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  • Thinking Man

    Differences of opinion

    One of the things that we are quite good at, as human beings, is to seek out and hold on tightly to differences. We crave a clear identity for ourselves, not to mention one that we approve of, and one quick way to add texture to our own self-concept is to make assumptions about other people. But there are different ways of dealing with difference.

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    CSA President Isaac Hodes: On the need for remuneration for CSA officers

    We have historically had very few people running in elections to be officers; in recent years, no more than two people have competed for a given position. My concern is that we are missing out on capable and interested people who must work ten hours a week as part of their financial aid package.

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    Community service at Carleton: Let’s be better

    Ask Average Carl when the last time he went to a football game was and he’ll probably tell you never, although he may know our starting tight end from organic chemistry. We are the Division III to the core. Even our most outstanding performers are student-athletes.

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    Reflections on Martin Luther King's legacy

    Closing one of his sermons, the good reverend spoke “if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice.  Say that I was a drum major for peace."

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    An apology from the Humanities Center

    We attended Tuesday night’s talk by Lori Pappas of the Global Team for Local Initiatives (GTLI) knowing that we would hear about important work that this NGO has been doing with public health and education with the Hamer in Southwest Ethiopia. 

  • Food

    Food Truth: Re-imaging our food systems

    Food Truth is a group of students that likes, eats and talks about food and its many relationships. We have a group on campus for about 5 years now and have had varied focuses over the years -   making cookbooks, getting fair trade bananas on campus, having bomb potlucks and parties, hosting discussions, visiting farms, trying to tap Carleton’s sugar maples.

  • Damnant Quod Non Intelligunt: In response to Rush Limbaugh’s “sad-sack story of a classical studies scholar”

    In a November 1st rant about the Occupy Wall Street movement, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh singled out Classical Studies as a worthless and unemployable pursuit.  His ridicule of students who pursue the Classics is grounded on nothing but an ignorance of the field and the liberal arts philosophy as a whole.

  • A response to Griffin Johnson: On the practicality of humanistic inquiry and of a liberal arts education

    A few weeks ago there was a viewpoint article that discussed the impracticality of both a liberal education and, more narrowly, of a major in the humanities, social sciences, and certain “quixotic” intellectual pursuits. For anyone who may have been saddened, angered, or dismayed by this, let me offer a few factual counterpoints in support of the merits of a liberal arts degree.

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    Thoughts from an Alum: Conquering life after Carleton (and the world’s environmental challenges)

    We face big environmental challenges. When I was a senior at Carleton last year, I dreamed of working to make a powerful, long-lasting impact on the way we respond to these challenges. But with today’s economy, I wasn’t too optimistic about finding a job where I could make a difference on the environmental issues I care about – and still make rent.

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    Come Celebrate Food Day: October 24th, 2011

    I want to tell you how excited I am about Food Day. Northfield is going to enjoy it, Olaf is going to observe it, but I know Carleton is going to bust Food Day open. We’re going to be eating the best food, by any measure, on October 24th. Bon Appétit will be serving their culinary styling’s, our community will be sharing their wares, and so will our student body.

  • Mini Bald Spot

    Happy Parents Weekend (emphasis on the ‘weekend’)

    As Carleton parents descend upon campus for family weekend, we can’t shake the sense that our borders have been breached. For 29 weekends out of the school year, the campus is our space. And we like it that way. Living apart from our parents is a major aspect of what defines our college experience. They’re not here to clean up after us, answer every question or make us dinner.

  • A plea to bicyclists

    Please speak up when you’re approaching a pedestrian from behind on the sidewalk. If you will just say “Passing on your left!”, then the walker won’t try to make a turn, risking collision.