborate to host a community-wide trick-or-treating event. All students are encouraged to participate, and costumes are not required.

Trick-or-treating will commence at 9 a.m. and will last until 3 p.m. A comprehensive list of participating offices and their locations was sent to students over email on October 9.

“I was on staff at least one previous year when trick-or-treating happened,” said Allie Lyman, Academic Records Coordinator. “You could tell there were some students hopping from office to office collecting a lot of candy, while others would drop in on their way to class just because they knew candy was here and they were welcome to take a piece. We’re an office that takes in a lot of forms from students, so it was a nice change to have students drop by for candy instead of to submit a form.”

Considering the pervasiveness of stress culture at Carleton, trick-or-treating likely comes as a much-needed reminder of the importance of wholesome play.

Academic Program Coordinator and member of the trick-or-treating special events committee Erin Arnston, who graduated from Carleton last year, says she “remembered it being really fun, because you could explore offices you’d never gone to or had any reason to go to before. It seems a little weird to just walk into random offices as a student, but this is a way to invite students in and give them a reason to visit and know what staff do at Carleton.”

According to Lyman, trick-or-treating was not purposefully discontinued. “We don’t keep a tally of how many students participate, so I would guess that we just didn’t realize how popular it was across campus. We heard from some past participating offices that they missed it, so we brought it back,” she explained.

In addition to reintroducing trick-or-treating, Carleton will also be hosting a competition among staff, faculty and administrators for the best-decorated office. Award categories include spookiest, most committed, and people’s choice, noted Arnston.

Peer Leader Eve Chesivoir is currently working on decorating Henry House, the Disability Services office. “I don’t want to give away anything, but it’s going to be very fun, cute, and spooky!” said Chesivoir. “The Peer Leaders are working hard on decorations and we really hope everyone will enjoy them!”

All Carleton students are encouraged to participate in trick-or-treating, during which they can judge the quality of various offices’ decorating skills themselves.

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Off-campus studies office introduces two new programs in Mexico, Ethiopia

Carletonian - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 9:36pm

Carleton’s Off-Campus Studies office (OCS) is introducing two new winter break programs to its menu. “Food, Forests, and Resilience: Systems of Socio-Ecological Sustainability” will take students to Oaxaca, Mexico, and “Climate Change and Human Health: From Science to Practice” will bring students to Ethiopia. Both programs promote an interdisciplinary approach to education, weaving together practical and theoretical pedagogy from the social sciences and humanities.

Carleton’s “Climate Change and Human Health” program will explore the relationship between human health and household energy choices using Ethiopia as a case study. The program will be co-led by Environmental Studies Professor Tsegaye Nega and Chemistry Professor Deborah Gross. Nega has led several off-campus studies programs in the past, many of which included time in Ethiopia. In 2008, he spearheaded the “Energy, Health, and Environment” winter break program to Ethiopia and Tanzania, which focused on conservation biology and was run again in the winter of 2013 and 2016. The new Ethiopia program will mark Gross’ first time teaching Carleton students abroad.

While Nega and Gross’ program will feature content similar to that of past Ethiopia programs, it will introduce a new focus relevant to the professors’ current work. “This program is new in that it focuses specifically on getting students to actively participate in work related to the twin themes of the program: climate change and human health,” explained Gross. “The winter break portion of the program will involve student projects related to the health impacts of using cooking methods which produce high levels of air pollution,” she noted.

Nega is currently involved in a project to manufacture and distribute sustainable clean-air cookstoves to Ethiopian households in order to combat respiratory issues which arise from cooking with dirty fuels indoors. Carleton faculty and students have both been involved in this project. “[Nega’s] independent work directly influenced ongoing stove design studies based at Carleton. The winter break 2020 program builds directly on this work and on Gross’ previous offering of ENTS 289 (Climate Change and Human Health) in the spring of 2018,” explained Gross. Students enrolled in ENTS298 also had the option to travel to Ethiopia in August 2018 to participate in a pilot program focused on the implementation of clean-burning cookstoves within the household.

Nega and Gross are overjoyed to see that OCS will be providing students with the opportunity to study in Ethiopia again. “We were so pleased with the outcomes of the ENTS 289 class in Spring 2018, including the trip for the students who we could take in the summer, that we wanted to continue doing it, and have a chance to involve more students. Applying for it to be an official OCS program seemed the natural next step. We were thrilled when it was approved!”

