Saving the world, Ole by Ole Barnes Student groups sponsor charity event invited to Capitol
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Opening with Michael Bublé’s “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet,” Oles Auctioning Oles offered students the opportunity to purchase dates with the Ole of their dreams or to hang out with their friends, while also supporting the Ole Global Medical Brigades’ efforts to build educational clinics in Honduras. Sponsored by Oles For Global Health (OGH) and Ole Global Medical Brigades, the auction took place on Nov. 11 in the Pause. Comprised of 30 live auction items and 13 silent auction items, the event
Additionally, many of the contestants were asked to describe their ideal date, with popular answers ranging from walks in the natural lands to snowshoeing to drinking hot chocolate in the Cage. “I speak Japanese and Spanish,” Gabriel Trejos ’14 said. “I can help you with your Spanish homework if you buy me!” Shaina Rud ’14 appealed to the audience with a childhood anecdote. “I used to pretend I was a dog when I was little,” Rud said. The intensity increased when Brian Adams ’15 and Lauren Freisinger ’14 at-
peting – and winning!” In the end, the most popular silent auction items were a photo shoot with Holly Williamson ’14, private boxing lessons with professor Gordon Marino, dinners with professors James Demas (physics), Jean Porterfield (biology), Ka Wong (Chinese/Asian studies) and David Van Wylen (biology). “The silent auction offered a lot of exciting items,” Wolter said. “It’s stuff you can’t just go out and buy yourself.” OGH started planning the event two months in advance, working on collect-
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On Sunday, Oles For Global Health and Ole Global Medical Brigades presented Oles Auctioning Oles, where students donated dates with themselves to be auctioned off to raise money to build educational clinics in Honduras. Thirty students volunteered to auction dates, and the event raised nearly 900 dollars for the project.
By Ashley Belisle News Editor
On Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m., Katie Barnes ’13 ventured to the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, where she had been invited to speak at a rally sponsored by Minnesotans United for All Families, the nonprofit organization created to campaign against the state’s proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The rally was scheduled to happen regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s election, but since the marriage amendment was defeated, it was also a victory celebration for the organization. Barnes was eating breakfast at Perkins one morning when she received an email from a member of OutFront Minnesota, a coalition dedicated to moving Minnesota toward LGBTQ equality, asking her to speak at last Wednesday’s rally. Barnes accepted. “Later I found out the speaking roster and almost fainted,” Barnes said. “It turned out to be a much bigger deal than I thought it would be.” Also on the program to speak at the rally were Minnesotans United’s campaign manager Richard Carlbom, State Rep. Karen Clark,(DFL-Minneapolis) and State Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), along with other local celebrities. Barnes’s journey toward her speech at the Capitol began long before Minnesotans United even formed. At St. Olaf, she is one of five coordinators of Gay, Lesbian or Whatever (GLOW!) and is in her second year as co-president of St. Olaf Queer Support & Outreach (STOQSO) House, the honor house dedicated
“I’m truly honored to say that I am an Ole and to talk about what we have going on here. It’s truly extraordinary, and I’m humbled to say that I’ve been a part of it.”
raised nearly $900. “It’s a really exciting and unique way to raise money for a good cause,” Julia Wolter ’15 said. “Although all the contestants seemed a bit nervous, they were excited too.” As the lights dimmed and the music continued to play, the contestants took the stage one by one, answering questions including class year, major and favorite pickup line. In hopes of being bought by someone in the audience, Charlie Liggett ’16 offered up his personal favorite pickup line: “Unlike the silence, you’ll remember me.”
tempted to outbid each other for a date with Holly Williamson. Starting at 10 dollars, the bid continued to rise by three to five dollars until the final price reached $30, making Freisinger the winner. “I’ve never been to an auction before, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect,” Freisinger said. “The silence was a little bit intimidating, and I felt a little nervous to speak up in front of everybody, but I also know that bidding would encourage more people to participate. Plus, once I got some competition, I got super into it and the nerves went away. It was fun com-
ing items for the silent auction, recruiting people to sell themselves and coordinating the logistics of the event. “In order to plan this event we spoke to professors, advertised – we had wonderful photographers that took awesome, sexy pictures of our contestants – [and] worked cohesively with Medical Brigade,” said Adams, a member of the OGH leadership committee. By combining forces with Ole Global
By Ashley Belisle
Africa Weeks is sponsored by Karibu, the African organization on campus. Karibu, in turn, is sponsored by St. Olaf ’s multicultural associations, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) and Harambee, the umbrella group for all multicultural associations on campus.
According to its description on the St. Olaf website, “Karibu is an organization created to strengthen the African and African descent community (and those interested in the culture) as well as to increase the awareness, understanding and celebration of the various countries of Africa and their unique cultures among all students of St. Olaf.” To open this year’s Africa Weeks celebration, students attended the opening ceremony in Buntrock Crossroads, which included a traditional Angolan dance. On Wednesday, Nov. 7, English Professor Joseph Mbele told African Folklore. Mbele, who hails from Tanzania, is passionate about African culture. The author of “Africans and Americans: Embracing Cultural Differences and Matengo Folktales,” Mbele is an expert in both African culture and folklore. The following day, Karibu organized activities during chapel, including the reading of some Bible verses in five different languages, as well as a rendition of the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili. “We try to incorporate a plethora of events,” said Ola Faleti ’15, Karibu’s public relations officer. Indeed, on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 8, the club hosted a showing of the Kenyan film “The First Grader,” which tells the true story of an 84-year-old Kenyan man who fights for
to LGBTQ persons and their allies. Barnes also chaired the Minnesota OUT! Campus Conference, which St. Olaf hosted this October, and served as the Outreach Coordinator for the MN GLBTA Campus Alliance. Additionally, she serves on the executive board for Campus Pride in Faith, a national coalition formed to provide LGBTQ students of faith with resources and support. This summer, she began volunteering with Minnesotans United, and served as recruitment coordinator for St. Olaf Votes NO. Her involvement with that campaign specifically led to the opportunity to speak at the rally. On Wednesday, Barnes was accompanied by a handful of friends from St. Olaf, and she was happy to know that there were a few familiar faces in the crowd of more than 1,000 onlookers. “Before the speech, I was having a heart attack,” Barnes said. “I always get nervous before speaking, but this was a whole new level.” Despite the jitters, Barnes and her Ole peers agree that the speech was a success. Grace Leary ’15 was in the audience. “Standing among the crowd at the United for Our Future Rally . . . and cheering as Katie stepped up to the podium, I was overwhelmed with a sense of empowerment and pride,” Leary said. Barnes explained a similar feeling of empowerment. “There was so much energy,” she said. “It was just such an amazing experience, and afterwards, I was so jazzed and excited.” Barnes’s speech lasted only about two minutes, but she does not doubt that they are two minutes she will never forget. Despite the personal honor she felt at being asked to speak at a statewide rally, Barnes is quick to credit the
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Africa Weeks celebrates culture News Editor
The middle two weeks of this November, St. Olaf celebrates Africa Weeks, a series of events that honors the beauty and diversity of African culture right here on campus.
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Karibu, St. Olaf’s African organization, celebrated the opening ceremony of Africa Weeks in Buntrock Crossroads last week. Also included in Africa Weeks festivities were storytelling, a panel, chapel activities and a dance.
