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Woman with 7 pending offenses charged again; Sheriff Dunn’s tips for deer hunters; Randolph FFA takes top honors at convention; Nfld BTYR hosts Veterans Day ceremony on Sunday

KYMN Radio - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director A pair with perennial contact with police are back in jail. 27-year-old Jake Wingen and 32-year-old Lekeisha Hofbauer are charged with Felony 5th Degree Possession stemming from an incident on Tuesday. A Cannon River Drug Task Force agent spotted Hofbauer inside the Hy-Vee in Faribault. In the parking lot was

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Jessica Salinas, bad move…

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:41am

Fraud, forgery, identify theft… not a good idea. SO glad you were not successful. Hope it gets even worse for you and that the police are knocking on your door soon!

Categories: Citizens

Commissioners favor cutting sale of e-cigs to anyone under 21

Northfield News - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 10:22am
E-cigarettes. They’re all over the news.
Categories: Local News

Connecting for success

St. Olaf College - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 9:56am
The Connect for Success program links students who are the first in their families to attend college with faculty and staff mentors, events, and resources.
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2019 Northfield Street Reclamation Project UPDATE 11-8-19

KYMN Radio - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 9:15am

Phase 1 Simione Court, Nelson Court, Kimble Court, Hackerson Court, Grundhoefer Court, Eklund Court, Covey Court, Lockwood Drive, Gill Lane, Zanmiller Drive, and Bluestem Court Crews were able to get the manholes and gate valves temporarily raised for winter on all of Phase 1 this week.  Crews also worked on backfilling curbs and boulevards on

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October 31-November 5, 2019

Carletonian - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:39am

Thursday, October 31

Evening: Taxi vouchers were given to a student for transport to the hospital.

Saturday, November 2

Early morning: Security transported an injured student to the hospital for treatment.

Early Morning: Security took a report of a missing wallet.

Evening: Security responded to the report of lost power in a dorm. Security reset the circuit breaker.

Tuesday, Nov 5

Morning: Security took a report of inappropriate behavior by an employee of a service vendor from off campus.

Evening: Security arranged transportation for an ill student so they could get to the Northfield Hospital.

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Categories: Colleges

Why Settle on Date Knight

Carletonian - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:14am

Don’t worry, he’s nothing like the Game of Thrones “short king.”

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In a rut: signs of white-tailed Deer mating season

Carletonian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:54pm

It is mid-autumn in the arboretum: many trees are bare, a few hearty bird species remain, and white-tailed deer mating season is in full swing.

Referred to as the “rut,” white-tailed deer mating season occurs from October to December. Because whitetails are short-day breeders, behavioral changes are trigged by reduced daylight in mid-to-late autumn. With days now growing shorter and nights growing longer, signs of the rut are scattered throughout the arb. Two of the most easily recognizable signs are rubs and scrapes.

Rubs are formed when bucks scrape against trees and shrubs, shedding a layer of velvet from their antlers. The velvet, which begins to grow in the spring, is a thin layer of living tissue that provides nourishment for the antlers. By fall, this tissue begins to die and is no longer necessary. In addition to shedding velvet, rubs are used to mark a buck’s territory. When a buck creates a rub, it secretes a musky scent from a gland just below the base of the antlers. This scent acts as the buck’s “signature,” indicating the deer’s age, social ranking, and breeding status to the remainder of the herd.

Several weeks after the first rubs appear, bucks begin making scrapes. Scrapes are identified by bare patches of earth on the edge of open areas and below low-hanging branches. A buck begins the scrape process by chewing buds from overhanging twigs, then secreting scent onto the branches from his forehead, preorbital, and nasal glands. He will then paw the ground beneath the branches, creating a bare patch of earth. Most bucks will also dispense scent by urinating in the scraped area. In the period about two weeks from peak rut, bucks will make 6-12 scrapes for every hour they are on their feet.

Rubs and scrapes only tell a small part of a complex story. While they do not show the sparring matches, the stare-downs, or the starvation caused by a buck’s one-track mind, these signs offer us a glance into the busy world of whitetails in mid-autumn.

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Categories: Colleges

Hibernation over for squirrel professor

Carletonian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:47pm

Watch out: Jay/Jerome Levi is set to return to campus next term. What most people don’t know, however, is that he returned to campus long ago as a squirrel. He has been back on campus for weeks now, functionally living on the 20 meal plan by eating from the dumpsters outside Sayles. One benefit of life as a squirrel is that no one can file a CCF against a squirrel, and even better for him, it’s impossible to get an NCO with a squirrel.

CSA (Confederate States of Alhambra) is still looking into who exactly Jerome/Jay Levi is. But they have promised that once they find out, they will go full force into attempting to jump over the lowest possible bar. Following their usual motto “Say something, do nothing, and do it months later.” CSA has put together a committee to figure out who exactly this Jay/Jerome Levi is, and are currently asking themselves for funding to pursue this. “If we’re lucky we’ll be able to say 5 whole words that we agree on and do it by the end of 2028,” said a member who knows good and well that it will most likely be 3.5 words by 2050.

This is a stellar reaction compared to the administration’s swift decision to give that squirrel extra hibernation time.

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Changes to Date Knight tradition to place couples in life-threatening situations

Carletonian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:45pm

This year, the Scholarly Antics Office (SAO) announced that in response to disappointing statistics on the number of couples Date Knight produces, the event would be slightly modified this year. Specifically: it has been designed to place students in as much danger as possible, such that adrenaline and sheer terror might bond the new couples. The choice was inspired partly by popular TV shows “The Bachelor” and “Naked and Afraid,” wherein pairs are often placed in high-adrenaline scenarios to encourage bonding, and also by a general interest in “pushing the envelope” on Carleton’s “rigorous” campus culture.

