This is the season when the Carleton Responsible Investment Committee (CRIC) normally researches the shareholder resolutions that the stock holdings of Carleton’s $663 million endowment entitle the school to influence. This year however, the campus may not have the opportunity to flex the muscles that Carleton’s corporate holdings represent. The CRIC was disbanded this winter due to lack of interest among its student members. There are some plans to reinstate the committee, but no definite arrangement has been made.
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.”
At Carleton, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candlelight Service of Celebration and Remembrance featured guest speaker Reverend Oliver White of Grace Community Church in St. Paul. White, who marched with Dr. King in Detroit, is a veteran of the civil rights movement.
Perhaps what makes an event significant is more about what does not happen than what does. In the case of the “Campus Climate Survey” informational session on Monday, the initial awkwardness was a result of who did not attend: practically anyone. When even the crickets were not around to break the initial silence (in their defense, they might have all frozen to death), only this writer, his roommate, and six of the panel members stayed for the entire meeting.
This year 22 Carleton alumni volunteered for the Peace Corps, moving Carleton up to the number-five feeder of Corps volunteers of all small colleges. A week ago, the Corps released its annual list of “Top Peace Corps Volunteer Producing Colleges and Universities”. Ahead on that list for colleges under 5,000 students are the University of Chicago with 34 alumni volunteers, Gonzaga University with 32, Willamette University with 27 and the University of Puget Sound with 26.
Anthony Cortese, founder and president of Second Nature, a non-profit that works with college and university faculty, staff, and students to institutionalize sustainability on campuses, paid a visit to Carleton last Tuesday. Cortese met with College administrators, the Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC), and in the evening praised Carleton’s commitment to green initiatives in a talk entitled “Sustainability in Higher Education.”
Seemingly every year, actors and actresses that our parents grew up watching on the big screen pass away. Stars that they watched and admired, cheered, cried and sympathized with pass on, like the rest of us. America’s fascination with the big-screen makes these passings difficult, almost as if these actors or actresses were a part of our parents’ lives, which, in a sense, they were; then, like today, we grow up with cinema. Of the many ways that we mark the progress of life, one is with the big screen; among other ways, we measure time by the movies that we see, and the actors and actresses that we watch. We find solace in these movies, and comfort. They make us think, they make us cry, and the extent that the actors we watch can become someone else awes us. And so it was that our generation lost such an actor, too early, as Heath Ledger passed away on Tuesday night, January 22, 2008 at the age of 28.
On January 15, the Michigan primary occurred earlier than previously scheduled against procedural guidelines. The results of the primary saw Hillary Clinton as the Democratic leader. Senator Clinton gained 55.3 percent of the votes. Mitt Romney won the Republican vote with 38.9 percent of the votes. While the significance of the Michigan primary is open to debate and interpretation, it is clear that the Republican Party still seeks a leading candidate.
State Senator John Marty spoke about the reality of ending homelessness in Minnesota by 2020 last Monday night at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Acknowledging other politicians who believe eradicating homelessness will be impossible, the Senator told the audience that he is a “big believer that we’ll do it”. Civil rights and women’s suffrage, he said, were also “unrealistic” goals; therefore he aims to approach homelessness and poverty in the same “unrealistic” manner.
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.”
“Volunteer for Carleton” is an annual stewardship event hosted by the Alumni Annual Fund (AAF) Office. The 2008 event was held last week in the Great Hall from January 6-10. It was attended by 119 students a total of 812 times, which averages out to almost 7 times per person.
The Algol, Carleton’s yearbook, is currently facing serious difficulties primarily due to a lack of staff. “We’re in a really awful situation,” said Sierra Hicks ‘08,who has been involved with The Algol since her freshman year.