Upcoming election fuels registration frenzy Students face dilemma of where and how to cast votes By Madeleine Tibaldi Contributing Writer
All of the political babble on campus may be making some students’ heads spin as they wonder where to vote, when to vote and how to do it. On Thursday, Sept. 20, St. Olaf ’s Political Awareness Committee (PAC) hosted a voter registration workshop to address some of these concerns. The most commonly raised concern at the workshop was whether to vote on campus or by absentee ballot. Many students felt strongly about voting in their home states because of contentious local elections and legislation. However, other students will opt to vote in Northfield, in large part due to the two proposed constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot on Nov. 6. Perhaps the greatest advantage to voting on campus is students’ ability to cast their votes on the Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage Amendment, which would make same-sex marriage unconstitutional, and the Minnesota Voter Identification Amendment, which would require all voters to show photo identification. Both may act as incentives for some students to vote on campus rather than by absentee ballots. New Oles may not want to vote in Northfield because they feel more at home in their own communities. However, Kevin Dahle, the incumbent Minnesota senator, spoke at the event to encourage students to vote locally in Northfield. “You have just as much right to vote in Northfield as anyone,” Dahle said. “You are vital parts of our community . . . Your vote really matters.” David Bly, a candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives, also spoke at the event. “We, as a community, need to hear from you,” Bly said. He also stressed the importance of voting against the Minnesota Voter Identification Amendment. “Keeping same-day voter registration may make the difference between someone voting and not voting,” Bly said. Since our country does not have direct voting representation, the candidate who wins the popular vote in each state will take home all of the electoral delegates for that state. While Minnesota is currently projected as a moderate Democratic hold for President Obama, students from states such as New York and
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California (whose voters are projected to vote overwhelmingly for Obama) or Utah and Wyoming (which are projected to be swept by presidential challenger Mitt Romney) may choose to vote in Northfield since their votes will bear more weight in moderate Minnesota. So, while Minnesota is not a “swing state,” it may make sense for students to vote in Minnesota if their home state is projected to vote overwhelmingly in favor of either Obama or Romney. If that was not enough to convince students, speakers stressed that voting on campus could not be easier. Most students (except those living in honor houses and off-campus) will vote right here in Buntrock. And for students who are first-time voters, pulling the lever down in the vestibule is an exciting rite of passage. In some cases, it makes strategic sense for students to vote by absentee ballot. For exam-
ple, if a student is from Pennsylvania, Ohio or Florida (which are considered the three most influential swing states) it may make sense for them to vote in their home states, where neither Obama nor Romney has an insurmountable lead in the polls. If a student chooses to vote by absentee ballot, the process is very simple. The presenters of the workshop suggested that students log on to absenteeballot.com, select their home state and follow the instructions listed on the page. Absentee procedures vary state by state, and some require that voters request a ballot during a specific window of time, while others require voters to request a ballot directly through their home counties. Regardless of a state’s policies, a voter must be registered in his or her home state before requesting an absentee ballot. Students who are planning to vote absentee are encouraged
to be proactive and begin doing their research as soon as possible. The only requirement for voting on campus is being a Minnesota state resident for 20 days, and most Oles fall into that category. While it is not necessary to provide photo identification, voters should know the last four digits of their social security numbers. Students are eligible to register the day of the election, but are highly advised to pre-register in the weeks leading up to Nov. 6. As Sen. Dahle informed attendees of the workshop, Minnesota has the highest voter turnout in the nation. Regardless of where St. Olaf students vote, Minnesota’s high level of political involvement is a model of good citizenship they can all strive for. firstname.lastname@example.org
Minge speaks to celebrate Constitution Day
Piper Center unveils networking, internship, career opportunities
On Wednesday, Sept. 19, St. Olaf celebrated Constitution Day by inviting Judge David Minge ’64 to speak in Viking Theater. Minge, a distinguished St. Olaf alumnus, served as a member of Congress for Minnesota’s second congressional district, and was later appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals by Gov. Jesse Ventura. Minge will be returning to St. Olaf in the spring to teach a course on constitutional law. Constitution Day is officially celebrated on Sept. 17, because on that day in 1787 the Constitutional Convention concluded and the delegates returned to their states to begin the ratification process. Federal law requires that all academic institutions that receive federal funds, including St. Olaf, use the holiday to educate students about the Constitution and its history. Minge’s talk centered on modern threats to the impartiality and independence of the judiciary. To help illustrate these threats, Minge used baseball umpires as a metaphor. In order for umpires to be effective, Minge explained, they cannot be indebted to any team. Baseball teams cannot pay the umpires or have any control over an umpire’s future in the business. Either of these conditions would create a conflict of interest. In the judiciary, this conflict of interest issue can arise depending on how judges are recruited and retained. In Minnesota, state judges are technically elected. In practice, however, Minge says that 90 percent end up being appointed by the governor. This can happen because judge openings usually occur far enough away from the election period to trigger the appointment process. Minnesota governors usually appoint judges based on a list of names given to them by the Merit Judicial Selection Commission. This commission was set up by another St. Olaf alumnus, former Gov. Al Quie ’50, in order to ensure that these appointments did not become a political favor to be handed out to allies. Assuring the continued use of this commission, Minge concluded, was the only way that Minnesota could continue to avoid the increasingly partisan judicial elections that plague so many other states in the nation. In a short interview after the conclusion of his speech, Judge Minge explained why he has decided to come out of retirement to teach at St. Olaf this coming spring. As it turns out, Professor Doug Casson in the political science department had invited Minge to St.
