Featured VN Org: Project Friendship

Project Friendship focuses on building self esteem and self worth in children in grades 2-7. We match these children with student mentors from Carleton College and St. Olaf College. Mentoring relationships benefit children that may be struggling with stress from their family, are new to the community, or may simply have trouble making friends at school. Most relationships last for two or more years.

College students, who want to make a difference in the lives of children, volunteer to share one hour per week doing fun activities with their “buddy”. The student and child establish a consistent weekly meeting time, usually on the college campus and participate in informal activities, either individually or in groups. Their activities are most often informal and determined by interests, time, and energy. Group activities are also a part of Project Friendship, including seasonal group parties and activities. Most importantly, individual attention and unconditional acceptance are the corner stones of this program.

We recently had a successful 50th anniversary celebration on May 7th! If anybody is interested in getting involved, check out projectfriendshipmentoring.org.

Featured VN Org: SOMOS

SOMOS is an awareness-raising organization that aims to foster discussion about Latin American issues at St. Olaf. We hold weekly meetings in Spanish where we each bring news, personal stories, and articles on Latin America for the group to discuss. We also frequently invite professors and guest speakers to our meetings to hear about their latest research on the region. SOMOS organizes a conference each spring where the St. Olaf and Carleton communities meet to discuss a specific Latin American issue. Additionally, each semester we hold Noche de Ritmos, a Latin American dance tutorial, as well as host smaller discussion panels, student presentations, and fundraisers.

SOMOS is the recipient of Volunteer Network’s Cage Fast fundraiser for Spring 2016. This year, SOMOS will partner with Empoderando a Latinoamérica, a youth education NGO, to raise scholarships for low-income Latin American youth to attend workshops on effective leadership for social change. SOMOS’ mission is to not only raise awareness about social issues in Latin America, but also address these issues. Through this collaboration, we hope to bring renewed energy and hope to communities all across Latin America by investing in its young leaders. Participants of this workshop will design unique community development projects that they will then implement in their home communities.

We are very thankful for the incredible support we have received from the St. Olaf community who, in recent years, has generously provided scholarships for several participants of Empoderando a Latinoamérica.

SOMOS welcomes new members at any time! For more information on our organization and events, please email us at:

owner-somos@stolaf.edu or somos@stolaf.edu

For specific information on Empoderando a Latinoamérica, please email: monque@stolaf.edu


To learn more about the project, see St. Olaf’s webpage news article: http://wp.stolaf.edu/blog/empowering-young-leaders-to-create-social-change/

Featured VN Org: ROG

Reaching Our Goals, more commonly known as ROG, is a mentoring program for middle school Latino youth from Northfield. This year we partnered with Greenvale Park (GVP) Community School to provide programming for middle school students on Tuesday nights from 6-8pm. We do small group mentoring with a few St. Olaf students and a few middle schoolers per group. We call these small groups Squads and then make #SquadGoals to reach during the semester. Their #SquadGoals include things like attending ROG regularly, finish homework assignments, getting good grades. Each Tuesday, the mentoring squads do homework together and enjoy free time activities including the clubs and offered at the community school,

On May 3rd, we had our end of the year event on St. Olaf’s campus in the Pause. The students heard from Trio SSS Board of Leaders about what it’s like to be a first generation college student. During this time, the middle school students could ask questions about scholarships, admissions, and any other college-related questions. We also ate a TON of Pause pizza and the Squads competed in Squad Olympics (minute to win it challenges). It was a great way to wrap up the year and give the students a taste of college life, now that our program is not hosted off campus.

If you would like to be a part of ROG and all of the fun next year, please contact:

Maya Lehman (lehman1@stolaf.edu)

Sarah Guezmir (guezmi1@stolaf.edu)

Juliann Perala (perala@stolaf.edu)

STOCHELLA Rain Plan in Effect

Happy FriYAY, Oles!

Here’s hoping you’re as excited/pumped/LITERALLY SCREAMING INSIDE as I am for #STOCHELLA later today. Whether it’s seeing Ra Ra Riot in concert or hearing DJ Randy Clay throw down some sweet tracks, I haven’t been this stoked about something since possibly ever.

As you may have noticed, the weather looks like it wants to rain on our parade (more like #StormCHELLA, amirite), so we’ve moved a few things around. No need to panic people, because all your fave STOCHELLA activities are still happening! Check out the event schedule and locations for today’s shenanigans:

The fun starts at 4:00PM so the hype starts RIGHT NOW.

