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Frost preparations!

 

The weather just continues to keep us guessing. If you have any tender plants – such as hanging baskets, warm season annuals planted in the ground, or baskets or other containers outside – you should bring them into the garage or be prepared to cover them. The forecast shows light frost for southern Minnesota.

I brought all of my containers in except for two that I can’t move. I will cover these with a sheet late afternoon. Cool season vegetables like brocolli and cabbage can typically handle a light frost – but if you’re covering things up – why chance it.

 

The is the advisory found on WCCO Weather .. Frost Advisory from MON 1:00 AM CDT until MON 8:00 AM CDT…FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 8 AM CDT MONDAY… * TEMPERATURE…Low to mid 30s. * IMPACTS…Sensitive vegetation may be damaged if left unprotected. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Frost Advisory means that widespread frost is expected. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.

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Dukes, Hawks postponed

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Sun, 05/19/2019 - 9:24am

The Dukes-Hastings game schedule for Sunday, May 19 has been postponed due to miserable conditions. The game will be made up on Wednesday, June 12 in Dundas at 7:30 p.m.

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Despite rain-dampened event, Almanzo organizers hope cycling race becomes yearly Northfield tradition

Northfield News - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 1:43pm
While weather dampened overall numbers, the Almanzo Cycling Event took place in Northfield for the first time Saturday.
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Drag Show

Carletonian - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:32pm

On Friday, May 10, the Cave hosted four local drag queens at Club Night. Pictured here is Augustina, mid-performance.

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Hmong Awareness Day

Carletonian - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:30pm

On Saturday, May 11, Carleton students celebrated Hmong Awareness Day by learning about Hmong culture and eating Hmong food at an event sponsored by the Coalition of Hmong Students.

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Where are the Sayles soft pretzels?

Carletonian - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:11pm

While there are many issues that are currently impacting Carleton students, all of these problems pale in comparison to what is by far the number one source of grief for students at this time. Sayles has not had soft pretzels all term, and it is the biggest tragedy that no one is talking about.

Soft pretzels are by far the best late-night food at Sayles, and possibly the best overall thing on the menu. Chicken tenders and curly fries are both delicious, but they are not even close to as good as a pretzel. The soft, salty pretzel dipped in creamy cheese sauce or tangy honey mustard creates an orgasm of flavor in your mouth. Carleton student and pretzel enthusiast Liam Holloway-Bidwell ’20 expressed this feeling by saying, “a nice hot pretzel with one’s preference of dipping sauce is the cherry on top of a hard day.”  

Whether you have been grinding in the Libe or are stumbling home drunk from Porch, there is no better way to end your day than with a soft pretzel. 

Now, those delicious pretzels have been ripped away from us by the cold-hearted proprietors of Bon Appetit. It was bad enough when we had to wait until 6 p.m. to enjoy a pretzel, but now we have gone almost an entire term without a soft pretzel in sight. While Bon App claims it is an “oven issue,” I have seen no concerted effort on their part to fix the issue. Meanwhile, us students have been suffering greatly. Luke Webb is a student who has been especially impacted by the pretzel void, as he usually consumes an average of 30-40 pretzels a week. He has been deeply distraught since the pretzels left, stating, “nothing in my time at Carleton has had a worse impact on my mental, physical and emotional health.”

Despite the widespread anguish that students are experiencing from the lack of pretzels, there has been relatively little discourse about the issue on campus. Is this due to a large conspiracy by Bon App to suppress students’ voices and decrease our overall happiness? Almost certainly. This is why it is imperative that we band together and demand that we get what we rightfully deserve: hot, delicious soft pretzels. 

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The top ten room draw numbers

Carletonian - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:10pm

In order to maintain peace and enforce Greek life–esque upperclassmen superiority, the Carleton College administration employs a system of “random” room draw lottery numbers to decide which students get to choose their rooms and in what order.

Here is my personal ranking of the top ten room draw numbers at Carleton.

0001

Unbeknownst to most Carls, this number actually gives you the highest housing choice priority throughout the school. 0001 is given usually to seniors (or those of younger grades that cheat the system—but that rarely happens at Carleton).

0002

Don’t confuse this with “to” or “too!” If you’re assigned this number and you confuse those you’re probably an idiot and don’t deserve this number. 0002 is reserved for those of the upper echelon of intellectual superiority within academia; it’s meant for those who don’t confuse those words; it’s meant for Carleton College students only and if you don’t fall into that category, you sure as hell don’t deserve this doubloon of a number.

0003

This one is one more than 0002 and arguably worse, hence its placement below 0002 on this list. It is also the number of entities in the Holy Trinity (i.e. the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit), directly implying that those with room draw numbers ending in three have some sort of divine connection, and that the Lucky Carl Who Receives 0003 is a full-blown deity themselves.

0420

Although this one will set you pretty far back within the rising senior class, you can still show off to peers with this fairly unique and pretty cool number. If you mention it to friends, they will undoubtedly know you know what marijuana is and, more importantly, that you might consume it here and there.

Within the Carleton social scene, most “coolness” and hierarchical superiority is determined by which student can solve a given math problem the fastest or, perhaps, who can make the quirkiest physics joke that 5 percent of those present understand.

But with this draw number, you can participate and build onto Carleton’s sparse counterculture, rendering you both a rebel and somebody who probably has a lot of sex.

0005

This number is interesting because it has many uses within the American English lexicon. High-five is a good example. A high-five is when two people push their hands together quickly, producing a noise that resembles a loud snap—also known as a “clap.” One’s fingers may be splayed or held together; this does not usually affect the sound of the high-five. High-fives are usually performed after a significant event (usually a happy or exciting one—such as your favorite college football team, the Carleton Knights, beating those damn Concordia Cobbers in a pigskin match), or after, say, a student is assigned the room draw number 0005.

Those assigned 0005 (or those who receive numbers that end with five) have most likely witnessed a high-five before and probably understand the concept, at least on a basic level.

0069

This draw number subtly references 69, which is, unbeknownst to most Carls, a popular sex position. The number has risen to fame in recent years at Carleton following Stevie P’s infamous themed freshmen move-in day speech, titled “Here Are Sixty-Nine Reasons (Wink) Carleton Is an Awesome School,” in which he notably declared his love for said dirty number and that the sole determinant in his ascension to Carleton President was a 69-related joke he made in one of his interviews.

Sixty-nine is an entire culture in itself—something your parents probably don’t know about—making it both a sick reference and a reason to sit next to the Carl who has that room draw number at lunch. Just be sure not to mention it in your third period gym class because Mr. Saunders is a total lamewad.

0007

This room draw number (0007) is also the number of books in the Harry Potter series, which was penned by J. K. Rowling. If you are assigned this number, you are likely a quirky nerd and a senior and will probably be able to draw a desirable room (which is probably not in either Goodhue or Musser because those two dorms are GROSS! P.U., those stink. Burton is also a stinky icky gross dining hall. I want to live in Evans next year because I want to hotbox the entire building with the boys).

