New Student Week Traditions

In addition to the excitement of moving into residence halls and meeting roommates, new Carleton students participate in New Student Week, a crash course in all things Carleton.

25 August 2000 Posted In:

In addition to the excitement of moving into residence halls and meeting roommates, new Carleton students participate in New Student Week, a crash course in all things Carleton. Some highlights include:

Frisbee Toss As part of their indoctrination to Carleton, where a vast majority of students play Ultimate Frisbee, students will kick off their Carleton careers with the Frisbee toss on Wednesday, Sept. 6. New students form a circle on the lawn of Skinner Memorial Chapel, and each are presented with a Carleton Frisbee. President Stephen R. Lewis, Jr. rallies the crowd, and at the signal, all 480-some students simultaneously toss their Frisbees into the center.

Common Reading Earlier in the summer, students were sent copies of this year’s common reading, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. On the evening of Thursday, Sept. 7, they attend the Common Reading Convocation and split off into discussion groups with faculty, staff and student facilitators. The common reading serves as an introduction to a liberal arts-style discussion, with a focus on multicultural issues.

Into the Streets Students will spend the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 9, at Into the Streets, organized by Carleton’s Acting in the Community Together (ACT) office. Although these students are no strangers to community service (91 percent participated in it in high school), Into the Streets serves as an introduction to community service at the college level, and as a common experience for new students. Service projects usually have an environmental focus; past projects have included clean-up work at the River Bend Nature Center in Faribault, Minn., and helping local businesses with landscape projects.

Variety Show On the evening of Saturday, Sept. 9, students will unwind at the new student variety show. With an “anything goes” theme, students have three minutes apiece to showcase their talents. Student performances range from dramatic readings to satires of TV ads to rock bands formed on the spot.