A few weeks ago at work, I found myself browsing through the Student Worker's Handbook. When I came across the "Expectations for Student Workers" portion of the booklet, I was surprised that there was no complimentary "Expectation for Employers of Student Workers." What does this gesture say about the significance of student workers at St. Olaf?
Yes, it's that extra-special week of the year again, when campus fills with the smell (some would say stench) of lutefisk and hordes of Norwegian-sweater-wearing alumni and friends descend on Northfield and the campus, intent on sharing in our annual celebration of Christmas joy.
When one thinks of the "great" film directors certain names quickly come to mind. Martin Scorsese and Stephen Spielberg are immediately conjured, with names like Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, and Akira Kurosawa perhaps following. A name that may or may not pop so quickly into one's head, though it certainly should, is that of the late Robert Altman.
St. Olaf students have a serious drinking problem. I'm not talking about our propensity to drink more alcohol than some would like to admit. I'm talking about a different liquid that Oles abuse: water.
When I was a child, all I ever wanted for Christmas was a pair of Brown goalie leg pads that looked just like Jon Vanbiesbrouck's (a decent goaltender who was prominent in the 90s and helped take the Florida Panthers to the Stanley Cup finals in 1996). I know this doesn't mean much to you, but at the time, my very life was less important to me than these gloriously powerful goalie pads.
The Civil Rights Act was a turning point for everyone in this country, sparking the War on Poverty and making possible the creation and development of a number of educational opportunity programs. The only programs from this era that still exist today are the federal TRiO programs and Head Start.