0008

Rhymes with abate, ablate, abstrait, achate, affreight, aheight, airfreight, alate, allstate, amate, gate, arzate, attrait, au fait, avait, await, backdate, bank rate, bathgate, baud rate, bay state, belate, benlate, berate, birthrate, blind date, braccate, braithwaite, breakmate, breastplate, bromate, buccate, calaite, callate, carate, castrate, cerate, change state, charge plate, cheapskate, checkmate, chelate, cholate, ciate, porate, postdate, predate, prelate, primate, pro-rate, probate, prolate, prorate, prostate, punctate, quilate, quinate, rabate, rain date, ramate, rebate, refait, reflate, regrate, relate, remate, replait, replate, restate, retrait, retraite, roommate, rotate, rutate, sash weight, savate, schoolmate, seagate, sebate, sedate, serrate, shipmate, shoemate, shumate, siete, sigmate, slave state, sleep late, soul mate, soup plate, southgate, southstate, speedskate, speed skate, stagflate, stagnate, stalemate, stargate, steel plate, sublate, substrate, sucrate, sufflate, sulfate, sulphate, sumgait, sunstate, tailgate, tax rate, teammate, teate, testate, thecate, tin plate, tomate, to date, translate, tri-state, tristate, troy weight, truncate, uncate, uncrate, undate, ungrate, unplait, unstate, unweight, update, upstate, uvate, wall plate, westgate and wingate.

That’s pretty cool!

0009

This draw number is one less than 0010 and Nicole Collins’ favorite number, therefore understandably placing it at number nine in the list of top ten room draw numbers at Carleton College, a small liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota.

Nine also rhymes with “nein,” the German word for “no.” Being assigned this number probably means you’re an unabashed polyglot who can’t say no to a bratwurst with some sauerkraut.

3500

It definitely can’t get you a room in a dorm, but you can rock that West Gym crawlspace pretty hard.

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Predicting Yesterday : speculation about Beatles-inspired film

Carletonian - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:09pm

Yesterday, the Beatles looked as though they were here to stay. But now, at least in Danny Boyle’s new film, Yesterday, they’re nowhere to be seen. When Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) wakes up in the hospital after a nasty bike collision, no one around him had heard of “Strawberry Fields” or had any idea what Mother Mary said to Paul McCartney in his darkest hour. 

How this happened has captured the minds of two procrastinating Carleton students for months now, and despite their late-night debates in Sayles, they still don’t really have any idea what’s going on. So what did they do? Well, their few remaining friends got pretty tired of hearing about this movie, so the two pals decided to write a Carletonian article about their theories. 

Here’s the rundown: Jack is a struggling musician from a small English town who spends more time as the opener at children’s birthday parties than he does in sold out concert venues. One day, as he’s biking home, the power goes out. Not just the streetlights around him, or even all the power in town, but all the power in the world. In the confusion, a bus slams into him, sending Jack to the hospital and into a coma. 

When Ellie (Lily James), Jack’s girlfriend, presents him with a guitar as a welcome home gift, he belts out an admittedly pretty decent rendition of the famed Beatles anthem “Yesterday” for Ellie and some friends. Ellie and co. are nearly brought to tears by the apparently yet-unheard melody, and Jack soon discovers that he is the only person left in the world who has any recollection that the Beatles actually existed. 

So what does Jack do? Well naturally, after some quick moral reckonings of course, he starts “writing” and singing Beatles hits, which he somehow remembers every note of perfectly (we’ll let it slide). 

So what the heck is going on here? Instead of actually finishing our homework, Max and I have come up with a few theories. 

What We Know (From the Trailers, No Spoilers)

We know that Jack went into a coma at almost the exact moment of the power outage, and that he appears to be the only person left on earth who remembers the Beatles. We also know that he ends up making gobs of money in a second wave of Beatlemania (Jackmania?), some of which he ends up paying to a record executive (Kate McKinnon). We also know that later in the piece, two men who claim to have written the Beatles songs join him on stage on James Cordon’s late-night talk show. And, while we don’t quite know this, we’re pretty sure that those two guys are Paul and Ringo. We only get a shot of their feet in the trailer, but we see that one of them is donning dress shoes, and the other is barefoot. As I and a few apparently equally brilliant YouTube commenters figured out, this is almost certainly a reference to the Abbey Road album cover, where Ringo and Paul (the two remaining Beatles) don dress shoes and bare their feet respectively.

The Theories

Obviously it takes a lot of resources, knowhow, and movie magic to erase all semblance of the Beatles’ existence. Who has the ability and motive to do such a dastardly deed?

The Record Company

This is my (Owen’s) main theory, and is therefore the best and most thought out. It comes from simple logic: who is filthy rich, notoriously profit hungry, and the main beneficiary of a second Beatles windfall? Record labels. They know better than anyone else just how profitable the genius of the Beatles could be, and are perhaps better equipped than anyone to erase any recollection of the Beatles. Record labels definitely have enough cash on hand to wipe people’s memories and erase all physical and digital records of the most popular band of all time. Plus, they might have an easier time than most erasing the Beatles music from stores and servers everywhere since, you know, they do music stuff. 

The Beatles Did It!

I (Max) suggest that perhaps the Beatles themselves are to blame for this whole debacle. Maybe the Beatles wanted to see if their music would still be popular if it debuted today. Maybe they even just wanted to see what it would be like to not be famous for a while. They certainly have the financial might and musical know-how to pull off such a stunt, and I’ve heard that Paul and Ringo have been taking JavaScript classes at their local YMCA to learn how to hack (it’s just that simple). Plus, when we see the people we presume to be Paul and Ringo join Jack on the James Cordon show, it’s because they’re finally going to reveal that they were behind this plot the whole time.

It’s All a Dream

I’m assuming they remember what happened after the Lost finale. 

What we Can’t Explain

How could any non-divine being actually erase all evidence that John, Paul, George, and the luckiest drummer alive ever existed?

Are we seriously suggesting that a record company or the Beatles themselves were able to not only brainwash people, but also incinerate every Beatles CD and John Lennon poster in existence? Well, any explanation of this movie rests on some pretty implausible things, so yes, yes we are. 

Why would a bike collision and a subsequent coma make Jack immune to whatever happened? Presumably, thousands of people around the world were in comas or asleep at exactly the same time. What makes Jack special? 

The final thing we can’t explain is why we care so much about this movie. We’re sure to be disappointed by whatever the explanation is, but we’re still going to be the first ones in the theater to see it. Despite our bloated expectations, we believe in Yesterday

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Marketable evil and the search for God

Carletonian - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:07pm

Last Friday, May 10, marked the 25 year anniversary of the execution of American serial killer John Wayne Gacy—which was fitting, given the day was clear, warm and blisteringly sunny.

Though, yes, May 10, 1994 marked a triumphant day in American history, it also calls for solemn contemplation: specifically, that popular obsession with the man led to his widespread fame, earning him catchy monikers like “the Killer Clown,” along with a cult following and an (unfortunate) permanent place in Chicago’s storied history (partially due to his involvement in Chicago local politics and eventual position as the Director of the city’s Polish Constitution Day Parade).

It seems as if the cessation of Gacy’s terror calms Chicagoans down, giving them a sense of security and anodyne for their paranoia. As if Chicago is, for some reason, now safe, allowing residents to reflect with the early summer sun setting on northwest side lawns as the bodies are laid to rest—Gacy’s story has been finished; he can no longer speak or contribute anything more to the living world. It instills in the rabid crowds a feeling of justice.

