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  • New dorms projected for 2009-2010 (Login Required)

    These generated images show the plans for Carleton’s future residential area, located across from the Langauge and Dining Center.

    It is actually going to happen. After years of speculation, debate, and blueprints, construction will begin on two brand new residence halls this spring. The final spot for the two state-of the-art dorms is the intersection of Maple and First Street across from the LDC.

    This location trumped other options, such as the area behind Goodhue or as a replacement to the Cowling Gymnasium. As might be expected from such a large project, coming to an agreement on the building site was one of many challenges that delayed breaking ground. “There are two factions at play” Rob Lamppa, the senior project manager said. “There’s Residential Life, which is concerned with the student space and ensuring it is as comfortable as possible, and the Carleton administration, which is trying to reduce cost and to minimize construction time.”

  • Upright Citizens Brigade works with campus comedy groups (Login Required)

    Member’s of Carleton’s comedy groups worked closely with UCB, which holds a reputation as one of the nation’s best improv groups.

    Friday, January 18, Carleton students crowded into the Concert Hall to see the Upright Citizens Brigade Tour Co (UCB), a live improvised comedy group based in New York City and Los Angeles. Carleton improve comedy troupe Cujokra opened for the UCB.

    The UCB, which moved to New York City from Chicago in 1996, has long held a reputation for being one of the best improv standup comedy companies in the United States. According to Paper magazine, the company is characterized by “smart writing and solid acting by the goofy, hip, and subverse.”

  • Profits from bag sales at Carleton bookstore return to Gambia

    Women in Gambia clean, cut, and sew used garbage bags into wallets and purses. The finished products come straight to Carleton.

    At a glance, the multi-colored wallets and handbags on sale at the bookstore may not look extraordinary, but for the Gambian women who made them, they are a commodity of social and economic change. On sale for the first time today, the bags and wallets were each handcrafted by one person. The name of the woman who made the bag is handwritten on a piece of paper inside.

    Delivered to Carleton directly from the town of Njau, in the tiny West African country of The Gambia, the purses and wallets are constructed from the humblest of textiles, garbage bags. With the average Gambian worker making less than $800 annually and the country’s lack of sanitation infrastructure, the streets serve as the repository for garbage.

    In 1998, a Peace Corps initiative taught women in the region how to clean, cut, and sew used garbage bags into wallets and over-the-shoulder purses. After the Peace Corps left the project two years later, a Swedish aid organization specializing in saving abandoned Peace Corps projects helped stabilize a co-op for women who learned the trade.

    Bottles worked in The Gambia in 2007 and helps distribute the bags in the United States. “Since it’s a co-op, when you buy a bag, you are buying from an individual woman. Therefore the vast majority of the income goes to the specific woman who made your bag.”

  • Northfield caucus draws significant turnout (Login Required)

    The crowd at the DFL caucus

    Over 300 Carleton students traveled through bumper-to-bumper (election-related) traffic Tuesday night in order to participate in the Democratic Farm Labor (DFL) caucuses held at the Northfield Middle School. Student participation helped make the caucus the most well- attended in memory, and may have helped Barack Obama defeat Hilary Clinton in Carleton’s precinct with 84 percent of votes.

    A much smaller group of about 15 Carlton students participated in the Republican primary at the nearby Northfield High School. Turnout was lower at the Republican primary, but it nonetheless attracted 290 voters. Northfield Republicans favored Mitt Romney with 33 percent of votes while John McCain received 29 percent.

    When voting began at the DFL caucus, organizers were soon overwhelmed by the 787 voters who turned-out from the Carleton’s precinct alone. Carleton Political Science Professor Roy Grow took on the role of unofficial caucus organizer, and helped guide voters towards ballots. He said he had never seen caucus participation of this scale in three decades of political activity in Northfield.

    “It was bigger by twenty-fold than anything we have ever seen before” he said.

    Organizers had to scramble to collect all ballots by 8:00, when by DFL rules, voting must cease. Many out-of-state students unfamiliar with caucuses system remarked on the informality of the ballets, simple shreds of blue paper on which voters wrote the name of their candidate.

  • Vagina Monologues performance marks the tenth anniversary of national V-Day (Login Required)

    Michelle Bragg ’10 performed “My Angry Vagina” to a full audience during the annual production of “The Vagina Monologues.”

    This past Saturday night, over 800 students and local residents crowded into the Skinner Memorial Chapel for the annual performance of “The Vagina Monologues.” The stage was swathed in pink and red blankets, pillows and sheets, serving as a backdrop to the thirty-five female students who performed or narrated one of the twenty-one monologues during the show. Sitting in the front row of the audience were several dozen male students who were recognized at the beginning of the show as being the “Pink Party guys” - men who had volunteered themselves to promote the prevention of sexual violence as being not only an issue important for women, but for men as well.

    This year marked the national tenth anniversary of “V-Day,” a global movement to end violence against women that raises awareness through benefit productions of The Vagina Monologues. In writing the original pieces over ten years ago, activist Eve Ensler remarked that “what we don't say becomes a secret, and secrets often create shame and fear and myths.” In this regard, the Monologues are often seen as a vehicle to empower women to speak honestly and openly about their body. With a general theme of gender and sexuality running through each monologue, many of the pieces address difficult issues such as rape, domestic abuse and self-exploration. This year, performances around the country also gave special recognition to “Katrina Warriors” –the women of New Orleans– for their “strength and resilience in the face of devastating loss.” Temera Holt, a sophomore from New Orleans whose family was affected by Hurricane Katrina, performed this monologue, which opened the show.

    As a fundraiser, The Vagina Monologues collected over $4,000 dollars through ticket sales, merchandise and a raffle. A portion of the funds raised by the Carleton production is being donated to the non-profit group Women of New Orleans, with the remaining proceeds being given to the Hope Center in Faribault, an outreach organization aimed at domestic violence prevention. However, the primary purpose of The Vagina Monologues is not just to raise money, but also awareness, argues Leahruth Jemilo, one of the senior producers. “It's not just a show, and not just a performance,” Jemilo said. “Giving voice to the Monologues, it's like storytelling. It's empowering. It's the process that is so important.”

  • CSA candidate debates launch election (Login Required)

    Ben Barclay ’09, Caitlin Fleming ’09 and Mac MacDonald ’09 are the CSA Presidential candidates competing in this year’s election. The candidate debates took place February 20 in the Great Space. Polls are currently open to the student body.

    Forty students attended the Carleton Student Association’s debates for Presidential, Vice Presidential, Treasure, and Senators-at-Large Candidates on Wednesday night in Sayles Hill.

    Presidential Candidate Ben Barclay ‘09 opened the presidential debate at 7:30 pm declaring that he “is certain that change is in the air.” Reflecting on the earlier Vice Presidential and Senator debates, he differentiated himself, saying that he would not rely on “stubborn decisiveness” in order to get things done. He’ll look toward the last three presidents under which he has served and “combine and mimic” them, he said. Referring to the office hours he held last week, he noted that he would try to be more open.

    Barclay stressed his desire for a sustainable campus. When asked after the debate what he thought about the recent disbandment of CRIC he said he thought that the organization was “integral” to Carleton’s sustainability as a campus and that as President he would support students who wanted to reinvigorate it. When asked about the MPIRG Refusable/Refundable fee, Barclay noted that the organization addresses issues that “are not endorsed by the entire student body. Although this is certainly true for several other chartered CSA organizations with funding,” he said, the fund was flexible and students who disagreed could request their refund. In his closing statement, Barclay encouraged students to vote. He said, “The CSA becomes more and more powerful the more people vote.”

    Caitlin Fleming ’09 spoke next and declared that if elected, she would represent a wide variety of groups. She stressed her belief in focusing the CSA’s “efforts on a few salient issues at a time, so as to leave room for student opinion and new issues as they arise.” Adding to her platform later in the debate, Fleming explained that “sustainability isn’t the only issue, and we should be mindful of that when we choose which sustainability projects we should be focusing on.” Fleming said that her time serving as a senator reminds her of her time playing Rugby and that the activity would help her mediate and lead the CSA. Both playing rugby and serving in the CSA, she said, were voluntary, hard work, involved listening to diverse opinions. Fleming promised that she would be “willing to bite the bullet, make some decisions, and get things done.”

    Marshall McDonald ’09, the last Presidential Candidate to introduce himself, called for a president that is a leader. “That’s what we need right now,” he said. Detailing his leadership style, McDonald took issue with the speaking time limits and the rigid format of current CSA meetings. “That’s great for time management,” he said, but “time management is outdated.” He went on to emphasize that he deals not so much with time but with people, and this belief will influence how he runs CSA meetings. He stressed that he “offers warmth, openness and accessibility.” Furthermore, he “has the courage to listen to challenges and listen to disagreements.”

    Before the Presidential debate, the sole Treasurer Candidate, Sam Ritter ’10, and Vice Presidential Candidates Pablo Kenney ’09 and Alex Popper ’10 participated in their own debate.