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Wolf hunt raises moral, ecological concerns
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By Ellen Squires While the closest most of us have come to wolves is on some hipster graphic tee, the recent controversy over the Minnesota wolf hunt has earned this species some unwanted attention. This is more important than T-shirt graphics; this is serious. Opening the recently delisted Minnesota wolf population for hunting is an irresponsible and unnecessary move that ignores a complex ecology while threatening to compromise the integrity of the species. It’s highly risky, and its consequences might not be fully understood or realized before it’s too late. The history of the wolf in Minnesota reads like a soap opera turned success story (picture “Air Bud” for wolves). Their habitat already fragmented by human colonization, wolves were targeted from the get-go. They were trapped, hunted, poisoned and even became the focus of government programs intended for their elimination. Then came the En-
dangered Species Act, a landmark piece of environmental legislation that provided protection for the gray wolf. They were first listed as “endangered,” and as populations grew, they were granted the more benign “threatened” status. The gray wolf has since been delisted, and the Minnesota population has been considered stable for the past 10 years. The recent success of wolves has provided much of the impetus for the hunt, with concern for livestock spurring calls to actively decrease the wolf population. This response is both ignorant and selfish, a thinly-veiled excuse on the part of those who stand to gain from the hunt. A simple consideration of ecology provides ample concerns about the hunt. First, 10 years in ecological time is hardly a drop in the proverbial bucket, and it’s certainly no sign that the population is permanently stable and immune to future declines. To make this
assumption is to deny the complex and intricate workings of a dynamic ecosystem. Wolves are a textbook keystone species, exerting a disproportionate influence on their ecosystem. This means that tinkering with the wolf population will have far-reaching effects on other members of the ecosystem. And it’s not just deer, traditional prey for the wolves, that stand to be affected. When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in 1995, the health of the river improved as grazers spent less time near the river and vegetation near the bank was restored. In tampering with these intricate relationships, the wolf hunt threatens to wield an undue impact on the entire natural web. It’s not just wolves who stand to lose. Science notwithstanding, wolf hunting is simply unwarranted. The alleged problems stemming from the wolf population are unsubstantiated. First, the danger to
livestock is minimal, and could even increase as a consequence of the hunt. As the population is more stressed, individual wolves become weaker and are more likely to turn to livestock for food. It’s also unlikely that the size of the wolf population could ever spiral out of control because of natural checks that it performs on itself. When a wolf population reaches its habitat or resource limits, an increase in wolf-on-wolf kills restricts population size. Additionally, a full third of the wolf population dies naturally of starvation every year, without any human influence. Wolves are a fragile species that are part of a fragile ecosystem. With a current size of 3,000 individuals, allowing 400 wolves to be killed is unnecessary, unwise and uncalled for. And even if the worst potential consequences of the hunt aren’t fully realized, it still can’t be deemed wise. Suppose that I’m wrong. Suppose that the wolf population really is stable and unaffected by the hunt. Does that give us license to kill? Maybe it won’t drastically alter the ecosystem or threaten the integrity of the wolf population, but does that mean we should allow the killing of hundreds of wolves so a handful of hunters can get an adrenaline rush? That raises deeper ethical questions, not just scientific ones. Like, do we have a right to enable mass killing of a species for no justifiable reason? Sounds like bad karma to me. And history certainly isn’t our ally either. If we aren’t careful, the wolves gracing those beloved tees might become a historical relic, homage to the majestic wolf that once was. Ellen Squires ’14 (squirese@stolaf. edu) is from Andover, Minn. She majors in biology and environmental studies.
Letter to the Editor: Daly’s accusations misguided By Katherine Kihs
St. Olaf experience; the remaining percentage is accounted for through the college’s endowment. An affiliate of the Annual Fund, the St. Olaf Fund is often designated to the greatest need on campus: financial aid and scholarships, building renovations, heat-
After reading last week’s (Nov. 9) opinion piece by James Daly ’13, I was intrigued by the confirmed misconceptions of the college’s developmental pursuits within our community. In the article, Daly accused the Piper Center for Vocation and Career of violating the college’s moral creed through its associations to large banks. Additionally, he perceived its function as “[creating] a new base of wealthy donors … morally irrelevant [to] how future donors will have made their money.” Though I strongly advocate that individuals question the moral ideology of societal systems, this view seems limited and does not account for the greater nuances within those systems. Ultimately, an individual cannot attack a system to which they have an intrinsic connection. Throughout his article, Daly critiqued the Piper Center for its associations with alumni, large DANIEL BYNUM/MANITOU MESSENGER banks and its donors. Personally, I find it difing dorms, etc. The gifts of countficult to say with strong convicless alumni, parents and friends of tion that an individual must be the college provide those ameniimmoral through its connection ties that we often take for granted. to an institution that played a role As financial aid and scholarships in the economic recession – an acmake up a large portion of the St. cusation that Daly levelled against Olaf Fund, I deeply feel that my Harry and Tad Piper. Since I lack education would not be possible both credentials and space to adwithout the donations from such dress the economic misinformaindividuals. tion presented in the previous As a result, I want to help reparticle, I will focus my response to licate this experience for future the problematic implications that students, particularly those, like Daly’s accusations bear for the demyself, who could not attend St. velopmental initiatives of the colOlaf otherwise. I feel profound lege. gratitude to the generosities of the College tuition covers roughly alumni and friends of the college 30 percent of what comprises the who have all made contributions
to my St. Olaf experience. By virtue of being a private institution, the college relies on individuals who feel that St. Olaf has impacted their life in some way. Daly argued that the Piper Center serves to create a new base of wealthy donors; I couldn’t be
more opposed. The Piper Center seeks to ensure that each St. Olaf student utilizes his or her education to its fullest extent. As a result of the economic recession, our higher education doesn’t bear as much weight, and many more college graduates are unemployed. Without a job, my education cannot fully thrive, and the Piper Center provides the resources necessary for me, and others, to attain such goals. In Daly’s article, he described the alumni whom the Piper Center connected with various students as “servants of greed” who “use their talents to perpetuate
institutions that destroy lives and families.” These alumni indubitably want to enhance students’ St. Olaf experience, and I cannot justifiably see their generosity as immoral. Furthermore, Daly argued that these individuals are immoral through their implicit connection to an allegedly immoral institution. If his logic stands, then he, too, is immoral. By virtue of being a college student, Daly directly, and perhaps unknowingly, reaps the benefits of the college’s endowment. If he is connected to an institution with, as he claims, immoral developmental initiatives, then he, too, is immoral. In doing so, Daly creates stringent and perhaps unattainable conditions for morality. I firmly believe that as social citizens, we question the moral ideology of our social systems. And as someone who has directly suffered the widespread consequences of our economic recession, I abhor those who catalyzed it. Yet, I recognize that there are greater complexities within any social system or institution. The economic recession had many causal factors, in part the large banks. However, I remain optimistic that well-intentioned individuals – including the alumni Daly attacked – can nudge these large banks toward righting the confirmed reality of corruption. To effectively enact social change, we cannot merely abandon the system, for we are ultimately a part of it. Katherine Kihs ’13 (kihs@stolaf. edu) is from Monterey, Calif. She majors in English and philosophy.