“We’re curious to know: just how much stress can students take?,” said one anonymous SAO staff member. “They’re already familiar with finals-week stress, 1A stress, and finding-screwdates-for-all-their-friends stress, but have they ever walked on a plank 1,000 feet above an active fire?”

The heart-pumping Date Night schedule is as follows:

  • Locking couples into a cage full of hungry hyenas, lions, or bears, as preferred
  • Blindfolding couples, then transporting them to the midpoint of Mt. Everest; leaving them there with only a single blanket and one thermos of broth
  • Launching couples out of a literal cannon, to land somewhere in Lake Superior as it slowly turns to ice
  • Placing couples in a windowless, harshly-lit study room directly across a table from Greta Thunberg, who will viciously interrogate them regarding the sustainability of every element of their lifestyle
  • Arranging for students’ most prized possessions to be covertly stolen at some point in the night, and then inconspicuously handed off to their date, so that said date can “find” them and save the day, encouraging debt-based love
  • For straight couples: Hiring Ruth Bader-Ginsberg to strap the man into a lie detector machine, then demanding he recount every instance in his life when he has made a woman cry, while his date looks on
  • Surprise sky-diving, in which couples are flown 20,000 feet into the air and then gently nudged out of the aircraft
  • “Hell” yoga, which is like hot yoga except the room’s temperature starts at 100°F and is incrementally increased until it reaches 500°F, a temperature no human can withstand

“I almost died. Oh my god. I have to go call my Mom,” reported one happy student after the night’s events.

One smitten couple reported: “I got the feeling that this wasn’t going to work when she grabbed me by the ankle and flung me directly into the lion’s open mouth.”

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If Carleton College were a scented candle

Carletonian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:42pm

Nothing sets the mood like a scented candle emitting its rich and sensual smell, casting everything in a soft light. While students are not allowed to have “open flames” in dorms, they can still lift a candle close to your nose and sniff really hard.

It is scientifically proven that scents carry strong memories, recalling nostalgic moments like cooking with grandma or those Lip Smackers you traded in the black market of middle school for silly bandz. This begs the question: If we were to capture the odor of Carleton College in a candle, what would it smell like?

The college, if they took the scented candle idea, could sell the product in the bookstore and at reunions. The alumni would go crazy for the candles as they try to relive their glory days. They’ll purchase them faster than the under-paid college bookstore workers could stock them. The chem department is working diligently to perfect the candle’s formula and hopes to discover the perfect cacophony of smells by spring term.

In order of the fragrances’ strongest “notes,” I present the Carleton College Scented Candle:

  • Malt-o-Meal: cinnamon or strawberry flavors
  • Coffee
  • Day-old Hamm’s
  • Turkey farm
  • First Burton
  • Watson
  • The arb (pine, wet leaves)
  • Goose poop
  • Lyman Lakes
  • Old, dusty books
  • Grass
  • “Grass”
  • DESPAIR
  • Stress sweat and B.O.
  • SWA dog
  • Broth
  • Stevie P’s perfume of choice

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Environmentalist Tim Duane looks back on effects of climate change from 2075

Carletonian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:37pm

As a member of the generation who is coming of age in these early days of climate-related disasters, I was intrigued by Tim Duane’s provocatively titled convocation speech, “Four Score and Seven Years Ago: Reflecting on the Climate Crisis in 2075.”

To sell his key points, Duane used a rhetorical device of speaking from the future, a choice that proved effective and felt truly fresh. For those wondering about the specific year of 2075, it is 87 years after the creation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Despite frequently breaking character and asking for an extreme suspension of disbelief, as he recounted the climate disasters of the 2020s and the worsening conditions through mid-century, Duane clearly had the room’s attention. Drawing on his experience as a Californian, he spoke at length on the California wildfires of 2018 and ’19, and their particular effect on business and homeowners—insurers have abandoned the California foothills market, leading to “de-insurance” and “unsaleability” of property, which he predicted would lead to depopulation by the mid-2020s. He predicted that soon, flooding and fire will overcome the Southeast and Midwest as well, with heat waves in the Southwest having the highest death toll —this in recognition of the fact that other countries would experience greater devastation than the United States. Duane could not provide details on any disasters following 2019, but he did know roughly which parts of the country would be dealing with which threats. He also knew that averages don’t matter—it is the growing “tails of the distribution” that create never-before-seen weather events. In this way, Duane intuitively explained the concept of scientific uncertainty as it relates to the politicization of climate science. What he conveyed was that it didn’t matter that he did not have precise details, because he still knew what would happen by 2075 in terms of broad climatic patterns that have been locked in by emissions already emitted. Instead of using uncertainty as a stalling tactic, as has been done for decades, he emphasized how much we do know, and how dangerous the remaining uncertainty is.

Duane established his credibility on this topic by discussing his past in the renewable energy industry. Duane was a professor in the University of California system for 27 years, and currently works as a lawyer advocating for renewable energy projects. Both through his chosen career and activism, it is clear that he is mindful of acting in accordance with his beliefs. As a scientist, Duane is not afraid to use his platform to encourage political action as he did on Friday. In response to one audience question, he noted that he had supported divestment from fossil fuels at the University of California (full disclosure: I asked this question, and corresponded with Duane ahead of time). Throughout his talk, he offered his own experience, including his insider view of the growth of the renewable energy industry. He also shared lesser-known issues with climate science, such as the fact that climate models were calibrated to not predict weather events more extreme than those in recorded history to avoid accusations of implausibility. In the face of recent disasters, these historical constraints have been shattered. In his words, scientists “better update the model.”

