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  • The pointlessness of running for CSA

    The whole idea of student body elections is largely a waste of time. I for one definitely derive more satisfaction from the humor of the process than I do from having the opportunity to exercise my democratic right to vote. I smirk at the posters, laugh to myself that there is actually a debate, and gain satisfaction from imagining people spending valuable time at a computer writing these platforms that few read.

  • Why you should vote for me - Jinai Bharucha

    Just in case you’ve missed the posters and facebook groups, CSA Senate hopefuls are running campaigns for Senator, President, Vice President, and Treasurer positions. In fact, I happen to be running for Vice President and I’m writing to ask you to take 10 seconds of your time to vote for me on csa.carleton.edu.

  • Why I'm Running - Robert Stephens

    The purpose of this platform is to communicate my experience, my plans, and the reason I am running for CSA Vice-President. Serving as both a senator and member of the budget committee, I have direct experience with both bodies over which the Vice-President presides. This experience will enable me to accomplish a variety of policy objectives.

  • A letter from the Director of Hope Fund Director

    I am the President of the Hope Fund. I am also a Quaker, deeply dedicated to non-violence and deeply dedicated to a just and peaceful solution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict-- an Israeli state, a viable Palestinian state with 1967 borders, and a shared Jerusalem, living together as good neighbors with each other.

  • Why you should vote for Joe Fabeetz

    Education. Have you ever been burned trying to know her? Raw sex, as they say, is better than cooked. Look around you. If you've any taste left at all you'll realize that there's no taste left at all. The once raw flesh is now bland and overcooked.

  • The crime of the century: with liberty and justice

    Rod Blagojevich, last Thursday, lost his job as governor of Illinois. Impeached for attempting to sell former Senator Barack Obama's seat to the highest bidder, the former governor leaves behind a legacy of shallowness, callousness, and utter incompetence. However, his sham of a trial leaves a legacy of political pandering.

  • My views on Israel, Gaza, and the possibility of peace

    I would like to start by thanking Katie Blanchard and Dan Curme for opening up the discussion about the Gaza war on campus in a way that allowed the conversation to continue and in a way that did not simply deteriorate into hostility as it so easily could have. It is never healthy to try to ignore festering and inevitable controversy or conflict. Thus, I am writing this in order to continue this debate and to present another viewpoint.

  • Turn off the light and make a big change

    It sounded fun, competing against the other dorms to save energy during the month of February and possibly getting a pizza party or something out of it. She made all the right jokes about showering together and doing it in the dark, etc. Over the next few days, we went through and plugged everything into surge protectors, got some CFLs, and hung out in the dark.

  • No better time than now to organize

    I graduated from Carleton College last June and knew that I was going into this year's Green Corps class of 2009. Entering this “Field School for Environmental Organizing,” I knew that I would be working on environmental campaigns in 3-5 cities throughout this year. I knew that I would gain skills to continue working in the environmental movement in my career. I even knew that I would have fun and get a lot accomplished.

  • Gender Pay Inequality

    Equal pay has been an issue for women for decades and even in this 21st century, studies show that the wage gap between men and women is worsening. Currently, women only make 80% of the salary that their male peers are receiving.

  • Letter from Elouise Quinnell

    The Carletonian has obtained a copy of a resignation letter that Elouise Quinnel, former cashier at the East Dining Center, sent to Carleton. It is printed here in its entirety.

  • A senior’s frustration

    Over winter break I worked at my parents’ retail store, which meant that literally every day I would be called over and introduced to beaming strangers who hadn’t seen me since I was knee-high. The conversation always included the following:

    “So, what year are you in college?”

    “A senior.”

    “Ohhh, a senior.” [Here came a big, knowing smile.] “And what are you going to do next year?”