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  • In Defense Of...Ethanol and its many opportunities: Reconsidering things that generally get a raw deal at Carleton

    Rethink ethanol. Ethanol is biofuel made from corn. You can fill up your car with an 85/15% ethanol/gasoline mixture in Northfield (it’s especially popular in the Midwest, home of corn). Congress subsidized and encouraged production of ethanol just last winter. The goal was to produce enough ethanol by 2015 to replace 10 percent of our motor fuel. As a result of this and previous subsidies, ethanol has replaced food as the destination of much American corn. The portion of total U.S. corn plantings used for ethanol is expected to increase to 22 percent this year, up from 17 percent last year, according to the Department of Agriculture.

  • Stroke of Genius: Carleton’s liberalism

    Ever since arriving in Northfield this past fall, I have noticed an interesting trend within the student body. For some reason, members of the Carleton community believe that they are part of some radically liberal movement or culture. They argue politics, work on humanitarian efforts, and they almost entirely fall on the left side of the political spectrum. But this student conceived perception of liberalism baffles me. Carleton College is no bastion of radical liberal thought, and our school is not a diverse political community. We are all part of a homogenous culture of the status quo.

  • A proud fan’s defense of Battlestar Galactica: The most unappreciated show on television

    I like a show. This show been called the best show on television by Time, has won a Peabody award for excellence in TV broadcasting. Its premise: a society is devastated and transformed by a catastrophic surprise attack. The enemy looks like us, lives in our very midst. Sounds great, you say. 24, you say. Band of Brothers, perhaps? No. Better. For now this show will go by the acronym BSG. For those who know or suspect what I’m talking about, bear with me.

  • Forty reasons to love spring term at Carleton

  • An appeal for Carleton to come together in honor of LGBT people of color

    Returning to her home in Newark, New Jersey from a night out in Greenwich Village, New York, fifteen year-old African-American lesbian Sakia Gunn and her friends were harassed by two men, and when they rejected the men’s advances, declaring themselves to be lesbians, the men attacked. Gunn resisted, leading one of the men to fatally stab her in the chest. Despite Gunn’s death being a clear example of a “hate crime” contextualized by multiple matrices of domination, her case received limited media attention. This neglect on the part of mass media as well as mainstream LGBT media contrasts with the resounding outcry that followed the murders of Matthew Shepard, a white gay man from Laramie, Wyoming, and Brandon Teena, a white transgender man from Lincoln, Nebraska.

  • Farewell to Sodexho

    It’s been a fun couple of years. I’m not sure that I can say that I’ll miss you next year, because I really won’t. We’ve had our ups and downs, buddy. Ok, ok, you’re right. They’ve been mostly downs. But you kept me at least mildly entertained every once in a while, right? I mean, you’re definitely going out with a bang - I mean. where did that Buffalo Chicken Meltdown come from? Seriously.

  • Losing is not all that bad: Thoughts on Final Four

    As I sat back in shock on a couch as Mario Chalmers drained a shot for the Kansas basketball team in the final seconds of the NCAA national championship game to send it into overtime and eventually win it, I saw a dream start to slip away. As a diehard University of Memphis fan, the Final Four run carried so much optimism. It had been “us against the world” with a bunch of underdog players playing for an underdog city whose biggest draw will always be Elvis. Yet, they surmounted the odds and rained on most people’s office pools.

  • Explosion When My Pen Hits, Tremendous: The Endless Summer... and Winter... and Spring... and Fall

    It’s been almost three weeks since I’ve gotten back to Carleton, and I’m starting to remember what the Carleton bubble means to me. Namely, it means reading the headlines on the New York Times and occasionally discussing the latest celebrity gossip with the other staff members in the Carletonian office. At its heart, the Carleton bubble is about remaining woefully ignorant of the current political situation.

  • Tocqueville and Numa: CSA or the College Administration: Who should have the power of student governance?

    We will start our exploration of campus governance with an examination of CSA. CSA was formed both to promote student self-government and advocate student interests to the college. Looking at the first function we contend that CSA’s governing ideology has become classically liberal in nature and attempts have been made to cede authority back to students. However, CSA’s authority to govern does not rest with the students and could not be ceded to them. Rather, authority that has been ceded returned to the College administration with mixed results.

  • The responsibility of having Mai Fete

    One of the best parts of spring term is Mai Fete. As you may know, every Wednesday night, a different group of students from the senior class hosts the open invitation gathering. Thus far, our hosts have been excellent, taking financial responsibility for the event as well as being in charge at Mai Fete. As the weather improves, more and more people are going to attend Mai Fete—which is great. But with bigger crowds, we need to refocus on how to keep Mai Fete great.

  • Letter to the Editor: Appreciating Sodexho

    We are writing to express concern about some sentiments expressed in Sam Benshoof’s letter “Farewell to Sodexho” published in last week’s Carletonian. While we are sure Mr. Benshoof did not intend offense, the letter might be unintentionally hurtful to the many fine people working in Carleton’s food service, many of whom have served students for many years. We think it is important to remember that the employees of Sodexho are wrestling with possible job losses, family disruptions or at least uncertainty.

  • Raising money and inspiring hope

    n 2005, an idea that was to revolutionize the world of microfinance was born. As Matt and Jessica Flannery joined hands in holy matrimony, they also became the gate keepers of a powerful new force in the fight to lift the people of this world out of abject despair and poverty.