Feral kitten incites campus-wide frenzy
Sophomores bitten, Public Safety captures wrong cat
By Ashley Belisle and Olivia Koester
News Editor and Executive Editor
On Saturday, Oct. 20, St. Olaf Public Safety captured a feral kitten believed to have bitten two sophomores earlier that day, but three days later, the students confirmed that officers nabbed the wrong cat. Two female students were bitten on their hands when they tried to extract a kitten from one of the dumpsters near Larson Hall on Saturday morning, the women said. They transported themselves to the Northfield Hospital emergency room, at which point medical professionals contacted Public Safety, who began searching for the animal. Public Safety Capt. Chad Christiansen sent out an email to the student body, urging students to be careful and keep an eye out for the kitten as they walked around cam-
pus. “Try to maintain the location of [the cat], but do not try to catch [it] yourselves,” Christiansen wrote. “This kitten needs to be quarantined and observed for 10 days to determine if it has rabies.” Director of Public Safety Fred Behr and Christiansen spent the afternoon searching for the kitten, but were unsuccessful. With only “two sets of eyes, it could be tough to spot,” Behr said. Around 6:30 p.m., Karen Berglund ’13 and Julie Pokaski ’13 spotted a kitten near the library and reported the sighting to Public Safety. “I think it was pretty apparent that nobody wanted to get bit, so even the [Public] Safety officer didn’t really know what to do,” Pokaski said. “So we stayed, sat down and watched the cat.”
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Students dining in Stav Hall watched the scene unfold. After spying a Public Safety vehicle driving across the quad, students rushed to the southern window. “I had no idea what they were doing until somebody shouted, ‘It’s the cat!’” David Hastings ’14 said. Two students had seemingly cornered the kitten, he said. Onlookers let out a cheer as Officer James Golden closed in on the kitten, but the animal escaped. When the kitten crawled into a drainage pipe between the library and Holland Hall, Golden was able to pick it up in a live trap borrowed from the City of Northfield, Behr said. Then, shortly after 8:30 p.m., the Northfield Police Department came to transport the animal to Countryside Animal Hospital and Kennels, 708 Schilling Drive, Dundas. On Tuesday, the two female bite victims were contacted by the Northfield Police Department and asked to identify the animal at Countryside. Though the quarantined kitten appeared to be about the same size and age as the suspect animal, it was not the correct kitten. The captured animal was solid orange, and the animal that bit the women
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Josh Yahnke, perhaps better known as “Josh the Bag Lunch Guy,” left his position with Bon Appétit on Friday, Oct. 19. On Monday, he started a new job in sales for a medical supply company, according to Board Manager Randy Clay. “No one is going to be able to replace Josh,” Clay said. So, instead of filling Yahnke’s position, Bon Appétit employees will rotate to cover the bag lunch line. Students and co-workers alike made sure to say their goodbyes. Just outside of Stav Hall, hundreds of students stopped to sign a giant farewell card for Yahnke last week. Many Bon Appétit employees turned out to a going away party for Yahnke on Friday, according to Clay. Students agree that Yahnke’s friendly face will be missed, but they wish him well as he begins this next phase of his career.
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Governor Mark Dayton rallies for Democrats on the ballot By Ethan Hiedeman Managing Editor
On Monday, Oct. 22, Gov. Mark Dayton stopped by St. Olaf on a swing through southern Minnesota that included afternoon stops in Owatonna and Albert Lea. Dayton spoke at 10 a.m. in Viking Theater at an event organized by the St. Olaf College Democrats. David Bly ’74, Minnesota legislative candidate and former representative from District 20B, spoke at the rally as well. According to a press release from the Senate Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Caucus, the purpose of the rally was to “encourage support for DFL candidates and [to] motivate students to get to the polls on election day.” Dayton shook hands and spoke to students while waiting for the event to get underway, joking and making conversation with students, faculty and community members that packed the theater. Bryan Wells ’12, field coordinator for Northfield DFL State Senate candidate Kevin Dahle (who wasn’t able to attend due to teaching conflicts), introduced Bly and Dayton while underlining the urgency of the 2012 election cycle for DFL candidates. Wells pointed out that St. Olaf students live in one of the most competitive districts in the state – Bly lost his
seat by only 37 votes in the 2012 cycle. Bly is facing Lonsdale Republican Brian Wermerskirchen, a legislative assistant for the Minnesota Senate. A theme of the event was the political gridlock in St. Paul, which reflects the partisan stalemate nationwide. Dayton and Bly blamed this situation on the intractability of rightwing ideologues who weren’t willing to meet Dayton halfway on issues like a tax increase for the wealthiest Minnesotans. “[Dayton] has the right answers to things,” Bly said. “He knows what to do,” he just doesn’t have the right legislature to do it with. Dayton portrayed himself as a check on the GOP-controlled legislature, pointing out the 55 vetoes he has issued since taking office. But Dayton was quick to point out that he can’t veto everything. “I unfortunately can’t veto constitutional amendments,” Dayton said. He vetoed voter ID when the legislature sent it to him as a bill, so they put it on the ballot instead. Dayton cited these ballot measures as one more reason to support local DFL candidates – if the legislature were in DFL hands, neither amendment
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October 26, 2012
Fixes to violence should respect mental illness By Emelia Carroll
sistently. The argument in the article rests on the premise that though persons with mental illness may not show signs of violence, they may either become violent if left untreated or already harbor violent intentions in secret. Therefore, in order to prevent violent outbursts like shooting sprees that tend to be committed by mentally ill persons, family and friends should be able to
The 1970s brought laws giving people struggling with mental illness the right to refuse treatment, unless they appear a threat to others or themselves. Such laws were implemented in reaction to an era where people were being institutionalized for feeling anxious or hormonal. Such laws still stand in Minnesota. This policy, coupled with Minnesota’s gun laws, leaves open the possibility that a person can be ill, yet show no signs of violent intent and refuse treatment, while building up stockpiles of weaponry for intended use. This is exactly what happened this past September in Minneapolis. Andrew Engeldinger unleashed a shooting spree at his workplace, resulting in the death of many, including himself. This tragic outburst is among several that have surfaced in the past few years, including the Colorado Batman shootings and the shooting of Norwegian youth. One fair reaction to this tragic trend is to point to the gaps in our mental health policies. The Associated Press highlighted this issue in an Oct. 2 article, “Shootings expose cracks in U.S. NOAH SANDERS/MANITOU MESSENGER mental health system.” Beginning with a discussion of the particular struggles commit their resistant mentally of Engeldinger, the article moves ill loved ones to treatment. toward a more general arguThe implications of this ment about the importance of type of argument make me consistent treatment for all per- cringe. This sort of preemptive sons struggling with mental ill- approach could also be extendness and advocates for reform ed to crimes given the demoof Minnesota’s policies. The graphics of felons, for example. piece ends with a glorification of It would read like this: “Though mental illness medication, citing black American young persons examples of persons who either may not commit crimes, they became violent or relapsed into may either become criminals or their worst symptoms after fail- already harbor criminal intent. ing to take their medication con-
Therefore, in order to prevent crimes that tend to be committed by black American youths, cops should be allowed to pick them up against their will and take them to jail.” Granted, imprisonment is different from mental illness treatment. But aren’t they both, in a way, supposed to “fix” people who don’t behave the way society wants them to? I want to look at the many important variables involved in
the formula that leads us to this tragic trend of shooting sprees by people struggling with mental illness. Despite the way that our culture glorifies and overuses medications to address mental illness, using such drugs intrinsically involves risk. Finding the right prescription and dosage to meet an individual’s particular needs is a tenuous and even dangerous process of trial and error, some-
times causing violent thoughts where there were none previously. The stigma attached to needing medical help for mental struggles, along with fear of such chemical treatment, could be a major deterrent for people struggling from mental illness to seek help. Yes, the protection of the rights of mentally ill people to refuse treatment comes at a cost. The protection of the rights of Americans to own firearms also comes at a cost. The fact that such weapons are so easily available to people, mentally ill or not, is a major part of the formula. Gun violence pervades our culture and reminds us of the ease with which we can destroy life. This, coupled with the ease of acquiring weapons, is a destructive environment for humans who experience the “normal” emotional highs and lows, let alone people who experience prolonged emotional extremes. As we respond to horrible acts committed by fellow humans that shake our foundations in the way that these shooting sprees do, it’s too easy to discuss strategies for controlling wrongdoers. I’m undecided on whether nature or nurture determines a person’s actions, but I have a hunch that it’s a combination. I assert that a more fruitful and respectful strategy is to also discuss how we can control our environment to make the world in which we operate one that brings out the best behavior in us. Emelia Carroll ’13 (carrolle@ stolaf.edu) is from Minneapolis, Minn. She majors in philosophy.