The bulk of Duane’s talk focused on political solutions to climate change. He focused on the 2020 presidential election, framing this as the pivotal battleground that would determine the course of the next 56 years—and whether the US would address its responsibility to the world, as the largest historical emitter of greenhouse gases. Duane was convinced that reelecting Donald Trump would set us on a path of no return, and that the most effective way to build a coalition around a climate mandate would be to elect a Democrat that appeals to centrist voters. He argues that this would be necessary to sway the growing cohort of voters whose economic opportunity will be eroded by climate-related disasters. Many audience members may have been confused by this rhetoric, considering that the climate issue has been avoided by “moderate” Democrats for the past several election cycles. To my mind, it seemed that his position could be too easily construed as a gesture of giving up on the kind of aggressive action he had claimed would be necessary.

During the subsequent lunch, Duane clarified that he is not concerned with “electability” or even immediate aggressive action on climate, but is basing his opinion on research that has generated two ideas about political change: policy change is always reactionary, in response to massive crises, and never in anticipation of a predictable crisis; and that policies are generally supported by a majority when they are passed.

According to Duane, the only way to build a climate majority is over many election cycles, slowly building climate action into a palatable centrist package. By this point, the ever more destructive climate disasters will provide the inciting crisis.

As a lawyer, scientist, and academic, Professor Duane has consistently used his talents and knowledge to directly address climate threats. His use of the future perspective to express the uncertainty and gravity of climate catastrophe was unique and powerful. I cannot help thinking, however, that the scientific content of the speech would have been more relevant ten years ago, and the political content is just one perspective out of many. Duane’s conviction that his own opinions are the right way to address factual crises should remind us all of the value of skepticism—once we have agreed that a problem exists, we can still develop our own opinions on how to fix it.

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Racing My Heart: On Trans Identity

Carletonian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:34pm

I am deeply afraid of my heart beating inside my body. It beats harshly, loudly; I get scared hearing it slave away at making my body breathe, move, think—almost as if neither party deserves the other. It feels unnatural. Let me try to clarify why this is.

This has been the case since my coming out as a trans woman in March of 2018, with the decision to begin hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and a new, different anxiety that came with essentially becoming a “public” trans woman. But this fear runs much deeper than that.

Being and living as a trans woman is much, much more complicated than any hyper-informed cis perspective might understand. In reality, there’s another world behind the façades of activism and positivity that almost contradicts the popular understandings of being queer, trans, etc.

Much of my existence and exploration of being trans has been a “race” against my heart—literally and figuratively. Sometimes the strain placed on it feels self-imposed, anxious, heart racing; other times, it seems foreign—like others put it there. Which can all lead to a plurality of issues.

In a strictly chemical sense, taking high levels of estrogen—i.e., HRT levels—isn’t always great for your heart, to put it briefly, mainly on account of it can create blood clots.

So my heart, passionate, elated in March 2018 to finally, physically become “Nicole,” deteriorates. And that’s a terrifying prospect. It became so frightening to me, over time, that I had to stop it altogether and rely on a strong will, and other, healthier forms of feminine appearance-alteration, in order to fully live my identity.

This heart-consciousness is obviously not the way I’d prefer to live—and the choice of not undergoing HRT, while having the option to, feels almost blasphemous within the trans community. And so an intra-community isolation comes on, gradually—unblatantly. And this exacerbates the fear of my heart; an outsider-imposed arrhythmia that both frustrates and self-hates. Which I guess makes sense, but is still pretty discouraging.

So then all this seeming isolation forces you to live a painfully simple and binary life, all for the purpose of pleasing others, i.e., you’re not a “real” trans woman if you don’t transition; your expression is either completely authentic or completely performative; the whole us/them thing.

And all of this is unnecessary and reductive. Our lives are more nuanced than that— gradients that make much more sense considered in their whole than in their parts.

My heart throws itself at my ribcage, in a more political sense, as well. This feeling of and commitment to trans activism existed for me long before the estrogen: It came from a long-lasting sense of empathy with queer and trans communities, a subtle mirroring and shaping, and scrutinization, of my identity held up to my personal heroes and cultural icons. That passion was a youthful, inspiring sense of commitment and energy I had planned to wed to my identity once publicly out.

But the chemical struggles, and intra-community isolation, weakened my heart and strengthened my fear of it, and the disappointment and anxiety that came with that became wholly overwhelming—one can only take so much at one time. You need time to breathe for a second, feel things out, live, exist, be normal, before you can jump into this whole life of identity-focused metacognition.

And this sensory overload quickly began to butt heads with an idea of activism very common within trans communities. Which isn’t a bad thing in itself, but the expectation that others should always and unquestionably participate in it can be unrealistic.

Verbal support is easy, but committing oneself to an uncompromising commitment to justice, while juggling identity-exploration as well, is overwhelming. And what makes it particularly overwhelming for trans women is the cosmetic difficulty of conforming a formerly-masculine body to our yearned-for feminine image is particularly laborious. Possibly just an iota more difficult than it is for other trans/non-binary groups—though not any more or less valid.