But Gacy has remained, in and around the city of Chicago, a legend.

It is in moments like these that evil transforms from a present truth to an intriguing, almost addictive past.

Gacy (and, really, any other historical villainous figure) has had several times his weight made up, posthumously, by obsessive artifacts—a Wikipedia page, memorabilia, a stray signature, a painting—rendering him more a commodity than a psychopath.

Gacy’s rampage—and, subsequently, people trying to shame him for it—can hardly be approached reserved and respectfully when the concept of unkempt, unrestrained malice captivates the public to no end, causing them to (on the books) resent him for his irreversible impact on 33-plus families, but (off the books) dive into and chronicle every little movement of his life, creating, as is the case with many evil figures and serial killers, a Truman Show–esque level of dedication and obsession that inflates his identity more than anybody (except maybe Gacy himself) ever wished.

It seems to be a somewhat tame version of hybristophilia: arousal in response to others (usually a partner) having performed outrageous or evil acts, and often a large reason for serial killer cult followings.

Scott A. Bonn, Ph.D., refers to this phenomenon in a Psychology Today article as the creation of “celebrity monsters”, which he compares to adults as horror movies are to children. People are, according to Bonn, attracted to them “out of intense curiosity” as learning about the acts “shocks [their] sense of humanity and makes [them] question [their] safety and security.”

It’s the unconventionality of this kind of wickedness that captivates crowds: his effective evasion of justice; that such a “normal, unassuming” Chicago citizen could commit such atrocities; that it could have been any of us and, if so, we could’ve gotten away with it. It’s just thought-provoking and moral-defying, in many ways, and the mundanity of the wicked agent’s life excites crowds even further, turning a disturbing, unattractive John Wayne Gacy into a sexy, desirable character. It makes evil marketable and drives crowds to almost laud such atrocious acts—it’s one figure stepping out of line the way nobody in the “us” group never could.

Such acts that are bewildering enough tend to propagate even more via word of mouth, perhaps out of both fear and the search for comfort: that telling others will perhaps comfort oneself in knowing others share those feelings, too.

It conjures up the question of “If there is a god, why would they do this?” And, beyond that, it instills a shameful fascination of and dedication to observing a supreme deity in all its forms—images of puppies and babies are similar to those of the world’s most evil people in that they are both on opposite sides of the “justice” spectrum: it’s God’s highest and lowest points.

The bewilderment provokes and confuses, and such sentiments further fuel crowds, viz.:

Would God allow this to happen? Does God make this happen? Or is his true presence our possession of free will?

And, in this regard, the public is able to even further dissect and relate to this issue, e.g. fingernails: 

Ever since childhood, I’ve been fascinated with people’s fingernails. Not in a cosmetic sense, though; they’re one of the only completely unique, recognizable parts of the human body (as compared to, say, a patch of skin) that isn’t hidden or altered beyond recognition. Fingernails reveal volumes about people: Whether they’re painted, bitten, long or short, it shows habits, insecurities and, perhaps, even social status. In the case of movies, TV shows, reality television, etc., they’re often just the way the actors woke up with them that morning.

In many ways, they could (cheesily) be labeled a window to the soul—and, in many regards, the most honest part of a human body.

For perpetrators of atrocious acts, fingernails are almost like a small window to the truth. They see through the facade of lies and battered consciences that come with the crimes; the fingernails know what happened. Observing them can be the most insightful part of watching interviews with the people—especially when said people plead innocence.

It allows everyday people to relate to the villains—a small reminder that, even in their more unfiltered, natural physical features, the latter are still the same species as the former. It is, in large part, this that contributes to the earlier-mentioned popular obsession: it’s intoxicating in its ubiquity, marketable to large crowds.

What tends to complement this phenomenon, as well, is the unexpected, almost shocking subversion of the expectations of these people who consider themselves so similar to those abhorrent, malicious agents.

From a psychological perspective, what makes jokes funny is the mismatch between what one expects and the actual outcome of the dialogue.

At the most fundamental level, the unexpected nature of a joke’s punchline is what comes off as comical and intriguing to us. And, in this way, the unexpected malicious, manipulative behavior of average Joes is what surprises and engages hungry crowds.

That is true evil: the mismatch of means, goals in a specific context. Something that, on a wide scale, doesn’t make sense and was performed for one’s gain and another’s loss.

If Agent A agrees to buy from Agent B a sandwich for five dollars, both parties will end up satisfied, as the former received something for the price at which they valued it and Agent B gave something away for a price that, to them, warranted it. But if Agent B sold it for any more than that, Agent A would feel cheated and upset. This would constitute evil, this time, in the form of theft. Specifically, Agent B’s goals and means mismatched with Agent A’s in the specific context of wanting to trade a sandwich for a certain amount of money.

And, also, evil is making people face the unexplored void of death—arguably society’s most commonly-shared fear—before they wish to.

It is those who embrace evil more than anybody else that excites and drives us, much the same way as do sex, drugs, learning, love, etc.

It’s the stepping out of line we envy but never dare do.

As Bonn states in his article on serial killers: “We need them.”

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Do not vote for the most “electable” candidate in 2020

Carletonian - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:06pm

The 2020 election cycle is ramping up, and although it’s early, people are beginning to form their opinions of the candidates. A prominent factor in many Democrats’ decisions on who to support is electability. 2016 burned Democrats pretty good, and I think many of them are more focused on beating Trump than on electing the candidate who best serves their needs. 

It is not necessarily bad that people are considering candidates whom they believe can realistically win over candidates that they may agree with more. However, voting based on electability alone is dangerous because it is quite difficult to predict. There are tons of factors that influence presidential elections, and innumerable things can and will change between the primaries and the general election. 

The average voter cannot possibly gather enough data and political expertise to accurately predict who can win an election. Due to the difficulty of actually determining electability, voters as well as the media look to past elections and compare previous winners to current candidates. This creates a vision of electability that reinforces characteristics of past presidents, specifically that they are white and male. 

Only one non-white man has ever won the presidency, and no women have ever won. This predictably leads voters to believe that a woman or person of color has a slim chance of winning the presidency.

However, there is no evidence that suggests that voters are actually predisposed to avoid these types of candidates. 

To put things in perspective, consider Donald Trump. Did you deem him an electable candidate in 2015? Few people thought Trump was a legitimate contender until he defeated Ted Cruz in the Republican primary. Just because a candidate is significantly different from previous presidents does not necessarily count the out of the race; Trump had success in part because he was so unconventional. 

When people talk about the most electable candidates in the 2020 election, they often bring up Joe Biden. This is because he has a lot of support among white Rust Belt voters. Many of these voters voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and Trump in 2016, flipping key states in Republicans’ favor. Democrats obviously want to focus on regaining the support of those voters, and Biden seems to be the party’s best shot at doing so. This is not the only way to win the election, however, so it would be unwise for voters to choose Biden simply because he could capture white, working-class votes. 

