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  • Stuart John Urback

    Urback: On Passion

    On some level, as much as we complain about the endless papers, the all-nighters, the last minute rewrites, the collapse in a heap by the end of 11th week praying to God that we never have to go through that again, we love it. The one thing that Carleton has taught us is that what really matters is the energy, excitement, and exuberance we bring to the tasks we do. 

  • Michael Goodgame

    What Have I Learned Here?

    At the very end of the year – or, for that matter, six months from now – I am most likely not going to remember where deadweight loss can be found on a graph, what exactly is included in the theory of multiple intelligences, or how to calculate a test statistic.  Introductory classes, I am convinced, are not for gleaning information.  They are for learning and evaluating paradigms of thinking.

  • Stuart John Urback

    Urback: Games on the Horizon

    Games are naturally interdisciplinary.  Understandings of literature, math, history, science, and human behavior are all important, respected ways of engaging with games.  A game designer must be competent in a field that is available at Carleton, but they must use their understanding of the field to both engage students about games and use games to engage students within their field.

  • Maddy Crowell

    Activating the Active Beast: Time Spent with Your Thoughts

    The mind is an active beast. I heard this at a meditation retreat a few weeks ago as I sat cross-legged, attempting to shut off my mind. The room was silent, serene, and lit romantically, with high ceilings and comfortable pads. It was neither too hot nor too cold, and the sky outside was white and misty. In other words, it was an excellent environment to “meditate.”

  • Michael Goodgame

    The Learning Revolution

    Recently, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times published an article entitled “Come the Revolution,” which detailed the benefits of a new approach to education – online teaching.  Friedman has a lot of good to say about Coursera, a new website that allows anyone to sign up for classes taught at elite colleges.

  • Griffin Johnson

    Johnson’s Advice: Nintendo Hard

    This is the reflective essay from my writing portfolio. I wrote a paper for Thabiti Willis’s Medieval West Africa course that was a fabricated folktale from eleventh-century Mali. It was an absolutely ridiculous assignment that I more or less boiled down to “try to be Chinua Achebe” and worked outwards from there.

  • Griffin Johnson

    The Limits of Versatility

    When I decided to major in CAMS, a big selling point was that it was “versatile.” To be clear, I love screenwriting, cinematography, directing and film history, but when you get down to zero reality, I’m as worried about employment as anyone on this campus and I wanted a major that would get me up to date in a lot of different areas — computers, cameras, visual communication, and all the other skills that you put on your resumé to let people know that you’re playing ball.

  • Sam Feigenbaum

    Feigenbaum: Policy, a Game of Difficult Tradeoffs

    There’s a lot of us on this DC Seminar that think we have law school somewhere in our future, and as you might expect, we like to debate policy.  In other words, we argue endlessly.  Sometimes we have productive discussions, but all too often we fall back on our tried and true political positions without really considering all the facts.

  • Zoe Suche

    On Being Overly “Healthy”

    The story ends rather anti-climactically. I have an extremely—borderline problematically—low blood pressure, but no heart problems; the primary cause of my blood pressure, dizziness and near-blackouts was a major sodium deficiency. That’s right; not enough salt in my diet. Pretty much everyone in the world has the reverse problem.

  • Zoe Suche

    Suche: On Forming Habits

    I read recently that forming a habit takes an average of 66 days. On reflection, this really doesn’t seem right. Certainly, it sometimes takes a while to get yourself to do something you don’t really want to; two months is probably about how long it took me, freshman year, to train myself to write papers ahead of time rather than the night before they were due.

  • Stuart John Urback

    Urback: What Makes a Liberal Art?

    What would it take to get game design to become a legitimate part of a liberal arts curriculum? Game design, as the creation of a type of correspondence, is worthy of the chance to prove itself as a field of study. It provides a methodology that equips students with a perspective that will fundamentally alter and enhance the way they view the world.

  • Griffin Johnson

    Johnson Responds to CANOE Controversy

    At a school as small as Carleton, the impersonality of the language that the administration uses—and, by extension, the impersonal way it treats the student body—aren’t so much the result of necessity or malice as the result of a very flimsy institutional convention, a lowest common denominator of communication that only exists because of a general atmosphere of apathy.