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November 16, 2012
Finesse improves comedy Buntrock unworthy of leadership “Perhaps you do not understand the difference between civil and criminal charges. Each year, thouThis year marks the 10th anniversary of a sig- sands of individuals and corporations have differencnificant corporate fraud suit brought against Dean es of opinion with both the Internal Revenue Service Buntrock ’55, founder and former longtime CEO of (IRS) and the SEC regarding complex tax and secuWaste Management. It also marks Buntrock’s 40th rities laws. The vast majority of these disputes are year serving on the St. Olaf Board of Regents. settled short of litigation, as this case was. There were On March 26, 2002, the U.S. Securities and Ex- and are no criminal charges against Mr. Buntrock.” change Commission filed a suit against Dean BunThis is complete baloney. A criminal case introck and five other Waste Management executives volves criminal charges. A civil case does not involve for committing “massive financial fraud motivated criminal charges. Fraud is a federal crime. The SEC by greed and a desire to preserve professional and brought a lawsuit (read “litigated”) against Buntrock social status.” The SEC’s 89-page complaint was for federal crimes. damning of Buntrock, calling him “the leading force The letter went on to accuse the editors of an unbehind the fraud.” justifiable attack on a college hero. “Your labeling of The massive fraud occurred between 1992 and Dean Buntrock as a fraud is defamatory, demeaning 1997 and was not fully revealed until 1998, when to him and without merit. You provided no facts to Waste Management announced it had overstated support your labels,” it stated. its profits for the prior five years Astonishingly, the letter conby an astounding $1.7 billion. It cludes with, “We need more was the largest earning restate- “It is unconscionable people like [Buntrock].” It seems ment in history, until Enron sur- that Buntrock’s name inconceivable that Thomforde, passed it. Revealingly, the U.S. remains attached to who refused to sacrifice his morgovernment brought criminal al autonomy as college presicharges against Arthur Anderthe student center dent, had a hand in writing the son LLP, Waste Management’s letter, even though his name was outside auditor, for its role in the and the college’s most attached to it. Thomforde creatEnron scandal. prestigious merited a controversy by placing signs Waste Management’s stock based scholarship.” on his lawn that read, “Say no to plummeted after the restatethe war on Iraq.” The day after ment, costing shareholders $6 the U.S. launched its invasion of billion. At the same time, as Iraq, he gave a speech during chapel service decrying the SEC complaint notes, Buntrock and his cronies the destruction of war and calling for benevolence. “profited handsomely from their fraud.” Disturbing- He even joined students sitting on the stairs of Bunly, on Oct. 1, 1997, a mere 10 days before the com- trock Commons to protest the Iraq war. pany’s new management announced profits from Such political outspokenness no doubt angered 1996 had been overstated, Buntrock donated 100,000 donors and members of the Board of Regents who shares of his inflated stock to St. Olaf to fund his $29 supported George W. Bush. How else could one million commitment to build a new student center in explain what happened next? On June 7, 2005 , Tohis honor. strud announced the coming academic year would “Through the gift of inflated stock, Buntrock was be Thomforde’s last as president. He gave no justifiunjustly enriched in the form of the increased tax cation. It is conceivable that Thomforde was forced benefit,” stated the SEC. The SEC estimated Bun- to resign. Considering Thomforde’s achievements as trock’s ill-gotten gains from bonuses, retirement president, the Board’s decision was unwarranted. benefits, trading and charitable giving alone to be According to a St. Olaf news story published June nearly $17 million. 17, 2005, Thomforde’s accomplishments included In August 2005, Buntrock and the executives growing the endowment by $70 million, increasing reached a $30.8 million settlement with the SEC. the first-year retention rate to 94 percent, setting the Waste Management agreed to pay $17.1 million in college down a path of environmental sustainability penalties on behalf of Buntrock, who was left to pay a and making operational changes that saved the colmeasly $2.3 million penalty. Nonetheless, Bloomberg lege $500,000 in one year alone. Thomforde, who News reported that it was “the largest fine imposed was 6’ 9’’ and wore a bow tie, was popular among stuon an individual in an SEC accounting fraud case.” dents. An editorial in the Manitou Messenger that fall These revelations have not changed a thing. “Bun- described him as “the most visible administrator on trock Commons” is still the name of the student cen- this campus . . . [who] is frequently seen strolling past ter. The college’s most prestigious academic scholar- Fireside, waving and smiling, stopping along the way ship remains the “Buntrock Scholarship.” to (bend down) and chat with students and faculty.” Defenders of Buntrock typically rely on at least Thomforde remained true to his conscience in his one of three lines of reasoning. All three reflect na- final year. On March 9, 2006, he wrote an email to all ivete concerning legalese and the lawsuit against students, faculty and staff announcing that President Buntrock. George W. Bush in his 2007 budget proposal had The first is that Buntrock never admitted to any recommended the elimination of Upward Bound wrongdoing. This is only half true. According to the (UB), Educational Talent Search (ETS) and GEAR SEC’s press release, the executives “settled without UP – programs that help low income students gain admitting or denying the allegations in the Com- entrance to college. mission’s complaint.” This phrase is far from proof The concerted effort by Tostrud to paint Buntrock of innocence. In fact, it is standard practice for legal as a saint only months after quasi-impeaching Presisettlements to include this phrase. dent Thomforde evinces Tostrud’s moral meekness. The second alleges that Buntrock was not convict- The lies he promoted about Buntrock reveal his fear ed of any crimes and/or that he was never tried. This of how students would respond to the truth. is remarkably deceptive. Buntrock wasn’t convicted The fact that the Board has not impeached Bunof any crimes because he settled. Settling is the com- trock, now 82, speaks to the lost souls who have been mon and convenient recourse for defendants who at its helm. The Board of this Christian college is in cannot win their case and want to avoid the publicity bed with a criminal. and expenses that come with It is unconscionable that Buntrock’s name rea public trial. Waste Management spent $37 million mains attached to the student center and the college’s defending Buntrock and his henchmen and had esti- most prestigious merit-based scholarship. It is an mated the cost of going to trial at another $32.5 mil- abomination that needs to be rectified. lion. The Regents used to name campus buildings afThe third is that Buntrock’s case was a civil suit, ter morally upstanding individuals whose devotion not a criminal suit. In essence, it alleges that Bun- to the college left a personal impression on students: trock never committed any crimes. This claim was Agnes Mellby, Gertude Hilleboe, Thorbjorn Mohn. used by Jerrol Tostrud, then-Chair of the Board of Now they write seven- and eight-figure checks for Regents, in a letter to the editors of the Manitou Mes- buildings to be named in their honor. The former senger published Nov. 5, 2005. A week earlier, the tradition should be resurrected to rename the stupaper’s executive editors opined an editorial titled dent commons. It is high time to purge this Christian “Buntrock, A History” that overviewed the SEC’s al- college of such a disgrace. legations against Buntrock. It seems as though Tostrud felt so threatened by the information divulged James Daly ’13 (email@example.com) is from Cambridge, that he made the extraordinary decision to respond Wis. He majors in environmental studies. with a letter signed by him and then-President Christopher Thomforde. The letter was patently deceitful to the point of hilarity. By James Daly
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someone is saying what they have been thinking and grateful that they During his monologue a couple of do not have to talk about it themweeks ago as the host of “Saturday selves. Their laughter could also be Night Live,” comedian Louis C.K. prompted by nervousness – they described an experience helping are too uncomfortable to react any an old lady who had fallen down at other way, seeing the humor in the the airport. He ended the story by situation, but still finding it shocksaying, “I connect with old ladies. ing. They’re my favorite demographic! Is the fact that we can laugh at I wish that I desired them … sexu- all indicative of a greater problem? ally. I really do wish that I could get It could mean that these issues are a boner from an old lady, because ubiquitous enough that everyone is then, I’d be set. I could find an old able to knowingly laugh about them, lady and spend the rest of her life but that they are ultimately too difwith her.” ficult to actually be dealt with. Then, C.K. is coming off a very suc- what does it say about the state of cessful couple of years after win- our country that we are indeed able ning two Emmy awards for his FX to consciously laugh about such secomedy “Louie,” a show that he di- rious topics? rects, writes and In a way, standedits himself and up comedy is a in which he plays “The best comedi- mode of escapism. the title role. He a comedy show, ans should be able At also made over $1 we do not have to million last year to do more than actually confront selling his stand-up problems and spout a string of our special “Live at the instead are able Beacon Theater” on jokes whose sole to laugh them off. his own website at a Finding the humor cost of five dollars, purpose is to shock in difficult social inspiring other cotheir fans. ” issues is one way of medians to use a dealing with them similar idea with in that it makes their own specials. them somehow less Although his level of success is intimidating. C.K. is aware – and ofsomewhat unusual for a stand-up ten acknowledges – that his standcomedian, C.K. is only one in a up material can be touchy. But his group of comedians who have be- success comes from the fact that he come famous for often relying on is able to mix so well the touchy and shock value in their humor. Other sensitive issues with the harmless examples include comedians Chris and make them all equally funny. Rock, Daniel Tosh of Tosh.0 and It is truly the mark of a good coSarah Silverman. median when he or she has the ability Their success brings up the ques- to make every issue, no matter how tion of whether being successful in sensitive, seem humorous. However, the world of stand-up comedy de- the best comedians should be able to pends on one’s willingness to cross do more than spout a string of jokes into sensitive territory such as issues whose sole purpose is to shock their of race, gender and class. It also puts fans. Louis C.K. stands out in that into perspective how much their sense: While his stand-up is often audiences take away from watching crude, it is relatively avant-garde in these acts and to what degree their that it successfully mixes the crude comedy plays a role in the public’s with the meaningful and sincere. perception of these issues. Similarly, his show “Louie” mixes To some degree, if a comedi- in many surreal elements and at the an’s act does not include any truly same time is very true to life and ocshocking jokes, it will not be as casionally even profound. memorable. C.K.’s stand-up is given Hopefully comedians emulating so much attention precisely because C.K. will follow his lead and move he so often crosses the line into such away from depending solely on the territory and makes bold statements shock factor for laughs. about topics such as white privilege, women’s issues and sexuality. Using stand-up comedy as a me- Nina Hagen ’15 (firstname.lastname@example.org) dium, it somehow becomes more is from St. Paul, Minn. Her major is acceptable to bring up these issues currently undecided. because the dialogue takes place in a light-hearted environment. The laughter of the audience comes from the fact that they are glad that By Nina Hagen
