Carleton and St. Olaf make annual joint donation to city of Northfield

Carletonian - Sat, 02/20/2021 - 10:52am

On February 2, Carleton College and St. Olaf College each donated $80,000 to the city of Northfield, for a total of $160,000. According to Brenda Anglestad, the Finance Director of Northfield, the “donations go into the General Fund” and will be spent on “General City Operations, including Police, Fire, Streets & Parks, Recreation & Library”.

The tradition of making donations to the city of Northfield dates back to 1923, when Carleton and St. Olaf each donated $500. Since then, the donation amounts have increased substantially. There is no set amount by which the donations increase, nor a set timeline for how often they grow. According to Janet Hanson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of St. Olaf, the colleges “look at inflation, we look at what’s happening with the city’s budget, we look at what each of the college budgets can afford.”

In past years, the donations have been made in person. Fred Rogers, the former Vice President and Treasurer of Carleton, said he and the St. Olaf Treasurer used to go down to City Hall to physically hand over their respective checks. This year, because of the pandemic, the donations took place over Zoom.

The colleges have made the donations together and typically have given equal amounts. Rogers said the two colleges have “tried to not make it an issue between the colleges, but mutual support from the colleges to the city.” Eric Runestad, current Vice President and Treasurer of Carleton, noted the importance of supporting Northfield because “colleges like Carleton depend on the infrastructure of the city.”

Some examples of the college’s use of city services are when a fire alarm goes off in a dorm or a student needs EMS transportation. Appreciating what Northfield offers the college, Runestad underscored that the donation is “a gift; not a payment for services” and is “to try to honor what they [the city of Northfield] provide the college”.

Hanson also noted that since the colleges are tax-exempt institutions, meaning they don’t pay property taxes to the extent that private homeowners do, the donations are “a way for the colleges to support some of the services that we receive as a resident within the city.”

However, support for the city isn’t limited to the annual donations. Both colleges have an impact on Northfield through the jobs they offer and the revenue provided from visiting families eating at local restaurants and staying at hotels.

Additionally, Runestad said the two colleges occasionally make direct donations to the city. These can take the form of a new ambulance or rescue truck purchase, as these are “things the community can benefit from and that our students might require over time.”

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Carleton encourages students to travel home over spring break

Carletonian - Sat, 02/20/2021 - 10:51am

While many colleges across the US are cancelling spring break altogether, or at least encouraging or requiring students to remain on campus, Carleton recently announced that students who wish to stay on campus over the upcoming two-week Spring Break must petition for approval. 

In her “5th Week Pandemic Update” email on February 3, Dean of Students Carolyn Livingston announced that “students who are on campus this winter and are also approved to live on campus in the spring will be able to petition to remain on campus over spring break.” 

On February 11, in the 6th Week update, Livingston further explained: “While the majority of college services are not available over Spring Break, we recognize some students may have situations that require housing [to] continue to be provided.” While international students will be automatically “approved to stay due to potential travel complications,” domestic students will only be approved if they “have a reason to stay on campus.”

This policy is a divergence from the college’s plans for Spring Break in 2020, when COVID-19 concerns were beginning to surface, but before Spring Term went remote. In an email to Residential Assistants on March 11, 2020, Associate Director for the Office of Residential Life Tanya Hartwig wrote: “Spring Break Housing is now open to all current students without needing to meet any of our typical requirements. There is no late fee for signing up or cancellation fee.”

Risks of Travel Might Not Qualify for Break Housing

In an interview with the Carletonian, Livingston clarified that not all students who request to stay on campus over break will be approved. She explained that “for COVID reasons, folks will absolutely be granted a reason to stay” – for instance, if a student’s hometown or home state is significantly less safe than Northfield regarding the virus. 

However, the risk inherent in travel, regardless of the destination, will not necessarily be reason enough to grant approval. Livingston could not yet give a firm answer, as the Office of Residential Life will make final decisions regarding approval to stay over break. 

Livingston suggested, though, that “the risk of travel is a hard one… I think the risks of travel are different, I think there’s a lot of safety precautions that the airlines or alternate modes of travel have implemented, so I’m not exactly sure if by itself that may be a reason, but it could be.” 

While some safety precautions have been implemented by some airlines and other modes of travel, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) still warns: “Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. The CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.”

More specifically, the CDC states: “Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces.” While air circulation and filtration on airplanes is highly effective, “social distancing is difficult on crowded flights and sitting within 6 feet of others, sometimes for hours, may increase your risk of getting COVID-19.” The mode of transportation to and from the airport “can also increase your chances of being exposed to the virus.”

In their assessment of the risks of air travel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Medical agrees, “Even with appropriate precautions, a relatively short domestic flight still carries moderate risks and should not be undertaken lightly.”

Peer Institutions Cancel or Alter Spring Breaks

In light of these risks to both the students’ home communities and the campus community upon their return, many peer institutions have opted to cancel or shorten their spring breaks this year. Top liberal arts schools such as Williams College and Amherst College have replaced the traditional spring breaks with a handful of “health days” interspersed throughout the spring semester.

Swarthmore College originally planned to cancel spring break, but ended up reinstating a one week, on-campus break in order to “support [students’] mental and physical well-being.” However, “To minimize the spread of COVID-19, and in the interest of the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff members, residential students will be required to remain on campus during the spring break. The Office of Student Affairs will partner with other departments on campus and students to provide a range of on-campus recreational and social opportunities during the break.”

Livingston emphasized that the case is different for the college given its unusual trimester calendar. “Infusing spring break days on a trimester calendar, it doesn’t really give you a break… I’m not sure anybody will feel rejuvenated or rested if you infuse a couple days.” 

The trimester system necessitates a two-week break between terms so that professors have time to finalize grades and prepare for the next trimester, which is not a concern at semester schools, where spring breaks fall in the middle of a term. In addition, keeping students on campus for two trimesters with no break would add up to over five months on campus, as opposed to approximately four months at semester schools.The college certainly recognizes the risks of travel off-campus, even for much shorter trips. In the Fifth Week Pandemic Update, Livingston reiterated: “If you are living on campus or in Northfield Option, we strongly discourage any overnight travel off campus.” 

