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Registration chaos prompts re-evaluation Registrar Mary Cisar, associate deans add courses By Ashley Belisle

Cisar is eager to dispel rumors that the larger first-year class caused the abnormally difficult registration period. Because course offerings are always scaled to the size of the student body, the aberrance was entirely unrelated. Rather, it became apparent shortly soon after registration began that a larger number of students than normal was registering for interim on campus. Then the problems began. Because sophomores have the lowest priority for interim courses, many of them were frustrated with their most recent registration experience. “This registration period was unpleasantly surprising for me,” said Katherine Griffis ’15. After failing to get into her first six choices, Griffis was not able to register through the

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Registration week at St. Olaf is always a breeding ground for stress, drama and even the occasional meltdown. This past registration term, however, caused even more of an outcry than usual. Students of all class years struggled to find classes with space for them, and some are still without a scheduled interim course. Although registration for spring semester was less problematic, some departments did face difficulty in this regard as well. Registrar Mary Cisar explained that this year’s registration difficulties were predominantly an issue of student demand being misaligned with course offerings, but that an increased overall demand for interim courses also played a part. Students are only required to take an interim course during three of their four years at the college. Many choose to register all four years, though others opt to create an independent study, work at an internship or simply take interim off. Cisar studies these enrollment patterns when determining course offerings for each term. In order to determine the number of courses to be offered each interim, Cisar monitors the class and lab to make certain that there are enough spaces overall. In addition, she uses enrollment numbers from the previous five or six years to predict the number of students who will DANIEL BYNUM/MANITOU MESSENGER register for interim, and in which courses. Next, Cisar scales that estimated percentage to fit the regular process. current number of students enrolled at the college to deFortunately, however, she was able to add a course later. termine how many courses to offer during interim, adding Abby Kocher ’15 has been less lucky. about 10 percent more spaces to allow for fluctuation. “During registration, I listed 13 class options for interim “This fall, prior to course choice submission, I checked and wasn’t able to get into a single one,” Kocher said. “I the interim offerings against my data from previous years started with classes I really wanted to take, which devolved using that, and it appeared that we had enough spaces,” into classes that I kind of wanted to take, and eventually [I] Cisar said, “though not quite the 10 percent flexibility fac- just listed a couple classes that I didn’t think many people tor.” would choose. It didn’t work. I couldn’t get into anything.”

After registration closed, Kocher emailed several professors to be put on waiting lists for their courses, but has yet to hear from them about open spaces. Because she is currently in Chemistry 121, Kocher is guaranteed entry into a section of Chemistry 123 for interim. “That’s what my current plan is, and I’m now registered for one of the sections, but it definitely wasn’t my first choice,” she said. “I just didn’t end up with any other options.” After registration closed, Cisar sent an email to all students who were still unregistered, asking whether they needed a course or were planning for an alternative interim option. Then she targeted students still searching for a course. “I have offered them first chance to enroll in the new courses and also gave them the list of other open courses, of which there are several,” Cisar said. Starting Nov. 6, Cisar began working with the associate deans and the various departments to add new courses for interim, allowing those still without a class to find one. On the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 3, Cisar emailed the student body with four new course options: Music 132, Statistics 212, Religion 222 and Nursing 110D. Three of the four classes offer general education requirements. Cisar also noted that there are still classes with open spaces that did not fill completely during the normal registration period; these are still available for students to add as well. As students finalize their interim plans with the help of these additional courses, Cisar offers some advice for future registration periods. In addition to starting the registration process early, monitoring their email daily and providing many alternate options, she said that it is important to think outside the box. “I would urge students to look beyond certain very highdemand courses and see what else is being offered,” she said. “There are a lot of gems out there!”

Operation BOTF offers an iPad for solution

people immediately began the trend of walk- them, and I think other people would as well.” has not yet analyzed the proposed ideas, Vating past the tabling area, bypassing the space Carlson elaborated, explaining that the conve- ter said there are already a few standouts. She that was originally meant for storing belong- nience of dropping one’s things in front of Stav is hopeful that an answer to the problem will When Buntrock Commons opened more ings during meals. Hall has become such a widespread issue. be found. than a decade ago, the people who designed Although this problem has existed since The contest ended on Nov. 30, after 115 “We have to make a long term solution,” the building never could have anticipated that the opening of the building, recent escalations submissions had been received. Vatter said Vatter said. Operation Backpacks Off The Floor (BOTF) have caused drastic measures to be taken. Af- that a committee of three senators from StuRegardless of the fact that a permanent sowould need to be implemented. ter one of the custodians witnessed a guest dent Government Association (SGA) and two lution has not been agreed upon yet, Vatter On Nov. 14, Director of Student Activiwho was eating in the King’s Room trip while student building staff will work in the upcom- said that there has already been improvement ties and Buntrock Commons Kris Vatter sent walking across the third floor, Vatter realized ing weeks and throughout interim in order to after the contest opened. More students have an email to the that a solution must be found to determine if a feasible solution is among the used the cubbies rather than throwing their entire student prevent future injuries. entries. belongings in the pathway because now more body, pleading In the email Vatter sent to the “The idea must be innovative and cost-ef- people understand the severity of the probfor students to student body, she announced fective,” Vatter said. lem. stop the habit that the student who can think Once the top ideas are identified, Vatter will “That’s a great start,” she said. of leaving backof the best solution to fix the meet with other staff members who work in packs and coats backpack problem will win an the facility in order to determine a plan for all over the walkiPad. plementation. Although the BOTF committee ing path into “It’s that big of Stav Hall and a deal and there to help find a has GOT to BOTF solution. be a great idea “The trouble out there,” she is all this stuff on wrote. the floor is a hazStudents ard. It’s mainly seem to be in about accessibilagreement that ity. Students on a solution to this crutches, folks in competition will –Kris Vatter wheelchairs and make dining exwith limited moperiences less of bility have a hard a hassle. time navigating during peak dining times,” “I can see how the backVatter wrote. packs and coats on the floor In addition to the dangers from the lack of pose a problem for students, accessibility, she explained that the cluttered and I think a contest is a good space is also a concern for any cases of fire and idea because it will provoke emergency evacuation. good thoughts about how to In an interview, Vatter said that Operation better the situation,” Mitchell BOTF is long overdue. “This is a perpetual Cervenka ’16 said. problem,” she said. Maxine Carlson ’15 added, The third floor of Buntrock Commons was “If there was a solution for designed with the anticipation that everyone HANNAH RECTOR/MANITOU MESSENGER where to put our backpacks &EGOTEGOWWXVI[REFSYXXLIXLMVH¾SSVSJ&YRXVSGO'SQQSRWEVIEJEQMPMEVWMKLX-RMXMEXwould take the back path that goes past the that was actually on everyone’s IHMRQMH2SZIQFIV3TIVEXMSR&EGOTEGOW3JJ8LI*PSSV &38* EMQWXSXETMRXSWXYHIRX east cubbies before entering Stav Hall, yet way to the Caf, I would use GVIEXMZMX]XS½RHEWSPYXMSRXS[LEXLEWFIGSQIEWEJIX]ERHEGGIWWMFMPMX]MWWYI By Rachel Palermo News Editor

“The trouble is all this stuff on the floor is a hazard. It’s mainly about accessibility. Students on crutches, folks in wheelchairs and with limited mobility have a hard time navigating during peak dining times.”


