Knights athletics revives Men’s Diving team for first time since 2013

Carletonian - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:42pm

The Carleton Swim and Dive program has been a consistently strong competitor across all events since its creation. Both the men’s and women’s teams have been awarded individual and team accolades for their prowess in the water, in addition to being designated as CSCAA Scholar All-America squads. In fact, the Carleton men’s and women’s teams are the only MIAC squads, of either gender, to take home this recognition every year since Spring 2011. So, in a sense, success by both squads wouldn’t be much of a surprise this coming season. Rather, it would be expected. However, there is an elephant in the room. There is a big question mark which no one can fully answer at this stage, because there hasn’t been a precedent for quite some time. This season, for the first time since 2013, the Carleton Men’s Swim team will have an added Diving squad.

Men’s diving at the NCAA level, particularly Division III, certainly doesn’t receive quite the same attention as other sports. It doesn’t even receive as much attention as other events the swim team competes in. However, the Knights will be absorbing three male divers into their ranks, two sophomores and one first-year. Phil Donnelly and Zach Lewis comprise the sophomore group. Luke El-Fishawy is the lone freshman.

As with any young and inexperienced team, the potential for growing pains is always there. “My hope is that I don’t smack the water hard during our first meet,” said Donnelly. “Everyone needs to get better, but we would feel accomplished if everyone has a good time together for the first time. I am excited to see how we’ve progressed through our training. Whatever the result is, we are looking forward to building on it.”

The first opportunity for the men’s team to showcase their newfound skill sets will be Friday, October 18 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. On October 26, the Cows, Colleges and Contentment Classic will take place in both St. Olaf’s Skoglund Natatorium and Carleton’s Thorpe Pool. All diving will take place at Carleton, so the men will have the chance to put on an early-season display in their own building. Following the October 26 meet, they will dive on back-to-back days at Macalester College and against the University of St. Thomas. Those meets will take place on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.

Those meets will be the last ones taking place during Fall term. However, the Knights will be competing at Grinnell in the Pioneer Classic on December 6 and 7. Following the program training trip to Puerto Rico, which also takes place in December, the team will begin MIAC competitions in January. They will compete against Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint John’s University and St. Olaf again before the Minnesota Challenge at the University of Minnesota at the end of January. The MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships will be held February 12 to February 15.

For Lewis, the small and supportive team atmosphere has been rewarding. “I’ve really enjoyed being a part of a small team, learning difficult and sometimes painful dives with fun, driven people around me to cheer me on,” he said. Though for him, and the rest of the team, winning appears to be a priority. “I’m most looking forward to getting to use the skills I’ve been working with my teammates to hopefully earn some points for Carleton.”

If the Knights dive team can qualify and perform well enough at the MIAC Championships, the NCAA Diving Regionals will take place on February 28 and February 29. A little less than a month later, the young team would have the chance to compete in the Division III Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Dive team is led by Coach Gabe Kortuem. This is his second stint as diving coach for the Knights, the first since the program was revitalized. His last stint finished at the end of the 2013 season. Coach Kortuem certainly knows what it takes to bring his squad to success, as he himself was a national champion on the 1-meter board as a member of the St. Olaf team of 2002. He established the NCAA Division III Championships 1-meter record with a remarkable score of 557.90. As a coach, he has been voted MIAC Diving Coach of the Year seven times, as recently as last season. Many of his athletes have qualified for the NCAA Division III national meet.

Given the positive attitudes of the team and Coach Kortuem’s leadership and experience, there’s no reason the Carleton Men’s Dive team can’t become a successful team in their first season. Next Friday at St. Thomas, they will have a shot at obtaining some recognition. But regardless of what happens this season, the revitalization of the male dive team provides the opportunity for a wider variety of athletes to participate in the sport. There is only progress to be made.

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The sum of the score is not inclusive: students alienated by math and music guest speaker Eugenia Cheng

Carletonian - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:37pm

For many Carleton students, the intersection of math and music is a personal one. Nowhere is this more evident than the high attendance, followed by considerable backlash, at last week’s series of talks by renowned mathematician, musician, author, baker and scientist-in-residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Eugenia Cheng.

From Wednesday, October 2 to Thursday, October 3, Cheng visited as the featured speaker for “Math Across the Cannon,” an annual event hosted jointly by Carleton and St. Olaf. Her visit was supported by The Elizabeth Nason Distinguished Women Visitors Fund, the Michael Morrill Fund, the Carleton Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the St. Olaf Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science.

