Events in and around Northfield

Carleton Students present karimba recital

Carleton College’s African Karimba ensemble will present a recital of traditional karimba music on Thursday, March 1 at noon in the Gould Library Athenaeum. The concert is free and open to the public.

The ensemble is made up of students in a one-credit class led by associate professor of music Melinda Russell. The karimba, sometimes called the thumb piano (pictured here), is found across sub-Saharan Africa. Playing the 15-key Shona karimba, the Carleton ensemble focuses on the technique of the Wanyika people of eastern Zimbabwe.

Hotel Rwanda hero to speak at St. Olaf Tuesday

Paul Rusesabagina, the Rwandan hotel manager who sheltered more than 1,260 Tutsis and moderate Hutus from being slaughtered by Interahamwe militia in 1994, will speak at St. Olaf College Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Rusesabagina, who is of Hutu and Tutsi heritage, was the acting manager of the Hotel des Mille Collines when the genocidal conflict erupted in his country. It was through a combination of diplomacy, flattery and deception that he was able to hold out with the refugees for 76 days. In his speech, “Hotel Rwanda: A Lesson Yet to Be Learned,” he will tell his personal story about what happened 13 years ago.

By Trent Chaffee '09

To read more on Rusesabagina vist the St. Olaf website

Terrorism expert to lecture twice at Carleton

“Are We Trapped in the War on Terror?” will be the subject of a lecture at Carleton College on Monday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. in Severance Great Hall. The lecture will be delivered by Ian Lustick (pictured here), the Bess W. Heyman Professor in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lustick also will deliver the Carleton religion department’s 2007 Forkosh Family Lecture in Judaic Studies, entitled “Yerushalayim, al-Quds, Jerusalem: What’s in a name?” on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. in Leighton Hall, room 305. A reception will follow each lecture, which are both free and open to the public.


Snow fizzled but Winter Stomp rocked the house

winter stompMy wife and I were two of the hundreds of dancers who kicked up our heels at last night's fantastic Winter Stomp at the Northfield Armory. Susie Nakasian sent us a great report on the evening, along with a link to a great set of photos from the event (just click on the image to see them all), taken by Mark Heiman.

Here are Susie's notes from the evening: 

"It was a lot of fun! ... more than even I expected (and I have always had a confident sense of the potential "fit" of this particular tradition for Northfield).

The attempt at a count (before the dance started moving) was 240 people but those who tended the door said that another 35 or so came in after that! We really would have had a hard time squeezing another dancer onto the Armory dance floor..

The two things that people commented on (besides the exceptionally good musicians - they really are superb) were: 1. the mix of people from Northfield—people from St. Olaf, Carleton, and Northfield townsfolk, and the interesting cross-section among the latter; and, 2. the successful inter-generational mix (and the fun that the little kids were having watching and mimicking and simply gawking at the spectacle of the dance in that beautiful wide-eyed way that kids take in the world).

This Week in The Carletonian

Singer, Fritz elected to lead CSA
By Kyle Kramer ‘10
With a voter turnout of over 60 percent, Carleton students elected Tim Singer ’08 and Peter Fritz ’08 as Carleton Student Association President and Vice-President, respectively. Becca Bartram ’09 was elected secretary, unopposed. Singer, who ran on a platform of campus sustainability, beat challenger Cherise Jones by 20 votes.

Civil rights leader Minnijean Brown Trickey delivers convocation
By Evan Sander ‘10
One of the nine African-American students to desegregated Little Rock Central High, Trickey spoke of the harassment and personal safety risks in going to school in 1959. “It made no sense for me to blame my fellow white students for the terror that they were demonstrating towards us, but to look deeply at the whole institution which incited that and made it possible,” Trickey said. Trickey is currently a civil rights activist and worked during the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior.

YMCA Adventure Guides informational meetings

Families with children 5 to 9 years old won't want to miss this!  Join the YMCA for an information session on the YMCA Adventure Guides program at the Northfield Public Library. 

Choose this Saturday February 24, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., or Monday, February 26, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Moms, Dads, Step-parents, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, Guardians or anyone wanting to spend more quality time with their child and deepen family connections are welcome.  Bring your kids - cookies and juice will be served!

Additional information can be found at or by calling the YMCA at 645-0088.

Skip Zimmerman is the executive director of the Northfield YMCA.

Black History Month celebrated at Carleton

A collection of student acts called “We Speak,” celebrating Black History Month, will be performed on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Sponsored by the Black Students Alliance (BSA), the event is free and open to the public.

“We Speak” is held annually on the Carleton campus to commemorate Black History Month. Each year, Carleton students perform acts that relate to African American history and issues.

To read more about "We Speak" visit the Carleton Website

Written by Maureen Barradas ’09

Farmer's Market and Sustainable Art Festival set Saturday

Yes I know it's a mouthful but basically on Saturday February 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a Winter Festival at the Village Market (the building formerly known as Village School) 1100 Bollenbacher Court.  This event is a combination of Winter Farmer's Market and Art Festival. The former part should sound familiar.  This time the opportunities have expanded, like frost on a window!

If you are in the mood for food there will be items to purchase including: Honey, beef, lamb, pork, bison, soap, soy candles, jewelry, wood roses, skin care products, eggs, jams, baked goods, wool, yarn, cheese, and laser wood art.

