Local hair stylists and massage specialists volunteered their time and skills to style the hair of some Carleton students, staff and local residents for an honorable cause. The College held its fourth annual Cuts for Cancer program last Monday in the Great Hall. The program was organized by the ACT (Acting in the Community Together) Center. It was the final event in this year’s ACT month-long civic engagement series, “Society and Health: From Northfield to Nation”.
“We speak truth, honesty, and facts. We speak history; do you remember the times when we couldn’t speak at all?” Sophomore Arthur Holman closed the 2009 We Speak to a crowd in the Concert Hall Saturday night. An annual event sponsored by the Black Student Alliance, We Speak is an opportunity to speak out on issues involving campus, society and personal experience.
St. Olaf College will host the 21st Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum, "Striving for Peace: A Climate for Change," March 6-7. Select elements of the event will be streamed live and archived online. This year the NPPF is honoring the work of people committed to counteracting global climate change.
Carleton professor Mary Easter will present “SKIN: solo in a crowd,” a new dance production, at The Ritz Theater in Minneapolis. Choreographed, written and performed by Easter, performances will be held Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 7 and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The production is directed by Ruth Weiner, chair of theater and dance and professor of English.
The Rice/Le Sueur Chapter of the American Red Cross has responded to 8 fires since July 1, 2008. In order to meet the needs of the victims of these incidents and replenish the Local Disaster Relief Fund, the Rice/Le Sueur Chapter is launching an emergency effort drive to raise $17,000 by April 1st.
Here are a few things to note, courtesy of a Feb. 20 U.S. Department of State Travel Alert:
-Crime and Violence Throughout Mexico
-Violence Along the U.S.-Mexico Border
Carleton’s Board of Trustees recently finalized the budget for the fiscal year of 2010 at their annual winter meeting. About 28% of Carleton’s operating budget comes from the College’s endowment, which has been affected by the recent financial downturn. The endowment declined 17.6% since June of last year to a reduced value of $524 million as of December 31, 2008.
Carleton’s search for a Director of Campus Activities is nearing its final stretch. Candidates for the position, which opened after the departure of T. Todd Masman in December, will be visiting campus through next week.
Professor Dev Gupta’s Social Movements class, covered in last week’s issue of The Carletonian (“New seminar offers students activism experience”), has begun to culminate this week with different groups bringing speakers from various movements to campus.
Senator Kevin Dahle, DFL Northfield, is sponsoring legislation to discourage “payday lending,” a type of lending practiced by lenders who charge high fees for cash advances that must be repaid in full by the borrower’s next payday.
The Public Works Department has declared a snow emergency for the City of Northfield. The snow emergency will start Friday, 12:00 AM, February 27, 2009 and continue until all streets are plowed curb-to-curb.
Carleton music faculty members Gao Hong (Chinese pipa) and Nicola Melville (piano), along with St. Olaf College music faculty, Dave Hagedorn (percussion) and Jun Qian (clarinet), will perform together on Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m. at the MacPhail Center for Music’s Antonello Hall in downtown Minneapolis.