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City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:43pm
Event date: January 16, 2018
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Rise in domestic violence has led to efforts toward solutions, stopping the disturbing trend

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:30pm
In the year since two murder-suicides rocked this community, there’s been a continuing rise in domestic violence cases, more than 100 in Rice County alone. That’s paired with a rise in lethality, the likelihood of death or serious harm.
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Rotary Cogwheel | January 18.2018

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:09pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Today: Jenni Ronni, Classification, (Zweifel)

Next Week: To Be Announced

Birthdays:  Rick Esse and Mike Leming (1/16) and Mark Abbott (1/17)

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet. 

Last Week:
Patricia Fenrick, Refugee Workforce Development and Outreach Specialist with the State Department of Human Services, said immigrants are a part of our story and a part of our future. With a shortage of able-bodied workers as we approach full employment, they are critical to our future economic growth, she said.

Immigrants already settled in Minnesota account for 7.5 percent of our gross domestic production. They hold $1.8 billion in spending power and pay some $220 million annually in state and local taxes.

Patricia gave us a sneak preview to the “World in Your Lobby” workshop scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23, at the United Methodist Church that will address working with people of different cultures and identities.

The workshop is provided by CAC-Northfield Works. This is a partnership between Northfield employers, CAC clients, volunteers and staff that helps people work toward economic independence and improved quality of life through earned income. The workshop is being funded by a Northfield Shares grant. Rotary is a partner for the event.

Mini-Classification:

Jim Blaha is executive director of the Northfield Community Action Center. He spends his days looking for ways to provide basic needs to those who live on the margins. A Rotarian since 2000, he has been a board member and served as president in 2006-2007. He said Rotary is a powerful voice in the community and he is proud to be a member.

Guests: Nalongue Cogan (Cogan), Kier Johnson (B. Johnson), Laura Schlotterback (Blaha) and  numerous guests associated with the World in Your Lobby workshop.

Scholarship Enhancement: John “Red Cross” Ehresmann

Announcements:
David Koenig invites anyone interested in the club’s Ethical Leadership Committee to meet with him today after our noon meeting.

The board voted last month to support a pilot project to provide an evening meal at the KEY one Wednesday a month. Janine Atchison is looking for volunteers who will shop for supplies, coordinate the evening or cook on a specific Wednesday evening. See her if you can help.

You are invited to participate in an upcoming North American Ice Fishing tournament Friday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 28. There will be free indoor seminars at Jesse James Lanes and an ice fishing kids’ camp. The tournament, itself, with a $14,000 payout, will be held at Cedar Lake. See Lisa Peterson for details.

Youth exchange students are taking to the Welch Village slopes on Sunday, Feb. 4. If you are interested in going, see Todd Thompson.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up:

February 1 — Human Trafficking (Thompson)

February 8 — Penny Hillemann, Classification (Kaczmarek)

February 15 — Robert Massoud, How a Just Palestine-Israel Peace Can Save the Planet (Rogers)

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Cloverbuds invited to Rice County 4-H's Winter Wonders event

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 3:51pm
It may be too cold to make the outdoors a winter wonderland, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the fun indoors.
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Save the Date! Annual Golf Tournament: Monday, July 9, 2018

Laura Baker Services Association - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 3:35pm

Join us for our 27th annual LBSA Golf Tournament which will be held on Monday, July 9th, at Northfield Golf Club! Registration starts at 11 AM, be in your carts by 12:45PM for a 1PM shot gun start!

Sponsorship opportunities are available and registration is now open.

Contact Cassandra DeVries (507-645-8866 ext. 101) with any questions or to register your team over the phone.

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Andrew Chang selected MIAC Swimmer-of-the-Week

Carleton Sports - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 3:13pm

First-year swimmer Andrew Chang received recognition as the first MIAC Men’s Swimming Athlete-of-the-week for 2018 for his performances at two meets over the weekend. He won three events and notched a trio of runner-up results.

