In response to feedback from various sources, including students, faculty and the Bookstore Advisory Committee, the Carleton Bookstore made changes this summer in the hopes of better fulfilling customer needs and attracting more business.
Ben Hellerstein acknowledged that the current position of the Carleton MPIRG branch is “not ideal,” and notes that in continuing to receive guidance for new projects and ideas from MPIRG’s statewide staff despite being unfunded, Carleton’s MPIRG is “basically getting something for nothing.” This set-up is working now but is not “sustainable in the long run.”
Beth Lo, a ceramic artist and professor of art, came to Carleton on Monday, Oct 5, to share her work with the Carleton community. In the two and a half hours that Lo spent with the class, she demonstrated throwing porcelain vessels, trimming, carving, and decorating with slip. As she worked, she talked about her experience with clay and her connection with the craft.
Over half of the Carleton student body receives need-based aid, and the College meets 100% of that need. However, Carleton has had to make some changes for this current fiscal year (2009-2010), such as how aid is given to students who take music lessons.
According to Director of Facilities Steven Spehn, the college had been planning for a year to install one in Sayles, and touchscreens were included in the blueprints for the new dorms from the start. In addition to providing information on Carleton’s energy use and carbon footprint, building the touchscreens counts towards Carleton’s sustainability as measured by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.
As the term enters fourth week, KRLX, Carleton’s completely student -run radio station, remains limited to broadcasting on air between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., though it continues to stream shows 24/7 on the station’s website, KRLX.org.
This new inconsistency in the KRLX programming is due to construction on the Willis rooftop, where the station transmitter resides.
When Carleton decided to restore the shorelines of Lyman Lakes in 2000, the project was supposed to last decades. Now, nine years later, the lower of the two lakes near Goodhue Hall is nearly back to its normal water capacity after a second re-shoring effort that began this summer and should near completion some time next week.
New initiatives include selling produce to Bon Appetit and construction of a hoop house. Farm Club’s new initiatives, Eat the Lawn and changes to the Carleton Student Organic Farm (CSOF), aim to bring gardening to the forefront of the Carleton community.
Dr. Julian Bond, a central figure in America’s Civil Rights Movement, a historically influential student activist, and a pioneer politician, will visit Carleton October 6th through 8th for the first ever biennial Broom Lecture in the American Demographic Experience series.
Eat the Lawn, spearheaded by Katie Blanchard, is the epitome of aesthetics and sustenance in food creation and has been a huge success in the Carleton community. This communal garden located squarely between Boliou and Olin consists of Red Russian Kale, Hubbard Squash, Bright Lights Swiss Chard, Jester Mix Marigolds and Minnesota Midget Melons.
On Friday, September 25, 2009, President Robert A. Oden Jr. announced his retirement effective June 2010.
“It will have been eight years that I have served as Carleton’s president and 21 years that I have served as someone’s president. It is the best job in the world but it leaves no time for family and friends,” President Oden said.
Oden cites many factors in his decision to retire. “In the last 12 months, probably because of my age – I am 63 – I’ve received so many reminders that we’re all mortal; life is fragile and we can’t count on time forever.”
“These years [as an educational leader], and especially the Carleton years, have been filled with the friendships and opportunities and profound satisfactions that few positions can offer to anyone,” Oden said.
Oden chose this time to announce his retirement in order for the College to have ample time to find his successor.
The festivities surrounding the inauguration of Carleton’s two new dorms, Memorial and Cassat, culminated on August 26 with an open house and a tour that gave Carleton staff and students the chance to receive a tour and check out the new facilities.