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.
This summer, Bucky Zeitz, former Associate Dean of Students, left his job at Carleton for unspecified reasons. Hudlin Wagner, Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students, initiated a search for a new Associate Dean of Students.
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.
Carleton food service workers worry about the future of their jobs as the college transitions to Bon Appetit, a new food management company. Bon Appetit’s contract with Carleton begins July 1st, ending a thirty year relationship with Sodexho. At least six workers and ten students have expressed concerns about the workers’ pensions, insurance, and general indecisiveness of the company; they say that there are many more workers who are also concerned.
After former director Robin Hart Ruthenbeck left Campus Activities in late February, the process of finding and hiring a replacement began. Numerous applicants sent resumes in for this position, but T. Todd Masman, in the last batch of candidates from human resources, caught the attention of the interviewers. His experience, knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm jumped out from the paper and, after conducting a phone interview and checking his references, the interview committee added him as an official candidate and invited Masman to campus for a personal interview.
Almost 60% of this year’s freshman class declared that they were affiliated with a religion upon arrival at Carleton in the 2007 CIRP Freshman Survey. That number might appear large for a college that was not long ago in Princeton Review’s Top 20 of schools where “Students Ignore God on a Regular Basis.” In fact, it’s slightly lower than it has been in the past. 61% of students in Carleton classes ’07 through ’10 declared a religion when they arrived as freshmen.
Junior Mya Dosch, Art History Major, has been awarded the Beinecke Scholarship, which gives grants to selected humanities, arts, and social science scholars from across the nation each year. Dosch recognizes that she is representing Carleton in a pool of “big name” schools. “It is nice because Carleton hasn’t had a student awarded the Beinecke in a long time. It’s an honor to finally bring one home to Carleton,” she said.