Talks and performances on the fusion of these two disciplines promised to be a dynamic exploration, well publicized by the Math and Statistics Department. Sure enough, Wednesday’s talk, “The Sum of the Score,” was so highly attended that it had to be moved from Applebaum to Kracum Hall to accommodate the volume of people.

Sat at the grand piano looming before a large audience of Carleton students, staff, faculty and community members, Cheng came to life as she swayed with the Bach piece that her fingers so deftly performed.

When she finished playing, Cheng turned to her presentation slides and explained how a graph of sine waves corresponded with each component of the Bach piece.

While math accessibility served as the backdrop to Cheng’s talks, Cheng took a moment to talk about teaching and how we often learn math in isolation from other disciplines. She described herself as attempting to cure the public of “math-phobia.”

“I found that the way we teach progressively excludes people from mathematics,” she explained. “It should not be a series of hurdles. Pure mathematics is a framework for agreeing on things,” said Cheng.

Following Cheng’s execution of another piece on the piano, she turned to her own research, category theory, a branch of mathematics that is not considered particularly accessible. Cheng herself acknowledged that the area of study is “too theoretical even for some theorists” and doesn’t rely on an understanding of other cuts of mathematics.

Many students began growing frustrated as Cheng’s piano playing and sine waves swerved into more elitist ideological territory. By the time the question and answer came around, the discussion veered towards what kinds of math and music are worth studying and who gets to decide. Jez Bigornia ’20 who overall enjoyed the talk, was somewhat miffed after asking a question about the intersection of math with musical genres other than classical to which Cheng replied that other types of music that focused on melody “were not very interesting.”

“Not only did it show her ignorance towards almost all other music, but it made me feel stupid for asking the question. Given jazz and blues’ huge artistic and social influences on music, her response baffled me. It almost felt like those other genres didn’t matter,” said Bigornia.

For a topic that clearly yielded an abundance of student interest, it is disappointing that Dr. Cheng’s talk was not more inclusive. While moments were engaging, the talk was sullied by rhetoric that perpetuates the hierarchy between high and low culture, and didn’t allow for valuable discussion on expanding the accessibility that Cheng so claims to extol.

Correction October 14th, 2019: an earlier version of this story referred to Cheng as Ms. Cheng instead of Dr. Cheng

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‘One-stop shop’ for creativity at Carleton: The Class of ’69 Makerspace is open for business

Carletonian - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:35pm

Have a hole in a favorite shirt and no sewing kit to repair it? A sculpture idea you’d love to make but don’t have the materials for? A household appliance that would work so much better if you could tweak it just a little? A project you want to build for a class, but aren’t sure where to start?

Carleton’s Class of 1969 Makerspace is here to help.

Located in the basement of the Evelyn Anderson Science Hall, the room is filled with a range of resources including materials for 3-D printing, laser cutting, sewing, screen printing, electrical work and more—all free for student use, though the quantity of materials used per student per term will be capped around $30-$40, according to project leader Aaron Heidgerken-Greene. The exact dollar limit is still uncertain, he clarified, and will depend on the number of students using these materials. Students with project ideas should submit the proposal form available at the Makerspace website (, but Heidgerken-Greene is quick to explain that the proposal is not a selective application process but “a way of keeping track of who’s using the space, and for what.”

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The Makerspace has only been open for two weeks, according to Heidgerken-Greene, but it’s already been put to a wide variety of use: students have come in to make rubber stamps for their business, to tailor a shirt, to print a chess set, and even in one case to build a microphone.

For Sebastian Kimberk ’20, the Makerspace offered the resources to solve a practical problem: the motion-sensitive paper towel dispenser in his house is located directly above the sink, so that “whenever you do the dishes, it goes off and you end up with a bunch of wet paper towel mixed in.” With Heidgerken-Greene’s help and access to a button and wire from the makerspace, Kimberk successfully soldered on a non-invasive extension to an internal button, so that the motion detector can be covered with a sticker and towels can be dispensed by pressing the button.

“It’s very empowering,” Kimberk says of his experience with the Makerspace, “just to see that you can go from having a bunch of raw materials to having something that actually works.”

That’s an experience that Heidgerken-Greene says he wants to “make an informal part of the curriculum here,” and “not just for people who normally think of themselves as hands-on.” Coming from a decade of work building exhibits for the Science Museum of Minnesota, Heidgerken-Greene says he “really has a love of hands-on learning. I think there is a strong value in just knowing how the physical world works, being able to come in and know how to repair your own clothes or make something entirely from scratch.”