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2017 Gala: Celebrating Our Community

Laura Baker Services Association - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:54pm

We were honored to share an incredible evening with more than 300 friends at the 2017 Laura Baker Services Association Gala on December 2. The theme, Celebrating Our Community, emphasized the different ways various members of the community partner with LBSA, allowing us to bring the power of possibility to people with special needs. Speakers included Steve Underdahl, CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, our generous neighbor and ambassador Frank Grazzini, and Kira and Randy Yoder.

A very big thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, presenters, donors and attendees who made the evening possible! Because of your generosity, we raised $168,000 at the Gala, $73,000 of which supports our Fund-a-Cause campaign supporting LBSA’s Creative Arts, Family Support and Advocacy programs. View the photo album on Facebook.

View the Photo Album on Facebook!

Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for the 2018 Gala, which will be held on Saturday, December 1.

 

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Art professor’s stop-motion animated film picks up festival awards

St. Olaf College - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:42pm
The poster for ‘Intruder Man,’ which won First Prize at Square Lake Film & Music Festival and the Audience Award at the Altered Esthetics Film Festival.

A collaborative project led by St. Olaf Assistant Professor of Art Peter Nelson has culminated in a stop-motion animated film, Intruder Man, that has won several awards as it plays at film festivals across the country.

Nelson worked with a team of St. Olaf students — Daniel Bynum ’15, Eileen McNulty ’16, Jon Tiburzi ’16, Matthew Johnson ’16, and Andrew Cannestra ’20 — on the film over the last several years as part of the Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program. CURI provides opportunities for St. Olaf students from all academic disciplines to gain an in-depth understanding of a particular subject through working closely with a St. Olaf faculty member in a research framework.

The project was supported by a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, an Individual Artist Grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, and the CURI Program at St. Olaf College funded by the Olson Endowment for Marriage and Family.

The film shows Jessie as a young home economics teacher who faces the wrath of an authoritarian superintendent.

Intruder Man is inspired by the life of Nelson’s grandmother Jessie. As a young home economics teacher, Jessie faces the wrath of an authoritarian superintendent who blacklists her from teaching. As an elderly woman, Alzheimer’s disease makes Jessie paranoid of an “intruder man” who haunts her apartment. Slipping back and forth between these parallel periods, Jessie maintains strength and persistence in the face of sexism, loss, and dementia.

“Even the most flexible curriculum cannot replicate the constant problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity necessary to produce an animated film,” Nelson says. “I think it’s great professional experience for students and incredibly helpful for me, both in completing the piece and as a learning experience.”

Jon Tiburzi ’16 works on set pieces for ‘Intruder Man.’

Bynum, McNulty, and Tiburzi collaborated with Nelson on creating the story and characters, building puppets and sets, and shooting test animation sequences, while Johnson assisted in the animation aspect of the project and Cannestra wrote and recorded the musical score that accompanies the film.

“Working with Professor Nelson on Intruder Man was an awesome experience, and it was definitely one of my highlights of being at St. Olaf,” says Johnson. “I thought we worked well together. Professor Nelson did a great job of conveying what he was imagining and provided good guidance if I had any questions or wasn’t sure how to go about animating something, and he welcomed any suggestions I had, trusted my judgement on adding details and embellishments while animating, and provided encouragement in tackling some tricky scenes.”

Cannestra says working with Nelson was, from the start, very much a two-way street of communication.

Daniel Bynum ’15 works on creating the characters for ‘Intruder Man.’

“We started out with a rough draft of his animation for Intruder Man, both getting to know the overall arc and the excerpt that I specifically composed the film score for,” he says. “After months of work, we made a professional recording of the music. Finally, after that, he was able to apply the recordings to the animation itself, leading to a final product months in the making we could both be very proud of.”

The film received First Prize at Square Lake Film & Music Festival and won the Audience Award at the Altered Esthetics Film Festival. It is currently screening at film festivals across the country, most recently at the Austin Film Festival, the New Hampshire Film Festival, and the D.C. Shorts Festival. The film’s West Coast premiere will be at the San Luis Obispo Film Festival in March.

