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  • An anonymous open letter to the Carleton community

    During winter term of last year, a Carleton student received a box that caused the student, as well as members of Carleton College, much anguish and anxiety that was exacerbated by the anonymity of the box and the items considered to be intentionally malicious. We sincerely apologize for our actions and the tension, anxiety, and fear that was caused by such actions.

  • Empathizing on tax day

    This week I had the privilege of a truly inspiring experience. I had this experience, because for the first time, I paid my taxes.

  • Why the Census matters

    On April 1st, 2010, the United States Census Bureau will count every resident in the United States.  That includes college students, who are supposed to be counted where you live most of the year, which for all of us, is here at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. The College is working along with Res Life on a system for collecting Census forms for dorm residents.

  • A response from the Wellness Center

    Dear members of the Carleton community,

    This is a response from The Wellness Center to article “On One poor Wellness Center Policy” printed in the February 26th, 2010 issue of The Carletonian.

  • Shutter Island: A complex thriller

    Following in the footsteps of their three previous successes, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up once again for Shutter Island, released in theaters last Friday. The film was adapted by Laeta Kalogridis from Dennis Lehane’s best-selling novel of the same name and stars DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams and Ben Kingsley. It is set in 1954 at a hospital for the criminally insane, on an island off the coast of Boston.

  • One Poor Wellness Center Policy

    “We don’t dispense it here.   If your girlfriend would come in...”

  • The difference between argument and discussion

    The following is an attempt to better understand the effect of different types of discourse on what I’ve termed the “intellectual constitution” of the individuals involved. For this purpose, I’ve drawn a distinction between two modes of discourse – argument and discussion – the former of which embodies the intellectually unhealthy aspects of discourse and the latter, the healthy.

  • The difference between argument and discussion

    The following is an attempt to better understand the effect of different types of discourse on what I’ve termed the “intellectual constitution” of the individuals involved. For this purpose, I’ve drawn a distinction between two modes of discourse – argument and discussion – the former of which embodies the intellectually unhealthy aspects of discourse and the latter, the healthy.

  • Editorial: The responsibility of CSA

    By the end of the CSA debate yesterday evening, there were about 20 people in the Great Space. Only six of us were actually there for the debate.  Students filed by, ordering coffee and sandwiches, without as much as a glance towards their fellow students competing for the right to represent them.  The ironic part of this dismal turnout? There are actually enough candidates to debate this year.

  • Balancing pragmatism and idealism

    I’ve been thinking a lot recently about arguments, and specifically, the relationship between pragmatic and moral arguments. In government, politicians are constantly faced with the need to balance these, because while pragmatism might get things done the political party’s base of support is often bound by ideology and more receptive to arguments that speak to their own moral assumptions.

  • CSA presidential candidate platforms

    Jinai Bharucha - I believe that my experience with the difficulties of making CSA an accountable and successful venue for student voices make me the best candidate for President.

    David Heifetz - I want to be CSA President because CSA can and should be a powerful voice for the student body and I believe I can help give it that voice.

  • A letter to the Editor from President Robert Oden

    The start of the 2010 calendar year also signals the start of the legislative session at the Minnesota state capitol in St. Paul. The future of the Minnesota State Grant is one major topic before state legislators this session and is an issue of great importance to Carleton students.