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  • Letter from Cardboard Box City Organizers

    Dear author of “lol homelessness,”

    We appreciate your concern for the homeless men, women, and children of Minnesota. In response to your comments written on the Cardboard Box City posters, we would like to educate you a little bit about our event.

  • The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

    Carleton College continues to make a name for itself in the news. Just last week, Forbes Magazine named Carleton one of the 10 Greenest Schools in the United States. Carleton, among five other schools – Harvard, Dartmouth, Middlebury, the University of Vermont, and the University of Washington – earned an A-, the top grade in 2008, on the College Sustainability Report Card of the Sustainable Endowments Institute.

  • Addressing overheard derogatory remarks

    I don’t know who you are. I saw only that you were wearing a black t-shirt, that you have gauged ears, that you smoke and play croquet with your friends on Wednesday evenings.

  • The Food Stamp Challenge

    The premise of the Food Stamp Challenge struck me as mildly absurd in the context of a world filled with dining halls. All our meals at Carleton are prepaid at the rate of about twenty dollars a day, so my first impression was that it was pretty conceivable to nourish oneself at a rate of $3.15 on top of this.

  • The various problems associated with the CSA elections

    In this week’s column we review the problems with CSA’s current voting system. We present a number of serious failures, but not many solutions. Designing a voting system is complicated, hard work, and we should not undertake to change our current system lightly. Still, we believe the problems catalogued below should serve as call for serious thought about a better system.

  • Why Steven Spielberg broke my heart

    For as long as I can remember, I have loved learning about ancient civilizations. At seven years old, for example, I spent hours in the Egyptian and ancient Mesopotamian sections of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Today, my desire to look into humanity’s evolution over the past eight thousand years is as strong as ever.

  • Inappropriate content and responsible journalism

    As a Carl, the Chair of the Cannon Valley Alumni Club, a Co-agent of my Class and a Board Member of the Alumni Annual Fund, I have always been proud of being a Carleton grad and happy to represent all Carls.

  • Israel; It’s an absolute question of survival

    The first half of Christopher Hitchens’ title for his recent piece in Slate is “How Long Will Israel Survive?” The answer to that question is Israel will last because history has demonstrated Jews are survivors in the face of Christianity and Islam. In terms of any kind of peace, that will only occur when the Arab and Muslim world sees Israel beyond something to be destroyed.

  • In response to Alex Carruther’s “Mutual beneficiaries of high dining prices”

    Dear Alex,

    I have read your article on “Mutual beneficiaries of high dining prices: Sodexho and Carleton.” As a food service employee I would like to defend ourselves and Sodexho.

  • Room draw; A Resident Advisor’s point of view

    Hi, my name is Rob Bradley, and I’m junior on HSAC. Yes, I am an RA. I’ve been one for two years, and will be one next year. I’m writing this to correct the false statements printed last week on the fairness of room draw, and HSAC as an entity. My thoughts will be very scrambled, but this needs to be put out on the table so that people know facts and not false assertions.

  • Editorial: “Not on Our Campus:” standing together against sexual violence

    1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape). Such startling statistics reveal that the issue hits closer to come than we may believe. Rape can often seem an obscure and distant concept—it’s not.

  • Prayer and worship unites believers with God

    In the coming week, you may notice a big tent pitched on the west lawn of the chapel. Not so incidentally, this is the site of Unity Week, hosted by the Carleton Christian Community, as an opportunity to fellowship with Christians both on campus and in the greater Northfield community through united prayer and worship.