Spring Break Services and Housing

Livingston told the Carletonian that the college does not want all students to stay on campus “because we’re on break.” Traditionally, many of the college’s services temporarily close or are limited over breaks, and there appear to be no plans to diverge from the normal protocol even amid an unprecedented pandemic. 

Student Health and Counseling (SHAC), for instance, will be closed for the duration of Spring Break, and Livingston hinted that Gould Library may shut down as well. She did not disclose what other services would be on pause, but repeated, “everybody doesn’t need to be here during a two week break… there are a lot of services that are not here, a good number of our staff members will be gone over Spring Break, so we’re not fully operational during that Spring Break period.”

Livingston also stated that the push for students to leave campus over break was for their own wellbeing: “Spring Break is really a time for people to rejuvenate and prepare for Spring Term, and sometimes a different setting does that for you.”

Given this year’s exceptional circumstances, she allowed that “we’ll certainly have more folks who are here, but I don’t see a reason why we would have our entire 1,400 students be here over Spring Break.”

According to the 6th Week Pandemic Update, “All of the Residence Halls and Townhouses will be available for Spring Break Housing,” but residents of other campus housing may be relocated for the duration of the break. 

Livingston told the Carletonian, however, that students in Residence Halls and Townhouses could be relocated as well, depending on how many other residents of those buildings are approved to stay. 

“If there’s a house that has one person out of 20, ResLife will probably move that person to a temporary location,” or if there are only three or four people staying in one of the smaller Residence Halls, they may be relocated as well. The outlook for Townhouse residences remains unclear.

The Office of Residential Life will make final decisions regarding temporary relocation, and has not yet responded to the Carletonian’s inquiries.

If approved for break housing, students may opt to stay for only part of Spring Break, but once they have left campus, they may not return until Spring Term move-in. “Testing regimens for Spring Break are still being determined,” according to the “Spring Break 2021 On-campus Expectations for Students.”

The deadline for petitions to stay on campus is February 22.

Mandatory Meal Plan for Spring Break Residents

Though not mentioned in the body of the original email, the Spring Break Housing Request form linked in the 6th Week Pandemic Update, as well as a later email from the Office of Residential Life, revealed that break housing will cost $35 per day.

The $35 per day charge is up $20 from the Spring Break 2020 charge of $15 per day, which itself was an increase from the normal break housing charge of $10 per day, according to a March 10, 2020 announcement from Livingston. 

In 2020, the increase to $15 was made “to include two meals per day,” whereas the dining halls were closed over previous breaks. This year, no explanation has yet been given for the significantly higher charge, which covers the same package of housing and two meals per day.

Director of Auxiliary Services and Special Projects Jesse Cashman disclosed that even with the higher charge, the college will likely lose money on dining services over break. Over “the last couple of breaks, the college has lost money on dining services, so we’ve been subsidizing students’ meal plans,” Cashman explained.

When the full student body is on a meal plan during the term, he explained, “that allows Bon App[etit] to buy more food for less.” Before the pandemic, the dining halls shut down entirely over breaks because food costs are higher when not bought in bulk, and it was not economical to keep dining services staff on for a relatively small number of students. Cashman added, “We’re purely offering these meal plans to accommodate students having a place to stay here on campus.”

The increased charge is mandatory even for students who are off board or on alternative meal plans during the term. “This is designed to help Carleton students keep the bubble of not needing to travel into town and to ensure food insecurity is not an issue for students over the break period,” the Office of Residential Life explained in a February 17 email. 

“We don’t want folks to just go into town, frankly,” Livingston told the Carletonian. During the academic term, however, many students opt out of the meal plan, whether for financial reasons, COVID safety, dietary needs or personal preference, and the difference over the break period is unclear.

In response to COVID concerns regarding the dining halls and campus cafes, where diners must enter a space where others may have their masks off, even if only for a short time, Livingston said: “You can do contact-free eating in the dining halls, you can do contact-free eating in Sayles, as well. You’re not physically contacting anyone.” 

To be sure, students do not physically come in contact with workers or other students in these areas, but there is still a real possibility of airborne transmission. Nonetheless, Livingston claimed that there is no evidence “that there’s any health and safety concerns… with students going into dining halls or into any sort of shared contact space. As a matter of fact, we’ve [been told by] the Minnesota Department of Health that our dining halls are probably the safest place for folks to go, to eat or pick up food.”

If students are truly uncomfortable entering dining halls and campus cafes, Livingston continued, “then they can also have a friend go pick up their food, if they’re that concerned about it.”

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Student podcast on 1918 flu and COVID-19 featured at Northfield Historical Society

Carletonian - Sat, 02/20/2021 - 10:50am

As the country is caught in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a couple of Carleton students have turned to history and the community for perspective. Students from two classes—Historians for Hire and Anthropology of Health and Illness—came together over winter break to discuss the parallels between Northfield’s history in the 1918 influenza pandemic, and the community’s current experience with COVID-19. The podcast and Academic Civil Engagement (ACE) project, titled “Comparing Spanish Influenza and COVID 19 in Northfield,” was posted on February 15 on the Northfield Historical Society (NHS) website. 

Roughly two weeks into winter break, three students from Historians for Hire—Lea Winston ’22, KatieRose Kimball ’23, and Sasha Mothershead ’21—and three students from Anthropology of Health and Illness—Marcella Lees ’21, Cas Roland ’22, and Jakob Boeye ’22—discussed their findings over an hour-long Zoom call. The meeting was recorded, produced by Roland—who has their own podcast—and uploaded to the NHS website as a podcast. 

“We wanted to make sure that we had something to give to the Northfield Historical Society,” said Lees. 

The idea for the podcast came about through collaboration with the director of the Northfield Historical Society, Cathy Osterman; the professor teaching Anthropology of Health and Illness, Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg; and the associate director for ACE in the Center for Civic and Community Engagement (CCCE), Emily Oliver. 

