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  • 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.

  • Organic foods provide numerous health benefits.

    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. 

  • Crack House residents respond to alcohol policy: party responsibly

    208 and 210 2nd Street East (which The Carletonian refers to as “Crack House”) is not the place to sidestep on-campus alcohol policies. While firmly off-campus, 208 and 210 2nd Street East are still part of the Carleton and Northfield communities.

  • Calendar

    Concerns with academic policy changes

    On October 3rd the Education and Curriculum Committee (ECC) will recommend two academic policy changes to the faculty. The ECC suggests three changes to the S/Cr/Nc policy: eliminating ‘pre-scrunch,’ mandating professor signatures on all S/Cr/Nc cards and moving the S/Cr/Nc deadline from the last day of classes to the end of seventh week.

  • J Street

    United Nations considers Palestinian application for statehood

    The Palestinian Authority is bringing a long-threatened unilateral application for statehood to the United Nations. For anyone seeking the peace that only a Two-State solution would provide, this action is disturbing. J Street (pro-peace, pro-Israel lobby) has an online petition.

  • 9/11

    10 years after 9/11

    Periodically, we would have surprise writing prompts, which were timed and assessed on a nine-point scale. I thought that this was one of those days. It was not one of those days. It was September 11th, 2001. The story printed on that neon paper was tragically, terrifyingly, real.

  • In a letter to the editor, SaGA (The Sexuality and Gender Activism Club) explains how to avoid making incorrect assumptions about gender pronouns.

    Preferred-gender pronouns: SaGA letter to the editor

    The Sexuality and Gender Activism Club explains how to avoid making incorrect assumptions about gender pronouns.

  • Katie Derrah '11

    Coming out as willfully ignorant

    As a privileged individual who plans to go into the field of education, I’ve been especially interested in the role that people like me play in the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a system that disproportionately affects youth of color.  This “pipeline” refers to a national trend in which certain school characteristics like zero-tolerance policies, a police presence in schools, and high-stakes testing result in the funneling of certain students out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.