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December 7, 2012

On fear, feminism and the alleged ‘war on men’

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By Kate Fridley According to former French first lady Carla Bruni, today’s generation of young women “doesn’t need feminism.” The statement, from an interview for the December 2012 issue of Paris Vogue, exemplifies an unfortunate, but prevalent attitude among modern women: The level of equality we have reached is good enough. Further activism is not only unnecessary, but extreme. Popular culture has branded modern feminism with a number of stigmas. Active feminists are militant, emotional, “can’t-takea-joke” prudes. The term “femNazi” often prevails. Not only are these attitudes offensive, but they also serve to oppress feminism in the face of opinions like those author Suzanne Venker expresses in a recent Fox News article, “The war on men.” Venker’s core argument is that the changing role of women in society threatens men. While most readers’ initial reactions may be to disregard her words as unfounded and sexist, “The war on men” reveals some telling insights about the nature of current discourse surrounding genderrelated issues, specifically its emphasis on fear. The claim that men feel “threatened” by competition from women, while a sweeping generalization, may contain a hint of truth. In Venker’s words, the growing success of women in the workplace “has changed the dance between men and women.” As a result, men are facing increased

pressure to compete with women for jobs and make compromises on how they conduct familial affairs. But there is something inherently wrong with combating fear with more fear, as Venker hopes to do by encouraging women (and men) to revert to socially constructed gender roles. Out of fear of deviating from social norms or offending the other sex, we all must confine ourselves to oppressive stereotypes in order to maintain balance in our lives. Such blind reliance on fear only leads to ignorance. Venker proves herself a prime example of this phenomenon when she writes that “feminism serves men very well: They can have sex at hello and even live with their girlfriends with no responsibilities whatsoever.” This line tells me that Venker misunderstands the feminist movement at its most basic level. At its core, feminism is the belief that women should be socially, politically and economically equal to men. Venker makes a fantastic leap in claiming that these beliefs in women drive them toward lack of self-restraint and sexual decadence. Her assumption also insults men, as it implies that they are equally irresponsible and animalistic in their

desires. To add another layer to her glaring misunderstandings, Venker claims that women must “surrender to their nature – their femininity.” One does not have to be a historian to know that the traditional definition of “femininity” originates from centuries of physical and intellectual oppression of women based on the false belief that they are the inferior sex. We have made immense progress toward eradicating this injustice, but these grim origins still linger in the modern belief that women emote and men protect. My desire to break away from this cookie-cutter definition of femininity and achieve equal footing with the men around me is in no way unreasonable. I want to have access to the same opportunities and salaries that men do. If I want to have a career instead of children, that’s my decision. Or, if I want kids, my partner should care for them equally, instead of dumping all responsibilities on me because I, by no choice of my own, am biologically capable of giving birth to them. If I enjoy sex in the same open manner men have for years, I don’t want to be labeled as a “slut.” If all these things make men feel uncomfortable, fine. That’s the price we pay for equality. So-

“There is no war on men – or on women. The ‘war’ is against public health and wellbeing.”

ciety should not suppress equal opportunities out of fear that those who take advantage of them might benefit. Our efforts to address gender issues should be motivated by an informed desire for positive change, not by fear. There is no war on men – or on women. The “war” is against public health and well-being. We need to drop this battle-of-thesexes terminology and realize that a truly healthy, democratic society should hold all of its citizens in equal regard. Women’s issues are men’s issues, too: Access to contraceptives, affordable health care and comprehensive sex education are just a few topics traditionally associated with women that affect everyone. Venker is correct when she writes that changing gender roles seem threatening. These feelings are merely growing pains that signal movement toward a more progressive and equal society. I am a feminist, and you probably are, too – we should not be afraid to admit this fact. Only when we move beyond negative attitudes associated with feminism and begin discussing gender issues in an open, mature manner will we be able to move forward. Opinions Editor Kate Fridley ’14 ( is from Apple Valley, Minn. She majors in political science with concentrations in management studies and Middle Eastern studies.

Endowment’s fossil fuel stocks threaten future By Ethan Hiedeman

It’s time for St. Olaf College to divest from fossil fuels. St. Olaf has an endowment of more than $300 million, and, like many colleges, keeps a portion of that money invested in fossil fuel companies. According to the St. Olaf Treasurer’s Office website, 1.6 percent of the college’s endowment was allocated to the oil and gas industry as of May 31, 2012, which amounts to more than $4 million. But supporting the fossil fuel industry does not match what I see to be the ideals and the longterm interests of the college and its student body. Certainly, the main purpose of the college’s endowment is, and should be, to get a financial return to support the college’s educational goals, but this doesn’t mean that morality should be checked at the door. The college’s endowment should not be grown at the expense of funding industries whose actions are inimical to its long-term interests – and those of its students. Anyone who doesn’t believe

that global climate change is one of the greatest threats to ever confront the human race simply hasn’t done their research. Climate change has the potential – growing more likely by the day – to adversely affect every woman, man, child, animal, plant and ecosystem on the face of the planet for millennia to come. And it isn’t just an environmental problem – it’s an economic one. Increasing temperatures mean rising sea levels, shifting agricultural zones and more frequent natural disasters like “superstorm” Sandy and the recent Colorado wildfires, all of which add up to economic devastation on a scale dwarfed by any possible impact of environmental regulation. The point is, climate change is a big deal, especially for college students who are going to have to live in the world fashioned by current policy makers. As climate activist Bill McKibben wrote in his recent Rolling Stone article, “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math,” “If [students’] college’s endowment portfolio has fossil-fuel stock, then

their educations are being subsidized by investments that guarantee they won’t have much of a planet on which to make use of their degree.” Slowing the advance of climate change is not unrelated to our education; rather, it is inseparably entwined with it. I am not suggesting that St. Olaf sacrifice financial security for social goals; I am merely suggesting that the college look for a way to achieve its financial goals without supporting an industry that undermines the very integrity of students’ futures. Surely, given the wide variety of investment opportunities available, the college can find another way to achieve the desired returns. Two colleges have already made fossil fuel divestment work: Unity College in Maine and Hampshire College in New Hampshire. In an open letter to other college presidents, Unity College President Stephen Mulkey wrote, “Failure to provide ethical leadership on an issue that has the potential to be the most profoundly negative factor in the lives of our students is unacceptable.” The example

provided by these two pioneering institutions shows that divestment is a practical possibility and can be accomplished in a financially responsible way. I am a St. Olaf student, and that means that I have reaped the benefits of the current financial stewardship of the college’s endowment. I am deeply grateful for all the donors and administrators who have helped provide me and my peers with the world-class education that only St. Olaf can provide. I do not mean to detract from their hard work and generosity. My intention is merely to propose that the college’s investment decisions be made with ethical considerations in mind. It is not just my future at stake – it is the future of every St. Olaf student for generations to come. Managing Editor Ethan Hiedeman ’13 ( is from Hastings, Minn. He majors in political science with a concentration in environmental studies.