By Chris Miller
While St. Olaf College students were spending their summers working at jobs or internships that many found through the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL), the CEL itself was undergoing several major changes. First of all, the center’s name has been changed to the Harry C. Piper Center for Vocation and Career, or simply the Piper Center. The center is named after Harry C. Piper, who served on the St. Olaf Board of Regents from 1986 to 1990. Piper’s son, Board of Regents Chair Addison “Tad” Piper, and his family donated $2,575,000 to name and endow the new career center. Matching funds from the college itself increased the Piper Center’s endowment to just over $5 million. The college hired St. Olaf alumnus Branden Grimmett ’03 as the director of the Piper Center. Grimmett studied religion and music at St. Olaf before earning a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School. He held similar positions at the career development centers of Harvard and Tufts before returning to the Hill to head the Piper Center. “I’ve always wanted to come back,” Grimmett said. “Then I heard about this position through another alumnus – which is yet another good example of the value of the St. Olaf network. The more I learned about the Piper Center, the more I knew it was a great fit.” Under Grimmett’s direction, the Piper Center has introduced several new initiatives. Students have already been receiving the new Piper Center Weekly emails, which contain all the necessary information about upcoming workshops, events, career fairs, employer recruiting sessions and application deadlines. “We want to make sure that the communications resonate with all students, not just with seniors looking for a post-graduation career,” Grimmett said
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about the weekly emails. The Piper Center is also introducing a new event called Ole Biz, which gives students the opportunity to see where St. Olaf graduates are working in business. The event is designed for students who are exploring their options in the corporate world and for students who hope to network with alumni. Over 100 alumni working in a variety of industries will attend the event. Piper Center staff members are also at work expanding the Connections Program, which gives Oles the chance to travel to different cities in order to meet alumni, to attend networking events and to visit employers. In previous years, the program took students to Washington, D.C. over spring break. Now, however, the program also offers a trip to New York City during fall break and a trip to Houston during Interim break, along with the trip to D.C. Grimmett hopes to even further expand the program in the coming years. Another important change within the Piper Center is that each staff member now specializes in certain career industries. Students who are interested in banking and finance, for example, can go online to the Ole Career Central website (stolaf.edu/olecareercentral) and schedule a coaching appointment with the Piper Center’s specialist in that field. Areas in which staff members specialize include health care, non-profit organizations, arts, education, journalism and media. Of course, along with these new initiatives, the Piper Center will continue to provide the same services that the CEL once did, including help with resumés, finding internships, networking and job hunting. email@example.com
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September 28, 2012
Social issues remain divisive for Republicans By Seth Ellingson
It seems that every week there is another gaffe by Republicans, whether it be Romney, Ryan or some candidate in a closely contested local election. Republicans have been running on a platform stressing the economy and creating jobs, but the other major side of politics has created an Achilles’ heel for the Grand Old Party: social issues, including reproductive rights, marriage equality and voter identification. Ever since the Tea Party incursion a few years ago, Republicans have been deeply divided over social issues. In theory, the party favors keeping government out of people’s lives, yet at the same time calls for government’s intrusion into our bedrooms and our bodies. As the election inches near and Romney continues to fall in the polls (Pollster.com had Obama projected at 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 191 on Sept. 26), conservatives are asking each other how to address this growing schism. Not all Republicans are for limiting marriage or against women’s rights. Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, when he debated Howard Dean last year on campus, proclaimed, “Keep the government out of the bedroom.” Scott Brown (R-MA), who is falling behind Elizabeth Warren in the race to keep his U.S. Senate seat, and many other Republican office-seekers have condemned Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) stunning comments on rape. So what effects do these amendments, comments and stances have on the party as a whole? Social issues draw attention away from the economy, an issue where Republicans believe they have a more convincing case than the Democrats, though equal blame
could be put on Republicans since they have controlled Congress for the last two years. Some Republicans actually advocate losing the race and running out these radicals who believe in “legitimate rape,” among other things, in preparation for a strong 2016 campaign. If one looks at the demographics that the GOP is clinching this election season, it is quite dismal. According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, Romney commands a whopping zero percent of African-American voters, while his shares of women and Hispanic voters are only marginally better. This would suggest that the GOP’s hypocritical stances on social issues have created a rift between the party and some voters. Before Akin’s comments, his opponent Claire McCaskill trailed him by 10 points in the polls; after the comments, McCaskill led by two points. At the same time, Crossroads GPS (Karl Rove’s super-PAC), the RNC and a hand-
ful of other donors dropped all contributions to the Akin campaign, putting him at a huge fundraising disadvantage. If these prominent Republican groups are stopping funds in hotly-contested races such as Akin’s, why did Akin receive the nomination in the first place? Why would Republicans allow candidates with such far-fetched views run under their party label? Once again, the party is split between moderates and extreme conservatives. These problems don’t even include the Republicans’ low share of young voters. Republicans are trying to turn around their prospects with young people by reaching out to youth through media sources such as magazines. One notable magazine, The Conservative Teen, features columns by prominent Republicans such as Paul Ryan, who recommended his stringent P90x workout routine, as well as stories advocating abstinence. But Republicans are deeply
divided, attempting to appeal to the religious right and at the same time to draw over independents. This isn’t primary season anymore, and the GOP is running the last few moderates out of its party, which can only spell disaster. After every election loss, the losing party shifts to try to resonate better with voters. If the Republicans lose in November, they will have to accommodate more moderate views on social issues in order to win in 2016. That means no more marriage amendments, no more voter identification laws restricting large voting blocs and no more laws redefining rape. If this happens, Democrats will be hard-pressed to put up a solid fight on social issues alone in 2016. Seth Ellingson ’15 (ellingss@stolaf. edu) is from Powder Springs, Ga. He majors in political science and Russian.
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Faculty vote questioned Facts should come first By Bjorn Thompson On Aug. 30, days before the student body reconvened for the fall semester, the St. Olaf faculty voted overwhelmingly to oppose the proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment that would limit the freedom of same-sex couples to marry. The St. Olaf faculty vote will undoubtedly carry large ramifications for the image of the school. It will convey that St. Olaf is teaching its students what decisions to make, not how they should make them. The faculty, like the students, are ambassadors of St. Olaf College and have the ability to convey ideas and impressions regardless of the official stance of the school. Their influence is unparalleled and well-respected. However, students should be left to craft their own social agendas founded upon tools taught to them by their professors. The faculty vote followed the creation of a petition opposing the amendment by the group St. Olaf Votes No. According to Northfield Patch, when asked about the faculty vote, St. Olaf Media Relations Representative David Gonnerman stated: “The appropriate role for a college is to encourage and prepare its students to take informed positions on public policy issues, to participate in discussion of them and to exercise their right to vote. St. Olaf’s mission states that we ‘challenge our students to be responsible and knowledgeable citizens of the world,’ and we encourage all Minnesotans to do the same. This is the role St. Olaf embraces. But St. Olaf doesn’t take official positions on the many issues that are now and will be under public debate.” Gonnerman is correct in saying that it is the role of the school to enable students to make public policy decisions, but the school itself shouldn’t take official positions on social issues, which could undermine students’ abilities to make informed decisions in the future.
Similarly, Carleton College released a public statement after receiving pressure from alumni and friends of the school to publicly oppose the marriage amendment. According to Eric Sieger, Carleton’s director of media relations, the college’s mission is to educate students and encourage them to act as individuals upon their convictions. He affirmed that the school does not take political stances on social issues that aren’t educationally founded. Augsburg College remains the only Minnesota college to publicly denounce the marriage amendment.
“Students should be left to craft their own social agendas.” Regardless of one’s political dispositions, there is danger in any college, as a bastion of liberal education and free thought, sanctioning a particular political persuasion over another. It is an honor and a privilege to be taught by such knowledgeable and progressive professors. It is also an incredible experience being part of a campus where so many beliefs and lifestyles can coexist. But while the St. Olaf faculty members should be lauded for their universal perspectives and inclusiveness, I in no way wish that St. Olaf would officially adopt the Vote No proposal. It is important that students learn how to think independently and are fostered in an environment that allows them to formulate their own policy decisions. For the sake of open-mindedness and higher education, let’s allow the students to decide for themselves what to believe. Bjorn Thompson ’15 (thompsba@ stolaf.edu) is from Edina, Minn. His major is currently undecided.
By Jocelyn Sarvady Would you turn in a paper for a history class and say California was one of the original thirteen colonies? No. Would you tell a professor, “I’m sorry I am late for class; my spaceship just wouldn’t start this morning”? Absolutely not. So why do politicians think they get a “free pass” when it comes to speaking the truth around election time? It is a campaign manager’s job to get his or her candidate’s message across, not to spin the truth to make the other candidate look naïve and uninformed. The heads of these campaigns need to realize that the “spun truth” will come out to the public. These lies can be little things, like vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan fibbing about how long it took him to run a marathon, or bigger issues like Republican candidate Mitt Romney approving an advertisement that includes false information about Obama’s welfare plans. When, according to The Atlantic, Mitt Romney’s pollster Neil Newhouse said, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” he was allowing liberal news anchors to mock him for weeks to come. And it is not just liberals feeling that conservatives twist the truth to fit their platforms better. The liberal media is just as guilty of an occasional lie. According to TownHall.com, a conservative website and magazine, the left does its fair share of rewriting history, leaving holes in their arguments and backing their misleading statements up
with made-up quotations from supposedly anonymous sources. Does the campaign need to be “dictated by fact-checkers”? Undeniably. A politician will look foolish if he or she doesn’t run television advertisements or speeches by a fact checker before sharing it with the country. Why would these politicians want their campaign message to be based on lies to begin with? It is junior-high behavior when a grown man or woman is too lazy to validate their information. Twisting the truth makes it no longer the truth, no matter how much these politicians wish it. Say you turn in a religion paper. What if the professor sees it and says it looks too short to be the required length. If you fib and say the paper appeared longer on your computer, you just lied. While your lie was to one professor and not the country you aspire to be president of, it is still the sharing of false information. Politicians need to run a campaign as if with every lie they told, their noses would grow like Pinocchio’s. If you could clearly pick out the lies politicians try to get away with, the whole campaign process would be less petty and more centered on the issues facing the country.