In an effort to open the Makerspace up to a diverse population of students, Heidgerken-Greene will be hosting an open house October 26, where students can check out the space, talk to people involved, and even complete small projects. “We’ll have electronics kits so you can build a blinking light for your backpack for when you’re biking, and then we’ll also have some capacity for building foxtails,” he reports, “So I’d encourage people to stop by!”

Bringing a diverse array of people into the Makerspace has been a goal of Heidgerken-Greene’s from the beginning. “When hiring student managers,” he offers as an example, “we tried to reach out as broadly across campus as possible so that we could have them be pulling new people into the space as well; we have people from costume design shops, we have people with backgrounds in Boliou art studio.” The goal, ultimately, is for the Makerspace to be a kind of “one-stop shop” for students’ hands-on building needs—whatever those may be.

To Kimberk, that’s an incredibly exciting prospect to have on campus: the first time he went there, he recalls thinking, “Oh my God, it’s incredible this exists!”

For that, Carleton has the Class of 1969 to thank; as a plaque on the makerspace wall proclaims, this class “dedicated a portion of their gift to the makerspace [to affirm] the importance of creativity, collaboration, and entrepreneurship to a liberal arts education,” in hopes that “students across disciplines will use this space to bring ideas to fruition in bold and exciting ways for generations to come.”

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Laundry fees eliminated for on-campus machines

Carletonian - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:29pm

Students who reside in on-campus housing no longer have to pay out-of-pocket for laundry services. This change was instituted over the summer and announced at the beginning of the term.

From 2016-2018, laundry cost $1.25 to wash and $1 to dry. Laundry costs rose by 25 cents at the start of the 2018-2019 school year, costing students $1.50 to wash and $1.25 to dry. Students used Schillers––the OneCard’s unit of currency––to pay for these services. One U.S. dollar equals one Schiller.

According to Carleton Student Association (CSA) President Anesu Masakura ’20, CSA sent out a survey last term to assess the affordability of laundry on campus. Masakura said that “CSA was surprised to see that more than half of Carleton students struggled to wash their clothes on a regular basis.”

In response to the survey, CSA “established and charged the CSA Laundry Working Group with the mandate of finding sustainable ways to address the need” for affordable laundry. “We also engaged Dean Livingston on how the College could help us in these efforts” said Masakura.

Dean of Students Carolyn Livingston said that “There was great enthusiasm for eliminating this laundry charge based on a survey that CSA distributed to students.” Over the summer, the College eliminated all laundry charges.

Livingston notes that “A complicating factor in eliminating this charge was the subsidy CSA received through laundry revenues.” However, CSA “agreed to eliminate future subsidies in exchange for no charges in the individual residence halls and no term charges for residences in the houses.”

Assistant Director of Student Activities Miiko Taylor said that “This year CSA helped fund the laundry that is on campus.” In future years, Taylor said that “the cost of laundry will be included as part of the room and board fee that students pay.” Livingston adds that, “In the future, we will reset the housing fee slightly to cover charges for [laundry] maintenance.”

Student response to free laundry has been overwhelmingly positive. Dean Livingston said that “I have spoken with the 260+ peer leaders, CSA and other students and there seems to be a very positive sentiment towards free laundry.”

Likewise, Masakura said that “A lot of students are obviously surprised to find that laundry is now free in all residential dorms across campus. And happy as well. You have to realize that most of them are working up to 40 hours a week in Northfield to make ends meet. With free laundry, now they have one less expense to worry about.”

Masakura said that “As peers and representatives, we are very happy about student response to free laundry. We will continue to work in tandem with them and the administration to address their needs and concerns.”

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October 7th-11th, 2019

Carletonian - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:25pm

Wednesday, October 3
Evening: Security responded to a student in distress. The paramedics were called and the student was transported to the hospital.

Friday, October 4
Evening: Security responded to a fire alarm at Dixon House. All was ok. No fire

Early Morning: Security responded to medical. The person was fine when we arrived and declined medical attention.

Saturday, October 5
Early Morning: Security responded to a marijuana complaint. Nothing was found. All was ok.

Evening: Security responded to an intoxicated student. The paramedics were called and the person was transported to the hospital.

Evening: Security responded to a medical and loud party. The person was never found and no one present recalled seeing anyone in need of attention. The party was shut down for the night.

Sunday, October 6
Early Morning: Security responded to an intoxicated student. The person was left in the care of a sober friend for the night.

Morning: Security responded to a medical. The student went to urgent care.

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Security adds new employment positions, hires six student dispatchers

Carletonian - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:23pm

This fall, Security Services hired six student dispatchers. The student position is new to the office, which had previously consisted exclusively of professional staff.

