This spring the discussion of the new graduation requirements, which will go into effect starting with the class of 2012, has been introduced to Carleton students and faculty. The Education and Curriculum Committee has opened up its three-year discussion of the curriculum review to the larger Carleton community through student forums, faculty meetings and Moodle postings.
Despite a cross-departmental advertising campaign and catered survey-taking parties, the participation rate for Carleton’s campus climate survey is well below the initial goal.
On April 7, Associate Dean Joe Baggot told CSA Senate that he hoped that 90 percent of students, faculty, and staff would take the survey. On Monday, Dean Baggot reported that only 21 percent of the Carleton community had participated.
Carleton parent part of Nobel prize winning IPCC: Randy Dole recognized for research in climate change
Although Al Gore may have been the more glamorous of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureates, he lacks his co-winner’s Carleton connection. Gore shared the prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which includes third year Carleton student Chris Dole’s father, Randy Dole.
Carleton College made an impressive showing in last weekend’s National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) Intercollegiate Championship in St. Louis; the Freshman Quiz Team of Austin Bell, Michael Servis, Tom Sullivan and Andreas Stoehr took the Division 2 novice title. Garret Ryan ’09 proved the top intercollegiate undergraduate scorer and the fourth highest scorer in the entire competition. Carleton’s third team, Chris Burke ‘10, Emily Kawaler ‘10, and Nathaniel Snell ‘10, Marc Boyce ’11, performed admirably and tied for 14th in the Division 2 competition.
Carleton has a history of success at the NAQT. Coach Hillemann reports that “Carleton is only one of three schools—the other are the University of Chicago and the University of Florida—to have placed a Division 1 field all twelve years the tournament has been held.” A remarkable feat that will surely continue.
Earlier this week, Carleton had the honor of welcoming renowned Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum to campus. The professor, author, and former project director of the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. spoke Monday night about the “Uniqueness and Universality of the Holocaust.”
Carleton students are known to be intelligent and involved; it is commonly believed that these traits should, and do, translate automatically into an immense interest in world affairs and issues that might not directly affect us as Carleton students. We have various student organizations on campus that serve the interest of Carleton students, from Amnesty International and the Carleton Democrats. Yet, student leaders of these organizations agree that there is much left to be desired of Carleton students’ activism on political and social issues.
Seven years ago, there were two international students in Carleton’s graduating class. At the moment, 117 students from 32 countries are enrolled in the College.
In honor of this global diversity, International Student Programs is hosting a week of festivities beginning Oct. 22. Sponsored by the U.S. State and Education Departments, “International Education Week” is an annual worldwide event in its eighth year, and is meant to promote understanding through international education and exchange. The official designated week is in November, but Carleton has planned its own observance for the last seven years due to its 10-week term.
Last week Carleton’s Dining Task Force announced its recommendation that Bon Appétit replace Sodexho as the college’s dining services provider for the next five years. The contract will take effect on July 1, 2008. The selection of Bon Appétit rested on the company’s commitment to fresh, locally grown food sources, chef-driven menus, and a sense of alignment between Carleton’s values and Bon Appétit’s approach to food selection, preparation, and nutritional philosophy.
“The decision was made,” said Fred Rogers, Carleton’s Vice President, Treasurer, and co-chair of the Dining Task Force, “on the quality of the dining experience offered.” He added that “the task force did a remarkable job focusing on verifiable facts, not rumors, in making its selection,” dismissing the possibility that rising student displeasure with Sodexho in past years influenced the decision.
The replacement of Sodexho with Bon Appétit will end a forty year relationship between Sodexho, Inc. and Carleton.
The search for next year’s roommate may be stressful, but a policy that will be released this Tuesday by Residential Life will lift one of the foremost constraints on finding that perfect roommate: gender.
Following a campus-wide e-mail from President Rob Oden, students, faculty and staff are being asked to complete an online survey regarding campus climate. In the e-mail, President Oden said the survey is meant for members of the college community to reflect on individual experiences and perceptions of Carleton. Available online, the survey is composed primarily of numbered statements asking participants to rank how much they agree or disagree with each statement.
Senior Michael Duyzend, Chemistry and Mathematics double major and biochemistry concentrator will soon add the Gates Cambridge Scholarship to his resume. The Gates is a full scholarship opportunity for students from outside the UK to pursue graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England. It is awarded annually to approximately 100 students worldwide, around 40 of whom are from the United States. Each year over 1000 students apply.
There was a moment in Tuesday evening’s talk, “Africa-China Relations,” in which Howard French tried to describe his book, “A Continent for the Taking.” The words that came out – memoir, journalism, political science, travelogue – give an idea of the eclecticism of French’s interests and the span of material he covered during his visit this week to Carleton College.