Embroidery: the preeminence of craft during COVID

Carletonian - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 10:08am

I picked up an embroidery hoop for the first-time in my quarantined free time last spring. Upon returning to campus, I realized that I was in quite good company as a newly fledged embroiderer. Embroidery requires very few supplies. With a hoop, a needle, several thread colors, an article of clothing or fabric, and a bit of creative inspiration, an embroider is well on their way to a finished product. Embroidery projects can be quick several minute affairs or elaborate weeks long projects.

Emma Paltrow and a wall hanging she embroidered.

Carleton College has provided several venues for students to gain access to embroidery materials. The makerspace keeps a bin stocked with all essential embroidery materials. Ruken Bastimer (‘22), SAO’s Art Program Assistant, led the DENIMbroidery workshop fall term with resounding success. Thinking around 15-20 students would register, Ruken was shocked when, “80 plus people signed up for our event, within the span of two days.” A novice embroiderer herself, Ruken picked up an embroidery hoop for the first time and, “signed up for my own event and took a hoop into my own hands for the very first time.” As a pastime activity, Ruken says, “it’s very soothing but very difficult to control that needle!”. 

SAO’s spread of supplies for the DENIMbroidery workshop.
Photo courtesy of Ruken Bastimar.

Some highlights from the DENIMbroidery contest.

Photo submissions by Ruken Bastimar (left), Zach Lewis (middle) & Nell Schafer (right).

Embroidery is not only a pleasant way to pass time but also a way of putting messages and imagery of personal meaning on clothing. I taught a Fashion, Media, and Self-expression class for middle schoolers this summer and we used embroidery to affix messages and motifs of protest and self-expression to old items of clothing. With sustainability-oriented fashion in mind, embroidery allows people to give new life and purpose to clothing they otherwise might discard.

Embroidery supplies can be used to affix felt letters and fabric patched to clothing. Maanya Goenka in Isaac Crown Manesis’s sweatshirt.

Repair and embroidery are two closely related activities, both requiring a needle and some thread in their simplest forms; both allow people to transform items that otherwise might end up in a landfill into cared for, creatively modified articles. In combating fast fashion, the most potent act a single person can do is simply keep their clothing for longer. Perhaps in years to come embroidered clothing will be a softer remnant of a time (hopefully) long passed. Quarantine-induced embroidery (and diy craft) may serve as a marker of this current period of confinement, a melancholic but warm reminder of time spent inside in contemplation. 

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Raider Wrap with Jimmy LeRue 02-13-21

KYMN Radio - Sat, 02/13/2021 - 11:22am
Jimmy welcomes AJ Reisetter to the program as he goes behind the scenes to interview this weeks Meet the Raider with Dance Athletes Ainsley Nutt and Teagan Underdahl and then AJ wraps up the Raiders Scores and Highlights from the past week.  

CS department see eventful year with expansion to Olin, new registration system

Carletonian - Sat, 02/13/2021 - 10:37am

The Computer Science (CS) Department has seen key changes implemented in the past year, from its expansion into the newly renovated Olin Hall to the development of The Match, a department-specific registration system designed to alleviate years of trouble with long waitlists. While these changes offer some wiggle room to a department that has seen significant growth over the past decade, there are currently no plans to hire additional tenured faculty, according to Department Chair Jeff Ondich. The Carletonian sat down with Ondich and Student Departmental Assistants (SDAs) Tessa Newman-Heggie ’21 and Ellie Mamantov ’21 to take a look back and reflect on the department’s future trajectory.

The department’s labs and offices moved this fall from their longtime home in the Center for Math and Computing (CMC) to the third floor of Olin. The reopening of Olin in Fall 2020, following a year of substantial renovations, was the final step in the completion of the Integrated Science Center. Olin now houses spaces for the Physics, Psychology and Cognitive Science departments, with Chemistry, Geology and Biology down the hall in adjacent Anderson and Hulings. This setup offers the CS Department a new proximity to the natural and social sciences that was unavailable in the CMC.

Another important development was the introduction of The Match program, which was fully implemented this academic year after a pilot run in Winter 2020. Toward the end of a term, students fill out a form ranking next term’s course offerings from most to least preferred. An algorithm then matches students into a course based on their responses. 

Newman-Heggie stated that the process uses the Gale Shapley algorithm taught in Carleton’s Algorithms class—known for its use in matching medical school students to residencies—and that it was very eye-opening to see real-life applications of theories taught in courses. 

The goal of The Match, according to Mamantov, is to get “more people [to] take more CS classes rather than a small set of people taking a lot of CS classes,” so other students have an equal opportunity to explore CS. Ondich echoed this argument as well, drawing upon the value of a liberal arts education. He argues that The Match cultivates “a good liberal arts impulse” in students to explore other potential fields of interest and question themselves before taking another CS class. 

Another benefit of The Match, according to Mamantov, is that it allows future majors to “take the core classes in a better order than [she] did.” Before the introduction of The Match, she could only take 300 level classes during her sophomore year, which was too early for her to fully understand certain underlying concepts. The Match is focused on upper-level classes, with the first two courses in the CS sequence still proceeding via regular registration.

Despite the presence of waitlist issues that The Match aims to address, the department currently has no plans to hire additional tenured faculty, Ondich said. He shared that “the number of tenure lines of the college as a whole is fixed by the [Board of] Trustees.” If the CS department were to hire more tenured faculty, Ondich said, they would be “taking it away from another department.” He believes this would disrupt the balance of a liberal arts education and that Carleton could become “Carleton College of Biology and Computer Science.” 

Even though the department will not increase its staff in the foreseeable future, they have supported students through expanding the curriculum. Mamantov estimated that now “at least half of [the core courses] are offered every term,” especially CS 111: Introduction to Computer Science and CS 201: Data Structures, since a lot of students want to learn basic CS concepts. 

When Ondich came to the CS department in 1991, he brought with him the goal of building the curriculum around a nice balance between mathematical theory and engineering, which he believes the department is achieving through their course offerings. When he arrived, the department was only about a decade old, having split off from Mathematics in the early 1980’s.

Although tenured faculty are the heart of a department, Mamantov and Newman-Heggie have also both interacted with many different visiting professors during their time at Carleton. Newman-Heggie noted that “their expertise in their research really make up what classes could be taught at Carleton.” She thinks that visiting professors enrich students’ academic experience by offering courses based on their research focuses. As a result, students are exposed to different areas of CS, some of which may be very niche. 

