2013 Spring Issue 1 (April 12, 2013)
Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, returned to Carleton to speak about immigration, diversity, and what it means to be an American citizen. Students packed into Boliou to hear Vargas speak.
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Katie McKenna, Bon Appétit’s General Manager at Carleton College is one of three finalists for a 2013 Real Food Award in the Dining Manager or Administrator. The Award acknowledges individuals who display outstanding leadership in an effort to create a more just and sustainable food system.
Fifty Percent Illusion, performed in the Weitz rehearsal theater during tenth week of last term, brought together three of the best plays in the Western canon in a polished exploration of power structures.
The Perlman Teaching Museum at the Weitz Center for Creativity unveiled a new art exhibit inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, Alice in Wonderland, on April 5th. Three artists from Minnesota and one from South Africa contributed pieces that illustrate unique interpretations of the world that exists beyond the looking glass.
Talk of divestment is very much in the air on campus. Divest from fossil fuels! Divest from Philip Morris! Divest from Nestle! Divest from divestment (see http://apps.carleton.edu/governance/cric/divest/)! Pushing for divestment is one way students, staff, and faculty try to get the College to approach its endowment in an ethically responsible way.
K. David Harrison, Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College opened the term’s convocation series with a presentation on language diversity and extinction. Entitled “Endangered Languages,” his talk focused on the rapid disappearance of the world’s seven thousand-plus collection of documented languages, a shift that the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has termed a “language extinction crisis.”
In another recognition of the creativity that Carleton fosters, Sarah Olson ’15, was recently selected as the winner of the 41st annual Nick Adams Short Story contest for “Truth in Lies,” a piece that she wrote in an introductory level creative writing class during fall term.
“Why is college tuition so astronomically expensive these days?” This question, which opens Jordan Weissman’s recent article in The Atlantic, encompasses a common anxiety faced by many high school seniors as well as current college students as they contemplate their college careers. Why is tuition so expensive—and how do colleges even use the money?
Awarded to students of “unusual promise,” the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship allows graduating seniors a chance to spend a year traveling the year exploring something meaningful to them. Continuing with Carleton’s legacy of producing two or three Watson Fellows per year, two members of this year’s Class of 2013, Charlie Bentley and Robin Wonsley, have been awarded the prestigious fellowship.
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Colby Seyferth’s ‘15 third-place finish in his first-ever 400-meter hurdles was the top performance for the Carleton College men’s track and field team at the Hamline Invitational, the Knights’ first full-squad outdoor meet of 2013.
Katherine Greenberg ‘14 won twice in singles and added a doubles victory as the Carleton College women’s tennis team placed sixth at the Midwest Invitational. The annual tournament brings together several of the top squads in the central region.
The Carleton College men’s tennis team moved closer to securing yet another post-season berth with a 9-0 victory at Hamline University. Alex Chin ‘13 picked up two more victories, and Mauricio Gonzalez ‘15 prevailed in a marathon match to cap the sweep.
For the second straight day, Keelin Davis ‘16 and Micaela LaRose ‘15 pitched and hit the Carleton College softball team to a sweep. This time the duo guided the Knights to a pair of victories over Macalester College, prevailing by scores of 9-1 (6 inn.) and 8-4.
Ted Harmon ‘13 and Kevin Johnson ‘14 turned in yeoman efforts on the mound, but the Carleton College baseball team absorbed a pair of one-run setbacks to Gustavus Adolphus, falling 3-2 and 5-4 (12 innings) in the MIAC opener for both squads. The contests were re-located to the Gusties’ stadium after the Knights’ home field was unplayable due to wet conditions.
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CRIC – an acronym for the Carleton Responsible Investment Committee - has been running in Carleton for over eight years and advises the Board of Trustees on how to vote as certain issues arise in the Carleton Community. The committee meets once a week to discuss and research resolutions, organizations, events, and opportunities.
The proposal to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline has been making a lot of headlines recently, and the reason this story isn’t going away is because it is really, really important. Despite the President’s remarks at the second inauguration to “respond to the threat of global warming,” the Obama administration has yet to make any difficult decisions regarding energy.
Enough jeremiads have been written, or are perhaps being written, in any number of small college newspapers lamenting the state of the liberal arts experiment, if you will—the lack of inclusiveness and diversity of opinion and so on.
On a recent episode of Go On, a sitcom about a sportscaster dealing with the death of his wife (that, yes, manages to be funny), Ryan (Matthew Perry) and his friend / boss Steven (John Cho) have been bonding over the film Sixteen Candles. Discussing the film’s treatment of the character “Long Duk Dong,” Ryan suddenly voices, “how did we not realize how racist that was?” Beat. Then Steven replies, “some of us did.”
This past Wednesday evening we attended recitations and, although it might come off as corny, it reminded us of why we chose to come to Carleton. On that cold snowy night, many students from different social corners of the Carleton community gathered around a warm fire to listen to anyone willing to recite poems, stories, and lyrics they found meaningful.
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