- July 14, 2013 at 12:01 am
The St. Paul Pioneer Press lists College archivist Eric Hillemann's book on former Carleton president and noted explorer Laurence Gould as a top nonfiction work in its July 14 edition. A Beacon So Bright: The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould, a detailed biography, tells of Gould's overseas service during World War I, his role in the Byrd expedition (where he was second in command in the Antarctica adventure) and his 30-year tenure at Carleton as professor of geology and then as its popular fourth president. The book is available at carletonbookstore.org and amazon.com, along with Gould's book, "Cold: The Record of an Antarctic Sledge Journey," which was reissued by the College in 2011.
- June 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm
Paul Thiboutot, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid, spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Alex Friedrich about the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Supreme Court ruling regarding the use of race in admissions practices and affirmative action. A ruling in a 2003 case involving the University of Michigan Law School, Grutter v. Bollinger, has shaped how colleges and universities conduct admissions decisions in regards to race. Thiboutot told Friedrich that Carleton adjusted its admissions procedures along the lines demanded by the Grutter case and has since “sought diversity along broad socioeconomic lines in the student body, and through that effort continued bringing in a racial diversity as well.” He also referred to the holistic approach, saying, “We do not isolate out any of our applicants by racial grouping since 2003.” Since 2003, he said, “we have been proceeding along lines of bolstering any arguments we can make for the value of diversity in the student body and the educational experience. … I don’t see this as a change for us.” The U.S. Supreme Court sent Fisher back to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, stating that the appeals court did not test the Texas plan under the most exacting level of judicial review.
- June 23, 2013 at 10:31 am
Dan Bruggeman, senior lecturer in art, is quoted in a June 23 Star Tribune article featuring Wet Paint: Artists’ Materials and Framing, an independent art supply store on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue. The Star Tribune writes "Her longtime support of Twin Cities artists, work with local independent business groups and leadership in the industry’s national trade group have made Wet Paint one of the most widely known and well-respected independent art supply retailers in the country." Bruggeman, a professional artist, is a longtime Wet Paint regular. “There are some fairly high-profile artists who live here or have lived here … who wouldn’t dream of buying supplies anywhere else,” Bruggeman said. “They take care of everybody.”
- June 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm
Will Docter '82, aka the "Phantom Planter," made headlines in the Washington Post when he was threatened with arrest after he planted 1,000 morning glories and other flowers in 176 barren flower boxes alongside the top stretch of the north escalators at the Dupont Circle station. The Metro transit system authority is concerned about safety, as the planter boxes are located on an incline. This isn't Docter's first foray into clandestine horticulture, as he told the Post he’s planted more an estimated 40,000 flowers in spots ranging from the Israeli Embassy and Navy Memorial in the District to faraway locales, including Argentina, Spain and Cambodia. Docter and Metro authorities are hopeful a solution can be reached to continue the plantings. You can support Docter's efforts through his online petition via letmyflowersgrow.com.
- June 7, 2013 at 3:21 pm
Asim Manizada '13 (Baku, Azerbaijan) weighed in on the merits of a liberal arts degree for the Wall Street Journal's "Real Time Economics" blog. The post talked to WSJ reporters who had graduated from Harvard University, along with 2013 graduates who the meida outlet are following as part of an ongoing project to cover this year’s college grads, asking them to respond to Harvard's report urging the Humanities division to market itself more aggressively to first and second year students, and to demonstrate the ways that a degree in the humanities can prepare students for a successful career. Manizada wrote: "However, I was very surprised by the job market. I thought that having a technical but theory-based background will still be an impediment, but I found that the employers were quick to overlook that and say that they’ll “teach any specialized skills on the job.” A number of my interviewers lamented the lack of solid writing skills in their pool of (otherwise very gifted) technical applicants; I think my liberal arts writing preparation offered me an edge in a number of positions."
