2009 Winter Issue 4 (February 6, 2009)
Two weeks ago, a group of Carleton students concerned with the silence on campus regarding the recent Gaza-Israel conflict decided to speak up. Now, after gathering signatures for a national petition and hosting a successful panel discussion, Let’s Talk is quickly making its presence known. The organization was formed in response to the lack of knowledge at Carleton of Middle Eastern conflict and political situations.
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As evidenced by several articles in last week’s Carletonian, there are a number of student concerns about recent changes in Dining Services. In an effort to respond to these concerns and to ensure that the Carleton community has the most accurate information possible about these changes, I offer the following comments.
“Teamwork” is a word that usually refers to sports, but the people involved in the upcoming Carleton play, The House of Seven Gables, give that word new meaning. A crew of over thirty students have been working on the play, and only five of them will be onstage opening night. The rest are involved in costume design, prop design, sound design, and more. Director Ruth Weiner, Professor of Theater and the Liberal Arts at Carleton, has the difficult job of “coordinating all the many, many different people.”
Carleton College ranks 20th in the number of Peace Corps volunteers for 2008, as the College produced 15 alumni volunteers last year to push its cumulative alumni Peace Corps volunteer number past the 500 mark.
Carleton’s residential office, better known as Res Life, released the lottery numbers for the 2009-2010 academic year earlier last week along with the statement that only a hundred rising seniors would get the chance of getting Northfield Option.
Long disparaged as lowbrow and unworthy of critical attention, melodrama receives a fresh look from curators Carol Donelan, professor of cinema and media studies, and Laurel Bradley, director of exhibitions, with input from students enrolled in a course taught fall term at Carleton, “The Melodramatic Imagination.” Rooted in cheap stage shows, circus spectacles and sentimental literature, melodrama matured as a cinematic genre in the early twentieth century.
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“Revolution is in the Air” was the title of David McMillen’s convocation address, advertised across campus on striking posters featuring a black silhouette of the Statue of Liberty against a bold red-striped background. As students drifted into the Chapel last Friday to the sounds of the Beatles’ “Revolution,” they could be excused for wondering if this wasn’t a rather dramatic way to dress up a talk on a prosaic topic: that dry decennial exercise in statistics known as the U.S. Census.
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If ever the Carleton men's basketball team could have picked a time to get hot, this was it. The Knights decisively won all three of their games over the past week, culminating in a 68-50 stomping at St. Mary's Wednesday night that saw the team clinch its eighth consecutive trip to the MIAC playoffs and senior forward Zach Johnson move into second place on Carleton's all-time scoring list.
The Carleton men’s tennis team is coming off one of their best seasons to date in their 2007-2008 campaign (21-4), and this year they look to only improve upon those results.
Ally Weaver ’11 was a red-hot 5-for-5 from beyond the arc and finished with 17 points in a 67-46 Knights (9-11, 8-9 MIAC) victory over the St. Mary’s Cardinals on Wednesday. Senior Hannah Oken-Berg moved to sixth in career rebounds while posting 16 points and 10 rebounds
After winning the 55-meter dash, taking second in the 200 meters and posting two personal best times at the St. Olaf Invitational Friday night, Nick Cesarek ’09 was named MIAC track athlete of the week Monday.
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Rod Blagojevich, last Thursday, lost his job as governor of Illinois. Impeached for attempting to sell former Senator Barack Obama's seat to the highest bidder, the former governor leaves behind a legacy of shallowness, callousness, and utter incompetence. However, his sham of a trial leaves a legacy of political pandering.
I would like to start by thanking Katie Blanchard and Dan Curme for opening up the discussion about the Gaza war on campus in a way that allowed the conversation to continue and in a way that did not simply deteriorate into hostility as it so easily could have. It is never healthy to try to ignore festering and inevitable controversy or conflict. Thus, I am writing this in order to continue this debate and to present another viewpoint.
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-RUN FOR CSA SENATE! PETITIONS DUE FEBRUARY 8TH
-Where can I discuss the new graduation requirements?
-What is the Student Leadership Council?
-Have a referendum question that you wanted added to this term’s ballot?
President Obama celebrated the Super Bowl with a bi-partisan party at the White House, ironically, during a time of bitter partisan disagreement.
This has been a long and tiring process for Minnesotans, especially because it has put them in the national spotlight - in a less than positive outlook at times - for so long. The process has also been less than flawless - errors of election judges have been highlighted, and the debates between Coleman and Franken have been bitter. All Minnesota wants is for the process to finally be over, because regardless who wins, the state will have a senator in Washington D.C. At this point, given the state of the economy, and after four months of debate, that is all that matters.
Carleton has such a boring cultural scene. It’s not that we don’t have culture. We’ve got all kinds of plays, and the Concert Hall is always booked. The Cave is the oldest college pub in the country. We have an institutionalized break in classes to bring in guest speakers. Yet rarely is there an event at Carleton that truly excites students or offers something new. We can have all the a cappella shows we want, but it’s not as though we’re innovating much. When the most interesting thing that students have to look forward to on a weekend is a Sayles dance, something is wrong.
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Portraits of Home: Veterans in Search of Shelter focuses on a social group that is often overlooked: homeless veterans. To celebrate the opening of this exhibit, ACT sponsored a panel of speakers in the Athaneum on Monday, February 2nd.
-Carleton students to perform “The Vagina Monologues”
-New York artist to speak at Carleton in association with Art Gallery exhibit
At 11:25 p.m., Security responded to a motion alarm at the Arts Union. Nothing was found…but the whispering echoes of children’s laughter could be heard in the hallways ….Yep! You guessed it ….Ghosts!
Chances are, your sex-ed experience in high school wasn’t all you wanted it to be. Some schools are supporting more comprehensive programs these days, but the majority still primarily feature slides of various sexually transmitted infections and base a healthy sexual life on abstinence until marriage.
At Carleton, the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) sponsors a comprehensive sexuality education program for students based on the Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum.
It is Sunday night, around eleven or eleven thirty, and the short walk from Davis Hall to the library seems to take forever, weighted down as I am with a bag full of books. Preoccupied with dread of those books I do not at first realize what I am hearing. Crows. Wait…Crows? There throaty cries sound strange and unfamiliar in the darkness and I look up. My eyes search the darkness until, suddenly, I see it; the silent cause of all that ruckus, flying out of the pine trees that line the driveway behind Leighton. “Owl!” I yell. The people on the sidewalk turn to see what I am pointing at and exclaim in astonishment and excitement.