Save the Date! Flannel Gala III – Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Laura Baker Services Association - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 9:33am

Join us for our 3rd annual spring fundraiser on Wednesday, May 6 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Armory Square Event Center and help us raise $30,000 for Laura Baker Services Association!

  • Drink a Beverage – A portion of beverage sales will be donated to LBSA!


  • Eat some Food – A portion of food sales will be donated to LBSA!  Thank you to our food partners:

 Noris Cuisine

Cafe Shawn 

  • Enjoy the Music – Musical performances by:

Mark Kreitzer

The Zillionaires

  • Win Prizes! Donate! Socialize! Learn more about LBSA!

Tickets are $20 in advance and quantity is limited.  Stay tuned in upcoming weeks for details about tickets.



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Enduring the winter: mammal life in the Arb

Carletonian - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 1:13am

When you glance outside your dorm at the bleakness of Minnesota winter, your intuition will lead you to consider this a land utterly devoid of life. And yet, 35 native mammal species are inhabiting the frozen depths of the Arb as we speak. How do they do it?

The smallest mammals—mice and voles—do not hibernate, living beneath the snow in burrow complexes, feeding on inundated plant matter and seeds. The eastern cottontail rabbit and three squirrel species also remain active; the former forage for food buried in snow, and the latter subsist off their stored caches. The eastern chipmunk and thirteen-lined ground squirrel, however, do enter a deep hibernation state.

All these rodents form the primary food source for a number of species, including the red fox, gray fox, coyote, and three species of weasel. Foxes and coyotes use their exceptional hearing to locate and strike burrowing rodents, while weasels use their sleek bodies to hunt them down inside their own burrows.

Yet other species, such as opossum, badger, striped skunk, and raccoon, are omnivorou and feedi on whatever they can find. Though they do not hibernate, all of these species form dens, and some may enter a temporary state of torpor, or semi-hibernation, if food supply is scarce.

Yet other mammals rely on the waters of the Cannon River and its outlying streams. The river otter and mink (an aquatic species of weasel) are active throughout the winter, using waterside dens. Otters are primarily fish-eaters, while minks will also hunt small mammals and waterfowl.

Beaver and muskrat survive by storing nutritious tree matter in their dens and then reducing their activity. The elaborately constructed midriver “lodges” of beavers are often colonized by minks, otters and muskrats. These four mammals are undisturbed by the frigid waters owing to their incredibly thick coats, which in earlier times led to the decimation of their populations by fur trapping.

Left to their own devices, human beings would quickly succumb in the depths of these winters.

Remarkably, however, our fellow mammals are born with the tools to navigate this unforgiving world with expertise.

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Overheard at Carleton wins literary award

Carletonian - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 1:12am

Carleton students are over-achievers and, apparently, can produce artistic masterpieces while procrastinating on social media. Last Thursday, all students and alums who had contributed to the Facebook page known as “Overheard at Carleton” received an email from the judging committee of the NPL (Navel Prize in Literature) notifying them of their literary success. For those sworn off social media due to their fear of surveillance and inflated sense of self-importance, Overheard at Carleton is a platform for students to share bits of provocative conversation they overhear on campus, without context.

The annual NPL award is one of the most prestigious in the writing world, and news of Carleton’s reception sparked much controversy. One prize-winning author of a harrowing story about their battle with ingrown toenails lambasted the nomination of Carleton on Twitter, “You can’t reward students for wasting time on social media and typing words other people have said. That’s plagiarism and, even worse, unoriginal. To express my great sorrow, I have retweeted a relevant meme ”

Others reacted quite positively to the campus-wide achievement. The English department, patting themselves vigorously on the back for teaching students proper comma placement, threw a legendary rager that involved creative uses of drinks and book shelves. The Career Center celebrated in their own way by sending a series of emails to encourage students to include the impressive prize in their resumes.

In the midst of the confusion and revelry, the NPL judge panel made a public statement to explain why Overhead at Carleton was a worthy candidate. “Deserving is Carleton College for its mastery of the English language and command of prose. These students, ever so clever, captured the essence of the human condition: humor, sex jokes and raw emotion. We, as a group of eight, elderly white men, feel hip again after reading the numerous posts. The Facebook page captures the zeitgeist of this generation and will surely capture the hearts of readers everywhere. Truly, it is a revolutionary piece of work that redefines what good writing means.”

The mystery pervades of how such a renowned literary institution discovered Overheard at Carleton. Rumors, if we are to believe them, suggest a student in Carleton’s Book Binding class submitted an application and put their printing money and new-found skills to good use.

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Off-board senior goes 30 minutes without mentioning that he’s off-board

Carletonian - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 1:10am

This just in: Carleton senior Will Williams made it 30 whole minutes without mentioning that he’s off-board. Williams, who is indeed off-board, has set a new campus record, breaking the previous record of 26 minutes.

Being off-board means that a student does not pay for a Bon Appétit meal plan. Williams tends to mention it whenever anyone comments on the curry he noisily eats out of a tupperware during 3a.

“Wow, I can smell your food from here,” said one passive-aggressive student to Williams in class. “Oh, yeah,” Williams smiled proudly. “Last night’s leftovers make a great breakfast. Being off-board is so much easier!”

How exactly did Williams manage to break the record? “Oh I don’t know, I don’t think it’s that big a deal. Being off-board is amazing, but I just don’t really feel the need to talk about it anymore,” said Williams, as he repeatedly refreshed the “looking-for-free-food” email listserv.

“It really is great though,” said Williams as he ducked into the Athenaeum in the middle of a lecture to shovel some loose crackers and cheese into his backpack. “Did you know that Bon App is like, ridiculously overpriced? I’m really over it. And making my own food is just so fun, too. I love to cook.”

Sources close to Williams report that for dinner last night, he ate a dry bowl of Lucky Charms and a single rotten banana.

“Performative? I don’t really know what you mean,” said Williams, taking a sip from his mason jar. “I carry my water in this jar because it’s more sustainable, and besides, it’s actually really convenient.” The glass jar, when full, weighs three times as much as a full Nalgene. If dropped, it will shatter.

Before class this morning, Williams spent an hour washing his housemates’ dishes. “It’s really not that bad. I just listen to a podcast and it goes by fast,” Williams said as he used his fingernails to extract a wilted piece of spinach from the drain. A long strand of hair was coiled around it. “Part of communal living means everyone pitches in to take care of chores.” Williams smiled stiffly, reaching for a tupperware that contained half of an El Tri burrito sitting in colagulated green sauce. The tupperware was not his, but had been sitting by the sink for the last two weeks.