“Why do politicians think they get a ‘free pass’ when it comes to speaking the truth around election time?”
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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September 28, 2012
Negative obesity campaigns do more damage than good By Carly Tsuda
It may seem like old news, but obesity continues to be problematic for this country. A 2010 study from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) found that over one-third (35.7 percent) of U.S. adults are obese, which means that they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. The future does not look much better, either: The CDC recently released a report suggesting that this statistic could climb above 50 percent by 2030. In an effort to combat the worsening issue, many awareness campaigns have been launched. Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity conducted a study to evaluate the effectiveness of various strategies these campaigns have adopted and found, unsurprisingly, that Americans respond to positive health campaigns over negative campaigns that specifically mention weight or obesity. While obesity is a public health concern, the best way to start fighting the issue is to listen to the people who are living with it. Some may argue that weight is a personal choice rather than a public concern. While every person has a right to make their own choices regarding their health, medical spending due to preventable, obesity-related disease falls somewhere between $147 and $210 billion annually, according to the CDC. If the projected figures for 2030 are realized, those costs could increase by $48 to $60 billion annually. So while personal health should be the decision of the individual, there is a substantial public interest in lowering rates of obesity. While obesity is the large-scale problem, the solution is much, much smaller in scale. Most individuals do not choose to be overweight, but make day-to-day choices that comprise a generally unhealthy lifestyle.
Successful campaigns target those daily problems rather than the national issue of obesity. The study found that participants were frustrated by campaigns that condemned their choices with slogans like: “It’s not a diet …
indicated that campaigns that offered specific strategies for healthier lifestyles were received better than studies that generally condemned obesity. Rather than continuing the pattern of condemning obesity or suggesting that obese
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it’s a lifestyle,” but offered no advice for how to change their habits. It seems that body-negative campaigns are designed to combat a culture of permissiveness regarding obesity. Yet, such a culture does not exist in the U.S., where there are already significant stigmas against overweight individuals in the media. What we need in the national dialogue on obesity is body-positive advice on healthy living. The Yale study
individuals lose weight, anti-obesity campaigns should offer strategies for improving nutrition and fitness. Furthermore, negative campaigns can actually have a damaging effect on their target demographic. The Yale study found that obese individuals often respond to offensive and hurtful messages in unhealthy ways, such as binge eating or refraining from exercise. These campaigns also reinforce media mes-
sages about body image, which can manifest themselves in the form of eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder. Overall, they generally contribute to the negative social dialogue with regard to overweight individuals. It could be said that negative campaigns are simply part of a realistic discussion of American society and that obese individuals should be aware of their situations. Antiobesity campaigns that use harsh language intend for the shock vocabulary to attract attention to their campaigns. While there is a place for blunt honesty, there is also much to be said for listening to those whom you are trying to help. If obese individuals turn away from these campaigns, the campaigns are simply ineffective. Leaders of the Yale study credit the unhelpful and sometimes damaging nature of these studies to a lack of research prior to their release. This is unacceptable: Campaigns should be constantly reevaluating and adjusting their strategies to best reach their target demographics. We need public health campaigns that address the issue of obesity, but spending public funding on ineffective campaigning is only worsening the problem, both in terms of the health of individuals and on a public spending level. The dialogue on campus is a fantastic example of body-positive, healthbased discussion of weight. As Oles, we can carry this positive discussion of weight off campus. We can only hope that future health campaigns will reevaluate their strategies and adopt a more empathetic message similar to the ones we are familiar with at St. Olaf. Carly Tsuda ’15 (email@example.com) is from Fullerton, Calif. She majors in American studies.
Chicago teachers’ strike highlights need for further reform
By Katie Haggstrom
While the students of Chicago Public Schools resumed classes late last week, effects from the teachers’ strike still linger. With students missing seven days, the district was quick to resolve immediate concerns of the strike. But the teachers’ strike went deeper than higher wages or better health insurance. Many public school systems stress the importance of gauging a student’s progress using standardized tests, with a teacher’s job security resting on the results of these assessments. If a teacher is fired due to poor student performance, there is no way for teachers to appeal. The Chicago Teachers’ Union grew tired of having tenure and overall job security rest on the backs of young students. Every child is unique. Children begin the year with varying levels of understanding, so it’s no surprise that they end the year on different levels academically. It is counterproductive for teachers to spend the whole year sculpting their students solely for the standardized tests.
Neglect of certain students begins to emerge from a school system run by standardized tests. Students who excel can be overlooked. They’re above the average, but they aren’t reaching their true potential. But what about the children in the Chicago Public Schools who are in the lower class? Teachers are unaware of a child’s home environment. Some children act as a translator for parents who don’t speak English. Some children have a higher education than their parents. Who then will help them when they are struggling with their homework? Many public school systems have attempted to help children in needy homes by offering free or reduced lunch and busing. But these outside problems cannot be completely fixed. So, how can teachers be judged on students’ performances regardless of problems outside their control? Teachers need to have flexibility in their classrooms. As it stands now, teachers are planning their classes around teaching for standardized tests. With more freedom in class, teachers can gauge where each of their students are and change the material accord-
ingly. The teacher can slow down a lesson if many students are struggling. Concepts in class need to be understood thoroughly, not memorized. I went to a public high school where many of my tests consisted of information I could memorize and reiterate back to my teachers. I would get a study guide, make flashcards and speedily memorize those facts. Once I handed in the test, all of that short-term memorization washed away. I didn’t really understand what I was learning. I just knew how the system worked. I realize that school districts want to compare their students with other children across the nation. Standardized tests serve as a way to even the playing field and easily compare academic “success.” But in fact, they divide students. Some students are better problem solvers, while others are better at applying concepts. Additionally, some children are better at taking tests, while others just freeze up. On a rigid, specific test based on facts, some students will have an advantage. These types of tests are not going to express the success of an individual teacher and should not decide
whether the teacher is effective. Overall, teachers need to be given a voice in their own classrooms. They are around their students at least seven hours a day during the school year. They are the ones who should be included in deciding a student’s progress or success, not a test written for the “generic” child. But for now, the teachers’ strike has been quieted and the children are back in school. Some of the teachers’ concerns were addressed: Teachers will now receive a 7 percent salary increase, 30 percent of teachers’ evaluations will be based on the students’ test scores and when the principal hires new teachers, half of them must be previously laid off teachers. But there are still many more bumps in the road. While these changes do not correct every issue the teachers raised, they are a step in the right direction. What it comes down to is the fact that the children are the future, so they should be the first priority. Katie Haggstrom ’14 (firstname.lastname@example.org) is from Omaha, Neb. She majors in English.
