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Carleton nationally recognized for commitment to first-generation students

Last December, the Center for First-Generation Student Success named Carleton a First-Gen Forward institution, a distinction it now shares with 156 other colleges and universities in the nation.  The Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to “driving higher education innovation and advocacy for first-generation student success,” awards the title annually to…

New Student Week, again?

While this winter will be an unprecedented term for all Carleton students, the experience will be particularly memorable for the students setting foot on campus for the first time. In a normal year, New Student Week marks the beginning of every Carl’s journey. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many Carleton first-years…

Winter means more time inside. How is Carleton addressing ventilation and airborne transmission?

As temperatures drop in Minnesota, students will be spending more time indoors, which is exactly where COVID-19 has the potential to spread – via contaminated aerosols.   “An aerosol is, by definition, any solid or liquid suspended in a gas; in this case, the gas is air,” said Dr. Deborah Gross,…

Campus COVID-19 action level increased to “Level 3: High”

On Wednesday, November 11, Carleton’s COVID-19 Core Team sent an email to students, faculty and staff announcing that the college’s virus action level had been increased from “Level 2: Medium” to “Level 3: High.” A key factor in the decision was the “significant” rise in cases in Rice County, according…

Carleton presidential search committee members announced

On Friday, November 6, Carleton’s Associate Vice President for External Relations Joe Hargis sent out an email requesting feedback to inform the work of the Presidential Search Committee.  The committee began meeting after all seventeen members were confirmed in late October. The search for the next Carleton president began in…

Post donates 5,700 pounds of cereal to Northfield Community Action Center

This past October, Post Consumer Brands, Malt-O-Meal’s parent company, donated a whopping 5,700 pounds of cereal to the Northfield Community Action Center (CAC), a nonprofit serving Northfield residents in need. Because it was such a large amount, the cereal was initially stored at Bethel Church, and then was moved to…

Carls react to nail-biter presidential election

Similarly to 2016, the fate of our presidential election will largely come down to how the Midwest performs. Unlike in 2016, absentee and mail-in ballots play a bigger role in the fate of the nation than ever before. Since the arrival of COVID-19, but even before, this election has promised…

Día de los Muertos event offers space for reflection amid pandemic

On Sunday, November 1, Carleton’s Latin American Student Organization (LASO) held their annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) service—from afar. Rather than an upbeat celebration in the Great Hall complete with a couple hundred attendees and plenty of food, this year’s service was a reflective memorial held…