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ducted an interview with the president, in which Obama said that he would willingly “lose an election to fix it,” a grim allusion to the gridlock that has paralyzed the nation. In addition to his concern about America’s overspending, stagnant and dishonest government, Woodward expressed his displeasure with the state of journalism today. Woodward said that the standards of investigative journalism are falling. “Journalists need to be the watchdogs, but they’re just not right now,” he said. However, quality reporting is hard to do
but it’s not even close to the full story,” Woodward said. He dismissed WikiLeaks as overhyped and powerless in the political scheme. “The White House laughed [WikiLeaks] off because they didn’t have the documents they really base their decisions on,” Woodward said. Full of juicy stories only a true insider could tell, Woodward’s address provided perspective, but little direction to the audience as soon-to-be-voters. “His heavy reliance on anecdotes made
St. Olaf is a hub for accomplished and influential people, but it is a rare occasion when a true American legend roams its halls. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Bob Woodward – the man who exposed Watergate and contributed to Pulitzer-winning 9/11 coverage – visited the Hill as the fall headliner for the Political Awareness Committee (PAC). After dining with PAC members, Woodward addressed a crowd assembled in Boe Chapel (which was the butt of his first joke; he admitted that his profession usually keeps him out of holy places). As an investigative journalist who built his career on the conviction that ugly realities should not be sugarcoated, Woodward did not design his speech as an uplifting, preelection rally. He emphasized the chasm between what the American people are aware of and the machinery of Washington. “We only know 1 percent of the story,” Woodward said. It’s not the most significant 1 percent, either: HANNAH RECTOR/MANITOU MESSENGER He suggested that Bob Woodward, famed Washington Post journalist and Pulitzer-winning writer, visited campus on what we don’t Wednesday, Oct. 24 to discuss leadership and elections. know is the most crucial piece. “We must set up a system that aggres- in an industry that’s losing money. “There’s things perhaps more interesting than insively tries to fix this,” Woodward said. not enough money in journalism,” he said. sightful,” PAC member Alex Everhart ’15 said. “The actual content of the speech was What this system might look like was ab- “The business model is failing.” This pessimism didn’t stop him from ena little bit of a curveball for us; the listed sent from the rest of the speech. couraging college kids to see journalism as title for the lecture was something to the efWoodward asked audience members to a viable career path. fect of, ‘The Role of Leadership in the U.S. raise their hands if anyone thought they “Go for it, ” Woodward said. “It’s a great Presidential Election,’ but there wasn’t actuknew the real Barack Obama, and predictprofession. You get to drop into people’s ally a whole lot of that covered.” ably, no one did. He gave them a warning: lives when they’re interesting and leave “He tended to avoid issues directly re“Secret government is what will do us in.” when they’re not. How many other careers lated to the election,” Erika Meierding In a brief interview with Mr. Woodward can you say that about?” ’15 said. “The speech didn’t help me reach a before his speech, he singled out the naDuring the post-speech question-anddecision as a voter, but it did make me more tional debt as the country’s most ominous answer session, Woodward was asked aware of issues facing government today.” problem. about the role of new media, particularly “We are trillions of dollars in debt,” he email@example.com said. “The gorging has got to stop.” In his Twitter and WikiLeaks. He didn’t condemn Twitter, but he asked his audience not to speech, he noted that in the past three and a half years, there have been no spending take it too seriously. “Twitter is a means of communication, cuts whatsoever. Woodward recently con-
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On Thursday, Oct. 25, students, faculty and staff participated in a demonstration spelling out the word “NO” in Buntrock Commons to take a stand against the marriage amendment and the voter ID amendment. Organized by St. Olaf College Greens, Students for Reproductive Health and Choice and St. Olaf College Students For Liberty, Oles stood in solidarity to support their position. A photo of the demonstration went viral once it hit the web, causing activists throughout Minnesota and across the globe to praise Oles for making a statement against the amendments.
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Just after 2:45 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, Northfield authorities received a phone call that an employee of the America’s Best Value Inn had just been robbed at gunpoint. Officers were immediately dispatched to pursue the alleged robber. The hotel, located on Riverview Drive, just off of Highway 3, is about three miles from St. Olaf. The college was careful to take any precautionary measures possible on behalf of its students, staff and faculty. At about 9:50 a.m., anybody subscribed to the college’s emergency notification system received a text message or an email notifying him or her that an armed robber was at large in the Northfield area. At about the same time, President David Anderson ’74 sent an email to all students, staff and faculty to alert them of the robbery. The email notified students that an armed robbery had occurred south of town, and that the suspect was still at large in the Northfield and Dundas area. Anderson’s email urged everybody at St. Olaf to be “on heightened alert,” encouraging them to contact Public Safety if they saw anything “unusual” and to call 911 directly if they saw anything “alarming.” Monday morning, Cassie Paulsen ’15 and Kate Panning ’15 traveled to town to HeadStart Preschool, where they volunteer every Monday morning. “On our way home, we saw a dozen police cars, a few SWAT team vans and the search helicopter by the Walgreen’s and gas station near campus,” Paulsen said. “This was before any information had gone out on Ole Alert, so we decided not to raise the alarm.” The alarm was indeed raised shortly after, so soon almost all students, staff and faculty were also aware of the criminal’s capture. St. Olaf ’s emergency notification system, called Ole Alert, has been in place since September of 2007. Though occasional test messages are sent out, Ole Alert had only been used to notify subscribers of an actual emergency once before Monday’s robbery incident. According to Fred Behr, director of St. Olaf Public Safety, on July 14, 2010, a message was sent out to alert campus of an approaching tornado. Because the severe weather reached Northfield in the middle of the summer, however, far fewer people were actually on campus. Monday’s robbery marked the first time that Public Safety has used Ole Alert during the school year. According to reports, Northfield Police Chief Charles Walerius said that in addition to the SWAT teams, police officers and deputies that Paulsen and Panning spotted, the State Patrol helicopter and K9 teams were dispatched in the search. Eric McDonald, professor of education and biology, had a first-hand encounter with the police, who suspected the alleged robber may have traveled through his wooded backyard. “I am amazed at the response of the area to what seems like a local issue, though when it happens in your backyard it gets really big,” McDonald said. He was happy to cooperate. Shortly before 11 a.m., alleged burglar Eric Wade Forcier, 26, was nabbed in a wooded area near the Cannon River and taken into custody, where he remains. Police also arrested an alleged accomplice, who drove the car in which Forcier originally escaped the hotel before fleeing on foot. Less than two hours after the first notification, at approximately 11:20 a.m., Public Safety sent out a second Ole Alert message. “The suspect in this morning’s armed robbery in Northfield is in police custody,” the message said. According to Behr, Ole Alert sent 1,597 total messages on Sept. 26. Behr also noted that between the 1,032 text messages and 565 emails, there was likely overlap. “Many people subscribe to both email and text, so numbers can be misleading,” Behr said. He estimated that the alert system reached approximately 1,400 people total. Northfield’s renowned status as a small town that stands up against the threat of robbery was upheld by Monday’s manhunt. What is more, Oles learned not only that they can depend on their town to keep them safe, but also that Ole Alert is succeeding at its function of keeping the campus informed and aware of any potential danger. firstname.lastname@example.org
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November 2, 2012
Red Bull Stratos a leap for athletes, marketing By Amy Mihelich
how the news of the event was received, it has gained global attention. The reality is that this kind of sponsorship is effective for companies. The reason that it was extremely dangerous is the same reason that it is an extremely effective advertising
On Sunday, Oct. 14, Felix Baumgartner shattered the world record for the highest balloon ride and parachute jump. Plunging 24 miles to the Earth, he completed the longest and fastest free-fall on record. This stunt was sponsored by the company who produces the popular energy drink Red Bull. The company has sponsored many extreme sporting events over the years, contributing to its image of extreme thrill, adventure and excitement. Stratos was successful. Baumgartner landed safely on Earth after a fourminute free-fall, before the eyes of more than eight million online viewers. Although his jump was a great achievement, many people wonder where Red Bull’s place should be. Obviously, the Red Bull Stratos was an extremely dangerous stunt. Risk and uncertainty are what draw such a large audience to these kinds of activities. Most people would ANNA CARLSON/MANITOU MESSENGER never jump out of a endeavor: People are fascinated space capsule 24 miles above with the limits of human potenthe Earth’s surface. There are tial, and Baumgartner proved too many things that could have that the known limits can be gone wrong. Baumgartner’s surpassed. Promoting athletes pressurized suit could have malallows products to gain public functioned, or his parachute recognition. We crave a taste of could have failed to open propthe thrill they experience and erly. He put his life on the edge desire to be a part of the action. for every second of his descent. Although we know sipping an Not all stunts sponsored by Red energy drink will not simulate Bull have concluded with such a an extreme experience, we still happy ending, and while many associate it with living on the people view his stunt with awe edge. This influences the deciand admiration, others are dissions of consumers and leads gusted with Red Bull for prothem to select brand names that moting a human taking such coincide with the image they are a risk. However, regardless of
