With plans to retire at the end of this academic year, Robert A. Oden Jr., the tenth president of Carleton College, will preside over his final Honors Day Convocation on Friday, May 28 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. An esteemed professor of religion, Oden will deliver a keynote address entitled “Listening to Ancient Voices.”
Two years ago, a group of multicultural students of the class of 2008 decided that they wanted to have an entirely separate graduation to honor their successful navigation of Carleton’s rigorous academic and social settings.
From May 20 to May 22, the members of the Experimental Theatre Board brought to life a play by Tom Stoppard in Little Nourse Theatre, in which the past and the present merge, imagination challenges science and the timelessness of love is emphasized.
Though Iceland has been in the news recently due to its economic crisis and the volcanic eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, this North Atlantic European island generally does not receive much attention in the States. However, this changed last weekend for Carleton students with the performance of Eva Barr and John Musial’s adaptation of Halldór Laxness’s epic novel, Independent People.
With the swing of a bat and a swig of a beer, last week Carleton celebrated its 144th birthday with the annual Rotblatt softball game. But despite all of Rotblatt’s longevity, students often overlook the logistical challenges of continuing the country’s longest running softball tradition. Juniors Ted Longabaugh, Ali Melton, and seniors Colin Jenks, Jake Kring, and Kate McDonald organized this year’s festivities.
The Weitz Family Foundation promised $15 million to the new arts facility, on the condition that the members of the Board contribute $85 million collectively, including the family’s initial $10 million gift that launched the Breaking Barriers, Creating Connections campaign.
Last Friday, the Empty Bowls fundraiser sold soup and ceramics to the Carleton community on the Bald Spot. Empty Bowls is an international nonprofit project that hosts events at which bowls donated by local artists or students are filled with food and sold to benefit the hungry.
Alex compares being accepted into the program to getting a date-“sort of like when you ask the attractive girl to prom and she says ‘if no-one else asks’, that’s what happened to me”. Alex’s internship doesn’t begin until March. In the meantime, he hopes to find an internship at Minnesota Public Radio and develop contacts so he can pitch stories from Argentina.
Now that March has finally left May in Minnesota, construction season has gotten off to a fast start here in Northfield. Over the past week, new projects have begun that will keep the summer busy and most of all, noisy.
With Carleton’s expenses projected to quickly outpace its revenues during the first half of this decade, college administrators are beginning to propose possible means of saving money and lessening the budget deficit. Carleton projected a deficit of over a million dollars in the fiscal year 2012 and increasing deficits thereafter.
On May 9, Carleton held its first Edible Book Contest in the Concert Hall where a dozen entries were viewed, sampled and judged.
On May 7th, Carleton Psychology majors joined John Forde of PBS’ “Mental Engineering” to analyze commercials by employing skills acquired in Professor Mija Van Der Wege’s Language & Deception class. They scrutinized the commercials’ music, imagery and text in order to expose the appeal behind so many of these advertisements.