Electability as it stands now is most often taken to mean the candidate who would most appeal to moderates who voted for Trump. People seem to believe that the answer to this is a white, male candidate, though there is no evidence to suggest that race or gender will make a difference here. It is likely that the voters who actually do prefer a white, male candidate are more conservative and will vote for Trump anyway.

So, if you’re deciding who to support in 2020, I’d avoid thinking about electability. It doesn’t mean much and the primary system is generally pretty good at nominating the candidate with the best chance to win anyway. If I haven’t convinced you and you’d still like to consider electability, here’s my take: I think Joe Biden is most likely to win. In addition to the support he has among Rust Belt voters (a key Trump demographic), black and latino voters support Biden at greater levels than any other Democratic candidate.

Given the broad coalition he has already built as well as the huge advantage he has in name recognition and media coverage, he looks poised to be the eventual nominee. It’s still early though, so that could certainly change.

If 2016 showed us anything, it’s that no matter how well you think you know Americans, you’re probably at least a little bit wrong. So vote for the candidate who you agree with the most, and hope that the best candidate wins. 

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Student-led Climate and Society journal changes hands as leaders graduate

Carletonian - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:05pm

As the threat of climate change grows by the day, students across the country are looking for ways to take the fight against climate change into their own hands. For many, this can take the form of political activism, reducing personal carbon footprints, or working on campus sustainability. As much as students care about the issue, many feel like it can be hard to make their voice heard among the massive conversations surrounding climate change. 

Two seniors, Jonathan Elwell ’19 and Oliver Wolyniec ’19, decided to take this challenge on by creating a student-run undergraduate research journal designed to foster collaboration between undergraduate institutions and amplify the voices of some of the most environmentally passionate students in the country. 

Their journal, Climate and Society, is focused on the intersection of climate change and social issues. The first issue, published in January of 2019, took on topics such as transnational climate governance, the relationship between healthcare and climate change, and the future of agricultural production in the face of climate change. 

With the journal’s home in the Department of Political Science, Elwell and Wolyniec envisioned a space where students and faculty from schools across the country could engage with each other in the fight against climate change. 

Looking at their editorial board, it’s clear that this goal is already being realized. Students currently on the board come from schools such as Swarthmore College, Colorado College, Smith College, Macalester College, Pomona College, Wesleyan University, and Carleton College. 

Climate and Society is currently collecting papers for its next issue, and is accepting submissions on a rolling basis. 

The Carletonian sat down with Elwell to hear more about how the journal was started, and his and Wolyniec’s goals in creating it. 

How did the journal get started—where did the idea come from?

We talked about how most of the research and dialogue revolved around climate change as just a scientific issue. But we saw climate change as an extremely intersectional issue and wanted to create some sort of organization or group that would focus on the intersection of climate change and social sciences.

When did you realize you could make it into something more than just an idea?

We reached out to Al Montero, Professor of Political Science and Director of Advising, in the spring of 2017 and introduced the idea of an intercollegiate journal focused on the nexus of climate change and social science. He was very receptive and laid out a number of steps we would have to take to establish a legitimate, organized journal. With his guidance, we realized that the idea could become something very concrete.

Walk us through the process of starting the journal.

It was definitely a stop and start process. Over the spring and summer of 2017, we communicated with related professors at many different schools to gauge their interest in the project and ended up with a list of 26 interested colleges. Then in the fall of 2018 we established the editorial board with 13 members from seven different schools. Throughout the winter and spring of 2018, we reviewed the submissions, revised the papers, and decided which articles we’d like to publish. Then, we took the time to establish the website through the library BePress Digital Commons system. This was important to give the journal solid, legitimate, sustainable foundations. This process took us through the summer and fall of 2018 and we published the first issue in January 2019.

What was it like to publish the first issue?

It was really gratifying. Simply publishing the first issue was great. Then seeing that it was being read by people all over the world was very unexpected and really wonderful. 

Who has been the most helpful or impactful in getting this started?

Al Montero with his initial guidance and advice about what would be required to establish the journal. Jason Hallen, Circulation Librarian and Library Technology Coordinator, for his countless hours of help with setting up the website.

What is the importance of the journal to you? To the Carleton community?

We see the journal as a way to connect people from different communities who are united by a common concern and interest in climate change as a social science issue. Turning it from a raw idea to an organized journal to actual publication was an extremely satisfying process.

We hope that for the Carleton community, the journal can be an opportunity for interested students to deeply engage with issues they care about and build knowledge, skills, and connections that will help them be more prepared to act on climate change related issues.

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Class of 2023 currently over-enrolled, more diverse than anticipated

Carletonian - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:04pm

After Wednesday, May 1, National College Decision Day, 545 of the 1,401 students admitted to Carleton decided to join the class of 2023, marking a 38.9 percent yield. According to Vice President and Dean of Admissions Paul Thiboutot, the college had a target enrollment of 520 students, meaning that the class of 2023 is over-enrolled. 

The class of 2023 consists of 33 percent domestic students of color, 11 percent international students, and 12 percent first-generation college students. In addition, students in the incoming class come from 46 states and about 30 countries, according to Thiboutot. 

In April, the Carletonian reported that at least 40 percent of this year’s admitted students identify as U.S. students of color or international students. While Thiboutot was reluctant to speculate about the demographics of the incoming class at the time, it is now clear that 44 percent of the incoming class identifies as U.S. students of color or international students, surpassing Admissions’ expectations and signifying a strong final note to the retiring dean’s career.

Thiboutot also shared that, for the incoming class, “we are at a high of 37 percent middle-income students, well above our 30 percent guardrail on this metric for financial aid. Also, 55 percent of students are receiving need-based scholarship aid from the college, again within our target for this metric.” 

Last May, the Carletonian reported that the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee (AFAC) tracks socioeconomic diversity for each class after admission through the use of a middle-income guardrail, which was implemented after a 2012 working group found that the proportion of middle-income Carleton students had dropped by between 15 and 20 percent over the preceding 20 years. 

AFAC representatives explained last May that the 30 percent guardrail for middle-income student enrollment does not mean that the college prioritizes enrolling middle-income students over low-income students. Instead, the point of the guardrail is to avoid a “barbell effect,” meaning mostly high-income and low-income students on campus. The middle-income guardrail metric, unique to Carleton, helps the college track and stabilize socioeconomic diversity. The college defines middle-income as an annual household income between $42,000 and $170,000. 

On Thursday, May 9, a waitlisted student wrote on college admissions forum College Confidential that the class of 2023 was overenrolled and would not be accepting students off the waitlist, per an official letter. Thiboutot confirmed that “we are slightly over-enrolled for the moment, and if this remains a typical year in late withdrawals from the class, what is termed ‘summer melt’ in our business, then we will be spot-on in the fall without turning to the waitlist.”

“Summer melt,” Thiboutot explained, “refers to students withdrawing from the class after having deposited by May 1 due to being admitted from the waitlist of another college or deciding to request a gap year before starting at Carleton.” Carleton’s average summer melt is about 25 students, leading Admissions to expect the final entering class size to decrease toward the target of 520, according to Thiboutot.

For now, this is “an almost perfect result,” Thiboutot said. 