  • Varsity teams feel the paucity of college funds

    The Carleton Baseball team is one of the many varsity teams concerned with budget restrictions.

    A low budget for varsity sports equipment is affecting competitiveness and safety, according to some varsity athletes and coaches.

    Kurt Ramler, head football coach at Carleton, claims that “since I’ve been here, I’ve been fighting for a budget comparable to that of other teams in the MIAC, so that my team can compete.” He adds that though “Carleton does a great job emphasizing its priorities – and they value the right things – I'd be lying if I said I was convinced that our budget is at a point where we can compete with the level of opponents in our conference. Our competitiveness is limited by our budget, which is significantly less than that of other teams in the conference.”

    Scott Bierman, Dean of the College, advises the Administrative Council about “broad athletic department financial issues,” as he calls them – such as renovating the arboretum tennis courts and hiring new coaches. Bierman speaks to the claim of varsity teams being under-funded, saying, “if you looked at the Carleton athletic department budget as a whole, you would probably see that it is significantly higher than the MIAC average. If, on the other hand, you looked at the portion of the budget concerning specific equipment, you might find it less. That is a decision we have made to provide the best personnel possible for out athletes.” Bierman states that “our students will have the best athletic experience if we provide the best coaches we can get. I am convinced that our students are receiving the best athletic education from the best coaches in the country.”

    Full-time coaches at Carleton receive several privileges, not least of which is enjoying faculty status, which gives them the title of professor and a salary reflecting it. (Incidentally, for Ramler, “being a faculty member is a great honor,” and that “on a personal and professional level, Carleton does a fantastic job with its staff.”) Bierman admits that “hiring a coach full-time represents a significant financial decision, as does giving coaches faculty status.” But according to Bierman, “we are willing to trade cutting-edge equipment for the best personnel – with the exception of safety.” When it comes to safety equipment, Bierman says “I talk with Leon [Lunder, Athletics Director at Carleton] on a regular basis to make sure we are not skimping on safety.”

    Yet, Ramler argues “if we don’t have state-of-the-art equipment for football, often we are putting our players at risk.” The issue of lacking and out-dated safety equipment extends into sports beyond football – particularly baseball. Geoff King ’10, a pitcher for the Knights baseball team who describes the current array of baseball equipment as “essentially some bats and balls,” states that “we don’t have very good L-screens, which are important for pitcher safety when throwing for batting practice,” and that “the cage we use for outside batting practice definitely could be replaced.” Cam McDonald-Hyman ‘09, outfielder for the Knights, seconds King. “I can think of six or seven times,” McDonald-Hyman says, “when one of my teammates has either been struck or come very close to being struck by a baseball that passed through a hole in a net.” Also, according to McDonald-Hyman, “the surface of the outdoor batting cage is AstroTurf laid over gravel, not cement or a composite surface as it should be.” As a result, “the uneven surface causes balls to ricochet at odd, possibly dangerous angles.” He says “this equipment is dangerous and not even close to the state-of-the-art equipment that a school like St. Thomas and St. Olaf have.”

  • Bon Appétit new choice for Carleton dining

    East Dining Hall

    Last week Carleton’s Dining Task Force announced its recommendation that Bon Appétit replace Sodexho as the college’s dining services provider for the next five years. The contract will take effect on July 1, 2008. The selection of Bon Appétit rested on the company’s commitment to fresh, locally grown food sources, chef-driven menus, and a sense of alignment between Carleton’s values and Bon Appétit’s approach to food selection, preparation, and nutritional philosophy.

    “The decision was made,” said Fred Rogers, Carleton’s Vice President, Treasurer, and co-chair of the Dining Task Force, “on the quality of the dining experience offered.” He added that “the task force did a remarkable job focusing on verifiable facts, not rumors, in making its selection,” dismissing the possibility that rising student displeasure with Sodexho in past years influenced the decision.

    The replacement of Sodexho with Bon Appétit will end a forty year relationship between Sodexho, Inc. and Carleton.

  • Division II Quizbowl Team clinches national title; Ryan ‘09 top undergraduate scorer (Login Required)

    Carleton’s novice Quizbowl team (Andreas Stoehr ‘11, Tom Sullivan ‘11, Austin Bell ‘11 pictured here) reached the championship final with a 12-1 record, and ended the competion with a victory of 310-70.

    Carleton College made an impressive showing in last weekend’s National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) Intercollegiate Championship in St. Louis; the Freshman Quiz Team of Austin Bell, Michael Servis, Tom Sullivan and Andreas Stoehr took the Division 2 novice title. Garret Ryan ’09 proved the top intercollegiate undergraduate scorer and the fourth highest scorer in the entire competition. Carleton’s third team, Chris Burke ‘10, Emily Kawaler ‘10, and Nathaniel Snell ‘10, Marc Boyce ’11, performed admirably and tied for 14th in the Division 2 competition.

    Carleton has a history of success at the NAQT. Coach Hillemann reports that “Carleton is only one of three schools—the other are the University of Chicago and the University of Florida—to have placed a Division 1 field all twelve years the tournament has been held.” A remarkable feat that will surely continue.

  • “Hate on the Margins” follows PRIDE Banquet in order to address diversity during Pride Month

    Justin Smith and Elizabeth Nguyen Celebrate Pride MonthThe GSC’s Pride Month continued last night with “Hate on the Margins,” an event drawing attention towards the often-ignored issue of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender/transsexual (LGBT) people of color.

    Angelica Johnson ‘08 and Dominic Vendell ’09 organized the night. Presentations, made by fellow Carleton students, included the reading of song lyrics, poetry pieces, and descriptions of violence against LGBT people of color.

    Specific pieces included a reading of Lauryn Hill’s song “Adam Lives in Theory” by Chelsea Rae ’09 and a recitation of Lenelle Moïse’s “The Fuck You Now Manifesto” by Jessica Brooks ’09. Chantel Johnson ’10 and Angelica Johnson read poems by Stacy Ann Chin, the black lesbian-feminist activist who visited Carleton for a performance during winter term.

  • Duck Bus triumphs for the second year in a row at the Battle of the Bands

    The crowd at the Grand cheered for their favorite bands, who were competing for one of three slots at Spring Concert.

    Last Friday, thirteen Carleton bands competed for two coveted spots on the stage at Spring Concert in Carleton’s Battle of the Bands.The event, which took place at The Grand in downtown Northfield, pitted a heavy lineup of student bands against each other starting at 9:00 and continuing until 1:00, a schedule that granted each band 18 minutes on stage. After a frenzied four hours of music, dancing, and a little bit of moshing, the winners were revealed.

    Student bands Duck Bus and Sorpresa will be joining Dr. Dog and the Cool Kids for Spring Concert sixth weekend.

    “It was pretty amazing to win,” said Duck Bus guitarist Andy Rooks, ’10. “I didn’t see it coming. We were pretty convinced we were going to lose because we won last year.” The band broke a recent trend, however, by winning the contest for the second consecutive year.

  • Competition rises as applicant pool grows; College sees a two percent increase in number of applicants (Login Required)

    Johnson House from College Street

    For the school’s admissions department, April and May represent a conclusion to all of their efforts from throughout the year. After sifting through thousands of applications from November to March, the admissions office now reaps the fruit of their labors as accepted students have responded to the school for the class of 2012.

    And it’s been good news for the school. With one of the biggest high school graduating classes in history, there was a 2% increase in the number of applicants as the pool rose to 4950 applicants. Accepted students are coming from 40 states and 16 foreign countries. As of now, excluding students yet to be accepted from the waitlist, there will be 496 students, 250 men and 246 women,with 21% of those students coming from multicultural background and 7% of new students coming from foreign countries.

  • CSA Spring Allocations reevaluate funding needs of student organizations

    CSA 2008 Spring AllocationCarleton’s Student Association (CSA) passed the Spring Allocations, Monday, May 12th, with proposals to take steps toward evaluating and making changes toward the Love Bus Program and the College Readership Program.

    Spring Allocations opens CSA to discussion about the amount of money given to each student organization, contract, and line item expenditure.

    This year’s CSA budget breakdown allocates 82,212 dollars for Operating Funds; 175,302 dollars for Large Organizations; 17,778 dollars for Small Organizations; and 138,000 dollars for Line Item Expenses.

    This spring, senators proposed ways to make the College Readership Program more environmentally friendly and efficient. Among the approaches referred to multiple times during the debate were: installing reusable bins, advertising that CSA does not get charged for newspapers not taken, and putting some newspapers on bars like they do at Blue Mondays.

  • Carleton announces plan to replace Minnesota’s most dangerous bridge

    Iron Bridge along Canada Avenue in the Town of Waterford.Carleton College, along with Waterford Township, has announced a plan for the replacement of the “Iron Bridge,” located over the Cannon River on Canada Avenue in Waterford. The single-lane bridge is number one on the State of Minnesota’s deficient bridge list and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) has placed a high priority on its replacement. The bridge has a rare sufficiency rating of 0.00.