OCS’ creation of the “Food, Forests, and Resilience” program marks Carleton’s first off-campus study opportunity in Mexico. The program is slated to be led by Biology professor Dan Hernández and Anthropology professor Constanza Ocampo-Raeder. Like the new Ethiopia program, “Food, Forests, and Resilience” will prioritize experiential learning, using the biologically and culturally rich community of Oaxaca as a case study for investigating the processes of agriculture, sustainable forestry and ecotourism.

The addition of these programs will bolster Carleton’s winter break portfolio to a total of four, three of which are based outside the U.S. “We would like to maintain a healthy balance between these short, course-embedded experiences and our term-long options that are more culturally immersive. This means offering somewhere between two and four such programs per year,” explained OCS Director Helena Kaufman.

OCS established the shorter format of the winter break program in the 1990s following the recommendations of Biology professor Mike McKone. “We created them to give students an opportunity to try something on a short-term basis with the hope that they’ll be inspired to do something longer in the future,” Kaufman explained. Kaufman also noted that “these programs are great for students who might not have the flexibility in their schedules to take a whole term off.”

Unlike term-long programs, winter break programs are designed to be a continuation of students’ fall term course work. Upon their return to campus, students will enroll in a second related course, during which they will wrap up their research typically through a project or paper. This “sandwich” model enables professors to both augment and contextualize classroom learning within real world experience. “Pedagogically, this is a dream situation,” Kaufman stated.

As all Carleton-run study abroad programs are implemented upon professor request, most programs will draw on the academic interests and scholarly research of the professor(s) in charge. According to Kaufman, OCS receives between three and six proposals for new programs per year.

Despite professors’ demonstrated interest in leading off-campus studies programs, the OCS budget is only capable of funding three winter break programs per year. While term-long Carleton programs are covered by student tuition, winter break programs fall outside the academic calendar and therefore pose additional costs, Kaufman explained. OCS is able to cover these costs in mediation, with the exception of providing student airfare. However, a number of grants are available to students to help offset costs not covered by the OCS office.

While the application portals for the new programs have yet to open, Kaufman is confident they will draw ample student interest. “Based on how many students showed up to the first interest meeting, it looks like these programs will be quite competitive,” she noted. Most Carleton study abroad programs are able to accommodate between 12 and 16 students.

Applications for “Food, Forests, and Resilience” and “Climate Change and Human Health” are due Monday, April 6, 2020.

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Six a capella groups perform during family weekend

Carletonian - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 9:34pm

Six a capella groups performed at Sunday’s concert in Skinner Memorial Chapel. Many of the groups thanked the families in the audience who were visiting for parents weekend.

The Carleton Singing Knights Intertwining Melodies The Knightingales

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Economics department seeks to hire two macro professors

Carletonian - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 9:26pm

It’s not easy to get tenure at Carleton, and it’s also not easy to recruit macroeconomists to the college.

After a failed search last spring, the Economics department is looking to hire two tenure-track macroeconomics professors. The initial search failed after the two candidates who received offers both declined, deciding instead to teach at other liberal arts colleges, according to Chair of Economics Jenny Bourne. “It wasn’t that we did anything wrong, it’s just a competitive market,” Bourne said. “Hopefully we’ll be in good shape this year.”

The department had planned to look for one macroeconomist, but when former professor Ben Keefer resigned last spring, two positions needed to be filled, Bourne said. Keefer’s departure was amicable on both sides as the tenure-track macroeconomist wanted to go in a different direction, Bourne added. Keefer declined to comment for this story.

It’s not entirely uncommon for tenure-track professors to leave the tenure track. “We’ve had a few leave because their spouse got a job somewhere else, or they wanted to move somewhere warmer,” Bourne said. “Economists have a lot of options, and I think there’s a lot more movement in the economics profession than in other departments.”

Macroeconomists in particular have plenty of opportunities beyond academia, such as the Federal Reserve, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Bourne said.