trying to express. The stigma of a Starbucks cup is the polar opposite of a Red Bull can because the products are thought to be consumed by different crowds. The idea of associating products with activities is a basic advertising strategy. In the 1960s and ’70s, the orange-fla-
vored drink Tang was sold as the beverage of astronauts. This summer, advertisements led us to believe Coke beverages and Subway sandwiches were the fuel of Olympic athletes. Companies have been coming up with more creative ways to get their names out. Instead of focusing on broad advertising strategies, such as the Gatorade symbols plastered on the water coolers of almost every professional football team, some producers are choosing to sponsor specific, extreme events. Professional snowboarders, surfers, mountain climbers and
other extreme sport specialists are individually sponsored by companies. Red Bull sponsorship, as well as that of thousands of other companies, helps make the dreams of many athletes possible. Often the most talented, cunning and daring athletes have the passion and ability to achieve greatness, but lack initial means. Costs of training and equipment, support of strategists and coaches and the opportunities for practice can be provided by companies all allow people who would otherwise never have had the chance to fulfill their ambitions. Sponsorship provides athletes and people who do extreme stunts with monetary support and public attention, and it sets the company up for exciting advertising opportunities. If they are willing to take the risk and work hard to prepare themselves, companies should be able to sponsor these people. While Baumgartner did take a huge risk, he did it knowingly. Because he was sponsored, he was able to perform his stunt with all of the equipment and support he needed to make it as safe as possible. Allowing companies to be sponsors gives them a unique opportunity to promote their products and help others reach their goals. Red Bull literally made the dreams of Felix Baumgartner come true, and it will most likely continue to help other athletes reach their goals. Amy Mihelich ’16 (mihelich@ stolaf.edu) is from Forest Lake, Minn. She majors in English and environmental studies.
Presidential debates influential, then and now By Jocelyn Sarvady
I have watched all three of the presidential debates, and like most people tuning in, I am not an undecided voter. So why do so many Americans spend three October evenings watching two middle-aged men yell and interrupt each other? I keep watching because it is quality entertainment. Watching President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney shake hands and then tear each other to shreds for an hour and a half is fantastic television. It is like watching a guilt-free reality show. But that got me thinking. If I, along with many other
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Americans, am tuning into the debates for the snarky comebacks and witty remarks rather than the actual political issues being covered, do the debates really impact the election results? From my research, I learned that the debates actually do matter. Many people know something about the candidates from glancing at newspaper headlines, but for some Americans, the debates are the first times they see and hear their potential president directly address them live on camera. Good stage presence means a lot when an election is as tight as this race. People remember a bad debate. The media made sure of that by
throwing Obama under the bus after the first debate in this current election cycle. And in a 1992 presidential debate, Bill Clinton vs. George H.W. Bush, Bush was bashed by all of the media outlets for checking his watch during one of Clinton’s speeches. That moment of poor judgment by Bush clearly hasn’t been forgotten; if you begin typing the words “Bush checks” into Google, a video of the incident appears on the screen, and this was a debate that happened 20 years ago. One might argue that the 1980 election, Jimmy Carter vs. Ronald Reagan, was influenced the most by a presidential debate. Reagan’s closing remarks, in which he
asked the American people, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” made a strong final point. Many still say this single comment ended up giving Reagan a lot of the undecided voters and helped him secure the presidency. Now let us return to the present for an election that is just around the corner. One major error I noticed in all three presidential debates was the absence of social issues. If women truly are the most sought-after undecided voters, as many news outlets have been claiming, I think it was a mistake that the debates did not include a night for the candidates to cover birth-control and the gay marriage amendment. The third debate, focusing on foreign policy, just seemed to be a combination of the first two debates; the evening would have been better spent on the more controversial social issues. If you want to coax the undecided voter to check your name on the ballot, you need to address their concerns, which means that social issues merit some attention too, not just economic and national security issues. This is going to be an incredibly close election, and come Nov. 6, the wait will be over. Let’s hope the undecided voter has heard enough from the candidates to feel that whomever he or she votes for will be the best man for the job. Jocelyn Sarvady ’15 (sarvady@ stolaf.edu) is from Atlanta, Ga. She majors in American studies with a concentration in family studies.
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November 2, 2012
Not all roads go the same direction for soon-to-be graduates By Chris Miller
As we enter the registration period for interim and spring semester, upperclassmen are beginning to look beyond life on the Hill. This is a stressful period, full of MCATs, GREs, interviews and phone calls. In the coming months, you will probably begin to hear joyful exclamations as Oles receive word that they have snagged their first job or have been accepted to graduate school. But even this joy can give way to anxiety, because entering the real world can be a daunting prospect after four years within the St. Olaf bubble. In order to help us properly approach this transition, the Harry C. Piper Center for Vocation and Career is standing by. You’ve seen the emails and the advertisements. The Piper Center works to bring us job fairs, information sessions and workshops. They have staff members who focus on different majors and career areas, and they are even running Connections trips across the United States. All of these resources are at our disposal with one goal in mind: to help Oles hit the ground running after graduation. However, immediately entering a career or moving on to the next phase of schooling are not the only choices. The option of taking a gap year can sometimes be downplayed in our focus on post-graduate success, but the skills and experiences that one can gain from the gap year make it worth considering. Let’s be clear about what I mean when I talk about a gap year, because some may consider simply living in their parents’ basement a “gap year.” In this context, taking a
gap year refers to service and volunteer programs, teaching programs, cultural exchange programs and even seasonal or temporary work. Of these four categories, the first two seem to be the most popular. This is because they each boast highly-renowned programs. The Peace Corps is a very popular option for students looking to volunteer during their gap year, especially because of the international experience it provides. For those looking to stay local, Volunteer USA and AmeriCorps are worth looking into. If you are more interested in teaching programs, Teach For America is a highly recommended option. Why would a student want to take a gap year? If you already have a good idea about what you want to do after graduation, what reasons could there be for putting it off, espe- NOAH SANDERS/MANITOU MESSENGER cially if you have studied abroad during your time at St. Olaf? into a career post-graduation, the Piper Center does not There are some students who cannot wait to get started in discourage students from taking a gap year. It even has a graduate school or in their new jobs. There is nothing wrong staff member, Nate Jacobi, to help advise students who are with making that choice, but Oles ought to understand that considering it as an option. Regardless of your major, a gap taking a gap year can help pad their resumes for an eventual year could be an opportunity that you do not want to miss. return to the competitive job market. Furthermore, it might very well be the only opportunity to take advantage of these Chris Miller ’15 (email@example.com) is from Robbinsdale, programs before the responsibilities of a long-term career tie Minn. He majors in political science. you down. Despite its highly promoted resources for diving straight
Cast your ballot on Election Day, even if it’s not for president By Kate Fridley It’s no secret that many people, especially among the younger generation, are disenchanted with politics. These apathetic sentiments have gone so far as to convince a fair number of potential voters that it’s en vogue to abstain from the voting process altogether, with the rationale that neither presidential candidate fits the bill. But many forget about one not-so-tiny thing: the rest of the ballot. Politicians at the state and local levels are our closest and most accessible ties to government, yet ironically they garner the least amount of attention come election season – or any time at all. I’ve had the privilege of working with and volunteering for politicians at these levels. If I gained one thing from the experience, it’s the realization that they should not be ignored.