  • Food service employees concerned about Bon Appétit work contracts

    East Dining Hall chefsCarleton food service workers worry about the future of their jobs as the college transitions to Bon Appetit, a new food management company. Bon Appetit’s contract with Carleton begins July 1st, ending a thirty year relationship with Sodexho. At least six workers and ten students have expressed concerns about the workers’ pensions, insurance, and general indecisiveness of the company; they say that there are many more workers who are also concerned.

  • Professor Joel Weisberg is shown here at one of the protests last month in St. Paul.

    Carleton professor arrested at Republican National Convention

    Among the hundreds arrested during protests at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis nearly a month ago, Carleton counts at least one of its own. Joel Weisberg, Professor of Physics, Astronomy and the Natural Sciences, was placed under arrest on August 31 after committing an act of civil disobedience outside the RNC.

  • CROP Walk, a national event to raise awareness of poverty and hunger, enjoyed a strong turnout last Sunday. CROP Walk was held in downtown Northfield, and was coordinated by a Carleton student.

    Carleton student coordinates CROP Walk to fight poverty (Login Required)

    Despite the weather forecast, the sun made an appearance just in time to reward 16 Carleton students who joined throngs of Northfield residents in Sunday’s CROP Walk. CROP Walk, a national event created by the Church World Service, works to fight hunger abroad by raising money to promote development in over 80 countries.

  • Construction continues on Carleton’s new residence hall, which has not been affected by the financial crisis. It was announced in an all-campus e-mail on Tuesday that the Arts Union will not be completed by the Fall of 2011, as was originally planned.

    Financial crisis hits Carleton: Residence hall unaffected; completion of Arts Union delayed

    As the American economy continues to face hard times, one might wonder how Carleton will be affected by the growing financial crisis. President Rob Oden and Treasurer Fred Rogers detail ways Carleton is coping and possible future changes.

  • With the Arts Union already delayed, the economic crisis has also affected Carleton’s Johnson House. The STARR foundation, which has given funds for 85 scholarships for international students, lost nearly $1 billion of assetts that were invested in AIG this past month.

    Economic uncertainty puts Carleton’s financial aid at risk

    Carleton’s pool of financial aid may have sprung a leak. One of its largest funders is the Starr Foundation, and their ability to fund is suddenly rather uncertain.

  • Carleton’s London Study Abroad program, pictured here in a photo by Maureen Burns, is just one of many such programs that could be affected by the financial crisis.

    Fewer students going abroad leads to housing crunch for Winter Term

    This winter there is a potential housing shortage at Carleton due to lower than expected Off-Campus Study (OCS) participation. In January, 200 students will return to campus that were not here during the fall while around 70 students will leave. The situation is exacerbated because Carleton is already in “expanded housing” said Steve Wisener, director of Residential Life. That means, for example, that rooms that are built on the verge of being doubles or triples are being used as triples right now.

  • Carleton students celebrate in the Sayles Great Space around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday night when Senator Barack Obama was officially proclaimed the winner of the presidential election.

    ‘Yes we can:’ Obama wins

    In one of the most historic elections ever, Northfield residents and college students got out and voted. The First United Church of Christ alone had 1217 voters throughout Tuesday. While some Carleton students voted absentee, Carleton and the CarlDems worked all day to make sure that students who wanted to vote in Minnesota knew where the polling booths were and were able to get to them.

  • Carleton’s budget begins to take shape

    President Robert A. Oden Jr.The college will likely reduce its non-personnel spending for the upcoming school year by five percent from this year's budget, due to the ongoing world financial crisis.

    According to conversations with president Rob Oden and vice president and treasurer Fred Rogers, every division of the college will seek to reduce expenses primarily by increasing the efficiency of their operations, but both men emphatically stated that there would be no decrease in financial aid, nor was it likely that any faculty or staff positions would be eliminated.

  • President Barack Obama’s Inauguration; Carleton students travel to Washington for historic day

    President Barack Obama InaugurationOn Tuesday, Jan. 20, roughly two million Americans lined the gates, sidewalks and lawns of the National Mall in Washington to witness the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama. Carleton students traveled to Washington, D.C. to witness this historic moment live, joining the two million people in attendance.

    Indeed, while most Carls marked the end of the Bush era by crowding around the TV in upper Sayles, cozying up in a dorm lounge or on the couch of a nearby living room, some of our very own stood among the massive throngs in Washington, D.C. during the inauguration.

    “The level of Obamamania was almost hard to imagine,” said Gilbert, who described no riots, but a tone of “mass hysteria” that was “a little overwhelming.”

    “I was about twenty feet away from [the Obamas],” Bhattacharyya said. ““It was one of most memorable experiences of my life. Just absolutely insane.”

  • Carleton pursues plans for second wind turbine

    Wind Turbine

    A favorable vote from the Northfield City Council last Monday may help Carleton take the lead in its sustainability arms race with St. Olaf College. Pending funding and further approval from the city, a second Carleton wind turbine - smaller, cheaper and closer to campus than the existing one - may start spinning by the end of the year.

    Carleton Director of Energy Management Robert Lamppa has been working on the details of the new project for the last two years. He envisions a 1 megawatt unit that would cost between $2 and $2.5 million.

  • Dean Scott Bierman named President of Beloit College

    Scott Bierman

    Bierman will leave Carleton at the end of the school year after spending 27 years as a professor and a dean at the college. He has served as the Dean of the College since 2005. In an interview yesterday, Bierman said that he accepted the position because of the chance to be president at a school similar to Carleton that keeps its focus on the liberal arts in a time when many colleges have de-emphasized the importance of such an education.

  • Carleton students organize in reaction to Gaza conflict

    Dome of the RockTwo weeks ago, a group of Carleton students concerned with the silence on campus regarding the recent Gaza-Israel conflict decided to speak up. Now, after gathering signatures for a national petition and hosting a successful panel discussion, Let’s Talk is quickly making its presence known. The organization was formed in response to the lack of knowledge at Carleton of Middle Eastern conflict and political situations.

  • Fourth annual Cuts for Cancer raises $2,400 for Ted Mullin Memorial Fund

    Cuts for Cancer 2009Local hair stylists and massage specialists volunteered their time and skills to style the hair of some Carleton students, staff and local residents for an honorable cause. The College held its fourth annual Cuts for Cancer program last Monday in the Great Hall. The program was organized by the ACT (Acting in the Community Together) Center. It was the final event in this year’s ACT month-long civic engagement series, “Society and Health: From Northfield to Nation”.

  • Lee Clark, Carleton’s new Director of Campus Activities.

    Carleton hires Clark as new Director of Campus Activities

    Lee Clark, Carleton’s new Director of Campus Activities, has not had long to adjust to Carleton life, this being his second Tuesday on campus, but already he said, “the students are all so engaging. They are passionate students. They really care about their experience in and outside of the class room."

    Prior to coming to Carleton, Clark’s interest in working in student life began as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland College where he worked in student activities, Res Life, and student government. He continued on to graduate from Frostburg State University, where he received a degree in communications. He then attended graduate school at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for a degree in student affairs and higher education. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Montana working on an educational leadership and law degree.

  • The Cave

    Task Force considering changes to The Cave

    Last Tuesday, The Cave Task Force held its first meeting to discuss improvements to The Cave and its current operations. While the committee was originally formed to discuss potential changes to the 3.2% liquor license, the committee will also address the student body’s overall satisfaction with The Cave.

    The task force is comprised of a diverse group of representatives, including the three student managers who run The Cave, two members of the Social Programming Board, two members of the KRLX Board of Directors, two Campus Activities Programming Assistants, two CSA senators, and two Students-at-Large. Initiator of the task force and CSA senator Evan Rowe ’09 said, “The goal of this committee is to make The Cave as good as it can be and it will be a collaborative process.”

  • Environmental Studies, currently housed in Goodsell Observatory, above, could become the college’s newest major as soon as next year, possibly eliminating the ENTS concentration.

    Curriculum Committee to vote on proposal to create ENTS major

    A proposal to create an Environmental Studies major at Carleton has been accepted by the Education and Curriculum Committee and may be approved by a vote of the entire faculty as soon as May. If approved, the major will be available beginning next fall to students graduating in 2011 and beyond.

    While students have had the option of concentrating in Environmental Studies for a few decades, the college has never offered an official major in that field. Students in recent years have generally been discouraged from constructing a special major around environmental issues.

  • Carleton student stages “Piano Burning” for comps project (Login Required)

    Carleton students watched on the Bald Spot on Thursday as a piano burned to the ground as part of Music and English major Caitlin Schmid’s Comps project.Carleton senior Caitlin Schmid, a Music and English major, staged a performance of Annea Lockwood's, "Piano Burning" Thursday night on the Bald Spot. “’Piano Burning’ plays a very significant role in the development of what is now known as ‘performance art,’” she says. "Watching Lockwood’s performance generated a lot of interesting discussion among the students. Some of us were really moved by the piece, while others were deeply offended. They couldn't get past the idea of destroying a piano and calling it 'art'."