At press time, Williams, a studio art major, was attending a common-time lecture about the atomic theory of the Galilean transform equation, at which free Domino’s happened to be provided.

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Safe harbor for bay area Students

Carletonian - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 1:05am

The Bay Area is unlike any other place in America (thank you, God). Because of this, the people it spits out are a little different. Because it is such a unique part of the country, Bay Area dwellers get used to a lifestyle that most of us can’t readily acclimate to or afford.

Their big body of water is a great temperature regulator to make sure it doesn’t get too hot or cold for them. Minnesota is known for its lakes, and this draws in many Bay Area denizens who think that this will act as an effective substitute for their precious water hole they have decided to name the area after and build a prison in. However, they are wrong and often react negatively to the weather when it drops below 36 degrees. This is only one factor among many that makes living in lesser places difficult for our friends from the expensive parts of Oakland/Berkeley.

Carleton has recognized this and decided to create a suitable habitat for this displaced children in the form of the recently announced “Bay Area Interest House.” This follows with Carleton’s mission to be a welcoming place for people from all sorts of middle to upper class backgrounds.

“It will feel just like living in the Bay Area,” said a Residential Life employee. “We will be demolishing a local affordable housing project and adding the name loft to it somehow. Plus we already have tons of Patagonia everywhere.” They have also declared that this house will cost twice as much to live in, but don’t expect that to be a problem for the Bay Area creatures.

“The house will have everything they need to survive in an unfamiliar environment. This includes but isn’t limited to Original Joe’s food, Sushirito’s, and overpriced bubble tea. We are still trying to figure out what exactly Hunan is.”

Another way Carleton is trying to make these displaced West Coasters feel comfortable is by expanding the CS department and pretending homeless people don’t exist. They hope that raising this will drive up the cost of living in the broader Northfield area, successfully pricing and out all of the locals. Some have likened them to a disease that spreads, killing the host (Austin being the first external victim) and engulfing the world until only overpriced coffee shops with bicycle logos and keep (insert city here) weird shirts remain, which begs the question: when do they turn on themselves?

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Convocation Review: Health economist Felicia Knaul discusses palliative care

Carletonian - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 1:03am

On Friday, January 24, international health economist Dr. Felicia Knaul delivered a convocation talk focused on access to palliative care in developing countries. Knaul is an expert on Latin American healthcare systems and serves as Director of the University of Miami Institute for the Advanced Study of the Americas. Her presentation offered an insightful and sobering look at the global state of pain-related healthcare, along with important recommendations for the future.

Palliative care, according to Knaul, is a field of medicine focused on addressing the needs of patients with severe “complex, chronic, or acute” health conditions that are “life-threatening or life-limiting.” It is closely tied to the issues of pain relief and end-of-life care.

Knaul opened her presentation by reading a passage from Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich describing the incredible suffering of a dying man. She pointed out that the passage may sound foreign to Americans, for whom pain medication is generally available—but for many people around the world, extreme suffering is the reality of death.

Knaul’s presentation focused on a 2017 report that her team published in the medical journal The Lancet, entitled “Alleviating the Access Abyss in Palliative Care and Pain Relief: An Imperative of Universal Health Coverage.” Knaul served as chair of the Lancet commission that produced the report.

The report found that over 61 million people worldwide experience “serious health-related suffering” each year, with about 80 percent of these people living in low-income countries. Almost 50 percent of deaths each year fall into this serious-suffering category. Despite the vast scale of this issue, it is often overlooked. Traditional health measures, which focus on mortality and morbidity statistics, typically fail to measure suffering.

Knaul described how global access to basic pain-relief medications, such as morphine, is highly inequitable, with many low-income countries having essentially no access. These countries generally have little negotiating capacity and rely on smaller local markets, which means they cannot access the lower morphine prices that are available in the United States.

However, Knaul argued that closing the access abyss for morphine would in fact be a relatively inexpensive endeavor. A key piece is advocacy and awareness: palliative care tends to be ignored as countries build up their healthcare systems.

Knaul also shared experiences from her advocacy work in Latin America, especially in Mexico, where she collaborated with government figures and non-profit organizations. In the Lancet report, Knaul and her colleagues recommend a universal palliative care package and urge countries to develop plans to address this area of healthcare.

Interestingly, Knaul also looked at the “access abyss” in the context of the current United States opioid epidemic. She explained that palliative care advocacy is sometimes criticized as a risk factor for a potential opioid epidemic in developing countries. However, Knaul argued that this sentiment has unfairly hindered citizens of low-income countries from accessing even the most basic pain relief that Americans take for granted.

Knaul finished by responding insightfully to student questions dealing with issues such as varied cultural constructions of pain. Overall, she delivered a powerful and informative presentation that combined statistics with empathy to discuss a critical but overlooked issue in global healthcare.

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Media and Elections: The issue of information overload

Carletonian - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 1:02am

There’s so much to say about the media and politics and all that, so I’ll be vague. The role of the media in today’s civil society is to give people information. People then use that information to make good decisions about how the world should be run. The hope is an informed electorate. A lot of people have been saying recently that the problem we are facing right now is an uninformed one, but I beg to differ: I think we have an overinformed electorate.

In this world we have over 7 billion people, 600 million cats, and 900 million dogs, which means we have more information than we can ever hope to process. Most of them have credit scores, birthdays, ideas, or cute videos of them wearing people clothes. So now comes the hard part, deciding what information they’re going to receive. The nice part of this for them is that they don’t really have to think about it.

Unless they’ve become completely numb to everything, which at this point is more than understandable, everyone has an immediate emotional reaction to nearly everything that they learn.

This is called affect. It shows when they want to learn more about something they like, when they hate-click a Vice article, or when they get mad at polls that show their candidate isn’t doing as well as they hoped. The nice part about this is that they don’t have to think about it. This is why we trend toward things we like, watching videos we agree with, reading screenshots of tweets from politicians we like, or commenting on videos of said politicians with dogs.

Aside from mostly true conspiracy theories about social media algorithms and their deciding what to show them, they do trend towards things that they like. Why would anyone watch Fox News or read Jacobin Magazine unless they want to see that stuff; they know what they’re consuming.

A few years ago, people had time to watch TV, so stations could afford to spend time on issues, and show both sides of a debate. Now they don’t. People are getting busier, working more jobs, spreading time between multiple apps. I’ll also venture to say that even if they did have more time they wouldn’t want to see both sides, and even if they did, they’d probably be shown a strawman argument for the other side. People like thinking that people who disagree with them are dumb. Another big crunch on time is the time spent on advertising.