Join me in jamming to Bad Advice Club and Alexandra Hemmer in the Lion’s Pause- the weather’s not cooperating, so they’re just going to be bringing the heat on the Mane Stage.
Get #artsy with BORSC and their massive mural while the artists are rocking the Mane Stage.
Snag this year’s coveted VN T-shirt and write notes of affirmation to go on Cage Cups for fellow Oles with Volunteer Network in the Pause
Head to Crossroads to have your fortune told by world famous fortune tellers. I’ve been told Pause pizza is in my future and who am I to argue with the experts???
Right next door REAL artists will be doing REAL caricatures and it’ll all be very REAL and legitimate I promise.
Is it cornhole or beanbag toss? Hit up some PAC Yard Games and let’s settle the debate once and for all.
There‘s no way to feel meloncholy after challenging your friends to a watermelon eating contest. Join SAC for intense fruit eating, limbo, and GUESS THAT SQUISH (intriguing, I know) in Crossroads.
You’re just gonna have to show up to figure out what Tim Talks is #keepthemysteryalive.
Take down your friends in a massive inflatable obstacle course on Buntrock Plaza (or in the Sun Ballroom if it’s still raining at 4)
ALL DAY. Everywhere. HAMMOCKS. Snap a pic today and post it to any social media platform with the hashtag ‪#‎STOCHELLA‬ to win your very own branded hammock for chilling on the quad when it’s not literally flooding. #blessed

From 4:30 to 7 (don’t be the person who tries to get in at 7:27. You know who you are.), Before DJ Clay starts serving some sick beats, he’ll be serving dinner picnic-style in Stav with disposables, so grab some food and getcho self down to the Pause to #stoCHILLa. I hear there will be tables galore to eat at.

At 6pm it’s raining it’s pouring but no one should be snoring through Ra Ra Riot’s killer set, coming soon to a Mane Stage near you. Bring your food, bring your friends and bring your excitement because IT’S STILL ON and BETTER THAN EVER. Afterwards, grab S’MORE FUN out on the Buntrock Plaza and warm up around the fire.

Check in for ADC’s Electric Run starts at 9pm and the infamous DJ RANDY CLAY will begin conducting a truly lifechanging auditory experience to kick off the event at 9:30 (he briefly mentioned playing country and no one knows if he’s joking or not, so show up to find out. Man’s a loose cannon). Same-day registration, check-in, and #swag pick up (did someone say free hats oh wait YES WE DID) will all be in the Boe/Buntrock Connection.

Finally, the most talked about event since the release of Beyonce’s LEMONADE, the Highlighter Dance starts at 10pm tonight in the Pause. Neon attire is highly recommended, and if you get there early enough, grab one of SAC’s exclusive Tank Tops.


Pete’s Soul Selects

Hello St. Olaf! So, while we all know how much you enjoy our weekly blog posts, we have something very new and exciting for you: WEEKLY PLAYLISTS! For every week of this semester, a lovely member of our committee will be curating a playlist that drops EVERY FRIDAY. Brought to you just in time for the weekend!

This week’s playlist is curated by our very own Pete Sheehy! Keep reading to find out what Pete has to say about his playlist and, of course, to check out his playlist titled Pete’s Soul Selects!

Hello St. Olaf,

Let me start by saying that, for me, no other genre of music can crystalize simple human emotion as well as soul. For this playlist, I wanted to dig up some of the more deep dusty classic soul of the late 60s and early 70s, as well as as build a transition from how the the end of the year makes me feel, to how the summer will feel. from the heartwrenchingly sad and lonely strings and organ of northern soul, to the epic sounds of midwestern big brass soul, to the simple vocal harmonies and stripped down accompaniment of southern one off 7 inch soul singles. Soul has something for everybody. I hope you find something you like in my short Soul Selects playlist.


P.S. To check out the extended version of Pete’s playlist Pete’s Soul Selects, click HERE!

You can find our other MEC-curated playlists on our Oleville, Facebook, and on our newly created Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/user/st.olafcollegemec!


Featured VN Org: ESL Club

English as a Second Language Club goes to the Adult Basic Education center in Faribault once a week to help teach English to adults in the community. We help in beginning, intermediate and advanced English classes by tutoring small groups of students. The topic varies from week to week, but the skills we help teach focus on practical matters for students committed to learning English. The Adult Education program is a part of the Faribault public school district and offers classes and resources to the community without turning a single student away. It is a great opportunity to reach out in the community and make a lasting relationship with the people involved. On top of it all, we having an amazing time while helping out.

AM dance (alone in ur underwear)

Hello St. Olaf! So, while we all know how much you enjoy our weekly blog posts, we have something very new and exciting for you: WEEKLY PLAYLISTS! For every week of this semester, a lovely member of our committee will be curating a playlist that drops EVERY FRIDAY. Brought to you just in time for the weekend!

This week’s playlist is curated by our very own Melissa Nyberg! Keep reading to find out what Melissa has to say about her playlist and, of course, to check out her playlist titled AM dance (alone in your underwear)!

Hello St. Olafffff!