Orchestra salary cuts continue unfortunate trend By Kassandra DiPietro
People have long been replacing Bach, Beethoven and Brahms with the likes of Bieber. In an age of rap, hip-hop and R&B, it can be easy to forget the roots of these musical genres: classical music. The Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) are keeping alive the classical music genre through live and dynamic performances. But when faced with massive salary cuts, the musicians have staged a lockout until their salaries – and their dignity – can be restored. These salary cuts are unacceptable. Musicians’ salaries are being cut from $135,000 to $89,000 because of the recent recessions to avoid future debt. The musicians have since been locked out by management. The Minnesota Orchestra has already canceled their first six weeks, including their opening concert on Oct. 18 because of this. In actuality, $135,000 isn’t enough for musicians in a professional orchestra, especially the Minneapolis Orchestra, which is one of the top orchestras in the nation. If $135,000 seems like a lot at first, just look at the numbers. These musicians are some of the best in the nation. How much does an athlete on a professional team make? You can bet it is a lot more than $135,000. In addition, the cost of schooling to reach that level mastery of an instrument is a lot more than $135,000. What if this was the maximum salary you could ever hope to achieve? Many music majors face the fact that their average salary will be around that of a music teacher, if they
are lucky even to get such a position when music programs are the first to be cut from the curriculum. Thus, musicians should just be paid more in general due to the competition and the amount of work in the industry. Salaries also need to be high in order to maintain quality musicians; otherwise, the Twin Cities area faces losing the artistic culture that the orchestra brings. It might be hard for us at St. Olaf to understand the loss of these great musicians in the Cities because we have such a plethora of quality musicians walking around campus. We were lucky to have the SPCO perform in Boe Chapel earlier this year. But the musicians in their lockout have threatened to begin look-
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ing for jobs elsewhere or have already been offered such jobs in other large symphonies across the country. They don’t want to have to move, and we should want to keep them here. Thus, if we want to keep the classical musical culture in the Cities, we need these musicians who come at relatively cheap cost for the benefits they offer the community. Some of the musicians on lockout are blaming it on mismanagement of funds. But the problem is deeper than that. It is just one more example of the arts being cut, and the arts have been cut enough. I applaud the musicians standing up for their rights and drawing attention to the need for more artistic apprecia-
tion in our society. We need the arts, and we need the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and SPCO to stay and continue to grow. This is an issue bigger than a shortage of money; it is something that has been happening slowly over the years and needs to stop now. We need to become culturally aware, challenge ourselves to expand our musical horizons and appreciate the classics and the artistic creativity they represent. Kassandra DiPietro ’15 (email@example.com) is from Appleton, Wis. She majors in English.
October 26, 2012
Affirmative action still necessary By Nina Hagen
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Turnout reflects distrust By Ellen Squires
With the colorful array of political signs currently making a kaleidoscope of the Northfield landscape, apathy is the last word one would use to describe this yearâ€™s voting body. During the frenzy of election season, weâ€™re so bombarded with commercials, phone calls, debates and miscellaneous political propaganda that itâ€™s easy to assume everyone is chomping at the bit to vote come the first Tuesday in November. But the truth is, only half of them will. Low voter turnout is a real â€“ and frankly disturbing â€“ problem. And itâ€™s not just a phenomenon of recent years, either: Turnout was 55.2 percent in 1972, a presidential election year, compared to 56.8 percent in 2008. This means that almost one half of the voting-age population consistently hasnâ€™t bothered to cast their vote over the last thirty years. Even as the U.S. has spiraled into economic decline, become entangled in foreign wars and faced the biggest environmental problems in recent memory, the number of voters has held at a relatively steady 50-odd percent. Itâ€™s not the economy; itâ€™s the culture. People neglect to vote because theyâ€™ve convinced themselves that they have no choice, a sentiment that has developed as a byproduct of American politics. The divisive two-party system has alienated voters by presenting them with only two viable candidates. Furthermore, the candidates themselves appear to be mere figureheads of corrupt partisan machinery. At its worst, the political process is seen as a carefully-orchestrated farce: The debates are canned and the conventions are staged â€“ an elaborate celebratory ceremony to crown the candidate who was chosen from the get-go. The perceived purposelessness of the democratic process has produced a culture in which the voting body feels collectively ineffectual. Itâ€™s not just indifference to their individual vote; itâ€™s indifference to the collective vote. In abstaining from the political process, people are implicitly affirming
their loss of faith in politics to produce tangible change. This may all be true, but too much ink has been spilled trying to explain the phenomenon of low voter turnout. People have even begun to probe biology in search of explanations, attributing low turnout to a hormoneinduced fear of choosing the losing candidate, according to a recent article in The New York Times. Instead of all this silly speculating, weâ€™d be better to focus on a solution. Solutions often turn on eliminating barriers to voting. But new voter registration procedures probably wonâ€™t compel the 40-odd percent who havenâ€™t voted for years to take political action. It will require not just new registration laws, but a paradigm shift. People donâ€™t care how easy the process is if they feel powerless to change anything. What needs to change is politics itself; only this can produce a corresponding cultural shift that will boost voting numbers. This political season in particular is fraught with percentages: Mittâ€™s 47 percent, Occupyâ€™s 99 percent, Wall Streetâ€™s 1 percent. But the most important figure might also be the most overlooked: the roughly 44 percent who wonâ€™t be casting their ballot this November. This untapped body has the power to turn the election in a drastically different direction. We can throw around various explanations for low voter turnout, but itâ€™s time to face the facts: itâ€™s built into our culture, a product of waning faith in the newfangled brand of American politics. In post-Watergate America, itâ€™s on the politicians to prove to their electorate that they should reclaim faith in the political system. Only then will people seriously take heed of those political signs, step up to the ballot box and vote.
