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  • How to pack up four years of memories (Login Required)

    Be that as it may, I am not ready to leave either. There is no manual for packing up a life from here, deciding what we take with us and what we leave behind. That’s because what we take away and leave behind have already been decided for us in what we did, in how we acted and lived, and how others did the same for us. We’re not stuck merely with souvenirs.

  • There's a bad moon rising (Login Required)

    I thought I was ready to leave on the first day of classes this term when I sat through each of my classes and felt nothing new, no starry-eyed anticipation. Today, I still am.

  • Musings from a retired editor (Login Required)

  • Breaking the silence: a first-year's experience with mental health at Carleton (Login Required)

    "Just fake it 'til you make it. That what we do." As a first-year, faking it at Carleton seems impossible. And as a student with a history of depression and anxiety, faking it at Carleton is impossible.

  • The glory of another 'Blatt (Login Required)

    Since the late 1960s, what was once an intramural softball league has morphed into one of Carleton’s most recognized traditions. As a day of softball, dancing, community, music, and friendship, Rotblatt reminds all Carls who participate of the special cosmic energy that exists in rural Minnesota, an energy that not only brought us to Carleton but connects all of us through this collective experience.

  • An Arab NATO (Login Required)

    The idea for this is not new, nor is it a radical departure from existing U.S. policy in the region. Indeed, the Trump administration just signed a deal with the UAE to sell $2 billion worth of missile defense systems, including the highly technologically advanced Patriot missile systems. Nevertheless, the creation of an overt military alliance in the region is a shrewd and smart foreign policy decision by an administration that has been, on nearly all accounts, floundering since it first got off the ground in late January.

  • Empowerment that helps us all (Login Required)

    As far as I’m concerned, I’m a biracial, third-culture (kid) and a woman in STEM. Yes, some of these are identities I can’t necessarily avoid, but they’re ones that I’ve consciously chosen to integrate into my everyday life. Through these identities, I have chosen to use them not to my advantage, but for the benefit of others. I’m at Carleton for two reasons: to educate myself and to help others.

  • Beyond easy rhetoric (Login Required)

    I do take issue with the ways in which comparatively privileged white women have taken this term and watered down its original meaning. In the spirit of answering the prompt as given to me, I’ll say that I feel empowered and inspired when I read feminist writings and make myself engage with the arguments those authors put forth. But so many frankly absurd things are allegedly “empowering” today – buy this skincare product! Take this yoga class! Read Ivanka Trump’s new book! It’ll empower you as a woman!

  • Taking stock of 20 years of Radiohead's Ok Computer (Login Required)

    A prophetic sound

  • Don't trust the Ivanka with the bob (Login Required)

    You will be innocent until proven guilty and in all likelihood your innocence will never be up for debate. Guilty is not a label white women are given.

  • Falling short? (Login Required)

    Admitting a position outside of the echo chamber

  • Navigating my frustration with identity politics (Login Required)

    What hurts the most, however, is that those who accuse me of wallowing in the world of white America forget that I, in many parts of this country that I love, am still viewed with suspicion and even hatred. There are some people who think of me as an outsider, a parasite who has to be “returned” to the land where I really belong. Those who play the game of identity politics conveniently forget that I at times have faced onslaughts of racial slurs that many readers of this column are most likely, and most unfortunately, all too familiar with.