These are the people who are familiar with the most pressing issues in our communities. They study their districts closely to better know the people they represent. When citizens need help or wish to participate in government at the most basic level, they care. Presidential races always appear more relevant and exciting on the surface. But when it comes down to it, politics at the lower levels of government have the real power to influence lives. Just look at the two constitutional amendments on the ballot in Minnesota: one to change whom we marry, the other to change how we vote. Politics don’t get much more intimate than that. Granted, much of what occurs at the national level also has a substantial impact on our personal lives. The passing and Supreme Court approval of the Affordable Care Act
is a prime example. But legislation like that doesn’t come around once every year, or even once every decade. Some complain that national politics are out of touch with the lives of average citizens. They are among the many who bemoan a lack of power; theirs is just another voice to be drowned out in a sea of millions who want a say in our system of government. Not true. At the local level, even a handful of ballots can matter. For example, former Minnesota House Representative David Bly (D), whose district encompasses Northfield, lost his seat in the 2010 election by a mere 37 votes. That’s one floor of a St. Olaf dorm’sworth of people who could have bridged the difference. It even happens at the federal level. Current United States Sen. Al Franken, who under-
went a vote recount during the 2008 election, won office by a margin of fewer than 300 votes. It’s an unfortunate reality that many of us don’t even know the names of our local representatives. But when all is said and done, these are the people who really make things happen in our everyday lives. That’s why, even if you don’t vote for Obama or Romney on Tuesday – or any of the other presidential candidates on the list – you should at least cast your ballot for your local politicians. Opinions Editor Kate Fridley ’14 (fridley@ stolaf.edu) is from Apple Valley, Minn. She majors in political science with concentrations in management studies and Middle Eastern studies.
November 2, 2012
Kurry Kabab permanently closes its doors By Madeleine Tibaldi Contributing Writer
On Oct. 21, Kurry Kabab, a favorite local restaurant among Oles, closed its doors for good. The rather abrupt closing of the casual establishment, which was known for its inexpensive, yet authentic Indian cuisine, was met with widespread discontent in the Northfield community. Loyal Northfield patrons missed no opportunity to get their fill of Indian delicacy before the restaurant’s closing on Sunday evening. During Kurry Kabab’s last weekend in business, the establishment struggled to keep up with the unusually massive amount of customers. Every table was packed during the weekend buffet, and the chefs even ran out of chicken due to the massive influx of customers. The wait for a table was more than an hour during dinner, and even former
employees who were enjoying a last meal pitched in, bussing tables and distributing take-out trays to customers. Kurry Kabab was the only restaurant delivering to campus other than Northfield’s pizza joints. And even though our Caf food is top-notch, sometimes there is nothing better than gathering up some friends and eating chicken shahi korma and palak paneer on your dorm room floor. While Northfield isn’t known for its abundance of ethnic food establishments, we’ll still have Chapati for our Indian food cravings. But the Division street restaurant, although more upscale than Kurry Kabab, lacks much of the authenticity that made Kurry Kabab a favorite among Olaf students. Chapati is also pricier and does not deliver to campus. “By losing Kurry Kabab, we are losing the
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one authentic Indian restaurant in Northfield,” said Chris Hager ’16, a Northfield native and former employee of Kurry Kabab. “All of the food was cooked by one Indian family, who used traditional recipes, while Chapati is more American.” Kurry Kabab opened in 2005 when Satinder Singh and his family moved to Northfield from New York City to open their restaurant. According to the Northfield Patch, which released a press statement immediately following the closing of the establishment, Kurry Kabab closed due to a string of economic woes, which in the end were too great to overcome while staying in business. “With the loss of their liquor license and raised rent, it was hard to make ends meet,” Hager said. “Kurry Kabab was not a wellrun business. The location was weird, their number wasn’t in the phone book and they had little to no advertising. I think the only reason it stayed open was because the food was so good.” Kurry Kabab catered in large part to Northfield’s student population and remained committed to being an affordable eating establishment, despite their economic difficulties. “Kurry Kabab really treated me like family,” said Mary Clare DuRocher ’16, another former employee of the eatery. “My bosses were always fair with prices and payment, even when their rent skyrocketed. “ The family that ran Kurry Kabab was just so friendly and welcoming,” Hager said. “They were very understanding, and generous bosses. It’s just really disappointing to see this happen to nice people.” Whether you’ve been going to Kurry Kebab for years, or just discovered it on closing weekend, Kurry Kabab will not be forgotten. firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Sarah Rasmussen offers wisdom By Bradley West Staff Writer
Professional theater director and St. Olaf alumna Sarah Rasmussen ’01 returned to the Hill on Oct. 22 to visit several classes and speak with students about her recent directorial work and theater arts in general. After Rasmussen graduated from St. Olaf with majors in English and theater, she traveled to Norway on a Fulbright Scholarship to continue her study of theater. Upon returning to the United States, Rasmussen received an MFA from the University of California-San Diego before beginning her career as a theater director. Since then, she
has directed or assisted with performances in venues ranging from Broadway to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to the La Jolla Playhouse in California to the Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis. Most recently, Rasmussen has begun directing Sarah Ruhl’s “In the Next Room” (or The Vibrator Play), which will open at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis on Nov. 2 and run until Dec. 16. Ruhl’s play takes place in the late-19th century in upstate New York and discusses the medical use of the recently invented vibrator to “cure” women’s hysteria. The treatment helped afflicted women reach a “hysterical paroxysm,” which is Victorian
medical-speak for an orgasm. The largely light-hearted play, which was nominated for several Tony Awards, deals with themes of sexuality, medical ethics and marriage while also raising questions about the value of technological progress and the ways it affects interpersonal relationships. Although this will be the first time Rasmussen has directed “In the Next Room” on her own, she served as assistant director on a Broadway production of the play, which gave her the chance to meet and work alongside Ruhl. Working with the playwright gave Rasmussen a great sense
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The Chapel introduces new concert venue By Ellen Squires Staff Writer
Oles in search of high-quality music delivered in an intimate setting may finally have their answer, and it’s not the bustling clubs of Minneapolis. Enter The Chapel, a music and art venue that is the newest addition to Northfield’s already vibrant local arts scene. Tucked amid the gift shops, cafes and clothing stores of downtown Division Street, The Chapel is an operation lacking in pretension. Michael Morris, a Minnesota native and frontman of the band Dewi Sant, founded it almost by default. Initially, he intended the space to serve as the headquarters of his independent record label, Plastic Horse Records. But he quickly found that it doubled nicely as both an office and performance space. “It was totally over the top as an office,” Morris said. “It’s way too huge and costs too much, but the idea of having a space in my record label’s home where music could be performed and art could be shared was just too good to not make happen – especially a space that sounds, looks and feels like The Chapel.” A musician himself, Morris is familiar with the Twin Cities scene and often books local artists who happen to be his friends or acquaintances. A handful of well-known acts have performed in the venue already this year, including Caroline Smith, Lucy Michelle, Communist Daughter and Charlie Parr. “I try to get acts who wouldn’t normally perform in Northfield, other than at the colleges,” Morris said. He believes that The Chapel can offer a listening experience different than The Pause or The Cove at Carleton. Part of the uniqueness stems from the acoustics of the venue. After initial experimentation with the sound, Morris thinks he’s finally happened upon the perfect system. He likens the sound quality to that in a church or ca-