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November 16, 2012
Trampled by Turtles fulfills fall concert hopes By Kassandra DiPietro Contributing Writer
On Friday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m., Trampled by Turtles, with opener Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, took the stage at St. Olaf for the Music Entertainment Committee’s Fall Concert. Both Lucy Michelle and Trampled by Turtles (TBT) brought a lively and energetic performance to the Pause. Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles was a fun group that energized the crowd for TBT. The band played with a variety of instruments including electric bass, cello, accordion and bells, which added texture to the songs. The lead singer, Michelle, had a wide vocal range that fit well with the instrumentals. The band roused the crowd to get excited for Trampled by Turtles. Before the group even took the stage, the crowd had already began to chant “TBT.” The band hails from Duluth, Minn. and includes lead singer and guitarist Dave Simonett, flying-fingers fiddler Ryan Young, steady bassist Tim Saxhaug, snappy mandolinist Erik Berry and talented banjo player Dave Carroll. TBT mixed furiously fast songs with harmonious, softer beats. During the wild songs, the only downside was trying to bob your head fast enough to the beat. Just when you thought the band could go no
faster, it sped up a notch. During slower songs, the sliding chords made you shiver with the blending. The band played most of its songs from its newest album, Stars and Satellites, which came out this year, but featured songs from previous albums Palomino and Duluth as well. TBT started a world tour the day after performing at St. Olaf. The hit “Wait So Long” was a tilting, outof-rhythm jive with vocals trying to keep a steady beat as the instruments continuously forged ahead. The song made the audience want to jump along, but constant speeding up made it difficult. The song was enjoyable to listen to live and was one of the crowd’s favorites. In “Alone,” the sliding and distorted chords blended well. The vocals were a smooth twang fitting the band’s bluegrass style. It was a thought-provoking song that was nice to calm down to between the other fast and furious songs. It started out quiet and built up, adding voices and instruments for a full sound. The banjo soloed and set the pace in “Sounds Like a Movie,” a song in which the tempo of the melody kept getting faster and faster without stopping. Carroll always managed to take it a notch faster, and all the other musicians were forced to follow, performing their complex counter-melodies
flawlessly. “Shenandoah” from TBT’s first album, Duluth, was a swaying song that had a catchy tune, like “Midnight on the Interstate,” which made the audience focus on the rich tones of the instruments and Simonett’s vocals. All the musicians were really entertaining to watch, especially the violinist who managed to play many of his fast licks bent over with his violin upside down. The mastery of his fingers and bow were amazing. His violin was covered with rosin by the end of the night, which is a tribute to how fast his bow was bouncing and slurring. He showed a true mastery of the instrument that was exciting to watch. TBT played a significant amount of the songs in its repertoire in what was a memorable night of music. The band was even called back for a few encore songs. “I am very satisfied with the student turnout and the sheer quality of the performance,” MEC Coordinator Ryan Peterson ’14 said. There is no denying that both Trampled by Turtles and Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles are not only talented musicians, but also exceptional performers. email@example.com
The random hookup. Or as I call it, “The Rando.” Many of us have been there once or twice: The party is hopping, you are feeling a little fortified and you spot THAT cutie across the room. Sometimes one of these unexpected rendezvous is just what you need to lift your spirits and give you a bit of extra confidence, but let’s face it – no one wants to be the sloppy couple in the corner. So, I give you my dos and don’ts of the “Randovous.” Don’t: Yell across the room to get their attention or be overly flirtatious or obnoxious. Imagine if you were trying to talk to a friend and someone from your economics class starts yelling your name or hanging all over you. Personally, I would be a little put off. I have a friend, for example, who has a tendency to point at a guy she is interested in and yell the class they take together at him (“Hey poli sci!!”). It works for her, but probably isn’t the best option for most people. I know that it would scare me, so how about we try another approach. Do: Make some direct and suggestive eye contact. This subtler approach is much more effective for many reasons. First and foremost, it only attracts the attention of the one person and is a bit more intimate. Secondly, not many people hold direct contact with their crushes – they usually look away. However, this move screams confidence! Give it a try. Don’t: When it comes to making your move, don’t throw yourself at your interest. It is sloppy and often off-putting. Experiencing a kiss that either you didn’t want or weren’t expecting is not a good time. Once, this resulted in my teeth getting licked! Needless to say, I was scarred for life. I have heard this referred to as chalking. Let’s avoid nightmares like this and save the chalk for the sidewalks.
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Trampled by Turtles, a Duluth-based progressive bluegrass band, put on a soulful show on Friday, Nov. 9 in the Pause.
‘Imaginary Invalid’ stuns audience with wit By Amy Mihelich Contributing Writer
Brilliant would be an understatement for St. Olaf ’s production of “Imaginary Invalid.” From the stunning set to the colorful costumes to the admirable acting, the cast and crew should be proud of the exquisite performance. “Imaginary Invalid” tells the story of Argan, an elderly and wealthy hypochondriac, and his struggle to be taken seriously by his family and servants. He arranges the marriage of his daughter, Angélique, with a young doctor to ensure he will always receive proper – and free – medical attention. However, she has fallen in love with someone else and refuses to consent to his orders. While this is happening, Argan’s manipulative young wife attempts to have a will written that will give her all of his money. It is through the cunning strategy of his servant, Toinette, that Argan is able to see through the scheme of his wife and accept the wishes of his daughter, while realizing he may be the only one who can “cure” himself. Moliere’s script itself combines farce and satire to concoct a clever display of charm, wit and humor. Truly bringing the story to life, the actors (under the direction of Gary Gisselman and Mariana Araoz) boldly tackle the edgy humor and blatant innuendos, while managing to connect with the audience on a deeper level. One of the ways this was accomplished was through the dialogue. During conversations, the actors used a “ping-pong” approach; if two actors were having a conversation, the one who was talking would look directly at the audience while the other looked at them, and then when the other character spoke, they both turned their heads so the new speaker was facing the audience. This direct discourse between the other characters as well as the viewers created an instant connection between the actors and the audience. Adding an interactive element to the show, the actors candidly addressed the audience throughout the play, introducing the cellist, throwing in a shameless plug for the sister performance, “Marry Me a Little,” and at one point even walking through the rows of auditorium seats. John Michael Verrall ’14 was simply stunning as Argan. His welldeveloped interpretation of his character and obvious experience shone through. Everything from his slightly-wobbly voice to his movement to his climactic fits of rage was the perfect balance between being fully immersed and being over-the-top. Repeatedly es-
tablishing that he is an invalid created a sense of apathetic likability, invoking pity while reminding the audience just how ridiculous he was being at the same time. The chemistry between Argan’s personal servant Toinette – played by Sari Abelson ’13 – and Verrall was astounding. Her sarcasm and wisdom combined with his egotism resulted in a well-choreographed, almost rhythmic banter. Andrew Lindvall ’14 as Cléante was one of the most outrageous and delightful performers. His complex but hilarious persona accomplished the daunting task of coming off as rather self-obsessed, and yet still completely infatuated with Angélique. The purposeful interactions of all the actors with one another added a professionally polished shimmer to the play. The entire company is on stage at all times, spectating on the outskirts of the set when they are not participating in the main action. Each individual seemed to have an opinion on everything that occurred and openly displayed it with appropriate expressions and reactions. The cast’s focused engagement throughout the show was impressive, as all members stayed visibly in character for the entire two hour performance. The play seemed set in an earlier time period. Taking advantage of an opportunity to work with a traditional French theater company custom, some of the stock characters wore masks during the entire play. The exquisite costumes of most of the characters were in the conventional fashion of Moliere’s time. The brightly-lit stage and looming medicine shelves of the magnificent set appeared to be from that time as well. However, many modern elements were incorporated. Thomas Diafoirerhoea, the young doctor who has been promised to marry Angélique, was dressed in scrubs with a black robe over them. Another example is when Toinette used a Swiffer mop to clean the floors. These modern props and costumes seemed a little out of place against the backdrop of the more traditional scenery, but effectively contributed to a timeless nuance that drew the audience in even more deeply. If you haven’t had the privilege of seeing the show, reserve your tickets now. Be prepared to be drawn into the story, and to laugh a lot. It will be playing through Saturday, Nov. 17. You won’t want to miss this marvelously witty, enthralling, can’t-stop-smiling experience. firstname.lastname@example.org
Do: Make a little small talk and move in slowly, but deliberately. Flirting is almost foreplay in itself. The anticipation is exciting, so let it build and enjoy it. This is when I employ little moves, like the hand on the knee or the subtle lean in, to test the waters. If the other person reciprocates, you are good to go. Do: Put your drink down! Even if it is water, just set it down when things start to get heated. Witnessing a guy hook up with a girl, bottle in hand, inspired this week’s article. No one wants to be spilled on, and nothing looks worse. Let’s try one vice at a time please. Don’t: That leads me to my next point. Do not do more than kiss modestly while in public. I’ll admit that I am guilty as charged of making out in front of people and have always been embarrassed the next day. Avoid the knowing looks and nudges, and keep it PG for the masses. Do: “Get a room!” Take it to a private place if things get more heated. No one wants to see you on the couch or in a stairwell, so take it back to the dorms if need be. If you can’t wait that long, here are some other lovely options: bathrooms, closets, cars, the outdoors, basements, garages, showers. The list goes on and on. Just pick one. Don’t: Remove any clothing in public. This seems like a no-brainer, but seriously, you don’t want that to end up on the Internet! Prince Harry might be able to get away with nude pictures in Vegas, but we go to St. Olaf, and we are not royals. Let’s keep it together. In general, be discreet, have fun and keep yourself together! To submit questions, comments or concerns to the sex columnist, e-mail email@example.com.
