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  • Nod to Daft Punk

    Late Night Trivia 2008

    April 9, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    1. What club is specifically for people who left Carleton in their wills?

    2. What Chinese historian claimed that the Chinese discovered in 32 BC what would later be known as one of the Galilean moons?

    3. What president’s mother cut off his allowance when she discovered he was having an affair with his wife’s secretary?

    4. In the original Star Wars series, who is the only non-Jedi to use a lightsaber?

    5. What humanities professor named their child after a 19th century Danish philosopher?

    If you can answer any of the above questions, chances are you won the coveted LNT statue (and infinite respect from your fellow Carls). This year's pre-finals radio extravaganza was not for the dim-witted or meek.

    Click here for the scoop on this year's Late Night Trivia competition.

  • Best of the NNB

    April 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    As a slimmer version of Craig’s List, our beloved NNB has been the mouthpiece for student organizations, campus events, the lost and found, and random requests. We’ve found some of the NNB’s submissions to be of noteworthy praise, wit, and concern: How did those insects get into somebody’s mailbox? What could “Mathematical Models of Rock Deformation” be about? The following is a collection of some of the best, weirdest, only-at-Carleton NNB ads from this term.

    Click here to read a collection of superior quality NNB submissions.

  • RAD Be-gone?: ECC Talks Curriculum Revamp

    April 9, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    It’s your senior year and you’re tearing your hair out because you still need to take two more math and science courses. Or maybe you are flipping through the course catalogue and you are wondering why History of Modern India is designated RAD but History of Classical India is not, while History of Imperial China is RAD and History of Modern China is not. Whether Carleton’s graduation requirements are the bane of your existence or you think they are the best thing since Schiller, you should sit up and take notice. The college may be about to do a complete overhaul of its graduation requirements for future class years.

    Click here to read about proposed curriculum changes.

  • Where TVs go to die

    March Drive Recycles 15,000 Pounds of Electronics

    April 8, 2008 at 8:33 am

    On a cold, windy Saturday in March, a group of Carleton students, staff, and Northfield residents gathered in the West Gymnasium parking lot at 8:30 a.m., unfolding cardboard boxes and setting up tables. These hardy volunteers braved the elements to prepare for the electronics recycling drive, a community event co-sponsored by ACT, the ITS department, and Materials Processing Corporation (MPC), an electronics recycling company.

    Read the full story and view photos. >

  • It's Official

    April 3, 2008 at 10:39 am

    The Dining Task Force has unanimously recommended that Carleton's dining program should be run by Bon Appétit next year, effective July 1. For more information about the transition, please visit

  • Lake Trees

    March 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Lake Trees 

    Last week over a dozen pine trees graced the snow-covered Lyman Lakes. There are no clues as to who the merry pranksters were.

  • Green Wars Concert

    March 5, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Green Wars Concert

    After scrimping and saving on light and heat energy, some very green students were ready to celebrate the end of Green Wars month. SOPE and MPIRG obliged by holding a Leap Day Green Wars acoustic concert in the Cave.

    With a backdrop of power-saving low lighting, and a poster on the wall exhorting students to recycle, student performers took the stage. Aside from the lights and electric microphones, the concert was electricity-free.

    Nate Wilairat ’11 and Will Tynan ‘11 strummed to “Shady Grove” and “Gray.” Michael Henneberry ’09 capped off the evening with harmonica accompaniment to the final songs.

  • Clean Plate Club

    Clean Plate Club

    March 5, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    This year co-organizers SOPE and MPIRG kicked up the annual winter energy-saving competition a notch with the Green Wars competition. Students were encouraged not only to reduce their energy consumption, but also their personal dorm and dining hall waste.

    As a side event to the competition, many SOPE and MPIRG members formed the "Clean Plate Club." The students set up a table by the LDC's tray return and rewarded students who finished all of the food on their plate (and thus, created no extra waste) with Clean Plate Club stickers. They also finished the leftover food that students would have thrown away.

    “The thought is not to be critical about not finishing food… but to just remind students to be mindful that there are hidden costs to everything, even throwing away food,” said Vera Chang ‘09.

    Click here to read more about the Clean Plate Club.

  • Heroic

    DVD Fest and the Making of "Heroic"

    March 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    It’s everyone’s favorite winter-term tradition (well, okay, second to late-night trivia). DVD Fest exhibited this year’s 29 student-produced films last weekend. The films were screened on a projector to a very full (and rather rowdy) chapel audience. At 5 minutes per film, the event lasted two and a half hours this year. Some of the movies went the artsy route (“Paperwork”), while others were silly (“Passed Out Sam”), and some, just intentionally odd — “:) :) :) :)” .

    Plenty goes into making DVD fest every year that most students don’t see. The Carleton student film teams have only four weeks to concoct ideas for their films, write the scripts, shoot, and edit the final pieces. And this is fitting the filming around a typical hectic Carleton schedule with just a shoestring budget.

    Click here for an in-depth look at the making of zombie-short "Heroic."

  • Eclipse (Not Just a Frisbee Team!)

    February 27, 2008 at 1:56 pm


    Last week, clusters of chilly Carls stood with eyes to the skies and gaping mouths. The huddling hullabaloo was over the total lunar eclipse that graced a clear, Northfield sky. Goodsell Observatory was open for the event, and students were given access to the telescopes and astronomical cameras. The above photos are courtesy of Jose Guillen '10.

  • Forecast for Honolulu Hawaii, Tuesday, February 26

    Hawaii Comes to Carleton

    February 26, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Although the Minnesota winter appears to be winding down and the 10-minute walks through campus are slowly becoming, well, somewhat bearable, it’s no Hawaii around here — except, perhaps, in the Boliou Art Gallery.

    More after the jump.

  • Aikido

    Martial Arts Expo

    February 25, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    For the Carls who were tired of the Valentine’s Day cuddliness and ready for more serious action, last weekend’s Martial Arts Expo was just the ticket. Onlookers could escape the rampant PDA in Sayles and check out their peers kicking, punching, and whacking each other with wooden sticks — without actually hurting each other, of course. It looks way more painful than it actually is.

    Click here to read more and see photos of the event.