One year later, message of Occupy Wall Street remains vital By Jon Erik Haines
One year has passed since protesters first began gathering at Zuccotti Park in New York City, the most famous site of what came to be known as the Occupy Wall Street movement. Though Occupy Wall Street represents the most well-known of the Occupy protests, the powerful language of the movement has appeared at Occupy gatherings in over 82 countries. Much like the protests that have occurred around the world in the past several tumultuous years, the Occupy movement has faced many difficult questions in the aftermath of its moment in the media spotlight. The bold scope, decentralized leadership and dissolution of the Occupy movement have spurred questions over its intentions, values, consequences and relevancy. Though it is hard to speculate about the varied effects of the Occupy movement, I would argue that the issues raised by the protests are some of the most important of our troubled time. Despite claims of incoherency by those on the right, there are several issues that are clearly defining for the Occupy movement. Significantly, these issues revolve around the dangerously growing power and influence of the financial industry on governments and the world economy. The fallout of the crisis, when millions of hard-working Americans lost their jobs in large part because of the risky betting of powerful financiers, provided the spark for the protests. The fact that essentially none of these financiers have faced jail time for taking down the world economy with irresponsible behavior should be troublesome to all Americans. Even if it is true
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that no illegal action took place, shouldn’t that be a cause to rethink our legislation? Do we really want to live in a country where a powerful, wealthy elite dealing with a financial world that is beyond the comprehension of not only most normal Americans, but also of most lawmakers as well, can send the entire economy reeling for years? Not only have these executives and financiers gotten away with the risky betting, but many of them are also doing very well despite the sufferings of most common Americans. This is due in large part to the massive bank bailouts built on the concept of the largest financial institutions being “too big to fail.” This frightening concept is central to why
Occupy Wall Street is so important. The assumption that giant financial institutions are too important to the global economy to allow them to fail is at the heart of modern American corporatism. “Too big to fail” implies that the government will always be obligated to bail out the uber-influential, poorly regulated driving forces of global capitalism. Beyond that, it seems that the free, democratic governments of the world have made it one of their primary concerns that these behemoths run smoothly. The Occupy movement represents a legitimate frustration with the fact that in the face of the many problems exposed by the financial crisis, the government has doubled down on its com-
mitment to the institutions that caused the meltdown in the first place. In 2011, Time Magazine recognized “The Protester” as its Person of the Year. Around the world, from the Occupy movement to the Arab Spring to the Tea Party, people are taking to the streets in search of an alternative to the monolithic advance of the status quo. Since the fall of 20th-century communism, consumerist cultural capitalism has been the sole world power and has steadily plowed over any opposition. (I would argue the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq represent just that.) The financial crisis of 2008 exposed the dangerous inconsistencies of this ideology, and throughout the world, people have risen up in various forms to call for a meaningful discussion of these problems. It has become increasingly clear that the powers-that-be have no interest in dealing with these critiques in a constructive manner. (Look no further than the petty distractions of the current presidential campaign for evidence of that.) If the more recent violent protests in the Middle East are any indication, we have yet to see the end of global unrest. Given the failure of global leadership, we the people have a responsibility to demand a vital discourse on the questions that will define our futures. If that means taking the discussion to the streets, so be it. Jon Erik Haines ’14 (email@example.com) is from Golden Valley, Minn. He majors in English and philosophy.
September 28, 2012
CherryBerry tickles taste buds in Northfield By Kari Riley
Northfield is opening its arms to the new kid in town, CherryBerry. This selfserve frozen yogurt business, which has over 50 locations throughout the Midwest and the South, has situated itself on 400 West Fifth Street, next to Caribou Coffee and Verizon Wireless. What has made CherryBerry such a success is the fact that customers have complete control in fashioning their dessert creations. CherryBerry offers over 50 rotating fat-free frozen yogurt flavors, along with more than 50 scrumptious toppings. The dessert possibilities are endless. I stopped by CherryBerry on its opening day last Friday, Sept. 21. When I
walked in, an employee greeted me with a smile and asked if I had ever been to any of their locations before. When I replied that I hadn’t, the employee excitedly explained to me that I could simply grab a cup and start creating any concoction I wanted. The frozen yogurt selection offered 16 flavors that rotate every so often, creating variety each time you go. The flavors had creative and appetizing names, such as Cookie Monster, Birthday Bash and White Chocolate Wonder. After I selected my frozen yogurt, I had the option of visiting the topping bar to add any or all of the toppings I so desired. They offered 16 dry toppings, ranging from gummy bears and sprinkles to granola and butterscotch chips. In addi-
tion to these, they offered 16 refrigerated toppings, ranging from fresh pineapple chunks and sliced strawberries to candy bar pieces. After I filled my cup, a CherryBerry employee weighed my creation on a scale, and I paid for it according to its weight ($0.39 per ounce). I agree with CherryBerry’s online statement that “the possibilities are endless. Simply swirl it, top it, weigh it, pay for it. CherryBerry gives the fun to people by allowing them to create their own frozen yogurt.” It was indeed a fun experience for me, and I feel that any fan of frozen treats will feel the same way. CherryBerry is a good place for anyone to visit, especially St. Olaf students. Within walking distance of campus, this yogurt bar can easily make for a quick, sweet study break during any busy week. CherryBerry also provides a wonderful destination for a relaxing and enjoyable outing, as it offers free Wi-Fi. In addition, the store has two mounted TVs for friends and families to gather around and watch together as they enjoy their treats. One concern that I have for this new CherryBerry location is the timing of its entrepreneurial launch. With autumn here and winter on its way, frozen yogurt will not be on the top of many people’s lists of winter desires. Hot chocolate, coffee and seasonal soup will most likely win that battle. Even during the store’s autumn opening day, the crowd at CherryBerry was somewhat sparse. I can only hope that it will make it through our imminent Minnesota winter.
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Workers at CherryBerry, Northfield’s newest sweet-tooth-satisfying attraction, wait for customers to finish handcrafting their frozen yogurt masterpieces.
Glorious Misfortune reaches celebrity status By Libby Jacobson Contributing Writer
For four sophomores at St. Olaf – Brandon Berger, Stina Nesbit, Sam Adams and Helen Paolo – “glorious misfortune” is much more than some beautiful bad luck. “We are a four-person musical group that focuses on tight group harmonies,” Nesbit said of Glorious Misfortune, the band that she, Berger, Adams and Paolo formed last year. Dovetailing off of Nesbit’s answer, Paolo added that the group also focuses on putting on a fun show. They are just four people who jam out and make music together. The friends realized their shared interest in music as first years living in Ellingson. Together the group of four grew as people, through rough times and also through good times. That growth through struggle and success is where the name originated. The name came up at dinner one night, and it stuck, according to Paolo. The group has been together since March 10, 2012. “We formed because of an Ellingson coffee house talent show,” Nesbit said. “Our music is acoustic, folk-inspired. We are folk alternative, we can be rock and jazzy because of our eclectic tastes,” Paolo said. “Our harmonies are influenced by choir.” The Glorious Misfortune meets each Tuesday, Friday and Sunday for about an
hour and a half. Since they are all from different places, practicing during the summer was difficult, but now they are getting back into a routine. “We constantly have material in the works,” Paolo said. “Some practices we just jam out and other times we brainstorm, get an idea and just flow.” Figuring out the instrumentation is their first step. “Usually one of the boys brings a chord progression, and then they think through the chorus and the bridge of the song,” Paolo said. “Then we improvise melodies and just goof around until we find something we like.” “We write the lyrics last. First we all say what the song means to each of us, and then we write as a group,” Nesbit said. “We veto or say yes to things we like or dislike. It is a really communal process.” Their songs loosely follow a formula. “We have a chorus, and then we break it down to highlight individual voices and instruments,” Nesbit said. “We have been really lucky,” Nesbit said. “We have been able to play at places like First Ave and will be opening for Delta Rae.” They have also played several events on campus, including a performance at the Poetry House, the Vote No rally and a performance in Stav Hall over Homecoming Weekend. The group is hoping to release a professional recording around Christmas, so keep your eyes peeled for news of their album. Each of the four members has a long history with music. For Nesbit, there is
no precise year or age when she became involved in music. “I have been singing my whole life. When I was 7, I started doing musical theater, and in high school I did choirs,” Nesbit said. She got interested in music because of “The Sound of Music” and theater. “I always have found it better to sing emotions, rather than saying them. It’s what I feel most alive doing,” Nesbit said. With The Glorious Misfortune, she has been able to perform at several different venues. “The best part of performing is the fact that it is the most vulnerable I am, and in that sense it is really freeing. It is also just really fun,” Nesbit said. Paolo has been singing since she was a little kid. “There are home videos of me when my parents were still using baby monitors. I would sing before doing anything else,” Paolo said. “It really started with my parents. They had me take piano lessons but they knew I loved singing and switched me to voice lessons in fourth or fifth grade.” Paolo’s interest in music came from the fact that there were no other musicians in the family. Music has always been a part of Berger’s life, too. “I started music when I was very young. I was always singing when I was growing up,” he said. “My parents used to sing together to me. I have a really musical family, not trained necessarily . . .. Music has been in my life ever since I can remember.” Berger played the alto saxophone and percussion in band and was also in the choir. “The best part of performing is interacting with the audience. It doesn’t mean anything that we are performing, in that moment, you are one. That cohesiveness evokes the best feeling ever. Making the crowd feel close to how you feel is a job well done,” Berger said. Adams has been involved in music for quite some time, but began with the piano rather than the guitar. “I have been playing the piano since I was 4. I started the guitar in high school,” he said. “I was nerdy with not a lot of friends in high school, so I played a lot of guitar.” His interest in music started with his family. “My mom always forced me to play piano. My brother plays bass, and we would jam for hours after school. We play music together all the time,” Adams said. “My brother goes to Carleton, so sometimes I go over there to jam.”