And dysphoria makes this all so much tougher, too. I, personally and possibly naïvely, was expecting the pain to just vanish once I came out and was able to authentically express myself. It didn’t, though, and the excitement about the come-out all faded away very quickly as I crash-landed into even more self-loathing and heart-racing. This change could have definitely been maturity, growing even more into my trans identity—but there’s definitely also an element here of weariness. Like just being done with it all, the performance, the inescapable public-ness of it all. Just wanting to live, not necessarily as an activist, but as you. And the “coolness” of an activism I’d spent all my life excited about suddenly began to, as all things do with maturity and experience, quickly fade away.

In this way, it seems much of my trans existence has consisted of flipping between the frustrating binaries of the formerly “cool” thing of living as a trans woman activist and the more recent, realistic thing of living as a trans woman: in other words, activism as advocating or activism as existing. Is there truly a difference between the two? I’ve been trying to figure that out for the longest time.

This all makes my heart race.

For a good while I wanted nothing to do with being a trans activist: I fled the idea of the discipline, needing to take time for myself and feeling—albeit youthfully, cynically—sick of it all. The culture was too straightforward and there was, I wanted people to know, more depth to me than the simple “treat trans women right” mantra; I wanted to explore and develop my nuanced identity through writing, music, culture—not just writing about queerness for a queer Massachusetts newspaper, as I had been since before my coming-out. I wanted to write queerness, develop it. A commitment to and fascination with the haven that is insignifiance. Blandness. Normalness. As I’d tell people between my coming-out and arrival at Carleton: “real shit.”

Doing so forced me to think critically about identity and existence, perhaps more deeply than I’d have liked. Idly toeing the line between living and acting provoked more inaction-centered nervousness and brought on a loop of: “Well, what should I write?;” “Am I an activist or just a trans woman who wants to flee her identity?;” “Should I take up more space?;” “Am I just wasting people’s time by wanting to be something I’m not?;” “Something they are?” In short, they were the kinds of obligatory-activism thoughts I had tried to avoid.

It’s really easy to fall into the toxic feedback loops of “What’s all the point?” Feeling hamfisted into a life of the dichotomy. Really enforcing the us/them dynamic. A reluctance to get involved.

And none of this is “laziness”; there is in fact much more behind the trans identity than a fiery activist. Nuanced, gradient-esque. We don’t exist solely to be observed.

This all can, and does, manifest, not so elegantly, in a deep dysphoria-streaked depression. It puts a mirror in front of you. It strains the heart even further. It seems there is no way out but down. Like the all-too-binary choice between living or dying depends solely on which state would make you think the least. Like what would make things more navigable? Evidently not the medications, the MAOIs, SSRIs, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, the increasingly obfuscating attempts to return to neural neutrality.

My heart is pushed to its limit in almost every way; I’m acutely scared of hearing it beat. I am in a constant race against it, trying to figure out which will kill the other first. Which will leave the other stranded, cold, in the middle of an endless plain, on the edge of rotted dreams, faced with the grim responsibility of choosing increasingly binary ends to foggy means, licking filthy bottoms of pharmacy dumpsters for a rush, the coroner the barber sweeping away parts of you and time and now-matted excitements, ice-cold cheekbone cliffs spilling onto grimaces of pockmarked pubescent pain, languorous murmurs oozing into champagne-drowned purple summer evening skies, anticipatory tingles in the stomach setting out on each journey at the start of the year, blood and tears but not much sweat on dresses in an ambulance and sirens too loud for the neighbors for this goddamn late on a Tuesday night, a succession of infinitesimal steps toward the edge of an overpass near your old high school as the sun rises and pierces the sky tangerine and magenta and the world finally begins to materialize and you see people starting to crowd around you looking at you talking about you trying to figure out the development of You.

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I’m from Vermont, but I won’t be voting for Bernie

Carletonian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:30pm

Let me paint you a picture: it is 2016 in the Green Mountain State. Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential nomination. The streets are filled with signs, the cars are plastered with bumper stickers, Facebook feeds burst with endorsements—for Bernie Sanders.

Don’t get me wrong. There are many in my state who supported Clinton in the first place, and many more who ticked off Sanders’ name in the primary, took a deep breath when he didn’t win, and changed course, vowing to support whichever candidate could keep a racist demagogue out of the White House. But you’ve all heard the stories about the “Bernie or bust” bros. Vermont was their home base. It infuriated me to be surrounded by people who were so stuck on the ideals of one old white man that they couldn’t be a team player. It angers me to think what could have happened three years ago if those Bernie-or-busters had voted in the general election for the Democratic candidate who could have won.

Now Sanders is back, and with him will inevitably come those who value one favorite over a common enemy. This is not what we need right now. After 2016, Clinton knew that it was time to step away and give someone else a chance. Sanders is convinced that it is still his turn.

So whose turn is it? I’ve got a plan for that. Elizabeth Warren isn’t the perfect candidate—for one, she is just as white and almost as old as Sanders. But she is not running to keep her ego inflated; instead, she is running because she has a smart, principled, fresh voice to add to this race. Even out of two committed progressives, Warren stands out. Sanders may have coined the term “Medicare for All,” but Warren is the first to announce how she will pay for it. While I’m not yet convinced that she can truly raise $20.5 trillion given the current corrupt system, her newest plan is at least a starting point. If this country is to progress, we need a president who is unafraid to tell us how.

We also need someone with principles that go beyond a single slogan. A recent Viewpoint in support of Sanders read, “Flip-flopping is not in Bernie’s playbook.” Maybe so, when it comes to economic policy. But what about gun safety? After the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, my mother wrote a letter to her senator pleading him to support stricter gun legislation because the shooting had made her fear for her first-grade son. She got back a form letter citing the importance of the Second Amendment. I admire that Sanders has changed his mind since then, but Warren has been championing gun violence prevention throughout her time in the Senate.