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Palestine’s opponents doomed to fail Focus technology on needs, not trivialities By Seth Ellingson

rockets, thus waging a logistical war of attrition. If Israel had decided to retaliate with a ground invasion of Gaza, estimates predicted such a move would cost $380 million a day. Hamas leaders even dared Israel to mount an invasion, not because they would win militarily, but because Israel’s military efforts are unsustainable. I say this only because America pays for most of these “security” measures. So when Israel announced its plans to upgrade its missile defense system by 13 batteries, each costing $50 million, it is clear that the U.S. will pick up most of the tab. U.S. citizens should keep this in mind as the great debate over our country’s fiscal cliff begins. The ceasefire signed to end the eight-day conflict represented a turning point in the relations of the region. Israel struck hard in Gaza, yet Hamas did not give into a unilateral ceasefire. Israel’s actions in recent years have revolved around isolating Hamas in Gaza. The fact that they actually negotiated with the faction implied a certain degree of recognition. All factions in the West bank and Gaza celebrated the ceasefire. If the unity of Palestinians actually holds and is implemented

Eight straight days of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza amounted to 167 dead Palestinians and more than $1.2 billion in damages. Israel contests that its actions were out of self defense. Hamas’ rocket attacks amounted to six Israeli deaths. While the Israel-Palestine conflict is one of the more complex conflicts in the world, it is still clear that Israel’s actions were overly aggressive. The ceasefire which concluded fighting brought victories to both sides, but the Palestinian people undoubtedly won this conflict. Life in the Gaza strip can be quite bleak. Gaza is home to 1.6 million people. These people are confined to a space that is about 4 miles wide and 25 miles long. When I say confined, I do actually mean confined. Gaza is essentially walled off from the outside world. It is patrolled by Israeli Defense Forces and is under Israeli blockade by sea. While the blockade has been eased in recent years, a recent United Nations (U.N.) report stated that the Gaza strip will be “unlivable” by 2020. The conflict itself was a brilliant military victory for Gaza. While most rockets that Hamas, the de facto leading group in Gaza, fired into Israel were shot down, Hamas demonstrated that they now have the capability to reach major population centers such as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Israel probably noticed that this is a problem, not only for immediate safety, but also on a logistical level. Israel finally realized the inherent problem of missile defense: It is impossible. Hamas launched over 1,500 rockets in the conflict, each costing less than $1,000. Intercepting each rocket cost Israel about $100,000. Furthermore, Hamas could easily launch non-explosive rockets to trip the Iron Dome, easing the costs of the attack. Israel would have no way of knowing which rockets were armed. While the system was effective on some level, when Israel implemented a multimillion dollar system to counter a Fourth of Julyesque arsenal, it crossed the Rubicon of insanity. Hamas did not need sophisticated rockets with huge payloads, and Israel knew it. All Hamas had to do was launch KATIE LAUER/MANITOU MESSENGER

on governmental levels, we could see a more cohesive state in the future. With this unity, it will bring a two-state solution closer. Recently, the U.N. general assembly voted to upgrade Palestine to a non-member observer state. While this passed with overwhelming support and signifies an international recognition of the state of Palestine, it is unlikely to sway either the U.S. or Israel. One of the U.S.’s main concerns with the upgrade is that Palestine will seek to join the International Criminal Court and prosecute Israel. However, the United States’s ability to interact and intervene in the Middle East is subpar at best. If anything, America should be voicing concern over the incredibly high cost of fighting in the Middle East, a region we know far too well. Sooner or later, America and Israel will realize the inevitability of the situation. Palestine is a country. It is time that we recognize that fact and help institute peace in the region.

By Ellen Squires Seth Ellingson ’15 (ellingss@stolaf. edu) is from Powder Springs, Ga. He majors in political science and Russian.

Tomaz Manzoni

Kaitlin Gilliland

Caroline Wood

“Racquetball has protective eyewear for other reasons than just fashion.”

“How to study for my classes in a different way and what resources on campus can help me.”

“The value of planning out my time.”

Hannah Shier

Tyler Nielsen

Abby Engelhart

“How to ignore my future.”

“Diamonds are the best heat conductors, but making stoves out of them would be expensive.”

“To not wait until 2 a.m. to start writing a paper.”


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We in America have a lot of faith in technological progress. Chances are, most people will tell you that we’re better off now than we were 50 years ago. The world is a better place, we like to think, because of our latest and greatest inventions. A healthy optimism is all well and good, but we’re deluding ourselves: Technology hasn’t improved the world like we think it has. This myth of progress, fueled by technological advances, is both misplaced and problematic. We see the immediacy of technological change in our own lives, but despite the unprecedented rate of innovation, quality of life isn’t improving globally. Technology is just making life a whole lot easier for those lucky enough to have access to it. Falling prey to the myth of progress can carry steep consequences, blinding us to the real, pressing issues of the world. To define progress in exclusively technological terms is to remove the focus from the problems that really need our attention, like global hunger and poverty. Rather than defining progress by the newest metal rectangle to come off of Apple’s production line, we would do better to focus on widespread, global improvements in the quality of human life. I can’t be a complete Luddite and claim that technology is harmful and regressive. Personally, I would be reluctant to surrender the cell phone and laptop that have become daily fixtures of college life. On a grander scale, technological advances have allowed us to feed more people, extend the length of human life and connect people around the world in astounding ways. Reverting back to pre-Internet, pre-modern medicine days would hardly be desirable for anyone. Technology has undoubtedly contributed to progress in certain areas of the world, but there is a danger in including only these advances in our definition of progress. From my admittedly naïve, privileged college student perspective, the problem is rooted in a failure to connect technological progress to meaningful improvements in human life on a global scale. This can breed complacency toward more pressing, unaddressed problems. While we see progress in the newest photo-sharing app, many people around the world believe progress means easier access to the food and medicine they need just to live. Being on the receiving end of technological improvements, it’s easy to forget about the majority of the world’s population who are largely excluded from reaping the benefits of recent “progress.” With a considerable amount of new technology accessible only by those in wealthy countries, technological progress can contribute to the increasing division of global society into the haves and have-nots. While our lives become more convenient, we ignore 85 percent of the world’s people who live in developing countries. Excluding this substantial majority from our definition of progress results in a greatly divided and inequitable world. Changing the way we measure progress might require us to add a moral dimension to our definition. In his diary about life in a work camp during World War II, Langdon Gilkey states that “technological advance spells ‘progress’ only if men are in fact rational and good.” When man defines progress in terms of self-interest, he notes, we risk being sent on a crash course towards the fictional dystopian societies like those described in “Brave New World” and “1984.” Technology doesn’t have to be a divisive force. We aren’t on an irreversible trajectory toward a real-life “Brave New World.” In fact, when properly used, it has the power to unite us around a common goal of human betterment. The focus just needs to shift away from convenience and limited accessibility and toward tangible gains in quality of life for those who need it the most. Technology can make the world a better place, so long as we invest in technologies that will produce measurable improvements on a global scale. This isn’t a myth: This is progress.

“While we see progress in the newest photo-sharing app, many people around the world believe progress means easier access to the food and medicine they need just to live.”

What did you learn this semester?

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Ellen Squires ’14 ( is from Andover, Minn. She majors in biology and environmental studies.


