When Sue Rankin presented results from the Campus Climate Survey in late September, she explained that one of the primary motivations for the survey was “to improve the working and learning environment for everyone,” and that “we focus what we do on learning.” The results, however, which have been widely circulated, seem to have glossed over one of the largest impediments to learning found in the Campus Climate Survey.
Amanda Rutherford* ’09 has made a lot of choices during her time at Carleton. Some were trivial – what shirt to pair with those pants, what to eat for lunch. Others were more important – what classes to take, what major to choose. One choice, however, wasn’t so straightforward. One choice forced her to choose between friends and justice, between what was easy and what was necessary. Yet Rutherford chose to take the hard road. Rutherford chose to file a complaint of sexual misconduct.
With the nation awash with presidential debate fever it may surprise some that Carleton recently did a little debate hosting of its own. This past Tuesday the Carleton Democrats sponsored a campaign forum for Northfield mayoral candidates Paul Hager, a Northfield native, St. Olaf grad and current Technical Director of Cinema and Media Studies at Carleton, and Mary Rossing, also a Northfield native and St. Olaf grad.
Associate Director of Campus Activities Chris Rasinen remembers the moment he set foot on Carleton’s campus to begin his position in spring 2006: “I was very excited to be here, but I was kind of nervous that I was an Ole so I didn’t know how people would respond,” he said. Immediately, though, Rasinen was relieved to find himself in an accepting and supportive community that now faces some sad news. Two and a half years later, Rasinen is saying farewell to the Carleton community on Thursday, Oct. 16.
Carleton kicks off “Winter of the World: Remembering the Great War” series to honor Armistice of World War One
From October 9th to November 11th, there will be a multitude of opportunities for members of the Carleton community and the general public to explore the importance of this historic war and commemorate the 90th anniversary of the armistice.
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.