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Carleton celebrates end of steam use after 111 years

At around 3 p.m. on Friday, May 21, Carleton turned off steam power for the last time ever. This concludes 111 years of using steam to fuel our campus and help students survive Minnesota winters. The college has now fully transitioned to hot water geothermal power, a shift that indicates…

College announces relaxation of outdoor mask guidelines

In a May 14 email, Dean Carolyn Livingston announced that individuals and small groups will no longer be required to wear masks outside. A subsequent email defined a “small group” as 30 or fewer people. The new protocol was met with surprise from the student body, alongside a number of…

How did news of Carleton’s antiracism training spread to conservative websites?

On Monday, May 24, faculty and staff participated in their last anti-racism training session, marking the end of a series of monthly community-wide webinars and affinity group discussions that have been required since January.    The impetus for the training was the August 9 “Open Letter for Carleton College” and demands…

Outdoor events on the rise with increased vaccination rate

Reservations for outdoor spaces on campus have increased in recent weeks as the weather warms and more Carleton community members reach full vaccination status.  Using Carleton’s online reservation portal, The Carletonian gathered data on weekly reservations for outdoor spaces—including typical social spaces such as Mai Fete and the Hill of…

Local groups rally support for Palestine

Over the past two weeks, the Carleton Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a progressive student organization, organized three rallies downtown in support of Palestine. A rapid response rally on Wednesday, May 12, and a larger rally on Saturday, May 15 showed solidarity for Palestinians in the face of recent intense…

Kaleidoscope Experience prepares BIPOC students for the workplace

Kaleidoscope Experience, a three-panel series hosted by the Career Center, the Office of Intercultural Life (OIIL), the Multicultural Alumni Network (MCAN) and TRIO, was held from May 4 through 19. Described as developmental opportunities for emerging professionals of color, the panels featured a host of Carleton alumni and employer partners,…

Chemistry Department changes major requirements, increasing flexibility

The Chemistry Department on May 19 announced curriculum changes to the upper-level class requirements for its majors. These changes will affect majors in the Class of 2023 and subsequent classes. The change reduces the number of required classes for majors, giving students more freedom in their route to graduation. Whereas…

A conversation with Kimberly Clausing ’91, Biden appointee at the Treasury Department

Three Carleton alumni have recently been nominated or appointed to positions in the Biden administration. Elizabeth Watson ’96 was nominated by President Biden on April 27 to fulfill the role of Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Department of Labor. Anthony Bernal ’95 works as a Senior…

Sexual Misconduct Prevention initiative fosters consensual and intentional sex on campus

Content warning: Themes of sexual assault Why do Carleton students have sex? The apparently simple question is perhaps too seldom asked. Inspired by a recently published book, the Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response (SMPR) team in Carleton’s Title IX Office is launching a program to explore what factors influence Carleton…

An interview with incoming president Alison Byerly

This morning, Alison Byerly was announced as the 12th president of Carleton College, succeeding Steven Poskanzer. President Byerly will take office on August 1, 2021. Earlier this week, the Carletonian had the opportunity to interview Byerly over Zoom, speaking with the incoming president about her time at Middlebury and Lafayette,…