ADC Glow in the Dark Zumba

Come dance and get your workout in with ADC at Glow in the Dark Zumba in the Lion’s Pause this Saturday, March 7th! Two Zumba sessions will be led by Juliana Lima, a professional Zumba instructor at 9pm and 10pm. Sessions will have different dances and music playlists, so come for one or stay for both! Doors open at 8:45pm – bring your friends, your neon apparel and your rhythm!

Featured Volunteer Org: Northfield Hospital Volunteer Program

Volunteers are an invaluable resource to the Northfield Hospital. We seek to meet the needs of our patients and community by delivering quality service that reflects the Northfield Hospital & Clinics standard of care.  Volunteers with Northfield Hospital have fun, meet interesting people, obtain career-related experience, and leave a lasting impression on patients and residents. Opportunities include volunteering at the Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Emergency Room, Hospice, and the Long Term Care Center. Volunteers must provide immunizations, attend an orientation session, obtain a Tuberculosis test, and commit to 2 hours per week of volunteer service per week. For more information, please visit http://www.northfieldhospital.org/about/volunteer/. Transportation to and from volunteering can be arranged through Van-Go at this site: http://wp.stolaf.edu/sa/transportation/vango/ .

Featured Volunteer Org: SARN

SARN is the Sexual Assault Resource Network on campus. We provide advocacy and support for the survivors of sexual assault and their friends. The SARN office is located in Buntrock 113 and we have advocates available every M-F during chapel and community time and every evening from 8pm to 8am at 507-786-3777. The co-chairs can also be contacted any time at sarn@stolaf.edu. We are a confidential resource.

SARN meets every Tuesday evening at 7pm in BMC 202. We have SARN advocates, individuals who have completed 40 hours of advocacy training, who volunteer in our office and on the phone line, as well as general SARN members who help us plan events that spread awareness and education on campus.

SARN has had a busy year. We recently did a wellness event about how to help a friend who has been sexually assaulted and also cosponsored an event at the Felland Honor House about campus safety. We also helped with the organization of the It’s On Us Speaking of Sex event. We are currently planning events for April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and also SARN’s busiest month of the year. Keep your eyes open for lots of events that month, including the Sexual Assault Awareness Month kick off in Buntrock, as well as the Survivor Panel.

Another exciting happening for SARN recently is an on-going SARN advocate training hosted here at St. Olaf. SARN is excited to soon welcome multiple new advocates to our organization.

SAC Shark Tank – GRAND PRIZE ANNOUNCED!

Have you ever been eating Pause pizza thinking, “Man, I’ve got a great idea for a SAC event!” and not known what to do with it? Have you always wanted to recreate that event from high school and didn’t know who to go to?  Well wait no longer, for SAC Shark Tank is here!

This competition is based on the critically acclaimed business-themed show, Shark Tank. The “Sharks” search to invest in the best businesses and products that contestants have to offer. The Sharks give budding entrepreneurs the chance to make their dreams come true and potentially secure business deals that could bring them some form of financial success.

In this St. Olaf version, SAC is searching for an Ole to invest in. It’s pretty simple, really.  You submit your idea for an event and SAC turns your idea into a reality! We want to see if you have the next great idea!

UPDATE: The Ole who submits the winning idea will receive a FREE year-long subscription to Netflix, Spotify, or Hulu Plus!

Go to www.oleville.com/sac/sharktank to submit your idea for the next great event!

SAC Shark Tank Prizes

An Unlikely Alliance

By Gabrielle Simeck, ’18

It’s not very often that Koch Industries and the Center for American Progress find common ground. However, the new Coalition for Public Safety suggests that the two organizations may have found an issue over which to unite. Launched on Thursday, February 19, the Coalition for Public Safety brings these two polar opposite organizations together along with a slew of other bipartisan political and financial organizations for the purpose of advocating for criminal justice reform. The bipartisan membership of the coalition includes the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Tax Reform, and FreedomWorks.

