2011 Spring Issue 1 (April 8, 2011)
In a tender and solemn service last Wednesday March 30, the Carleton community mourned and remembered John “Jack” Guckin, Jr., a Carleton freshman who was killed in an automobile crash March 15 returning home to South St. Paul for spring break. The accident also killed Guckin’s father, John Guckin Sr. Guckin was remembered by Carleton students, faculty and staff for his commitment, talent, smile, friendliness and above all, love.
David Garneau, renowned visual artist and associate professor at University of Regina in Canada, will speak at Carleton College on Tuesday, April 12 at 4 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Garneau’s appearance is in conjunction with an exhibit of his work currently on display through June 5, 2011. The lecture and admission to the exhibit are free and open to the public.
Neil Lutsky, Professor of Psychology at Carleton College, was the 2011 recipient and first Minnesota recipient of the American Psychological Foundation’s Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. Lutsky has been teaching at Carleton since 1974.
Three Carleton seniors have been granted the prestigious Watson Fellowship for the 2011-2012 year. Adam Karas ‘11, Matthew Fink ‘11, and Kai Knutson ‘11 will each receive $25,000 for 12 months of international travel to explore a self-proposed topic of interest.
Dennis Meadows ’64 opened the term’s first convocation with a talk titled “Preparing for Life with MUCH Less Energy.” Drawing from his extensive background as a scientist observing climate change, Meadows suggested ways that we can begin adjusting to climate change, peak oil, less water, and other scarcities that are the realities of our finite world.
For high school seniors, March can be the most stressful month for one reason: college admissions. With the arrival of college acceptance and rejection letters in mid-March, college-bound seniors across the country face some tough decisions. And for current Carleton students, this means the upcoming arrival of about 300 prospective students.
Disability at Carleton was the focus of “The Elephant in the Room,” an event, sponsored by the Wellness Center and the SWAs on Monday evening. Andy Christensen, Carleton College’s disability coordinator, organized the event to get people to start thinking about disabilities
Fifteen students and staff “plunged” their way into nearly-frozen water in this year’s Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge in Rochester, Minnesota. The event, which occurred Feb 12, is one of the major fundraisers for Special Olympics Minnesota.
On March 24, Anna Fure-Slocum ’12 and Nick Welna ’12 traveled to Pace University in New York City, taking home top honors and receiving a $3000 grant at the Debating for Democracy (D4D) competition for their presentation on proposed education reforms.
Over spring break, sixty Carleton students participated in three Habitat for Humanity programs and a new Environmental and Social Justice Program. The three Habitat programs went to Waterloo, IA, Oklahoma City, OK, and Lexington, KY. Students spent a week building, caulking, landscaping, and painting houses.
Over spring break, the Cannon River overflowed due to warmer temperatures rapidly melting snow, but the flood was less damaging than Carleton and the city of Northfield feared.
The Carls for Choice club headed into Minneapolis on March 31 to participate in the “Bowling for Choice” tournament to fund local reproductive justice organization Pro-Choice Resources.