Mamantov agreed with this perspective, adding that visiting professors have “expanded the number of courses offered and the type of courses offered,” and that “once they leave you don’t frequently have those courses taught again.” Mamantov, who aspires to go into a teaching career, said she appreciates the opportunity to “know a really young professor in the beginning of their career [and] learning how they learned to teach.”

Both Newman-Heggie and Mamantov have observed an increased interest in CS from the student body since they arrived at Carleton. Newman-Heggie noted that “more students [are] coming to CS,” with a notable portion of them being double majors since CS is very interdisciplinary and can “transfer into anything.” On the flipside, she also noticed from her experience as an SDA that some students who have shown keen interest in CS are “scared to take Intro [because they have] never programmed before.” 

Adding onto this is the issue of gender representation in CS. Although Newman-Heggie shared that there are “more non-male-identifying students than there have been previously” in the department, work remains to be done. Ondich acknowledged the gender imbalance, adding that even though Carleton’s gender ratio is “better than the national numbers, [we] still were nowhere near” half of the majors being women and gender minorities. 

One of the major goals of the CS department is to “figure out how to be more inclusive [of] a community where everybody gets support they need,” and feels included in the larger community. Ondich revealed the somber truth that “there are very serious problems of isolation and hostility” to people in the technology industry who aren’t white and don’t identify as a man. 

This manifests in higher education in the form of “students driv[ing] other students away” from CS, he said. According to Ondich, the department is trying to “redirect the energies of students [who scare others away] and reach out to the students who [are] driven away.” Some students “just bail on CS because they just feel out of their depth or not welcomed,” Ondich said.

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In their own words: CSA candidates lay out their visions

Carletonian - Sat, 02/13/2021 - 10:35am

This past week, the Carletonian reached out to all of the candidates running for CSA President and CSA Vice President. Each candidate was sent an email questionnaire. Because of space limitations, we are unable to publish each candidate’s answer to each question. We have selected answers from each candidate that we find particularly noteworthy.  Candidates’ official platforms can be found here.

Edgar Aguirre

Aguirre is running for CSA President.

Who are you?

I’m someone who enjoys supporting their community. It is a part of who I am and who I aspire to be, even planning to make a career of it. When I joined the Carleton community, I became involved in CSA within a few weeks of my freshman Fall Term, joining the CSA Budget and Governance committee. What I enjoy about being on these committees is interacting with fellow Carls, learning how they want to contribute to campus culture, and supporting their goals through advice or advocating for funding. I’m someone who finds being active in their community important. Why? Because the best experiences are made with those around you and by doing my best to support my community and my fellow Carls, I’m able to maximize the possibility of those positive experiences. Who I am is someone who enjoys making life easier for others. 

What do you want to change about CSA?

I want to change how CSA thinks about issues and how it communicates its ideas to the student body. Coming from a committee perspective, someone who has participated in working groups, and regularly reads the minutes, it feels that CSA tends to think short-term for solving issues. And this isn’t a bad thing, but can be an indirect way of finding a solution. 

An example I’m familiar with is the budget, I’ve seen three different executive teams try to tackle the issue of funding, with most trying to minimize spending with new guidelines, restricting funding, but shout-out to the recent executive team for taking the initiative and considering the long term impact. But, instead of thinking of the budget as a yearly issue and trying to minimize costs, why not work towards finding a funding source that doesn’t rely on the students? Figure out a way where we can make our own funding without impacting students financially, especially lower-income students. It’s by having these big picture ideas, where we can begin working in the short-term to head in the right direction and create the foundation for future work to be continued. 

But, these ideas and goals need to be communicated effectively, especially before elections, so that potential candidates are made aware of them and can advocate for their own ideas to continue these long-term projects. So that candidates can stop saying vague statements like “I’m going to look for ways to expand the budget,” but instead say let’s look into using alumni donations to fund some activities, let’s try to invest savings so that they’re providing more income, or try to create some business platform as an alternative method for funding activities.

What makes you qualified to be the voice of the students?

My desire to make Carleton a better place for students, my willingness to take the time to work on behalf of others, and my history of supporting students and their organizations in my committee roles for years. While this doesn’t make me qualified, at least I hope it shows that I have the interest of the student body in mind and the desire to support my fellow Carls.

In your eyes, what is the role of CSA President/Vice president?

In my eyes, the CSA President is a guide, it’s their responsibility to promote the voices of the students and guide progress for solving issues on campus. The CSA President is a support role, they take the concerns and ideas of students and present it to the relevant parties, gather information, share what they’ve learned to the students, and work with other students on what are the necessary steps for finding solutions. The CSA President is given a foot in the door with school administration and it’s their duty to open that door to the voices and concerns of the student body.

Alé Cota and Maya Rogers

Cota is running for CSA President. Since the publication of this article, Rogers, who was initially running for Vice President in a joint campaign with Cota, has withdrawn from the race due to personal reasons and responsibilities. Cota encourages students to support Delina Haileab for Vice President.

Who are you?

Cota: I am a junior double major in Latin American studies and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality studies from Los Angeles County, California. I am a trans, nonbinary Latine who uses they/them pronouns. From the first moment I stepped onto campus, I have tirelessly organized, fought, and advocated for the most vulnerable at Carleton without hesitation. My unwavering attitude did not come easily. The fear, uncertainty, and frustration with growing up as a first-generation, low-income, queer, trans and non-binary, neurodivergent, and Latine person informs and shapes my abolitionist perspectives when it comes to drafting solutions for CSA Senate and my larger communities.

Rogers: I am a junior psychology major and Spanish minor from Tulsa, Oklahoma. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I am heavily involved at Carleton, including as a Peer Leader, college committee member, student, and volunteer. My multiple marginalized identities have shaped how I navigate the world and driven me to effect change where it is needed most. I am never afraid to speak my mind, or to bring up groups that are often looked over—particularly disabled students, low income students, and women of color like myself. 

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

Combined, we have the most experience with CSA compared to other candidates. Alé has been on the CSA for three years and Maya has been on CSA for two years. We have a strong familiarity with the inner workings of bureaucracy that comes with serving in the CSA Senate—we know how to negotiate and demand change with Administration that works. Alé has also ignited conversations with previous CSA presidents and the leaders of CarlsTalkBack where these changemakers have provided detailed guidance and advice on how to ensure sustainable change on campus. Even outside of CSA, Alé participates within grassroots organizing centered around abolition and mutual aid, leaving any semblance of an idea that I would maintain the status quo out of the question. Additionally, outside of CSA Maya has worked within the social justice sphere to advocate for universal healthcare, diversity and equity in nonprofits, and funding for education.