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A foolproof guide to end-of-semester survival

By Mira Sen Staff Writer

Get ready, ladies and gents. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a storm coming. With less than one week of classes left, finals are just around the corner. Our bodies are about to be sent into survival mode. Since we are Oles â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and therefore all perfect â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;fightingâ&#x20AC;? will almost always win out over â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;? Granted, the struggle between the two is intense. Inevitably, at some point in the next two weeks, we will all be within inches of giving up. But fear not! There are ways to deal with the crushing weight of end-of-semester madness. I will detail for you a couple of my own favorite stress-relieving techniques. They have proven to be nearly 127 percent effective almost all of the time, so


pay attention. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll add some disclaimers to the end of each section, as some of my methods have shown to run a little out of control on a select few individuals. First and foremost, eat. Generally people can be grouped into two categories when it comes to stress-eating. For some, the panic has set up camp in the form of an ever-present nausea, making it impossible to even imagine digesting food. Sound like you? Make sure, then, that you force yourself to get your daily servings of fruit, vegetables, french fries and cake. Food is the energy source we run on; without it, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll only crash and burn faster. In the second stress-eating group, we have those who overeat. My advice: succumb. Just eat. You want six egg and cheese English muffins from the Cage? Do it! If you are one of those lucky sons-of-a-nutcracker that still has 500 flex dollars left, use them! All of them! Get ice cream, lattes, grilled cheese, what have you. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we have all of interim to lose the extra pounds. And if you are going to Greece or Thailand during Interim, then you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to be sad about gaining weight. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to Greece. Or Thailand. Disclaimer: Please do not individually clean the Cage out of bread bowls. That weight gain may be irreversible, and also, other people like bread bowls, too. Second, remember to take a break every now and then. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong â&#x20AC;&#x201C; spending 39 hours in the reference room every day sounds just . . . lovely. I wish I could do that all of the time. But sometimes the hermit needs to crawl out of the hole lest he or she go completely insane. I understand that it may be hard to fully

comprehend the idea of â&#x20AC;&#x153;taking a break.â&#x20AC;? Sometimes it seems like there simply is not enough time. But you know what? Realistically, you do have enough time. A 20-minute breather is usually all that is necessary. If you are working for eight hours straight, I will bet you all of my money that at some point, you spend about 20 minutes just staring at a page in a sleep-deprived stupor, trying to make sense of words that are slowly morphing from English to Elvish. There are so many more enjoyable things you could be doing during that 20 minutes. Take a nap, watch your favorite TV show, go for a run. (I find a short little walk outside to be delightfully calming and refreshing.) Do you know that we have more than 2,000 lounge chairs and couches on campus? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not actually sure if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true, but it sounds right. Those chairs are there for us to put our feet up and lay back for a second. Naps really do not even have to consist of actual sleep. I have found that simply closing my eyes for 10 minutes at a time does wonders for my energy and concentration. In regards to TV watching, Season 7 of â&#x20AC;&#x153;How I Met Your Motherâ&#x20AC;? is now on Netflix. And this new season of â&#x20AC;&#x153;30 Rockâ&#x20AC;? is pretty funny, too. Disclaimer: A 20-minute break for every four minutes of work is discouraged. Try not to convince yourself that you need more breaks than absolutely necessary. This may not be much to go on, but I believe that if you abide by these tips and get an acceptable amount of sleep every night, you will be able to pull through finals without turning into a drooling, eye-twitching maniac. Best of luck.

Arts & Entertainment editorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; holiday picks By Bri Wilson and Abby Grosse Arts & Entertainment Editors

In previous years, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Editorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Picksâ&#x20AC;? feature â&#x20AC;&#x201C; adorned with a rather disgusting photo of someone literally picking her nose â&#x20AC;&#x201C; had appeared in our section every week. This year, thanks to a great supply of eager journalists, we have lacked room for it. Thus, for our last issue of 2012, we wanted to make a few suggestions. We hope they find you in good humor and cheer. Best holiday Pandora station: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indie Holidays Radio.â&#x20AC;? That way, you can listen to holiday tunes without compromising your inner hipsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refined taste. Talk about a present for all. Best original holiday song: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)â&#x20AC;? by Death Cab for Cutie Best â&#x20AC;&#x153;I need a break from holiday musicâ&#x20AC;? songs: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kill for Loveâ&#x20AC;? by the Chromatics, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Have a Kikiâ&#x20AC;? by the Scissor Sisters and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kill your Heroesâ&#x20AC;? by AWOLNATION. Note: the double-appearance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;killâ&#x20AC;? in song titles is not meant to be a subliminal message in any way. The perfect gift for your (fill in the blank): Cannot be found in this article nor in any other. The point of giftgiving is to find an original idea that complements the recipientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personality. In no way does this mean you should buy items from lists that regurgitate the most conventional gifts. Best Caf change of 2012: A tie between the introduction of panini makers and the extended hours of operation.

Best Finals Tradition: Late night breakfast in Stav Hall. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to love about a study break with free food? Cheesy eggs, you have our full attention. Best suggestion for those in need of extreme holiday cheer: Galavant up to the Cities for the annual Holidazzle, a light parade at Nicollet Mall. The event runs every Thursday through Sunday at 6:30 p.m. through Dec. 23. Lingering question about finals: Will the ref room silent dance party become tradition? Will the mix be holiday-themed this time? Will the books survive? All unclear. Most festive holiday treat: Peppermint bark. This sweet takes minimal effort to make, is aesthetically pleasing and stars everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite December flavor. A close runner-up is the eggnog latte, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re into highly-concentrated liquid calories. Most important word of caution for New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: It will most likely be a let-down. Lower expectations often translate into more fun. Our favorite holiday-themed films: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Holiday,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elf â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Actuallyâ&#x20AC;? On and off-campus dances to relieve finals stress: Santa Pause Dance in the Pause on Friday, Dec. 7 starting at 10 p.m. AND a Naughty or Nice themed dance on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Northfield Ballroom, starting at 10 p.m. and

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When most people think about Christmas, they do not think about sex; she is the Virgin Mary, after all. Yet, the holiday season provides endless opportunities to add a little holiday spirit to your intimate life. Red lingerie, anyone? How about playing up the â&#x20AC;&#x153;naughty and niceâ&#x20AC;? aspect? Not to mention the opportunities for role-play are endless, but if you are â&#x20AC;&#x153;piningâ&#x20AC;? for something a little more, â&#x20AC;&#x153;yuleâ&#x20AC;? find these ideas very tempting. Scandalous Secret Santa: Yeah, OK, secret Santas are a popular tradition among friends, but letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take it to the next level. Whenever I have participated in one of these exchanges, we have secretly given small favors like candy or cards all week leading up to the big present. For the purpose of the Scandalous Secret Santa, send suggestive gifts all week (or day if you prefer) leading up to the main affair: YOU! Not sure what to send? Here are some ideas: regular chocolate, body chocolate, your panties (or a picture of them), candles, body oil, a CD, strawberries . . . Anything you find seductive, send it. Your partner will definitely be longing for â&#x20AC;&#x153;myrrh.â&#x20AC;? Suggestive Gift Box: Give the gift of a good time. Take slips of paper and write down different activities, positions, places, etc. that you would like to try, or that you know your partner would like. Place these slips in a box and wrap it up. Take turns selecting a piece of paper, which will instruct you what to do. This gift is bound to last until New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve, and could possibly be the main gift in the secret Santa exchange mentioned above. Grown-Up Advent Calendar: Jumping off from the same concept, make an Advent calendar that is not filled with chocolate. Instead, place folded up bits of paper with sensual suggestions. The 25 days of Christmas have never been so exciting. Jingle Bells: Incorporate some jingle bells into your night. Try to keep them quiet, or let them jingle all the way. Your partner does something you like? Ring the bell. Any way you decide to use them, it will surely ring in a great night. Red Lingerie: Remember when Buddy the Elf sends his father that lingerie in the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elfâ&#x20AC;?? Well, the father may not have been too pleased, but I am sure your partner will be. Leave the box on his or her desk, or have it shipped with a note that says something like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t open in publicâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;bring this tonight.â&#x20AC;? Another option: Slyly hand your man a pair of red panties when you are sitting down at a boring party or concert with a note that implies that you are going to need those back at some point. Wait, if those are in his hand, then what are you wearing? Suddenly the party doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem so dull anymore. Put a New Spin on the Dreidel: For the Jewish population at St. Olaf, here is an option for you. Tape words like â&#x20AC;&#x153;fastâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;slowâ&#x20AC;? or places like â&#x20AC;&#x153;library,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;dormâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;showerâ&#x20AC;? and let the spin of the dreidel decide the next course of action. Another idea is to follow the rules of the game! Landing on gimmel in the game means to put everything into the pot, shin means that a player puts one game piece into the pot, nun means do nothing, and landing on hey means losing half of your game pieces. What could your game pieces be? How about clothing? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play. Candy Canes: Not only can they be eaten seductively, but they also leave your mouth with that tingly, refreshing sensation that one gets after eating mint. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget that that feeling is transferable, if you know what I mean. Luckily, candy canes are this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sweet. Mmmm.

