On December 31, 2010, the fiber-optic cable that connected Northfield, Minnesota to the outside world was severed. For nearly thirteen hours, from the early morning to 6 p.m., the telephone and Internet services of both Carleton College and St. Olaf went down. ITS workers and phone company employees were called in from their holiday break and after a frantic day of work, which involved digging a hole in the Arb to access the fiber-optic cable and repair it, Internet service was restored.
Carleton alum named Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce by Dayton
Roman Catholic nun Sister Helen Prejean opened the first convocation of the term by highlighting her role as spiritual advisor to death row inmates. Prejan reaches out to reject the use of violence against violence in America’s system of capital punishment.
On the corner of College and Third sits the skeleton of the soon-to-be Weitz Center for Creativity, formerly known as the Arts Union building. The Weitz Center recognizes the contributions of the Weitz family, which remains the single largest donor in Carleton’s history at $25 million.
David Furumoto, an expert on Japanese theatre, visited Carleton College from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to give a lecture and performance in the Boliou Hall Auditorium. The lecture, which took place on January 7 in front of a packed audience, offered insight into the history of Kabuki theatre and allowed onlookers to observe the intricacies of one of Japan’s most popular forms of traditional performance art.
Reverend Maren Tirabassi, author, United Church of Christ Minister, and Carleton Alum of ’73, presented a talk entitled “Opening Doors and Hearts- The Church and Gender Minorities” sponsored by the Chapel and Gender and Sexuality Center on Monday January 11. Rev. Tirabassi talked about her two recently released books, All Whom God Has Joined and Transgendering Faith.
Four Carleton students, senior Jabir Yusoff, junior Sarah Pinkham, and sophomores Lorenzo Najt and Daniel Peck, had their proposal accepted by the Yale Experimental Philosophy Month competition.
This past Tuesday, the Carleton Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams participated in the fifth annual “Leave it in the Pool” Hour of Power, a swimming relay at Cowling Gym in honor of former Carleton swimmer Edward H. “Ted” Mullin.
Carleton College was awarded a good grade of A- and the distinction of an Overall College Sustainability Leader in the The College Sustainability Report Card, which recently released its 2011 grades after closely examining 322 selected colleges.
Veteran diplomat and prominent figure in the international policy community Michael Armacost ’58 opened his convocation speech by addressing the question many scholars and individuals around the world share: “How should we think about China?”
The Education and Curriculum Committee (ECC) is reworking Carleton’s guidelines for Latin Honors, the special academic recognition students receive on their diplomas when they graduate. Currently, GPA determines the level of honors a student receives: according to the Registrar’s Office, a GPA of 3.25 qualifies as cum laude, 3.5 as magna cum laude and 3.9 as summa cum laude.
Since the devastating floods in early October caused heavy damage to the Stadium, East Gym, and other campus buildings and student houses, Carleton’s administration has made substantial progress on repairing the damage done.