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In photos: Pfizer vaccine clinic distributes 500 doses

Carletonian - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 12:28pm

On April 21, Carleton partnered with Thrifty White Pharmacy, a regional chain, to host a private first-dose Pfizer vaccination clinic in the Recreation Center, offering 500 doses. Meanwhile, Carleton has been consistently supplied with the Moderna vaccine. Carleton is currently in Phase 4 of its vaccine distribution plan, meaning all on-campus employees and students (including Northfield Option) are eligible. The college’s COVID-19 dashboard shows that 60 percent of community members (including remote students) have at least reported a first-dose, and 21 percent have reported full vaccination.

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Carleton awards second annual Paglia research fellowships

Carletonian - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 12:24pm

Last year, Cathy James Paglia ’74 and her husband Louis Paglia introduced a program to fund research fellowships for Carleton STEM graduates at top-tier research universities across the country. The couple’s pilot program will fund three students in STEM from each of the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022. This year’s recipients are April Reisenfeld (Physics and Philosophy ’21), Anna Li (Psychology ’21) and Jessalyn Ayars (Biology ’21).

The Paglia Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellowship is geared toward Carleton students interested in research careers. Cathy Paglia, a long-time member of Carleton’s Board of Trustees, said in a College News article that she and her husband “are excited to be able to help these graduating seniors gain valuable research experience and reach their career goals in the sciences.”

Applicants propose to join a research program under the mentorship of a distinguished scientist, and the fellowship funds one year of full-time paid work for international students or two years for U.S. citizens or permanent residents. During that time, fellows not only work in a research group, but are able to engage in academics at the university, as well as access other sources of university support for research endeavors. 

“I’m hoping to take this experience as an opportunity to just learn a ton,” said Reisenfeld, who will be working at an ion storage lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the University of Colorado-Boulder. 

The NIST lab conducts quantum information research and precision measurements involving trapping ions. “They are coming up with fundamental constants and building atomic clocks and that kind of stuff,” Reisenfeld explained. She will be working with the research group of Dr. James Chin-Wen Chou to start a new experiment, which will likely involve building a light source used to track molecules that the lab wants to probe.

“I’m most excited to be surrounded by experts in the field of quantum information,” she said. “I think I’m going to be very challenged and it is certainly going to get me out of my comfort zone in having to be shameless about asking people to help me learn.” 

Li echoed a similar sentiment. “Of course I’ve got to learn a lot of new things, but that’s the point of the fellowship,” she said.

 Li will be joining professor Margo Monteith’s Intergroup Relations and Inclusion Lab at Purdue University in Indiana. In her first year, she will assume the role of lab manager, handling the logistics of the lab and helping graduate students conduct studies about prejudice and prejudice reduction by setting up lab spaces, doing pilot studies and running data analysis. In her second year, Li will have the opportunity to design and conduct an independent project.  

“The most exciting part for me is that I’m going to experience the life of a graduate student and get a real taste of academic life in the field of social psychology,” she said. While transitioning to a new stage in your life and moving to a new place is always a lot to take in, she said, she is grateful for the kindness of graduate students in the lab who have already offered her a lot of advice. 

Ayars is likewise looking forward to learning from and collaborating with other scientists. She will be working with Dr. Gavin Jones, a professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque who is also a researcher in the U.S. Forest Service.  

“The thing I’m really excited for is that Gavin is really excited to have me and enthusiastic about working with me and hearing my thoughts. Even just talking to him in interviews and in our first meeting, he was super supportive and encouraging, and I think it’s going to be a really good environment for me to grow in,” she said.

 Ayars will be doing quantitative ecology research. One project she might engage in is gathering a variety of variable data in order to make an interactive map of spotted owl habitat, which would involve field work in the dry coniferous forests of the southwest as well as a data analysis: “The goal is to publish a paper on something,” she said.

 There is no doubt that their two-year fellowships will propel these women forward in their trajectory toward research careers. As of now, all three plan to pursue a Ph.D. after their initial foray into the research environment.

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“A split between the cultural bonds”: students question OIIL division

Carletonian - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 12:23pm

During the Fall Term of this academic year, Carleton administration set in motion plans to reorganize the Office of Intercultural and International Life (OIIL) into two bodies—the Office of Intercultural Life (OIL) and the Office of International Student Life (ISL). Who drove the office reorganization remains unclear as a group of students petition against the change. 

OIIL, OIL and ISL: The Basics

As Carolyn Livingston, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, wrote in an email to students, “The Office of Intercultural and International Life (OIIL) plays a key role in affirming, supporting, and engaging both students of color and international students at Carleton.”

OIIL runs a peer leader program; organizes events such as International Student Orientation, the OIIL Retreat and collaborations with student cultural organizations; supports students through immigration, legal, financial and personal matters; and provides support for an inclusive campus community.

The split will move ISL from Sayles Hill 201 to share Sayles Hill 051 with the Student Activities Office, introduce an international peer leader program and bring staffing changes to both offices. 

Liz Cody, formerly the International Student Program Coordinator, will be the new director of ISL. Associate Dean of Students Sindy Fleming will serve as interim director of OIL until a new director is named. Brisa Zubia ’05, the director of OIIL since 2009—credited by OIIL peer leaders for the unified vision of the OIIL Office—left Carleton in December.

The Decision to Reorganize

OIIL peer leaders (OPLs) heard midway through Fall Term that the OIIL office was going to be split up. “Most of the OPLs did not like it,’’ said Diaraye Diallo ’23, a current peer leader. Peer leaders JoJo Zhang ’23, Siddharth Chundru ’23 and Luke El-Fishawy ’23 set up a meeting with Dean Livingston. 