  • Room Draw 2009.

    With new Memorial and Cassat dorms, Room Draw more unpredictable than ever

    Carleton this week had its annual room draw, which is a period of high anxiety and excitement for most students living on campus. The room draw this year was even more exciting and unpredictable because of the two new dormitories, Memorial and Cassat, which have the capacity to accommodate 230 people.

    The lottery numbers for the current room draw were released in the beginning of February along with Residential Life’s statement that Northfield Option, which is the chance for rising seniors to live in off campus housing, will be reduced to only 100 students.

    The draw started on Monday for rising seniors, followed by rising juniors on the next day and sophomores on Thursday.

  • Spring Concert 2009

    Toubab Krewe and Wale highlight Spring Concert

    Barbeques for breakfast, thousands of students strewn across the lawn and live music streaming from behind the Rec Center can only mean one thing for Carls: Spring Concert. This year’s Spring Concert was held on Saturday May 16 on the field behind the Rec Center.

    The show started at 12:00 with two student bands, Menagerie and Send Messages, followed by The Cave Singers. The bands were well received, but most of the crowd arrived later, around 3:00, when Toubab Krewe performed. Toubab Krewe is known for its fusion of music from Mali and America. The show ended with Muja Messiah performing with Wale and UCB. Carleton also had four of its own students as DJs between the gigs: Ben Page, Jerome Potter, and Dan Curme/Dan Kagan-Kans.

  • President Oden announces retirement

    President Robert A. Oden Jr.On Friday, September 25, 2009, President Robert A. Oden Jr. announced his retirement effective June 2010.

    “It will have been eight years that I have served as Carleton’s president and 21 years that I have served as someone’s president. It is the best job in the world but it leaves no time for family and friends,” President Oden said.

    Oden cites many factors in his decision to retire. “In the last 12 months, probably because of my age – I am 63 – I’ve received so many reminders that we’re all mortal; life is fragile and we can’t count on time forever.”

    “These years [as an educational leader], and especially the Carleton years, have been filled with the friendships and opportunities and profound satisfactions that few positions can offer to anyone,” Oden said.

    Oden chose this time to announce his retirement in order for the College to have ample time to find his successor.

  • Willis construction disrupts KRLX broadcasting

    Willis ConstructionWillis Construction

    As the term enters fourth week, KRLX, Carleton’s completely student -run radio station, remains limited to broadcasting on air between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., though it continues to stream shows 24/7 on the station’s website,

    This new inconsistency in the KRLX programming is due to construction on the Willis rooftop, where the station transmitter resides.

  • Karl Rove speaks at St. Olaf, criticizes Obama administration

    Karl RoveIn a speech before a crowd of approximately 2,000 at the Skoglund Center at St. Olaf College, Rove criticized the Democratic plan for health care reform, describing it as an expensive government takeover that would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit. The House of Representatives’ reform bill will add $200 billion to the deficit over ten years and worsen afterwards despite Obama’s promises, Rove said.

    Rove also criticized the concept of government-run health care, saying that health care prices have gone down in the two categories of health care not divorced from market forces: Lasik eye surgery and cosmetic surgery.

    “Markets are more efficient than government,” Rove said. “They just are.”
  • Skinner Memorial Chapel in the midst of repairs and cleaning

    Skinner Memorial Chapel

    Carleton’s Skinner Memorial Chapel will be looking its best in less than a month.

    Current work, including the cleaning of the building’s exterior and repairs to leaky roofs and aging brick and stonework, is expected to be finished a few days past the original Nov. 6 deadline due to recent rains, according to Director of Facilities Steven Spehn.

    The work is part of a two-phase Chapel maintenance project, with the first phase “mostly addressing the front part of the Chapel and the tower,” Spehn said via e-mail.

    “We are feeling quite proud with this opportunity to maintain this gem of a facility in a way it truly deserves,” he said.
  • 350 Carls participate in global fight against climate change

    Climate Change BaldspotOn Saturday, Oct. 24, the north side of the Bald Spot was lined with 350 photographs of Carleton individuals and their personal answers to this question: “Why do you care about climate change?” Sustainability assistant Arpita Bhattacharyya, one of the six students who spearheaded the project, said that the event was an effort to join the international movement, but also a chance to raise awareness on campus that there needs to be more than just green dorms and wind turbines.

  • Owens to be delegate to Copenhagen

    Christa OwensThe Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) recently selected Carleton student Christa Owens ‘12 to serve as a youth delegate to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP 15) this December. Owens, a sophomore political science major at Carleton College, is one of 19 high school students, college students and recent college graduates in the SSC delegation traveling to Copenhagen from Dec. 7-18. “This is a historic moment in the struggle to solve the international climate crisis, and I am honored to be a small part of it,” she said.

  • Reynolds House out of commission after mysterious freeze-up

    Reynolds House ClosedReynolds House, Carleton College’s Jewish Interest House, was shut down this term after its interior was discovered thoroughly frozen at the end of winter break. Three students have been displaced until the house thaws out. Security officials found frozen pipes, split radiators and a broken boiler. Ice puddles had formed on the floor; water in the toilets and sinks had frozen; the temperature inside the house at the time of inspection was -20 degrees. The source of damage: two windows found open in the basement.

  • Evans dorm renovation closer to reality: Plan focuses on floor life, safety

    Evans RenovationIn an effort to bring Carleton’s residential living up to par, the dark hallways and confusing columns of Evans Hall may soon get a facelift. The Evans Renovation Committee is working to secure $5.2 million for a project that would include changing the building’s column-grouped room structure, adding lounges and an open gathering space, and creating a “Front Door.” The committee hopes the changes will bring more “floor life” to the hall, which some students cited as lacking in a survey last fall.

  • Carleton’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders visits Peru

    Member of Carleton's chapter of Engineers Without Borders renovated a greenhouse in a rural village in Peru.On Tuesday evening, the Carleton branch of Engineers Without Borders gave a presentation titled “Approaches to Sustainable Infrastructure,” explaining their progress since juniors Matthew Strongin ’11 and Galen Kast ’11 founded the group in the spring of 2007. Engineers Without Borders is a national organization that contains both student and professional chapters. Carleton’s student-run chapter is the first at a school without an engineering program.

  • Celebrating the 30th annual Mid-Winter Ball: The history behind the tradition

    Dancing the Night AwayTomorrow night, Saturday, Feb. 6, Carleton brings out its finery to celebrate its 30th annual Mid-Winter Ball. The event attracts over half of the Carleton student population. Chris Marshall '10 compared it to “a cross between a Sayles dance and your senior prom - it's an opportunity to dress up and do something fun without all the awkwardness of high school.” The tradition of Mid-Winter Ball, according to college archivist Eric Hillemann, evolved from a “Viennese Ball” held on Jan. 24, 1981. The event was originally organized by Campus Activities' Paula Armagost, fashioned after a similar dance put on at Colorado College.

  • Changes to institutional event alcohol policy: Student ramifications possible

    Rotblatt 1In a policy officially enacted early fall term, the vice president and treasurer’s office mandated that alcohol served at institutional events must be purchased and served by Bon Appétit, the college’s licensed caterer. The rule applies to any events sponsored or scheduled by one or more academic departments or administrative offices to take place on campus for members of the Carleton College community. While the new policies do not apply to student sponsored activities, many are wondering whether the liability concerns will lead to new rules regarding college sanctioned events like Mai Fete and Rottblatt.

  • Weitz Family Foundation pledges towards Arts Union

    Arts Union RenderingCarleton College announced that the family of Wally ’70, Barbara ’70, Katie ’96, Roger ’99, and Drew ’02 Weitz and their spouses Watie White ’93, Kate, and Meredith ’02 pledged $15 million towards the completion of the College’s Arts Union project, located at the site of the former Northfield middle school. The $15 million gift is part of the Weitz Family Foundation’s challenge to Carleton’s Board of Trustees.

  • College Council renews Posse Program for next five years

    Commencement 2009 PhotosOn Tuesday April 6, College Council approved the continuation of the Posse scholars program at Carleton for the next five years. The decision was unanimous and aligned with the recommendation of the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee (AFAC) that the program continue. Each year the Posse program admits between nine to twelve students from the Chicago area that are awarded full tuition scholarships to Carleton. Posse aims to specifically select under-represented students with leadership potential that might otherwise be overlooked in the selection process of elite schools.

  • Steven Poskanzer named next president

    Steven Poskanzer

    Steven G. Poskanzer will become Carleton's next president, effective August 2, 2010.  Currently, Poskanzer serves as the president of State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz.

    “I am thrilled,” Poskanzer said, “as is my family.”

