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  • Writer: Student body needs to rethink its priorities (Login Required)

    "I need to talk about the Carleton bubble. I haven’t really talked to anybody about the Carleton bubble since I was a freshman, but that is not, I think, something that indicates it has burst. Rather, it seems to me that it is no longer a dangling feature of Carleton, but instead a defining component of this school—something not fought against or even joked about, but taken for granted and even appreciated by everyone who is a part of this community."

  • The downside of academic rigor (Login Required)

    "As notable educator Kurt Hahn said, “Education must enable young people to effect what they have recognized to be right, despite hardships, despite dangers, despite inner skepticism, despite boredom and despite mockery from the world.” Can Carleton claim to be helping us in this regard, or is this something simply beyond the scope of a four-year collegiate institution? I’m not sure, but I believe it is at least worth considering."

  • Blinded by the liberal arts mind-set (Login Required)

    "As it stands now, I am armed with higher-order thinking skills, but I have no concept of what jobs I can pursue nor how to pursue them. Carleton gave me knowledge, but I do not know how to use what I have learned, and so what use is that knowledge anyway?"

  • Meaningless good intentions (Login Required)

    " It would be a relief to see my peers worry less about policing “microaggressions” and instead worry more about how the War on Drugs has destroyed the lives of millions of black and brown families across this country. I’m not arguing that all of us on this campus should strive to be wonks obsessed with the nitty-gritty details of real-world policy, but rather that we should use more of our potential in ways that will actually shape tangible change, instead of merely saying the right words that sound pretty and then patting ourselves on the back for supposedly doing our part."

  • Former editor-in-chief reflects on her Carleton experience (Login Required)

    "We want so badly to be radical, to fight the system, to overturn power structures - but there’s still something about this campus that stifles anger and pushes us towards conventionality; there’s classes to go to, assignments to complete; after four years, we graduate, we need to find jobs, we need to play into the capitalist economy even more than we already do (and we all do); we end up being a simulacrum of radicals rather than radicals themselves."

  • Graphic by Kera Ling

    Carleton: a user's guide (Login Required)

    "Just go out there and give it a shot.  Carleton traditions are there for a reason, and even if it sounds stupid I assure you that you’ll have more fun out there throwing yourself down a hill on a tray than you will inside the library."

  • It's been real, and it's been fun... (Login Required)

    "It would be a lie to say that these past four years have floated by like a lovely dream.  It would be equally disingenuous to laugh off the drama, the squabbles, and the sleepless nights as rattling and banging inside one very expensive playpen.  The challenges we faced were real enough at the time, and we overcame them.  More important, we were earnest about it."

  • Dining hall decisions (Login Required)

    "Dining hall conversations certainly are a valuable part of the college experience. They’re a great chance to meet new people and to learn from your peers. However, reducing the minimum meal plan requirements would also offer benefits."

  • Carleton and the real world (Login Required)

    "Being happy at Carleton for me has been finding a balance between sitting in Sayles and talking to random passerbys, and having tough jobs and interesting problems which keep me engaged and invested."

  • Progress, and what I won’t miss (Login Required)

    "As flawed as our political system is, I am heartened by the determination and ingenuity of my peers. I see immense promise for social progress in my lifetime, and I can’t wait to see which issues will soon become a thing of the past."

  • Graphic by Kera Ling.

    Halcyon days of the digital camera (Login Required)

    "All I can think for now is that I long for those cameras, those moments of capture that seemed all the more interesting and exclusive than they do today…"

  • Graphic by Anna Schmiel.

    Do you know their stories? (Login Required)

    "While I try to make an effort to be there for my friends, can I consider my Facebook friends my friends? Would I be able to sit by a campfire with them and tell them some of my childhood stories, and listen to some of theirs? Would I want to?"