“When COVID-19 started looming large, people were like, ‘Oh hey, there was a pandemic 100 years ago, what was that like?’” Osterman said. One of the goals of the project was to see “how something happening nationally impacted people in Northfield, for example: were people worried about it? What were hospitals doing? These are many of the same concerns we have about COVID today,” Osterman explained.

Historians for Hire has worked with the NHS in the past. Tony Adler ’06, a Carleton alum, started teaching the class during Fall Term and describes it as “essentially a public history class, in the sense that it’s introducing students to the work of history in practice.” Not only does the class give students a taste of history outside the classroom, but as an ACE course, students have the opportunity to work with different community organizations. 

While students from the Anthropology of Illness and Health class researched different aspects of COVID-19’s effects on the community, the Historians for Hire class gathered information about the 1918 influenza’s impact on Northfield. 

With Osterman’s help identifying digital sources, the Historians for Hire students set to work. The three students focused on a local newspaper coverage during the 1918 influenza, including the Carletonian (then called the Carletonia), St. Olaf’s Manitou Messenger, the Northfield News, and the Independent.

In addition to poring over digital archives, they were invited to the Northfield Historical Society to do some in-person digging. For Winston, those sessions provided a change in pace from normal life during COVID-19: “That was a really fun, really collaborative, and a nice group experience you can’t normally get in the pandemic, so I really appreciated being able to do that.”

“The three of us were actually given a lot of freedom,” said Kimball. Between their weekly meetings, the students would read through digital archives and type up notes. By the end of the term, they had compiled around 150 pages of material. At that point, “we started thinking, ‘well, we know all this, now how do we tell people about it? How do we present this information to the public?’” Winston said.

In order to make their findings more digestible, the students wrote formal paragraph responses to thematic questions Osterman had given them. The information they had gathered and condensed helped them create an online timeline, which is posted on the Northfield Historical Society website. 

While Winston was researching, she learned the origins of the Sayles-Hill Campus Center’s name. “Mr. Hill was a beloved Carleton professor who died of the 1918 influenza, and it was a really big hit to the community,” Winston said. “It was on the front page of the newspapers with his obituary and photo and everything, and that’s who Sayles-Hill is named after. It’s like history is all around us, and we don’t even know it.”

At first, Winston said she was reluctant to do research on COVID-19. “I kind of was wary of doing a project about the pandemic, just because the pandemic was such a part of my life. I didn’t really want it to overtake my life even more than it already was,” said Winston. “But I ended up really enjoying it because, honestly, it gave me hope to see how people back then were able to persevere and make it through. There was an end to the 1918 pandemic, which was reassuring to learn about. If they did it then, we can get through this now.”

On the other hand, students from Anthropology of Illness and Health turned to the Northfield community for perspective. The three students researched, and wrote term papers, on COVID-19’s effects on different aspects of the community. Lees delved into the impact of the pandemic on the elderly, Roland into its effects on the medical system, and Boeye on the development and loss of the “third space, when people hang out at coffee shops or something, something that’s not work and it’s not home, where people meet and create community,” said Feldman-Savelsberg.

Lees noted that some of her biggest challenges were exacerbated by having her interviews online. 

Not only was getting in contact with people more difficult online, but performing the interviews themselves presented challenges. Remote interviews, especially over phone calls, were difficult “because you can’t see people, you can’t see how they’re reacting. And it is a really sensitive topic,” Lees said. “This is life or death stuff sometimes. It’s having to balance your desire to record this for posterity, with their very real feelings and trauma around it right now.” 

The interviews were not easy for Lees to stomach herself. “There were definitely interviews I left crying a little, because it’s hard to hear how much people are struggling,” said Lees. 

Ultimately, Osterman said that “it was a little tough to draw parallels [between COVID-19 and the 1918 influenza] because we’re in the middle of it now.” While it was comparatively easy to find people who are affected by COVID-19 and record their experiences, the only information that exists on the 1918 influenza is what was written down in newspapers, “which don’t always include community members’ feelings, or disagreements,” said Osterman. On the other hand, there is more objective information and definitive start and end dates available on the 1918 influenza, while COVID-19 rages on. 

Still, students were able to find some objective similarities between the two time periods. Spikes in case numbers, vigilant hand-washing and social distancing were all messages Winston saw in her research about the 1918 influenza. A major difference was that “there was very much a patriotic stance behind it that we don’t really see today,” Winston noted.

One of Osterman’s greatest takeaways from this collaboration was how “being able to pull different disciplines together—anthropology, history, health and medicine—creates a much fuller picture and understanding. Each discipline is adding context to another.”

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The friendly tamarin faces of the Primate Cognition Lab

Carletonian - Sat, 02/20/2021 - 10:49am

For most students, Hulings Hall  is the location of the Biology and Psychology departments, but for the eight tamarin monkeys in Professor of Psychology Julie Neiworth’s Primate Cognition Lab, Hulings is home. 

Since 1998, Neiworth has worked with 32 tamarins spanning three generations, earning four National Institute of Health (NIH) grants that total $1,101,651. In the lab, Neiworth and student research assistants study the tamarins’ perception, cognition and social behavior. Research has included aging and Alzheimer’s in a primate model; competition, sharing, and cooperation; and comparing children’s thinking and strategies with tamarins, among other topics.

Before coming to Carleton, the cohort of monkeys were studied at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where mating, family dynamics and hormone assays were of interest. They have never been in any medical or invasive research and Neiworth reported that her researchers see “very normal social and play behaviors that indicate they are happy.” 

Neiworth explained that they never display the pacing or isolation seen in zoo settings and that they live in social groups with lots of toys and hammocks for playing and resting. The tamarins at the Primate Cognition Lab live longer than wild tamarins as a result of NIH guidelines for animal species, the OLAW federal branch guidelines and USDA for healthy living guidelines for primates. 

