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  • Real Human Moments in the Grand Canyon

    I found this experience to be incredibly meaningful in a variety of ways, some of which are personal and some of which are more closely linked to the intellectual debate surrounding wilderness.

  • American Democracy is Dead. Long Live American Democracy!

    “We have failed. Nearly two hundred-thirty-eight years later, we have failed.” This is a refrain accompanied by the snide “No kidding” across the nation.

  • Two Problems in Talking about Privilege

    Grade school education did a decent job of shining a light on eras in our nation’s history when minorities were systematically and cruelly mistreated: we saw dramatizations of the Trail of Tears, pictures of internment during World War II, History channel Holocaust films and, of course, clip after clip of Bull Connor, fire hoses, bus boycotts and “I Have a Dream.”

  • I Feel Pretty?

    I feel cheated. I feel cheated by society because as a woman, feeling comfortable with my physical appearance makes me seem vain. I was 14 years old when I first started to notice this phenomenon.

  • Todd Campbell, Jr.

    My Walk Across Campus

    A curious prospie approached me and asked “Um…excuse me, why are you carrying a cross around?” I responded cheerfully, “Do you know what today is?” “um…no.” I expected this answer from most people and I told her, “It’s Good Friday.”

  • Calvin and Hobbes

    The Tragedy of Calvin and Hobbes

    When I was little, I was in love with the comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes. Whenever I was home sick from school, I would crawl under the covers and read about the adventures of this mischievous little boy and his imaginary tiger friend.

  • Bob vs. Blob

    This week we celebrated the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare and so perhaps it’s appropriate to think a bit about theater. Of course, talking about comedy and tragedy as if they were fixed dialectically opposed entities is misleading.

  • Divest for Climate Justice

    On Saturday, April 12th at 12 PM Pacific Daylight Time, the President and members of the Board of Trustees of Pitzer College stood alongside student and faculty representatives to deliver a historic announcement.

  • Major Declarations: Not With a Bang

    The sophomores have officially decided their futures. Well, at least through the next few years. The time for major declaration has passed and so this is a pretty exciting event for the class of 2016, right? Not so for most sophomores.

  • An Ole Dad Told Me to Go to Carleton

    During my time at Carleton, I have been engulfed by this false perception that we Carls are “better” than students at Olaf or Macalester or any of the other schools in Minnesota or across the US who happen to be lower on the ranking than we are.

  • Don’t Be Happy

     I used to pray before I went to bed every night. I’d close my eyes, flash each of my family members before the projector in the mind’s eye, and murmur: “I love you mom, please keep mom safe. I love you grandpa, please keep grandpa safe, I love you gramma, and so forth.”

  • Most Likely to Become an Archdruid?

    “You’ve been voted ‘Most Likely to Become a Religious Official,’” said the boy with the clipboard. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” I responded, looking up from my high school lunch table.