Once again, the U.S. Supreme Court must consider the constitutionality of affirmative action. The court is currently considering the case of Abigail Fisher, a recent graduate of Louisiana State University who was denied admission at the University of Texas for what she sees as unconstitutional reasons. Fisher claims that she was a victim of reverse discrimination, being rejected because she is white while minority students who may have been less academically worthy were accepted instead thanks to the use of affirmative action policies. Hers is one in a long line of affirmative action cases considered by the Court over the years. These include the landmark Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, which deemed that setting aside places for minority students in university admissions (making what are called â€œracial quotasâ€?) unconstitutional, but allowed for race to be considered as one factor among many. Another is Grutter v. Bollinger, which ruled that race could be used as a factor in admissions to the University of Michiganâ€™s law school because creating a diverse community is of â€œcompelling interestâ€? to the institution. Fisher challenges the Grutter decision. If the court sides with Fisher, universities will no longer be able to implement affirmative action policies in their admissions processes. This would ultimately be detrimental to the success of the admissions process in a variety of ways; first and foremost, it would disenfranchise a whole class of people who deserve the same success given to more privileged candidates. Due to historical discrimination and injustice against various minority groups (notably the intended beneficiaries of affirmative action, African Americans), a large selection of viable candidates for admission into colleges and universities are stuck in substandard high schools without access to many of the same resources and advantages as students from privileged backgrounds because they cannot afford it. Therefore, they have to work a lot harder to get decent grades, and consequently, many are not able to work up to their full potential.
Eliminating affirmative action policies would prevent admissions officers from considering the race of their applicants as a factor in their decision. This could negatively affect the chances of certain oppressed minority groups whose financial and social circumstances may have kept them from attaining a high GPA or taking part in resumepadding extra-curricular activities. The Grutter decision brings up another positive contribution that comes from implementing affirmative action: both in the workplace â€“ and in this case, the classroom â€“ it is important to create a diverse community wherein people from multiple racial and socio-economic backgrounds can socialize and learn from each other. Affirmative action policies help facilitate such relationships. In order to broaden the worldviews and expand the minds of students who will one day be the worldâ€™s leaders, it is imperative that they are surrounded with unfamiliar customs and ways of life and are able to learn about cultures different from their own. A number of small liberal arts colleges like St. Olaf take this into account and try to admit students from as many varied social circumstances as possible in order to ensure the existence of this diversity. Should Fisher overturn Grutter, the progress made thanks to Grutterâ€™s majority decision will be lost, and those from lower economic classes will once again have a difficult time finding ways to educate their children and thereby overcome the blows dealt to them by their economic hardships and a long history of racial discrimination and injustice. The point of affirmative action is to prevent discrimination and racism from infringing on the rights of American citizens. It would be yet another injustice if the Court sides with Fisher and prevents universities from considering a studentâ€™s racial background â€“ and, consequently, their socio-economic and educational background â€“ during the admissions process.
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On Monday, Oct. 22, seven leading Italian experts on natural disasters were sentenced to six years in prison each for allegedly giving false assurances before a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that devastated the city of Lâ€™Aquila in 2009, killing 307, injuring thousands and displacing tens of thousands of residents. Earthquakes, of course, are notoriously difficult to predict. There is no reliable scientific method for forecasting the activity of the Earthâ€™s tectonic plates. The decision of the Italian court to punish its leading seismologists represents a complete misunderstanding of the role science should play in public discourse and endangers the value of future advice from scientists who may fear legal retribution if they make the wrong call. Science must always remain empirical â€“ it cannot afford to be influenced by political considerations. If politicians use scientists as scapegoats when something goes wrong, experts will be loathe to offer an opinion either way, which could put the public in further danger and have grave implications for public policy. Politicians need scientific input on any number of issues, input theyâ€™re not likely to get if their governments are prosecuting scientists. The situation in Italy is all the more ironic because when scientists do warn of impending disaster, governments and the public are often loathe to pay attention. Take global climate change, an issue on which there is broad scientific consensus that humans are having an adverse effect on the environment. The exact nature and scope of those effects is not certain, but there is evidence that rising global temperatures will affect agriculture, wildlife and even submerge whole coastal and island nations under the rising sea. The courts and politicians canâ€™t have it both ways. They canâ€™t punish scientists when they say something that doesnâ€™t mesh with the preferred political narrative, or when they fail to predict the unpredictable. Science isnâ€™t here to serve politics â€“ itâ€™s here to serve the truth. In the lead-up to the tragedy of the Lâ€™Aquila earthquake, the seismologists spoke the truth: that often the sort of tremors that proceeded the quake are completely normal and no cause for concern, but sometimes they can be precursors of a quake to come. Unfortunately, in Lâ€™Aquila they were the latter. We need to accept scientific uncertainty where it exists, as in seismology, but take action when science shows a clear threat, as in the case of global climate change. Good science is not something we can afford to lose.
