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  • 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.

  • This weekend’s visit by the Aquila Theatre Group is an attempt to raise the profile of the arts at Carleton, explains Director of the Arts Steve Richardson.

    Visit by Aquila Theatre group raises profile of arts at Carleton

    With Parents’ Weekend underway, students out to impress their families over the next few days need look no further than the Concert Hall. The Aquila Theatre group, a traveling troupe known nationwide, returns to Carleton at 7:00 tonight for the first time in ten years. They will be performing an adaptation of Homer’s “The Iliad: Book One,” a play which The New York Times describes as “draw[ing] an audience so deep inside the great poem that one seems to experience what Homer’s heroes did.”

  • Brendon Etter, textbook manager of the Carleton bookstore, is the second Carleton faculty member to be running for Northfield mayor. Etter promises to avoid conflict of interest issues by “not being interested in anything.”

    Etter uses blog to run write-in campaign for Northfield mayor

    You might assume that someone whose campaign blog makes repeated reference to his “smoky sensuality,” proclaims his ability to “listen to stupid things other leaders say,” and pledges to “avoid conflict of interest issues by not being interested in anything” was not waging a serious campaign. And though Brendon Etter, textbook manager in the Carleton bookstore, promises he will serve as mayor if elected, and says he would be better at it than a lot of people, his objective in running a write-in campaign for mayor of Northfield does not seem to be to get as many votes as possible.

  • Did the Campus Climate Report neglect Carleton’s political culture?

    When Sue Rankin presented results from the Campus Climate Survey in late September, she explained that one of the primary motivations for the survey was “to improve the working and learning environment for everyone,” and that “we focus what we do on learning.” The results, however, which have been widely circulated, seem to have glossed over one of the largest impediments to learning found in the Campus Climate Survey.

  • Rape chalking raises questions on campus

    Amanda Rutherford* ’09 has made a lot of choices during her time at Carleton. Some were trivial – what shirt to pair with those pants, what to eat for lunch. Others were more important – what classes to take, what major to choose. One choice, however, wasn’t so straightforward. One choice forced her to choose between friends and justice, between what was easy and what was necessary. Yet Rutherford chose to take the hard road. Rutherford chose to file a complaint of sexual misconduct.

  • Northfield Mayoral Candidates debate issues

    The Road to City Hall: Northfield Mayoral Candidates debate issues

    With the nation awash with presidential debate fever it may surprise some that Carleton recently did a little debate hosting of its own. This past Tuesday the Carleton Democrats sponsored a campaign forum for Northfield mayoral candidates Paul Hager, a Northfield native, St. Olaf grad and current Technical Director of Cinema and Media Studies at Carleton, and Mary Rossing, also a Northfield native and St. Olaf grad.

  • Chris Rasinen, Associate Director of Campus Activities, is leaving Carleton to take a job with MN Youth in Government

    Associate Director of Campus Activities leaving Carleton

    Associate Director of Campus Activities Chris Rasinen remembers the moment he set foot on Carleton’s campus to begin his position in spring 2006: “I was very excited to be here, but I was kind of nervous that I was an Ole so I didn’t know how people would respond,” he said. Immediately, though, Rasinen was relieved to find himself in an accepting and supportive community that now faces some sad news. Two and a half years later, Rasinen is saying farewell to the Carleton community on Thursday, Oct. 16.

  • Sheet music from WWI will be a heavy component of the various displays of “Winter of the World: Remembering the Great War.”

    Carleton kicks off “Winter of the World: Remembering the Great War” series to honor Armistice of World War One

    From October 9th to November 11th, there will be a multitude of opportunities for members of the Carleton community and the general public to explore the importance of this historic war and commemorate the 90th anniversary of the armistice.

  • Two Carleton faculty members running for Northfield mayor

    It is nearly impossible to find a Carleton student without some opinion on the 2008 presidential election, and most are familiar with comedian Al Franken’s bid to unseat incumbent Minnesota senator Norm Coleman. But next to these two high-profile elections, many on the Carleton campus are unaware of a third closely contested race: that being waged for mayor of the City of Northfield.

  • Carleton responds to Campus Climate survey results

    Carleton’s diversity is what makes the college so attractive, with an international student body from about 35 different countries. Sue Rankin, a key member of Rankin Associates and an associate professor for the College of Student Affairs at Pennsylvania State University, questions this “paradigm of diversity,” and acknowledges that although the majority of students are satisfied with campus climate, she questions what different minorities are feeling, however small any particular minority may be.

  • Christian Dewey ‘09 reads in the newly refurbished Upper Sayles-Hill, which is expected to be completed this coming Thursday. Further changes include new furniture near the windows.

    Sayles-Hill revitalization project to be completed next week

    The Upper Sayles Revitalization Project, which started last spring, is expected to come to an end Thursday, October 9th, after $165,000 worth of new furniture, lights, carpet, and paint and the rearranging and removing of the video games, a ping-pong table and the pool tables. The ten new tables along the walkway and one more couch set, which will be the last pieces of furniture minus two chairs, are expected to arrive on the ninth.

  • Carleton awarded ‘A-’, named one of 15 greenest schools

    Last week, for the second year in a row, Carleton was awarded an “A-” by the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) for the college’s role as a leader in sustainability and environmental issues. This ranked Carleton amongst the 15 greenest colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, according to the SEI.