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2011 Spring Issue 3 (April 22, 2011)

  • Slam poet Gibson packs punch, emotion at The Cave

    Andrea GibsonOn 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.

    • Professor Louis Menand combined history and educational philosophy to challenge people’s fears of using the word “practical” to describe a liberal arts education.

      Harvard prof Louis Menand speaks on the origins and practicality of liberal education

      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?”

    • The $10,000 Davis Peace Prize will take Sana Rafiq ‘13 and Yoni Blumberg ‘13 to Lahore, Pakistan, where they will volunter with university students and impoverished children in efforts to bridge the city’s class gap.

      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.

    • Eight Carleton seniors have been awarded Fulbright fellowships.

      Four students named Fulbright scholars for upcoming year

      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.

      Keita releases new book about prominent Malian musician

      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.

    • Emily Foster ‘12 and Ben Stroup ‘14 act out their show in Little Nourse theater.

      A day full of theater: The 24-Hour Show Hits Carleton

      This past weekend, four student producers, four directors,  twenty actors, and twenty writers put on four theater performances for Carleton’s 24 Hour Show.

    • Casey Markenson ‘12, Forrest McKnight ‘13, and Lizbee Collins-Wildman ‘11 discuss the upcoming MPIRG agenda.

      MPIRG fights for college students’ voting rights

      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 policy allows students to take classes on a pass/fail grading basis.

      ECC weighing changes to SC/RN/C policy

      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.

    • Mark Hansell

      Hansell discusses writing ‘universals’ in Linguistics dept. talk

      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.

    • Joe Sjoberg '10

      Community mourns passing of recent alum Joe Sjoberg ‘10

      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 performs bluegrass at The Cave

      Coyote Grace performs bluegrass at The Cave

      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.

      Gold Rush wasn’t so frenzied, according to Kanazawa

      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.

    • A literal smitten kitten, a name appropriated by the sex toy shops Smitten Kitten.

      Smitten Kitten brings sex toys to Carleton to educate students

      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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    • Anne Lombardi '14

      Memorable season continues as Women’s Tennis jumps to No. 20

      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.

    • Andrew Hooker

      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.

    • Danny Shields

      Baseball continues conference slide with rough week

      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.

    • Jacob Hoerger

      Rookies lead Men’s Track at Gustavus

      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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    • Beth Seraydarian ‘10 and Vivyan Tran ‘10

      Ready or not: Interviewing, you haven’t gotten the job yet!

      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.

    • Katie Markovich

      Why I should consider acting like an “adult”

      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?

    • Todd Anderson

      Too busy to live

      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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    • Protest your heart out, Carleton

      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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    • Robert Bonner

      News Briefs

      Carleton’s Robert Bonner To Receive Honorary Doctorate from U of Wyoming

      Frumkin to Debut Original Play this Weekend

    • Officer Holicky and Officer Bushey, Security Services

      Security Blotter

      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.

    • Red pines, one of several varieties of pine in the Lower Arb's pine plantation.

      Arb Notes: Uncommon conifers

      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.

    • Steven Poskanzer

      What's going on with Stevie P?

      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.”

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