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  • 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.

  • The future of Carleton: collective thoughts on policy

    Carleton started off a 2008 with a serious mistake – the elimination (though the college, in an attempt to soften students’ reaction, has not called it “elimination,” though that’s exactly what it is) of the Pre-Frosh Trips. The decision itself was bad enough (made for the wrong reasons, ignoring the benefits of the trips), but the way the college handled the decision – making it behind closed doors and keeping it a secret to students – is actually insulting.

  • Conflicts with biking in the Lower Arb

    We welcome the opportunity to respond to Sean Noonan's Viewpoint in last week's Carletonian about bike use in the Arb.

    First, an essential clarification. Mr. Noonan's article leaves the impression that the Arb is closed to bikes. This is incorrect. The Arb is divided into two sections, the Upper Arb (south of Highway 19) and the Lower Arb (north of Highway 19). Bikes are welcome on trails throughout the Upper Arb, except for some specific trails where bike use is inappropriate. Bikes are not allowed in the Lower Arb.
  • Backing Ben Barclay for CSA President

    I believe that Ben Barclay should be the next CSA President. His combination of experience, ideas, and drive will help make him a great president and a great leader for the student body.

  • Making Mac McDonald CSA President

    Hi. My name is Marshall “Mac” McDonald and if you haven’t noticed, I’m running for CSA president. I was asked to write a piece about what makes me a good candidate. I sat here at my desk in Eden Prairie (I’m off campus this term) thinking about what to write. I’ve thought about the various approaches I could use to win your vote. How could I exploit some edge, some section of my platform that I feel is superior?

  • 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.

  • Both Carleton and Sodexho to blame for the cuisine

    Liability is always, a tricky issue. We are taught to judge responsibility, and moreover, to evaluate the degree to which people are liable for their own actions. Our entire civil judicial system is based around these very same principles. Why then do we have trouble sorting out the simple question: who’s to blame?

  • From the nosebleed section: All cheating is not created equal

    Cheating is an irremovable stain on American sport, but it is not a recent phenomenon in team athletics. Some forms of cheating are deemed more acceptable – baseball players are praised for their ability to steal signs while on second base or in the dugout – while other kinds of cheating – pitchers secretly using sandpaper or other substances to doctor a ball – are considered taboo.