November 16, 2012
Diwali celebrated in the Pause with dance, food and song By Kari Riley Contributing Writer
The Pause was buzzing with energy on Saturday, Nov. 10, as St. Olaf students, faculty and other attendees situated themselves among the rows of tables lined up on the Pause floor. The Pause had been transformed to embody the aura of India. The space was dimly lit with flickering lamps, and Indian fabric and yellow lights were draped along the stage and the balconies. The gentle buzzing melody of an Indian sitar filled the room, contributing to the anticipated commencement of the Diwali festivities. The event was emceed by two St. Olaf students, Nikita Shah ’14 and Ellen Cunningham ’15, and began with the performance of a Bhajan (an Indian devotional song), “Humko man ki Shakti dena,” by Dipannita Kalyani, assistant professor of chemistry. Two Indian dances followed this performance. Then, a Carleton student, Tanmay Annachatre, enchanted the crowd with his a cappella performance of four Bollywood songs. By this time, Chapati, a local Indian restaurant, had prepared and set out food for the event. As celebrants lined up to fill their plates with basmati rice, chicken korma, naan and other succulent dishes, the sitar music once again played in the background, providing the attendees with a taste of the cultural and musical roots of this Indian holiday. Dinner was followed by a colorful fashion show and later, four Bollywood-inspired dance performances. The audience erupted with applause many times throughout the night, providing evidence of the
event’s success. Diwali is considered to be one of India’s biggest and most cherished holidays of the year. In India, the holiday is a five-day festival and is popularly known as the “festival of lights.” The name “Diwali” is a contraction of “Deepavali,” which translates into “row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa).” During Diwali, Indians light small clay lamps filled with oil outside their homes to signify the triumph of good over evil and to symbolize the inner light that protects humans from spiritual darkness. Diwali is as important to Hindus and many other Indians as the Christmas holiday is to Christians and many other Americans. Diwali, celebrated in October or November each year, originated as a harvest festival that marked the last harvest of the year before winter. During the time when India was an agricultural society, many people would ask for the divine blessing of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, as they closed their accounting books and prayed for success at the outset of a new financial year. Today, this practice extends to businesses all over India, which mark the day after Diwali as the first day of the new financial year. Indians also celebrate with family gatherings, fireworks (firecrackers are burst in order to drive away evil spirits), bonfires, strings of electric lights, flowers, new clothing, snacks and sweets and worship of Lakshmi. Some Indians believe that Lakshmi wanders Earth looking for homes where she will be welcomed. People clean their houses, open their doors and windows and keep glittering clay lamps lit during the night to invite Lakshmi into their home.
Over the centuries, Diwali has evolved into a national festival that is enjoyed by the majority of Indians, regardless of faith, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists. Hindus interpret the Diwali story based upon the Indian region where they reside. Northern Indians celebrate the story of King Rama’s return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps. Southern Indians celebrate the Diwali story as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura. In western India, the festival marks the day that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (one of the main gods of the Hindu trinity), sent the demon king Bali to rule the netherworld. In all interpretations of Diwali, one common thread is apparent – the festival of lights marks the victory of good over evil. For non-Hindu communities, the holiday holds different meanings. In Jainism, the celebration marks nirvana or the spiritual awakening of Lord Mahavira (an Indian sage) on Oct. 15, 527 B.C. In Sikhism, it marks the day that Guru Hargobind Ji, the sixth Sikh guru, was liberated from imprisonment. And, as we saw on Saturday night, the festival can be rightfully celebrated in America as well. This ability for Diwali to be celebrated, accepted and shared across cultural lines was expressed through the words of the Bhajan hymn, sung by Kalyani: “Let our hearts be free from any kind of discrimination. Let our hearts and mind be always ready for forgiveness. Let us be saved from the lies and untruth and let the truth prevail.”
cookie. All of these tasty desserts are baked fresh in house. Along with cupcakes and desserts, CakeWalk also offers a variety of drinks such as coffee, lattes and cider, as well as scoops of ice cream. With delicious desserts and comfortable places to sit, CakeWalk is the perfect place to enjoy a treat or order a cake for a friend’s birthday! The store has been very busy, according to Myers. CakeWalk is looking for a few more employees, so if any Oles are interest-
ed in working at CakeWalk, please visit the store or its website. CakeWalk is a wonderful addition to the shops of Northfield and will surely be a hit with St. Olaf students! Visit CakeWalk at 303 Division Street, open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Sundays.
