Carleton College announced that the family of Wally ’70, Barbara ’70, Katie ’96, Roger ’99, and Drew ’02 Weitz and their spouses Watie White ’93, Kate, and Meredith ’02 pledged $15 million towards the completion of the College’s Arts Union project, located at the site of the former Northfield middle school. The $15 million gift is part of the Weitz Family Foundation’s challenge to Carleton’s Board of Trustees.
Last Saturday night, over 800 people packed the chapel for an evening of laughter, tears and, at times, heavy silence. Dealing with issues ranging from pubic hair and orgasms to genital mutilation and rape, Carleton’s production of The Vagina Monologues celebrated female sexuality and highlighted the reality of sexual violence against women.
Keith Ellison, who represents Minnesota’s fifth congressional district, said he struggled to come to terms with his position as the first Muslim in the United States Congress. The impact of his faith on his career were the subject of his lecture and discussion last Friday at the Severance Great Hall.
1st place: "Love Letter"
2nd Place: "Shipwrecked"
3rd Place: "Soundtrack"
This past Monday Deborah Appleman, Chair of Educational Studies, gave a presentation that highlighted the brilliance locked behind bars in Minnesota. During a recent sabbatical she and her husband taught writing courses at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater located in Stillwater, MN.
CSA elections begin Sunday, Feb. 21 at noon and end on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 11:59 p.m. Positions to be determined in this election are President, Vice President, Treasurer and two Representatives from each the junior, sophomore and freshman class.
In a policy officially enacted early fall term, the vice president and treasurer’s office mandated that alcohol served at institutional events must be purchased and served by Bon Appétit, the college’s licensed caterer. The rule applies to any events sponsored or scheduled by one or more academic departments or administrative offices to take place on campus for members of the Carleton College community. While the new policies do not apply to student sponsored activities, many are wondering whether the liability concerns will lead to new rules regarding college sanctioned events like Mai Fete and Rottblatt.
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.