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  • Carleton should not sponsor the National Merit Scholarship program

    Over the past few weeks, Ryan McLaughlin and I have published articles exposing the College’s hypocritical budgetary priorities. We have shown that the College has failed to limit operating costs and allocate sufficient funds to financial aid. In this article, I examine a serious inequity in the College’s financial aid process. I argue that Carleton’s sponsorship of the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) is both outmoded and unfair.

  • Vote “Yes” on MPIRG

    We are always grateful for the opportunity to talk with other Carleton students about the work that MPIRG does, on our campus and across the state, to fight for a more just and more sustainable world.

  • Editorial: Redefining expectations placed on mothers

    Mothers in the United States face the judgments of a culture that hesitates to consider the work of a mother as a legitimate job. There exists a general acknowledgement that the “work of a mother is never done” and yet there remains a crippling double standard faced by women who choose to become mothers.

  • An open letter from President Rob Oden

    To the Carletonian:

    Continuing our many and lengthy budget conversations as we are, I want today to pause to acknowledge with signal gratitude the way the Carleton community has responded to the difficult, perhaps uniquely difficult, set of financial challenges the College faces today. The steps we have taken and those we will need to take have required us to come together with a renewed sense of purpose, and I have rarely, in twenty years of leading educational institutions, seen joint resolve and commitment like that offered by so many in the Carleton community of late.

  • Vote “No” on MPIRG

    By Lindsey Shaughnessy, Caitlin Fleming,
    and Pablo Kenney

    With CSA elections in sight, it is time for MPIRG to prove to the Carleton student body that the organization deserves its yearly revenue of nearly $13,000. This money is taken directly from Carleton students through a yearly $7.50 refusable/refundable fee (RRF), and put into the coffers of MPIRG’s state-wide office. We are asking the student body to vote “NO” on the MPIRG referendum question in two weeks, in order to inspire MPIRG to greater effectiveness, productivity, and accountability at Carleton.

  • Facebook Fanning: A new craze that must be stopped

    I write today on an issue of little interest and even less importance. No, I’m not complaining about tray-less lunches or about backpacks in the LDC; this issue is one of even greater insignificance. Today, with your leave, I wish to kvetch to you about latest mildly-irksome fad to worm its way onto Facebook. I speak, of course, of the “Fan” craze.

  • Swine Flu outbreak requires diligence

    Over the weekend, several cases of the Swine Flu emerged in Mexico. Since that time, over a hundred have died in that country, while in the U.S. more and more cases are being reported. In Minnesota this past week, the first confirmed case of the Flu was reported, and more are expected.

    Despite the rapid nature of this outbreak, authorities have stressed that there is no need for panic. Authorities in America have stressed that they are confident that the outbreak can be contained.

  • Economic diversity is a top priority at Carleton

    Dear Editor,

    We would like to commend Ryan McLaughlin ’08 and Jacob Schak ’09 for their demonstrated commitment to Carleton’s economic diversity as well as their apparent engagement in substantive campus issues such as next year’s budget process, as expressed in their op-ed in April 17th’s Carletonian. The op-ed asks meaningful questions which Carleton students, staff, and faculty should consider not only in planning next year’s departmental budgets, but also when ruminating on what we want Carleton to be. That said, as the two Carleton students who sit on the College Budget Committee, we want to correct a couple of incorrect or outdated claims which McLaughlin and Schak propounded.

  • A defense of Carleton's commitment to Financial Aid

    I am the son of a single lower income working mother and have been given the opportunity to attend Carleton almost entirely on the basis of financial aid, work study, and student loans. As an economically “diverse” student, I strongly object to the arguments about the College's commitment to diversity in last week's Viewpoint article, which I found to be deeply disconcerting in both substance and presentation.

  • Setting the facts straight: Carleton is presenting maximum efforts to achieve and maintain economic diversity

    The Viewpoint piece “Is Carleton committed to economic diversity,” written by Ryan McLaughlin and Jacob Schak and printed by the Carletonian in its April 17th issue, is at best an embarrassment of poor research and distorted analysis, and at worst a perfect example of the “obfuscation” it so blithely accuses Carleton College of practicing with respect to its financial decisions.

  • Many students angered by Bon Appetit’s policies concerning backpacks

    In a country where McDonald’s has to label their coffee cup lids “Caution: Contents may be hot” for fear of liability, I fail to understand how Carleton allows Bon Appetit to require students to relinquish their backpacks, sportsbags, waterbottles and, now, purses before entering. Not only is it an eyesore and a general inconvenience to anyone walking through the LDC, it is an affront to the tens of thousands of dollars I am obliged to pay for my board, regardless of whether I choose to dine on-campus.

  • A fight to increase Minnesota’s grant program for higher education: An open letter from state official Terry Morrow

    For 25 years, the Minnesota State Grant program has enabled and encouraged students to choose the college that best suits their needs. By offering a hand to low- and middle-income students, Minnesota remains true to its vision of education for everyone. This critically important tuition assistance helps students and families invest in the education that ultimately serves our entire state. Economists and business leaders consistently cite Minnesota’s educated workforce as one of our state’s essential economic assets.

    To maintain this attractive advantage, we must maintain the investment. Students visiting the capitol this year have stressed the importance of the State Grant program. The federal recovery act offers an opportunity to increase Minnesota’s grant program by 25%. The House Higher Education Finance bill turns this opportunity into reality. It reduces the student share on tuition and increases funding for work study, living expenses, and more.