- June 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm
Wally Weitz '70, former Board of Trustees chair, is profiled by the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) on his acumen as a stock picker and the challenges associated with running such a firm in the age of index funds. The article says "Mr. Weitz is a stock picker at a time when growing numbers of investors are losing faith in them." Last year, stock investors yanked $127 billion out of actively managed stock mutual funds, while plowing a net $70 billion into index funds and exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, which are similar to index funds but trade throughout the day instead of just at day's end. Over three years, his Weitz Value mutual fund has outperformed the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index by an average of about one percentage point a year and beat about 90% of similar stock funds. Weitz, along with his family, made the lead gift to the Weitz Center for Creativity. The Weitz family is the largest single donor in College history at $25 million, as they also gave $10 million to launch Carleton's $300 million capital campaign, successfully completed in June 2010.
- May 30, 2013 at 11:11 am
Steve Schier, Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, recently commented in the May 29th edition of USA Today on the exit of Minnesota’s congresswoman, Michelle Bachmann, from the House of Representatives. Bachmann announced her departure via video this week, and Schier notes that this will be a blow to the Tea Party’s profile. “It’s very important for an insurgent movement like the Tea Party to have spokespeople in the corridors of power. They have to find someone who can rival her media skills. I think it's a problem,'' says Schier.
- April 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm
The April 14 edition of the Christian Science Monitor recently featured an article by Carleton student, Maddy Crowell ’14 (Chicago). The article describes Crowell’s experiences with the protest movements in Morocco that she witnessed during her semester abroad this fall. Two years earlier, Moroccan streets saw tens of thousands of protestors looking to challenge the power of the Moroccan king. Despite the reforms that came about as a result of the movements, activists say little has changed. As Crowell reports, protestors vow to continue to face down threats and keep up pressure for a 'real' democracy.
- April 17, 2013 at 11:53 am
Bruce Dalgaard, visiting scholar in economics, recently contributed to the article, “Ask the Experts: Taking Stock of the Prepaid Card Market,” featured on CardHub.com. The article analyzed the rise of this new-age checking account, which has been the fastest growing form of electronic payment since 2006. Despite the rapid growth of this non-traditional card, Dalgaard remarks, “Checking accounts, i.e. paper checks, will not disappear quickly, maybe not for a long time.” He says, “In part, this is a cultural demographic. We could equate checks, in a way, to land lines. Some people simply are not comfortable giving up their land line and they won’t be with checks.” However, in spite of initial consumer hesitance, experts conclude that widespread usage will eventually be the norm and that the growth of the prepaid card industry is just getting started.
- April 11, 2013 at 10:49 am
Ron Rodman, Dye Family Professor of Music, recently had his article “Dinah Shore’s TV Legacy” featured in the March 28 edition of Oxford University Press Blog. The article comes from Rodman’s recent book, Tuning In: American Television Music published by Oxford University Press in 2010.
- April 9, 2013 at 11:14 am
Steve Schier, Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, recently penned an op-ed featured in the March 29 edition of Politics in Minnesota. In his article, Schier argues that Democrats hold several advantages over Republicans in coming elections. The paper notes that the liberal advantages arise with trends in demographics, globalization, and technological progress. Schier voices concern for the resulting likelihood of “an increasingly unequal society governed by well-meaning liberal elites.” Schier argues that this system of defensive liberalism will attract many more voters than the riskier Republican platforms and to “expect an economically sluggish state and national future, governed by a defensive liberalism that successfully purveys a low-risk agenda.”
- April 4, 2013 at 10:55 am
The April 1 edition of The Scientist commends the progress made by Todd Golub ’85 in the field of cancer research. Golub and his colleagues have made powerful developments in scrutinizing gene expression profiles to diagnose, classify, and treat cancer. After completing an undergraduate degree at Carleton College in 1985 and an MD at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, Golub began working in cancer research at the Whitehead Institute at MIT. Within just two years, he and his colleague demonstrated that two types of acute leukemia, which clinicians had spent 30 years characterizing, could be classified based exclusively on their gene-expression patterns.