Have the burn to learn?  Mini-classes and activities include: Plant Medicine, Finding Your Soul Image, Drum and Flute Making, Creating Eco-Art.  Also information will be available about sustainability audits and more.

Carleton, St. Olaf team up to sponsor Contra Dance Friday

Students and professors at Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges are banding together to sponsor the Northfield Winter Stomp!, a community contra dance featuring the music of Contratopia on Friday, Feb. 23, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Northfield Armory.

Contra dance is a form of folk dance hailing from 19th-century New England that continues to flourish throughout the country. “If you can walk to music, you can contra dance,” says Carleton senior Sarina Yospin (Newton, Mass.), who has played an integral role in coordinating the event. The Northfield Winter Stomp! will begin with a half-hour lesson, and the evening will continue with called-out instructions.

Admission is free with a Carleton student ID, $9 for adults, and $6 for non-Carleton students, with a family cap of $20. 

To read more about the event click here to visit the Carleton website.

"Vast Left Wing Consipiracy" author to speak at Carleton

Byron York, White House correspondent for The National Review and author of “The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy,” will present the weekly convocation at 10:50 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at the Carleton College Skinner Memorial Chapel. As always, admission is free.

Cannon Valley Elder Collegium offers spring courses

Registration is now open for spring term classes at Cannon Valley Elder Collegium, which run from March 26 to May 18 this year.

There are nine courses to choose from, each meeting for eight weekly two-hour sessions.  Except for the lecture course on Islam, back by popular demand, they are all small group format, combining presentation by the instructor and participation by students in discussion.  There are no pre-requisites for any course.

This spring's array of topics is particularly rich in the areas of literature and performance.  George Soule’s course on Shakespeare will include visiting scholar Doug Scholz-Carlson of the Great River Shakespeare Festival, who will discuss acting in and directing the plays. There will be an opportunity to travel to Winona to attend plays at the Festival. In addition, one can explore Sherlock Holmes, War and Peace, Mark Twain, and Romantic Comedy from Shakespeare and Austin to American cinema.

St. Olaf hymn festival to celebrate renewed chapel, new organ

St. Olaf College will celebrate the architecturally renewed Boe Memorial Chapel and its new organ when it hosts a Chapel Rededication Celebration Hymn Festival the weekend of Feb. 24-25.

The events will begin on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. with a hymn festival led by the St. Olaf Cantorei, conducted by John Ferguson, Elliot and Klara Stockdal Johnson Professor of Organ and Church Music. The following day, regular Sunday worship will be held in the chapel at 10:30 a.m., with College Pastor Bruce Benson preaching. Later that day, at 3:30 p.m., Artist in Residence Catherine Rodland '87 will give the dedicatory organ recital.

You can read the full story at

David Gonnerman is media relations specialist for St. Olaf College and an NCO board member.

This week in The Carletonian

Editor's note: This week we're adding a new feature, headlines from The Carletonian, the student newspaper of Carleton College. The paper isn't online yet, but you can email to subscribe and get the full stories. Thanks to Carletonian editor Jake Zivin for making this possible. 

CSA Senate elections underway
By Eric Yiu '08
Student candidates push their platforms this week, as polls remain open for Carleton Student Association Senate spots. Outgoing student senators are leaving president, vice-president, and secretary positions open for the taking. 

Bookstore loses money for fourth year in a row
By Ben Blink '10

Because of increased competition with online textbook sellers Carleton’s college-owned bookstore is facing its fourth straight year without turning a profit. The American Booksellers Association says that between 2003 and 2008 the number of online textbook sales will double, while overall sales will remain flat. The increased tendency for students to hunt for less expensive textbooks is not the only purchasing trend hurting the bookstore.

Students protest Darfur genocide
By Lisa Otto '10

Roughly 30 students laid down in the snack bar area to protest the genocide in Darfur. The event was called a “die-in” for Darfur and similar events have been happening across the country at different college campuses. The goal was to spread awareness about the crisis in Darfur. “This way is a little more effective that tabling,” says Seflana Matambo ’08, “it’s the shock factor.”

Learn about Darfur crisis Monday

On Monday, February 19, there will a Darfur Awareness Night held in the Northfield High School Auditorium. The event will consist of a presentation by Ellen Kennedy, Visiting Professor of Sociology at Carleton College, followed by a showing of a genocide related documentary.

The goal of the night is to raise awareness of the situation in the Darfur region of Sudan as well as educate the local Northfield community on what they can do to help the victims of genocide in Darfur.

Door open at 7 p.m., Kennedy’s presentation starts at 7:15 p.m., and the documentary will be shown after her presentation concludes.

CSL to host first monthly Sustainability Discussion Feb. 15

Editor's note: This story first ran last week, but I'm reposting it for those who might have missed it -- and as a reminder for those planning to attend.

Beginning in February, of The Center for Sustainable Living will be hosting montly Sustainability Discussion evenings that will be free and open to the public. Meet your neighbors, bring ideas, questions, information, or just an open mind, as we discuss and share ways to be more sustainable in our daily lives.

Please join in on the first Sustainability Discussion evening! Thursday, February 15, 7:30 - 9p.m. at Northfield Public Library Community Room For more information, contact Scott Schumacher, Board Chair, The Center for Sustainable Living, at For accessibility information contact the Northfield Public Library at 507-645-6606.

Scott Schumacher is a Board Member of The Center for Sustainable Living.

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