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The Rotblatt Mystery

We got a letter from someone in Ohio the other day via our contact form, and this is what it asked:

I was curious as to when the Rotblatt Softball game takes place each year in your town. Thank you for any info you can provide…

Say what? Rotblatt? I've lived here going on seven years now and I've never heard of it. A little Googling revealed...


Ecuadoran visitors forge Minnesota bond

If I ask you to loan me some paintbrushes next fall, remember this story.

A couple of weeks ago Northfield Rotary officials asked for hosts for five people from Ecuador who would be visiting on what’s called a GSE or Group Study Exchange. In the last few days my husband and I have had the pleasure of meeting all five group members and hosting one.

We had parties, pizza, lots of driving round getting everyone to one place or another on time – and lots of fun. The visitors already had spent three weeks touring Mankato, Rochester, Owatonna, Inver Grove Heights and Bloomington, visiting businesses, observing government and learning about the area. We were the last stop and the group members were struggling to balance their desire to see everything and their desire to get home.


This week in the Manitou Messenger

Boldt Chair guest Phillip Lopate shares essays
By Kristin Fawcett, Staff Writter
Author Phillip Lopate’s reading on April 26 in Rolvaag 525 was a direct contrast to the success formula that usually equates into a packed house full of eager Oles, eschewing homework and projects to be in the presence of greatness for a brief period of time. Lopate was in residency as a guest of the Boldt Chair and the English Department. Widely considered one of the foremost American essayists and a central figure in the recent revival of interest in memoir writing, Phillip Lopate is best known for his essays, which have been collected in Getting Personal: Selected Writings, The Best American Essays and The Pushcart Prize series. His most recent book of nonfiction prose is the urbanistic meditation Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan.

Seniors show 'Caught in the Act'
By Andrea Horbinski, Staff Writer
On Sunday, April 29, members of the St. Olaf community gathered in the Flaten Art Museum for the unveiling of the final senior art exhibition, “Caught in the Act.” The show featured the work of those senior art majors who did not participate in the first exhibition two weeks ago.


This week in the Carletonian

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Wireless access will soon increase
by Ben Blink
Students longing for dependable wireless internet access may soon discover that more places around campus are in range of strong wireless signals. “We’ve recieved enough funding this year for 128 additional devices,” Information Technology Services Network Manager Chris Dlugosz told the Carleton Student Association, Monday. The devices Dlugosz referred to are small radio transmitters that emit a signal that can be picked up by student computers and provide access to the Carleton network.

Carleton to offer Arabic in Fall 2007
by Evan Sander
After an exhaustive five-year search, Carleton has officially started an Arabic program with the hiring of Natalie Khazzaal. Khazzaal, a Bulgarian immigrant, is currently enrolled in a Ph. D. program at UCLA and will teach at Carleton for two years with an evaluation period at the end of the second year in order for the admisistration to assess the future of the Arabic program.


April Weather Wrap-Up

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    I may have spoken too soon. The beginning of April did not exactly turn out to be the blessed, bright spring I had foolishly hoped it would be. We got those April showers, and even a little snow! Northfield saw at least a small amount of precipitation almost every day for the first 12 days of the month, and it rained a good amount about every third day. Temperatures dipped as low as 24 on the 6th, and as high as 43 on the 9th. On the 13th, we gained a little reprieve from the rain and what looked like another shot at those warm spring days we’d all been hoping for. But was it false hope?

    Not this time. The 13th and 14th were warm and sunny with highs in the 50’s. The 15th began a stint of warm but windy days. The warmer it got, the windier it got, progressing from 60 and breezy on the 15th, to 80 and flat out gusty on the 21st. Temps stayed fairly steady in the 70 degree range until the 24th and 25th, which saw a decrease in temperature, to a cooler 55. With that cooler temperature came much less wind. A high of 75 with little wind broke that correlation, and we were again free to enjoy the outdoors without a harsh wind. The highest temperature came on the 29th, a remarkable 85 degrees.


Free Summer Homeopathy Class on Thursday

Just Food Co-op presents: Homeopathy and Sports Injuries, Travel, and First Aid
With Marylu MillerPeterson, VitalForce Consulting

When: Thursday, May 3, 7-8 p.m.

Cost: No Charge

Where: Just Food Co-op Meeting Room, 516 S Water Street

Summer is coming, so now's the time to learn how homeopathy can be used as a first response to injuries, accidents, and travel-related symptoms. Please call Just Food at 507-650-0106 or stop by the customer service desk to register for this class.


Carleton Quiz Bowl team wins undergraduate national title

For the second time in eight years, the Carleton College academic quiz bowl team has won the National Academic Quiz Tournament Undergraduate Intercollegiate Championship.

Patrick Hope '07 (Dickinson, N.D.), John Morse '07 (Springfield, Ill.), Max Parrish '07 (Rockford, Ill.) and Garrett Ryan '09 (Mokena, Ill.) defeated Harvard in the undergraduate final, 305-205, to clinch the national title. Eric Hillemann, Carleton's coach, reports the team won ten matches en route to the national title, defeating Oklahoma State, Michigan, Stanford, Virginia, Florida, Grinnell, Amherst, Rutgers and UCLA to reach the finals.

Hope was a tournament all-star, and indeed the top undergraduate individual scorer in the country for a second year in a row. "He worked especially hard over the past several months to kick his already formidable game up to a new level, and he led the way for Carleton throughout the tournament," Hillemann said. "He was a man on a mission here."


