New Student Week. Remember? The ice-breakers, name-games, your first college party, and…buckthorn! Whether your liked it or not, it seems that everyone has a story to tell about picking buckthorn with their group at the RiverBend Nature Center as part of “Into the Streets,” the freshman introduction to community service at Carleton.
With the warmer weather of the past weeks comes the opportunity for new types of outdoor activity. One of these activities, made possible by the slow disappearance of the ice on the Cannon River, is the sport of angling.
Last Tuesday at lunch time, finding a table in the Language and Dining Center (LDC) was much more difficult than usual. Chef Johann Becker was invited to our campus and introduced delicious dishes from his country, South Africa.
While Puxatony Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, this week in Minnesota seems to be defying his prediction and hints of spring abound if you look in the right places.
Bolstered by generous CSA funding, Carleton College Habitat for Humanity is sending 52 students on spring break trips this year.
This week, The Carletonian features 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.
It may come as no surprise that Carleton students are quite adept at finding the road less traveled wherever there is one to be found. The students on this term's Middle East Mosaics program have certainly made it a point to leave the comfort of their set itinerary and find alternative experiences, first in Egypt, then in Turkey, and currently in Morocco. More difficult for everyone, however, has been finding the places less visited on the road more frequently traveled. There is little more challenging or rewarding than the moment when one is led to an unexpected destination on a foot worn path. This is exactly what Louis Fishman, a former History professor at Carleton, did for thirty-two students when he gave them a four day seminar entitled "Beneath the Surface: The Other Istanbul." After two weeks learning about and wandering through the streets of Istanbul, Louis's visit helped us gain a more nuanced view of Turkey's past, present, and future. As many professors aim to do on an abroad program, he helped us reflect upon our own country's situation as well.
Last Friday afternoon, the student naturalists set off with Carleton staff member Gene Bauer in pursuit of some of the arb’s most elusive predators: owls. Birds of prey that are typically nocturnal and solitary hunters, owls are notoriously hard to find. Although we were stymied in our quest for the real thing, we did find plenty of signs that owls are indeed frequenting the arb.
For those students who hold off on hair cuts all year, in order to donate their hair at the annual Cuts for Cancer event, two weeks ago they learned that their wait would be extended a bit this year. Due to scheduling conflicts, the event which was supposed to take place on the 15th of February has been rescheduled for the 28th of April.
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.