In this initial meeting, the main reason given for the reorganization was that Carleton’s OIL and ISL offices were only combined in 2009 due to a lack of funding. Thus, with more funding available now, “there is incentive to re-separate the offices in order to give more funding to both,” explained Zhang.

“I think where that logic falls short for us is, it doesn’t really make sense why the funding would be better if it was separate. If you have a certain amount of funding, you can just use that, even if the offices work together,” Zhang said.

Cody, the director of ISL, explained that the international budget has historically been separate from the intercultural budget within OIIL, and the transition will only add a student work budget to support nine student employees for ISL. 

A group of students started writing a petition against the split over Winter Break. They sent an email to Dean Livingston over the break asking questions to better understand the context of the decision, but did not receive a reply, and “so sent it again at the beginning of Winter Term, didn’t get a reply. Followed up, no reply,” said Zhang. 

“It was difficult to do anything because we were essentially being ignored,” she said.

Dean Livingston emailed the student body about the reorganization of OIIL in mid-February. That email attributed the office reorganization to the growth of BIPOC and international student populations at Carleton.

“Since the time when BIPOC and international student support were combined under one office in 2008, the BIPOC population at Carleton has increased by 52%, while the international population has grown by 58%,” Livingston wrote. “This notable growth signals a need for more specialized resources focused on serving the direct needs of these groups.”

“The goal with the office split is to provide more diversity in programming for international students and BIPOC students that is tailored to the needs of individual groups within the two offices,” Cody explained further.

What remains unclear is who was consulted for the decision to reorganize OIIL. The college failed to consult students. When students met with Dean Livingston Fall Term to voice concerns, Zhang said, “I think the separation of OIIL was 90% solid at that point already.”

The situation is reminiscent of the creation of OIIL more than a decade ago. A 2009 Carletonian article about the integration of two offices to form OIIL said, “The question of who ultimately made the decision to incorporate OIL with international programs is unclear.” Robert Stephens ’10, an Intercultural Peer Assistant at the time, was “uncertain whether or not OIL had a say regarding their final unison,” although he supported it.

As Sameer Swarup ’21, an international student who opposes the recent office reorganization, said, “It’s less than what’s being done, it’s more about how it’s being done, and the history behind the way Carleton has mistreated the international population… It’s really looking like a one step forward two steps back kind of thing.”

Student Concerns

Many OPLs are concerned that the office split ignores students’ intersectional identities. “Not everyone is only international or only domestic students of color,” said Luke El-Fishawy ’23. 

Diallo, a current OPL, agrees: “I am Guinean American, which means I know what it’s like to grow up here and be Black. But I also know what it’s like to be an immigrant here in the United States.” When the office was first combined in 2009, students appreciated the move as a recognition of intersectionality and that interculturalism was not exclusive to America.

Swarup is concerned the split will add an unnecessary layer of confusion. He appreciated being able to point freshmen he met through Carleton’s South Asian club, MOSAIC, to the OIIL office: “It’s a unified system where I can refer them to one source where they can get all of their resource questions addressed.” 

Students are afraid the split will reduce the cross-cultural unity and solidarity that was fostered by the OIIL Office. “The idea of OIIL is this welcoming space for everyone where people just kick back, relax and talk to people of different backgrounds,” said Zhang.  “An important part of bringing awareness to a lot of issues is the ability to share those issues and experiences with other groups that are willing to listen—that may fit under this similar scope of being minority groups,” she explained. 

“It’s creating a split between the cultural bonds,” said Swarup.

In their petition to the administration, the OPLs suggested ISL and OIL would work better as two branches connected under the umbrella of OIIL. Siddharth Chundru ’23, an OPL and one of the organizers of the petition against the split, said students suggested this Fall Term but Carleton administration was “pretty dismissive” of the idea. 

Splitting the offices is “not as effective” said OPL El-Fishway: “It makes the presence on campus of both offices smaller, whereas if we had them together it’s bigger; it plays its role more effectively.”

Holding Administration Accountable

Students advocating for a Black Student Union say this split is not a step towards meeting their demands. “Why are you trying to fix something that’s not broken? Our [Ujamaa] demands were just to give more resources to the OIIL office, not split it up,” said Diallo, a member of the Ujamaa Collective. 

“[The split] felt like a cop-out, like a quick Band Aid solution to us not having a Black Center,” said Diallo. The Carleton administration told the Ujamaa Collective that the decision to split the OIIL office predated their demands. 

According to the Ujamaa Collective, Carleton administration has been resistant to dedicating a Black student space within the intercultural side of OIIL. “There’s this emphasis of equality versus equity,” said Diallo. “But Black people are marginalized within those other groups… we have unique challenges.” 

Diallo is part of the committee to select the new director of OIL and described the challenge of searching for a director without a clear mission of OIL or idea of what the independent office should look like. The vision is “very broad, there’s nothing tailored,” said Diallo.

In joining the search committee, Diallo said, “If this is their solution to allocating OIL more resources, then we’ll work with them, but we’ll also hold them accountable.”

“The office split is still a work in progress and I know that both offices will be seeking out input and suggestions from students to help create meaningful and fun programming to support our students,” said Cody. Both OIL and ISL will host focus groups to gather feedback, according to Dean Fleming.

 The office reorganization is currently in progress and will continue throughout this term.

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Climate Action Week 2021 honors Indigenous culture and tradition

Carletonian - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 12:22pm

Climate Action Week has been put on by the Carleton Sustainability Office for multiple years, but as everything on campus is forced to adjust to an online or hybrid environment, Climate Action Week is no exception. An array of online and in-person events were hosted the week of April 18-24 by the Sustainability Office in conjunction with other offices and organizations on campus.

