- June 22, 2010
Carleton students like to keep busy—and many Carls are looking forward to summers nearly as jam-packed as the school year. This summer, my fellow Carls have plans to travel the world, pursue goals both academic and otherwise, and live the sort of adventures that make our college years such an exciting and unique part of life.
- June 9, 2010
Back in mid-April, Bassekou Kouyate and the band Ngoni Ba performed at Carleton's Great Hall in front of an energetic crowd in Great Hall. Josiah Burns '12 produced a video of the performance, while Nate Ryan '10 shared a photo slide show of his vivid images of the event.
- June 8, 2010
On Friday, June 4, more than 500 Carleton students gathered on the Bald Spot in an attempt to break the world record for the largest group "spoon." Student photographer Nate Ryan '10 was granted access to the Skinner Memorial Chapel's tower, and he shot numerous images of Carls gathering and spooning to break the world record. He turned those images into a time lapse photo slide show, which you can now view.
- June 2, 2010
San Antonio Palopó looks like a picture out of National Geographic. The little town is perched on the edge of a mountain, sloping down to the clear blue waters of Lake Atitlan. Its women still wear traje – the traditional clothing of the Maya highlands, hand woven, with each town having its own unique pattern – and you can still see men working their terraced fields and fishing in the lake in their tiny canoes. The two streets in town are more crowded with dogs and chickens than with cars. And for four weeks this winter on my Carleton study abroad program in Guatemala, San Antonio Palopó was my home.
- May 28, 2010
“The Lacandon have TV now,” our professor informed us. “They have cell phones, too, and minivans. They wear flip-flops. The show,” he concluded, “is over.”
- May 20, 2010
This past Friday, Carleton staged its annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Northfield Area Food Shelf. The event featured homemade soup served in handmade bowls created by Carleton ceramics students, with participants donating a suggested $10 for the bowl (to keep) and filled with soup made by residents of various interest houses on campus. Student photojournalists Nate Ryan '10 and Khant Khant Kyaw '11 captured the event.
- May 17, 2010
In 1874, the first two students awarded bachelor's degrees at Carleton College, James J. Dow and Myra A. Brown, got married. It was the perfect start to a well-known trend of Carls ending up at the alter. Maybe it’s the romantic walks through the Arboretum or the intoxicating scent of Malt-O-Meal in the air, but students here just seem love struck for the long run.
- May 9, 2010
Carleton hosted the Ultimate Players Association (UPA) Central Region Championships, with the top four teams from both the open and women's divisions advancing to the UPA National Championships later this month in Madison, Wis. Carleton's top men's team, CUT, won the regional in convincing fashion and will defend its national title from a year ago, while Carleton's top women's team, Syzygy, also advanced with a second-place finish. Nate Ryan '10 captured the action of the title matches at Laird Stadium.
- April 30, 2010
Passing through the town of Huixtan on the road up to San Cristobal de las Casas from the jungle, we came upon a traffic jam. Traffic jams being something of an anomaly in rural Chiapas, the sudden stop surprised us, and we pulled over, spilled out of the van, and began asking around to figure out what was going on. The story emerged slowly, with many confused details, but it seemed that members of the autonomous community just down the road had decided to set up a roadblock. The Mexican authorities didn’t want to provoke the community by using force, and we were told that the roadblock was likely to end by five or six in the evening. We decided to wait. But our brief delay was quite lengthy: we sat by the side of the highway until nearly two in the morning. And so began our adventures in Zapatista country.
- April 20, 2010
From the beginning, it was clear that this wasn’t going to be an ordinary term. We had our textbooks, yes, but also malaria pills and insurance policies that covered us for evacuation in case of revolution. Though it was January, our first class was conducted outdoors, and was interrupted by a sound like thunder coming from the erupting volcano on the horizon. That first night, we stood in a circle around a campfire, burned copal incense, and listened to Uncle Jay (back on campus, he’s called professor Jay Levi) sing us a traveling song in a language that none of us could understand. And that was before we even stepped out of our hotel.
- April 20, 2010
Carleton College recently honored retirees and longtime employees on April 15 at a lunchtime ceremony and a dinner at the Nutting House hosted by Carleton President Robert Oden Jr. and his wife Teresa Johnson Oden.
- April 5, 2010
The Carleton Ethics Bowl team of seniors Carmen Ross, Chris Logel and Dan Kagan-Kans recently advanced to the national semifinals of the 16th annual Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. The Carleton squad, in its fourth year of existence, suffered a narrow two-point loss to eventual national champion University of Alabama at Birmingham. The national tournament featured 32 teams that qualified through regional competitions. Carleton was the smallest institution to crack the final four.