Nicole’s album review: Ummagumma by Pink Floyd

Carletonian - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 1:00pm

Forget the live album. Sure, it’s an amazing few tracks, but that’s not what earns the double album Ummagumma its reputation as one of the worst albums of all time.

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Plans set for all-gender bathroom in Leighton

Carletonian - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 1:00pm

 “Going to the bathroom in Leighton has been an interesting experience. A large majority of my curriculars and extracurriculars are there, so I’m in the building quite a lot. Sometimes, in order to use a bathroom I’m comfortable with, I walk to other buildings between classes or wait until classes are over and go to my dorm.”

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College to install lift in Little Nourse this summer in effort to increase accessibility

Carletonian - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 1:00pm

The lift is slated to cost approximately $30,000, but pipes need to be moved in order to make room for the lift, which will bring the total cost to at least $55,000.

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Caroline Mather ’19 heads to NCAA DIII swim nationals for second time

Carletonian - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 1:00pm

“One of my high school coaches said I was wound up, like a top, and I would just spin off.”

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Jimmy Chin ’96 reflects on Carleton experience

Carletonian - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 1:00pm

An exclusive interview

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Accessory Dwelling Unit Open House

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 12:10pm

Accessory Dwelling Unit Open House Northfield– The City of Northfield will host an open house between 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at City Hall. This is an opportunity for community members to learn about or discuss City policies related accessory dwelling units. This is an open house format with no

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Representative Todd Lippert

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:49am

State Representative Todd Lippert talks about a bonding request that he plans to put in for funding for Northfield’s Hwy 246 project for a roundabout and tunnels under the roadway between the High School and Middle School, as well as other bills he is working on in the legislature.

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Cancellations and closings due to Winter Storm March 9 and 10

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:35am

KYMN will do our best to keep up with cancellations, closings, delays.  We will post as they come in…. Saturday’s Raider Boys Basketball game against Austin in Rochester has been postponed until Monday at 7:45pm.  KYMN will broadcast the game Monday night. FiftyNorth has postponed the Radio Dramady scheduled for Saturday (March 9th) at 7pm

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A reminder from DSI about dumpsters

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:00am

A reminder from Dick’s Sanitation about dumpsters: Snow-Removal-Dumpsters

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ArtZany: FiftyNorth Radio Dramedy

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:00am

Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomesfrom the FiftyNorth Radio Dramedy Double-Feature Dee Rogers, Richard Waters, and Holly Fischer. FiftyNorth 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield “The Strange Sisters” and “Solly and Da Goils” Radio Dramedies Performance Saturday, March 9 at 7:00pm Sunday, March 10 at 2:00pm Friday, March 15 at 7:00pm Tickets available

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Poetry Review: Leila Chatti

Rob Hardy - Rough Draft - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 10:13am

In late 2018, I conducted a survey about the Northfield Poet Laureate program, soliciting feedback on previous programming and suggestions for additional programming. One suggestion was that I post occasional reviews and recommendations of poetry books. I read poetry slowly, and even more slowly find the words to talk about it. But here's a first attempt. 

Leila Chatti. Tunsiya/Amrikiya (Bull City Press) and Ebb (Akashic Books/New Generation African Poets). 

In October 2017, Leila Chatti drove up from Madison, where she was spending a year as a fellow at the University of Wisconsin, to give a reading in Northfield.  Leila is not only one of the most brilliant young poets I know, she is also incredibly generous and kind and receptive to the people and the world around her. I had the feeling, when I was with her, of being with someone who was more awake than I was, and who metabolized experience more easily and naturally into words.

From time to time a poet speaks to me from somewhere outside my own experience and makes me fall head over heels into a new world. This happened in 2014 when I read Leila’s first published poem. The poem was called “14, Sunday School, 3 Days Late.” The poet’s voice, her experience, her world, her use of language—all of it captivated me, and left me wanting more. Fortunately, there was more. 

Going back to that first poem after reading more of her work, I realized that that small, seven-line poem displays much of what I love about Leila’s poetry. She is physically present in her poetry as a woman who feels pleasure and pain, who bleeds, who often has to push back against a culture that tells her to feel shame. Leila is Muslim, Arab, a dual citizen of Tunisia and the United States, and her poetry reflects those complex identities and conflicted histories in a way that is—here comes that word—accessible. What I mean is this: her poems open a door, and provide access to an intimate space in which difference is what we share and the distance between us is what draws us together.

In “Dressing Before a Mirror in Morning,” she begins—

I look at myself
because it is what you would do, it makes me
feel close to you.

Here she summons the other through contemplation of the self. The line endings shift from “myself” to “me” to “you”—from the first person reflexive to the second person. The line break in the second line (“it makes me”) acknowledges that we are in part a creation of the gaze of others. But in this case, she imagines her own gaze as the other’s. The poem is a mirror that makes us see identity as difference, self as other.

