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Wilkinson excels at Drake Relays; Knights dominate 5k at Macalester Twilight

Carleton Sports - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:29pm

With a strong showing in the steeplechase at the Drake Relays, sophomore Matthew Wilkinson improved his chances of qualifying for the national meet at the end of the season. Meanwhile, the rest of the Carleton College men’s track and field team competed at the Bolstorff Twilight meet at Macalester College.

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Knights drop pair to Bethel

Carleton Sports - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:11pm

Anna Lauko collected six hits on the day, raising her season batting average to .447, but the Carleton College softball team dropped two games against Bethel University by scores of 9-6 and 13-7.

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From the Hill to Real Life – Entrepreneurship

St. Olaf College - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 5:09pm
In this episode of "From the Hill to Real Life," Entrepreneur in Residence Sian Muir, serial entrepreneur Adam Gettings ’04, and Associate Director of Entrepreneurship and Outreach in the Piper Center for Vocation and Career Margaret Bransford offer their perspectives on "Entrepreneurship."
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Visiting scholars spark discussion of U.S.-North Korea relations at Carleton College

Northfield News - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 3:30pm
Two lecturers at Carleton College gave students a taste of what it’s like to live in a place vastly different than their own: North Korea.
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Realignment of Bagley Ave. designed to relieve backups at interchange

Northfield News - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 3:00pm
Rice County commissioners have several concerns about the Hwy. 19/Interstate 35 interchange. But this summer, they’re focusing on what’s in their control, approving a nearly $1.5 million contract to move the northernmost section of Bagley Avenue that runs along the…
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Rep. Daniels Statement on House Democrat Health and Human Services Bill that Raises Health Care Costs, Hurts Nursing Homes

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 2:17pm

Press Release Rep. Daniels Statement on House Democrat Health and Human Services Bill that Raises Health Care Costs, Hurts Nursing Homes ST. PAUL, MN—House Democrats are expected to vote Thursday on their Health and Human Services Finance bill (HF2414) which increases health care costs, makes harmful cuts to nursing homes that provide care to aging

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James Loe to join Community Resource Bank as New President & CEO

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 1:57pm

PRESS RELEASE                    For immediate release – Thursday, April 25, 2019  Contact: Jessica Williams, 507‐645‐3107 Community Resource Bank is pleased to announce that James Loe will be joining the Bank as President & CEO on May 16, 2019. Loe brings over two decades of banking experience to his new position. He has a proven track record of  effective

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Congresswoman Angie Craig to attend Minnesota Farmers Union Rural Voices Discussion in Cannon Falls

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 1:24pm

[4/25/19] – Tomorrow, Friday, April 26, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig will join Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish, Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Thom Petersen, and Artisan Plaza Chef J.D. Fratzke for a listening session in Cannon Falls as a part of the Minnesota Farmers Union’s Rural Voices Discussions. Rural Minnesotans face significant challenges caused by

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Mayor's Youth Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 1:09pm
Event date: May 8, 2019
Event Time: 07:45 AM - 08:45 AM
Location:
1400 Division Street S
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
MYC only

Guilty plea in largest drug bust initiated by Cannon River Drug Task Force; City of Northfield launches Polco; Northfield School Board approves four-year lease for iPads

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 12:02pm

  By Teri Knight, News Director An investigation begun last year by the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force (CRDVTF) led to a major bust in September of 2018. Yesterday, United States Attorney Erica MacDonald announced the guilty plea of one of four individuals involved. 34-year-old Fernando Ramos-Meza pled guilty to conspiring to

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AWD with Nick Costa 4/19/19

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 11:06am

So nice to finally meet the man behind the music that I’ve been digging for quite some time! Today I featured singer/songwriter Nick Costa on All-Wheel Drive—perhaps best known for his work with the seminal Minnesota rock band, The 4onthefloor, as well as his work with the much-beloved indie band, The Person & The People.

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Cleanup Days

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 9:56am
Event date: May 11, 2019
Event Time: 07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
1710 Riverview Drive
Northfield, MN 55057

Cleanup Days

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 9:56am
Event date: May 4, 2019
Event Time: 07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
1710 Riverview Drive
Northfield, MN 55057

Jenny Rogan and Mary Jo Cristofaro

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 9:49am

Jenny Rogan and Mary Jo Cristofaro highlight many of the events that will take place on Earth Day,  Saturday, April 27 in Northfield.

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Students leave Olaf due to culture of failure

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 9:11am

When it comes to St. Olaf’s retention rate, an article written by Sam Carlen ’20 for the Manitou Messenger reads, “Half of unretained students transfer to another school.” Shortly after this declaration, this statistic becomes the centerpiece of Carlen’s article: students are transferring and this is the main problem. I quickly realized, however, that this number means half of unretained students do not transfer; instead, these students choose to leave higher education all together. Why?

Though I do believe some come to realize, be it due to financial strain or vocational opportunity, that an undergraduate degree doesn’t seem in their best interest, I currently know several students at St. Olaf who walk a thin line when it comes to their return in the fall. These are the students who struggle.

An observation I’ve made is that different highschools have different education styles and resources at their disposal. May students, myself included, come from less demanding high schools than others do.

