Possibly the biggest debate on campus this year was resolved early Thursday morning in an assertive style. The results of the Carleton Student Association (CSA) Senate elections, which ran Sunday through Wednesday, revealed a decisive vote by students against continuing the $7.50 refusable/refundable Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) fee.
Soup, ceramic bowls, and a common concern for hunger issues brought more than 300 students, faculty and staff to the Bald Spot last Friday, giving away 450 bowls and raising $5,605 for the 5th annual Empty Bowls event. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about hunger issues which have become increasingly bigger in Northfield and in Minnesota since 1999.
Barbeques for breakfast, thousands of students strewn across the lawn and live music streaming from behind the Rec Center can only mean one thing for Carls: Spring Concert. This year’s Spring Concert was held on Saturday May 16 on the field behind the Rec Center.
The show started at 12:00 with two student bands, Menagerie and Send Messages, followed by The Cave Singers. The bands were well received, but most of the crowd arrived later, around 3:00, when Toubab Krewe performed. Toubab Krewe is known for its fusion of music from Mali and America. The show ended with Muja Messiah performing with Wale and UCB. Carleton also had four of its own students as DJs between the gigs: Ben Page, Jerome Potter, and Dan Curme/Dan Kagan-Kans.
Malt-O-Meal plans to move fourteen percent of its Northfield workforce according to a Senior Director Dave McBeain’s Wednesday statement. The the shift will affect office staff rather than manufacturing workers, and comes in response to new food safety measures.
A discussion of Northfield transportation was hosted in the Athenaeum last Tuesday. Attendees of the discussion spoke about the issues that they believe are important considerations in addressing the current state of transportation in Northfield.
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.