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Northfield turns up Christmas spirit with Winter Walk By Zoey Slater Contributing Writer

On the evening of Dec. 6, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., Northfield will hold its annual Winter Walk festival. Despite the lack of snow and the unseasonably warm weather, candles will line downtown Division Street, reindeer sleighs and horse-drawn carts will run all night, shops will pass out free hot chocolate and Santa and his elves will spend some time with the younger festival attendees. With the addition of a few extra blocks of activity, this year’s Winter Walk is Northfield’s largest ever, encompassing nearly the entire downtown area. The Northfield Chamber of Commerce’s 14th Annual Winter Walk promises to continue the town’s tradition of gathering thousands of residents and students to bring holiday cheer out into the streets of Northfield. If you are new to Winter Walk, begin the night in the heart of downtown, Bridge Square. In the square, you will find carolers, drawings for prizes, holiday treats and information about other festival activities. Follow the luminaries – paper bags with small candles – down Division Street to explore the different events. Similar to past years, a variety of musical groups will play an integral role in creating the festival’s atmosphere. Local radio station KYMN will blast Christmas songs for the duration of the festival. Along with the radio’s pop classics, musical group I Cantani and the Northfield High School and Middle School choirs and bands will be performing throughout the night in various locations downtown. Stop by the Rare Pair to listen to classical guitar music by Randall Fergeson. The Season Singers will also be performing in the Archer House lobby. Watch for your classmates as the St. Olaf trombones perform while strolling downtown from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Winter Walk also features many events that highlight other forms of creativity. The Northfield Arts Guild dance troupe will perform a rendition of The Nutcracker. Warm up from the chilly evening in the Northfield Public Library with two floors featuring elaborate working model trains. Create personalized ornaments at the Eclectic Goat and Glass Garden Beads. Inside the Northfield Armory, festival-goers can enjoy the summer’s favorite Riverwalk Market Fair, featuring local food and crafts. Some of the other food related events include free hot chocolate provided by the Trinity Lutheran Church outside

the Thrivent Financial building, “S’mores in a Cup” from Edina Reality and drive-through hot apple cider and donuts at Millstream Commons. Many stores view Winter Walk as an opportunity to attract new costumers, and some provide food for patrons. Local store SWAG will demonstrate their caramel corn makers by giving away free samples. Paper Petulum will be also be demonstrating how to make the Norwegian favorite Krumkake. Stop by the Secret Attic for apple cider, cookies, and in-store drawings throughout the night. A variety of events allow attendees to pass holiday cheer onto others in the community through charity. The VFW encourages residents to “Spread Warmth Overseas” by purchasing hotdogs, fries and hot chocolate. All the proceeds from the food will go to buy phone cards for soldiers stationed abroad. Bring unwrapped toys downtown to help Domko Ford Dealership “Fill a Ford” with toys to donate. Premier Bank will provide hot chocolate outside their building and will be accepting donations that benefit the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society. As finals loom and the year comes to a hectic close, spend some time away from campus celebrating the holidays with Northfield residents at the Winter Walk festival. “My first experience at Winter Walk really highlighted for me amazing aspects of the Northfield community,” John Knapp ’14 said. “Walking around downtown has a special feel when the entirety of the community is out there with you. Plus, free hot chocolate is always a plus!” With events ranging from musical groups and crafts, to food and other holiday activities, Winter Walk brightens downtown Northfield and encourages all members of the community to stroll Division Street and ring in the holiday season.

By Molly Raben Music Columnist

With the end of 2012 fast approaching, I thought it appropriate to compile a shortlist of my favorite albums released in the past year. I could not include all of the wonderfully memorable music I heard throughout the past 12 months; however, the following five records are the albums you can’t live without. Love this Giant, David Byrne and St. Vincent This album was created through the collaboration of two very prolific musicians who each have very individual voices. Their project, however, is a fine representation of both Byrne and Annie Clark, with its clear undercurrent of classic Byrne along with the fresh sound of St. Vincent. A 12-piece brass band accompanies them throughout the work, acting as the driving and uniting force between the two. To get a taste of this release, check out the single “Who,” an irresistibly catchy duet that makes heavy use of the baritone saxophone. Django Django, Django Django Scottish band Django Django released its debut, self-titled album this past summer to a strong reception here in the United States.


Its songs are constructed with an unexpected blend of acoustic guitars and chirping electronics – a combination that creates a very dynamic album. Django Django’s former single, “Default,” features chanted lyrics and a percussive guitar line, producing a vivacity that is carried throughout the album. Love at the Bottom of the Sea, the Magnetic Fields This work is exactly what you would come to expect from The Magnetic Fields, had you listened to any of their previous albums. Invented characters present humorous, imaginary anecdotes set to the group’s characteristically whimsical music, drawing on styles ranging from bubblegum pop to house. For a sampling of the band’s hilarious lyrics and catchy hooks, check out “Andrew in Drag,” sung by frontman Stephen Merritt, confessing his love for the only girl he’s ever loved, Andrew in drag. 151a, Kishi Bashi Making his solo debut this year, Kishi Bashi wildly impressed NPR’s All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton with 151a. A renowned violinist and touring member of Athens, Georgia band

Of Montreal, Kishi Bashi’s release features lush soundscapes of strings, bouncy electronics and bright voices. His single “Bright Whites” became a staple of summer 2012 with its upbeat tone and shining texture. For a more seasonally-oriented taste of his music, check out the NPR Music webpage for his recently-released Christmas song written for a Florida friend, “It’s Christmas, But it’s Not White Here in Our Town.” Sushi, James Ferraro Experimental artist James Ferraro very recently released his third and arguably most accessible album. The works on it are playful – featuring electronic instruments, often silly, cartoonish, and curious noises. These sounds are certainly not unfamiliar to Ferraro as his previous album featured songs constructed out of Skype alerts and cell phone tones. At times, the album may be a bit of an aural overload; however, if you invest the time it deserves, it will become a more enjoyable experience for you. I recommend listening to “Jet Skis & Sushi,” the warmest song on the album.


