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Lippert says DFL tax bill offers critical relief, fairer system; Blast open in Northfield today; Donations made for trees

KYMN Radio - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director Minnesota House Democrats passed their tax bill last week as part of the budgeting process. Representative Todd Lippert said the bill will move toward a fairer tax system for all Minnesotans.  Among the provisions, the bill establishes a fifth-tier tax bracket adding an additional 1% on household incomes of $1

3 options revealed to replace controversial Raider mascot logo

Northfield News - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 12:00pm
Renderings of three possible mascot logos to replace the current symbol, which some have deemed racist, have been introduced to the Northfield School Board.
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St. Olaf graduate named Gaither Junior Fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

St. Olaf College - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 11:48am
St. Olaf graduate Hana Anderson ’20 has been named a James C. Gaither Junior Fellow for the 2021–22 class. The Gaither Junior Fellows program provides selected applicants with the opportunity to further a career interest in international affairs through a year of work experience at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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2 Northfield solar projects in the works as nationwide debate continues

Northfield News - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 9:20am
As two solar projects progress through the approval process in Northfield, much debate remains over the necessity and feasibility of transitioning a greater share of the nation’s energy grid to renewable energy sources.
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Jenelle Teppen recaps Dundas City Council meeting

KYMN Radio - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 8:59am
Dundas City Administrator Jenelle Teppen discusses the April 26 City Council meeting during which the Council reactivated the EDA, approved replacement of playground equipment at Memorial Park, and approved a replacement process for water meters.

Dr. Matt Hillmann recaps School Board meeting

KYMN Radio - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 8:53am
Northfield School Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann discusses the April 26 School Board meeting.  Topics include a Covid update, options for a new Raider mascot, budget and more.

Virtual Volunteering - Mentoring Continues

Northfield News - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 6:30am
For the first time, Northfield area mentors and mentees were able to meet from wherever they were in the world.
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Volunteers key For Northfield Soccer Association

Northfield News - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 7:30pm
Setting up flags, painting the fields, coordinating tryouts, teams, coaches, referees, concession stand coverage, team managers, serving as the association’s registrar, treasurer, finding and registering for tournaments, and other tasks.
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Steele County proposes Rice-Steele joint venture at Detention Center

Northfield News - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 4:14pm
Steele County commissioners plan to formally request on Tuesday that Rice County share the Detention Center in Owatonna in a 50-50 financial split.
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Board of Commissioners set for more jail talk tomorrow; Lippert discusses Chauvin verdict and public safety; Life returning to normal at Three Links

KYMN Radio - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director The Rice County Board of Commissioners will meet tomorrow morning at 8:30, and among the items on the agenda is the selection of a location for a potential new jail and law enforcement center.   For almost two years, the Board has been wrestling with the question of what to do

Charges expected after reported Owatonna car theft leads to long chase, crash

Northfield News - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 9:45am
A Sunday afternoon report of a stolen vehicle from Owatonna allegedly led to a long car chase, crash, and pending charges against a New Hope man.
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Attunement

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 6:51am

“For most people who purport to communicate with animals, the ability is considered a lost art, something that was widely practiced before the advent of modernity, before mechanization and urbanization. This was, in part, a matter of necessity: reading animals helped humans evade predators, find prey, and monitor the needs of livestock. As the balance […]

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Try a little kindness

Northfield News - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 4:00am
“Try A Little Kindness” was a hit song in 1970 which said, “Don’t walk around the town and out, lend a helping hand instead of doubt.”
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Veredicto a Chauvin, vacunas y fin a la violencia doméstica

KYMN Radio - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 4:47pm
Se alcanza el veredicto al juicio a Chauvin, policia responsable de la muerte de George Floyd el pasado 26 de mayo 2020. Repasamos información sobre las vacunas y nuevas oportunidades. Terminamos hablando de la violencia doméstica y la necesidad de seguir mejorando y educando a nuestras niñas y niños con empatía e igualdad.

Cartoon: human instincts

Carletonian - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 1:18pm

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Crossword: guess the theme!

Carletonian - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 1:14pm

The Bald Spot presents: a crossword with a mystery theme that will help you once you figure it out we promise but you still might have to use Google because apparently this is harder than we thought oops.

ACROSS

3. term for animal with irregular patches of color

7. performers are in this

8. bawdy, lewd

9. nonsense

13. childhood disease also known as varicella

14. hairless cat

17. better than Pandora

DOWN

1. Shakespeare play, “Out, damned spot!”

2. Peru’s national dog (2 words)

4. tyrannical ruler

5. Norse god killed by mistletoe

6. unifier of Italy

10. 101 doggos

11. late-night food order

12. when eduroam goes down

15. USS Enterprise captain

16. red beetle

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Fourth week bracket

Carletonian - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 1:11pm

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In photos: Pfizer vaccine clinic distributes 500 doses

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

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

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Carleton awards second annual Paglia research fellowships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OIIL, OIL and ISL: The Basics

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

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

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

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

The Decision to Reorganize

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student Concerns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holding Administration Accountable

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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