- February 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm
A short story by Scott Carpenter, Professor of French, appears in the anthology Best Indie Lit New England 2012. The piece is drawn from his recent collection, This Jealous Earth. Best Indie Lit New England is an anthology series that showcases some of the best work published in literary journals, providing opportunities for readers to discover new writers and publications, and for writers to gain greater recognition and find new audiences for their work.
They write, “‘Riddles,’ Carpenter’s narrative of a middle-aged woman lost in a museum, calls on us to consider the inevitability of the body’s decline, the regret of desires deferred by the necessities of work and family, and the alienation of growing old in a world obsessed with comeliness and youth. Carpenter’s story provides an intimate look into the life a single character, inviting us to extend the bounds of our empathy and identification.”
- February 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm
The Feb. 5 edition of USA Today released the annual list of the nation's "Best Value Colleges," calculated by The Princeton Review. The 2013 list identifies 150 colleges (75 public and 75 private) designated as "Best Values" based on assessments that examined more than 30 data points covering academics, cost, and financial aid.
Carleton was touted as an “extremely rigorous liberal arts school.” Citing direct quotes from students, The Princeton Review said that Carleton has a “top-notch” and “cooperative” learning environment and that the professors focus on teaching rather than research. Carleton received an academic rating of 98 out of 100.
- February 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm
The Feb. 12 edition of the Star Tribune featured Carleton’s selection as a finalist in the Second Nature 2013 Climate Leadership Awards. The award is an annual competition among U.S. colleges and universities that are part of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. As part of its ACUPCC agreement and its own climate action plan, the schools have set a goal of producing net zero carbon by 2050. Carleton has incorporated sustainability as a basic part of it strategic plan that was released last fall after an 18-month planning process.
The article noted several of Carleton’s sustainability strengths. The school’s second wind turbine, installation of the first electric vehicle charging station in Rice County, and implementation of an improved community waste program set the institution apart as a sustainability leader. Carleton was also selected as a finalist in 2012.
- February 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm
The Feb. 11 edition of U.S. News and World Report listed Carleton College as one of 64 schools that meets the full financial need of their students. The report took into account a 2012 U.S. News survey in which 1,164 colleges reported the average percentage of financial need it met for its incoming undergraduate students in fall 2011. A college that fully meets financial need will use some form of financial aid to cover the gap between total costs including tuition, room and board, books, travel, and expected family contribution.
- 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?'"