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December 7, 2012


Lynx’s Cheryl Reeve to visit campus

Nationally-renowned coach to present on “Women in Sports” who currently co-teaches “Sports Ethics in Society,” arranged Reeve’s visit. Santurri said that it is important for the St. Olaf community to have a discussion about women in sports because “it’s a matter of gender equity and social justice.” He and his wife are Lynx season ticket holders and have attended two post-game press conferences. Reeve is in her fourth season as the head coach of the Lynx. The team is coming off of a good season in which it lost in the WNBA title game to the Indiana Fever. In 2011, Reeve guided the team to a 27-7 record and the WNBA title. She also won WNBA titles as a member of the Detroit Shock coaching staff in 2006 and 2008. Before coming to the WNBA, Reeve spent 12 years coaching collegiate women’s basketball, of which five years were spent at Indiana State. She helped the team reach its first post-season berth in 20

By Alex Ripperger Staff Writer Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Minnesota Lynx basketball coach Cheryl Reeve will be on campus Dec. 10 to give a presentation called “Women in Sports.” The event will be held in Viking Theater at 7 p.m., and is hosted by the Leraas Fund, the women’s studies and exercise science departments and the social sciences faculty. Religion professor Edmund Santurri,


years in 1999. As a collegiate player herself at La Salle University, Reeve was an All-Metro Atlantic conference and All-Big Five selection as a senior in 1988. Her 110 starts rank first in school history. Reeve graduated from La Salle with a degree in computer science/management information systems and went on to get her master’s degree in business administration. She was also a Rhodes Scholar nominee. Santurri said he hopes Reeve’s presentation will address some of the current ethical issues surrounding women’s sports, such as whether the selection process of the next U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team coach should be gender-blind, given the enormous successes of female coaches in recent years. “[Reeve] is dynamic, charismatic, forceful and has the respect of her players and assistant coaches,” Santurri said. “We have been impressed by her commanding presence, her knowledge of the game and her leadership capacities.” Overall, Santurri described Reeve as “a model for women aspiring to success in any profession.” Meanwhile, he encourages males, as well as females, to attend the presentation.


Sneaky ways to work out, burn calories

By Olivia Koester Executive Editor

The last time I put on sweatpants and tennis shoes and hopped on a treadmill was in August – before I moved into Ytterboe and began my senior year on the Hill. Even over the summer, I didn’t exercise regularly. I haven’t since high school, actually. With free athletic facilities and a campus full of health-conscious, athletic peers, why don’t I make more of an effort to get down to the gym? It isn’t because I don’t see a benefit to working out. As we all know, exercising keeps weight in check and the cardiovascular system in tiptop shape. According to Mayo Clinic, exercise also has the power to boost mood and energy levels. Plus, it can help people fall asleep more quickly and deeply. So, why don’t I take advantage of the rock wall or the elliptical machines? Because I’m busy. I know, I know. Every Ole is busy, and exercise should be a priority, right? Definitely. But I don’t think that going to the gym necessarily has to be a priority. I manage to sneak exercise into my daily routine, and you can too! I’m not advocating cutting the gym out altogether, but if you’re not going regularly or if you have a particularly busy week, you can still get the exercise you need. 1) Take the stairs, even if you live in Mohn or Larson. I know that 10 flights might be the last thing you want to tackle after a long day of classes and a big meal in the Caf, but climbing up and down the stairs for five minutes, five days a week, a person can lose 2.5 pounds each year, according to Livestrong. All of that huffing and puffing keeps your heart healthy and doesn’t require a change of clothes and trek to Tostrud.


#23 Devyn Hotho ’15 attempts to gain control of the puck over St. Mary’s University (SMU) as #7 Melina Lamer ’13 defends the ice. The St. Olaf women’s hockey team faced SMU at the Northfield Ice Arena on Friday, Nov. 30 and traveled to Winona, Minn. the following day to complete the series. The Oles triumphed in both games, winning 5-3 at home and 3-1 away. Next, the team faces the College of St. Scholastica at home after Christmas break.

Gustavus defeats men’s basketball at home By Alana Patrick Sports Editor The men’s basketball team fell to Gustavus Adolphus College 79-83 on Dec. 3 at Skoglund Center. In the final minute of the game, the Gusties netted all eight of the free throws they were afforded, soldifying a lead – and ultimately the win – in what had been a close game throughout the night.

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Nearly three minutes later, Gustie Jordan Dick added a three-pointer to tie the score 50-50. Though the Oles regained the lead with 6:31 to play, the Gusties netted 11 points from free throws during the final 2:14 of the game, ultimately overtaking the Oles for the win. With the loss, the Oles’ record stands at 3-3, 2-1 in the MIAC. Next up, St. Olaf travels to UW-Eau Claire on Dec. 28.

For Stumpf ’13, hockey is “the game that I love”



In the first half, play went back and forth, with the biggest lead being the 30-25 Ole advantage with just over six minutes remaining. The Oles ended the half ahead, though by a smaller margin: When the buzzer announced halftime, the Oles led 40-38. Dominating the beginning of the second half, the Oles took a 46-40 lead, the largest of the game. Connor Gunderson ’14 and Charlie Aslesen ’14 each sank three-point shots within the first two minutes of play to help create the advantage.

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NAME: Nicole Stumpf ’13 Ducks” SPORT: Hockey FAVORITE TV SHOWS: “Grey’s Anatomy,” HOMETOWN: Oakdale, Minn. “General Hospital” and “The Voice” HIGH SCHOOL: Hill-Murray High School FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Porterhouse MAJOR: Nursing Steak and Seafood WHY I CHOSE ST. OLAF: I came to FAMOUS PERSONALITIES I’D HAVE St. Olaf because my sister was OVER FOR DINNER: The a student here, and I wanted whole Kardashian family, to go to school with her. I Patrick Kane (so we can meet also loved how the girls on the and I can become his wife), hockey team interacted and Reese Witherspoon and Blake treated each other; I wanted Shelton. to be a part of a team like that. FAVORITE SPORT OTHER HOCKEY HISTORY: I have THAN HOCKEY: Soccer played since I was three years RANDOM FACT: I can flip my old and played boys’ hockey eyelids. growing up. Before coming FAVORITE BOOKS: to St. Olaf, I played on Hill“Nineteen Minutes” and “The Murray’s varsity team for four Hunger Games” Stumpf ’13 years. GOALS FOR SEASON: Win PRE-GAME RITUAL: the MIAC and go to the nationPregame nap and soccer juggling with Kira al tournament and win the entire thing. Clunis ’14 and Margot Fleming ’14 while Personally, I just want to play to the best of jamming out to music. my abilities and have fun playing the game FAVORITE PUMP-UP SONG: “Stuntin’ that I love. Like Mufasa” and “Remember the Name” - Alana Patrick FAVORITE SPORTS MOVIE: “Mighty

2) Although it’s tempting to park as close to Skoglund as possible, darting from car to building in the cold Minnesota winter, if you have a car on campus, consider parking further away from the building. If necessary, drop your goodies from Target off in the dorm before taking the car back to Skog, I or J lots and enjoy the brisk air on your way back. 3) Do laundry, dishes, vacuum, etc. Cleaning burns way more calories than you might think. Running back and forth to the laundry room, scrubbing that pan that’s been sitting on your desk for several nights too long and hiking down to the front desk to check out the vacuum are all a great way to work out and simultaneously be productive. 4) Instead of texting or Facebook messaging your friends, head over to their dorms or, even easier, rooms down the hall and say hello. Viola! You’ve moved out from behind the computer screen and snuck in some socialization. 5) In the Caf, make it a point to take only one beverage and no dessert when you first sit down (unless you’re worried the apple pie or German chocolate cake might run out). That way, you can get back up and refill your drink or grab a cookie, whatever your body is telling you. 6) Work your calves in the shower. As a former ballet dancer, I move in and out of relevé as I lather, rinse and fail to repeat, rising onto the balls of my feet and back down again. I lose absolutely no time; I have to shampoo my hair anyway. Why shower after you exercise when you can kill two birds with one stone? Just be careful not to slip. You can also relevé in the bag lunch line, though you might get some funny looks – been there, done that. These are just a few of the easy ways that you can get fit without the fitness center. Skoglund and Tostrud are great resources, but if you’re crunched for time with exams and social engagements, don’t sweat it. You can literally sweat it out anytime, anywhere.


