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  • Super Tuesday: DFL race intensifies as GOP field narrows

    The highly anticipated Super Tuesday results bring the nation one step closer to determining the party candidates for the 2008 Presidential Election.

  • A volunteer flags down recyclers on Computer Recycling Day.

    Carleton addresses growing concern of e-waste

    February at Carleton marks the beginning of Green Wars, a national competition in saving energy and reducing waste through recycling. So unplug your televisions, adjust your thermostats, and shutdown your computers. But do not throw your obsolete or unwanted electronics in the landfill.

    Dumping the everyday electronics of a technologically advanced community like Carleton College in the trashcan with last week’s disposable silverware could mean allowing cadmium, mercury, beryllium, and lead to leach into groundwater and pollute the air. Exposure to these heavy metals can cause brain damage, impair learning, and harm the central nervous and reproductive systems.

  • Students take charge of Carleton’s carbon neutrality by creating new fund

    The Sustainability Revolving Fund (SRF) was officially established this term, making available $40,000 to students, faculty, and staff who want to make Carleton more carbon neutral. The fund will distribute money to energy conservation projects proposed by members of the Carleton community. Money saved as a result of these projects is expected to compensate for installment costs and build the fund.

  • Northfield caucus draws significant turnout

    The crowd at the DFL caucus

    Over 300 Carleton students traveled through bumper-to-bumper (election-related) traffic Tuesday night in order to participate in the Democratic Farm Labor (DFL) caucuses held at the Northfield Middle School. Student participation helped make the caucus the most well- attended in memory, and may have helped Barack Obama defeat Hilary Clinton in Carleton’s precinct with 84 percent of votes.

    A much smaller group of about 15 Carlton students participated in the Republican primary at the nearby Northfield High School. Turnout was lower at the Republican primary, but it nonetheless attracted 290 voters. Northfield Republicans favored Mitt Romney with 33 percent of votes while John McCain received 29 percent.

    When voting began at the DFL caucus, organizers were soon overwhelmed by the 787 voters who turned-out from the Carleton’s precinct alone. Carleton Political Science Professor Roy Grow took on the role of unofficial caucus organizer, and helped guide voters towards ballots. He said he had never seen caucus participation of this scale in three decades of political activity in Northfield.

    “It was bigger by twenty-fold than anything we have ever seen before” he said.

    Organizers had to scramble to collect all ballots by 8:00, when by DFL rules, voting must cease. Many out-of-state students unfamiliar with caucuses system remarked on the informality of the ballets, simple shreds of blue paper on which voters wrote the name of their candidate.

  • College decides to end pre-frosh trips beginning summer of 2008

    According to several sources, Carleton College has decided to eliminate its Pre-Frosh Trip program. The program, which annually brings 100-120 first year students on backpacking trips to the North Shore, canoing trips to the Boundary Waters, or service trips to the Twin Cities, has been canceled in favor of a program that sends first year students on similar trips throughout the year, sources have said. Carleton’s decision to eliminate the program stems from the fact that not all first-year students are able to go on trips – every year there are up to 40 students remaining on the waitlist – and, in the opinion of the college, the trips create a community of exclusivity among the incoming freshman class.

  • Students that participated in “Focus the Nation” talked about possible actions to take in the fight against global climate change.

    Students discuss climate change and sustainability at “Focus the Nation”

    Wednesday night and all day Thursday students participated in discussions, activities and a concert to spread awareness about global warming and promote sustainability topics on campus. “I guarantee, even the students who couldn’t participate because of class know someone who did,” said Bessie Schwarz ‘08, a student organizer. 1000 institutions across the United States participated in the two-day event called Focus the Nation. The discussions approached not just environmental sustainability, but also social sustainability. “It seems like an elitist and privileged topic, but it needs not be.” said Schwarz.

  • Marjority of students to support Obama in MN: Survey considers the importance of race, gender and personality

    On this coming Tuesday, residents of Minnesota and twenty-three other states will participate in the largest Super Tuesday in history. Here in Minnesota, Carls will have the opportunity to be a part of this state’s caucus and voice their say for which candidate they wish to send to the national convention. But what will our Carl attendees be saying, and why will they be saying it? The Carletonian took a closer look.

  • Third annual Pink Party reminds Carleton that violence against women is not just a women’s issue: Date auction to the Vagina Monologues raises money for the HOPE Center in Faribault

    The third annual Pink Party will take place Saturday, February 2. Leahruth Jemilo ’08 and Love Anani ’07 created the event in 2006 in order to raise money for the HOPE Center in Faribault which is an essential community resource for women in this community.

  • National politics update: race narrows after Florida primary

    Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator John McCain proved victorious as the polls closed in Florida, on January 29. Clinton led the Democratic candidates winning 42 percent of the votes. Senator Barack Obama secured 33 percent of the votes. Edwards followed third with 13 percent of the votes.
    McCain secured the win in the Republican primary by a narrow margin with 36 percent of the votes, edging out, Mitt Romney, who earned 31 percent. Rudolph Giuliani followed third with 14 percent of the votes. Mike Huckabee had 13 percent.

  • In wake of tragedy, Carleton community rallies in support of the Cruz family

    On November 15 last year, tragedy struck the family of two Carleton students, Margarita Cruz ’07 and Michele Cruz ’11. A fire broke out in the abandoned apartment by their house in Chicago and spread to three surrounding buildings. While no one was injured, the family’s house was completely burned down. Last Friday evening, on January 25, the Cruz Family Benefit was held in the Great Hall at Carleton to raise money to support the Cruz family in rebuilding their home.

  • Profits from bag sales at Carleton bookstore return to Gambia

    Women in Gambia clean, cut, and sew used garbage bags into wallets and purses. The finished products come straight to Carleton.

    At a glance, the multi-colored wallets and handbags on sale at the bookstore may not look extraordinary, but for the Gambian women who made them, they are a commodity of social and economic change. On sale for the first time today, the bags and wallets were each handcrafted by one person. The name of the woman who made the bag is handwritten on a piece of paper inside.

    Delivered to Carleton directly from the town of Njau, in the tiny West African country of The Gambia, the purses and wallets are constructed from the humblest of textiles, garbage bags. With the average Gambian worker making less than $800 annually and the country’s lack of sanitation infrastructure, the streets serve as the repository for garbage.

    In 1998, a Peace Corps initiative taught women in the region how to clean, cut, and sew used garbage bags into wallets and over-the-shoulder purses. After the Peace Corps left the project two years later, a Swedish aid organization specializing in saving abandoned Peace Corps projects helped stabilize a co-op for women who learned the trade.

    Bottles worked in The Gambia in 2007 and helps distribute the bags in the United States. “Since it’s a co-op, when you buy a bag, you are buying from an individual woman. Therefore the vast majority of the income goes to the specific woman who made your bag.”

  • Carleton seeks reaccreditation to North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

    Since 1913, Carleton College has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The process includes a self-study and an on-site review by the NCA. As the status needs to be renewed every 10 years, Carleton has already begun preparing for the next review, scheduled for January 2009.