Carleton in the Media
- December 18, 2014
Al Montero, the Frank B. Kellogg Professor of Political Science, appeared on KSTP-TV, the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul, commenting on the announcement that Cuba and the United States had restored diplomatic relations. Montero, a Cuban-American, says there were no signs Wednesday's announcement was coming. He says Pope Francis, who we know was a part of the talks to resume diplomatic relations, was crucial in reopening ties. Montero says there is no greater mediator in Cuba because of the country's deep Catholic roots. Montero also appeared on WCCO 830 AM twice during this time, talking about the announcement and its impact on both countries.
- November 5, 2014
President Steve Poskanzer wrote a "Counterpoint" opinion piece for the Star Tribune's November 5 edition regarding the student debt crisis. The article, entitled "4 ways to keep college accessible, affordable" is in response to an earlier opinion piece that blamed the current student debt crisis on administrative bloat. Poskanzer states that "There’s plenty of shared work and responsibility to correct the current state of affairs. For our economy to be strong, we need our colleges and universities to be bastions of academic quality, accessible to all qualified students from Minnesota and beyond."
- January 21, 2015
Steve Schier, Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, was quoted by USA Today in its analysis of President Obama's January 2015 State of the Union address. "He may be in a situation where he has a more receptive national audience because things seem to be improving on his watch, and it's clear the public is giving him some credit for it," Schier says. The story ran in papers across the country.
- January 17, 2015
Bill Yosses, the former White House pastry chef, appeared on Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl's '92 "Off The Menu" radio show on WCCO 830 AM. Yosses, who was in residence at Carleton during that weekend, spoke about Carleton's student cooking club, the Firebellies, and their Young Chefs outreach program that combines cooking with science education. The radio show is available in podcast form on wcco.com.
- January 13, 2015
Carleton students Brit Fryer '15 (Chicago) and Rebecca Spiro '15 (Bethesda, Md.), who serve as student assistants in Carleton's gender and sexuality center, spoke with KTTC-TV from Rochester, Minn., regarding affirmative consent policies related to sexual activities among students. The University of Minnesota student body is considering adopting affirmative consent, a policy that already exists at Carleton and two other Minnesota colleges and universities. "It's not enough for someone to say 'no'. They also have to say 'yes' to some kind of sexual act, or it's not OK," Spiro said. Fryer noted why he thinks this type of policy is gaining support at more schools across the country. "We're in an age when people are more comfortable speaking out on their experiences. I think it's something we've always dealt with, I think that the culture is shifting and that people are more open to talking about it. I think that's why colleges are having to respond," he said.
- January 9, 2015
Thiboutot Tells Wall Street Journal Personality, Test Scores Both Important in College Admissions Process
Paul Thiboutot, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid, is quoted in a Jan. 9 Wall Street Journal story on how colleges and universities are using personality assessments to fins students who will succeed on their campuses. While some schools are looking past standardized test scores, or not even requiring them for admission, Thiboutot feels they still play a role in the process. “It levels the playing field,” he said. “It helps us gauge the ability of students across the country when there is no uniformity in the strength of the curriculum.”
- December 24, 2014
Randy Peck, a heavy duty custodian at Carleton, visited the American Swedish Institute and had some Santa pictures posted on MPRnews. See if you can find him, he is in five out of 20 pictures (hint 3, 9, 13, 15, and 17).
- November 24, 2014
Nathan Grawe, professor of economics and chair of the department, is quoted in the Nov. 24 edition of the Star Tribune about a recent report about Minnesota's economy. Grawe, responding to a report that showed the state's revenue growth during and after the Great Recessionwas third highest, according to the Pew Charitable Trust. Calling the state recession-proof would be a mistake, he said. But in the past 70 years Minnesota’s economy has moved from being more volatile than the national average to less volatile than the national average. “A lot of that was moving away from agriculture,” Grawe explained. While agriculture still plays a major role in the state’s economy, Minnesota has expanded into medical technology, higher education, insurance, finance and other industries that pay good wages and offer job stability, Grawe said.
- November 24, 2014
Steve Schier, Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, is quoted in a Nov. 24 article in the Christian Science Monitor about the University of California tuition hike, which pits UC President Janet Napolitano against newly-elected Governor Jerry Brown. Brown threatens withholding state funding, while Napolitano argues the hike is necessary. “This is happening in many states, and the California conflict is an example of this,” Schier says. “One aspect of this conflict is the need for the state to find revenue sources given its fiscal difficulties.”
- November 1, 2014
Al Montero, Frank B. Kellogg Professor of Political Science, was interviewed for 20 minutes on the second round of the Brazilian presidential elections held on Sunday, October 26. His commentary was heard on BFM 89.9 in Kuala Lumpur. BFM is Malaysia's only independent radio station, focused on business news and current affairs.
- October 27, 2014
Carleton's "Young Chefs" program, which uses cooking to teach science to middle-school students, was featured on NBC affiliate KARE 11. The program, founded by Vayu Maini Rekdal '15, is staffed by Carleton student volunteers and has sites at Northfield and Faribault Middle Schools. You can learn more about the Young Chefs program on its website.
- August 6, 2014
Deborah Appleman, Hollis L. Caswell Professor of Educational Studies, Chair of Educational Studies, and Director of American Studies, is featured in a recent Star Tribune story, "Writing workshop cultivates prisoners' creative sides" (8/5/2014). The piece highlights the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop (MPWW), which leads creative writing classes at various state prisons.
Founded in 2011, today the MPWW leads classes in poetry, spoken word, oral storytelling, children’s literature, fantasy, essay and more at six state prisons. Hundreds of incarcerated men have taken courses through the MPWW and twenty-two students also have mentors “on the outside.”