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October 26, 2012
Guest artists bridge the Hill and Northfield By Abby Grosse
Arts & Entertainment Editor
At secluded liberal arts colleges like St. Olaf, it’s not uncommon for students to wonder how their education intersects with the “real world.” This week, fine arts students are exploring that question with a dance companyin-residence that avoids abstraction and grounds its work in social issues. The Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater Company – founded in New York in 1979, but currently based in Minneapolis – is bringing its community focus to a range of classes this week. All three levels of modern dance, as well as advanced theater students, are studying with the company, both on and off the Hill. “We’re working in the Northfield community and bringing students to Millstream Commons and Healthfinders,” said Bobby Maher, company HANNAH RECTOR/MANITOU MESSENGER Dancers rehearse with the Stuart Pimsler Dance Company on Wednesday in Dittmann. manager. “We will be doing workshops with both, and St. Olaf students will be accompanying us to learn for a showcase of student and company work Klopchin sees their aesthetic and mission more about community art-making.” to be performed Saturday night in Dittmann as a refreshing change from her own training. This penchant for social engagement has studio one. “In my traditional dance background, it taken the company in unexpected directions: “It was an open audition for students from really focuses on the body. This work uses Last year, members did a project with the all majors,” Maher said. The full company text and voice and singing. The voice, body Hennepin County Medical Center, working will be involved, performing five works. One and spirit are all connected, and that’s very with trauma units. This year, the company of them, “Tales from the Book of Longing,” different from what I’ve done before. I haven’t collaborated with residents of North Minne- was commissioned by the Guthrie. “The spoken or sung onstage since high school,” apolis who were ravaged by May 2011’s tor- Men from the Boys” will be a solo from Mr. Klopchin said. nado. Pimsler himself, although it’s one of the comShe credits the company as a major perAnother distinguishing feature of the Stu- pany’s few pieces that was choreographed by sonal inspiration, which motivated her to art Pimsler company is its refusal to adhere to an outside artist. help orchestrate its residency here. “I was so just one genre. Heather Klopchin, associate professor of interested in bringing this company here, be“We produce new work that features dance, is one of the Pimsler company danc- cause I know what they do and how they’ve movement and text,” Maher said. “We start ers. helped me as an artist and creator.” with an idea and figure out the best way to “This is my third year with the company,” Check out the final product of student and communicate it, whether that’s movement or Klopchin said. She had initially planned on company work on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickwhether that’s text.” This fluid approach gives working with the group short-term, but pas- ets are free. the group’s tutelage equal value to dance and sion and opportunity led her in a different theater students. direction. “I took a summer workshop and firstname.lastname@example.org In the evenings, the dancers are preparing loved it – and they needed another dancer!”
Annual fall orchestra tour concludes well By Samantha Botz Contributing Writer
As the majority of students packed for an all-too-short fall break, the St. Olaf Orchestra prepared for a week of everything but relaxation. Friday, Oct. 12 signaled the beginning of the ensemble’s annual fall tour. More than a hundred Oles embarked on a whirlwind trip across the country to perform at eight venues before returning home on Oct. 21 for the final home concert. While we here on the Hill have been struggling to reinvest ourselves in classes
and studying, the St. Olaf Orchestra has been playing their hearts out in theaters, high schools and colleges in Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Wisconsin. Having a two-hour long performance every night for eight nights in a row is in itself an impressive feat, but the work that went on behind the scenes is perhaps the most definitive proof of Ole Orchestra’s passionate commitment to its music. “We travel on the bus for five to seven hours a day, rehearse a bit at our concert venue, have dinner, give a concert, sleep and
repeat,” Sally Gildehaus ’14 said. “It’s crazy, but so worth it.” The long bus rides from state to state definitely tested the instrumentalists’ mettle at times, but it was also part of the unforgettable experience of being on tour with one of St. Olaf ’s finest music ensembles. Sophia Butler ’15, a new member to the orchestra this year, described the trip as a wonderful experience. “I have met so many
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Lyric Theater showcases American opera
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Singers faced tragedy in “Street Scene,” an opera that packed Urness on Oct. 19 and 20.
By Caroline Bressman Staff Writer
On the evenings of Oct. 19 and 20, the St. Olaf music department presented Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene” in Urness. Directed by Associate Professor of Music Janis Hardy and Associate Dean of Fine Arts Dan Dressen, the opera was selected for the Lyric Theater program’s annual fall show. Kerry Auer ’13, Chris Mode ’13, Katie Miller ’14, Devin Hair ’13, Annie Deering ’13, Maria Coyne ’15 and Alice Berry ’14 were featured in leading roles alongside a live orchestra. The 1946 show is an “American opera” in two acts. It may not be a traditional German or French opera, but the plot tackles heavy themes intermixed with scenes of comic relief. Focused on a multiethnic Manhattan neighborhood during a hot spell, characters clash when confronted with gossip and become entangled in love affairs. The jarringly realistic imagery addresses extramarital affairs, the role of family, alienation in the modern world
and liberty. The score, with lyrics by Langston Hughes, includes challenging melodies that require vocal endurance. It gracefully intermixes poignantly deep pieces such as “Lonely House” and playful tunes such as “Ice Cream Sextet.” Although they require trained operatic voices, the songs are inspired by the jazz music of the early 20th century. “Kurt Weill took operatic arias and other ‘foreign’ musical characteristics and referenced them throughout the show,” Hair said. “Not only does he reference them, but he then uses blues and jazz ideas to color and mix those cultural pieces.” The performance was well-received by the student body. Memorable performances included sassy, expressive child actors and gossipy middle-aged women. Hair said that “Street Scene” was a great choice for St. Olaf. “I think it was about time that St. Olaf produced a true American opera,” he said. “The Italian, German and French operas are wonderful and
many Americans can connect to them, but ‘Street Scene’ was written to connect with the American people and not just opera enthusiasts.” The show included such diverse themes and musical elements that it was enjoyable for music students and non-music students alike. Coyne agreed that the show plays on diverse elements, which added an extra challenge for the performers. “The music for this show is really tricky because it doesn’t quite fit into one category: opera, jazz, musical theatre. It’s sort of a collage of all the genres, which is very unique. However, it made learning the music pretty difficult because of the combination of crazy jazz harmonies and operatic-level difficulty to begin with.” Despite the many struggles that come with producing an opera, the show proved to be as enjoyable for the actors as the audience. “It is no secret to the rest of the cast that I absolutely adore the Ice Cream Sextet,” Hair said. “Even though I’m not in the song I find it to be one of the most creative and fun pieces of the show.” Coyne enjoyed her role as well. “I’d say my favorite part of the show was the fact that I got to eat ice cream on stage and play with a puppy on and off stage. What could be better?” she said. All of the actors performed exceptionally and appreciated the opportunity to bond with other music students. Besides being a wonderful way to improve musically, the performers formed strong friendships. “It is rare that you are able to have a cast of such talent and amazing personalities,” Hair said. “Everyone really gave it all to this production, and I can’t imagine doing the performance again without one of them.” email@example.com
