2011 Spring Issue 3 (April 22, 2011)
On Tuesday, award winning and critically acclaimed poet Andrea Gibson performed a selection of her poetry at The Cave. Many Carleton students turned out to hear Gibson’s verse, which challenged political opinions, gender normative roles in society, and patriarchal values.
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Harvard professor of English and American literature and language delivered a talk titled “Why the Case for Liberal Education is Hard to Make.” In establishing the American cultural view that all those who are qualified should go to college, Menand asked of the process: “How much is selection and how much is treatment?”
Carleton duo honored with prestigious Davis Peace Grant Rafiq ‘13 and Blumberg ‘13 hope to bridge ‘class gap’ in Pakistan
Carleton sophomores Sana Rafiq and Yoni Blumberg have received a $10,000 Davis Peace Grant for their service project “Volunteer for Lahore.” This is the fifth time that Carls have been received the prestigious grant from the philanthropist Kathyrn Davis.
As of April 21, 2011, four seniors at the college have received Fulbright Scholarships for the upcoming year. Jimmy Dreese, Eric Reich, Michael Knudson and Francesca Chubb-Confer were announced as recipients of the prestigious award.
French Professor Cherif Keita has published a new book. Titled Outcast to Ambassador: The Musical Odyssey of Salif Keita, Professor Keita’s book treats the life of the Grammy-nominated musician, who was also his cousin and childhood friend. He has published numerous books and articles on both social and literary problems in modern Africa.
This past weekend, four student producers, four directors, twenty actors, and twenty writers put on four theater performances for Carleton’s 24 Hour Show.
Should voters be required to have a specific type of photo ID in order to vote in Minnesota? Ben Hellerstein ’12, co-chair of Carleton’s chapter of the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), strongly believes that the answer is no. He recently travelled to the Minnesota state capitol to argue against the new SF049 bill.
The S/CR/NC (“scrunch”) policy, Carleton’s version of taking classes pass/fail, is currently under review. The Education and Curriculum Committee has been discussing changes in the policy and will meet to determine a final proposal next Tuesday. According to Patrick Burke ’14, an ECC liaison to the CSA, the committee is considering three major changes to the process that will affect the way students designate classes they want to take pass/fail and whether professors know who is just taking their classes for ungraded credit.
On April 15, Mark Hansell, Carleton College’s Professor of Chinese and Director of East Asian Studies, presented “Writing as Tool Use: Are There ‘Practical Universals’ of Writing?” as part of this spring’s Carleton Linguistics Colloquium Series. The seats in Goodsell were filled with more than twenty eager audience members.
Authorities have identified the remains of missing 2010 graduate Joe Sjoberg. His car and body were found badly burned near a farm outside of Madison. Missing since late November, Sjoberg was a staple of Carleton social life in the four years that he was a student.
Coyote Grace, Seattle’s “radically progressive and unashamedly nostalgic” trio, performed at The Cave on Tuesday for an enthusiastic Carleton audience.
Mark Kanazawa, Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences and Director of Environmental Studies at Carleton, discussed his upcoming book on the subject of the California Gold Rush. The lecture, which took place on April 12 in the Alumni Guest House, was well attended by students and colleagues.
On Tuesday in Cassat’s main lounge, a group of Carleton students passed around a plethora of sex toys as a part of Alicia Steele’s Smitten Kitten workshop. Steele came to Campus with a box full of toys and the passion to explain the nuances of sex toys to the gathered group. The Gender and Sexuality Center brought the workshop to campus as part of Pride Month.
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The Carleton women’s tennis team is kicking butt and taking names. The Knights improved their record this week to 13-4, defeating Luther College yet again on Sunday and St. Olaf on Monday. Carleton has another busy weekend at home with the University of St. Thomas at 4 p.m. on Friday, Grinnell College at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and University of Wisconsin-River Falls at 3 p.m.
GoP wins D-III Conference Championship; women’s teams fight hard in Iowa; CUT and Hot Karls postponed to this weekend
With the snow flying, late May’s National Championships seemed a long way away, but the postseason began nevertheless for four of Carleton’s ultimate frisbee teams last weekend.
The Knights (9-18, 3-9 MIAC) found time to play five games this week. The Knights return home from Moorhead to host the Macalester Scots at Mel Taube Field this Saturday.
The Carleton men’s track and field team competes in a variety of different weather conditions each spring, but meets at aptly named Gustavus Adolphus College tend to be the gustiest. Saturday was a not a day for good times, but the Carls still gave their best. Last night Carleton competed at a meet at Hamline and next Wednesday the Knights will compete either at Macalester or Hamline.
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My housemate burst through the door and sarcastically shouted, “YES, BASEBALL! I love watching baseball!”
For three years, the Wellstone House of Organizing and Activism (WHOA) has worked tirelessly to promote student engagement in activism, politics, and community organizing, yet the Residential Life department has decided to eliminate WHOA for the upcoming year.
On behalf of the student organization Dialogue on Education at Carleton, I’ve been making an effort to speak to as many professors and students as possible about whether our humanistic coursework should facilitate asking of “big questions” about being human and life.
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Last week we talked about informational interview, the awkward but necessary step in the job search process. Hopefully, those informational interviews led to a job lead, which led to you submitting a resume (because you really can’t get a job you don’t apply for). And with any luck, you’ve scored an interview! Here are some tips to help you land the job.
I have recently been given an internship for my senior year of college. Well, not given, per se. I applied for it and schmoozed some people and flashed the pearly whites and then I was given an internship. Training goes into effect immediately and, as part of that training, I am required to wear business casual clothing in the office. Business what in the where now?
I am taking 8 credits this term. Last term I accidentally registered for only 1 credit of COMPS instead of 6, which left me with an additional 5 to register for this term. This means I can be fully enrolled in Carleton while only taking Data Structures, Jazz Piano, and Voice lessons.
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We’re lucky at Carleton. We have the GSC, a student body and administration that supports any and all sexual orientations and a diversity of these orientations. We value freedom of expression and general human rights. You can be any religion, any ethnicity, pretty much any anything. For the most part we love each other and this is all good. We are fortunate to have a faculty and staff who support us unequivocally in figuring out who we are.
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Carleton’s Robert Bonner To Receive Honorary Doctorate from U of Wyoming
Frumkin to Debut Original Play this Weekend
Security Blotter for April 13 to April 18, 2011.
Highlight: On April 15 at 4 am, security found that Burton Dining Hall had been broken into.
Provided that we don’t get any more snow, the temperatures turn more April-like, and the sun stays out long enough to finally dry out the muddy paths of the Arb, you might want to take a run (or at least a nice, leisurely stroll) out into the further reaches of Carleton’s property. Out by the iron bridge, at the north end of the Lower Arb, you’ll come across the pine plantation—a habitat unique amongst the Arb’s typical deciduous fare.
As per usual, Stevie P has been quite busy this past week. Last week, he had his “routine meetings with vice presidents, student office hours” (which are open to all students, by the way), “and meetings with academic department chairs to speak with them about the upcoming strategic planning process.”