During the 1940s and ’50s, while Carleton College’s administration and faculty were preoccupied with establishing a reputable academic institution, it was generally acknowledged that social life required development. The administrators and faculty encouraged students to take up the task. Each class arranged to choose a representative who would then elect a Students’ Council, which levied one dollar from each student. The Students’ Council organized events such as skiing and bowling excursions. The Latin-America Club was one of Carleton’s earliest student clubs, wherein students of Latin-American origin organized lectures and films.
Cuban student Alberta de Sosa demonstrates rumba to Doris Sutherland while his brother Juan selects records at an evening get-together, circa 1954.
Photograph from the Carleton University Library Photographic Collection online exhibit called Student Social Life. We’re gearing up for our 75th anniversary celebrations in 2017. Leading up to that exciting event, you can learn more about Carleton’s history and find more photos like these at