The college will likely reduce its non-personnel spending for the upcoming school year by five percent from this year's budget, due to the ongoing world financial crisis.
According to conversations with president Rob Oden and vice president and treasurer Fred Rogers, every division of the college will seek to reduce expenses primarily by increasing the efficiency of their operations, but both men emphatically stated that there would be no decrease in financial aid, nor was it likely that any faculty or staff positions would be eliminated.
Financial troubles cause Sweet Lou’s Waffle Bar to shut down; River City Books to close later this year
Downtown Northfield is losing two Carleton student attractions – one already closed, the other intending to close in the near future. Sweet Lou’s Waffle Bar and Café, a popular Carl hangout, shut its doors the first of the year, while River City Books, a branch of the Carleton Bookstore, will go out of business in March or April.
This term, aside from copious amounts of snow, the Carleton campus also welcomed back approximately 180 students returning from off-campus studies programs. However, because this influx exceeded the number of students going abroad this winter, there were not enough dorm rooms to accommodate everyone. To resolve this housing shortage, select lounges in Goodhue, Myers, and Evans Hall have been temporarily transformed into student rooms. Extra hall director apartments are also being used for this purpose.
With the departure of former Director of Campus Activities T. Todd Masman, the Dean of Students Office has set out once again to fill the position. Sophomore Associate Dean of Students Julie Thornton is leading the search. She will be joined by a team of students, faculty, and staff members. Representing the students are Rose Schuchat ‘11 and Emily Cogsdill ‘11, appointed by the CSA, a student to be named from the International Students Programs office, and Max Davidson ’10 representing the Office of Campus Activities.
With the departure of Bucky Zietz this summer from his position as Associate Dean of Students and Sophomore Class Dean, the college has been busy for the past three months trying to find his replacement.
Philip Busse, a visiting professor at St. Olaf College, resigned Monday, November 3 after confessing to the theft and destruction of a number of McCain-Palin campaign signs in Northfield.
Mary Easter, Professor of Dance, will be retiring from teaching with a celebratory dance recital featuring current and former students.
Tuesday evening in the Athaenaum Food Truth hosted the 2nd annual panel of four speakers entitled “Fair Trade in the Global Food Economy.”
A recent visitor to the Carleton College made Arboretum staff take notice. Not for any particular celebrity status, but that the visitor had been absent for 78 years!
Carleton’s Korean Adoptee Program engages Northfield community in discussion of growing up multiculturally
Last September, while flying from Seoul to Minneapolis on my annual journey to start another year as a Carleton student, I saw a familiar sight on the airplane: a young American couple holding a beautiful Korean infant on their laps. As I usually do, I prayed silently that the adopted baby be brought up by loving parents and have a wonderful life in the U.S., far from his native Korea.
In one of the most historic elections ever, Northfield residents and college students got out and voted. The First United Church of Christ alone had 1217 voters throughout Tuesday. While some Carleton students voted absentee, Carleton and the CarlDems worked all day to make sure that students who wanted to vote in Minnesota knew where the polling booths were and were able to get to them.
T. Todd Masman, Director of Campus Activities, has resigned, just four months after coming to Carleton. He is leaving “to pursue other professional opportunities.” Hudlin Wagner, Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students said of Masman, “I have strong support for his skills and he will be an asset as he moves into his next opportunity.”