“We are excited about this opportunity for students to work with security as dispatchers,” said John Bermel, Director of Security and Emergency Management. “This is important work and a solid opportunity for students to use their skills and interests to contribute to the Carleton community.”

Blake Held, Assistant Director of Security Services and Emergency Management, supervises the student dispatcher program. Security Officer Lola Gavere manages the student dispatchers, and is their primary point person for operational questions.

The student dispatchers work from an office at 420 Hoppin House, which houses Security Services. The job’s primary responsibilities include answering incoming security calls, relaying incident information to security officers, and writing or supplementing incident reports, said Bermel.

“Dispatch is a critical link in the delivery of Security Services,” said Bermel. “This position is responsible for receiving and prioritizing Carleton College Security Services requests for service in person and by phone and for notifying appropriate personnel, in a manner consistent with the mission and goals of the College and Security Services.”

“Student dispatchers allow Security to maintain more contact with callers, while at the same time freeing up officers to move quickly and respond to events without also having to answer calls,” explained Student Dispatcher James Craig ’21. When no students are working in the dispatch office, security officers take incoming calls.

“Student dispatchers work during a period that commonly has high call volume,” said Bermel. “Having the student dispatchers answering calls allows security officers to handle duties without interruption. The dispatchers are a security team multiplier.”

Student dispatchers do not enforce policy nor resolve issues. “In some ways we act like a filter for the Security Services staff, by summarizing information they need on one hand, while keeping callers informed and up-to-date on the other,” said Craig.

Student dispatchers are not responsible for enforcement or conflict resolution among peers, noted Craig. “I can reference rules and regulations for students if needed, but this role doesn’t involve that kind of responsibility. We might be able to provide some answers to rule-related questions, but anything serious is passed on to security staff,” said Craig.

Craig learned about the open position via a flyer he saw on campus during New Student Week. “I have a background in radio operations and emergency services, so I felt that I would be useful in this role,” said Craig. “It’s a unique way to help out around campus, as well as an insight into a side of Carleton most students don’t interact with often.”

“I was interested in working in this role because I have always had some amount of curiosity regarding what it was like to work in a security department,” said student dispatcher Jordan Navarro ’22. “I have never been in a role like this before.”

Each student dispatcher underwent training with Gavere before starting in the role, said Bermel. Gavere continues to meet with students for ongoing training.

The training included learning how to pick up calls, how to use the radio to communicate with officers, the call-logging and incident-reporting processes, and various Security codes used to keep communication concise, explained student dispatcher Yucheng Yang ’22.

“We want the student dispatchers to be comfortable and capable in their position and we train for that standard,” said Bermel. Additionally, Security Officers are available as a resource for student dispatchers at all times.

“The job requires proficiency at phone and radio communication, which in my opinion requires real-world practice to really master,” said Craig. “The Security staff are very good at providing pointers, resources, and an initial orientation, and after that it’s time to start taking calls.”

For Craig, the hardest part of the dispatcher job is handling numerous situations at once. “There have been a few instances where multiple incidents occur in a short period of time,” he said. “I’ve had to juggle conversations with officers and the individuals involved, in addition to the police, while trying to determine what priority these issues should have over each other. It’s a lot of fun, but when medical or safety issues get mixed in, the stakes go up and it’s important to keep a clear head.”

“Knowing that I can improve multiple-incident situations is very rewarding,” said Craig. “It’s always good to know you personally helped out with anything from a parking ticket or a locked building to an urgent medical incident.”

“Being able to help those in need on time is the most satisfactory part of this job,” said Yang. “Knowing that people are relying on your means you have to take on responsibility and be there for them, which sometimes is stressful, but rewarding.”

The Security office hopes to expand the program to cover breaks in the academic year, said Bermel. For now, student dispatchers are slated to work only during the academic terms.

Bermel also hopes to see the hours per day of student dispatcher coverage expand in the future. “We would like to see the student dispatcher role continue and evolve to best meet the needs of the Carleton community,” said Bermel. “The student dispatchers will be a key source of input for how that will look.”The office is currently looking to hire a seventh student dispatcher, said Bermel.

“Criteria for student dispatcher employment includes a demonstrated interest in campus security and contributing to the welfare of the community, along with basic communication skills,” said Bermel. The office is looking for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors to fill the role, “because they have the strongest working knowledge of the campus,” he said.

The job application can be found on Carleton’s Student Employment website. “This is a great opportunity for students to contribute to the community,” said Bermel.

