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  • Explosion When My Pen Hits, Tremendous: The implications of change

    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.

  • Tocqueville and Numa: Using Summer Fellowships to Inject Students Into Long Term Decision-Making

    Over the weeks of this term we have argued for greater conscious dialogue about governance at Carleton with a distinct place at the table for students in these discussions. We have addressed many important issues, but we are painfully aware that there are many more issues worthy of serious attention. We also feel that our column has been theoretic and short on specific proposals. Today therefore, we are going to offer one concrete framework to help inject more students into the governance process on a continual basis.

  • Letter from Cardboard Box City Organizers

    Dear author of “lol homelessness,”

    We appreciate your concern for the homeless men, women, and children of Minnesota. In response to your comments written on the Cardboard Box City posters, we would like to educate you a little bit about our event.

  • The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

    Carleton College continues to make a name for itself in the news. Just last week, Forbes Magazine named Carleton one of the 10 Greenest Schools in the United States. Carleton, among five other schools – Harvard, Dartmouth, Middlebury, the University of Vermont, and the University of Washington – earned an A-, the top grade in 2008, on the College Sustainability Report Card of the Sustainable Endowments Institute.

  • Addressing overheard derogatory remarks

    I don’t know who you are. I saw only that you were wearing a black t-shirt, that you have gauged ears, that you smoke and play croquet with your friends on Wednesday evenings.

  • The Food Stamp Challenge

    The premise of the Food Stamp Challenge struck me as mildly absurd in the context of a world filled with dining halls. All our meals at Carleton are prepaid at the rate of about twenty dollars a day, so my first impression was that it was pretty conceivable to nourish oneself at a rate of $3.15 on top of this.

  • The various problems associated with the CSA elections

    In this week’s column we review the problems with CSA’s current voting system. We present a number of serious failures, but not many solutions. Designing a voting system is complicated, hard work, and we should not undertake to change our current system lightly. Still, we believe the problems catalogued below should serve as call for serious thought about a better system.

  • Why Steven Spielberg broke my heart

    For as long as I can remember, I have loved learning about ancient civilizations. At seven years old, for example, I spent hours in the Egyptian and ancient Mesopotamian sections of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Today, my desire to look into humanity’s evolution over the past eight thousand years is as strong as ever.

  • Inappropriate content and responsible journalism

    As a Carl, the Chair of the Cannon Valley Alumni Club, a Co-agent of my Class and a Board Member of the Alumni Annual Fund, I have always been proud of being a Carleton grad and happy to represent all Carls.

  • Israel; It’s an absolute question of survival

    The first half of Christopher Hitchens’ title for his recent piece in Slate is “How Long Will Israel Survive?” The answer to that question is Israel will last because history has demonstrated Jews are survivors in the face of Christianity and Islam. In terms of any kind of peace, that will only occur when the Arab and Muslim world sees Israel beyond something to be destroyed.

  • In response to Alex Carruther’s “Mutual beneficiaries of high dining prices”

    Dear Alex,

    I have read your article on “Mutual beneficiaries of high dining prices: Sodexho and Carleton.” As a food service employee I would like to defend ourselves and Sodexho.

  • Room draw; A Resident Advisor’s point of view

    Hi, my name is Rob Bradley, and I’m junior on HSAC. Yes, I am an RA. I’ve been one for two years, and will be one next year. I’m writing this to correct the false statements printed last week on the fairness of room draw, and HSAC as an entity. My thoughts will be very scrambled, but this needs to be put out on the table so that people know facts and not false assertions.