“Working collaboratively with students on a project like this is both intense and rewarding,” Nelson says. “The relationship between professor and student is elevated: constructive feedback goes both ways, a common goal is defined and shaped collaboratively, and you have to put in an extraordinary amount of time together to make sure the project is successful.”

Watch the trailer for the film below.

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Dayton statewide construction plan, local projects could top $2.3 billion

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 1:56pm
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton might support borrowing more than $2.3 billion for public works projects this year, his last in elective office.
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League of Women Voters offers training to "demystify" caucus process

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:29pm
It’s rather difficult to partake in the political process if you don’t know how it works.
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PEG fees, new committee, Fire Station and more on Council agenda; SLIFE offers opportunity; Main Street goes to the chickens

KYMN Radio - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:02pm

The Northfield City Council, last week, heard from IT Director Kurt Wolf,regarding a Cable Access PEG Fee Increase for users.  Administrator Ben Martig said the City charges to be in the City’s public right-of-ways.  He said there’s a 5% general revenue fee and also a PEG fee which, “basically goes to equipment needs and upgrades that

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Set for summer opening, 10,000 Drops makes progress on downtown location

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:00pm
FARIBAULT — Nearing two years of hard work turning the old Peterson Art Furniture Building into a distillery, the men at 10,000 Drops Craft Distillery finally were able to unwrap some of the fun stuff.
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Professor’s new book highlights ‘Poetry Wars’ of American Revolution

St. Olaf College - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:52am

St. Olaf College Professor of English and Department Chair Colin Wells recently released his new book Poetry Wars: Verse and Politics in the American Revolution and Early Republic.

“Poetry Wars offers an erudite and engaging account of the surprisingly instrumental role of verse in U.S. nation formation,” Edward Cahill of Fordham University says in his review of the book, noting that Wells is “capturing a time when poetry was both a vital force in public life and a dynamic means of effecting political change.”

Penn Press describes the book by saying “The pen was as mighty as the musket during the American Revolution, as poets waged literary war against politicians, journalists, and each other. Drawing on hundreds of poems, Poetry Wars reconstructs the important public role of poetry in the early republic and examines the reciprocal relationship between political conflict and verse.”

Wells joined the St. Olaf English Department in 1995, where he has taught courses in 18th-century and early American literature, comedy, satire, the novel, and Marxist literary theory. His areas of interest include the literature of the American Revolutionary and Early National periods, 18th-century English poetry, and the relations between literature, politics, and religion.

Tell us a little about your book. Are there key messages that you want to come across to your readers?
The main goal for the book is to recover for contemporary readers a sense of the cultural and political importance of political poetry in America’s founding period. This is a time when hundreds of amateur poets submitted political poems to newspapers (usually anonymously) as a way to respond to the news as it was unfolding – and particularly the news related to the events that preceded the Revolution (such as the Stamp Act), the Revolutionary War itself, and then – after the war – the intense struggle over the political direction the new republic should follow. Most of these poems have been forgotten in the ensuing centuries. My book attempts to re-examine the hundreds of poems that were published and, more particularly, recover the atmosphere in which rival poets waged “poetic warfare” against political leaders and each other during this time.

What did you draw inspiration from as you wrote this book?
I was inspired to write this book because, when I was doing research on an earlier book, I kept coming across satirical poems and songs that were directed at other printed texts: sometimes they were directed at official proclamations or declarations (including the Declaration itself); sometimes they were directed at articles from the  newspapers or speeches and writings by people like John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, or Alexander Hamilton; sometimes they were directed at other poets. So often I saw this dynamic in which poets were attacking and counter attacking each other so that their party or group could gain the upper hand politically.

Is there anything in your book that you think the St. Olaf community might find of particular interest?
So many of us have fallen in love with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton because it recreates this period in the form of music and rap. What Poetry Wars reveals is that “rap battles” were fought over politics and policy during Washington’s administration, but they were fought out in the poetic forms of the time. In fact, I recently wrote a blog post on the Penn Press Log discussing the similarities between poetry wars and rap battles.

