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2011 Spring Issue 3 (April 22, 2011)

  • Slam poet Gibson packs punch, emotion at The Cave

    Andrea GibsonOn Tuesday, award winning and critically acclaimed poet Andrea Gibson performed a selection of her poetry at The Cave. Many Carleton students turned out to hear Gibson’s verse, which challenged political opinions, gender normative roles in society, and patriarchal values.

    • Professor Louis Menand combined history and educational philosophy to challenge people’s fears of using the word “practical” to describe a liberal arts education.

      Harvard prof Louis Menand speaks on the origins and practicality of liberal education

      Harvard professor of English and American literature and language delivered a talk titled “Why the Case for Liberal Education is Hard to Make.” In establishing the American cultural view that all those who are qualified should go to college, Menand asked of the process:  “How much is selection and how much is treatment?”

    • Emily Foster ‘12 and Ben Stroup ‘14 act out their show in Little Nourse theater.

      A day full of theater: The 24-Hour Show Hits Carleton

      This past weekend, four student producers, four directors,  twenty actors, and twenty writers put on four theater performances for Carleton’s 24 Hour Show.

    • Coyote Grace performs bluegrass at The Cave

      Coyote Grace performs bluegrass at The Cave

      Coyote Grace, Seattle’s “radically progressive and unashamedly nostalgic” trio, performed at The Cave on Tuesday for an enthusiastic Carleton audience.

    • The $10,000 Davis Peace Prize will take Sana Rafiq ‘13 and Yoni Blumberg ‘13 to Lahore, Pakistan, where they will volunter with university students and impoverished children in efforts to bridge the city’s class gap.

      Carleton duo honored with prestigious Davis Peace Grant Rafiq ‘13 and Blumberg ‘13 hope to bridge ‘class gap’ in Pakistan

      Carleton sophomores Sana Rafiq and Yoni Blumberg have received a $10,000 Davis Peace Grant for their service project “Volunteer for Lahore.” This is the fifth time that Carls have been received the prestigious grant from the philanthropist Kathyrn Davis.

    • Eight Carleton seniors have been awarded Fulbright fellowships.

      Four students named Fulbright scholars for upcoming year

      As of April 21, 2011, four seniors at the college have received Fulbright Scholarships for the upcoming year. Jimmy Dreese, Eric Reich, Michael Knudson and Francesca Chubb-Confer were announced as recipients of the prestigious award.

    • French Professor Cherif Keita has published a new book.

      Keita releases new book about prominent Malian musician

      French Professor Cherif Keita has published a new book. Titled Outcast to Ambassador: The Musical Odyssey of Salif Keita, Professor Keita’s book treats the life of the Grammy-nominated musician, who was also his cousin and childhood friend.  He has published numerous books and articles on both social and literary problems in modern Africa.

    • Joe Sjoberg '10

      Community mourns passing of recent alum Joe Sjoberg ‘10

      Authorities have identified the remains of missing 2010 graduate Joe Sjoberg.  His car and body were found badly burned near a farm outside of Madison. Missing since late November, Sjoberg was a staple of Carleton social life in the four years that he was a student.

    • Casey Markenson ‘12, Forrest McKnight ‘13, and Lizbee Collins-Wildman ‘11 discuss the upcoming MPIRG agenda.

      MPIRG fights for college students’ voting rights

      Should voters be required to have a specific type of photo ID in order to vote in Minnesota? Ben Hellerstein ’12, co-chair of Carleton’s chapter of the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), strongly believes that the answer is no. He recently travelled to the Minnesota state capitol to argue against the new SF049 bill.

    • Mark Kanazawa, Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences and Director of Environmental Studies at Carleton, discussed his upcoming book on the subject of the California Gold Rush.

      Gold Rush wasn’t so frenzied, according to Kanazawa

      Mark Kanazawa, Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences and Director of Environmental Studies at Carleton, discussed his upcoming book on the subject of the California Gold Rush. The lecture, which took place on April 12 in the Alumni Guest House, was well attended by students and colleagues.

    • The S/Cr/Nc policy allows students to take classes on a pass/fail grading basis.

      ECC weighing changes to SC/RN/C policy

      The S/CR/NC (“scrunch”) policy, Carleton’s version of taking classes pass/fail, is currently under review. The Education and Curriculum Committee has been discussing changes in the policy and will meet to determine a final proposal next Tuesday. According to Patrick Burke ’14, an ECC liaison to the CSA, the committee is considering three major changes to the process that will affect the way students designate classes they want to take pass/fail and whether professors know who is just taking their classes for ungraded credit.

    • Mark Hansell

      Hansell discusses writing ‘universals’ in Linguistics dept. talk

      On April 15, Mark Hansell, Carleton College’s Professor of Chinese and Director of East Asian Studies, presented “Writing as Tool Use: Are There ‘Practical Universals’ of Writing?” as part of this spring’s Carleton Linguistics Colloquium Series. The seats in Goodsell were filled with more than twenty eager audience members.

    • A literal smitten kitten, a name appropriated by the sex toy shops Smitten Kitten.

      Smitten Kitten brings sex toys to Carleton to educate students

      On Tuesday in Cassat’s main lounge, a group of Carleton students passed around a plethora of sex toys as a part of Alicia Steele’s Smitten Kitten workshop. Steele came to Campus with a box full of toys and the passion to explain the nuances of sex toys to the gathered group. The Gender and Sexuality Center brought the workshop to campus as part of Pride Month.

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    • Andrew Hooker

      GoP wins D-III Conference Championship; women’s teams fight hard in Iowa; CUT and Hot Karls postponed to this weekend

      With the snow flying, late May’s National Championships seemed a long way away, but the postseason began nevertheless for four of Carleton’s ultimate frisbee teams last weekend.

    • Anne Lombardi '14

      Memorable season continues as Women’s Tennis jumps to No. 20

      The Carleton women’s tennis team is kicking butt and taking names. The Knights improved their record this week to 13-4, defeating Luther College yet again on Sunday and St. Olaf on Monday. Carleton has another busy weekend at home with the University of St. Thomas at 4 p.m. on Friday, Grinnell College at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and University of Wisconsin-River Falls at 3 p.m.

    • Danny Shields

      Baseball continues conference slide with rough week

      The Knights (9-18, 3-9 MIAC) found time to play five games this week. The Knights return home from Moorhead to host the Macalester Scots at Mel Taube Field this Saturday.

    • Jacob Hoerger

      Rookies lead Men’s Track at Gustavus

      The Carleton men’s track and field team competes in a variety of different weather conditions each spring, but meets at aptly named Gustavus Adolphus College tend to be the gustiest. Saturday was a not a day for good times, but the Carls still gave their best. Last night Carleton competed at a meet at Hamline and next Wednesday the Knights will compete either at Macalester or Hamline.

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