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To play or not to play? Carleton prepares to make decision on spring season

As the snow melts and COVID-19 cases fall across the country and in Minnesota, the spring offers a promising glimpse into a post-pandemic future. Yet the fate of the upcoming spring athletic season weighs heavily on the minds of athletes, coaches and administrators as they attempt to balance community health…

MIAC postpones winter sports

As MIAC (Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) Athletic Directors are set to decide the fate of Spring sports early this March, the status of the current winter season will likely play heavily into their decision. While Carleton, St. Olaf, Macalester and St. Catherine’s opted out of Winter sports, the remainder of…

Club sports to donate 20% of team budgets to campus organizations

Club athletics at Carleton look different than usual this year, largely due to campus health guidelines preventing teams from travelling off-campus or competing against other schools. As teams are limited to practicing amongst themselves, they are saving lots of money.  “It is quite a shift from the normal Winter Term,”…

A Carleton sports tradition: the overlooked history of the ‘banana sweats’

It’s difficult to ignore the presence of the “banana sweats” on campus — the bright yellow sweatshirts frequently donned by Carleton’s women athletes on their way to class or practice. However, what is often overlooked is that the sweatshirts represent much more than a fashion statement; behind the bright yellow…

“A mixed bag:” athletes take their training off-campus for winter term

This Winter Term, approximately 600 Carleton students will be dispersed throughout the world, either logging onto classes from a remote location or taking the term off altogether. Among them are numerous athletes, who, faced with another term of stringent health guidelines and cumbersome practice protocols, decided to take their training…

Recruiting during COVID-19: a novel test for Carleton coaches

Recruiting student athletes to Carleton has been a major challenge for varsity athletic teams throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Traditionally, Carleton’s athletic programs host prospects from across the nation during the fall and winter months, when recruits have the opportunity to explore campus, attend classes and spend a night with their…

The student-athlete schism in the age of COVID-19

As I was applying to Carleton my senior year of high school, I knew two people already here. Let’s call them Chris and Martin. Chris, Martin and I went to high school together and worked at the same summer camp. They were good friends. During the application process, I pestered…