Though Iceland has been in the news recently due to its economic crisis and the volcanic eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, this North Atlantic European island generally does not receive much attention in the States. However, this changed last weekend for Carleton students with the performance of Eva Barr and John Musial’s adaptation of Halldór Laxness’s epic novel, Independent People.
With the swing of a bat and a swig of a beer, last week Carleton celebrated its 144th birthday with the annual Rotblatt softball game. But despite all of Rotblatt’s longevity, students often overlook the logistical challenges of continuing the country’s longest running softball tradition. Juniors Ted Longabaugh, Ali Melton, and seniors Colin Jenks, Jake Kring, and Kate McDonald organized this year’s festivities.
Last Friday, the Empty Bowls fundraiser sold soup and ceramics to the Carleton community on the Bald Spot. Empty Bowls is an international nonprofit project that hosts events at which bowls donated by local artists or students are filled with food and sold to benefit the hungry.
The Weitz Family Foundation promised $15 million to the new arts facility, on the condition that the members of the Board contribute $85 million collectively, including the family’s initial $10 million gift that launched the Breaking Barriers, Creating Connections campaign.
Now that March has finally left May in Minnesota, construction season has gotten off to a fast start here in Northfield. Over the past week, new projects have begun that will keep the summer busy and most of all, noisy.
With Carleton’s expenses projected to quickly outpace its revenues during the first half of this decade, college administrators are beginning to propose possible means of saving money and lessening the budget deficit. Carleton projected a deficit of over a million dollars in the fiscal year 2012 and increasing deficits thereafter.
Alex compares being accepted into the program to getting a date-“sort of like when you ask the attractive girl to prom and she says ‘if no-one else asks’, that’s what happened to me”. Alex’s internship doesn’t begin until March. In the meantime, he hopes to find an internship at Minnesota Public Radio and develop contacts so he can pitch stories from Argentina.
Professor Roy Grow said that many faculty and students do not have a clear understanding of what must be divulged to security clearance investigators and what might be kept confidential. The policy, Grow said, is disingenuous at best, dishonest at worst, and has caused serious personal and professional peril for former students.
In response to concerns regarding sexual misconduct policy a committee was formed in September 2009 to review the current policy and draft potential strategies.
Dr. Oliver Wang May 7 convocation talk, “Something Borrowed, Something New,” focused on the young and evolving nature of Asian American popular culture.
As the finale to this year's Linguistics Colloquium Series at Carleton, Math/Computer Science Professor Jeff Ondich spoke about one of his areas of expertise: auto-translation with computers. Ondich's very own software company, Ultralingua, provides digital language reference tools, and he explained the inner workings of such programs, focusing on the methods of Babel Fish and Google Translate to relay a sentence in one language to another.
On May 9, Carleton held its first Edible Book Contest in the Concert Hall where a dozen entries were viewed, sampled and judged.