We are also both assertive, and not afraid to speak our minds or go against the status quo. In CSA, it is important for the President and VP to set the tone and guide what goes on, and it takes being assertive and confident in oneself to do so. We both have experience with speaking our minds and effecting change within Carleton, Alé in the form of organizing around queer, trans, and low income and DACA/undocu students and Maya in the form of students orgs, college committees, and advising groups that work behind the scenes to make things happen. There has not been a single initiative that Maya or Alé have worked on that has failed to get remedies for the harmed parties. 

We not only have our own ideas and initiatives we want to accomplish, but we are also closely informed by the experiences of current and previous Carleton leaders on how to make change permanent, lasting, and able to be built upon.

What do you want to change about CSA?

Together we want to increase accessibility and build equitable systems within CSA and Carleton as a whole. This includes working with campus offices to make resources like financial aid, gender-neutral bathrooms, and online counseling more accessible to marginalized students in particular. Our goal is to develop robust solutions to issues of racial, gendered, and disability equity and accessibility that directly name the actors responsible and provide honest, needed accountability. 

Two particular focuses we have are on financial aid—including pushing Carleton to become a loan-free school for lower-income students, much like our peers such as Williams and Pomona—and improving the functioning of CSA Senate, including how reporting and working groups currently function. 

What would top priority be if elected?

Connecting into Carleton’s cultural orgs and keeping the Cultural Org fund going while finding a more sustainable source of income for the fund. 

Anything else you want voters to know?

We believe that radical loving makes radical living. That starts with centering the voices we need to hear most (those of marginalized students), and the work does not end with us. We are just a step, and we hope to set up a pathway to make future steps even more accessible to those who come after. We want to be representing CSA because we love our school and believe Carleton can become a wonderful home, but only if we fight to make it so.

Alé: It is also important to make a positionality statement because despite my experience of being a survivor, unhoused, trans, queer, first-generation, low-income, and xenophobia (racialized), at the end of the day I am a non-black student. As such, I understand and believe in the necessity for me to step back and center the voices of the most vulnerable. And for me to be the best supporter of Black trans lives that I can be as a non-Black student, I will develop and work closely with Black cultural organizations in a manner that is trauma-informed, culturally-receptive, and understands that my body is the one that needs to be on the line — not theirs. This is what radical loving means. To love Black students and to love each other. Together with our radical love we can make Carleton a place of radical living.

Molly Zuckerman and Manjari Majumdar 

Zuckerman and Majumdar are running a joint campaign, with Zuckerman running for CSA President and Majumdar for CSA Vice President.

Who are you?

Zuckerman: Hi Carleton! My name is Molly Zuckerman. I am in my third year on CSA and am running for CSA President along with the amazing Manjari Majumdar, who I am so lucky to call a friend. I think our slogan “Let’s Get to Work” encompasses why we are running: to cut through the messiness of bureaucracy so that CSA can be a force in uplifting marginalized voices, in pushing for equity, and in making desperately needed changes at Carleton. I hope you’ll consider reading (or skimming!) our platforms to learn more.

Majumdar: Hi! My name is Manjari Majumdar (she/hers), and I’m a junior Poli Sci major & Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies minor. I’m running to be your next CSA VP, along with my good friend Molly Zuckerman. If it helps at all, I am an Aquarius. 

What sets you apart from the other candidates? 

Zuckerman: I’ll start by saying that every candidate in this race has done amazing things for Carleton! Two things that set Manjari and myself apart from other candidates: our ideas and our experiences. Regarding experience, as both an organizer for a grassroots organization in the cities advocating affordable housing for formerly incarcerated people, and as a campaign worker for Sanders and Biden, I’m aware of major problems with bureaucracy, as well as the opportunities it presents (more later on that + in platform!). Manjari is deeply involved in activism on and off campus and brings fresh perspectives and critiques to CSA. 

The other thing that sets us apart is our vision for Carleton. Some of our major initiatives are to establish a social activism fund for Carls with volunteer or internship ideas; have a new graduation requirement exploring social identity and privilege, expand and diversify SHAC, ally and work with Black leaders when CSA help is wanted; free and sustainable menstrual supplies; and much more. I feel like a broken record, but our platform lays all this out! 

Majumdar: Most of my leadership experience comes from my time working in MN politics, or just navigating life as a brown woman in this school/state/world in general. While I’m not on CSA, I’ve been closely observing CSA happenings for a while now. My experience at Carleton as someone who likes to stumble into random events, and my general tendency to yell about the injustices that plague us all helps me bring to the table a fresh perspective—some new ideas, means of motivation, and critiques—while Molly’s extensive experience on CSA helps us know what’s working right now. We make a great team, and also great dinners together. 

What do you want to change about CSA?

Zuckerman: CSA needs to take a more prominent advocacy role, actively partnering and allying with student groups currently fighting for equity when our partnership is wanted. I mentioned earlier experience with bureaucracy. Well, I want to use this experience to make reforms in CSA so that we can focus on allyship and benefits for the student body—including Black student leaders, who should not be solely responsible for advocating for an institutional response to racism. 

This starts with saving time in meetings by deemphasizing procedure to focus on our collective agenda. I don’t want to throw Robert’s Rules out the window! But if you’ve been to Senate meetings, you know that we sometimes get bogged down in the mud. When we do this we can take advantage of CSA structures to enact change, while getting rid of what isn’t working. Since my freshman year on CSA, I have challenged Senate to take a more active role in student life, from expanding sexual violence prevention training and co-leading the 2020 Election Working Group, to increasing access to sustainable menstrual supplies and helping author resolutions in the Social Activism Working Group on a Black center on campus and the murder of Breonna Taylor.

Majumdar: Internally: less cookie cutter student government bullshit! There’s a lot of bureaucracy and drama where there doesn’t need to be. I’m not afraid to cut right through it. 

Externally: the way CSA positions itself in relation to the greater student body. CSA is everyone’s organization, and I’m running to see that through. Of course, accountability goes both ways: Molly and I have some great ideas for how to make Carleton and CSA work for you, but we need your help, your energy, your ideas to make Carleton equitable, safe, and joyful for all.  

What would be your top priority if elected?

Zuckerman: Carleton is hurting right now, and it’s not just COVID. We need an institutional response to systemic white supremacy; we need more accessible mental health services with a commitment to diversity; we need higher student wages; we need so many things. My top priority as president would be building back student trust in CSA that we can be your ally. 

I want Carleton students to know that CSA has your back. When we cut through the noise and messiness of bureaucracy, I think CSA can make such a difference in issues where and when our presence is wanted and appropriate. CSA can’t force its way into different areas of student life and try to unilaterally fix things; that would be weird and unproductive. Ensuring trust is crucial to building the legitimacy that we need to be your ally in uplifting marginalized voices, in fighting for mental health resources; in initiating discussions about privilege and identity; in so much more. 