And then there’s women’s rights and racial justice. Before announcing his first candidacy, Sanders barely mentioned gender or race, preferring to talk about socioeconomic status as if it could explain all inequality. Any Carl who has taken a sociology class could tell you otherwise, and Warren knows as much. Her plans, from housing to education to criminal justice reform, are seamlessly intersectional, aimed at combating racism and sexism from a structural standpoint. Even her Medicare For All plan calls for immigration reform as a means to raise federal revenue to pay for healthcare. While Sanders has learned to recognize such issues, they are still largely confined to sections on his website entitled “racial justice” and “women’s rights,” and most of his other policies end in “for all.” Meanwhile, Warren has specific, thought-out plans with titles such as “valuing the work of women of color” and “fighting for justice as we combat the climate crisis.” It’s clear that she didn’t need to run for president to suddenly become socially liberal.

I am not an “Elizabeth-or-buster.” Far from it. I’ll proudly fill in her bubble on Super Tuesday, but one year from now, I will vote for whichever Democratic candidate is on the ballot to defeat Trump. I can only hope that we’ve come far enough since 2016 that the “Bernie bros” will do the same.

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Soccer seasons end in heartbreak

Carletonian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:26pm

If there is one thing that can be said about the seasons of both Men’s and Women’s Soccer, it is that both squads never gave up. This week, both teams saw their seasons end in heartbreaking MIAC-playoffs fashion. An unfortunate end, to be sure, to strong campaigns by both sides. The Knights refused to go down without a fight, however, as the Men defeated St. Olaf for the second time in a week in the first round of the MIAC playoffs, before losing less than twenty-four hours later to St. Thomas. Carleton Women’s Soccer did not reach the second round, but took the higher-seeded College of St. Benedict down to the wire, allowing a goal in the eighty-eighth minute to lose 3-2.

The two teams entered 2019 coming off seemingly opposite 2018 results. On the women’s side, the Knights could not buy a goal in 2018. Carleton was one of three programs whose goal totals tallied in the single digits. 9 goals scored in eleven games earned Carleton a 2-6-3 record, good for eighth place out of twelve in the MIAC. Fortunately for the Knights, the arrival of first-years Cate Patterson and Rainey Tilley, the Knights’ two leading goal scorers, injected some life into the Knights’ attack. Thanks to Tilley and Patterson, in addition to the development of striker Lily Hurtubise ’22, Carleton finished third in MIAC goals scored, more than doubling their total from the previous year.

The Knights backs were to the wall against the Bennies on Tuesday. Down 2-0 with ten minutes left, after two goals by CSB sophomore Roxy Veldman, the Knights needed to find some sort of momentum. Emma Wasend ’20 answered the call, scoring in the eighty-first minute off a pass from Laura Kiernan ’20 to cut the deficit to one. Six minutes later, Patterson tied it up, leaving the Knights only three minutes from forcing an overtime period. Unfortunately for the Knights, St. Ben’s was quick to respond, scoring only a minute and a half later, to put the game away and end the Knights’ season.

As Carleton Women’s Soccer closes the book on 2019, for the Knights, it’s not too early to start thinking about 2020. The Knights will lose a fair amount of leadership, as Carleton’s third all-time leading scorer Nora Mertz, and three-fourths of their defensive line in Kiernan, Julia Kenney, and Anika Thomas-Toth, will graduate.

The men’s team entered 2019 as defending MIAC champions. Despite losing Mark Roth ’19, the 2018 MIAC Player of the Year, the Knights returned a good chunk of their core. As such, they were picked to finish first in the conference by MIAC coaches in this season’s preseason poll. As a team with “championship or bust” aspirations, Carleton Men’s Soccer disappointed. The Knights finished in third place with a record of 6-3-1.

The eight point difference between the Knights and league-leading St. Thomas and Gustavus Adolphus does not tell the full story to midfielder Charlie Hall ’22: “This year, the two teams at the top of the MIAC were ahead of the rest by more points than usual, but that does not reflect a lack of competitiveness at all. If you look at the results from the season, the majority of games are decided by one or two goals, with many going to overtime. We truly believe that from top to bottom, the MIAC is one of the most competitive DIII conferences in the country. On any given day, any team can beat anyone else as games are decided by key plays when someone steps up to make a special play or makes a bad mistake. Success in the MIAC is difficult to achieve, but MIAC soccer is always exciting.”

As a result of said competition, the Knights dropped to third, pushing them out of position to secure a first-round bye in the MIAC tournament. That bye is absolutely critical for a team looking to be crowned champion, as not playing in the first round puts the top two seeds at massive advantages. As the MIAC tournament is set up, the semi-final games, between the top two seeds and the winners of the two first rounders, take place only a day after the first-round matchups. The teams that are fortunate enough to move onto the semis must compete with the league’s best teams on tired legs. For context, there are at least two full days between regular season MIAC contests, assuming the weather does not muddy the schedule. To play on back to back days is to run the risk of total exhaustion and injury with a given team’s starters, or roll the dice with players that do not see the field as much. The Knights benefited from this poor scheduling last season, as Macalester looked visibly slower in the second half of Carleton’s 1-0 semi-final victory. This year’s Knights were required to play St. Thomas on the road about twenty hours after their victory over St. Olaf, a game which they would lose 3-0.

“Of course we were at a bit of a disadvantage playing games two days in a row while St. Thomas didn’t have to, but honestly I don’t think fatigue had a huge effect on the result,” Hall said of the loss. “We did have a few important players nursing small injuries that were made worse by playing the day before, so that was probably the main impact. However, I think we played a fairly even game with them, and the game was decided by a few plays, including a couple calls by the ref that didn’t go our way, so fatigue was not to blame.”