Now that so much content is available for free, people don’t like to pay for stuff. I would much rather skip over a 30 second advertisement for RAID: Shadow Legends than pay actual money for premium Chapo Trap House episodes. Most content creators are aware of this and have capitalized on it. Mobile games, videos, news sites, and even porn sites all fully take advantage of this by choosing to run ads instead of charging for content.

It’s also a question of how many media people our economy can support. A population of 5,000 can probably financially support four or five media creators, a population of 500,000 can support 400 to 500, and we can keep scaling up. These numbers are purely hypothetical, but let’s go back to that first part, of 5000 people being able to support four or five media creators. Thanks to the internet, it’s not that hard to create and distribute media; the overhead cost is as low as a camera and computer. In the olden days of the ’90s, the fact that more people could afford to spend their lives creating media meant that people would join up with established networks and radio stations.

The Internet now allows for such gems as Red Scare and Nick Fuentes to rise in popularity despite having relatively extreme ideologies that limit their viewership to .01 percent of the population, but which now is much more than enough to support them.

Take all this with a grain of salt, I’m an Economics major who isn’t a fan of political science. I wrote this under a slight time crunch and got most of my ideas from my lazy reading of Baudrillard. There will always be people who just don’t watch anything, and people who do due diligence on issues.

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Knights’ defeats Olaf on Senior day thanks to squad depth

Carletonian - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 12:59am

The Carleton College men’s swimming & diving team celebrated Senior Day by winning 10 events to secure a 189-89 victory over crosstown foe St. Olaf College.

This was also the final dual meet of the season and the final time the seven seniors on the Carleton men’s roster would compete at Thorpe Pool. During the middle of the meet, the Knights held a special ceremony for seniors Ari Conati (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnetonka), Jack Dalluge (Delano, Minn./Watertown-Mayer), Sam Darwish (Akron, Ohio/University School), Christian Heuchert (Dallas, Texas/Lone Star), Eric Meyer (Potomac, Md./Wootton), Nick Reeves (Kirkland, Wash./LW), and Ryan Wetzel (Salem, Ore./West Salem)

“Overall, just a very good meet for both of our teams against St. Olaf,” said Carleton head coach Andy Clark. “Having the chance to honor our senior class always brings importance to this meet but also having the chance to race against a program with the integrity and grit that St. Olaf possesses just heightens the need for all our athletes to dig a lot deeper to bring out the strong performances we needed to win both meets.

“For the guys, it was a numbers game. While we had some great swims, we ultimately had more depth across each event which put us in a great position to win the meet. In the end there were so many good performances from virtually everyone on the team which is exactly what we like seeing prior to going into our taper phase.

“The seniors have given so much to the program over the years and knowing this was the last dual meet of their careers made everyone more motivated to press harder in their events, and it definitely showed.”

The days started with a Knight victory in the 200-yard medley as Conati and Reeves teamed with Jack Heinzel (Jr./Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) and Andrew Chang (Jr./Vancouver, Wash./Union) to win with a season-best time of 1:37.17.

Heinzel then won the 100-yard breaststroke, swimming at 1:01.11, and Teagan Johnson (Fy./Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) secured second place with a time of 1:02.30.

Stevie Fitch (Jr./Woodinville, Wash./Tesla Stem) and Chang secured first and second, respectively, in the 200-yard butterfly with Fitch swimming a season-best 2:00.45 and Chang at 2:00.84. Fitch added season-bests in the 100-yard butterfly, earning him the team’s Can of Corn Award.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Reeves earned first place with a time of 22.24 and Conati claimed second at 22:70.

The Knights swept the top three places in both the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard breaststroke races. Leading the 100 freestyle was Heinzel at 48.74, Conati at 49.10, and Dalluge at 49.63. The 200 breaststroke featured Johnson at 2:15.81, Kevin Chen (Fy./Normal, Ill./Normal Community) at 2:17.91, and Ryan Wetzel (Sr./Salem, Ore./West Salem) at 2:18.10 in first, second, and third places, respectively.

Phil Donnelly (So./Claremont, Calif./Claremont) posted season best scores in winning both the 1- and 3-mter diving competitions.

Johnson won the 200-yard individual medley by touching the wall in 2:05.05.

The Knights closed out the meet the with another first place relay, as the 200-yard freestyle team including seniors Reeves, Conati, and Dalluge along with junior Heinzel swam a time of 1:27.93.

UP NEXT FOR THE KNIGHTS: Carleton College will compete at the Minnesota Challenge on Friday, Jan. 31 at 6:00 PM and against on Saturday, Feb. 1. That competition is held at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis.

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Hanson talks hoops: interview with Carleton Basketball captain

Carletonian - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 12:55am

Kent Hanson ’20 is a Senior Captain of Carleton Men’s Basketball, two-time all conference, and 2019 all-region player. Already a decorated Knight, Hanson is playing some of the finest basketball of his career, leading the Knights in points per game (19.3) and rebounds (8.7). Viewpoint editor Nicole Collins caught up with Hanson to discuss his senior season, Carleton’s squad, and his plans to play professionally after Carleton.

Nicole Collins: What are some of the biggest accomplishments of your Carleton career so far?

Kent Hanson: My freshman year, we won fourteen games in a row and made the playoffs both my freshman and sophomore year. We’re in a playoff push now, this year. I think another big team accomplishment has been getting the Goat from St. Olaf my freshman year. We kept it, lost it last year, and will have a chance to take them back this year. We beat them once, we just have to beat them again at home now.

NC: What’s the Goat?

KH: Carleton and St. Olaf play for this wooden goat–this sort of ugly-looking thing–so I don’t know if I want the actual goat, but I like what it means. You keep the goat unless you lose both games against the other school. We’ve beat them once and we’ll be playing against them later this year.

NC: What have been some of the most important things you’ve learned as captain?

KH: My team is in a pretty unique situation right now. We have myself, one other senior captain, one sophomore, and eight freshmen. So it’s definitely been a learning experience–learning that it really takes time to adjust. So many of our players are in their first year of college basketball and it takes time to really have players adjust after making their own mistakes.

NC: Some of the most useful things you’ve learned about balancing academics and sports?

KH: Time management is really the most important thing. You come here freshman year and learn that off the bat. I think having that freshman year and being able to carry that through senior year is really the only way you can balance and juggle everything that’s going on at the same time. Which a lot of our freshmen are learning right now.

NC: Something that you were nervous about freshman year that you’ve since navigated?