    He has worked for the SUNY system for the past 12 years, during which time he was president for nine years.  Previous to his positions in the SUNY system, Poskanzer worked at University of Chicago and University of Pennsylvania.

    “My career has been atypical,” Poskanzer said, “in that I've worked at both public and private institutions.”  Working in one sector has given him insight into the other, he said.  As the next president of Carleton, he hopes to bring a unique perspective from his previous experience at public institutions.

  • Schiller makes his national TV debut

    Schiller on ColbertAs a student at Carleton in the early ’90s, Peter Gwinn (’93: Theater/Media) never got his hands on the roving bust of Johan Schiller. Now, nearly 20 years later, he can finally check that item off his to-do list. In the most visible Schiller appearance ever, the campus icon made its national TV debut last Monday night on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.” Stephen Colbert held the familiar bust in his arms when he ended the show by saying, “In the words of Friedrich Schiller, good night.”

  • Cuts for Cancer sets fundraising record

    Cuts for Cancer 2010

    Monday, April 26, the ACT center held the fifth annual Cuts for Cancer fundraiser. Made possible by ACT volunteers, thirteen local stylists and two massage therapists this years fundraiser was the most successful to date, bringing in over twenty five hundred dollars in proceeds.

    “We have been incredibly pleased by the growth of the event each year and the ongoing support of the Carleton community,” Olivia Killeen ’10, one of the lead organizers of the event, said.

  • Professor Arjendu Pattanayak named next Associate Dean

    Physics Professor Arjendu PattanayakArjendu K. Pattanayak, Associate Professor of Physics, has been named Carleton College’s next Associate Dean.  Serving a three-year term to take effect July 1 of this year, he will fill the position vacated by Associate Dean Elizabeth Ciner as she becomes Carleton’s Director of Student Fellowships. As Associate Dean, Professor Pattanayak will oversee matters of educational policy, curriculum, graduation requirements, and campus diversity.  Among his duties will be guidance as Dean of the Academic Standing Committee, service as primary liaison to the Dean of Students Office, and supervision over the Registrar’s Office. 

  • Rotblatt tradition alive and well for 144th birthday

    Rotblatt 3With the swing of a bat and a swig of a beer, last week Carleton celebrated its 144th birthday with the annual Rotblatt softball game. But despite all of Rotblatt’s longevity, students often overlook the logistical challenges of continuing the country’s longest running softball tradition. Juniors Ted Longabaugh, Ali Melton, and seniors Colin Jenks, Jake Kring, and Kate McDonald organized this year’s festivities.

  • Carleton says goodbye to Rob Oden with reception on Bald Spot

    President OdenWhen you search Carleton's online data-management program for shared photos with "Oden" in the title, there are well over 500 photos. Granted, most of them are of him fly-fishing, and one of them is of the Japanese winter dish, not related to our outgoing president. In any case, we thought we'd share a few of our favorites.



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  • Poskanzer to be inaugurated as President of Carleton

    Poskanzer outside 1This weekend, Carleton’s 11th President Steven Poskanzer will be formally installed as the President of Carleton College in a ceremony Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Skinner Memorial Chapel, with an address delivered by Hugo Sonnenschein, President Emeritus and Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago.

  • Carleton and Northfield recovering after record flood: Downtown businesses and track destroyed

    Flooded football fieldIt started as a drizzle, soon became rain, and then, before most students knew it, a flood. On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, Northfield got six inches of rain. By early Friday morning, the Cannon River had expanded in volume by ten times since Wednesday.

  • B-boys descend on Carleton for battle

    B-boy GravityThe October 1 b-boy battle began simply enough. Individuals from the Dynamic Rockers b-boy group and other local Minnesota crews began to warm up on the “floor” as the crowds trickled in, crews stretched in back and people chatted casually. Suddenly, the music grew more upbeat and the warm-up became more serious. What began with some light footwork soon turned into dives down onto the floor, twists and strange contortions of the body, freezes in positions that didn’t seem possible, and flips that made the crowd cry out with excitement.

  • Flood causes $3.2 million in damage

    Sediment on West FieldNow that the waters have fully receded back into the Cannon River, Carleton has begun to address the extent of damage to the college and begun to replace and repair ruined items. According to an email sent out to Carleton staff, faculty, and students on October 8, the current damage estimate rests at $3.2 million, most of which should be insured.

  • Carleton presents “Prints Around the Pacific Rim”

    "Prints Around the Pacific Rim" 1The relationship between humanity and nature has recently been characterized by extreme swings of give and take. Headlines about the Gulf oil spill and annual wildfires in California seem to illustrate an ever-present tension between Mother Earth and her human inhabitants. But these instances of friction, which explode into the national consciousness like disquieting showers of sparks, are not indicative of man’s true relationship with the environment. At least, that’s one interpretation of the art of Sean Caulfield.

  • Panel discusses issue of local homelessness

    Homelessness panel, bean jarsHomelessness in Northfield and Minnesota more broadly was the focus of “Close to Home,” a panel that brought together Kathy Bjerke, the administrative director of the Northfield Community Action Center and Jennifer Kuoppala, a volunteer from the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless on MN Coalition. The panel was held  Tuesday October 27 in the Library Athenaeum for students and faculty.

  • Hour of Power to support cancer research

    Hour of Power, Cancer SucksThis past Tuesday, the Carleton Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams participated in the fifth annual “Leave it in the Pool” Hour of Power, a swimming relay at Cowling Gym in honor of former Carleton swimmer Edward H. “Ted” Mullin.

  • Former trustee Win Wallin passes

    Win Wallin Win Wallin, former chair of the Carleton Board of Trustees and a widely-respected Minnesota philanthropist and businessman, moved on from this life, last Dec. 20 at the age of 84.  Wallin was a Carleton Trustee from 1983-2001 and served as Chair of the Board from 1991-99. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon stepping down from his position as chair.  Wallin is survived by his wife, Maxine, and his four children, three of which attended Carleton.


  • Comic

    Graphic debuts new project (Login Required)

    The Carleton Graphic, formerly known as the Carleton Comics Journal is stepping things up with their recent release of “Spring Lake Massacre” last Friday, an ambitious project to rival comic-makers at any art school.

  • Students write thank-you letters.

    Volunteer for Carleton 2011 raises $40,000 for the College

    Last week, the Alumni Annual Fund (AAF) hosted Volunteer For Carleton, an annual event during which Carls thank alumni for their support, through both monetary donations and volunteer efforts. Over 630 students participated, a significant increase over the previous record's 526 volunteers, recorded in 2005.

  • Dozens of students, staff, and community members piled into Dacie Moses house to celebrate her 128th birthday with a delicoius home-cooked brunch.

    Dacie Moses celebrates 128th

    If there was ever any doubt about Carleton’s love for Dacie Moses, let her 128th birthday anniversary stand testament to the devoted appreciation and support of students, faculty, staff, alums, and community members alike.

  • Carleton College continues to rank amongst the nation’s highest in alumni donation rates.

    Carleton keeps on getting love from alumni, USNWR says

    This past week U.S. News and World Report named Carleton one of the top 10 “most loved schools” in the country. Of the 1,283 colleges surveyed, Carleton ranks second in the percentage of alumni who donate. Alumni donations “are a hugely important source of revenue for the college that lets us be strong... and we absolutely depend on the passion of alumni to generate those dollars," remarked Steve Poskanzer, Carleton's first-year president.

  • The way that Carleton’s current policy regarding academic honesty is administrated is problematic for both students and faculty.

    Do we cheat at Carleton?

    In 1937, the then-editor of the Carletonian wrote an opinion piece on the prevalence of cheating at Carleton. This ignited a response from the college and prompted an investigation of the nature of academic dishonesty, hoping to come across a solution. The main conclusion that came out of this exploration was the decision that there needed to be a centralized way of dealing with cheating. Thus, Carleton’s current system was born.  For the next few weeks, we will be exploring academic dishonesty at Carleton. The purpose of this feature is to engage the community in a dialogue about the issue and allow people to voice their opinions.  Read other articles in this feature:

    Are we cheaters

    Big Picture: a letter from CEDI

    Why this matters: the questions we need to ask.

  • Carleton alumni support has recently been garnering significant attention in the media, namely Richard and Laurie Kracums’ donation for a second wind turbine.

    The gift that keeps on giving

    Carleton made a newsworthy appearance in the Feb. 16 issue of the Star Tribune. They did a feature on the new wind turbine that has been made possible by 1976 graduates Richard and Laurie Kracum of Chicago. It began as a 30th anniversary gift from Richard to Laurie, in lieu of jewelry or a vacation. The Kracums are the latest huge donation from the vastly generous network of Carleton alums.

  • Noe Hernandez ‘11, Isaac Hodes ‘12, Dana Mackey ‘12, and Sara Harrison ‘12 share their concerns about on-campus discrimination at this week town hall meeting hosted by CEDI.

