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  • Stove-Top

    Welcome to Culinary House

    January 24, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Despite our mutual devotion to Sodexho food, a handful of Carls have opted out of swiping their one-cards in favor of whipping up their own meals.

    Nestled on the corner of 3rd and Union, Culinary House (formally labeled Jewett House) is an interest house supported by Residential Life as a means for about a dozen residents with culinary interests to live and cook together. Sunday through Thursday, culinary house residents enjoy scrumptious homemade dinners which, paired with good conversation, makes sitting down to dinner a highlight of the day.

    Dishes range from culturally-inspired meals to on-the-spot concoctions. For Khanh Nguyen '09, "Living in Culinary House has been such an amazing experience... other students should definitely consider living in Culinary House."

    Click here to see photos of the food-savvy housemates and get a delectable recipe for Buttermilk Pie.

  • Downtown Northfield

    January 23, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Downtown Northfield Downtown Northfield

    From Blue Monday's Coffee Shop to the Reub, Division Street holds both quaint and kitschy touches that Northfielders adore. It's a wonder that more of us don't become townies.

    Click here to see a full gallery of downtown Northfield.

  • Beard Auction

    Gods of Plastic Host First Annual Beard Auction

    January 23, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    -------- Original Message --------
    Subject: GOP First Annual Beard Auction
    Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 17:53:11 -0600 (CST)

    Dear friends and family of Carleton's Gods of Plastic,

    On Friday, January 18th at 10:30 PM in Evans Dining Hall, a GOP event the likes of which have never been seen will take place.

    This winter, GOP rookies and veterans alike took on the challenge of the traditional GOP beard challenge, which pushed each and every gopper to his beardy limit. As a result, GOP now sports lustrous, beautiful beards, and we think it is time to share those beards with the world. This Friday, 10:30 PM at Evans dining hall, GOP will be holding the first ever GOP Beard Auction, and you and all your friends are invited. There will be music, there will be dancing, and there will be beards.

    But what, you might ask, is a beard auction? A beard auction is many things. It is an opportunity to visit with some happening dudes. Better yet, it is an opportunity to financially support a valiantly struggling GOP. And it is, above all else, an opportunity to shave a man's beard in whatever way you deem fit.

    Click here for more details and photos of this furry event.

  • Broomball Buffs

    January 23, 2008 at 4:08 pm


    Despite near-zero temperatures, dozens of intrepid Carls brave the slickest of turfs — all for a shot at the coveted intramural broomball championship (t-shirts).

    Click here for more broomball photos.

  • Blu Dot, <em>Buttercup</em>

    Functional Sculpture

    January 22, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Functional Sculpture, the Art Gallery’s current exhibit, drew quite the opening night crowd last Saturday. The collection includes sculptural pieces created by Midwestern artists, and whether practical, untouchable, or even elliptical, each work straddles the line between handy crafts and fine art.

    Click here for more details about the exhibit.

  • Gospel Gossip

    Interview: Gospel Gossip

    January 22, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Last Friday, Northfield's very own Gospel Gossip played at the legendary Minneapolis venue First Avenue as part of the Best New Bands of 2007 showcase. Fresh off the release of their debut album, Shout Into My Mouth, the band has already made a name for themselves in the Twin Cities with their warm, jangly indie pop and great live performances.

    A few days before the show, Shout! caught up with the Carleton half of the band — alumni/facutly member Ollie Moltaji '07 (drums) and Sarah Nienaber '08 (guitar/vocals) to ask a few questions about the show and all other things Gospel Gossip. Does Ollie still have butterflies about playing such a big venue? How does the band feel about comparisons to U2?

    Find out after the jump.

  • Winter

    Winter 101

    January 22, 2008 at 11:49 am

    As we plunge into sub-zero temperatures, it's essential to cover every square inch of tender flesh with as many layers of clothing as possible. One layer too many, though, and you've got mobility problems. Here's a short demonstration for any winter novices on campus.

    Bundling Up - Quicktime video - small (lower bandwidth)
    Bundling Up - Quicktime video - large (higher bandwidth)
  • Panorama Cropped

    Between 6 and 9 on a Friday Night

    January 16, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    In late fall, photographer Alyssa Hursh '08 took a stroll around Northfield and knocked on the door of every student apartment she could find. Once inside, she shot each living room and its candid couch-dwellers. She then turned the photos into panoramas, each with a vibrant sense of personality and place.

    Click here to peek into the heart of 12 off-campus apartments.

  • Signs of the Season

    January 16, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Signs of the Season

    You know winter term has kicked off at Carleton when two things appear: the broomball rink on the Bald Spot (foreground) and the banner for the student phonathon (top right).

    We don't know how many students have taken advantage of the the fresh ice, but we hear that 419 volunteered for the phonathon, which focuses on contacting alumni who haven't yet made their annual gift to the College.

  • Northfield Middle School

    The Arts Union: Because Great Minds Think Alike

    January 15, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    The official name for the project formerly known as “the new arts center”, “the old middle school", and “wait, we’re building a what?” has finally been revealed:

    The Arts Union.

    Learn more about the name and the contest that inspired it. > 

  • Oh, the weaponry

    Duct Tape-a-thon

    November 12, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    Cory Swanson ‘10 and Jared Evans ‘10 are expanding the horizons of duct tape beyond a mere universal fix-it. They elevated the tape to an art form last Tuesday by holding the first ever Duct Tape-a-thon.

    “We just wanted people to make stuff with the duct tape,” Evans says of their idea to hold a duct tape thing-making contest. They posted ads on the bulletin boards around campus, then provided the contestants with a whole bunch of duct tape. The rules: (1) You can apply duct tape to anything, so long as the surface is completely covered, like a Rose Parade float. (2) Report back to Musser in 24 hours.

    The next evening the students held a “wrap party” to show off each other’s creations. The hosts themselves brought in an enormous cardboard sword (taller than a person.) There was also a smaller but intricately detailed “Kirby’s Dreamland” mobile and a Pokemon.

    The life of a party was a motorized cookie and beverage server. True to its name, it zipped around the room, serving cookies to people. It was made out of a remote-controlled car and a Frisbee, totally covered with duct tape, of course. How did its creators, Nick Gazel ‘09 and John Sears ‘09 get the idea? They live in the same dorm room and occasionally have to deliver goods from one end of the room to the other.

    “It seemed pretty convenient,” said Gazel.

    Click here to see a few photos of the event.

  • Russ Petricka

    10 Questions with Russ Petricka

    November 11, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    9. Last year, when the thirty thousand dollars materialized in the CSA budget, one writer in the Carl suggested spending the money on “a bionic suit for Russ Petricka, not that he needs it.” Would you care to comment on that?

    [Laughter.] I don’t know. I don’t know if I can comment on that. Yeah. Well, they’ve talked about cloning me or something. I just enjoy what I do. I have a good time doing this, and I enjoy interacting with the students. It’s just a great job for me.

    Click here to read more of the interview with Carleton's demigod of Math, Russ Petricka.