Admission to Carleton gave me many things: a decal on my car, a newfound appreciation for Madonna’s brilliant “Like a Prayer,” an understanding of where my t-shirt comes from, an introduction to step-aerobics, and so much more. But perhaps the greatest thing Carleton has given me thus far is a name: grossmah.
It's that time of the year - the weather is starting to turn, homework is starting to take a toll on our physical well-being, and sleep is difficult to come by. Some of you incoming freshman may be intimidated by the work load. Many students here, as we all know, are not from Minnesota, or even the United States for that matter, and adjusting to this college thing may be difficult. I'm sure I am not the only one here who has felt stressed out or had doubts run through my mind about whether or not I am capable of balancing my various extra-curricular activities.
This is part one of a two part series in which we present Mr. Hunter’s speech in its entirety. Part two will be presented in next week’s edition of The Carletonian.
- An old Latin proverb states that, “Times change and we change with them.” Indeed, as The Carletonian begins its 129th year as a student-run publication, this proverb rings as true today as it must have centuries ago.
- Thoughtful and reflective conversations are a cornerstone of the Carleton experience.
- As many Carls probably know by now, last Spring Carleton was named one of the ten greenest colleges in America by Forbes Magazine. For anyone familiar with the student body this is not surprising, as Carleton students have consistently shown great concern for environmental issues ranging from climate change to the proliferation of invasive species. To further encourage this philosophy the school offers both curricular and extracurricular programs that actively encourage environmentalism.
- In front of the townhouses it says, “Do YOU Feel Safe at Carleton?” You know what? For years I didn’t. I would spend time alone in my room after the incident, afraid, terrified, feeling very marginalized. But with Carleton’s help I began to feel better. And safer. Don’t take that away from me.
This week we embark on a new journey to a higher echelon of journalistic integrity, straight into the heavenly realm of “Dear Abby.” That’s right. This week I will give you my unadulterated, infallible, and really, really, ridiculously intelligent advice.
We, the members of the first Carleton cohort known as FOCUS, Focusing On CUltivating Scientists, want to introduce ourselves and the second FOCUS cohort (class of 2012). FOCUS is a cohort geared towards helping develop science skills in students coming from different backgrounds. For us, the term science includes math, computer science, psychology and all of the natural sciences.
I don’t know what your siblings have been up to lately, but my sister Carolyn has been busy making national headlines. While I affectionately refer to her as the Junior National Snowshoe Champion of 2007, currently she is known as the girl responsible for the suspension of 13 varsity lacrosse boys.
“Ka’ak,” or “kaak,” in an Arabic context refers to “several different types of baked goods.” So it makes sense that building a story around someone wanting a bigger “ka’ak” is hilarious, especially if you’re twelve years old and get the giggles from saying naughty words.
Two weeks from tomorrow, the Class of 2008 will receive their diplomas, and it will signal the end of an era for them. College will become a memory best embodied by some Will Ferrell movie, and they will move on to leading their important lives as distinguished alumni. Carleton, for them, will be freeze-framed as they remember it, but the place that exists in our collective consciousness will change a little more as another year passes by.