Carleton’s Economics Department is specifically looking for macroeconomists who specialize in international economics and financial economics, but not necessarily because these areas are not already covered. Currently, Assistant Professor of Economics Prathi Seneviratne teaches International Finance and International Trade, and Assistant Professor of Economics Yaniv Ben-Ami teaches Investment Finance and is slated to teach Corporate Finance, Bourne said. The department has ramped up its finance offerings because of student interest, she explained.
But the department could still benefit from two additional macroeconomists to teach introductory- and intermediate-level courses in addition to electives. Professors Faress Bhuiyan and Nathan Grawe have both taught Principles of Macroeconomics, one of the department’s intro-level classes, and Grawe has also taught Intermediate Macroeconomics in the past.

When asked about the department’s balance between macroeconomics and microeconomics, Bourne said, “we’re a little short on macro right now.” The department currently has two macroeconomists, Ethan Struby and Yaniv Ben-Ami. In total, the department has nine full-time faculty and two visiting professors.

“In conversations with my peers, I have never heard complaints concerning the number of macro classes being offered,” said Economics Student Departmental Advisor Katie Rose Parsons.

“That said, it makes things harder on the faculty of any department when there isn’t a proper balance among the professors,” she continued.

“While I believe the econ department is doing their best given their resources right now, I also believe that hiring two new macro profs will allow the department and its faculty to be even more effective in providing students with a rich economics experience,” Parsons said.

Parsons also noted that her “dream is for the econ department to hire a female macro professor, but this is challenging.” Echoing Bourne, Parsons explained that “Macro profs are difficult to attract because of the more lucrative opportunities they can pursue in the private sector, and because macro is already a male-heavy field.”

The search process isn’t as simple as submitting an application online. “Economists believe in markets,” Bourne said. This means that job-seekers and employers alike go to the American Economic Association’s (AEA) Annual Meetings, which tend to bring in thousands of economists from around the world, Bourne added. Carleton’s Economics department generally gets an applicant pool of around 400, from which 25 are selected for interviews at the AEA Annual Meeting. From there, the college narrows down and flies back three candidates. “Then we hopefully have an offer out and somebody accepts it,” Bourne said.
Having tenure-track and tenured professors is “still a model that works well for a place like Carleton, because there’s more longevity and more buy-in for the department and for the college,” Bourne said.

“We prefer having tenure-track because then they can be fully involved in the department and students get to know them,” Bourne added.

In the meantime, visiting professors help fill in leave replacements, teach principles courses, or teach special topics.

“Regardless of what happens with the hiring process, I am confident in the Economics department and the education they provide for Carleton students,” said Parsons.

Applications for the tenure-track vacancies are due November 27, 2019, for an anticipated start date beginning in the fall of the 2020-21 academic year.

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Bon Appétit contract under evaluation for renewal

Carletonian - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 9:23pm

On Wednesday, October 9, randomly selected students were invited to join focus groups evaluating Bon Appétit’s food services. These focus groups are part of a larger evaluative initiative, conducted in anticipation of Bon Appétit’s contract renewal. Bon Appétit’s contract is considered for renewal every two years.

According to Jesse Cashman, Director of Auxiliary Services and Special Projects, “Nine focus groups of students, faculty and staff were scheduled. The focus groups were selected randomly with the assistance of Institutional research and the Dean of Students office.”

Along with randomly selected participants, Cashman said that “other campus groups, such as CSA representatives, were invited to participate as availability allowed.”

Bon Appétit General Manager Katie McKenna said that “The goal for focus groups was to solicit a deeper understanding of the ‘voice of the campus.’ The structure was meant to foster an environment of open communication in a neutral setting to get another form of feedback. This type of dialog can give us a deeper understanding of and insight into students’ current wants, needs, and priority points.”

Focus group attendance was incentivized with a $5 Sayles Café coupon. Despite this incentive, student turnout was lower than desired. “While we were hoping that all of the sessions would have been filled to capacity—a goal we fell a bit short of—those who participated provided a vast wealth of information,” said McKenna.

Cashman said that “Each of the nine focus groups had 5-15 participants.” Maximum focus group capacity was set at 20 participants.

Feedback received in focus groups will be used to develop an all-campus survey, scheduled for distribution from mid November to the end of December 2019. Cashman said that “Results from this survey will be collected, plotted, analyzed, and used to create an Action Plan” for improved service.