thedral, hence the venue’s name. lined up for the upcoming weeks. Bomba “I’ve never been in a room that sounds de Luz, a band of St. Paul Central students, so amazing. It’s got this epic natural reverb,” will perform on Nov. 3, and Jim Ruiz and Morris said. the Starfolk are slated to play the following The Chapel also offers a sense of intima- weekend, on Nov. 10. The first visual art cy that bigger venues often lack. Christian show will debut in December, featuring the Graefe ’13, who saw Charlie Parr perform at work of local artist Doug Bratland, who deThe Chapel in early October, said the venue signs most of the posters for Chapel shows. had a more personal vibe, in part due to the Whether it be Lucy Michelle plunking informal seating on folding chairs or the out her newest melody or a local visual artist floor. displaying his or her work, The Chapel has “It was a very relaxed atmosphere,” Graefe something to offer art connoisseurs of all said. “The artists are close to the audience tastes and ages, which is exactly what Morris and can interact with them.” envisioned. The ambiance of the space is all part of “I want The Chapel to be a space that Morris’ broader artistic vision and his desire brings people together,” he said. “If there’s to connect listeners with art and artist on a a way that it can be a space where different deeper level. people in this community can get together “One of the reasons that we named it The to experience music or art, I’d love that.” Chapel is because we think art and sharing it is sacred, and it becomes even more so email@example.com everyday in a world where every interaction seems to be monitored and calculated for value to convince companies it’s worth advertising on Facebook or whatever. This space seems to have the unique effect of reminding everyone of what music and art mean.” Though The Chapel has acted primarily as a music venue thus far, Morris plans on dallying in other art forms as well, including dance, theater, poetry, film and visual art. Ultimately, he hopes that the venue will become what he calls an “art gallery in the truest sense,” a space that mixes media while blurring the line between artist and audience. In the meantime, a KATIE LAUER/MANITOU MESSENGER handful of shows are already
This week I am talking about an oral skill in bed, but not the kind you are thinking of. I am talking about communication, you know, like that ORC credit. It is, as some people say, the key. When it comes to getting what you want in bed, you can try new things, read Cosmo and just hope for the best. On the other hand, wouldn’t it just be easier to ask for it? We all know that an open line of communication is important in any relationship, so let’s move it from the Caf date to the bedroom. First of all, it is important to communicate with one another on expectations and boundaries. Not wanting to progress past a certain point is OK, but a heads-up on what and what not to expect prevents too high of expectations, getting both of you in the right mindset to enjoy whatever does happen. It is important to know what each person is comfortable with so that you can move forward together. Speaking of moving forward, how does one begin the conversation about taking it to the next level? This is one instance were I recommend a different kind of communication: body language. The best way to know if the person you are with is ready for more (without an awkward conversation that might send you backward) is to read the body signals. Watch how he or she reacts when you start to try something new. Do they lean in closer or do they tense up? Honestly, it is up to your discretion, but advance slowly! Moving too fast can be uncomfortable for both of you so try to stay on the same page. When it comes to intercourse, make sure to discuss contraception and concerns BEFORE it happens. It is easier to make these decisions when you are not in the heat of the moment. Be able to communicate to each other, verbally or not, that you want to take the next step and interpret your partner’s reactions. Here is the real question when it comes to communication in our lovely twin-sized beds: How do I get what I want? This is the trickiest thing, in my opinion. Generally, people are bashful or they are very prideful in their, let’s say, abilities. It is important not to offend! So let’s get some dialogue going. Instead of saying “That doesn’t really feel great,” try “You know what would feel amazing? [Fill in the blank.]” Similarly, you can try telling a bit of a white lie. Telling someone that you love it when they do something specific, even if they haven’t ever done it, gets them thinking about it, and they are more likely to do it. It is kind of like reverse psychology, and it is very effective. There is also the compliment sandwich. So if the message still isn’t getting through try this formula: compliment, critique, compliment. Here is an example. “I love it when you … but could you try this instead … you are so great.” Get the request in there, but flatter as well. In short, be nice, be direct and be courteous. How does one keep getting what they want? Rewards. Whether these are verbal or something else, let your significant other know that you enjoyed what they did. Let them know that you appreciate his or her efforts and chances are he or she is likely to do it again. All in all, don’t be afraid to talk! Physical relationships should be fun and rewarding, and learning about each other’s preferences helps you understand each other as a whole. As Oles, we like to be the best, so let’s improve more than just our academic skills.
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November 2, 2012
Rasmussen- welcomed â€˜4.48 Psychosisâ€™ explores mental illness continued from A4
of the love of language and literature that informs the poetic lyricism of the dialogue of â€œIn the Next Room.â€? Rasmussen also expressed excitement about getting to direct this rather intimate play in a smaller, more intimate environment than the large-scale Broadway production. During Rasmussenâ€™s visit to campus last week, she met and spoke with several groups of students that shared an interest in theater and literature. While she certainly talked at length about her recent work with Ruhlâ€™s play, she also shared her thoughts on everything from Shakespeare to poetry to feminism to Aristotelian narrative arcs. While speaking with an English seminar that recently read â€œIn the Next Room,â€? Rasmussen explained why the play, concerned as it is with a Victorian world far-removed from our own time, is nonetheless relevant to contemporary experience. â€œAlthough we have some remove from this comedic time period,â€? Rasmussen said, â€œthese characters still look back at us through the frame, asking about our contemporary lives and making us think about the relation between the stage and the world.â€? Rasmussen also spoke about her admiration for Ruhl as a feminist playwright challenging the few stereotypical roles open to women in traditional theater. â€œRuhl writes roles for women other than the â€˜young lover,â€™â€? Rasmussen said. Some of the most fascinating moments of the directorâ€™s talk with the seminar occurred when she shared her philosophy about theater in general. Rasmussen compared plays to poems, explaining that both genres leave open many spaces for the audience to fill in with their own experiences. She also told students about her personal criteria for evaluating plays â€“ a task she undertakes regularly while working with young playwrights and reviewing new plays. â€œIn a good play, everyone is right. Everyone is trying to be their best,â€? Rasmussen said. â€œThere are no villains.â€? Rasmussen said that the many new plays fall into the trap of trying too hard to make a point and push a political or social agenda. According to the director, such plays ignore the true purpose of the theater. â€œGood plays are all about questions. They shouldnâ€™t have a thesis statement,â€? Rasmussen said. Students wishing to see the work of this erudite and passionate alumna should head up to the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis sometime within the next month and attend a performance of â€œIn the Next Room.â€? The play promises many laughs at the expense of 19th-century ignorance about sexuality, but will also raise many serious questions about your own relationships, both to others and to technology. email@example.com
By Molly Raben Music Columnist
