Carleton College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college with 1850 students. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, a small community of 18,000 residents.
These four short audio works explore issues around how college students and city-folk interact. They are meant to invite dialogue both in comments on this weblog and in their presentation on Carleton's student radio station, KRLX, and other venues in Northfield.
They were created as part of the Carleton College Cinema & Media Studies Audio Workshop in the winter of 2009 by students Ben Blink, Mala Fay, Mary Henke-Haney, Megan Lynn, Kat Morriss, David Nonberg and Roy Wrampelmeier. Ideas for this project were developed in conversation with Bonnie Obremski, of the Northfield Representative Journalism project, and Adrienne Falcóne, of Carleton's Academic Civic Engagement initiative.
WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
By Kat Morriss and Megan Lynn
The issue regarding student housing rentals in Northfield is a complicated one, but it is important to recognize where the interests of students, landlords, and neighbors intersect. Our hope is that this project, which explores a variety of perspectives, will foster communication and understanding among the different groups concerned.
LAYING DOWN THE LAW
By Myla Fay and David Nonberg
At Carleton College, the various persons and policies that govern the party scene tend to take a more liberal approach to the issue of drinking on campus. In this piece, we were able to speak with the people who were in charge of enforcing these policies. From RA’s to the Northfield police, Laying Down The Law highlights how a liberal policy shapes the on and off campus dynamics between students and community.
WILL WORK, FOR COMMUNITY
By Mary Henke-Haney and Ben Blink
Carleton’s academics and social scene largely isolate students to campus, but one thing easily lures them to town. Money! We talk to four Carleton students who found employment in Northfield, and subsequently had their schemas’ rocked about student conduct in town and their place in this community. Adding perspective is St. Olaf grad and Northfield mayor Mary Rossing.Click to Play
LEAVING A BIGGER TIP
By Cole Wrampelmeier
There are some pretty strong stereotypes about students and residents that each group has about the other. Have these just come from bad encounters at closing time or has the student-resident relationships been strained? Leaving a Bigger Tip explores the students' business connection to Northfield and how they find their place in the community.