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Winning chef cooks competition in baking battle

Habitat for Humanity held an event on Saturday, April 2, called Bake for Humanity. The event was a baking contest where anyone who wanted to enter could have the opportunity to show off their culinary capabilities. Each competitor got their own kitchen in Ytterboe where they could concoct dessert creations with pre- provided ingredients. The tasting began at 6 p.m. and was held in Ytterboe lounge. There were six baking teams who began working at 3 p.m. to wow the judges. The teams included: The Cookie Jar (Dolly Rakotomahenina ’16), The Great EsCake (Andreas Raduege ’18), CakeFace (Claire Smith ’18), Curls for the Win (Megan Grimes ’19), Old Family Recipe (Morgan Dubois ’16) and Jono’s Warm Delights (Kevin Skrip ’16 and Johnathan Lenz ’17). Most of the bakers took off before the judg- ing began, and left their delicious treats to be scrutinized by the public.

The Cookie Jar Team brought forth a classic with a new spin: Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies. The cookie was delightfully crunchy, and the walnut added a tasty salti- ness to the sweet chocolate chips.

Next was The Great EsCake with their incredible Coconut Cake with Coconut Buttercream Frosting. It was spectacular.


The cake itself was buttery and flavorful. For those of you who hate coconut flavor- ing, you would have liked this cake anyway. The coconut flavor was very mild, and the creaminess of the cake made it high up on the list of favorites for me.

The Old Family Recipe Brownies were also a show-stopper because of their goo- ey-centers. They didn’t taste as cakey as a brownie, but like some kind of ambrosial almondy goodness. Curls for the Win also

entered a brownie desert, and it had a simi- larly shocking twist. They were filled with cookie dough and shaped like cupcakes! It was straight out of an episode of Cupcake Wars.

CakeFace made the only fruity dessert – a Cherry Cobbler. The classic recipe was delightfully fruity and the crumbles on top gave just enough sweetness to the dish to balance the tart cherry flavor.

Finally, Jono’s Warm Delights craft-

ed Salted Caramel Bars which tasted like melted caramel pancakes. In other words, it tasted like my childhood.

All of the teams put up a worthy effort in the competition, but as we know, in America there can only be one winner. After the public came and enjoyed a healthy dose of sugary cuisine, the votes were cast. Everyone who came paid $3 for a ticket at the entrance, and they put their ticket in the bag under the name of the team that they thought made the best dish. In the end, Andreas Raduege claimed the title of victor with his incredible Coconut Cake. I think it’s fair to say that he earned it.

All proceeds from the event are going to the Rice County Habitat for Humanity. Morgan Dubois, competitor and senior biology major, reflects on the experience, “At first I wasn’t going to sign up, but then I saw that we each got our own cooking space and already provided ingredients, so I decided there wasn’t a reason not to try. I love to bake as a hobby, and this was a really fun opportunity.”

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Diary of WWII prisoner on display

Rolvaag Memorial Library currently has two special collections on display on the third floor. The book collection of Jørgen Jensen sits at the entrance. Jensen was a Norwegian-American who donated over 100 books about the Nazi occupation of Norway to the library. He made this contribution less than a year before his death in 2015, and it has been on display since March 1, 2016. Many of the books are in Norwegian – only a few are written in English.

Jensen was a native of Norway and a science student at the University of Oslo on April 9, 1940, the day that the Nazis invaded Norway. The university did not close until 1943, when 1,250 students were arrested and 650 of those arrested were sent to concentration camps in Germany. Jensen eventually fled the country alone and found shelter in Sweden with other Norwegian refugees, many of whom were students at Oslo as well.

In 1948, he came to the United States and settled in Maryland. Jensen’s collection contains diaries and historical accounts of the war and of important Norwegian figures during the Nazi occupation of Norway. Special Collections Librarian Aimee Brown was contacted by Jensen himself, who expressed his wish to donate his collection to the library, though he had no personal ties with the college. He had heard about St. Olaf’s Kierkegaard Library and other special collections, including that of the Norwegian American Historical Association. Brown reflected on her experience of curating the collection for the display.