There is no doubt the Knights will be back with a vengeance next year. They will only lose one starting player in center back Kamran Kelly ’20. Unless a first-year is able to compete right away, it appears likely that stellar rising sophomore Justin Crawmer will slide from right back to center back, and the capable Jack Schill ’21 will man the right side for the Knights in 2020.

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Interview with Windborne vocal folk quartet

Carletonian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:20pm

The folk quartet Windborne gave a concert in the Skinner Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, October 29. To learn more about the group and its background and mission, the Carletonian reached out to one of the group’s members, Will Rowan, to find out what they’re all about.

Q: Tell me a bit about how you all wound up getting into this sort of music.
A: We grew up in communities where participatory music was really strong. For instance, my parents were on Morris dancing teams, and the teams would get together after a day of dancing out and go to a bar, pub or one of their houses, and just start singing. I grew up around that, and my parents singing in the car, and so on. Several others of us in the group were in similar communities, but what gelled the idea of singing as something we really wanted to do was a summer camp for teens that we went to called Village Harmony, which does music from different singing traditions from various places in the world, and works directly with tradition-bearers of those traditions.

Q: How did you all get together as a group?
A: The group started with Lynn and Lauren and me. It was while high school was ending, and summer camps were soon going to be a thing of the past, when we got together and started singing music that we had learned at the camps. We gave a little concert in a tea shop. For a number of years it was just at that level—whenever we were home from college on break or had an opportunity to sing together we would organize a little concert. We were also part of a group of alumni of this camp that did a self-organized tour one winter, during winter break from college, which went really well, and we really enjoyed it. We kept doing it throughout our time in college and a little bit after. Eventually that devolved as things do when people get busy, but we invited another singer from that same group, Jeremy, to come do a tour with us, and he grew on us—like a fungus—no, he’s great! He added both another dimension in terms of the sound, asa bass, and also a lot of good ideas, a lot of drive to take this to new places.

Q: What were some of the group’s formative experiences?
A: Right after we did that first tour with Jeremy, we applied to this program through the State Department called American Music Abroad, which sends groups to various places, doing cultural diplomacy. We did it on a whim; we though this’d be an interesting exercise to put together this application. But then we got invited to audition, and we were very surprised, then even more surprised when we got it. It was sort of a band boot camp—just the act of preparing for that tour and then going—but the really cool thing about it was that we got to focus on just the music, because it was completely organized for us. By the end of that tour we felt like we had performed for more people in Central Asia than we had in North America. It was definitely a formative experience for the group. That was six years ago. From there, we started doing a little bit more touring, more concerts, but still not a huge amount. We would go on a few weeks of touring in any given year for the next four years or so—maybe a three-week tour in the summer, then scattered other concerts at various other times during the year.

Q: What was it that increased your popularity to where it is now?
A: In 2017 we were working on our “Song on the Times” project, which is a project focused on protest music that we had begun before the presidential election really started. Some of the inspiration for it had been sparked by the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe, but as we kept working on that project and the election took such a turn, we realized we wanted to be doing it more. We thought it was important to be singing and using our art to speak out for what we believe in. And then we sang a verse of one of our songs outside of Trump Tower and took a little video of it. At the time, maybe five people on the sidewalk noticed that we did that, but then we put it on the Internet and over a million people saw it, and just responding to comments became sort of a full-time job. At the same time, we were doing a crowdfunding campaign for the album and the book. We had originally thought the book would be a fun crowdfunding perk that we would offer to our supporters, but because we were running the crowdfunding campaign at the same time as we were having this viral video, we went from what we were expecting to get, maybe 500 supporters, to 2,500 supporters and pre-sales. So that really changed the scope of the project, and we’ve now sold out our first batch of books and CDs and we’re on to our second run. We got many messages from people saying “Do you do shows, do you perform? We want you to come out and do a show for us.” So we had to make a decision at that point based on the other things we were doing in our lives—it was a transitional moment when we were able to make the decision to go full-time as musicians. It’s been two years now that we’ve been doing it—the two-year mark will happen on this tour.

Q: Where do you see the future of Windborne going?
A: Well, we’re trying to be open to the possibility that it might get bigger, or that it might stay more or less the same. We’re doing a lot of work in terms of promotion and getting in front of more, higher-profile bookers. We’ve always had the sense that we want to be not only supporting ourselves through our music, but also using our music to uplift causes that we believe in. One of those causes is access to the arts. So what we’re hoping to be able to do is get more higher-profile, higher-paying gigs, and use that to sort of subsidize going into low-income schools and other places where people might have a harder time accessing the arts, and doing workshops and that sort of thing.

Q: What would you say the message of Windborne is?
A: We really believe that art has a responsibility to say something about society. There’s a Bertolt Brecht quote: “Art is not a mirror of reality, rather it is a hammer with which to shape it.” So we feel like we, as artists, feel responsible for addressing the issues of today, but also connecting those issues to the past. Because the struggles people face today came from somewhere—there’s a history that led to them, and that history is not just something that you read about, it’s something that happened and was lived. It’s important to remember the history of the struggles that are happening today, and the way that we do that is through music. But there’s another element to what Windborne does because of where we came from, which is about cross-cultural understanding and connection. It’s hard to encapsulate our message in one thought, but it’s about making connections between the past and the present, and also connections in more of a geographical and cultural way, between near and far.