Climate Action Week is no doubt about climate change, but Simran Kadam ’23, a Sustainability Assistant on the Community Outreach Team, reminds us that “climate action is more than just addressing climate change. It’s about combating injustice in all forms, including colonization.” 

The events and activities hosted around campus last week reflected that. Education about the history and traditions of Wahpekute and other Bands of the Dakota Nation, on whose land Carleton stands, were incorporated into multiple events. 

The decision to honor Indigenous culture and traditions during Climate Action Week is an important and timely one. Kadam explained the urgency of these themes in connection to Line 3, a proposed tar sands pipeline that will run through Indigenous lands in Northern Minnesota. 

“Many Carleton students have been involved in protesting against its installation,” Kadam said. “We wanted to harness this energy and draw attention to the people who would be most impacted by this pipeline, and learn from the stories and teachings of these Indigenous groups.”

She continued, “Carleton is taking many steps towards acknowledging the ongoing harm done against Indigenous peoples, through actions such as a land acknowledgement and an upcoming elder in residence program. The Sustainability Office wanted to build on this work by appreciating and highlighting certain Indigenous practices.”

The three main Climate Action Week events highlighting Indigenous practices and traditions were the Three Sisters seed-planting event in LDC and Burton on April 20, a make-your-own-tea event in Sayles on April 23 and the incorporation of Indigenous recipes in the dining halls throughout the week. Prior to these events, native organizations were consulted to arrange the best way in which to share this information with the Carleton community. 

Kadam explained that “the dining hall worked in collaboration with Sioux Chef and NaTIFs, two native organizations based in the Twin Cities, to feature Indigenous meals during lunch in the dining halls.” 

“Furthermore,” she added, “we reached out to Dreams of Wild Health in Minneapolis to receive permission to share the story of the Three Sisters as well as Indigenous cultural uses of certain native herbs.”

The story of the Three Sisters was the basis of the seed-planting event that occurred in LDC and Burton on April 20. Students were invited to plant either a bush bean, a pole bean or a squash; they could take their plotted seed and care for it until the end of the term. 

The sprouted seeds will be collected at the end of term and planted in the Carleton Farm over the summer. Come fall, the squash, beans and corn will be harvested and the Three Sisters will be celebrated. 

The Three Sisters are squash, corn and beans in the agricultural practice of many Indigenous groups throughout North and Central America. In a 2018 PBS segment, Navajo freelance journalist Andi Murphy described them as “the Holy Trinity of some Indigenous cultures, a trifecta of agricultural sustainability… the Three Sisters are an important facet of Indigenous culture and foodways.”  

On Friday, an event highlighting Indigenous teas and their traditional, herbal and medicinal uses took place in Sayles. The three teas offered were raspberry, rose and mint; these teas are not only said to possess medicinal value, but they are also native to the Carleton College Arboretum. 

In addition to these events that incorporate and honor native culture, the Carleton Sustainability Office has worked with other offices to facilitate Climate Action Week this year. 

Kadam said she appreciates how working with other offices on campus can “highlight the intersectionality of sustainability-focused work and how anyone can get involved.” 

For example, Kadam said, the Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Office “did a social media education campaign focused on sexual violence and pipelines.”

In addition, she said, “Disability Services hosted a documentary and discussion on the overlap of disability and climate action.”

Lots of work was put into Climate Action Week and organizing the different events across campus. Kadam said she hopes that the students who engage with the events will feel inspired and learn about how to incorporate sustainability into their everyday lives and passions. 

She reminded students that Climate Action Week is not the only time to get involved with sustainability on campus; the Sustainability Office hosts similar events year-round.

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Women’s and Men’s golf spring into action

Carletonian - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 12:20pm

Both Men and Women’s golf teams’ seasons are now well underway with the Men’s team having played two tournaments as of now, while the Women’s team has played one, with their home tournament slated for this coming weekend. 

Women’s golf had an early start to the season, playing their Spring Preview April 10th and 11th in Hastings, Minnesota. The season opener included seven out of the thirteen MIAC schools. During the second weekend tournament Carleton secured a 4th place finish, behind St. Catherine, Gustavus Adolphus, and Bethel. 

Alyssa Soma’24 stood out as Carleton’s top player, placing 5th individually. Her rookie performance scored a 157 for a two-day total on Emerald Greens, a par 73 course. However, she is apprehensive about the team’s preparation: “I think after the first tournament we definitely could’ve had more practice considering the other teams had a normal spring season.” Said Soma “The rest of the teams in the conference are on spring semesters, and most had less restrictions on practice and the involved travel. This resulted in the athletes coming into the tournament at a slight disadvantage.” 

The men’s team had a similarly fast start to the season, with a tournament during 2nd weekend. The Bethel Preview, also held at Emerald Greens in Hastings resulted in Anderson Murphy’23 achieving a remarkable individual player finish of 3rd place. He believes his great individual performance will be accompanied by a historic team performance: “We’ve shown flashes, we’re likely one of the best formed teams in Carleton history, and we only have five guys with one injured, so it’s pretty amazing what we’ve accomplished”. 

