- February 12, 2013 at 11:06 am
The Jan. 23 edition of Bloomberg Business Week notes the appointment of Arnold Donald ’76 to the Bank of America Board of Directors. Donald previously served as president and CEO of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. From 2000 to 2003, Donald also served as chairman and CEO of Merisant, a privately held global manufacturer of tabletop sweeteners. “The board welcomes the extensive expertise and judgment Arnold brings,” said Charles O. Holliday, chairman of the Bank of America board. “We look forward to working with him.” Donald received a bachelor's degree in economics and currently serves on the Carleton College Board of Trustees.
- February 12, 2013 at 10:54 am
Steven Schier, the Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, is quoted in the Jan. 29 edition of the Chicago Tribune and many other newspapers regarding the changing views of Republicans over immigration policy. Newly re-elected Barack Obama's decisive victory over Mitt Romney in November with the support of more than seven in ten Hispanic voters has changed the game for the Republican Party he says. Many conservatives now look to gain favor with the rapidly growing Hispanic voting bloc, which accounts for 10 percent of the U.S. electorate and is growing, as a matter of political survival. Schier states, "The election was a real wake-up call to Republicans. They have had their eyes opened on Hispanics."
- February 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm
The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article on Feb. 11 examining Carleton and St. Olaf's recent discussions about ways in which the two Northfield liberal-arts colleges might collaborate in the future. Both institutions' presidents, Steve Poskanzer (Carleton) and David Anderson (St. Olaf) are quoted in the story, as the two schools have used a modest Mellon Foundation grant to fund the examination. "We immediately started addressing the question of how you enhance the quality of what you do, while controlling the costs of what you do, in a world of constrained resources," Poskanzer says of the dialogue, which dates back to when he first came to Carleton in 2010 but have now moved into a more formal phase with the Mellon Foundation's support.
- February 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm
Ben Jacoff '07 is profiled by the Peace Corps' Midwest recruiting office in a Feb. 5 blog post. Jacoff, who participated in Carleton's Mali study abroad experience with professor of French Chérif Keïta, was inspired to give back to the greater world during his time in Mali, resulting in his Peace Corps experience. During his time in Togo, he served for two years as a community health volunteer where he organized summer camps for children affected by HIV/AIDS and trained local health volunteers on lessons they could share with their communities. He extended his service a third year to help coordinate trainings for incoming volunteers.
- January 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm
On January 10, President Barack Obama appointed Jack Lew to succeed Tim Geithner as Treasury Secretary. Lew previously served as the White House Chief of Staff. During Lew’s time at Carleton, his advisor was former Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone. The Washington Post suggests that this may have played a role in launching his political career.
- December 19, 2012 at 10:53 am
Joel Weisberg, the Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the Natural Sciences at Carleton, spoke with the St. Paul Pioneer Press for its Dec. 19 story about the different ways the world could actually come to an end. Weisberg spoke with reporter Richard Chin, Weisberg discounted an alien invasion, at least in the near future. In a universe where nothing travels faster than light, "the distances are too great," he says, so he doesn't expect a close encounter anytime soon. Same goes for rogue planets or black holes, according to Weisberg. In reality, runaway planets or wandering black holes are so rare, they're not worth worrying about. Asteroids, however, probably pose the greatest risk to planet Earth, as one impacting the planet is "a very good possibility over long time scales," is the way Weisberg describes it. "The chances of it happening at any one time are very small," he said.
- December 14, 2012 at 10:57 am
Following jazz pianist Dave Brubek's passing on Dec. 5, Carleton music professor Justin London was quoted in two prominent articles. The Atlantic's Ashley Fetters penned a piece the day after Brubek's death, quoting London's website entry, "How to Talk About Musical Metre." In that piece, London writes "Western music theory, from the 19th century through Lerdahl and Jackendoff (1983) has presumed meter to be inherently isochronous." Brubek's most famous piece, "Take Five," though, at times has uneven (as opposed isochronous or even) meter, giving it its distinctive rhythmic character. In a Dec. 13 article by Scientific American's Evelyn Lamb that was posted on Salon.com, London is quoted widely in talking about Brubek's influence on his research and how Brubeck's uneven time signatures impacted listeners, as the brain can't process them as fast as more familiar duple and triple meters. Brubeck's complex meters also affect the "swing" feel that most jazz music gives its listeners, as they require a strict sense of duplets and triples. “When you’re swinging, you’re very close to blurring the lines between duplets and triplets,” London said. "Brubeck was criticized for not swinging, but you can’t swing the music in those meters the same way you can if you’re just in a straight four.”
- December 12, 2012 at 11:46 am
Minnesota Public Radio's week-long series, "Ground Level: Making Connections" examined Latinos in the state and the many issues facing them and the challenges they have in becoming a real part of the community. The series profiled Northfield's TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes) program, which has significantly raised Latino high-school completion rates and supported that population's college access. The program is supported by Carleton's Center for Community and Civic Engagment, and reporter Elizabeth Baier interviewed Carleton's director of civic engagement, Adrienne Falcon. "Each community has to build from their place of strength," Falcon said. "But I think the idea of connecting students to college campuses, connecting students to college students and in meaningful relationships of deep exchange is a model that is very replicable. It's about finding, 'Where else can we go? Who else can we collaborate with? Up in Duluth, could St. Scholastica take this one?'"
- December 7, 2012 at 11:55 am
The Dec. 7 edition of the Star Tribune looked at Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges' efforts at finding ways to collaborate and save both institutions money. Higher education reporter Jenna Ross spoke with both colleges' presidents, St. Olaf's David Anderson and Carleton's Steve Poskanzer. "Geography and history have dealt our institutions a hand with a special card that we've never really played," Poskanzer said. But don't expect the two colleges to share football fields or combine choirs, he said, laughing. "This is no merger." Thanks to a $50,000 Mellon Foundation grant, representatives from both schools have visited colleges including Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore, which offer cross-registration, and closer by, the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, which claim different presidents, campuses and traditions but share a single academic program.
- December 4, 2012 at 10:31 am
Bob Pagel's hiring as Carleton's football coach was covered by the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Pagel, who coached the Knights on an interim basis this past year, is the Knights' 17th head coach and will also serve as an assistant professor in the Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation (PEAR) Department. Pagel is originally from the Rochester area, playing high-school football in Eyota, Minn. Read more about Pagel on the Carleton Athletics website's press release on the hiring.
- December 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm
A Dec. 1 article in the New York Times profiles former Carleton student and current White House chief of staff Jacob Lew and talks about the key role he will play in the showdown over the "fiscal cliff" budget negotiations. Lew, who started his academic career at Carleton before leaving after a year to work for Manhattan congresswoman Bella Abzug. He later completed his degree at Harvard and earned a law degree from Georgetown. He previously held the budget director's position under President Obama, a position he also held in the Clinton Administration.
- November 30, 2012 at 11:35 am
Steven Schier, the Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, is quoted in the Nov. 30 edition of the Miami Herald and many other newspapers regarding the deadlines set forth by Republicans long ago in regards to the scheduled tax increases and budget cuts. These automatic "triggers" have created the "fiscal cliff" scenario that could occur after the New Year unless Congress and the White House can come to a budget agreement. It's a scenario, according to Schier, that the Republicans miscalculated. “Republicans set up the deadlines feeling voters would move in their direction. But in the last election, they didn’t move in that direction,” he said.