What makes you qualified to be the voice of the students? 

Zuckerman: I’ll start by saying I do not believe the role of CSA president is to speak for everyone. It’s to listen. No one person’s life experience or identities give them the insight to represent all the life experiences and identities held by Carleton students. This is most especially true for a white woman like myself. That is why I believe in the importance of listening to students: closely, consistently, and proactively, and to use positions of power to create change, something Manjari and I are fully committed to doing if elected. 

Majumdar: No no no, I’m not qualified to be the voice of all students because I will never have the lived experience of others. I’ll never fully understand how it feels to be amongst the most marginalized at Carleton, nor the most privileged. My own positionality as a middle-class Indian-American woman who’s dealt with racism at Carleton + my experience as a relational organizer and a student facilitator qualifies me to work with my peers, rather than speak for. That’s how Molly and I coined our “Let’s Get To Work” slogan; we don’t have all the solutions to problems at Carleton and beyond. This is a combined effort amongst all of us to make Carleton work for everyone.

Delina Haileab

Haileab is running a joint campaign with Rahul Kirkhope, with Haileab running for CSA Vice President and Kirkhope running for CSA Treasurer.

Who are you?

Hello! My name is Delina (she/her) and I am running for the Vice President position along with Rahul Kirkhope who is running for the Treasurer position. Thank you for taking the time to read my responses to these questions (tried to keep it short, sweet, and to the point) and I invite you to check out my platform (as well as the other candidates’ platforms) on the CSA website which includes more detail about my proposed initiatives and qualifications. 

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

We have a great group of candidates running this year with a diverse mix of talents, strengths, and experiences. However, to my knowledge, I am the only candidate running for the Vice President position with extensive experience on the Budget Committee. During my sophomore year, I joined the Budget Committee and ever since, I have been actively involved in this process as well as some of the key achievements of the last two administrations, ranging from the cultural org fund to the conference showcase event.  This hands-on involvement not only inspired my run for Vice President of CSA, but also informed much of my platform. I have seen first hand what CSA does well and what CSA could improve upon, and with me I bring the experience of organizing large groups of people in various contexts which I believe will be useful when implementing my platforms and serving the student body at large. 

What do you want to change about CSA?

In more ways than one, CSA has the potential to run much more efficiently. I go more into depth about this in my platform, but I think that the centralization of power in CSA slows down the potential that it has. Therefore, something I want to change about CSA is redistributing power and influence amongst all who are involved with CSA so that the experience is not only more meaningful for everybody, but also so that we can build more momentum behind our initiatives and in turn, get more done. Subcommittees and working groups work great to an extent, but at a certain point these groups become redundant and very little ends up getting accomplished. I hope to bring an approach of horizontal organizing to CSA, which will require a bit of restructuring, but in the long run I believe that it will be worth it. 

What would top priority be if elected?

My top priority if elected is equity; of course, this is a broad term but an important and critical framework to operate under. I would make sure that every decision, project, and initiative centers equity and makes Carleton a more equitable place. More specifically, I will actively make sure that all members of the Carleton community are advocated for, especially members of the Carleton community that are in the margins of our campus and whose needs aren’t always prioritized; this needs to change and if elected, I will work tirelessly to make this change and uplift our marginalized students through all means possible. This won’t be easy, particularly because these are widespread systemic changes that need to take place, and it will take more than just the executive team of CSA, but it can be done. The first step towards equity is that we as CSA need to have some tough conversations about how we need to prioritize and intentionally make space for the voices of marginalized students and community members in CSA spaces. I am ready to ignite these conversations and I believe that this will open the door for actions and initiatives that center equity.

This article was updated on Feb. 18 to reflect Rogers’ withdrawal from the Vice Presidential race.

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Carleton approved as vaccination site; requests 7,000 doses

Carletonian - Sat, 02/13/2021 - 10:32am

The state of Minnesota has approved Carleton as a COVID-19 vaccination site, according to Dean of Students Carolyn Livingston’s February 3 pandemic update email. In the email, Livingston explained that “at this time, we don’t know when we might receive the vaccine or how many doses will be distributed to us.”  She promised to share details “as soon as we have more information.” 

The Carletonian requested further information regarding what this vaccination site approval means for the college, to which Livingston responded, “It means we will be able to administer vaccines to Carleton community members when the vaccines are made available to us.”

According to Carleton Student Association (CSA) Senate meeting minutes from January 25, the college has requested 7,000 doses. Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines—the only ones approved so far in the United States—require two doses, and Livingston explained that 7,000 doses would provide “two doses for each member of the total Carleton community—faculty, staff, students and contractors.” 

The minutes also implied that the College may “vaccinate families if there are leftovers,” though it is not clear whether this possibility refers to families of faculty and staff or general Northfield residents. 

Livingston indicated that the college is likely to receive the Moderna vaccine, because “we don’t have the refrigeration requirements for Pfizer,” which requires storage in an ultra-cold freezer between -112°F and -76°F. Carleton will receive the vaccines free of charge from the state.

The timeline of vaccine availability in Minnesota has not been fully disclosed by the Minnesota Department of Health, but before the requested doses arrive, the college will need to determine who will receive the vaccine first. When asked about vaccination priority groups, Livingston told the Carletonian: “We will follow the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to determine who is vaccinated first,” and referenced their “COVID-19 Vaccine Phases and Planning” page.

As of yet, however, the MDH has provided little information on the upcoming phases of vaccine distribution, and the posted information is self-contradictory. The MDH website states that Minnesota is currently in Phase 1a of distribution, which “includes health care personnel and long-term care residents.” The next phase, Phase 1b, remains undefined, with MDH promising that “details on who will be included in phase 1b will be available in coming weeks.”

On another page on the website, MDH states that Minnesota “has slowly started to move into Phase 1b,” and expands eligibility to Minnesotans age 65 or older as well as “Pre-kindergarten through Adult Basic and Community Education school staff members” and “contracted school staff members [or] Child care staff members at a licensed and certified child care center or program.” 

On a third webpage, which was last updated on December 22, 2020 but is still posted on the MDH site, an official MDH infographic specifies that 1a includes only health-care personnel and long-term care residents; 1b includes adults age 75 or older; and 1c extends to adults age 65–74, people age 16–64 “with high-risk medical conditions” and “other essential workers.”

Livingston elaborated, “We do have a working group reviewing who falls within those identified priority groups.” The Carletonian has not received a reply to follow-up questions about which “priority groups” she was referring to.

