Eat the Lawn, spearheaded by Katie Blanchard, is the epitome of aesthetics and sustenance in food creation and has been a huge success in the Carleton community. This communal garden located squarely between Boliou and Olin consists of Red Russian Kale, Hubbard Squash, Bright Lights Swiss Chard, Jester Mix Marigolds and Minnesota Midget Melons.
As the term enters fourth week, KRLX, Carleton’s completely student -run radio station, remains limited to broadcasting on air between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., though it continues to stream shows 24/7 on the station’s website, KRLX.org.
This new inconsistency in the KRLX programming is due to construction on the Willis rooftop, where the station transmitter resides.
When Carleton decided to restore the shorelines of Lyman Lakes in 2000, the project was supposed to last decades. Now, nine years later, the lower of the two lakes near Goodhue Hall is nearly back to its normal water capacity after a second re-shoring effort that began this summer and should near completion some time next week.
New initiatives include selling produce to Bon Appetit and construction of a hoop house. Farm Club’s new initiatives, Eat the Lawn and changes to the Carleton Student Organic Farm (CSOF), aim to bring gardening to the forefront of the Carleton community.
On Friday, September 25, 2009, President Robert A. Oden Jr. announced his retirement effective June 2010.
“It will have been eight years that I have served as Carleton’s president and 21 years that I have served as someone’s president. It is the best job in the world but it leaves no time for family and friends,” President Oden said.
Oden cites many factors in his decision to retire. “In the last 12 months, probably because of my age – I am 63 – I’ve received so many reminders that we’re all mortal; life is fragile and we can’t count on time forever.”
“These years [as an educational leader], and especially the Carleton years, have been filled with the friendships and opportunities and profound satisfactions that few positions can offer to anyone,” Oden said.
Oden chose this time to announce his retirement in order for the College to have ample time to find his successor.
The festivities surrounding the inauguration of Carleton’s two new dorms, Memorial and Cassat, culminated on August 26 with an open house and a tour that gave Carleton staff and students the chance to receive a tour and check out the new facilities.
Joel Weisberg, professor of Physics and Astronomy and the Natural Sciences, went to trial along with 7 others last week following an arrest at the 2008 Republican National Convention. The “other RNC 8,” as the group calls itself to distinguish from another set of RNC protesters, were found guilty after 4 days of court proceedings and sentenced to pay a $100 fine or perform 20 days of community service.
Carleton officials are working on an H1N1 prevention response plan, amid thirteen reported flu cases on campus that were likely caused by the pandemic strain. H1N1 contributed to the death of a Cornell University student last week, but most symptoms remain mild.
While it was previously impossible for students without a car on campus to make trips to the cities during the week, this service runs buses between Northfield and downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul 7 days a week, all year round. More stops, including nearby universities, have also been added to the route.
Transportation at Carleton got a facelift this summer, creating a host of new travel options for students. The newest of these is WeCar, a car-sharing program that lets Carleton students, faculty, and staff rent one of two hybrid cars on campus for up to 24 hours.
The Carleton bubble has become increasingly padded with cash. That was the account Jacob Schak ’09 and Ryan McLaughlin ’08 described Monday night during their presentation on Carleton’s steady decline in socioeconomic diversity. The presentation was a part of “The (Lack of) Diversity at Carleton,” a “town hall-style forum” that was hosted by Brandon Walker ’09 in the Great Hall.
As I sit at a table near the snack bar interviewing four members of the Northfield East Side Neighborhood Association (NESNA) about parking policies and transportation, we are interrupted by sudden cheers from Upper Sayles. Suzie Nakasian, a former adjunct in the religion Department, wife of a Carleton professor and resident of Fourth Street, asks a student at the next table what’s going on, and he shows us his computer screen, where the Carleton Ultimate Team (CUT) is playing for the national Frisbee title.