KH: Coming into my freshman year, it was kind of a question mark as to what position I’d be playing. I’m somewhat versatile on the court, so finding my niche on the court, finding exactly what position I’m playing… When in freshman year, having to learn multiple positions–I learned the 2, 3, 4, and 5–I’ve kind of developed and started playing the 4 a lot. And, this year especially, has been different. I’ve been playing the 3 a lot. That’s been a learning experience and I’ve gotten to try different things.

NC: Plans after graduation?

KH: I hope to, fingers crossed, play overseas professionally. A lot is still up in the air after this year. Depending how the rest of the season goes and barring injury, so much is up in the air and there are a lot of leagues overseas, so at the end of the season I can’t get an agent yet (NCAA rules), but when it does, I’ll probably get an agent and a highlight tape and probably play in some showcases. Hopefully I can land on a game.

NC: Where overseas? Do you know yet?

KH: I’ll probably end up in a random country. But there are a lot of pretty good leagues overseas; there are a lot of good little, like, levels [or leagues]. I have a friend right now who flew to Germany last week and is in their second league. One of our assistant coaches my freshman and sophomore year also played in Germany. I’m just really excited about the prospect of getting to keep playing… and being able to travel, as well.

NC: What keeps you playing basketball?

KH: I just love the game itself. I love the sense of purpose it gives me; it’s definitely something that’s a big part of my identity, so I’m not quite ready to give it up yet.

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Folk singer Katie Dahl ’05 returns to Carleton to deliver concert

Carletonian - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 12:49am

Folk singer-songwriter Katie Dahl ’05 may never have picked up a guitar if it hadn’t been for one icy Minnesota winter. During her first January at Carleton, she slipped on a sidewalk coming down the hill from Goodhue and broke her right wrist. Down one hand, she couldn’t play the oboe. Instead, she found a guitar and started learning some chords, strumming with her hand in a cast. Now, Dahl has returned to Carleton three times to play her original music—with two uninjured hands—most recently in a concert at Applebaum Recital Hall last Tuesday, January 21.

From the first note Dahl sang, you could tell she was a natural. Her chords were somehow both simple and creative. Her voice was rich and flowing and charmingly Midwestern, and so were her lyrics; the second song she performed, entitled “Oh Minnesota,” harkened back to her formative years growing up in White Bear Lake and Shoreview, Minn., while many others sang tribute to her family heritage in her current home of Door County, Wisc. Her keen sense of place was both poignant and clever, with lyrics like, “I keep an agate in my pocket, and a jacket in my car.” She displayed a true English major’s wit, her songs full of wordplay and alliteration that made me assume that she had been writing creatively since college at least. But in an interview the day after her show, I learned that I was wrong.

“Back then, I wasn’t ready to trust myself that I could try to write a song,” Dahl confessed over the phone. Although she played and sang with Pickin’ and Grinnin’, Carleton’s folk music society, and performed a few times at the Cave, where she once won a competition and a $25 Target gift card, it wasn’t until a few years after graduation that she wrote a song she liked. When I asked how she got over her writer’s block, she told me it took remembering that the folk singers she admired hadn’t always been doing it, either. “Eventually I realized, oh, all these other people started at some point, so I could try.”

It seems to have worked out pretty well, given that she has released six albums, the latest entitled Wildwood. She’s also co-written a musical, Victory Farm, and is at various stages of writing two more. Dahl got into the playwriting business just after graduation. “I don’t know why I had the confidence to write a musical but not a song,” she told me. “Maybe it felt more structured and manageable.” It also had something to do with the venue she was writing for. Growing up, she spent summers in Door County and fell in love with the folksy original musicals at the local Northern Sky Theater. “The actors there were like my celebrity crushes,” she laughed. So when she moved back to Wisconsin after college, she jumped at the opportunity to join their world.

Victory Farm, a story about German POWs in Wisconsin, took Dahl, Emilie Coulson and James Valcq six years to finish. “I’m writing the next one all on my own,” she told me, “and I think it’s going to take me seven or eight years.” That’s The Fisherman’s Daughters, about a pair of sisters in Door County who have to work things out when the state of Wisconsin wants to make a park on their family land. Dahl is also in the concepting stages of a third musical, about three women who live in the Northwoods of Wisconsin during Prohibition and start moonshining to make ends meet.

It’s no coincidence that each of these stories takes place in or near her home. “My feeling about Door County is very mystical, but it’s not mystical at all; I have family and deep roots there,” Dahl told me. “That’s enough to make anyone connected with a place.” Such a sense of grounding in setting is the most important thread of her music and plays. “It’s not something I set out to develop,” she said, “but once I had a canon of work, it suddenly reflected that value.”

Like Door County, Carleton is one of the places Dahl feels at home. “I get very nostalgic at Carleton,” she said. “It reminds me of parts of myself that are easy to forget about.” She especially cherishes coming back to her relationships here. A self-confessed “professor fan,” Dahl spoke directly to several professors during the show—including Nancy Cho and Susan Jaret-McKinstry from the English department and Chérif Keïta and Cathy Yandell from the French department—pointing out lines in her songs that were inspired by their classes. “As an older adult, I still love these people that I loved as a college student,” Dahl told me. “It’s great that the professors don’t usually leave.”

And she’s not the only one who feels that way. Before the show, I filed into a seat behind Cho. While waiting for her former student to come onstage, she turned around to me, her more recent student. “Katie’s great,” Cho beamed. “I’m so glad she’s back.”

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Dacie Moses House celebrates 137th anniversary as alumni push for renovations

Carletonian - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 12:48am

“Dacie’s is a gift,” said Julia Uleberg Swanson, program coordinator of the Dacie Moses House and someone who has committed to maintaining Dacie’s legacy at Carleton for 30 years. In celebration of Dacie’s birthday, this legacy became extremely apparent to anyone who had the pleasure of attending the brunch held on Sunday, January 26.

Townies and Carls alike joined together, as they have done since the 1950s, to eat together and to witness the Singing Knights and the Knightingales, two historic a cappella groups that found their home at Dacie’s. Dacie Moses has proven time and time again that it is just that, not a house, but a home. A home that continues to work for Carleton and create a lasting sense of unity and belonging.

August Lindgren-Ruby ’20, the lead student worker at the Dacie Moses House, considers Dacie’s legacy to be central to Carleton. “If people know one thing about Carleton, it’s probably Dacie’s,” he said. Dacie’s legacy is, at its core, one of belonging and hospitality. This legacy has been a staple of Carleton’s mission and an example for it’s student body.

This past Sunday, her message was loud and clear as her house was filled by easily 80 people. One of these many attendees was Carleton alumni Jeff Pipes ’83. He was the first student resident of Dacie’s House after her death during his time at Carleton and met her when she was still living. When asked what he hoped would happen with Dacie’s house in the future, he pushed for physical repairs.