CakeWalk makes Division Street a whole lot sweeter By Kira Reinke Contributing Writer
CakeWalk, a new bakery serving up delicious cupcakes and desserts, opened in Northfield one month ago. The sweet little shop has already found a growing fan base and praise for its yummy creations. Located right on Division Street, across the street diagonally from the Archer House, CakeWalk is a great place to stop for a treat while browsing Northfield. CakeWalk began when co-owners Teara Myers and Jody Breathwaite met as pastry chefs at Byerly’s almost a decade ago and dreamed of one day opening their own bakery. Myers said, “People would travel all the way to Burnsville and Eagan from Northfield just to order cakes and sweets.” Both of them loved Northfield and saw the need for a sweet shop in town. The name CakeWalk comes from both women’s fond childhood memories of cakewalks and their mutual passion for baking and decorating cakes. The beautiful little shop, softly lit with hanging lamps and filled with comfy leather couches and tables, is a charming spot to enjoy a cupcake and coffee in town. Brightly decorated cake models line the pink and brown walls as well as quotes such as: “Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is?” “Keep calm and eat cake” and “There is nothing better than a good friend except a good friend with cupcakes.” The display case contains levels of delectable and exquisitely prepared cupcakes as well as brownies, tarts, cookies, bars and cakes. Each cupcake is dense, flavorful and covered in sweet, thick icing. “The cupcakes look delicious, and they taste even better,” Emma Metz ’16 said. CakeWalk’s most popular cupcake is the Black Velvet cupcake, the store’s signature dessert, which is a moist chocolate cake filled with a rich chocolate ganache and topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting. Other delicious and unique cupcake flavors include the Campfire (vanilla cake with chocolate buttercream filling and marshmallow frosting with graham crackers), Chocolate Stout Cupcake (chocolate Stout cake with chocolate buttercream, caramel and pretzels), Blueberry Pancake (white cake with blueberry filling and maple syrup frosting) and Bugsy (carrot cake with nuts and raisins with a vanilla buttercream frosting). Some other favorites of St. Olaf students are Cookies and Cream, Mint Madness and Pumpkin Spice. Other yummy selections are the chocolate fudge brownies, fresh fruit tart, peanut butter cup cheesecake and chocolate chip sea salt
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A sampling of the dessert delicacies served at CakeWalk, Northfield’s new cupcake bakery on Division Street
By Molly Raben Music Columnist
Have you heard the sound of 500 voices singing Christmas music as it resonates through the halls of Christiansen Hall of Music? How about the spirited renditions of Christmas hymns spilling out of the orchestra room every Monday, Wednesday and Friday? If you have missed out on these aural treats, then you surely have heard the ground shake as the 500 musicians make their way up to Stav Hall following Christmas Festival rehearsals. Yes, the holiday season is now upon us, and renowned folk musician Sufjan Stevens has reminded us of that fact with his very recent release of Silver & Gold, a compilation of songs for the Christmas season. Some of you may look back fondly on 2006 – the year he released his previous holiday album, Songs for Christmas. If you are in that boat, then you are in luck. Sufjan’s new album has much the same character of his former compilation and takes even more liberty in his interpretations of classic Christmas tunes. Stevens impressively creates a cohesive flow among popular tunes, hymns, medieval carols and original compositions. Among the highlights of the album is his rendition of the “Coventry Carol.” This piece was first performed in a 16th
century mystery play based on the Gospel of Matthew and depicts the “Massacre of the Innocents,” the night in which King Herod ordered that all male infants in Bethlehem be killed. The carol is a mother’s lament, often performed by children’s choirs and recorder ensembles. Sufjan Stevens, however, sets the piece for a chorus of female voices and strings. The song opens with plucked strings playing the haunting melody in canon, which is then taken up by the women. They are later joined by the eerie and melancholy timbre of a singing saw. It is this choice that makes Sufjan’s rendition so effective: Clearly, the song is far removed from the 1500s but can still evoke an emotional response in its listeners. It was a fine choice of the artist to incorporate little-known ancient music in his compilation, but in order to make it appealing, it must be balanced by recognizable tunes. Sufjan delivers: Various beloved hymns pop up on the album, one of the most innovative takes being of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” The piece begins with a rag-tag choir of mixed voices, young and old, singing the Christmas classic. Gradually, the musician adds his characteristic spinning electronics and backbeat, turning the reliable old favorite into a fresh and offkilter, wild piece of music. On the topic of wild music, one cover
on the album sets itself apart from the rest. “Alphabet” is a cover of Prince’s 1988 hit “Alphabet St.” Far from the original upbeat version, Sufjan’s rendering is digitized and funky and gives the listener the impression of being inside a Pacman machine with its 8-bit, antiphonal sounds and retro synthesizer lines. Although the song may in no way be relevant to the holiday season, it is an intriguing choice to throw it into the mix. This Sufjan Stevens Christmas album would not be a Sufjan Stevens Christmas album without his own works. His whimsical character shines through on tracks such as “Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling” – a lo-fi song about the birth of Jesus Christ featuring a children’s chorus and crashing, often violent, percussion. Memorable lyrics from this song include: “Jesus is the king-a-ling-a-ling-a-ling.” Sufjan tops off his album with its final 13 minute-long track, an original piece entitled “Christmas Unicorn.” This song is exactly as its title makes it seem. Stevens identifies himself as a Christmas Unicorn over accompaniment typical of his minimalist style – strings, cute wind lines and electronics. There really could be no better way for him to end the journey across time that is Silver & Gold. firstname.lastname@example.org
November 16, 2012
Swim teams dominate Gustavus Brebrick ’16 and Schnaith ’16 named MIAC athletes of week By Alana Patrick Sports Editor The St. Olaf men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams defeated Gustavus Adolphus College on Friday, Nov. 9 at Skoglund Center. The men won 195-99, while the women emerged with a 169-131 victory. Billy Brebrick ’16 dominated in the men’s competition, winning all three of his individual events and helping teammates Evan Griffith ’15, Colby Kubat ’14 and Tanner Roe ’15 to a first-place finish in the 200yard medley relay. Brebrick’s performance in the 200-yard butterfly was especially notable: His time of 1:54.24 marks the third best in school history. Brebrick also won the 100-yard butterfly (51.27) and the 100-yard freestyle (47.28). For his successes, Brebrick was named the season’s first MIAC men’s swimming and diving athlete of the week. Overall, the men won 13 of 16 events at the meet. Last season, they finished second in the MIAC, beating out third-place Gustavus. In the women’s competition, Abbey Schnaith ’16 showcased her talent, winning both the 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard backstroke. She also placed second in the 100-yard backstroke. Finally, Schnaith’s freestyle leg of the 200-yard medley relay helped
teammates Carolyn Bernhardt ’14, Megan Gaylord ’16 and Lydia Feldman ’13 achieve a first-place finish – as well as a Skoglund Center record. The relay’s time of 1:48.39 was .15 seconds away from a school record. Schnaith was named MIAC women’s swimming and diving athlete of the week for her performance. Meghan Weiss ’13 also dominated in her races, winning the 100-yard freestyle, 200yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle. She helped teammates Bernhardt, Laura Begin ’14
and Marla Thomforde ’16 finish second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The women won 10 of 16 events throughout the meet. Gustavus, perennially a powerhouse, edged St. Olaf for the MIAC Championship last season. The Ole swimmers will take the rest of November off, while the divers travel to St. Paul, Minn. for the Roger Ahlman Invitational on Nov. 17. email@example.com
Above: Two Gusties and an Ole race in the men’s freestyle. Below: An Ole swimmer competes in the women’s breastroke. Both the men’s and women’s teams defeated Gustavus Adolphus College on Nov. 9 at Skoglund Center, the men 195-99 and the women 169-131. The men won 13 of 16 events, while the women won 10 of 16. Besides a diving invitational on Nov. 17, the teams are off for the rest of the month. In December, competition resumes when the teams travel to Rochester, Minn. for the Rochester Invite on Dec. 1-2.
