2011 Spring Issue 8 (May 27, 2011)
Eclipse, Carleton’s second women’s team, won the USA Ultimate Division III Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. last weekend, using a miraculous comeback to defeat Williams College in the finals. Spanning Division I and Division III, Eclipse joins CUT, Syzygy, and GoP as the fourth Carleton team to have won a national title, a feat that no other college in the ultimate world can claim.
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Beginning on Monday, May 16 and lasting until 11:59 A.M. on Wednesday, May 19, the Carleton Student Association (CSA) held elections for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year. Emails were sent out, doors were knocked on, and the Senate did their best to publicize the elections in order to get the most democratic and varied election possible.
The annual Superhero Party, the final major all-campus social event of the year, will look pretty different this year, thanks to some changes instituted by the Student Activities Office. In response to student concerns about safety at the outdoor venue in years past, the dance will be held at the Grand Theater in Northfield. The dance has traditionally taken place in the fields behind the Recreation Center.
Last Thursday, over 200 students lit candles and listened as members of the Carleton community shared stories of sexual violence for SpeakUp, an annual campus event to raise awareness about sexual harassment, assault, and abuse.
As the sun poked its head out from behind the clouds Saturday afternoon, students flocked to the fields behind the Rec Center to enjoy the day full of music, mud, and memories known affectionately as Spring Concert. The concert, now in its 30th year, featured a total of seven bands, ranging from Carleton student bands to well-known DJs to almost every music genre in between.
This past weekend, Nourse Little Theater was filled with others enjoying Lee Conrads’ ‘12 production of the world’s longest-running musical, The Fantasticks. The original off-Broadway production ran for 42 years until its 17,162nd show in 2002.
For some Carleton students, the Posse program is a complete mystery, while for others Posse has been central to their time here.
The Semaphore Repertory Dance Company held its spring term performances this week on Friday night and Sunday afternoon, performing for the last time in Arena Theater. The show featured five choreographed pieces, two of which were choreographed by guest choreographers, while the remaining three were student choreographed. In addition, there was a good-bye tribute to Arena at the end.
Implementing Trayless Tuesdays this year has helped the L.D.C. to prevent over a thousand pounds of food waste throughout the year. In order to further decrease food waste, L.D.C. will be trayless every day starting in fall 2011.
On Thursday morning last week, a small group of students met in the Library Athenaeum to hear a presentation by Cindy Blaha, Professor of Astronomy at Carleton, give a talk entitled “Life, the Universe… and something else?” The talk, hosted by EthIC (Ethical Inquiry at Carleton), was part of a series of lectures by faculty entitled “What Matters to Me and Why.”
The famous founder of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Liz Lerman, visited Carleton last Thursday, May 12th to give a lecture on visualizing the liberal arts. She emphasized the collaboration between dancers, communities, and experts from diverse disciplines.
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CUT qualified for the USA Ultimate National Tournament for the 22nd time in its illustrious history after taking third place in the North Central Regional tournament four weeks ago.
The Carleton women’s track and field team holds steady, ranked 25th in the nation. Most of the team finished competing at the conference championships, but two hardworking athletes are continuing on to the national championships, contested this weekend at Ohio Wesleyan University. Kelly Lovett ’11 currently has the third-best javelin throw in the nation at 149 feet, 5 inches. Simone Childs-Walker ’12 will be returning to Nationals in the 10k and 5k after winning both events at the conference meet.
On Thursday, May 19, Ty Martin ‘11 competed in the 110-meter hurdles at the UW-La Crosse National Qualifier Meet. On a windy day, Martin finished fourth in the event but was unable to better his personal best time of 15.00 seconds from earlier this season. The Minot, N.D. native will graduate as a three-time conference champion after winning the 55-meter hurdles indoors and both the 110- and 400-meter hurdles outdoors this season. He also has multiple school records to his name.
For the second consecutive year, Carleton women’s tennis coach Luciano Battaglini has been named Regional Coach of the Year.
Carleton diver Eric Brenner ‘11 was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Men’s Second Team for his combined performance on the board and in the classroom. A computer science major with a 3.52 GPA, Brenner won All-America honorable mention this winter.
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Over the past year, I’ve spent several hours a week writing editorials for The Carletonian about the meaning of my education and the moral complexities of my college experience. I have only begun to understand myself.
For the past five trimesters it has been my privilege to offer my thoughts on some of the day’s political issues, both domestic and abroad. This column has been a weekly thought laboratory for me, a place where I could go to test out my ideas and explore what I was thinking at the time--to articulate what I thought I felt, question it, and try again.
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Our reign began when we were charged with the task of cleaning out our entire office so it could be remodeled. We found ourselves picking paint colors and carpet samples. It felt like we were preparing a nursery for our unborn baby. In a way, we suppose we were.
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In the news this week, the ACT Center and ACE Office are planning to merge, and esteemed professor Stephen Kelly will present the annual Honors Convocation.
As I sit here thinking of the seemingly hundreds of things that I must complete over the next two weeks, I realize that I am losing sight of the bigger picture. There is very little that I have done lately that will be lasting.
Security blotter for the week of May 18 to May 26, 2011
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Editor’s Note: Sexual violence at Carleton is terrifyingly present. We believe that this topic is not talked about nearly enough and we are proud to give the community a forum for sharing stories and reflections. We commend those with the strength to come forward with personal stories and those with the compassion to support them. We hope these pieces will inspire conversation and move Carleton towards a place where sexual violence is not tolerated in any shape or form. We want to thank everyone involved in the SpeakUp and we hope this community will continue to challenge itself and take care of each other. Most of all, we hope that if you, or anyone you love, has or is experiencing any kind of sexual violence that you won’t stay silent about it. Come forward, talk about it and, in doing so, protect yourself and protect the community. We owe each other that.