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  • Looking “Beneath the Surface” on the Middle East Mosaics Program

    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.

  • Arb Notes

    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.

  • Caught in the ACT: Cuts for Cancer April 28th

    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.

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  • Arb Notes

    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.

  • Caught in the ACT

    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.

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  • Caught in the ACT

    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.

  • Arb Notes

    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.

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  • A view of the Niger River at sunset in Bamako, Mali

    Bamako program yields unexpected friendship

    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.

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    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.

  • Caught in the ACT

    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.