According to the College’s COVID-19 website, the MDH Workgroup on Addressing the Needs of Students and Staff Who Are in High-Risk Groups is composed solely of the Student Health and Counseling Coordinator of Medical Services, Natalee Johnson.

While the college established a mandatory influenza vaccination requirement for on-campus community members this fall, Livingston said of the COVID-19 vaccine that it “cannot be required at this time due to its emergency use authorization,” but that “we strongly encourage all members of our community to be vaccinated for COVID-19 when a vaccine becomes available to them.” 

The Carletonian has not found outside confirmation that the vaccine’s emergency use authorization prohibits the college from mandating it.

According to a February 3, 2021 CNBC article, attorney Renee Mattei Myers confirmed that “colleges and universities are legally able to require students to get the coronavirus vaccine under the most-recent guidance.”

She was also quoted saying,“Under everything that we’ve seen, and the guidance from agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Education, it’s been stated that just like how [colleges] can require other vaccines like meningitis and measles and hepatitis for incoming students, that they could require this vaccine as well.”

In the same article, Kevin Welner, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education, agreed: “Colleges and universities do routinely require vaccines, such as rubella, meningitis and chicken pox. I don’t see why the Covid-19 vaccine wouldn’t be put within that same category.” 

Welner noted, however, that “‘require’ is probably not the right word because obviously the student doesn’t have to attend the school and there are also waivers or exemptions that students can get.” A recent survey of 1,000 college students by College Pulse found that 71% of students believe that colleges have a right to require students to receive vaccinations.

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Non-required reading: Carleton faculty share their all-time favorite books

Carletonian - Sat, 02/13/2021 - 10:31am
Daniel Groll, Associate Professor of Philosophy

One of my very favorite books is “There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom” by Louis Sachar. Sachar is more famous for “Sideways Stories from Wayside School” (which I also adore) and “Holes,” but “There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom” has stayed with me since I read it as a kid. It’s about a boy—Bradley Chalkers—who has all kinds of behavioral issues and his struggles to get along with other people. Sachar does a great job of subtly pointing to difficulties in Bradley’s homelife and showing that, oftentimes, people who are “difficult” are hurting inside. The way that Sachar depicts parts of Bradley’s interior life is very simple and affecting. Geez, now I want to go read it again.

Liz Raleigh, Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of Sociology and Anthropology

Certain books have spoken to me at different times. “The Color Purple” is a masterpiece that I loved reading in college, but—rightfully so—the discourse surrounding it continues to evolve. Books are like food to me. Sometimes I want something substantial and I read for my field. Other times I want fluff, and I read David Baldacci. If you want to know what I am reading now, I could say: during the pandemic, I have enjoyed reading “Pride and Prejudice” with my 12-year-old daughter. It is the ultimate soap opera. Since the story has spurred so many retellings, we’ve been reading through those one by one. We recently read “Longbourn”, “Eligible”, and are now reading “The Other Bennet Sister.”

Susannah Ottoway, Laird Bell Professor of History

“Gaudy Night” by Dorothy Sayers: I love it because it’s a beautifully written mystery. You care every step of the way “whodunit” and why. I love it because it tracks the hopeless, helpless love of two complicated, problematic, brilliant people who solve each other as they solve the case. And I love it because reading it brings me back to the time that I was doing dissertation research in the North of England. I was pretty much down to my last dime, so was staying in Leeds University’s dorms while researching in an insanely disorganized library. The dormitory didn’t supply blankets or sheets; I was sleeping on a bare bed during a massive heatwave and water shortages. People in Leeds were asked not to bathe to save water. I was filthy, exhausted, and parched, but I found “Gaudy Night” in a Leeds Oxfam shop, and it was magic.

Claudia Lange, Visiting Instructor in Spanish

There are no easy answers for the question about my favorite books. For me, books are always life companions, because their words accompany me and are always present. They can also be the refuge in desperate hours and during times of trouble and uncertainties. Other times they offer words that resonate within me or words that challenge me, or they speak about things that I cannot articulate in my mind and heart. In the ups and downs of the routine and the changes that we have in life, books are always loyal friends to have close. Some of my favorites that I usually go back to and reread are:

“El Puente (The Bridge)” and “Dos veces (Two Times)” by Circe Maia (1932) are two books of poetry and I am including them because I find the magic of deep and simple saying, of measured reflection and the awareness of what lies beneath.

“Estravagario” by Pablo Neruda (1904 – 1973), a book of poetry that I had loved since I was a teenager. 

Eddie O’Byrn, Cowling Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov” is one of my favorite books! My first time through the story was listening to it as an audiobook during a road trip! Although I often read philosophical non-fiction, this book is beloved by many philosophers I’ve studied and Black American writers that I admire. Dostoevsky presents a captivating story of family, individuality, murder, faith, atheism, freedom, serfdom, and much more. In this over-800-page epic, the reader is transported to a Russian landscape populated with seemingly familiar characters who are both heroic and despicable. One of my favorite aspects of the novel is the exploration of philosophical themes like Justice through the disputes and trials of the characters. A must read for anyone interested in Russian history/culture and a philosophically generative text! If you decide to pick it up, I hope your experience with it is as good as my own!

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Queer in Faith group examines intersection between religious and LGBTQ+ identities

Carletonian - Sat, 02/13/2021 - 10:29am

Carleton’s new Queer in Faith group seeks to hold space for members of the LGBTQ+ community in whose lives religion plays or has played any role.

Hannah MacLeod ’22, a Chaplain’s Associate, founded this group last term with her friend Dawson Eriksen ’23. 

“Coming out as queer this past summer was a process deeply intertwined with my faith,” said MacLeod. 

“When I came back to campus in the fall, I was looking for a place where I could purposely explore both of these identities together. When I didn’t find one, I proposed the idea of starting some sort of interfaith queer group to my boss, Carolyn [Fure-Slocum]. Carolyn was really excited about the idea, and with a lot of her help, we launched the first Queer in Faith a few weeks later.”

Head Chaplain Carolyn Fure-Slocum explained, “Hannah proposed the idea and I thought it was a great way to help support LBGT students of faith, if they have been or are in situations when the two identities aren’t valued; and to show that for many people, religious and queer identities can fit very well together.

“I’m really glad to see that the group has been able to do both aspects well, in part by building a network that also includes alumni who are LGBT clergy of different religious traditions,” she continued.

A typical Queer in Faith meeting varies depending on the week. 

“Every two to three meetings we have a queer leader of faith guest speaker,” MacLeod said. “For those meetings, during the first 45 minutes or so, the queer leader of faith shares their experiences navigating their queer and faith identity.” Some speakers lead an activity. The remaining 15 minutes are reserved for questions and discussion, MacLeod said.