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Student journalism is a very important platform for opinions

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:41am
To start off, like any responsible journalist, I’ll call attention to my bias. My bias is that a large part of my college experience cannot be separated from my hours in the Manitou Messenger office. Most of the biggest moments of college happened in Buntrock 110, with the couch that I rescued from the side of Ole Ave, the donut-patterned blanket Emma Whitford’s friend sent her, the little purple tinsel Christmas tree and the Will and Kate poster that predates us all. Many of my friendships were grown and solidified there, born out of the spikes and dips of energy that emerge when a bunch of people are working hard at something important under a deadline. We joke, we laugh, nearly everyone has cried.Every year, the Messenger staff starts as a group of people that has nothing in common but a fondness for writing. Every year we end up friends, learning more about each other in between late production nights and squirrelled-away bag lunches.Our collective wit accumulates and refines itself over several months before erupting in the satire edition, the one time of year we are truly popular. My freshman year I was a staff writer, my sophomore year I was the news editor and last year I served as the executive editor. This year I have taken a back seat from the action, but I have come to appreciate the Messenger’s work even more. We provide a free service to the St. Olaf community that I think is invaluable. According to Frank LoMonte’s CNN op-ed entitled “A free press shouldn’t stop at the schoolyard,” “Student journalists are, increasingly, the information lifeline for their communities. With employment in traditional newsrooms hitting historic lows, down 42 percent since 1990, the public is more reliant than ever on students to sound the alarm if schools are unsafe or ineffective – or if there’s any story unfolding on their campus that could affect their community.”And since our founding in 1886, we have indeed told the stories unfolding on our campus. We’ve talked about racism, war, civil unrest, sexual misconduct and sexual assault. We’ve offered serious news coverage and opinions, and glimpses into the lives of the faculty, students and staff who live and work here. We’ve written fun and fluffy pieces. That’s not say we have ever done this perfectly: we’ve struggled, messed up very badly and learned from our mistakes.The Messenger has waxed and waned throughout the years, but it has always been a platform for students to openly talk about what matters to them. This concept is incredibly important.The college produces their own narratives, and those are essential for fundraising and growing the student body, and those things are important to keep the school ticking. But it is also vitally important that there are some narratives present on campus that don’t have this agenda, and that they are able to be expressed on a legitimate platform with proper resources and support.“The case for protecting press freedom in schools isn’t just about training future journalists,” LoMonte continues. “It’s about developing inquisitive, participatory citizens willing to ask the hard questions of government authorities that involved citizenship demands.”So thank you, readers and subscribers, for your support. I’m grateful for what we have now, and as the future of journalism becomes more and more murky, I hope all of us fight for it in every context.
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Online personalities dominate St. Olaf’s campus