“The house is old,” said Pipes. Renovations are past due and in order to maintain this historic and cultural landmark of Carleton, changes need to be made. “My worry is that when the contractor comes, they’ll say that they won’t be able to save it,” says Pipes.

The house is not handicap accessible, the kitchen could be more functional, and the space cannot consistently hold the amount of people that it attracts on Sunday mornings. For a house that Carleton uses as much as it does (the face of much of Carleton’s advertisement, an attraction for prospective students, and even a feature in People’s magazine in 2003), the house needs time and effort to preserve it. Dacie’s is a functional part of Carleton’s history and exemplifies many of Carleton’s values: trust, hospitality, acceptance and friendship.

Dacie’s is as successful as it is largely due to Carleton’s student body. The respect and appreciation Carleton students have shown to the house throughout the years is remarkable and is mandatory for a place so communal. Dacie’s legacy will always be at the core of Carleton College, but changes need to happen in order for her house to be accessible and welcoming to all.

Carleton students wishing to be a part of Dacie’s legacy should apply to be a student worker, house resident, or a volunteer. Lindgren-Ruby and Uleberg Swanson both speak to the impact that working at Dacie has on students. The ability to be directly involved with the Northfield community and gain hospitality skills is invaluable and is hard to find anywhere else on campus. Students wishing to become more involved or even become a resident are welcome to stop by the Dacie Moses House and connect with any of the student workers there.

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CSA and SAO fund $5875 initiative to light tree outside Gould Library

Carletonian - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 12:43am

In an effort to brighten campus, the Carleton Students Association (CSA) and Student Activities Office (SAO) funded a student-led initiative to light a tree outside of Gould Library. CSA and SAO shared installation costs; they contributed $3975 and $1900, respectively. In total, the project cost $5875.

Maddie Kyhl ’21 came up with the idea to light the campus. “Last winter,” Kyhl said, “I was thinking about how I love seeing the world light up around the darkest time of the year, with lights on trees and buildings, and I wanted to bring that energy to campus.” Khyl contacted the Student Projects Committee (SPC) and the Campus Design Committee (CDC) with the idea for tree lights. Then, with the help of additional SPC members Andrew Farias ’21, Vincent He ’22, Ayasa Michii ’22, Brandon Moy ’20, Binny Onabolu ’23 and Rhesel Rivera ’23, the planning began. “We’ve been working hard on this since last winter,” said Khyl. “It feels amazing to see all of our planning embodied in such a beautiful form!”

The SPC and CDC decided to light a tree outside of the library because of the location’s foot traffic and power source access. Khyl also said that the library is “probably where a little morale boost is needed most.” CDC Chair Stephen Mohring agrees, “I am very happy when we are able to add something to our campus that activates the physical space we engage daily in a way that brings delight and joy.”

According to CSA Treasurer Brandon Moy ’20, the project was more costly than anticipated. Material expenses were high, since “the lights are industrial quality, and thus more expensive than the consumer lights you might find at Target.” According to Moy, cost of labor was also significant, making up a “larger portion of the total cost than the lights themselves.”

To install the lights, Director of Facilities Steve Spehn “hired a landscaping contractor who specialized in lighting trees.” Spehn said “no real short cuts were taken when installing the lights. Two guys with ladders wrapped individual branches over three days.” When asked about maintaining the lights, Spehn responded that the “Grounds Manager will coordinate whatever maintenance is needed with the contractor who installed them.” As of now, the lights are relatively low maintenance. They run on a timer, but can be manually shut off if needed.

Maintenance for the lights could prove costly later on. “We opted to keep the lights in the trees year round to see how that goes, due to costs to remove them each year,” said Spehn. “Other than burned out bulbs, which should not happen for several years, we are a little worried about squirrels chewing on the wires. We have already seen some minor damage. This is sort of a test year with the lights, so we will see how they do.” Moy said that, if the squirrels chew the wire, “we’d either have to repair the line where it’s broken or remove the lights.” In anticipation of this expense, Moy plans on submitting a Spring Allocations request to CSA for the lights’ annual maintenance. Although, Moy said, “it’s difficult to predict whether the lights will need repair next year or not, and if they do, how long, and therefore how expensive, it would take workers to find the break in the line and fix it.”

Thus far, Khyl and Moy report positive feedback to the lights. “There has been pretty good feedback from what I have heard, said Khyl. “People are always surprised when I tell them that I had a part in making it happen because it is such a random addition to campus, but passionate students make stuff happen all the time! This addition just happens to be a spectacle of lights, so it is easy to notice, but passionate students are always working on things behind the scenes to make everyone’s experience better.”

“If students like the lights, we may add a question on the spring CSA ballot asking students if they’d like to add lights to another tree,” Moy added. “Before that, we’ll make sure to collect preliminary student feedback and input on where they’d like new lights. So far, I’ve only heard good things!”

Spehn agrees that expanding the tree light initiative could be a possibility. “I imagine the Committee would want to approve expansion proposals and we would again be looking for funding partners. We will need to evaluate how this first year goes,” Spehn said, “and hope the squirrels leave them alone.”

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January 20 – January 27

Carletonian - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 12:34am

Monday, Jan 20

Security responded to a theft complaint. A car had been broken into on campus. The police were called and a report has been taken.

Tuesday, Jan 21

Morning: Security responded to a medical. The person was thought to have food poisoning. Security transported the person to the hospital to been seen by a doctor.

Wednesday, Jan 22

While conducting fire drills security found a person smoking in their room. The person was told this was a policy violation and a report was written.

Security took a theft report. A student had a black binder taken while in Burton eating dinner.

Friday, Jan 24

Security performed a welfare check on a student.

Saturday, Jan 25

Security responded to a medical. The person was taken to Med Express clinic to been seen.

Security witnessed two students with alcoholic beverages in public areas that were not of legal drinking age. Security made them dump the alcohol out.

Security witnessed another student with an open alcohol container in a public area. That person was told to dump out the alcohol as well.

Sunday, Jan 26

Early Morning:
Security performed a welfare check on a student. The person spoke with the counseling service and was allowed to stay on campus.

Early Morning:
Security witnessed a student smoking marijuana. The students ran from security but we were able to identify them.

Security responded to a medical. The person had injured their arm playing broomball. The person declined medical attention but was given taxi vouchers in case they changed their mind.

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Carleton Summer Programs fully funded for 15 high-school students

Carletonian - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 12:32am

The Carleton College Summer Liberal Arts Institute (SLAI) is the recipient of a $66,660 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which will allow up to 15 high-school students to receive full scholarships for summer 2020 programs at Carleton.

