As I sat back in shock on a couch as Mario Chalmers drained a shot for the Kansas basketball team in the final seconds of the NCAA national championship game to send it into overtime and eventually win it, I saw a dream start to slip away. As a diehard University of Memphis fan, the Final Four run carried so much optimism. It had been “us against the world” with a bunch of underdog players playing for an underdog city whose biggest draw will always be Elvis. Yet, they surmounted the odds and rained on most people’s office pools.
It’s been almost three weeks since I’ve gotten back to Carleton, and I’m starting to remember what the Carleton bubble means to me. Namely, it means reading the headlines on the New York Times and occasionally discussing the latest celebrity gossip with the other staff members in the Carletonian office. At its heart, the Carleton bubble is about remaining woefully ignorant of the current political situation.
Tocqueville and Numa: CSA or the College Administration: Who should have the power of student governance?
We will start our exploration of campus governance with an examination of CSA. CSA was formed both to promote student self-government and advocate student interests to the college. Looking at the first function we contend that CSA’s governing ideology has become classically liberal in nature and attempts have been made to cede authority back to students. However, CSA’s authority to govern does not rest with the students and could not be ceded to them. Rather, authority that has been ceded returned to the College administration with mixed results.
One of the best parts of spring term is Mai Fete. As you may know, every Wednesday night, a different group of students from the senior class hosts the open invitation gathering. Thus far, our hosts have been excellent, taking financial responsibility for the event as well as being in charge at Mai Fete. As the weather improves, more and more people are going to attend Mai Fete—which is great. But with bigger crowds, we need to refocus on how to keep Mai Fete great.
We are writing to express concern about some sentiments expressed in Sam Benshoof’s letter “Farewell to Sodexho” published in last week’s Carletonian. While we are sure Mr. Benshoof did not intend offense, the letter might be unintentionally hurtful to the many fine people working in Carleton’s food service, many of whom have served students for many years. We think it is important to remember that the employees of Sodexho are wrestling with possible job losses, family disruptions or at least uncertainty.
n 2005, an idea that was to revolutionize the world of microfinance was born. As Matt and Jessica Flannery joined hands in holy matrimony, they also became the gate keepers of a powerful new force in the fight to lift the people of this world out of abject despair and poverty.
April 22 commemorated the 39th anniversary of Earth Day. Observed in 175 countries, Earth Day is the "the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a half billion people every year" (Earthdaynetwork.com). Internationally recognized, Earth Day emphasizes the importance of environmentalism and sustainability. It also reminds us that these issues are a universal concern.
In last week’s column we spoke about the possibilities of student self government. Although we believe that students should be more self governing, we recognize that myriad decisions must be made with the larger Carleton community.
The 2008 NFL Draft is upon us. Here is my final mock draft.
It was some time in the middle of talking about wind turbines this week when I mentioned that I hadn’t done the Campus Climate Survey to a friend of mine. This friend sympathized with me.“I didn’t know it wasn’t about the environment until the last day,” he said.
At the Carletonian, we share a wall with the campus security office. One of the first things they asked us upon return from spring break was, “Why don’t students lock their doors here?” The practices that are acceptable and are considered safe here at Carleton are not necessarily safe in the real world.
Earlier this week you received a message from President Oden asking you to complete the Campus Climate Survey. As members of the Diversity Initiative Group (DIG) subcommittee responsible for helping Rankin and Associates with this project, we write to add our encouragement.