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  • An underdog’s story: A highly imperfect yet increasingly relevant foreign policy parable

    Big brother can’t threaten his friend too greatly because of the strength of his paranoid victim’s mindset. Not doing anything, however, could seriously undermine his ability to continue to be a productive and legitimate member of his community. What should he do?

  • Today’s Liberalism

    “Government is simply capable of viewing the whole system of our country in a way individuals simply cannot. ”

  • Project Pericles helps foster civic engagement between Carleton and community

    On April 8th and 9th during second week we were fortunate enough to serve as delegates to Project Pericles’ national civic engagement conference called Debating for Democracy. However, when we told our friends and professors what we were going to New York to do, we found that most people on campus don’t even know what Project Pericles is or that we have an office of Academic Civic Engagement (ACE) on our campus.

  • 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.