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  • Explosion When My Pen Hits, Tremendous

    I have to admit I was a little disconcerted when, having been gone for a term, I realized that Convocation began at 10:50 instead of 11:15, as I had for some reason assumed, and I had to hurry to the chapel in sweaty workout clothes. Nonetheless, I had a stalwart enthusiasm to see Irshad Manji speak, since I had just spent three months in Muslim countries gaining an appreciation for Islam, and I was interested to know just what the trouble was with it today.

  • The Call of College Governance: Why it should matter to you and what you can do about it

    How are students involved in campus governance? CSA probably comes first to mind. It is true; CSA is active in countless facets of life at Carleton.

  • The impact of oil spills are still immeasurable 20 years later

    Almost twenty years ago, on March 24 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ruptured its hull on Bligh Reef, releasing around 11,000,000 gallons of crude oil into the waters of Prince William Sound, and creating what has become one of the most famous—and disastrous—cases of human-inflicted environmental damage in history.

  • Forty years later: remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    On April 4, 1968, forty years ago this evening, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis Tennessee. Like yesterday, I recall that shocking and tear-filled evening, when my college classmates and I wandered our campus in dazed disbelief and anger.

  • Is the rehabilitative promise of the American prison system still valid?

    “For the first time in the nation’s history, more than one in 100 American adults is behind bars, according to a new report.” Conducted by the Pew Center and published by the New York Times, this report points to a steady rise in incarceration rates in the United States. Interestingly, the report also states that the rate of violent crimes has actually decreased, indicating that the number of non-violent prisoners has increased substantially in recent years.

  • Dangerous Liasions: Community participation in recycling and sustainability at Carleton

    A month ago, I had a conversation with a friend about recycling during which he told me that he had become disillusioned back in high school when he had seen one of the custodians dump the contents of both the trash bin and the recycling bin together into one massive can after school one day.

  • The wrong turns of winter term

    Well, it’s the end of the term. The end of nine stressful, sleep-deprived, frustrating, drama-filled weeks. And, like during the end of every term, I have time to look back and objectively reflect on the events of these past few weeks, both at Carleton – the cancellation of the Pre-Frosh Trips, the termination of Robin Hart Ruthenbeck’s contract, just for starters – and nationwide – Fidel Castro stepping down, Ralph Nader stepping up.

  • Stroke of Genius: 2008 NFL Mock Draft

    With the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine wrapping up earlier this week, I thought that I would take some time and write up my own mock draft.

  • Missed DVD Fest? All movies reviewed here

    Did you not make it to DVD Fest? Were you not lucid enough to remember the films? Either way, we can help you figure out which movies you’ll want to watch online.

  • Supporting undocumented students’ road to college

    Half way through my first year at college I find myself asking, what am I doing here? Why, out of all the things in the world I might be doing and out of all the places I might be, am I at Carleton? While I try to tell myself that it is because I want to be a part of a community of learners and thinkers, because in order to do anything creative or important in the world it helps to have a college degree, or because it is the best way to challenge my thinking and focus my interests, eventually I have to admit that I am here largely due to inertia.

  • Lack of afffordable housing puts people on the streets

    Going to the Carleton Library to look for books for a display about homelessness was a depressing experience for me. I found two half-filled shelves on the second floor containing books mostly written in the 80’s, with titles such as “The Tramp in America”, “Citizen Hobo” and, alarmingly, “Raised by Wolves”. I could find only one book about the vital issue of veterans and homelessness, which recounted the hard process World War II vets faced in reentering society, a relevant concern of the day.

  • Underage drinking: what is the safest action?

    One of the reasons I feel so comfortable and safe at Carleton is because I am surrounded by people who are responsible and conduct themselves respectfully in social settings, particularly when alcohol is involved. I won’t ignore the instances in which people act irresponsibly and inappropriately, but those times are in the minority, and I don’t think that they are indicative of what the social scene is like at Carleton.