Carleton in the Media
- December 19, 2012
Joel Weisberg, the Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the Natural Sciences at Carleton, spoke with the St. Paul Pioneer Press for its Dec. 19 story about the different ways the world could actually come to an end. Weisberg spoke with reporter Richard Chin, Weisberg discounted an alien invasion, at least in the near future. In a universe where nothing travels faster than light, "the distances are too great," he says, so he doesn't expect a close encounter anytime soon. Same goes for rogue planets or black holes, according to Weisberg. In reality, runaway planets or wandering black holes are so rare, they're not worth worrying about. Asteroids, however, probably pose the greatest risk to planet Earth, as one impacting the planet is "a very good possibility over long time scales," is the way Weisberg describes it. "The chances of it happening at any one time are very small," he said.
- December 14, 2012
Following jazz pianist Dave Brubek's passing on Dec. 5, Carleton music professor Justin London was quoted in two prominent articles. The Atlantic's Ashley Fetters penned a piece the day after Brubek's death, quoting London's website entry, "How to Talk About Musical Metre." In that piece, London writes "Western music theory, from the 19th century through Lerdahl and Jackendoff (1983) has presumed meter to be inherently isochronous." Brubek's most famous piece, "Take Five," though, at times has uneven (as opposed isochronous or even) meter, giving it its distinctive rhythmic character. In a Dec. 13 article by Scientific American's Evelyn Lamb that was posted on Salon.com, London is quoted widely in talking about Brubek's influence on his research and how Brubeck's uneven time signatures impacted listeners, as the brain can't process them as fast as more familiar duple and triple meters. Brubeck's complex meters also affect the "swing" feel that most jazz music gives its listeners, as they require a strict sense of duplets and triples. “When you’re swinging, you’re very close to blurring the lines between duplets and triplets,” London said. "Brubeck was criticized for not swinging, but you can’t swing the music in those meters the same way you can if you’re just in a straight four.”
- December 12, 2012
Minnesota Public Radio's week-long series, "Ground Level: Making Connections" examined Latinos in the state and the many issues facing them and the challenges they have in becoming a real part of the community. The series profiled Northfield's TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes) program, which has significantly raised Latino high-school completion rates and supported that population's college access. The program is supported by Carleton's Center for Community and Civic Engagment, and reporter Elizabeth Baier interviewed Carleton's director of civic engagement, Adrienne Falcon. "Each community has to build from their place of strength," Falcon said. "But I think the idea of connecting students to college campuses, connecting students to college students and in meaningful relationships of deep exchange is a model that is very replicable. It's about finding, 'Where else can we go? Who else can we collaborate with? Up in Duluth, could St. Scholastica take this one?'"
- December 7, 2012
The Dec. 7 edition of the Star Tribune looked at Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges' efforts at finding ways to collaborate and save both institutions money. Higher education reporter Jenna Ross spoke with both colleges' presidents, St. Olaf's David Anderson and Carleton's Steve Poskanzer. "Geography and history have dealt our institutions a hand with a special card that we've never really played," Poskanzer said. But don't expect the two colleges to share football fields or combine choirs, he said, laughing. "This is no merger." Thanks to a $50,000 Mellon Foundation grant, representatives from both schools have visited colleges including Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore, which offer cross-registration, and closer by, the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, which claim different presidents, campuses and traditions but share a single academic program.
- December 4, 2012
Bob Pagel's hiring as Carleton's football coach was covered by the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Pagel, who coached the Knights on an interim basis this past year, is the Knights' 17th head coach and will also serve as an assistant professor in the Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation (PEAR) Department. Pagel is originally from the Rochester area, playing high-school football in Eyota, Minn. Read more about Pagel on the Carleton Athletics website's press release on the hiring.
- December 1, 2012
A Dec. 1 article in the New York Times profiles former Carleton student and current White House chief of staff Jacob Lew and talks about the key role he will play in the showdown over the "fiscal cliff" budget negotiations. Lew, who started his academic career at Carleton before leaving after a year to work for Manhattan congresswoman Bella Abzug. He later completed his degree at Harvard and earned a law degree from Georgetown. He previously held the budget director's position under President Obama, a position he also held in the Clinton Administration.
- November 30, 2012
Steven Schier, the Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, is quoted in the Nov. 30 edition of the Miami Herald and many other newspapers regarding the deadlines set forth by Republicans long ago in regards to the scheduled tax increases and budget cuts. These automatic "triggers" have created the "fiscal cliff" scenario that could occur after the New Year unless Congress and the White House can come to a budget agreement. It's a scenario, according to Schier, that the Republicans miscalculated. “Republicans set up the deadlines feeling voters would move in their direction. But in the last election, they didn’t move in that direction,” he said.
- November 26, 2012
Joel Weisberg, the Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the Natural Sciences, was featured in a Nov. 26 article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press about his involvement with "The Last Pictures" project. Weisberg designed a time map that was attached to a silicon disk that contains 100 images selected and/or taken by artist Trevor Paglen to represent humanity. The disk, and the accompanying time map, was launched into orbit from a launch pad in Kazakhstan on Nov. 20 aboard the EchoStar XVI satellite by the Dish Network. There's no appreciable atmospheric drag that high up, so in theory the satellite and its message to the future "will probably be up there until the sun swallows up the Earth, which will be in 5 billion years," Weisberg said. The article also ran in the Northfield News on Saturday, Dec. 8.
- November 11, 2012
Steven Schier, the Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, told Bloomberg Businessweek on Nov. 11 that the recent election results might mean little change in the political landscape. "The national government has not functioned well of late yet this election returned to power the same leaders in the House, Senate and presidency who have presided over little recent progress," he said. "That makes the prospects for breakthrough reforms that solve pressing national problems murky at best. It was a status quo election when the country needs far more than status quo solutions."
- November 9, 2012
Raul Raymundo '87 was recently featured in a New York Times article for his work as cofounder and director of The Resurrection Project, which serves Latino families on the South Side of Chicago. The Resurrection Project has been recognized for its new student dormitory, believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S.--rather than targeting any particular college, the dorm is meant for any and all commuter students from the South Side who need a safe and quiet place to eat, sleep and study. The Resurrection Project, which Raymundo founded in a church basement in 1989, has developed a significant support apparatus including over 600 low-income housing units, two child-care centers, a health clinic at a local school, youth recreation programs and support services for immigrants.
- November 9, 2012
Megan Meyer '07 was recently featured in The Huffington Post for her work as executive director of A Hand in Health, a Minnesota-based nonprofit focused on providing medical assistance. Meyer participated in the "African Book Walk: A Hike Across The Gambia to End Their Book Famine," an event created by Books for Africa to raise awareness of the lack of education in The Gambia. A year into the project, organizers have shipped more than 198,000 books to the students of The Gambia. That is 20 percent towards the one million book goal. The books range from elementary and secondary school science books to university-level books to law books supplied by Thomson Reuters.
- November 5, 2012
Ohio and Virginia will be the key states to tell how the Presidential election will fall, according to Steven Schier, the Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science,in his quotes to Reuters. "I wouldn't expect Ohio or Virginia to be called early, but if it starts to look clear one way or another that would be an early harbinger," he said. The story was picked up my msnbc.com, among other national media outlets.