Once upon a time, there was a magical kingdom where all the ladies of the land had orgasms. This was a happy place, filled with many contented women and partners. One day, a terrible witch named Ignorance swept through the kingdom, and suddenly their partners forgot how to help women achieve orgasms. The women cried and cried and hoped that one day, someone would come into their kingdom to remind their partners just exactly how the female anatomy works and how they can help the women in their lives to achieve orgasms. Obviously, there was no fairy tale like the one in the previous paragraph, but I’m trying to make a point. And yes, I am now ignoring men and their need to orgasm. Frankly, men reach sexual climax more easily than women do. Guys, your bodies get aroused more quickly and easily than women’s do. A penis is a lot larger then a clitoris is, after all. Not to mention the fact that there are a few different ways for women to orgasm. Orgasm through clitoral stimulation is actually a more common way for women to achieve sexual climax; however, most women’s partners either do not know this or have no idea where the clitoris actually is. So, the following are a few pieces of advice to help with the orgasm achieving process along. First, get reacquainted with or learn about female anatomy. This advice is for both men and women. Ladies, just because you have a vagina doesn’t mean you know everything about it! If you haven’t already, take a hand mirror and spend time looking around down there. Men, look in a biology text book, a health text book or look it up online. The website 3DVulva.com is a great website to check out. Not only does this website have an overall diagram of the vulva, but it also has a diagram specifically of the clitoris. Second, communicate. Silence is probably the worst thing that has ever happened to female orgasms. This isn’t charades; achieving orgasms with the help of your partner is something that needs conversation. So speak up, but be respectful of each other, as well. Third, admit ignorance. That idea that if you admit you don’t know what you are doing makes you somehow fail as a sex god or goddess? Wrong. It’s stupid for you to not say anything. One toss in the sheets later, neither you nor your partner will be happy about the way things are going. Fourth, experiment. Cliché, but college is a time for experimentation after all. Why not experiment where orgasms are concerned? Talk with your partner beforehand about new positions to see what you feel is okay for each other. And obviously, if you and your partner aren’t enjoying the process, toss that move out and go to something that works better! Five, masturbation. Ladies, this one is specifically for you. Take time to figure out what feels best. Change up speed, direction, pressure and patterns to find out what makes you orgasm in the best way possible! Once you know what you like, it will be a lot easier to tell your partner exactly what to do. These are just a few tips to help women achieve the best orgasm possible. Realistically, orgasms don’t happen every time you have sex or hook up, but they should happen most of the time. Sex is amazing for a number of reasons: increased levels of intimacy between partners, stress release, exercise and, of course, orgasms! Orgasms should not be an uncomfortable topic. Ask questions, find answers and explore all of your options. (Vibrators, anyone?) In my opinion, orgasming is an essential part of sex. It can be a little harder for women than it is for men, which is why I chose to focus on female orgasms specifically. The more time you take now to discover orgasms and how you can achieve them or help your partner achieve them, the better off you will be in your sexual escapades. As always, have fun, communicate with each other and be safe! To submit questions, comments or concerns to the sex columnist, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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fabulous people and gotten so close to the community we create as an ensemble,” she said. “Between the hours spent on the bus every day and homestays in towns, I have had so many cool conversations and shared a lot of unforgettable moments on this tour.” Gildehaus agreed. “I’m learning all the awesome, funky traditions the orchies hold dear; it’s been quite the learning experience coming together as a group. The support has been amazing.” Overnight homestays and dinners in exciting places like Hershey, Pennsylvania – the chocolate capital of America – brought the music ensemble together in more ways than one, while each night’s performance solidified new, closer friendships through the unforgettable experience of creating awe-inspiring music together. “Every single one of our performances this week has gotten tighter and more expressive just as we have become a tighter community learning about each other,” Butler said. This year’s fall tour repertoire centered on dance, ranging from fiercely romantic ballets to sultry Mexican folk dances, with works from nations as far-flung as Finland and the Czech Republic in between. Butler summed up the program as a musically diverse and distinctive experience. “We don’t have one central piece really, but many eclectic orchestral dances which give us plenty of opportunity to move with each other on the stage and revel in fun moments within each piece.” Performing the same pieces each night presented its own unique trials, but the orchestra’s high-caliber musicians were always up to the challenge. Despite not being in a classroom, Isaac Behrens ’14 found a wealth of learning experiences while on the road. “I’ve particularly loved orchestra tour because of the kind of learning that’s demanded if we are to grow over the course of the trip. As the week goes on, it gets more difficult to keep the music fresh; even when I have a passage down cold, I have to figure out how to make myself concentrate even more,” Behrens said. “Tour is hard, but investing in the ensemble and building so many friendships makes it rank as one of the best weeks I’ve ever had as an Ole. It’s been a blast,” he added. Fall tour traditionally ends with a home concert in Skoglund Auditorium, where the musicians’ friends and family welcome the instrumentalists home and get to hear the culminated effort of the past week’s rehearsals, concerts and shared experiences. The result is an awe-inspiring performance bursting with heart that only a close-knit group can create. As Gildehaus explains, “Tour has a magical way of doing that.” email@example.com
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By Molly Raben Music Columnist
Sometime in these past few weeks, your parents likely purchased their tickets to Christmas Festival, or perhaps you have submitted a plea to the St. Olaf Extra email alias for said tickets. Maybe you have considered camping outside of the Buntrock Office to secure your spot as first in line for student tickets or have been prowling Craigslist, ready to capture your prey as soon as it presents itself. Christmas Festival certainly deserves the enthusiasm of its attendees. It is an absolutely joyous celebration presented with passion and the talent of our musicallyinclined peers. I do love Christmas Fest; believe me, I have participated in many a Fest night. I am, however, a bit saddened by the