SLAI is “a summer learning community built for high school students to explore the liberal arts” at Carleton, according to its website. This grant coincides with close to 40 years of SLAI, which was founded by Hollis L. Caswell Professor of Educational Studies Deborah Appleman.

“Her mission and goal for the programming has always been access to education, and she didn’t want to limit access by any sort of social context. She wanted to make sure people had a chance to grow,” said Matt Klooster, Director of Summer Academic Programs.

Appleman will retire from the program this year and her founding program—the Summer Writing program—will no longer be offered.

According to Klooster, the Summer Science Institute is also temporarily offline due to continued renovations of Olin and Hulings.

Students attending SLAI in Summer 2020 will have the choice of five programs: Applied Sustainability, Art, Computer Science Humanities, and Quantitative Reasoning. Two of these programs—Applied Sustainability and Art—are brand new this year.

According to the Institute’s website, prices for SLAI programs fall between $3,900 and $4,300 for a three-week program. This fee includes tuition, transportation, and room and board. Applicants may apply for consideration for need-based scholarships.

Interested students apply to one specific program through the Carleton website, and those considering the scholarship also submit an application through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Alec Morrissey ’21 recalls applying to the Quantitative Reasoning Institute as a high school student due to his interest in Political Science.

“I developed amazing friendships. For context, basically my two closest friends here I happened to meet at the program,” said Morrissey. Some program participants go on to matriculate at Carleton, but the program is not tied to admissions.

Carleton is one of two campuses that serves as a community program for the Jack Kent Cooke scholars. “They send 15 Cooke scholars to the program all at the same time and what we provide in addition to the educational opportunity is programming that allows them to connect with each other,” Klooster said.

“So many of these students are rising juniors or rising seniors. This may be their first experience on a college campus, living in dormitories, in this kind of intense academic environment as a social person,” says Bill North, the Director of the Humanities Institute. Students stay in Carleton residence halls and are supervised by current students.

“I think another piece that I’ve really appreciated is that from the get-go, we’ve been able to have Carleton students as our teaching assistants, our rhetoric assistants, and research assistants,” added North. “That has been both wonderful in terms of working with this group of students who, at least in our program, I think are very committed to the educational mission of the summer academic programs. But also they just are really dedicated to the students having academic experience and social experience.”

Providing 15 full scholarships, the grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will ensure that high school students continue to experience the liberal arts at Carleton. “One of the nice things is that when it comes to the opportunities they want to provide to the Cooke scholars, we fit the bill perfectly,” Klooster says of the partnership with the Foundation.

“They fit the bill for us in that they attract the sorts of students that we already have at Carleton—the talented students, the intellectually motivated students, students that prize learning and education as being fundamental parts of growth,” he added.

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College creates student-athlete committee to bolster sexual violence prevention and response program

Carletonian - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 12:30am

Earlier this term, Carleton’s Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation department (PEAR) established the Sexual Violence Prevention Athletics Advisory committee (SVPAAC) in collaboration with the college’s Title IX Office. According to Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator Nora Peterson, the committee was created as a platform for student-athletes’ perspectives on Carleton’s sexual violence prevention, education, resources and training provisions.

“The primary goal of this committee is to provide student suggestions, reactions, insights and opinions concerning sexual violence prevention programming,” explained Peterson. She added that the creation of a student-athlete committee will facilitate the college’s commitment to creating “a campus community free of violence, where all students are able to learn and thrive.”

According to Associate Athletic Director Heidi Jaynes, the committee was formed in light of two recent changes in Carleton’s policy requirements and staffing capacities. In 2017, the NCAA implemented a new Sexual Violence Prevention Education Policy requiring all collegiate-level varsity atheletes, coaches and administrators to participate in sexual violence prevention training on an annual basis.

“We see this policy as an enormous opportunity to work with our student-athletes to provide relevant and meaningful sexual violence prevention programming,” Jaynes stated.

In light of the policy revamp, Carleton now requires student-athletes to participate in the Green Dot Bystander Intervention program—a six-hour interactive training session designed to equip students with the skills to identify and mediate instances of power-based personal violence. Jaynes noted that student-athletes may also complete Sexual Assault Prevention education modules or recieve sexual assault prevention training during New Student Week.

Last term, the college brought Emmy-nominated filmmaker and activist Byron Hurt to Carleton as part of its sexual violence prevention and education programming. All varsity athletes were required to attend the presentation. According to Jacob Smith, sports editor for the Carletonian, many students found the lecture unfulfilling because it addressed women passively, exploiting their fears and vulnerabilities as an opportunity for teaching men about the consequences of their behavior without engaging female audience members directly. One female student-athlete with whom Smith spoke noted that Hurt’s talk was disappointing because it “was supposed to be our big NCAA talk on sexual violence, and it wasn’t geared towards women at all. It was only geared toward men.”

When asked by the Carletonian if SVPAAC was formed in light of students’ negative reactions to Hurt’s talk, Jaynes stated that it was not. She added that multiple Carleton athletes had previously communicated interest in being more involved in sexual violence prevention and education on campus. “We therefore invited 11 of those student-athletes, and all 11 accepted our invitation,” Jaynes explained.

Jaynes and Peterson both stated that the college’s creation of a Sexual Violence Prevention coordinator postition—now filled by Peterson—is the second change responsible for catalyzing the committee’s formation. With the added support this role provides, Peterson explained, Carleton has been able to augment its sexual violence prevention programming.

“Something like a student-athlete committee would be beneficial because it would make the training more relatable with less emphasis on adults, which seems only to make everyone a bit uncomfortable” stated Gabe Nass ’20, captain of the men’s golf team. Nass added that he is hopeful the committee will help improve student-athletes’ ability to prevent sexual violence on campus.

SVPAAC is currently comprised of four club sport student-athletes and seven varsity-level student-athletes. Jaynes noted that there is also a waiting list of student-athletes “who heard about this committee and expressed interest in being added at some point.”

“While NCAA policy does not directly require the same educational training for club sport athletes,” Jaynes explained, “we recognize the vital role that club sport athletes play on our campus and the importance of including their voices in this discussion as well.”

Athletic Director Gerald Young and Sport Club Director Aaron Chaput, in addition to Peterson and Jaynes, are responsible for overseeing the committee.

SVPAAC met for the first time on January 15 and is intending to meet once more this term, after which it will commence once a trimester.

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Political Science to move into Music Hall after $10 million renovation

Carletonian - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 11:45pm

The Department of Political Science will be leaving its current space in Willis Hall and moving into Music Hall, which will be undergoing renovations paid for with a $10 million gift from donors Michael ’95 and Mary Ann Hasenstab.

