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.
Sen. Kevin Dahle will hold a series of town hall meetings February 7.
He invites residents to hear about 2009 legislative session, share input, concerns and ideas.
A water pipe burst in the East Dining Hall this morning, closing the facility for meals for the weekend until the pipe can be repaired.
The new dormitories have been under constant construction and are slated to open on schedule this coming fall. Currently, workers are in the process of erecting the brick façade and completing interior structural work. By February, both buildings should be completely enclosed.
Julie Thornton, Carleton’s new Associate Dean of Students, has begun her first term at Carleton. Thornton says that she is excited for her new position because “the variety in it is appealing. It is not just one thing that I will be doing, for example, not just campus activities..."
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.