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  • Carleton’s London Study Abroad program, pictured here in a photo by Maureen Burns, is just one of many such programs that could be affected by the financial crisis.

    Fewer students going abroad leads to housing crunch for Winter Term

    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.

  • Arianna Huffington, creator of the Huffington Post as well as past candidate for governor of California, discussed the election during a visit to St. Olaf on Monday night.

    Eight days before election, Ariana Huffington visits St. Olaf

    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.

  • CSA discusses making activity fund need-sensitive

    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.

  • Political groups around campus prepare for Tuesday’s election

    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.

  • With the Arts Union already delayed, the economic crisis has also affected Carleton’s Johnson House. The STARR foundation, which has given funds for 85 scholarships for international students, lost nearly $1 billion of assetts that were invested in AIG this past month.

    Economic uncertainty puts Carleton’s financial aid at risk

    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.

  • Heated U.S. senate race up for grabs

    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.

  • George and the late Pat Cassat ‘46 will be honored at a ceremonial bricklaying of the new Cassat Hall on Saturday morning.

    Carleton to hold bricklaying ceremony to celebrate gift of Residence Halls

    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.

  • Lewis Weinberg, Media Technologies Specialist for PEPS, will have a film shown at the 15th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival.

    Carleton professor has film screened at film fesitval

    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.”

  • One of Bon Appétit’s new policies is not to allow backpacks into the dining halls, and students have become frustrated with the change.

    A Dining Board member explains what’s new with dining policies

    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.

  • Mary Rossing, a St. Olaf grad, received 40 percent of votes cast in a mayoral primary earlier this year, with Carleton faculty member Paul Hager receiving roughly half that number.

    Rossing, mayoral candidate, looks to change city leadership

    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.”

  • This weekend’s visit by the Aquila Theatre Group is an attempt to raise the profile of the arts at Carleton, explains Director of the Arts Steve Richardson.

    Visit by Aquila Theatre group raises profile of arts at Carleton

    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.”

  • Brendon Etter, textbook manager of the Carleton bookstore, is the second Carleton faculty member to be running for Northfield mayor. Etter promises to avoid conflict of interest issues by “not being interested in anything.”

    Etter uses blog to run write-in campaign for Northfield mayor

    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.