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  • Speak Up!

    When I heard that 55 colleges are under federal investigation for their handling of sex violence claims, I quickly checked the list to see if Carleton was one of those schools. At first I was relieved and proud that Carleton wasn’t on the list, but I soon found myself wondering whether not being on this list is enough.

  • Will You Watch Bikes With Me?

    I went to a talk this summer by this bigshot Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal, the first outside investor in Facebook, and doer of other things that are impressive if you’re into that entrepreneurship stuff.

  • Bikes? Yikes

    I know it was my fault my bike was stolen. My cheap, five-dollar lock broke in the fall, and I never bothered to replace it. Call it laziness, hubris, blind optimism, whatever — I just figured no one would take my rickety old bike (which I’d affectionately named Percival) because it wasn’t theirs.

  • These Bicycles Be Vehicles

    The Carleton homepage has a picture of a snow-laden Sayles with piles of “hibernating” bikes poking out from deep snow banks. Most of those will have rusted solid and are further wasting away in junkyards now.

  • The Great Plastic Cap

    Bike commuting is the bomb, don’t get me wrong. It’s cheap, environmentally friendly, good for the body, and good for the soul. That said, we riders should buckle up (helmets), too, because there are a lot of folks out there who care about us.

  • Check Your Changing Privilege

    Late Tuesday night while avoiding studying for a geology midterm, I found myself on a site called www.checkmyprivilege.com. Driven by curiosity and the insatiable human drive to procrastinate, I clicked on a link to a quiz to see how my privilege added up.

  • Words are not Wishy-Washy

    I think anger is overrated. My original intention for this article was to insult Macalester College’s recent list of “offensive” words. I was going to go through each word that they deemed offensive and decide whether it was offensive or not.

  • Carleton’s Privilege: Privilege that Debilitates You

    One article on Forbes on April 13th made me very disturbed. It reported that Mayer Brown, one of the top 20 U.S. law firms, filed a suit on behalf of two Japanese ­Americans against a recently established Korean “comfort women” memorial in Glendale, California.

  • Tacoasis

    When Rancheros Cry

    From my friends at Carleton who know about my restaurant column, the number one comment I received was: “you absolutely have to go to Tacoasis!” I was shocked at the pent-up demand among Carls for reliable gastronomic advice on Tacoasis.

  • The Hard Work of the Physical vs. The Hard Work of Words

    I had a lot of expectations about how returning to the wilderness was going to give me space to think. Looking back through the journal I kept in the Canyon, I found that I wrote mostly personal reflections, and I think I did come away with several important personal realizations.

  • Buses in the Grand Canyon: Mixing Tourism and Wilderness

    On our last day in Grand Canyon National Park, I rode the bus from Maswik Lodge, our hotel in the South Rim Village, to the post office. It was late afternoon and the bus compartment was packed with visitors, their faces red from the Arizona sun and their sweaty arms side-by-side.

  • Share With Us the West: Accessibility and Education in the NPS

    Before January, I had not thought very deeply about what wilderness was, or how we treat it. My family did not camp regularly, but I attended fieldtrips with elementary school to places like the International Crane Foundation and water treatment plant, and went on a few trips with friends’ families.