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  • Do you know what you think?

    It’s a bit awkward to admit to people on a campus as liberal as Carleton that someone who raised you supported the hero of the Republican Party.

  • Art by Ambrin Ling.


    Letting things go and knowing when to speak up is the true test of intelligence, and not whether you “won” the argument or not.

  • Birthday Gift

    For those who don’t know why your parents vote for the candidates they do (if you know at all), I encourage you to ask. Even if they are voting for candidates that you do not like, it brings up quite an interesting conversation; in my experience, that conversation is well worth having.

  • Art by Ambrin Ling.

    Complex people

    We all enter the world as blank canvases, and our experiences form who we are. True intelligence, in my opinion, is knowing all that can be gained by listening to others, and all that can be lost by failing to do this.

  • From the heart

    As Chaplain's Associates, a thread we’ve sensed from our chats with students is a disconnect in the academic respect we aspire to when considering religious belief, and how we actually live and react towards religious people among ourselves.

  • An open letter to presidential candidates on Middle East policy

    It is naïve, for a multitude of reasons, to imagine that any president could solve the issues tearing the Middle East apart. There are, however, certain policies that will help alleviate some of the stresses and others that will only enhance them.

  • How to be “the man:” a reflection on a term of trying to play the system

    If a man has sexual relations with multiple people at a time, he is a hero, “the man.” If a woman has sex with multiple people at a time, she is a slut. So last term I rather unconsciously decided to put this observation to a test.

  • Artwork by Ambrin Ling.

    The gun debate is broken

    The division and inaction are so entrenched that the national conversation around guns is worse than polarized: it’s stagnated and broken.

  • Freedom from fear

    I don’t believe that we have a right to bear arms. Call me a radical pacifist if you please, but I abhor all forms of war or conflict, wherever they occur, and that view has been with me since childhood.

  • Art by anonymous.

    It’s time to revisit the second amendment

    The debate on gun rights continues to tear across the nation. Politicians and individuals on the left talk about restricting unfettered access to firearms, while those on the right opine that liberals are attempting to eliminate one of the most basic liberties accorded to the American people.

  • BIRT’s Function Deserves Greater Scrutiny

    BIRT absolutely has a place at Carleton and should be given the ability to refer extreme cases to higher authorities, but it should not attempt to address bias on a case-by-case basis. If allowed such power, BIRT runs the risk of becoming a proxy through which the ideological majority could directly silence the ideological minority on an individual and personal level.

  • The privilege paradox

    I hope that we can take more time to listen to each other rather than bicker over who has the right to speak.