“They are all my favorite,” said Neiworth of her monkeys. “They all have personalities—they are bossy, or silly, or curious, or sometimes easily nervous. Just like people. We learn what they like and how to work with them to make them at ease and interested in the cognitive tasks. They work on iPads with us. It’s lots of fun.”

“They care a lot more about what humans have on their feet as a means of identification. We all have shoes that we wear specifically around the monkeys so that they recognize us. If you wear something different they will spend a lot of time looking at your feet,” said Chris Leppink-Shands ’19, an Educational Associate at the lab.

Photo courtesy of Carleton College.

Elena Morales-Grahl ’23 started working at the lab this year after taking Neiworth’s Learning and Memory class, where she had the opportunity to work with pigeons. 

“It’s very cool to see the monkeys open up to you and show you their personalities,” said Morales-Grahl. “I cannot choose a favorite monkey, but I will say I have a soft spot for Encore and Yogi. Yogi is super curious and loves playing with the key that one puts on the cage when entering it. 

“Yogi used to mischievously grab the key when I was delivering his food, so I learned to position it in a way that he could play with it but not take it,” continued Morales-Grahl. “He has now been given his own key to play with, so he no longer has a need to take the door key.”

Three times a day, the researchers feed the monkeys “with lots of fresh fruit and veggies, canned monkey chow, yogurt and applesauce and snacks like peanuts, diced boiled eggs, granola, and tuna,” explained Neiworth. During some studies, they get “sweet cereal treats,” their favorite being Frosted Cheerios and Froot Loops. Neiworth performs daily health checks, in which the monkeys are given a yogurt pretzel.

“The monkeys were named when they arrived, except for a few who were born here. Their names are part of family history, so there is a musical family and we have Encore and Forte here. By keeping their names and noting their families, we know their genetic background,” Neiworth said.

“We named Oriole, also here at present, who was born at Carleton because her dad was from the bird family (Vulture) and her mom was one of the original monkeys brought here in 1998 and was named Olympia,” Neiworth continued. “So we picked a bird name that started with an O to represent mom and dad.”

Tamarins are an endangered species and Neiworth said that “we are very careful to keep them happy and healthy.”

“I strongly encourage people to take the time to learn about and understand the consequences and impacts human behavior, primarily deforestation, has on different species and their habitats. These primates for example are typically found in Colombia but in recent years almost 98% of their habitat has been destroyed. I’d encourage people to check out organizations such as Proyecto Titi if they want to learn more about ways they can help and make a difference!” said Leppink-Shands.

Lab assistants.
Photo provided by the Primate Cognition Lab.

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Hibernation: an appealing way to sleep the winter away

Carletonian - Sat, 02/20/2021 - 10:48am

The freezing temperatures of the last few weeks would have just about anybody dreaming they could sleep through it and emerge in the spring.  Hibernation does seem like a pretty appealing option.

Rodents such as the thirteen-lined ground squirrel and the groundhog enter states of “true” hibernation each winter.  True hibernators are able to dramatically drop their heart rates, respirations and body temperature to extremely low levels.  While they will occasionally get up to eat from food stores every few weeks, hibernating animals appear dead.

True hibernation differs from the “hibernation” of bears, skunks, raccoons and opossums, who are easily awakened from what is essentially just a long nap.

Thirteen-lined ground squirrels (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus) live in the restored prairies of the Arb and dig well-hidden burrows.  They are small and social animals, and have a similar role to tree squirrels in forest ecosystems.  They are popular prey—around 90% of newborns die from predation before they reach their first winter, typically by badgers, weasels and hawks.

To prepare for the onset of winter, thirteen-lined ground squirrels put on a heavy layer of fat and collect food in their burrows in the late summer.  The brown adipose fat tissue they accumulate helps keep them warm and allows them to emerge from hibernation healthy and ready for mating.  

Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks (Marmota monax), are a larger cousin of ground squirrels.  They are solitary rodents and build large, complex burrow networks at the edges of forests and in forest clearings.  Groundhogs are also known to dig under buildings, and have built some of their own tunnels under Carleton’s campus!

When spring eventually rolls around next month, keep your eyes peeled for rodents emerging from a very deep sleep!

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Five books I read recently (from my bookstagram)

Carletonian - Sat, 02/20/2021 - 10:47am

The New Analog by Damon Krukowski

read this. it was cool. a love letter to analog music… pretty rudimentary stuff but definitely worth reading if you a have at least an admiration for the LP or cassette (or, gasp, CD). also written by the Galaxie 500 frontman so that’s cool.

 The Rest Is Noise by Alex Ross

read this. it was … ok … i imagine if you’re into classical music you might dig it more than i did. it just feels a bit disingenuous to subtitle the book “Listening to the Twentieth Century” and pay microscopic shrift to blues, soul, r&b, rock music, hip hop… etc. i mean i know that wasn’t the book’s angle at all but even from its classical-music-in-the-twentieth-century angle it still seemed isolated and stuffy. which i KNOW ross wasn’t trying to do or be here. though i did originally pick up this book because i’d written a New Yorker Letter to the Editor in response to something problematic Alex Ross said in an article he wrote (link in bio to my piece hehe), so i like to think this is my first official beef as a music writer. (next only to the time i pissed xiu xiu off so much  before an interview that he stopped replying to my emails)

Angels in America by Tony Kushner

read this back in, like, October. i recall it being an evocative and insightful look into the AIDS epidemic (and affected communities). i am absolutely not in a place to comment on its themes of Jewish mysticism, but just know that they exist and there is extensive secondary literature on it. what it does do, however—and what i feel like i can comment on—is the ways the play obfuscates and idealizes (scrambles) history & the state of America & the world in which Kushner was writing. its treatment of Roy Cohn & the whole fragile-yet-effervescent state of New York powerbrokers fell much in line with a lot of my personal views on the treatment of history, hope, and the future. in particular the ways we grapple with political-economic hierarchies that seem out of our control and beyond time. in order to topple superstructures we must become bigger than them; we must mythologize, we must become giants walking among specters. imo.

Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis

read this. It was great. not as theory-heavy as Davis’s other books but i really enjoyed this one nonetheless, and it was important in its own historical/historiographic moment for shedding light on the racism within mainstream American feminist movements. highly recommended for any susan b. anthony stans

Live at the Lighthouse by Elvin Jones

Actually this one is an album. WOAH!!! classic Blue Note live album by one of the most talented and prolific jazz drummers of all time (Jones was a member of the Coltrane quartet for a stretch, appearing on A Love Supreme, which i personally think is crazy — that lineup was stacked — given Jones, along with Tyner, seemed never to slump, after that, in his/their solo work). this concert is mostly covers, it seems — of Donald Byrd and Ira Gershwin among others — worked through creatively, insightfully and relentlessly. it is, i believe, one of the greatest live jazz records out there. the height of hard bop. on a more sentimental note, though, this was one of the first LPs with which i felt like i “got it.” that is, Live at the Lighthouse was the first album for me, at the age of 18 — after fruitlessly trying to enter the hallowed halls of audiophilia for years — i felt like i finally understood what all those vinyl snob types were talking about… Blue Note held nothing back, production-wise, on this album. it is the clearest-sounding and cleanest record i own, and it’s always the one with which i test our system. (did not find this one anywhere, ‘tis my dad’s, unsure where he got it though…)

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CSA presidency platform of the Monster of Goodhue

Carletonian - Sat, 02/20/2021 - 10:46am

Who I am and Why I’m Running

Hello folks, in case you haven’t heard of me, I thought I would introduce myself. I am the fabled Monster of Goodhue who haunts the hall. Most of us monsters have a dream of one day being involved in politics, and my role model monster is former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan—he’s who has inspired several of us monsters to run for office. I want to be your CSA president because I feel gaining experience selling out and menacing Carleton would prepare me for living out my dream of menacing and selling out the country. 

Goals and Initiatives

Making Carleton a more welcoming environment for all

One of the defining characteristics of this school is that it is small. I have deduced that this is due to an unwelcoming environment, something I have personally experienced. I think that to make Carleton a truly magical place for all, we must be more welcoming as a campus. For example, if I want to be welcomed into your room, I think that you should be more welcoming to me, and let me into your room. In fact, we should really focus on becoming a campus without walls, like that school in DC. It’s not that hard, the exclusivity culture here is toxic and non-essential. 

Saving you money and time and making your life easy

Being a monster, I have obviously chosen to major in Economics (with a minor in Public Policy of course). So to explain this, you should think of me as a product and your vote as money because it’s power. I will be saving you money in terms of vending machines (which you can steal from with a modified coat hanger), laundry funds and local liquor tax. So when you vote for me, you actually make a positive return on the money your vote represents to me. Investing in me is like investing in GameStop like a month ago, not risky at all and with a positive CAPM alpha value. This is what we like to call Political Economy. If that didn’t make any sense to you that’s okay because CSA will never actually make sense to people or be transparent.

Other Vague Bullshit

Blah blah blah Cultural Groups. Blah blah blah Social Activism. Blah blah blah listening to our constituents. Blah blah blah expanding SHAC. Blah blah blah graduation requirements. Blah blah blah involvement. 

My activities on campus

CSA Budget Committee

Being a monster, I am naturally attracted to power and money, and so the budget committee just made sense. Working there has given me special and exclusive insight into how it works, what makes it tick and what it stands for. I will outline in more detail in a moment (or not, I don’t feel responsible to fulfill my promises). 

Some org where I don’t do anything

I was part of a group that advocated for the administration to change something, and eventually it happened. It could be the laundry stuff, it could be pretzels returning to Sayles. (Actually let’s do laundry, it’s the one thing CSA has done that you can remember.) Either way that was all me. Obviously it may be possible to infer that I had some help, but as this is my platform I will only be mentioning myself. 

Closing Remarks

Everyone else sucks. Even as a monster, I can still think of at least one candidate I am more relatable than. Remember Carls, democracy is really important, it lets YOU decide which monster will be selling you out and menacing you!

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Senior athlete spotlights

Carletonian - Sat, 02/20/2021 - 10:44am

The PEAR Department is taking this opportunity to recognize and celebrate the seniors on our varsity athletic teams. We know that they have poured their hearts and souls into their teams during their time at Carleton and we are excited about what the future holds for each of them!

Alex Chertoff: Kicker, Football

Varsity sport played at Carleton: Football, 4 years 

Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.          

Major: History

What are your plans after graduation?     

I will be moving to Washington DC to start a role in business research.

What was your favorite sports moment at Carleton?      

My favorite football moment was beating Macalester at home, and celebrating with the book of knowledge with my teammates.

Why did you choose Carleton?      

I chose Carleton because it felt like a place where I could pursue all of my interests, and connect with a good group of friends.

Outside of athletics, what will you miss most about Carleton?  

I will miss living in a collaborative learning environment with cool people, and the beautiful campus–especially the Arb. 

What else has your Carleton experience included?         

My Carleton experience was greatly enhanced by a study abroad trip to Italy through the History department, which was an excellent and fun program. I was also able to participate in the two externships that were incredible: a program with MIAC analytics, which was an amazing look into a new field, and a legal research role, which gave me interesting and relevant work, and helped me start my career.

What is one piece of advice you would give to prospective student-athletes?   

I’d say follow your instincts and trust yourself when it comes to picking a school – it’s important to remember that the choice is yours, and you should make it for yourself, not others.

What is a favorite memory you have of your head coach?

My favorite memories of Coach Journell were his pre-game breakdowns of the weather and wind patterns during the special teams meetings.

Quote from Head Coach Tom Journell:

Alex was our starting kicker his sophomore year and starting punter his junior year. He is a great teammate with a great leg!

Grace Leuchtenberger: Rightside Hitter, Volleyball

Varsity sport played at Carleton:    Volleyball, 4 years 

Hometown: Newton, MA 

Major: Biology

What are your plans after graduation?     

Graduate school or research assistantship in marine science.

