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  • Safe at home? Evaluating assumptions of security.

    At the Carletonian, we share a wall with the campus security office. One of the first things they asked us upon return from spring break was, “Why don’t students lock their doors here?” The practices that are acceptable and are considered safe here at Carleton are not necessarily safe in the real world.

  • DIG requests student participation for the ongoing Campus Climate Survey

    Earlier this week you received a message from President Oden asking you to complete the Campus Climate Survey. As members of the Diversity Initiative Group (DIG) subcommittee responsible for helping Rankin and Associates with this project, we write to add our encouragement.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.