Intersections: February 2009


Carleton College updates and events for the Northfield Community

In this issue:

Update on Residence Hall Construction

Cassat Hall constructionDramatic progress is being made on the construction of Carleton's two new residence halls, Cassat Hall and Memorial Hall. Window, roof truss, and exterior brick installation has begun, and the roofs will begin appearing this month. Read the progress reports for the individual buildings.

Enjoy the Carleton Arboretum in Winter!

Winter in the ArbWinter is a great time to get out in Carleton's Cowling Arboretum to enjoy the forests and prairie restorations. As snow conditions allow we groom many of the trails for both skate and classic skiing. This is also a great time to explore off-trail with snowshoes, so take advantage of the lack of vegetation and explore parts of the Arboretum that you may not have seen before. Read more about winter in the Arb.

Carleton Welcomes Participation in Neighborhood Impact Study Wiki

Carleton would like to remind members of the community to participate in the recently-launched Neighborhood Impact Study Group (NISG) Wiki. The website serves as a place to exchange information and feedback about the transformation of the former Northfield Middle School into Carleton College's new Arts Union. Anyone can access this site to view and edit pages and add their comments. Read more about the Wiki.

Campus Profile: Peter Brandon

Peter BrandonNew faculty member Peter Brandon, Professor of Social Demography and official demographer for the department of sociology and anthropology, answers some questions about himself, his work, and his decision to relocate his family to Northfield from Canberra, Australia. Read the interview.

River City Books to Close

River City Books, the College-owned bookstore in downtown Northfield, is slated to close sometime in the first half of 2009. The store opened in March 2002 as a service and benefit to the Northfield community, but the lack of a positive bottom line ultimately led to the decision to close the store. Read the full story.

Seen Around Carleton

woodpeckerA recent visitor to the Carleton College made Arboretum staff take notice. Not for any particular celebrity status, but that the visitor had been absent for 78 years! Carleton freshman Owen McMurtrey was the first person to spot a Black-backed Woodpecker in the area since 1930. Read the rest of the story.

Featured Event

Carleton Players
The House of the Seven Gables
Premiering Friday, February 20
Arena Theater
Carleton is pleased to present the world premiere of a newly-commissioned original adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic.

Other Public Events


Modernizing Melodrama
Through March 11
Art Gallery


Faculty Recital
Sunday, February 15, 3:00 p.m.
Concert Hall


The Vagina Monologues
Friday, February 13, 7:30 p.m.
Skinner Memorial Chapel


David Quammen: “Charles Darwin Against Himself”
Friday, February 20, 10:50 a.m.
Skinner Memorial Chapel

Many More...

Convocation Schedule
Full Campus Events Calendar
Varsity Athletics Calendar

Other Key Dates

Feb. 18-19: Bargain Book Bonanza!
Feb. 21: Arboretum Volunteer Work Event
Feb. 25: Bookstore Winter Clothing Sale