You awake in a puddle of drool and granola crumbs at 8 am, forgetting that you have absolutely zero tasks for the day ahead. grumpily brewing coffee in your grimy period undies and old dad shirt, you suddenly remember your freedom! you look to the camera with a surprised gasp and wink, pick up your coffee cup and spin around gracefully on your way to the closet to slip into something a little more appropriate….
now donning a lot of lace and a long silk bathrobe, you feel complete. you dance around in your bougie pajamas, this playlist your soundtrack (but you’re not so much dancing as flowing around. you probably won’t shower so you don’t want to get too sweaty, u feel?). *right about now there’s a montage of you primping* you’ve got coffee in one hand, a j in the other. a giant platter of freshly washed strawberries sits on your sheets which are now also silk. you wrap yourself in a feather boa, and your feet slide into fuzzy slippers with grips so you don’t slip & fall while following the flow of the most plush morning ever. you don’t know how or why but glitter is falling from the ceiling, and there are 4 beautiful long haired cats grooming themselves in various locations around your living space. they look like queens. you look like a queen. the day is yours.
–put it on shuffle or whatever, i’m not really sure what’s going on in this playlist lol–

okay cooooool!

You can find our other MEC-curated playlists on our Oleville, Facebook, and on our newly created Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/user/st.olafcollegemec!


Gender and Sexuality Senator Vote

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The Senate has approved the creation of a Gender and Sexuality Senator position.  This Senator will act as a liaison to gender and sexuality organizations on campus, represent student concerns to administrators, and stay informed about campus gender and sexuality initiatives at other institutions.

As an elected, voting member of the Student Senate, the creation of this position must be approved by the student body through a 2/3 majority vote.  The vote for this referendum will occur this Thursday, May 5th. If confirmed, the representative for this position will be voted on this coming fall for the 2016-17 school year.  For each subsequent year, however, this position will be elected will the other spring representatives.

Discussions surrounding the creation of this position began in the spring of 2015, where several students approached the Senate about developing more adequate representation for gender and sexuality organizations and concerns on campus.  After numerous conversations with the Bylaws subcommittee, a proposal finally came to the Senate floor proposing this new position.  Several students attended Senate to advocate for the creation of this position.  On March 14th, the Senate approved the creation of this position and shortly after it was sent to a student vote.

The duties of this position as outlined in the SGA Bylaws are as follows:

  1. The Gender and Sexuality Senator shall:
    1. Act as a liaison to gender and sexuality groups, relevant classes on campus, Carleton, and the Northfield community.
    2. Represent student gender and sexuality concerns to administrators.
    3. Hold one (1) office hour weekly to gather feedback about campus gender and sexuality initiatives and concerns.
    4. Stay abreast of campus gender and sexuality initiatives at other institutions.
    5. Upon completion of his or her term the Gender & Sexuality Senator shall submit a review of the position and accomplishments to Senate, in particular to the bylaws and internal affairs subcommittees, several weeks before senate adjourns or the senator’s term ends (whichever applies).
      1. Sunset clause: the Bylaws Subcommittee for the 2016-2017 academic year shall review the position of Gender and Sexuality Senator and update these bylaws according to relevant information discovered. The Bylaws Subcommittee will review the effectiveness and viability of a GSS Senator and act accordingly. Bylaw’s decision must be made before the spring election cycle begins. Once a proposal to these bylaws is made in compliance with this rule, this rule (XII.B.8.e.i) shall be stricken from the bylaws.
    6. Temporary Election Clause: The Election for the Gender and Sexuality Senator for the 2016-2017 academic year shall take place in the fall of that year. All other elections for the position will be held in the spring, including the spring immediately after that first election in the fall. Once the fall election occurs, this rule (XVI.A.d.6.d) shall be stricken from the bylaws.

To create election procedure for the aforementioned senator position, be it so added to the bylaws of SGA XVI.A.d. (election procedure) as a newly formed part 6:

  1. Gender and Sexuality Senator
    1. Each candidate shall submit a petition bearing the signatures of fifty (50) students to the SGA election commission.
    2. All students may vote for this position.
    3. The Gender and Sexuality Senator may be any student at St. Olaf.

GSSenator Referendum

GSS Bylaws Proposal

Framework Plan Update: 4/22/16

Hey Oles!

On April 22nd, 2016, there was another Campus Meeting on the Framework Plan! Make sure to check out the video stream here!

The forum outlined some potential new, long-term construction projects, including a Multipurpose Performing Arts Center (900-1100 Seat Concert Hall, Proscenium / Thrust / Blackbox, Amphitheatre), Art Faculty Studio Space, Maker Space / Collaboration Space, an Aquatics Center, a Multipurpose Fieldhouse, Relocated Football Field, New Student Housing, and Replacement Parking.

As this will affect the next 20 years of St. Olaf capital project development, your voice is vital! For more information on the progress of the Framework Planning Committee so far, please visit this link, and if you have any comments, questions, or concerns about the four subject areas discussed at the forum, please feel free to email bruer@stolaf.edu or fill out the form below!

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