During the weeks when the group does not have a guest speaker, students meet casually over Zoom to reflect on discussion questions or just talk.  According to MacLeod, these meetings are all about building community. “Often, we just talk about our lives,” she said. “I would say a big part of Queer in Faith is just providing a space for students to coexist together in their queer and faith identities. Sometimes all we need is a place to exist with others who can relate.”

A common theme in some members’ experiences is that the LGBTQ+ community and the religious communities they are part of tend to antagonize each other. “We have a lot of group members who have been supported in their queerness by their religious communities, as well as group members who have been villified by their queer communities for their religious faith and vice versa,” Eriksen said.

However, there are also deeper, beautiful connections between religion and queerness. “I have really enjoyed finding all of the queer stories and themes within my own Protestant Christian tradition,” MacLeod said. “For example, stories that had previously been taught to me as stories of intimate friendship, I now see as convincing stories of holy queer love.” 

In fact, for MacLeod, queerness and religion intersect purely by virtue of being able to coexist in the same person. “For me, both are closely tied to my identity and both are ultimately about love,” she said.

While the group is new this year, MacLeod has high aspirations for its future. “I hope to leave Carleton with a place where queer students of faith can come together in community to support each other and learn from and connect to queer mentors,” she said.

Being part of two communities that often misunderstand each other can be extremely difficult, both from the standpoint of understanding one’s own identity and also finding a place to fit in. MacLeod emphasized, however, that there are resources and communities that can help. 

“There is a whole big queer and religious world out there with an abundance of resources, memoirs, novels, mentors, friends etc. that can help you navigate the intersection of your queer and faith identity. Navigating through the complexities of your faith and queerness can be incredibly hard but I believe it is good, holy work,” she said.

And for Carleton students, Queer in Faith is a welcoming space that can potentially help them explore this intersection. “We love you, no matter what,” Eriksen said.

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Arb notes: overwintering in the Arb – arboreal methods of survival

Carletonian - Sat, 02/13/2021 - 10:28am

During this very chilly week in February, it is hard to imagine staying outside in one spot the entire winter. Trees are unfortunately in this situation: if without the proper protections in place, their cells can freeze, and the tree will die. So how do they survive? There are many evolutionary adaptations trees have to endure the cold Minnesota winters. The first line of defense is bark, a tree’s thick outer layer, which insulates the inner tissues and can absorb heat. Another survival method is for a deciduous tree to drop its leaves during the fall. Because there is less sunlight and cold temperatures during the winter it is favorable for them to absorb the nutrients inside their leaves to store for the winter, and live off these energy stores until the spring. Some trees do not need to lose their leaves, however. Most coniferous trees, like the Eastern White Pine we have in the arboretum, don’t lose their leaves because their needles have a waxy coating which protects them from freezing temperatures, as well as prevents water evaporation. This way they can still photosynthesize during the winter. All trees then enter a dormancy period in which their cellular processes slow down. Because of this they do not need to use as much energy. Trees are also able to produce many types of proteins which aid in their survival during the winter. Some proteins can function as ice nucleators, around which ice crystals can form. If ice starts to form in the tissue, the crystals can form around these proteins instead of inside the cell, which contains all the necessary nutrients for its survival. In addition, trees also produce anti-freeze proteins, which help prevent the freezing process from starting within the tissues. With these adaptations, trees are able to effectively support themselves during the long, cold winter.

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Valentine’s Day crossword

Carletonian - Sat, 02/13/2021 - 10:26am

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s a fun and romantic crossword to get you in the lovin’ mood for the Big Day.


The Bald Spot Eds


1. Le epic Communism >___<

3. French poststructuralist thinker known for his writings on biopolitics, prisons and sexuality

4. Heir of Brentano’s phenomenological method, ___

5. Born 1596 in La Haye en Touraine, died 1650 in Stockholm, famous for cogito argument

11. German continental philosopher, died in 2002 at age 102, intellectual heir of Heidegger, wrote lots on hermeneutics in Truth and Method

13. German philosopher and existentialist influenced by Schopenhauer, died in 1900 at age 55, often misread

16. Father of deconstruction, born in Algeria in 1930, died in Paris 2004

17. American neopragmatist and socialist philosopher, known for 1994’s Race Matters, friend of Rorty

19. Literary critic, philosopher, avid book-collector, died young at age 48 fleeing Nazi Germany, famous for his Illuminations

20. American philosopher originally from Cleveland, notable for theory(ies) of gender performativity, often butts heads with Žižek and Laclau


2. Wrote 1762’s The Social Contract, leading figure of French Enlightenment

6. Founder of postcolonial studies, born in Palestine in 1935, author of Orientalism

7. French phenomenological existentialist, and the first to self-identify as such; blurry partnership with De Beauvoir

8. Seventeenth century Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Sephardi origin, Leibniz interlocutor, known for his Ethics

9. Scottish empiricist, affiliated with his country’s Enlightenment, born 1711, died 1776

10. What day is February 14?

12. Leading member of Frankfurt School, German-Jewish philosopher known for his theory of negative dialectics

14. Jena-originated dialectical idealist, intellectual forebear of Karl Marx

15. German transcendental idealist and Enlightenment thinker, don of Kaliningrad (f.k.a. Königsberg)

18. Born 1968 in U.K., died in the same place in 2017, affiliated with latter-day resurgence of hauntology

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The five types of people you’ll date at Carleton

Carletonian - Sat, 02/13/2021 - 10:25am


Tweed jacket with those arm patches—you know the guy. He’s always sitting on those chairs at the front of Fourth Libe where we put the Carletonians that nobody takes. I think he’s a sophomore. But rumor is he runs a catfishing empire at Carleton and St. Olaf, so, basically, every person you match with on Tinder or whatever cishet dating app Carleton uses is statistically going to lead back to Georges.


This is the guy who goes to all the classics department progressives but thinks “classics” refers to Pulp Fiction and The Godfather, Part II. 


I actually don’t think anybody named Pom has ever gone to Carleton, but this person is nonetheless included on this list in order to warn you to never date anybody named Pom. That’s such a stupid name. It looks like “porn”!!! Unless that’s your thing. In which case: Go off >___<


I’ve never met Jules but I know she’s definitely the kind of person who, when asked how she’s doing, will reply “It’s sixth week!”, which is kind of annoying. She’s also a Libra, whatever that means. (My partner told me to include that. If you know what that means, please write to: “Nicole Collins, 300 N College St., Northfield, MN, 55057”.)