Cross country to nationals
By Alana Patrick Sports Editor
The men’s and women’s cross country teams finished first and second at the NCAA D-III Central Regional on Nov. 10, earning berths to the NCAA D-III Championship at Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 17. Grant Wintheiser ’15 finished first overall for the men at the Central Regional. His time of 25:20.9 was nearly 10 seconds ahead of the second-place runner from Central College. For his performance and season-long successes (including winning the MIAC individual title
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country NCAA D-III Championship @ Terre Haute, Ind. on 11/17 Men’s Hockey @ Hamline University on 11/16 Women’s Hockey vs. Hamline University on 11/16 Men’s and Women’s Diving Roger Ahlman Invitational @ St. Paul, Minn. on 11/17
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on Oct. 27), Wintheiser was named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Central Region athlete of the year. Head coach Phil Lundin was named the region’s coach of the year. For the women, Emma Lee ’13 and Jorden Johnson ’15 finished fifth and seventh. Becca Bevans ’13 finished 14th and Meggie Exner ’14 finished 27th. The men race at 11 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the women at noon. firstname.lastname@example.org
Runner Lee sets high goals for national meet
Wrestling Auggie/Brute/Adidas Open @ Minneapolis, Minn. on 11/17
NCAA D-III Men’s Cross Central Region 1st/27 Country Championships
NCAA D-III Women’s Central Region 2nd/28 11/10 Cross Country Championships
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NAME: Emma Lee ’13 Flanagan, Jon Stewart, J.K. Rowling SPORT: Cross country FAVORITE SPORT OTHER THAN CROSS HOMETOWN: St. Paul, Minn. COUNTRY: Nordic skiing HIGH SCHOOL: Como Park High School RANDOM FACT: I can finish Thursday New MAJOR: Biology York Times crosswords. WHY I CHOSE ST. OLAF: It was the only BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIGH school I was interested in SCHOOL AND COLLEGE that had a Nordic ski team. SPORTS: We put in a lot of CROSS COUNTRY volume and intensity here. HISTORY: Four-time allIn college, everyone is more MIAC, two-time all-Amerdedicated to his or her sports. ican FAVORITE MOMENT PRE-RACE RITUAL: Drills AS AN OLE ATHLETE: and strides in a certain order Finishing 10th at the national FAVORITE PUMP-UP cross country meet my sophSONG: “Yes” by LMFAO omore year. FAVORITE SPORTS BEST ADVICE I’VE MOVIE: “Remember the RECEIVED: Drink milk and Titans” believe in yourself. FAVORITE TV SHOW: GOALS FOR NATIONAL “Parks and Recreation” MEET: I think our team can Lee ’13 FAVORITE BOOK: place in the top 10. I’m shoot“Freedom” by Jonathan ing to be a top-10 individual. Franzen PLANS AFTER OLAF: FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Black Sea Graduate school for exercise physiology or FAVORITE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE: kinesiology. Jessie Diggins THREE FAMOUS PERSONALITIES I’D HAVE OVER FOR DINNER: Shalane - Alana Patrick
The proposed stadium for the Minnesota Vikings has survived one challenge after another. Its survival is proving to be an example of the nationwide debate sur- rounding overspending. In a state so enthralled with football, it is strange to see a project of this size continue to flounder. The $975 million stadium is projected to open for the 2016-17 season in downtown Minneapolis on 5th Street. The 65,000-per- son stadium was first proposed in 2007 by the Vikings franchise and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, which owns the Metrodome and other downtown ath- letic facilities. The stadium proposal was pre- sented before the Minnesota House of Representatives on May 5, 2010, only to falter in a close 10-9 vote. However, Gov. Mark Dayton finally approved a deal on March 1, 2012. The projected costs for the project show the state paying $477 million of the total $975 million costs. According to Forbes, however, over the next 30 years the city of Minneapolis is projected to pay a total of $678 million in interest, opera- tions and construction costs. Given the burden placed on the Minnesota taxpayer, it is no wonder why so many people disapprove of the settle- ment. “I don’t think that they should use taxpayer dollars to support a sports fran- chise,” Siri McCord ’15 said. “I’m not convinced that it benefits everyone in the state. It shouldn’t be the state’s responsi- bility to keep the Vikings afloat.” Fan distrust of the franchise resonates deeply, mostly because of the team’s los- ing record. “I hate how the Vikings always threaten to leave,” McCord said. “They’re not even a good team. We don’t need them here.” McCord isn’t the only one who feels this way. Kyle Wagener ’15 recognizes that the Vikings are an integral part of Minnesota sports culture, but is unsure of whether that means the team truly deserves a new stadium. “There are a lot of very rabid Vikings fans out there,” Wagener said. “They have become a part of Minnesota personality and culture. However, if they are going to go 3-13 every year, the Vikings probably don’t deserve a stadium, especially consid- ering they only play eight home games per year.” In the latest controversy involving the stadium, the team has considered levy- ing seat licenses to pay for its half of the stadium tab. According to the Star Tribune, fans could be given the option to pay up to $20,000 for a pair of seats. The team is attempting to find out how much die-hard Vikings fans are willing to bleed for their team. If national economic recovery doesn’t pick up with full speed, Minnesotans (Vikings fans in particular) will be strapped for cash in an attempt to pay for what is expected to be one of the most expensive NFL stadiums ever con- structed. While the stadium has already been approved, that doesn’t mean that Minnesotans can’t continue to ask their legislators for a referendum on the matter. For a matter as fundamental to the political process as taxes, citizens should be able to vote on whether their team is important enough to provide a $477 million bailout. My grandma always used to say, “It’s tough to be a Vikings fan.” But that state- ment takes on a whole new meaning for Minnesotans today, unsure of whether the love-hate relationship with their football team can last another year. Minnesotans will have to decide whether they want to pay to keep the Vikings in town or whether it is finally time for the franchise to make like the Lakers and move to Los Angeles. email@example.com
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Post-election panel reflects on results other students’ opinions about what actually happened and how we ended up with the results that we did,” attendee Erik Allerson ’15 said. Following the speakers’ session, audience members were able to ask the panelists questions regarding the election. Questions ranged from the future of parties to the effectiveness of door knocking in raising awareness. “It was great to see familiar faces as well as new faces,” Hendriks said. “It means students want to hear what the election means for politics and good government.”
By Rachel Palermo News Editor
On Thursday, Nov. 8, the political science department hosted a forum to facilitate discussion regarding the results of the 2012 election. Professor Henriet Hendriks explained that the St. Olaf campus was filled with activity and excitement during the months preceding the election, yet no one had thought about what to do afterward. “That led me to think it would be helpful to take a step back and discuss the meaning of the outcome,” Hendriks said. Around 75 students, faculty and staff were in attendance, eager to join in the conversation. Hendriks began the forum by discussing the role of the Electoral College in the election. After explaining that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney together spent nearly $2 billion on their races, she showed maps demonstrating where campaigning was focused by each of the parties. Her analysis of the Electoral College demonstrated the impact that the Electoral College has on where campaigns choose to allocate their time and funds. Following Hendriks’ analysis, Professor Joshua Anderson spoke regarding the implications of polling in races. Although many predictions by political scientists in the election proved wrong this election, he believes that polling is here to stay. Professor Katherine Tegtmeyer-Pak followed by analyzing China’s coverage of the elections. “The election was watched all around the world,” she said. Tegtmeyer-Pak attributed the U.S.’s importance in global affairs as one reason for China’s interest in U.S. politics. To better understand the implications of this election, she encouraged the audience to investigate further into how the election was perceived internationally, rather than remaining limited to opinions and outcomes within the U.S. The last professor to speak was Dan Hofrenning, who focused on Minnesota politics and the organization of the parties. Another panelist, Bryan Wells ’12, a field organizer with the Senate DFL caucus, added to Hofrenning’s discussion of the Minnesota election by speaking about his work with local elections and the impact of grassroots efforts. “After such a long and complicated election, it was great to hear professors’ and
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Professor Katherine Tegtmeyer-Pak analyzed China’s coverage of the election on Thursday.
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Students gathered to discuss the results of the election, a conversation organized by the political science department. The event had professors and an alumnus as panelists and offered a period for questions from the audience of nearly 75 people.
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Medical Brigades, OGH was able to help a fellow student organization fund a medical mission trip, while also promoting a cause its own organization believes in. “This event was important to us because it allowed us to fuse interests with the incredible members of the Ole Global Medical Brigades,” Adams said. “We donated the money to them, and they will use the money to finance sustainable Charlas – clinics that teach public health concepts – to children and adults in Honduras.” In addition to building the clinics, the trip participants plan to host education sessions, training locals to keep the clinics up and running, as well as act as a go-to outlet for questions concerning the clinics. “A clinic is like a Band-Aid,” said Greta Richeson ’14, a representative from Ole
Global Medical Brigades. “It’s a solution for a problem, but it doesn’t prevent future problems from occurring.” In an effort to create a long-term solution, Moriah Novacinski ’14, who will be traveling to Honduras with Ole Global Medical Brigades, recognizes the importance of the education sessions as a step towards better global health. “It is crucial to provide the educational sessions because our short stay with them through the medical brigade is only a Band-Aid on a much bigger problem,” Novacinski said. “By sharing knowledge with their community, we can hopefully provide a longer-lasting solution to some of the health issues they face.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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the right to get the education he could never before afford. The following week, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, Karibu organized a panel of St. Olaf students and faculty discussing what it means to be black in America and globally. On Friday, Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m. in Tomson Hall, Africa Weeks continues with speaker and documentarian Kobina Aidoo, who will discuss the effects of African immigration on the black identity. He will also screen his documentary, “The NeoAfrican Americans,” which addresses this same topic. Aidoo, originally from Ghana, currently works at the World Bank as a public affairs consultant in Washington, D.C. He travels around the country sharing his documentary and speaking about issues of African identity worldwide. On Saturday, Nov. 16, the two weeks of celebration culminate with Africa Night, a celebration of African performing art. “It has a variety of dance performances from various ethnic groups, poetry and skits,” Faleti said. And immediately afterward is the Africa Night Pause dance, which will include a variety of entirely Af-
t Randy Clay introduced new Caf changes and expressed disappointment about students’ disregard for rules, ranging from stealing dishes to not paying for meals. t Discussion took place regarding whether the “RICH” statement should be changed. Visit http://www. stolaf.edu/about/guidingdocuments/rich.html to read the statement. t Melody Rosen ’13 appointed as new Faculty Governance Committee senator.