“We need to change our school’s culture around failure. If we do that, successful, enthusiastic students will come and stay.” Alexia Nizhny ’21

For example, I graduated from an underfunded public school in New York City. For context, it was the kind of school where you got an “A” just for showing up to class. Those of my friends back home who’ve found themselves in college – which isn’t very many – tell me they’ve found themselves in the same boat as some of my friends at St. Olaf: their grades are falling short.

If they haven’t been prepared for higher education, how can they be expected to succeed in higher education? I understand St. Olaf has resources to provide guidance to struggling students, but issues like these cannot be resolved in a couple of advisory sessions. The administration needs to support students in failure, rather make them fear it.

During my first semester here, I found myself close to academic probation. I had failed my first-year religion class and almost received the threatening email about academic suspension that many of my friends did. When I found out I had avoided it, I felt like I could finally exhale. My homework was done with enthusiasm for the material, rather than fear of not returning to campus. Without this looming threat, I saw myself taking risks in assignments and projects. I was also better able to balance my social life and my hobbies. Isn’t that what we want for St. Olaf students?

Giving up is easy, and I can’t fault my friends for wanting to. Failure coupled with fear is a rabbit hole. They don’t pick themselves up because they believe they’ve fallen too far. We need to change our school’s culture around failure. If we do  that, successful, enthusiastic students will come and stay. Education should be driven by passion, not panic, and we need to give these students a chance to finally exhale.

Alexia Nizhny ’22 (nizhny1@stolaf.edu) is from New York, N.Y. Her major is undecided.

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“Oles can, but Oles might not.”

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 9:10am

Last week, in my Children’s and Young Adult’s Literature class, my professor broke our class up into small groups and asked us to identify and discuss a monster that was active at St. Olaf College. She then wanted us to illustrate this monster and describe it to the class. Monsters with names including phrases such as “perfectionism,” “excessively committed” and “overachiever” presented themselves. One particular monster that stood out to me was a figure climbing a ladder, leading all the way to the sky. His face was an expression of unhappiness. Etched on the side of the ladder was the phrase: “Oles Can. Oles Will.”

Thia monster drew a roar of laughter from the class. This event demonstrated how St. Olaf students feel about the statement plastered on the St. Olaf College website and social media platforms. As a reminder to students, this marketing phrase pops up every time one attempts to open a web browser on any campus computer. 

Behind the “Oles Can. Oles Will” marketing campaign is a list of accomplishments that St. Olaf students have earned as a collective group on the Hill. As President David Anderson ’74 noted in the 2018 graduation ceremony, the graduating class included 12 triple-majors and 215 double-majors with an average 3.42 GPA.

Truly, St. Olaf students have an impressive list of accomplishments, but the pressure created by such an expectation to add to that list can be overwhelming for certain people. I once heard a student complain about how he felt inadequate for not being a double major. Personally, I feel myself obsessing over squeezing in an extra concentration or major and applying to study abroad programs because I feel I must.

  Sadly, St. Olaf is not the only institution pushing its students to work harder and achieve more. Phrases like “Ambition Can’t Wait,” “Unspeakable Greatness” or “Gifted Leaders” are used by universities across the nation and are not too different from our own motto. Many higher education institutions create an invisible pressure on its students to strive for success. It is unfortunate such inspiring slogans can have negative effects on students’ mental and physical health. More and more college students become sleep-deprived, anxious and depressed from attempting to fulfill the success these mottos imply.

Skye Nguyen ’21 (nguyen32@stolaf.edu) is from Hanoi, Vietnam. She majors in English.

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St. Olaf should give students time off for Easter weekend

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 9:09am

Every year, my family gets together to celebrate Easter. We would all go to the Easter Vigil Mass the night before Easter. The church would be decorated with hundreds of flowers, and every pew was filled with family and friends. The Mass would start in darkness, soon to fill with the light of hundreds of little flames from the candles everyone held. The next day we would get together and celebrate as a family, sharing delicious food and stuffing our faces with chocolate eggs. This year, however, was very different from my normal familial Easter celebration. I was unable to go home because there was no Easter break. The only people able to leave were those who live close to campus. Living more than a thousand miles away, and with no direct flights to my home, I was unable to celebrate Easter with my family.

This weekend was labeled as Easter Observance in the academic calendar, but there was no difference between this weekend and any other regular weekend at St. Olaf. It was an ordinary weekend with the normal large quantities of homework and little time to actually spend observing Easter. As a Lutheran institution, I thought St. Olaf would have more of an Easter break so students would be able to return home and spend the holiday with their families. But this year, unlike years past, there was no break.

In the 2016-17 academic year, students were given Good Friday as well as the Monday after Easter off. This allowed more students to go home and be with their families. In the 2017-18 academic year, spring break and Easter break were combined, with students getting the Monday after Easter off in order to travel back to campus. This year was surprisingly different, with no break at all.

I believe that St. Olaf should give Good Friday and Easter Monday off so as  to enable students to spend this important holiday with their families. It would also give students who don’t celebrate Easter a much-needed break from their studies. Although St. Olaf is a Christian institution, not all students are Christian. Beyond allowing us to have Easter break off from school, I believe St. Olaf should be more religiously inclusive with their breaks and give those who practice other religions the chance to observe holidays with their families.