What was your favorite sports moment at Carleton?      

Beating St. Olaf our freshman year in five sets. We had a huge crowd at West Gym and it was electric! 

Why did you choose Carleton?      

The small, tight-knit community and outstanding academics/professors were a huge draw for me, and I’m happy to say I made the right decision.

Outside of athletics, what will you miss most about Carleton?  

The friends I have made will last a lifetime, and I will miss being only a five-minute walk away from them. 

What else has your Carleton experience included?         

I did a SEA Semester study abroad program in New Zealand; I am a tour guide and a member of the Carleton Choir; and I did a marine biology REU at Friday Harbor Labs at the University of Washington with a Carleton professor.

What is one piece of advice you would give to prospective student-athletes?   

Enjoy every second you have playing here. You never know when it’ll get taken away from you. Don’t sweat the small stuff and do what makes you happy.

What is a favorite memory you have of your head coach?

During Jacki’s first year of coaching us, we went to get a post-game meal at a drive-thru and she danced her way through. I don’t think she knew we saw her but it was hilarious.

Quote from Head Coach Jacki Smith:

It’s been a PLEASURE to see Grace mature. She is kind and compassionate towards her teammates and was deeply committed last fall to pouring into her relationships with teammates and getting to know them better. Grace will leave a legacy on this program of HARD WORK – she’s always been a workhorse, hardest worker in the weight room, and never beaten in sprints. She’ll also leave behind a strong legacy of growth and determination.

Grace Leuchtenberger. Kaela Mali: Defender, Women’s Soccer

Varsity sport played at Carleton: Women’s Soccer, 4 years

Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Mich.  

Major: Biology, Minor: Biochemistry

What are your plans after graduation?     

I will be attending medical school at the University of Rochester in New York.

What was your favorite sports moment at Carleton?      

Our pre-season trip to Boston during my sophomore season. We tied MIT after double overtime.

Why did you choose Carleton?      

I chose Carleton because of the high-caliber academics and the friendly, welcoming people.

Outside of athletics, what will you miss most about Carleton?  

Definitely the people. My friends, my professors, my coaches, and generally all the nice people around campus.

What else has your Carleton experience included?         

Junior winter I had the opportunity to study abroad through the Carleton Architectural Studies in Europe program. For the past 3 years, I have been doing student-research under a biology professor. In addition to doing this research during the school year, I also had the opportunity to work on it throughout the summer after my sophomore year.  I have also felt very rewarded by my student work position as a TA for biology classes.

 What is one piece of advice you would give to prospective student-athletes?   

Enjoy the process and don’t be afraid to talk to someone currently on the team. We love talking to prospective student-athletes about our experiences and answering their questions.

What is a favorite memory you have of your head coach?

Jocelyn Keller was the head coach for most of my time on the team. My favorite memory of her is when she had the team over to her house for dinner and to watch the US Women’s National Team game.

Quote from Head Coach Jessica Mueller:

Kaela is one of the most driven student-athletes I’ve ever coached. She has very high standards for herself and she does what it takes to get as close as possible to reaching them. A starter since her freshman year, she has helped raise the soccer standard in our program and has often been the unflappable presence we’ve needed both on the field and off, especially during this past year of uncertainty. And while solid, driven, and humbly talented, she is also hilarious – like, makes-us-laugh-until-our-stomachs-hurt type of funny. We’re going to miss those stomach aches.

Kaela Mali. Aaron Forman: Goalkeeper, Men’s Soccer

Varsity sport played at Carleton:   Soccer, 4 years 

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA. 

Major: History, Minors: Archaeology, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Middle East Studies

What are your plans after graduation?     

Pursue a doctoral degree in medieval Jewish history.

What was your favorite sports moment at Carleton?      

Playing for, and winning, the 2018 MIAC championship in front of a huge crowd at Bell Field.

Why did you choose Carleton?      

I wanted to attend a college that would challenge me academically, provide me with the opportunity to represent my school in varsity soccer, and offered a strong sense of community identity.

 Outside of athletics, what will you miss most about Carleton?  

I will miss my friends and professors who have supported all of my pursuits at and beyond Carleton. 

What else has your Carleton experience included?         

Summer archaeology fieldwork in Israel (through Paradise Israel Experience Fellowship) and Greece (with Prof. Alex Knodell), history research projects with Profs. Thabiti Willis and Victoria Morse, presentation and board member at Undergraduate Judaic Studies Conference, Best Presentation award at 2019 UCLA Undergraduate Scholars in Israel Studies conference, presentation at 2021 UNC Graduate History Association Forum, internship with CoronaNet Research Project, Teaching Assistant for Carleton Hebrew program, Vice President of Jewish Students of Carleton, History Departmental Curriculum Committee, Archaeology Student Departmental Advisor.

What is one piece of advice you would give to prospective student-athletes?   

Being friends with your teammates is terrific, but it is also critical to make friends on other teams and outside the athletics community to fully be a part of the Carleton community.

What is a favorite memory you have of your head coach?

Coach Bob made a gutsy decision to substitute Bryan Kim for me before the MIAC championship penalty shootout against Augsburg. I know penalties are not my strongest area in goalkeeping, and I had complete trust that he was making the correct call. I had played a strong 110 minutes, and when he told me that Bryan was going in I think we had a moment of mutual connection and hunger to win the game. After we won the shootout, Coach Bob gave me a big hug and told me how much he appreciated my attitude toward the whole situation.

Aaron Forman.

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Putting Carleton into perspective

Carletonian - Sat, 02/20/2021 - 10:41am

Studying at Carleton generally means a curriculum filled with rigor and accompanying sleepless nights. Studying at Carleton as a marginalized student generally means becoming an expert on life before stepping on campus. Becoming  an expert on financial aid, housing, internship and externship resources, DACA laws and those for uncodumented students, healing generational trauma, remaining complacent, respectability and professionalism, being the backbone of your low-income family, gender and sexuality, and navigating the pervasive whiteness palpable on campus. 