For many, the stress of midterms has subsided, and with finals in the distant â€“ or rather, the soon-approaching â€“ future, November is the perfect month in which to attend many live music events. This Saturday, for example, I will be attending a Dan Deacon concert at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. For those of you who might not be familiar with electronic composer Dan Deacon, you should check out his latest release, America, or his recent cover of Carly Rae Jepsonâ€™s â€œCall Me Maybeâ€? â€“ titled â€œCall Me Maybe Acapella 147 Times Exponentially Layered.â€? It is exactly as the name describes it: the summertime hit layered on top of itself creating a very dissonant and industrial sound out of its origin. Dan Deacon has become known for creating a communal experience at his concerts, often asking for audience participation in his own performance. Rumor has it he once inspired his entire crowd to play London Bridge at a show in Austin, Texas. Other concerts this weekend include: Laurie Anderson at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, Nov. 2, 3, and 4 (good luck finding tickets for this one!), as well as Madonna at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for her performances are very pricey, but if you are a fan, it may be
By Wyatt Engl Staff Writer
â€œMy mind wants to die.â€? If you were to cut Sarah Kaneâ€™s â€œ4.48 Psychosisâ€? down to a single line, that would be it. Last weekend, Maxwell Collyard â€™13 directed a production of Kaneâ€™s work in the vacant Steensland Library, starring Emelia Carroll â€™13, Taylor Heitman â€™16 and Jesse Landa â€™16. Taking on a work like â€œ4.48 Psychosisâ€? would be quite the challenge for even the most experienced of directors. Part of this difficulty stems from the extremely unconventional composition of the piece. Kaneâ€™s script is devoid of any stage directions or character divisions. Even the size of the cast is completely open to the directorâ€™s interpretation. In this case, Collyard mirrored the original production and cast three actors, dividing them as the mind, the body and the doctor. Some background on Kane is in order here. She rose to prominence in the 1990s as a leader of the in-yourface movement in British theater, and is particularly well known for play â€œBlasted,â€? which was flatteringly compared by one reviewer to a â€œfeast of filth.â€? Tragically, Kane suffered through clinical depression for much of her life and committed suicide shortly after completing â€œ4.48 Psychosis.â€? That said, and to lift a quote from Michael Billington, theater critic for Londonâ€™s The Guardian, I find it impossible to â€œaward aesthetic points to a 75-minute suicide note.â€? I feel that it would be in poor taste for me to offer a critique of Kaneâ€™s script. Even 12 years removed, watching â€œ4.48 Psychosisâ€? felt like seeing someone slowly mutilate themselves until they finally succumbed to their injuries. Last weekendâ€™s production was a great triumph in many ways, but ultimately, less-than-stellar performances and some confusing direction kept the play from making a profound emotional connection with its audience. Collyard deserves quite a bit of praise for his scenic design. Steensland Hall, now a vacant storage area, was a perfect venue for the show. The bare and decrepit interior of the building provided a foreboding atmosphere that coated the space with a malaise that filled the audience with a sense of impending doom. On one end of the room, the wall was covered with pieces of a shattered mirror and shredded page of the script and the writings of Nietzsche. The playing space itself consisted of a throne on which the doctor perched and a rickety bed on which the mind and body would interact, sometimes in an almost romantic way. The lighting, designed by Marcus Newton â€™16, also highlighted the actorsâ€™ relationships to their environment and established effective transitions from one moment to the next. Unfortunately, the actorsâ€™ performances largely failed to measure up to the potential suggested by the design
well worth hearing her on tour in promotion of her latest release, MDNA. However, you should be aware: the 54-year-old pop singer stirred up controversy during her recent New Orleans appearance by telling her audience, â€œI donâ€™t care who you vote for as long as itâ€™s Obama.â€? Her remark was met with many boos and a few cheers. Should you attend either of her performances this coming weekend, be prepared for potential headline-inspiring actions from the artist. If you cannot make it to Madonnaâ€™s concerts and are still hoping to hear a performer of yesteryear within the next week, I recommend attending Bob Dylan and Mark Knopflerâ€™s show at the Xcel Energy Center next Wednesday, Nov. 7. I was lucky enough to hear the legend himself play in Milwaukee a few years ago, and although most of his classic tunes (â€œHey Mr. Tambourine Man,â€? â€œLike a Rolling Stone,â€? â€œAll Along the Watchtower,â€? etc.) have been transformed by his now-limited vocal range, it was still quite an experience. On Friday, Nov. 9, as many of you may know, St. Olaf will play host to Trampled by Turtles, hailing from Duluth, Minn. This bluegrass group gained much acclaim for its 2011 album Palamino and are continuing to do so with its most recent release, Stars and Satellites. The band has appeared at many national festivals, including Coachella, Lollapalooza and the Newport Folk Festival. It may be difficult to snag tickets for this show, but if you can, have a wonderful time hearing this (somewhat) local band live. Last, Iâ€™d like to draw attention to an event at The Cedar on Nov. 13. Alternative/pop ensemble and one of my favorite bands, The Magnetic Fields, will be performing there in promotion of their spring 2012 album release, Love at the Bottom of the Sea. Their music is a combination of very funny and strange lyrics (mostly about love, the moon and dancing), catchy pop melodies and whimsical instrumentations. Although I have hardly covered the spectrum of concerts taking place in the area this month, I hope I have, at the very least, inspired you to keep your eyes peeled for events that might be of interest to you. Happy November! firstname.lastname@example.org
elements of the production. I mentioned earlier that two actors were divided into a mind and a body. However, aside from near-identical costumes I would have had no idea that Collyard chose to enact such a concept if I hadnâ€™t taken a peek at the stage managerâ€™s binder. Without speaking with Collyard, one could be forgiven for assuming that Carroll and Heitman were portraying two different people rather than two halves of the same person. While none of the actors seemed terribly unprepared or out of place, they all had flaws that impeded my understanding and enjoyment of the play. First, Landaâ€™s portrayal of the doctor was very confusing because, especially in the beginning of the piece, her physicality did not match her vocalizations. She struck an intimidating presence strutting around the space in her heels and fitted suit, but her voice and words were soft and soothing. I wasnâ€™t sure if she was sympathetic to her patient or antagonistic. However, at the climax of the play Landa brought an amount of humanity to her character as she watched her patientâ€™s mind suffocate its body and observed that she had been met with her â€œfinal defeat.â€? I had a hard time deciphering the motivations of the mind as portrayed by Carroll. Throughout the production, she seemed to move simply because her director told her to and spoke because he demanded it. I understand that considering the subject matter an emotionless delivery may be realistic, but for the sake of a compelling dramatic narrative, there has to be something at stake for the characters. Unfortunately, the mind resigned itself to death from the moment the play started, leaving the character no room to develop. I was quite impressed by Heitmanâ€™s portrayal of the body, but her performance was tainted slightly by shaky memorization in certain places. Finally, I had the luxury of sitting down with Collyard and asking him for his interpretation of the play and his concept for presenting. He told me that he believed a central theme of Kaneâ€™s play is the â€œidea of truth.â€? In this case, Kane wondered if taking medication to treat depression was an act of lying, of concealing oneâ€™s true self. Such an interpretation would give new meaning to a scene where Carrollâ€™s character grudgingly agrees to undergo a chemical lobotomy. Another question that stems from this predicament is when does it become no longer worthwhile to remain entirely truthful? Sadly, I did not pick up on any of these themes when watching the show, and I doubt that many others could have done so either. While I do not doubt for a moment Collyardâ€™s personal investment and dedication to this work, the listless and one-dimensional performance delivered by his cast suffocated any of the passion and emotion that may have informed its creation. email@example.com
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November 2, 2012
Women’s soccer falls in semifinal
Augsburg’s overtime goal ends Oles’ season in devastating loss By Alana Patrick Sports Editor The women’s soccer team suffered a 1-2 overtime loss to Augsburg College on Oct. 31 in the MIAC semifinals at Rolf Mellby Field. The defeat ended the Oles’ season, the team’s final record standing at 8-7-4, 6-4-2 in the
MIAC. The Auggies jumped to a 1-0 first-half lead off a goal from midfielder Bri Dorale at 36:17. Rachael Nelson assisted on the play, claiming the ball off a corner kick and passing to Dorale in front of the net. The goal marked Dorale’s third of the season.