Gotcha! This is a type of French dance, not a person.

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Pair of former Knights ink professional basketball contracts

Carletonian - Sat, 02/13/2021 - 10:24am
Kent Hanson ’20.
Photo courtesy of Alex Cardenas ’20.

Former Carleton College men’s basketball teammates Kent Hanson ‘20 and Freddie Gillespie inked to play professional basketball this winter. Hanson signed with Aktobe of the KNL professional league, while Gillespie was recently drafted No. 2 overall by the Memphis Hustle, the NBA G League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies.  

“We are proud of both Kent and Freddie as they embark upon their professional basketball careers,” said Carleton head coach Guy Kalland. “Kent has worked very hard for this opportunity. He is unwavering in his commitment to maximize his talent and reach his potential in all aspects of his life, and we are thrilled for him to begin his professional career overseas.

“Freddie’s story has been well-documented, and we are delighted about the success that he has continued to experience following his time at Carleton. His unrelenting work ethic and dedication have allowed him to exceed expectations at every level he has played at, and he has an opportunity to do so again at the professional level.”

During their lone season on the court together, Hanson and Gillespie help lead the Knights to one of the most successful single seasons in recent school history as Carleton ran off 14-consecutive conference victories and were ranked as high as No. 11 nationally.

An Honorable Mention All-American selection and Jostens Trophy finalist following his senior season, Hanson averaged career highs of 20.1 points and 8.3 rebounds during the 2019-20 season, while leading the MIAC in three-point makes (64) and three-point percentage (.448). Hanson was 1 of only 6 NCAA players (from all three divisions) to amass 1,600 career points while averaging at least 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.4 steals per game over his career during the 2019-20 season. He was also selected last spring as Carleton’s recipient of the Warren L. Beson Memorial award, given annually to a senior male athlete for athletic and academic excellence who has won one or more awards (letters) in any sport and has a high scholastic average. 

Hanson, who graduated with a degree in economics last spring, signed with Aktobe of the Kazakhstani National League. The KNL is comprised of six teams and features a number of former standouts from NCAA Division I, II, and III schools. The league’s top team, Astana, has two former Big-10 players, Devyn Marble (Iowa) and Michael Thompson (Northwestern) as well as former Memphis standout Adonis Thomas. Hanson will make his KNL debut on Feb. 1.

Gillespie, spent the first two years of his collegiate career playing for the Knights, before transferring to Division I power Baylor University of the Big 12 conference. Gillespie burst onto the scene as a sophomore as he was one of only three underclassmen named to either the All-MIAC First, Second, or Third Team after averaging 10.3 points and 8.2 rebounds while leading the MIAC and the West Region with 2.56 blocks per game, a figure that ranked 15th in NCAA Division III. His 69 blocked shots during the 2016-17 campaign rank second in school history.

At Baylor, Gillespie earned second team All-Big 12 honors, was selected to the Big 12 All-Defensive team, and was chosen as the Big 12 Most Improved Player during the 2019-20 campaign. He also became the Bears first men’s basketball player to earn Big 12 Conference Male Academic Athlete of the Year honors. Gillespie spent the 2020-21 NBA pre-season as a member of the Dallas Mavericks after signing a free-agent contract with the organization prior to the start of training camp.

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Club sports to donate 20% of team budgets to campus organizations

Carletonian - Sat, 02/13/2021 - 10:23am

Club athletics at Carleton look different than usual this year, largely due to campus health guidelines preventing teams from travelling off-campus or competing against other schools. As teams are limited to practicing amongst themselves, they are saving lots of money. 

“It is quite a shift from the normal Winter Term,” said Kate Lanier, Junior captain of Syzygy, Carleton’s Division I ultimate frisbee team. In a normal year, the team would already be ramping up intrasquad competition in preparation for a series of late winter tournaments in California and North Carolina.  

“Normally we would be practicing several days per week at the indoor turf in Faribault, but right now, we are limited to distanced practices in the Rec and have no plans for competition in the near future,” added Eli Babcock ‘21, captain of CUT (Carleton Ultimate Team).

Syzygy and CUT are two of many club programs with no tournaments, excursions or games on the calendar in the upcoming months. Take Nordic Skiing as an example, which recently cancelled a slate of winter trips to Giants’ Ridge, a recreational area with miles of ski trails in Northern Minnesota. Add up eliminated spending across programs on entry fees, turf time and travel expenses, and the money begins to pile up. 

“The greatest impact the pandemic has had on our spending has certainly been in the area of travel. Expenditures related to travel, such as transportation lodging and entry fees, are non-existent this year,” said Club Sports Director Aaron Chaput. “For the clubs that travel and compete, this has resulted in them having a surplus of their allocated funds.”

To productively redistribute the surplus of funds, each club sports team will donate 20 percent of their budget to an on-campus organization of their choice. The redistribution is designed to compensate for the inability of club teams to take part in community service projects, an initiative they are traditionally encouraged to partake in each year. 

“With the pandemic restricting our ability to do community service both on campus and off, the Sport Club Office and the Club Sports Council collaborated with CSA on this idea as a way to maintain an opportunity to give back, specifically to the on-campus community, through allowing teams to commit up to 20 percent of their allocated budget for the year to a cause on campus they would like to support,” said Chaput. In total, clubs sports programs have donated a little over $19,000 of allocated funds.

In place of a service project, each club was able to decide where they wanted their money to go. “There were a number of different groups and causes supported,” explained Chaput. “A few that showed up more frequently were the Cultural Org fund, the CSA Textbook Library and the Carleton Cupboard.”

Club athletes reacted positively to the decision. “I really feel good about it,” said Lanier. “It doesn’t make sense for us, as a team, to hold on to the entire allocation because it exceeds anything we will be doing this year. I’m appreciative there is a productive place the money can go instead of just sitting unused.”

“We see this as a totally practical reallocation given that our normal expenses have been substantially reduced,” added Babcock, who along with the rest of the CUT team opted for their portion of funding to be re-allocated to the Cultural Org fund, where access to the funds will be made available to the cultural organizations who apply for it. Potential suitors include do

zens of campus organizations whose purpose is to embrace, share and preserve cultures represented in the student body. Other clubs like Syzygy have opted for CSA to handle the re-allocation of their funds. 

“We really don’t have expenses this term like we usually would,” said Lanier. “I’m just glad that the money we weren’t going to use is able to be redistributed for a good cause.”

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Is this how Carleton responds to nonviolent demonstrations?