According to McKenna, Bon Appétit regularly solicits feedback for improvement. “We have discussions with any number of department representatives on a quarterly, monthly, sometimes even weekly basis to make sure that what we’re doing continues to serve the ever-changing wants and needs of Carleton’s very diverse population,” said McKenna. Bon Appétit also “receives feedback from students, faculty, and staff via our comment card areas in the cafés, our website, the dining committees, and directly from face-to-face interactions between our staff and guests during our ‘office hours’ or just on the floor of the café,” and incorporates feedback accordingly.

“While some of our changes, like adding Halal meats, peanut-free stations, and digital signage are immediately noticeable to the population we serve, many other changes are less visible,” continued McKenna. “As mentioned before, we are constantly working to evolve our program to be more efficient, effective and to better meet the needs of the Carleton community.”

Bon Appétit regularly collaborates with Swipe Out Hunger, a nationwide, not-for-profit organization that partners with Carleton to help end food insecurity on campus. Andrew Farias ’21, a Program Director for the Swipe Out Hunger initiative on campus, said that “we are satisfied with the communication that occurs between Swipe Out Hunger and Bon Appétit. We regularly reach out to Bon Appetit staff to plan the dates that Swipe Out Hunger will occur and publicize the event in the dining halls. Most recently, we were happy to coordinate for students to donate any one meal seventh week rather than previously only being able to donate their seventh Friday lunch meal swipe.”

“However, one thing that we would like to see improved is the portion of each meal swipe that is donated by students,” continued Farias. “As of right now, only $2.20 of each meal swipe is donated when students sign-up to Swipe Out Hunger, which is a fraction of what a meal swipe is. I see this contract renewal as an opportunity for Bon Appétit to reaffirm their support of students experiencing food insecurity at Carleton by increasing the amount of each meal swipe that is donated or even better, allowing for students to donate multiple meal swipes each term.”

Naseem Dillman-Hasso ’20 agreed with Farias. “Generally speaking, I am satisfied with Bon Appétit’s service,” Dillman-Hasso said.

“I appreciate how much work they put into trying to source things locally when possible, reduce food waste, and make sure that everybody from most dietary restrictions and preferences has at least something they can eat for any meal at a dining hall or cafe.”

“That being said,” continued Dillman-Hasso, “there are a lot of frustrating things that seem pretty easy to fix. I have noticed frequently over this term that often allergens are mislabeled.

“For instance, there was recently a dish that had chicken in it at LDC that was called ‘vegan.’ While this was a pretty easy fix, and was adjusted within a few minutes, it seems like a mistake that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. And even if that one was caught, I wonder how many things have been mislabeled that aren’t obvious, and because of that, someone eats something that they are either allergic to, or are morally, culturally, or religiously opposed to eating.”

“I acknowledge how hard it is for a food service company to try to appease thousands of people at once, but some things are more unacceptable,” continued Dillman-Hasso.

Dillman-Hasso also discussed consequences of a more recent Bon Appétit initiative: labelling food with calorie counts in Sayles and the Weitz Cafe.

“Having calorie counts in Sayles and the Weitz Café seems rather counterproductive,” Dillman-Hasso said. “Calorie intakes differ for everyone, and are dependent on so many different things. Perpetuating the idea that a 2,000 daily calorie diet is ‘right’ or ‘healthy’ is flat-out wrong, and also can act as a trigger for individuals who struggle with eating-related anxieties.”

When asked about the inclusion of calorie counts in these eating venues, McKenna said that “Federal legislation now requires that items served in the same way more than 60 days in a year by a company our size must carry nutrition labeling. We have found that many of our guests welcome this information.”

“Our goal is always to grow and evolve to better meet the changing needs of the student body and overall campus population,” said McKenna. “Should the contract be renewed, which is our expectation, there may be some changes to our service model as a result of the information we have gathered during this process,” McKenna continued. “But, as always, we will make any adjustments in careful consideration of their effect on our staff, the student body, and the overall campus population.”

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We need to talk about Synchrony II: Viewpoint

Carletonian - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 9:21pm

When I texted a friend from home a video of a Synchrony dance I’m in, she immediately wrote back, “WHY IS EVERYTHING SO SEXUAL?” I stumbled over explanations—that undulation on all fours like a crazed hypercaffeinated yoga teacher doing cat-and-cow pose is a time-honored traditional move known as the synchrony crawl! The dance style for my group is “I’ll bring the awkward, you bring the sexy!”—and ended on, “I guess it’s just the tradition?”