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The Glorious Misfortune performs in the Caf during Homecoming Weekend. The fourpiece band, made up of sophomores, has played at First Avenue in Minneapolis and around campus. The band hopes to release an album around Christmas.
Yes, talking to your parents about sex can be extremely awkward (my grandma still thinks my mom is a virgin and my dad still think I have never kissed a boy), but sometimes they have the best ways of giving advice. Although the anecdotes they give to you may seem a bit silly, they often hold true. Growing up, my mom was notorious for her snippets of so-called advice, and over the years, I have started to use them, too … so, here are some of my favorite funny, true and often vulgar quotes and how they have actually helped me: Disclaimer: Many of these topics are sweeping generalizations and stereotypes that have a facetious angle, and I realize that every person and situation is unique. However, there is truth within every stereotype, and I hope you find the humor in that. “Boys have two things on their minds: food and sex. So, if they come knocking on your door after dinner, DON’T ANSWER.” This is one of my favorites. Not only is it hilarious, but also it often rings true. Let’s face it: Sex and food go hand-in-hand. Whether we go out to eat beforehand or refuel afterwards, they certainly are inseparable! Not only that, but this piece of advice has helped me understand boys and girls alike in the past. When my mom first told me this gem, I was in the backseat with my friends on our way to our first day of high school. I was mortified. The more I heard it (as in every time I would go out to eat with a boy), the more I discovered some truth in it. I found that on days that my significant other was cranky, he often needed one of two things: either he needed to eat in order to satisfy his physical hunger, or he needed to satisfy another form of hunger. Quite frankly, many girls are the same way. (Is there any truth to those Snickers commercials?) Seriously though, next time your boyfriend or girlfriend is down without cause, ask if he or she is hungry, and then ask if he or she is horny. “Boys and girls both think with their head, just different ones.” One of the more vulgar bits of advice. This may sound sexist, and yes, it is a little biased seeing as my mom raised three daughters, but girls generally do invest more emotion and thought into their sexcapades (intentionally or unintentionally) than most guys do. It is just the way we are built. Of course, when these words of guidance were given to me, I still liked to think that everything was like the movies and people only had sex or even just kissed because they were in love. One day, I graduated from junior high and saw a different reality. I dole this advice out very often. How often do you hear a girl upset that the boy she macked on at the Legion hasn’t texted her? I realize that it was probably very romantic and all, but let’s be real: He wasn’t looking for his next serious relationship when he made his move, and neither was she. Take it as a compliment to your stellar outfit that night and move on. However, I am guilty as charged; I have gotten worked up over random makeout sessions before. Now? I try to leave my emotions aside when I go out. It is way more fun that way. But to those who do follow up: way to go! Concerning alcohol use: “When they drink, boys get stupid and girls get slutty. This is never a good combination.” Not much needs to be said about this one. We see it happen every weekend. This is always good to keep in mind when you go out. Know your respective tendency and be aware of how you might behave. Just for this reason alone it is always good to have some form of birth control. Use this advice to lighten up an awkward conversation, take it to heart, or use it to explain your weekend. Oh! And one final quote for you to decode: “Nothing good happens after midnight. Then again …”
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September 28, 2012
Faculty present their work in ‘Artists on the Hill’ exhibit By Amy Mihelich Contributing Writer
This fall, the St. Olaf community is being treated to a rare and exciting opportunity. On Sept. 14, the Department of Art and Art History opened a new exhibit in the Flaten Art Museum titled “Artists on the Hill.” The entire faculty of the art department has come together to display a diverse exhibition of the faculty members’ work. A comprehensive exhibit such as this is only put together every three years or so and includes pieces from active, emeriti and deceased faculty members. “The purpose of this exhibit is to show what the faculty of St. Olaf can do, both for our students and our colleagues,” said Christine Hawkins, technical supervisor of the art department. St. Olaf is fortunate to possess active professors who continue to research, discover and create while they work and teach on campus. “Artists on the Hill” is an opportunity for students to see this in a tangible form. “We are becoming the risk-takers and scholars we ask students to be,” said Wendell Arneson, professor of studio art. The exhibit illustrates the struggle, contemplation and dedication professors actively engage in through their work. The sheer number of pieces ensures there will be something for everyone to enjoy. The individual works of 15 different artists, as well as a few collaborative pieces, can be seen on display. The faculty chose not to have a theme this year, allowing the exhibit to encompass a wide variety of mediums, styles and emotions. Ranging from painting and sketching to sculpture and pottery, the diverse talent of the St. Olaf faculty is well represented. “It really is a laboratory to explore visual ideas,” said Jill Ewald, director of the Flaten Art Museum. Students are encouraged not only to visit the exhibit, but to take their time and truly discover it. “Come with an open mind,” Hawkins said. “Look at the work and then talk about it with others. There is a lot up there to take in.” Such great breadth of mastery can be appreciated for ten minutes or hours.