“Though there is limited space in the front display, I tried to select the books that had the most visually interesting covers, so that students can get a feeling for the Norwegian experience of the war, even if they can’t necessarily read Norwegian,” Brown said.

Students can check out these books by asking one of the librarians. The display will be up until May.

The second special collection currently on display is the diary of Petter Moen, who was a writer for the underground press of the Norwegian resistance movement during the Nazi occupation. He was arrested by the Gestapo in 1944 for his involvement in the resistance and imprisoned in Oslo. During his imprisonment, he used a pin from the blackout curtains to make raised dots in sheets of toilet paper, creating a diary that he could only write after dark so that the guards would not know. After each chapter, he would roll the sheets up and hide them under the floorboard.

Before his death 1944 on the way to a concentration camp in Westphalen, Germany, Moen told fellow prisoners about the diary he left behind in the prison. After the war ended, one of the men informed the Norwegian police about the existence of the diary and they pried up the floorboard to reveal Moen’s several scrolls of toilet paper. The diary was published in 1949 in Norwegian and in English two years later. Brown was contacted by Hans Magnus Aus and Berit Aus – the children of Moen’s brother’s friends – who wished to donate part of the diary to St. Olaf in 2015. Aus was given two pages of the diary as a gift from Hans Moen, Petter Moen’s brother. They were connected with the college through the Norwegian American Historical Association.

To see the documents outside of the display near the reference room, make an appointment with Brown. There are additional copies of Moen’s complete diary in both English and Norwegian, which students can check out from the library.

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When I get old, and wrinkles carve their claws into the hills of my visage

like a thousand deep, rich streams, abundant with the hidden treasure of time

promise me you’ll listen

When knots twist my soft-stemmed knees into gnarled branches,

hum the melody of my almond brown eyes and taste the

saltwater kiss of my memories

Touch my folded eyelids with your finger

like a phantom of the boldest ray of sunshine

spreading its warmth as a roaming flame

and teach me the way to dance beneath the golden canopies of autumn

remind me how sweet your breath smelled in the rain

place my shrunken fingers to the soft pages of a journal

and let me draw from it crystalline moments

that sparkle in my half-lit, moonlit, mind

And I’ll remember…

Yet the tears will be merely drops of dew on pink peonies

and rings of laughter, only bell chimes on the wind

Your smile will be Orion to me, and your love, the affection of a star-eyed lover

Then let me go…

and make a wish on my life as on the wisp of a dandelion

and then I’ll soar, ever-floating, evermore.

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Cross country teams close out season

On Saturday, Nov. 21, the St. Olaf cross country teams traveled to Winneconne, Wis. to compete in the NCAA Division III Championships at Lake Breezee Golf Course. The men’s team came in fourth, behind the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Williams College and SUNY Geneseo. The women clinched 27th place, led by Piper Bain ’16, who finished her final cross country race as an Ole in 19th place.

After earning an at-large bid at the NCAA Division III Regional Championships in Pella, Iowa the previous weekend, the Ole women had impressive individual performances at the national competition on Saturday. Bain finished the race with a time of 21:39.0 and earned All-American honors. Coming in behind her were Morghen Philippi ’16 in 64th, and Jamie Hoornaert ’17 in 170th. Susan Hoops ’17 and Rebecca Walton ’19 closed out the race, putting the Oles in 27th place with a final team score of 574 points.

Having won an impressive victory at the NCAA Division III Regional Championships on Nov. 14, the Ole men were poised for success at nationals. Three runners had All-American performances: Jake Campbell ’16, Paul Escher ’16 and Calvin Lehn ’16. Campbell led the team, coming in fifth with a time of 24:31.3, followed immediately by Escher, who came in sixth with a time of 24:32.6. Lehn was the next Ole runner and finished in 34th. Paul Timm ’18 finished in 97th place and Keith Ketola ’18 in 139th, which brought the team score to 211 points.

The Eau Claire men’s team landed the number one spot with 135 points, while Williams College captured the women’s title with 81 points.

