2011 Spring Issue 5 (May 6, 2011)
The Weitz Center for Creativity (WCC) will be ready to open in time for the 2011-2012 school year. The new arts center construction is still underway but will be completed by late July or early August according to Steven Richardson, the Director of the Arts and part of the project’s team.
A second round of Fulbright Scholars have been announced, bringing the total of Carleton recipients to seven seniors. Brian Kilgour, Lydia Jackson and Noah Randolph-Flagg have been awarded the prestigious scholarship for the 2011-2012 year.
Associate Professor of Applied Psychology at NYU Joshua Aronson delivered a talk titled “Stereotype Threat and the Nature and Nurture of Intelligence." He argued there is a tendency to disregard the poor performance of racial minorities as a result of cultural differences.
Last week, the Education and Curriculum Committee proposed three S/Cr/NC policy changes to the CSA. The first two, removing the pre-S/Cr/NC option and requiring a professor to sign off on S/Cr/NC-ing a class, have been received positively by most students on CSA. The third, however, is raising concerns among students and CSA representatives.
The announcement of the six interest houses for 2011-2012 evidenced a change in the current make-up of interest houses. The houses will be CANOE, Farm/Parr (“Sustainable Interest” House), Culinary, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, F.I.S.H. and, new this year, Fitness House. Not renewed was the Wellstone House of Organization and Activism (WHOA House).
The headliner at this year's Spring Concert is Washington duo Blue Scholars. Other groups who will perform include with Philadelphia DJ RJD2, LA-based band Dawes, Canadian rockers Yukon Blonde, folktronica duo yOya, and student groups Ova Yonder and Throwin' Bones.
The 2010-11 Frank G. and Jean M. Chesley Lecture was delivered by Marshall Sahlins, the Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, on April 26 in Boliou Hall. The lecture, which was entitled “Stranger-Kings and Stranger-Kin: The Alterity of Power and Vice-Versa,” addressed the idea of self-producing cultures verses the idea of societies and cultures influencing one another.
Last week, students gathered in the Library’s Athenaeum to learn about the Farm Bill from a representative from MN’s Land Stewardship Program, a local farmer, and students representing MPIRG and Food Truth. Food Truth, MPIRG, and SOPE co-sponsored the event with funding from the CSA and the Environmental Advisory Committee to give students a “Farm Bill 101."