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In 1918, the Flu pandemic arrived at Carleton; students were quarantined—on campus

The 1918 flu killed 675,000 people in the United States, with over a quarter of Americans sickened. Worldwide, the death toll was between 50 and 100 million This was no ordinary strain of the flu. According to John M. Barry in “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic…

Student journalism across the country goes online in the face of COVID-19

In the age of COVID-19, student journalism is adjusting. Across the country, student-run, college newspapers are rushing to go completely online in order to provide information and a sense of community to an outspread network of readers.  Following President Steven Poskanzer’s email on Thursday, March 12, detailing Carleton’s plan to…

“Step Back, Listen Up”: Washburn High School performs at Carleton

This week, the Washburn High School’s Black Box Theater came to Carleton to present their latest act “Step Back, Listen Up: Stories we all need to Hear: Promoting youth voices and change through social justice theater.” Setting up the rhythm of the performance with strong call-and-response chants of “Where you…

How to choose convocation speakers: a Q&A with Kerry Raadt

The weekly convocation series at Carleton College is a shared campus experience that brings students, faculty, staff and Northfield residents together for an hour presentation from experts in a variety of fields. The primary goal of the series is to stimulate thought and conversation on a wide range of subjects.…

Student production of Bull electrifies

Bull, directed by Trey Alberg ’20 and Will Josowitz ’21, is staged upon a boxing ring where three businessmen battle for their economic existence. Fists are replaced by words, no less injurious. Relentless, bruising, cutting, words are wielded with Hobbesian brutality as instruments with which to cast the weak into…

Tears for a broken kora: African musicians mistreated by US Customs

After a successful two-week American tour with his group 3MA, renowned Malian musician Ballaké Sissoko was returning home. Following his final gig in New York, Sissoko boarded an Air France flight to Paris while his custom-made “kora,” a West African string instrument, was tucked away in the plane’s cargo. When…

A close-up look at Carleton’s wind turbines

When winter winds bite and your fingers freeze in the bitter cold of the Minnesota February, you can find solace in the fact that the gust of wind that just knocked the air out of your lungs is in fact powering about 40% of Carleton’s total electricity load, according to…