All Around the Liberal Arts

By Jakob Wartman

Wellesley College No Harold guarding this chicken coup

It looks like Wellesley College is in desperate need for a food service worker as dedicated as CafAFAc Mac’s Harold. The Wellesley News estimates that over $25,000 worth of food has been stolen from the newly constructed Wang Dining Center. To combat the rise in theft, the college established the Dining Services Advisory Board designed to “come up with an awareness initiative to enlighten people about the costs of their actions.” Director of Dining Services Phil Harty took action personally monitoring the to-go refrigerator and saw the number of unpaid sushi boxes drop from fourteen to only three.

Yale University

Investing carelessly with super-sized endowment

Macalester isn’t the only college that is having problems considering or enacting socially responsible investments. The Yale Daily News reports that Yale University has not shifted toward socially responsible investing despite public pressure and an announcement that Yale would likely divest from companies with human rights violations. Last year, Yale (with an endowment over $15 billion) led all universities in investment returns. Jud Koss, a spokesman for Commonfund, a nonprofit financial firm, which established a socially responsible fund for Universities said, “We went to the trouble to establish a fund, and nobody showed up. It sounded like a benevolent and worldly thing to do, but schools looked at the returns from other socially responsible funds and decided it wasn’t worth it.”

Oberlin College

Women’s Rugby takes after the Full Monty

Streaking, Mac’s most enduring tradition, appears to have competition for most scandalous institution after the Oberlin College women’s rugby team released its 2006 calendar. The Oberlin Review reports that while snow may be on the ground, students now have a sultry means of counting down the days till spring with monthly photos featuring rugby players posing–naked. The team realized the possible repercussions of the calendar and discussed its purpose and possible misinterpretation with many Oberlin staff members. The team published a disclaimer to disassociate the calendar from stereotypical nude calendars: “In a society that brands female competitive sports athletes as masculine, this calendar parodies the standard beauty myth, by juxtaposing the concept of the seductive and submissive pinup with images of women who assert themselves not only as strong athletes, but also as empowered women.