    Town hall tackles issues raised by Campus Climate Survey

    Enticing students with naan and Kurry Kabab, Carleton’s Community Equity and Diversity Initiative (CEDI) held a town hall meeting in the Great Hall this past Tuesday to discuss discrimination, bias, and harassment on campus.
  • Students return from break to mourn John Guckin ‘14

    John GluckinIn a tender and solemn service last Wednesday March 30, the Carleton community mourned and remembered John “Jack” Guckin, Jr., a Carleton freshman who was killed in an automobile crash March 15 returning home to South St. Paul for spring break. The accident also killed Guckin’s father, John Guckin Sr.  Guckin was remembered by Carleton students, faculty and staff for his commitment, talent, smile, friendliness and above all, love.

  • Prospies flood campus for Accepted Student Days

    Accepted Student Days 2011When high school seniors receive their acceptance letters from a plethora of different colleges, how do they decide which one to pick? Carleton offers an easy solution: Accepted Student Days. Last Thursday through Saturday, admitted students came to the campus to experience Carleton’s culture and explore the academics to see if the college is a good fit for them.

  • 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.

  • ECC to make major changes to S/Cr/NC policy and dates

    S-Cr-Nc Scrunch“Scrunching” that Orgo class might be a little different in the coming years, thanks to some changes the Education and Curriculum Committee voted on this Wednesday.  According to Patrick Burke ’14, Senate liaison to the ECC, the committee has decided to move the deadline to designate a class “pass/fail” by 7th week, instead of the last day of classes, as it is now. Students will no longer have to “pre-scrunch” classes, but professors will have to sign the forms for students scrunching their classes.

  • Weitz Center will open next fall

    Weitz CenterThe 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.

  • CSL discusses plans for Sayles-Hill renovations

    Sayles HllAs students flood Sayles-Hill during common time or between classes, it is easy to become frustrated by the high level of student traffic. However, a solution to the congestion is in the works.  Last term, the Committee on Student Life began to explore the idea of creating a master space plan for Sayles-Hill. Although there are no current plans for renovations, having a master space plan would not only direct more minor changes, such as replacing carpets or creating a Sayles-Hill office from a department office, but would also ensure that Carleton is ready to move forward if the opportunity for renovation becomes possible.

  • Empty Bowls project draws large community participation

    Empty Bowls '11 1Last Friday, the Art and Art History departments hosted their annual Empty Bowls event on the Bald Spot to raise money for the Northfield Community Action Food Shelf. Members from the Carleton community gathered on the Bald Spot to participate in the luncheon event and help support the charity by purchasing ceramic bowls and eating homemade soup.

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  • New Student Week Leaders

    Carleton welcomes new students, Class of 2015

    In his welcome address to the incoming class of 2015 this Tuesday, Dean of Admissions Paul Thiboutot said that first arriving to Carleton is like adding another panel to a quilt: when combined with other panels of life, it gives comfort, support and security.
    And so began New Student Week, Carleton’s orientation week for first-year and transfer students.

  • Carleton administrators maintain that recent revisions to Carleton’s alcohol policy were implemented with students’ safety in mind and say these changes will not affect Carleton’s favorite traditions.

    New alcohol policy worries campus, deans respond

    Last week, Dean of Students Hudlin Wagner announced new changes to the official alcohol policy, causing a stir on campus. According to the e-mail, kegs and common containers of alcohol are no longer allowed at unregistered campus parties, and drinking games are now considered high-risk drinking-related activities.

  • wind turbine

    It’s about to get a little windy: work starts on second turbine

    Carleton College is about to become the first private college in the nation to have two wind turbines, part of the College’s effort to become more environmentally sustainable.

    The installation process for the second wind turbine began Sept. 26, and will be finished by this Saturday afternoon.

    “The construction crews are assembling the blades to the nacelle, or nose cone, on Wednesday, “ explained Martha Larson, the Project Manager for the Wind Turbine and Carleton’s Manager of Campus Energy and Sustainability.

    “But weather permitting, the rest of the turbine will be completed on Friday and finished up on Saturday.”

    The second wind turbine project planning has been underway since 2008. There have been many factors that have affected project development, including purchasing the individual parts of the turbine from good quality retailers, finding a good location for the placement, and efficiently getting installation crews to Carleton.


  • Sayles Dance

    Due to safety concerns, Sayles dances to change

    Despite beautiful fall weather and a new term, one thing has remained conspicuously missing: Sayles dances. After several weeks of confusion — and a notably-absent Homecoming dance — the Student Activities Office has finally revealed the highly-anticipated verdict on the fate of Sayles dances.

  • Post Office

    Everyday hustle keeps post office workers busy, busy, busy

    We have all experienced the busy hustle that surrounds the post office every day, especially around noon when dozens of students descend upon the mailbox area to receive their mail. Regardless of the high traffic of people, we are nonetheless grateful to have our mailboxes full, mail in hand, with our packages received.

  • Twitter


    As a social media platform, Twitter is growing up. In its early days, Twitter was generally seen as a place for overly indulgent self-expression, or simply a shallow imitation of Facebook’s status update system. Today, it has played an integral part in organizing political movements and even executing revolutions all over the world. While Twitter retains its fair share of detractors, the site has come to be used for an incredibly broad set of purposes, encompassing areas that might have once been considered too serious to engage in social networking. Carleton is one among a number of institutions that have begun to embrace Twitter, with students, staff and faculty using it for a wide variety of purposes.

  • Occupy Movement

    “Occupy” movement comes to Carleton, students speak up

    As Occupy Wall Street has grown and spread across the nation, many Carleton students have been caught up in the fervor of the movement and are finding ways to get involved.

  • Tempest

    ‘The Tempest’ blows new Weitz Center away

    The new theater at the Weitz Center for Creativity was inaugurated in spectacular fashion last weekend as the Carleton Players presented William Shakespeare’s romantic play, “The Tempest.”

  • Screw dates

    Peanut butter looking for jelly? ‘Set Up Your Roommate’ makes memories

    Last Friday night, two by two, over five hundred Carls left the Great Hall as they began their journey into the awkwardness of  the fall term tradition, “Set Up Your Roommate.”

  • GOP Beard Auction

    Carls ‘shear’ in the fun at the GOP Beard Auction

    Last Saturday, Carls had the opportunity to creatively shave, buzz and trim many of their peers’ facial and head hair at the fifth annual GOP Beard Auction. The auction, more like a raffle, raises hundreds of dollars for the championship-winning Ultimate Frisbee team as its players offer their long locks or beards to the paying crowd.

  • Evans

    Evans renovation-ready

    Despite the decrease in beds on campus next fall due to the Evans renovation, the administration says that the number of students allowed to live off-campus will not change.

  • music olaf

    Striking different chords

    The largest problem facing the Carleton music department is the lack of space and the condition of the facilities. To put it bluntly, “our Concert Hall is falling down,” said London, who is also on the Building and Grounds Strategic Planning Committee.

  • KRLX

    KRLX refuses to ‘sell out’

    The KRLX board of directors recently voted to turn down an offer from the largest group owner of radio stations in the U.S., media conglomerate Clear Channel Communications. “Early December I got a call from Clear Channel, who had identified KRLX as one of the top college radio stations in the country,” said KRLX station manager Danny Nathan ’12.

  • Attorney Michael Freeman

    Carls petition on behalf of jailed transgender woman

    Over the summer, Heather Yang ’12 heard a story from a friend that made her blood boil and changed her perspective on Minnesota’s legal system.  “My friend told me about Chrishaun ‘CeCe’ McDonald, a black transwoman, [who] was walking to Cub Foods one night when drunk white supremacists hurled racist comments at her, and then violently attacked her,” Yang said.

  • Holy F*ck

    Spring Concert planning in full swing as polls open to pick bands

    Though the weather may not be fully cooperating, this year’s Spring Concert committee is gearing up as they plan the campus’s biggest and most popular student event of the year. Student Activities released the list of potential headliners yesterday, with students able to vote on their favorite until this Tuesday.

  • sayles cowling dance

    Farewell to a college tradition: goodbye Sayles, hello Cowling

    If the crowd of 700 students at the Cowling Dance this past weekend is any indicator, the Student Activities Office has found a successful alternative to the original Sayles Dance.

  • Carls mobilize in wake of Trayvon Martin shooting

    Carls mobilize in wake of Trayvon Martin shooting

    Remembering the February shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Carleton students gathered at a town hall meeting last Wednesday night to discuss and reflect on the implications of his case for the American justice system.

  • 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.”

  • Accepted students

    Accepted students roll on to campus

    Every year, the College organizes two official weekends for accepted students to spend time on campus with a Carleton host. One hundred sixty-two accepted students came this past weekend, with another 165 expected later to descend on campus tonight. Those students come from all over the United States and abroad.

  • Ebony

    Ebony Busts New Moves in Final Show of Year

    Last Friday and Saturday night, hundreds of Carls flocked to West Gym to watch the dance show, which lasted nearly two hours and incorporated entirely student-choreographed dances to songs by popular artists like Ludacris, Beyoncé and Gotye. 