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CSA fall term report

Carletonian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:18pm

Carls, I am now in the middle of my tenure as CSA President and I have so much to share with you. Though we were not able to complete each and every initiative we set out to achieve this year, I am incredibly proud of our student government’s accomplishments. Over the past two terms, we have worked extensively to increase student outreach and engagement, strategically refine our relationship with the administration, and streamline our internal processes.

But before I begin, allow me to give a brief, incomplete history of CSA: In 1880, the Carletonian carried an article entitled, “Is the student body ready for a college senate?” It seems that many, especially administrators, were content to leave that question unanswered.

It wasn’t until 1911 that students of Evans Hall formed the Young Women’s Student Government Association, which was immediately followed by the Men’s Student Government Association out of Burton. As documented in Carleton: The First Century, “both organizations dedicated most of their work to organizing social activities and the logistics of dorm life such as quiet hours.” After the First World War, they combined to form the Alma Mater Association, which was replaced in a student referendum by the Carleton Student Association (CSA) in 1930.

The editor of the Carletonian at the time wondered “whether a student organization can ever rise to great heights in a small liberal arts college.” Nevertheless, he admitted that the newly-formed association “possibly can achieve much.” Has it?

I think it has. Over the past 90 years, CSA has pushed for an end to segregated seating in the chapel,passed resolutions on affairs of national and international importance (e.g. the Iraq War), and promoted student activism and agency. Our duties have evolved from organizing quiet hours to playing an active role in shaping College policy.

This term, for instance, we appointed 25 students to college governance committees. For the uninitiated, college committees generally help to administer policy by examining specific areas of College life. In particular, there is the Student Life Advisory Committee (SLAC), which is “constituted as an advisory committee to the Dean of Students to address issues specifically concerning student life and to help develop policies for review by College Council or the Board of Trustees.” Having students on such committees is vital for fostering transparency, accountability, trust and good governance.

I am glad to report that the College has been responsive to many of our requests for more student representation on the upper echelons of college governance. President Poskanzer and Dean Livingston, in particular, recently supported our cause to have a permanent liaison to the Student Life Committee of the Board of Trustees. A few weeks ago, the Board approved the resolution to make the CSA President a permanent liaison to the committee, where they will keep the trustees apprised of student issues, ideas and concerns.

Indeed, one of our primary responsibilities as Carleton’s student government is to serve as a platform for the expression, discussion and advancement of student opinions and concerns.

Last term, in response to student concerns about high laundry fees, we established and charged the CSA Laundry working group with finding sustainable ways to address the need for affordable laundry. We also engaged Dean Livingston on how the College could help us in these efforts. Over the summer, thanks in part to CSA’s efforts, Carleton eliminated laundry fees for on-campus machines.

CSA has continued to support student activities, initiatives and interests by chartering and financially supporting student organizations. We have chartered a number of old and new clubs, including the Carletonian, Brew Club and Public Health Advocates. Additionally, we have allocated more than $76,000 in funding to student groups and organizations. We still have $48,700 left to support student programming and activities this year. Hibo Abdi ’20 and Brandon Moy ’20, our Vice President and Treasurer, respectively, will release a more comprehensive financial report at the end of winter term. Nevertheless, they are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the finances of CSA.

Over the past few months, CSA has collaborated with various offices on campus to provide “free” resources and services. Specifically, we have collaborated with the Library to provide free digital access to the New York Times; with the Career Center to host a reputable financial advisor, Isaiah Goodman, for an investing seminar; with the Sustainability Office to provide Klean Kanteen thermoses; and with the Student Financial Services to disburse more than $25,000 in CSA scholarships.

Further, we have invited Title IX, CRIC, Admissions, Student Life and OHP to speak on matters of student interest. We occasionally invite administrators to Senate to get updates on College policies, priorities and initiatives; encourage student participation in such initiatives; and promote clear communication between students and the College. Our goal is not to attack administrators; rather, it is to foster constructive and thoughtful discussions around issues that students care about. However, this does not mean we won’t hold administrators accountable.

This year has been extensive for CSA, as we have been working hard to optimize our internal processes and functions. Specifically, we have restructured and revamped our working groups; instituted a Senate Reporting System to foster accountability and improve our institutional memory; convened the Constitutional Review Board to streamline our governing structure and documents; and decentralized several Executive responsibilities. Starting next term, we hope to broadcast our Senate meetings and increase student engagement through more office hours and socials.

This report is not meant to be an exhaustive account of everything we have done thus far. Rather, it is meant to show how much we care about clear communication and accountability. From now on, CSA will strive to be more transparent about what we are doing on behalf of the student body.

Needless to say, we will keep advocating for student values, concerns, and ideas; influencing College policy through college committees, resolutions, and working groups; chartering and funding student groups and organizations; creating opportunities for collaboration among these organizations; and finding ways to enhance all aspects of student life at Carleton. I could not be more excited to see how we progress further in our efforts to #makeCarletonhome. I hope you join us.

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CCCE “Clothing Connection” revamped, renamed Clothing Recovery Network

Carletonian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:11pm

This school year brings an exciting new change to Carleton’s environmental and community initiatives: the revamping of what was once known as Clothing Connection into this term’s Clothing Recovery Network.

Why the changes? According to Erica Zweifel, Temporary Associate Director of the CCCE, clothing collection at Carleton used to be “more random. I would get contacted by facilities to empty the clothing recovery bins.” According to Zweifel, the program is now more coordinated and organized.

