Carleton College’s annual International Festival will take place Saturday, May 7th at 2 p.m. on the campus Bald Spot. This two-hour event showcases and celebrates the cultural diversity among Carleton students, and is entirely student-run. There will be live student performances and a display of homemade international cuisine, as well as games, arts, and crafts. This year’s theme is “Quilt of Cultures” and all donations will benefit the Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment (WISE), a non-profit based in the Twin Cities that helps women from a variety of nationalities and cultures. In the event of inclement weather, all activities will be moved indoors to the Sayles-Hill Campus Center. Carleton’s International Festival is free and open to the public.
Everyone is invited to celebrate the return of the spring season at the 4th Annual Earth Day Contra Dance, Friday, April 29, 2011, from 7 to 10:30 p.m., at the Northfield Ballroom. No dance partner is required, nor is prior dance experience. The evening begins with a dance lesson at 7 p.m., followed by dancing to the music of Contratopia!, led by famed dance "caller" Beau Farmer. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for students and youth, with a $25 cap per family. Thanks to the Carleton College Student Association, free admission will be offered to Carleton students with valid identification. Proceeds from the dance will benefit the Cannon River Watershed Partnership.
- April 26, 2011
The gentle golden hills of McKnight prairie emerging through the mist and driving rain were a welcome sight as we drove along the Cannon River on a cold and wet Earth Day. Along with the other Carleton student naturalists and arb director Nancy Braker, I set out into the gale to get a glimpse of what was supposed to be a spring scene at this thirty three acre slice of remnant prairie just eight miles from the Carleton campus. And in spite of the unseasonable weather, as we tromped through the wet grass we were confronted with unmistakable signs of spring.
Carleton College Brings World-Renowned Ragamala Dance Company to Northfield for Series of Public EventsApril 22, 2011
Carleton College is pleased to host the world-renowned Ragamala Dance Company for a three-week residency focused on bringing the arts and culture of south Indian to residents of Northfield. Carleton students, along with Ragamala Dance Company members, will collaborate with the Northfield School of Arts and Technology (ARTech) to teach an appreciation for south Asian cultural art forms. Along with a series of public lectures, workshops and demonstrations, the residency concludes with a free public performance of Sthree, a contemporary interpretation of the south Indian epic “Silappathikaram,” by the Ragamala Dance Company on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.
- April 19, 2011
Now that the snow is melted, we have the opportunity to tromp around the Arb and see what the snow left behind. All of the carcasses that were frozen and buried under the snow all winter are now appearing in various stages of decay.
- April 7, 2011
As the climate has warmed over the last week you may have noticed buds on trees, the grass growing greener, the frolicking of squirrels, or birds singing profusely in the morning sunlight. But if you are sitting indoors, feeling rather grumpy, like me, about only being able to look out at the cheerful community of plants and animals thriving in Bambi-esque harmony, you may not feel positioned to appreciate such things. What follows is a list of springtime behavior for the overburdened studentry of Carleton College, who can no longer feel joy.
- March 3, 2011
Lyman Lakes. Lakes? They aren’t necessarily what I look for in a lake, but the name sticks nonetheless. They look great in fog shrouded photographs and surrounded by colorful fall leaves but there is (as always) more to the story. Around campus I’ve heard them called a variety of apprehensive names ranging from uncouth to downright disgusting, yet their history is rooted in the college, as Lyman Lakes haven’t always been Lyman Lakes.
- February 24, 2011
The Carleton College Choir will join Northfield’s community chorus, I Cantanti, in a performance of music from the Renaissance to the present, on Saturday, Feb. 26 beginning at 8 p.m. The two groups will perform individually as well as a combined choral ensemble in the College’s Concert Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
- February 22, 2011
A lot of people hate beavers.
Whether the beaver families in the lower arb know that or not, they don’t seem to care. (They’re busy passing the winter socializing in their lodges, if you recall an earlier Arb Notes…)
Beavers have earned a bad rap for their tendency to chew down our favorite trees and flood our fields. In fact, over the past century beavers have been actively hunted and trapped out of much of the United States, countless dams have been dynamited, and communities have been divided by beaver-related conflict.
- February 22, 2011
As this week’s “heat wave” proves, spring is not far out of reach. Just as Carleton students shed jackets and even long pants this time of year, the Arboretum’s male deer (white-tailed deer, or Odocoileus virginianus, if you want to get technical) shed their antlers. Bucks re-grow their antlers—their prime tool for attracting a mate—every year beginning in the spring, leaving the past year’s antlers, or “sheds,” out in the cold for curious Arb visitors to find, particularly in the months of January and February.
- February 18, 2011
The Carleton community announces the successful conclusion of the College's 2010 United Way Drive, raising a total of $80,276 on 237 pledges and gifts. This sum exceeds both our 2010 goal of $79,500 and our previous campus record of $77,346. Beyond those dollars and cents, the Carleton community's gifts will help the Northfield Area United Way provide much-needed support to local programs that in turn provide critical help to our friends and neighbors.
- February 12, 2011
The Carleton College "Thrillin for a Chillin" Polar Plunge squad raised more $1,700 for Northfield Area Special Olympics. The team, comprised of eight Carleton students and two Carleton staff members, participated in the state-wide event by plunging into the frigid waters in Rochester, Minn.