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    Spring Concert Line-Up Announced

    The Student Activities Office (SAO) and Carleton Student Association will bring indie, hip-hop and pop, together in a Coachella-like spirit to Carleton’s annual spring concert on Saturday, May 19.

  • room draw

    Luck of the Draw: Rooms Decided

    Rooms that were never meant for more than three residents unexpectedly sprung up as Burton quads; spacious Watson corner doubles turned into stuffy, uncomfortable triples; Goodhue lounges transformed into doubles with balconies (very attractive for smokers and star-gazers).

  • Oresteia

    "Oresteia” Performance Stuns

    Last weekend, the Carleton Players and Semaphore Reparatory Dance Company premiered their rendition of the Greek tragedy “The Oresteia” to a sold-out audience in the new Weitz Center for Creativity Theater.

  • GoP

    GoP Wins DIII Nationals, Eclipse Makes It to the Semis

    Last weekend, the Gods of Plastic competed at the 2012 USA Ultimate Division III National Championships in Appleton, Wisc.

  • nsw 2012

    New Student Week 2012

    Every year, Carleton’s New Student Week (NSW) helps the incoming freshman class assimilate to college life for five days before classes start.

  • Eat Local Challenge

    Eat Local Challenge

    If you had to plan a meal for 2,000 people where all the food was locally produced, could you do it? During lunch this past Tuesday, Bon Appétit conglomerates all across the nation participated in the Eat Local Challenge, an event in which all food served, even down to the oil it was cooked in, came from within 150 miles of each respective location.

  • Many students have felt frustrated with the new printing system.

    Printers:“It Just Doesn’t Make Sense”

    Despite complaints from students and problems with the new software, the Carleton administration has pushed ahead with what is proving to be the most controversial policy change of the year: the implementation of printing quotas for Carleton students. 

  • Al Franken

    Al Franken Draws Crowd at Democratic Rally

    On Oct. 4, Al Franken, the former “Saturday Night Live” actor and current U.S. Senator from Minnesota, headlined a rally organized by the Carleton Democrats.

  • Students listen to the reading of David Copperfield

    Carleton Celebrates Charles Dickens

    This past week, students and professors did just that with a marathon reading of David Copperfield, a book known, among other things, for its famous characters, such as the poor Mr. Micawber and the wicked Mr. Heap.

  • Students danced to 'Starships'

    Ebony II Shakes Things Up in Sayles

    On the Friday and Saturday of sixth weekend, Carleton students gathered in Sayles for an hour and a half of outrageous dancing.

  • Jeff Blodgett ‘83 gave the keynote address at the celebration of Wellstone’s legacy.

    Commemorating Paul Wellstone’s Legacy

    Blodgett’s speech commenced Thursday’s celebration of Wellstone’s political legacy, set on the 10th anniversary of his untimely death in a plane crash eleven days before the 2002 Senate election.

  • Students react to the Presidential election results in Olin

    Election Day 2012

    On Tuesday, with the rest of the nation, many students’ eyes were glued to news stations to watch, with baited breath, for the results of the presidential election and local elections.

  • Hour of Power 2013

    Hour of Power: “Bigger and better than ever before”

    For the seventh year in a row, Carleton student-athletes participated in the Ted Mullin Hour of Power for Sarcoma Research, an hour-long relay swim designed to commemorate former Carleton student Edward “Ted” Mullin, who passed away from synovial cell sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in 2006.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Commemorating Dr. King’s Legacy Through Love

    Carleton students joined the nation in celebrating the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, the famous civil rights activist and minister with a candlelight vigil and dinner.

  • This year, 35 percent of the Senior Class turned out to Volunteer for Carleton.

    Volunteer for Carleton Brings in the Dough

    Volunteer for Carleton made its triumphant return to campus last week. The event, sponsored by the Alumni Annual Fund, drew students to the Great Hall to write postcards and make phone calls to alumni and volunteers, thanking them for their support.

  • Posters urge divestment from large companies who support child labor or use fossil fuels.

    Students Call for Divestment in “Unethical” Companies

    This year, some students have started an online petition calling for Carleton to divest from fossil fuels. They believe divestment reflects Carleton’s goals, supports the environment and continues Carleton’s tradition of leading by example.

  • President Obama shakes hands with Jack Lew, the nominee for Secretary of the Treasury.

    Secretary of the Treasury Nominee a Former Knight, Carletonian Writer

    Jack Lew has undoubtedly come across more than his share of crawling parasites in Washington, but he might have seen even more in his year on second Musser.  Obama’s nominee for Secretary of the Treasury and former chief of staff attended Carleton during his freshman year, from 1972 to 1973.

  • Second Nature Climate Leadership Award Finalist 2013

    Carleton a Finalist in Climate Leadership Awards

    Carleton has two windmills, green wars, sustainable building standards, and a Carbon neutrality goal by 2050.  Now, Carleton has also become a finalist in the competition for the Climate Leadership Award conferred by Second Nature.

  • Students and community members sing at the Women’s Color Retreat remembrance

    Women (And Men, Too) Celebrate Women’s History Month Through Retreat Remembrance

    The Office of Intercultural and International Life (OIIL) held a Women’s History Month dinner on Friday, March 1 at the Great Hall. The dinner was a celebration of the legacy of the Women of Color retreat, which is a leadership retreat rooted in Native American Spirituality.

  • Jose Antonio Vargas

    “How Do We Define ‘American?’”

    Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, returned to Carleton to speak about immigration, diversity, and what it means to be an American citizen. Students packed into Boliou to hear Vargas speak.

  • Students lit candles in Skinner Memorial Chapel all day Tuesday.

    “Anyone Could Have Been There"

    It was in Lexington, Massachusetts, that the shot heard ‘round the world was fired.  So it should come as no surprise that echoes from the dual blasts in Boston on Monday reverberate here at Carleton.

  • Prospective members of the class of 2017 trudge through the snow

    Prospective Students Brave Blizzard, Try Life As a Carl

    From April 11th to April 13th, and again from the 18th to the 20th, a total of three hundred fifty-two admitted students , or “prospies,” visited campus, an all-time high for the school according to Admissions Counselor Peter Varnum ’08. They arrived at Carleton in the midst of whirling winds and late-season snow, dumping accumulations that would give the campus the appearance of a snow-globe. 

  • Francesa Garcia ‘13 reads a monologue that she wrote in during Friday’s rally

    Discrimination at Carleton: Rally Raises Awareness of Campus Wide Issue

    This past Friday, following a controversial article in the Carleton Literary Arts Publication (CLAP), a student-organized rally was held to address the issue of discrimination on campus.

  • Carleton students dance Folklórico, a traditional folk dance from Mexico.

    International Festival 2013: “It’s a Small World After All”

    “It’s a small world after all. It’s a small, small world…” Indeed, it did feel like a small world at the Weitz Center for Creativity on Saturday, May 4, as exotic music and enticing aromas from various nations and cultures marked Carleton’s annual International Festival.

  • Jordan Stevens ‘14 coordinated this year’s SpeakUp

    SpeakUp: Tales, Tears, and Healing (Login Required)

    “It’s time for me to admit that I was raped,” wrote an anonymous victim. “It is time to speak up.” That exactly is what the unnamed author, along with seventeen other Carleton students, proceeded to do this past Thursday.

  • Henrickson House will be converted into doubles and singles next year.

    “Smooth Sailing” at Room Draw 2013 (Login Required)

    The party is over.  The curtains fell not with a bang but a whimper on Room Draw 2013 at 9:15 on Thursday evening amidst a flurry of Goodhue doubles and selection-forfeiture forms.  

  • Students planning the potential layout of the proposed science buildings at the facilities meeting.

    Facilities Master Plan: New Science and Music Buildings in the Works (Login Required)

    Fifty years is a long time in the building business.  A mandate to predict what kind of dorms, classrooms, and cafeterias Carls will want in 2063 presents quite a challenge.

  • After meals in the dining halls, most food is composted rather than donated to a local food bank.

    Where Does Our Leftover Food Go? What Bon Appétit Does, and Could Do, with Extra Food (Login Required)

    Appeasing the appetites of some two-thousand students in a sustainable way is a complex task, and even in a microcosm as small as a liberal-arts college in Minnesota, food waste often goes unnoticed.

  • Do seniors outgrow their majors by the end of college?

    A "Major" Problem (Login Required)

    It’s a rite of passage at nearly every institution of higher learning in the country. But, does the process of declaring a major actually contradict the “liberal arts” ethos that Carleton strives for – that of a fluid, flexible, multidisciplinary approach to learning?

  • Students have felt the repercussions of the shutdown at Carleton.

    Academic Shutdown: Government Shutdown Reaches Carleton, Affects Comps Research (Login Required)

    Although the government shutdown, which lasted more than two weeks, had little effect on Student Financial Services, TRIO, Off-Campus Studies, and other Carleton offices that depend on federal money and visas, it hindered students’ ability to do research. 

