It is nearly impossible to find a Carleton student without some opinion on the 2008 presidential election, and most are familiar with comedian Al Franken’s bid to unseat incumbent Minnesota senator Norm Coleman. But next to these two high-profile elections, many on the Carleton campus are unaware of a third closely contested race: that being waged for mayor of the City of Northfield.
Despite the weather forecast, the sun made an appearance just in time to reward 16 Carleton students who joined throngs of Northfield residents in Sunday’s CROP Walk. CROP Walk, a national event created by the Church World Service, works to fight hunger abroad by raising money to promote development in over 80 countries.
Carleton’s diversity is what makes the college so attractive, with an international student body from about 35 different countries. Sue Rankin, a key member of Rankin Associates and an associate professor for the College of Student Affairs at Pennsylvania State University, questions this “paradigm of diversity,” and acknowledges that although the majority of students are satisfied with campus climate, she questions what different minorities are feeling, however small any particular minority may be.
The Upper Sayles Revitalization Project, which started last spring, is expected to come to an end Thursday, October 9th, after $165,000 worth of new furniture, lights, carpet, and paint and the rearranging and removing of the video games, a ping-pong table and the pool tables. The ten new tables along the walkway and one more couch set, which will be the last pieces of furniture minus two chairs, are expected to arrive on the ninth.
Last week, for the second year in a row, Carleton was awarded an “A-” by the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) for the college’s role as a leader in sustainability and environmental issues. This ranked Carleton amongst the 15 greenest colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, according to the SEI.
On a Friday night at Carleton, students can be found relaxing, going out with friends, and participating in political discussions. September 26, kicked off the series of debates between presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama. Students turned out in numbers for a viewing sponsored by Campus Activities.
On October 1, a panel of five professors assembled in the Great Hall to present “Why This Election Matters”, a political discussion hosted by the Virtual Humanities Center. The Virtual Humanities Center is a new organization, which is to be located in the Arts Union after its reconstruction. The Virtual Humanities Center’s role “is to promote humanities research,” said Cathy Yandell,a David and Marian Adams Bryn-Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Humanities.
Among the hundreds arrested during protests at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis nearly a month ago, Carleton counts at least one of its own. Joel Weisberg, Professor of Physics, Astronomy and the Natural Sciences, was placed under arrest on August 31 after committing an act of civil disobedience outside the RNC.
On Thursday at Common Time, Carleton students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Chapel for Dr. Susan Rankin’s presentation of the Campus Climate Survey results. The Campus Climate Survey has been a 2-year project that began May 2007.
While most Carleton students were completing internships or enjoying the last week of summer at home, a group of twenty returned to campus early in order to spend several days volunteering in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Many will remember that Iowa was hard-hit by record flooding in June that left nearly every county a disaster area, and families are still struggling to clean up and rebuild their waterlogged town.
Despite their varied pasts, dazzling resumes and seemingly endless supply of exciting adventures to talk about—I mean, who hasn’t climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro?—this class does have some things in common with each other and with the rest of us here at Carleton. According to Dean of Admissions Paul Thiboutot , “this class keeps up fine traditions and excellent abilities of previous classes, and are parallel to measures of last three or four classes at Carleton.”
Seventy-five hours. That was the amount of time I spent traveling back and forth from Rangoon, the ex-capital of Burma, to the cyclone affected areas in the Irrawaddy delta. These trips were made possible with the support of student-initiated fundraisers, the International Festival Planning Committee, and the help of family and friends. In total, Doh Burma Community raised $2,250 last spring.