“I initially thought this job would be stressful, but it’s turned out to be a lot of fun,” said Craig. “I recommend this job to other students, as long as they are confident in their ability to keep a level head and communicate well.”

The office is currently looking to hire a seventh student dispatcher, said Bermel.

“Criteria for student dispatcher employment includes a demonstrated interest in campus security and contributing to the welfare of the community, along with basic communication skills,” said Bermel. The office is looking for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors to fill the role, “because they have the strongest working knowledge of the campus,” he said.

The job application can be found on Carleton’s Student Employment website. “This is a great opportunity for students to contribute to the community,” said Bermel.

“I initially thought this job would be stressful, but it’s turned out to be a lot of fun,” said Craig. “I recommend this job to other students, as long as they are confident in their ability to keep a level head and communicate well.”

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A little rain no match for OIIL block party

Carletonian - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:18pm

The Office of Intercultural and International Life (OIIL) Block Party was held in the Sayles Great Space on Saturday, October 5. This annual event is typically held outside, but due to rainy weather, it was relocated indoors. Many different campus organizations attended and made food, including the Define American club, pictured below. The event included games for students to play, as well as a live DJ. Many students attended, and enjoyed mingling and dancing with friends.

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TigerLion Arts play ‘Nature’ transforms Carleton Arboretum

Carletonian - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:08pm

Early Saturday evening, I went to see a play. I did not take a bus to the Twin Cities or ride my bike to the Weitz; I walked to the Rec parking lot and was pointed into the Arb. For this play’s stage is the same as its subject and its title: Nature.

The play was presented by TigerLion Arts, a Minneapolis-based theater company whose vision is to “celebrate human wisdom and the spirit of nature through creative works that awaken, inform, and delight.” Nature certainly honors these goals: in the company’s signature style, it is a “walking play” where audience members follow Ralph Waldo Emerson (Tyson Forbes) and Henry David Thoreau (Jason Rojas) around an outdoor space, while figuratively following their life journeys.

The play has been on national tour for several years, setting up stages in parks and arboretums across the Midwest and Massachusetts. An earlier version came to Carleton in 2015. Steve Richardson, Puzak Family Director of the Arts at Carleton, said it was “such a success… that when the opportunity arose to bring it back, we jumped at it.” Both times, hosting the play at Carleton has been a collaboration between Richardson and Nancy Braker, the Puzak Family Director of the Cowling Arboretum. Richardson savors this partnership, as he finds Nature to be “a great showcase for the Arb, and for the idea of making art in untraditional places.”

It certainly was exciting to see the Upper Arb transform into a stage. For days preceding the performance, I eagerly spied on student theater workers setting up scattered pedestals, platforms, and even a makeshift house during my afternoon runs. When I arrived at the first of these on Saturday afternoon, I was immediately swept up into the performance. The weather was what I can only describe as “blustery,” with strong winds whipping through the trees. At first, the actors had trouble speaking over the sound, but as they got rolling, their voices cut through clearly. The wind added to the effect of the first scene, where a traditional Christian prayer morphs into praise of all things natural, full of song and music and dance.

Such is the essence of the entire production. Forbes and Rojas move effortlessly from one stage of their characters’ lives to the next while watched over by a spectral embodiment of Nature (Norah Long). The ensemble is constantly in motion, alternating between individual portrayals of Emerson and Thoreau’s vast circle of family and friends and a Greek chorus who recite their lines in rhythmic succession or melodic unison. Many double as musicians in a makeshift orchestra, playing music composed by Dick Hensold to echo popular folk songs of the time. In this production, Carleton students Jacob Dyck ’22, Alexander Frieden ’20 and Rina Tanaka ’20 comprised a community chorus who add their voices and a local presence to the performance. All members of the cast and crew mingled seamlessly with the audience, walking with them and inviting them to become part of the performance. This is a play without a fourth wall; indeed, without any walls at all.

If you are looking for a clear historical timeline of Emerson and Thoreau’s lives, Nature is not the play for you. Instead, you will be thrown into emotional sketches ranging from meals at Walden to laments of industrialization to fraught love letters with Emerson’s wife, Lidian (Thallis Santestaban). You will feel the anxiety of their world and the tension of their rivalry, then take a deep breath as their shared passion prevails in the end. You will emerge wanting to know more about these two men whose minds you have just spent an hour and a half walking inside.

But for me, the most memorable moments of the play did not come from man, but from nature. In one scene, where Emerson and Thoreau take a walk through a field while Nature plays the fiddle, two raptors emerged from behind the trees and began circling overhead as if they had been summoned. As the music built to a climax, a flock of songbirds burgeoned up and burst into song. For a truly transcendental moment, the character Nature existed in perfect harmony with her domain.

