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  • 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.

  • Responsible journalism in a time of turmoil

    As Editors-in-Chief of a college publication with a circulation of 1200 and a business model that operates entirely on subscriptions from parents and alumni as well as advertisements from local businesses, the question must be asked: how are we supposed to succeed when the giants of the industry are floundering?

  • Redaction free Bhalatics: On health care

    Last week, this column discussed President Barack Obama’s strategic error in deferring to Congress. With respect to the economy, the Democratic Party failed to get the most basic of economic and financial reforms, from enacting a stimulus bill to ensuring that the economic climate that preceded last year’s financial crisis would never again occur. Yet, if even possible, the Democratic efforts to reform health care prove to be more tenuous, as President Obama’s strange strategy of passing-the-buck continues.

  • Why don’t white students think they can join BSA?

    Each time I wear my Black Student Alliance shirt I am asked – almost without fail – “Why are you wearing that?”

    It’s not intended as an offensive question, but rather as a puzzled and amused comment. People hesitate when they see it on a white guy, wondering for a second whether or not it’s a joke. It doesn’t seem to cross people’s minds that non-blacks can be a part of a Black Student Alliance. But ask yourself: if white students weren’t allowed, then why would it be called an ‘alliance’ and not the black student ‘organization’ or ‘club’?

  • An open letter to SaGA (Sexuality and Gender Activism)

    There is prejudice and then there is self-serving ignorance. As college students we are often encouraged to express ourselves and challenge authority as active members of society and as part of our education. However, recently the line between appropriate advocacy and foolish self-righteousness has been blurred.