This week in the Manitou Messenger

 

 

Kneser presents safety plan
By Stephanie SoucherayNews Editor
After last Monday’s mass murder on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., college campuses across the nation were faced with questions concerning campus security and emergency plans.

Speaker confronts ancient sacrifice
By Andrea Horbinski, Opinion Editor

On Monday afternoon, classicists and interested members of the St. Olaf community gathered in Dittmann 305 to hear Dr. Sarah P. Morris of UCLA, this year’s Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar at Carleton College, to give a talk entitled “Isaac and Iphigenia: Human Sacrifice in Antiquity.”

Input sought for land use
By Emelie Heltsley, News Editor

Students and faculty gathered in Viking Theater Monday with two representatives of Boldt Consulting and Vice President of Facilities Pete Sandberg to present their opinions about the possible development of land around the College owned by St. Olaf.


Natural home cleaning and body care class slated Monday

Katie Milbrett of Whole Home Eco Friendly Housecleaning Services knows how to clean an entire house without the use of toxic chemicals - and she's willing to share her secrets with you!

Join us at Just Food Co-op on Monday, April 30 from 7-8 p.m. for a free, fun and interactive evening on nurturing a natural and nontoxic home. Katie will also be providing easy, nontoxic body care ideas such as homemade face wash, toothpaste, and hair conditioner. Leave with recipes of cleaners you can make at home.

Seats are limited- Please preregister by calling 507-650-0106 or stop by the customer service desk at Just Food to sign up.


Carleton students spend a “Day at the Capitol”

Did you know that 120 Carleton students each receive an average of $3,442 towards their tuition from the Minnesota State Grant Program?

On Thursday, April 17, five Carleton students and a staff member went to the Minnesota State Capitol to lobby in support of the Minnesota State Grant Program. “Day at the Capitol,” sponsored by the Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC), is an annual event that provides students with one-on-one access to the legislators whose voting power can make or break this very critical financial aid program.

Students are able to send a message to the state government on behalf of themselves, their friends, and their classmates who rely on financial aid to attend college. “Student involvement is critical in helping legislators understand the State Grant Program’s important role in helping students afford college,” says Kate Metzger of the MPCC.

Minnesotans who are enrolled in an undergraduate program at a public or private college in Minnesota can qualify for a Minnesota State Grant to help with their college expenses. Thanks in part to this need-based program, low- and middle-income students are able to choose a school that best fits their needs and interests, rather than choosing the school with the lowest tuition.


N.org Book Report for April 26, 2007

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Good news - The Northfield Historical Society has agreed to join the weekly book list, starting next week! 
Bad news - I don't know where I put the original graphic that I use for the book report.  Recreating that may take... well, minutes, I suppose.

Lists inside...


Stay Green

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So we celebrated Earth Day. Good for me, good for you! Now the big challenge - let's try to stay green year round.  You might have noticed our new Green Page. If not, check it out. Whether or not the globe is warming, it doesn't hurt to conserve energy, clean up your environment and stop exposing yourself to harmful chemicals.  Heck, ya might even save money in the long run. We've started a list to help our netizens greenify their lives.


This week in the Carletonian

 

Quiz bowl team downs Harvard to win National Championship
by Kyle Kramer
After beating Michigan, Stanford, Virginia, Oklahoma State, Florida, Grinnell, Amherst, Rutgers, and UCLA, the Carleton Quiz bowl with top tournament scorer Patrick Hope ‘07 downed Harvard 305-205 to become the top finishing undergraduate institution in the country. The title was second for coach Eric Hillemann who led the Carleton team to a national title in 1999.

CSA spending proposals go public
by Ben Blink
There is no lack of options for how the Carleton Student association could spend the 34,292 dollar rollover fund that was discovered last term. Four larage scale proposals were presented at Monday’s CSA meeting, including a low interest loan to Shepherds Way Farms, a re-vamp of upper Sayles-Hill campus center, a renewable energy revolving fund, and a second spring concert.


Northfield improves its "Energy Challenge" standings

Watch out Roseville, Eden Prairie and Minnetonka...Northfield has moved into the top 20 in the Minnesota Energy Challenge!

Northfield has responded to the call for energy conservation in a big way! In less than two months as an official participant in the Minnesota Energy Challenge, Northfield now ranks 18th among the 441 Minnesota cities that are taking part in this statewide energy conservation program, and you can help us move even higher in the standings!

The Minnesota Energy Challenge is a state-wide campaign through which Minnesotans can take simple and cost effective steps to reduce our use of energy, and our resulting share of CO2 emissions. The Northfield Environmental Quality Commission and City Council are encouraging participation in this conservation program as an important parallel to the City’s commitment to the Cities for Climate Protection Initiative (CCCP), a commitment to reduce the City’s share of CO2 emissions.  


YMCA says thanks

The Northfield Area Family YMCA held its first annual Healthy Kids Day event at the Northfield Middle School on Saturday, April 14. As a first-time event, we were not sure what level of attendance to expect.  Imagine our delight and surprise to find that somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 people came out to help celebrate children’s health!  With so much in the news of late around preventable health epidemics such as obesity, diabetes, teen suicide and others, it is gratifying to know that people in our local communities are willing to take a proactive approach, even if it means simply “putting play in their day” as the theme suggests.

 

There are many people and organizations who made the event possible and so successful, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank three important groups. Our first thanks go to everyone who came with children and families - the support of this community and its response to the day was overwhelming. We couldn't stop smiling all day! One lesson learned is that we should have had someone at the door counting folks as they entered.


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