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  • 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.

  • Should Bon Appetit avoid factory-farmed chicken from Tyson?

    Take out Tyson: Bon Appetit responds to Food Truth’s letter

    Taylor Owen of Food Truth makes a convincing case for avoiding  factory-farmed chicken. We commend his interest in fixing the problems in America’s meat supply: real change is indeed needed to protect human health, the natural environment, and the welfare of animals raised for food.  We share the same goals as Owen: to drive change at companies whose products fill our plates. But if we simply walk away from the biggest suppliers, we lose the power to influence their practices.  

  • Ben Hellerstein '12

    Why MPIRG? Why now?

    As students, we spend a lot of time learning about the problems facing our world, our country, our state, and our community. Climate change. Unequal access to educational opportunities. A health care system that denies treatment to those who need it. There are several ways that we can work to solve these problems, but we’re missing a key part of the solution if we fail to engage in politics — not only on Election Day, but all year long.

  • Taylor Owen

    Food Truth urges: Take out Tyson

    Tyson’s chickens are full of antibiotics, Tyson has been in legal disputes with the USDA because of efforts to hide this fact. The undersecretary of the USDA has publically called out Tyson for efforts to deceive regulators. One antibiotic cited is gentamicin, which can be toxic to inner ear cells, and can  cause total hearing loss in some cases. Tyson’s chickens endanger our health, and do not belong on our plates.

  • Courtney Dufford

    What MPIRG brings to Carleton

    Looking ahead to next year when MPIRG’s funding will hopefully be reinstated, I’m excited to continue working on the environmental taskforce’s campaign to make business recycling mandatory in Northfield, having a vote on the issues that the statewide organization advocates for, and hearing everyone’s outstandingly interesting and progressive ideas for campus, local, and world-changing projects.

  • Gracie Ogilby

    S/Cr/NC policy change not in students’ best interests

    Here’s a crucial flaw with this new policy: many students don’t know by the end of 7th week whether or not they want to scrunch a class because they receive so much important feedback during the 9th and 10th weeks of the term. Moving the S/Cr/NC deadline forward requires students to make their decisions with incomplete information. 

  • Matt Hart

    In appreciation of National Pastime: may she never grow dull

    My housemate burst through the door and sarcastically shouted, “YES, BASEBALL! I love watching baseball!”

  • WHOA House

    WHOA: House of student activism eliminated

    For three years, the Wellstone House of Organizing and Activism (WHOA) has worked tirelessly to promote student engagement in activism, politics, and community organizing, yet the Residential Life department has decided to eliminate WHOA for the upcoming year.

  • Viewpoint writer Peter Berg '11

    What do we teach at Carleton? Professors and students respond

    On behalf of the student organization Dialogue on Education at Carleton, I’ve been making an effort to speak to as many professors and students as possible about whether our humanistic coursework should facilitate asking of “big questions” about being human and life.

  • Viewpoint writer Peter Berg '11

    Dialogue on Education at Carleton: Should our professors be invested in our development as human beings?

    What does it mean to develop as a human being? Halfway through last term, what was then a few friends and I started a student organization - Dialogue on Education at Carleton - to start a discussion surrounding this issue. As our first project, we undertook a survey in which we’ve so far spoken with fourteen professors and thirteen students about this very question.