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  • 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.

  • The documents that guide us

    When I think about Carleton College, I can’t really find one word that defines a Carleton student, and I think that is a very positive thing. We are a diverse student body, all from different backgrounds, different points-of-view, and different frames of reference. However, by decidedly joining this community and actively being members in it, we in some ways acquiesce to its morals and standards.

  • What it means to me to be a good man: A call for committed fathers

    A good man first and foremost realizes that family is the most important entity in his life. For too often in pop culture, we recognize the greatness of a man by his money and accomplishments. A great man is one who is able to inspire through positive examples and constantly pushes people around him to excel.

  • Show solidarity on November 20th

    On November 20th, unite against hatred, violence, and discrimination on the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The Day of Remembrance began in November 1998 to honor those killed because of their gender identity or presentation.

  • What it means to me to be a good man: Ethics and masculinity

    To begin, I will pose two related questions. First, why must this discussion of “what it means to be a good man” be different for anyone else? Second, is there something essential about any masculinity that requires it to be connected to a person’s ethics? Upon examining myself, I acknowledge that I explicitly and implicitly identify as a wealthy, white, heterosexual man.

  • We Want You! The search for Carleton’s next President

    As you all know, President Oden will be retiring this year, an announcement that has prompted responses from all over campus. I’ve heard more than one student refer to it as “losing Dumbledore.” And while this may be true, it means we have quite a task ahead of us in picking a new college President to represent the essence of all that is Carleton.

  • A response to John Harris’s Convocation address

    During his address at Convocation he showed a reprehensible lack of concern for propagating one of the worst slurs to come out of the media in recent years; giving an example of extremists on the right, Harris referred to those participating in the Tea Party protests of this past year as “teabaggers.”

  • Clothing drive for victims of typhoons in Philippines

    Two typhoons have hit the Philippines in the last 2 weeks, Typhoon Ketsana and Parma. More than 600 people have died. More than 500,000 people have been displaced. More than $340 million worth of infrastructure has been destroyed.

  • Concentrations are indeed not a minor issue

    The recent editorial about academic concentrations appearing in The Carletonian had a number of factual inaccuracies and misunderstandings underlying its main premises. I feel that I have a responsibility to correct the mistakes so that students can make their own decisions based on accurate information.