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“It is like cotton candy for the eyes,” Ewald said. “It is a great opportunity to take a break from your busy day and just let the art be around you.” The pieces are undoubtedly exciting to look at, but on an even deeper level, the faculty of St. Olaf suggests that art creation and appreciation is just as important now as ever before. “Over the past several years, we have seen less and less ability of students to work with their hands and use creativity,” Hawkins said. “Art teaches students to think differently and develop a problem-solving approach in life.” Art teaches people to notice details, ask questions and stylize their own personal interpretations. These are skills that can be applied in almost any real-life situation. The process of thinking about possibilities, it also teaches people to think with an open mind. “Art is a sign of a civilized society,” Ewald said. “Civilizations without art often lead to narrow-mindedness and
intolerance.” The tradition of art is one of the things that has connected societies across the world throughout time. Kept alive by the viewers’ interpretations, art trains the mind to consider other perspectives and opportunities. “When people see our work, what they say shows it has enriched their lives more than we ever thought possible,” Hawkins said. Come see what the faculty is up to on campus. You may be surprised at what you find. Stop in at the Flaten Art museum for a few minutes between classes or check it out with friends in the afternoon. Located on the second floor of Dittmann Center, the exhibit will be on display through Friday, Oct. 12. It is free and open to the public all week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. email@example.com
Aspiring artists to find mentorship through conference Have you ever wondered how to put your art or art history major to better use? Wonder no more. On Saturday, Sept. 29, you can attend “Making it in the Arts,” a conference detailing career opportunities and cross-disciplinary issues facing all artists. The event gives a rare glimpse into the abnormally strong relationship between St. Olaf and its alumni. Considering the high unemployment rate, career connections are valuable and student-alumni relationships are as important as ever. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” said Wendell Arneson, professor of art and art history. Arneson, program director of Making it in the Arts and lifelong artist, has been a professor at St. Olaf since 1978. When asked about how art students can best prepare themselves for a career in the arts, Arneson’s face lit up. “You have to find what your passion is and follow it. You have to be majorly committed,” he said. Arneson, however, is less concerned with preparing students for a specific occupation than he is with providing them with a broad set of valuable skills. He fervently believes that if professors can get students to think more creatively and to become better problem solvers, they will have an enormous advantage regardless of their career choice. Arneson was adamant that students look at their options and observe the multiple paths to multiple career possibilities. “You have to be able to say yes to opportunities,” he repeated. With the rate of job turnover, people shouldn’t know what they are going to be doing in ten years. According to the Wall Street Journal, the average number of careers that one person will cycle through could be as high as five to seven. Students should approach Making it in the Arts with an open mind, ready to take business cards and write down email addresses. “The most important thing for students to take away from
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By Molly Raben Music Columnist
Something new, something old As the transition into fall surrounds us here on the Hill, I have been looking (and listening) forward to new album releases while not forgetting the past: e.g., the golden year of 1982. I shall begin with the changes now upon us. Out Oct. 2, Steven Ellison’s (a.k.a. Flying Lotus) new album is a presentation of rich electronic textures over the top of which plays bells, harps, guitars, auxiliary percussion and voices (including that of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke). During the past decade, Ellison has been instrumental in the development of the hip-hop scene in Los Angeles and his latest release evidences this fact. Until the Quiet Comes opens with an ethereal sound of harp arpeggios accompanied by beats, shaker and synthesizer. This rather effective atmospheric quality remains throughout the first half of the album, shimmering within each track. A change occurs at the crux of the work. The mechanical and otherworldly mood of the opening tracks gives way to a more earthy sound presented in “DMT Song” through syncopated beats and lush string accompaniment. The album comes alive through these contrasts and its seamless transitions create
this conference is for them to see the multiple ways that St. Olaf alumni were able to say ‘yes.’ If students can develop the confidence to say ‘yes,’ if that can resonate with them, they will find hope, energy and a future if they follow it,” Arneson said. The “Making it in the Arts” conference is preceded by two days of art presentations and celebration, which begin on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Dittmann Center 305 with a presentation by David Little from the Minneapolis Institute of Art on the historical importance of the famous contemporary German exhibit, dOCUMENTA. This will be followed by a presentation from Darsie Alexander, chief curator of the Walker Art Center, on major art trends today. The event continues on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Dittmann Center 305 with showcases of student talent consisting of musicians, artists, dancers and actors. The main event begins Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. and runs through 2 p.m. in Buntrock Commons. Events include panel discussions with St. Olaf alumni, a discipline-specific question and answer session and speeches by comedy writer, performer and teacher Shelly Gossman ’99 and Alison Young of Minnesota Public Radio. Whether you are pursuing an art career or capitalizing on Wendell Arneson’s insightful career advice, “Making it in the Arts” is a wonderful opportunity for making career connections and enjoying a beautiful yet practical presentation of the art world. For more information and to register online, got to www. miita.org.
a very comfortable and balanced divergence of material, reflective of Ellison’s background in hip-hop/jazz fusion. Flying Lotus’ album is a continuous work that makes it difficult for one to pause the music at any certain point. Without strong cadences, Ellison is able to lure his listeners in with a steady yet ever-changing tone. If you are hoping to hear his new album (and I recommend you do so), it will be available on NPR Music (http://www.npr.org/music/) for the next few days and will be released by Warp Records on Oct. 2. Unfortunately, Flying Lotus will not be stopping by Minneapolis on his upcoming tour; however, if you happen to be in Chicago over fall break, you can catch him at the Metro on Oct.16. Although Ellison will not be gracing us with his presence, one of my favorite artists, Laurie Anderson, will be performing at the Walker Art Center in early November. I bring Anderson up because she is a pioneer in electronic music and made possible much of what Ellison created on his forthcoming release. If you get the chance, I recommend you listen to her pivotal work, Big Science (1982). The album contains her most well known track, “O Superman (For Massenet).” A combination of minimalist ostinato, melody spoken into a vocoder, saxophone and bird sounds, the song creates a simi-
lar ethereal mood to that heard in Flying Lotus’ new album. The dark mood of this piece is paired with that of the opening track, “From the Air,” and many others on the album. However, Anderson balances their seriousness in both music and content with lighter, horn-filled tracks such as “Example #22.” Laurie Anderson’s work remains significant not only for its musical innovations, but also for its political statements. She performed “O Superman” at a concert in New York a few weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. She spoke the original lyrics on this night: “This is the hand, the hand that takes / Here come the planes / They’re American planes. Made in America / Smoking or non-smoking?” Anderson claims these words, when premiered in 1982, were commentary on the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-80. After performing the piece during the aftermath of 9/11, the lyrics have gained new topical significance. If you have not heard this track and have interest in either of these times in our history, I advise you to listen closely to Anderson’s album. I certainly hope that if you decide to listen to my recommended pairing of albums, you enjoy them both very much. firstname.lastname@example.org
September 28, 2012
Volleyball clobbers Hamline in four
Captain Carlson: “Our game was on . . . We had a great flow”
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St. Olaf Captain Melissa Burch ’13 spikes the ball past Hamline’s Stephanie Kaup and Katie Ayres as Maggie Prunty ’15 looks on. Burch had 16 kills in four sets over Homecoming Weekend.
By Alex Ripperger Staff Writer The St. Olaf volleyball team defeated Hamline University 3-1 at home on Sept. 21, Homecoming Weekend. Melissa Burch ’13 led the Oles with 16 kills in the four-set win. In the first set, the Oles jumped to an early 7-1 lead, aided by service aces by the Pipers and smart swings from the Ole hitters. Ari Carlson ’13 made six of her 13 kills to push the team to a 25-18 win. The Oles took another early 7-1 lead in the second set, after the Pipers made five attack errors. The Pipers battled back to 15-12 after sneaking some hits through the Ole blockers. However, Burch went on a seven-point serving run that included four aces to give the Oles a 20-13 lead. Setter Kersten Bork ’16 had great saves to get balls out of the net and off the ground, keeping the rallies going. St. Olaf went on to win 25-15. But Hamline gave St. Olaf some trouble in the third set. The Pipers made numerous kills from their front row, while the Oles struggled to keep the ball in the court and had a few blocking errors. Hamline won easily, 25-13. In the fourth set, St. Olaf and Hamline traded points until the score was 12-12. Kirstee Rotty ’13 was an anchor for the back row during serve receive, giving great passes that led to kills from Burch, Carlson and Katie Wolfram ’13. With that run, the Oles pulled ahead 16-12. Burch had two blocks to help keep St. Olaf ahead and win 25-19. Bork finished with 39 set assists while Rotty had 20 digs. “In general, I think our game was on. We had a great flow and our offense was aggressive, as shown in our kill and ace count,” Carlson said. The Oles fell to the Cobbers when they traveled to Concordia College-Moorhead on Sept. 26. With the loss, St. Olaf’s record stands at 6-10, 3-1 in the MIAC. The Oles embark on another conference road trip Sept. 29, facing the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. email@example.com HANNAH RECTOR/ MANITOU MESSENGER
Quarterback Dan Dobson ’13 surveys his options during the Sept. 21 home football game versus Gustavus Adolphus College. Dobson passed for 183 yards and two scores in the 17-14 Ole victory. The win, a highlight of the weekend’s Homecoming festivities, propelled the Oles to a 3-1, 1-1 MIAC record. Next up, the men travel to Collegeville, Minn. to face MIAC competitor St. John’s University on Sept. 29. St. John’s (currently 2-2, 0-2 in the MIAC) defeated St. Olaf last season 27-24.
