The 1929 Algol controversy (Login Required)
"This week’s topic is a rehashing of former Archivist Mark A. Greene’s “Raiders” column from January 17, 1986. Greene’s column (and Carletonians dating to 1877, in fact) can be viewed on the Archives’ website, and the banned yearbook supplement (see below) can be viewed by request. This is a friendly reminder to readers that the Carleton Archives’ vast collection is available and intended for all to utilize! Everyone can find something of interest in the documents and photographs, many of which are also available in the Archives’ Digital Collections."
Visiting English profs bring new perspectives (Login Required)
"The English major is not only a precursor to grad school but [also to] a whole range of careers where you use language and literary skills. We want to bring people from these diverse fields to our department."
Carleton's connection to the church next door (Login Required)
Though the relationship between the church and the college has receded, Lippert and Fure-Slocum were excited to share the story of Carleton’s beginnings and the attachment to the Congregationalists, because it is a tale often forgotten on campus. As Lippert said, "There are always these hidden stories that we don’t really know about, but they are shaping us all the time."
New Northfield Public Library opens to the public (Login Required)
"Sometimes I think the public library is…not a secret, but maybe it’s possible that Carleton students don’t know so much about it....So I hope they take the opportunity to come. It’s right off campus, it’s really close."
The 1930 Guinea Pig Epidemic (Login Required)
I find myself frequently writing about the history of buildings and places at Carleton, so I decided to switch things up this week. Most of the material is quoted from the Archives’ Roy A. Waggener Papers. Waggener taught Zoology at Carleton from 1928 to 1955.
Student tech startup, Wheat.co, achieves success (Login Required)
"The founders of Wheat.co had all spent summers writing code in Silicon Valley, when they returned to Carleton and decided they didn't want to stop. They had learned to design webpages that were functional and secure, and that passed Google's algorithm for a top hit. Instead of waiting for another summer of work to roll around, they decided in January to start designing websites on their own."
Equality in student opportunities a major concern in OCS costs (Login Required)
"Carleton’s off-campus seminars — 10-week, term-long programs — can cost the College anywhere from $140,000 to $380,000. The substantial difference in expenditures are closely tied to the various shapes of the different programs."
Stanton Airfield: where Carls found their wings (Login Required)
"World War II significantly disrupted life at Carleton, especially for men, most of whom left school to join the military. In April 1942, the college formed the Carleton Officers' Training Corps, a reserves program to train students for future active military duty."
Mental health class seeks to erase stigma (Login Required)
“Mental health is a term that is often used to talk about mental illness, but in reality mental health is something everyone has, so we wanted to talk about that part of it....We talk about topics such as self care, gratitude, and mindfulness. We try to make it human and get people to think about how that impacts their lives, because it does. It impacts everyone’s lives.”
A Christmas Tragedy: Willis Hall Burns (Login Required)
"Furnishings, records, over 2,000 books and most of the geological and natural history collections burned, while many students who had been living in the upstairs dormitory lost all of their possessions."
"Scoville was the birthplace of Carleton’s unofficial mascot. The May 1, 1898, Carletonia briefly mentioned “a very beautiful gift” of artwork from Miss Isabella Watson, namesake of our high-rise dormitory. Included in the gift were busts of the German writers Johann Goethe—and, of course, Friedrich Schiller."
Vegans crave more from Bon Appétit (Login Required)
“If I could ask Bon App for one thing, it’d just be one hot vegan entrée at each dining hall, every meal,” Culotta said. “Because a vegan is going to show up at the dining hall every time. There should be something.”