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The Week of March 6, 2016

Why liberal arts grads are perfect hires in the tech sector

In a recent post on Inc. magazine's website, Cyprus-based blogger, reporter, and owner of the awesome Twitter handle #EntryLevelRebel, shared a story first published by the Harvard Business Review in January that makes the case that liberal arts majors are desperately needed in the tech sector. Read the story.


6,785 pounds of e-waste collected
Last week the Office of Sustainability and ISR partnered to offer an e-waste drive for students, staff, faculty, and their families. A total of 6,785 pounds of electronic waste was collected through the Mayer Hall lobby by student volunteers, Lindsay Chapman, sustainability coordinator, and Drew Gracyalny, technology support coordinator. Among the favorite items donated were a Top Gun video game joystick, a mini megaphone, and a Macintosh Classic II computer. On Friday, many last-minute donations came in before 10 a.m., and students organized e-waste into specific types, such as cords, printers, monitors, laptops. Beloit’s partner, Randy Klein from Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers, drove a 26 ft.-long moving truck to campus, which ISR and volunteers filled at the Pearsons Hall loading dock. What happens to the e-waste now? Just one example, according to Klein, is the pile of tangled electronic cords collected last week. They’ll be stripped of their copper, which will be sent to a smelter for recycling. The plastic cord casings are usually sold to paving companies who incorporate the plastic chips into asphalt for highways. The Office of Sustainability wants to thank everyone who volunteered or donated to this drive.

Students take CPR and first aid classes
On Wednesday and Thursday night last week around 20 students filed into the multipurpose room in the Sports Center for an uncommon night class. They were there to participate in CPR and first aid certification courses led by head athletic trainer Andy Weir. This opportunity was co-sponsored by the Health and Wellness Center and the Office of Sustainability. Besides making campus safer for everyone, these skills may set participating students apart as they apply for jobs and internships. More certification courses are being planned for the future. Stay tuned to the Terrarium for more information.

Hear poet Robert Creeley talk "Poetry and Magic" at Beloit College
A 1970 recording of poet Robert Creeley’s visit to Beloit College has surfaced online via the Modern Literature Collection in the Special Collections at Washington University in St. Louis. The talk, titled “Poetry and Magic,” has the man called “one of the most important and influential American poets of the 20th century” talking about his work, his background and, well, the magic of poetry. Creeley died in 2005. You can also see the program from his visit here.

The majesty of the arts
Need a fascinating quick read for your spring break to help keep your mind sharp? Look no further than this editorial published in the New York Times! Written by Arnold Brown, a professor of comparative literature at Brown University, the piece explores the eternal importance of the humanities even as STEM fields continue to dominate the job sector. Check out the piece here.

Museum Mondays 

Unearthing the artist within
Kids enrolled at The Richardson School, an alternative, therapeutic day school for children with specialized needs, collaborated with a Beloit student and the Wright Museum to express themselves through art. Their work will be shown starting on Thursday with a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Wright. Read more about this inspiring partnership.

Shout Out....

… to English Professor Tamara Ketabgian, who appeared last week in an NPR story on tea time culture, offering a history lesson on how the drink became a daytime, work-hours staple.

… to Women's Basketball: Lana Wieseman’16 was named the MWC Player of the Year, only the fifth Buccaneer women's player to earn the honor. The all-time leading scorer in Beloit women's history (1,639 points), she led the team in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, and blocked shots. She also broke her own season points record with 475. Career-wise, in addition to her points total, she ranked in the top five in five other categories.

… to Men's Basketball: Steve McAfee’16 was named First Team All-MWC honors. The third-leading scorer in Beloit men's basketball history (1,598 points), he led the team in scoring and rebounding while shooting 51 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from three-point and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. He had 19 career double-doubles, 10 this season. In addition to his career points total, he finishes ranked in the top five in three other categories.

… to Indoor Track & Field (all results from the MWC Indoor Championships on Feb. 26-27): Beloit records were set by the women’s distance medley relay of Ellie Waddle’17, Sophia Miliotis’19, Melissa Pelkey’19 and Emma Koenig’16; George Gray’16 in the 800m; and the men’s 4x400m Relay of Matt Kreiser’16, George Gray’16, Jack Klobucar’19, and Jose Gutierrez’19.

… to All-MWC honors (top-3 finishers in each event) went to: George Gray’16, second in the mile; Jacob Gray’16, third in the 5000m; the women’s sprint medley relay of Angie Earley’16, Miliotis, Pelkey, and Waddle, who finished third; the previously mentioned women's distance medley relay, who finished second; Aleeshah Heinzen’19, second in the triple jump; and the men’s distance medley relay of George Gray’16, Kreiser, Klobucar, and Jacob Gray’16, who were third.

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