The Oles responded in the second half. After a near miss on Kajsa Brindley’s ’16 shot that hit the post, the Oles tied the game in the 60th minute off a goal from Christine Barringer ’13. Similar to the Auggies’ first-half goal, the point followed a corner kick. Barringer rushed to a loose ball in front of the net, sending it unassisted past Auggie goaltender Katie Gajewski. The goal was Barringer’s third of the season. In the final half hour of regular time, the Oles dominated, outshooting the Auggies 4-0. Brindley had a shot hit the crossbar in the 84th minute, leading to a rebound attempt by Kyle Clifford ’16. Gawjewski, who had seven saves throughout the game, thwarted the Oles’ efforts. As the clock wound down, the score remained tied, forcing sudden-death overtime. The Auggies had four shots in the extra time period, including Marie Fitzgerald’s game-winning goal with 4:06 remaining. St. Olaf goaltender Nora Forbes ’14 made six saves in the loss. Augsburg faces Concordia-Moorhead on Nov. 3 for the MIAC championship. firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall playoffs by the numbers ... 1st place finish by the men’s cross country team at the MIAC Championship in St. Paul, Minn. on Oct. 27
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’13 in volleyball’s heartbreaking 3-2 MIAC quarterfinal loss to Carleton College on Oct. 30
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women’s cross country team to earn 2nd place at the MIAC Championship in St. Paul, Minn. on Oct. 27
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Above: Ole midfielder Kajsa Brindley ’16 controls the ball as an Auggie player defends. Below: St. Olaf’s Christine Barringer ’13 is pushed into the net following her second-half tying goal. Despite a dominant second half, the Oles were defeated in overtime 1-2 at Rolf Mellby Field. The MIAC semi-final loss marked the end of the season for the Oles (8-7-4, 6-4-2 in the MIAC).
Erickson ’13 to clinch the indi- vidual title and help her team to 1st place at the women’s golf MIAC Championship in Coon Rapids, Minn. on Oct. 6-8
Swim teams enjoy successful first meet By Alex Ripperger Staff Writer The St. Olaf men’s and women’s swimming and diving team participated in its first meet of the year at the University of St. Thomas on Oct. 27. The team earned 14 points and came in fifth place out of eight total teams. The meet started off with one- and threemeter diving. Hannah Besonen ’16 and Hannah Fulton ’16 placed 10th and 11th in the women’s one-meter diving finals. Scott Hodgson ’16 placed third in the men’s onemeter diving finals. In the three-meter diving finals, Besonen placed ninth for the women and Hodgson placed third for the men.
Men’s Hockey vs. College of St. Scholastica on 11/2 Women’s Hockey vs. Bethel University @ Blaine, Minn. on 11/2 Wrestling vs. Central College @ Pella, Iowa on 11/7
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men’s and women’s 300-yard breaststroke relay, 300-yard backstroke relay, 400-yard freestyle relay, 4 x 100 individual medley relay and the 1100-yard animal relay. The animal relay consists of three swimmers, the first swimming a 200-yard butterfly, the second a 400-yard individual medley and the third a 500-yard freestyle. St. Olaf is looking to avenge the men’s and women’s close second-place finishes at the February 2012 MIAC championships. After competing at Carleton on Nov. 2, the Oles will host the Northfield Colleges Quad Classic at Skoglund Center on Nov. 3. email@example.com
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St. Olaf took first place in the mixed 200yard medley relay. The team of Carolyn Bernhardt ’14, Billy Brebrick ’16, Colby Kubat ’14 and Abbey Schnaith ’16 finished with a time of 1:42.37, beating out another group of Oles by more than two seconds. Abbey Schnaith ’16, Madeline Lee ’16, Marla Thomforde ’16 and Meghan Weiss ’13 smoked the competition in the women’s 800yard freestyle relay. Their time of 8:01.23 was 17 seconds faster than the second-place team from Carleton. The St. Olaf men’s 800-yard freestyle relay team of Spencer Scarth ’14, Evan Griffith ’15, Tanner Roe ’15 and Michael Gratz ’15 also placed first. The Oles continued their domination of the relay events by placing first in both the
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NAME: Jorden Johnson ’15 FAVORITE TV SHOW: “ER” reruns and SPORT: Cross Country Food Network’s “Chopped” HOMETOWN: Blaine, Minn. FAVORITE BOOK: “The Girl with the HIGH SCHOOL: Blaine High School Dragon Tattoo” trilogy MAJOR: Chemistry FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Red Lobster WHY I CHOSE ST. OLAF: I came to St. Olaf THREE FAMOUS PERSONALITIES because it has a great community atmosphere, I’D HAVE OVER FOR DINNER: Kate and this college allows me to Middleton, Oprah Winfrey pursue a degree in chemistry and Nelson Mandela in a state-of-the-art science FAVORITE SPORT building. OTHER THAN CROSS CROSS COUNTRY COUNTRY: It’s a tie . . . HISTORY: This is my first soccer in the summer and year ever running cross hockey in the winter. country. Last year, I played RANDOM FACT: I have soccer for the Oles, and in never read the “Harry Potter” high school I played varsity books or watched the TV soccer, hockey and lacrosse shows “Friends,” “Pretty for four years. Little Liars” or “Glee.” FAVORITE PUMP-UP BEST ADVICE I’VE SONGS: “It’s Time” by RECEIVED: Everything Imagine Dragons and happens for a reason; it just “Heart of a Champion” by may take a while to find out Johnson ’15 Nelly what the reason is. FAVORITE SPORTS PLANS AFTER OLAF: Go MOVIE: “Miracle” . . . I to graduate school for chemguess I am a true Minnesotan hockey player. istry and then find a job in a lab somewhere. FAVORITE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE: Eventually I want to get my Ph.D. Alex Morgan (U.S. Women’s National Soccer - Alana Patrick Team)
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Hockey fans can look to local teams in lockout By AJ Sheehan Contributing Writer
On Sept. 15, the National Hockey League (NHL) officially locked out its players for the second time in recent history, and now, nearly two months later, it seems that the end is nowhere in sight. Most recently, the NHL proposed a deal that would allow the league to have a full 82-game regular season, and a 50-50 split in hockey-related revenue. The NHL Players Association quickly rejected this proposal and offered three more of its own, each agreeing with the 50-50 split but also asking for owners to honor the long-term contracts that have already been signed. All three of these deals were quickly rejected by the NHL owners and now, it seems, they are back at square one. With no headway made since these propos- als were rejected, the NHL has now cancelled its season through November, effectively eliminating over a quarter of the hockey sea- son. Even worse are the rumors now surfac- ing that later this week, the NHL’s Winter Classic will be canceled. The Winter Classic is an annual outdoor game played between two teams on Jan. 1, and it is one of the most anticipated games of every season. This year was going to be even more interesting as two of the league’s most storied teams, the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs, were set to play at The University of Michigan’s Big House, a venue that was sure to bring in over 100,000 people and include alumni, junior and college hockey games as well. For a league that has already had trouble regaining popularity after its most recent lock- out, it seems that both sides should be making more of an effort to agree on a deal. After all of this cancelling is said and done, the people who are really losing out are us, the fans. As an avid hockey fan, I am extremely disappointed by the way this lockout has progressed and by the seeming lack of effort put forth by both sides in the negotiations. What’s even worse is that being a hockey fan in Minnesota is extremely exciting right now. The Wild spent the summer signing two of the biggest free agents in Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, and with a flock of young, talented players coming up from the minors like Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle and Matt Dumba, the Wild are finally looking to be the playoff-ready team that their fans have been waiting for. Even if the Wild aren’t your favorite team (they aren’t mine), going to watch a young, exciting team at the always- packed Xcel Energy Center is something to look forward to. However, all is not lost. There is still hock- ey around for those who, like me, miss watch- ing their favorite sport. NCAA hockey is extremely competitive and fun to watch, and if you are seeking high-level hockey games look no further than this year’s University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. Lead by standout forwards Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau, the Gophers are currently ranked second in the nation and are poised to make a run at the WCHA championship in their final season before transitioning to the new Big 10 hockey conference. If you’re looking for hockey closer to the Hill, St. Olaf houses three hockey teams. The men’s and women’s varsity hockey teams started their seasons strong this past weekend, and both are looking to be fierce competitors for the MIAC Championship this year. At a slightly lower level is the men’s club hockey team, which has games scattered throughout the year. So, if you need your hockey fix, break out your black and gold jersey and head over to the Pepsi Center to support your Oles, because this lockout isn’t ending anytime soon. firstname.lastname@example.org
November 2, 2012
Students navigate myriad off-campus study options By Bjorn Thompson Staff Writer
Students that have navigated the study abroad application process before should note that there are a couple significant changes this year. The first is the new international studies website, www.stolaf.edu/international. Students can now browse program options by region or name, view program costs and submit their declaration of intent to study abroad online. It is now even possible to request an academic advisorâ€™s signature online. â€œThe new website will cut down on the number of paper brochures. Everything is online these days,â€? said Eric Lund, professor of
religion and director of International and OffCampus Studies. The second change that International and Off-Campus Studies is implementing is attempting to balance the number of students studying off campus each semester. â€œThis will allow the college to balance [its] finances and the number of empty beds, making it easier to predict the number of students it can admit, which will be better for the school,â€? Lund said. â€œWe normally have many more students studying abroad in the fall than in the spring. On the declaration of intent, we are asking the students to list at least one second-semester option.â€? In an effort to make that balance, Lund asks that students think
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L to R: Ryan Lubinsky â€™12, Catherine Haines â€™13, Sam Botsford â€™12, Vicki Anton â€™14 and Gabby Coll â€™14 pose for a picture next to the Arno River in Florence, Italy.
