As a privileged individual who plans to go into the field of education, I’ve been especially interested in the role that people like me play in the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a system that disproportionately affects youth of color. This “pipeline” refers to a national trend in which certain school characteristics like zero-tolerance policies, a police presence in schools, and high-stakes testing result in the funneling of certain students out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
Taylor Owen of Food Truth makes a convincing case for avoiding factory-farmed chicken. We commend his interest in fixing the problems in America’s meat supply: real change is indeed needed to protect human health, the natural environment, and the welfare of animals raised for food. We share the same goals as Owen: to drive change at companies whose products fill our plates. But if we simply walk away from the biggest suppliers, we lose the power to influence their practices.
As students, we spend a lot of time learning about the problems facing our world, our country, our state, and our community. Climate change. Unequal access to educational opportunities. A health care system that denies treatment to those who need it. There are several ways that we can work to solve these problems, but we’re missing a key part of the solution if we fail to engage in politics — not only on Election Day, but all year long.
Tyson’s chickens are full of antibiotics, Tyson has been in legal disputes with the USDA because of efforts to hide this fact. The undersecretary of the USDA has publically called out Tyson for efforts to deceive regulators. One antibiotic cited is gentamicin, which can be toxic to inner ear cells, and can cause total hearing loss in some cases. Tyson’s chickens endanger our health, and do not belong on our plates.
Looking ahead to next year when MPIRG’s funding will hopefully be reinstated, I’m excited to continue working on the environmental taskforce’s campaign to make business recycling mandatory in Northfield, having a vote on the issues that the statewide organization advocates for, and hearing everyone’s outstandingly interesting and progressive ideas for campus, local, and world-changing projects.
Here’s a crucial flaw with this new policy: many students don’t know by the end of 7th week whether or not they want to scrunch a class because they receive so much important feedback during the 9th and 10th weeks of the term. Moving the S/Cr/NC deadline forward requires students to make their decisions with incomplete information.
For three years, the Wellstone House of Organizing and Activism (WHOA) has worked tirelessly to promote student engagement in activism, politics, and community organizing, yet the Residential Life department has decided to eliminate WHOA for the upcoming year.
My housemate burst through the door and sarcastically shouted, “YES, BASEBALL! I love watching baseball!”
On behalf of the student organization Dialogue on Education at Carleton, I’ve been making an effort to speak to as many professors and students as possible about whether our humanistic coursework should facilitate asking of “big questions” about being human and life.
Dialogue on Education at Carleton: Should our professors be invested in our development as human beings?
What does it mean to develop as a human being? Halfway through last term, what was then a few friends and I started a student organization - Dialogue on Education at Carleton - to start a discussion surrounding this issue. As our first project, we undertook a survey in which we’ve so far spoken with fourteen professors and thirteen students about this very question.
Pan Pan, the pan-Asian restaurant that has opened in the old Sweet Lou’s storefront, is Northfield’s premier Asian cuisine. Or is it?
Where does our water come from? What watershed are we in? Where does our wastewater go? What companies are we supporting with our purchasing power? We need to start asking questions, and acknowledging the impact of our choices. We need to take back the tap at Carleton, and ban bottled water from our campus.