Carletonian - Sat, 02/13/2021 - 10:16am

For several months, we as members of the Sunrise Movement, along with other climate justice and Indigenous groups, have led sustained actions against Wells Fargo because of their investment in Enbridge, the company building the Line 3 pipeline. When the Career Center hosted an event titled “Wells Fargo: Conversations on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” on January 27, we knew we had to speak up. In response to our protest, the Career Center has blocked our access to all career resources, including internship funding.

 This punishment is inequitable and illegitimate, in that it disproportionately affects students on financial aid and was executed without procedure in violation of Carleton standards.

Line 3 is a tar sands pipeline, currently under construction, that will stretch across northern Minnesota. The carbon dioxide emissions from extraction and transportation of tar sands, a heavy type of crude oil, through Line 3 each year is equivalent to that of 50 coal plants. Additionally, Line 3 will irreparably destroy the delicate waterways and wild rice beds held sacred by the Indigenous nations whose treaty-protected land is being violated for construction.

Wells Fargo is one of five “lead agents” that lend money to Enbridge to complete the pipeline. We know that claims of promoting “equity” and “diversity” in any company that profits from the destruction of Indigenous treaty land are empty. 

At the Career Center’s event, we demanded transparency from the alumni-employees representing Wells Fargo, urged for divestment from the pipeline and made Wells Fargo’s despicable investment and business practices clearly known to everyone on the call. Our goal was not to shame anyone for participating, but rather to disrupt Wells Fargo’s recruiting efforts, especially when based on inclusion, diversity, and equity (IDE), and to pressure Carleton alumni working at Wells Fargo to bring the issue up in their workplace. 

In a discussion about equity, oppressive business practices must be the headline, not a footnote. Our protest effectively changed the conversation to adequately address just how oppressive Wells Fargo’s investments in Line 3 are to Indigenous communities and our planet. 

We knew that our protest was a bold and controversial step, so we reached out to the Career Center and all the students who attended following the event to clarify our motivations and encourage further dialogue. The Career Center responded on Friday, January 29, punishing the students who had written the email by blocking access to Career Center resources until each had individually written a public apology, approved by Career Center, to the panelists and the student attendees. Our Handshake accounts have been shut down and we are blocked from Career Center services and funding. We do not intend to apologize on these terms.

This restriction of resources violates the official complaints process as laid out in the Carleton Community Standards, which states that, in the absence of a formal complaint, which would require an investigation by the Dean of Students’ Office, a meeting between both parties must occur before a punishment is administered.

The actions of the administration model how they respond when groups speak out in ways they deem unacceptable—by deploying the full force of institutional power to silence and intimidate us, without regard for equity or for Community Standards. Our treatment has ramifications for all future protests at Carleton. We recognize that the students protesting were a predominantly white group interrupting an event aimed at and attended by BIPOC students and panelists. Two of the students present did express frustration in the moment at how the event played out. 

However, after the first 45 of 90 scheduled minutes, the Sunrise-affiliated students left the call and allowed the panel to proceed as planned. We maintain that without our protest, the issue of Line 3 would not have been given the attention it demands in the discussion, and that attendees would have received a woefully incomplete view of the state of IDE at Wells Fargo. 

Our action was a preliminary attempt at political organizing in a novel medium. We acknowledge that our organization has space to grow and do better, and we are reflecting and receiving feedback on how best to do that. Future demonstrations will be more effective and responsible. 

This is a call for transformative justice. Such a call has no legitimacy without all parties involved committing to introspection, reflection, and change. The Career Center must reflect on how the events they hold can better help Carls pursue careers in which they can influence their own employers and find financial success. Just as importantly, they must reform their procedures for doling out punishment to students to align with College standards and to be more equitable in their practices.

In solidarity,

Aashutosha Lele, Carsten Finholt, Ellie Zimmerman, Greta Hardy-Mittell, Maya Stovall, and Natalie Marsh, members of Sunrise Carleton

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Minnesota senator challenged future president to duel over anonymous letters

Northfield News - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 9:53pm
Had it not been for a heated exchange with Abraham Lincoln, James Shields would be remembered as the only man to serve in the U.S. Senate from three different states.
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Playbook to improve hospital-city communication, assure ownership

Northfield News - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 6:30pm
Northfield officials are expressing confidence that Northfield Hospital and Clinics will continue to be a city-owned organization long into the future and are outlining the steps to ensure that happens.
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The Children's House - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 5:15pm


Celebrate Lunar New Year withCooking in the Children's House: Free Activity!
Cooking in the Children's House features engaging hands on activities for the home or school kitchen. Young chefs will learn about customs and flavors from around the world – and you can get a sneak peek at one of the projects right here. Try it out!


Tea Eggs

12 eggs, hard boiled

4 cups water

6 T. soy sauce

2 tsp. salt

2 T. black tea or 2 tea bags

6 pieces star anise

2 sticks cinnamon

Peel of one orange, in strips

-Tap eggs all over shell with back of a spoon to crack (but don't break)

-Gently place eggs in water, tea and spices to cover (we use a slow cooker)

-Simmer for 2-3 hours and put pot in refrigerator to steep overnight

-Peel when ready to eat, and look for lovely the spiderweb design


 Geography Takeaway茶蛋Chá dàn 

Enjoyed by Chinese for centuries, tea eggs are a great wholesome snack. They are traditionally eaten during Chinese New Year (they symbolize wealth, prosperity and fertility), but are a popular street snack in China and Taiwan year round. Tea eggs are easy (and super fun!) to make at home and they taste good too!

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Faribault police mark 2 years with body cams. County, Northfield lag behind

Northfield News - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 3:00pm
Two years after implementing them, the Faribault Police Department’s body worn camera program appears to be working well — but neighboring departments are still working to catch up.
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DNR wants to hike state park fees

Northfield News - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 12:20pm
After an unusually busy yet costly 2020, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking for an increase to fees for the state's parks, including Nerstrand Big Woods, Rice Lake and Sakatah Lake, in order to cover a budgetary deficit.
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New Rice County jail recommendations; Northfield asks for public opinion; NHS set to premier new podcast

KYMN Radio - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director After almost a year of work, the Rice County Jail Study Committee presented their findings and recommendations to the County Board of Commissioners at a work session on Tuesday night.   The Minnesota Department of Corrections has informed Rice County that the current jail, which opened in 1975, is no longer

Curtain Call with Dr. Steve Lawler

KYMN Radio - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 11:27am
Whether it be musicals, drama, or comedy, Dr. Steve Lawler has done them all for the Northfield Arts Guild Theater. This month, hosts Kosmo Esplan and Pauline Jennings talk with Steve about his theatrical career.     Listen for Curtain Call with Kosmo and Pauline the first Friday of every month at 11:00am on FM
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