The Men’s team, however, had an additional tournament running through the end of third week and the beginning of fourth. The 2021 Bobby Krig Invitational started round one, Sunday, at New Prague, Minnesota, while Monday was played at LeSueur. Out of the fifteen teams participating, the Knights placed 12th. Peter Gullickson’21 held the top spot on the team, tied for 15th on individual player performance. Meanwhile, James Berger’23 remains hopeful that the team is on the upward trajectory: “We’ve only had a few tournaments, and I’m disappointed that I haven’t performed as well as I had hoped, but I’m excited for the last two tournaments. We’ve been doing better than a lot of previous years so hopefully we keep going at this rate and potentially finish better at the MIACs than we usually do.”

COVID-19 restrictions, both Carleton and government level, have completely changed how the season will play out. Usually athletes would play along with players from all schools, however due to the pandemic student-athletes are restricted to only playing with teammates. “We’re playing with our teams now instead of playing with other people. It took away some of the spirit of competition because you’re not playing with other school’s players, ” said Berger. For first-year Soma, this presented a different kind of drawback: “I’m a freshman, so it’s gonna be difficult to play and [at the same time] meet other players from other schools”. The changes are not all bad, Murphy argues, as the teams get more time with each other: “We get to play as a team, which creates a team atmosphere in golf which you don’t get usually due to its individual nature”

Both teams showed hope for good performance for the rest of the season, In particular, Soma believes the women’s team could make Nationals this year: “I hope we qualify for Nationals, we’ve been working really hard, I think the school would let us go to another state. From the way we’ve been playing, yes, we have a chance at Nationals”. On the other side of the aisle, the men’s coach, Jerry Ericksen has shown great enthusiasm for the team this year. “Coach is really hopeful, and you can tell he’s really excited. I think he wants to see us fulfill our potential, but he is all about the process.” 

Both teams still have much to go for the rest of their seasons, with two tournaments left to put up a great performance.

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4th week sports update

Carletonian - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 12:19pm

Men’s Tennis:

Men’s tennis remained undefeated with a near-sweeping 8-1 victory over Saint Mary’s on Wednesday. The Knights were led by Sophomore Will Stepanksi, who refused to lose a single game during his singles match, while other notable singles victories came from Juniors Xander Roti and William Walsh, who each soundly defeated their opponents 6-1, 6-0. The Knights (4-0) look to carry forward their momentum and retain their spot as the leading team in the MIAC against Gustavus Adolphus this Saturday at the Pat Lamb Tennis Courts. 

Women’s Tennis: 

The Women’s Tennis team decided to opt-out of playing scheduled MIAC and NCAA opponents this spring. Instead, the program will host several scrimmages throughout the term. 

Women’s Golf:

The Women’s golf team was forced to withdraw from last weekend’s Battle at Pebble Creek due to injury. The Knights entered the spring season ranked 11th in the WGCA Division III Coaches Poll, but have since fallen out of the rankings after placing 4th out of 7 high-quality teams at Saint Catherine’s Spring Preview earlier in the month. The team looks to get healthy and prove its worth this weekend at the Carleton-St. Olaf Spring Invite, which will be played here in Northfield at Willingers Golf Club and the nearby Northfield Golf Club.

Men’s Golf:

The Men’s golf team finished 12th out of 15 teams at the Bobby Krig Invite, played over the course of Sunday and Monday at the New Prague Golf Club and the LeSueur Country Club. Senior Peter Gullickson boasted the team’s lowest score, carding a 78 and a 79 on Sunday and Monday respectively, enough to earn him 18th place in the individual portion of the contest. Sophomore Anderson Murphy trailed closely behind Gullickson, tallying a score of 80 on Sunday and 83 on Monday, enough to earn him 45th. Having been restricted to only four players on Monday due to injury, the Knights look to get healthy and rebound this weekend at Saint John’s Spring Invitational.  

Softball: 

After a winless start to the 2021 season, the softball team swept Macalester in a doubleheader Sunday to earn its first two tallies in the victory column. During the first game of the series, the Knights were propelled to victory by a complete game from Sophomore Faith Hanshaw and a game winning RBI-triple from Sophomore Cassie Cunniff in the top of the seventh inning. Junior Trina Eichel earned her first collegiate victory in game 2 of the series, while First-Year Reagan Wills and Junior Brooke McKelvey eached notched a game-high 2 RBIs. The Knights (2-8) will play another doubleheader against St. Olaf (13-3) this Saturday, with the first pitch scheduled to be thrown at 1pm Central Time.

Baseball: 

The Men’s baseball team dropped 3 consecutive games to Gustavus Adolphus over the weekend shortly after winning their first two games of the season versus Martin Luther College earlier in the week, dropping the team’s record to 2-8 for the season thus far. The team was scheduled to play at Augsburg University on Wednesday, but the game was cancelled due to a MIAC bylaw which stipulates that teams may not compete in “feels like” temperatures below 25 degrees fahrenheit. The Knights will look to record their first win against a MIAC opponent this Friday when they finally have the chance to visit Augbsurg for a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 2:30pm Central Time. 

Men’s Track and Field:

The Carleton Men competed against St. Olaf, Macalester, and Gustavus Adolphus in the Carleton Relays over the weekend. The Carls swept the 400 with Bridger Rives, Ian Kennedy, and Jermey Fong going 1, 2, 3 respectively. The Knights dominated in the 5k, with Matt Wilkinson winning in a sizzling 14:23 followed by Ben Santos and Adam Nakasaka in 3rd and 4th. Lucas Mueller crushed the field in the 10k with a time of 31:27, more than 3 minutes ahead of the next finisher. In the field, Owen Schuster won the pole vault and Ian Mortensen and Noah Eckersley-Ray once again went 1st and 2nd in the Javelin Throw. The Carls will compete this weekend at the St. Mary’s Invitational in Winona. 

Photo by Jeremy Fong.