Men’s soccer road trip proves challenging By Alana Patrick Sports Editor As Oles of all ages flocked to the Hill last Friday for the Homecoming festivities, the men’s soccer team donned the black and gold six hours away in Kenosha, Wis. The men went on to celebrate Ole pride in their own fashion, defeating non-conference opponent Carthage College with a score of 2-1. Continuing south to Chicago on Saturday, the St. Olaf men were halted by North Park University, who they played to a 1-0 loss.
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Carthage scored early in the Friday-night contest. Less than four minutes into the game, Mike Heika sent the ball to the top right corner of the net to gain a 1-0 advantage. Seven of the Oles’ nine first-half shots went wide or high, and the Redmen maintained their lead at the 45-minute mark. Twenty-five minutes into the second half, the Oles responded with two quick, successive blows. Off of a cross from Phumelela Sukati ’15, Kevin Skrip ’16 headed the ball past Redmen goalkeeper Milan Tijanic to tie the game. Less than two minutes later, David Rosenthal ’14 netted the game-winning goal, his team-leading fourth of the season. Sam Kaplan ’16 assisted on the play. The Oles outshot the Redmen 22-9 in the
victory. Saturday’s game proved more challenging. Despite outshooting the Vikings by a similar margin (20-13), the Oles were unable to sneak the ball past Viking goalkeeper Tim Ahlberg. Jonas Pettersson’s goal at 14:46 of the first half was the sole point of the game, fueling North Park toward the 1-0 victory. The Oles returned to conference play on Sept. 26, when they defeated Hamline University 4-0 at home. Next up for St. Olaf (5-3-1, 2-0-1 MIAC) is a home game against St. John’s University on Sept. 29. firstname.lastname@example.org
Receiver Jake Schmiesing talks football, dogs
NAME: Jake Schmiesing ’13 THREE FAMOUS PERSONALITIES I’D SPORT: Football HAVE OVER FOR DINNER: I have to HOMETOWN: Stillwater, Minn. pick four semi-famous personalities: Danny HIGH SCHOOL: Stillwater Dobson ’13, Stephen Asp ’14, Area High School Ben Dobson ’13 and Christian MAJORS: Math and economLujan ’14 (the Friday dinner ics crew). WHY I CHOSE ST. OLAF: FAVORITE SPORT OTHER My dad and brother [attendTHAN FOOTBALL: Baseball ed] St. Olaf, so I have been RANDOM FACT: I learned around the school my whole everything I know about being life. I love the campus and a receiver from my golden the atmosphere. After visitreceiver (I mean retriever) ing for baseball and football named Sami. and meeting the people, it was FAVORITE BOOK: “Angels actually a pretty easy decision. and Demons,” “The Da Vinci Schmiesing ’13 PRE-CONTEST RITUAL: I Code” and “The Lost Symbol” honestly don’t really have anyMOST MEMORABLE thing. I just try to take some MOMENT AS AN OLE time by myself, slow everything down and ATHLETE: Coming from behind in the just relax. fourth quarter last year to beat Bethel FAVORITE SPORTS MOVIE: “Miracle” PLANS AFTER OLAF: Find employment in FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Friends” the finance field FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Chipotle - Alana Patrick
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Olaf sports traditions: twelfth man By Emily Stets Contributing Writer
Ever heard anyone call a St. Olaf sports team a cult? When it comes to team unity, this label might not be so far off the mark. The sheer amount of time spent studying, practicing and eating meals together transforms a collage of individuals into a dynamic and resilient force. Yet, simply spending time together does not always translate into the makings of a successful team. Instead, success depends on each individual being held accountable no matter his or her role in the team. Ole women’s soccer is living proof of enthusiasm for this principle of accountability, embodied in the tradition called “The Twelfth Man.” Throughout the season, each member of the team is assigned a day to make a mini pep talk to the team before a game. Every member of the team must be present for the Twelfth Man talks, including coaches, players and managers. “The idea behind the Twelfth Man is that everyone is held accountable on and off the field,” defender Susie Jelinek ’14 explained. “Everyone should be involved, whether they are starting, injured or on the bench.” Themes vary for the Twelfth Man talk, though there is no shortage of creativity. For example, Jelinek ordered gold headbands last year that said “We’re Golden” on the front, a reminder that looking like a team usually correlates to playing like a team. Rachael Stets ’14 made black and gold stickers that said, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Among other physical tokens of motivation are tiny Ole lions that team members wear during the game, key chains and numerous posters that decorate the locker room, as if to say that just because the game has ended does not mean the message is obsolete. In past years, girls have even remade Disney songs or poems in a lighthearted attempt to remind the team of how far they have come and what they can accomplish together. Team members do not always have to include a tangible object in the Twelfth Man talk. A player can simply stand up and talk about past experiences and, in light of those experiences, focus on the direction she can see the season taking. In essence, the Twelfth Man is about every voice being heard. There are 11 players on the soccer field, and not every player will be on the field for the entirety of a game. In this way, every player is the Twelfth Man, responsible for boosting team morale and encouraging others from whatever her position might be. No one is exempt from engaging herself fully in the game in whatever way she can. Many newcomers to campus comment on the close-knit nature of any team. Their observations underline the idea that in order to perform well as a team, members must be comfortable with each other and understand the challenges ahead. However, could the idea behind the Twelfth Man be extended to the entire athletic program at St. Olaf? What if, instead of each individual team supporting and motivating each other, we viewed all athletics as one team? The intense connection between athletes on a team is powerful, yet the fact remains that all athletes face the same challenges: how to work as a team, how to overcome physical and mental challenges, how to balance athletics and academics and so on. This congruency is the great equalizer among Ole athletics, and should bond teams together into a unit just as it bonds individuals together into a team. The Twelfth Man is a fantastic display of the importance of teamwork and individual involvement. With the power to spread beyond the women’s soccer team, the Twelfth Man is an invaluable idea that transcends simple pre-game motivation. email@example.com
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September 28, 2012
Annual Fair highlights opportunities for volunteers Nina Hagen Contributing Writer
St. Olaf ’s annual Volunteer Network Fair took place this past Thursday, Sept. 20 in Buntrock Commons from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Buntrock Crossroads was bustling, filled mostly with St. Olaf students hoping to learn about available volunteer positions both within St. Olaf and in the Northfield community. Volunteer Network Coordinator Patricia Garcia ’14 organized the event. “The fair is modeled after the co-curricular fair that happens every year in the quad, but its focus is volunteer organizations,” Garcia said. “We hold the fair to give students the opportunity to see all the different ways they can get involved in volunteerism on campus.” Garcia commented that the Volunteer Network Fair does a great job of putting the spotlight on the more than 20 student-run volunteer organizations on campus. These organizations, including Stitches for Peace, Awesome Club, Project Friendship and People Serving People, allow St. Olaf students to get involved with groups on campus and in Northfield itself, thereby bringing the two communities closer together. Not only did the fair feature multiple student-run organizations, but it also housed tables from Northfield-based volunteer groups. By bringing representatives to the St. Olaf campus, these organizations hope to show students that, should they want to get involved in volunteerism, their options are not limited to the St. Olaf campus. Representatives from the Girl Scouts of Northfield, St. John’s Church and Laura Baker Services came to campus hoping to recruit Oles who want to be more involved in groups outside of campus. Emily Olson ’14 is one of many St. Olaf students who volunteer off campus during their spare time. A member of the Northfield Hospital Volunteers, Olson strongly believes that students should take advantage of the numerous volunteer opportunities open to them.
