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2 March 2022

Ode to Joy

Every morning I anticipated with joy another couple of pages of the Voice’s special issue on fiction and poetry [summer]. I would pour milk on my off-brand Rice Krispies, douse my coffee with cream, and sit down for a 10-minute read. The variety of genres and styles, in approachable bite-size pieces, exposed me to types of writing I had forgotten or never knew I might enjoy. I have put down my doom-scrolling phone in favor of this issue, only to pick it up again to reserve a book at the library (huzzah, Multnomah Libraries in Portland!). Thank you for perfect breakfast reads. This issue made me proud to be a Carl.

—Rob Kaye ’11

A Multifaceted Trailblazer

In 1961 the U.S. Army assigned my father — a military officer and the sixth African American to graduate from West Point — to the Pentagon. As was the case with all assignments that involved housing off base, our family felt some angst over finding living quarters on the open market. This was before the Fair Housing Act passed in 1968.

A Caucasian lady leased us a nice home in Washington, D.C., in a good neighborhood with good public schools for me and my two brothers. In my last year of high school, this lady lobbied heavily for me to go to Carleton. She was a Carleton graduate and soon to become a trustee. No one in my family had heard of Carleton, but we did our research and I applied and was accepted.

As I shared with the Voice [“These Memories Can’t Wait,” fall], I had painful experiences as a student at Carleton. Nonetheless, I am grateful to that lady for renting to us when she could have easily and legally turned us down, and for encouraging me to attend Carleton, where I received an outstanding education. I learned later from a reliable source that there was at least one senior-level naysayer at Carleton then who was opposed to recruiting African Americans. So, the lady was taking a risk on two fronts.

The lady was Evelyn M. Anderson Haymaker ’21. Anderson Hall, Carleton’s new state-of-the-art science facility, was named for Dr. Anderson to acknowledge her pioneering work as a scientist. I would like to add another accolade: trailblazer in civil rights. I hope Carleton continues to graduate individuals like her, who possess not only intellectual brilliance, but who are willing to take risks in the name of civil rights for all.

—Elizabeth Davenport McKune ’70

Ask the Archivist

We in the Carleton Archives were asked whether we knew when and why the annual publication featuring photos of new students is called the zoo book or zoobook.

This is an interesting question — and a difficult one to answer. The term zoo book in reference to this publication first appears in the pages of the Carletonian in 1960 in a student letter to the editor and without any apparent sense that its meaning would need explaining. So the term has existed at Carleton since 1960, at least. The annual publication dates from 1955 (for the Class of 1959).

It was always an unofficial term in that the publication itself was titled “New Students.” Only since 2018 does one find the word zoobook on the publication itself, not as its title, but in a blurb on the back.

My sense from doing a little Googling is that zoo book or zoobook to refer to this sort of photo guide for new students is a Carletononly usage, which surprised me. At my undergraduate school (Brown), the comparable term was the “Pig Book,” and Googling tells me that that term is in use at a number of places. But at Carleton, and apparently nowhere else, we’ve been calling it the zoo book for at least 62 years.

—Eric Hillemann, Senior Associate, Carleton Archives

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