Carleton this week had its annual room draw, which is a period of high anxiety and excitement for most students living on campus. The room draw this year was even more exciting and unpredictable because of the two new dormitories, Memorial and Cassat, which have the capacity to accommodate 230 people.
The lottery numbers for the current room draw were released in the beginning of February along with Residential Life’s statement that Northfield Option, which is the chance for rising seniors to live in off campus housing, will be reduced to only 100 students.
The draw started on Monday for rising seniors, followed by rising juniors on the next day and sophomores on Thursday.
As of this week, Environmental and Technology Studies (fondly known as ENTS) is Carleton’s newest major. The decision came after members of the faculty voted on the proposal at their meeting on Monday, and the news has been greeted with much enthusiasm from the student body. Kai Knutson ’11 was the first student to declare the major – he is “thrilled” at the opportunity and explained that because his class will be the first group of majors, “I believe we will have the chance to shape the curriculum in a significant way.”
In recent history, Headley House has served as a place of residence for Carleton guest faculty members who are acclaimed in their field. The current Headley House Distinguished Visitor-In Residence is no exception. He was even told this by an embassy worker he barely knew when he was applying for a visa to come here. Jose Ovejero told the audience attending his lecture on modern European identity that the worker said to him, ‘You’re going to Carleton. You must be good at what you do.’
The International Festival this year, which took place in Upper and Lower Sayles on Saturday, was a huge success. Scores of culture clubs and international students at Carleton performed and/or cooked authentic ethnic foods for hundreds of audiences from the Carleton and Northfield communities. The budget committee raised $3500 to put up this annual event, and total donations and sales of postcards accrued $370, which will be channeled to the Microfinance club and also Engineers Without Borders.
Former mayor Lee Lansing received a no-trespassing order for his own garden-supply store on Division Street last week. The recently foreclosed property was previously owned by Lansing’s son, but is now held by Voyager Bank, which set last Sunday as a deadline for Lansing to stop occupying the building.
Food Truth Week is quickly becoming a tradition at Carleton. This year’s Food Truth week has been organized by Food Truth members including Katie Blanchard ‘10, Ben Hellerstein ‘12, Pete Kerns ‘12, Milli Harris ‘12 and Jaclyn Bovee ‘12.
After securing a contract with the United States Department of Defense in March of this year, Carleton students and self-taught entrepreneurs, Derrick Turner ’09 and Ishraf Ahmad ’09, have seen their real estate company, Foreign Real Estate Consultants (FRC), grow into a profitable and expanding enterprise.
On April 29 2009, Bon Appetit Management Company announced that it has drafted an agreement that demands that South Florida tomato growers improve worker conditions and wages.
The Swine Flu outbreak has been the cause of concern for many in the recent days. Swine Flu, or the H1N1 Influenza A, as it is being called to avoid the misunderstanding among the public that it spreads from pork meat, has confirmedly spread to 24 countries and is suspected to be present in another 20 countries. In the United States, it has been laboratory-confirmed in roughly 830 people and has caused two deaths to date.
This week, the Gender and Sexuality Center is organizing a series of events with the help of its student employees to prevent sexual violence and foster a supportive environment for sexual abuse survivors. These events are held in the convention of a Carleton tradition called ‘Take Back the Night,’ when supporters and survivors would host similar events that symbolically promoted reclaiming physical spaces to feel safe on campus again.
Carleton’s annual International Festival, sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Life and International Student Programs, will take place Saturday, May 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sayles-Hill Great Space and Great Space Balcony.
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