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  • Not a Credo, But a Few Thoughts on Living

    I like to quote the statistic on Carleton’s website that three quarters of incoming freshman say the primary goal of their education is to develop “a meaningful philosophy of life” because we invariably spend most of our time here absorbed in other endeavors.

  • The Process of Narrowing

    When I graduated elementary school, my class compiled a “yearbook.” Beside each of our class photos, we had to write what we wanted to be when we grew up. My best friend Laura, who had shiny brown hair and a large nose she would grow into by high school, wanted to live in Montana and rehabilitate wolves.

  • Wild and Precious

    There is a boulder on the south side of Lyman Lakes with a plaque that asks, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” The words are from Mary Oliver, one of my favorite poets, who wanders through the woods, observing the grace of egrets and the wild brutality of snakes shedding skin, and then compresses the images into her lyrical, evocative lines.

  • Looking for Answers

    In the fall of 2009, I applied to 11 colleges. In addition to my Common Application essay, which, as it so happens, was about a mound of trash, I completed an endless pile of supplemental materials, describing why each school would benefit from my enrollment, explaining “What I Want To Do With My Life.”

  • It’s Pro-Choice, Not Pro-Abortion

    As I’m writing this article, I’m a little afraid. I’ve always been sure of my beliefs, but I don’t want them to be misconstrued. However, the topic I will be discussing in this article is something I feel very strongly about, and I feel as if I lend a unique voice to this topic.

  • Checking My “Privilege”: On Being Both a Minority and a Majority

    Discussions of privilege have been popping up all over my Facebook home page lately. The most recent trigger is the op-ed a Princeton student posted on The Princeton Tory website about his frustration of being asked to “check his privilege.”

  • Restorative Justice

    Since 1973, the number of students suspended annually in the United States has more than doubled to 3.3 million students. This rise is due to the introduction of zero-tolerance policies in schools. A zero-tolerance approach to discipline mandates suspension or expulsion of students from school for a wide variety of misbehaviors including fighting, dress code violations and cursing.

  • A Challenge

    Successful activism is a delicate matter. On the one hand, it requires being radical enough to step outside of common practices and modes of thinking, crying foul in a way that calls critical attention to the flaws of current systems.

  • Guilty Privilege

    Whether its student rallies demonstrating solidarity against racism, an open forum discussing racial identity, or speakers discussing “birth of a white nation” Carleton, has, for the past week been attempting to create an open space to talk about race and its accompanying issues.

  • Non-Rational Beef

    Farmington Steak House is pretty far away, and yet it has a surprisingly loyal following among a small number of Carleton students. It is like the Ryanair of restaurants; their extreme no-frills atmosphere is accompanied by extra charges for almost everything, and yet we keep going back, almost entirely due to the fact that it’s a really cheap place to eat.

  • The Food Feud

    In Russia, I learned from one of our language teachers that someone who has been excluded, for instance, from some social event, is entitled to exclaim, “What am I, a redhead?”

  • Applying Community Values to Merit the Bald Spot Wi-Fi Proposal

    I appreciated Claire Kelloway’s editorial from the fall, “Considering the Value of a Dollar: Perplexed by the Bald Spot Wi-Fi Proposal”, and Gaston Lopez’s editorial “Hotspot on the Bald Spot?”, both of which debated the merits of a proposal from ITS and CSA to add Wi-Fi to a few outdoor locations on campus, including the Bald Spot.