 

The coalition emerges from the highly complex political and economic environment of the criminal justice system in the United States. The 2.2 million-person prison population continues to expand and constitute an enormous financial burden to the public. To make matters worse, the criminal justice system is also wracked by issues of civil rights. The dual nature of the problem of criminal justice, however, ties together the political interests of conservatives and liberals. The issue mobilizes both conservatives who are interested in reducing the economic burden of the prison system, as well as liberals who aim to reduce racial inequality through criminal justice reform. Christine Leonard, the coalition director, said in an interview with the Washington Post, “There are so many people doing good work in the criminal justice space, but one of the challenges has been that all of the organizations are working on their own agendas. We’ve really tried to bring more and more folks across the different tables.”

 

Using the new coalition, the member organizations aim to support emerging criminal justice reform proposals to overhaul the criminal justice system through a broad multi-million dollar advocacy campaign. The Washington Post claims that the coalition “represents an unprecedented bipartisan effort at a federal level to drive criminal justice reform.” The interesting bipartisan dynamic of the coalition turns out to be a great asset in this arena. Due to the variety of different member organizations, the coalition can reach out to both sides of the aisle with legitimate authority.

 

The Coalition, however, is not the first indication of bi-partisan support for criminal justice reform. In fact, since the early 2000s, many Republican governors have pursued the political tactic “smart-on-crime,” advocating criminal justice reform in order to combat spiraling prison costs which weighed on state budgets. More recently, in 2014, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) co-authored the REDEEM Act, which would have allowed nonviolent offenders to seal their records. This February, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) proposed legislation which would allow eligible prisoners to reduce their time and therefore cut prison populations. Perhaps most interestingly, a great number of the potential Republican presidential candidates are in favor of sentencing and criminal justice reform including: Gov. Rick Perry (TX), Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA), Jeb Bush, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Ted Cruz (R-TX).

 

The history of bi-partisan support reflects well on the coalition’s ability to contribute to concrete legislative progress. Many Americans are perpetually frustrated by Congress’ inability to overcome the powerful force of polarity. Criminal justice reform potentially represents the chance to bridge party lines and, more importantly, reform the highly dysfunctional and costly U.S. criminal justice system.

 

ADC House of Cards Binge Marathon

Hey Oles! No plans this Friday night? Looking for a way to relax with friends, be entertained, and get free food? No worries, ADC’s got you covered with the ADC House of Cards Binge Marathon!

Everyone’s favorite political drama is back! The third season of House of Cards, a critically acclaimed and Golden Globe nominee Netflix original series, will release its third season on Friday, February 27. Join ADC in binge watching the first four episodes of this hit American political drama from 8:00pm to 12:00am in Tomson 280 on the big screen!

Each episode will start every hour beginning at 8:00pm. Come shamelessly binge watch all four or stop by any time between. Doors of Tomson will lock at 11:00pm when the last episode begins so be sure to get there beforehand. Expect yummy snacks as well!

 

Featured Volunteer Org: Awesome Club

Awesome Club is a social skills program for students on the Autism Spectrum and other disabilities. We volunteer at the Northfield high school and middle school every week, organizing games and activities with the students in order to help them practice their social interactions and build relationships. This year we have expanded the club at each school. The middle school has experienced an increase of club members and the high school has incorporated students in resource education (incorporates individualized education plans) as well. We have also added a dimension that encourages independence, especially for our high school students.

Another branch of volunteers in our club comprise the Autism Awareness Committee, which plans fundraising and awareness events on campus throughout the year. While we have a limit on the number of volunteers that can be on-site, anybody can join the Autism Awareness Committee! We will soon be teaming up with Supporting Special Needs (SSN) on their “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign. We will be providing a campaign to encourage Person-First Language as a respectful option.

Our club is great for students in Northfield and Oles to both gain valuable skills and friendships. It is always a fun time!