2011 Spring Issue 5 (May 6, 2011)
The Weitz Center for Creativity (WCC) will be ready to open in time for the 2011-2012 school year. The new arts center construction is still underway but will be completed by late July or early August according to Steven Richardson, the Director of the Arts and part of the project’s team.
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A second round of Fulbright Scholars have been announced, bringing the total of Carleton recipients to seven seniors. Brian Kilgour, Lydia Jackson and Noah Randolph-Flagg have been awarded the prestigious scholarship for the 2011-2012 year.
Associate Professor of Applied Psychology at NYU Joshua Aronson delivered a talk titled “Stereotype Threat and the Nature and Nurture of Intelligence." He argued there is a tendency to disregard the poor performance of racial minorities as a result of cultural differences.
Last week, the Education and Curriculum Committee proposed three S/Cr/NC policy changes to the CSA. The first two, removing the pre-S/Cr/NC option and requiring a professor to sign off on S/Cr/NC-ing a class, have been received positively by most students on CSA. The third, however, is raising concerns among students and CSA representatives.
The announcement of the six interest houses for 2011-2012 evidenced a change in the current make-up of interest houses. The houses will be CANOE, Farm/Parr (“Sustainable Interest” House), Culinary, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, F.I.S.H. and, new this year, Fitness House. Not renewed was the Wellstone House of Organization and Activism (WHOA House).
The 2010-11 Frank G. and Jean M. Chesley Lecture was delivered by Marshall Sahlins, the Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, on April 26 in Boliou Hall. The lecture, which was entitled “Stranger-Kings and Stranger-Kin: The Alterity of Power and Vice-Versa,” addressed the idea of self-producing cultures verses the idea of societies and cultures influencing one another.
Last week, students gathered in the Library’s Athenaeum to learn about the Farm Bill from a representative from MN’s Land Stewardship Program, a local farmer, and students representing MPIRG and Food Truth. Food Truth, MPIRG, and SOPE co-sponsored the event with funding from the CSA and the Environmental Advisory Committee to give students a “Farm Bill 101."
The headliner at this year's Spring Concert is Washington duo Blue Scholars. Other groups who will perform include with Philadelphia DJ RJD2, LA-based band Dawes, Canadian rockers Yukon Blonde, folktronica duo yOya, and student groups Ova Yonder and Throwin' Bones.
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In bizzare, breezy weekend, CUT and Syzygy qualify for Nationals
The Carleton softball team finished their 2011 season this week. On Monday, the Knights split with Bethel University in their last doubleheader on Bell Field. After losing the opener 8-4, the Knights rebounded in Game 2 to notch a come-from-behind 9-7 victory. In a pair of impressive offensive performances, Katrina Harper ’14 and Chelsea Yost ’13 each had three hits in the second game.
It’s never too satisfying to come away with a split on a day that your pitching staff only surrenders one run, but after enduring what amounted to a nine-game skid in conference play, the Carleton baseball team will take it. The team is hopeful that some combination of the adventurous facial hair sported by several players and the fierce cross-town rivalry with the Oles will attract fans.
Last Saturday the Carleton men’s track and field team competed at the Saint Mary’s Open in Winona. Jacob Hoerger ’14 led off the meet by winning the 10,000 meters in 34:20. Marcus Huderle ’14 dropped 25 seconds from his personal best to run 9:34 in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Huderle outsprinted a UW-Eau Claire runner to finish second in the race.
These excellent performances were designed to take the Knights into the conference championships on a rather positive note. A few more solid times and marks were obtained on Wednesday night and the conference championships began yesterday. They continue today at St. Olaf with the heptathlon and decathlon. The rest of the meet will commence on Friday at Gustavus Adolphus College.
It has been a dark and stormy spring in Minnesota, but until last weekend the women’s tennis team showed no sign of faltering in the brisk Northern air. On Saturday, the MIAC’s No. 2 team, Carleton, and No. 1 squad, Gustavus Adolphus College, faced off in one of the last matches of the season. Unfortunately, the Knights came out the loser, falling 7-2.
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Tyson’s chickens are full of antibiotics, Tyson has been in legal disputes with the USDA because of efforts to hide this fact. The undersecretary of the USDA has publically called out Tyson for efforts to deceive regulators. One antibiotic cited is gentamicin, which can be toxic to inner ear cells, and can cause total hearing loss in some cases. Tyson’s chickens endanger our health, and do not belong on our plates.
Looking ahead to next year when MPIRG’s funding will hopefully be reinstated, I’m excited to continue working on the environmental taskforce’s campaign to make business recycling mandatory in Northfield, having a vote on the issues that the statewide organization advocates for, and hearing everyone’s outstandingly interesting and progressive ideas for campus, local, and world-changing projects.
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This is the time of the year when the seniors among us feel a growing sense of mortality in regards to this place. We don’t die when we leave Carleton, but a certain version of ourselves does. It’s the last waltz. It’s the final encore and the band is giving everything it has left. It doesn’t matter how goofy you look. Everybody’s gotta dance.
I’ve wanted to write about violence at Carleton for a long time. I’ve been holding back because (GASP!) I don’t have a well-formed opinion about it. I only have memories. But when I look at them, they all point to the same thing. We need to respect what we’re capable of when the world upsets us, because it’s hubris to think that it never will.
Among the chants of “U.S.A.” and “We did it,” it felt only natural to be proud of what my country had just accomplished. The man responsible for over 3000 American deaths on September 11, 2001 and for murdering thousands of people of all nationalities and religions all over the globe has been brought to justice, and it was good old American perseverance, resourcefulness, and creativity that finally brought that hated man down.
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Sunday night, the villain of our generation was taken down. For many Carleton students, it was difficult to know how to react to Bin Laden’s death. On one hand, this is triumphing good over evil. On the other, it was murder.
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Carleton College’s Annual International Festival Showcases a “Quilt of Cultures”
Players to Perform Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer-Winning Play “Wit”
Carleton College’s Baroque Trio to Perform Spring Program
Week of April 27 to May 3, 2011
Highlight: On May 3 at 2:20 pm, a fire alarm was reported at Severance Hall. Steam from cooking popcorn (?) was the cause. No fire.
President Poskanzer has been up to quite a lot these past few weeks. In addition to maintaining his usual paperwork and keeping up with the general necessary agenda that keeps the College running smoothly, he has actively been engaging with students and traveling.