Women’s Track and Field:

The Carleton women competed in the same Carleton Relays. In the short stuff, Riley Roberts finished 3rd in both the 100 and 200m dash. Amy Kropp and Sadie Ray Smith swept the field in the 400m dash, finishing first and second. Distance standout Clara Mayfield cruised to a win in the 1500 with a time of 4:45. Phoebe Ward and Sarah Shaprio had strong showings for the Carls, finishing 3rd and 4th in the 3k.  The 4×400 relay team of Smith, Zimmerman, Kropp, and Blanchard won easily, and Alice Cutter placed 2nd in the 400 hurdles. Paige Woldt won the triple jump, but she goes to St. Olaf, not Carleton. The Knights will compete this Saturday at the Gustavus Drake Alternative.

Photo by Arthur Onwumere.

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Three Knights selected as MIAC Athletes of the Week

Carletonian - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 12:18pm

Ben Jeweler (So./Seattle, Wash./Garfield), Leo Vithoontien (Sr./Bangkok, Thailand/Bangkok Patana School), and Matthew Wilkinson (Sr./Greenwood, Minn./Minnetonka) were selected as the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Athletes of the Week in baseball, Men’s tennis, and Men’s outdoor track, respectively.

Jeweler made the most of his first collegiate start on Friday, leading the Knights to their first victory of the season over Martin Luther College. He struck out the first batter he faced and never looked back, totaling a career-best 14 strikeouts to earn his first collegiate victory. Jeweler, who entered the game with only 3.2 innings pitched over his first two seasons, fanned at least two batters in each of his 6.0 innings of work, including striking out the side in the third and fifth frames. His 14 strikeouts are tied for seventh-most in an NCAA Division III game this season, the second-highest total in the MIAC this season for a 7-inning contest, and the most by a Carleton hurler since Matt Stamets fanned 16 batters on May 3, 2018.

Vithoontien won five of his six matches last week in helping Carleton open the season with a trio of victories. Vithoontien prevailed in all three of his No. 1 singles matches, including a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Luther College’s Nyathi Motlojoa, who entered the contest 12-1 on the season. That victory clinched Carleton’s narrow 5-4 win over the perennially regionally-ranked Norse. Vithoontien also won No. 1 doubles matches against St. Olaf and St. Thomas before coming up short in a tiebreaker to Luther College’s top pairing on Sunday.

Wilkinson pulled away from the pack early on in the 5,000-meter run last weekend, posting a winning time of 14:23.66 at the Carleton Relays. That is the fourth-fastest time in NCAA Division III over the last two seasons and the fastest in the MIAC over that span by more than 31 seconds.

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Fields of fire!

Carletonian - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 12:17pm

It’s spring, and that means that some parts of the Arboretum will be burned! Arb staff conduct prescribed fires every spring when the weather is dry but plants are not yet green, and the pieces of prairie that can be burned see fire about every four years. 

The soils and plants of the prairie love fire because it reduces accumulating biomass, makes nutrients available and cycles them, keeps large trees from taking over, kills invasive plants, changes microbes, clears space for new seeds to grow and makes the growing season earlier because of the warm, blackened land. Native prairie plants are adapted to fire, and can survive because they grow deep roots. Native trees have thick, fire-proof bark that protects them, and small mammals in the prairie know to either flee or escape the heat in the depths of their burrows. Sometimes you might see a singed mouse, but they are better off in the long run! 

Prairie landscapes have loved fire for millions of years, and humans have contributed to this relationship for thousands; many Indigenous peoples regularly shaped the landscape with fire for many reasons, including but not limited to driving herds of game animals, encouraging grazing grasses for herds, cultivating specific trees to support culturally important birds, clearing travel routes and making long-distance signals. Although our relationships with the land have changed considerably, we still provide care for it and our native plants by burning every spring.

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A peek behind the curtain of quarantine

Carletonian - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 12:16pm

I was one of the people quarantined as part of an effort to contain The Fourth Goodhue Outbreak (you know the one). When I got the call that I was being moved into one of Carleton’s reserved quarantine spaces, I really had no idea what to expect; no one I knew had been through the quarantine process before. I had assumed, given Carleton’s outward attitude about the pandemic, that they had solid procedures in place for handling outbreaks and were prepared to support students.

I was wrong. And I want to preface what I’m about to say: I really sympathize for how difficult this pandemic has been for Carleton, and I do not blame any of the individuals on the COVID response team. They were understaffed and overwhelmed and doing the best they could.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way—my quarantine experience was absolutely awful. From the second my roommate dropped me off on the front deck of Rice House with a hastily packed duffle bag containing a random assortment of clothes and school supplies (but no shirts) and a water bottle half filled with Capri Sun, I knew that I was in for a long and brutal two weeks. 

My room was on the third floor and was suffocatingly small. There was no room to move about or pace, with the bed, dresser, desk and mini fridge taking up all available floor space. I’m not someone who usually has space issues—but my two weeks in this closet-sized room taught me everything I need to know about claustrophobia. For reference: the adjacent bathroom was bigger than my room. The first few days were warm and sunny, and so I tried to spend as much time outside as possible, either on my Daily Carleton Sanctioned Walk (capped at one hour) or sitting on the front porch and watching people walk by.

