- September 10, 2013 at 4:30 am
Bailey Ulbricht '15 (Annapolis, Md.), an international relations major, wrote a column for the Sept. 10 edition of the Baltimore Sun, sharing her views on the conflict in Syria. Ulbricht, who spent this past summer teaching English to refugees on the Syrian-Turkish border, writes "But this is exactly the problem with humanitarian intervention rhetoric of the 21st-century: It too often omits the views of the very people we are supposedly helping, one of the most important facets of any argument for or against humanitarian action." She also appeared on Minneapolis/Saint Paul ABC affiliate KSTP's 5 o'clock newscast.
- September 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Steve Schier, Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, commented on Governing.com in an article that examined if a strong economy necessarily leads to strong approval ratings for that state's governor. The paraphrased portion from Schier states that "In Minnesota, where the Democrats have had an edge but hardly a monopoly in recent years, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has pursued some controversial policies in concert with the Democratic-controlled legislature, including a tax hike. However, thanks to its economy, which is ranked 7th best on our list, Dayton hasn't faced a backlash, enjoying approval ratings of over 50 percent in recent polls."
- September 3, 2013 at 9:17 am
Wally Weitz '70, former Carleton Board of Trustee chair, is the focus of a Sept. 3 article on Bloomberg.com, detailing his investment strategies that earned his firm's Weitz’s Partners III Opportunity Fund (WPOPX)the distinction of being named the best risk-adjusted performance among U.S. value funds in the past five years, according to the Bloomberg Riskles Return Ranking. The article details Weitz's similarities and differences with fellow Omaha resident Warren Buffet, as well as media mogul John Malone. “He’s Buffett with a lot less zeros,” said Bradley Alford, founder of Alpha Capital Management LLC in Atlanta, who owns shares in the Opportunity fund.
- September 1, 2013 at 11:04 am
Newly-named CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines Arnold Donald '76, a Carleton board of trustee member as well as an alum, was interviewed by CBS's "This Morning" on Sept. 1 in regards to the recent troubles faced by the world's largest cruise line and his new leadership team's plan to make Carnival's ships safer. The company is spending $600 million to upgrade its fleet, while Donald also hired a former Coast Guard commander as its new vice president of technical operations.
- September 1, 2013 at 10:34 am
The Star Tribune profiled Eric Nyquist '94 for the Sunday, Sept. 1 edition. The Albert Lea, Minn., native serves as NASCAR's vice president for strategic development. Nyquist, tabbed as one of the top 40 sports executives under the age of 40 by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal two years ago, spoke about the challenges of marketing a sport with so many different entities (drivers, teams, tracks and events), how NASCAR refocused its branding and marketing efforts to reflect the changing sports landscape, and the impact of digital rights and social media have played on his sport. Nyquist was an international relations major at Carleton and played football and club lacrosse.
- August 29, 2013 at 11:04 am
Erik Stokstad '92, a staff writer for Science Magazine, was featured on the August 29, 2013 edition of National Public Radio's "On Point," focused on "The Growing and Global Use of Pesticides." Stokstad was part of the news team behind Science's Special Issue on Smarter Pest Control, which includes news and reviews on the plant immune system, pesticide's effect on young brains, and preventing suicides by locking up pesticides.
- August 23, 2013 at 9:50 am
Carleton President Steve Poskanzer was quoted in the Aug. 23 edition of the Star Tribune regarding President Barack Obama's higher education proposal. Obama's proposal would tie federal financial aid to a new college rankings system, devised by the U.S. government, would create a rating system beginning in 2015 to evaluate colleges on tuition, the percentage of low-income students, graduation rates and debt of graduates. Eventually, as an incentive for schools to make improvements in these areas, federal financial aid would be awarded based on those ratings. Poskanzer notes that the “obvious potential flaw with this proposal is that it could fail to account for the huge differences among colleges.” For example, he said, “a college that trains superb teachers and social workers isn’t going to have starting salaries for graduates that match those of a business school.”
- July 23, 2013 at 12:12 pm
The New York Times reports the passing of Marv Rotblatt, 85, who died July 16 in Evanston, Ill. The New York Times notes that, in addition to being known as one of major league baseball's shortest pitchers (Rotblatt measured in at 5 feet 6 inches tall), he was also the inspiration for Carleton College's annual "Rotblatt" softball game, cited by Sports Illustrated in 1997 as the “longest intramural event” in the nation. According to the New York Times, "Carleton students played a 100-inning, one-day, nine-hour softball game they christened Rotblatt in the spring of 1967, to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival on campus of the college’s first class. The game was an outgrowth of the intramural Marvin J. Rotblatt Memorial Softball League — named, according to college lore, by a student who had a vintage Rotblatt bubble gum trading card."
The obituary can be read in its entirety here.
Professor and author Scott Dominic Carpenter's new release, "Theory of Remainders," continues to garner praiseJuly 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm
Professor and author Scott Dominic Carpenter's new release, "Theory of Remainders, continues to garner praise. The debut novel from the acclaimed writer was recently reviewed by Twin Cities literary critic Amy Goetzman in MinnPost, calling "Theory of Remainders" "eminently readable" and saying "Carpenter does a masterful job of conjuring a complicated psychological and cultural landscape." The novel has also been named a "Bound to Please" title in Reach magazine, the alumni magazine of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.
- July 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm
Neil Lutsky, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, spoke with the St. Paul Pioneer Press for its July 16 edition regarding the famous Milgram obedience experiment and an upcoming conference around that topic, where Lutsky will be speaking. The famous experiments by Stanly Milgram are described by reporter Richard Chin as "showing that most people apparently are willing to inflict increasingly painful and dangerous electrical shocks to a stranger if ordered to do so by an authority. In this case, a man in a lab coat saying, 'It is absolutely essential that you continue'." Lutsky said "It's a study that's resonated in culture. You see the kind of shadow that it has cast." Lutsky will argue at the conference that the experiment and the conference shouldn't be labeled "obedience to authority." "People don't want to do what they're doing," Lutsky said. "They were in a situation where they didn't know how to get out."
- July 14, 2013 at 12:01 am
The St. Paul Pioneer Press lists College archivist Eric Hillemann's book on former Carleton president and noted explorer Laurence Gould as a top nonfiction work in its July 14 edition. A Beacon So Bright: The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould, a detailed biography, tells of Gould's overseas service during World War I, his role in the Byrd expedition (where he was second in command in the Antarctica adventure) and his 30-year tenure at Carleton as professor of geology and then as its popular fourth president. The book is available at carletonbookstore.org and amazon.com, along with Gould's book, "Cold: The Record of an Antarctic Sledge Journey," which was reissued by the College in 2011.
- June 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm
Paul Thiboutot, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid, spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Alex Friedrich about the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Supreme Court ruling regarding the use of race in admissions practices and affirmative action. A ruling in a 2003 case involving the University of Michigan Law School, Grutter v. Bollinger, has shaped how colleges and universities conduct admissions decisions in regards to race. Thiboutot told Friedrich that Carleton adjusted its admissions procedures along the lines demanded by the Grutter case and has since “sought diversity along broad socioeconomic lines in the student body, and through that effort continued bringing in a racial diversity as well.” He also referred to the holistic approach, saying, “We do not isolate out any of our applicants by racial grouping since 2003.” Since 2003, he said, “we have been proceeding along lines of bolstering any arguments we can make for the value of diversity in the student body and the educational experience. … I don’t see this as a change for us.” The U.S. Supreme Court sent Fisher back to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, stating that the appeals court did not test the Texas plan under the most exacting level of judicial review.