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  • 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.

  • 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.