This winter there is a potential housing shortage at Carleton due to lower than expected Off-Campus Study (OCS) participation. In January, 200 students will return to campus that were not here during the fall while around 70 students will leave. The situation is exacerbated because Carleton is already in “expanded housing” said Steve Wisener, director of Residential Life. That means, for example, that rooms that are built on the verge of being doubles or triples are being used as triples right now.
Oles, Carls, and Northfield residents alike packed St. Olaf’s Boe Memorial Chapel Monday night for a talk by Arianna Huffington, founder of left-wing online news source The Huffington Post.
Setting the student activity fee is one of the Carleton Student Association’s (CSA) many responsibilities, and during this Monday’s senate meeting, this issue was brought forth for discussion. Evan Rowe, a senator and leader on this issue, began the discussion by introducing the idea of switching to a sliding-scale fee which would set the student activity fee to an amount sensitive to each student’s financial need. Up til now, all Carleton students have been charged the same amount across the board and the implications of implementing such a change were raised throughout the course of the discussion.
With the U.S. Presidential election just four days away, politically minded student groups are visible on campus and across the community. If the number of activities sponsored by the Carleton Democrats—including debate parties in Boliou, door knocking around Northfield, and Saturday’s rally featuring U.S. Senatorial candidate Al Franken—are accurate indicators, student involvement has not been a problem for campus Democrats.
Carleton’s pool of financial aid may have sprung a leak. One of its largest funders is the Starr Foundation, and their ability to fund is suddenly rather uncertain.
A new poll conducted by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune had Democratic comedian and writer Al Franken receiving 39 percent of likely voters, compared with Republican Senator Norm Coleman with 36 percent, while Independent Party candidate Dean Barkley received 18 percent. The poll was conducted last week, and sampled 1,049 likely voters, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percent.
Carleton will hold a ceremonial bricklaying in honor of the completion of the initial phase of construction for Cassat Hall and Memorial Hall, the college’s two new residence halls, on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8:45 a.m.
A film by Carleton’s own Lewis Weinberg will have a slot in the 15th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival and Filmmakers Summit lineup on October 29-November 2. The film, entitled “Future Antiquity: Domestic Surveillance,” is actually the 4th in a 5 part series of short films that together make up Weinberg’s 27-minute movie, “Future Antiquity.”
Carleton Students were sick of Sodexo and their greasy, frozen, unhealthy food options, so we contracted Bon Appétit in hopes of an improved dining service because let’s face the facts: we pay $50,000 a year to attend this school and we should be getting better food than meatloaf and frozen vegetables. Meaning we, as a student body, had dreams of better, fresher, healthier food options and that is exactly what we got.
Before declaring her candidacy for mayor of Northfield, downtown businesswoman Mary Rossing gathered together a diverse group of Northfield residents and asked them what they thought the city needed from its next mayor. What these people wanted for Northfield, Rossing said, was someone with her inclusive style of leadership. She was, as she put it, “the right person for right now.”
With Parents’ Weekend underway, students out to impress their families over the next few days need look no further than the Concert Hall. The Aquila Theatre group, a traveling troupe known nationwide, returns to Carleton at 7:00 tonight for the first time in ten years. They will be performing an adaptation of Homer’s “The Iliad: Book One,” a play which The New York Times describes as “draw[ing] an audience so deep inside the great poem that one seems to experience what Homer’s heroes did.”
You might assume that someone whose campaign blog makes repeated reference to his “smoky sensuality,” proclaims his ability to “listen to stupid things other leaders say,” and pledges to “avoid conflict of interest issues by not being interested in anything” was not waging a serious campaign. And though Brendon Etter, textbook manager in the Carleton bookstore, promises he will serve as mayor if elected, and says he would be better at it than a lot of people, his objective in running a write-in campaign for mayor of Northfield does not seem to be to get as many votes as possible.