However, the weather soon changed into cold, rainy/ snowy, and grey. During this time of being trapped inside, with no sunlight or human interaction, I kept myself occupied by:

  • Downloading old Wii games onto my Macbook 
  • Starting (and giving up on) learning Swahilli on Duolingo
  • Writing a poem about how I felt like the woman from The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Eating entire Domino’s pizzas by myself
  • Sleeping 17 hours a day (if only to escape the burden of consciousness)
  • Worrying about getting/ potentially having COVID
  • Re-reading my favorite middle school book series
  • Texting people I haven’t talked to since high school 
  • Gazing out the window into Stevie P.’s backyard in the hope of seeing a human face

As I settled into the anxiety, depression, and apathy that comes with solitary confinement, I received daily emails and phone calls from the Carleton COVID team, inquiring about my wellbeing and checking that I was not seeing other people in the house or spending unnecessary time outside of my room. These communications, however, grew increasingly sparse and businesslike as my time in quarantine wore on, especially once the number of cases rose drastically and the college was quickly overwhelmed with juggling the increasing number of quarantined students. 

It quickly became clear to me and the other residents of Rice House that Carleton was not prepared to handle more than a few people in quarantine and isolation—and they should’ve been. The beginning of spring term was the largest outbreak we’ve had on campus so far, and despite the time and forewarning to prepare for a larger campus outbreak, Carleton was just not ready when it actually happened. 

I don’t know what went on or goes on inside the part of Carleton’s administration responsible for handling the pandemic—but to someone in quarantine, every communication felt frantic, rushed, and grossly overwhelmed. Those of us already in quarantine were quickly cast aside and left to cope on our own as the administration scrambled to address the spike in cases.

It didn’t take long for me to feel the lack of support. I was in a house with five other exposed students, two of whom tested positive in the first week we were quarantined. After finding out that two of the people we had been sharing spaces with were positive, the rest of us were not allowed to get tested unless we had symptoms, even for our own peace of mind.

This added to the emotional burden I was already experiencing in quarantine, because I now not only had to worry about the exposure that had placed me in quarantine to begin with, but also about potentially being exposed while living in the same house as two COVID-positive people. As someone with a high risk pre-existing condition, I was especially anxious about the possibility of getting sick. We were given very little support during this time, and any concerns we raised were harshly dismissed: “You’ve already been exposed, so what really do you have to worry about?”

In addition to this, two of the other people in my quarantine house, along with myself, had already been two weeks out of our first doses of the Pfizer vaccine when we were placed into quarantine, with our second doses scheduled within the coming days. When we explained our situation to the Carleton COVID-response team in contact with us, and asked whether we could leave for less than an hour to receive our second doses of the vaccine, the answer was an unequivocal no, even if/ when we tested negative. They informed us threateningly that if we left our quarantine space for any reason, including to keep our vaccine appointments, it was a breach of the Community Covenant and that we would be sent home and potentially face even more extreme disciplinary action. After all, they said, “You should feel good about your level of protection! The first dose is very effective against infection.” This felt like an especially low blow after a full week of Carleton-imposed quarantine. 

And then there was the issue of the food. They dropped off food once a day, at around 4:30-5:00 p.m., with dinner for the night and breakfast and lunch for the subsequent days. We were frequently given leftovers from the dining hall, which on its own isn’t a problem; I’m all for saving food waste. The issue came with the way this food was then stored; the food clearly had been left out in the open for a significant amount of time by when it reached us, since the hot food was no longer hot and the cold food was no longer cold. And because there was not much space in the refrigerator, I often ended up eating food that had been sitting out for 24+ hours. This, you might think to yourself, sounds like the perfect recipe for food poisoning. 

It was around the start of my second week in quarantine, I was hit swiftly and brutally by a bout of old-dining-hall-food induced food poisoning. I won’t get into the juicy details, but suffice to say that it was miserable and not something I would wish upon anyone. My mood was terrible, I was lonely and exhausted, and then I had to deal with unspeakable stomach issues with no support (except for from my friends—shout out to the people who doordashed tums for me and brought me pepto bismol. You know who you are and you saved my life). 

And throughout all of this, I had to keep up with a Carleton workload. I had to get onto all of my zoom meetings (or in the case of my in person class, have my face projected on the board for all to see), turn in assignments on time, and stay engaged. This was exceedingly difficult as my mental and physical health collapsed and I was barely able to complete even my most basic assignments. You’d think that with all the freetime on my hands, I should’ve had no problem completing my work, and maybe even could’ve gotten ahead– but the misery of quarantine made keeping up with a Carleton workload near impossible. 

To compound this socially, at least in my experience, there is a substantial amount of embarrassment, shame, and judgment surrounding being sent to quarantine or isolation. Especially with Carleton’s general culture, people often assume if you were exposed that you were being unsafe, breaking rules, or partying—basically, if you got COVID, you probably weren’t being careful enough, and brought it upon yourself. 

This is simply not true for many people. As I discovered, anyone can find themselves in quarantine or isolation. If you know someone in a similar situation in regards to COVID, be kind to them. Don’t make assumptions about how they ended up in quarantine or isolation; rumors spread fast at Carleton, and the people in quarantine are going through enough without having to constantly address accusations of being irresponsible partiers. I’m sure in some cases, this is true– but for the majority of people, they just got unlucky. 

And no matter what you do—don’t eat 2-day-old eggs from LDC.

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“Arrestable action out of necessity”: students fighting Line 3 speak out

Carletonian - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 12:12pm

In Northern Minnesota, the Enbridge corporation is racing to build the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline as resistance grows. Since December, pipeline workers have ravaged a corridor through the state—chopping down trees like toothpicks, tearing up the ground, and welding massive sections of pipe together. The construction is an inescapable presence. Driving around, you’ll notice entryways to the construction area marked with brightly colored flags every few miles. You’ll see construction equipment, you’ll see trenches, you’ll see police keeping watch over the line. 

The Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline, if built, will cause almost $300 billion in climate damage, equal to 50 new coal plants. If the pipeline is finished, the tar sands oil will make it impossible for Minnesota to reach net zero emissions.

But that’s not all—Line 3 violates the right of Anishinaabe people to practice their lifeways guaranteed by treaties. When the pipeline spills (and it will ), the oil will pollute water in the Mississippi and other waterways, threatening Anishinaabe wild rice. The presence of pipeline workers also increases rates of drug and human-trafficking, worsening the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives crisis (MMIWR). 

Over spring break, a group of Carls—including us writing here—drove up to Northern Minnesota to fight Line 3. Since the pipeline is already halfway built, the way we stop it is by literally stopping it, putting our bodies in the way of construction. Towards the end of break, on March 25th, we stood in solidarity with 16 water protectors on an active Line 3 construction site. On that day, we locked ourselves to other allies, and defended Indigenous people as they prayed for our planet and our more-than-human-kin in a waag–a sacred Anishinaabe structure–on their native land and current treaty territory. 

From that day, we remember solidarity, hope, and pain. It hurts to see the land torn apart before your eyes for the profit of a Canadian oil company, it hurts to see Indigenous comrades mourn their land and culture, it hurts to know that the pipeline will poison the water and air of future generations. 

But beyond the pain, there is solidarity and hope. We fight in solidarity because all of our fates are intertwined—we all need clean water and want a healthy earth for our children. Protecting the sacred and defending the waters gives us a shared purpose and helps us learn how to create community and hope while preventing catastrophe. The love and support that we give each other shows us that another world is possible—because even with the fear of the pipeline, folks in the Stop Line 3 movement care for each other, splitting chores, providing mutual aid, and sharing knowledge. 

On the construction site, we stood with our arms locked together and halted construction for four hours. Police responded swiftly to our presence on the site, arresting bystanders and quickly working to extract us. They arrested us, placed us in dog kennels, strip-searched us, shackled us and held us overnight in jail—all for doing the necessary work of preventing the continued destruction of the land that sustains us. While in jail, my (Anna’s) cellmate remarked that this sort of work had not been on their radar in college, but then again, she hadn’t watched the world burn nor a seemingly endless stream of televised police killings.

Putting our bodies and our freedom on the line is something we do because we must. Our planet burns, the land is torn apart, our futures are at stake. Other tactics—petitions, lobbying, marches—have failed to prevent the construction of this pipeline, so we take arrestable action out of necessity. 

The fight against line 3 is a fight to protect water, land, treaties, Indigenous women, a livable future. It’s a struggle to put people over the profit of a Canadian oil company. It’s a rally for a better world, one where we care for each other, the planet, and our more-than-human kin. Additionally, we may be fighting against line 3, but this isn’t about us. As white settlers, we know it is our duty to support this fight because our ancestors colonized this land. Additionally, because of our skin color, we’ll have an easier time in the court system. 
Enbridge will continue constructing line 3 this summer, but we have the power to say no. We as students have the lifetime opportunity to mobilize for a better world—so hit us up over email or come to one of our trainings in the coming weeks. Join us and Carls Against Line 3 to help fight a pipeline this summer—take the chance and go up to Northern MN to say yes to clean water and a livable planet. The time is now.

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The college caste system

Carletonian - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 12:11pm

We all have in our heads the pantheon of great American colleges: Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, the list goes on. But these schools aren’t the true gems of our education system. Our truly great schools have names like East Los Angeles College, University of Central Florida, UC Irvine, and the City University of New York. These are big, less exclusive, public schools and community colleges that graduate thousands of students every year, a disproportionate amount of whom are poor, non-white, and first-generation students. The students who graduate from places like UCF and East Los Angeles College will lead wildly better lives simply because these institutions gave them a shot. 

Education is meant to be the silver bullet, the great equalizer that tears down class divides and creates the social mobility that propels the American dream. These institutions are the engines of that dream. 

Take UC Irvine for example. Almost 30,000 undergraduates are enrolled there. 85% are BIPOC. 75% qualify for financial aid, the average cost after aid is 14k, and the admissions rate is 27%. They graduate 87% of students and 89% of Pell grant recipients. UCI gives thousands of students a year the shot at the upward mobility the American Dream promises. And you don’t have to attend prep school, donate, or row crew to access that opportunity. 

On the other hand, the schools we think of as great have perverted the purpose of education. In 2019, Harvard received 8,000 applicants with perfect GPAs, and 3,500 with perfect SATs/ACTs– yet they accepted less than 2,000 undergraduates total. And the lucky few they did accept already had their share of opportunity. Harvard has almost as many students from the top 0.1 percent of the income spectrum as from the entire bottom 20 percent. 

While sitting on a forty billion dollar endowment. 

If they wanted to, Harvard could more than triple their class size with no loss in academic excellence. Such a prestigious education dramatically increases the quality of life of every student it touches, especially if those students are underprivileged — but our ‘best’ institutions of higher education prefer to open that door only a crack.

In 1992 Harvard accepted 16% of applicants. In 2021 they accepted 5%. This conscious choice to value exclusivity and prestige rather than access squashes the notion of meritocracy. When class sizes are kept ridiculously small, it doesn’t matter how good your academics are.

 It’s the people who aren’t already at the top of the socioeconomic ladder who are left out. Harvard still prioritizes legacy kids, athletes (who are disproportionately white and wealthy), attendees of elite prep schools, and the children of donors. In such a crowded admissions process, these kids box the underprivileged out of the opportunities they deserve. 

By insisting to artificially constrain class sizes our most prestigious institutions of higher learning create American aristocracy where educational opportunity is, quite literally, passed down through bloodlines. 