rican music. “You know it will be dope to dance to,” Faleti said. Africa weeks is an annual opportunity for students of all backgrounds to celebrate, appreciate and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be African today, both in the U.S. and around the world. Even at St. Olaf, those representing Africa make up a significant portion of the student body. In fact, Faleti estimates that nearly a third of international students are from Africa. Karibu has around 25 members. “I hope people gain an appreciation of African culture,” Faleti said. “Hopefully some of the ignorance that most Americans have regarding Africa will be replaced with a new awareness. This is only a twoweek event, but there is always a strong African presence in our campus.” Members of Karibu want Africa Weeks to be an opportunity for all students, from those who identify strongly with their African heritage to those who know next to nothing about Africa to deepen their appreciation for African culture. email@example.com
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we have going on here. It’s truly extraordinary, and I’m humbled to say that I’ve been a part of it.” Barnes will graduate next spring with degrees in history, Russian area studies and American studies. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in student affairs. Though her work at St. Olaf is coming to a close, Barnes’s activism is far from over. “As students, we sometimes sell ourselves short, when in reality we can make such a huge difference,” she said. “This election proved that.” Barnes hopes to see other students follow her lead, working toward making the change she now knows is possible. firstname.lastname@example.org
“A voice is a human gift; It should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible.” - Margaret Atwood
November 16, 2012
By Mira Sen Contributing Writer
I can vaguely remember a time when having my own radio show at KSTO sounded like the best idea in the world. Unfortunately, given that I became very busy – very, very quickly – and the fact that I am an incredibly lazy person, gracing the students of St. Olaf with the dulcet tones of my voice for an hour a week never became a reality. Sadly, my laziness has stayed with me this year, so radio has not become a part of my life. However, this week I had the opportunity to talk with some of the students involved with KSTO. They were each more than happy to impart their knowledge on the nature of radio, their respective shows and general information on KSTO itself. The station was first brought to life in the 1950s when student workers at WCALAM (a listener-supported radio station) expressed their desire to have a radio show catered to student interests. In the 1970s, WCAL began to grow and needed the space accorded to KSTO by St. Olaf. This expansion eventually lead to KSTO’s relocation to its current location in the basement of Buntrock. Incidentally, FM 89.3 The Current was launched at St. Olaf as a sister station to WCAL-AM in the late 1960s. The station was operated at St. Olaf for almost 40 years with programming that focused more on classical music and religion-based shows. In 2004, St. Olaf sold the station to Minnesota Public Radio, and the Current we know today came to life. As issues with funding and radio reception seemed to continuously pop up, the ’80s and ’90s saw a good deal of fluctuation for KSTO. The AM frequency KSTO operated on became nearly impossible to receive in most residence halls. It was not until the 1996-1997 academic
year that KSTO found its savior: technical director Christian Green ’98. As KSTO had not been able to appropriate the funds necessary for making a full-scale FM conversion, Green proposed an FM alternative that would broadcast only to the residence halls on campus. The decision was made to keep KSTO an “on-campus” radio station, and Green began working to complete the conversion. Unfortunately, Green was forced to cut his work short and return home for medical reasons. After only a few months of treatment, Green died of cancer in Iowa City, Iowa. Green was a junior at St. Olaf at the time of his death. Though his story is short and heartbreaking, Green’s hard work contributed to KSTO’s standing as a thriving FM campus radio station, and for that, his legacy lives on. Carolyn Bernhardt ’14, the current manager of KSTO, has been working this year to ensure that Green’s progress was not in vain. The station recently purchased a variety of new equipment, in addition to refurbishing the studio. Instead of using iTunes as a music library, KSTO is now operating with Simian: a system that allows bands and DJs to record and store material in addition to organizing music files. KSTO also has a new set of microphones, monitors and furniture in the on-air studio. Additionally, Bernhardt has been working to increase the usage of CDs and vinyls on-air, providing an alternative to the much-used music storage software. Bernhardt hopes that by the new year all of the DJs will have a complete understanding of the new technology. Bernhardt also plans to expand talk radio with an upand-running news section as early as next semester. “Modeling the station after NPR has al-
ways been the goal”, Bernhardt said. Though the role of radio as a media outlet is not what it used to be, Bernhardt sees a very bright future for KSTO. Its influence seems to be increasing, due largely in part to an incredibly driven and enthusiastic first-year class. “The new first-year DJs paired with returning DJs have allowed for a very diverse, varied and knowledgeable station,” Bernhardt said. Madeline Burbank ’15 – the voice behind a news and politics segment on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. – covers everything from events on campus to political relations internationally. Her goal is to keep St. Olaf students from becoming too “stuck in the campus bubble” and to inform us of what is affecting the ever-changing world we live in. For those eager for their daily fill of political commentary, Burbank’s show can be followed on Twitter @STOBuzz. Andrew Parr ’15 runs a show devoted to classical music, airing Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. For Parr – a possible music education major – this experience is everything he could have hoped for. His delight comes from the opportunity to expose students to music they may not otherwise listen to. “What I get to do is everything I’ve always wanted to do. Hopefully I’m giving people the chance to really understand what they’re listening to,” Parr said. Parr also expressed his appreciation for the radio, admitting his hope that its decline is not permanent. Parr added that it is not as relevant as it was 30 years ago, but argues that there is a great benefit to listening to radio. “It’s nice because when you’re listening to music by yourself, you don’t have anyone to tell you something about the music,”
Calendar of Events: Nov. 16-Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 16
Gather 8 p.m., Dittmann Studio One As a particularly antsy classmate of mine once said during an economics lecture, “I just want to dance!” While economics class might not be the opportune time to act on this desire, Gather is. An hour of gently directed and freely invented dancing, Gather provides a great opportunity to show off your best moves. Not a dancer? This is your chance to take a step – or majestic leap – outside of your comfort zone, or just listen to the rhythms of the live percussion performance.
Friday, Nov. 16
Jeopardy for Pie! 9 p.m., Larson Burrow Do you know everything there is to know about St. Olaf? Are you an avid pie-baker who takes pride in all the pierelated facts in your back pocket? You can showcase your knowledge on both topics at Jeopardy tonight in the Larson Burrow. Brought to you by After Dark Committee, this is sure to be “pie-fect.”
Monday, Nov. 19
Got Vitamins? 7 p.m., Regents 208 Looking to improve your overall mental and physical health? Aren’t we all? Come to this presentation to learn about the FIRI½XW SJ ZMXEQMR GSRWYQTXMSR LMKLlighting the seven keys to wellness. From the best vitamin-based beverages to appropriate amounts of sun exposure, you might learn something new – even if you do take your Flintstone vitamins everyday.
Monday, Nov. 19
$15 and Under Clothing Sale 8:30 a.m., Crossroads As much as we like to pretend it’s not true, we’re all broke college students. Nevertheless, we still like to strut our stuff around campus in style. Come to Crossroads to browse the bargains. ;LS ORS[W QE]FI ]SY´PP ½RH XLI TIVJIGX SYX½X JSV E LSX HEXI E RMKLX out with your friends or the fast approaching parties of the holiday season.
Parr said. “But DJs on the radio can have something valuable to say.” Unfortunately, the fact remains that today music is easily accessible through Spotify, Pandora and hundreds upon hundreds of other websites, sweeping the discovery of new music from under radio’s feet. So is there really anything to gain from listening to the radio when we can just as easily open up a few tabs on Firefox? Zaq Baker ’15, Top 100/Alternative Director and DJ at KSTO, highlights the personal side of radio. “There’s a very human-to-human component that you just can’t replicate with music software, which lacks a lot of the power that radio has,” Baker said. If nothing else, KSTO is the epitome of individual expression. Though on-air personalities do have to adhere to Federal Communications Comission’s guidelines, there is no other form of censorship regarding music played or topics discussed. “If you want to know what Oles are really about, listen to KSTO. The monoculture at St. Olaf does not have a radio show, but the truly interesting Oles who make St. Olaf what it is are the ones that do have shows,” Kevin Jackson ’15 said. “At KSTO, you can get to know the real side of students – the unfiltered side.” In short, dear Oles, KSTO is not something to be disregarded. Why should radio take a backseat to your iPods? Can your iPods make jokes, provide insight or offer opinions? No. And Siri doesn’t count. email@example.com