2011 Winter Issue 1 (January 14, 2011)
Win Wallin, former chair of the Carleton Board of Trustees and a widely-respected Minnesota philanthropist and businessman, moved on from this life, last Dec. 20 at the age of 84. Wallin was a Carleton Trustee from 1983-2001 and served as Chair of the Board from 1991-99. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon stepping down from his position as chair. Wallin is survived by his wife, Maxine, and his four children, three of which attended Carleton.
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On December 31, 2010, the fiber-optic cable that connected Northfield, Minnesota to the outside world was severed. For nearly thirteen hours, from the early morning to 6 p.m., the telephone and Internet services of both Carleton College and St. Olaf went down. ITS workers and phone company employees were called in from their holiday break and after a frantic day of work, which involved digging a hole in the Arb to access the fiber-optic cable and repair it, Internet service was restored.
Carleton alum named Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce by Dayton
Roman Catholic nun Sister Helen Prejean opened the first convocation of the term by highlighting her role as spiritual advisor to death row inmates. Prejan reaches out to reject the use of violence against violence in America’s system of capital punishment.
On the corner of College and Third sits the skeleton of the soon-to-be Weitz Center for Creativity, formerly known as the Arts Union building. The Weitz Center recognizes the contributions of the Weitz family, which remains the single largest donor in Carleton’s history at $25 million.
David Furumoto, an expert on Japanese theatre, visited Carleton College from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to give a lecture and performance in the Boliou Hall Auditorium. The lecture, which took place on January 7 in front of a packed audience, offered insight into the history of Kabuki theatre and allowed onlookers to observe the intricacies of one of Japan’s most popular forms of traditional performance art.
Reverend Maren Tirabassi, author, United Church of Christ Minister, and Carleton Alum of ’73, presented a talk entitled “Opening Doors and Hearts- The Church and Gender Minorities” sponsored by the Chapel and Gender and Sexuality Center on Monday January 11. Rev. Tirabassi talked about her two recently released books, All Whom God Has Joined and Transgendering Faith.
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Looking ahead in the season, the men’s and women’s swim teams have a doubleheader this weekend, starting with their first of two home meets at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, January 14 at the Thorpe Pool in West Gym against Gustavus Adolphus College. The Knights chase this competition with an all day invitational meet against Saint John’s and Saint Benedict in Collegeville.
The Carleton men’s basketball team is off to an admirable start. After dropping their first three games, two of them ambitious match-ups with Division-II squads in Hawaii, the Knights have returned home and elevated their play for the conference season. After Wednesday nights’ 60-56 grinder against Bethel, Carleton stands second in the MIAC standings at 6-1 (7-5 overall). Be sure to head to West Gym on Monday when the Knights welcome the up-and-coming Macalester Scots to town for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
Success has yet to reach the present for the Knights, as Carleton has struggled in conference play, losing six straight after starting the season 3-2. At 2-6 (3-8 overall), the Knights are tied for ninth in the MIAC standings. The schedule will soften for the Knights on Saturday when they head to St. Peter to take on Gustavus (5-7, 4-5 MIAC). The next home action for Carleton comes on Wednesday against Hamline, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at West Gym.
It’s track season now, but as of last issue, the long distance runners were just putting the finishing touches on their cross-country season, preparing to run at the regional competition and working to earn a bid to the national meet. The team placed fifth in the competitive field and just missed a bid to the nationals.
The Carleton men’s cross country team ended its season by placing 12th out of 26 teams at the NCAA Central Region Meet on November 13, 2010. The Knights improved one place from last year’s 13th place Regionals finish. It was a particularly impressive achievement for the Knights as they were without their top returning runner from last year, John Davis ’11.
In the wake of a 2010 season that saw the Carleton soccer teams remain near the top of the MIAC, the accolades have been arriving in droves recently.