On our Arb Walk last Friday, we had the good fortune of a lot of eager visitors, and a blanket of fresh snow. Abbondanza! Because the snow had fallen only earlier that day, most of the tracks we saw were left by a common daytime ground-frequenter: squirrels! Don’t let their familiarity fool you, these are exciting wildlife creatures.
Last Friday, Carleton students, St. Olaf students and Northfield High School students came together to make popcorn, decorate cookies and construct handmade buttons at Sibley Elementary School. Why would one do this? Well, we did it as one component of a three-part event that is being instituted annually for the Northfield Public School System.
Carleton students are notoriously overscheduled. Activities like broomball, Ebony II, chess club, going to the rec, and catching up on the last season of “Lost” often fill up our schedules beyond what we thought possible.
The fresh blanket of snow covering the Arb makes it a great time to look for signs of predation! If you dare to venture off the trails, the white backdrop emphasizes scatterings of feathers, fur, and blood that in other seasons are relatively difficult to spot. The following will help you to identify the signs left by three common predators in the Arb.
This week, The Carletonian features a piece from Off Campus Studies in the rotating column series. We hope to include the voices of various campus groups and academic departments throughout the year with this project. Please contact caffreyj or crowleye for submission guidelines.
I think "chaotic" is a good way to describe life with my host family here in Bamako. Both of my parents work demanding full-time jobs and juggle the demands of their three little kids, aged 6, 3, and 11 months.The baby took his first steps two weeks ago and hasn't looked back - I see the makings of a soccer star in his chubby baby legs. He's also gained a fresh sense of curiosity along with his newfound mobility, especially where my underwear drawer is concerned. But I digress. I stepped into this mix a month ago, more than a little wary about the prospect of suddenly having three shrill siblings who speak even less French than I do, and a pair of otherwise-occupied parents. The transition might have been pretty lonely had not beautiful Adjaratu come to my rescue.
The Month of February is an exciting one for the ACT center, because it is the month of the Civic Engagement Series for the year.
A number of interesting birds have been seen recently in the arb, including the increasingly rare red-headed woodpecker.
“It’s one of the most enjoyable hours of my week. I just look forward to all the energy that these kids have.”