And as the subject matter grew bleak, so did the environment. During an industrialized march to Walden, with workers urging the audience forward in “progress,” no birds sang, and only a few patches of light were visible through the darkening clouds. At Thoreau’s death, the air grew cold, and back at the first stage for the final funeral scene, the wind blew just as vigorously as it had at the beginning. The chill in my bones did not come from the fall air alone.

The directors didn’t summon the birds or control the wind. But they were certainly aware of their natural lighting booth and stage crew, and used them to draw in their audience and prove the play’s point: by working with instead of against nature, our world can achieve unity. If Nature is ever in my neck of the woods again, I will gladly walk once more with Emerson and Thoreau.

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ArtZany: CVRO 40th Anniversary Season and Montreal Multidisciplinary Artist 2Fik

KYMN Radio - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:05pm

Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes Clark Ohnesorge and Richard Collman from the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra to promote the 40th Anniversary Season and the first CVRO concert Tribute. Then Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist 2Fik will be in the studio to talk about his return to Northfield and Carleton College and to preview some of his campus and

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Varsity athletics struggle to retain players

Carletonian - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:01pm

Carleton is not an “athletics-first” institution. Though there is not a post-secondary educational institution that would ever claim this title, it is obvious that much of the American populace, including those with the most minimal knowledge of the collegiate sports world, would be able to designate schools that put a much stronger emphasis on athletics than others.

For most schools, this emphasis stems from the public’s ever-growing demand to watch college sports, which “athletics-first” institutions exploit to the best of their abilities. The University of Alabama, for example, which consistently features one of the nation’s top NCAA Division I football programs, raked in a colossal $177.5 million in revenue from its athletics department. Winning is a top priority, as each year, Crimson Tide administration offers full scholarships to the nation’s top athletic talent, in exchange for their playing, and therefore money-making, services.

Athletically, Carleton is in another separate dimension. As a Division III school, Carleton is not permitted to offer any formal financial aid on account of a student’s athletic ability. Coupled with the college’s relentless academic schedule, athletics tend to be viewed by students, athletes or not, as more of a side-hustle than a full time job. The issue with this train of thought is that NCAA athletics are a massive time commitment, one that is difficult for those not involved in a varsity sport to understand.

This time commitment, in conjunction with rigorous academia and no incentive to maintain a scholarship that does not exist, drives athletes away from varsity programs at Carleton. Across all programs, varsity athletics sees large groups of already established athletes leave the sports they’ve played for their entire lives each year.

This departure is enough to warrant unnaturally large classes of first-years, in order to account for the void left by those who quit. One of the more obtrusive examples of this phenomenon in recent memory, was the turnover in Carleton Varsity Baseball between 2018 and 2019. Coach Aaron Rushing brought in sixteen first-years to replace six other non-seniors who elected to end their baseball careers.

Joe Liesman ’20, a former pitcher for the Knights, is one of the six non-seniors who left the team. Liesman played two years with the Knights prior to receiving surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip during winter of his junior year. Surgery aside, Liesman had considered leaving the team prior to his injury. “I wouldn’t have been able to play at all junior year, but was thinking of quitting regardless of the injury,” Liesman said of his sentiments towards the end of his career.

“I didn’t like that baseball was taking up most of my time and preventing me from doing some other activities that I wanted to be doing. Along with changes to my priorities academically and athletically, my social priorities changed as well.” In place of baseball, Liesman has allocated the time once devoted to baseball to a variety of other activities, including forming a band, and working at the Carletonian.

Nat Gillard ’20, a former Womens’ Soccer player of two years, left Carleton Soccer for similar physical reasons: “I suffered a really bad knee injury (torn ACL and meniscus) that made playing very painful, which I knew couldn’t be sustainable. I was concerned with my overall health and well-being as well. Leaving was tough but definitely the smartest choice to make for my health in the long run.” Though not to downplay the severity of Gillard nor Liesman’s injuries, there is a significant lack of incentive to recover, or worse, play through pain, at Carleton than other schools. The intimate atmosphere and limited number of students allows for talented and capable individuals, like Liesman and Gillard, to jump right into success in other avenues. Gillard has since joined the Women’s Club Lacrosse team, has edited for the Carletonian, and works two on-campus jobs, as both a fellow for Off Campus Studies, and as a team leader at the rec center. Few other schools would present such ample and easily-accessible opportunity for students with newfound spare time. Perhaps this phenomenon serves as not an incentive to leave Carleton athletics, but somewhat of a consolation.