Political Science was chosen to move into the space after a year of discussions held by a space-planning committee. According to Eric Egge, Chair of the Math and Statistics department a member of the committee, the group was asked to consider “possible uses of several of the spaces affected by the opening of Evelyn M. Anderson Hall and the music addition to Weitz, including Old Music and the CMC.”

Dean Beverly Nagel told the Carletonian that the Hasenstabs asked Carleton to use the renovated building for academic purposes, so the committee did not consider the possibility of using the space solely for floating offices or non-academic programs. Otherwise, “what department(s) or programs would go into the building and the details of a renovation,” said Nagel, “were College decisions.”

According to Nagel, who sat in on the committee meetings, the group considered a number of factors while deciding on the Music Hall’s future occupants, including “which departments and programs were most cramped for, or had most inadequate, space” and who “would benefit from Music Hall’s location and its proximity to the Center for Mathematics and Computing and the science complex.”

Departments and programs facing space constraints and location changes in the coming year—including Political Science, Economics, Linguistics, Math and Statistics, and Carleton’s Information Technology Services —were asked to send representatives to the committee.

Ultimately, the donors’ preferences and the limited space available in Music Hall dictated that one large department would move into the building.

According to Devashree Gupta, Chair of the Political Science Department and a member of the committee, donor Michael Hasenstab’s academic background played a role in the committee’s decision to narrow the options to Economics and Political Science.

“The donor is a Carleton alum who was a Political Science/IR major and has a PhD in economics. And so he has a deep connection to these two disciplines. It wasn’t a requirement, but these are the departments that he has an affinity with.”

Once the committee identified Political Science and Economics as candidates for the space, the Tuesday Group — which consists of President Poskanzer and senior Carleton staff — asked both departments to conduct internal surveys to gauge faculty and staff members’ “priorities and preferences” regarding a potential relocation.

According to Nagel, who is a part of the group of administrators that reviewed the surveys, “the decision for the Tuesday Group was quite straightforward,” since “Political Science indicated that their preference was to move to Old Music, and Economics indicated that theirs was to remain in Willis.”

Regarding why members of the Political Science Department preferred to move to Music Hall, Gupta said that the new space would offer “more flexible social space to encourage faculty-student interactions and student-student interactions” as well as “more spaces to be used as research stations for faculty-student research.”

According to Gupta, the interdisciplinary connections that might be possible in a new location on campus also made moving to Music Hall an appealing option.

“We already have this record of collaboration, inter-disciplinary interest. But also, we wanted to make the case that increasingly some of the most exciting potential partnerships are with the natural science departments.”

“Those sorts of connections,” said Gupta, “are not as intuitive with political science, and therefore proximity can actually help foster them.”

The Economics Department could not be reached for comment about why its faculty and staff preferred to remain in Willis.

Music Hall is currently temporarily occupied by the offices of the Physics and Psychology departments, which were located in Olin Hall prior to this academic year. These offices will eventually move out of Music Hall as renovations to Olin are completed.

Moving forward, members of the Political Science Department will coordinate with an architect on the plans for the project design. The renovations, which are set to begin during the 2021-2022 academic year, will likely involve substantial changes to the building. The 2014 Facilities Master Plan singles out Music Hall as “in need of a complete overhaul for its mechanical infrastructure, sound insulation and functional layout.” Gupta, who will be involved in the planning, told the Carletonian that she hopes the project will “retain some of the beautiful architectural features of the building.”

When the renovations are complete, Music Hall will be renamed Hasenstab Hall after the donors of the $10 million dollar gift.

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“Life, Life”: Living in the Process of Dying

Carletonian - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 11:39pm

It’s been both surreal and intensely frightening watching the cultural change that has surrounded nicotine consumption the past couple years. In my memory a complete societal-cognitive shift like this—youth addicted en masse, and a general OK-ing of such a phenomenon—is unprecedented.

It has been about nine months since I’ve had nicotine in my bloodstream. It’s good sometimes but also sometimes not. Sort of as Gertrude Stein said, one day is alright but a number of days is not alright. Stephen Dedalus: “many days, day after day.” A total break-off from nicotine seems daunting until one actually does it; it then becomes so distracting and difficult that all thoughts about addiction and weaning-off tend to fizzle out and diminish.

This probably happens either because: it’s not as hard as it seemed at first; one’s brain stagnates and lags after being cut off from the nicotine rush after taking hits from a vape upward of ten times a day for upward of nine months; one looks for some sort of habit-adoptable thing to do to compensate for this sudden lack of habit, something even as simple as spinning a pencil or biting one’s nails or tapping one’s feet or grinding one’s teeth. Or perhaps all of the above.

Who is speaking in this way?

It’s hard to conceptualize one’s addiction in context of society as a whole: what contributed to it, what trendy waves it rides on, why it didn’t stop earlier than it did. And it’s also difficult to really process how monumental and sudden this whole nicotine and vape craze has become in the United States (and perhaps beyond). It is, however, easy to see why vape companies’ strategies work: They have higher nicotine content than cigarettes, which already have a negative stigma; they are (Juuls in particular) designed to look sleek, attractive, and stylish to kids; and they are small and easily concealable. (And a host of other factors.)

I’m not necessarily, here, trying to condemn vaping or nicotine addiction. Beyond the arguments of it being beneficial for weaning off cigarette use, I am also a firm believer of the idea that everybody is addicted to something and that no one thing is “better” or “worse” to be addicted to as, presumably, they all offer those addicted similar levels of happiness. (It should also go without saying that nicotine addiction is also generally not the “worst” addiction out there… if we’re comparing.)

But given we live in an Age of Entertainment, it seems that—like Marx’s materialist view of history—our national culture, ethos, oeuvre seems to be defined by the dominant pastimes, whether they be television, smartphones, the Internet, or even addictions—like intense nicotine use.

But on a macro scale, this is the vape and cigarette companies implicitly acknowledging and acting upon the understanding that American youth aren’t so much more impressionable and trend-focused than previous generations (Generation Z, according to the American Psychological Association, is more likely to experience mental health issues—in part, in response to current events and politics—compared to previous generations) but rather that the incomprehensible barrage of information, minutiae, stressors, and trends, from social media rather makes it impossible to not be so.

