Started in 1986 with Professor Mike Flynn, who taught under the heading of the philosophy and psychology departments, linguistics has evolved into an independent course of study. Today, with three professors in dependable teaching positions, the department is in "a strong position to be a regular major and regular department," said Flynn.
Since 2006, Green Wars has become a yearly staple at Carleton. In addition to its familiar setup (each of the individual dorms competing to lower their energy use from January levels), this year’s Green Wars will also feature weekly energy data postings, the addition of campus houses as a combined team and a new structure of groups hosting weekly events.
This term, there have been several important changes made to the structure of women’s frisbee teams at Carleton. Eclipse, traditionally a team for students learning to play frisbee, held try-outs for the first time. But Carleton’s continued overwhelming interest in the sport prompted Casey Markenson ’12 to start a new women’s Frisbee team, open to anyone who wants to play.
Carleton students perusing the all-campus email in recent weeks may have spotted announcements for the sale of Valentine’s Day candy-grams. The profits from this fundraiser will contribute to the construction of a bicycle ambulance for use in Haiti.
Tomorrow night, Saturday, Feb. 6, Carleton brings out its finery to celebrate its 30th annual Mid-Winter Ball. The event attracts over half of the Carleton student population. Chris Marshall '10 compared it to “a cross between a Sayles dance and your senior prom - it's an opportunity to dress up and do something fun without all the awkwardness of high school.” The tradition of Mid-Winter Ball, according to college archivist Eric Hillemann, evolved from a “Viennese Ball” held on Jan. 24, 1981. The event was originally organized by Campus Activities' Paula Armagost, fashioned after a similar dance put on at Colorado College.
The women’s swimming and diving team defeated St. Olaf College 199-100 to finish their regular season with only one loss. The men’s team put forth a solid improvement compared to last year against a powerful St. Olaf team that placed 4th in the nation in 2009.
About twenty Carleton students gathered in the front of Sayles at around six on Tuesday night to wait for rides to their Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) Party precinct’s caucus at the Northfield Middle School. The group largely divided themselves into two circles that were based upon the two gubernatorial candidates they supported, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and state Rep. Paul Thissen.
Dr. Koehler is “Going for Gauze” at the Winter Olympics. Most attendees of the Olympics go to support the athletes with cheers and national spirit. Dr. Scott Koehler, however is going to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics as medical support for athletes, serving as an orthopedic doctor at the Olympic village clinic for eight days this February.
Next week, Carleton alumna, Sylvia Rhyne ’78, returns to the Concert Hall with her musical collaborator, Eric Redlinger, to serenade Carls with 14th and 15th century French compositions. The musical duo, named Asteria, will perform a program entitled, “A Most Sweet Glance: The Blossoming of the Burgundian Spirit in Song, 1390-1440.”
The Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti brought down homes, schools, medical facilities, transport, electricity and the means of restoring normalcy for the millions of Haitians affected. It also prompted individuals at Carleton and in the Northfield community to take action. On Jan. 27, a panel, Voices on Haiti, was held to discuss the problems facing Haitians after the massive earthquake.
-Community Resource Bank works with Fed to stop losing money
-Northfield Teen starts program to help families in Afghanistan
Carleton increased its Internet bandwidth by 60 percent on Jan 19th, 2010. This is the first increase in over 2 years. A bandwidth increase allows more bits (1s and 0s) to flow into and out of Carleton in a given amount of time, but does not affect the speed of those bits.