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SHAC webinar informs alumni about mental health at Carleton

Carletonian - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:03pm

This past Monday, May 13, Carleton alumni tuned in to a Carleton Connects webinar to learn about the mental health resources Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) and the Office of Health Promotion (OHP) offer to students. 

Carleton Connects is a monthly webinar run by Alumni Relations that presents on a wide variety of topics relating to campus happenings. The last Carleton Connects webinar of the year was hosted by Marit Lysne, Director of Student Health and Counseling, and Janet Lewis Muth, Director of Health Promotion. 

“Chris Brunelle from Alumni Relations invited Janet and I to present to alumni about the programs and services at Carleton related to mental health and wellness,” said Lysne. “Depending on when alumni graduated, they may have had a much different experience at Carleton than current students do. We hope this presentation will give them a glimpse into a few ways that life is different for students.”

In response to the question of how mental health resources at Carleton have changed over the 19 years that she has been at Carleton, Lysne said: “This is a broad question with a lot of possible answers.” 

She cited several, including: “Greater demand for and utilization of medical and counseling services at Student Health and Counseling, creation of the Office of Health Promotion, less stigma regarding mental health and students’ increased comfort with sharing their struggles with others, such as their peers, and enhanced services and staffing in many offices in the division of Student Life to provide support in many different ways to Carleton students.”

In order to inform alumni about how Carleton addresses mental health issues on campus, Lysne and Lewis Muth provided “a general overview” of SHAC and the OHP’s  public health approach. Broadly, SHAC offers individual and group counseling, skills-based workshops, and emergency after-hours phone consultation with counselors. The Office of Health Promotion also offers several workshops for students, faculty, and staff concerning mental health training. 

Overall, the goal of this month’s webinar was not to teach alumni about mental health in general, but rather what Carleton does to address issues “regarding stress, sleep, and mental health challenges,” Lysne clarified. “As the director of Student Health and Counseling, I know that the college is aware of the mental health needs on campus, cares about meeting that need, and has provided resources to SHAC in terms of budget and staffing to allow services to expand over the 19 years I have worked here.” 

“The general goal is to offer an opportunity to the roughly 27,000 living alumni whom we have to stay in contact with life on campus,” said Christopher Brunelle, Associate Director of Alumni Relations. Although the program is mostly geared toward alumni, anyone can access archived webinars on the Carleton Connects Lecture Program page on Carleton’s website. Planning for next year’s webinar topics, headed by Brunelle, is already underway.

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Interactive multimedia arts exhibition in Sayles, shares stories of peace

Carletonian - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:01pm

Throughout last week, Carleton students were met with bright studio lights and a floor filled with white banners at the end of their climb up the stairs to Upper Sayles. On these banners were photographs of unfamiliar faces, followed by lengthy chunks of text underneath. However, with a closer look these banners revealed personal stories of tragedy and injustice, as well as hope and forgiveness. From May 6 to May 10, the “A Peace of My Mind” exhibition captivated and moved the Carleton community.

“A Peace of My Mind” was founded by John Noltner, an award-winning Minnesota photographer and peace activist. For the past ten years Nolter has explored the meaning of peace by profiling individuals from all over the country and sharing their responses to the question “What does peace mean to you?” 

In the exhibition, each white banner showcases a portrait of a person he has interviewed alongside their personal stories and experiences surrounding peace. All of the photographs and interviews have been compiled into Nolter’s two books — the first being Minnesota-based and the second being nationwide.

The exhibition was hosted by the Office of Intercultural and International Life (OIIL). OIIL had previously brought Noltner to campus six years ago to speak about his project, but only for one evening. “John does photography for The Voice and we reunited as he did a photo shoot for our new space in Upper Sayles.  I felt it was necessary to bring the exhibition back for a longer period of time and have it displayed in a more visible location,” said Brisa Zubia ’05, Director of OIIL. OIIL also organized an interactive live studio and a keynote lecture with Noltner to accompany the exhibition.

At the lecture, Noltner revealed the inspiration behind his massive project. In 2009, he began getting frustrated at the quality of the national dialogue and at all the things that asked people to look at what separated them. “When it comes to dividing people, there are all sorts of tools at your disposal, but I wondered if I could use my photography and storytelling to instead to look at what connects us,” he said. As a result of the economic recession, Noltner had fewer clients and more free time to experiment with the idea of peace. He noticed a discrepancy between people simply saying they wanted peace and their actual actions—a disconnect between what people claim they value and how they live out their day-to-day lives. From there, the question that he would end up traveling around the country asking—“What does peace mean to you?”—was formed. “It’s a question that shows what we value as a society and sparks conversation about race, gender, class, and more. It gives people the chance to express what’s on their hearts,” Noltner explained.

This all kickstarted a 40,000 mile road trip across the country over the span of three years. During his journey, Noltner traveled to places he never knew existed before and interviewed people from all different backgrounds and experiences. From speaking with Holocaust survivors to veterans to a cowboy—and also “normal, everyday” individuals who were stricken by poverty or social injustice, Noltner expressed how crucial it is to learn how to sincerely listen to people and their stories. When he encountered places of historic harm, like the spot where Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American who was accused of whistling at a white woman, was lynched, Noltner would find natural resources, like sticks and rocks, and form a peace sign on the ground. “It’s a small gesture of healing and a small commitment to try to not let those things happen in our world again.” 

“We use these stories not to tell people the secret meaning of peace, but to encourage people to be part of the conversation,” said Noltner. As his exhibits tour the country, Nolter has set up interactive live studios alongside them, where the audience can come to share their own stories and be photographed. The responses are then compiled into a video. Last Tuesday, 53 Carleton students and staff participated in the live studio, sharing their answers to the question, “When have you been your best self?” 

“OIIL wanted to offer a space where the community could reflect on other people’s lived experiences and an opportunity for the Carleton community to then self-reflect,” said Zubia. “It is such a fast-paced world that we live in, and we hope that people were able to slow down a bit and listen to others’ experiences as well as take time to see that in a vast world, there are similar experiences that bring many of us together.”

Noltner plans on expanding his project across borders and creating an international version of his books. As the exhibition came to a close, Zubia said, “I hope students gained an even deeper understanding of the world around us and the multitude of experiences that impact individuals in their lives.  It is important to take the time to reflect and find comfort in our own lived experience in relation to others.” 

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Differences in MIAC playoff formats between sports spark dialogue

Carletonian - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 11:59am

Making the MIAC playoffs is the goal for most athletic teams at Carleton, and winning these small tournaments is frequently the first step in winning a national title, the ultimate objective of every team and athlete in Division III. Throughout the season, teams jostle for position, hopefully placing them firmly within the playoff picture when the season comes to an end. Interestingly, not all playoff pictures have the same size picture frame. Some sports, like soccer, have a six team playoff, whereas others, like baseball and softball, only bring the top four teams to their tournaments. Debates about these playoff formats have many layers of complexity, invoking discussions about the importance of the regular season, which playoff seeds deserve “special treatment,” and which format helps the best team receive the automatic bid to the NCAA national tournament, the prize for winning the MIAC conference title.

