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Spring 2018 Issue 3 (April 20, 2018)

    • Free & For Sale Frenzy Offers On-Campus Thrift Shop

      This past Sunday, April 15, the Sustainability Office held its first-ever “Free and For Sale Frenzy.” Over 100 students donated approximately 1,200 clothing and accessory items. Donors named their price and then shoppers paid for the items either through Venmo accounts or by giving cash to the volunteers working the event, who then delivered the payment to individual sellers’ mailboxes.

    • Carleton Asked to Preserve Communication in DOJ Antitrust Investigation

      The Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked Carleton to preserve all communication related to its practice of sharing information with peer institutions about students admitted via early decision (ED). In its letter to Carleton, the DOJ referenced an ongoing antitrust investigation, but did not charge the college or request information.

    • CSA to Add New Liaison, Push for Transparency

      New initiatives in the Carleton Student Association (CSA) Senate this term include the addition of a Disability Services liaison position; a push to increase CSA’s transparency, efficiency and accountability; a new publicity committee; and a series of speakers from various campus offices and groups. After taking office at the end of last winter term, CSA President Apoorva Handigol ’19 hopes to start putting their plans into action in Senate this term.

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    • QuIRK-sponsored Speaker Discusses Intersection of Stats and Activism

      On April 18, Valentin Bolotnyy, a graduate student in economics at Harvard, visited Carleton to speak about his involvement with the Immigrant Doctors Project. This data-based initiative studies the reliance of American communities on doctors who immigrated to the United States from countries targeted in President Trump’s 2017 travel ban. The talk was sponsored by Carleton’s Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge initiative (QuIRK), and focused on the potential links between two seemingly separate pursuits: research and activism.

    • Center for Global and Regional Studies Seeks to Unite Disparate Programs

      Since this past January, students and faculty in a wide variety of academic departments and programs have been benefiting from the recently created Center for Global and Regional Studies (CGRS). According to its website, the CGRS aims “to promote programs and experiences that connect the education students receive on the Carleton campus with communities beyond campus—locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.” So far, it incorporates eighteen departments and programs, all of which include a focus on language or area studies. While some of these departments are also connected to the Language Center, others—such as American studies—are not.

    • An interview with the Mind Behind Carleton Memes 2.0

      It has been only a year since its creation, but Carleton’s Facebook meme page has steadily progressed. Meme enthusiasts or beginners can search Carleton College Memes 2.0 to view all the latest memes. All credit goes to Reina Desrouleaux ’17, who began the page. Now, the torch has been passed down to Nam Anh Nguyen ’19 and her team to promote the growth of memes.

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    • Winter Weather Continues to Plague Spring Sports

      Facing some of the coldest April temperatures on record in certain parts of Minnesota, Carleton’s spring student-athletes are having to find ways to adapt to the cold weather. With the hard, snowy ground and colder temperatures making it difficult to play outside, teams have seen their games canceled or postponed, causing both athletic and academic issues for spring student-athletes.

    • Heidi Jaynes, Head Volleyball Coach, Steps Down to Fulfill New Role in Department

      After 19 seasons as Carleton’s Head Volleyball Coach, Heidi Jaynes stepped down from her role to assume a full-time administrative role within Carleton’s athletic department.

      For the past eight years, Jaynes has held the additional roles of Carleton’s Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA), while also serving as a Professor of physical education, athletics and recreation (PEAR). In addition to her expanded role within the athletic department, she will continue to serve these roles as well.

      Jaynes’s transition coincides with a shift in duties by Carleton’s current athletic director, Gerald Young. Young will now serve as a Posse mentor to scholars attending Carleton starting in the Fall 2018 term, and Jaynes will assume more of the athletic director responsibilities.

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    • Letter to the Editor

      [Content warning: sexual misconduct]

      I am writing to ask for students’ help in improving our campus culture surrounding sexual misconduct.

      Carleton College is participating in the HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey, which will ask students about their perceptions of Carleton’s climate regarding unwanted sexual contact, their impressions of how Carleton addresses and responds to sexual assault, and the extent to which students have experienced unwanted sexual contact.

      We would like to hear from all Carleton students—those who have experienced unwanted sexual contact and those who have not. The survey is crucial because it is the only way to get an anonymous and accurate account of what’s happening on campus, as we know much sexual misconduct goes unreported.

      Your participation in the survey will help us to better understand and improve our campus. After the survey closes, Carleton will be able to compare our data with peer institutions. This will help Carleton identify issues on campus that need to be addressed through greater prevention and response efforts.

      This survey is short and will only take 15 minutes of your time. It is completely anonymous and will remain open through the month of April. Search for the link in your email and please take the survey.
      If you have any questions, please contact me at


      Laura Riehle-Merrill

    • The Decision Whether to Separate the Art from the Artist Should be One Made on a Personal Level

      Allegations against celebrities that have accompanied the #MeToo movement have revitalized the debate of whether a work of art can be separated from its creator. I did not immediately lean to one side or the other, so I did what many people nowadays do when faced with difficult moral questions: I Googled it.

    • The Three Hardest Words to Say are “I Miss You”

      There’s another set of three words that are more difficult to say than “I love you.” I love you’s come from moments of joy and happiness and hope. You say them because you believe in the future of that relationship, a future with that person. Some people say I love you’s like their lives depend on it.

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    • Best Parts of Snow in Spring?

      Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by Minnesota blizzards in April. When it’s still snowing a month into spring, and you’re getting Snapchats from your friends in warmer climates where the weather geo-tag boasts 72˚F and sunny, it may feel as if spring will never come to ol’ MN. You very well may be right. But! This pre-spring season does have its draws. Here are just three of the very best parts about snowstorms in April.

      1) This is the perfect time to practice your high-knee march exercises. Who needs to walk on the cleared sidewalks? Show that snow who’s boss by marching straight through it, picking up your knees high as you make your own path through the mess. You go, you trailblazer.

      2) Here’s some pretty valid proof of global warming. Take a break from mid-term work, cozy on up with some warm tea, and give Rep. Jason Lewis or Rep. Erik Paulsen a call just to chat about the weather! They are a couple of Minnesota representatives who either don’t know about or don’t believe in climate change, and I’m sure they’d love to hear from you.

      3) It’s an important life skill to learn how to fall properly. These icy sidewalks will give you the perfect opportunity to practice. Make like snow and play it cool.

      Tune in later for the best part about sudden scorching heat in early May!

    • Who is Really in the Class of 2022?

      The incoming Class of 2022 is indisputably mysterious. Those of you who have been following their Facebook page may have seen their adorable slide show where they each make a slide to introduce themselves, their countless surveys or their many group chats. As someone who grew up in the generation when class pages were enough to get by, I look into this new generation extremely perplexed.

      As a jaded, old senior, I look into the young ones of the future and wonder who really are their people? What are they really like? In an attempt to get to the bottom of this, I asked a random selection of incoming freshman really important questions. See their shocking responses below:

    • Snowstorms in April? What is with the Weather?

      Aside from “Let’s go Wild,” the most commonly uttered phrase in Minnesota over the past few days has likely been “What is with the weather?” We started out with a hail and thunderstorm last Friday, which turned into a blizzard over the weekend. For those experiencing their first “spring” here, I should tell you that it isn’t common for us to get snowstorms in mid-April, let alone one quite as large as this one.

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