  • At least eight cars and two professors' offices were robbed within the past 10 days.

    12 Thefts in 10 Days (Login Required)

    Last weekend, eight vehicles parked in the Recreation Center parking lot were broken into and robbed. On Tuesday, two offices in the Weitz Center for Creativity were entered and had items stolen.

  • Carleton’s total fee, adjusted for inflation, is more than two and a half times what it was in 1973.

    Carleton Tuition Rises by 3.7%, More Than National Average (Login Required)

    At Carleton, this year’s comprehensive fee, which includes tuition, room, board, and other mandatory fees, is a 3.7 percent or $2,151 increase from last year. Nationwide, the tuition increase for the same time period is approximately 2.9 percent.

  • Carleton has revised its financial aid regulations, getting rid of its “need-blind” policy.

    New Metrics Abolish Cap on Need-Sensitive Admissions (Login Required)

    Carleton has revised its financial aid policy, a change that will affect future classes of students from ‘18 onwards. 

  • Griffin Johnson ‘14 and Ingrid Ashida ‘14 enjoy an end of term “date.'

    Date Knight for Carls (Login Required)

    Some were hoping for a new friend. Others, “a French girl.” One sophomore only came because his roommate talked him into it. “I’m hoping that it’s not awkward enough to kill me,” he said.

  • Students mingle over food at a Sophomorphosis event in the Career Center on Thursday Jan. 16.

    Sophomorphosis (Login Required)

    Takeshi Hidaka ’16 had no idea what to do this summer. An internship? A job? “I didn’t know where to start,” he said.

  • Veggie dishes at the LDC are very common, leaving some students disgruntled about the lack of meat.

    Meatless Myths Debunked (Login Required)

    Bon Appétit prides itself in meeting the needs of Carleton’s diverse student body. This has, however, solicited a negative response from those following more conventional diets.

  • SHAC will begin a contract with ProtoCall, a 24/7 telephone counseling service.

    Operation ProtoCall: 24/7 Psych Service Debuts at SHAC (Login Required)

    In an effort to better serve students, the SHAC will begin its contract with ProtoCall, a 24/7 telephone counseling service, this term.

  • “Crack House,” a popular Northfield Option residence, has been donated to St. Olaf college.

    Lavern Rippley Donates Love, Crack to Olaf (Login Required)

    Prior to Midwinter Ball on Saturday, campus erupted with rumors that Crack and Love House owner and St. Olaf German Professor Lavern Rippley had sold the houses, possibly to Carleton.

  • Becca Giles

    CSA Election Results: Meet the Winners (Login Required)

    Whether they were riled up about Rotblatt or excited about the student-proposed referenda, Carleton students were in a political mood last week. More than half voted in the election--the biggest turnout in eight years, according to outgoing President Matthew Fitzgerald.

  • The Cave

    Cave Plots Revival (Login Required)

    The Cave’s lineup isn’t as impressive this year as it was three years ago, according to David Mills ’14. Many of the Cave’s memorable acts--Dan Deacon, Fuck Buttons, YACHT, and No Age--came during Mills’s freshman year.

  • Candles.

    Community Attends Vigil for Three Teammates (Login Required)

    Students, professors, staff, alumni and members of the Northfield community poured into Skinner Chapel Saturday to mourn the loss and celebrate the lives of James Adams ‘15, Michael Goodgame ‘15, and Paxton Harvieux ‘15, who died Friday in a car accident.

  • Protestors, including Maud Prineas ‘17, fourth from left, tie themselves to the White House fence.

    Carls Arrested in Keystone Protest (Login Required)

    Five Carleton students were recently arrested outside the White House while protesting a proposed expansion of the Keystone Pipeline.

  • Sawyer Middeleer ‘16 shows off his recently-chosen history major.

    Computer Science, History Big Winners as Sophomores Declare (Login Required)

    A whopping 51 sophomores declared computer science majors, making the department the second most popular department for new majors, behind biology.

  • Caroline Lauth ‘15

    Carls Leave Academia in Search of Adventure (Login Required)

    There is a new trend that is catching on at Carleton; taking a gap year during college. Before writing this article, I had never heard of this trend. It hadn’t occurred to me that for some students, 4 years of isolation is just too much. That for some, living within four walls is too stifling. In my quest for answers on this increasing trend, I interviewed Juniors Caroline Anna Lauth (Geology/Archeology) and Mike Habermann (Economics), both of whom plan on taking a gap year.

  • John Blake '16

    Olly Aboard: The Rise of Riding Culture (Login Required)

    As spring commences, cyclists spray WD-40 on their chains and pedestrians pack away their boots for summer storage. Carleton is an environment for expression across a vast array of mediums, and personal transportation is no exception.

  • We aren't going anywhere.

    Students Show Solidarity After Offensive Note Found (Login Required)

    At common time yesterday, crowds and clouds gathered around Sayles Gymnasium to attend “We Aren’t Going Anywhere”, a gathering meant to address racial and ethnic tensions on campus.

  • Jonathan Kagan-Kans ‘14 and Marcus Rider ‘14

    The New Brew-haha: Inside Carleton’s Brewing Community (Login Required)

    In the fall, Jordy and I were both under loading, and we figured we were going to need a hobby. So, we googled ‘good hobbies for young men,’ and this was on a list among many things.

  • Rotblatt 147.

    Leading Rotblatt Historian Talks with ‘tonian (Login Required)

    “It is certainly fair to say the Rotblatt means something special to many of the guys who play it, more than just a chance to hit a softball,” wrote Senior Commissioner and League History Don Rawitsch ’72 in his A Definitive History of the Marvin J. Rotblatt Memorial Softball League.

  • Kyle Schiller

    ErotiCarl: Schiller ‘17 Starts Thrust-ing (Login Required)

    You may know him as the “robe guy,” but Kyle Schiller ’17 has much more going for him than his unconventional wardrobe choices. He is, among other things, a thespian, a writer, a Mock Trial lawyer, a foodie, an anime enthusiast, and a connoisseur of French culture.

  • Spring Concert 2014

    Interview with St. Lucia (Login Required)

    St. Lucia’s front man, Jean-Philip Grobler, had recently finished an almost two-hour sound check Saturday afternoon when he agreed to sit for an interview with The Carletonian and KRLX.

  • Spring Concert 2014

    Spring Concert Successful Despite Inital Student Kvetching (Login Required)

    Clouds of aerosol sunscreen drifted behind the Rec Center Saturday afternoon as shirtless students chased frisbees and shotgunned cans of beer in preparation for the 33rd annual Spring Concert.

  • Eat The Lawn

    “Eat the Lawn” Uproots, Headed for New Location (Login Required)

    Located outside Laird Hall, Eat the Lawn, Carleton’s edible garden landscape, is relocating. Why is it being moved, and what effect will the change have on the garden?

  • Poll of Ninety Seniors Reveals Some Have Jobs (Login Required)

    The school year is coming to a rapid close and with that the 2014 seniors are being forced out of the comfort of the Carleton bubble and into the real world. This week, I randomly polled 90 of those graduating seniors to see what their plans were for next year.

  • The World of Brecht in Little Nourse (Login Required)

    We all know Nourse Little Theater as the janky student-run theater where ETB shows and the comedy groups perform. In outward appearance and functionality it can’t hold a candle to the three-year-old Weitz Theater – with its seats that sometimes fall apart when sat in and the mysterious holes in the stage. But what Lil’Nourse does have is history.

  • Theater Tidbits (Login Required)

    Another solid week of performance on campus. Hannah Neville ’14 led a poised quartet of actors in a production in the Weitz rehearsal room of David Auburn’s drama Proof, which told the story of a father-daughter mathematical duo with mental health problems that struggle to balance work and sanity.

  • Illustration by Kera Ling

    Concert Planners Hope Diverse Acts Will Please the Crowd (Login Required)

    Everyone knows about Spring Concert, but few of us actually know the process behind picking the bands. Somehow a few bands are mysteriously picked, and although everyone on campus is talking about and has an opinion on the selection, we rarely get to hear the reasons behind the selection.

  • Arb Staff Struggles with Stray Cat Population (Login Required)

    “Are you a cat person or a dog person?” is a commonly asked question when discussing pet preferences. Far less frequently asked, however, is the question, “what do we do with feral or stray cats?”

  • Eclipse

    Four Frisbee Teams Head to Nationals (Login Required)

    This past weekend, Carleton’s competitive D-III Ultimate teams played at the USA Ultimate D-III Nationals in Ohio. Eclipse, the women’s team, won 2nd place and GOP, the men’s team, tied for 3rd place.

  • Despite Last-minute Glitch, Room Draw App Tops 6,000 Views (Login Required)

    Look out, Mark Zuckerberg. The computer whizzes who brought you the CarlDraw website are looking for more opportunities to improve their web design skills and engage students.