Adriana Sanchez ’22 (sanche19@stolaf.edu) is from Santa Fe, N.M. Her major is undecided.

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Support the Pride 2019 raises $154,000 for athletics

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 9:01am

The three day fundraiser for St. Olaf sports programs, held on April 2-4, greatly exceeded expectations, gathering 835 financial donations totaling more than $154,000. Starting with a goal of 500 donations for 500+ student-athletes, this online giving campaign asked for gifts from alumni, students, parents and faculty  to benefit St. Olaf’s student-athletes and their teams.

Student-athletes and coaches have posted creative videos explaining their teams’ successes and experiences in asking for donors to support their programs.

Whether it was videos of the Tennis team in Florida, the Football team on their newly renovated Klien Field or the Hockey team in its brand new ice arena, these athletes had fun creating videos showing their Ole pride.

Seen all over St. Olaf social media, the videos turned out to be a great success in soliciting donations for their respective sports.

These generous donations towards St. Olaf College’s varsity athletic teams will be put to use in renovating facilities, updating equipment and locker rooms, buying new uniforms and allowing teams to travel around the country in and out of season to compete.

Volleyball player Abigail Wiedel ’20 spoke to the team’s plans this upcoming fall.

“We are looking to travel to California next fall to start the season and would love your support,” Wiedel said. “Any donations would really help support St. Olaf Volleyball.”

St. Olaf Football led the fundraiser with 149 donations, totaling $39,701. Keaton Aronson ’20 and Max Karpinske ’20 expressed how donations would be used to help the team.

“There is still a lot of room for growth for St. Olaf’s football program,” Aronson said.

“Your donations have led to improvements allowing excellent student-athletes to attend a great school and have helped bring St. Olaf football back to a level of excellence that has been achieved in the past,” Karpinske said.

The men and women’s soccer teams have benefited from a number of donations as well, as last year’s fundraiser helped fund the plan to bring artificial turf on the Rolf Mellby Field.

Thanks to the gracious alumni and families, St. Olaf now has a high-performance athletic surface that club teams and intramural sports can use as well.

The softball and baseball teams combined for $12,431. These donations will go to new equipment such as balls, bats, helmets etc. On top of new equipment, this money will help finance the team as they travel to warmer weather, where they safely started their spring seasons while waiting for the snow to melt on the Hill.

faucha1@stolaf.edu

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Softball’s success reflects empowering atmosphere

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 9:00am

Currently third in the MIAC conference with 23 wins, 11 losses and six conference games to go until playoffs, the softball team practices and plays on a foundation of positivity, empowerment and fun.  Three years into being head coach at St. Olaf, Kayla Hatting stresses the importance of not only being a good player but a good person. Coaching on the philosophy of empowerment and being a good person on and off the field, Hatting has created a team environment that reflects the team’s success.

“We’re a pretty loose, sarcastic, funny team. We like to laugh, we like to joke around with each other and that’s when we play our best,” Hatting said.

As the softball team approaches the end of the regular season and hopefully the postseason, keeping the atmosphere light but intense seems to be the balance they have perfected. Despite the four 5:15 a.m. workouts each week, the team keeps motivated through each other.

“We work really, really hard. We’re just so excited to get better and to be together,” Pitcher and Outfielder Carly Dammann ’19 said. “The will to win and the love of the game keeps us going, the hype on the bench and in the dugout is unreal, it’s so fun. And if something happens we always bounce back and we bounce back together.”

Hatting and Assistant Coach Shae Hoskins coordinate practices ahead of time to prepare for the next game while trying to stay fresh. They attempt to simulate as much of the game as possible while working individually on the things they need to improve.

As they prepare for games, the coaching staff scouts the opposing team to anticipate the type of pitches and hits the team will see come gameday. However intense a practice may be, the coaching staff aims to create an environment where student athletes can destress.

“I try to keep on the schedule as much as possible knowing they have stressful lives,” Hatting said. “My goal is to have practice be a destressor. Drop everything off at the gates and destress.”

For the first time in Hatting’s time at St. Olaf, there is senior athletes on the team. With many upperclassmen and eight first-years, the team dynamic has become inseparable.

“I love it. It’s like a family here. It is just like your family is right here on campus with you. I’m not sure where I would be without them,” Outfielder Tarah DeCroock said. “The upperclassmen are so supportive and encouraging and bring a lot of confidence to the team.”

As the seniors close out their final season, Hatting hopes to have accomplished her main goal of empowering them.

“My biggest job and goal is to be a positive role model and to empower them. I want to teach them that you can be a strong woman in this world, wherever it is,” Hatting said. “I want them to be great, powerful young women out in the real world.”

The team currently sits at third in the conference standings behind St. Thomas and St. Kate’s.

The team looks to continue their sucess in order to make a run at the conference regular season title against Carleton before finishing up conference play April 27 against St. Ben’s. The next day they finish their regular season with a doubleheader against UW-Stout.

The MIAC softball playoffs will be held May 3-5.

bermel1@stolaf.edu

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