A key difference between this year’s Clothing Recovery Network and the past’s Clothing Connection also pertains to the program’s focus and scope. In years past, the organization had taken clothes up to the Twin Cities for donation, but according to Andrew Farias ’21, CCCE Fellow and supervisor to the Clothing Recovery Network, “Students were asking, well, should we be driving to the cities? Should we be spending those fossil fuels? Is there a community need in Northfield?”

The organization found that there actually exists a need for clothing donation in Northfield and on the Carleton campus itself, and that it countered the initiative’s goals to expend the fuel needed to get to the Twin Cities. Thus, the revamping acts not only as a way to increase coordination and organization, but also as a way to increase sustainability at Carleton and tackle issues in the community.

“I see it as a way for Carleton to not just throw things away, of building a cyclical network of environmental responsibility—not just for the environment, but for the community as well,” said Farias. “We have a very wasteful society.”

This year’s Clothing Recovery Network also attempts to be “more intentional about where the clothes go,” said Zweifel. The network performs more sorting of clothing after students donate to bins in the laundry bins of each dorm. The Clothing Recovery Network partners with the Northfield Clothes Closet as well as the GSC’s QT (Queer and Trans) Boutique, which Farias said, aims to “provide students with clothing that traditionally may be masculine or feminine or that they may not have access to.” Northfield’s Clothes Closet provides a great outlet for all types of donated clothes, as it works with a fabric partner that accepts soiled and ripped clothing.

However, although the revamped organization has made a great impact already, challenges still exist. “This program seems pretty simple because we just collect clothes,” said Ayaka Moriyama ’22, one of the students spearheading the revamped organization, “but we need the large community to help facilitate the process,” including understanding of the organization and willingness to contribute.

Farias added that the organization needs more publicity and clarification of the organization’s aims and donation requirements. Some people donate items that they do not collect. “Like mirrors. That’s not a clothing item.”

Moreover, as the Clothing Recovery Network is completely different than what it once was in the form of Clothing Connection, the students working on it are starting from scratch and found it difficult to acquire knowledge on how to run the program. “Last year, the previous directors were seniors,” said Moriyama. “We just lost communication with them halfway through the year.”

“There was no transfer of information,” added Farias. “We’re now using Google Drive. That way the knowledge stays there.”

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On-campus construction limits parking for students and faculty

Carletonian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:09pm

Due to construction on campus this term and increased demand for parking spots, both student and faculty parking have become increasingly limited.

Since the beginning of fall term students have faced difficulties in trying to obtain parking permits largely due to the reservation of needed spaces for construction access. While Anderson Hall construction has been completed, Olin Hall is now being renovated. According to Grounds Manager Jay Stadler, contractors are using street parking and allocated parking in the stadium parking lot.

Despite Fall term’s parking challenges, Stadler and Director of Facilities Steven Spehn both stated that the parking situation has improved compared to last spring and summer when Anderson Hall was still fully under construction. According to Spehn, “At the height of construction there were close to 160 contractor employees coming to campus daily. We arranged for about 70 off-campus parking spaces at a City owned lot, which helped, but we also had to reserve the Laird Stadium and Arb parking lot for contractor parking which took these on-campus spaces off-line for other uses.”

The construction of Olin Hall is much smaller in scope than the Anderson construction. As of this week, there are around 30 contractor employees on campus, whose parking needs are being met by the City parking lot.

Additionally, the number of student parking permit requests has steadily increased in recent years, resulting in less faculty and staff parking on campus and increasing parking on city streets. “While we have heard of parking shortages on campus, I think the issue lies with shortages of parking in zones where staff and faculty would prefer to park. According to a 2008 parking study, our supply exceeds the demand,” said Stadler.

Senior Assistant to the Dean of Students Tammy Anderson said that the College has reduced the number of parking spaces available to students, currently 250, “to help manage parking for the entire Carleton community.” As a result, the number of parking spots for faculty and staff has slightly increased.

Limited on-campus parking has posed challenges to many students with cars, leading them to find parking spots at off-campus houses.

Alex Whitis ’20 is one such student who was unable to obtain an on-campus parking permit because there were no more spots available. He was placed on a waiting list, and was then told that if he could find somewhere to park his car off the street, that an off-campus permit would work.

Whitis coordinated with Dacie Moses house coordinator Julia Uleberg Swanson, and planned to park in the Dacie Moses driveway. He was later ticketed for parking at Dacie’s and told that students were no longer allowed to park there, which was information that the house coordinator and student workers had not been aware of.

“I tried to appeal this ticket but was told that Julia has no authority to tell people whether they can park there, despite the fact that it is a parking spot year after year and no one told her otherwise this term. So now, I park in the driveway of a friend who lives off campus,” said Whitis.

Other students, like Philip Hudson ’20, have also turned to off-campus houses for parking spots. “The parking situation seems, of course, limited, but I understand why the issue hasn’t been a priority for Carleton to address. There’s enough to do on campus already, and so there is no need to be leaving every day,” said Hudson.

Staff in charge of granting parking permits are not oblivious to student complaints and frustrations regarding parking spots. “We are sensitive to the comments we have heard. Now that Anderson Hall is nearing completion, coupled with our immersion into a circulation planning effort, we are making plans to perform another parking study that may provide much-needed feedback,” said Stadler.

The College, however, is not yet making any adjustments to parking spots available for students. Anderson explained that off-campus students who will return in the Winter will request a parking permit via the online request form, and parking will be assigned by date of request until all spots are filled, as is normal procedure.

“I don’t understand why Carleton is allowed to ticket cars displaying an off-campus permit for parking on an off-campus street overnight. Does Carleton secretly own all of the streets in Northfield?” said Whitis.

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