Despite the incredible work done through offices such as Disability Services, the Gender and Sexuality Center, the Office of Intercultural and International Life, and many others, diversity and acceptance are still not core threads in the fabric of the Carleton institution.
Vandalism happens on college campuses. Windows shatter, lights break, and graffiti defaces. The phenomena is universal. While these relatively minor crimes certainly happen at Carleton, one can't help but wonder about the psyche of normally respectful, responsible, socially active students. What leads thoughtful students to commit such crimes? Clearly, alcohol is not solely responsible.
A consistently troubling statistic is that women continue to make less than men in 2009. Lipman believes that we, as a society, have come to a plateau in forwarding women's equality.
The beginning of the school year is not usually about endings. However, this announcement gives us the chance to reflect not only on what President Oden has accomplished in the past, but also what opportunities he has created for the future of Carleton.