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December 7, 2012


Senate votes to remove SOC Coordinator Frankenfeld

By Kate Fridley Opinions Editor

On Nov. 27, the Student Government Association (SGA) Senate voted to remove Daniel Frankenfeld ’15 from his position as the Student Organizations Committee (SOC) coordinator using the impeachment process. The Senate passed the motion with 23 in favor and four opposed. The vote took place during an executive session, making it closed to visitors and its minutes confidential. In an interview after the decision was finalized, Frankenfeld said that the reason for his impeachment was his neglect of duties, cen-


tered on his absence from several executive meetings, as well as concern regarding the way he had handled procedures for planning the Caf Fast. “I disagree with the decision that Senate made,” Frankenfeld said. “That being said, I respect the decision. I think that the fact that everyone on that body takes their position in a serious enough fashion to disregard whatever their personal feelings for me are and make a decision like that says a lot about the character of the Senate.” SGA President Catherine Haines ’13 and Vice President Matt Alveshere ’13 could not comment on the details of Frankenfeld’s impeachment. While SGA meetings are normally open to the public, Haines and Alveshere had proposed to enter a closed Executive Session out of respect for the privacy of Frankenfeld and others involved. “This has been a long go, and we really want to remain respectful and remind all students to remain respectful of the situation,” Haines

said. Frankenfeld emphasized that he approves of the Senate’s conduct in making the decision. “I especially wanted to thank Matt Alveshere. He did a super job of running that meeting and keeping it professional,” he said. He also expressed his discontent with the process that led to his impeachment. At the Senate meeting on Nov. 27, Frankenfeld was given five minutes to defend himself against allegations the body brought against him. In compliance with Senate rules, he also had two additional opportunities to speak, each limited to two minutes. Frankenfeld felt that SGA leadership did not give him adequate time to explain his situation. He said that during routine one-on-one sessions with Haines, he always asked if there was anything he could be doing to improve his performance as a member of SGA. Based on these sessions, he said he had no reason to believe that his position was in jeopardy un-

til soon before his impeachment. At the meeting, senators brought allegations against Frankenfeld, which he said had never been mentioned to him before. Frankenfeld said that he did not have time to defend himself against the allegations. “I wish that during the Senate meeting that I had been given more time to explain what was going on. I wish there had been more of a discussion about the concerns surrounding my job performance,” Frankenfeld said. Haines and Alveshere said that in the years they have been involved in SGA, this is the first time the Senate has enacted the impeachment process to remove a member from office. The impeachment process as it appears in the SGA bylaws is relatively new: A former SGA president created the procedure several years ago in response to the misconduct of a member. The bylaws state that instead of holding another election, the SGA president will appoint Frankenfeld’s replacement. Haines has already

drawn up an application and plans to fill the position by the end of the year. In Frankenfeld’s absence, the SOC remains fully functioning. Haines has taken over many of its organizational duties, such as overseeing its agenda, contacting organizations and handling its funding. Regarding the impeachment process, “It would make sense to try and learn from this as much as is possible,” Frankenfeld said. Meanwhile, SGA is taking this year to update its policy manual. The Senate plans to revisit and revise the bylaws dealing with impeachment in order to clarify and flesh out the process, as this is the first time the Senate has put them to use since their initial creation. “Anytime that there’s a major change in an organization, it’s a time to step back and re-evaluate how things go and if there are improvements that can be made,” Alveshere said.

SGA subcommittees delve into student issues, goals

By Ethan Hiedeman Managing Editor

Anyone who has attended a Student Government Association (SGA) Senate meeting to present, speak during the student comment period or just listen knows that Senate meetings consist of about 30 student senators sitting around an imposing table in Buntrock Common’s third-floor board room. But not all of Senate’s work is addressed in its large group meetings; much takes place in smaller subcommittees. Senate subcommittees are “a way for specific student issues to get a more in-depth time of exploration,” said Matt Alveshere ’13, SGA vice president and Senate chair. The number of subcommittees changes every year according to differing needs. According to Alveshere, he and SGA President Catherine Haines ’13 decided on what subcommittees to create based on what SGA has done in the past and what issues have been left unresolved in previous years. Alveshere also gathered input on issues that mattered to students while they were campaigning for office last spring. The Student Feedback and Involvement Committee, for example, was born out of Alveshere and Haines’ sense that students didn’t really know much about SGA and didn’t feel involved. The new committee seeks to resolve that issue. This year, Senate has six subcommittees and also sends a liaison to the St. Olaf Safety Committee, a campus-wide body that looks at issues of safety on campus. Senate’s subcommittees this year include the Bylaws Committee, the Student Work Committee, the Transportation and Parking Committee, the Student Wellness Committee and the Internal Affairs Committee.

Though the size of committees varies, each of drug and alcohol use also fall under the impact a sizable portion of the student body.” has about five senators on it, according to Al- group’s purview. According to Espey-Sundt, SGA Senate’s many subcommittees show veshere. Senators are required to sit on one the subcommittee has been in conversation a renewed effort to work on issues that matcommittee. with the Wellness Center and other organi- ter to students, like the parking policy and Alveshere and Haines gave the subcom- zations on campus to get a better sense of student work, as well as to make Senate itmittees their general topics and some initial what services are there for students dealing self more accessible to students. Look for goals, but left most of the work to the indi- with stress, how much they are utilized and the subcommittees’ work to come to fruition vidual subcommittees. Alveshere expects where SGA can lend its support. second semester. that subcommittees will have spent first seEspey-Sundt said that for her, the goal of mester researching their topics – sending out the Student Wellness Committee is to get a surveys, talking with administrators and stu- campus dialogue started on stress and hopedents, etc. – and that they will spend second fully to “make some small changes that might semester implementing their ideas. “Eighty percent of Senate is new [this year] and don’t have any experience in what subcommittees in the past have done,” Alveshere said. That’s why it takes a whole semester just for senators to get up to speed on where their topic is at. Ytterboe Senator Christina Espey-Sundt ’13, chair of the Student Wellness Committee, appreciates the subcommittee format. “That’s where a lot of the work of Senate gets done,” she said. Espey-Sundt likes the smaller format because it gives senators a chance to hear everyone’s ideas and fosters smallgroup discussion better than when the full Senate meets. Espey-Sundt’s Student Wellness Committee is focusing HANNAH RECTOR/MANITOU MESSENGER mainly on issues of student 8LI-RXIVREP%JJEMVW7+%WYFGSQQMXXIIQIIXWXSHMWGYWWTSWWMFPIGLERKIWXS8LI&SSO7X stress this year, though issues 3PEJ´W]IEVP]TPERRIV)EGLSJXLIWM\WYFGSQQMXXIIWTVSZMHIWJSVEQSVIMRHITXLPSSOEXER EWTIGXSJWXYHIRXPMJI[MXLXLIKSEPSJEHHVIWWMRKMWWYIWXLEXLEZITVIZMSYWP]FIIRSZIVPSSOIH

Tomson wish tree inspires holiday cheer From wishes for a passing grade in a difficult class to remission from cancer for a loved one, the tree in the atrium of Tomson Hall is filled yet again with the hopes and dreams of students, staff and faculty this holiday season.

