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2011 Winter Issue 6 (February 18, 2011)

  • The way that Carleton’s current policy regarding academic honesty is administrated is problematic for both students and faculty.

    Do we cheat at Carleton?

    In 1937, the then-editor of the Carletonian wrote an opinion piece on the prevalence of cheating at Carleton. This ignited a response from the college and prompted an investigation of the nature of academic dishonesty, hoping to come across a solution. The main conclusion that came out of this exploration was the decision that there needed to be a centralized way of dealing with cheating. Thus, Carleton’s current system was born.  For the next few weeks, we will be exploring academic dishonesty at Carleton. The purpose of this feature is to engage the community in a dialogue about the issue and allow people to voice their opinions.  Read other articles in this feature:

    Are we cheaters

    Big Picture: a letter from CEDI

    Why this matters: the questions we need to ask.

    • Alum brings history to life: “The Oregon Trail” turns 40

      In celebration of the 40th year anniversary of the legendary computer game “Oregon Trail,” the creator and Carleton alumnus Don Rawitsch ’72, appeared on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” show hosted by Guy Raz January 29. The game, started in 1971 on at teletype machine, has now expanded to the Iphone and is set to launch on Facebook.

    • Former Carleton professor Ian Barbour returned to Carleton to lecture on the relationship between religion and science.

      Beyond intelligent design: Ian Barbour returns to Carleton

      Former Carleton professor Ian Barbour, an expert on the relationship between science and religion, returned to the College to speak about the recent movement to promote intelligent design, and whether or not evolutionary theory is compatible with a religious worldview.

    • The Ba Da Chui, whose name means “eight great hammers,” are a percussion quartet of state professionals who also hail from China.

      Chinese musicians Zhao Jiazhen and Ba Da Chui perform

      World-renowned musicians Zhao Jiazhen and the Ba Da Chui performed traditional Chinese music for a packed crowd in the Concert Hall on Feb 12.  The performance featured 10 pieces that ranged from the subtle beauty of the guqin to the bold beats of large wooden drums.

    • Jeff Blodgett ‘83, founding director of Wellstone Action, reflected on his political science classes with former professor Paul Wellstone during his convocation address last Friday. Good leadership, he said, “taps into people, empowers leadership, and take the spotlight off you as the leader and instead on others, harnessing the energy of your following.”

      Carleton alum channels Wellstone, inspires students

      Jeff Blodgett, the founding director of Wellstone Action, a national center for training and leadership development, recalled his own experience of studying with Paul Wellstone at Carleton College during the early 1980s. Blodgett described the model of leadership and change embodied by Wellstone, noting that it certainly made him a distinctive force in leadership development.

    • Carleton Players to present world premiere of Naomi Iizuka’s “The Last Firefly”

      The Carleton College Players will present the world premiere of playwright Naomi Iizuka’s “The Last Firefly” on Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Arena Theater.

    • Bridging the cultural gap with music

      On Thursday Feb. 10, Professor Maureen Jackson gave a presentation, titled “Dervishes and Cantors: Muslim-Jewish Musical Encounters, Empire to Nation,” that focused on the forging of cultural bonds between the Jews and the Muslims from the time of the Ottoman Empire to modern-day Turkey.

    • USC prof speaks on Polish phonology

      On Feb. 8, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at University of Southern California Ania Lubowicz spoke on Polish phonology as part of the Carleton’s Linguistics Colloquium series. Lubowicz will be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Carleton this spring, teaching Topics in Phonology.

    • The purpose of this feature is to engage the community in a dialogue about the issue and allow people to voice their opinions.

      Are We Cheaters?

      For the next few weeks, we will be exploring academic dishonesty at Carleton. The purpose of this feature is to engage the community in a dialogue about the issue and allow people to voice their opinions. We welcome submissions of any kind on the subject, and we challenge the Carleton community to push ourselves to talk.

    • Big picture: a letter from CEDI

      The Carleton Mission Statement and Statement on Diversity speak of academic excellence, mutual respect, a welcoming environment, supporting each other, and being active learners, among other things.  How are we as community members meeting these expectations?

    • Why this matters: the questions we need to ask

      Integrity is a core value for all academic institutions.  Whatever other educational goals we embrace, whatever intellectual skills we teach, however successful we may be in preparing students for careers, we will have failed in our mission if we do not impart a commitment to honesty.

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    • Seth Jonker

      Knights stay tied for first with trio of wins

      After last Wednesday’s big win over St. Thomas propelled the Carleton men’s basketball team into a tie for first place in the MIAC, the Knights hit the road this week and preyed on the conference’s cellar-dwellers like lions picking off the weakest wildebeests of the herd.

    • Ally Weaver

      Women’s hoops plays spoiler, gets back on track by beating Mac

      The Knights (6-18, 5-16 MIAC) ended their five-game losing streak this week, defeating the Macalester Scots on Wednesday, 66-65. They were unsuccessful against their previous two opponents, losing to Saint Mary’s on Saturday and Bethel on Monday.  Up next, St. Olaf.

    • Megan Erlandson

      Erlandson, Randolph winners for women

      The Meet of the Hearts took place last Saturday at the Rec Center and it certainly lived up to the hype. The Knights used a number of impressive performances to take third in the meet out of five teams.The Knights’ next competition is tomorrow at the University of Minnesota.

    • Joe Concannon, Ty Martin

      Men take second behind Martin, Davis

      The Carleton men’s track team celebrated Valentine’s Day early last weekend, hosting the Meet of the Hearts Saturday at the Rec Center and finishing in second place out of five teams.

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    • Mitch Daniels, worthy opponent

      For those holding political power, permanent rule is often the goal at the back of their minds – whether it is their rule, or their party’s. Over the past 11 years, as power has flipped multiple times, people on both sides of the aisle have predicted prolonged dominance for the new party in power.

    • Carleton the global citizen? An interview.

      Last spring, I interviewed Professor Michael Hemesath, chair of the Economics Department, about the concept of “global citizenship” at Carleton. I’d always been uncomfortable about the transparency of Carleton’s budgetary decisions on sustainability and diversity, and it was encouraging to learn that seasoned faculty were thinking about these things. I wish I could have read this interview as a freshman, so here it is.

    • Golden Schillers

      Golden Schillers

      The Student Activities Programming Board and PEPS present Golden Schillers, featuring: 20 student-made short films, emcess Ebuka Amaefuna ‘12 and Henry Moskowitz ‘11.  Find out who the judges are for this year's short film festival.

    • Knowledge Quest: to the libe!

      Raise your hand if you’ve only ever checked books out of the library because you needed them for class? I can’t see you, but I have a good idea that way too many of you raised your hands. That’s fair though. I mean, who has time to read for fun with all this homework?

    • How I came to be

      A favor has been asked of me. An editor at The Carletonian suggested that I explain how my existence on the staff came to be. In normal situations, people would not question something like this. But, in case you weren’t aware, I do not actually go to Carleton. For the first few weeks of this year, I actually wondered if I was allowed to tell the readers that I am a fake Knight; as though my contributions to this paper were, for whatever reason, not valid or even allowed.

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