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  • Wild and Precious (Login Required)

    There is a boulder on the south side of Lyman Lakes with a plaque that asks, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” The words are from Mary Oliver, one of my favorite poets, who wanders through the woods, observing the grace of egrets and the wild brutality of snakes shedding skin, and then compresses the images into her lyrical, evocative lines.

  • Looking for Answers (Login Required)

    In the fall of 2009, I applied to 11 colleges. In addition to my Common Application essay, which, as it so happens, was about a mound of trash, I completed an endless pile of supplemental materials, describing why each school would benefit from my enrollment, explaining “What I Want To Do With My Life.”

  • It’s Pro-Choice, Not Pro-Abortion (Login Required)

    As I’m writing this article, I’m a little afraid. I’ve always been sure of my beliefs, but I don’t want them to be misconstrued. However, the topic I will be discussing in this article is something I feel very strongly about, and I feel as if I lend a unique voice to this topic.

  • Checking My “Privilege”: On Being Both a Minority and a Majority (Login Required)

    Discussions of privilege have been popping up all over my Facebook home page lately. The most recent trigger is the op-ed a Princeton student posted on The Princeton Tory website about his frustration of being asked to “check his privilege.”

  • Restorative Justice (Login Required)

    Since 1973, the number of students suspended annually in the United States has more than doubled to 3.3 million students. This rise is due to the introduction of zero-tolerance policies in schools. A zero-tolerance approach to discipline mandates suspension or expulsion of students from school for a wide variety of misbehaviors including fighting, dress code violations and cursing.

  • A Challenge (Login Required)

    Successful activism is a delicate matter. On the one hand, it requires being radical enough to step outside of common practices and modes of thinking, crying foul in a way that calls critical attention to the flaws of current systems.

  • Guilty Privilege (Login Required)

    Whether its student rallies demonstrating solidarity against racism, an open forum discussing racial identity, or speakers discussing “birth of a white nation” Carleton, has, for the past week been attempting to create an open space to talk about race and its accompanying issues.

  • Non-Rational Beef (Login Required)

    Farmington Steak House is pretty far away, and yet it has a surprisingly loyal following among a small number of Carleton students. It is like the Ryanair of restaurants; their extreme no-frills atmosphere is accompanied by extra charges for almost everything, and yet we keep going back, almost entirely due to the fact that it’s a really cheap place to eat.

  • The Food Feud (Login Required)

    In Russia, I learned from one of our language teachers that someone who has been excluded, for instance, from some social event, is entitled to exclaim, “What am I, a redhead?”

  • Applying Community Values to Merit the Bald Spot Wi-Fi Proposal (Login Required)

    I appreciated Claire Kelloway’s editorial from the fall, “Considering the Value of a Dollar: Perplexed by the Bald Spot Wi-Fi Proposal”, and Gaston Lopez’s editorial “Hotspot on the Bald Spot?”, both of which debated the merits of a proposal from ITS and CSA to add Wi-Fi to a few outdoor locations on campus, including the Bald Spot.

  • Speak Up! (Login Required)

    When I heard that 55 colleges are under federal investigation for their handling of sex violence claims, I quickly checked the list to see if Carleton was one of those schools. At first I was relieved and proud that Carleton wasn’t on the list, but I soon found myself wondering whether not being on this list is enough.

  • Will You Watch Bikes With Me? (Login Required)

    I went to a talk this summer by this bigshot Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal, the first outside investor in Facebook, and doer of other things that are impressive if you’re into that entrepreneurship stuff.