This is not something included in the brochures or in admission programs that target students as part of their diversity tactics. Throughout K-12, and even within conversations in higher education, this requisite of knowing how to “succeed”—that somehow whiteness and wealth remain unaffected by—is scapegoated and normalized by the term of “culture shock.” And this is just the tip of the iceberg, but it is part of the necessary context to understand where Black students, indigenous, queer, trans, and students of color are coming from and why we demand for change on campus because the bottom line is we are exhausted. 

From the standpoint of having survived abuse on campus, navigating the precariousness of gender and sexuality, feeling frustrated with the difficulties attached to financial aid, and the lack of support as a result from institutionalized white pathology and apathy is what motivates me to run for CSA President. Now, I have been involved with the CSA Senate for over two years while also being a student-at-large organizer, and as such I want to be clear that becoming CSA President is not the panacea that it is made out to be. 

One fact remains true: the role of being student body president sets precedent for policies and initiatives, is a leading voice on committees, pulls influence, and has access to intercollegiate student government leaders across the nation. This I believe is why it is so important for the CSA President to be someone who has the firsthand experience, the internationalist grassroots organizing experience, and the guts to lead that charge in a collective, assertive fashion.

Enough reforms. Enough waiting. Enough bureaucracy.

 Although we have had a diverse set of presidents for a while now, the shortcomings have been linked to the lack of participation from fellow non-Black and white Senators who only join to sign off on those committed to action. 

The CSA Senate’s status of unpopularity has little to do with its position, but instead is rooted in the atmosphere of the CSA Senate. For example, we often have meetings that go beyond two hours because students on the call were not prepared, have not done the work, and are posing solutions that are performatively, or at least short-term, solutions. 

In response, and as I have shown in my organizing, under my leadership there will be a more robust reporting system with proper accountability, a direct collaboration with cultural orgs that does not involve creating more positions on CSA Senate because we already have far too many (around 30), and setting a tone that we have the ability to truly make this campus the livable and inspiring place, which my white peers seem to think of it as, for all students. And that starts with making college affordable. 

This is what I believe radical loving means. It means a better transition for marginalized first-year students into campus in their dorm life, not having to fear that your professor or peers will misgender you or be racist, having catered mental health resources to your identity, continuing to support initiatives that center gender-sensitive training and preventive responses to sexual misconduct, and much more. This must also go beyond adding an extra graduation requirement or other checking-off-the-box styled solutions. It has to be embedded into all aspects of student life because although we as students cannot solve the global structures directly afflicting us within our four years, we most certainly can provide a refuge and make those four years a place to build the leaders who can. 

Vote Ale for President, Delina for Vice President, Rahul for treasurer and Mel for Public Relations Officer. Join us in Radical Loving so we can make Carleton a place of Radical Living.

You can all check my platform to see what initiatives or goals I have outlined in my campaign instagram page: @Ale.4.CSA

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CSA and its shortcomings

Carletonian - Sat, 02/20/2021 - 10:39am

What I’ve learned from three years as a senator: CSA is not always the productive force for change that I know it can be. We take a long time to get things done and are sometimes afraid to take firm stances on important issues. This is not a failure of CSA, per se, but rather an area in which CSA has potential to improve. And, at this time, we need to improve, to do what we can to help so many students who are going through hell right now. CSA has considerable financial resources, connections to administration, and sway with the student body: in short, we have what it takes to address urgent issues (like an insufficient pandemic response from administation, white supremacy on campus, lack of diverse and accessible mental health resources, to name just a few). If we cut through bureaucracy and are not afraid to make our voices heard to the administration, I truly believe that CSA can be this productive force for change. 

When I first broached the subject of running for CSA with Manjari this past summer, I knew she would be surprised, to say the least. And she was. But, Manjari has done so much work organizing for different organizations and facilitating difficult discussions on and off campus; I truly couldn’t think of anyone more qualified to be CSA VP. Even more than that, I knew that Manjari and I were on the same page about what needs to happen within CSA if it is going to be that productive force for change that both of us know it can be. 

Manjari and I come from different backgrounds. I’m a white woman from NJ who has never had to worry about how the color of my skin will affect my time at Carleton. Manjari is a woman of color from MN who reckons with some degree of white supremacy everywhere she goes. Though we found a shared vision, it took time before Manjari agreed to run with me for CSA. When she finally came around, she told me even though Carleton had let her down so many times, she wants to throw everything she’s got at finding solutions to those problems, so other students can have better experiences. Fast forward past a lot of brainstorming between the two of us: Manjari and I are running for CSA to get to work, as our slogan puts it, pushing for long needed equity and change that cannot wait one minute longer. 

When I talk about CSA as a productive force, I mean that we owe it to you to work for change on campus without a crisis staring us in the face. That begins with reforms within CSA, cutting through the bureaucracy that so often slows us down, because change can’t wait. One thing I can promise you: Manjari and I are not afraid to take on bureaucracy. We will hold both CSA and the administration accountable; we will cut through procedural red tape that so often bogs us down; and we will hold ourselves accountable: office hours with senators, hosting joint events with other offices on campus, routine public reports from the president, simple and accessible infographics on our budget from the VP. 

Another crucial component of CSA as a productive force means allying with student groups on campus. One (urgent) example of this is allying with Black students and student orgs: it is the very, very least CSA can do to offer allyship in demanding an institutional response to white supremacy from the administration. 

It’s important to recognize that CSA isn’t owed a position in every issue, but that we have so many resources (mandating anti-racism training for club leaders, for example) to offer when we are wanted. And this particular issue of equity is, hands down, Carleton’s most pressing problem. I discuss Black students, but the truth is that there are so many people on campus who deserve allyship: LGBTQIA+ students, first generation students, low income students, students of color, to name just a few. Even those of us with privileged racial or gender identities go through hard times and need support. As a student body as a whole, we need to start working towards our collective well being. 

