2012 Spring Issue 2 (April 13, 2012)
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.”
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carleton development officer Patrick Ganey kicked off his campaign for the Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) nomination for Minnesota’s second congressional district last Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
“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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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.
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?"
It was a strange thing, using my mind to get out of my mind. The constant feeling that a shark was going to come speeding out of the blue and attack me, the fear of being stung by something foreign and terrifying, the fear of drowning, of getting left behind, still entered my mind. Yet, for the first time, I found the ability to accept I had no fear.
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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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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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!
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.
Week of Apr. 4 - 11, 2012
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.