“I love exploding expectations,” dance professor Mary Easter explained, in what amounts to a reasonable mantra for her work. “One of my favorite parts about teaching is having people come into your class and looking at them and thinking ‘they don’t know it’s going to be fun.’” Easter, who has spent the last 40 years at Carleton redefining peoples’ expectations for dance, plans to retire at the end of next fall term.
Ah, Spring Term of senior year – those days have dropped far astern for me, but the remembrance makes me well up with nostalgia, not to mention considerable envy for you. The cruel irony of college is that just as you get really good at it, they bounce you out. I have a vivid memory of driving up 35W after my Commencement, towing a U-Haul with all my worldly goods, thinking, “What in the corn toot – that’s it?”
Professor Gary Wagenbach, Winfred and Atherton Bean Professor of Biology, Science, Technology, and Society and Director of Environmental and Technology Studies has recently announced his retired from teaching at Carleton, where he has taught for the past 39 years.
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.
Work crews broke ground this Monday on the new dormitory project on the south end of the mini-bald spot. Crews have already removed a parking lot, and cleared a number of trees from the area; this coming Wednesday the project will expand into the parking lot east of the current site. By working directly through the next 15 months, the contractors anticipate completing the project in August 2009, in time for the new dormitories to be used for the 2009-2010 school year.
After a nearly one and a half hour discussion, the Carleton Student Associate Senate passed a resolution Monday that calls for a privilege training program for students during New Student Week 2008.
Earlier this month, Forbes Magazine named Carleton one of the “Greenest” colleges in the nation. While a closer look at their measurement system cheapens the title, Carleton’s community seems to nod in agreement that Carleton is indeed committed to becoming more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Sunday, May 18, the Carleton Christian Community opened up their prayer tent outside of the chapel to commence a week “of uniting the body of Christ at Carleton, in Northfield, and beyond, in and through prayer,” according to their schedule. The prayer tent is this year’s celebration of Unity Week, which the Carleton Christian Community organizes annually to celebrate unity between different Christian denominations. In the past, however, Unity Week has usually been a smaller event and involved more interaction between Carleton and the community of Northfield. This year’s event is decidedly larger.
Last Friday, May 16, saw a piece of Carleton history being made when Campus Activities sponsored the school’s first student spelling bee. The bee began in the Chapel at 7 p.m. with twenty-nine contestants. Two and a half hours later, the field had been narrowed from the originally twenty-nine to three tenacious freshmen: Garrett Miller, Molly Nichols, and John Cossette.
Sean Sweetnam ‘08, a physics major, has been awarded the Fulbright Scholarship and will travel to Switzerland, where he will attend Neuchatel University and conduct research on solar cells.
Sweetnam gives many reasons for his decision to accept the Fulbright. “The Fulbright is a great opportunity to continue studying physics. I’m planning on working with solar cells, and I’m hoping to do some traveling, too.”
On Saturday, May 17, Carleton hosted the annual Area 10 Special Olympics track and field tournament, the qualifying event for the statewide State Games to be held in June. Adults and children with intellectual and physical disabilities from nine Special Olympics delegations in southeastern Minnesota came together for the all-day event.
Carleton held its annual Spring Concert last Saturday. Despite the rain, students came out en masse. They danced to the tunes of student bands Duck Bus and Sorpresa. Caroline Smith, Kinetix, and the Cool Kids also took to the stage. Headliner Dr. Dog closed the concert.