There are so many other areas of student life in which CSA can make a difference. I won’t list them all here, but the point is that you deserve more from both CSA and Carleton. A vote for Manjari and myself is a vote for change, but also a commitment that you, too, will do your part to help us on this journey. Lasting change happens when we all make a decision to question our beliefs, to stand up for each other, to care about everyone’s Carleton experience.

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When did we stop believing in restorative justice?

Carletonian - Sat, 02/20/2021 - 10:38am

A significant ideological divide between progressives and conservatives has been the issue of justice. Conservatives often emphasize the need to punish wrongdoers, support mandatory minimums and think that despite some flaws, our criminal justice system works quite well. Progressives have generally favored restorative justice, which emphasizes the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims. 

With each view comes a different understanding of how the criminal justice system works. While it is traditionally understood that its point is to punish wrongdoers, many on the political left argue that its purpose is to separate harmful individuals from others, and then work to rehabilitate them and reintroduce them into society. A new push to give ex-felons voting rights or make it easier for them to enter the workforce is part of this new understanding.

One of the fundamental beliefs underpinning support for restorative justice is that people are more or less products of their environment. People’s material conditions, family upbringing or any other number of environmental factors have a heavier influence on what decisions they make in the future than some idealized notion of free will. No decision an individual makes happens in a vacuum. In other words, everything is cause and effect, and free will is much less of a real thing than we like to think that it is.

All of this is not to say that people should not be held accountable for their decisions. Many problems in the world come from the fact that some of the most powerful people commit terrible crimes and are never held accountable, all while those involved in petty crimes are more reliably punished.

The problem is that applying restorative justice consistently is extremely difficult. It feels good to be a progressive and argue that we should not put people in jail for non-violent drug offenses or that we should have safe injection sites. It is harder to be a progressive and argue that someone who grew up in a racist community and has had beliefs we so strongly oppose can, in some significant amount of time, grow and become a different person.

I argue that becoming more progressive does not mean that we should increasingly punish those who oppose our most important values. It means that we should focus more on restoration and less on punishing our opposition. Restorative justice should ideally extend to any crime as long as there is proof that the offender has shown genuine growth. The point of not just the criminal justice system, but justice in general, should never have been to punish those who commit wrongdoings. It should be to protect victims, and then rehabilitate those who cause harm unto society.

Even though a lot of progressives say they support restorative justice, I think many progressives are not consistent in that view. It is much easier to support its use when a person possesses drugs, than when someone commits a violent crime. Justice should be proportional, but our view that genuine growth is possible for anyone should remain consistent.

Our criminal justice system does not do a good job of keeping people out of prison. With one of the highest recidivism rates in the world, the United States has a lot that needs to be improved. Ending mandatory minimums, decriminalizing (and legalizing) drugs, and ending police brutality are all great first steps. People should continue to push for these changes, but there is much more that can be done. I hope we someday have a view of justice where the primary purpose is not to punish, and where people who get out of prison (or whatever alternative we may have) do not return.

Believing fully in restorative justice is difficult because vengeance feels good. We need more ways to be able to prove if someone has genuinely shown growth, but fundamentally, people are not good or bad. People do not make decisions in a vacuum. People are products of the society they inhabit, and if we want to change society, we have to change the way we view justice. Restorative justice should not mean that people can grow despite doing something we already do not take issue with. It should mean that they can grow, period.

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13 years later, city still considering options for 530 undeveloped acres

Northfield News - Fri, 02/19/2021 - 7:15pm
After 13 years of debate and inaction following the annexation of 530-acres near Northfield Hospital and Clinics, city leaders again placed the issue on the back-burner.
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Southern Minnesota agencies work together to protect the vulnerable

Northfield News - Fri, 02/19/2021 - 3:00pm
Parents have a lot on their plate. Is their child happy? Fed? Warm? Kind? Upset? The list of questions is never ending and cycles through their heads day in and day out.
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St. Olaf among top producers of Fulbright students

St. Olaf College - Fri, 02/19/2021 - 2:54pm
For the 2020-21 academic year, St. Olaf tied for 8th among baccalaureate institutions for the number of Fulbrights awarded.
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County: Demo of old Woolen Mill building not in the plan

Northfield News - Fri, 02/19/2021 - 12:54pm
Rice County leaders say there's no truth to a post making the rounds on social media suggesting that the historic Faribault Woolen Mill building will soon be no more.
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Vaccine age requirements continue to drop; Police Policy Task force makes report to city council; Arts Commission call for 2020 inspired art

KYMN Radio - Fri, 02/19/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director In a statement released yesterday, Northfield Hospital & Clinics said they would begin to vaccinate patients 73 and older today, dropping the age requirement by two years.  NH&C will vaccinate 300 people today and is now scheduling appointments for both tomorrow and next Tuesday.  For patients 65 and older, they

Representative Todd Lippert on ‘Vaccine Connector’, the Safe Act and more

KYMN Radio - Fri, 02/19/2021 - 9:01am
State Representative Todd Lippert encourages people to sign up on the new state-wide “Vaccine Connector” available on the MN Dept of Health website, discusses The Safe Act that would provide $35 million for resources for law enforcement which would be particularly helpful during the Derek Chauvin trial, and more.

The Weekly List – The 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Show

KYMN Radio - Thu, 02/18/2021 - 6:02pm
Rich and Dan debate the 2021 nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, particularly the ridiculous candidacy of Iron Maiden.

With state goals fast approaching, local legislators seek $120M for broadband

Northfield News - Thu, 02/18/2021 - 5:11pm
Fast, reliable internet would be a godsend for Al Meyer, a Richland Township farmer who counts on the internet to help him stay in contact with everyone from suppliers to the bank.
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Draheim sees need for jobs training; Northfield to look at no-fee liquor licenses for 2021; New NHS podcast compares Covid life and 1918 Spanish Flu

KYMN Radio - Thu, 02/18/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director As the state of Minnesota continues to struggle through a sluggish economy due to the Covid-19 pandemic, State Senator Rich Draheim has some thoughts on how to put people back to work.  Draheim, a member of the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee, said that a post-Covid economy, and the
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