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2012 Spring Issue 2 (April 13, 2012)

  • Professor Mike Hemesath

    Prof. Mike Hemesath appointed next president of Saint John’s University

    In a campus-wide email sent out Tuesday, Carleton President Steve Poskanzer announced that Mike Hemesath, Carleton economics professor and president of the faculty, will be leaving Carleton to become the new president at St. John’s University.  “I’m so happy for Mike,” said Poskanzer, “but I’m not going to like it if his sports teams beat ours.”

    • hula dancers

      Hawaiian dance troupe hulas before sold-our crowd

      The halau’s visit allowed Carleton students a chance to experience a new culture, but the halau students also had their own informative cross-cultural experience. During their stay, the dancers traveled to the Minneapolis American Indian Center.

    • green

      Carleton a finalist for Climate Leadership Award

      The college is a candidate for a Climate Leadership Award for the environmentally sustainable headway it has made in the past year, including the installation of a second wind turbine, which provides power for most of the campus’s energy usage.

    • Streakers

      Let’s get naked? Understanding a longtime Carleton tradition

      Attend a major campus performance such as Ebony and inevitably, at some point during the show, a group of naked people will run across the stage. Streaking is deeply embedded in the culture of Carleton dating back to at least the 1960s.

    • Mai Fete

      Mai Fete returns with new alcohol policy

      Despite some concerns about its vitality as a springtime Carleton tradition due to changes in the College’s alcohol policy, Mai Fete successfully returned this Wednesday night.

    • Class of ‘14 Majors

      Class of ‘14 picks majors

      Considered a Carleton milestone, major declarations were due to the Registrar’s Office on Monday.  A large portion of sophomores had no hesitation in their decision.

    • Ganey

      Ganey launches campaign by connecting with Carleton students

      Carleton development officer Patrick Ganey kicked off his campaign for the Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) nomination for Minnesota’s second congressional district last Thursday.

    • Barbara Fredrickson ‘86

      Psychologist encourages Convo crowd to balance emotions

      On Friday, April 6th, psychologist and Carleton alum Barbara Fredrickson ‘86 gave a new perspective on positive emotions.  Fredrickson addressed the general overemphasis of being happy and optimistic in pop-psychology methods.

    • Passover and Easter

      Away from home, Carls celebrate Passover and Easter together

      With Passover and Easter coinciding this year, many Carls had a reason to celebrate over the past weekend, as they took time to be more involved in both the Carleton and Northfield religious communities.

    • AED

      Carleton to offer AED training

      If someone had immediate symptoms of a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest, would the average Carleton student, staff or faculty member know how to react? With eight Automated External Deliberators installed around campus this winter, a dedicated student has been able to start the second phase of his plan to educate Carleton about how to react in an emergency.

    • David Lefkowitz

      Walker Art Center features works from Professor Lefkowitz

      Since the end of February, the Walker Art Center has featured Carleton Art Professor David Lefkowitz in the new exhibit “Lifelike,” which displays the work of contemporary artists from as early as the 1960s.  “The purpose of this exhibit shows how we trust the appearance of things and question our assumptions about how we see the world,” Lefkowitz said.

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    • Szper

      Softball rallies for split against St. Ben's

      After splitting doubleheaders against St. Catherine’s University last Thursday and Augsburg College last Friday, the Knights again split two games this Wednesday, dropping the first but winning their second game against the College of St. Benedict Blazers.

    • kevin johnson

      Knights split doubleheader with Hamline Pipers

      Shields allowed only three hits—all singles—and one walk. He was at his best throughout the middle innings, striking out eight straight batters between the third and fifth innings. Throughout the game, Hamline’s top seven hitters went only 1-for-20 against him.

    • wilson

      Track's early season looks promising

      It had been far too long since Carleton had hosted an outdoor track meet. There were many spectacular opening performances, including Haley Johnson’s  ’13 second place finish in the 800-meter run, Clare Franco's ’12 third place, and Claire Karbon turned in a strong performance.

    • butler

      Track teams christen new outdoor surface

      Laird Stadium had not seen a track meet or an alumnus in two years before last Thursday. Preston Carlisle ‘15 didn’t think much of the occasion, since he wasn’t here to see the old track bubble to the surface of the then-widened Canon flowing over it. “Oh yeah, I guess this is new,” Carlisle said.

    • Katherine Greenberg and Molly Hemes

      Women's Tennis break 24-year streak

      “I got absolutely nothing done today except my laundry,” I heard from a student upon returning to Carleton from the Midwest Invitational Tennis Tournament in Madison, Wisconsin last weekend. The Carleton Women’s Tennis team, on the other hand, can say we broke a tradition that Saturday. For the first time in nearly 24 years, the Knights defeated Gustavus Adolphus College.

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    • Griffin Johnson

      Three ways of looking at peninsula: Rethinking study abroad

      If I were really part of a grand tradition of flocking to cultural centers to learn from great scholars, I would go to New York or San Francisco, not Rome- and it wouldn't even matter nowadays, because globalization and the internet have spread cultural prestige so completely across the first world that talking about 'centers of knowledge' is essentially absurd.

    • Zoe Suche

      On bananas and doing new tricks with old things

      A few weeks ago, I read in passing that an excess of potassium in your bloodstream could cause cardiac arrest. Having eaten probably four bananas that day, I immediately proceeded to Google to confirm whether this was true and whether I was in danger. It turned out I wasn’t the only one concerned. The first question that I found read: “I eat 25-30 bananas every day. Is this too many?"


    • Michael Goodgame

      Nationalism as a construct

      Nationalism is an invention.  A damn useful invention.  Picture this: a force that can control the mind, body, and soul of a huge mass of people and unite them under a common understanding of human cooperation and governance.  That’s nationalism, and it’s a powerful tool.  If you don’t think nationalism can be “used,” you’re wrong. Patriotic appeals are all over the place.

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    • campfire

      Arb Director responds to Arb parties

      During second week, a group of students chose to organize a party in the Lower Arboretum. In addition to the large amount of debris left behind, party participants also left a fire that was still burning at 8:00 a.m. the next morning, and the remains of fireworks.

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    • Arb

      Green Space: Want to be a STA?

      Do you have an awesome sustainability initiative that you would like to see at Carleton? Do you want to gain experience planning and heading projects? Then you should consider applying to be a Sustainability Assistant (STA) for the 2012-13 school year!

    • Mini Bald Spot

      News Briefs

      Carleton Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Trumpeter Swan Restoraton Project in Minnnesota, Annual Drag Show and Panel this Friday, Student Film Society Continues at Carleton College and Carleton Joins in World Book Night.

    • Officer Holicky and Officer Bushey, Security Services

      Security Blotter

      Week of Apr. 4 - 11, 2012

    • Arb


      All non-freshmen will remember the abomination that was last year’s springtermnospring.  This spring term has been far more comfortable, with temperatures over the last month averaging fifteen degrees warmer than during the same time period of 2011. 

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