The Distance

Saturday, May 16, 2020 | Week Six
Welcome to the eighth edition of The Distance, brought to you by the Carletonian, Carleton's first, only, and finest student-run paper. It's a lighter newsletter this week—but read on for updates about the Disability Services office, the lifting of MN's stay-at-home order, and a Q&A with Anna Conley '20, who's received a Watson fellowship to study mycology (read: mushrooms) in China, the Czech Republic, and Chile. Finally, we have a couple great Viewpoints—one first-year's reflection on uncertainty in the pandemic, and a piece from CarlDems about Vice President Biden and the 2020 election.  

Do you have things to say? We bet you do. And we have a really good idea for you: write a Viewpoint! Email us ( & and we can show you the ropes. 
Happy reading,
Sam and Katy, Editors-in-Chief

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Can you guess who this mystery Carletonian person is? Submit your guess here, and check back next week to see if you're correct!

This person.... 
1. Loves country music
2. Until the age of 6, refused to wear any clothing with buttons
3. Go-to Sayles order is buffalo chicken tenders, sauce on the side, "replete with ranch dressing"

Is it Sam, Naomi, or Katy? 
Bald Spot Editor

This past week

First, here's the latest in News and Features:
Disability Services looks to update name, asks student body for input
Katy Gilbertson

Disability Services, a branch of the Division of Student Life, works to provide Carleton students with equitable access to academic, social, technological and physical elements of campus life. And while the office works closely with students who have documented disabilities, “disability” as a nominal term has come into question in recent years. In the last decade, colleges across the country have begun reconsidering the language within the name, explained Chris Dallager, Director of Disability Services. At Carleton, the term might not best represent the office’s mission and range of services. 

“For some people, the word ‘disability’ is important,” said Dallager. “And if you take ‘disability’ as a word out of the name, there could be a concern that you're not really saying what you are, what you work with. But on the other hand, there are a lot of students at Carleton who need and qualify for the resources that our office can provide, but they don’t think of themselves as having a disability,” he continued. “And the word feels heavy, or too big. And so some students don’t even think about coming to the office, because that word just doesn't fit them. So, if the name of the office is getting in the way of meeting the needs of the students on campus, that’s a concern.” 

Dallager has had a name change in mind since he started at Carleton, in 2016. “But I’ve held back a little bit, because there’s this tension,” he said. “I don’t want to erase a sense of identity for people who find disability to be a central part of who they are.”
“Little treasures”: Anna Conley ’20 to search for mushrooms around the globe on Watson Fellowship
Taylor Yeracaris

Chemistry major and Spanish minor Anna Conley ’20 recently received the prestigious Watson Fellowship, a national program that funds recipients for a year of international research. For Conley, the Watson will fund a year-long trip around the world to explore her passion: mycology (the study of fungi). As part of her fellowship, she will travel to China, Australia, Chile, the Netherlands, and beyond, exploring fungi and their various cultural contexts. Taylor Yeracaris ’20 sat down (over Zoom!) with Conley to discuss her plans for the fellowship and her passion for all things fungus.
Next, follow along with our ongoing coverage of MN Governor Tim Walz' daily addresses:
Gov. Walz lifts stay-at-home order, Minnesota to partially reopen Monday
Amelia Broman

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced on Wednesday, May 13 that the state’s stay-at-home order would not be renewed when it expires on Monday, May 18. It will be replaced with a “Stay Safe Minnesota” order that prescribes a cautious partial reopening.

Beginning on Monday, Minnesota’s non-critical retail stores and main street businesses—including retailers in malls—may reopen if they have a COVID-19 safety plan and can operate at 50% capacity or less. Minnesotans are strongly encouraged to wear masks in public and practice social distancing, Walz emphasized. In keeping with CDC guidance, the new Stay Safe MN order advises residents not to gather in groups larger than 10. The stay-at-home order, meanwhile, had encouraged Minnesotans to avoid contact with individuals outside their household.

Rice County—where Carleton is located—is currently reporting 197 COVID-19 cases and two deaths. These cases are overwhelmingly centered in Faribault rather than Northfield, with just 10 confirmed cases among Northfield residents, according to the county’s website. Rice County ranks 12th out of Minnesota’s 87 counties for highest number of COVID-19 cases, MDH data shows.
Here's what students are thinking about: 
CarlDems focus on downballot excitement in 2020 election season
Siena Leone-Getten, President of Carleton Democrats

Joe Biden is all but confirmed as the Democratic presidential nominee. He is not the candidate that most of us at Carleton wanted, and there is work to be done within the Democratic Party to make sure the accusations against him are explored to regain trust among the public. So how can we gain excitement as a party, particularly among young people, so that the next few months until an election, one of the most consequential of our lives, can be fruitful?
"We might not have the most exciting candidate at the top of the ticket, but we cannot allow that to lessen our support for our candidates, both for congress and the state House."
On privilege, uncertainty, and COVID-19
Greta Hardy-Mittell

I’m just going to say it: I’ve never before had my considerable privilege taken away. Sure, I’ve had challenges in my life, but they’ve stemmed from completely expected occurrences—my great-grandmother dying of old age—to downright wonderful experiences—living abroad for a year (how horrible). And forget structural barriers. I may be a woman, but my white, cisgender, middle-classness protects me from most serious modern misogyny. I may be queer, but my lack of a relationship has more to do with my dating abilities than with homophobia.

I have always been able to choose who to be, who to love, where to go to college, when to go to college, and what to do when I get there. My life has always been up to me. 

You all know what comes next. A pandemic swoops in, moves my college online indefinitely and sends me right back home. The present is no longer mine to control. I learn for the first time what a truly uncertain future feels like.
Blast from the past!
And, for a new series—a trip into the archives! Here's what was going on at Carleton on this day in 1916:

Note from the editors: The Carletonian is 143 years old, with over 3,400 issues published since its inception. To reflect and learn from the newspaper’s substantial history, pieces from the archive will be republished that have particular relevance either to Carleton or current events. We hope that these articles will provoke thought about how the similarities and differences of past perspectives on current issues inform our understanding of these issues today. Some articles will be edited for clarity. These articles are reflections of their time and do not represent the viewpoints of the editorial staff. Some content will be removed or edited to fit within the bounds of what is acceptable to publish today. 
Last but not least, Arb Notes:

A spring chorus: Frogs of the Arboretum
Sydney Marie Jones for the Cole Student Naturalists

If you wander by the ponds in the Arboretum in early evening or after a rain, you may hear what resembles a chorus of fine-tooth combs. This is the call of the western chorus frog (Pseudacris maculate), an elusive tree frog found in open, damp areas. During the first run of the Frog and Toad Survey in late April, a team of Carleton naturalists heard western chorus frogs calling en force, especially near Kettle Hole Marsh, Oxbow Pond, and along the Cannon River. These frogs are tiny but mighty: though nocturnal, secretive, and only ¾ -1 ½ inches long, their sharp preep! call can be heard from up to a mile away. During peak breeding season in late April, male chorus frogs sing during both day and night. 
A note to confused readers: Arb Notes is published in our Bald Spot section, but is not itself satire. Arb Notes, unlike other Bald Spot material, is earnest. But because it is a break from our more traditional pieces, we publish it in the "fun" section!

That's all for now! Thanks for reading.
- Sam & Katy
"Everyone wants to talk, you've just got to find a way to get them to talk."
- Survivor host Jeff Probst
"I do this weird thing in studios where I climb stuff when I get nervous." 
-  Charli XCX
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