fact that its music overshadows that of its surrounding holidays. Mostly, those fine tunes associated with Halloween. Many of you will likely be celebrating the holiday this upcoming weekend and might be unsure of how to truly engage in the festivities. I have compiled a short list of my favorite Halloween songs in hopes that you will listen and find in them a true holiday spirit. 1. “Werewolves of London” from Warren Zevon’s 1978 album Excitable Boy This song might just be the greatest party rock anthem ever written. Need I say any more? I will. Zevon opens with the line, “I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand,” painting the werewolf as a civilized being, but Zevon’s werewolves wreak havoc upon London – mutilating little old ladies, ripping out lungs and drinking Piña Coladas at Trader Vic’s. This is a great Halloween jam, not only for its subject matter, but also for the opportunity it presents in a group setting to sing a collective “Ahh-oooh” in imitation of the werewolves of London. 2. “The Witch” (1964) by the Sonics Many have deemed the Sonics as the “first punk/grunge band,” and their 1964 hit “The Witch” certainly testifies to that title. The lyrics warn of a new female in town with “long black hair and a big black car” and advise listeners to steer clear of her “’cause she’s the witch.” Although she may not be the witch we would associate with Halloween (a woman dressed in black with frizzy hair and a broomstick), it remains a fine tune for the holiday with its chromatic and distorted guitar lines and trembling organ accompaniment that make for a great boogie. I hope you do not meet the Sonics’ witch at the Grand or your various other weekend destinations. 3. “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” from “30 Rock,” Season 2, Episode 2, “Jack Gets Back in the Game” If you have not seen this episode of 30 Rock, I highly recommend watching it – solely for this song. Tracy Jordan presents to his pro-
ducer his novelty song “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah,” and it becomes the most memorable three minutes of the episode. In it, a werewolf comes to Jordan on the eve of his Bar Mitzvah celebration and gives him an order. “He says tomorrow, my son, you will be a man, but tonight’s the time to join the wolfen clan.” The narrative is sung over a good party groove featuring horns and female back-up vocalists – perfect for any Halloween celebration. 4. “Psycho Killer” (1977) by the Talking Heads Talking Heads frontman David Byrne once said about this song: “When I started writing this, I imagined Alice Cooper doing a Randy Newman-type ballad.” If you have heard the hit, then you can perhaps understand Byrne’s remark. Over a driving bass and bright guitar groove, Byrne sings his chant-like melody, flying into his falsetto following refrains and slipping into French for the bridge. Although the singer claims, “I’m tense and nervous, and I can’t relax,” hopefully you will not be should this song start playing at upcoming Halloween gatherings. 5. “Nightmare on My Street” (1988) by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (aka, Will Smith) Do not listen to this song immediately before going to bed. It will keep you up awake and sweating in fear. In it, Will Smith tells his story of a night spent watching “Nightmare on Elm Street.” After returning home and climbing in bed, he awakens to the sound of the television and, thinking he is alone, walks into the living room and turns it off. His action does not go over well with the man watching TV: his sweater-clad neighbor, Fred, who says in a demonic voice, “You turned off David Letterman ... now you must die!” This is a fantastic Halloween hit – check it out! firstname.lastname@example.org
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Men’s soccer shuts out Concordia
Leading scorer David Rosenthal ’14 nets two goals in 3-0 win By Alana Patrick Sports Editor The men’s soccer team topped the ConcordiaMoorhead Cobbers 3-0 on Oct. 20 at Rolf Mellby Field. David Rosenthal ’14 scored twice in the victory. The Oles jumped to an early lead off a goal from Kenzie Lund ’14 at 5:18. Nick Lund ’15 assisted on the play, crossing
from the left to allow Kenzie Lund a clear line to the net. The goal marked Kenzie Lund’s fourth of the season. Fifteen minutes later, Rosenthal capitalized on a penalty kick, sending the ball soaring past Cobber goalkeeper Peter Runquist. Awarded another penalty kick during the 27-minute mark, Rosenthal responded similarly, propelling the Oles to a 3-0 lead. The two
goals were Rosenthal’s 10th and 11th of the season. The Oles held their lead throughout the second half while Harry Ullmann ’13 made four saves to earn his seventh shutout of the season. Runquist made 13 saves for the Cobbers. Throughout the game, the Oles outshot the Cobbers 26-10. The victory was their fourth in a row. Three days later, the Oles
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extended their winning streak to five games, defeating Bethel University 4-2 in Arden Hills, Minn. Four different players scored in the victory, including Rosenthal for his 12th of the season – a team best. Stephen Johnson ’14, Kevin Skrip ’16 and Austin Dressen ’13 also netted goals for the Oles. Ullmann made five saves. With the win, St. Olaf’s record stands at 11-5-1, 6-2-1 in the MIAC. Next up, the Oles face off at Carleton College (15-1-1, 7-1-1) on Oct. 27 for their last game of the regular season. While the victory over Bethel allowed the Oles to remain in the playoff hunt, this weekend’s play will determine which teams will claim the remaining two spots. Gustavus Adolphus College and Carleton College have both clinched playoff berths, while St. Olaf, St. Thomas University and Saint John’s University will fight for seeds three and four. On the last day of regular-season play, St. Thomas (10-4-3, 6-21) faces Bethel (2-14, 1-8), and Saint John’s plays Concordia College (6-11, 3-6).
Ole midfielder Austin Dressen ’13 protects the ball from Cobber midfielder Jannick Bettels. The Oles (115-1, 6-2-1 in the MIAC) scored three goals in the first half to defeat the Cobbers 3-0 at Rolf Mellby Field on Oct. 20. With one conference game left in the regular season, the Oles fight for a playoff position. St. Thomas and Saint John’s are also contenders in the battle for the two remaining berths.
Volleyball falls to Augsburg in fifth set By Mira Sen Contributing Writer The St. Olaf volleyball team hosted Augsburg College as part of a “Dig Pink” event on Oct. 21 in Skoglund Center. All proceeds from the game went to Side-Out, a foundation that provides grants to research facilities dedicated tot helping and supporting breast cancer patients and their families. Though the Oles played a fast and vicious game, the Auggies narrowly defeated them in the fifth set. Within the first five minutes of the first set, the score was already 13-11 in favor of the Oles. Kelly Heissel ’14 was responsible for some intense, high-power kills (12 throughout the five sets) while Maggie Prunty ’15 blocked Augsburg’s offensive attempts again and again. Despite St. Olaf’s valiant efforts, Augsburg took the first set in a 26-24 win. Both teams displayed extraordinary skill and during the last few minutes of the game, St. Olaf kept the Auggies on their toes by tying the score up every time Augsburg pulled ahead. During the second set, Melissa Burch ’13 displayed her skill, wowing the crowd with her spikes. The Oles quickly pulled ahead and
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eventually took the set 25-18. Augsburg claimed an early lead during the third set, and though St. Olaf managed to tie the set briefly, Augsburg eventually won 25-13. The tables turned in the fourth set. Aided by the firepower of Ariel Carlson ’13, the Oles easily won 25-20. However, Augsburg took the game in the fifth set with a 15-12 win. The Oles played their last regular-season home game of the season on Oct. 24, besting Macalester College 3-1. With the win, St. Olaf’s record stands at 10-20, 6-4 MIAC. The Oles face off at Carleton College for their last regular-season game on Oct. 27.