Junior baseball player Owen Riley speaks highly of the four team format used for baseball. “[The format] is good for the MIAC baseball season because it means that every single game in the regular season means a lot, so you can never relax and know that you’ve got a playoff spot secure. With only four spots, every game becomes a must win game. I think the format keeps every game you play really competitive.” Riley’s sentiments mirror the primary argument in favor of a more exclusive playoff. By keeping the number of teams low, regular season performance and consistency are rewarded, things that are especially important in a sport as unpredictable as baseball. Since upsets are common in the sport (Carleton’s 10th place team swept the eventual MIAC champion), a smaller playoff rewards consistency over time, giving only the most regular performers a chance at the title.

Riley also believes that the playoff structure allows high level teams to consistently win the tournament, and thus receive the automatic bid to the NCAA nationals. The automatic bid is especially important for the MIAC, as the teams in the conference often have a weak strength of schedule, making it a challenge for most MIAC baseball sides to receive at-large bids to the big dance.

“I think that four teams is probably best, because baseball is a sport where in one game anything can happen,” said Riley. “Say you have a six team playoff. You could easily have a team that comes in sixthplace who maybe finished with a .500 MIAC record end up winning the playoffs. And if you’re trying to produce the best possible team to go to the national tournament that’s probably not how you’re going to do it. Just because the team may have beat high level teams on their best day doesn’t mean they are going to be super competitive at the national tournament.”

For Riley, the four team format allows for an elite team to reach the NCAA tournament more frequently, helping to alleviate the possibility of a lesser team taking advantage of a few upsets to win the slot, perhaps preventing another team from making the tournament who is more likely to have a good performance at the higher level. Although Riley believes that the smaller playoff size works against Carleton baseball, a team typically finding themselves just below playoff contention, he still believes that it is the best format for the conference.

“If I was in charge of the MIAC as a Carleton baseball player, I’d expand it to six teams so we could have a better shot of making the playoffs next year,” said Riley. “But if I was in charge of the MIAC not playing for Carleton, I’d keep things the way they are.”

Softball player Maddie Sherwood ’19 dislikes the four team format of the softball MIAC playoffs, partially due to the domination of two powerhouse programs at St. Thomas and St. Kate’s.

“With St. Thomas and St. Kate’s being so dominant in the softball playoffs I think it’s really hard when we always know each year those two spots are going to be taken. So basically we are only vying for two spots because no matter what, St. Thomas and St. Kate’s are going to make it,” Sherwood states. For Sherwood, expanding the playoff format keeps the playoffs open to more teams, allowing for healthier competition to take place by making the playoffs a more attainable goal.

“I think in the regular season when you’re vying for a spot in the playoffs it’s really hard for teams to stay motivated, especially when you lose a game that could have gone either way,” said Sherwood. “We could be out just because of this one game. A bigger playoff makes the overall season more competitive and more enjoyable for student athletes who want to compete for those additional spots.”

The idea of motivation is especially important for teams who find themselves just outside the top four, despite good performances throughout the season. For example, Carleton softball set a record for the most wins in a season this year and finished in seventh place in the MIAC, yet they were eliminated from MIAC playoff contention with four games remaining in the season. The number of games played without playoff implications was even higher for the five teams behind Carleton in the standings, a testament to how exclusive playoff formats can decrease the top-to-bottom competitiveness of the conference. 

Sherwood elaborated on the idea of playoff-based motivation as beneficial to late season play. “I think me and my teammates always come out and we want to win and we want to do the best that we possibly can. But, especially toward the end of the season where you’re really just grinding your gears and running on adrenaline, I think having those two spots would add an extra layer of motivation for the team.” 

Sherwood also believes that softball is a sport with far less randomness and potential for upsets when compared to baseball due to smaller pitching staffs, which she believes would add legitimacy to a six team softball playoff.

“I think with softball it’s a bit different than baseball because you can rely on two pitchers your entire season, and you don’t have to rely on a huge staff. I think that the back-to-back play for the 3-6 ranked teams would not be an issue for softball at all. I don’t think it would affect softball as much as it would baseball,” said Sherwood. Since pitching staffs are smaller in softball, where two pitchers can easily carry a team through an entire season, the randomness of the playoffs decreases, making it less likely that a team could “get lucky” and win a six team playoff. 

Men’s soccer player Mark Roth ’19 believes that the six team playoff promotes striving for the top playoff slots. Since the one and two seeds both receive first-round byes, it was a goal of the Knights to get one of these two slots.

“Getting one of the top two slots was one of our goals coming into the season because we have been in the bottom four]teams the past two years, and you have to play on Tuesday ahead of the Wednesday matchup and if you have that extra day of rest it makes a huge difference, so getting that second or first seed and eventually using that to get to the championship was the goal,” said Roth. Since the lower-seeded teams have to play an extra game, the six team playoff is able to introduce more teams into the playoff fray while still giving priority to the top performers in the conference.

Prior to Roth’s first-year season, the MIAC had a four team playoff, before they switched to the current six team format, a change that aggravated some of Roth’s older peers.

“A lot of the players on the team were unhappy about this because if you weren’t in the top two it required you to play those extra games,” said Roth. “I think that a six team playoff encourages teams to play a little bit differently in the playoff games leading up to the championship because if you’re in the bottom four, you have to play to win the game but you also have to play with the knowledge that you are playing the next day. Some teams to pack it in defensively and try to take risks, and some try to get it to penalty kicks.”

Roth is also concerned by the forced game plan shift that occurs as a result of having to play on back-to-back days. He said, “I think moving to a four team playoff would increase the emphasis placed on every regular season game and might change the playoffs so that people could play to their strengths better.” Roth speaks his praise for the four team format, but he also feels that the six team playoff is able to uniquely prepare athletes for the rigor of the NCAA tournament.

“As a pro to the six team system, in the NCAA tournament, you have to play back-to-back games. Maybe that’s why they decided to move to a six team playoff to encourage that hardship and to become more familiar with it,” said Roth.

Creating an optimal playoff system requires more nuance than many outsiders would assume. The mechanics of the sport itself often dictate the ideal playoff format: while a six team format would perhaps be more ideal in a more predictable softball environment, it would be potentially harmful in baseball, considering the sport’s high level of randomness. There is also no perfect playoff system, an idea that is typified in the pros and cons of the larger soccer playoff system. All playoffs are not created equal, and Carleton hopes to see the Knights taking advantage of the subtleties of these systems in the seasons to come.  

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Speak Up to be run by students, not GSC

Carletonian - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 11:58am

Speak Up, Carleton’s annual event dedicated to centering and empowering the voices of sexual violence survivors on campus, will be organized and run entirely by students this year. 

While the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) has consistently run Speak Up since its inauguration in 2013, GSC Director Danny Mathews has decided to abstain from hosting the event this year. In response, student volunteers from a variety of campus organizations, including Campus Advocates Against Sexual Harassment and Assault (CAASHA), Carleton Advocacy Network of Doulas (CAN-DO), and Student Advocates for Reproductive Choice (SARC), have taken up the task themselves. 

Speak Up is the only public event on campus in which survivors are supported in sharing their experiences with sexual violence, as well as the only public forum in which students are permitted to name their campus attackers. Some survivors read their own stories while others are read anonymously by volunteers. 

