Work crews broke ground this Monday on the new dormitory project on the south end of the mini-bald spot. Crews have already removed a parking lot, and cleared a number of trees from the area; this coming Wednesday the project will expand into the parking lot east of the current site. By working directly through the next 15 months, the contractors anticipate completing the project in August 2009, in time for the new dormitories to be used for the 2009-2010 school year.
After a nearly one and a half hour discussion, the Carleton Student Associate Senate passed a resolution Monday that calls for a privilege training program for students during New Student Week 2008.
Earlier this month, Forbes Magazine named Carleton one of the “Greenest” colleges in the nation. While a closer look at their measurement system cheapens the title, Carleton’s community seems to nod in agreement that Carleton is indeed committed to becoming more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Sunday, May 18, the Carleton Christian Community opened up their prayer tent outside of the chapel to commence a week “of uniting the body of Christ at Carleton, in Northfield, and beyond, in and through prayer,” according to their schedule. The prayer tent is this year’s celebration of Unity Week, which the Carleton Christian Community organizes annually to celebrate unity between different Christian denominations. In the past, however, Unity Week has usually been a smaller event and involved more interaction between Carleton and the community of Northfield. This year’s event is decidedly larger.
Last Friday, May 16, saw a piece of Carleton history being made when Campus Activities sponsored the school’s first student spelling bee. The bee began in the Chapel at 7 p.m. with twenty-nine contestants. Two and a half hours later, the field had been narrowed from the originally twenty-nine to three tenacious freshmen: Garrett Miller, Molly Nichols, and John Cossette.
Sean Sweetnam ‘08, a physics major, has been awarded the Fulbright Scholarship and will travel to Switzerland, where he will attend Neuchatel University and conduct research on solar cells.
Sweetnam gives many reasons for his decision to accept the Fulbright. “The Fulbright is a great opportunity to continue studying physics. I’m planning on working with solar cells, and I’m hoping to do some traveling, too.”
On Saturday, May 17, Carleton hosted the annual Area 10 Special Olympics track and field tournament, the qualifying event for the statewide State Games to be held in June. Adults and children with intellectual and physical disabilities from nine Special Olympics delegations in southeastern Minnesota came together for the all-day event.
Carleton held its annual Spring Concert last Saturday. Despite the rain, students came out en masse. They danced to the tunes of student bands Duck Bus and Sorpresa. Caroline Smith, Kinetix, and the Cool Kids also took to the stage. Headliner Dr. Dog closed the concert.
The fourth and final anticipated candidate visited campus this Wednesday and Thursday in the job search for the new Director of Campus Activities. The new candidate is, according to student workers at Campus Activities, already the favored pick by the administrators who will choose the new Director.
Carleton’s Student Association (CSA) passed the Spring Allocations, Monday, May 12th, with proposals to take steps toward evaluating and making changes toward the Love Bus Program and the College Readership Program.
Spring Allocations opens CSA to discussion about the amount of money given to each student organization, contract, and line item expenditure.
This year’s CSA budget breakdown allocates 82,212 dollars for Operating Funds; 175,302 dollars for Large Organizations; 17,778 dollars for Small Organizations; and 138,000 dollars for Line Item Expenses.
This spring, senators proposed ways to make the College Readership Program more environmentally friendly and efficient. Among the approaches referred to multiple times during the debate were: installing reusable bins, advertising that CSA does not get charged for newspapers not taken, and putting some newspapers on bars like they do at Blue Mondays.
To receive credit from non-Carleton programs, applicants must submit a variety of petitions to the Carleton Off-Campus Studies (OCS) office for the office to determine if the program will be a good fit for the student, in addition to submitting the applications for the program itself.
Senior Miranda Fix, Mathematics major and French and Francophone Studies concentrator, was awarded the English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Fulbright and will spend 10 months, starting this fall, in Yilan, Taiwan.