It seems as if we are living in the age when the map Jorge Luis Borges described in his story “On Exactitude in Science”—the map that depicts the area of an empire exactly—is no longer a fable. As Jean Baudrillard feared and expanded on in his Simulacra and Simulation, “abstraction is no longer part of the map”: We’re in his Desert of the Real, it’s no longer a Matrix prophesization, a pessimistic extension of the informational immediacy come to terms with in the 1990s. And, especially in a post-truth political and informational environment, the U.S. populace is faced more than ever (or, at least in the recent past) with the daunting task of discerning truth from fiction.

The Age of Information has hit a lull, it seems.

Are all philosophers’ thoughts profound? Do they have days they feel more stupid than others and can’t explain or postulate why? Are they “smart” enough to not get addicted to things—or, if they do, do they have explanations for it all? How does one gripe about their generation without sounding like they’re griping? How did Fitzgerald, Hunter S. Thompson, and Zadie Smith do it?

One of the persistent frustrations of my life has been having most of my questions left unanswered. Call it the anxiety of choice, sensory overload, analysis paralysis—there is too much out there to be able to know what to do with. It seems reasonable that part of American youth’s forced impressionability might result from this sense of feeling unsure—perhaps spurred on in part by the iconic loss of identity and self following the September 11th attacks—that the pointing out of certain trends may tend to act on. We latch onto things, like vaping or other obviously damaging or unhealthy things, not only because of our inevitable status as neurally underdeveloped teens, but also because we yearn for peace and might reach for whatever may guarantee it, albeit temporarily. As David Foster Wallace had once described the consumerist ethos of the late ’90s, “an anxiety relievable by purchase”—though, here, “purchase” is more “decision”: what we decide to spend our increasingly-important-and -precious time on.

What sets us apart from previous generations, in a qualitative sense, isn’t the lack of information and the desire for more; it’s a yearning for peace and quiet, focus, cessation, that eventually leads us to like and appreciate the things we do.

The higher rates of depression, the unstable and autocratic political regime, the impermanence and superfluousness of information, news, media, trends, collective consciousness: it’s a marketed psychosis, psychosia, preyed and acted (up)on by mass media and those in power, either consciously or unconsciously. It is self-sustaining and growing and the trend of youth nicotine addiction is only symptomatic.

We’ve flipped the script. Or, rather, soaked it, torn it up, read it in a mirror. The cause of this is vague, ambiguous, and almost definitely not going to be sussed out through an armchair-y, sappy op-ed. But the social media change, the American cultural shift from an Internet-accommodating modus operandi to a primarily Internet-focused one, seems to result from a Durkheimian bureaucratization gone awry, his worst nightmares realized. That is, the dissemination of information has become so formulaic, predictable, and overwhelming that individual agency has largely been lost—that the United States young collective consciousness is so strong that it’s nearly impossible to avoid consciously dangerous things like vaping.

Am I taking this withdrawal harder than other people? Why is it still hard even after the physical effects have subsided? Am I overreacting? Do people just not talk about this? Is the reason this seems so hard because I haven’t had enough conversations with people about it being difficult so that I’ve been unable to gauge what the “normal” response to nicotine withdrawal is like?

Severing one’s body and mind from nicotine really is not, as I’ve heard people say, “hard for a few weeks then pretty OK.” Although it is arguably much less extreme than other forms of addiction and recovery, you come across its Ozymandian vestiges all throughout your time off it. (Time which, it needs to be added, is forever stained “post-nicotine,” the drug a ball and chain. Who is speaking in this way?) After nine months without it in my system, the other day, I entered a fourth libe bathroom and was hit with the distinct smell of a vape hit and found myself, again, just as in the first few weeks without hitting a pen, craving it intensely, seriously debating skipping my 5a to go to Downtown Tobacco.

U.S. youth culture, on the whole, seems always similar, whether through news crazes (ebola, Wuhan, World War III), memes (sorry, I sound like a Boomer), or cancel culture—these patterns are familiar, repeating, and all equally frenzious. It’s an addicting, self-sustaining barrage of information that seems to fuel this psychosia, this overreliance on and predilection to capital-S capital-H Something Happening.

The Trump Administration’s increase of the age limit to purchase tobacco products, for all the criticisms it has received (the “War on Drugs for White People” argument is particularly apt), seems to try to cure the symptoms, here, without addressing the cause. This approach to higher rates of youth nicotine addiction is markedly punitive—cutting youth off from the drug suddenly (as it’s assumed they wouldn’t know 21-year-olds who would be willing to buy them supplies) is only going to seriously mess up their bodies—and fails to address the root causes of this issue. The causes of which could be—among a plethora of others—in particular the administration’s demagogic and tyrannical reign over the U.S. and its politics. Such things aren’t the cause of this frenzy per se, but rather aid in perpetuating our culture of freneticism that may at least allow this mindset to persist, this barrage of information and anxiety of choice to continue its malicious cycle of chewing great young minds up and spitting them out crushed, soulless, and deprived. And confused.

The way out of this psychosia, it seems, is through an appeal to genuine emotion and sincerity—through those sappy op-eds, corny jokes, genuine compliments. Something that can offer the drifting populace something to hang on to. Something real, genuine, understandable, and humanizing, through the cloud that has surrounded and uprooted the metaphysical underpinnings of identity in the twenty-first century thus far.

Where do I draw the line between normal conversation and being uncomfortably nosy? Is that line shifting? How can I stop talking at a million miles an hour during conversations? Is this a “me” issue or something more macro, societal? Should I change or wait for everybody else to slowly become the same? Why should I be any different?

There’s been lots of debate surrounding what effect, from a public health and cultural perspective, the age limit increase will have on American society. These ways of viewing and approaching the legislation, however, are reductive and end much of the conversation before it even starts, as they assume the Trump Administration to be the sole agent shaping American society. In fact, really as with all political activism/philosophy, it is up to American society what effect it has: how we react to it, how we address it, how we try to fix and address the root causes of the issue of youth nicotine addiction, this culture of freneticism, this identity loss and deep resonating fear, will determine the effect it has. No amount of administrative meddling can or will determine how much the United States is screwed; rather, we must strategize, economize, and compromise as much as possible in order to make this—and, really, other—legislative change exactly what it needs to be.

Who is speaking in this way?

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ArtZany: Lend Me a Tenor with director Marc Robinson

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 7:13pm

Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes director Marc Robinson and actors from the Northfield Arts Guild production of Lend Me a Tenor. Northfield Arts Guild Theater Lend Me a Tenor Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor is a feel-good, farcical musical comedy, a tale of unexpected romance, hilarious gags, and mistaken identity. Set

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Running through pain: Even with medical condition, Hawgood with no plans to stop running

Northfield News - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 7:13pm
In some ways, Bryony Hawgood doesn’t understand the fuss.
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