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:41am
Since St. Olaf is a small, residential community, its students live in such a way that makes no one a true stranger. With around 3,000 students, it is obviously impossible to know everyone on a personal level, yet, there is a strong chance of knowing most people indirectly, as a friend of a friend, a fellow club member, a classmate or at least a familiar face. We meet new people often and then begin to see them around campus, in residence halls, at parties or in town.Despite not knowing these people intimately, many of us maintain social media relationships with the acquaintances we accumulate throughout our time at St. Olaf. These relationships are tenuous and largely mediated by the online identities we curate for ourselves. This seems banal to point out; of course, everyone knows that who we are online does not necessarily match who we are in real life. However, I argue that the residential small campus in fact affords more power to the online persona. Though we might not know our acquaintances very well at all, people seem more tangible on social media when we also see them walking around campus and when we hear friends or professors mention them in conversation.Thus, in many ways, a person’s online persona becomes a person’s truth. This attribution of truth to a curated online self fosters what I see as a microcosmic cult of personality around certain students with strong social media presence, most often social media presence directly connected to politics. Garnering likes and comments often in the hundreds, St. Olaf students validate social justice posts written by peers who are somewhat arbitrarily determined to be visible social activists. In this way, certain students are upheld as cool and radical for their justice-seeking social media presence, a virtual embodiment of being “woke.”These students are valorized online and in person for their politics, despite the fact that their real life behavior may not match their curated online self at all. If someone is abusive, harassing or inappropriate, these harmful actions can be quickly erased or diminished by a strong social media presence that condemns this very behavior. For example, it might be more difficult to believe someone is a rapist if they constantly write posts that denounce sexual violence – especially when these posts are widely circulated and socially approved. For victims and survivors of violence, such constant social validation of abusers can be gaslighting and painful, an ongoing struggle not only with the perpetrator but with those that stand in virtual support of the perpetrator. It is common for students to lionize acquaintances that appear woke online, to look to such people for salient thoughts on the latest campus issue or to speak positively about them in public. All these factors make it difficult to remove such people from the pedestal and to begin to see how this aggrandizement happens.This is not to say people should stop posting about political issues. Social media has been an integral part of mobilizing activism, spreading awareness and staying politically informed. I often read articles posted by my friends that give me new perspectives, uplift voices that might otherwise be buried and present refreshing takes on old issues. Organizations like Black Lives Matter employ social media as a tool, and their impact has been furthered by a strong online presence. I wish to be clear: I don’t think social media is in itself bad, nor is the curation of online self.However, I do think the social status relegated to certain people because of their online presence can become dangerous. At St. Olaf, where everyone knows everyone, we need to remember that our peers can post anything online to appear kind, friendly or down for the cause. Though we may see our Facebook friends and Instagram followers every day, we might not truly know them outside of these media – media that are often tightly curated to produce an effect. As students in community with each other, I would ask that you think through your online relationships to your peers, being mindful of what is visible and what might be obscured through the screen, considering thoughtfully who deserves to be celebrated.
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Half-baked stories do more damage than good

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:41am
A few weeks ago, The New York Times published a story by Richard Fausset that humanized and sympathized with a white nationalist named Tony Hovater. That was not the intent, according to The Times national editor Mary Lacy, who said that the goal of the story was “not to normalize anything but to describe the degree to which hate and extremism have become far more normal in American life than many of us want to think.” To that end, the story sorely missed the mark. It read more like alt-right fan fiction than a news feature, and profiled the day-to-day activities, interests and quirks of Hovater. His involvement with the Traditionalist Workers Party and hateful online activity seemed to be included only for color. I counted: the story contained approximately 38 details about the Hovaters’ “normalcy,” and only 35 details about Hovater’s white nationalism. A good news story is not a math problem, but in no case should a story about a bigoted white nationalist include more sympathizing details than damning ones. Since it was published, there has been enormous backlash and a wave of critiques of the New York Times for printing such a story, many of them valid and that I agree with. Both Lacy and Fausset offered a response and a defense of the story. In his letter, Fausset discussed his lack of confidence in the heart of the piece.“After I had filed an early version of the article, an editor at The Times told me he felt like the question had not been sufficiently addressed,” Fausset wrote. “So I went back to Mr. Hovater in search of answers. I still don’t think I really found them. I could feel the failure even as Mr. Hovater and I spoke on the phone.”I routinely tell myself and my staff that “If you’re not 100 percent confident in the piece, don’t print it.” Throwing away months of work on a story can be incredibly frustrating, but sometimes it’s necessary. For The Times, it was likely necessary. Perhaps lulled by his own perception of Hovater’s normalcy, Fausset believed that after enough pressing Hovater would disclose some meaningful explanation as to why he was white nationalist, as if a person cannot be polite and hateful at the same time. The Times was looking for the inconsistency in Hovater’s otherwise typical American life, but that inconsistency is that he’s a white nationalist. In my opinion, and apparently Fausset’s as well, existing in the world as a white nationalist isn’t enough for a story. It’s disheartening that The Times didn’t know better, and didn’t realize that the once-golden idea they had for a story fell flat. Fausset should have realized the profile was missing its nugget sooner. His editor should have pushed harder and somebody should have asked “why is this important for the world to know?”Even the best editors and journalists make mistakes. I consider myself to be a good, ethical journalist, but I’ve made editorial decisions that continue to make me cringe. Remembering those failures ensures that I won’t make those same mistakes again. I will continue to read and trust the New York Times, but I expect better. At a time when covering white nationalism and alt-right extremism has become a beat of its own, I expect The Times to think harder about why that coverage is important, and how that coverage can assist and inform the American public. I’ve been told by editor after editor not to bury the lede. In this case, the lede is that Tony Hovater is a white nationalist and Nazi sympathizer, who engages in and supports horrifying ideologies that produce real, ongoing damage to marginalized American communities. He should be fired from his job and he should be called-out for his racist and bigoted ideology. But I didn’t read that in this story. All I could tell you for certain is that his Midwestern manners would likely impress my mother. 
Categories: Colleges

