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  • Current issues in CSA

    Allow us to introduce a new feature, brought to you by the CSA Senate Publicity group. With a number of uncontested elections, it is no secret that the student body’s interest in the CSA has waned. Rather than accept that students might not care about what CSA does, we wish to engage you more deeply in some of the very relevant issues we debate on a weekly basis.

  • The Ethicist Column: What ethics apply to job-searching?

    Question: I am a graduating senior and have received a job offer that is not my perfect job. Is it ethical to accept this job but continue looking for a job that is a better fit for me?

  • Editorial: Visco’s run a much-needed inspiration

    Last week, The Carletonian profiled Katie Visco, a Carleton alum who is trying to become the youngest woman to ever run across the United States. Since Visco set off from Boston, Massachusetts last month, her story has caught on with media outlets throughout the nation, and her story – though far from finished – has already begun to serve as an inspiration for young women, and young people, everywhere.

  • Editorial: How recognizable is Carleton in the job market?

    Several weeks ago, Carleton’s Career Center created “Engagement Wanted,” a program designed to connect job-searching seniors and alums of similar job interests. While the program has just begun, and its success at helping seniors find jobs probably can not be judged for some time, the program does raise some important questions as to the name recognition that an education at Carleton affords graduates. In today’s economy, this question is especially relevant.

  • Is Carleton committed to economic diversity?

    This week’s installment focuses on the College’s budgetary response to the recent financial market crisis. Does the budgetary response reflect a genuine commitment to providing a diverse residential community? No. Instead of taking steps to lower tuition and increase aid available to low-income students, the College put its priorities elsewhere.

  • Carleton undermines its commitement to diversity: Despite claims of a diverse student body, high tuition levels are a detriment to campus diversity

    In recent weeks, the College has taken numerous actions that violate a central principle in its mission statement: providing a diverse residential community. Because we affirm the great value of diversity on campus, we have written a multi-part critique of the College‘s actions. Each part of the series, published weekly, will feature a specific action of the College that seriously undermines its commitment to a diverse residential community.

  • Explosion When My Pen Hits, Tremendous: Building a Positive Community

    It’s not easy to come back to Carleton after spring break; the prospect of starting another term so soon after the frigid and stressful conclusion of winter term is invariably less appealing than lying in the sun somewhere warmer, and a two week break is as likely to have made you sick of the friends you spent it with as it is to make you want to reunite with your Carleton crew. Furthermore, given the bleak scene of campus as last term drew to a close: a school fraught with vandalism, violence, harassment, and irresponsibility, Carleton hardly seemed like an inviting place to which to return.

  • Editorial: What happens when a newspaper stops printing?

    Last Friday, the Rocky Mountain Daily News published its final edition. For nearly 150 years, the newspaper had served the city of Denver and the state of Colorado, but due to the difficult economic landscape for newspapers, it was no longer financially feasible for the Daily News to continue printing. The Daily News had been put up for sale a week earlier, but with no buyers coming forward, the ownership of the paper decided it was not worth while to keep going.

  • Editorial: Budget process shows priorities of college

    On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama stood before the United States Congress to say that America will rebuild and rebound from the trying times of the recent economic crisis. On Tuesday afternoon, President Robert Oden sent an e-mail out to the Carleton community with a similar message: Carleton will remain Carleton through these difficult times.

  • Explosion When My Pen Hits, Tremendous: Going trayless does not solve the problem

    I imagine you, the reader, picking up the issue of The Carletonian running this column and, deciding it will make some great reading to go with your Friday lunch, heading down to the dining hall and placing it on your tray as you go to look for food. Of course, this image is pure fancy, although not because it involves you actually reading The Carletonian, but because there will not be any trays there, as part of a new initiative called Trayless Fridays.

  • From Outside The Bubble: .gov Reinvestment

    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.

  • Editorial

    - Regarding last week’s “An unapologetic endorsement of Jinai Bharucha”

    - Residential Life’s decision on Northfield Option curious