In an email statement to the Carletonian, Mathews said, “The Gender and Sexuality Center is playing a supportive role in Speak Up this year. Winter term, due to staffing changes in our office, we reached out to student organizations to encourage them to play a larger role in this event.” Mathews did not provide any further explanation for the GSC’s decision. Although the GSC will not run the event, Mathews said that “the GSC has and will continue to offer support for student groups who wish to bring these spaces and experiences to campus.”

Speak Up has been an important event in the lives of many survivors on campus. For Sam Schnirring ’19, Speak Up has enabled her to process her identity as a survivor.

“I’m a survivor and I was first trying to process that information and what that meant for me my freshman spring,” said Schnirring. “Going to Speak Up was huge. Seeing other people tell their stories helped me figure out how to process mine and how to talk about it with other people in my life.”

Speak Up also functioned as a springboard for connecting Schnirring with other survivors on campus.

“It’s a ground for people to share their stories but also for people to connect with each other in a way that is hard to facilitate in other spaces,” she elaborated.

Speak Up has also been a critical component of Gaby Tietyen-Mlengana’s ’20 healing process on campus. “Having a space to connect with [other survivors] is super, super important. That’s the primary purpose of Speak Up—to know that you’re not alone,” she explained. 

After hearing through Facebook that the GSC would not be hosting Speak Up this year, several students, including Schnirring and Tietyen-Mlengana, met with Mathews. In describing that meeting, Tietyen-Mlengana said, “It felt like a lot of excuses for poor management.”

“It was frustrating. It was still unclear to us why it had been cancelled,” Schnirring added. 

According to those who attended the meeting, Mathews cited issues of “manpower” in organizing the event, especially given the number of student workers who have left the GSC this year. While 11 Gender and Sexuality Center Associates (GSCAs) were employed at the start of the 2018-19 school year, only two remain with the office.

Mathews also reportedly cited the issues embedded in mandatory reporting, a rule under Title IX law that requires faculty, staff and peer leaders to report instances of possible sexual misconduct. Mathews expressed concern for the position this puts GSCAs in, who may not feel comfortable with the responsibility of reporting the names of self-identified survivors and accused perpetrators. According to Tietyen-Mlengana, however, Mathews did not communicate with any of the GSCAs prior to his decision. 

Kate Hoeting ’19, Director of CAN-DO, clarified that while all peer leaders, including GSCAs, are mandatory reporters, they are not required to report the name of the person who discloses the misconduct: only RAs are tasked with this responsibility. This is why “mandatory reporting has never been an issue at past Speak Ups,” Hoeting concluded. It is ultimately up to the discretion of the GSCAs to decide what to do. 

Several students, including Schnirring, Tietyen-Mlengana, Hoeting, Lynn Barbera ’19, and Valerie Umscheid ’19 are now in charge of running Speak Up. 

“If someone doesn’t take this on, this will just kind of go away because there’s no structure at Carleton that’s willing to support it right now,” Barbera explained. 

Hoeting stressed the “hodgepodge” nature of the planning group, highlighting the fact that no single campus organization has taken on the responsibility of presenting the event. “We are just a group of seniors who are so angry that the GSC isn’t putting on Speak Up,” Hoeting said. “Many of us are survivors and see Speak Up as a survival mechanism.”

While students have been successful in organizing the event themselves, they want to make it clear that Speak Up should not be relegated to the responsibilities of students. The student organizers feel that the scope of the GSC’s support has not been sufficient. According to Hoeting, “The only support that the GSC will be giving to Speak Up this year is placing our poster in their weekly newsletter.” Tietyen-Mlengana added that the GSC offered to purchase candles used in the event. 

For Hoeting and others involved, the issues posed by the GSC’s decision are metaphorical, not tangible. “We haven’t struggled with accessing resources,” Hoeting explained. “The difficulty of planning Speak Up has been emotional. It comes down to the fact that Carleton has once again pushed the burden of supporting survivors onto survivors.” Schnirring offered a similar sentiment, underlining the long-term effects of the GSC’s decision: “In the past, seeing the GSC organize something that was in support of survivors was a gesture of goodwill. Without that existing, I think survivors are going to feel a lot less supported by Carleton.”

According to Barbera, planning Speak Up is “a lot of emotional labor, especially if you have a history with trauma.” Hoeting noted that many of the students involved in planning Speak Up are indeed survivors of sexual violence.

There is widespread consensus among student volunteers that the GSC should host Speak Up in the future. “I have a very strong opinion that the GSC should be hosting Speak Up because survivors routinely feel let down by the Carleton administration and feel that they do not have allies in the Carleton administration,” Schnirring said. 

Hoeting also hopes that the GSC will present Speak Up going forward. Not only is the GSC’s failure to do so a “slap in the face,” but it also jeopardizes the event’s longevity, she said. “It scares me to think that when I leave, no one will be here to run it in the future,” Hoeting concluded. 

Speak Up is scheduled for 7:00pm on Friday, May 24. The event will begin outside Sayles with a march of solidarity to the Weitz, and will conclude with a healing circle for survivors. Schnirring and Tietyen-Mlengana encourage all members of the Carleton community to demonstrate their support for survivors by volunteering or attending. 

In Schnirring’s opinion, “everyone should attend. I think that it’s good for awareness. A lot of people who are not involved in the survivor community don’t realize how pervasive sexual violence is on campus, and how serious of an issue it is.” 


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Governor’s Fishing Opener 2019

KYMN Radio - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 11:50am

Hosts Andy Beaham, Dave Vesledahl and Hayes Scriven had the opportunity to go to the Governor’s Fishing Opener where they were able to talk with Governor Walz and a number of other officials, as well as do some fishing! Fishing is a key part of a $15.3 billion tourism industry, and 500,000 anglers celebrated the

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Raider Wrap 5/18/19

KYMN Radio - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 10:59am

Raider Boy’s LaCrosse/Girl’s Golf/Recap of Week   raider wrap 5-18-19

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Desegregation of Mpls schools

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 10:43am
Harry Davis, Mpls. School Board and Mayoral Candidate

Desegregation of schools and society, v. integration, equality, what does that mean? The fervor we’re seeing now against equality, the promotion of white nationalism, a “President” who proudly describes himself as a “nationalist,” is horrifying. It’s hard to be constantly horrified at the constant barrage of bizarre policies, statements, Executive Orders, budget proposals, and non-stop fundraising (those legal expenses are really mounting up), but there’s no other way to be informed than to track this train wreck. It’s equally horrifying at the silence from some quarters, admonishments to hush, of fear to speak out. What? That’s our job as citizens and as humans.

School desegregation (not integration, keep in mind there IS a distinction) came up the other day in a WaPo article about Brown v. Board and potential judicial appointments, which triggered a discussion about Minneapolis’ desegregation efforts in the early ’70s with a former Mpls. Central student, an activist that I didn’t really know then, but got to know through almost two decades of political campaign work. Turns out we both had testified at hearings regarding desegregation, white kids from outer Minneapolis schools who had transferred into Central and put our education where our values were and wanting to let the school system and public know how strongly we supported school and societal desegregation, and more importantly, integration.

