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  • The responsibility of having Mai Fete

    One of the best parts of spring term is Mai Fete. As you may know, every Wednesday night, a different group of students from the senior class hosts the open invitation gathering. Thus far, our hosts have been excellent, taking financial responsibility for the event as well as being in charge at Mai Fete. As the weather improves, more and more people are going to attend Mai Fete—which is great. But with bigger crowds, we need to refocus on how to keep Mai Fete great.

  • Letter to the Editor: Appreciating Sodexho

    We are writing to express concern about some sentiments expressed in Sam Benshoof’s letter “Farewell to Sodexho” published in last week’s Carletonian. While we are sure Mr. Benshoof did not intend offense, the letter might be unintentionally hurtful to the many fine people working in Carleton’s food service, many of whom have served students for many years. We think it is important to remember that the employees of Sodexho are wrestling with possible job losses, family disruptions or at least uncertainty.

  • Raising money and inspiring hope

    n 2005, an idea that was to revolutionize the world of microfinance was born. As Matt and Jessica Flannery joined hands in holy matrimony, they also became the gate keepers of a powerful new force in the fight to lift the people of this world out of abject despair and poverty.

  • Earth Day: reconsidering environmental values

    April 22 commemorated the 39th anniversary of Earth Day. Observed in 175 countries, Earth Day is the "the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a half billion people every year" (Earthdaynetwork.com). Internationally recognized, Earth Day emphasizes the importance of environmentalism and sustainability. It also reminds us that these issues are a universal concern.

  • The perils and opportunity of representing student opinion

    In last week’s column we spoke about the possibilities of student self government. Although we believe that students should be more self governing, we recognize that myriad decisions must be made with the larger Carleton community.

  • 2008 NFL Mock Draft

    The 2008 NFL Draft is upon us. Here is my final mock draft.

  • 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 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.