On Monday April 28, senior fellow at the Hoover institute and professor of political science and sociology at Stanford University, Larry Diamond gave a talk entitled “Can The Whole World Become Democratic?”
Diamond’s lecture focused on the third wave of global democratization in which 97 countries out of 196 made the transition to democracy. During this period, democracy became a global phenomenon, everywhere but in the Middle East.
For the third straight year, Carls walking through Sayles on Monday probably noticed that the Great Hall had been transformed into a large salon; students, faculty and staff alike were sitting in chairs getting their hair cut. Carleton’s ACT center organized Cuts for Cancer, the annual event designed to raise awareness about cancer and cancer treatments, raise financial devotions to give to organizations devoted to cancer research, and provide hair for children suffering from long-term or permanent hair loss.
From April 10 to April 29, Carleton College organized and hosted “Contemplating James Baldwin: Language, Courage, and Tenderness,” a symposium that focused on the life and works of James Baldwin, one of the preeminent African-American Writers of the twentieth century. Sponsored by the Bryn-Jones Distinguished Teaching Professorship and the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching, the event was organized by Carleton history professor Harry Wills, the David and Marian Adams Bryn-Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor of History and the Humanities.
Costa Rica claims the longest consolidated democracy in Latin America, yet the country has come to face new political and social challenges in light of the recently passed Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Last weekend, members of the Carleton community examined the unique situation of modern Costa Rica in a series of events for the forum “Costa Rica at the Crossroads.” The events were part of the College’s annual Foro Latinoamericano.
Senior Mary Ellen Stitt, a Spanish major, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Brazil for 10 months after graduation, where she will teach at a music school for low-income kids. Although the Fulbright program has yet to inform her of her exact location in Brazil, Stitt said, “I’m hoping to learn a lot of music, Portuguese, and become better at teaching.”
The Wheels of Justice project rolled through Northfield, Minnesota and stopped for the weekend of April 26. The project is an ongoing effort to educate and promote action against “war and occupation in Iraq and Palestine.” The Wheels of Justice project ultimately seeks “to break the cycle of violence we must change our roles in these conflicts; as individuals and as a nation, we must move from instigator to negotiator, from enabler to resister.”
Members of Carleton’s Diversity Initiative Group (DIG) and campus administrators were able to breathe a collective sigh of relief this week after Rankin and Associates Consulting reported the participation rate in the Campus Climate survey.
Amid a final promotional push from peer leaders, and campus departments, 55 percent of the student body took the online survey by Sunday’s close.
Carleton EMT’s budget request denied, continues debate concerning student funding and “personal property”
This Monday, the CSA Senate narrowly voted to reject an appeal for a $116 bid made by the Carleton Emergency Medical Technicians (Carleton EMTs). After considerable debate, the body came one vote short of reversing a Budget Committee decision to deny transportation funding for four student EMTs to participate in a ride-along program with Faribault ambulances.
The 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.
Working with cotton-top tamarins has been a large part of senior Julia Greenberg’s life at Carleton. Next year, thanks to a Fulbright fellowship, Greenberg will be conducting research on a greater variety of primates in one of the world’s pre-eminent cognitive and behavioral research labs.
This spring Greenberg found herself in the rather rare situation of being offered two separate grants to pursue research at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. She ultimately turned down her award from the German Academic Exchange Service in favor of the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright fellowship.
What influences a student’s decision to come to Carleton? Guide books, rankings, the student visit? But for an accepted student unsure about whether or not to come to Carleton, it could be a visit during Accepted Student Days that seals the deal. In April, over 300 accepted students came to Carleton to take part in one of two such weekends devoted to giving accepted students and their parents a glimpse of campus life.
For many Carleton students, the campus represents a safe haven where they can freely walk around at any hour of the day without any threat of getting violently confronted. On the fourth floor of the library, there are often laptops and ipods on unoccupied study tables as students leave their belongings as they flee to the lower levels to do some serious studying. This sense of a “Carleton bubble” is quite a quandary for the school administration in addition to the security services on campus.
One of the main issues is students leaving their doors unlocked in residence halls. While an electronic access control system at the entrance of residence halls provides a deterrent for would-be thieves and troublemakers not associated with the college, it does not provide foolproof security and non-Carleton people still can get into residence halls if they follow students in.