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  • A case for an objective humanity

    I would argue that it can be demonstrated objectively that there are such things as a) universal constituents of human nature, and b) universal rule concerning the ways in which these interact with one another; this is essentially to say that there is a singular internal world or reality which we all experience or a singular consciousness of which we are all instantiations

  • Governing Without Consent

    Governing, as we are told, is about assuring the consent of the governed. Recently, the Carleton Student Association Senate joined the fray of attempting to democratize its processes, amending, without consent of the masses at Carleton, its governing bi-laws. While I do not doubt its ascendant-to-virtue intentions, and while I think that the current form of the CSA inadequately represents the interests of students, I think what the body did was wrong.

  • Point-Counterpoint: Saints winning NFC Championship

    - Super Bowl would give Saints a post-Katrina boost

    - Favre deserved a return to the Super Bowl

  • Point-Counterpoint: 'roid rage and America's pastime

    Steroid usage should not be a Hall of Fame disqualifier - By David Sacks

    Steroids should prohibit athletes from Hall of Fame consideration - By Justin Rotman

  • Concert Etiquette

    As members of the Carleton family, are we entitled to exhibit the rude, self-indulgent and insensitive behavior witnessed that evening? Does participating in elite intellectual pursuit in our liberal arts “bubble” give any of us the right to infringe on the collective enjoyment and stimulation experienced in a concert setting?

  • Post-quake Haiti needs our help and support

    Perhaps this earthquake is what was needed for our world to truly recognize the problems that face Haiti. Maybe, from the rubble, Haiti will rebuild its great nation that has seen better times: A fresh start. But they cannot do it alone, and Haiti should never recede from our consciousness, even when other issues are on our minds.

  • Closer than we think: HIV and AIDS

    AIDS often seems like a far-removed cause, relegated to distant tragedies, and overall of little concern to students on a snowy Midwestern campus. But this issue is far less remote than sometimes thought. Within the Carleton community, it is important to remember that HIV/AIDS is a condition that affects peers, friends, and family members. Our own county has the third highest HIV infection rate in the state of Minnesota.

  • Happy Bodies Manifesto

    Happy Bodies is a campus wide body positivity network dedicated to discussion and activism for bodies everywhere. Here are a few body-positive sentiments we promote.

  • Town hall meeting proves pointless

    There was virtually no attempt made to deal with the substance of the issues; rather, we participated in a prolonged session of condemnation of problems that, in nearly every instance, remained so vague and generalized that the entire session was an extended exercise in futility.

  • Re-centering masculinity: lessons from an anti-racism conference

    I was recently fortunate enough to attend an anti-racism conference in St. Paul. The conference was two days of thinking and talking about race and white privilege in the United States at present. My attendance there sparked many new questions, giving me new frameworks through which to conceptualize anti-racism work.

  • The documents that guide us: What's next?

    As stated before, this meeting was intended to be a catalyst for important conversations about how to enact significant change here. The most important part of this meeting will be the follow up discussions and decisions that occur, not only in the various college committees, but also among students. That is the next step, and it will be ongoing in the future of Carleton.

  • What it means to me to be a good man: Starting Fresh

    I’ve felt proud of myself, sure, but never because I thought I was being a particularly good and masculine Man. Instead, I have felt pressed to live a somewhat androgynous life because I have lacked clear examples of positive masculinity.