“This tree welcomes everyone, regardless of whether Christmas is a sacred or secular holiday ... we hope you find it meaningful,” Vice President Greg Kneser wrote in an email to students explaining the wish tree. REBECCA REMPEL/MANITOU MESSENGER

“The physician should not treat the disease, but the patient who is suffering from it.” -Maimonides


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December 7, 2012

A Prescription  for  Vocation MANITOU MESSENGER

By Emily Stets Contributing Writer

“So what’s your major?” “I’m a triple major in German, computer science and math – that’s all for now, I think. What about you?” “I’m going pre-med.” About 60 to 70 Oles apply to medical school every year, although the numbers may vary slightly depending on how one defines the pre-med. Kevin Crisp, an associate professor of biology at St. Olaf, hazards a conservative guess that there are 250 pre-med students currently at St. Olaf. Each year, numerous first years come in dedicated to the pre-med track, determined to live up to its high academic expectations. “Each fall, close to 100 incoming first-year students attend the pre-health (medical, dental) information session . . .” Crisp said. However, the path is hardly an easy one. St. Olaf ’s pre-med track is unique from other colleges’ in that there is not a specific pre-med major. Although the track has many forms, most individuals major in some form of the sciences: chemistry, biology or physics. “To be honest, I am okay with biology and chemistry but they’re not my passions,” Brendan Johnson ’15 said. “I chose math and Norwegian because I want to major in something I am passionate about that also shows I have the ability to think in a scientific, technical way.” Due to the large number of courses necessary for the track, most students begin the process their first year, though with careful planning, starting as late as sophomore year is possible. “I have always loved the idea of helping people and I really enjoy being in the hospital,” Olivia Manfield ’15 said. “So, I thought, what the heck! I might as well still try, even though I’m a sophomore. I love the idea of medicine and what it can do for people.”

Preparation proves particularly essential if students wish to double major, study abroad or take certain classes outside of the track. Many of the courses students take sophomore or junior year – for example, organic chemistry and physics – are year-long courses, making it especially difficult to find time to study abroad. “I looked at doing Global, but it would force me to take organic chemistry sophomore year and physics senior year, meaning I would need to take the MCAT after I graduate, instead of junior/senior year as most pre-med students do,” Johnson said. “So, I’ve had to keep my study abroad options limited to summer and interim.” If a semester of study abroad doesn’t fit into a pre-med student’s schedule, other options exist. The St. Olaf Global Medical Brigade – a studentled global health and sustainable development organization – will be traveling to Honduras this winter to implement medical clinics in rural communities, as well as educate locals on how to operate the clinics. The upcoming trip takes place over interim break, providing an alternate opportunity for premed students to travel abroad while also gaining valuable medical experience for their futures. “The thing I am most excited for is the opportunity to travel to a foreign place, see firsthand the medical problems the area is dealing with and be able to provide help,” Moriah Novacinski ’14 said. In addition to a vigorous academic workload, going pre-med also consists of many extracurricular activities. Novacinski completed internships in the summers after her first and sophomore years – a common trajectory for pre-med students hoping to gain experience in the lab. “Pre-med students have to take a heavy homework load immediately, be an active volunteer, gain research experiences, take MCAT classes and

so on,” Novacinski said. Between volunteering at the hospital to gain real-life medical experience and studying, Johnson realized he needed to make sacrifices in terms of his free time. “I have had to choose certain clubs to put more effort into and not join lots of clubs I want to,” Johnson said. “I have also had to not try for leadership positions in clubs I want to. So, it’s possible to stay involved; you just need to be deliberate about what you really want to be doing, and prioritize accordingly.” The rigid pre-health scheduling can also sow doubt in students’ minds. Intensive workloads and constant concerns about life after St. Olaf can be overwhelming. “I definitely have questioned whether this path is for me,” Novacinski said. “I worry about the costs, about what to do if I don’t get the MCAT score [I need] or get into the medical school that I want.” Only one physics class away from completing the necessary pre-med classes, Stephen Sweeney ’15 experienced a change of heart. “I decided I didn’t want to be a doctor anymore,” Sweeney said. “Now, I am determined to be a music teacher, so I immediately changed my course load for my last two and half years at St. Olaf in order to get my bachelor of music education degree. Despite the strenuous nature of the pre-med track, for Novacinski – as well as many other premed students – the desire to make a difference in the world through medicine fuels the journey.

Calendar of Events: Dec. 8 - Dec.12 Saturday, Dec. 8

Portage in the Lair 8 p.m., Lion’s Pause Come support local music by attending Portage’s concert in the Lair on Saturday night. A band from Duluth, Minn., continues its CD release tour with a onenight-only engagement here on campus. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience great music. Who knows? Portage might just be your new favorite band.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Healthy For the Holidays 4 p.m., Trollhaugen Room What’s the best and worst part of the holiday season? The answer is obvious: XLI HIPMGMSYW QSYXL[EXIVMRK JEX½PPIH holiday treats. Between holiday parties and outings with family and friends, many opportunities to indulge will arise. As tempting as that 17th cookie in two hours might look, it’s probably best to back away. Stop by Healthy for the Holidays to taste some alternatives to classic winter snacks and drinks.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Surviving Finals: St. Olaf Style 8:30 p.m.,Viking Theater As much as we try to deny the harsh reEPMX]MX´WXLEXXMQISJ]IEVEKEMR½REPWWIEson.Yes, I know, I’m tearing up too. With thoughts of papers, tests and presentations we aren’t prepared for running XLVSYKLSYVLIEHWEJI[½REPWWYVZMZEP XMTW GSYPH FIRI½X YW EPP 'SQI XS XLMW swiped Wellness Center event to learn about tips on eating, sleeping, exercising and fun campus activities.

Monday, Dec. 10


Reeves, Women in Sports 7 p.m., Viking Theatre Are you a woman? Do you play sports? Do you like women who play sports? Come listen to Cheryl Reeve – current coach of the WNBA Minnesota Lynx – discuss these topics. Sponsored by the Leraas Funds, the exercise studies department, the women’s and gender studies program, the associate dean for the social sciences and the Junia Fund of the religion department

Monday, Dec. 10

’Twas the Night Before Finals 7 p.m., Thorson Instead of procrastinating by perusing Facebook or Pinterest, come support the students in oral interpretation (theater 100) as they perform a series of original scenes about what happens durMRK½REPWEX7X3PEJ8LIVI[MPPFIXVIEXW and plenty of laughs for all to enjoy.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

SAC Movie: “Elf” 7:30 p.m.,Viking Theater “I’m Buddy the Elf! What’s your favorite color?” Let’s be honest, “Elf” is everyone’s favorite Christmas movie. In JEGX]SYGERTVSFEFP]UYSXIXLI½PQSV show off your Will Ferrell impression for hours on end. So why not grab a few friends and head on over to Viking TheEXIV%JXIVEPSRKHE]½PPIH[MXLWXYH]MRK Tuesday, Dec 11 there’s no better break than getting into “In Between Lines” the holiday spirit with this Christmas7:30 p.m., Kelsey Theater ½PPIH½PQ *MZIEGXSVW½ZIMQTVSZMWSVWSRIWYTIV great time! Come to “In Between Lines” Wednesday, Dec. 12 JSV E RMKLX ½PPIH [MXL PEYKLXIV NS] ERH Late-Night Breakfast awkward situations on stage. Directed 9 p.m., Stav Hall by Phil Schramm ’13, this Deep End pro- Are you having trouble focusing on your duction combines improvisation with study guide because the only thing you scripted performance. Five actors have can hear in the library is your stomach been given two-person scenes, and on grumbling? Come to late-night breakfast 8YIWHE] (IG  ½ZI MQTVSZMWSVW [MPP for some grub! Served by some of your create the other half of the script on the favorite administrators, this event will spot. Tickets are on sale for $1 outside take place in Stav Hall from 9-11 p.m. the Caf, while rush tickets will be avail- 8EOIEFVIEOJVSQ½REPWERHKVEFEWXYH] able for 50 cents before the show. snack. What could you possibly want more than a pancake or a doughnut after staring at textbooks all day?

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