Which is only half-true. When this dance performance was first put on in 1973, it was a troupe of black students who called themselves Ebony II, performing as a part of Black History Month. And the fact that this tradition has morphed into one of the “whitest groups on campus,” as Kenneth Laster not unfairly termed it in a recent Carletonian cartoon, should give us pause.

If we want to dance in what used to be Ebony II in a way that doesn’t conform to an ugly tradition of mocking blackness and black sexuality, we need to confront how its evolution from a black cultural event to a predominantly white comedic one could be interpreted that way.

A brief, incomplete history: after the hit 1973 performance, Ebony II (whose name, according to founder Debra R. Hard-McCray ’76, “meant hard, heavy, dark, and durable”) expanded to include some black students from St. Olaf. The troupe continued to grow over the years and became more involved with the community, touring and performing for benefits and eventually hosting concerts to raise money for the Northfield ABC (A Better Chance) organization supporting at-risk youth.

It expanded in the next two decades to become what 1989 Ebony II director Ann Watanabe ’90 described as “one of the most diverse” groups on campus, open to “anyone regardless of race, gender, body build, experience, or ability,” and featuring dances ranging from tap to hula to a Ghanian welcoming dance. The emphasis, according to Watanabe, was on all-campus (and even all-community) inclusivity.

The charity aspect of the dance seems to have faded since then, but dances on occasion still dealt with serious subject matter, like intimate partner violence. It wasn’t until 2013 that an Ebony director observed that unlike previous years, “every dance was mildly sexual.”

And that has been transformed into the fun, weird, definitely-not-mildly sexual performance we’ll have this Friday. Steps have been taken to recognize this transformation—the group changed its name to Synchrony II in acknowledgement of the changes it’s undergone, and Synchrony directors now read a statement on the history of Ebony/Synchrony—but these changes in themselves don’t sufficiently confront this complicated history. We need more than recognition, we need conversation.

Why did Ebony II evolve into Synchrony II, and why has the profile of its participants shifted so dramatically? What does it mean that a celebration of Black history and culture, over generations of college students and efforts to maximize inclusivity, has morphed into a predominantly white, intentionally ludicrous, over-the-top exhibition? Can Synchrony make light of a rigid system of sexuality where only conventionally attractive, able-bodied heterosexuals are allowed to be sexual at all, without also making light of its origins as Ebony?

To be clear: I’ve loved my time in Synchrony. I made one of my best friends here dancing to Love Shack. I’ve become comfortable with my body in new ways performing moves I never thought I’d do in the middle of Sayles-Hill Campus Center. But that only happened because I felt comfortable in Synchrony’s space.

As a queer person, celebrating sexuality unseriously is liberating. As a white person, it’s easy for me to overlook the ways it could be hurtful and appropriative.

And while for me these dances represent a way to break down the typical gendering of roles in dance (instead of “the guy” or “the girl,” partners in my dance are “the Jade” or “the Ineke” according to which of the (female) choreographers we follow), I could also see how these dance moves could feel uncomfortable or exclusionary to others whose sexuality does not fit into conventional heterosexual norms, like some members of the disability community or the queer community.

Again: conversation. If we want to preserve the space of world-turned-upside-down, of weird absurd expressions of sexuality and shiny star stickers and goofy dance that Synchrony is for some of us, and to make that space inclusive to a wider population on campus, we need to think about what’s behind Synchrony II. We need to examine the dance group without taking any part of it for granted as “just tradition.” And we need to talk about it.

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“Grace and a tender hand:” Violinist Gaelynn Lea delivers convocation talk, performs concert

Carletonian - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 9:19pm

I went to convocation with few expectations. My only previous experience with Gaelynn Lea’s work was through her NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Beyond that, I was ignorant. I took my place in the balcony and listened to her speak. Lea was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease. Her convocation was largely concerned with the difficulties she had faced not from the condition itself, but from our society’s response to it.

Lea said that because of the support of her parents, the first major barrier she faced from her disease was nearly going untreated for respiratory failure. Her physician walked into the room, took barely a look at her and declared “She’s so small; there’s nothing I can do.” It was only through her parents that another doctor was consulted and recommended a course of action which saved her life. Lea attributes this as the time when she realized she would have to be an advocate for her own care.