Being white right now carries an imperative to be active, vocal, and to exercise our privilege working towards change, and to do it mindfully and respectfully. It’s not an easy thing to figure out what exactly to do, but tempered with a strong element of “JUST DO IT!” This is not a time for navel-gazing, it’s a time for strong and relentless action based on our internal moral codes.

Here’s the article that got me going and thinking, remembering:

Trump judicial nominees decline to endorse Brown v. Board under Senate questioning

In my world, desegregation of schools is post Brown v. Board, almost 20 years later in the early ’70s and linked with my days at Minneapolis Central High School, Harry Davis’ run for Mayor of Minneapolis, “Fischer 4th Hour” Comparative Education class, and the hearings held across the city regarding the NAACP lawsuit against Mpls. School District, Booker v. Special School District No. 1 (and there were state hearings too, I’ve since learned). That was when I first got active politically — the first time I testified at a hearing, first time I worked on a campaign (see post Harry Davis has died, I’d forgotten ugliness of that Mayflower Church Mayoral debate, UGH!), the classic stuffing of envelopes, lit drops, and putting up signs, showing up at meetings, education and action, it’s all connected, and that history shouldn’t be forgotten.

It’s personal for me and it all runs together, issues interconnected, in those formative years. I transferred into Central as part of the “Magnet School,” which brought in us white students, “Maggots,” ostensibly for educational options not available at other schools (that’s for sure!), but also as a way to bring white kids in to dilute the school’s black population as part of attempt to avoid the approaching NAACP lawsuit, Booker v. Special School District No. 1 (see also STrib: Minneapolis finds magnet schools don’t work to desegregate – note this says Magnet schools began in the 80s… ummmm, NO.). Mpls. Central provided us with a great high school education, for me much was independent study, in Creative Writing, a year’s Geometry in a few weeks, Psych (Algebra not so much), and challenging classwork, classes that required critical thinking and serious research, learning about nuclear power (much from my engineer father), world religions, the Reserve Mining lawsuit, the draft, Shakespeare, Civil Rights, AP Humanities. Despite working part-time and then full time beginning my junior year, I was still able to finish at 16 and graduate a semester early (even while spending a LOT of time playing sax in St. Lawrence marching band and Clete McGovern’s dance band).

It was great for education, the best a high school could offer, but legally, for the District’s purposes, not so much. Their unsuccessful efforts to avoid the lawsuit also included the Field-Hale elementary school pairing. It didn’t work, NAACP filed and the suit commenced, and there was a last minute settlement agreement in that case: Booker v. Special School District No. 1.

The WaPo article got me thinking about that time, and I was wanting to know more of the story, and ain’t the internet grand, rummaging around I found this very well done recap of those days in Minneapolis primarily, and also statewide:

Booker v. Special School District No. 1_ A History of School DesegregationDownload

Here’s another one, from Myron Orfield, this one more narrow: Choice, Equal Protection, and Metropolitan Integration: The Hope of the Minneapolis Desegregation Settlement

And a brief overview lite: Integration, Desegregation, and the Minneapolis Public Schools.

Now, watching the uprising of white supremacist vile and bile, the idea of judicial appointments dissing Brown v. Board is not surprising, but it’s jawdropping, that these appointees would be considered fit for the bench. Things have changed, we’ve made some progress, but clearly not enough. We need to remember that integration, segregation and desegregation remain primary issues in this country, from multiple perspectives, and yet now race based restrictions are outwardly, openly, promoted. WHAT!?!

It’s not just schools, as housing tends to lead the trend in segregation, and employment too, of course. We’ve eliminated the housing covenants, but redlining remains, and efforts are strong to focus on renting rather than home ownership, that “home ownership isn’t for everyone,” much like the “college education isn’t for everyone,” which without funding and opportunity de facto prevents people from getting an education, prevents de facto people from having an investment in community and family, and pulls the safety net of the protections of length of foreclosure process that home ownership offers to weather a financial crisis and recover without losing their home. There’s strong resistance to paying a living wage (it just recently dawned on me that $15/hr = $32k annually, DOH!).

It’s all connected, and it’s an economic class issue more than race, though race is too easy an identifier for those opposing equality, and racism fuels the resistance. Why class as issue? Because we turn away from identifying economic class issues in this country and latch on to race as the divider, avoiding the reality that we have pronounced class stratification. Unfortunately, it’s easier for people to use race to set out a class, and to set out a class that is visibly identifiable as “the other,” and it’s a way to gain support, to keep whites above “the other,” and to posture it as a zero sum matter, that equality for all means “less for me,” particularly for those on the lower rungs of class stratification. Why lower class whites often vote against their interests? There ya have it! So racism foments, ferments, and becomes a rallying cry for too many frustrated people who can’t get beyond the day-to-day struggle to survive in our society, and for all those who have bought into our economic structure as the norm, not realizing that there are other ways to do it. This divide works well for those who have, so they encourage it, as blatantly as our Nationalist-in-Chief incites people at his rallies. This is not news, this divide has been incentivized and been ongoing for generations.

In this “facts don’t matter” time, I struggle with what to do, how to do it, how to have an impact. My paid work is strictly utility regulatory work, and it’s hard enough to have an impact in that venue. As an attorney, for sure a privileged position, I have a sworn obligation, along with a moral obligation as a human, to do what I can to fix this mess. What does that mean? I’m wrestling with this, because a part of it is education, keeping informed (Dog, how depressing!), getting word out, daily missives to elected officials at local, state, and federal levels, and standing up visibly, publicly. That alone is a full-time job. And that’s the easy part (well, not considering keeping up with tRump’s Executive Orders, which I tried to do on a focused blog, but it was completely overwhelming, a full-time demand that I had to give up and instead focus on a few issues.). What more? Well, there’s “think global, act local,” which here in Red Wing is doable. Yes, I’m on the Charter Commission again, and I’ve applied for appointment to County Board for vacancy, plus there’s an option to run in the Special Election. But organized government is probably one of the least effective ways toward change. Statewide, much is happening with the legislative session winding down, and there are a couple of important rulemakings happening NOW in my little realm, i.e., the Power Plant Siting Act and Certificate of Need rules (PUC Docket 12-1246) that are mired in agency inaction; the rules governing environmental review mandatory and discretionary categories with some silica sand rules wrapped in. It’s my area of expertise, but there are other developments brewing…

This administration’s attack on education, from DeVos at Dept. of Education, to funding cuts, to shifting of resources away from public education to private education, to cuts in student loan and grant funding, it all serves to widen the gaps in racial and class equity. To diss Brown v. Board? No, just NO! We are not going to backslide…

What all are you doing? This work needs to be done each day, every day. Every day, do SOMETHING! That’s what we’re here on the planet to do, to devote our unique talents to doing what we uniquely can do to make this a better place.

I so want to know what that girl is doing now!!!
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Angels hold of Dukes

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:01pm

The Minneapolis Angels built an 8-3 lead and held off a Dukes rally, throwing out two Dundas runners at the plate over the final three innings in an 8-7 victory at Memorial Park on Friday. Haydn Lanoue, Nic Zabel and Patrick Wadzinski had three hits each for the Dukes (1-1) in the loss. // BOX SCORE

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