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Ode to the golf season By Brent Hollerud Contributing Writer
It was an overcast morning in early October. The temperature was fluctuat- ing between 30 and 40 degrees, and the forecast called for the first snow flurries of the year. Despite the bitter cold, a small armada of brave souls decided to embrace the harsh conditions and head to the local golf courses to squeeze in one more round before the clubhouses closed for the win- ter. Why would these people choose to spend two to four hours of their weekend bundled up in a golf cart instead of com- fortably indoors? To put it simply: for the love of the game. As a hockey player, I may be particular- ly biased in my adoration for golf. Those who spend most of their time in the winter on the ice are almost pre-conditioned to spend their summers on the links, as the end of the hockey season typically coin- cides with the beginning of the golf season and vice versa. I quickly learned that there was no better way to spend a spring or summer afternoon than on the golf course. What is it about the sport that entices so many people to dress up and spend their free time swinging at a ball with sticks that can cost an arm and a leg? The answer lies in the fact that golf is much more than just a sport. Golf, at its core, is a social experi- ence. While the skill aspect of the game appeases our competitive sides, remove the scorecard from the picture, and a round of golf represents a great opportunity to spend time with friends. Moreover, these friends are physically there with you, rather than on the other end of a text mes- sage or a tweet. The jokes and stories that are told throughout the round are always more memorable than how well you shoot that day. Golf is one of the only sports where you do not need to be good to fully enjoy play- ing. As long as you are able to shrug off a bad shot or hole and laugh at yourself, you can fully enjoy the game regardless of skill level. The average round for me begins as a semi-serious mission to actually shoot a low score and degenerates into a hodge- podge of goofing around and reciting “Happy Gilmore” quotes around the fifth hole (or by the time I hit my fifth ball in the lake – whichever comes first). It is the joking around with buddies that keeps one looking forward to the next tee time. Along with the social benefits that come from playing 18, golf has an unrivaled aesthetic appeal. Playing a round gives you the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in its most serene form. Instead of toiling in the monotony that daily life can provide, you can escape to a well-groomed paradise with sprawling fairways and lush greens. (Although I must say the beautiful prairies of Willingers quickly lost their appeal after I shank my approach shot into them.) So, as I was waiting to tee off during that bitterly cold October morning, with my usual polo shirt and shorts exchanged for a sweatshirt, a beanie and winter gloves, I had a slight epiphany. As I looked down the fairway at the beautiful land- scape while enjoying an adult beverage (an added perk once you hit legal age), I realized this was as good as it gets. I lined up my drive and took a second to think about the close friends, laughter, the great outdoors and the chance to temporarily remove myself from the trials of everyday life – in other words, all the things golf lets us enjoy. Then, I sliced the ball into the creek.
Depression screening By Michael Enich Contributing Writer
Depression is a serious mental health issue on campus. Anxiety is still the biggest issue facing Oles, with 92 percent of Oles feeling too overwhelmed to function at least once a year, but depression is catching up. Out of the 503 students the Counseling Center saw last year, 183 were concerned about depression. Depression is also the leading disability for people ages 18 to 44 in the U.S. Symptoms of depression include unhappiness, irritation or frustration over small matters, loss of interest in normal activities, insomnia or excessive sleeping and changes in appetite and irritability. Quite often, depression also includes feelings of worthlessness or guilt, trouble thinking or concentrating and frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide. But according to Counseling Center Administrative Assistant Diane Von Ruden’s email advertising the screening, “depression is an illness and effective treatments are available.” With these facts in mind, the Counseling Center offered a free, confidential depression screening to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 17. During the two time slots offered, Oles followed three steps. First, they filled out a nationally-recognized form that asked questions about depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar personality disorder. While they were doing this, they watched an informational video. Afterward, they met with a counselor to discuss their results. If this one-on-one meeting and the survey suggested the Ole might be depressed, they were referred to the Counseling Center (or off campus, for faculty) for further treatment. The screening was part of National Depression Screening Day, though technically that day was on Oct. 11 this year. The purpose of the screening day was to create less threatening environments than centers or offices to check in with individuals. “We’re trying to get people in a less threatening way than coming down to the Counseling Center,” said Eric Bergh, one of the psychologists at Boe House. “More
people need to have this diagnosed and receive care.” Fifteen million adults each year are affected by some sort of depressive episode and 30.9 percent of college students report having felt depressed within the past 12 months. The screening was a fast, confidential and convenient way to get questions answered; 28 people stopped by and around two thirds were sent for follow-up. These numbers allude to the fact that depression is a looming issue at St. Olaf, one that isn’t addressed nearly as often as it should be. Bergh also noted that catching depression early not only increases the quality of life for the individual, but also helps prevent depression from reaching a breaking point. In 2006, The National Collegiate Health Assessment reported that 9.4 percent of college students seriously considered attempting suicide. “Half of kids in the ‘Healthy Minds Study’ said they had some sort of crippling depression that kept them from doing things,” Bergh said, “and this could keep them from reaching the point of suicide.” There are many resources on campus to address overall mental health. The Wellness Center has a mental health team that frequently hosts events on depression, stress and anxiety. Events can be found on the Wellness Center’s home page. Additionally, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. every weekday, a peer educator is in the office, just to talk to if needed. All students are also encouraged to go to the Counseling Center if they feel the need, located on Ole Avenue in the Boe House, though appointments are required. Email email@example.com or call x3062 to schedule one. If you are concerned that you may have depression but aren’t ready to go to the Wellness or Counseling Centers, check out the online depression screening at psychcentral.com/depquiz.htm. It is not a diagnosis and should not be substituted for counseling, but it could give you an idea of where you stand.
would be on the ballot this November. Dayton told the audience that he was cautiously optimistic that the marriage amendment would be voted down, but cautiously worried that voter ID would pass, because when people hear about it, “it sounds like common sense.” Dayton described the voter ID amendment as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” since it will disenfranchise minorities and senior citizens who are eligible to vote but for a variety of reasons don’t have photo identification. Dayton said that the voter ID amendment was an attempt by GOP legislators to hijack the 2014 election, when both Dayton and U.S. Senator Al Franken will be up for reelection.
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t Representatives from The Quarry, KSTO and the Manitou Messenger proposed their budgets for the 2012-2013 academic year. t Budgets from all of SGA’s branches were reviewed and will be voted on during the Nov. 6 Senate meeting. t Next Tuesday’s meeting will be held in the Lion’s Pause. Be sure to stop by and learn about the happenings of St. Olaf ’s legislative body.
