- April 17, 2013 at 11:53 am
Bruce Dalgaard, visiting scholar in economics, recently contributed to the article, “Ask the Experts: Taking Stock of the Prepaid Card Market,” featured on CardHub.com. The article analyzed the rise of this new-age checking account, which has been the fastest growing form of electronic payment since 2006. Despite the rapid growth of this non-traditional card, Dalgaard remarks, “Checking accounts, i.e. paper checks, will not disappear quickly, maybe not for a long time.” He says, “In part, this is a cultural demographic. We could equate checks, in a way, to land lines. Some people simply are not comfortable giving up their land line and they won’t be with checks.” However, in spite of initial consumer hesitance, experts conclude that widespread usage will eventually be the norm and that the growth of the prepaid card industry is just getting started.
- April 11, 2013 at 10:49 am
Ron Rodman, Dye Family Professor of Music, recently had his article “Dinah Shore’s TV Legacy” featured in the March 28 edition of Oxford University Press Blog. The article comes from Rodman’s recent book, Tuning In: American Television Music published by Oxford University Press in 2010.
- April 9, 2013 at 11:14 am
Steve Schier, Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, recently penned an op-ed featured in the March 29 edition of Politics in Minnesota. In his article, Schier argues that Democrats hold several advantages over Republicans in coming elections. The paper notes that the liberal advantages arise with trends in demographics, globalization, and technological progress. Schier voices concern for the resulting likelihood of “an increasingly unequal society governed by well-meaning liberal elites.” Schier argues that this system of defensive liberalism will attract many more voters than the riskier Republican platforms and to “expect an economically sluggish state and national future, governed by a defensive liberalism that successfully purveys a low-risk agenda.”
- April 4, 2013 at 10:55 am
The April 1 edition of The Scientist commends the progress made by Todd Golub ’85 in the field of cancer research. Golub and his colleagues have made powerful developments in scrutinizing gene expression profiles to diagnose, classify, and treat cancer. After completing an undergraduate degree at Carleton College in 1985 and an MD at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, Golub began working in cancer research at the Whitehead Institute at MIT. Within just two years, he and his colleague demonstrated that two types of acute leukemia, which clinicians had spent 30 years characterizing, could be classified based exclusively on their gene-expression patterns.
The Star Tribune Discusses the Weight of the Valedictorian Distinction in Carleton’s Admissions ProcessApril 4, 2013 at 10:43 am
The March 29 edition of the Star Tribune discussed how the process of valedictorian selection has come under fire at many Minnesota high schools. While more schools opt for a weighted GPA system, the road to the valedictorian title can become a strategic venture requiring careful course selection. Many believe the system to be unfair, as even a perfect GPA may not mean the top distinction for high-achieving students. However, Carleton College, along with many other Minnesota private colleges, have noted that the valedictorian title does little to sway admissions decisions. As Paul Thiboutot, Carleton vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid, confirms, “By itself, a GPA, or being valedictorian is not the critical determining factor [in the selection process.]”
- April 2, 2013 at 9:52 am
Paul Thiboutot, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid, is quoted in an April 2 edition of a "Marketplace" segment on colleges and universities collecting application fees and how Carleton goes against this trend. Thiboutot tells "Marketplace" reporter Amy Scott that Carleton doesn't see a large bump in revenue from fees despite a 20 percent increase in applications in 2013. “We, in fact, waive an application fee for anyone who submits their application online, and that’s how all of our applications are coming in,” he says. Scott figures that Harvard likely gathered nearly $2 million in application fees, while Vassar College took in nearly $380,000 in fees.
- April 1, 2013 at 9:42 am
Louis Newman, director of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching and the John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies, wrote a commentary piece for the April 1 edition of the Star Tribune entitled "Choosing a college? Here's what counts." In the piece, Newman tells high-school students looking at colleges of the important factors they should investigate when visiting and considering schools. These include alumni satisfaction, faculty availability, teaching and learning outcomes, strength of first-year advising programs, and many others.
- March 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm
Fred Rogers '72, vice president and treasurer, is featured along with his son, Matthew, in a March 25 New York Times article about college tuition prepayment plans. The Private College 529 Plan allows participants to prepay tuition at private colleges and universities at today’s rates. Fred Rogers set up the plan for his granddaughter shortly after she was born. The money in the plan can be used towards tuition at one of the 273 member schools. If Rogers' granddaughter, Kyra, decides not to enroll in one of those member institutions, he can change the beneficiary to another relative or family member can use it, or he can request a refund.
U.S. News and World Report Recognize Carleton Students’ High Rate of Participation in Study Abroad ProgramsMarch 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm
The Feb. 26 edition of U.S. News and World Report recently announced its listing of colleges with the highest rate of study abroad participation. The survey drew data from 339 ranked schools and found on average approximately 23 percent of 2011 college graduates studied abroad at some point. Carleton ranked in the top ten, with 70 percent of students of the class of 2011 studying abroad at least once before graduation.
- March 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm
Steven Schier, Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, recently commented on the state of Minnesota's Republican Party in the Feb. 24 edition of the Chicago Tribune. The article notes that after one of its worst election cycles in decades, the party is at a tipping point. Experts agree that Minnesota Republicans must be more inclusive, articulate what they stand for and not just against, and be at the bargaining table and willing to compromise with Democrats on policy issues. When remarking on the past two years for the party, Schier remarks, "I'm still trying to figure out what they did right."
- March 1, 2013 at 2:25 pm
Charles Adams Cogan, associate dean of admissions, recently published an opinion piece in the Feb. 23 edition of the Star Tribune titled, "Polio fight needs final push in places like Nigeria." Cogan is one of the thousands of Rotary volunteers who have worked on the polio eradication campaign over the past 25 years.
- 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.”