Sad News

Dear Carleton students, staff and faculty,

It is with extremely heavy hearts that we report the passing this morning of Sidharth Ramakrishnan, a sophomore from Boxborough, Massachusetts.  The Northfield Police are reporting this as an apparent suicide.

Sid, as he was known to his friends, was a brilliant scientist who also loved the outdoors. Our hearts go out to all that knew and supported him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sid’s family and friends, and all those affected by his passing. 

The tragedy of a student’s untimely death is a difficult burden to bear. Please know that Carleton and the Northfield community have a number of resources to help all of us in the coping and grieving process. Student support is available through the Dean of Students Office, Chaplain’s Office, and Student Health and Counseling. Staff and faculty may seek support through the Chaplain’s Office and from Carleton’s Employee Assistance Program.

We will gather as a community today at 5 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel to offer our love, support and presence to one another, and especially to those who knew Sid. 

In sorrow,

Carolyn H. Livingston


August 2016 Message to the Carleton Community

August 31, 2016

Dear Carls,

It seems only yesterday that my family and I trekked from the sunny and humid temperatures of Atlanta, Georgia to the mild and pleasant summer temperatures of Northfield, Minnesota. Carleton College, the place that we have called home for the past fourteen months, is still as warm and inviting now as it was then. 

Since my arrival, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from many students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and families who care deeply about Carleton.

Click here to read the entire message.

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