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Carleton Infiltrates the Colbert Report

Carleton's Schiller (taken in December 2004)

For those of you who haven’t heard me talk about our Schiller before, the general idea is that at any given point, some secret group of students has him and every other student wants him. You can read about his more famous exploits on the CarlWiki.

Anyway, he use to make appearances at many of the mass gatherings on campus (always accompanied by the obligatory rush to try to capture him from those who have him), and one of the first stories I remember hearing about Carleton (long before I came here to work) was of the elaborate cloak-and-dagger methods used to change out an old, beaten up bust for a new one.

Clinton and Schiller, 2000

That’s my favorite Schiller tale, followed by the story of Bill Clinton holding Schiller up during his commencement address here in 2000. My brother, who was a student here at the time, reports that the whole student body remembered (just in time) that rushing Schiller probably wouldn’t be nearly as much fun with all those snipers everywhere. That Schiller, signed by Clinton, is now held in a safe retirement location on campus.

Schiller Reads

When the librarians here did a bunch of READ posters in 2006, we made one for Schiller, too. His book of choice was Kidnapped, of course.

Well, apparently the current keepers of Schiller planned the ultimate in public displays. They got him onto the Colbert Report last night. That’s our Schiller, folks!

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  1. 1. That’s awesome!
    2. It’s “Colbert,” with an L.

  2. Iris Iris

    1. I KNOW!
    2. Thanks. I knew that, and somehow managed to mistype it not once but twice. *sigh* Fixed now. Time for MORE COFFEE!!

  3. More coffee: Always the answer. Unless you are a tea girl, like me.

  4. Iris Iris

    I was a tea girl long before I learned to like coffee. My grocery bills still reflect that. :-)

  5. Michelle Stempien Michelle Stempien

    I have to wonder if Schiller’s appearance was orchestrated by Carleton alum Peter Gwinn ’93 who is a member of The Colbert Show’s award-winning writing team. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Go Peter and Go Schiller! Missy Burkhead Stempien ’93

  6. Iris Iris

    That’s awesome.

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