Instead of expanding access, schools right now are in an arms race to be the most exclusive and prestigious, and we can see it here at Carleton. We have fancy new dorms, our dining halls are some of the best in the country, there are ice sculptures outside Sayles in the winter, and light installations that cost thousands of dollars. 

When Carleton pumps money into amenities instead of financial aid, into greater luxury rather than greater access, they are failing the purpose of education. Carleton itself sits on an endowment of more than eight hundred million dollars. Yet Carleton prioritizes legacy kids, has an average cost after aid upwards of thirty thousand dollars, and only 64 students in the class of 2024 are first-generation college students. Our class size has remained basically the same since the 1970s, while Carleton’s acceptance rate has dropped from 50% to 19% in the last thirty years. 

Why does the college insist on hoarding opportunity for those who already have it in abundance? 

We should not be proud of absurdly low admissions rates, we should be ashamed of them. A Carleton education has the potential to change and improve every life it touches, yet in the name of prestige and exclusivity, we slam the door of opportunity in the face of those who need it the most. Efforts to bring in more BIPOC, low-income, and first-generation college students are laudable. But if we increased our class sizes, we could be fulfilling the promise of the American dream for so many more. 

When we keep our admissions rates low and class sizes small we favor the haves instead of the have-nots: the children of donors, legacy kids, and prep school attendees. We fail to fulfill the promise of education and the promise of our country. We become guardians of an American caste system instead of the American dream.

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Activist calls Northfielders to oppose Line 3, says project 'threatens my very existence'

Northfield News - Sat, 04/24/2021 - 1:43pm
Those attending a small Earth Day gathering Saturday morning in Bridge Square were called by an environmental activist to help prevent the replacement of the Line 3 pipeline, a project she said “threatens my very existence.”
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The Earth Day Show 2021

KYMN Radio - Sat, 04/24/2021 - 12:50pm
Earth Day is being celebrated in Northfield on Saturday, April 24 this year. KYMN’s Earth Day Show included Northfielder Erica Zweifel, who highlights the activities and exhibitors at Bridge Square this afternoon, and Minn. Dept. of Agriculture Assistant Commissioner Patrice Bailey, who speaks about the MDA’s priorities involving ag and the environment.

Recall? (SNORT!) NO! NO! NO!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sat, 04/24/2021 - 12:36pm

It’s a RECALL TO NOWHERE! From the City: YOU ASK, WE ANSWER — What’s a Recall?

They’re out today, trying to gather signatures, handing out the above flyers. Earlier this week there was a long advertisement for the recall effort:

Red Wing recall movement hits the streets for signatures

Residents point to firing of Roger Pohlman along with open meeting violation as reason for signing petitions.

And some great Letters to the Editor in today’s bEagle – click for larger version:

“Pathetic malcontents” pretty much says it all.

My $0.02:

Note that the recall petitions they’re trotting around only complain of open meeting law violations (click for larger version):

When they say “by voting unlawfully to deny an open City Council session for consideration disciplinary action against Chief Roger Pohlman, thus infringing upon the rights of the public…” it seems to me that what they wanted was a open IN PERSON meeting at City Hall, so they could storm City Hall!

Pohlman had a “name clearing” hearing, and here’s what it looked like outside City Hall — is there anyone under 50 in this sparse under-50 group:

These are the initial flyers about the recall:

And then there’s the ~250 “Petition” that had typed names, no signatures, people living outside of Red Wing and even in Wisconsin!! Several have complained that their name was used improperly.

And some more primary documentation — the initial campaign report with significant LARGE anonymous donations:

Here are the reports, initial and “amended.” SNORT!

Campaign-Financial-Report-Committee-to-Recall-City-Hall-PDFDownload Amended-Campaign-Fianancial-Report-Committee-to-Recall-City-Hall-PDFDownload
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Raider Wrap with Jimmy LeRue and AJ Reisetter 4-24-21

KYMN Radio - Sat, 04/24/2021 - 11:18am
Put me in coach, I’m ready to play. Head Coach of the Raiders baseball team, Mark Auge joins the program to discuss the 5 and 2 baseball team and what’s in store for the remainder of the season. LaCrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the country.  This week the Wrap talks with

Presence

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sat, 04/24/2021 - 9:43am

Look down, fair moon, and bathe this scene;Pour softly down night’s nimbus floods, on faces ghastly, swollen, purple;On the dead, on their backs, with their arms tossed wide,Pour down your unstinted nimbus, sacred moon.-Walt Whitman, “Look Down, Fair Moon,” Drum Taps: The Complete Civil War Poems (reprint, 2015)

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Ole Cup participant Olacoral: One year later

St. Olaf College - Fri, 04/23/2021 - 2:05pm
Olacoral won the Best Social Venture award at Ole Cup in 2020. See how their business has evolved in the last year by keeping the health of coral reefs in focus.
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No injuries in Faribault airplane crash; Rice County vaccinations keeping pace; One Small Step promotes civil discourse

KYMN Radio - Fri, 04/23/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director A single engine airplane crashed about half-a-mile southwest of the Faribault Airport yesterday afternoon, according to the Rice County Sherriff’s Department and the Faribault Fire Department.  The crash occurred shortly after 2pm yesterday in a field west of the airport. According to the fire department, the airplane’s two occupants were outside

Julie Daniels and Pam Tidona discuss Three Links Care Center services

KYMN Radio - Fri, 04/23/2021 - 10:17am
Julie Daniels and Pam Tidona of Three Links Senior Care Center discusses the services offered by Three Links.
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