By Maddy Gamble Contributing Writer
On Thursday, Oct. 25, Duke professor and sociologist Dr. Eduardo BonillaSilva lectured on campus. Students filed into Tomson 280 to hear him address the topic of 21st-century racism. Bonilla-Silva is renowned for his expertise on the current color division and his efforts in sharing it with the general public. He is the author of four books, â€œWhite Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era,â€? â€œWhite Out,â€? â€œRacism without Racistsâ€? and â€œWhite Logic, White Methods: Racism and Methodology.â€? Along with his writing, he travels to various institutions around the nation to give speeches. At St. Olaf, Bonilla-Silva delivered â€œFrom Dr. King to President Obama: Racial Vision, Racial Blindness and Racial Politics in Obamerica.â€? Bonilla-Silvaâ€™s talk was divided into three systematic parts in order to help students understand the topic of racism in the United States. He first described the racial regime of post-civil rights America, illustrating it as a â€œnow you see it, now you donâ€™tâ€? phenomenon. Essentially, he suggested that peopleâ€™s overt acts of discrimination were a significant part of racism before the Civil Rights Movement, whereas racism is now based on peopleâ€™s covert acts of discrimination. A perfect example of this covert discrimination, according to Bonilla-Silva, is housing segregation. At the start of the 20th century, there were laws and covenants set in place that inhibited families of color from living in privileged, â€œwhite habitusâ€? communities. The current practices, in terms of housing, are much more subtle; real estate agents are able to steer Black, Hispanic and Asian families away from white areas and to their respective neighborhoods. The second part of the speech focused on deciphering color-blind racism, which is the type of racism present in our society today. Bonilla-Silva suggested that Jim Crowâ€™s racial structure morphed into the color-blind structure, which is composed of four unique frames. The frame that he discussed in depth was called abstract liberalism, which uses ideas associated with political liberalism and economic liberalism in an abstract manner to explain racial matters. By implementing this frame, whites can appear â€œreasonableâ€? or even â€œmoralâ€? while countering almost all practical approaches to deal with the de facto racial inequality. There were three other frames (minimization of racism, cultural racism and naturalization) apart from color-blind racism, although Bonilla-Silva did not have enough time to explain them. In his book â€œRacism without Racists,â€? Bonilla-Silva writes that the minimiza-
tion of racism suggests that discrimination is no longer a central factor affecting minoritiesâ€™ opportunities in life. Rather, cultural racism relies on culturally-based arguments such as â€œMexicans do not put as much emphasis on educationâ€? or â€œblacks have too many babiesâ€? to explain the standing of minorities in society, and naturalization allows whites to explain away racial phenomena by suggesting they are natural occurrences. Lastly, Bonilla-Silva discussed how Obama and the post-racial movement fit the post-civil rights racial era. He voiced his utter disappointment with Obamaâ€™s lack of progressiveness and efforts in battling the issue of racism. He started by suggesting, â€œObama has done little to nothing on the race front and when pushed by certain circumstances he has done a lousy job.â€? Bonilla-Silva continued by proposing the following reasons as to why our black president has not been fixing the issue: Obama does not represent an honest social movement, his policies are centrist and he has moved clearly to the right, he has taken a problematic color-blind approach to politics and policies, a large portion of his funding comes from elites and they have received preferential access to Obama, and his rise to political stardom means something different for whites and non-whites, making even the symbolic value of his election a problematic matter. Bonilla-Silva ended with an encouraging list of actions we can take as a nation to slay the â€œsmiley sidekick monsterâ€? of color-blind racism. His three main points were that there needs to be a fierce urgency of now, we need to return to social movement politics and our ideas of change need to be innovative and modern. Many students were extremely pleased hear Bonilla-Silva share his thoughts on racism today. â€œHis point about the need to talk about race, even though itâ€™s difficult, was really important if we ever expect to see real change in our society,â€? Louisa Carroll â€™15 said. Other students were simply overjoyed by his presence at St. Olaf, considering they had read some of his literature in class. â€œIt was great having him speak about his book,â€? Tosaka Thao â€™15 said. â€œSilva reading dialogue was hilarious, and himself as a speaker kept me strangely entertained and attentive to the matters in America.â€?
carefully about studying abroad in the spring. If they cannot, the declaration of intent asks that a sufficient reason be provided. The importance of studying in another country or merely off campus cannot be overemphasized. â€œGraduate schools and the job market are looking for high-impact experiences, that is, experiences where students apply the knowledge theyâ€™ve learned in the classroom to reallife scenarios,â€? Lund said. â€œIt is simply crucial that people in every occupation â€“ every frame of mind â€“ have familiarity and knowledge of the world.â€? â€œJob competition is important, but itâ€™s not the only thing,â€? said Helen Stellmaker, coordinator of program advising and student activities in the International and Off-Campus Study Office. â€œI hear so many stories about how studying abroad has changed studentsâ€™ views of the world. I have only heard of one bad experience in 25 years, but have had many more students who didnâ€™t go who had wished they had studied in a foreign country.â€? St. Olaf has one of the highest off-campus study rates in the country, with between 70 and 75 percent of students from each class having studied away from the Hill. Every year, approximately 800 students leave campus for academic programs in East Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe and a slew of other locations. Students are provided with an abundance of options in terms of academic preferences. They can choose to study in English or in a foreign language; they may study abroad for a year, for a semester or during interim; they may fulfill major requirements, GEs or no particular requirements at all. When it comes to studying abroad, Stell-
maker believes students need to decide what kind of program is the best fit individually. â€œStudents can either go into a program where they take courses with St. Olaf students or they can direct enroll into a foreign university where they may never see another Ole. It all depends on their preferences,â€? she said. â€œI have students say â€˜I love to camp. I love to do this.â€™ Find some way to fit that into your program and pursue something that you love to do.â€? To prevent any disappointment down the road, students should ensure that they are eligible to study on their desired program. Student eligibility requirements vary by program but can include class prerequisites, GPA requirements or even limitations on which class years may attend the trip. While all semester programs are closed to first years, there are a couple of off-campus interim courses in which first years may participate. There are limited enrollment slots for each program, so students who filed their declaration of intent by the deadline of Nov. 1, 2012 will be given preferential consideration. Students should also consider their credit needs when choosing where and for how long to study. They need to ensure that studying abroad will not jeopardize their progress toward graduation. â€œWhile your trip doesnâ€™t have to fit with your major, the more class flexibility you have, the more program options you will have,â€? Stellmaker said. St. Olaf boasts an amazing array of study abroad opportunities, and the changes in the International Studies Office will help students navigate all these options more effectively. email@example.com
Four kittens found in traps By Manitou Messenger Staff Public Safety has now captured five kittens on campus in an attempt to catch the one that bit two female sophomores on Oct. 20. Public Safety believed they had caught the correct kitten on Oct. 20, but three days later, the bite victims identified it as the wrong cat. It was completely orange and the one that bit them was both orange and white.
