The St. Olaf branch of Amnesty International celebrated its first annual Amnesty International Human Rights week, Saturday through Sunday. Through a series of events, the group sought to educate the student body about human rights issues around the world, especially in the Darfur region in Sudan, and to provide an outlet for students to take action.
This fall, students' perception of the number of crimes on campus has risen. However, Residence Life and Public Safety assure students that the actual crime rate has not increased.
Instead, more e-mail communication from Public Safety, more awareness on the parts of students and more reports of suspicious activity have given the impression of increased crime on campus.
Talking Circle, the Multicultural Affairs and Community Outreach (MACO) and the Diversity Celebrations Committee (DCC) hosted the kick-off celebration for Native American Weeks in Buntrock Commons Tuesday. The event featured fancy dancer Larry Yazzie. Native American weeks will include many events including speakers, a movie and storytelling.
The Blue Key Honor Society chapter of St. Olaf College held its annual blood drive Wednesday and Thursday. Leaders hoped to collect 80 to 100 units of usable blood. Recruiters signed up approximately 200 people, allowing that some would not show up and some would not be suitable donors for various reasons.
Last Thursday night members of the college community gathered in Rolvaag Library to hear Professor of English Rich DuRocher give the first of this years two Carl A. Mellby Memorial Lectures. Professor DuRocher, whom his colleague Professor of English Carol Holly called "one of the leading Milton scholars in the country" in her introduction, spoke on the topic "Why Milton Matters."
Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate for Representative to the Minnesota legislature, District 25B David Bly '74 spoke to St. Olaf students Tuesday evening. Bly's visit was hosted by the Political Awareness Committee (PAC), which has brought several candidates to St. Olaf to raise awareness about the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 7. Incumbent Representative Ray Cox will be speaking next Tuesday.