2010 Spring Issue 7 (May 21, 2010)
With the swing of a bat and a swig of a beer, last week Carleton celebrated its 144th birthday with the annual Rotblatt softball game. But despite all of Rotblatt’s longevity, students often overlook the logistical challenges of continuing the country’s longest running softball tradition. Juniors Ted Longabaugh, Ali Melton, and seniors Colin Jenks, Jake Kring, and Kate McDonald organized this year’s festivities.
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Last Friday, the Empty Bowls fundraiser sold soup and ceramics to the Carleton community on the Bald Spot. Empty Bowls is an international nonprofit project that hosts events at which bowls donated by local artists or students are filled with food and sold to benefit the hungry.
The Weitz Family Foundation promised $15 million to the new arts facility, on the condition that the members of the Board contribute $85 million collectively, including the family’s initial $10 million gift that launched the Breaking Barriers, Creating Connections campaign.
Now that March has finally left May in Minnesota, construction season has gotten off to a fast start here in Northfield. Over the past week, new projects have begun that will keep the summer busy and most of all, noisy.
With Carleton’s expenses projected to quickly outpace its revenues during the first half of this decade, college administrators are beginning to propose possible means of saving money and lessening the budget deficit. Carleton projected a deficit of over a million dollars in the fiscal year 2012 and increasing deficits thereafter.
Alex compares being accepted into the program to getting a date-“sort of like when you ask the attractive girl to prom and she says ‘if no-one else asks’, that’s what happened to me”. Alex’s internship doesn’t begin until March. In the meantime, he hopes to find an internship at Minnesota Public Radio and develop contacts so he can pitch stories from Argentina.
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Under the guidance of Central Region Coach of the Year Stefan Zweifel, Carleton men’s tennis put on a strong showing at the 2010 NCAA tournament with a convincing first round win and a very close loss to a top national team to finish out a remarkable season.
Last weekend the Knights took 8th at the 2010 MIAC Outdoor Track Championships. There were a number of impressive performances from the meet, including the fact that All-Star Clare Franco ’12 was featured on Carleton’s athlete passes. The 1600 meter relay was clocked at 4:00.63, placing 7th and setting a new school record. Laura Roach ’10 took 2nd in the steeplechase.
The men’s track and field team competed at the MIAC Outdoor Championships Friday and Saturday at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. Their tenth-place team finish fails to tell the story of the meet for the Knights, who enjoyed one of their most successful competitions of the season. Charlie Gamble ’10 earned his fourth All-MIAC citation with a second-place finish in the 5,000 meters. Gamble and Sanders both competed at last-chance meets in an effort to qualify for next weekend’s NCAA Championship.
This weekend, the Gods of Plastic ultimate team will head to Appleton, Wisconsin to participate in the UPA Division III Collegiate championship. GOP is the defending champion at this event after capturing the title in Versailles, Ohio last year.
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Throughout our time at Carleton, we have become aware of the need to address sexual violence on campus. Making our community a safe place for all is a priority for us and we know it is for you as well.
Allowing investors to profit by exposing companies with miscalculated credit ratings is an economically beneficial activity and we should do all we can to encourage this type of investment activity.
Sometimes I wonder how we can expect what we expect of our politicians. It’s not necessarily that we expect too much; it’s that we expect the wrong things. We want to be part of an empathetic and caring culture, but we seem to expect our politicians to express views contrary to such a culture.