Some athletes commit to competing on a varsity team prior to being accepted to Carleton, and then decide not to compete before even coming to campus. Eryk Jones ’23, first-year prospective baseballer, determined baseball would not be a good fit prior to lacing up his cleats: “When I came to Carleton, I knew I would have a lot to do. Between classwork, work, baseball, sleep and social time I knew it would be a lot. After my first game doing play by play for soccer, I realized how fun broadcasting was. Between my newfound excitement for broadcasting and knowing I wasn’t that great of a baseball player (I hadn’t ever expected to play in college), I decided to have a talk with Coach Rushing.” Jones has stayed involved in Carleton athletics by working as a broadcaster for varsity soccer matches, and will do play-by-play for the baseball team this spring.

Mickey Walsh, a prospective swimmer turned CUT player, also was wary of the commitment a varsity schedule can impose. “I was just too burnt out and my passion for swimming just wasn’t strong enough to get me to make that kind of commitment,” Walsh remarked. “I didn’t want to do a disservice to the entire program by not really showing up for them in the way I would want to. The team deserves more than that.”

There is, however, one Carleton varsity squad that is trending upwards, in terms of retaining players beyond their first-year season. Though not a historically successful program, Carleton Football has managed to bring each team member from the Class of 2022 back for their sophomore season; this feat, rare to any Carleton program, has not been accomplished by Carleton Football in recent history. Sophomore offensive lineman Oliver Jacobs ’22 cites new Head Coach Tom Journell as the reason for increased morale in the locker room. “Journell is a huge reason why all of the freshmen returned. He found a way to make football fit Carleton, which makes playing a being a part of the team much easier. There is also a lot of hope and optimism in the program right now. It’s hard to keep people if you go 0-10 and have no chance of getting better, but with Journell, there has been a lot of progress, and it has made the team feel like we can and will compete in the MIAC. We also just have a great group of guys on the team, and we had an amazing group of seniors last year, which had a huge impact on everyone’s experience last season and onwards.”

Despite Football’s recent success in maintaining returning players, the trend of athletes failing to complete four years worth of a varsity sport at Carleton still persists. It will be interesting to see if the athletic administration will make an effort to curtail this perpetual roster turnover.

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City: Understaffing in Streets and Parks Dept. causing problems

Northfield News - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 4:30pm
Northfield officials say Streets and Parks Department understaffing is complicating their effort to eliminate potholes and conduct other necessary work.
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Knecht’s photo op giveaway!

Knecht’s has a photo op for you! Stop in and snap a fall photo just for fun, or SHARE your Knecht’s Photo Op photo with us on Facebook to be entered to win a $20 Knecht’s gift certificate! 

The winner will be randomly selected and announced on October 31st, 2019! Say trees!

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Don’t Forget the Pollinators!

The hustle and bustle of spring and summer might have passed for us, but our buzzing and fluttering friends are still busy at work collecting food for their winter survival and migration. Now is a great time to assess what your landscape has to offer as far as late-season food for our beloved pollinators. There are many wonderful late flowering plants that will give you bloom for your buck and feed the bees and butterflies at the same time.

Sedum- Sedums are super drought tolerant late bloomers loaded up with tasty nectar. These tough plants come in a wide selection of upright and ground cover varieties. Check out Autumn Joy and Thunderhead varieties blooming happily at the nursery.

Chocolate Eupatorium- This late blooming Joe Pye weed has interesting dark foliage that’s topped by small white flowers in late summer. A real treat for pollinators and gardeners alike!

Honeysuckle- Bush and vine honeysuckle varieties have an incredibly long bloom time and are favored by pollinators. Hummingbirds love the ‘Scentsation’ vining honeysuckle. Kodiac Orange bush honeysuckle is non-invasive and boasts long lasting yellow flowers and orange fall color.

Asters- Late summer and fall bloomers are an excellent source of nutrition for pollinators. They attract butterflies and human admirers to the garden with their prolific blooms!

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White supremacist postings found on campus

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 3:00pm

St. Olaf community members recently found at least eight white supremacist postings on campus, prompting a Public Safety investigation and campus-wide discussion.
The postings promoted Patriot Front, a white supremacist, fascist group formed in the wake of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., according to the Anti-Defamation League website.

Bruce King, Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity, condemned the postings and announced the Public Safety investigation in an Oct. 5 email.
The discovery of these postings prompted the Student Government Association (SGA) Senate to pass a resolution Oct. 8 condemning white supremacy and calling for reforms in the College’s response to threats against the community.