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The rally was a relatively casual event, with Dayton and Bly sitting on the edge of the stage when they weren’t speaking and while taking questions from the audience at the end of the event. Dayton and Bly fielded questions on everything from climate change to funding of public libraries, but a common refrain in their answers was the need to elect DFL legislators. “The Governor said that electing DFLers to local office will finally spell out progress for Minnesota,” said Brian Thoes ’13, vice-chair of the St. Olaf College Democrats. “It was an honor to have him on our campus to speak to Oles about how much this election matters and why we need to get out the vote.” email@example.com
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Faculty shares research, ideas By Kassandra DiPietro Contributing Writer
Thursday, Oct. 18 marked the first faculty research forum initiated by the Faculty Life Committee. The goal of these forums is for professors to share their current research with the faculty and student body in an open environment where questions and ideas can be brought and shared to help develop their research topics. The goal in the future is to have two such forums each semester. There will not be another talk this semester, but next semester, the regular schedule should begin, taking place in February. The forum will provide a way for professors to share what they are currently working on with a diverse background of intellectuals and to encourage the sharing of research between departments, something that has not happened in the past. As Professor of English Carol Holly said in the introduction of the speakers at the forum on Thursday, the forums should “cultivate more intellectual community for which we all hunger.” The intermingling of ideas between departments will not only lead to more bonding across disciplines, but will also bring a larger and more prevalent scope to the research itself. Professor Michael Fuerstein of the philosophy department, who presented on Thursday, expects this forum to “prove a valuable opportunity to illuminate for one another the diverse bits of the universe that we have devoted ourselves to understanding.” Professor Mara Benjamin of the religion department, the other professor who presented on Thursday, stressed that teaching is only part of the professors’ responsibility. “An active research agenda
is a crucial component in the vitality of our teaching and our excitement about ideas,” she said. Thus, the research forum will help the professors not only in their research, but also in their teaching, as they are encouraged to become the students in their research lives to explore and probe new connections in their fields. Fuerstein and Benjamin presented their research topics in the form of thought processes in their exploration and development of a thesis. Fuerstein asked the question, “What is the distinctive good that is in democracy and what does it entail?” He then dove into his thoughts on the definition of democracy, its influences on society and society’s influences on democracy. He described two ways to look at democracy: the procedural approach and the epistemic approach. The procedural approach focuses on the good of democracy because of its fair decision-making process. The epistemic approach, that there is some standard of truth, is what Fuerstein wanted to focus on, however. In this idea, justified policies will be those that reflect the values of citizens. Democracy should give us what we want, and therefore constitute our own morality, which should match the epistemic truth. Achieving this society, however, means paying attention to the citizens’ particularities, but not necessarily giving them what they want because of the average person’s biases or lack of expertise. Keeping society involved requires a balance between making sense of the values we want in our country and realizing when to say to someone, “No, your values are wrong.” When opening
up to the audience, questions were explored regarding how this would work and what is missing from the argument. Benjamin thought about the relationship she had with her children as a basis for her research on understanding parent/child relationships using the modern Jewish thought framework. She first thought about parent/child relationships when talking about God and how the very idea of God as a father and people as his children fosters this discussion between parents and children. This led to thoughts about burden and obligation in caring for primal creatures such as babies, which are constantly “yoked” to someone. She thought about how some interpret proper freedom as having the right relationships and, thus, burdens. This argument of a self with obligations challenges the other thought of the self as a free agent, bringing a new perspective on the modern self. Jewish thinkers are divided on this new idea of self, but she wants to “forge this conversation.” Overall, the forum on Thursday was an enlightening kickoff to the first of many faculty discussions to come. Students are encouraged to keep their eyes open for future seminars, especially when their favorite professors are due to present. Thanks to the inauguration of faculty research forums, students and faculty alike will truly have the opportunity to learn something new every day.
â€œYou cannot dream yourself into a character: You must hammer and forge yourself into one.â€? -Henry David Thoreau
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By Zoey Slater Contributing Writer
While many students took fall break tra and other alumni in the business. as a brief respite from the bustling first Liza Mussato â€™14, an economics mafew months of school, 25 Oles flew out jor with a management emphasis and to New York City to meet with alumni a concentration in biomedical studies, and explore their vocations. Students heard about the trip through one of that participated in the Piper Center for the numerous emails the Piper Center Vocation and Careerâ€™s New York Con- sends students about opportunities to nections trip spent four busy days ex- explore vocation. Once arriving in the ploring careers in the arts, business and city, she was admittedly a bit nervous journalism. The trip helped students expand their networks by introducing them to St. Olaf alumni working in New York. More importantly, it pushed participants to think about how liberal arts degrees can translate into real-world careers. According to Kris Estenson, a Piper Center associate director, the program allowed students to explore a variety of vocational fields by introducing them to numerous alumni living and working in New York City. More than simply connecting students with potential job opportunities, she explained, the trip allowed students a chance to think more critically COURTESY OF DUY HA about their vocational paths. before meeting the alumni. However, â€œWe met young alumni that ex- she explained that her apprehensions plained to the students how to get their quickly disappeared. feet in the door and gave other practiâ€œThey really opened up to us and cal advice like how to build a network told us how St. Olaf helped them and of friends,â€? Estenson said. â€œWe also met how we could further our own careers,â€? older alumni that spoke about the path Mussato said. â€œIt was really cool to hear they took to get where they are.â€? their stories. I mostly gained inspiraThe tripâ€™s itinerary provided students tion and insight about my own career. a glimpse into the lives and careers of I thought the people we met were going alumni and people with connections to to be cutthroat, but that wasnâ€™t the case the St. Olaf community. Saturday start- at all.â€? ed with students meeting Brenda BerkAlong with the opportunity to meet man â€™73, who led them on a tour of the high-powered alumni in New York City World Trade Centerâ€™s tribute museum and explore the possible career options and memorial. After graduating from with a St. Olaf degree, Mussato said that St. Olaf, Berkman fought for gender the trip bridged gaps between social equality within the New York City Fire groups at St. Olaf and broadened her Department and became one of the de- network of friends when she returned partmentâ€™s first female firefighters. to the Hill. Sunday emphasized fine arts and â€œThe experience was one of my best provided students interested in the experiences at St. Olaf,â€? Mussato said. arts with the opportunity to meet with â€œI didnâ€™t know a lot of the people going alumni Maren Lankford â€™09 and Van- into the trip, but after a few days, we all essa Trouble â€™91. The alumni explained felt like we had been in the city together to students the struggles and triumphs for weeks. When we got back to campus of â€œmaking itâ€? in the arts. we were all very close. On campus, the On Monday morning, the journal- economics majors and the art majors ism group met ABC Studios Senior donâ€™t always interact that much, but this Producer Cat McKenzie â€™92 and spoke trip helped me meet new people.â€? with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Students interested in participatGretchen Morgenson â€™76 of The New ing in a Piper Center Connections trip York Times in the afternoon. will have the opportunity to apply for Students on the business track met the Houston trip in the next few weeks with Dean Maki â€™87, Mark Hanson â€™89 and the Washington, D.C. trip later this and Robert Thrash â€™94 at Barclays Capi- year. The Houston trip will focus on the tal. The alumni, who graduated from sciences and the Washington, D.C. trip St. Olaf with a wide range of majors, will be slightly less specific, emphasizstressed the value of a liberal arts degree ing law, government, nonprofits and enin the world of business. trepreneurship. Cuitlahuac Turrent â€™97, a vice presiRegardless of which trip students dent at Goldman Sachs, echoed their choose, Estenson asserts that the Concomments when students met with him nections trips inspire students, allowing in a private conference that afternoon. them to realize the possibilities for their These and other alumni demonstrated future. the advantage of a liberal arts education â€œIt was inspiring to see that Oles can and helped participants discern a voca- make it in New York,â€? Estenson said. tional field. â€œStudents on the trip saw the network Art students met with Ward Sutton of encouragement in the Ole family. â€™89, a freelance illustrator and cartoon- They left with a sense of being a part ist, at his apartment, which doubles as of the community with supportive, talhis studio. ented young people that are doing great Oles with a taste for theater and mu- things.â€? sic had the opportunity to meet with Charles Barker â€™75, the principal firstname.lastname@example.org ductor of the American Ballet Orches-
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