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  • Hamlet and Ophelia

    Birthday Bash for the Bard

    April 30, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    At 445 years old, William Shakespeare is still going strong.  The Carleton English department threw him a birthday party to celebrate the work of the old Bard.  At least, we’re reasonably sure that April 23, 1564 was his birthday.  There are a lot of things that we don’t know about this writer, but we do know that he wrote a body of really good plays (Christopher Marlowe conspiracy theories aside).  For the occasion, the English department performed some of his most famous scenes.


  • The Supercharged Stylistic Superweapon

    The 24 Hour Show

    April 28, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Brainstorming.  Plot-mapping.  Scriptwriting.  Snack-eating.  Script-editing.  Nap-taking.  Prop-finding.  Line-memorizing.  Costume-crafting.  Script-interpreting.  Action-directing.  Dress-rehearsing.  Last-minute-panicking.  PERFORMANCE!

    The 24 Hour Show completes all of these stages of show-production in, as you might suspect, 24 hours.  The basic plot of the show is not even conceived at 8:00 Friday evening, and at 8:00 Saturday evening, the curtain rises and it is performed.

    Here's a look at the planning, practicing, and production of this year's 24 Hour Show.

  • Doctor Linguo

    The 24 Hour Show Photos

    April 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    We've got so much neat stuff to show you about the 24 Hour Show that happened third weekend (two Shout staff members were writers for the production) that we're splitting the article into a two-parter.  So sit back, relax and enjoy these photos of Carls' hastily-written antics.  An article about the show is right above this one.

    The 24-Hour Show Photo Gallery

  • Food Chemistry Comps

    Food Chemistry: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Acrylamide and Enjoy the Flavor

    April 23, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    We were informed that there would be muppets involved.

    It was clear from the start that Eamon Flynn, Sarah Kunelius, Kristine Mackin, Kevin Tell, Sarah Toews, and Xia Xiong’s talk Friday before last was not going to be a typical chemistry comps presentation.  For one thing, most comps groups in the Chemistry Department do an in-depth study of the work of a particular chemist, who they get to meet at the end of the year.  This group was given a field: food chemistry.


  • Drums on the Bald Spot

    April 21, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Students took advantage of the beautiful weather on Friday to play music on the Bald Spot.

    Drum Ensemble 

  • Graveyard Restoration

    ACT Graveyard Restoration

    April 16, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Carleton students are notorious for keeping packed schedules, so many of us can’t afford the one or two or several hours a week it takes to participate in a regular volunteer program through the ACT office.  That’s where the ACT one-time-volunteers mailing list steps in.  For students who can spare an hour every now and then, this list offers the opportunity to get involved in some pretty interesting volunteer projects.  Ever wanted to restore the graveyard of an abandoned frontier town?

    That's what a few student volunteers did.

  • The Last Patch

    The Final Patch

    April 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Winter has been vanquished.  On the Bald Spot, groups of students in shorts and t-shirts lie happily in the rays of the spring sun.  But one tiny patch of snow has managed to cling to life despite the hot weather.  What is it thinking?  Doesn't it know winter is over?  Exclusive interview with the infamous patch inside!

    Read it here.

  • Laura MacKenzie and Dáithí Sproule

    An Air for Carleton

    April 15, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Irish and Scottish traditional musicians Dáithí Sproule and Laura MacKenzie performed to a rapt audience in the Concert Hall last weekend.

    Read on...

  • Viruses vs. Cancer: Go Viruses!

    April 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    The measles virus is definitely not fun to have in your body when it is attacking your cells and using them to make more of itself. You probably consider it as an enemy. But have you ever thought about the power that would be at your fingertips if you MADE FRIENDS WITH the measles? If you could somehow win a virus over to your side and hire it out as a mercenary to take down much nastier microscopic menaces- like cancer cells? Dr. David Dingli, of the Mayo Clinic Department of Molecular Medicine, has thought about this a lot. More details inside.

  • Faculty Show Spring 2009

    Natural Resourcery

    April 9, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Last Friday, the Art Gallery opened its spring exhibition, “Natural Resourcery.”  To generate the collection, six Carleton Art Department professors were challenged to go outdoors to find inspiration for their work.  Trained in different media and styles, each one took a very different approach to the challenge.

    The work...

  • Solar Energy

    Chemists Save the World!

    April 8, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Or at least Nate Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry from Caltech, believes that they are going to.  Dr. Lewis has a rather remarkable résumé, including being listed as the 17th most influential person of the year by Rolling Stone Magazine.  His website says that “His research interests include artificial photosynthesis and electronic noses.”  Though electronic noses must be utterly fascinating, the reason for the talk he gave last Thursday was something far more serious: global warming.

    The scale of the problem...

  • April Showers

    Freak Heat Wave Sweeps Minnesota

    April 1, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Ordinary citizens across the state woke up stunned this morning at the sizzling temperatures outside their doors.  The weather has broken all sorts of records for a day this early in April, with generally clear skies and some locations reporting highs approaching 90º.  The freak heat wave has people scrambling for their summer clothing.  It has even caused a number of traffic accidents as Minnesotans would rather gawk out of their passenger windows in wonderment rather than pay attention to the road.

    Breaking news...