Although she was educated at Macalester College and well-qualified, Lea experienced great difficulty in finding employment. She described how she learned years after an interview for a position with the Boys & Girls Club that once she had left the room one of the senior interviewers asked the others present if she might “scare the kids.”

On another occasion, she was brought in for four separate interviews for a position before eventually being offered the job. Possessing great humor given the circumstances, she quipped that she wondered if she was being vetted for the Presidency. Upon leaving, her replacement was hired after only a single interview.

Lea also described her difficulty in obtaining government support through the MA-EPD after her marriage. She called the county to be certified disabled and was told she didn’t qualify. When she asked what she was expected to do, being unable to afford necessary care without this assistance, the employee matter-of-factly suggested divorce. Lea said she became very angry and swore at the employee, who began to backtrack. It turned out the employee had been mistaken, and Lea was eligible. Lea reflected on how many people may have acted on such inaccurate unverified information and urged thoroughness in such important matters.

The last major barrier Lea talked about was lack of accessibility. She described the difficulty of often being unable to go many places or have access to basic facilities once there. Lea noted the importance of funding for accessibility.

An especially compelling point was when she polled the audience as to who had been educated in school on civil rights for disabled persons. A miniscule number of people raised their hands.

She briefly related the story of the 504 sit-in, a 28-day sit-in staged by disabled activists trying to ensure the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 passed unadulterated. Though this is the longest non-violent occupation of a government building in US history, she herself had only learned of it within the last several years. She also noted the importance of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but felt businesses too often attempted one kind of accommodation, then declared things weren’t working out. She reminded us that the legislation was made to protect individuals and not businesses. It may take a while to find the correct solution, but most often there is one.

She ended her talk speaking about the concept of disability pride, acknowledging her disability as a vital part of herself. She noted some of the freedoms it has offered her from things like traditional beauty standards and expectations. She said she detests phrases like “confined to a wheelchair,” and, with more of her good-natured humor, noted: “Without my wheelchair, I’d be confined to the floor.” The final thought she asked us to remember was the concept of disability as diversity.

She took out her fiddle and played her song “Watch the World Unfold,” a hauntingly beautiful tune about confusion, doubt and identity, it begins and ends with a line that speaks volumes to Lea’s skills and sensibilities: “Pushing up, pushing up, through the dirt just like a seed, but you’re never quite a flower you feel more just like a weed.”

After hearing the song, I couldn’t wait for the concert that evening. I was not disappointed. The energy in the audience was high as we awaited the beginning. The music of another Duluth artist, Charlie Parr, played in the background. When Lea came onto the stage, the audience fell reverently silent. We waited while she situated herself amongst her equipment. She began the concert with “Watch the World Unfold,” and from that moment seemed to hold the attention of the audience completely. The panels in the Kracum Performance Hall lit up with cool tones evoking the inherent melancholy of the music, the deepening chill in the fall air, and the colors of the aurora, appropriate for a northern Minnesota artist.

The way Lea plays is nothing short of extraordinary. She uses a looping pedal to create deeply textured tracks for her to sing over in her remarkably ethereal voice. At times it sounded like an entire orchestra was with her, but still she sat alone onstage. She played a mixture of traditional fiddle tunes and original compositions, both beautiful. Her technical skill was impressive and really shone in some of the traditional songs, especially one called “Metsäkukkia” (Finnish for Forest Flowers). Before playing the song, Lea commented that she had no idea what sort of flowers the writers of the song could have had in mind. As she played, it became very apparent what she meant. The song was intense, chaotic, apocalyptic. A song that made one feel unsafe just by hearing it.

Though her renderings of traditional tunes were very striking, I believe it is in her own songs that Lea shines the most. Her voice is unlike any I’ve heard before, and her poetry is sincere, heartfelt, melancholy. When she stopped playing, she waited for the applause to die away and, after each song, sincerely thanked us.

As I continued to watch her play, I realized I don’t believe I have ever seen a musician more unified with her instrument. Lea cradles her fiddle against herself in the manner of a cello, seeming to embrace it. She uses her whole body to play, including turning her fiddle with her foot to change which string she bowed. At times, when operating her looping device or when ending a song, she would hold her fiddle upright by resting her chin on its shoulder like an old friend. Her technique was not restricted to mere bowing. She plucked accompaniment for the loops and frequently employed double stops, often with heart-wrenching effects. The intense emotion in her music was clearly discernible both in its sound and on her face.

