In the speech President Obama delivered to Congress this week, he promised a lot of things. The speech took a much-needed inspirational tone and I was particularly drawn to the language aimed at building unity from American's shared hardship. While Obama revealed a plan to cure cancer and dramatically decrease the number of high school drop outs in America, to me the most interesting and innovative revelation was recovery.gov.
- Regarding last week’s “An unapologetic endorsement of Jinai Bharucha”
- Residential Life’s decision on Northfield Option curious
The United States is not a democracy - not for the nearly 600,000 people that live in Washington D.C. These people live under the tyranny of the federal government. It gobbles up their money and denies them a right to elect a voting representative to Congress.
- First-year experience can still be improved
- Elect this candidate to the Presidency of the CSA
Just outside the building I work in sits the safest park in the world. Because Lafayette Park is enclosed by the Treasury Department, the Federal Courts Building, and the White House, the streets around the park are closed off to traffic and Secret Service agents are regularly stationed around the perimeter. Despite its close monitoring and proximity to power, ironically, this park is also the scene of the longest standing act of government protest in our country’s history.
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-Where can I discuss the new graduation requirements?
-What is the Student Leadership Council?
-Have a referendum question that you wanted added to this term’s ballot?
President Obama celebrated the Super Bowl with a bi-partisan party at the White House, ironically, during a time of bitter partisan disagreement.
This has been a long and tiring process for Minnesotans, especially because it has put them in the national spotlight - in a less than positive outlook at times - for so long. The process has also been less than flawless - errors of election judges have been highlighted, and the debates between Coleman and Franken have been bitter. All Minnesota wants is for the process to finally be over, because regardless who wins, the state will have a senator in Washington D.C. At this point, given the state of the economy, and after four months of debate, that is all that matters.
Carleton has such a boring cultural scene. It’s not that we don’t have culture. We’ve got all kinds of plays, and the Concert Hall is always booked. The Cave is the oldest college pub in the country. We have an institutionalized break in classes to bring in guest speakers. Yet rarely is there an event at Carleton that truly excites students or offers something new. We can have all the a cappella shows we want, but it’s not as though we’re innovating much. When the most interesting thing that students have to look forward to on a weekend is a Sayles dance, something is wrong.
Last Friday, The Carletonian published the resignation letter that Eloise Quinnell, former cashier and card-swiper at the East Dining Center, had sent to Hudlin Wagner, Dean of Students. Quinnell was a familiar face around the Carleton dining halls, and she will be missed.
The talk in Washington this week has been all about the economic stimulus package. Everyday comes with a new round of corporate lay-offs and what were once thought of as pessimistic predictions become reality. While it may not be so obvious living on a small college campus in Northfield, MN, outside of the bubble the crisis is quite evident.
At least that’s how it feels for me, child of the South as I slowly settle into the twin depressions of winter and the Carleton term. I know winter is supposed to beautiful and all that; I’m in favor of snowy landscapes and frozen ponds in the abstract. I understand that my life, as it is conducted in brief and moderately unpleasant adventures into the cold between steaming buildings, is not technically teetering on the brink of survival.