It makes sense that things would get busier and busier as the term wears on. But somehow "stuff to do" at Carleton is compounded exponentially rather than linearly week by week. By that logic, I should have had about x^8 times as much on my plate this past week than first week. That sounds about right.
halloween. ELECTION. birthday (20 - eep!). ST OLAF GAME. registration. ADVISER MEETING. field trip. EXAM. paper. PROJECT. door knocking. MIAC LEAGUE CHAMPIONS. semifinal playoff game. RALLY. pumpkin carving. SCREW DATE. lab report. GREAT SPEAKERS. november.
And on and on and on. Instead of running you through my whole week, I think I'll talk about three highlights: halloween, election day and soccer.
Halloween on Campus
I don't remember much exciting happening on Halloween last year. I know I dressed up and went out with friends, but for the most part it was pretty uneventful. Not this year! Carleton went all-out. A Halloween decorating contest between thirteen participating campus offices proved to be perhaps the most exciting. There were some truly fantastic ones - my personal favorites including Stevie P.'s office, the Dean of Students, the one-day-only athletics department, and the Student Activities office (mostly because they were showing Charlie Brown cartoons and giving away free pumpkins).
Student Activities Office
Dean of the College
Stevie P.'s Office
Wellness (Hellness) Center
Wellness (Hellness) Center
This was a big one. I have to say, I was really expecting to be disappointed with the Carleton effort. I had been to a rally for some candidates that was held on campus and there were maybe twenty students there, maximum. I'd been talking to some people in the days leading up to November 2nd and had been received with limited excitement. Some people told me they hadn't registered, some didn't know what offices were up for election, others couldn't figure out how they would fit voting into their busy Tuesday schedules. I'm part of the Carleton Democrat club and I'd found their overall campus involvement sort of lacking.
To my pleasant surprise, Carls came out in full force on election day. I went out with the Dems on Monday night and plastered the campus with "VOTE" posters, signs and sidewalk chalk. On Tuesday, MPIRG and Carl Dems were out knocking on dorm room doors (our goal was to hit each three times in the day, bugging them to vote) and bussing them to the polling place (which was also well within walking distance - less than five blocks from campus). I don't know the exact percentage of students who ended up voting, but at the end of the day and with the help of Minnesota's same-day registration policy, I know that everyone I talked to had been there, done that. Congrats, Carls!
I am currently enrolled in an election class - Media and the 2010 Election, precisely. On Tuesday we had a class trip up to the cities to attend the Minnesota Republican and Democratic watch parties / victory parties. Bussing in a large group (there were about forty of us total) of (mostly Democratic) students to a Republican party in Michele Bachmann's district was an interesting idea. We certainly made the most of our few hours there... and behaved ourselves the majority of the time (the possibly upside-down Bachmann sign you may or may not have seen on national TV that Keith Olbermann made fun of may or may not have had something or nothing to do with some of us). I think a lot of us felt a bit more at home at the Democratic rally we went over to later on in the evening (I know I did). We had a opportunity to hear U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken speak, as well as Keith Ellison and a few other Representatives. A few of us even spoke briefly with Franken as he milled around the crowd later in the evening.
As uncomfortable and out of place as I felt at the Republican party, I'm really glad I went. It's one of those things at Carleton that I fee like I just have to take advantage of when the opportunity arises because let's be honest, it's probably something that I never would have done otherwise and probably won't do again. It's all about the experience.
Carleton Women's Soccer
I realized that somehow, although soccer is something I spend upwards of 16 hours per week playing, I have not yet blogged about it this year. In a nutshell, we're doing quite well. Last week, by beating St. Olaf, we clenched the the title of MIAC (Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) league champions - it was the first time since 1984 that CWS has had this title. Yesterday, we beat St. Ben's in the MIAC Playoff semifinals 2-1 on beautiful Bell Field with a bunch of Carleton fans cheering us on. Intentional or not, we made it quite the nail-biter. We scored in the second half to but us up 1-0, but the St. Ben's Blazers responded with a goal of their own within less than 60 seconds. It was tied until the very end of the first overtime period - and I mean the very, very end. In a frantic mess on the goal line, two of our players were able to wrestle the ball (and a St. Ben's player who was sitting on it) into the Blazers' goal with less than a second left in the period. We've had some pretty crazy goals this season, but I think it's safe to say none quite as bizarre as that one. Our win yesterday secures us a spot in the MIAC playoff championship at home against Concordia on Saturday at 2pm. If you're around, come watch! I can't guarantee anything quite as exciting as the last second of yesterday's game, but we do play some pretty good soccer.
A link to an article containing video footage of the goal: https://apps.carleton.edu/athletics/varsity_sports/womens_soccer/schedule_and_results/?event_id=682547
As tradition deems necessary, we had an excellent "Screw Ya Ya" practice before the St. Olaf game. In short, we dress up crazy and bike around campus, visiting Sayles, the Libe, the President's office, Stadium for football practice, and the Rec Center, singing a knock off of the St. Olaf fight song. Pictures below.