Abroad program should prioritize lower incomes

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:41am
One night, Charles Hamer ’20 came to my room, and I could see so much happiness in him. “This feels so surreal, Ariel,” he told me. He explained to me that he had just received his passport for the first time in his life. Hamer has never travelled outside of the United States before. But this January, he will be going on a St. Olaf study abroad program to Bangkok, Thailand. St. Olaf College has ranked No. 1 in study abroad programs for nine consecutive years, according to Open Doors. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the college offers 123 study abroad and off-campus programs in nearly 50 countries, and students can study nearly anywhere in the world, with literally any field of study. While the study abroad and off-campus programs “aims to foster students’ global engagement” and serves as an extension to liberal art learning, the cost can be a burden. The programs usually require students to pay above the St. Olaf normal tuition, which on average ranges anywhere from $1,000 to $8,000. Starting this year there’s one study abroad program where students don’t have to pay anything: Global Semester. It’s a prestigious and long-standing St. Olaf program that allows students to study in eight to ten countries over the course of one semester. Thanks to a generous donor, the program has no additional cost above a normal semester on campus. In the past, the program was known to be expensive and only some students could afford to go. So in theory, the donation to Global Semester is supposed to help students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to go on Global, especially students from lower-income families. Why is it important to give students from lower-income backgrounds an opportunity to see the world? One of the issues that cripple a lot of children in impoverished communities is the inability to see past their current situation. This inability is rooted in the fact that these children are starved of basic necessities. How much time can you spend dreaming about college or a future career when you are trying to stay safe or figure out where your next meal is coming from? Can disadvantaged youth garner global awareness when the circumstances of their environment demand that they be present in order to make it to the next day? The answer is not a strict no. However, it is severely limited – the more you have, the easier it is to dream big.This situation is in stark contrast to the reality that a lot of privileged youth face. From a young age, the chance that a person has traveled abroad is significantly higher if that person comes from a middle to upper class family background. Chances are, people from these backgrounds have learned about a variety of situations and people around the world. Sometimes traveling abroad is even an annual tradition for people with means to do so. If this is true, those people probably have an increased sense of global awareness and have several more opportunities compared to someone who has never had the privilege of traveling outside of their city.When asked if free study abroad programs should prioritize low income students, we do not have a strict, conclusive answer. However, we do believe that these privileges, or lack thereof, travel with students to college. The opportunity to study abroad could change the life of someone who has only had the opportunity to travel when it came to moving into college. For others, Global Semester could be one of the several opportunities they have to travel abroad in their lifetime. Without a doubt, low income students could benefit more from subsidized program fees than others. To be able to travel to different nations, learn different cultures and meet different people is a privilege, and it’s important that this gap is bridged between students that are able to have that experience, and students that are not able to. Free programs such as Global Semester should try to close this gap in opportunities among students.
Categories: Colleges

sleep, its all in your mind

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:41am
a yoyo in my hand for a secondyou on my pillowfor a brief moment my heart in a foreign hand,knotted and thrown connected, closeand separate enough to be surreal 
their story warned ofmuddy paths aheadwe’re aware, yet we attach silencers to our mouths, for the following days hold possibilities we hardly tell our 
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Community unites for MLK celebration

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:49am
‘We All Belong Here’ was the theme of the 24th annual community celebration of the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Northfield High School students set record for Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 9:35am
Eleven Northfield High School students received Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards —the most in the school’s history — from thousands of submissions across the state.
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