St. Olaf students and faculty members turned out to participate in the American Red Cross blood drive on Monday and Tuesday. It was one of two blood drives sponsored annually by the Blue Key Honor Society.
On Sept. 14, an iPod music player was stolen from an unlocked room in Hoyme Hall. The next day, Sept. 15, a digital camera was stolen from another unlocked Hoyme room. A few weeks later on Oct. 3, the concession stand at Manitou Field was burgled of $150-200 worth of candy and soft drinks.
Students and faculty joined in the Valhalla room Tuesday for a "Religion and Sexuality" panel and discussion as part of "Coming Out Week," which occurred Oct. 10-17. The panel consisted of a Protestant student, a Catholic student and an atheist student who discussed their personal experiences.
Planning for the new Science Center, a project discussed since the mid 90s, appears to be on track for construction to begin in spring 2007. Presently, a complex, two-part planning program is making progress toward construction. This program includes finalizing the design of the building as well as raising funds for the project.
At the Senate meeting Oct. 6, senators discussed a change in the Campus Activities and Programs (CAP) fee, money that comes out of students' tuition to fund various on-campus programs, and listened to Institutional and Instructional Technologies (IIT) directors detail current campus-wide initiatives.
Richard Hillman, professor emeritus of political science at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., spoke to students and faculty last week about the dynamic and often controversial leaders of Venezuela and Cuba, Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, respectively.
Each semester, an average of more than 800 students leave Northfield to participate in a diverse array of off-campus educational opportunities. In January, many students capitalize on the unique Interim schedule to study for one month in programs like Arts in Vienna or Economic Progress in China.
In the six weeks since students returned to campus for the semester, the Northfield area has seen some severe lightning storms. This is not unusual for the area, which typically has this type of weather in the summer months. However, safety is an issue for Residence Life when severe weather strikes, whether it be lightning, wind, tornadoes or blizzards.