With the cross country teams’ solid seasons coming to an end, many of the athletes now look forward to the start of the upcoming indoor and outdoor track season. Coach Phil Lundin expressed his excitement for the men’s team’s success considering the strong performances displayed during this year’s cross country season.

“We have a lot of promise, and expectations are high for 2016,” Lundin said. The indoor track and field season will begin in January, which gives runners plenty of time to recover and rest after a long and demanding cross country season.

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Fresh Space showcases Northfield talent

On Saturday Nov. 7, the Dance Department held Fresh Space, their annual performance of collected “works-in-progress” and finished works by students, faculty and the greater Northfield dance community. Heather Klopchin, Associate Professor of Dance and the choreographer of Companydance, directed the performance and performed the final work of the show. Klopchin has been in charge of directing Fresh Space in recent years, and has noted the Northfield Community’s increased involvement since the start of Fresh Space.

Fresh Space is an opportunity to bring the Northfield Dance Community together. We have 14 works performing in this year’s show,” Klopchin said.

The Northfield Dance Academy performed a work called “The Tempest,” choreographed by Daphne Mccoy. The students from her Modern II Class at Carleton also performed in the dance with the Academy’s students. The dancers captured the idea of “summer tempest winds” as they swayed across the floor, picking up the younger dancers and racing across the stage to Vivaldi’s “Summer Presto.”

The Academy dancers were young girls wearing bright colors, and the Carleton dancers were clad in all black, creating a fun and energetic effect.

Klopchin listed the dance styles featured in the show, “ballet, modern, contemporary, American vernacular dance, hip hop and Turkish dance” in addition to the St. Olaf students showing their Junior Preview works. The St. Olaf Dance Department company Veselica performed dances from the Gazientep Region of Turkey and a work that features a variety of vernacular dance forms choreographed by guest artist Karla Grotting.

In the Turkish dances, the performers wore traditional Turkish clothing, and danced with an incredible amount of skill, as they held onto each other’s arms and danced in a line, a circle and two lines with incredible synchronization and precision.

Ruckus, the Hip Hop dance troupe, performed “Buzz,” which was choreographed by Abe Awes ’18. Awes often led the dance, but the group of six was perfectly in sync, at times acting as though they were watching something fly over the heads of the audience, and at other times forming a perfect pyramid formation with Awes at the peak.

Other performances, such as “Inside These Walls,” which opened the show, featured a more contemporary style of dance, and the dancers brought forward an incredible sense of raw emotional expression as they ran into each other, carried each other, fell to the floor and ran across the stage. Another contemporary dance, choreographed by Cecilia Wall, presented the same sort of accute emotional feeling, as it was “about unbalanced relationships, and how that dysfunction affects both people.” The title of the dance is “How Much…” It too was rich with emotional depth, and the dancers excelled at expressing how awkward and unpredictable relationships can be.

There were a few solo works as well. “The Hours Unmake” was written and performed by Snow ’18 as well as a violinist. Snow wrote the music, which was spontaenous, rhythmic and beautiful. The artist’s inspiration was their decision to move from classical dance to contemporary.

“I’ve danced since childhood, and I wanted to explore my major through dance and music by experimenting with ballet and going toward modern dance,” Snow said.

The sophomore is a CIS major, which, for them, includes music, dance and filmmaking. Snow wants to promote artistic collaboration among departments, and that was their reason for integrating the violin in the work. Snow saw this opportunity to share their creativity as a way to explore ideas for their senior project.

Another solo, named “Run,” was choreographed by Vera Lochtefeld ’16 and performed by local dancer Emma Thompson, and the solo that closed the show was “A failing/falling,” choreographed and performed by the director of Fresh Space, Heather Klopchin.

“I originally created and performed this piece in 2008 to celebrate my undergraduate alma mater, SUNY Geneseo,” Klopchin said.

It was a masterful closing to an artistically thoughtful show. She said that the piece has since been set on St. Olaf alum, Sarah Steichen ’08, and soon to be set on a Carleton College senior as part of their senior project. Fresh Space was a wonderful show and it represented the dance community of Northfield as an important contributor to the proliferation of the arts in this Malt-O-Meal town.

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