As “Arab Spring” brings change to an already complex part of the world, Americans are increasingly interested in learning more about the culture, way of life and history of the Middle East.
Carleton students have been the cause of several complaints from Northfield residents in recent weeks. The complaints, received by the Dean of Students Office, Security or Residential Life, are typically related to students causing loud noises at night, walking through residents’ yards or gardens, or travelling in large groups and causing disruptions.
As always, roomdraw this year came with many victories (see page 10) and equally as many losses. High-occupancy rooms were in high-demand among seniors this years, throwing a wrench in the plans of some seniors with lower draw numbers.
Victim and survivor of the Cambodian genocide, otherwise known as the “killing fields of Cambodia,” that occurred in the late 1970’s, Arn Chorn Pond delivered a convocation speech Friday May 6. The speech focused on the importance of community building and emotional healing in promoting peace and preventing violence. He hoped to expand the educational awareness of growing kids.
“I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but I think that I die at the end.” Protagonist Dr. Vivian Bearing (Chelsea Lau)’s deadpan line in the beginning of the show sums up the at-times seemingly contradictory spirit of the award-winning play W;t, written by Margaret Edison and directed by David Wiles.
Carleton graduate Sebastian Meyer ’02 gave a talk in the Boliou Hall Auditorium entitled, “Photography on the Edge” last Wednesday, showing a collection of photos taken from his time spent in the Middle East, recording the recent conflicts in northern Iraq.
Next fall there will be a noticeable difference in many prominent locations on campus, as the college will be installing a new digital signage system. Flat screen LCD monitors will be placed around campus and be connected to a central server that will update the screens with ads from campus organizations as well as information about other events on campus.
Professor Malika Zeghal delivered the 2011 Ian G. Barbour Lecture on May 5 in the Great Hall. In her lecture, entitled “The Power of a New Political Imagination: The 2011 uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East,” Zeghal discussed the recent turmoil in a number of Arab countries and looked back at its origins in the Tunisian revolution.
The new Weitz Center, a renovation of former Northfield middle school building, will shift much of Carleton’s academic and extracurricular activity closer to the Northfield community. For this reason, the College is preparing an exhibit on civic engagement to open with the new building this coming fall.
Carleton’s Student Leadership and Involvement Grant endorses collaborative learning experiences that benefit the student body. Despite being an active source of funding for three years, it has maintained a relatively quiet existence. Currently, however, through the Student Activities Programming Board and advertising efforts, the grant has started to see more life.
Rice County has issued a new, stricter social ordinance that imposes more severe penalties on those who serve alcohol to underage drinkers – an ordinance that would apply to Carleton students as well, particularly those who live off-campus or in the townhouses.
As students flood Sayles-Hill during common time or between classes, it is easy to become frustrated by the high level of student traffic. However, a solution to the congestion is in the works. Last term, the Committee on Student Life began to explore the idea of creating a master space plan for Sayles-Hill. Although there are no current plans for renovations, having a master space plan would not only direct more minor changes, such as replacing carpets or creating a Sayles-Hill office from a department office, but would also ensure that Carleton is ready to move forward if the opportunity for renovation becomes possible.