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.
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.