On Oct. 24, Public Safety set up two traps on campus. Since that time, four additional kittens have been trapped â€“ none of them the correct cat, according to Director of Public Safety Fred Behr. These animals were released off campus, and the traps remain in place, Behr said. Students should report any cats on campus to Public Safety at 507-786-3666.
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November 2, 2012
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By Shannon Cron
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As the election approaches and the polls continue to fluctuate, many St. Olaf students prepare to vote for the first time on Nov. 6. The St. Olaf Political Awareness Committee (PAC) â€“ along with partyspecific student organizations on campus â€“ encourages students to actively and intelligently participate in the election. With a mission to provide the student body with an unbiased source for political information, PAC has put on a variety of events to increase the level of the political conversation at St. Olaf. â€œIn regard to the election, PAC has prompted us to put on events like Candidate Town Hall: an opportunity for undecided voters or anyone that wanted to come and ask questions about the positions of each of the four most prominent candidates,â€? PAC Coordinator Kevin George â€™13 said. Additionally, PAC brought in political speakers such as Zach Wahls and Bob Woodward â€“ both well-attended events â€“
but most importantly, worked to register as many students to vote as possible. â€œEasily the most important thing weâ€™ve done so far is our drive to register students to vote,â€? George said. â€œIt is a fundamental goal of our organization.â€? PAC successfully pre-registered between 200-250 students, and in combination with the efforts of Students for Barack Obama (STObama), students are well-informed about the formalities of the voting process. â€œSo many students wanted to register to vote on campus or had questions about how they could request an absentee ballot from their home state,â€? STObama Volunteer Coordinator Olivia Slack â€™15 said. â€œVoting is your civic duty as American. Our democratic system as we know it today wouldnâ€™t function without people participating in the political process by voting.â€? For first-time voter Ben Swenson-Klatt â€™16, excitement about voting extends beyond civic duty. â€œTo me, voting in this election is more than just believing in a political party,â€?
Swenson-Klatt said. â€œBasic human rights are being voted for which I think shouldnâ€™t even be an issue in the first place. I have friends that will be affected if certain amendments pass. I believe very strongly in equality for everyone â€“ the chance to love someone or the ability to vote, so Iâ€™m trying to do everything I can to stop them.â€? With so much buzz about the election coming at students from different directions, PAC remains one of the few organizations â€“ on or off campus â€“ that transmits political information without an agenda. â€œWe donâ€™t exist to convince you how you should feel about a specific policy or candidate, we exist only to give you the best information possible for you to make your own decision about, which is an invaluable resource,â€? said George. Zach Westermeyer â€™15 appreciates PACâ€™s unbiased approach, noting that the media does not always present the truth about politics, especially around election time. â€œAll the partisanship prevents the government working for the good of the peo-
ple like it was created to do, and instead turns into a giant campaign to make the other side look worse, Westermeyer said. â€œOn the bright side, election season is a reminder of the fact that we live under a free, democratic government. Educated voting is important because you are exercising your right to an opinion from your perspective on who should lead this country.â€? Although election season can be a long, tiring process, the excitement on campus about the election remains evident. â€œI do think students are excited to vote this year,â€? said George. â€œThere has been a lot of energy on campus the past few months, and I expect that to carry through to Election Day next week. We have a fairly politically aware campus, and students do show interest, as they are involved in a wide variety of political causes and organizations.â€? firstname.lastname@example.org
PHOTOGRAPHERS (L TO R): HANNAH RECTOR, BEKAH ENGSTRAND, BEKAH ENGSRAND, REBECCA REMPEL, STUDENTS FOR LIBERTY FACEBOOK PAGE
By Elizabeth Jacobson Contributing Writer
College Greens A new political organization on campus, College Greens focuses on informing students about the Green Partyâ€™s presence in the upcoming election, as well as promoting the partyâ€™s key values. â€œEcological wisdom is really important to us, focusing on environment problems and environmental justice,â€? College Greenâ€™s President Lauren Kramer â€™13 said. â€œWe are also going to focus on environmental justice issues happening in Northfield community, and we might host local environmental activists just to get out the word for environmental justice.â€? As far as other events, College Greens took part in PACâ€™s candidate panel and hopes to table in front of the Caf and host speakers to discuss non-violence and their involvement with peace movements. College Democrats With a focus on student involvement. College Democrats has been and will continue to organize phone-banking, door knocking and tabling outside the Caf. â€œThe purpose and goal of the College Democrats is to help St. Olaf students become informed about local candidates, as well as giving people the chance to become politically active and volunteer [at] events, as well as for candidates,â€? Greta Johnson â€™14 said. The organization is working to spread the word about the importance of voting for candidates running for office as well as amendments. â€œAlthough we focus on the Democratic platform as a whole, the proposed Marriage and Voter ID amendments on the ballot this year in Minnesota are important to us,â€? Johnson said. Students For Liberty Also a new student organization this year, Students for Liberty is a non-partisan libertarian organization on campus. â€œStudents for Liberty is a new organization and our main focus is discussing issues that pertain to liberty,â€? Treasurer Kristen Stenehjem â€™15 said. â€œWe will mainly be discussing topics that are relevant to the election between now and Nov. 6 to give our members better insight into how to form their opinions to maximize liberty and freedom.â€? The group understands that there is still
work to be done following the elections. â€œWe are planning on continuing the conversation of liberty and how it will change in our country after the outcome of the elections,â€? Stenehjem said. Students For Barack Obama As the name indicates, Students for Barack Obama (STObama) is working towards the goal of re-electing President Obama. â€œSTObama has been working hard to register and contact voters and recruit volunteers for Get Out The Vote,â€? Volunteer Coordinator Olivia Slack â€™15 said. â€œSTObamaâ€™s goal is to contact 3,000 voters during the Get Out The Vote four-day period.â€? Between tabling, phone banking, hosting debate-watching parties and dorm canvassing, STObama has been quite active on campus. â€œWe table outside the Caf every Wednesday during lunch. During tabling, we register people to vote, have them sign â€˜Pledge to Voteâ€™ cards and just generally inform people about the upcoming election and answer any questions students might have,â€? Slack said. College Republicans Hoping to share Republican values with the St. Olaf Community, College Republicans has been in contact with several of the candidates that are representing this district, including Mike Dudley, Kurt Bills and John Klein. â€œTwo weeks ago Brian Wermerskirchen â€“ a local candidate currently running for the Minnesota House of Representatives â€“ came in and chatted with us about his campaign, his platform and what he has been doing in the community,â€? College Republicansâ€™ Chair Matt Mittelsteadt â€™15 said. College Republicans plans on tabling in order to support the Republican Partyâ€™s candidates on both a local and national level, while also publicizing their organization. â€œLast year the organization wasnâ€™t too big, but we are really trying to make it wellorganized this year so we have a bigger impact,â€? Mittelsteadt said. â€œAfter the election we are hoping to meet with some of winners of the local elections, asking them to come in and speak at St. Olaf.â€?
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