2011 Spring Issue 4 (April 29, 2011)
“Scrunching” that Orgo class might be a little different in the coming years, thanks to some changes the Education and Curriculum Committee voted on this Wednesday. According to Patrick Burke ’14, Senate liaison to the ECC, the committee has decided to move the deadline to designate a class “pass/fail” by 7th week, instead of the last day of classes, as it is now. Students will no longer have to “pre-scrunch” classes, but professors will have to sign the forms for students scrunching their classes.
Carleton can cross one more thing off its to-do list: hold the world premiere play of an award-winning writer. This past weekend, Little Nourse Theater debuted Security, a new play written by Rebekah Frumkin ‘12. With four showings over the course of the weekend, students had the opportunity to come out and witness a fellow student’s newest endeavor.
Carleton College students Cody Finke ’12 and James Lu Morrissey ’12 were both recently named Goldwater Scholars. The two were selected from a pool of 1,095 sophomores and juniors who had been nominated by the faculty of their respective colleges and universities.
The cold wind and rain did not stop hundreds of Carleton students from trekking over to the Grand last Friday, April 22 to support their peers in the annual event Battle of the Bands, where first place went to the band Ova Yonder.
On Wednesday, April 27, 2011, President Steven Poskanzer officially announced to the Carleton community via email that he has begun the process of creating a strategic plan for the future of Carleton. The overarching goal of the plan is to provide an undergraduate Liberal Arts education that is among the best in the world. The plan will be constructed in the upcoming months.
The Office of Civil Rights has released a “Dear Colleague” letter, a document intended to provide guidance for schools, colleges, and universities to better understand their responsibilities regarding sexual harassment and assault.
Author and Research Professor of Natural Sciences at North Carolina State University, Meg Lowman, delivered a talk entitled “Life in the Treetops: Conservation of the World’s Rainforests” at the Convocation on April 22.
On Thursday, April 21, students crowded into a lecture hall in Leighton to hear a debate of the question “How rich is too rich?” Professor Michael Hemesath and mathematics major Isaac Hodes argued that there is no such thing as too rich. Opposing them were Professor Daniel Groll and political science major Kristen Vellinger. No side was declared the winner, but a discussion followed the debate.
Earth Week 2011, planned mainly by the Sustainability Assistants (STA) kicked off this year with a dinner and discussion at WHOA house on Monday, April 18. Martha Larson, Carleton’s Manager of Campus Energy and Sustainability, and Aaron Swoboda, an ENTS and Economics professor, led the discussion about Carleton’s Climate Action Plan, which commits Carleton to developing a carbon-neutral campus by 2050.