Tyler Krohn ’21 found and photographed a Patriot Front sticker on the posterbox outside of the back entrance of the Theater Building on Sept. 28. Krohn then scraped off the sticker and reported it to the College.

The sticker read, “ONE NATION AGAINST INVASION.,” and featured the fasces – a bundle of rods surrounding an axe historically used as a fascist symbol.
A similar posting was found on campus, and Public Safety launched an investigation into the postings, King wrote in a Sept. 30 email to Krohn.

Three days later, Charlie Moe ’23 found and scratched out a Patriot Front sticker on a lamp post next to Holland Hall at 11:30 a.m.

The sticker read, “PATRIOT FRONT. LIFE—LIBERTY—VICTORY,” and featured the fasces.
Moe photographed the sticker, scratched it out, and posted the photograph on a student-run Facebook page.

Moe has not reported the sticker to Public Safety because it is possible someone in town, who is not a student, put the sticker up. He did not want to create “mass hysteria,” Moe said.

The spate of posting sightings continued that weekend. The Manitou Messenger found a Patriot Front sticker on a lamp post behind Buntrock Commons Oct. 4 at 8:42 a.m.
The sticker read, “PATRIOT FRONT. TO OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY,” and featured a bald eagle and a fasces.

Later that day, the Manitou Messenger found a Patriot Front poster on a column behind Buntrock Commons. The poster was torn, but the words “LIFE” and “LIBERTY” were legible.

Mallory Lindahl ’21 found a Patriot Front poster on a lamp post between the Hall of Music and Christiansen Hall of Music on Saturday, Oct. 5 around 5:15 p.m. Lindahl photographed the poster, took it down and posted the picture on a student-run Facebook page.


That evening, the Manitou Messenger found two stickers on lamp posts across from Ytterboe and Hoyme Halls.

One sticker read, “REJECT POISON.,” and featured an image denouning recreational drugs.

The other sticker read, “AMERICA IS NOT FOR SALE.,” and featured two arms chained together. The chain was in the shape of a dollar sign.
Public Safety’s investigation of the graphics has not revealed who is responsible for the postings, King said.

“I wouldn’t necessarily be surprised if these came from members in our very Northfield geographic area,” King said.

Patriot Front graphics were indeed put up in at least four locations in Northfield, according to a Sept. 14 Patriot Front Twitter post.

However, the Northfield Police Department said they have not received any reports of Patriot Front postings in town.

There have also been no reports of Patriot Front postings at Carleton College, said Director of Security and Emergency Management John Bermel.

“We think it is a mistake to give this group and its message the attention they are seeking, but we also want to stand up loudly against hate.”
– Bruce King

Patriot Front’s postings at St. Olaf are part of a Twitter-documented tactic of displaying their graphics on university and college campuses throughout the nation. As of Oct. 7, Patriot Front’s Twitter page is suspended, but they appear to have created a new account.
King condemned white supremacy and encouraged community members with information

about the postings to file a bias incident report in an Oct. 5 email.
“We think it is a mistake to give this group and its message the attention they are seeking, but we also want to stand up loudly against hate,” King wrote.

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Drugs suspected in death of man found in Northfield apartment

KYMN Radio - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 2:26pm

Northfield police were called around 4 a.m. yesterday to the 300 block of Division Street on a report of a man not breathing. On arrival they found a 39-year-old man unresponsive. They attempted CPR and EMS assisted with other life-saving measures as well as [administering] naloxone, none of which worked and he was pronounced dead

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Northfield police investigating death as possible overdose

Northfield News - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:25pm
Northfield police are investigating a death they say could have been caused by drug use.
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Season greeting: Fall snowstorm pushing through Great Plains

Northfield News - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:15pm
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A powerful winterlike storm moving through the Great Plains was closing schools and causing travel headaches in several states, authorities said Thursday.
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Bridgewater Twp. Board wants to increase its numbers

Northfield News - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:15pm
The Bridgewater Township Board of Supervisors is looking to increase the number of board members from three to five.
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Kahlo’s Estrada shares her story with Smith and Craig; Call for the facts first; Drizzle won’t dampen NAFRS Open House; Lane closures due to bridge inspection in Zumbrota

KYMN Radio - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director Maria Estrada loves to feed people. She is the owner/operator of Maria’s Catering, Maria’s Taco Hut and Kahlo. Opening Kahlo was her second venture into opening a restaurant in Northfield. Having learned from that first experience, when the opportunity to open at a location on Division Street presented itself, she

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