Long disparaged as lowbrow and unworthy of critical attention, melodrama receives a fresh look from curators Carol Donelan, professor of cinema and media studies, and Laurel Bradley, director of exhibitions, with input from students enrolled in a course taught fall term at Carleton, “The Melodramatic Imagination.” Rooted in cheap stage shows, circus spectacles and sentimental literature, melodrama matured as a cinematic genre in the early twentieth century.
A favorable vote from the Northfield City Council last Monday may help Carleton take the lead in its sustainability arms race with St. Olaf College. Pending funding and further approval from the city, a second Carleton wind turbine - smaller, cheaper and closer to campus than the existing one - may start spinning by the end of the year.
Carleton Director of Energy Management Robert Lamppa has been working on the details of the new project for the last two years. He envisions a 1 megawatt unit that would cost between $2 and $2.5 million.
The employees of Carleton College’s Dining Services are, to put it simply, not happy. Smith, a Carleton Food Service employee of over 10 years, says she no longer looks forward to coming in to work. “I enjoy being with the students,” she says. “Sometimes it’s just frustrating to come to work. It’s just rush, rush, rush.”
Food For Thought is a student-run initiative at Carleton whose members spent Fall Term collecting data and statistics on the food that students waste at Carleton. They found that Burton and LDC together throw away 13,462 pounds of food during a 5-day working week. This translates to $3,375 a week. This also means a large cost for disposal and environmental degradation.
The last of the Campus Climate workshops, held on Wednesday, January 28, focused on improving campus climate mainly in classrooms. Joe Baggot, Dean of Student Affairs, was the chair of the Campus Climate workshop committee and described the experience of being in the committee as both joyous and deeply irritating.
The symposium is the brainchild of Samuel Robson, a junior history major. When Robson came back from his Off Campus studies program from Nicaragua, he wanted to share what he had learned from living there about Nicaragua’s awkward foreign relations with the United States.
Is there something about chili that makes people think deeply about relationships and their connections to personal backgrounds? The Office of Intercultural Life (OIL) was hoping that this would be the case last Wednesday night when it held its first Chili Night of the new year.
The complaints about “noises in the walls” of Burton began at the end of last term.
“It has bothered my residents...noises of creatures in the wall. When they reported it to facilities they...said that contrary to popular belief it is not rats but pigeons and squirrels,” said Emily Fritz-Endres, a 4th Burton RA.
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, roughly two million Americans lined the gates, sidewalks and lawns of the National Mall in Washington to witness the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama. Carleton students traveled to Washington, D.C. to witness this historic moment live, joining the two million people in attendance.
Indeed, while most Carls marked the end of the Bush era by crowding around the TV in upper Sayles, cozying up in a dorm lounge or on the couch of a nearby living room, some of our very own stood among the massive throngs in Washington, D.C. during the inauguration.
“The level of Obamamania was almost hard to imagine,” said Gilbert, who described no riots, but a tone of “mass hysteria” that was “a little overwhelming.”
“I was about twenty feet away from [the Obamas],” Bhattacharyya said. ““It was one of most memorable experiences of my life. Just absolutely insane.”
Northfield’s 15th Annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, held at Carleton’s Skinner Memorial Chapel, took place on Monday evening. With the title, “Look Back, but Move Forward,” the evening evoked a slightly different feeling than the previous 14 celebrations, falling the day before the inauguration of America’s first African-American president. Mary Easter described in poem, dance and speech her experiences as the first “black” family in Northfield when she, her husband and daughters moved here in 1968, three months after King’s assassination. Cherif Keita, professor of French and Francophone Studies, received the NHRC’s 2009 Human Rights Award.
Volunteer for Carleton, an event run by the Alumni Annual Fund, kicked off last Sunday in The Great Hall. For five consecutive evenings, students could stop by and donate their time and make direct contact with alumni. Aaron Seifert, Assistant Director of the Alumni Annual Fund and a key organizer said this was Carleton’s biggest stewardship event of the year.
The city of Northfield once again received a belated holiday gift from its two liberal arts colleges earlier this month. Carleton and St. Olaf each presented a check of $73,000 to the city’s general fund, totaling $146,000. The two schools make the donation in order to thank the city for all of its services that the colleges use.