• Kanazawa Talks Olympic Cost With Wallet Hub

    February 6, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Wallet Hub, a blog, spoke with a wide variety of experts for a post entitled "Sochi Olympics By The Numbers," and included professor of economics Mark Kanazawa in its analysis. Kanazawa noted how many Olympic games are poorly planned and spend vast amounts of money, primarily on constructing new facilities that now sit largely unused. He cited the Los Angeles Games of 1984 as an example of a well-planned event that utilized existing facilities. Those games ended up with near a quarter of a billion dollars surplus.


  • The Counterfactuals, an indie pop band comprised of Carleton professors Daniel Groll (philosophy), Jason Decker (philosophy), and Andy Flory (music)—along with St. Olaf College philosophy professor Mike Fuerstein—were featured on the Jan. 9, 2014 broadcast of Minnesota Public Radio's "Morning Edition." Entitled "Northfield professors moonlight in a band," the segment highlights the band's debut release, "Minimally Decent People," and notes that the four professors "will be taking a break from their academic pursuits for an album release party" in Northfield on Saturday, Jan. 11 at J. Grundy's Rueb-N-Stein.

  • Inside Higher Ed weighed in on Carleton and St. Olaf's collaboration efforts, supported by a $1.4 million grant from The Mellon Foundation. Carleton President Steven Poskanzer revealed that one one possible collaborative example might be holding a political science class during the evening so that students from both schools could enroll. Also under consideration is an option for students needing certain classes for teaching certification to take classes at either campus.

  • The January 9, 2014 edition of the Chicago Tribute features a Letter to the Editor submission written by Carleton sophomore, Porter Truax (Chicago). The letter is a response to a previously published editorial about the impact of tax distribution in urban Chicago.

  • The Counterfactuals, a "prof rock" band comprised of three Carleton professors (Daniel Groll, Jason Decker and Andy Flory) and one St. Olaf College professor (Mike Fuerstein), are featured in the December 31, 2013 edition of the Star Tribune. The story chronicles the evolution of the band and notes their immediate acclaim among Twin Cities music critics and fans alike. The band will host a Northfield album release show, in support of their debut "Minimally Decent People," on Saturday, Jan. 11 at J. Grundy's Rueb-N-Stein's Upstairs Rueb.

  • Minnesota Public Radio's "On Campus" blog covered The Mellon Foundation's $1.4 million grant awarded to Carleton and St. Olaf to fund collaborative efforts between the two campuses in information technology, library services and academic programming. “In the long run, this recognizes the fact that we can give a broader and richer array of academic courses and learning opportunities for students jointly than we can with one campus individually," Carleton President Steven G. Poskanzer told reporter Alex Friedrich. A piece also ran on-air on MPR stations.

  • Christopher "Chris" Kratt '92, Biology major

    Chris Kratt '92, half of the famous "Kratt Brothers" duo with brother Martin, was recently profiled by their hometown Ottawa Citizen newspaper. The brothers, originally from New Jersey, now reside in Ottawa after starting out in Toronto, have created, produced and starred in three TV shows: "Kratts Creatures," "Zooboomafoo" and their current series, "Wild Kratts." The show airs on TV Ontario, the Kowledge Network and Telebec in Canada and PBS in the U.S. The current show is an animated show, giving the brothers more flexibility in what they show their core audience.  “The reason we decided to do Wild Kratts is because, in our early expeditions, no matter how long we spent in the wild we knew there were animal behaviours we could never film,” Martin said. “So we thought if we could design an animated show we could show anything. We could show sperm whales fighting giant squid 6,000 feet below the surface of the ocean. Suddenly the entire creature world was open to us. That was the real motivation to do animation.” In the animated segments of the show, the brothers transform themselves into various animals, displaying various “creature powers” unique to that animal.

  • Louis Newman

    Star Tribune Touts Pathways Program

    November 3, 2013 at 9:54 am

    The Sunday, November 3 edition of the Star Tribune featured a front-page story on Carleton's new "Pathways" program, which helps students prepare for life after Carleton by exploring how certain classes and majors could lead to potential careers, internships and off-campus study programs. It also leverages Carleton's existing relationships with alumni, parents and friends of the College, allowing students to network and find out how those people's experiences could help them find their path after Carleton. All of this happens within the framework of Carleton's faculty advising process, tying the initiative to the core mission of the College. "Carleton does a great job of educating students,” Louis Newman, associate dean of the college and director of advising, says in the article. Reporter Maura Lerner write "But last year, as part of a strategic plan, officials decided they could do more to help students 'prepare for life after Carle­ton'.” The Pathways project, Newman says, was the response: an all-purpose website to help students explore the careers that might interest them. “So they don’t get to the end or middle of their senior year and say, ‘Oh, what now?’ ” Visit the Pathways website for more information, and make sure to check out the career-path visualization, created by Carissa Knipe '14 (Cupertino, Calif.), a studio art and computer science double major.

  • Arjendu Pattanayak, professor of physics

    Arjendu K. Pattanayak, Professor of Physics, appeared on an episode of an Indian TV show entitled Face The People on September 11, 2013. Pattanayak commented on the absence of Indian unviersities' performance from the "World's Top 200 Universities," a ranking compiled by QS Stars team on TopUniversities.com. Face The People is a prime-time TV show that discusses India's most pressing issues and interact with the viewers via social networking services, produced by CNN-IBN, a television channel in India.

  • The November/December edition of Washington Monthly ranked Carleton no.6 among "the top twenty liberal arts colleges (as ranked by the U.S. News & World Report)" in its article "Selective Service." The list of the nation's top colleges and universities with the highest percentage of their graduates entering public service was compiled by The Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to educational and policy studies, based on LinkedIn data. According to the article, 35.6% of Carleton graduates worked in the public service (government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public education) over the last ten years. Carleton also was recognized for providing grants for students working at NGO internships to foster careers in the public interest sector.

  • President Steven G. Poskanzer

    The Oct. 1 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) made a note of Carleton's new "Pathways" program in its article entitled "Career Centers Stretch to Fill New Roles." The Chronicle notes that Pathways was started as a result of discussions during the recently-completed strategic planning process, listing  as one of its priorities this goal: "Prepare students more robustly for fulfilling post-graduation lives and careers." The Chronicle writes "Carleton believes in its approach to a liberal-arts education, says President Steven G. Poskanzer, its president. Still, he says, "we are not keeping faith with students and families if they graduate from Carleton and then spend the next three or four years floundering." Pathways is an outcome of that planning to more intentionally shape the College's advising program, has started a new Web site to provide information on popular career fields like health and wellness and arts and communication, and is doing more to tie academics and outside activities together."

  • President Steven G. Poskanzer

    In the Autumn 2013 edition of American Scholar, the publication polled a number of higher educational leaders on whether or not recent efforts to allow students to complete an undergraduate education in faster time at a lower cost are a good thing. Carleton President Steven Poskanzer was one of those leaders queried, and his response was that it is a good thing. "Viewing the higher education enterprise from a nationwide perspective, it is undeniable that too many students take too long (at too much expense) to complete their college degrees—if they complete them at all. Too much human and financial capital is being wasted. Efforts to keep students in school and to facilitate the completion of degree programs are important, and should be encouraged. They need not be a threat to more traditional, four-year residential college courses of study," he said.