“St. Olaf life is volunteerism,” Olson said. She believes the Volunteer Network Fair is a convenient starting point for students hoping to get more involved. “[The fair] is a great opportunity to find out about volunteer experience and find a way to give back to the community,” Olson said. Interested students were met with incentives such as candy, pizza and free Student Government Association plastic cups, but it was truly the multitude of exciting volunteer opportunities that motivated them to show up at all. The diversity of these opportunities results in varying commitment levels among organizations: Some groups ask for a full-year commitment, while others ask volunteers to be available two to three times during the year or only over spring break. That way, students can volunteer as much or as little as they want. And the assortment of options is only growing. “The range of volunteer orgs at the fair each year is really cool,” Garcia said. “There are groups that work with kids, some that work with the elderly, at the hospital, Feed My Starving Children, churches in Northfield, Northfield public schools and even with Special Olympics athletes.” Garcia believes that the variety found within St. Olaf ’s volunteer groups will help draw more students into the volunteer community. The more interest in volunteerism there is on campus, the more St. Olaf ’s volunteer organizations will flourish and the more Olaf ’s bond with the Northfield community as a whole will strengthen. Every year, holding this fair proves to be a great way to facilitate the beginning of that process. MARIT AASENG/MANITOU MESSENGER
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Judge David Minge - Alumnus shares tales of judiciary journey Continued from A1 Olaf as a guest lecturer last year, and Minge was so impressed with how prepared the students were that he jumped at the opportunity to take over the class while Casson is on sabbatical next semester. Minge also offered advice to students who might be interested in entering politics, recommending that students get some experience in politics before they graduate, either by volunteering for a campaign or interning in an office. He suggested that, after graduation, students look for a job in their community that gives them experience on issues that arise outside of the government. According to Minge, the public and private sector experience to be gained from these opportunities would be extremely beneficial to students
“As a judge, your daily diet is people who are violently disagreeing with each other. And, that’s not always people at their best.” -Judge David Minge ’64 seeking elected or appointed office. When asked whether he got more enjoyment out of being a judge or a member of Congress, Minge said that he did not particularly prefer one over the other; he had distinct experiences in each. He described his time in Congress as “fascinating” and “rare” due to the demanding schedule and constant change in issues. His time as a judge, however, was very different.
Minge said that the exposure he gained to the problems that American families face as they simply try to live was a “sobering” experience. “As a judge, your daily diet is people who are violently disagreeing with each other. And, that’s not always people at their best,” Minge said. Minge’s spring course, Constitutional Law, is a 200 level political science course.
According to the description it will focus on debates over civil rights and civil liberties. For political science majors and non-majors alike, Constitutional Law will provide students with both background and context for understanding the laws that govern them. In addition to his passion for the judiciary system, Minge made clear to the attendees of the talk that education is dear to his heart as well. He will be a welcome guest on the Hill come spring. firstname.lastname@example.org
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” -E. E. Cummings
Features The Gender and “Queer-ly” a safe space for Oles of any orientation Sexuality Center:
September 28, 2012
By Kaelie Lund Contributing Writer
At the top of Holland Hall, up the steepest flight of stairs on campus, lies a corner classroom: 606C. A piece of computer paper is taped to the door with a message written in red Sharpie: “The GSC will be opening in October, 2012,” signed with a cheerful “Thank you” and a smiley face. This classroom is the home of St. Olaf ’s Gender and Sexuality Center: a place for students identifying with any gender or sexual orientation to co-exist, have conversations, learn more about gender and sexuality and just hang out. For many student organizations – such as Sexual Assault Resource Network (SARN), Students for Reproductive Health (SRH) and Gay, Lesbian, or Whatever (GLOW) – the re-opening of the Gender and Sexuality Center will provide a way to stay connected. “The center itself is a space,” GLOW Coordinator Brian Walpole ’13 said. “It’s got a lot of great resources from books on feminism, queer theory and how to pick up your first same-sex date. It also acts as a hub between all the gender and sexuality groups on campus so we can stay close and support one another.” The GSC also sponsors St. Olaf ’s annual “V-Week,” a well-known set of events on campus in the spring, including “The Vagina Monologues.” A documentary-based play, “The Vagina Monologues” tells the stories of women from a variety of cultures, and discusses issues from sexual assault to visits to the OB-GYN. Another event of V-Week is the information tables sessions where, most memorably, students can get pictures with someone dressed in a festive costume. “My freshman year, I remember seeing a person in a vagina costume and St. Olaf ’s rendition of ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ which were totally shocking to me,” SRH President Robin Cole ’13 said. “My background is conservative, smalltown Wisconsin, and it was a good feeling knowing that people make
[V-Week] fun and everybody knows about it on campus; it’s a really good movement.” Cole realized her sophomore year that she wanted to become a reproductive rights activist and looked up Students for Reproductive Health on the St. Olaf website. After emailing the former president, Cole was invited to a meeting. This past year, Cole took over as president. “[The GSC] is important on campus because we have an amazing presence of organizations representing sexuality, but some students don’t always feel comfortable connecting with GLOW. The Gender and Sexuality Center fills in the gap between them,” Cole said. The GSC will be open MondayFriday from 3-5 p.m. Besides the optimistic “we’ll be back” sign, a blue sign stresses that the GSC is a safe, equal space for everyone, especially those who have questions about their own sexuality. “I had a friend who had an ‘Idon’t-know-what-I-am’ question, and I went with her to the Gender and Sexuality Center,” Annie Stewart ’15 said. “They had a wide range of texts to look through, and there was someone there to help talk through things with, and that definitely helped her.” Although the GSC hasn’t officially opened yet, opportunities for getting involved are on the horizon, and Walpole knows firsthand the good experiences that can come from working with the GSC. “If anyone wants to get involved with GSC stuff, I’d say go for it.” Walpole said. “It’s never too early to get involved with organizations you care about, and the GSC is a great spot to start and see how different organizations can work together.”
Calendar of Events: Sept. 28-Oct. 4 Friday, Sept. 28
Pre-Making It In The Arts Cabaret 7 p.m., Dittmann 305 Excited about the Making It In The Arts Conference? Ready to start the fun one night early? Come to the Pre-Making It In The Arts Cabaret! Comprised of original works by St. Olaf students and faculty, the event features performances from the dance, theater and music departments, as well as exhibitions from the art department.
Saturday, Sept. 29
Monday, Oct. 1
Poet Rodrigo Toscano 7 p.m., Rolvaag 525 Come see experimental poet Rodrigo Toscano perform some of his best pieces. Noted for its contemporary, conversational and at times political style, Toscano’s work may open your mind to new ways of using poetry in today’s society. Just in case the poetry leaves you wondering about Toscano’s process or his work, an informal Q & A will follow the reading.
Wednesday, Oct. 1
PAC: Presidential Debate Tour de Farm: Bike Tour Watch Party 1 p.m., Buntrock . . . and Beyond! 8 p.m., Lion’s Den Embrace your inner farmer and Lance ;MXLWSQER]ER\MSYW½VWXXMQIZSXArmstrong at the same time by par- ers on campus, staying up to date on ticipating in this bicycle tour, featuring the coming election is crucial. Come WXSTW EX WM\ 2SVXL½IPH JEVQW%X IEGL to this PAC-sponsored event to supfarm, participants will have the opportu- port the candidate of your choice, nity to chat with farmers, sample foods, hear what the opposition has to say play lawn games and much more. Pro- and eat free – yes, free – snacks. The ceeds go towards Laughing Loon Farm Pause, pizza and politics: How can a – one of the stops on the tour – which Wednesday night get any better than lost much of its harvest due to summer that? ¾SSHMRKXLMW]IEV
ATTENTION STUDENTS: We are recruiting participants for a research study about college life. All undergraduates are eligible, although we reserve the right to select participants which result in diversity across categories of gender, race/ethnicity, religious background (including those with no religion), year in college, and major. Participants will meet with a researcher in a public setting on campus and complete an audio-recorded interview that is expected to last approximately one hour. Participants will receive a $30 Amazon.com gift card to compensate for their time.
If interested, please contact:
Perry Glanzer Associate Professor of Higher Education, Baylor University Email: Perry_Glanzer@baylor.edu This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards of Calvin College and Baylor University. St. Olaf College is not involved in the study.