I don’t know that I can do much justice to her music in further description, but I can say that among my favorite songs were those previously mentioned, “The Long Way Around,” “Grace and a Tender Hand,” (the first she ever wrote) and “I Wait,” and I would encourage anyone to listen to at least one. For her “last” song she played one of my favorite traditional Celtic tunes, “The Parting Glass.” We gave a standing ovation after which she noted that traditional encore procedure presented considerable logistical difficulties for her, but asked, nonetheless, if we wanted one more song. We did. She played the first song she ever performed in public, the classic anti-conformist anthem “Little Boxes.” She invited us to sing along.

After the concert, I met her in the lobby, shook her hand and thanked her for the performance noting how moved I had been, especially by “Watch the World Unfold.” She thanked Carleton for being so welcoming and expressed an eagerness to return someday.

I have said much in this article, so I would like to end with some of Lea’s own words. I believe Lea’s goal is made clear in the lyrics of her song “Grace and a Tender Hand:”

“If I could bring you peace today, my battle would be won.”

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Turkey Trot

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ArtZany: Little Shop of Horrors at NHS

KYMN Radio - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 6:21pm

Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes director Bob Gregory-Bjorklund and cast members from the Northfield High School production of Little Shop of Horrors. Little Shop of Horrors Northfield High School, 1400 Division Street S., Northfield, MN Fridays and Saturdays November 1, 2, 8 and 9 @ 7:30 p.m. and Sunday November 10 @

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The Weekly List – Tom Petty’s Birthday

KYMN Radio - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 6:00pm

This week, Rich celebrates Tom Petty’s birthday by taking a deeper dive into the Petty catalog, and special guest Ray Coudret joins him to discuss an upcoming Tom Petty tribute show to benefit Rice County Habitat for Humanity.

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SGA approves budget, increases funding for Senate initiatives

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 2:00pm

The Student Government Association (SGA) Senate passed its budget for the current academic year on Oct. 8.

The budget doubles funds allocated for Senate initiatives, which include Greater Than, It’s On Us and the SGA Taskforce Against Racism (STAR), and increases student compensation, among other changes. Funding for SGA branches has largely remained the same from last year.

SGA has allotted $9,000 to Senate initiatives, with $3,000 going to each. This is up from the $4,500 alloted to Senate initiatives last year. The Senate initiatives’ budget increased to better meet their needs, said SGA President Devon Nielsen ’20.

The initiatives each target a certain issue on campus – Greater Than focuses on mental health, It’s On Us focuses on sexual assault prevention, and STAR focuses on combatting racism.

The fund for student compensation, the portion of SGA’s budget designated for paying SGA members, saw an increase of around $10,000 from last year. Student compensation increased to facilitate SGA’s shift from stipends to hourly wages for its members this year, said SGA Chief Financial Officer George Bongart ’20.

Funding for SGA branches is similar to last year, except for slight increases in funding for the Diversity Initiatives Support Committee (DISC) and the Student Organizations Committee (SOC), said SGA Vice President Ariel Mota Alves ’20.

SGA’s Buffer Fund, designated for usage in case of emergencies, received little money, as it was deemed sufficiently funded from last year’s rollovers. The Projects and Capital Fund, designated for students with project ideas to better St. Olaf, received no money because it was also deemed sufficiently funded from last year’s rollovers, Bongart said.

SGA decreased funding for Collegiate Readership, the portion of the budget designated for providing students access to newspapers, from around $5,000 to $0, as student usage of newspapers has declined significantly, Nielsen said. With the College’s new provision of an online subscription to the Wall Street Journal and continued online access to the New York Times, student access to media will not diminish, Nielsen said. 

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) received slightly less funding this year upon request, Nielsen and Mota Alves said.

Nielsen, Mota Alves and Bongart have been working on the SGA’s new budget since the spring, but only finalized the draft days before the Senate approved it. Budget decisions are based on conversations with members of different SGA entities, alongside the end-of-year surplus or deficit from the previous budget, Nielsen and Mota Alves said.

 “We make sure everybody’s input is taken into account,” Mota Alves said. “It’s a very collaborative effort.”

irwin2@stolaf.edu

Reporting contributed by Teague Peterson (peters70@stolaf.edu)

 

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