2011 Winter Issue 4 (February 4, 2011)
If there was ever any doubt about Carleton’s love for Dacie Moses, let her 128th birthday anniversary stand testament to the devoted appreciation and support of students, faculty, staff, alums, and community members alike.
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Amy Domini, founder and CEO of Domini Social Investments, opened her convocation speech with a focus on how to invest with social responsibility in our current world. The mission of Domini's investment management company is to provide investment vehicles socially responsible investors.
John Harris ’85, editor-in-chief of Politico.com, was announced as one of two moderators of the first presidential primary debate, slated for May 2 at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Harris will be joined in the moderator role by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, and the debate will air on MSNBC, CNBC, and Telemundo and streamed live.
On Saturday over 80 participants converged on the Great Hall for the Debating for Democracy leadership workshop.
On January 27, Christina Esposito, a phonetician and Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Macalaster College, participated in the Carleton Linguistics Colloquium of Series to discuss her specialty in “Unwrapping the Zapotec Voicebox: A Study in Acoustic and Glottographic Phonation.”
It is time. Time to dig through your closet, drawers, shelves, and under your bed for the classiest attire that you brought to Carleton (aka the one dress/one button-up shirt you packed at the last minute). It is time for Carleton's 31st Annual Mid-Winter Ball.
Yet another Carleton alumnus is being recognized in the world. Wallace “Wally” R. Weitz ‘70, will be one of six individuals inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame on April 12.
CSA first listened to the appeal of Model UN to grant them their full bid of $585 for transportation instead of the $355 recommended by the budget committee, which would require students to pay a fee. MUN argued that the only reason they needed the extra money in the first place was an unfortunate mix-up in Vancouver, when one of their students was denied a visa and they could not refund the plane ticket. The CSA approved the full bid.
Professor Abdi Kusow of Iowa State University delivered a talk entitled “Somali Immigrants in the United States: Conceptualizing Transnational Migration in a Stateless Global Context.”
The hype surrounding Spring Concert has started early this year, thanks to Facebook and creative uses of the Internet.
There is a certain preconception about dance. Invigorating, brisk movement and forceful flair is often expected. Eiko and Koma, acclaimed experimental performance duo, escape those notions and draw more weighty expression in their art. Their dance breaks free from any one brand. The duo is known for their unconventional approach to movement. They reach out to their audience through penetrating but slow visual poetry.
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The Knights struggled through another up-and-down week of MIAC basketball. Carleton (5-14, 4-12 MIAC) pulled out an exciting comeback victory on Monday at St. Kate’s, but it was sandwiched by losses to Augsburg on Saturday and first-place Saint Benedict on Wednesday. Ally Weaver ’11 scored the 1,000th point of her career.
The Carleton men’s basketball team must have stopped by the Guthrie Theater before their game at Augsburg on Saturday, because the Knights have shown off a remarkable flair for the dramatic ever since. In Saturday’s clash with the Auggies and again on Wednesday at Saint John’s, Carleton needed a big second-half comeback to keep the game close. Heading into the weekend, Carleton finds itself trailing the Tommies by 1.5 games and leading the third-place Gusties by an equal measure. All that could change the coming week, however, as the Knights host Gustavus tomorrow at 3 p.m. then welcome St. Thomas on Wednesday night at 7:30.
The Carleton women’s swimming and diving team capped off their dual meet season Saturday by falling only two points behind St. Olaf in the team total scores. Despite the loss, spirits were high, and the team is in good shape heading into the championship meets. Next up for the Knights is the Minnesota Challenge, which will be the last meet for many members of the team. It will be held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center tonight and tomorrow.
The men’s swimming and diving team concluded its dual meet season last Saturday with an impressive performance at St. Olaf’s Skoglund Pool. The meet resulted in a close 118-180 finish in favor of the Oles. Rested and fit, the Knights are ready tackle the two-day Minnesota Challenge meet today and tomorrow at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.
Last Friday and Saturday the Carleton men’s track team competed in its second meet of the season, the Minnesota State University Open, held in Mankato. Ty Martin ’11 headlined the meet for the Knights, trimming nearly half a second off the school record in the 60-meter hurdles.
Most of the women’s track team took last week off, but a few brave souls ventured across the river to partake in a little competition at St. Olaf College. Those athletes competed extremely well and the ones that stayed home are proud of their performances.
The lovely ladies of Eclipse traveled down south last weekend for the Joint Summit frisbee tournament in Clemson, South Carolina. They came back with a 6-1 record (good for a third-place finish in the 10-team field), a spirit award, and high hopes for the rest of the young season
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MTV executives claim its new show “Skins,” the import of a wildly successful British teen-drama, is intended to show “real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way.” After watching a few episodes, I wonder where the producers went to high school.
Chad Ochocinco, professional football wide receiver of the Cincinnati Bengals, posted on his Twitter account, "@SportsCenter since you guys are showing all my tweets on TV, show this one F*#% YOU." Go get 'em, Chad.
This year, The Carletonian is going through an extensive facelift. It began in the summer with an office renovation, moved forward this winter with a new layout and new content and will culminate in the arrival of six magical new computers over spring break.
When people ask me about being half-Asian, two things happen. First, I think of elementary school. I think about the first time someone told me I looked Hawaiian, then Native American, then white; the first time I had to choose a bubble on a piece of paper and didn’t know what to do… But I don’t respond with these. Instead, I usually give the short answer, which is just as true, and a lot more convenient: “It’s the best of both worlds. Most of the privilege, none of the guilt.”
How long would you wait in line for a ticket to a show by your favorite band? For an autograph? For a ticket to a sold-out play? Over the past few weeks, I have done my fair share of waiting in lines, whether for the train or for a sandwich. Nothing, however, could prepare me for the waits I’ve had to endure for two of the most popular shows in London. No, not “Legally Blonde: the Musical” or “Peter Pan” (starring David Hasselhoff), but Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and “King Lear.”
I initially considered telling you about the weather in Ohio. I could tell you that it is very icy and cold and not at all conducive to walking to class. Then I remembered an old rule from theater: Know your audience. Keeping that maxim in mind, I realized that you would not at all be impressed with our sub-zero temperatures. It’s probably colder where you are.
Change is hard. Change often creates loss. It is disorienting – shattering norms and expectations. Perhaps the hardest thing about creating change is dealing with the entrenched interests who thrive because of the status quo, who derive their competitive advantage from the current system.
DISCLAIMER: I’m writing about slam poetry this week mainly to generate some excitement about the performance by Jared Singer and Thomas Fucaloro at the Cave tonight (Friday) at 8 p.m. Also with an open mic. My ability to bring more poets to Carleton in the future will largely be dependent on the success of this event. So please come. And bring your friends.
I’ve got a serious question for everyone reading this: How many of you talk to your high school friends on a regular basis?
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Security Blotter for January 26-31
It’s freezing out—warmer than it’s been in a couple weeks but wet, a penetrating cold. It’s almost dusk, and as I shift from leg to leg I hear again the low, sonorous call. We gaze out into the trees, hoping for a glimpse of the bird among the tangle of gray branches and trunks.
It’s February which means the ACT Center’s annual Civic Engagement Series. With help from the Academic Civic Engagement office, the month-long event will feature panels and discussions around a topic of interest in our community. This year’s topic is Housing. Check out the schedule of events!
2011 marks Carleton’s Engagement Wanted program’s third year. Engagement Wanted connects the alumni and parent community with students in a low-maintenance way. For more information stop in the Career Center!