Similes abound in Leila Chatti’s poetry—the word “like” that implies similarity but also admits of difference. In “Khouya,” which she glosses as Tunisian Arabic for “my brother,” she writes:

I just don’t see it, how anyone could
look through hate like a scope at boys
so like my brother…

First, notice the complications of the gaze: she can’t see how anyone could look through hate. Second, notice the repetition of the word “like,” first in a simile (“hate like a scope”) and then in recognition of the similarity between her brother and the boys who become victims of police violence. Likeness is complicated: the difference between the poet’s recognition of the familiar and beloved and law enforcement’s racial profiling is a matter of the lens through which the gaze is filtered. The poet makes a strong case for love as the filter through which we should see those different from ourselves.

In another poem, “Homophones,” she explores the resonances of different words that sound alike, both English homophones and words in Tunisian that sound like unrelated English words. She begins—

In English, alter
and altar are so similar
they are easily confused.

Again, what interests her is the coexistence of similarity and difference, the creative tension between like and unlike out of which her poetry arises.

America is both her home and a place where she is often looked upon as a stranger. She belongs and doesn’t belong, is both like and unlike the people around her. This is the hook on which her imagination catches and weaves itself into poetry.

Leila Chatti’s first full-length poetry collection, Deluge, will be published in 2020 by Copper Canyon Press.
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Johanna Glaaser ’20 and Mackenzie Schoustra ’20 look back on record breaking championships

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 9:39pm
Johanna Glaaser ’20 and Mackenzie Shoustra ’20 both set school records at the MIAC indoor track & field championships Feb. 21-23. Glaaser finished runner up by .01 seconds in the 400-meter dash earning all conference honors. Schoustra, on the other hand, won the Pentathlon with 3,425 points. They both qualified for the NCAA national championships […]
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Women’s soccer team looks to move forward without coach

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 9:36pm
Head Women’s Soccer Coach Rachael Sushner announced this past week that she will be leaving St. Olaf to coach at Trinity College in Connecticut. Sushner was the Senior Women Coordinator during which she created the Ole Leadership Academy, served on the Title IX committee and held other various responsibilities. During her time at St. Olaf […]
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St. Olaf Hockey struggles at home

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 9:32pm
On Jan. 4, both St. Olaf hockey teams opened their seasons in the new $8 million ice arena. Later, on Jan. 19, the grand opening of the arena commenced with a pregame ceremony. The new complex, connected to Skoglund Center, includes a National Hockey League size rink, 804 chairs for viewing and locker rooms for […]
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Parking at St. Olaf unaccommodating

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 9:30pm
Parking for students has always been a difficult issue at St. Olaf College. Although I don’t currently own a car on campus, I feel as though I’ve already felt the struggles of parking just by observing my friends who do have cars. We must observe the main issues students face when parking on campus. Though […]
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La Sázon

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 9:28pm
¿Hasta qué punto nos preguntamos cómo funcionan las dinámicas sociales en el campus? Ser estudiante internacional me permite tener una perspectiva diferente, una perspectiva que contrasta lo que sucede acá con lo que ocurre en mi país de origen. Esto me ofrece la posibilidad de destacar algunos patrones sociales y culturales que constituyen dinámicas interpersonales […]
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Admitted students day busy but a must

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 9:25pm
If you ask a current student what goes through their mind when it comes to visit days hosted by St. Olaf Admissions, you’ll receive mixed reactions. Regardless, one thing is for sure – we all understand the struggle of looking for the right college and the simultaneous importance of visiting colleges during the application process. […]
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Weekly chapel schedule email causes controversy

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 9:24pm
Whether you were tucking yourself into bed in your cozy dorm room, catching the late night showing of “Mary Poppins Returns” in Viking theater or hanging out with friends last Friday night, you probably noticed a chain of emails sent to the Daily Chapel alias not by the usual Kristin L. Kivell, but by a […]
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Why we need to save the arts at St. Olaf

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 9:22pm
Before graduating from St. Olaf, every student must have at least one ALS-A (Artistic Studies) credit. For arts majors, such as music, dance, studio art or theater, it’s pretty easy to get this credit and rack up several ALS-A courses over four years. As a music major, I realized it was one of the first […]
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CUBe ’90s-2000s Juke Jam closes out Black History Month events

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 9:20pm
The Cultural Union for Black Expression (CUBe) hosted a 90s-2000s Juke Jam dance at the Pause Mane Stage Friday, March 1 from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The event served as the culmination of the February Black History Month programming. The dance was well attended, with a constant stream of people entering the dance all […]
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